Lee Valley Outlook v15e23 Nov 22 2018

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Switching on of Christmas Lights 2018 - Saturday, December 1 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

St Mary’s TY show in Clondrohid Hall, Thurs 22 and Fri 23 Nov
Race Night at Clondrohid Tavern. Sat. Nov. 24 at 8p.m.
Shane Murphy Poc Fada in Clondrohid, Sun. Nov 25 at 12 noon.
Simon fundraising concert 7.30pm Sun 25 Nov at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney
Coachford Flower and Garden Club Christmas Dinner at Griffin’s Garden Centre on Wed Nov 28th
‘Neighbours’ Drama and Folk, The White Horse, Ballincollig, Thurs Nov 29th from 7.30pm.
Macroom G.A.A. AGM Fri Nov 30th at 8.00 p.m. in the Pavilion, Castle Grounds.
Éigse Diarmuidín i nGaeltachtacht Mhúscraí 30/11 – 2/ 12 /2018.
Kilmurry GAA A.G.M. Thurs 29th Nov at 8pm in Kilmurry GAA complex.
Christmas in Macroom: Sat. Dec. 1. Market 4-8p.m. Lights 6p.m.
Rusheen N.S Christmas Market Sun 2nd Dec at 11.45am in Aghinagh GAA Hall.
Cúil Aodha Christmas market in the halla, Sun. 2nd Dec at 10:30a.m.
Masseytown Lights switch on, Sun 2nd Dec @ 5pm.
Canovee I.C.A. Christmas Cake demonstration on Wed Dec 5 at 7.30p.m.
Christmas Market in Macroom Square, Tues. Dec. 12.
Laochra Óg table quiz at J.C. Murphy’s, Macroom Frid Dec 14th at 8p.m.
Santa and Buffalo in Carriganimma, Sun. Dec. 16.
Macroom ploughing on Sun Jan 6 2019 on the lands of Martin Healy Carrigathou, Coachford, from 11.30am.
Independence Museum Kilmurry opening hours Fri, Sat and Sun 2pm to 5pm for 2018.
Cork Burning.A talk by Michael Lenihan in Independence Museum Kilmurry 16th January at 8pm.
Musical 2019. Auditions for a new musical, "The Blarney Stone", will be held in early January. More details later.
Macroom Library
Storytime every Saturday at noon.
Mental Health Talk by Jigsaw Cork Nov 29th at 11.30am,
Adult Book Club Dec. 5 at 11.30a.m.
Purlies Knitting Group Dec. 6 at 11.30am.
Juvenile Book Club Dec. 8 at 3p.m.
Art Exhibition by Ann Mechelinck-O’Sullivan during November
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Sat 1st Dec at 8:00pm.
Christmas Panto: Sun. Dec. 16; Fri. Dec. 21 and Sat. Dec. 22
We are pleased to publicise Lee Valley func tions, fundraisers, sports events etc. in this fortnightly Diary. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine. Please email information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; telephone 026 41891 or post to Killarney Road, Macroom by the Monday before publication. Remember you can access back issues of the Lee Valley Outlook at www.macroom.ie

Macroom Updates

Christmas in Macroom

The annual Christmas Market will be held in Macroom on Saturday, November 1, 4 – 8p.m. It will feature stalls with arts and crafts, seasonal foods and a carousel. Businesses will remain open late and many will offer discounts on December 1 and again, on December 8. 2018 Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, will switch on the magnificent Macroom Christmas lights at 6p.m. and the Dynamic Showband will provide music 5p.m. to 7p.m., after which there will be Disco music at the main stage in the Town Square.
There are two free draws, with 10 prizes of €50 vouchers, on December 1 and December 15. Free tickets are available at premises of all Lee Valley Enterprise Board members.
Blarney/ Macroom Municipal District Council is promoting a Special Christmas Market in the Town Square on Tuesday, December 11.

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Sullane Artists’ Group and instructor, Ann O’Sullivan, with fundraising Christmas cards for Sullane Haven, Macroom © Con Kelleher

Sullane Artists’ Christmas Gift 2018.

Sullane Artists’ Group has surpassed itself this year. It has produced ten new Christmas cards; these were created by the members and were professionally printed. On Wednesday Nov. 14th, in a backroom in Sullane Haven, ten ladies and one man were busy sorting and packing their creations. The cards are vivid, varied, bright and beautiful. The Group has been together for ten years and is under the guidance of Ms Ann O’Sullivan. The lucky Mick Walsh is the only man in a sea of lovely ladies. The painters meet weekly over the winter months, hone their skills and enjoy themselves. For the last ten Christmases, they have created new cards and got them printed. Then the cards are packed and distributed by the members themselves to many willing outlets. All proceeds go to Sullane Haven residents and the funds so gathered make a great difference. Over ten years, the numbers of cards sold has gone from two thousand to five thousand last year, and it is hoped this year, even more will be sold. Many thousands of €s have been garnered and have been put to wonderful use. Often it is little ‘extras’ that can do so much to enhance the quality of life.
The cards are in packs of ten and cost €5 per pack. They are available in many places in Macroom and in most shops, pubs and other outlets in the locality. For me this is an example of Macroom at its best. Volunteers skilfully enjoy themselves, produce classy cards and bestow the profits from their work to our esteemed older citizens. Everyone is a winner, perhaps the biggest is the community of Macroom. Sullane Artists Group deserves out thanks and should take a bow.
Happy Christmas to all involved. Con Kelleher

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St Mary’ Transition Year Students practicing for their show - A Small Snag.- in Clondrohid Hall on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd of November. ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Buddy trip. All First Year Students went on a Bonding Day organised by the Buddies and had a great day, taking part in lots of Team Bonding activities including Laser Tag and Archery. Thanks to Ms Donovan and Ms O’Donoghue and Buddies. Poetry. Twelve first year students from took part in the poetry speaking competition, ‘Poetry Aloud’, hosted by Poetry Ireland in partnership with UCC. Thanks to Mrs Murnane and Ms de La Cour and congratulations to Aoibhe Kelleher who got through to the All-Ireland semi-final of the competition. Careers. 5th & 6th year students attended the Careers Options Exhibition, giving them a chance to find out first-hand about PLCs, HEIs, apprenticeships and careers in the defence forces. Thanks to Mrs Deane for organising.
As part of National Science Week, 2nd year students were invited to take part in a construction challenge and some great feats of engineering were displayed. Well done to Sadhbh, Órla and Laura for the winning construction! Our Transition Year students enjoyed their Public Speaking Workshop with Fair City’s Alan Devine. The skills that they learned will no doubt be of huge benefit to them in their future careers.So proud of past pupils, Laura O'Reilly and Eadaoin Van Der Krogt who both received Entrance Scholarships in UCD and are studying veterinary medicine. Huge Congratulations also to Lydia Costello and Leah Kelleher who have received 2018 All Ireland Scholarship Awards. Transition Year students visited Tralee IT and toured the Hotel and catering Department, an Introduction to the Apprentice Chef Project, including a talk on the importance of correct nutrition and good mood food, followed by Cooking Demonstrations. Leaving cert music students attended the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, a set work for Leaving Cert. Thanks to Ms Donovan for organising it. The 6th year L.C.V.P. Class went on a visit to Wright Medical and received an extremely interesting presentation and tour of the plant. Thanks to Mr. Dan Griffin and Mr. Ger O’Dovovan for facilitating this visit and Ms Tobin, organiser. Ghlac daltaí na hIdirbhliana páirt i nGaeilge 24 inniu (bhí orthu labhairt as Gaeilge don lá). It included breakfast, dodgeball and soccer, twister, set dancing, a bit of Irish dancing and a quiz, all through the medium of Irish. Gan amhras, tá Gaeilge ina beatha agus ina Sláinte linn! Third year English students attended a performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at the Everyman Theatre, a fun, interactive and informative performance. Thanks to Ms. Murnane and Ms. de la Cour for organising!
A Small Snag. St. Mary’s Secondary School will present their annual transition year show in Clondrohid Hall on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of November at 8.00pm. The musical comedy ‘A Small Snag’, written and directed by Catherine Long, centres around the students of De La Salle and St. Mary’s. Both schools are promised a brand new building, with ‘a small snag’ that they have to amalgamate. It follows the reactions of the school Principals, students, and their families to the news. They also have to put together a school musical. It promises to be an exciting show full of dance, music, fun and maybe even a little bit of romance. The audition process began for the transition years back in September and they have been working hard over the past few months under the direction of Catherine and with the help of music teacher, Aoife Donovan. The students have been heavily involved in every aspect of the show from the beginning and it has been a valuable and enjoyable experience for all involved. The girls are really looking forward to hitting the stage to give a great performance. Tickets cost €10 and are available from the school office (026-41544) and the shop in Clondrohid village. Huge thanks to Catherine Long and to Ms Aoife Donovan for all of their hard work and dedication.

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McEgan Colleges students at Buckingham Palace during a school tour of London ©An Scoil

McEgan College Updates

Kerry Cancer Support Group. Well done to our LCVP 6th year class who presented a cheque to the value of €668.26 to Kerry Cancer Support Group. Part of their LCVP course is to work as teams to fundraise or raise awareness of certain charities. After holding a brain storming session, it was agreed to fundraise for this worthy charity. Several fundraising events were held last year such as a 5km Fun Run, a Bake Sale and Non-Uniform Day. Breda and Trish from the charity talked to the class about the vital service it provides.
School Tour 2018. McEgan College students recently enjoyed another action-packed school tour in London. During the three day stay, students were delighted with a tour of the Harry Potter studio in Leavesden, just outside London. Fans of the film series were speechless when they saw the magic of the Harry Potter universe appear before them. The itinerary for day two involved a bus tour of London, a boat trip on the Thames, a spin in the London eye and after dinner on the Strand, a trip to the theatre to see ‘Wicked’. The final day of the tour included a visit to the world-famous Madam Tussaud’s wax museum and a quick visit to the Victoria and Albert museum before returning home.
French film Students attended " Miss Impossible " in the Gate Cinema. The film documented the turbulent daily life of a teenager's life. A witty and clear depiction of teenage angst in this funny coming of age drama. This has become an annual event supporting the Cork Film Festival and it must be said, they thoroughly enjoy the film every year.

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De la Salle students’ Shoe Box Appeal ©An Scoil

De la Salle College

Christmas Hampers. Students in De La Salle are once again participating in the annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Hamper Appeal. The initiative, organised by Ms Geraldine O’Shea, has proved extremely successful over the years, with everyone in the school community being asked to donate non- perishable Christmas foods and treats to support our local St Vincent de Paul. This year Ms O’Shea is hoping to build on previous years’ success and make a difference to those who need it most at Christmas time. All donations are greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, the Team Hope shoe-box appeal proved once again to be very successful with students from every year bringing shoe boxes for those less well off. The shoe boxes were transferred to Deputy Aindrias Moynihan’s constituency office in Macroom which acts as a depot. The shoe-box appeal is organised in the school by Mr Liam Fleming.
Science. Our teachers did a great job sparking our young students’ interest in Science this week to mark national ‘Science week’. First and second years carried out a number of science investigations during their lunch breaks. Science teacher, Ms Dunne, was assisted by our fourth years who gave up their break to lead the students through their investigations.
Our third and fourth year Business students had great success at the recent Cork/Kerry School’s Business Quiz. This year’s teams finished second and eight, following on from last year’s success when the teams finished first and third. The quiz was held in St Brendan’s College in Killarney. The students were accompanied by Business Studies teachers, Mr John Ryan and Mr Liam Fleming. The team that finished second included Joseph Murphy, Tadgh O’Keeffe, Dylan O’Riordan and Conor Relihan. The other teams included third year students Darragh Neville, Patrick Kerry, Cal Healy and Aidan O’Riordan, while the fourth year team consisted of Liam Proudford, Michael Kelleher, Arnold Costello and Bradley O’Shea.
The De La Salle Sixth Year English students attended an interactive performance of Macbeth in the Everyman Theatre recently. Some of our braver students took to the stage to act out the Shakespearen play which they are currently studying as part of their Leaving Certificate course. The students were accompanied by Ms Nicola Crowley. Our Transition Year students demonstrated their grá for Gaeilge when they took part in the ‘Gaeilge 24’ initiative and gave an outstanding rendition of ‘Is Sinne Óg’. As part of the ‘Bliain na Gaeilge’ event the students took part in a challenge to speak nothing but Irish for 24 hours. The Transition Year students also took part in a collection for the Irish Wheelchair Association in Macroom this week. The two day collection was held at various points around Macroom town and thanks to all those who supported it. Transition Year students are currently participating in a series of Healthy Living workshops where the benefits of living healthier are explored. Meanwhile our Fifth Year students attended the ‘Beat the Blues’ workshop school initiative which is organised by Aware. Leaving Certs students travelled to the CIT open day. Over thirty of our students have expressed an interest in studying at the CIT and travelled with Career Guidance teacher Ms Mary O’Connor to see at first hand the courses and facilities available at the college.

