Tuesday 25 September 2018

Community news: Macroom Matters

The main cast members of this year's St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, TY Christmas Play, The Great Escape: Aimee O'Herlihy, Aoife O'Connell, Sarah Wynroe, Writer Katie Sheehan, Savannah Hickey & Nicole O'Connor
The main cast members of this year's St Mary's Secondary School, Macroom, TY Christmas Play, The Great Escape: Aimee O'Herlihy, Aoife O'Connell, Sarah Wynroe, Writer Katie Sheehan, Savannah Hickey & Nicole O'Connor
McEgan College students, Macroom, enjoyed an action packed tour of London during the midterm break
Pictured at the Pakman Awards 2017 was Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten TD with Michelle Green, Catherine Corkery, Julie Crowleyand Catherine Costello from Macroom E - SMILE Resource Exchange and Circular Ocean - winner of the Waste Prevention Business category and Keiron Phillips (right)

John Delea

Transition Year students in St Mary's Secondary School are deep in rehearsals, preparing for their new show 'The Great Escape'.

Impressively, the storyline is written by Transition Year student Katie Sheehan and it centres around the antics of six elderly women in a nursing home with hilarious results.

The play is produced and directed by Mrs Catherine Long and the production promises to be very entertaining.

Katie perfectly depicts the elderly women living in a retirement home as they suddenly get the urge to head off to Galway for the races.

While there, they win a substancial amount of money and decide to head to Barbados where the fun really begins.

The play is showing on Thursday, November 23 and 23rd and Friday, November 24 at the Community Hall in Clondrohid from 8pm. Tickets can be bought from the school office 026-41544. Adults at €12, Students and OAPs at €10.

Macroom GAA juvenile update

Minor League Play-off Macroom v Kilbrittain

Macroom minor team was the last under-age team left in competition, and they met Kilbrittain in a league play-off in Macroom on Wednesday last.

Kilbrittain minors were bigger and stronger, and Macroom was handicapped by the absence of some key players. Macroom trailed 0-2 to 1-5 at half-time and the concession of an early second-half compounded their difficulties. However, the Macroom lads never gave-up, battled as hard as they could until the final whistle but were not able to get closer than seven points at any stage in the second period.

The final score was Kilbrittain 4-9 to 1-9 for Macroom. Well done to Macroom for making a valiant effort.

U9's and U10's Outing: The U9's and U10's went on an outing on Saturday, October 28, to Lee Valley Harbour where they were kayaking and did archery. All the boys, selectors and parents had a fantastic afternoon. There is no doubt but that they will use the venue again. It was a fitting end to a most enjoyable year for this very dedicated group.

The Juvenile A.G.M will be held on Friday 1st December in the club pavilion and begins at 7.45pm.

Smiles all round as centre picks up award

The team behind the SMILE Resource Exchange, the programme run by Macroom E Enterprise Centre in Macroom, was delighted to bring home the Waste Prevention Business of the Year Award at the recent Pakman Awards, hosted by Repak Ireland.

The Pakman Awards recognise excellence in the environmental approach taken by a business, organisation or community group in all aspects of their operations, from recycling and energy use to waste management.

The awards ceremony took place at the InterContinental Dublin Hotel and, under the watchful eye of MC Claire Byrne of RTE, saw 400 representatives from leading businesses, organisations and community groups gather to celebrate their positive impacts on our environment.

Other winners include RTÉ who took home the overall Pakman 2017 award, Thorntons Recycling, Clean Ireland Recycling, WasteMatters Ireland, Matthews Coach Hire Ltd., Sligo University Hospital, ReCreate, Recycle IT, Lidl Ireland GmbH, Galway City Council and LauraLynn Ireland's Children's Hospice.

SMILE Resource Exchange is a national programme that connects businesses that can reuse each other's waste, surplus materials and offcuts.

Established in 2010 by Macroom E Enterprise Centre, with the support of Cork County and City Councils, the Local Enterprise Offices and the Environmental Protection Agency, the programme now has over 1,500 business members nationally, over 500 successful synergies recorded to date, equating to an estimated 22,000 tonnes of material diverted from landfill or recycling and a combined cost saving for businesses of over €4.4 million.

