Lee Valley Outlook v15e24 December 6 2018

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‘Where’s Santa?’ Panto in Macroom, December 16, 21, 22 ©Lee Valley Outlook

Lee Valley Diary

Inchigeela NS Parents Association table Quiz in Creedon’s Hotel on Fri, Dec 7th at 8:00pm
Tea by the Fire for Hope Foundation in Auld Triangle, Sat. Dec. 8.
Kilmurry Christmas lights will be turned on Sat 8th Dec at 6 30pm.
Bealnamorrive Christmas Lights celebration at 5pm on Sun. Dec. 9.
Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times. Lecture on Mon 10 Dec at 8 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.
St. Mary’s Christmas Concert in St Colman’s Church on Tues Dec 11 at 7.30pm.
Christmas Market in Macroom Square, Tues. Dec. 11.
Inchigeela Christmas Market in Creedon’s Hotel on 12th of December.
Clondrohid Christmas coffee morning Wed , Dec 12 at 10am.
Cuidiu Christmas Coffee Morning 10:30-12:30 Wed 12 Dec Macroom GAA Hall
Christmas Cooking Demo in Kilmurry Heritage Room on Thurs 13th Dec 7.30p.m.
Laochra Óg table quiz at J.C. Murphy’s, Macroom Fri Dec 14th at 8p.m.
Santa and Buffalo in Carriganimma, Sun. Dec. 16.
Carol Service at St. Colman’s, Macroom, Sun 16th, Dec at 7 p.m.
Nativity Pageant. Inchigeela church, Dec. 19th at 6.30pm.
Seamus Noonan Poc Fada St. Stephen’s Day from Blair’s Inn, Inniscarra at 12.00 noon.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Aoine, 28ú Nollaig ag 7:00 i.n.
Ballinagree Vintage tractor, car, and bike run on Sun 30 Dec from 11 am
Independence Museum Kilmurry Schools Exhibition Dec 30th 2pm to 5pm.
Macroom ploughing on Sun Jan 6 2019 on the lands of Martin Healy Carrigathou, Coachford, from 11.30am.
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
Christmas Storytime Sat 8th at noon.
Christmas Arts & Crafts Sat. Dec. 8 1.30p.m.
Juvenile Book Club Sat. Dec. 8 at 3p.m.
Writer’s Group Dec. 11 at 5.30p.m.
Schools Quiz on Dec 12th.
Music Morning Dec 14th at 11am.
Purlies Knitting Group Dec. 20 at 11.30am.
Ciorcal Cainte Dec. 20 at 11.30am.
LVEB Shows at Riverside Park Hotel
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

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Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott, switches on the Christmas lights in Macroom, with Ted Lucey, Mayor Blarney Macroom Municipal District and Pat O’Connell, Chairman LVEB ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas in the Lee Valley

A great crowd turned out in Macroom on December 1 for Christmas Celebrations in the Square. There was music, colour, food galore and great good cheer. Unfortunately, the weather turned particularly nasty for the switching on of the lights by Flower of Macroom, Emma Nott. But the show went on and the lights are truly magnificent. Pat O’Connell, Chairman of the Lee Valley Enterprise, exhorted everyone to shop in the Lee Valley this Christmas. Ted Lucey, Mayor of the Blarney Macroom Municipal Council, chief sponsors, welcomed everyone and asked them to support the region. The Municipal Council is promoting a Special Christmas Market in the Square on Tuesday, December 11. There is 2 hours free parking in the town during December. The LVEB is running 2 Free Draws for customers of its members. The first draw was held on December 1 and the second draw is on December 8. Free tickets for the draw are available from LVEB member outlets. There are 10 prizes of €50 vouchers up for grabs in each draw.

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Santa with his Elves at the Switching on of the Lights in Carrigadrohid ©Peter Scanlan Photography

 Christmas cheer and colour has extended far beyond Macroom Town Square. Masseytown, Glen Park, Oakwood and other estates have Christmas trees and festive lights. Further afield, local villages such as Carrigadrohid are beautifully decorated and more lights are are due to be turned on next weekend in Kilmurry, Bealnamorrive, Clondrohid, Carriganima and other venues. Inchigeela will have a Christmas Market on December 12 and a Nativity Pageant on December 19 while St. Mary’s will present their Christmas concert in the church on December 11 and the Christmas Carol Service is in St. Colman’s Church on December 16th.
Do get out there and spread the light and love of Christmas. And when you shop, support businesses in the Lee Valley.
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Festive scene at the switching on of the Christmas lights in Macroom 2018 ©Lee Valley Outlook

 Keep your Business in Macroom - to keep Macroom in Business

Christmas kicked off in Macroom last Saturday with the "switch on" of the
light for 2018. Flower of Macroom Emma Nott was on hand to press the switch for what is now one of the best nights of the year in the Town. Great credit must go to Martin Coughlan and his team for the wonderful work they do each year to make Macroom spectacular and "show off" what the town can do when it comes to Christmas.
As always, we encourage everyone to shop as local as they can...The "online trade" has severely dented the "traditional" sales outlets, not alone in Macroom but in all towns and villages in Ireland, so please, keep that in mind when you are deciding where you want to make your purchases this year. Macroom has always been a "one stop shop" and with FREE PARKING in the town for the month of December, it’s an ideal opportunity to SHOP LOCAL this year. Padraig O’Driscoll

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Ms de La Cour, St. Mary’s, who won Gold at the Senior European Championships in Kickboxing being congratulated by Mr Ciaran Cooke (Principal) St. Mary’s and Eva Long (Deputy Head Girl) ©An Scoil

News from St Mary’s

Our Christmas Concert will take place in St Colman’s Church on Tuesday, the 11th of December at 7.30pm. The concert will include performances from our amazing School Choir, our School Traditional Music Group, Solo performances from present and past pupils and performances from some teachers. It promises to be a fantastic night and all support will be very much appreciated. Tickets are €10 each, they are available to purchase from the school office and they will also be available on the night.
Congratulations to Orla Lynch, in 2nd year, who finished 4th in the Southern Masters Championship. She received her trophy at Motorcycling Ireland Annual Prize giving in Mullingar on Saturday the 24th of November. Well done Orla, we are all very proud of you.
Our Transition Year Show is over for another year. What a fantastic show! It was a sell out for the two nights. We definitely have a very talented group of girls in Transition Year; well done all on a really super, enjoyable performance. Many thanks again to Catherine Long and to Ms Aoife Donovan for all of the time that they put in to preparing the girls for the show.
We congratulate our inspiring teacher Ms De La Cour who won a gold medal at the Senior European Kickboxing Championships. She was delighted with the reception and thanked everyone for their support. She spoke to the girls about the importance of hard work, dedication and how to deal with disappointment - be resilient and keep trying your best. She is a great role model for all of our students. Well done Ms de LaCour, we are very proud of you.
Seventeen students along with their German Teacher Ms McGrath headed off on their German Trip last Wednesday. This trip is very beneficial for the girls as it gives them the opportunity to experience the German culture and use their German language in preparation for senior cycle. During their trip they will visit Neuswanstein – a castle designed by a German King and the Disney Castle is built following the same design. They will also visit Salzburg in Austria where The Sound of Music is filmed. Thanks so much to Ms McGrath for all of the effort that she puts in, year after year, to organise this trip for our students and for accompanying them on the trip.
Our annual St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive took place on Monday, December 3rd where we as a school community turned our attention to helping people in need in our locality. The Religion department would like to thank our 5th year students for organising this year’s event. It was hugely successful. A big thank you to all the staff, students and their families for donating food items to this worthy cause. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.

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De la Salle U16 Hurling Team ©An Scoil

De la Salle College

Athletics Sixth year student, Stephen Bradley, represented Ireland in athletics at the IWAS Youth World Games last year in Portugal. It was a very successful games for Stephen who has set not one, but two Irish records in Paralympic Athletics, one at 800m and the second at 1500m. Meanwhile, a little closer to home, Tadhg Manning (fourth year) won a bronze medal representing Cork in the All Ireland Athletics Final in Abbotstown, Co. Dublin on November 25th.
Charity A reminder that the students are participating in the Christmas Food Hamper Appeal in aid of Macroom St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Christmas Food Hamper Appeal has been a great success in recent years and we are hoping to build on this charitable tradition and highlight the importance of giving to those most in need. All donations of non-perishable goods are welcome and greatly appreciated.
Debating Four TY students, along with their teacher, Ms. Crowley, travelled to Sacred Heart Secondary School Clonakilty for the next round of their debating league November 21st. The team, consisting of; Gerard Collins, Tom Downey, Benedict Otu and Bradley O' Shea, put on an impressive display to oppose the motion 'Nike should be applauded for standing with Colin Kaepernick'. They will progress to the next round against Mount St. Michael Rosscarbery on December 10th.
Hurling De La Salle are through to the semi-final of the U16 C County after a comprehensive victory over Carrigtwohill. Conditions were poor in Carrigaline on November 23rd but that didn’t stop DLS racking up an impressive score of 7-12. Things got off to a great start whenConor Kelleher emerged from wing-back to strike the ball over the crossbar from the 45. Shane Hodman caught the puck out, hand passed to Jack Sexton who pointed again. Brian Healy dominated at mid-field, scoring the next three points without reply. Carrigtwohill heads were dropping by the tenth minute when Dáire McMahon struck for a goal. A few rare attacks in the first half, forced an on form Eoin Healy to pull off some impressive saves. However, the stellar efforts of Brian O’Riordan and Conor Kelleher in the DLS Backline ensured a comfortable lead at the break of 2-7 to 0-02. In the second half, Brian Healy goaled within minutes. The opposition offered a short resistance, scoring a goal and a point in reply, but then, Jack Sexton scored the first of his two goals. Through the driving rain, De La Salle pressed on, with Brian Healy, Dáire McMahon and Jack Sexton all scoring again to put the result beyond doubt. The final nail in the coffin was a Cormac McCarthy goal with 5 minutes to go. Credit must be given to Shane Hodman and Jack Devine, whose exceptional work rate was a big factor in ensuring such a comprehensive victory. The team now eagerly awaits their opponent in the semi-final.

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The official opening of an ASD Unit at McEgan College by Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Michael Creed T.D. © Jim Coughlan

McEgan College Updates

Room 22 Official Opening. A new classroom to cater for children with mild to general learning difficulties was completed at McEgan College this year and on November 16th if was officially opened by Mr. Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine. Also present were Mr Ted Owens, CEO of CETB, local politicians, clergy, representatives from the Castle Demesne and principals from schools within CETB, as well as parents of the students being taught in the new classroom. A variety of speakers spoke, including Michael Creed, Pat McKelvey, Director of Schools CETB, the principal of the school but one of the most inspiring was that given by Eoghain O’Sullivan, a student from the classroom. Traditional music was provided by a group of students while Donnacha Spillane, a first year student, sang a local song: ‘The Bould Thady Quill’. This was then followed by a sumptuous meal in the new classroom, with dishes having been prepared by students under the watchful eye of Ms. Hazel Bourke, head of the new classroom, as well as dishes prepared by Hazel herself and other teachers. Everyone who attended was impressed by the new classroom and spoke highly of the resources it provides for the students. By Trish Lynam, McEgan College Principal
Fundraising for Simon. As part of the LCVP Enterprise Volunteer Project, this year’s 5th year group nominated the Simon Community as their preferred Charity. The students had a beautiful stall at the "switch on" of this year’s Christmas Lights for Macroom 2018 in the Town Square. Although the weather wasn't too kind, the pupils exceeded all expectations and were thrilled with the response from the general public. They now move on to their own School Christmas Market on December 11th. The school would like to thank the Lee Valley Enterprise Board for facilitating the students for the Lights Ceremony. Thank you to LCVP Teacher, Mr O Driscoll, for organising the event.
Past Pupils. Former McEgan College Pupils returned to tell of their college experience to 5th & 6th year pupils recently. Max Darby has a Level 8 qualification in Digital Humanities and is presently working for Musgraves and completing his PHd in Data Science. Declan Sheehan first completed a level 5 in Digital media in Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa; subsequently transferred to LIT where he is now in his 4th year of a Level 8 qualification in Game art and design.
Science Week. As part of Science week, all students got an opportunity to design their own website in the Coding event. Neil Shannon from Poppulo, an international software company based in Cork, guided students using Html, Javascript and CSS, widely used programming languages. The school was also very fortunate to be visited by the team at the Black Observatory, where all students were given the opportunity to view the stars and night lights in the dome. The dome was set up in the sports complex, adjacent to the school, for the day. This was a unique experience for the school community to experience such an event.