Macroom Library

Thinking about buying a loved one a book for Christmas but you’re unsure if they will enjoy it? Try borrowing a copy from the library first and giving it a read yourself. We can request books for you from every other public library in the country, so pop into us soon and tell us what you’d like to borrow. You can also request them yourself on your online account at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services.
Art Exhibition – Ann Mechelinck-O’Sullivan has a fantastic textile exhibition titled ‘Mixed Media’ on display in the library for the month of November. All pieces are for sale so please enquire within if you’re interested. On November 29th at 11.30am, the library will be hosting a talk by Jigsaw Cork for parents/guardians and other adults interested or concerned about young people’s mental health. Please contact the library 026/42483 if you are interested in attending. The Adult Bookclub will be meeting on Dec 5th at 11.30am and will be discussing ‘Wake’ by Anna Hope. The Purlies Knitting Group will be getting together on Dec 6th at 11.30am. It’ll soon be time for them to reveal their Christmas display for our front window and we can’t wait to see it! The Juvenile Bookclub will meet on Dec 8th at 3pm to discuss ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’ by Marita Conlon-McKenna. Storytime is every Saturday at midday.
Membership of the library is free. Photo I.D and Proof of Address is required for adults and for guardians. Books can be renewed by popping into the library at any time with your library card, over the phone at 02642483, or online at https://www.corkcoco.ie/library-services.
Music Morning. Eileen Hackett and Mary McSweeney co-presented the November Music Morning at Macroom Library. A capacity audience braved the elements and were rewarded with a session of harmony, variety and fun. Eileen’s first choice was The Swan from The Carnival of the Animals, followed by Richard Tauber with Trees, the lyrics by poet, Joyce Kilmer. Then, challenging the appalling weather conditions, Peggy Lee sang a jazzed up version of O What a Beautiful Morning. Jussi Bjorling sang Concealed in This Retreat and violinists, Yehudi Menuhin and Stephane Grappelli gave a wonderful rendition of Jealousy. Faryl Smith sang River of Light, based on Strauss's Blue Danube and flautist, James Galway, performed Danny Boy. Arthur Tracy sang a lovely version of Marta, after which our own Jim Murray and Seamus Begley gave us An Cailín Bán. Ezio Pinza and Lana Turner sang You Belong to My Heart and Andre Rieu with Toselli’s Serenata and Suzanne Murphy, singing There is an Isle, brought us to the interval.
Mary McSweeney opened her selection with the seasonal Autumn Leaves played by the Mantovani Orchestra. Then, Frank Sinatra raised temperatures with The Sunny Side of the Street and the Jacques Thibaud string Trio performed Allegretto Vivo with amazing dexterity. Máire Ní Chéilleachair from Ovens and recent winner of Corn Uí Riada for Sean Nós singing at the Oireachtas, gave us the beautiful A Bhríd Bhig Chrón before Slovak Philharmonic introduced thoughts of Christmas with the Nutcracker Overture. Another local, Seán Ó Liatháin, had the audience convulsed with mirth with My Six Foot Seven Woman from his CD, An Crúiscín Lán, a fundraiser for Macroom Hospital. Acker Bilk’s Stranger on the Shore was followed by The Sound of Music. Peaití Tadhg Pheig and friend performed a delightful lúibín about the erection of the TV mast at Mullach an Ois. Heart’s Cry from Riverdance, with Sara Clancy and Anúna Choral Group, brought a really delightful , humorous selection to a conclusion .
The December Music Morning is Listeners Choice, presented by Jill Vahey. Bring along your favourite piece, seasonal or otherwise, on Friday, December 14.

Where’s Santa?

A brand new Christmas Panto, "Where's Santa?” will entertain everyone from toddlers to granddads in the Lee Valley this Christmas. Written, as always, by Anne Dunne, the 2018 show is fresh, exciting and action packed, with a cast of over 100. The sinister plot has many strands. Santa is kidnapped in Macroom and Mrs Claus and her chief Elf, Rudy, are urgently in need of assistance. She sends her helpers, Tinkerbelle and Tingle to Macroom from the North Pole to ask Santa's good friends, Nonie and Donie, to find Santa before Christmas so that he can deliver the toys to the boys and girls on Christmas Eve. The task is not as easy as they thought as they discover that Scroogie and Moochie are behaving vey suspiciously and may be involved in the disappearance of Santa.
There are beautiful Christmas songs performed by the children as well as other well known melodies to be enjoyed by all.
Tickets are now on sale at the Box Office and if you wish your child's name to be read out by Mrs Claus, please inform Kay at the time of booking. The show is presented by Lee Valley Enterprise Board at the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Sunday, December 16 at 2.30p.m.; Friday, December 21 at 7.30p.m. and Saturday, December 22 at 2.30p.m. Tickets for adults are €15 and €10 for children.

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Jim Murray and Seamus Begley with Ann Dunne, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, at successful concert in the Riverside Park Hotel. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
The Nualas Christmas Glam Slam. Saturday 1st December at 8:00pm. Tickets: €18. Expect to be battered with hilarious seasonal chat and boxed around the ears with scintillating vocal harmonies!
‘Where’s Santa?’ Christmas Panto. Matinees on Sunday December 16 and Saturday, December 22 at 2.30p.m. and it will run on Friday night, December 21 at 7.30p.m.
Tickets available from Kay at our South Square Box Office in Macroom, which is open on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 11:00am to 4:00pm and on Friday from 11.00am to 3.30pm. Phone 026 41174 or 087 1663395 - Website: www.macroom.ie. Please check out the next edition of the Lee Valley Outlook for more exciting show announcements at Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.


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Snippets may include details of upcoming Lee Valley functions, fundraisers, sports events etc. We may include commercial events that are also being advertised simultaneously in the magazine.
Christmas is Coming Only two more Lee Valley Outlooks in 2018 and the final issue, due out on December 20, is mainly devoted to looking back and will contain very little current news or photographs. Should you wish us to include a short annual review of your club or association, please send not more than 250 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, December 14. We will gladly include religious, sport and community fixtures over the holidays in the Diary and Snippets.
Coachford Flower and Garden Club is holding the Christmas Dinner and Floral Demonstration in Griffin’s Garden Centre on Wednesday November 28th at 7pm sharp. Dinner and Demo €25. Raffle proceeds to Marymount Hospice. Pre booking is essential. Contact Sheila 021 7334292 or Nancy 021 7334298. Non members are very welcome.
Kilmurry GAA A.G.M. takes place on Thursday 29th November at 8pm in Kilmurry GAA complex.
Cúil Aodha Christmas market in the halla on the 2nd December at 10:30, any interested stallholders please contact Mary on 0876204781.
Rusheen N.S. Parents Association invite you to their Christmas Market on Sunday 2nd December at 11.45am in Aghinagh Gaa Hall. All welcome.
Nochta Cloch Cuimhneacháin Bliantúil. Nochtfar, le h-omós, an cloch cuimhneacháin ar uaigh Tadhg Ó Ríoghardáin, duine des na Ceire Máistrí Bhaile Mhuirne, i Reilg Ghobnatan Dé Domhnaigh 2/12/2018 ar a 12:00. Fáilte roim cách. The annual unveiling of a commemoration stone will take place in Reilg Ghobnatan @ 12:00 on Sunday 2/12/2018. The 2018 stone is commemorating the life and marking the grave of Tadhg Ó Rioghardáin, one of the Four Masters of Baile Mhuirne. Everyone welcome.
Masseytown Lights The annual turning on of the Masseytown Christmas lights will take place on Sunday 2nd December @ 5pm. Santa, Mrs. Clause & his Elves will pay their usual visit. Mulled wine, refreshments & treats will be served. Come along & join in the fun on the street & afterwards at Mary Anne's where a great night is assured. The committee of Masseytown Community Action Group wish to thank Paddy Murphy Haulage & Christmas Trees for donating & delivering this year's tree.
Canovee I.C.A. Christmas Cake making and decorating exhibition by Catherine Foley, on Wednesday, December 5 at 7.30p.m. All welcome. Tea. Raffle. New members welcome
Acadamh Fódhla-Dáimh Staire. Beidh cruinniú Oscailte ag an Dáimh Staire sa Mhuileann 6/12/2018 @ 8:00 i dtaoibh: Saoirse, Toghachán 1918, Cumann na mBan. Beidh fáilte roim cách. Níl aon táille. There will be a open meeting and discussion on the 6/12/2018 @ 8:00 in the Mills, Baile Mhuirne on the subjects of: Saoirse, The 1918 election, Cumann na mBan. Everyone is welcome. It is a free event.
Scoil Naomh Laichtín, Donoughmore 1948 – 2018 will celebrate its 70th birthday on December 6th. Mass will be concelebrated at 11.00am in St Lachteen’s Church, and this will be followed by refreshments in the school. All past pupils/ members of school community are welcome. A taster of the history: The Dept of Education invited tenders for the erection of ' a national school in Ballykerwick, Co. Cork ' in July 1947. The drawings, specification and conditions of sale were in the care of Rev M Quinlan PP Donoughmore. The closing date for receipt of tenders was August 22nd 1947.
KHAA publication The old village school book available to buy in Sheila’s shop Kilmurry, J&M auctioneers Macroom, next to the post office, and at Independence Museum Kilmurry. The book travels back in time 1849 to 1955 at Kilmurry national school. €15.
Schools exhibition display featuring national schools of Kilmurry, Canovee, Cloughduv, Lacareigh, Beal na Blath, Kilbonane. The exhibition is on every Sunday in November from 2pm to 5pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. See old photographs, inspect artifacts, read dúchas letters and remember old school days.
Dromleigh N.S. Annual Christmas Raffle Fundraiser. Tickets available at Dromey's Bar Dromcarra and The Kilmichael Bar. A wonderful array of cash prizes, hampers and vouchers on offer. Please support. www.dromleighns.ie
Thanks A fundraising concert raised €1665 for Cork Penny Dinners and Simon Community at the Riverside Park Hotel recently. Thanks to all who performed, supported and sponsored the event.
Bealnamorrive coffee morning and pin boxes raised €763 for Breast Cancer recently. Sincere thanks for your wonderful support.
November Rosary for Holy Souls in Bealnamorrive Church every Thursday night.
Election in Farran. The senior classes in Scoil Naomh Muire Farran held their own Presidential election on October 24th. They had been studying the electoral system, and each pupil was given his/ her own personalised voting card which they presented at the polling station on the day. Two constituencies were created, Farran North and Farran South. The polling booths which had been delivered to the school for the election on October 26th, were utilised and each pupil cast their vote under the watchful eye of the presiding officers! Oisín, the Chief Presiding Officer, announced the winner when all votes were counted. The result of the Scoil Naomh Muire election coincided with the result of the countrywide election two days later.
Macroom Scouts cooked up a storm at the Lee Valley Scout County Day at Kilcully Campsite Cork. Despite the rain the Scouts had a great day. They taught knot board skills to other groups in Lee Valley Scout County as well as picking up skills from other Scout Units. A quick cook up and bite to eat and the Scouts were ready to host fun games in the afternoon and take part in other activities put on by fellow Scout Units.The day was rounded off with a campfire and the Scouts went home having had a great day of activities and fun with their fellow Scouts in the Lee Valley Scout County. Macroom Scouts included Marco Irwin, Kian Crowley, Fionn Crowley, Conor Murray and Darragh O'Leary.
Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank all the members of the Crookstown Dog Walk Organising Committee who raised a massive €6000 to support us in our work changing the lives of people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism. For more information, please contact Anne Burns at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Heritage room in Kilmurry Independence Museum available to hire for events parties classes training etc contact 0876568110.
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: October 7. Jackpot €2,200. Numbers drawn 05, 07, and 28. No winner. €50 Eileen O'Shea, Coolkisha. €20 each: Ray & Marcella McCarthy, Ballyvongane; Dermot & Mary Lyons, Cappanagroun; Kathleen & Seán Shannon, Aghenida, Rusheen; Aoife Buckley, Aghagullogue..
November 11. Jackpot €2,350. Numbers drawn 03, 09, and 40. No Winner €50 Finbarr O'Sullivan, Rylane. €20 each: Daniel O'Riordan, Coolalta; Ian Twomey, Shanakiel; Brendan Kelleher, Ballinagree; Brian O'Sullivan, Deelish.
Canvoee G.A.A. Lotto numbers drawn on 2,4,5,16 1 winner of 6,650 . Siobhain McCarthy was canovee first online Winner. 50 Euro Toby c/o spreading chestnut Mark Evans Balllytrasna 25 Euro Frank Nevin Aherla. 25 Euro on line Ann Marie Healy
11 th November 8,14,16,29. No winner of 5,000 Euro. 50 Euro Aiden o Sullivan Farran. 25 Euro John & Liz o Sullivan Ballincollig. 25 Euro David moss kilmurry. 25 Euro online Mary Boyle
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 7/11/ 2018. €70 John O’Driscoll Ballincollig €20 each: Gerard Kelleher Moulnahorna, Peter McSweeney Gortnalicka. Mary Knott Masseytown, Joanne O’Riordan Rahalisk.

Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto October 30th Jackpot €1,600. Winning Numbers: 7 15 22 No €25 each: 1. Sean Looney 2. Aidan Buckley 3. Billy Sexton 4. Cillian Healy 5. Mary Cooney
November 6th Jackpot €1,700. Winning Numbers: 8 13 32 No Winner €25 each: 1. Mary Foley 2. Johnny O’Callaghan 3. Kay Dinan 4. Hannah McCarthy 5. Shane Caroline + Clare Forde
November 13 Winning Numbers: 11 26 32 Jackpot Winner: No Winner. €25 LuckyDip Winners: 1. Norma Twomey 2. Aidan Buckley 3. Frank Honohan 4. Sharon Noonan 5. Liam O’Hanlon
Kilmichael GAA Lotto Oct 29th - Jackpot €15.000. - Numbers: 4 – 10–12 – 26; No Winner. €50 - Anna Mai Thompson, Inchincurka; €25 each Kitty O’Sullivan, Cooldaniel; Finbarr O’Sullivan, Cooldaniel, Clare O’Connell, Toames East.
5th November. Numbers: 3 – 8–14 – 25; No Winner. €50 - Peggie, Sinead & Aoife O'Brien, Nedineagh, Dunmanway; €25 each Maureen Foley, Moneycusker; Madeline O'Brien, Cusduff; Lizzie Moynihan, Clonbannin, Mallow.
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 12/11/2018. Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers Drawn: 18,19,30. Winner: None. €50 John & Eleanor €20 each: John O Mahony, Ed Long, Kitty Howard, E O Donoghue, Denise Hennessy
Macroom FC Lotto 29/10/18. Jackpot: €3,200. Numbers drawn: 5, 8, 18. No Winner. €80 Ally Ring c/o Darrin. €20 each: Kay Healy c/o Hound, Annette O' Callaghan c/o June's, Laura O' Riordan c/o June's, Tim Joe Lyons c/o Murray's.
05/11/18: Jackpot: €3,400 Numbers drawn: 1, 9, 18. No Winner. €80 : Brendan O' Keeffe c/o Lar's. €20 each: Eileen McSweeny c/o Po'R, Aishling Relihan c/o Fudge, Sharon and Mark c/o P o'R, Maeve Cotter c/o TP's.
12/11/18: Jackpot: €3,600. Numbers drawn: 2, 20, 28. No Winner. €80: Margaret Kelleher c/o June's. €20 euro each: Marguerite O' Riordan c/o Fudge, Evan and Darragh McSweeny c/o Murray's, Con McCarthy c/o Castle Hotel, Declan Coughlan c/o TP's
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 30/10/2018. Jackpot: €4000. Numbers Drawn: 2-3-28. No Winner. €70 Lisa Cosgrove, 12 Masseytown €20 each: . Denis Buckley, 8 An Gleann. Diarmuid & Breda Mc Carthy, Ballymakeera. Caoimhe Brown, Railway View. Anita & Tori Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Katie Browne, Railway View.
6/11/2018. Jackpot: €4,200. Numbers Drawn: 2-14-18.. No Winner. €70 Vincent Kingston, Coolyhane €20 each Mark O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen Jennifer & Brooke Murphy, 9 Cork Street. Nora Twomey, C/O Mc Carthy's Newsagents, Macroom. Tori O'Brien, 22 St. Colman's Park. Anita & Brooke Murphy, 9 Cork Street.
13/11/2018. Jackpot: €4,400. Numbers Drawn: 5-23-26. No Winner. €70 Kay Kelleher, South Square €20 each G. O'Sullivan, Kilnagurteen Eileen O'Briern, C/O Evelyn Mc Sweeney . Breda Mc Carthy, Ballymakeera. Frank Twomey, West Square. Mary Lehane, Glen Park
Rylane CPA Lotto: 30/10/2018 Jackpot €2,700. Numbers drawn:2 - 8 - 37.No Winner. €20 Jerh O' Sullivan ( Coachford); Chris Murphy (Rylane East); Connie Sheehan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Sheila Scannell
5/11/2018 Jackpot €2,800. Numbers drawn:10 -17 - 39. No Winner. €20 Danny Kelleher (Rylane); Paddy Finnegan (Aghabullogue); John T. Roche (Dripsey). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
Nov. 12th: 12/11/2018 Jackpot €2,900. Numbers drawn:14 -15 - 18. No Winner. €20 Liz Blake (Rylane); Mark Healy (Donoughmore); Joe Barrett (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
19/11/2018 Jackpot €3,000. Numbers drawn:5 -20 - 30. No Winner. €20 Donna Lane (Rylane); Aoife Buckley (Aghabullogue); James & Martina Casey (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Crowleys
Coachford AFC Lotto: 30/10/2018. Jackpot: €1,800. Numbers Drawn: 26 – 27 – 33. No Winner. €40 Dolores O’Shea. €20 Derry Murphy, Jamie Kenneally, Eugene Kiely, David O’Mahony.
5/11/2018. Jackpot: €2,000. Numbers Drawn: 12 – 30 – 34. No Winner. €40 Margaret O’Shea. €20 Johnny T. Roche, Senan Noonan, Mary & Danni, Orla Buckley.
12/11/2018. Jackpot: €2,200. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 24 – 36. No Winner. €40 Ray Dineen (Yearly Ticket). €20 Kate Murphy, Eileen & Paul, Michael O’Shaughnessy (Online Ticket), Shane Martin.
19/11/2018. Jackpot: €2,400. Numbers Drawn: 5 – 29 – 33. No Winner. €40 Isla Hogan. €20 Tadhg Murphy, Antoinette & Loretto, Meghan & Sheila Moloney, Stan Bergin.

Lee Valley Updates

Éigse Dhiarmuidín

Éigse Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin will take place in the Múscraí Gaeltacht Friday 30 November to Sunday December 2. This is the 27th annual musical celebration in memory of the Cúil Aodha singer, Diarmuid Ó Súilleabháin. Diarmuidín was very well known for his unique singing style and versions of many renowned songs from the Múscraí area. He was, among other things, a teacher and a journalist who worked for RTÉ Ráidió na Gaeltachta. Singers, musicians and people who enjoy traditional singing and music from all over the country, and further afield, come together to celebrate the life and the legacy of one of Ireland’s finest sean-nós singers on the first weekend of December every year.
Traditional song and music fans get the chance to improve their own skills through taking part in the many workshops offered. Students of traditional singing can experience Rosie Stewart from Belcoo in Co. Fermanagh, teaching traditional singing in English and Nell Ní Chróinín, from Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh teaching sean-nós singing as Gaeilge. All seven workshops will take place on Saturday morning and will be conducted by talented artists including concertina player Edel Fox, world famous flute maker and academic, Hammy Hamilton on flute, Liam O’Connor on fiddle, dancer Mairéad Casey and Diarmuid Ó Meachair on Accordion. Contact Ionad Cultúrtha an Dochtúra Uí Loingsigh on www.ionadculturtha.ie or on 026 45733, to reserve your place before 23rd November. All details on the workshops are on www.eigse.ie .
The Éigse weekend will include a Gala Concert in Cúil Aodha on Saturday evening at 20:00 which will include the workshop teachers and popular traditional music group ‘Four Star Trio’, local set-dancers, Cór Chúil Aodha and the winner of Corn Uí Riada 2018, Máire Ní Chéilleachair. Afterwards, you can join the music session in the Abbey Hotel in Baile Bhuirne or join Bryan O’Leary and friends for a late session in The Mills Inn in Baile Bhuirne on Saturday night.
At 10a.m. on Sunday the Ó Riada Mass will be sung by Cór Chúil Aodha directed by Peadar Ó Riada. A music recital, featuring Edel Fox on concertina and Liam O’Connor on fiddle, will be held in the Old-Church in St. Gobnait’s cemetery Sunday morning at 11:30. Sliabh Luachra music is headlined on Sunday afternoon at the Abbey Hotel in Baile Mhúirne at 15:00 or head to the Top of Coom, for an afternoon of traditional singing at 15:30.
Whatever feature of Irish traditional singing and music you’re interested in, ÉIGSE Dhiarmuid Uí Shúilleabháin is a real gem and feast of traditional singing and music, a Mecca among such festivals, which welcomes singers, musicians and audiences alike. For details on our very full programme of events please go to our websitewww.eigse.ie
Lee Valley Outlook Special ÉIGSE 2018 Pull-Out Poster can be easily 'pulled out' and put on your wall or fridge door so you can consult for accurate information on all the wonderful events lined up for the festival

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Danielle Ní Chéilleachair agus Bobby de Bhulbh ag casadh amhráin saothair ag Daonscoil an Fhómhair ©Lee Valley Outlook

Oireachtas 2018

Performers from Gaeltacht Mhúscraí were most successful at Oireachtas na Samhna 2018 in Killarney. The highest honour, Corn Uí Riada, awarded for sean-nós singing, went to Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Ovens and with Cill na Martra roots. Máire has competed and been runner up in the final many times over the years, with some of her students in Aisling Gheal – Neil Ní Chróinín and Diarmuid Ó Luasa, winning out. But 2018 is Máire’s year and her performance of Seán is a Bhríste Leathair and Aisling Gheal won her the supreme accolade. Máire is no stranger to audiences in Macroom as she has given singing workshops to the Ciorcal Gaeilge at Macroom Library on several occasions.
Other winners at the Oireachtas were: Amhrán Saothair - 2nd Siobhán Ní Mhuimhneacháin agus Maebh Ní Dhuinnín. Amhrán Saothair - duais speisialta Danielle Ní Chéilleachair agus Roibeárd de Bhulbh with Glanadh na bhFuinneog. Amhránaíocht ar an Sean-Nós 12-15 bliain - 2nd Ellen de Búrca. Scéalaíocht 12-15 bliain - 1st Aodhagán Ó Riordáin. Scéalaíocht (daoine fásta, comórtas cáilithe) 1st Seán Seosamh de Búrca. Comórtais Liteartha - Dán faoi 21 bliain - 1st Caitríona Ní Chonaill. Prós (faoi 16) - 2nd Méabh Ní Chonaill.

