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A delighted U16’s selection of the Macroom Ladies Football Team with Club PRO Brian Gallagher (left) & Club Chairperson Martin O’Brien (right) who were recently sponsored by Gym owner, Paul Cronin (rear) of Innovations Gym, Millstreet Road, Macroom, for a years gym training. Picture: John Delea

A delighted U16’s selection of the Macroom Ladies Football Team with Club PRO Brian Gallagher (left) & Club Chairperson Martin O’Brien (right) who were recently sponsored by Gym owner, Paul Cronin (rear) of Innovations Gym, Millstreet Road, Macroom, for a years gym training. Picture: John Delea

A delighted U16’s selection of the Macroom Ladies Football Team with Club PRO Brian Gallagher (left) & Club Chairperson Martin O’Brien (right) who were recently sponsored by Gym owner, Paul Cronin (rear) of Innovations Gym, Millstreet Road, Macroom, for a years gym training. Picture: John Delea

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Macroom Ladies Football is delighted to announce a fantastic new partnership with the Innovation Gym in Macroom where gym owner Mr Paul Cronin has very generously sponsored gym membership for the very successful Macroom U16 ladies football team for the entire football season.

This sponsorship will allow the U16 team members access to the full range of gym facilities and will help build strength and conditioning under the expert eye of gym proprietor Paul Cronin.

Macroom's U16 ladies' team currently sit top of their section in the Mid-Cork ladies Football League having started the 2018 season with a comprehensive 14-12 to 1-6 victory over Carrigaline's A team. 2017 was their second year in a row winning the Mid-Cork league and they had the distinction of finishing both the 2016 and 2017 seasons unbeaten.

This team have been together for several years and have always represented the club with great distinction, these girls' success and effort has definitely opened the door to a lot of other girls as the registration figures for the coming year are the highest ever.

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The U13 team had great success in 2017 also, reaching the Mid-Cork Final and the Minor team also reached the Mid-Cork Semi-Finals so the club had their most successful year to date in 2017.

Macroom Ladies Football Club is very proud to have three club members on Cork county panels where at Minor level they are represented by Katie Dineen and at U16 we are represented by Aoife Twomey and Erika O'Shea. For such a small club to have three of its members representing their county is a great achievement and a source of great pride for the club and gives our younger ladies their role models and they train and play safe in the knowledge that they too could represent their county in the future.

Macroom Ladies Football Club strives to be at the forefront of promoting ladies football and sport in general to the youth of Macroom.

Ladies Football in Macroom began in 1994 where some Macroom ladies formed a Junior team and they enjoyed great success in their first year by reaching the County Final. At the time ladies football operated under the overall GAA umbrella and the ladies were supported by the Macroom GAA Club until the formation of the LGFA, when players and club reps nationally felt they needed their own organisation. This led to the formation of Macroom ladies Football Club as part of the new LGFA.

Recently the club has enjoyed great success with expansion down to U8 and U10 up to Minor and this year the club has started a very strong Junior team and will compete at all levels.

In 2017 the club hosted the Mid-Cork U15 Development Academy training in Tom Creedon Park which saw players from all over the Mid-Cork come to Macroom to receive instruction from top county and club coaches and was a great success.

With a strong organising committee, dedicated coaches and mentors, the club has gone from strength to strength since its inception and are looking forward to 2018 in anticipation of another very successful year.

Cutting the ribbon to a new era at Carriganima NS

Carriganima National School celebrated the opening of their two new special education rooms on Friday and a great night was had by all.

Minister Michael Creed cut the ribbon and he was joined by Chairman of Board of Management Fr Wickham, staff members Patsy Dineen, Seán Newman, Lavinia Lynch, Kay McDonagh and Aindrias Moynihan TD, Councillors Michael Creed, Ted Lucey, and Gobnait Moynihan.

Parents and pupils, past, present and future, neighbours and friends, Parents Association, Board of Management members were out in force.

Minister Creed congratulated the school on the addition of the two purpose built rooms. He was delighted all the stakeholders associated with the school came together to bring the project to fruition.

Aindrias Moynihan noted the ambition and drive of small schools to undertake such projects. Fr Wickham blessed the two rooms and he wished staff and pupils continued success in their school. Seán Newman thanked all the invited guests for attending and also gave a big thank you to the builder Tim McSweeney for finishing off the rooms to such a high standard. He thanked the Board of Management and Parents Association for all their support.

Principal Patsy Dineen commented on the use of old school footage taken in Carriganima National School used in the recent RTÉ Micko documentary.

She talked about the differences and similarities to the school since then, the building additions to the school, the car park, playing field, the increase in staff to thre full time teachers, one full-time SNA and one part-time SNA.

Pupils with special educational needs are valued in the school and have a new comfortable learning environment, the gathering heard.

The children in the school then entertained all present with music and drama, while the Parents' Association provided refreshments to finish the night.

Rising star Colm Gellispie

Oh, what a finish West Muskerry had to their Cross-Country season and all the hard training sessions in wet and muddy fields in cold wet weather certainly paid off for the athletes.

The club travelled to Clarin Bridge in County Galway on Sunday to compete in the All Ireland B Cross Country championships. Medals were awarded to the first 12 athletes, the first three club teams and the first three county teams.

The under-foot conditions were very poor, nothing but mud, and the fact that it was really cold and snowing meant it was going to be an up-hill battle for all athletes.

But still the stars of West Muskerry AC were up for the challenge and brought home 38 All Ireland B Medals and were only 10 points off winning the Best Overall Club, a fantastic achievement.