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Glen Park Christmas Lights were jointly switched on by Ms Eileen Leahy and Ms Judy Kearney from Macroom Community Hospital ©Con Kelleher

Macroom Library

Christmas is approaching, which means a busy, festive period lies ahead of us in the library. On December 8th, there will be a special Christmas-themed Storytime at midday. Also on Dec 8th at 1.30pm, we will be having Christmas Arts & Crafts for children aged 4-8 years old. Come along and make some Santa and Christmas wreath decorations for your Christmas tree, but spaces are limited (10 max) so make sure to book your child’s place by enquiring at the desk or calling us at 026/42483. We are also hoping that the Juvenile Book Club will meet at 3pm on Dec 8th, but please contact the library closer to the day to confirm.
The Writer’s Group is due to meet on Dec 11th at 5.30pm. Our annual Schools Quiz will be held on Dec 12th. We hope that every team has been studying their general knowledge and we can’t wait to see you all on the day! The next Music Morning will take place on Dec 14th at 11am. The Bridge Club will get together once more on Dec 19th at 10am. Worlds collide on Dec 20th as the library will be hosting both the Ciorcal Cainte AND the Purlies Knitting Group on the same day at 11.30am. Be sure to take a look at the Purlies’ wonderful Christmas display in our front window!
Our exact opening days over Christmas are yet to be confirmed so keep an eye out for notices in the library whenever you visit.

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Celebrating the WRC championship Ford success in Australia ©

More World Championship Success for Macroom Man 

For many, being part of a winning team is a dream. On November 19th last, Sebastien Ogier won his 6th FIA World Rally Championship driver’s title at the concluding round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship in Coffs Harbour, Australia. Ogier and his co-driver, Julien Ingrassia, took the top step of the winner’s podium after a tough, 13 round season. It marked the end of another championship-winning season for them with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. In total, the pairing has now won six consecutive FIA world driver and co-driver titles.
Gerard Quinn, Macroom, a Member of Cork Motor Club, is a central figure in this championship victory, enabling the back-to-back driver’s success in 2018. In 2006, Gerard first tasted championship-winning success as part of the victorious Ford team that lifted the FIA Manufacturers’ World Championship title, Ford’s first since 1979. Since then, he has been central to Ford winning a further two FIA manufacturers’world championship titles and two FIA drivers’ championships. In 2016, Gerard was one of the leading figures in the negotiations to secure a contract with the then four times world champion driver, Sebastien Ogier, signing him to the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team. Over the past dozen years he has been instrumental in leading the development and launch of Ford’s winning rally cars, the latest being the Ford Fiesta WRC that played such an important role in retaining the 2018 drivers’ title. It’s been a long journey since Gerard first took to the roads around Macroom in his own Ford Fiesta 138XIF, many decades ago. He sold that car to the Coleman family, Millstreet, in exchange for a new Fiesta, in the mid 1980s and that is possibly when his love affair with this top selling small car began. It is a car dear to all the Quinn family to this day. It was no accident that his early car purchases were made from Coleman’s who, at the time, were inexorably linked to top level rallying in Ireland and across Europe, thanks to their famous son, Billy Coleman
“As an employee of Henry Ford & Son Limited (Cork), it is obviously very emotional to be an integral part of our championship winning success” said Gerard. “Although part of a wider automotive corporation, making success possible is my passion and it generates a huge amount of pride for our employees and Ford owners around the world. Obviously there have been many challenges along the way and success is something that comes with a tremendous amount of commitment and personal sacrifice. What makes it all the more enjoyable is returning to Macroom after lifting a major title and partaking in a few pints of Guinness with Denis, Tina and the lads and lassies in Murray’s Bar. It was my first stop after returning from my recent successful trip to Australia. It goes without saying that without the support of my family, who live in the town, following my passion for Ford and success in motorsport would not be possible”.

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Malcolm Wilson, MD, M-Sport Ltd; Sebastien Ogier six times world championship driver and Gerard Quinn, Macroom and Senior Manager, Ford Performance, Ford of Europe. ©

Gerard is no stranger to winning in motorsport, having been part of the successful Ford team that won the Le Mans 24hr GTE title in 2016. That victory marked a return to Le Mans for Ford fifty years after it won three consecutive Le Mans titles, the first coming in 1966. “Coming from Macroom is hugely important to me, in particular knowing that the company I represent has its roots firmly in Cork County”, commented Quinn.“Being at Le Mans and celebrating that success with Henry Ford III and the Ford family, who are immensely proud of their Cork connection, is a moment I will cherish for the rest of my life”. As well as managing Ford’s motorsports programmes in Europe, Gerard is also responsible for deploying the Ford GT road car programme in Europe. A former pupil of McEgan College, he fondly remembers his time studying there and recognises with warm gratitude the influence that his classmates, teachers and staff have had on his success. Now in his 31st year at Ford, Gerard is Senior Manager for Ford Performance, Ford of Europe.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus prepare for Macroom’s new panto, Where’s Santa? In the Riverside Park Hotel, December 16, 21 and 22. ©Lee Valley Outlook

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 huge cast of adults, teenagers and children. 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.
Cast: Tinkerbelle / Lorraine Casey; Jingle(Elf) / Finn Brady; Nonie. / Padraig O’Driscoll; Donie / Kevin Moynihan ; Mrs Claus / Jim Leahy; Rudy(Elf) / David Leahy; Scroogie /.Con Foley; Moochie/ Pat Kelleher; Santa Claus / Santa Claus
Chorus: Sean O’Mahony, Aidan O’Callaghan, Joe Carter, Sean Mc Sweeney, Oisín Mc McCarthy, John O’Brien, John Dunlea, Patrick O’Grady, Ted O’Sullivan, Ciarán Ó Laoire, Tadhg Crowley, John Crowley.
Aoife McCarthy, Liadan O’Regan, Máire O’Donovan, Abbie Mc Sweeney, Grace Lyons, Tara Lyons, Judy Carter, Madeline O’Callaghan, Dorothy O’Callaghan, Isabelle O’Callaghan, Aine Lucey, Laoise Flynn, Isabel Walsh, Doireann Vaughan, Bríd O’Driscoll, Molly McCarthy, Niamh McCarthy, Cara O’Brien, Orla O’Brien, Emma Kelleher, Lauren Kelleher, Cara Kelleher, Sophia Dunlea, Sophie O’ Grady, Mary Joe O’Mahony, Aoibheann Kelleher, Erin Kelleher, Jane Browne, Lanah Kelleher, Anna Cronín, Kate O’Sullivan, Anna O’Sullivan, Kateyln O’Callaghan, Sophie Moynihan, Aoife Moynihan, Amy Cullough, Aoife Cullinane, Elizabeth Cullinane, Niamh Cooney Lunch, Emily Mehigan, Grace Mehigan, Aílish Eklof, Aíne Murray, Bláthnaid Cronín, Éabha Ní Laoire, Sadhbh Ní Laoire, Katie Hourhan, Ciara Hourhan, Mollie O’Mahony, Lily Lambrou, Chloe Lambrou, Amy Browne, Julia Collins, Lily O’Riordan. Lia Kenny, Tes Kenny
Gearóid Kelleher, Clodagh O’Riordan, Niamh White, Anna Kyprianou, Ciara O’Riordan, Lara O’Sullivan, Orlaith O’Donoghue Jane Kyprianou , Kiera Moynihan, Evan Gallagher, Ashling Quinn, Eabha Donovan, Drew O’Sullivan, Abbie Healy, Shane McCarthy, Merle Sofia
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.