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Teastaisí á mbronnadh ar scoláirí Scoil Mhuire. ©An Scoil

Scéalta ó Scoil Mhuire

An Idirbhliain Thug rang na hIdirbhliana turas ar Chorcaigh le haghaidh seimineár ar mheabharshlainte eagraithe ag Jigsaw Corcaigh. Bhí aoi-chainteoirí idir dhaltaí, ceoltóirí agus peileadóirí ann. Chuir na daltaí an-suim ann agus cabhróidh sé go mór leo. Tá an-obair go deo á dhéanamh ag an Idirbhliain le mionchomhlachtaí gnó, léarscáileanna tír eolais, podchraoladh agus blagáil faoi láthair. Táid ag obair go dian agus ag foghlaim mórán. If you would like to attend Scoil Mhuire as a Transition Year student next year to improve your Gaeilge and academic standards in a Gaeltacht setting, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cóisir na Samhna Ar an Aoine 26ú Deireadh Fómhair, ghléas pobal na scoile suas nó síos, nó i mbréig-éide fiú ar mhaithe le Ospidéal na Trócaire i gCorcaigh. Is scoil iontach carthannach é Scoil Mhuire agus thóg na daltaí orrthu féin airgead a bhailiú don gcarthannacht seo i mbliana. Molaimíd iad go hárd. Bhí cóisir ag an gcéad bhliain lena meantóirí ón 4ú & 5ú Bliain um thráthnóna. Bronnadh Teastaisí Molta ar dhaltaí ó gach rang len’ iad a mholadh toisc a ndea-iarrachtaí san obair scoile, sa Ghaeilge agus ag cabhrú le spiorad na scoile.
Bhí cúpla seachtain an-ghnóthach againn anseo i Scoil Mhuire ar filleadh duinn ón mbriseadh lár-théarma. ‘Siad seo a leanas cuid des na buaicphointí;
Ceardlann Filíochta: D’fhreastal breis agus fiche dalta ar cheardlann filiochta leis an bhfile nuálaíoch Ciar Ni É. Thug Ciara cur síos ar a cúlra féin agus na rudaí a spreag í le filíocht a chumadh. Pléadh danta macarónacha ar nós ‘Phenomenal Woman’ agus bhí deis ag daltí na scoile obair ar a bpíosaí filiochta fein le tacaíocht uaithi. Is faoi scáth Dhámhscoil Mhúscraí a eagraíodh an ceardlann agus beifear ag suil go mbeidh filí óga an cheantair i lathair ag an nDámhscoil ar an 28ú Nollag.
Seachtain na hEolaíochta Bhí iliomad imeachtaí spreagúla ar siúl le linn na seachtaine eolaíochta ina measc taispeantas draíochta eolaíochta ag an Idirbhliain. Bhí trialacha éagsúla spreagúla acu le taispeaint do dhaltaí na Sraithe Sóisearaí agus baineadh an-sult as. Bhí comórtas na nEitleán Páipéar chomh maith agus bhí an-spórt ag daltaí ag iarraih an neitleáin fein a sheoladh chomh fada in Éirinn agus ab’fhéidir!
Buabhal-Fheirm Thug lucht na hEacnamaíochta Bhaile turas ar Bhuabhal-Fheirm Mháigh Chromtha le déanaí agus fuaireadar an-chur síos ar obair na feirme agus bhlaiseadar an caiseanna éagsúla agus na smailceanna agus milseóga a bhí ullmhaithe ag Dorothy dóibh.
Oíche Oscailte Bhí tinreamh iontach ag an oíche oscailte agus mar chuid den oíche bhí tóraíocht taisce le déanamh ag gach páiste. Bhogadar ó sheomra go seomra ag bailiú eolais le ceisteanna éagsúla a fhreagairt agus bhaineadar an-taitneamh as an spaisteoireacht a dheineadar. Tá foirmeacha iontrála, atá ar fáil ar www.scoilmhuirebg.ie, le bheith san oifig roimh 30ú Samhain.

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Lee Valley pilgrims visit the shrines of Andalusia ©Maria Healy

Clondrohid Updates

Macroom ploughing: The Annual Match will be held on Sunday Jan 6, 2019 on the lands of Martin Healy Carrigathou, Coachford, weather permitting. Starting time 11.30am. All systems go.
Carriganima Mass: Please note that the 10am Sunday Mass has been changed to 9.45 am, commencing on Sunday, Dec 2. This change was announced at the recently held Pastoral Council meeting. The next meeting will be held in Feb 5 2019.
Adoration in church: in Clondrohid continues on Monday evenings from 3pm to 6pm.
Sunday night Card game has resumed in Clondrohid Community Hall at 8.30pm. Please note change of time. A big welcome back to all those who have supported this great tradition over the years. Many travel long distances for this enjoyment. It would be great to see some new patrons taking part. Everyone is welcome . Maybe some local card players might come along for the chat and the fun.
Race night at Tavern: With increasing traffic flow and footfall, the entrance roadway to Clondrohid community facilities is no longer fit for purpose and not meeting with current health and safety regulations . With the co-operation of all interested parties, it was decided to widen the entrance, construct a footpath and install lighting to safeguard the well being of all future users. To achieve this, a CLÁR grant was applied for and granted, with the shortfall to be made up by holding a fundraising Racenight at the Tavern on Saturday, November 24. €10 per Horse, €30 for each winner. 1st race at 8pm. Please support if you can.
Active retired; Open to new members during Nov and Dec. Contact any member or ring Mary on 0872036947 for more information. The newly formed club is very active, with lots of entertainment, get togethers, sing songs etc.. Come along and enjoy the craic.
Line dancing continues on Thursday nights 7.30 to 8.30. Always check locally for any changes.
Laochra Óg. Shane Murphy memorial cup Poc Fada takes place on Sunday, Nov 25 at 12pm in Clondrohid village. Register on line @www.laochraog.com. In aid of Marymount. Sponsored by Macroom credit Union.
G.A.A Snippet: Former Clondrohid football team captain, Carriganima native, Con Walsh, was recently inducted into the HALL OF FAME in Toronto Canada in recognition of tremendous athletic achievements. Con won a bronze medal representing Canada in the hammer event at the 1908 London Olympic Games. Members of the Walsh family, Carriganima, were delighted to be present at this momentous occasion.
Christmas lights: The Christmas Crib will be lit on Saturday Dec 1 and the Christmas tree and Crib will be blessed after 7.30pm Mass on Saturday Dec 8.
St. Mary’s Show: The annual show by the TransitionYear students takes place in Clondrohid Community Hall on this Thurs and Fri Night at 8pm. Tickets can be got locally. It is a musical comedy called ‘A Small Snag’, written and directed by Catherine Long . It centres around the students of St. Mary’s and De La Salle
Entertainment in Carriganima: Please take note in your diary of the following events. Santa will arrive on Sunday December 16. Macroom iswell known for its Buffalo cheese. Well, one of those buffaloes is now starring in a new role in Carriganima, when he will help Santa on his merry way to the pub. Should be interesting. On Friday / Saturday night Dec 21/22, they are hoping to have an Irish Traditional Night. This will be a fundraiser for Parkinsons. If you are interested in performing at this function, contact Seanie on 087 2600640 for more info. Willie’s Country Roadshow will take place on St. Stephen’s night. Murphy’s Party night out will be on Dec 27 with ‘ Little Creatures’. A great line up for the festive season.

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Members of Ploughing Association, Ballinagree Vintage and Aghinagh Comhaltas who helped raise €1665 for Cork Penny Dinners at fundraising concert ©Peter Scanlan

Inchigeela Updates

Jiving. The classes in jiving given in the hall have been very successful, with nearly 30 people of all ages enjoying the Tuesday night instruction and I’m sure benefiting health wise from the exercise as well.
Croi na Laoi meeting. Members reviewed the Tidy Towns results and it was agreed that it had been another good year for Inchigeela. The chairperson thanked everyone for their participation. Areas were identified where improvements could be made and a list of these areas was drawn up with the intention of examining them later and tackling them in the coming year. Among the areas considered were the areas of conservation, waste management, usáid na Gaeilge, saving seeds and the use of home grown saplings and bulbs. The group also plan to get the services of an outside, independent facilitator who would advise on planning.
Muintir Award. Inchigeela was recently awarded with a high commendation and prize money for the work done in organising the local walks and for the maps and signs to these walks. This was one of the awards conferred by Muintir na Tíre at their presentation evening at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. The evening provides a wonderful opportunity to see what other developments are happening in other towns and villages and to get helpful tips from likeminded people.
Fundraiser A pleasant afternoon was had at the fundraising event in “The Courtyard” in Sober Lane in Cork, kindly hosted by Finbarr and Dolly O’Shea. The funds raised go towards the upkeep and improvements to the Cemetery in Inchigeela. Finbarr was born in Gortnahoctee and has a strong love for his old home town and its people and visits Inchigeela at every opportunity. He and his family have been very generous to the aforementioned cause for a long time now. They provided us with a free bus, a sumptuous 3 course meal, and music to which we danced the evening away. The occasion is also a means of meeting old friends, who now live away from Inchigeela and old stories were told and the latest happenings discussed. The social evening was honoured with a visit from Bishop John Buckley who is also one of our own of course.
County Champs. A hearty congratulations go to Naomh Fionnbarra minor girls who defeated Mallow in the County final. The girls gave a splendid display of skill and determination in a game that didn’t always go their way. It took courage to stay with a very physical Mallow side who we must admit were in the game until the very end. Even at the last quarter when scores became evasive, the Naomh Fionnbarra girls didn’t flinch but showed they had belief in themselves and with powerful team work and calm direction from the sideline, they held their nerve and got the winning scores. Well done to all.
Christmas Market. The annual market held at this time of year is to take place in Creedon’s Hotel on th 12th of December. See next issue for more info or call 02649012
Sunday Walk. The Sunday walk will be to Doire an Aonaigh, with lovely views over four parishes and the Kerry mountains.

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Aghinagh Macra Ladies Soccer team. ©

Macra Matters

Aghinagh Men’s and Ladies soccer teams won the Muskerry division Soccer competitions recently in Donoughmore. Both teams will now advance to the All-Ireland finals in Dublin on December 2nd. This is a great achievement and the club wishes them the very best of luck.

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Paddy Corkery and Fr John Buckley on pilgrimage tour to Mexico, at Teotihuacan Pyramids. ©

To Mexico and Back.