Michelle Green, project manager with SMILE Resource Exchange says of the win the entire team is delighted to be recognised by Pakman. "We have worked hard to raise awareness of waste minimisation, upcycling and reuse amongst businesses all over Ireland," said Michelle.

"These events are so important - not only for raising the profile of environmentally conscious businesses - but also for those who are playing their part well to meet and create an opportunity for future collaboration," she added.

Sean O'Sullivan, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office South Cork and Chairman of the SMILE Resource Exchange project said: "We have seen first-hand the economic benefits to businesses of engaging with the SMILE Resource Exchange and strongly encourage others to get involved."

Seven up for Macroom FC U14s

U14 League, Fermoy 2 Macroom A 7: The long journey to Fermoy was worthwhile with a comprehensive victory for the U14A side. Macroom led 2-1 at the break with Ben Herlihy scoring from the penalty spot and Ben Lyons on target with a fantastic strike. Early in the second half Rhys Fallon increased the lead to 3-1. Back came Fermoy with a goal and, following this, Macroom needed to withstand sustained pressure. With Finn Brady, James Slattery and Liam Holland doing well, the visitors managed to lift the siege. The hard working Rory Duggan scored to give Macroom a two goal cushion and this seemed to break Fermoy's resolve. Further goals from Daniel O' Sullivan, Rhys Fallon (after great work from Michael O'Connell) and Colm McSweeny made the game safe.

U14 National Cup 3rd round, Castlelack 2 Macroom 7: Macroom started slowly in this tie as the hosts scored two early goals. From then on however the visitors were by far the better side. They had overturned the deficit by half time and led 3-2. On the resumption the pattern of play continued as Macroom notched four more goals without reply. Ryan Leahy and Mark Hunt both scored a brace and Sean Murphy, Brian Healy and Daire McMahon had a goal each. Another top class result as Macroom move on to round four.

U16 National Cup, Riverstown 1 Macroom 6: The good National Cup form continued as the U16s qualified for the last 32 in Ireland with a comfortable win over hosts Riverstown at Glanmire. The home side took an early lead but similar to the U14 game in Castlelack Macroom then took control and were never troubled. Daniel Cotter's goal had Macroom level at half time. Playing at a much higher tempo Macroom bossed the second period. Lawrence Asling volleyed home JK Long's corner and then another fine delivery from Long found the head of Cotter who finished well. Cotter then secured his hat trick when he capitalised on some slack defending and Eoin Guiney made it five with a superb volley low to the bottom corner. Late on Asling was on hand with a cool finish to move Macroom forward to the next round.

Schoolgirls Section: The U14 and U12 girls teams are now well into another busy season. Much interest in the locality has resulted in two U12 teams (Macroom and Macroom Town) being entered into competition. Brian Murphy, Mick Goold, Tim Murphy and coaches are putting in excellent work in this section.

Macroom Town U12 entertained Kinsale and though defeated gave a great account of themselves. The club's other U12 side were at home to Bandon and ran out 4-2 winners.

The U14s made the trip to Midleton minus a number of players. The home side triumphed on this occasion but Macroom's large squad proved invaluable. Leanne Healy and Emily Murphy played fine games and many of the younger squad.

Late goals down Laochra Óg Under-13s

U13 county semi final Laochra Óg 2-9 Whitechurch 4-8

The curtain came down on a fantastic season as Laochra Óg failed narrowly to reach their first county final. The result hung in the balance with two minutes remaining and leading by a point but Whitechurch slotted in two late goals.

It was the third semi-final defeat for most of these boys and it's fair to say after some epic performances all through the team it's only a matter of time before these boys make the breakthrough.

The Laochra Óg AGM took place on Friday night last. The club officers for the 2018 are as follows: Club Chairman - Liam Slattery, Vice Chairman - John Nash, Club Secretary -Marguerite Murphy, Assistant Secretary - Mary Kelleher, Treasurer - Eddie Walsh, Assistant Treasurer - Joe O'Leary, PRO - Siobhán O'Shea, Assistant PRO - Ian Keoghan, Camogie Secretary - Suzanne O'Brien, Assistant Camogie Secretary - Deirdre Duggan, Club Registrar - Kevin Healy, Assistant Registrar - Michael Burke.