Autumn Shows at Riverside Park Hotel

The Lee Valley Enterprise Board will present a series of shows at the Riverside Park Hotel this autumn.
‘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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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.
Inchigeela NS Parents Association is holding a table Quiz in Creedon’s Hotel on Friday, December the 7th at 8:00pm sharp. Tables of 4 adults €40. Kids quiz also on the night - 2nd - 6th class children. Your support would be greatly appreciated. A great night assured.
Tea by the Fire. Join Ellie and Emily for a Charming High Tea Afternoon at the Auld Triangle on Saturday, December 8. You and your friends can socialise pre-Christmas and also help fund the girls’ forthcoming trip to Calcutta with the Hope Foundation.
Kilmurry Christmas lights will be turned on by Mrs. Margaret Wall on Saturday, 8th December at 6 30pm. Music, food and a visit from Santa.
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
Ballyvongane N.S. Parents’ Association Christmas Draw 2018. Join us in our Christmas Celebration Sunday 9th December. Turning on the Christmas Tree Lights and Carol Singing by the Children of Ballyvongane NS in Bealnamorrive at 5pm, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies and Raffle Draw in Tigh Uí Laoghaire at 5.30pm. All welcome. Lots of Spot Prizes to be won.
St. Mary’s Christmas Concert will take place in St Colman’s Church on Tuesday, December 11 at 7.30pm. It will feature the School Choir, our School Traditional Music Group, Solo performances from present and past pupils and teachers. Tickets are €10 each,
Cuidiu Christmas Coffee Morning 10:30-12:30 Wednesday, 12 December, Macroom GAA Hall (back of the Castle Grounds). Bring your babies and toddlers to play while you get a coffee and chat with other parents (€2.50 non-members, €1.50 members) Contact Helen Corcoran or Aoife Noonan via Cuidiú Cork on Facebook.
Kilmurry Active Retirement is holding Christmas Cooking Demonstration by Catherine Foley in Kilmurry Heritage Room on Thursday, 13th December. 7.30 All Welcome.
Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada. Inniscarra G.A.A. and Camogie Clubs will host their annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, starting at Blair’s Inn, at 12.00 noon. Teams will comprise of three. Entry fee -Adults - €10.00 and Juveniles - €5.00 All proceeds will go to local Charities. Presentation of prizes will take place in the Club House - Áras Tadhg Ó Muirí, where light refreshments will also be served. All trophies won throughout the year will be on display.
Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí 1925-2018 in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé h-Aoine, 28ú Nollaig ag 7:00 i.n.
Ballinagree Vintage will hold a tractor, car, and bike run on Sunday 30 December. Registration is from 11 am Entry fee €20. Leaving Ballinagree village at 12 pm sharp. Proceeds will go to Ballinagree Development Group to raise funds for a playground. Enquiries to 0876757447 or 0867840146.
Schools Exhibition. Due to a huge interest the schools exhibition will be on display for one day Dec 30th 2pm to 5pm in Independence Museum, Kilmurry, featuring Kilbonane, Cloughduv, Kilmurry, Canovee, Beal na Bláth and Lackreigh.
Cork Burning. Kilmurry Historical and Archeology Association present a talk on Cork Burning by Michael Lenihan in the heritage room, Independence Museum, Kilmurry January 16th at 8pm. 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.
CIT Award Eleanor Howard, Dooniskey, Lisssarda, was recently presented with Top of Class Award from Cork Institute of Technology, for the Higher Diploma in Business in Sales Management. The award was presented by Caroline Horgan, HR Manager with Zevas Communications. Also present were Dr Áine Ní Shé (Acting Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs), Dr Pio Fenton (Head of Dept of Marketing & International Business) and Gerard O'Donovan (Head of Faculty of Business & Humanities).
Aghinagh G.A.A. Lotto: October 18. Jackpot €2,500. Numbers drawn 06, 16, and 40. No winner. €50 Gerard & Ina Coakley, Derryroe. €20 each: Anne O'Sullivan; Con O'Sullivan, Carriganimma Village; Siobhan Kelleher, Bawnmore; Tom Carroll, Droumduve.
November 25. Jackpot €2,650. Numbers drawn 22, 28, and 39. No Winner €50 Dermot & Sheila Buckley, Deelish. €20 each: Briana & Conor Shannon, Aughinida; Dave Barry, Laharn; Teresa Dennehy, Oughtierra; John & Maura Twohig, Ballinagree P.O. Winner of Special Paid Up Annual Members €500 Draw was Dan Creedon, Bawnmore.
Clondrohid G.A.A. Lotto 21/11/ 2018. €70 Sheila Walsh Carriganima €20 each: Thos Corkery Jnr Dangansillagh, Martina Twomey Hartnett’s Cross, Pat M Kelleher Kilvoultra, Liam Cotter Kilvoultra
28/11/ 2018. €70 Mary Gallagher Farnanes €20 each: Richie O’Connor Oakwood, Ml. Walsh Carriganima ,Gerard Murphy Berrings, Teresa Buckley Macroom
Donoughmore G.A.A. Lotto Nov. 20th Jackpot €1,900. Winning Numbers: 14 30 33 NoWinner. €25 each: 1. Willie Cotter 2. Gavin O’Sullivan 3. Ned Condon 4. Con P. O’Sullivan 5 Pat Looney + Pat Murphy
November 27th Jackpot €2000. Winning Numbers: 25 27 30No Winner €25 each: 1. Gemma Whelan 2. Donal O’Sullivan 3 Denis Sheehan 4. Sinead Golden 5. Denis + Noreen O’Regan
Kilmichael GAA Lotto 12th November – Jackpot €15,000; Numbers 1 – 3 – 13 – 29; No Winner. €50 - John Paul O’Callaghan, Coppeen; 25 each Ted O’Driscoll, c/o Jerry Masters; Maureen Dromey, c/o Dromeys; Diarmuid Kirwan, c/o Jerry Masters
19th November - Jackpot €15.000. - Numbers: 1 – 2– 8 – 30; No Winner. €50 - Brian Daly, Ballincollig; €25 each Helena & John Joe Kelleher, Knockane; Jerry & Gobnait O’Leary, Cusduff; P. J. McNulty, Inchigeela
26th November. Jackpot €15.000; Numbers: 3 – 6 –12 – 16; No Winner. €50 Chloe &Aleisha Lordan, c/o Jerry Masters; €25 each Peter O’Leary, Carrigboy; John O’Sullivan, Coppeen West; John Joe Daly, Ballincollig
Kilmurry G.A.A. Lotto: 26/11/18. Jackpot: €3,400. Numbers Drawn: 12,20,29. Winner: None. €100 Dan and Una Lane. €50 each: Anna O’Dowd, Con Keeffe. €20 each Orla Galvin, Kay Galvin, Nicole & Ryan.
Macroom Golf Club Lotto: Nov. 20th. Jackpot €3700. Numbers drawn 4 20 28. No winner. Lucky Dip: €40 The 2 Lads c/o Tom Fitz €20 Joan O'Riordan c/o Lars. €20 Liam Linehan c/o Owen Mc.
Macroom FC Lotto 19/11/18 Jackpot: €3,800 Numbers drawn: 3, 4, 29. No Winner. €80 euro: Denis Dineen c/o Lar's. €20 euro each: Connie Foley, John McDonagh c/o Swanky, Lydia c/o Janet, M and J c/o David.
26/11/18 Jackpot €4,000 Numbers drawn: 6, 18, 33. No Winner. €80: Mike Foley c/o Lar's. €20 each: Pat Murphy Jnr c/o Brian, Marie Spillane c/o June, Kay Healy c/o Hound, Eileen Manning c/o Evelyn
03/12/18 Jackpot €€4,200 Numbers drawn: 6, 25, 27. Two Winners: Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lar's and Margaret Cronin c/o Fudge. €80 : Kathryn O' Farrell c/o Darrin. €20 each: Costcutter Family c/o June's, J. Cunningham c/o Po'R, Darragh Deasy c/o Murray's, Conor Lorigan c/o Golden's.
Macroom G.A.A. Lotto 20/11/2018. Jackpot: €4600. Numbers Drawn: 2-3-34. No Winner. €70 Caoimhe Daly, 9 Millbrook Close €20 each: Colette Mullins, Coolea. Adam O'Sullivan, C/O Greyhound Bar. Ann Mai Martin, Macroom. Dan F. O'Riordan, Shanballyshane. Gobnait O'Driscoll, Sullane Weirs
27/11/2018. Jackpot: €4,800. Numbers Drawn: 4-10-21. No Winner. €70 Michelle & Brookie Murphy, 22 St. Colman's Park €20 each Ml. Kelly, ESB, Bandon. Shelia Walsh, Carriganima. Marguerite O'Leary, Mossgrove, Bandon. Jackie O'Sullivan, 14 The Glenties. Michelle Murphy, 22 St. Colman's Park.
Rylane CPA Lotto: 26/11/2018 Jackpot €3,100. Numbers drawn:16 -24 - 26. No Winner. €20 Kim O'Sullivan (Rylane); John O'Connor (Lyroe); Linda O'Sullivan (Rylane). Seller's Prize €20: Josie Leahy
Coachford AFC Lotto: 26/11/2018. Jackpot: €2,600. Numbers Drawn: 3 – 18 – 19. One Winner: Mark Ward. €40 Mary O’Sullivan. €20 Jack & Ruby, Derry Walsh, Mary O’Sullivan & Caoimhe, Eibhlín Ní Mhuinithe.
3/12/2018. Jackpot: €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 13 – 25 – 28. No Winner. €40 Molly O’Connell. €20 Margaret O’Shea, John Hogan, Harriet O’Connell, Tracy & Paddy.

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Masseytown Christmas tree is illuminated on December 2. ©Lee Valley Outlook

Christmas Ceremonies 2018

Macroom Parish: Masses: Christmas Eve: Monday: Vigil Mass 7 p.m. with Youth Choi; Polish Mass 9.00pm; MidnightMass 12.00
Christmas Day, Tuesday: 8.30 am, 10.30 am., 12.00 noon. Caum: 10.00 am.
St. Stephen’s Day: Wednesday-- 10.00 am.
Confessions: Monday 24th 12 noon - 3 p.m. Caum: 12 noon to 12.30.
Carol Service in Macroom on Sunday 16th, December at 7 p.m.
Penitential Rite-Confessions in Macroom —Tuesday 18th at 7.30 p.m.
Aghinagh Parish: Christmas Eve Masses 7.00 p.m. Ballinagree----- 9.00 p.m. Rusheen
Christmas Day Masses 9.30 a.m. Bealnamorrive; 11.00 a.m. Ballinagree
Cill na Martra Parish: Penitential Service Monday 17th December in Cill na Martra church at 8pm
Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve 7pm in Cill na Martra and 9pm Reidh na nDoiri
Christmas Day Masses 9.30 am Reidh na nDoiri and 11.30 am Cill na Martra
Farran – Ovens Parish. Penitential Service: Ovens Sunday, 16th December @ 7pm.
Confessions: Ovens: Saturday, 22nd Dec @ 11am. Farran: Saturday, 22nd Dec @ 12noon. Christmas Eve: Ovens: @ 11am & Farran: @ 12noon.
Mass Times: Christmas Eve: Ovens: 6pm & 10pm. Farran: 8pm.
Christmas Day: Ovens: 8.30am & 11.30am. Farran: 9.30am.
N.B. Should more parishes wish to have details included, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Sunday, December 16.

Lee Valley Updates

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Grainne Ní Loingsigh, Scoil Abán, Baile Mhúirne, switches on the RTE Christmas lights at Donnybrook ©Mícheál Mac Suibhne

Gráinne Lights Up RTE

Comhgairdeachas le Gráinne Ní Loingsigh ó rang a sé i Scoil Abán Naofa, Báile Mhuirne, a bhuaidh Comórtas Ealaíne ‘News2Day” ar RTE le déanaí. Mar chuid den duais, tugadh cuireadh do Ghráinne agus a clan cuairt a thabhairt ar Bhaile Átha Clíath and Soilse na Nollag 2018 RTE a lasadh idteanna le Cór na nÓg RTE agus Zainab Boladale (News2Day).
Gráinne and her parents, Con and Kristen and her sisters, Caitríona and Eadaoin, were treated to a tour of RTE from the news desk to seeing the preparation for the Late Late Toy Show. Gráinne got her makeup done, and she was interviewed by the ‘News2Day” presenters, Zainab Boladale and Cillian Sherlock, as well as TG4. She is fluent in Gaeilge, English and German, and was most articulate. She was presented with her framed winning picture, which depicted a detailed, interesting and humorous view on the celebration of Christmas around the world. As part of the countdown to lighting the Christmas lights on the RTE grounds, Gráinne was shown surprise video clips from rang 5 and 6 in Scoil Abán Naofa, recorded by múinteoir Gráinne. Her class mates had “Go n-éirí leat Gráinne’ posters prepared and her múinteoir, Máistir Shane Ó Duinnín, also wished her well. She was shown a video clips from her Godmother, Maire Uí Catháin, and from her first cousin, Lina Berg, in Germany. Finally, the time arrived. With Cór na nÓg singing Christmas Carols, Gráinne pressed the big switch and illuminated the RTE tree and grounds. A memorable occasion for all.
Herzlichen Glueckwunsch Gráinne. Zu deinem wunderbaren preis den du durch deine harte arbeit und ausdauer errungen hast. Wir wuensched dir fuer die zukunft alles gute und vieles mehr. Froeliche Weihnachten undein frehes neues Jahr.