By Paddy Corkery.
A routine trip to London led to a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico with Spiritual Director, Fr John Buckley PP. Cricklewood and native of Carriganima. Forty seven pilgrims took the 11 hour flight from Heathrow to Mexico City. While primarily religious, the trip also included music, song, dance and good fun. Our accommodation was in the cities of Mexico and Pueblo, 130km apart. Mexico City has 26 million people, 40% unemployment and 7 million cars. It is also a tale of two cities, with its Shanty towns or Rainbow city, due to its many colours, on the vast perimeter. Those areas are deprived of many basic facilities, including water. We travelled throughout this vast country whose wealth in oil and minerals is not reflected in the lifestyle of many of its people. We passed in close proximity to recent earthquake and volcano sites, climbing Pyramids and visiting many beautiful churches in this staunchly Catholic country. Road traffic is crazy but nevertheless moving, which may be due to the absence of roundabouts and very few traffic lights. Motor transport is a mixture of good or otherwise, and some of the ancient Volkswagens would have difficulty with our NCT test. On the roads also were many pickup trucks or jeeps with cribs , which remind us of the horse and cribs which took the calves and bonhams to the Fair in days of yore. The streets and roads of Mexico have many potholes and uneven surfaces, with dangerous steps as you enter some churches and other buildings. Obviously the compensation culture has not reached that far.
Milk production and the manufacturing of dairy products is primarily in North Mexico, necessitating the use of powder milk with teas and coffees in the south. On our journey from Mexico city to Pueblo, we viewed many fields of ripe corn, which when harvested is heaped in stacks as in Ireland long ago. Pueblo boasts a fine Soccer stadium with a capacity of 52,000, and a number of games in the World Cup competitions of 1970 and 1986 were played here. The highlight of our trip was the beautiful Marian Shrine of Guadalupe. It was here that Our Lady appeared to a native Indian, Juan Diego, in 1531, and her image was miraculously emblazoned on his cloak, which is still on view. We explored the magnificent new Basilica de Guadalupe and also the old basilica, built in1700, which is slowly sinking. Mexico city is actually built on a lake and many of its buildings are also slowly sinking. No trip to Mexico city would be complete without a visit to the Aztec Football Stadium, where the World Cup finals of 1970 and 1986 were played before an attendance of 95,000. We saw team Group American beat Tijuana 3 nil, with the young star, Diago Laniez, in top form. We returned home tired but happy, after the journey of a lifetime.

Simon Concert at the Mills

The 5th annual concert for the Simon Community will take place at 7.30pm on Sunday 25 November in The Museum Bar at The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney to raise much needed funds for the Cork Charity. Simon has been helping to accommodate the homeless for many years and with homelessness at crisis point, needs our support more than ever. A talented group of singers and musicians are getting together to put on this fun-filled night. This year's concert features Greenshine, Stayin' Down Shoes - a wonderful Cork band who play Americana and Old Timey music and features exemplary guitarist and singer, Sara Corkery along with Brendan Butler of The Lee Valley String Band on vocals and mandolin and Siona Knepper on stand up bass. Also appearing is a traditional trio with Siobhán Ní Mhuineacháin, who has won multiple awards at Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Louise Cronin on fiddle and Micheál Cantillon Murphy on guitar. Bobby Wolfe will perform songs from his new EP, Steady Foundations and Greenshine ,who are currently gracing the RTE Radio1 Recommends list, will perform their new single, The Good is Gone which went straight in at #2. A hugely popular feature of the night is the infamous raffle! So do your bit for Simon and have a great night in the process. There is no cover charge so donations large and small will be very gratefully accepted.

Drama at White Horse

Random Players present ‘Neighbours’, written and directed by Muiris McGillicuddy, at The White Horse, Ballincollig, on Thursday November 29th. ‘Neighbours’ is a little piece of theatre about---you guessed it---neighbours. Well, it is-- and it isn’t. The characters whose lives intersect here happen to be neighbours, but they are people as well, and as we know, people come in all shapes and sizes, no two alike. And they form friendships: Uneasy ones, hard-to-figure-out ones, friendships that climb over the wall into love, and those friendships that defy age profiles, held values, even musical tastes. So now you know next to nothing about the play, which has Dixie Collins and Brendan O’Sullivan on stage. And what does Cat Stevens and his music have to do with ‘Neighbours’? Come along and see it at The White Horse, Ballincollig, on Thursday November 29th. ‘Neighbours’ is preceded by a Traditional and Folk musical treat from ‘Corner Bar Trio + 1’.- Doors open 7.30 for 8.00 show. Admission €10. Tickets available online at www.whitehorse.ie,from the bar at The White Horse, and from Brendan 086-8096594, Dixie 086-8284411, Muiris 087-2287568.


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Professor Cian Ó Mathúna in UCC's Stone Corridor with wafer. Cian's great grand-father from Knockshanawee, Farnanes, donated the Ogham Stone. ©Con Kelleher.

Professor Cian Ó Mathúna - Inventor .

Cian Ó Mathúna was in Macroom recently and he heard a shout from behind – ‘Mahoney – is that you?’ That is how Cian was, is and probably always will be known in Macroom. However there is another side to the story. A research professor in Tyndall National Institute in U.C.C., this year Cian and his team were awarded the prestigious U.C.C. Invention of the Year award for an innovation that prolongs the battery life of mobile devices. The team’s research area is ‘Magnetics-on- Silicon’ – these tiny electronics components help power semiconductors, or silicon chips, integral to the functioning of computers, smart phones and other electronic products. I met Cian last week on campus in U.C.C. and he outlined his academic background and how the honour was earned.
One of seven children and the eldest son of Dónal and Kathleen Ó Mathúna, Well House, New Street, Cian lived initially in Clonakilty and came to Macroom in 1968 when his Dad was appointed Principal in McEgan College. Cian duly attended St. Colman’s BNS, Macroom, and De La Salle. Among an impressive secondary school staff, he had particular praise for teachers Pat Fitzgerald (English), Pat Horgan (Maths), Murt Kelleher (Physics/ Chemistry) and Noel Dunne (English and Latin). At U.C.C. he qualified with an Honours degree in Electrical Engineering in 1981. He then worked for a year with the E.S.B. in Dublin. Cian returned to Cork and, under Prof. Gerry Wrixon, he did a Masters (1984) and a Ph. D. (1994) in the National Microelectronic Research Centre, now Tyndall. The NMRC was set up at the instigation of Prof. Wrixon and with backing of the now much maligned Charlie Haughey. Gerry Wrixon was a visionary, very tough but fair. He later became President of U.C.C. Tyndall/NMRC would not exist without him. Part-way through his doctoral studies, his supervisor left, and Cian became a leader of his section in Tyndall. Today, 36 years on, Tyndall employs 500 people, has an annual budget of €36 million and Cian is Head of one of two Research Centres, MicroNanoSystems, with responsibility for over 200 researchers.
More than two decades ago, Cian focused his research on the concept of magnetics-on-silicon, an idea which he picked up from some early-stage research reported by University of California Berkeley and researchers in Japan. At the beginning, judgement was mixed and many told him that the idea would come to nothing – it was good for academic publications but would never be of commercial reality in real products. Displaying true grit – let’s call that a Macroom characteristic – he pursued his dream. Much hard work led to many (more than 100) scientific/engineering papers published in prestigious journals and at international conferences. Ten years ago he founded and hosted the first ever conference on the theme in U.C.C. which attracted a modest but international gathering of leading companies and academics. The second in 2010 was bigger and the project was gaining traction. Held every two years, the conference moved to San Francisco in 2012 and was held in Boston and Madrid in 2014 and 2016 respectively. This year it was held in Taiwan, the semiconductor manufacturing capital of the world and the event marked a significant milestone with a number of global companies presenting their plans for products using the technology in the coming years. The Tyndall team, which constitutes more than 30 researchers, engineers, business development experts and students, had found their ‘Holy Grail’.
Along the way, Cian and his team have achieved world-wide recognition in their field and he personally has been of elevated to Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers), a 400,000 strong world-wide technical association – Cian is an FIEEE, one of about 15 in the country. While this is a career landmark for Cian on a personal level, it is more important for the team, Tyndall, U.C.C., Cork and indeed Ireland. This work puts Cork and Ireland at the forefront of ‘cutting edge’ technology and should attract further investment, employment and prosperity. Ever conscious of the tax-payers’ funding, Cian is determined to honour that investment. The Invention of the Year Award recognised a specific joint patent, which recently appeared in the public domain, with what Cian cryptically described as a very large global fruit company. Of equal importance, the award also recognised the impact of Cian’s research which has, over the last 4 years, been licenced to 3 major electronics companies – the income from which is the largest ever obtained in Tyndall/NMRC for a single technology – a twenty year journey from research excellence to commercial impact. Cian’s family and Macroom should be very proud of his superb work and achievements to date. It is yet another example of how Macroom people can achieve very high levels in many paths of life. In GAA tradition, we give three cheers for Cian.
P.S. In his youth, Cian was a very enthusiastic footballer. In 1976 Macroom won the Mid-Cork A U-16 championship with a very good team, in which Cian’s younger brother, Tadhg, played in goal. Perhaps a greater achievement was that a second team reached a B final and were beaten by Donoughmore. The side was captained by Cian with his brother Liam (Bill), now in Melbourne, also playing. The 6ft 4in Cian recalls a high ball landing into him, at full forward, at the edge of the square – he heard two shouts from the coaches – Padraig Dervin (R.I.P.), Michael Goold (‘the Back Square’) – he duly jumped, fist high, GOAAAAL! No doubt the attitude and skills so acquired stood him in good stead in his academic battles and achievements, in particular, two of his core beliefs – determination and teamwork.
Dr. Mark Tagney, another Macroom native, who also attended St. Colman’s BNS, Macroom and De La Salle, Macroom, has too recently won a UCC invention award for his work in Diagnostics – his research will improve and reduce the cost of imaging (scans etc.) in cancer diagnosis. Well done Mark. P.S. For the historians and lovers of heritage among you, the photograph is of Cian with a silicon wafer which was taken in the UCC Stone Corridor in front of two Ogham stones. These particular Stones came from Cian’s great grandfather's farm in Knockshanavee, up on the hill north of Farnanes. He donated a number of Ogham Stones to the University in the early 1900s. Cian saw the Ogham writing on the Stones as providing an interesting link to modern communications technology which is enabled by the silicon chip, effectively sand!
Sources; Professor Cian Ó Mathúna, The Irish Times, Barry O’Brien’s Macroom GAA Club History (1987) and Google. Please check Cian’s and Mark’s achievements on Google; you will be impressed!
By Con Kelleher, 24, Oakwood, Macroom

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Macroom U-14 Footballers in 1974. Back row, Connie Foley, Eamon Goold, Cian Ó Mathúna, Brendan Quinlan, Jerry Lucey, Paddy Murphy, Michael 'Robbie' Kelleher(R.I.P.), John Coughlan (R.I.P.), Tim Crowley. Front row, Liam Ó Mathúna, Seán Landers, Barry Lynch, J.J. Murphy, Gerard O'Leary, Peter O'Halloran and Tadgh Ó Mathúna. ©

The Camino Voyage

We are pleased to announce that The Camino Voyage has won The Documentary Award at the 2018 Irish Screen America Film Festival in NYC. The award was presented to Dónal Ó Céilleachair by Deputy Consul General of Ireland in New York, Eimear Friel, and Festival Director, Niall McKay. The Camino Voyage opened the festival with yet another sold-out screening. It also won a Documentary Award at the 2018 Oireachtas Media Awards. Brendan Begley from the crew was on hand to receive the award and dedicated it to the memory of our fellow adventurer in arms, the Writer and Poet; Danny Sheehy.

