THIS week, members of the local community as well as people from Carrignavar, Whitechurch and Glenville, took the opportunity to put before Cork County Council, their concerns regarding the proposed super-dump at Bottlehill.
Over 70 letters of objection in total were received and some 40 oral submissions are being placed before the panel appointed by the Council to hear these submissions during this week at the Council offices, Annabella.
Some people have been a little disappointed at the decision to hear these objections on an individual basis, placing the ordinary individual at discomfort when faced with a high powered interview panel with a considerable number of years of experience as local Government officials between them.
Some objections are by individuals and others by organisations in the local community. Bottlehill Environmental Alliance made their presentation on Tuesday. Vincent Twomey, Tom Murray, John O'Riordan and Michelle O'Driscoll put forward the case against the siting of the landfill in Bottlehill, outlying the main reasons as being: height of site, high rainfall resulting in pollution of the streams and rivers in the area, the danger to human health, the risk to agriculture in this time of almost daily food scares, over 200,000 tons of rubbish being dumped in Bottlehill every year can only cause problems.
Other points raised were concerns about sludge's disposal by injection, the risks to tourism, fishing, heritage, ecology and the whole nature of the area.
The issue of traffic and road structure was also raised and the inevitable decline in property values.
The details of the submissions will be made available to the members of Cork County Council in the next few weeks that will then be asked to vote on the variation to the County Development Plan.
Lots of good canvassers needed!
KELLEHER SHIELD: On Sunday, February 25, Clyda Rovers travelled to Ballincollig to play Ballincollig in their first match of the 2001 Kelleher Shield. This was a good start to the new campaign as Clyda Rovers won on a scoreline of Clyda Rovers (0-11) and Ballincollig (1-7).
Team: Dermot Fitzgerald, Tommy Walsh, Brendan Walsh, Aidan Carey, Gavin Carey, Mick O'Shea, Derry Cronin, Cormac O'Sullivan, Sean Breen, Paul Holland, Dylan O'Shea, Derek O'Brien, Niall O'Mullane, Tadgh O'Mullane, Johnny Walsh.
Subs: Mick Dennehy for Tadgh O'Mullane, John O'Hanlon for Sean Breen, Cormac Murphy.
Scorers: Paul Holland (0-4, 2 frees), Derek O'Brien (0-4), Cormac O'Sullivan, Dylan O'Shea, Niall O'Mulland (0-1) each.
MINOR A LGE: On Sunday last, February 25, Clyda Rovers minor team travelled to Fermoy to play Fermoy in their first game in the minor A football league.
Clyda Rovers were unlucky in this game, being narrowly defeated by two points.
For the first three quarters of the game, Fermoy had good control of the game. In the last quarter, the Clyda boys pulled out all the stops but were just unlucky. It was a tremendous last 15 minutes performance by Clyda Rovers.
Team: Timmy Murphy, Gerry Healy, Oliver O'Hanlon, Lee Fitzpatrick, Timmy O'Mullane, Tadgh O'Callaghan (Captain), Aidan Cronin, Johnny O'Sullivan, Billy Mulcahy, John Healy, Ivan Bolster, Ray Carey, Christy Roche, Colin Roynane, Timmy Stack.
Sub: Kevin Roche.
Scorers: Colin Roynane (1-3, 2 from frees), Johnny O'Sullivan (1-1), Christy Roche and Timmy Stack (0-1 each).
CORK TEAM: Well done to Padraig O'Mullane of Monaparson, who lined out as corner forward with the Cork senior football team in the Allianz football league game on Sunday last, February 25, at Páirc Ui Ruinn. We wish you the best of luck and continued success for the future.
CONFIRMATION: The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in Analeentha Church on next Wednesday, March 7. Twenty seven children will be confirmed - 14 from Burnfort and 13 attending Analeentha NS.
On Sunday, March 4, there will be a "Ceremony of Light" in Analeentha at 7pm.
Confirmation gowns will be worn by most of the children. Let us hope that all will go well on the day and that the elements will look favourable on the occasion.
HOUSE STATIONS: The House Stations for the coming week are Thursday, March 1, for Ballinvuskig and Monee at Mary and Frank Fitzpatrick and on Monday, March 5, the residents of Island will gather at Peggy and John Looney's house.
BURNFORT NS: The race night in aid of Burnfort NS takes place this weekend on Friday, March 2, at 8.30pm, in D'Ranch, Mallow. We wish to thank the people who bought horses, sponsored advertisements, races and spot prizes. We look forward to meeting parents, friends and all our sponsors on the night. Horses can be purchased from any of the committee members up to and on the race night. We have a very exciting race card and some fantastic spot prizes so be in with a chance to win and join the punters on the night.
