Saturday 20 July 2019

Around the districts: Freemount, Kilbrin, Meelin

Freemount: Around the Fireside - The next programme of Around the Fireside will be broadcast on C103 Local Radio on Monday night next, June 24th, when we have "The West Cork Professionals" back again for a third programme at 10.06pm. This is another programme of Around the Fireside not to be missed. Make sure you tune in on Monday night next.

45 Drive

The weekly 45 Drive was well attended on Sunday night last. The following is a list of the lucky winners:-First prize went to :-1Donal and Maureen Mulcahy, Ashford. Ladies prize was won by :- Margaret and Teresa O'Regan, Kilmeedy.Gents prize went to :-Dan Barry, Ashford, and Mike Scanlan, Feohanagh, after a playoff. The mixed prize was won by:- John and Kathleen Twomey, Meelin.The Table Prize was won by;-Daithí Burke, Meelin and Helen Sheehy, Tullylease.

The following won Raffle prizes :-1 Maureen Vaughan, Kanturk.2 Daithí Burke, Meelin. 3 Mary Noonan, Freemount.4 Donal Mulcahy, Ashford..5 Kathleen Twomey, Meelin.6 Marget O'Regan, Kilmeedy.

The next 45 drive will be on this Sunday night June 23rd at 8.30pm sharp. See you all on Sunday night and bring a friend. You can be on the road home at 10.30pm.

St Michael's Church, Freemount

Mass on Sunday Morning at 10.30am as usual. Mass and Holy Hour on Monday night at 7pm. Mass on Tuesday Morning at 9.30am.

Mass and all devotions at St. Michael's Church in Freemount are now available on the internet. The web address is This will be especially welcome for all people who are housebound or away from home.Please pass the details onto your friends.

Cemetery Masses

This year Mass will be celebrated inTullylease New Cemetery on Wednesday next June 26th at 8pm.

Corpus Christi

This year the Procession will take place in Freemount after 10.30am. Mass on this Sunday June 23rd. The Procession will go from The Church via the creamery to The Heritage Centre

Freemount NS

Freemount National School Parents Association are holding theIr annual sponsored walk on Friday the 21st June at 7pm, we would ask people passing through the village at this time to drive with care. We greatly appreciate all your support.

Carbon monoxide alarms

Apply now to Freemount Community Alert for your free Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Munitir na Tíre have been allocated funding to install this life saving equipment in the homes of elderly and vulnerable persons. Application forms available in front porch of Freemount church, or contact 083/4589222/ Return completed forms to any member of Freemount Community Alert.

Local Link

Avail of your Local Link Freemount to Kanturk bus service-call 025/51454..There is a Local Link bus service available to people in the Freemount and surrounding areas. Run by the National Transport Authority the service between Freemount and Kanturk will be available to people from Friday June 21st onwards. Pick up is from Freemount Creamery at 10.00am each Friday morning-returning to Freemount at 1.30pm. As this service has not been availed of in recent times anyone keen to use this service on June 21st must ring 025/51454 to book a seat. Adults €6, Children €3. Free Travel Pass applies.

Gramophone Circle

Freemount Gramophone Circle on Wednesday June 26th at 8 pm sharp at Cois Abhann. It will be presented by Nelly O'Sullivan.

Tidy Towns

Freemount Tidy Towns Committee would very much appreciate your help to get our village and amenity areas cleaned up for the Summer .We have also entered the Anti litter challenge run by Cork Co. Council This competition runs until the end of June. We will be judged in all areas between the 50km. Speed limit signs to which the public have access including the housing estates.We are asking everybody in the community to keep an eye out for any litter even cigarette butts and help keep Freemount a litter free area.

Art/Drama Summer Camp

An Art and Drama Summer camp will take place in Cois Alla Freemount from the 22nd to the 26th of July. The camp runs from 10am to 1pm daily. All the art activities are designed by Bríd Moynahan, a practising artist whilst Mike Guerin, a drama teacher, writer, director and actor leads the games and drama. The camp costs €70 per child, bookings can be made by contacting 0874124741 or through 'Mike Guerin Drama' on Facebook. We maintain a low pupil/teacher ratio so book early to avoid disappointment.

GAA news

WEEKLY LOTTO-Results For W/E JUNE 16th. The numbers drawn last week-end were:-9-11-12-15 There was no Jackpot winner. Lucky Dip winners were:- 1 Mary Hayes, Dromina. 2 Willie Fehin,Ballinla, Freemount. 3 Mary Barry. Barry's Bar, Freemount. 4 Con Buckley, Commons, Freemount. 5Mike Twomey, Knockilla,Freemount. Jackpot this week is €1900

FEILE NA nGAEL-St. Marks under 14 hurlers had a memorable weekend when hosting Longford Slashers in the Feile na nGael and qualifying for the Division 9 final. On Friday night in Freemount, St. Marks defeated Myshall from Carlow and drew with Croke Rovers. In the final group game in Meelin on Saturday morning, we were defeated by Longford Slashers but despite that defeat, we were in the top 2 in the group and qualified for the cup competition.