Féile na Laoch 2018

Bhí Coiste Féile na Laoch fíor shásta le Féile 2018 agus iad an bhuíoch do gach duine a chabhraigh leo. Bhíodar buíoch do lucht urraíochta agus tacaíochta agus don meitheal mór oibre a chabhraigh leo in aon tsaghas slí. Bhiodar buíoch do Mhná Ghobnatan, CLG Naomh Abán, agus Comhaltas Cosanta Cúil Aodha is Comhar Chumann Mhúscraí, an Coiste Sóisialta mar aon le Comhairle Contae Chorcaighe, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ealaíon na Gaeltachta is Iomairt Colm Cille agus RnaG. Bhí an coiste fíor bhuíoch do gach aon ealaíontóir, úghdar agus saoi a tháinig agus a thug a n-am go fial. Bhí tinnreamh agus freastal ar an bhFéile neartaithe go mór ó 2011 agus bhí méadú mór ar an méid laetheanta a bhí sa chlár. Tá fomhar breá cuimhní cinn agus samhail draíochtúla taiscithe againn anois mar lón d’ár mbeatha sna seacht mbliana romhainn amach. Tá Cófra na Laoch anois pacálta agus i dtaisce.Osclófar é arís ar uair a Mheann Lae, Lá Bealtaine, 2025. Is mian leis an coiste a mbuíochas ó chroí a ghabháil le gach éinne a bhí páirteach linn i bhFéile na Laoch 2018.
The 2018 Féile na Laoch committee ar very happy with the 2018 Festival and wish to thank all who helped them. They are grateful to all who sponsored, to the meitheal who worked on the Festival, to Mná Ghobnatan, Naomh Abán GAA, Comhaltas Cosanta Cúil Aodha,, ComharChumann Mhúscraí and the Scéim Sóisialta, to Cork County Council, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ealaíon na Gaeltachta, ColmCille and RnaG. The Committee are also very grateful to all the artists, the experts and speakers who generously volunteered their time and gifts. The attendence of Feile na Laoch 2018 was well up on 2011 and the Festival itself extended to many extra days of events. It leaves a harvest of many wonderful memories and much matierial for enriching our lives for the next seven years. The Cófra na Laoch (Cupboard of Heroes) is now packed and stands in its resting place until it will be opeed again at noon, on Mayday, 2025. The Festival committee are very thankful to all who partook of Féile na Laoch 2018.

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Anthony O’Sullivan, Jack Cornhouse, Con Long, Fr Tim O’Sullivan, Deirdre Burke, Tommy Murray, George Lehane, Tadgh Cullinane and Gerard Long at the official opening of Kilmurry Schools Exhibition, ©Peter Scanlan

Cork Burning.

A talk given by Michael Lenihan 16th January at 8pm in Independence Museum Kilmurry. Author of Pure Cork and more recently, Cork Burning, ‘A tale of arson, loot and murder’ was how one source described the events that would befall Cork city on the night of 11–12 December 1920. In a scene of almost unprecedented destruction, members of the British forces bent on revenge for the ambushes at Kilmichael and Dillon’s Cross set fire to both the commercial and the civic heart of the city. One side of Patrick Street and the area surrounding it were razed to the ground, while City Hall and the neighbouring Carnegie Library were gutted as Auxiliaries and Black and Tans shot at Cork’s firemen and cut their hoses in an effort to ensure maximum damage. Then, to add insult to injury, as the smoke cleared the British government tried to blame Cork’s own citizens for the devastation. Using eyewitness accounts and contemporary sources, and illustrated with exceptional images from the period, Cork Burning tells the story of the events before, during and after that infamous night. It covers such topics as Cork City before December 1920, the Black and Tans, Auxiliaries and K Company, Republican Cork, a timeline of events before the burning of Cork City, early fires and arson by crown forces in Cork, the Kilmichael Ambush, the Dillon’s Cross Ambush, premises destroyed, official investigations into the causes, compensation and rebuilding.


Award for “Circular Ocean”

8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans each year and it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our seas by 2050. This is of particular significance to Ireland. As an island nation, we have a marine area that is ten times the size of its land area above the sea, with the majority of our population living within 50km of the ocean. Marine plastics and more specifically the scourge of lost and discarded fishing gear was the focus of Macroom based project “Circular Ocean”, who were recently awarded the 2018 Pakman Award for achievements in Environmental Education & Awareness. At the awards ceremony in Dublin October 25th, 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisations and community groups assembled to celebrate their positive impacts on our environment. The Circular Ocean team accepted their award from Minister for State for Rural Affairs & National Resources, SeánCanney TD.
Ted O’Leary, Environment Directorate, Cork County Council expressed delight that the great work of the Circular Ocean project team has been recognised with this Pakman Award, saying that marine waste is of necessity a priority for Cork, which, with a coastline of 1,100km is the largest coastal county. Maintaining a pristine marine environment is essential, not just to the economy of Cork, but to the well being of current and future generations. Funded under the ERDF Interreg VB Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Programme, the focus of the Circular Ocean project is to seek opportunities for recovery and reuse of waste Fishing Nets & Rope, with a view to benefiting local economies. The initial concept emerged from Macroom E Enterprise Centre in Cork through SMILE Resource Exchange where members highlighted the significant problem posed by waste fishing nets in Ireland and internationally. Macroom E, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cork County Council, is the sole Irish partner and had responsibility for the Communications activities surrounding the project. Circular Ocean’s communications strategy centred around enlightening coastal communities, industry and policymakers of the potentially detrimental environmental impacts of end of life fishing nets and rope, while inspiring the diversion of waste fishing gear materials from our oceans and landfills for reuse, recycling and new product development. Partners have also investigated the potential applications of end of life fishing nets in areas such as 3D printing and as a replacement for new plastic products the construction sector, as well as providing expert guidance to SME’s on new business opportunities.Learn more atwww.circularocean.eu

Alzheimer’s Patient’s Prayer

Pray for me. I was once like you. Be kind and loving to me; that’s how I would have treated you. Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse. I had a life and dream for the future. Speak to me. I can hear you even if I don’t understand what you are saying. Speak to me of things in my past, to which I can still relate. Be considerate of me, my days are such a struggle. Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain. Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way. Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer’s. I was full of life. I had a life, laughed and loved you. Think of how I am now. My disease distorts my thinking; my feelings and my ability to respond. But I still love you even if I can’t tell you. Think about my future. Remember I was full of hope for the future, just like you are now. Think how it would be to have things locked in your mind and can’t let them out. I need you to understand and not blame me, but Alzheimer’s. I still need the compassion and the touching and, most of all, I still need you to love me. Keep me in your prayers because I am between life and death. The love you give will be a blessing from God and both of us will live forever.
How you live and what you do today will always be remembered in the heart of the Alzheimer’s Patient.

Macroom Cork “20” Fundraising Committee
By Cathal Quill.

On behalf of the Macroom Cork “20” Fundraising committee we would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who made it possible for the CB Tool Hire Cork 20 Rally to run in Macroom in 2018. Firstly, we would like to thank our partners in the The Lee Valley Enterprise Board, The Riverside Park Hotel and AnGarda Siochana who played a major part in making the event a success for Macroom in 2018. Secondly, we would like to thank all the local businesses and traders who have supported the fundraising committee through stage sponsorship and sponsorship adverts in the event program. Without this critical support the event would not take place in Macroom. Thirdly, we would like to thank the businesses and people who provided their premises for Scrutiny, Trailer Park, Service Park, Parc Ferme and the ceremonial start. Lastly to the residents and family’s living on the stages and the road sections, we thank you for your cooperation and engagement with the rally. We also thank you for coming out and supporting the rally through attending the ceremonial start, the stages, the service park and for creating a special atmosphere around the town of Macroom for the weekend. It has competitors asking about 2019 already. Thanks to each one off you.

Right of Way

Dear Karen,
I have been accessing my farmlands through a neighbour’s land for over thirty years. My father used the same right of way before me. It has only recently come to light that my right of way is not registered in the Land Registry. My neighbour and I fell out a few years ago over an entirely different matter. Now I am worried that I might lose my right of way if I do not get it registered as I know he won’t sign a deed in relation to same. It is critical to my farming business and I am really worried. What can I do?
Dear Reader,
This is a relatively common scenario. Often, we do not appreciate or consider the value or significance of a right of way to our land until there is a danger that we may lose it or be prevented from accessing it. The first thing I would say to you is do not panic. It is good that you are aware now that the right of way is not registered and are seeking to deal with the matter.
There are three ways of rectifying the matter:-
1) Deed of Right of Way
This is obviously only applicable where there is no dispute with the owner of the land over which the Right of Way is enjoyed. A Deed of Right of Way would be drawn up by a Solicitor and a Land Registry Compliant map would need to accompany the Deed marking the Right of Way. The owner of the land over which the Right of Way is located would have to sign and also, the person to whom the Right of Way is being given. This Deed would then be registered in the Land Registry and would appear as a burden on the Folio of the said land. This is the cheapest and by far the easiest way of registering a Right of Way and formalising the position as it exists on the ground. You could consider approaching your neighbour but you may feel that it would be a complete waste of time.
2. By application to the Land Registry
Again, this is particular to cases where there is no dispute. This is done by way of direct application to the Land Registry without the necessity of obtaining a Court Order. In the event that a dispute is expected, the right to apply to Court still exists but a claimant may prefer to go through the Land Registry route in the hope of avoiding the expense of a Court action. A Form 68 is prepared and lodged in the Land Registry and is served on the owner of the lands. The Land Registry adjudicates on the application. If the landowner disputes the facts, and registration does not proceed, the claimant can still apply to Court for a declaration that the Right of Way exists.
3. By way of Court
If the person makes an application to Court and succeeds, the Court will declare that the Right of Way exists, will identify the route and nature of the Right of Way and may order registration of the right as a burden on the Folio. (If the Title is registered in the Land Registry as distinct from the Registry of Deeds).
Rights of Way are very complex, particularly if ownership of the roadway, path, or other route of Right of Way is divided between a number of different owners. It is strongly advised that any person who enjoys the benefit of a Right of Way should register that right well in advance of the deadline which is the 30th November 2021, where all rights of way must be registered. The best advice that can be given to any farmer or landowner whose accessing all or part of his or her by a road or track where the Right of Way is not registered on title is to consult a solicitor as soon as possible.
Karen Walsh, from a farming background, is a solicitor practicing in Walsh & Partners, Solicitors, 17, South Mall, Cork (021-4270200), and author of ‘Farming and the Law’. Walsh & Partners also specialises in personal injury claims, conveyancing, probate and family law. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.walshandpartners.ie

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, solicitor Karen Walsh does not accept responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising, and you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

Cork Road Works

Silversprings, Little Island: Works here remain on track for completion by January 2019. Works in the median area will reach full completion during the week commencing Monday the 19th of November. Outbound traffic lanes will then be completed under night time working up to the overall completion date of January 2019. Appointment of a Contractor for Little Island Interchange capacity improvement works is still anticipated before Christmas with works likely to get underway on Monday the 21st of January 2019. Scope of works required includes full reconfiguration and resurfacing of the Little Island overbridge and traffic restrictions will be required – details to follow in January updates. The capacity improvements works should reach completion by May 2019.
Upgrading Sarsfield Road to facilitate sustainable transport modes such as walking, cycling & public transport. Footpath construction on the eastern side of the Sarsfield Road will continue for the next two weeks. Significant elements of surfacing works are scheduled to be carried out under night time working over the coming period. Surfacing works on the southbound lanes of Sarsfield road will then be progressed from Tuesday the 27th of November to Wednesday the 5th of December. On the night of Monday, the 26th of November, repair works will be carried out on the Bishopstown exit from the Bandon Road Roundabout. While all resurfacing works are obviously weather dependant to some extent, we are still confident that works on the Sarsfield Road will reach substantial completion during the first week in December 2018.