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Scoil Mhuire, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh students with Team Hope shoe boxes ©An Scoil

Scéalta ó Scoil Mhuire

DCMUN: Beidh daltaí na hIdirbhliana agus beirt ón gcúigiú bliain ag tabhairt faoi Díospóireacht na Náisiún Aontaithe i Halla na Cathrach i mí Eanair. Thugadar aghaidh ar an ullmhúcháin le seisiún traenála i gCorcaigh. Aidhm an DCMUN ná chun daoine a spreagadh i leith fadhbanna a réiteach, tuiscint a fháilt ar na buairt conspóideach sa Domhan. Is deis iontach é a gcuid scileanna idirphearsanta a fhorbairt agus iad i mbun teacht suas le réitigh do choimhlintí ár saol.
Boscaí Bróg: With a charitable heart the students of Scoil Mhuire filled up old shoeboxes for Team Hope. Such a difference will be made to so many children this Christmas. They enjoyed packing the boxes onto the van, and they added to the spirit of the school.
Taispeántas Eolaíochta: Thug daltaí na hIdirbhliana taispeántas de turgnaimh eolaíochta le déanaí. Le linn a gcuid foghlaim sna ranganna roimh ré, bhíodar in ann an t-eolas agus tuiscint a chur i bhfeidhm le deis múineadh do dhaltaí ón gcéad, dara agus tríú bliain. Fuair gach dalta ón 4ú bliain a seastán féin agus mhúscail siad suim agus spraoi.
Taithí Oibre: An tseachtain seo tá daltaí na hIdirbhliana i mbun a gcéad taithí oibre. Is deis iontach é dóibh blaiseadh a fháil ar lá iomlán san ionad oibre. Cabhróidh sé iad a threorú chun roghanna a dheineamh don saol oibre i nidiaidh na scoile. Ina measc tá taithí á fháilt acu i mbunscoileanna, naíonra, oifigí agus siopaí mórthimpeall an cheantair.
Geamaireacht na Nollag: Bhí Donna, Abbey agus Jessica ón Idirbhliain ar an stáidse ag ‘Peter Pan’ in óstan an Eccles i nGleann Gharbh.
Peil na mBuachaillí Bhí bua iontach ag foireann peile faoi 18 na mbuachaillí i gcoinne Colaiste Daibhéid. Laoch na himeartha ab ea Peaitsí Ó Tuama agus táimíd ag súil leis an gcraobh in aghaidh an Mhainistir Thuaidh go luath.
Peil na gCailíní Cé nár éirigh leo sa chraobh, bhí an-chomórtas ag na cailíní áitiúla sa pheil le Naomh Fionnbarra. Maith sibh a chailiní!
Aoi-chainteoirí Bhí aoi-chainteoirí chugainn ón gColáiste Tráchtála i gCorcaigh le labhairt leis na ranganna sinsearacha faoi na roghanna éagsúla cúrsaí agus na bealaí len’ iad a bhaint amach atá á soláthar acu. Labhair an chainteoir ó Marino art an gcúrsa nua bun-mhuinteoireachta tré Ghaeilge atá ar fáil acu. Is iomaí múinteoir atá tagtha ó Scoil Mhuire.
Crannchur na Nollag Ta ticéidí ar díol anois do Chrannchur na Nollag Aoine 21ú. Is le airgead a bhailiú le cur le háiseanna na scoile atá sé.
Scannánaíocht Tá ceardlann scannánaíochta ar bun ag an idirbhliain le gearr-scannán a scríobh agus a chur le chéile. Táimíd ag súil go mór leis an bPremiere!
Beat the Blues Tá ceardlann meabharshláinte ‘Beat the Blues’ ar bun, rud a chabhróidh le daltaí deileáil le deacrachtaí meabhrshláinte atá coitianta go maith sa saol atá inniu ann.

Canovee Fundraiser

Canovee N.S. hosted an Indoor Christmas Market as a fundraiser on November 30th from 6-9pm in the Riverside Park Hotel. There were over 30 stands on the night, with everything from stained glass, to homemade baking, soft toys to Christmas decorations. Something for everyone. The school had 2 choirs perform on the night. These choirs consisted of children from junior infants up to 4th class and the children from 5th & 6th class sold at their very own table. They had Late Late Toy Show goodies bags full of sweets and treats, along with reindeer & hot chocolate cones, books, and homemade Christmas cribs & apple jelly. We had a fabulous raffle on the night, with many wonderful prizes, but our top prize on the night was a 43” Smart TV which was won by Michelle Dunlea.
The night was a roaring success and we would like to sincerely thank all our stall holders, volunteers who helped put on the night and of course, our generous sponsors, in particular, The Riverside Park Hotel and our main sponsor on the night, Donie McCarthy Coaches, Ballyvourney, who sponsored our television. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year. Nollaig Shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh.

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Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael 5th & 6th Class Teams who participated in the County Science Quiz organised by the Lifetime Lab and UCC. Fifth Class were the winners and the 6th class were runners up. ©An Scoil

Dromleigh N.S., Kilmichael

The pupils of Dromleigh N.S are looking forward to Christmas but have had a busy but enjoyable few months. As the season of giving approaches, they had an opportunity to remember children in war torn and poverty stricken countries as they filled shoe boxes for the annual Shoebox Appeal.
The Fifth and Sixth Class children were delighted to hear that they were chosen to participate in Rowing Classes at the National Rowing Centre in Farran. The lessons are proving to be extremely popular and after Christmas, they will be competing on the water. They were lucky to meet Sanita Pušpure, reigning world champion in the women's single scull. Hopefully, an inspiration to everybody!
Fifth and Sixth were invited to spend a day at the Naval Base at Haulbowline. Officer Ronan Coveney spent the day guiding the children around the base and out onto the water. They learned about the life of a Navy Officer, their important role as guardians of our coastline and their most recent role, saving the lives of asylum seekers in the Mediterranean. He patiently demonstrated equipment and answered all questions. The day ended with a lovely meal, kindly provided by the Naval Base. A special word of thanks to parent, Brandon, for organising a wonderful day.
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth class pupils are busy completing a history project organised by Skibbereen Heritage Centre. They are interviewing family, neighbours and fellow parishioners for memories, stories and other items from the period 1916 to 1922. They were delighted with the co-operation and the wonderful and often very poignant stories which people provided. We welcome any more contributions which people might like to provide.
During Science week, two teams represented the school in the annual County Science Quiz. To the delight of all, the fifth class team of Dylan, Ciara and Eamon came first in the county, while the sixth class team of Tom, Billy and Cillian finished as runners up in their group – a fantastic achievement for a small school. We are very proud of them.
The school’s annual raffle will take place on Friday 21st December. This is always a great success with many great prizes. Lines are for sale in Kilmichael Post Office, Dromey’s Bar, Dromcarra , the school or any parent or school staff member.
To keep up with school activities visit our web site www.dromleighns.ie

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Children from Clondrohid NS with Christmas Shoebox gifts for Team Hope ©An Scoil

 Clondrohid Updates

Muinefliuch N.S. Congratulations to the pupils from 5th and 6th class, who represented their school so well in the Science Quiz organised by Lifetime Labs and held in UCC recently. They won the 6th class section, having scored an impressive 57 out of 64 points. Over sixty teams from all over Cork City and county participated. Well done to all involved.
Clondrohid race night: Ascot came to Clondrohid Tavern when Clondrohid went racing to raise funds to upgrade the roadway to the Community facilities, for the current generation of users and indeed, for generations to come. A huge Thank You to the hard working lads and ladies who have been working on this for the past number of weeks and to all who supported it. Without their support, no money would have been raised. Those who purchased and sold horses, the businesses who sponsored pages in the fine booklet produced, those who placed bets, donated to the raffle and auction, and to all those who purchased raffle tickets, and raised a bid in the auction, excellently run by Dan Creedon. Sincere Thanks to Peter Lane who kept everything running smoothly and to Theresa, Paudie and staff for their help with this event. Great night, great craic. Well done all round.
Adoration in Clondrohid church every Monday from 3 to 6pm
Carriganima Mass: Please note the 10am Mass on Sundays has been changed to 9.45am
Christmas lights and Crib will be blessed after 7.30pm Mass on Saturday, Dec 8
Active Retired; Open to new members during December. 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 outings, etc.. Come along and enjoy the craic. The next Christmas coffee morning is Wednesday, Dec 12 at 10am. See you there.
St Vincent de Paul: The Christmas appeal church gate collection will take place in Clondrohid on Sat /Sun Dec 8/9 . Please give as generously as you can, and thank you.
Line dancing continues on a Thursday night 7.30 to 8.30. Always check locally for any changes.
Set dancing; continues every Tuesday night at 8pm, Great dancing, great night assured. . Last session before Christmas will be Tues Dec 11. Will resume again in January.
Cards; Continue every Sunday night in Community Hall at 8.30pm
Bingo: Every Wednesday night in Community Hall
Shane Murphy memorial cup poc fada: An excellent day in glorious sunshine with the Millstreet Pipe Band in attendance. €2,100 was raised for Marymount Hospice. Well done and congrats to all who helped in any way.
Entertainment in Carriganima:Santa will arrive on Sunday December 16 at 3pm. One of the buffaloes that help make Macroom Buffalo cheese will help Santa on his merry way to the pub. Should be interesting. Also on that day they are having a Christmas jumper day/ night.. All proceeds to Cork Simon. On Friday / Saturday night Dec 21/22, they are hoping to have an Irish Traditional Night. 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’.

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Inchigeela N.S Shoe Box Appeal ©An Scoil

Inchigeela Updates

Christmas Market. The annual Christmas Market will be held in Creedon’s Hotel on 12th of December. This is a good opportunity to pick up a few good, reasonably priced, Christmas gifts. There will be stalls of local produce. And of course there will be a raffle and the profits will be donated to the Jack and Jill Foundation. So come and enjoy the fun and the Christmas spirit!
Hairdresser. A hair-dresser service begins in Cuan Barra in Ballingeary every Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 5.00pm. For appointments contact (087)7798592
St Vincent de Paul. Please be as generous as you can for the Christmas collection of the St V de P next weekend. It will be the second collection at all Masses You can also donate privately by contacting any member of the organisation or by contacting (085)2490061. Funds collected will be used locally. You may contact the same number if you feel that they may be of help to you.
Croí na Laoi. The annual news letter will be out shortly. It contains reports of the year’s work done by the development group. It also contains brief reports of some local events throughout the year. The news letter may be picked up for free at the local shops, hotel, bars, etc. One could be included with a Christmas card to some family member or friend away from home.
Table Quiz. The parents’ association of Inchigeela National School are hosting a table quiz in Creedon’s Hotel on Friday 7th at 8pm sharp. Tables of 4 for €40. Special quiz for children 2to 6 class.
Nativity Pageant. On December 19th, the boys and girls of Inchigeela National School will present the story of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. The pageant will take place in the church and is scheduled to begin at 6.30pm. Previous pageants were very good indeed, so please come and support the boys and girls and the staff who have worked hard on this project.
Garda Clinic. A Garda will attend at the Parish Office on 10th and 17th of December. The service is private and confidential. Feel free to use it for passport applications, security advice or any other such need. Please avail of the service so that it may continue.
Ciorcal Cainte or conversation as Gaeilge continues in Creedon's Hotel every Thursday evening .A very basic knowledge of Irish will get you through and there’s lots of help available. It’s a friendly approach and not taken very seriously and it’s fun!
Run The Wran. The next walk will be the Croí na Laoi Fun run/ walk on the Céim Daunt loop walk. It is the Tidy Towns only fundraiser so please look out for the sponshorship cards or why not join in and run or walk on St Stephen’s Day.

Macra Matters

From Fork to Fork Cookery Course. Muskerry Macra ran a very successful basic cookery course for four weeks during November. The course was supported by Skillnet and was facilitated by Muskerry Macra member, Sheila Lynch. It was held in Coachford College and Muskerry Macra are very grateful to the school for the use of the facilities. Participants learned basic cookery skills and made different dishes each week to improve their skills while being resourceful with ingredients and time. The aim of the course was to provide nutritional knowledge and cookery skills to Macra members as these are life skills that they will use now and in the future. With rising obesity rate in Ireland, these skills are more important than ever.