On Saturday afternoon, St. Marks proceeded to the Centre of Excellence in Kerry where they defeated Kilmoyley by 1.5 to 1.3 to qualify for the semi final on the following day. In the semi final in Kilworth on the Sunday afternoon, we defeated Feakle Killaneena by 2.4 to 0.5 to qualify for the final against our visitors for the weekend , Longford Slashers. St. Marks were leading by a goal early in the first half when Longford Slashers got 3 goals in quick succession late in the first half. Despite a great effort by our lads in the second half, we were unable to narrow the deficit and we lost on a final score of 3.3 to 1.1.

We are very proud of our players who put in a tremendous effort in all their games. The team that lined out in the final was : M. Dunstan, D O' Callaghan, J. Doody, E. Geary, A. Curtin, S O' Connor, J. Twomey, M. Collins, D. Linehan, J. Collins, D. McCarthy, N. Stack, D. Duggan, L. Collins, J Kennedy, L Burke Ott, P. O' Callaghan. Our thanks to everyone who contributed to making the weekend such an outstanding success.

JUVENILE G.A.A.-Last week was a memorable week for our juveniles. On Monday night, St. Marks under 12 hurlers won the Twomey Memorial tournament for the first time defeating Newmarket in the final. On Wednesday night, St. Marks under 14 hurlers drew with Kilshannig in the under 14 hurling final after an exciting game. Our 10 a side hurling team had a great win in the Rural Schools hurling final defeating Derrinagree. in Newmarket on Friday. The team was L. Heffernan, M. McAuliffe, S. O' Connor, F. Geary, D. Duggan, H. Huxley, E. Geary, E. Morton, M. Dunstan, J. Brennan. Subs: S. O' Riordan, S. O' Sullivan, J. Vaughan, C. Healy.

On Saturday, St. Peters crowned a great week winning the prestigious Brian Cronin under 10 football tournament defeating Canovee in the final. The team was :S. McCarthy, M. McAuliffe, F. Geary, E O' Sullivan, D. Carroll, E. Morton, S. O' Riordan, L. Heffernan, J. Carroll. O Murphy, T Mahoney, J. Vaughan, T. Duane, S. Curtin, S. Vaughan, T. Geary, D. Field, R. McCarthy, L. Sheahane

Macra news

Lots of upcoming events for the Macra crew over the next few weeks. This Friday night the 21st June, we are off to Tralee for a night of bowling with Mid-Kerry Macra. We will go bowling in Bowling Buddies and hit the town afterwards. All welcome to attend for a great night!

On the 1st August, all roads lead to Thurles to support our very own Ciara O'Sullivan in the International Miss Macra Competition. Ciara will take to the stage to represent both Freemount and Avondhu Macra for the weekend. As a club we are organising accommodation for the weekend, if you would be interested in joining us for a weekend of fun, make sure you contact us.

Contact us on our Facebook page 'Freemount Macra' or on 087-0969654 for further details on any club activities or upcoming events. If you would be interested in joining our club, please don't hesitate to contact us! All welcome!

Your news

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Golf Society

Kilbrin Golf Society held its 3rd outing of the year last Saturday 15th to Fermoy. The following were the results; 1st. Breege Buckley, N. Buckley, P. Duane, B. Mackessey.2nd. Betty McCarthy, B. O'Riordan, M. McCrory, M. Dennehy. 3rd. T.O'Riordan, P. O'Callaghan, W. Heffernan. 4th. J. O'Mahony, J. Moran, Alan Mullane.

A cloud of sadness swept over all the members of the society, when the news broke of the sudden passing of Breege Buckley's brother. We extend our Deepest Sympathy to Breege and her family.


Bingo continues every Monday night from 8.30. Jackpot next week is EUR 1,500 on 45 calls. Bonus ball is €60. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Monday night Bingo and you have attended in great numbers this year. We would also like to thank our Bonus Ball sponsor for this month who is Ned English, Castlecor potatoes.

Tir na nog

The Tir na Nog group had a great day out in Charleville heritage centre last week park last week. They were given a history on the Croke family by sister Bernadette. The group would really like to thank her for the hospitality and indeed her knowledge. If the reports back from this trip are anything to go by the Charleville Heitage centre is well worth a visit.

Dr Croke House

Please note that the remembrance night for Bishop Boetius MacEgan will take place on the first Sunday in July which is the 7th. This promises to be a very entertaining and informative evening so please come along between 8 & 10.30 pm.


Congratulations to all the students at Cherry Blossoms pre-school who had their graduation day on Monday. All the kids were dressed up and performed for a gathering of staff and parents. Very enjoyable time had by all and a big thanks to the staff at Cherry Blossoms for their work throughout the year. This is a great addition to the community and we wish them continued success. Of course we also wish the students continued success as they head off to 'big' school in September.