Sports Mad

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Munster Club Senior Camogie Final

Inniscarra 2-9 Inagh-Kilmona, Clare 0-7
A great second half performance helped Inniscarra win their second ever Munster Senior Club camogie title and their first in eight years when they overcame Clare champions, Inagh Kilnamona, in a hard fought encounter at Cashel. Heavy rain showers made conditions difficult but Inniscarra, Cork champions three years in a row, had a winning blend of experienced and young emerging players to cope with the conditions. They introduced 16-year-old Claudia Keane at half time and she scored 1-1 in the second half, her goal coming in the 38th minute, to make the score 2-4 to 0-3 at that stage.
Inagh Kilnamona were the better team in the opening half but it was Inniscarra who struck the early blow when Niamh Dilworth got the opening goal after just three minutes. Inagh replied with a point before Dilworth pointed a free in the 14th minute. Inagh full-forward Amy Keating pointed a free in the 21st minute but another Dilworth free moved Inniscarra a goal in front a minute later. Inagh had a point in reply but they hit many first half wides. Inniscarra led by 1-2 to 0-3 at the break. Inagh lost full back, Sinead Quinn, through injury at half-time and Inniscarra, with the advantage of the stiff diagonal breeze in the second half, quickly added two points on the restart through Niamh Dilworth (free) and Katie O’Mahony to go four clear after 35 minutes. Then came Claudia Keane’s goal to put ‘Scarra seven points clear but Inagh Kilnamona refused to go away and by the 47th minute they were within four points of the winners. In the last quarter, Katie O’Mahony, Niamh Dilworth and Niamh McCarthy combined to share five all important points to see the Cork champions over the line for a deserved victory.
Scorers for Inniscarra: N Dilworth 1-7 (0-5 f), C Keane 1-1; N McCarthy and K O’Mahony 0-1 each.
Inniscarra: Sheila Walsh; Aine O’Regan, Caitlin Looney, Rebecca Quigley; Rosie O’Mahony, Rena Buckley, Rebecca Keane; Aileen Sheehan, Katie O’Mahony; Treasa McCarthy (Capt), Niamh Dilworth (vc), Erin Looney; Jenny Burke, Niamh McCarthy, Ellen Murphy. Subs: Claudia Keane h/t; Aine O’Connor 56. Player of the match: Aileen Sheehan, Inniscarra

GAA Cork County Championships
County Senior Football Championship: Champions: St Finbarrs (Duhallow)
Relegation Last Two: Kiskeam and Aghada
Munster Club Senior Football Championship

1st Round: The Nire, Waterford 1 – 18 Adare, Limerick 0-12
Dr Crokes, Kerry 3-15 Ardfinnan, Tipperary 0-8
Semi Finals: St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay, Clare 2-11 The Nire 0-9
Dr Crokes 5-20 St Finbarrs, Cork 1-11
Final: Dr Crokes, Killarney v St Joseph’s, Clare
Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Fermoy (St Michaels)
Relegation Play Offs: Na Piarsaigh, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh, Castletownbere play off in Round Robin format.
Results: Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh 2 – 17 Na Piarsaigh 1 – 9
Munster Intermediate Football Championship
1st Round: Kilcummin, Kerry 0-10 Kilrush, Clare 0-7
Fermoy, Cork 4-9 Galbally, Limerick 0-6
Semi Finals: Kilcummin 2-17 Kilmacthomas, Waterford 0-1
Fermoy 2-6 Moyne-Templetouhy, Tipperary 0-8
Final: Fermoy, Cork v Kilcummin, Kerry

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Eileen O'Flynn, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for October to Tadgh Corkery, Cill na Martra. Included are his parents, Martina and Ian, sisters Molly and Rosie. © Mike English

Cork Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Cill na Martra (Aghabullogue)
Relegation play offs Round 1: (A) Glanmire 0-17 Carrigaline B 0-7
Round 2: Rockchapel w/o Carrigaline scr., Clonakilty v BALLINORA
Last Two: Carrigaline and Clonakilty B or Ballinora
Cork County Junior Football Championship

Champions: Dromtarriffe (Kilmacabea)
Munster Club Junior Football Championship
1st Round: Beaufort, Kerry 5-16 Ballylooby, Tipperary 1-9
Dromtariffe, Cork 2-10 Kildimo, Limerick 1-7
Semi Finals: Beaufort 5-23 Michael Cusacks, Clare 0-4
Dromtariffe 2-16 Mount Sion, Waterford 0-10
Final: Dromtarriffe, Cork v Beaufort, Kerry at Mallow, December 2nd
Co. Inter-Divisions Junior B Football Championship
Final: Russell Rovers 3-15 Castletownbere 1-10

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Tadhg Ó Corcora with Cill na Martra club officers  Lee Valley Outlook

U21 County Football Championships
Final: Kilmurry 0-12 Nemo Rangers 1-9 - draw
Nemo Rangers 1-13 Kilmurry 0-8 - replay
Kilmurry 0 – 12 Nemo Rangers 1 – 9
A point in stoppage time from Eoghan Clifford earned Kilmurry a replay in a tense final at Páirc Ui Rinn. It was a great result for the Mid Cork champions who had been under the cosh by Nemo in the closing stages but had the heart and the ability to stage a late counter which yielded the golden point from Clifford. Kilmurry had reason to be thankful for the series of outstanding saves by their goalkeeper Eoghan Curzon which had kept them in contention despite the Nemo onslaught.
Kilmurry started slowly and found themselves two points in arrears after only three minutes. Points from James O’Mullane had Kilmurry level and in the 15th minute Sean Warren had a smashing goal, the chance set up by the work of Marco Healy and Joe Ryan. Tomás Collins added a point and Kilmurry led by 1-3 to 0-2 after 17 minutes. Nemo responded well and a string of points had them leading by a point, 0-8 to 1-4 at the break.
On the resumption, Joe Ryan pointed to bring Kilmurry level and Eoghan Clifford then had a point to put them back in the lead, 1-6 to 0-8. Nemo drew level and went back in front, went back in front, Kilmurry levelled before Nemo again hit the front. In the 47th minute, a move started by William Ronan in defence, carried on by Liam Wall and Evan Carroll, ended with Kyle Kelleher feeding Joe Ryan who kicked another equaliser, 1-8 to 0-11 now the score. In the hectic last ten minutes, Nemo went a point clear, Eoghan Curzon denied them a goal with a breathtaking save in the 52nd minute and another two minutes later. Nemo kicked four wides in a row and Eoghan Clifford’s injury time point saved the day for Kilmurry.
Kilmurry scorers: Joe Ryan 0-4 (0-2f), Seán Warren 1-0, James O’Mullane, Eoghan Clifford 0- each, Tomás Collins 0-1.
Kilmurry: Éoin Curzon: Michael Dromey, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: James O’Mullane, Liam O’Sulllivan, Kyle Kelleher: Marco Healy, Liam Wall: Tomás Collins, Eoghan Clifford, Brian Hinchion: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Seán Flanagan h/t, Lloyd Aisling 56.
Nemo Rangers 1 – 13 Kilmurry 0- 8
A very even first half, Nemo leading by a single point at the break, 0-5 to 0-4, was followed by an opening twelve minutes of further near-stalemate on the resumption after which only a single point still separated the teams, but then Nemo struck for four points in a row to go well clear and followed with a goal from a penalty to lead by 1-11 to 0-6 by the 50th minute and this game had slipped away from the gallant Kilmurry side.
Kilmurry led a point on four occasions in the first half, courtesy of three converted frees from Joe Ryan and one from Seán Warren, Nemo Rangers equalising on each occasion before the city side took the lead for the first time in the 32ndminute to lead by 0-5 to 0-4 at the break.
Nemom stretched their lead to 0-2, Joe Ryan pointed to bring it back: Nemo led 0-7 to 0-5, Liam Wall had a point to make it a one point game again in the 42nd minute. Nemo were getting on top and in a golden seven minute spell fired over four points in a row followed by the goal from an undisputed penalty award to lead by 1-11 to 0-6. Points from Eoghan Clifford and James O’Mullane showed that there was still plenty of fight in Kilmurry but Nemo had the scent of victory in their nostrils and finished with two more points for a comprehensive winning margin.
Scorers: Joe Ryan 0-4 (f), Seán Warren (f), J O’Mullane, L Wall and E Clifford 0-1each
Kilmurry: Éoin Curzon: Michael Dromey, Fionn Warren, William Ronan: Brian Hinchion, Liam O’Sulllivan, Kyle Kelleher: Marco Healy, Jack Casey: Liam Wall, Eoghan Clifford, James O’Mullane: Evan Carroll, Joe Ryan, Seán Warren. Subs: Tomás Collins 27, Lloyd Aisling 48, Darragh Linehan 48, Greg Fitton 58.

U21B Football Championship

Semi Finals: Duargle Gaels 1-14 O’Donovan Rossa 1-12 aet
Midleton 1-4 Charleville 1-11
Final: Charleville 1-13 Duarigle Gaels 0-8
U21C Football Champions: Donoughmore
County Senior Hurling Championship
County Champions: Imokilly (Midleton)
Relegation Playoff Draws
Last Two: Carrigtwohill and Killeagh
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship

1st Round Midleton, Cork 2-13 Ballygunner, Waterford 1-18
Semi Finals: Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 3-22 Clonoulty-Rossmore, Tipperary 0-13
Ballygunner 2-26 Ballyea, Clare 2-23
Final: Ballygunner, Waterford 2-14 Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 2-8
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

County Champions: Charleville (Courcey Rovers)
P I H C relegation play offs: Last Two: Youghal and Aghada
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship

1st Round: Clonea, Waterford 1-25 Garryspillane, Limerick 1-10
Lixnaw, Kerry 1-16 Cashel King-Cormacs 1-13
Semi Finals: Feakle, Clare 5-15 Clonea 2-15
Charleville, Cork 1-17 Lixnaw 0-11
Final: Charleville, Cork 2-20 Feakle, Clare 1-20
County Intermediate Hurling Championship:

County Champions: Ballincollig (Blackrock)
Relegation Play Offs (to date): Last Two: Dripsey and St Finbarrs or Inniscarra 2.
County Junior Hurling championship

County Champions: Cloughduv (Russell Rovers)
Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship
1st Round: Tournafulla, Limerick 1-22 Kilgarvan, Kerry 2-9
Boherlahan-Dualla, Tipperary w/o Clare scr.
Semi Finals: Ballinammeela, Waterford 1-15 Tournafulla 0-14
Cloughduv, Cork 1-16 Boherlahan-Dualla 0-12
Final: Cloughduv v Ballinameela, Waterford at Mallow, December 2nd.

Cloughduv 1 – 16 Boherlahan-Dualla 0 – 12
Despite a long journey to Boherlahan, Cork champions Cloughduv got off to a brilliant start with a first minute goal, followed by a string of points, and they led by 1-7 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter. The Cloughduv goal came after only 20 seconds of the start, Joe Ryan setting up the chance for James Moynihan which was well taken. The goal was followed immediately by two points to give Cloughduv a 1-2 to 0-1 lead when Boherlahan opened their scoring with a point t in the 4th minute. Cloughduv were on top and had another six points added to their tally before the Tipperary champions scored a second point in the 17th minute to make it 1-8 to 0-2 at that stage as Brian Verling was once again proving his deadly accuracy from frees. Boherlahan recovered somewhat before half time when Cloughduv led by 1-10 to 0-5 all the Boherlahan scores coming from frees.
On the restart Cloughduv added another two points to their tally, Brian Verling and Dave O’Leary the scorers, before the home side struck over five points in a row to make it 1-12 to 0-10 by the 53rd minute. Cloughduv conceded no further ground however, had points in the 57th and 58th minutes, and as the game went into added time struck two more points to assure themselves of victory and a place in the Munster final.
Cloughduv scorers: James Moynihan 1-1, Brian Verling 0-10 (0-9f), Mark Walsh 0-2, Dave O’Leary, Joe Ryan and Liam Long 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Seán Curzon, Brian Ahern, Patrick Buckley: Ger Ahern, Dave O’Leary, Eoghan Clifford; Mark Verling, Aidan Murphy: Mark Walsh, Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery: Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan. Subs: Denis O’Sullivan h/t, Paul O’Sullivan 50, Liam Long 54.