Leabharlann Bhaile Bhúirne

It’s hard to believe that we are in the last month of 2018 – already!! Things are getting very Christmassy everywhere, with lovely decorations popping up all around. People are busy at work and at home, shopping and getting homes ready for Christmas. But be kind to yourselves and take some time to relax. Why not give yourself a few minutes every day to wind down by losing yourself in a book. Giving a gift of a book is a good idea too and there is a great variety for both adults and children. While some children might not initially be delighted with getting a book, they quite often can be found curled up, engrossed in it, once they give it a chance. Please support your local book shops if you are purchasing books for Christmas.
Reading is a great pass time but it can sometimes be expensive and that’s where your local Cork County Branch Library can be a great asset. Membership is free to all and that membership not only entitles you to all the branch services, but also all the online services which includes e-books; e-magazines; e-newspapers; e-language courses; e- learning courses; local studies digital collections and many other online resources. Just log onto www.corkcoco.ie/library-services and have a look at what’s on offer. In the branch, you can avail of books, newspapers, magazines, audio books/ books on CD, DVDs, musical instruments, free WiFi connection and computers for public use. You can also attend the many events run free in conjunction with the various programmes promoted by the library such as Healthy Ireland at your Library and other seasonal initiatives such as Bealtaine and Summer Stars Reading.
During November, we had Anne O’Donoghue, a nurse from The Irish Heart Foundation, to give a talk on heart health. Anne gave us some great information on food choices and how to introduce more activity into our days. The event was well attended and very interesting and was part of the Éire Shláintiúili do Leabharlann national initiative. During December, there will be a story time for children – details will be available in branch. Beidh an ciorcal comhrá, Labhair Linn sa Leabharlann, ar siúl ar an 14ú Nollaig ag 10.30r.n..The members of the knitting & Craft Group gather every Tuesday at 11am and newcomers are always welcome. Is féidir teangmháil a dhéánamh linn Fón: 026 45767 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn

Tionólfar Dáimhscoil Mhúscraí 1925-2018 in Ostán Ghobnatan, Baile Mhúirne, Dé h-Aoine, 28ú Nollaig ag 7:00 i.n. Forfhógra chun gach file fáidhiúil, fíor eolach, dea-chainteach, binn briatharach. Seo cómhairle nó b’féidir ordú uaimse, Uachtarán ar Chúirt na h-Éigse – Sin Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraí Uí Fhloinn, atá anois trí bliana agus nócha ar an saol agus fós ag cleachtadh an traidisiún ársa a chuaidh in éag. Cuirim de dhualgas oraibh a dhaoine léigheanta, fileata, go bhfuil rithim, meadaracht agus clisteacht focal le brí in bhur gcloiginn, bhéarsaí a scríobh go mbainfeadh an comhluadar, le mór bhuíochas, meidhir, greann agus taitneamh astu.
An Cuireadh
Éistigí liom a mhuintir fodhla
Mar tá scéal agam le ríomh díbh
Ceiliúrfar Dáimh Scoil Mhúscraígo h-onórach
Idir dhá Nollaig do’n tríú bliain is nócha
Is áthas liom an cuireadh a sheoladh
Is glacaigí go h-áthasach lem’ ordú
Tarraing chúghaibh na pinn nó an ríomhaire nua
Is cuirigí bhur smaointe I bhfoirm línte
Níl Aodhgán, Piaras ná Eoin Rua timpeall
Ach tá a gceird go doimhin ‘n bhur bhféithe
Árduighidh ár meanma ar ardán
Is cúis mórtais aithbhliana ‘nar gcroíthe
Betsy Ní Shuibhne, Uachtarán
An Cheist
Nuair a fheicim an ghlúin nua ag teacht
Ní thagann orm aon lag mhisneach
Mo pháistí féin, gasra óg Ghaeil
Fuinniúil, spreagtha is lán le taispeach.
Líonann mo chroí le dóchas is muinín
Nuair a bhrathaim talann mo mhac is m’iníon
Acu san an éirim atá in ann don dúshlán
Ár gcultúr ar leith a thabhairt i réim arís.
Fag an bealach agus géill an slí
Do dhream dearg le fearg is lán le brí
Réabhlóid a sprioc, a chasann de shíor
Is fearrde ár dteanga amach sa todhchaí.
Labhrann siad i dteanga nach dtuigfeadh ár sinsir
Gaeltacht a fhásann ó h-oíche go h-oíche
Téacsais is téarmaíocht ó shaol atá ar mire
Is rapannaí a cheiliúrann saol nach gcleachtaimídne.
Ní hé an sean nós tús nó deireadh an scéil
Ní hé Corn Uí Riada an t-aon craobh
Tá claochló sa tsiúl is éabhlóid ag tarlú
Athrú ar an saol is an Ghaoluinn dá réir.
Cad a dhéanfaimíd atá ag imeacht in aois?
An éistfear linn? Bhfuil feidhm lenár ngaois?
Rud amháin cinnte, éist liom anois
Ní h-éireoidh le toirmeasc cros nó cinsireacht.
An féidir an dhá shruth a cheangal
In abha mhór, díle na nGael
A scuabfaidh lei i tulca ón sliabh
Freasúra inár slí anois agus riamh?
Concubhar Ó Liatháin, Cléireach.

Valley Wheelers Cycling Club

The Club recently held its AGM in Kilnamartra where a well attended meeting reviewed the past year and discussed their plans for the coming year. An exciting calendar of events is planned for 2019 which will include the club marking its tenth anniversary. The club also held its annual Christmas party recently in Ballingeary, where Francois Mousett of Macroom was presented with the club person of the year trophy. Congratulations Francois. Tuesday the 11th of December is registration night for club members and will take place at three venues: The Auld Triangle Macroom, Shortens Bar Ballingeary and The Mills Inn Ballyvourney between 7 and 8pm and of course, new members are always welcome. Further enquiries to Don Cronin on 087 3527766. Finally, the committee would like to wish all its members a very Happy Christmas and safe cycling in 2019.


Mary, Annie and Muriel MacSwiney – Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times.
Muskerry Local History Society are organising a lecture on Mary, Annie and Muriel MacSwiney – Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times. The lecture will be given by Ann Twomey and it looks at the life and times of these three remarkable women who are often more remembered for their connection to the Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, than for any contribution they themselves made to the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence. Yet, Mary, Annie and Muriel MacSwiney were keenly involved in the turbulent politics of the time: the 1916 Rising, the rise of Sinn Féin, the War of Independence, Terence’s hunger strike, the Treaty, and the Civil War. The lecture will be held on Monday, 10 December at 8.00 pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club.


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The O’Donovan Family - Kevin and Liz, Caolán and Éabha, owners of the prizewinning Gloun Dairy. ©Con Kelleher

 The Cream of the Crop

By Con Kelleher
Gloun Cross Dairy; Blas na h-Éireann Milk and Cream National Award winners.
Gloun Cross Dairy has won three Blas na h-Éireann awards in 2017-2018 for their milk and cream. Considering the keen competition in the sector and that it has been in business for just two years, it’s achievements are even more meritorious. The Blas awards are national, the brain child of Artie Clifford, Dingle and very much sought after. I recently met Kevin and Liz O’Donovan and their children, Eabha and Caolán, at their home.
The O’Donovan family has farmed in Gloun for many generations. Some years ago the price of milk was reduced and the O’Donovans decided to diversify; they conceived the idea of producing their own dairy products. They began their enterprise two years ago with the production of milk and cream. Almost immediately, the quality of their produce was recognized and the business grew. Today, they supply Cork, Eniskeane, Innishannon, Kenmare, Macroom, Terelton, Toames, Dunmanway, Bandon, Bantry, Ballydehob, Roscarbery, Clonakilty, Ballylickey, Inchigeela and Skibbereen and their neighbours, the Yellow House Coffee Bar. Macroom, Inchigeela and Kilnamartyra were the first places in which they sold their products and they are very grateful for the support. They continue to deliver there, door-to-door, several nights a week. In the 1950-70s, Creedon’s (Tom and Majella Creedon, Masseytown) delivered bottled milk around Macroom. Creedons had blue lettering on their bottles and out-of-town rivals, Kanturk Dairies, delivered to shops, had red writing. Michelin star restaurant, The Mews, Baltimore, the award-winning Castle Hotel, Macroom, Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty and Mai Fitz’s, Lissarda, are among their customers.
Jerseys and Friesians are the cattle breeds milked by the O’Donovans. They have spring and autumn calfings. Summer – strawberry and cream - and Christmas are peak demand times. Apart from good grass and winter feeding, no special ingredients are added. Milking is once or twice a day and is year round. The milk is then pasteurized but not homogenized. As well as cream and milk, Gloun Dairy makes butter and buttermilk. Everybody in the family is involved. Deliveries are done by the family themselves. At the moment, they have a French agricultural student, Emma, and she is a tremendous help. Occasionally, they employ temporary workers. Eabha is a 3rd year student in Dunmanway and Caolán is in 6th class in Coppeen National School. Caolán plays football and hurling with Castletown and Ahan Gaels. Liz hails from Mourneabbey, North Cork.
How is all this achieved? It is accomplished with hard work, enthusiasm, dedication and great skill. One almost becomes tired when listening to their daily, seven days-a-week, 52 weeks-a-year schedule. Despite their heavy workload, the O’Donovans are considering expanding into yoghurts, ice-cream, double cream, butter-milk and perhaps others. Before doing that, they will have another major red-tape hurdle to overcome. In these days of strict regulation, they must have a HACCP plan for each item produced. The letters are for: H – Hazard , A – Analysis, C – Critical, C - Contract and P a business plan. All new products have to pass these tests. Experience helps.
The Blas na h-Éireann competition process is quite rigorous. Samples are sent to UCC and double-blinded. From there, they are sent anonymously to top chefs, restaurants and hotels country-wide. There are several rounds in the competition and the winners are presented with their awards by Artie Clifford at a lavish ceremony in Dingle. As well as the honour and glory, many buyers are present and the publicity and acclamation are invaluable. In 2017 Gloun won gold in milk and cream and won again this year.
Several customers have vouched for the health benefits of their products. On a number of occasions, they have been told that eczema in several people has improved significantly. Perhaps it is so because the milk is not homogenized. Latterly, natural dairy fat products have received a better medical press. In The Irish Times of 6th Jan 2018, in a recipe for Seafood Chowder, Gloun milk alone was recommended as equal to and substitutable for ‘normal’ milk and cream.
What is in store for this young and successful small- farm enterprise? The O’Donovans hope to keep going and expand their range of products. This will entail further hard work and perhaps expansion – all with the headaches and opportunities that will entail. Gauging by their success to date, this challenge will be recognized, analyzed and tackled appropriately and overcome. We offer Gloun Dairy/ the O’Donovans congratulations on their successes to date and say Good Luck for the future.

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.

