Community news: Macroom Matters
Last Wednesday the Transition Year students from McEgan College departed for three days and two nights of outdoor fun and activities in Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre in the beautiful Caragh Lake area of mid Kerry. The students were accompanied by their teachers Ms O'Mahony, Mr Dennehy and Mr Devane.
In glorious Kerry sunshine, the pupils all participated in rock-climbing and abseiling at the Gap of Dunloe, and walked the Killarney National Park later that evening to see a deer herd and to listen to stories about the rich history of Inishfallen Island.
On day two in Cappanlea itself, students kitted out in wetsuits for a morning of kayaking on the lake, and experienced the rugged landscape in detail while orienteering in the afternoon.
On day three, they engaged in team-building exercises such as a human chain and more orienteering. Staff and leaders from Cappanlea commented on how well behaved, enthusiastic and bonded the group were. All in all, it was a fantastic few days.
Meanwhile, well done to the senior cycle, fourth, fifth and sixth year students at McEgan College who went out on the streets of Macroom and raised €1,500 as part of the National Fundraiser for Special Olympics Ireland.
Close contest for Laochra Óg U-12s but late goals seal win over Skibbereen
Last Thursday the Laochra Óg U12 hurlers went to O'Donovan Rossa GAA Club in Skibbereen and played St Patrick's Hurling Club.
The first half was a very close contest with just a point separating the sides at half-time. Against the breeze in the second-half, Laochra Óg played brilliantly going into an eight point lead.
But as the game went on, St Patrick's fought back to within a point before Laochra Óg got a goal at the end to finish on a scoreline of Laochra Óg 5-05 to St Patrick's 4-04.
Well done to all the players from both clubs. Thanks to team Sponsors Astra Systems, CART bus for transport, Driver Peter Sweeney and St Patricks hurling club for being very welcoming hosts.
Then on Friday, Laochra Óg U14 Camogie team travelled to Millstreet and played a very strong Millstreet team with Cork players on their side.
Laochra Óg girls rarely got out of their own half but showed great heart throughout and never gave up.
Two great goals, one each rom Eimear Ní Luasa and Eilísh O'Connell at the stroke of half time was as good as it though for Laochra Óg.
This concludes the U14 league with two wins and two losses at the Macroom club's very first attempt. Final score to Millstreet 9-06 to Laochra Óg 2-0. Thanks to team Sponsors Macroom Tidy Towns.
On Sunday, Laochra óg Camogie U12/11s played Inniscarra with girls from the U10s making up the numbers. The girls had four 15 minutes-a-side games against a very competitive Inniscarra team. The game was played with great skills by both teams.
Meanwhile, the club's latest 50/50 Club Development Draw took place in Clondrohid Community Hall. The winner was Gary O'Brien, Coolnadane who won €380 and the sellers prize of €25 went to Suzann O'Brien. The next draw takes place on May 21.
Macroom GAA Juveniles in late rally but Crosshaven simply too strong
U-14s, B1 League: Macroom played a very good Crosshaven team away recently and were beaten 6-10 to 2-4. Macroom held their own for the first 10 minutes and, but for some handling errors, could have led. But Crosshaven capitalised on their chances and quickly piled on the scores to lead 4-6 to 0-2 at half-time, Dylan Molyneux and Dean Granville scoring a point each for Macroom. Macroom showed a more competitive spirit in the second half and notched up 2-2 with their rivals scoring 2-4 during that same period. Seán De Lacey fielded at the edge, swivelled and found the net with an unstoppable shot. For the second goal, Kieran Doody crossed from the right and Conor Seery contested the ball, distracted the goalie and the ball found the net. Jack Sexton converted a free and Darren Sweeney completed the Macroom tally with a well taken point.
Macroom have two more league matches, against Canovee and Passage. The team has much ability, and with a full commitment, it should do well in the remaining fixtures. The record to date is P9 W4 D0 L5.
Because of First Communions for the younger lads, the U-8s, U-9 and U-10s did not have games last week and the U-16s and Minors will resume after the completion of the Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
Fixtures: The U-8s and U-11s are scheduled to play on Saturday, May 13. The U-9s will play Na Piarsaigh on Thursday in the CG at 7pm and the U-10s play Aghabullogue on Friday night at 7pm, also in the CG. Meanwhile, training continues for all teams at their usual times.
The Juvenile Club would like to congratulate all those who made their First Communions and give best wishes to those facing the upcoming State examinations.