Co. Inter-Division Junior B Hurling Championship

Final: Watergrasshill 0-11 Mallow 0-11 draw
Watergrasshill 2–16 Mallow 3 – 11 replay
County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship

Round 1
(A) BLARNEY 0-18 Douglas 1-12
(B) St Finbarr's 1-8 Valley Rovers 2-15
(C) Charleville 3-16 Duhallow 1-10
(D) Fr O' Neills 1-23 Glen Rovers 0-17
(E) St Colmans 1-12 Blackrock 0-23
(F) Killeagh/Ita's 2-9 Sarsfields 4-21
(G) Shandrum 2-9 Midleton 3-19
(H) Na Piarsaigh a bye

Round 2 (Losers of Round 1)
Na Piarsaigh 1-12 Douglas 3-27
Killeagh/Ita’s 1-10 Shandrum 1-13
Duhallow 1-14 St Colmans 1-13
St Finbarrs 1-16 Glen Rovers 0-21
Round 3
Valley Rovers 1-19 Blarney 2-11
Shandrum 2-17 Glen Rovers 2-10
Fr O' Neills v Charleville
Na Piarsaigh 1-17 Duhallow 0-14
(A) Sarsfields v Fr O’Neills or Charleville
(B) Blackrock v Valley Rovers
(C) Midleton 2-20 Na Piarsaigh 1-9
(D) Douglas v Shandrum
Semi-Finals A v B C v D
County U 21 Premier 2 Hurling Championship

Round 3
Tracton 2-15 Erins Own 1-16
Ballincollig 0-23 Mallow 2-11
Bishopstown 2-10 Ibane Gaels 1-6
(A) Tracton 1-10 Bishopstown 0-17
(B) Ballincollig 2-13 Aghada 1-10
(C) Ballymartle 1-7 Courcey Rovers 1-25
(D) Ballinhassig 1-7 Carrigaline 0-13
Ballincollig v Bishopstown
Courceys v Carrigaline
Ballincollig 3 - 9 Bishopstown 0 - 6

 Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship
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Bride Rovers 3-18 Passage 2-7
Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'B' Hurling Championship

Final: Sarsfields 3-14 Kildorrery 0-20
2018 County Leagues

Division One: Semi finals: Nemo Rangers 4 – 15 Valley Rovers 0-4, Ballincollig v St Finbarrs
Relegated: Macroom and Mallow
Division Two: Final: St Michaels 1-15 Kiskeam 3-8, both promoted
Relegated: Douglas and Ilen Rovers
Division Three: Final: Fermoy v Carrigaline, both promoted
Relegated: Bantry Blues and Castletownbere
Division Four: Final: Aghada 2-10 St Vincents 0-11, both promoted
Relegated: Na Piarsaigh and Ballinora
Division Five: Final: Knocknagree v Mayfield, both promoted
Senior Hurling League Final: Not known yet
Relegated: Bandon and Carrigtwohill
Hurling - Division 1
League Final: Ballinhassig v Courcey Rovers
Relegated: Blarney and Watergrasshill
Hurling - Division 2
League Final: Carrigaline 1-16 Ballincollig 0-10
Relegated: Aghada and Éire Óg
Hurling - Division 3
League Final : Milford 4-22 Mayfield 1-25
Relegated: Castlemartyr
Hurling - Division 4
League Final: St. Catherine's 0-22 Argideen Rangers 2-11
Mid Cork GAA Championships
Ross Oil Junior A Football Champions: Iveleary
Ballincollig Credit Union Junior B Football Champions: Naomh Abán
Rochestown Park Hotel Junior C Football Champions: Gleann na Laoi (Dripsey)
MJK Oils Junior A Hurling Champions: Cloughduv
Oriel House Ballincollig Junior B Hurling Champions: Blarney
Farho Heating Under 21 A Hurling Champions: Cloughduv
Farho Heating Under 21 B Hurling Champions: Inniscarra B

Macroom G.A.A.

Junior C Football League Final.
Macroom entered the game as underdogs against Gleann na Laoi and mustered a decent team. They scored 3 early points thanks to Simon Sinatra, Niko and Ciaran Condon and at- half time Macroom led 0-6 to 0-5, the other points from Niko, Cathal O’ Riordan and Shane Dunne. Gleann Na Laoi attacked vigorously but defenders, Jamie Murphy and Tom Donovan did well. Macroom missed some opportunities before the fitter Gleann Na Laoi side began to dominate and got 3 points without reply. However Macroom never gave in. They went in search of an equalising goal but got a point, Cathal O’ Riordan the scorer. Gleann Na Laoi won by 0-9 to 0-7. We congratulate Gleann Na Laoi on an historic double.
Macroom; Kevin Condon, Jamie Murphy, Tom O’Donovan, Ciaran Condon, Trevor Horgan, Niko, Shane Dunne, Olan O’ Mahony, Darragh Deasy, Concubhar Murray, Dylan Corcoran, Simon Sinatra and Cathal O’Riordan. Substitutes: Chris Cronin, Jason Leahy, Mark Meaney and Tadg Sheehan.
Sciath Na Scoil Final: Result, Crosshaven 5-9, St Colman’s, Macroom 2-2
St. Colman’s went into this game as underdogs. Crosshaven was the stronger side on the day and won well. Macroom had some chances but failed to convert. Crosshaven goaled approaching half-time. Colin Kelleher’s goal from a 13 meter free gave St Colman’s hope. The half-time score was Crosshaven 1-6, Macroom 1-0. Unfortunately Crosshaven dominated the second period and picked off several good scores. St Colman’s fought valiantly to the end but were beaten by a bigger and better team. We congratulate Macroom for a gallant performance and for reaching the final.
Scór. Darragh Neville came second in his singing competition at the Muskerry Finals.
Annual General Meeting Friday, November 30th at 8.00 p.m. in the Pavilion, Castle Grounds. Your presence and ideas are welcome. A strong club needs interested and committed members.

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Poc Fada Launch taken at Macroom Credit Union. Proceeds will go to Marymount ©

Laochra Óg

Poc Fada. The Launch of our upcoming Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada took place recently in Macroom Credit Union. Huge thanks to Tony Hughes, Manager and the Board of Macroom Credit Union for their continued sponsorship of the event, which is growing in numbers every year. Our nominated charity in 2018 is Marymount Hospice and we were joined by Dan Cronin of the Friends of Marymount Hospice. To date we have raised almost €5000 for charity and we would sincerely like to thank everyone who has made this possible. So save the date, 25th November get a team entered and join in the fun of competing. If you feel you would just like to come along to the hall on the day, there is always great company there and loads of refreshments.
Laochra Óg table quiz will take place at J.C. Murphy’s, Macroom on Friday, December 14th at 8p.m. Table of three €10 per person. 50/50 Club Development Draw will take place on the night. Great prizes to be won too.
Camogie for beginners: Girls born 2006/07/08/09 at the Macroom Sports Complex starting Friday Nov.23rd/ 30th/ 7th and 14th from 5 to 6pm. €3 per player for hall. Great opportunity for local girls from the local areas of Macroom, Ballyvourney, Kilnamartyra, Clondrohid and surrounding areas to play the fastest field game in the world. Simply register by texting name and age of girl to 087 9437272 by next wed. 21st. Helmets and hurleys provided.

Macroom FC

by Darragh Deasy.
Adult Cup Competitions. In the FAI Junior Cup round 4, Macroom A travelled to near neighbours Coachford, winning 5-1. This is a significant victory as Macroom now advance to the open national draw (for only the second time), the last 64 teams in Ireland. The visitors dominated this game. Andrew Hegarty chipped in with a hat trick. Keith Holden and Ian Winters were also on target. There were also excellent performances from Paul O'Farrell, Alan Quinn and Conor O' Sullivan. Macroom A have been drawn away to Dublin side Ballymun Utd and this exciting tie will be played on the weekend of Dec1st/2nd. No doubt a large band of supporters will travel to the Capital.
In the AOH Cup, Carrigtwohill Utd B were the visitors to Murrayfield where Macroom A ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. Robert Healy, Andrew Hegarty, Ian Winters and an o.g. accounted for the goals in what was another satisfactory team performance.
Macroom B travelled to Millstreet to take on Los Zarcos in the QF of the President's Cup and were unlucky to lose out on a 3-2 scoreline. A great start had the visitors flying after Sean Quinn scored. Macroom keeper, Declan Kiely, made a number of smart saves. Then Los Zarcos turned the tie upside down with 2 quick goals. Macroom replied when Szymon Sanetra's cross was finished by Darren Dineen. The home side retook the lead with only minutes remaining. Late drama arrived when Dineen struck the crossbar for Macroom and then he had the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out for offside. A tough defeat to take but a fine performance.
Macroom Cannons Futsal. Our newly formed Futsal team, Macroom Cannons U13 continue to train at Macroom Community Leisure Centre on Friday evenings. As numbers for a third U13 11 a side squad were not sufficient, this team was formed to bring football to interested players not already involved with the other two groups. It has proven to be a great success. All players are having a brilliant time under the guidance of Gearoid Griffin and Peter Coleman and huge improvement is already being seen. Feedback from parents has also been very positive and this gives great encouragement to all involved.
Macroom Town U12 schoolgirls have reached their league final having overcome Carrigaline Utd 3-2 at the Town Park. With schoolgirls soccer in Cork changing to calendar year football early next year, they are currently playing a shortened season so many of the finals will take place in the coming weeks. The new season will start in March 2019 and conclude in November 2019. Macroom trailed 2-0 at half time in this game and made a brilliant comeback to secure victory. Lily Desmond and Darcy O'Brien had Macroom level as an outstanding second half played out in front of a large attendance. Late on, Macroom snatched the win and a place in the final when Leah Kearney came up with the winner following a super Maisie Murphy cross. Well done to all involved. The final date is yet to be fixed.
The U12 schoolboys endured tough conditions away to Tramore Athletic and came away with a deserved 2-2 draw. All the goals came in the second half. First, Marcel Sobel put Macroom ahead with a neat finish. Tramore then responded with 2 goals. Late on when Ruadhan McKenna was put through on goal and he made no mistake against the advancing keeper. Well done to all players, management and to the many parents for supporting the team.
Academy. The non competitive Academy teams from U7-U11 continue to grow. Training will continue until May/June of next year. Normal practice is for games to be arranged against other clubs (under 7, 8, 9) towards the end of the season. U10 and U11 teams play regular non competitive fixtures arranged by the Cork Schoolboys league. Meanwhile the U11 team, sponsored by Fitzgeralds, were in action recently as they travelled to play Tramore Athletic in a number of games, with all players doing fantastically well.
Calendar Year Football. Big changes in the playing season are coming for all grades in the Republic of Ireland. The traditional season from August to June is set to be overhauled. Schoolgirls soccer in Cork will begin its first full season of the new format in March 2019 and Cork Schoolboys league will align with all other leagues, in the spring of 2020. The FAI are currently rolling out workshops with a view to possibly moving Youth and Adult football to the calendar year also, meaning no competitive fixtures in November and December. It is envisaged that the season would begin on or after Feb 1st and finish no later than Nov 30th. Summer breaks would be a feature across all leagues with individual leagues deciding the length of break. The simple thought process behind calendar year football is that playing on improved pitches in more favourable weather conditions would increase the enjoyment and produce better players. Also, the game will become more spectator and family friendly and less games would be cancelled due to unplayable pitches. Although the FAI stress this is initially a consultation process (for Youths and Adult leagues), it appears that there is widespread support for the move away from the winter months.

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Barry Ronayne, Golfer of the Year and Championship of the Course winner, receives presentation from Michael Shine, Captain, Macroom Golf Club ©Lee Valley Outlook

Macroom Golf Club

Results: Seniors Scramble: Noel O'Sullivan, Christy Healy, Tony Lancaster 41.2
14 Hole Singles: 1st Pat Fitton (19) 35pts 2nd Damien Murphy(12) 32pts
8 Nov Thursday Turkey 1st Kevin Sheehan 3 35pts.
10/11-Nov 14 Hole Singles 1st Edmond Neville 12 33pts 2nd Stephen Wills 18 32pts
Seniors 13 Nov 1st Tom Fitzgerald Pat Lovett Tony Lancaster 47.0
Club Singles 17/18 Nov 1st Dan Hegarty(12) 34pts 2nd Murphy Cullinane(17) 33pts