Sports Mad

Naomh Fionnbarra - County Champions

On November 18th, Naomh Fionnbarra Minors were crowned County 'C' Champions, when they defeated Mallow in Eire Óg. Having beaten St. Mary's in the quarter final on a score line of Naomh Fionnbarra 4.13 v St. Marys 1.07 and arriving at the semi-final stage, the girls could hardly believe it. They met Bishopstown again, having beaten them a few weeks ago in the Mid-Cork Final, so it was no surprise that Bishopstown came out fighting. After what was an extremely hard fought game in Ballingeary, Naomh Fionnbarra won by the narrowest of margins on a score line, Naomh Fionnbarra 3.06 v Bishopstown 1.11, and qualified the county final v Mallow.
The girls trained hard for the final, only to be disappointed when it was cancelled due to bad weather and re-scheduled for a week later. Due to pitches being unavailable, the girls trained in the hall and they even had a yoga session with Emma Uí Riordán from Ballingeary in Cuan Barra the Friday before the final. Coming up against a very strong and physical Mallow side in Eire Óg, it was Mallow who lead after 10 minutes. Sharing 2 points each, Mallow then scored a crucial goal which put them ahead. Points were traded before Gillian scored her first goal of the match. A few minutes later Mallow full forward scored a goal, leaving the halftime score line Naomh Fionnbarra 1.08 v Mallow 2.04.
The second half was a tense affair. Full forward Caoimhe had to be taken off with a serious injury. We would like to thank the Mallow doctor for all her help and we wish Caoimhe a speedy recovery. On resumption of play, Mallow scored another point before Gillian scored her second goal to put 4 points between the teams Naomh Fionnbarra 1.08 v Mallow 2.04. When the final whistle blew, the players rejoiced and were congratulated by their parents and supporters. The cup was presented to the captains, Bláthín & Eimear . Huge congratulations to their management team, Aoife Creed, Billy Twomey & Irwin Cummins for all the time, effort and commitment in training the girls all year. Thanks to Eire Óg GAA who provided the pitch for the final.
After the match, the girls arrived in Toonsbridge to a bonfire thanks to Creedons. They then went to Toonsbridge Dairy for a celebratory meal. Thanks to Jenny Rose and her staff. The girls then went on a parade through Inchigeela and stopped at Creedons. They then went to Ballingeary and had a parade through the village where they also had a parade behind Ballingeary Pipe Band. Thanks to the members of the band for coming out. The girls went to Shortens and Ard na Laoi where they received food. Thanks to everyone who organised the bonfires and to all the supporters who came out to support the girls in the two villages.
Naomh Fionnbarra Minor Team: 1.Bláthín Lynch(C) 2.Áine Lynch 3.Rosa Simmonds 4.Meadhbh O Callaghan 5.Meabh O Sullivan 6.Molly Ring 7.Shauna Herlihy 8.Eimear O Dea(C) (0.03) 9.Ellie O Leary 10.Ellen Buckley 11.Gillian Concanon (2.05) 12.Niamh Donovan(0.01)13.Kate Moynihan (0.01) 14.Caoimhe Creedon 25.Sorcha Herlihy (Sweeper) 16.Eve Cummins 17.Úna Dineen 18.Aoife Clancy 19.Ava Hartnett 21.Máire Twomey 22. Katie Thomas 24.Molly Doherty 26.Ciara Vaughan 27.Sadhbh Herlihy 28.Lauryn Cummins

GAA Cork County Championships
Cork County Senior Football Championship

Champions: St Finbarr’s (Duhallow)
Relegation Last Two: Kiskeam and Aghada
Munster Club Senior Football Championship
Final: Dr Crokes, Killarney 1-21 St Joseph’s, Clare 2-9
Cork Premier Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Fermoy (St Michaels)
Relegation Last Two: Castletownbere and Na Piarsaigh
Munster Intermediate Football Championship
Final: Kilcummin, Kerry 1-11 Fermoy, Cork 1-3
Cork Intermediate Football Championship

Champions: Cill na Martra (Aghabullogue)
Relegation play offs
Last Two: Carrigaline and Clonakilty B or Ballinora
Cork County Junior Football Championship

Champions: Dromtarriffe (Kilmacabea)
Munster Club Junior Football Championship
Final: Beaufort, Kerry 2-13 Dromtarriffe, Cork 2-12
Co. Inter-Divisions Junior B Football Championship
Final: Russell Rovers 3-15 Castletownbere 1-10
U21 County Football Championships

Final: Nemo Rangers 1-13 Kilmurry 0-8 - replay
U21B Football Championship

Final: Charleville 1-13 Duarigle Gaels 0-8
U21C Football Champions: Donoughmore

County Senior Hurling Championship

County Champions: Imokilly (Midleton)
Relegation Last Two: Carrigtwohill and Killeagh
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship
Final: Ballygunner, Waterford 2-14 Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 2-8
Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship

County Champions: Charleville (Courcey Rovers)
Relegation Last Two: Youghal and Aghada
Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship
Final: Charleville, Cork 2-20 Feakle, Clare 1-20
County Intermediate Hurling Championship:

County Champions: Ballincollig (Blackrock)
Relegation Last Two: Dripsey and Inniscarra 2.
County Junior Hurling Championship
County Champions: Cloughduv (Russell Rovers)

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Cloughduv who won the Munster Junior A Hurling Championship final, defeating Ballinameela ©John Tarrant

Munster Club Junior Hurling Championship

Final: Cloughduv 0-17 Ballinameela, Waterford 0-11
Cloughduv brought a wonderful year to a marvellous conclusion at Mallow when they defeated Waterford champions Ballinammeela in a fine Munster Junior Hurling final. Cloughduv were slightly the better side, particularly in the second half, displaying great artistry in attack and inspirational resistance in defence. Cloughduv have shown themselves to be a fine team, with many young emerging skilful hurlers backed by a hard core of experienced campaigners and they can face the All Ireland junior series and promotion to Intermediate grade in the New Year with confidence.
Cloughduv faced the strong breeze in the first half and deployed Ger Ahern as a sweeper, a task he performed to perfection, aided by strong defending from all his co-defenders and indeed the work rate of the entire team was phenomenal. Ballinameela had some fine hurlers but overall they did not have the quality of Cloughduv, struck nine wides in the first half, some from frees in good positions and could not break clear of Cloughduv. The teams were level at 0-2, 0-4, and at 0-5 each, Brian Verling immaculate from frees, and Cloughduv hit the front for the first time in the 26th minute. They led by two points at half time 0-8 to 0-6 and weathered a fierce opening spell on the re-start when Ballinameela had to be content with a single point to cut the gap back to a single point. Andrew Cronin’s point in the 34th minute lifted the siege and Cloughduv fired over three more points in a row to lead by five points, 0-12 to 0-7 in the 41st minute and the Cork champions were hurling with confidence and were not going to be caught now. Both sides were unlucky with goal chances, but Cloughduv were a joy to watch, and some of their points were really superbly taken.
Conditions were good, the hurling was excellent, the game very sportingly contested and the better team won.
Cloughduv now face Leinster champions Dunmaggin of Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi final in early Spring.
Scorers for Cloughduv: B Verling 0-9 (0-7 f), M Walsh, M Verling and J Ryan 0-2 each, J Moynihan and A Cronin 0-1 each.
Cloughduv: Jonathan Buckley: Patrick Buckley, Brian Ahern, Seán Curzon,: Ger Ahern, Dave O’Leary, Eoghan Clifford; Mark Walsh, Aidan Murphy: Mark Verling (capt.), Andrew Cronin, Donal Corkery: Brian Verling, Joe Ryan, James Moynihan. Subs: Glyn Egan 34, Denis O’Sullivan 43, Aodh Twomey 47, Kevin BarryMurphy 53, Kevin Walsh 60.
Other panel members: Cormac O’Driscoll, Liam Long, Donal Cronin, Luke McCarthy, Kevin McNamara, Ciarán Canty, Luke Elliot, Conrad Crowley, Aidan Ahern, Paul O’Sulllivan.
Manager: Tomás Twomey
Selectors: Tim BarryMurphy, Derry Keane, Paddy Maher, Seán Holland.
Co. Inter-Division Junior B Hurling Championship
Final: Watergrasshill 2–16 Mallow 3 – 11 - replay
County U 21 Premier 1 Hurling Championship

Round 3
Valley Rovers 1-19 Blarney 2-11
Shandrum 2-17 Glen Rovers 2-10
Fr O' Neills 1-19 Charleville 0-16
Na Piarsaigh 1-17 Duhallow 0-14
(A) Sarsfields 0-13 Fr O’Neills 0-18
(B) Blackrock 2-16 Valley Rovers 2-14
(C) Midleton 2-20 Na Piarsaigh 1-9
(D) Douglas 2-20 Shandrum 3-14
Fr O’Neills 3-23 Blackrock 0-13
Midleton 1-18 Douglas 1-17
Final: Fr O’Neills v Midleton
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 3-9 Bishopstown 0-6
Courceys 1-22 Carrigaline 2-16
Final: Ballincollig 0-19 Courceys 0- 17 aet
Ballincollig added the county U21 Premier 2 hurling title to their intermediate crown at Páirc Ui Rinn to complete a great hurling double for one of Cork’s oldest clubs. It took extra time to separate the sides, Courceys did not have luck on their side on occasions as they lost their second county final this year, but one has to admire the determination of this Ballincollig team to take an Under 21 title for the first time in 22 years.
With wind advantage Ballincollig dominated the first half and led 0-9 to 0-4 at half time, Seán Walsh, Stephen Wills, Shane Murphy and Fahy scoring some smashing points. Courceys came roaring back into contention on the restart, had cut the gap to two points by the 50th minute despite having a penalty shot struck wide by an otherwise impeccable free taker and were level by the end of normal time at 0-14 apiece and could have hit a winner in added time.
In extra time, Ballincollig regained the initiative with Fenton Denny, James O'Leary and Conor O'Leary powering out with possession time and again from defence. They led by 0-18 to 0-15 at the break in extra time and held out despite fierce pressure in a very tense closing ten minutes which culminated with a last second block on a Courceys free which could have won them the laurels.
Scorers for Ballincollig: S Walsh 0-13 (0-10 f), L Fahy 0-2, P Cooney (65), S Murphy, J Murray, S Wills 0-1 each.
Ballincollig: James Linehan: Ross O’Donovan, James O’Leary, Karl Spillane: Conor O’Leary, Jordan Murray, Gearóid O’Donoghue: Karl Walsh, Fentan Denny: Stephen Wills, Evan Cooke, Paul Cooney: Luke Fahy, Seán Walsh, Shane Murphy. Subs: Shane O’Neill, Ciarán Connery (both used in extra time) and Josh Cotter, Adam Wills, Simon O’Sulllivan, Olan Dorgan, Christopher Twomey, Seán Ryan, Daniel Murphy.
Selectors: Manager Michael O'Brien with Terence O'Leary, Danny Dwyer and Johnny Dwyer.
Co. Inter-Divisions U21 'A' Hurling Championship
Bride Rovers 3-18 Passage 2-7
Final: Bride Rovers v Cloughduv or Fermoy.
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 0-10 St Finbarrs 2-10
Final: Nemo Rangers 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 4-4 Carrigaline 2-13, 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 semi finals: Glen 1-7 Sars 1-17, St Finbarrs v Douglas
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 Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Muskerry Divisional Board was held in Clondrohid and all outgoing officers were unanimously re-elected.
Officers 2018

Uachtarán:- Tadhg Ó Gealbháin, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh,
Leas-Uachtaráin:- Pádraig Ó Mathúna, Innis Cartha, Aubert Ó Tuama, Baile an Chollaigh. Proinnsios MacCarthaigh, Baile an Chollaigh.
Iar Uachtaráin:- Aibhistin O’Cruimin, Innis Cartha
Cathaoirleach:- Pádraig Ó Maoleóin, Éire Óg.
Leas-Chathaoirleach:- Liam Ó Buachalla, An Druipseach.
Rúnaí:- Seán Ó Finneadha, An Druipseach.
Cisteoir:- Daithí Ó Laoi, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh.
Oifigeach Poiblíochta:- Caoimhin O’Murchu, Baile an Chollaigh
Oifigeach Forbartha:- Seán Ó Críon, Achadh Bolg.
Oifigeach na Gaeilge agus Cultúir:- Eamonn O’Murnain, Cill Mhuire
CCC Member -East:- Eamonn O’Chaoimh, Eire Og
West:- Diarmuid O’Muineachain, Ceannamhuighe
Secretary’s Report