CARD GAME: The following are the results of the 45 card drive which was held in Mourneabbey Community Centre on Wednesday, February 21. 1, Jim and Bridie McGlinchey; 2nd divided, Tess Mannix and Nell Burke, Kevin Dennehy and Kathleen Healy; Ladies, Angela Bradford and Mary O'Connor; Mixed divided, Joan Murphy and John Buckley; Nora O'Sullivan and Sonny O'Callaghan; Gents, Sean McCarthy and Tim Sheehan; Spots, Jim O'Brien and Sean O'Callaghan, Noreen Barry and Stephen Sexton. Raffle winners - Finbarr Murphy, Mary O'Connor, Pat Nolan and Bridie McGlinchey.
The results of the next card game, which will be held on Wednesday, February 28, will be published next week. Cards will commence at 9pm sharp.
ATHLETICS: An intensive training session for the Munster Athletic squad takes place in the CIT Athletic Track, one Saturday of each month. On Saturday, March 3, four of the Abbeystriders athletes who are members of this squad will join other members of the squad for their monthly training session. These athletes are Eilish and Sheila O'Callaghan, Ann Marie Rubey and Cara McCarthy.
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS: Congratulations to Gerard and Mary O'Connell of Knockbrack. Their greyhound "Rang the Bell", which they recently sold, won the Cassidy Contract Cleaners Stake in Waterford. The race was a 16/70 300 yards Sand Stakes final which "Rang the Bell" won in a time of 16.33. Well done to the Knockbrack breeders, it is obviously good.
ASH WEDNESDAY: Last night, Ashes were blessed and distributed at Burnfort and Analeentha. The ashes were prepared by the pupils of Analeentha NS. The palms that were blessed on Palm Sunday 2000 were burned, sieved and made ready by the children.
FÓROIGE: The last meeting of the Mourneabbey Foróige Youth Club was held on February 24. There were 15 members present. Parents supervising were Connie O'Sullivan and John Twomey. Arrangements were finalised for the next meeting of the Youth Club when Mourneabbey will play host to Rathpeacon who will travel to Mourneabbey to take part in traditional Irish Ceili dancing. Their tutor on the night will be the multi-talented Noreen O'Sullivan.
Both clubs are looking forward to the event. The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 3, from 9pm, to 11pm. Leaders and supervisors on the night will be Mary O'Mahony and Christy Murphy.
If parents\leaders on the rota are unable to attend, please contact someone else on the rota to fill in for you. Collect the key at Derry Murphy's and return same after the Youth Club meeting.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Thoughts and words from your mental image. And since we become what we picture, be sure your thoughts and words express prosperity and blessings rather than poverty and defeat.
CHIEF WHIP: Congratulations to Paul Bradford, Ballyphilbeen, Mourneabbey who has been appointed chief whip on Michael Noonan's new streamlined front bench. We wish Paul every success for the future in his new role, organising parliamentary business and organising the Fine Gael line on Dáil debates and issues.
We are confident that Paul's track record speaks for itself and that he will continue in his characteristic and distinguished approach in local and national Government chambers.
BIRTHDAY WISHES: Happy Birthday to Aisling Murphy, Mourneabbey who celebrated her birthday on Saturday, February 24.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4: We wish to remind all our readers of the Mourneabbey residents trust and field purchase development public meeting which will be held this weekend on Sunday, March 4, at Mourneabbey Community Centre at 8pm.
Once again, we invite everyone to this public meeting and earnestly request at least one member of every household to attend. This is your opportunity to help mould the future and implementation of extra amenities which are so badly needed for increasing youth population of our expanding parish.
CLYDA ROVERS: Last week's jackpot of £3,500 was not won. The draw was held in the Hill, on February 21, and the numbers drawn were 6, 15, 21 and 22. The following are the winners of the spot prizes: Hannie Brennan, Mallow; Ger Ambrose, c/o the Hill; Tommy Walsh, Clashmorgan; Mary Fuller, Mallow; Christy Lyons, Burnfort; Bridie McGlinchey, Toureen and Eleanor Fitzgerald, Clougheen. Well done to the spot prize winners and thank you to all our supporters.
If you have not yet joined the local lotto, it is never too late, why not start this weekend. Tickets can be bought at any of local pubs and shops and local sellers.
The next draw, which will have a jackpot of £3,600, will be held on Wednesday, February 28, at Conway's Burnfort. The results will be published next week. Tickets can be purchased on the night of the draw.
FIXTURE: Junior FL Div 2 - Clyda Rovers will play Ballyclough in Mourneabbey on Sunday, March 4, at 12 noon.