In the Boys U13 Colm Gellispie was in top form. He timed his race to perfection. He never panicked when a gap opened up and kept to his own plan. With 150m to go he closed the gap and went for home and was a clear winner in the end to be crowned All Ireland B U13 Boys Champion.

Colm's celebration did not stop there as he also captained the Cork team to the gold medals and his club team to the silver medals. His team mates who also ran superbly and well deserving of their silver medals were Breandan O`Sullivan, Sean O`Leary and Evan Cunningham. All rising starts to watch out for in the future.

In the Girls U11 Katie O`Neill again was in top form. Katie went with the lead group and was surrounded by her team mates. With 150m to go Katie and the leader made a break for home. Katie battled all the way to the finish line and was well deserving of her silver individual medal.

Katie also captained the Cork team to gold medals and her club team to gold.

Her clubmate Eabha Ni Conaola came sprinting home all the way to the finish line and she too made the podium with Katie and was well deserving of her eighth place medal. The club team who all had outstanding performances and all contributed to the team winning the gold medals were Katie O`Neill, Eabha Ni Conaola, Rebecca O`Neill, Fern Mullane, Emily Cronin, Kate Downey, Saorlaith Murphy, Aisling O`Sullivan, Grace Kelleher and Katie Purcell.

In the Boys U17, Sean O`Sullivan had a great race after his training was interrupted by illness. Sean battled hard over the 3,000m course in very tough underfoot conditions. He battled all the way home and just clinched the 12th place medal. Sean also captained the Cork team to the gold and his club team to the bronze medals - Sean O`Sullivan, Dara Myres, Tadhg Manning and James Downey.

In the girl's U13 1500m the club team were just out of the medals after all four girls gave it everything in the tough conditions.

In the Boys U15 Conor Lucey and Macdara O`Chonaola again ran superb. Both their efforts were rewarded by winning the gold medals as part of the Cork team.

In the Boys U11 Conor Nash, Sean Lucey, Ruadhan McKenna and Ciaran O`Sullivan all had fantastic races but their team were just out of the medals on this occasion.

Macroom Intermediates no match for Finbarrs

Macroom GAA Intermediates opened their Kelleher Shield/Division 1 league campaign, after an absence of more than 20 years, with an away game against St. Finbarr's, last year's senior finalist, in Togher on a wintry Sunday morning.

Macroom opened the scoring a point from Tony Dineen in the sixth minute and this was followed with pointed frees from Pa Lucey and David Goold, to leave the half time score St. Finbarrs 0-06. Macroom 0.03.

St Finbarr's started the second half in attacking mood and a great save from Brendan O'Connell resulted in Macroom making a break up field which resulted in a Macroom penalty. David Goold's shot was deflected up against the crossbar and back into play. The missed opportunity proved to be the turning point as St. Finbarr's took control. Macroom take on O'Donovan Rossa in Skibbereen this Sunday and Carbery Rangers on Sunday, February 25, in Macroom.

Macroom :- Brendan O'Connell, Kevin O'Dwyer, Paul O'Farrell, David Cotter, Michael Cronin, John Angland, Sean Kiely, Fintan Goold, Caleb Dinneen, David Horgan, Pa Lucey, Tony Dineen, Don Creedon, David Goold, Brendan O'Sullivan.

Subs:- Olan Murphy for Pa Lucey (inj.), Andrew Hegarty for Caleb Dinneen, Blake O'Gorman for Brendan O'Sullivan, Ciaran Murphy for Don Creedon, Michael Cahill for David Horgan, (BC), Richard Mc Sweeney for John Angland (inj.), Jack Cronin for David Cotter.

Final Score: Finbarr's 3-08, Macroom 0-03.

Minors: This year's selectors are Jack Purcell, Francis Horgan, David Horgan, Danny O'Keeffe, Michael O'Riordan and Alan O'Shea.

U-16/U-15: Selectors are Pa Goold, Leo Goold and Liam Linehan (U-15 co-ordinator).

U-14: Selectors are Mark O'Sullivan, Catherine Cahill, Seamas Coughlan, Tony (Saga) O'Sullivan, Colman O'Riordan and Chris Cronin (U-13 co-ordinator).

U-12: The management team is Conchubhar Murray, Diarmuid Holland, Órla Kelleher, Tony Dineen and Tadg Sheehan.

U-11: Selectors are Tony O'Sullivan, Claire Creedon and Ciarán McCroarty.

Donoughmore man Sean receives leadership award

Congratulations to Donoughmore man, Sean Wallace who took a Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet young leaders award at the 2018 Macra/ABP National Leadership Awards in Dublin recently.

Newstalk Presenter Bobby Kerr gave the keynote speech on the night, telling the finalists that, "Leadership is about getting stuck in, changing your style as challenges and circumstances change and keeping it simple because being a good leader is not about making things complicated".

Macra na Feirme National President James Healy congratulated this year's National Leadership Award winners.

On the night National Chair Eamon Cassells brought the very first NLA handed out by Macra with him. Back in 1983 it was awarded to his father so it shows the longevity of these awards and their importance - they continue to recognise the future leaders of our local communities.

The National Leadership Awards recognise the leadership skills of Macra members within their clubs and the wider community.

The competition raises the level and standard of leadership in Macra and provides an incentive for the development of club programmes.

This year's six finalists were judged by a panel comprised of: Deirdre O'Shea (Agri Aware), Matt Dempsey (The Irish Famers Journal), Colm Dore (ABP Food Group), Sean, along with other winners, was presented with a specially commissioned commemorative trophy.


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