The Runaí, John Feeney presented his report on the year’s activities, his 3rd report as rúnaí.
The ninety third Annual Convention this year is being hosted by Cumann Cluain Droichid, and it is hoped that each Club will be fully represented and takes an active part in the proceedings. 2018 was a fantastic year for Muskerry teams on the field of play, with County Title wins for Donoughmore (U21 C football), Ballincollig (Intermediate Hurling and U21 Premier 2 hurling), Cloughduv (Junior Hurling), Cill na Martra (Intermediate Football). Congratulations to all on a magnificent achievement. Muskerry referees more than matched the achievements of their playing counterparts, taking charge of County Finals at Senior Hurling (Diarmuid Kirwan), Senior Football (David Murnane), Premier Intermediate Hurling Replay (Joe Larkin) Premier Intermediate Football (John Ryan), Junior Football (Pat O’Leary) Junior B Football & U21 B Hurling (John Horgan). Again congratulations to all on their appointments.
This year was the fourth year that the awards for the Muskerry Junior Football and Hurling Teams of the year, were announced in Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig. These Teams were kindly sponsored by Quish’s Supervalu and O’Mahony Walsh. The evening was sponsored by the Oriel House Hotel, and the overall winner of the Auld Triangle Sports’ Star of the year was presented to Mark Coleman, Blarney, for his wonderful achievement of winning a Hurling All Star in his first year on the Cork Senior team. The individual award winners were chosen from Football, Hurling, Camogie and Ladies Football. Nominations for each month were brought forward by a number of media reporters and committee members, who closely monitor the games. Each monthly award winner, along with family and friends, was invited to attend the presentation function at the Auld Triangle in Macroom.
In all, the Board ran 15 Competitions in 2018, and 328 games were played in both Football and Hurling. Our Junior A Football Championship is still the number one attraction. This year, Canovee and Uíbh Laoire reached the final, where they competed for ultimate honours in the superb facilities in Kilmurry. In an extremely tight match, victory went to Iveleary, to the delight of their huge following. In Junior A Hurling, Cloughduv retained their title after defeating Ballinora in the final in Ovens in front of a large crowd - well catered for in the new stand. Cloughduv subsequently went on to win the County Championship beating Russell Rovers by a narrow margin in the final.
In U21 A Football, Eire Óg and Kilmurry contested the final before Kilmurry came out on top in a very close contest. Huge credit must be given to Kilmurry as they had lost the final last year. Both finalists went out in the County competition where Kilmurry beat the previous year’s winners Douglas in the semi final and drew with Nemo Rangers in the County Final. They lost the replay but set down a marker for next year as most of the team are underage. In U21 A Hurling, with Blarney playing in the Premier 1 grade, Inniscarra and Ballincollig in Premier 2, there were only 3 teams in the Muskerry A competition. Cloughduv went on to beat Eire Óg in a close final, their first win in this grade since 1992. To date they have not played their County Semi Final.
Gate receipts and attendances were slightly down on last year. However the finances of the board are kept in a strong position due to the support of a dozen or so loyal sponsors. The board are very thankful for their continued support and this is vital to the continued well being of the board’s finances. Scór is still struggling, with fewer clubs competing, which is a pity. It appears that this side of the GAA activity is now being neglected by clubs and performers. With the introduction of new rule changes, it should be easier to get more people involved. There are plenty musicians, singers, dancers and other knowledgeable people within the various clubs. I would hope that all clubs would make the effort to get people out this year as it is the 50th Anniversary.
Muskerry Teams. We entered both hurling and football teams in County Senior Championship. The new competition structure meant that there was no second chance for Divisional teams. The Hurlers got the worst possible draw in County Champions, Imokilly, and bowed out despite a spirited display. The Footballers prepared well but the unavailability of a number of key players did not help our cause, losing to CIT in Round 1. Huge efforts were put in by both selection committees. The hurling team was looked after by the following – Ger O’Donovan (Ballincollig), Diarmuid Kirwan (Eire Óg), Stephen O’Brien (Blarney), Pádraig Murphy (Aghabullogue). In charge of the football team were Ger McCarthy (Ballingeary), Vince Fahy (Eire Óg), Jim Murphy (Kilmurry). Football Muskerry 2-06 CIT 1-16 . Hurling Muskerry 0-19 Imokilly 5-22

Junior A Hurling. Eight teams competed in this championship, with some good matches being played. Cloughduv retained their title after defeating Ballinora in the final in Ovens in front of a large crowd - well catered for in the new stand. Cloughduv subsequently went on to win the County Championship beating Russell Rovers by a narrow margin in the final and went on to take the Munster title and qualify for the All Ireland series in the New Year..
Junior B Hurling. Ten teams were entered in this Grade, with Blarney’s third team beating a fancied Cloughduv for the second year in a row in the final. This was a great achievement for a club’s third team in a competition with a lot of strong club’s second teams participating. They lost to a very strong Watergrasshill team in the County.
U21A Hurling. In U21 A Hurling, with Blarney playing in the Premier 1 grade, Inniscarra and Ballincollig in Premier 2 there were only 3 teams in the Muskerry A competition. Cloughduv went on to beat Eire Og in a close final, their first win in this grade since 1992.
U21 B Hurling Eight teams entered in this competition with Inniscarra B and Ballinora playing in the final. Inniscarra proved too good on the day in a very close final. In the county competition they lost to a very strong Sarsfield B team.
Junior A Football This is our premier competition, with Fourteen teams entering the draw, and with some great matches being played all around the division. This year, Canovee and Uibh Laoire reached the final, where they competed for ultimate honours in the superb facilities in Kilmurry In an extremely tight match victory went to Iveleary, to the delight of their huge following. Under the new system both teams proceeded to the 16-team county championship. Canovee lost in the first round but Iveleary suffered heartbreak - losing the semi final narrowly to the Duhallow Runners Up for the second year in a row.
Junior B Football Eleven teams were in the draw for this one, with Naomh Abán and Inniscarra reaching the final, played in Macroom. The final ended in a draw after a very late comeback by Naomh Abán and they went on to win the replay in Carrigadrohid.
Junior C Football Eight teams entered this competition, with Gleann na Laoi and Dripsey making it to the final. After a very close final Gleann na Laoi took the honours by the narrowest of margins.
U21 A Football In U21 A Football, Eire Óg and Kilmurry contested the final before Kilmurry came out on top in a very closely contested final. Huge credit must be given to Kilmurry as they had lost the final last year. Both finalists went out into the County competition where Kilmurry beat the previous year’s winners Douglas in the semi final and lost to Nemo Rangers in the County Final after a replay.
U21 B Football Nine teams entered this competition and each team was guaranteed two matches. After many close games Ballingeary and Macroom got to the final with Ballingeary coming out on top by the narrowest of margins. In the county section Ballingeary lost to a very strong Skibbereen team.
U21 C Football Five teams took part in this competition and each team was guaranteed two matches. Donoughmore and Kilmichael reached the final, played before a large crowd in Rusheen, and Donoughmore came out on top. In the county section Donoughmore created history beating Tadgh McCarthaighs by the narrowest of margins in the County Final.
Referees I would like to thank all our referees for their wonderful service and commitment to the Coiste during the past year, and to me during my three years as Rúnaí. They have always been very obliging and helpful when needed. They do a great job and without them there would be no games played. As you can see from above, our referees are highly respected at County level, getting nearly all the high profile County finals. Also, 'Thank You' to Aubert Twomey, our referee administrator this year, for his contribution to the CCC in the appointments for Championship matches. Thanks also to referees assessor Paud Kelleher who covered both Football and Hurling this year.

The following is the report of work undertaken by the clubs in Muskerry in 2018
As in previous years the clubs did lots of development in 2018. Listed below is some of the good work that has been completed to date.
Aghabullogue. We completed construction of our Astro Turf facility at our GAA grounds in Coachford and it is proving to be a wonderful success for our club.We have also re-sodded goalmouths at a cost of 4K , work badly needed to be done. The Hall committee have overseen a lot of internal and external refurbishment to our premises such as painting the complex, installing heaters and improving parking facilities for all our patrons - M Ó hÉalaithe Rúnaí.
Aghinagh. Aghinagh GAA have upgraded the fence around the playing field and we have constructed a concrete walkway with lighting around the full perimeter of the pitch. This work will be finished in the next week - Donal Ó Corcora
Ballinora. In relation to 2018 developments – the big one for Ballinora is the construction of a Ball Wall. Also – the erection of an Electronic Scoreboard at the pitch in Ballinora. Mike O'Regan Runai
Cill Na Martra. Cill Na Martra recently completed the purchase of ground adjoining our pitch area with a view to creating a new training area - Síle Ní Chuana Runaí
Clondrohid. We completed in early 2018 a car park at a cost of €100k. We completed the purchase of additional land adjacent to Clondrohid Community Field for €56k in 2018. We are currently upgrading the entrance to the Community Facilities and this will be completed in 2019. - Tim O'Connor Runai
Eire Óg. The development of Eire Óg over the past few years has been phenomenal. The membership numbers of the Club, playing, associated family have grown to very large numbers. It was decided six years ago to embark on an ambitious plan to develop our main field investing €300,000 in the project. We established a' flood lit' , sand - based pitch with an irrigation system. This year saw the completion of that project with the opening of our 300 seater stand. Our field can now be used regularly even in these winter months is testament to the wonderful development work done when relaying the surface . Finally, thank you to all of those who supported our fundraising activities over the past number of years. We are very grateful to all who contributed. - Seán Ó Ríordáin Rúnaí
Gleann na Laoi. We carried out the following works on our pitch during 2018: 1.Drained pitch and spread fertilizer on same. 2.We have applied for a Capital Sports Grant. - Sean Ó h-Argain, Runai, Gleann na Laoi
Inniscarra. "The Inniscarra GAA club took on the next phase of the development in the club in 2018 by erecting a "Ball Wall". The development group met on many occasions and submitted the works to various civil contractors in the area for tender. Holcon Construction were awarded the contact and were given a date of 20th October 2018 for completion. Works were completed to a high standard and the official opening was done by Sean O'Donoghue Senior Cork Hurling player and it was blessed on the day by Fr Coakley. This also coincided with the end of year blitz for the juvenile members in our club and it gave them the opportunity to use the facilities on the day. It is hoped in the club that it will be used to its full capacity in the years to come and help in the development of all players. " - Enda Ní Leanachaín Runaí
Kilmurry. Work all completed now on gym upstairs in complex. As year went on painting both inside dressing rooms and exterior of buildings was completed voluntary work by a number of club members and officers. Recently both goal mouths have been resodded this rendering pitch closed for rest of year. - Donnacha Ó Donnachu
Conclusion. My thanks to the clubs for the excellent development undertaken and completed in 2018. Fund raising for these developments has been successfully undertaken and the receipt of Munster Council grants has also helped greatly. More developments are in the pipeline in the year ahead. Finally from this year on, the position of Development Officer will be by appointment of the CCC on an annual basis and the five year limit will still apply. My thanks to all the clubs and my fellow officers for their help throughout the year. Sean Ó Crion, Oifigeach Forbartha Mhúscraí
Venues. My thanks to all clubs who hosted our games during the year. Without your help, our championships could not run as smoothly as they do. Despite the huge amount of games that are now played, most clubs are always willing to accommodate this board. However a small minority of clubs never seem to be available to host games. This is hardly fair on the rest of the clubs as the concept of neutral grounds for championship matches is based on clubs agreeing to host. Also, my thanks to those people who collect money at the gates, as this is not an easy or popular task.
Media. My thanks to all our local media who do so much work to promote our games locally, Brendan Kenneally, Lee Valley Outlook, Aubert Twomey, Southern Star and County, Kevin Murphy and Barry O’Mahony, Echo, and Michael Scanlon of C103, all of whom provide great coverage of Divisional activities.
County Board Delegates. My thanks to Paddy O’Mahony and John Crean for representing Muskerry at the County Board for the past twelve months.
Congratulations to all players from the Muskerry division who represented Cork at any grade during the year. Congratulations to the Cork Camogie team who brought the senior All Ireland back to Leeside once again. Congratulations to Briege Corkery for collecting her eighteenth Senior All Ireland medal. Congratulations to Mark Coleman, Blarney and Sean O’Donoghue, Inniscarra on winning a Munster Senior Hurling Medal. Mark added a Munster U21 Hurling Medal as well.
Sponsorship. Our thanks, once again, are extended to our sponsors during the past year: The Auld Triangle, Macroom, Quish’s Super Valu, Ballincollig, Ballincollig Credit Union, Ross Oil, Farnanes, MJK Oils, Clondrohid, Macroom Motor Services, Farho Intelligent Heating, Farran, Erneside Engineering, Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Rochestown Park Hotel, Cumnor Construction, Blarney.
Match Sponsorship. The post-match receptions for the Junior A Finals, which are usually held in the Auld Triangle on the Monday evening following the matches, are sponsored by the Auld Triangle and have been a very enjoyable occasion for players and mentors of the participating teams. ‘Man of the Match’ Awards are also presented at these functions. Our thanks go to the Sponsors for these presentations – MJK Oils for the Hurling, and Ross Oil for the Football. Our thanks also go to Eileen O’Flynn for her generous sponsorship of these receptions.
Sport Star Awards. This venture, undertaken by the board, would not be possible only for the generous sponsorship of Eileen O’Flynn of the Auld Triangle, Macroom. I would like to thank the hard working committee for the time and effort they put into organising these monthly events. This committee is chaired by William Buckley, Dripsey, The other members of the committee are Anne O’Riordan, Cloughduv, (Secretary) Eileen O’Flynn, Auld Triangle, David Murnane, Referee, Dave Lee, Ballingeary, Brendan Kenneally, Macroom, Aubert Twomey, Ballincollig, Barry O’Mahony Eire Óg, Kevin Murphy, Ballincollig and John Feeney, Dripsey. We are very grateful, also, to the four media people for the coverage we get every month. Also, we would like to thank Mike English for all his photographic work. We now look forward to the selection of the overall winner, and the selection of the Junior teams of the year in both hurling and football.
Tributes. Regretfully a number of members from various clubs within the division passed to their eternal reward since our last AGM: Our sincere condolences to the families of all those concerned. We remember in our prayers all the deceased members from various clubs who passed to their eternal reward during the past year. Ar dheis láimh Dé go raibh siad. A Novena of masses will be offered for all deceased members of the Association in Muskerry.
Conclusion. I hope I have covered all the happenings and events in the Division for 2018, but, should any delegate feel that some items are missing, every opportunity will be afforded to him/her to raise the matter, and have a discussion on it, at this meeting.
I would like to thank my fellow officers for all their help, also the Board delegates and the County Board Office, who have been very helpful and courteous to me during the year. 2019 is just around the corner and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the clubs the best of luck for the year ahead. I look forward to seeing you all in the new year, on the 26th of January, at the Oriel House Hotel for the Sports Star Awards, and the selection of the Junior Hurling and Football teams of the year 2018. Sean Ó Finneadha, Rúnaí.