Village renewal

The community council is in the process of setting up a dedicated group to oversee village renewal. In this regard we are looking for ideas for places that can be improved, please keep in mind that all the work here is voluntary so we will try to start small. If you have any ideas please contact Deirdre Crowley or Pat O'Leary or indeed any member of the community council.

We would also ask that people try to tidy their own areas and have the village looking its best for the summer months. We have a lovely village but please don't take it for granted. Given that the school has now earned Green Flag status we should encourage the children to keep up the good work.

We would also ask that every one of us become a little more litter conscious. The road between Kanturk and Kilbrin has become a blight on the area and it seems that when people are finished their chipper grub the packaging is getting thrown out of the car window. This is really not on. There are many people living along this road and they shouldn't have this happening outside their homes, and they certainly shouldn't be expected to pick up other people's rubbish. So we are appealing the people responsible for this to please have a think before throwing anything out of your car.


Huge congratulations to Nora Mary O'Riordan who won the final of the over 60's singing competition in Corks City Hall on Sunday night last. A crowd of over 3,000 attended this event and Nora Mary had a large local support amongst them. She would like to thank everyone that travelled to support her and also the congratulatory messages received since. This is a truly great annual event hosted by Paddy O'Brien and we Are very proud to have a local winner.

Squash Club

The squash club season came to a close last week with the 2019 Championship finals played at Kilbrin Squash Club. The B Championship saw the same pairing as last year between Barry Mannix and John Killeen, where Barry retained the title. The A Plate final was Chris Guiney and Billy O'Connor, where Chris was the winner. The A Championship final saw Tom=C4=81s O'Riordan against Brendan Barrett, where Brendan was the winner on the night. Unfortunately B plate final could not be played on the night but will be played to kick off the new season in September.

Underage GAA

U8 MONSTER BLITZ - On Saturday 15th we took two teams of U8 footballers to Pairc Ui Chaoimh where each team played 3 x 15 min games. This was a very well organised event at a fantastic facility. It was immensely enjoyed by all the kids and they played extremely well. Thanks to coaches and mentors - James Cott, David O Sullivan, Davie Tot, Damien Lucey & Colie Scanlon for their work with these young players.

U16 HURLING LEAGUE FINAL - Best of luck to our U16 Hurlers who play Millstreet in Newmarket at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th June. Hopefully they'll add this title to the football league they won a few weeks back. Great bunch of players and credit must go to the coaches and mentors of both codes William Heffernan , Stephen O Reilly , Michael O Sullivan and Conor Murphy.

DIARMUID O'BRIEN MEMORIAL CUP - Our U12 footballers have been invited to partake in this competition on Saturday 29th June in Newmarket starting at 10.00am. Eight teams from North Cork and Kerry compete annually for this perpetual cup and it promises to be a great mornings sport , for a very good cause. Thanks to the O'Brien Family for inviting Croke Rovers and for their continued effort in organising this annual event. Croke Rovers have an extended member of the O'Brien family playing with us. Albert and Bridget Lucey's (nee O'Brien) young man Aaron, plays with our U6 teams so the future is bright.

UPCOMING FIXTURES - U16 Hurling Final v Millstreet Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm in Newmarket.

U12 Hurling V Doneraile Saturday 22nd June at 2.00pm in Kilbrin.

U14 Championship V Dromtarriffe -Monday 24th June at 7.30pm in Castlemagner.

Diarmuid O Brien Memorial Cup Saturday 29th June at 10,00am in Newmarket.


School news

Meelin National School would like to invite you to the Raising of the Cork County Council awarded Safety Awareness Flag in our school which will take place after 11am Mass on next Sunday 23rd June. The Student Council and Meelin N.S Parents Association will also hold a Bake Sale fundraiser in the school that morning. Scones, Tarts, Cupcakes, Cakes etc will be on sale to take away or to sit down and enjoy with a Tea/Coffee-please join us for some tasty treats. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Everyone Welcome.

Congratulations to the Meelin National School boys hurling team on there fantastic win in the 7-a-side Rural schools hurling final last friday. Everyone is so proud of them. Thanks to Pat O'Callaghan for all hos work throughout the year.

IRD Duhallow

The Women and Childcare Working Group presents Lucy Wolfe, Paediatric Sleep Consultant who will give a talk on Sleep What every Parent Needs to Know (birth 6years). This presentation will take place in the James O' Keeffe Institute Newmarket on Saturday 29th of June 12noon. Admission is €5 and to book your place please contact Mary on 029 60633.

In order to celebrate National Bike Week, IRD Duhallow is hosting two workshops on the grounds of the James O' Keeffe Institute on Thursday 27th of June. Cycle Skills and Road Safety for young children aged 7 to 11 years of age from 3.30p.m. to 5.30p.m. Bike Maintenance and Repair will take place from 7.00p.m. to 8.30p.m. This workshop will introduce bicycle maintenance and repair and is for young and old. For more information, please contact Mary on 029 60633