The Murphy family, friends and competitors at the 2018 Shane Murphy Poc Fada . ©Nóra Ní Luasa
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Laochra Óg

The end of year Poc Fada took place recently for our U13/14/15 girls. Great display of shots from all the girls, a huge improvement from the previous year. Well done to all. As always, thanks to our Jersey Sponsors, James Hickey Kitchens and Healy's Spar Clondrohid and to Coláiste Ghobnatan for the use of Pitch. The results are as follows: U15: 1st: Lucy O'Leary 2nd: Eilish O'Connell 3rd: Caoimhe O'Leary
U14: 1st: Emily Murphy 2nd: Ciara Bradley 3rd: Lucy O'Connor
U13: 1st: Ava O'Connell 2nd: Aisling O'Leary 3rd: Caoimhe Murphy
Player of the Year for U15 was Lucy Hyde; Player of the Year for U14 was Ciara Bradley. Well done girls!
A very successful Shane Murphy Memorial Cup Poc Fada attracted huge numbers from near and far in beautiful sunshine to compete in our fourth year of the competition. Millstreet Pipe Band opened the event and marched all the way into Clondrohid Village. Over €2,100 was raised for Marymount Hospice, a very deserving charity for this year’s PocFada. It would not be possible without the huge amount of volunteers that turn out on the day. Thanks to them - stewards on the road, people taking registrations, cooking, serving and tidying up in the hall; the Cart Bus and to Con O'Leary who collected and dropped competitors to the start line. We would also like to thank sponsors Clondrohid Community Hall, Healy’s Spar, M and J Kelleher, Dairygold, Michael Twomey Butchers, Glenmill Restaurant and The Bell Inn, to all who donated baking and refreshments and Macroom Credit Union Board. Thanks to John Crean representing the Cork County Board and to Dan Cronin on behalf of the friends of Marymount Hospice for making the trip. It was a fitting tribute to Shane who no doubt was smiling down upon us all, at the music of the pipe band and the sound of sliotars being pucked!.

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Laochra Óg U-14s at Civic Reception for their 2018 victories with Mayor Ted Lucey, Cllrs Michael Creed and Gobnait Ní Mhuineacháin and coach, Darren Kelly. © Con Kelleher

 U14 and U16 hurling teams were honoured at the Blarney and Macroom Municipal District Civic Reception, held in the Castle Hotel, for their successful achievements in becoming Rebel Óg West league and championship winners 2018 and for bringing amazing success to Laochra Óg. Councillor Ted Lucey honoured the team members with their certificates and spoke highly of their achievements and the achievements of our young club in a few short years. The team coach, Darren Kelly, and selectors, Michael Healy, Kevin Healy, Michael Burke and Pat Healy, were also honoured for their hard work and contribution to the success of these two teams. Lots of young groups and individuals were represented at this reception, a lovely event to showcase the achievements made by young people from the local areas.
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.

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Most of the bowlers with Angie McCarthy, who sponsored the Bell Inn Bowling Social Club Tournament. ©

 Bell Inn Bowling Social Club.

A doubles bowling competition was set up by three local men, Niall Murphy, Brendan O’Callaghan and Paul Kelleher, who are involved in the Clondrohid and Macroom bowling clubs. The aim of the competition was to entice more local people to get involved with the club. A total of 24 contestants were involved, a bowler and non-bowler being paired together to make 12 teams. A total of 17 scores were played from August up to November. The final was played on the 10th of November on the Clondrohid road, with Sean Kelleher & Adrian O’Driscoll beating Adam O’Connell & John Corkery by a last shot in a brilliant contest which was level for much of the way. The Bell Inn Bowling Social Club would like to thank Angie McCarthy of The Bell Inn for sponsoring a very enjoyable tournament.

Muskerry Judo Club.

A team of 5 attended the Linester invitational November18 in Dublin with Coach, Seamus Manning. Aaron Fitzgerald, 10, fought at u24kg and won gold, winning all 4 fights by Ippon (maximum points). He had previously won Gold at Swords open and Oranmore Invitational. Levi Fitzgerald 12 also won gold in all competitions, fighting u50kg and also entered the pre cadets and won gold. Katie Power 10 won silver in a tough category u36kg, having won bronze at the previous 2 competitions. Ruadhàn McKenna 11yrs won gold in the u42kg category, having won silver in the previous 2 competitions again showing the hard work they are all putting in at training, never missing a session. Alex Dubrovskis 10 fought u34kg in his first competition and won bronze. Congratulations to all.

Macroom FC

Schoolgirls League Success. Macroom FC took on Passage in the U14 league playoff final at Murrayfield last week. The large attendance witnessed a fantastic contest and Macroom emerged victorious, with extra time required to separate the sides. It’s the first piece of silverware ever for this team and that in itself will bring much satisfaction to both players and management. Ciara Creedon had Macroom 1-0 ahead as the game entered its final minute. But with one last attack, Passage equalised and sent the tie to extra time. The winner came courtesy of Caoimhe O'Brien from the penalty spot and great celebrations were kicked off with the sounding of the final whistle. All of these players put in a great effort and have finally reaped the rewards. Well done to coaches Tim Murphy, Mick Goold, Brian Murphy and all who assist in any way. Women’s soccer in Macroom goes from strength to strength and will certainly only improve with the introduction of calendar year football from March 2019.
The U12 girls also reached the league decider away to Skibbereen. Macroom gave everything they had but it wasn't enough against a very strong home side. It has been an encouraging season for this team who continue to improve. Many thanks to the management team of Cathal O' Riordan, Brian Murphy and Mick Goold .And a big thank you also to parents for travelling to the games. Macroom FC also appreciates the fine hospitality shown by Skibbereen. Macroom FC schoolgirls have been sponsored by Railway View Pharmacy and Matt Murphy's Pharmacy and the club wish to acknowledge and thank these businesses for their support.
The U15A boys team ventured to Ballea Park to play Carrigaline Utd and won 3-0. Coaches PJ Herlihy and John Wenger were delighted with an outstanding performance from all 15 players. Goals from Dylan Molyneaux, Charlie Burke and Liam Holland secured the three points.
At adult level, Macroom A made the eagerly awaited trip to Dublin, taking on Ballymun Utd in round 5 of the FAI Junior Cup. The hosts, winners of this competition in 2001 and 2009, were in outstanding form and ran out 5-0 winners. The scoreline was very harsh as after 82 minutes the score read 2-0 and Macroom were throwing everything at Ballymun. But the north Dublin outfit were merciless and added 3 further goals. For a young Macroom side this was a fabuolous experience and one they will only learn from and improve on. It was also an exciting day out for the club and both officials and supporters who travelled enjoyed the day. It was also great to see Macrompians now residing in the Capital come along and support the team.
Macroom B are up to second in the AUL division 3 league following a brilliant 4-0 away win over Innishvilla. A Darrin Dineen hat trick along with an own goal accounted for the score. Following the recent loss in the President's Cup QF, this was a vital fixture and the attitude and desire shown by all players was excellent. There were fine outings for Dineen, Owen McSwiney, Neilus Murphy, Damien Hoare and Szymon Sanetra.
Civic Reception. The Blarney/Macroom Municpial District Council held a civic reception to honour the various local sports teams who have had success in the last year. An enjoyable evening was held in the Castle Hotel. Macroom FC was well represented, as last season’s U12 boys and girls teams received certificates. The boys’ team won the league title while the girls lifted the league and cup double. The coaching groups from both teams also were recognised and this is brilliant to see as these volunteers continually put in huge work promoting the game of soccer in Macroom. Present on the night were Municipal councillors and the council chair, Mr. Ted Lucey.
Lotto Winners. Huge congratulations from all at Macroom FC to Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lar's and Margaret Cronin c/o Fudge who shared the Jackpot of 4,200 euro on 03/12/18. by Darragh Deasy.

Macroom Golf Club

20 Nov Seniors Scramble 1st Tom Daly 16 Noel Fuller 20 Tony Lancaster 23 Michael Brosnan 24 43.1
22 Nov Turkey Thurs Open 1st Anthony Hartnett 19 30pts
24/25-Nov Club Singles 1st Declan Ring 14 35pts 2nd John Hourihan 18 34 pts
League Week 2 Team 7 181 Team 11 181
26 Nov Seniors Scramble 1st-Andrew Nolan—10 Noel Hedigan 20 Tony Lancaster 23 -43.7
1/2 Dec Club Singles 1st Stephen Wills 9 34pts 2nd-Tom Fitzgerald 11 34pts