Wednesday 21 March 2018

Community news: Macroom Matters

McEgan College students took a theraputic walk through the Castle Grounds recently as part of Mental Health Week
McEgan College students took a theraputic walk through the Castle Grounds recently as part of Mental Health Week

Last week in McEgan College the pupils and staff took part in a vibrant Positive Mental Health Week.

Many activities were organised throughout the week to promote well being.

The school was delighted to welcome back Danny Zumba (Danny Payne), a past pupil of McEgan College, who returned to the school to perform his lively Zumba Class for both staff and pupils. Many pupils took part in the 24 hour mobile phone detox.

Lunchtime walks were organised and HIIT and meditation classes were facilitated by staff members.

Good Food Mood was organised throughout the week during break times.

Students wore odd shoes to school to show solidarity for those with mental health issues, which is based on the well known slogan "Walk in my shoes".

Staff members dressed up in the McEgan Uniform which proved to be a great hit. Guest speakers from Aware and SEACAD were invited to speak to the students. Transition Year Pupils created a powerful video called Heroes and Ghosts, which is available to view on the school's Facebook page via YouTube.

Unfortunately the week was cut short due to Storm Emma and the effects of The Beast from the East.

Pupils said a huge thank you to Ms Murphy who co-ordinated the events and to Pat Relihan who made a fabulous cake which was raffled as part of the Random Acts of Kindness. Over €900 euro was raised for Pieta House during Positive Mental Health Week.

Flower of Macroom to be crowned

'So friends come with me and tis there you will see The apples and cherries in bloom

And tis you I'll invite, where I first saw the light In Mount Massey, The Flower of Macroom'

This Saturday, March 10, (8pm) The Riverside Park Hotel will host the annual Flower of Macroom competition.

As part of St Patrick's Day celebrations, the lucky winner will have the honour of leading this year's St Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshal.

Now in its fourth year, this event has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2015 with entrants from across the Lee Valley region.

It is a fantastic way to let the whole community know about your club, business or society!

Last year's winner Laura Creedon representing Naomh Abán Ladies GAA and she would certainly recommend entering.

"Being crowned Flower of Macroom 2017 was an unforgettable moment and something that I am very proud to have achieved. I was also very privileged to have led the St Patrick's day parade as Grand Marshal. The whole experience is highly recommendable to anyone interested," Laura said.

For further information contact Jo at or at 026 20544. Tickets €10.

Mother nature puts paid to football action while U12s receive good news

Macroom GAA Club Weekly Update

Mother Nature through her daughter, 'Storm Emma', put paid to any football activity this week. Macroom had its share of the harsh weather but we escaped relatively speaking.

Thankfully the worst is over and all groups are looking forward to playing football again. The silver lining is that many of our younger members experienced the thrill and joy of playing in the abundant snow, often sledding and tobogganing for the first time.

The big news of the week is that the U-12s are invited to Croke Park on Thursday, April 5, for an activity day. A panel of 24 players, three mentors and a young referee will travel. Manager Concubhar Murray is delighted with the news. The group will go by bus.

Intermediates: The Kelleher Shield, League 1 game, against Mallow is deferred to May 5.

U-21s: They play Ballinora in round one of the Mid Cork B championship on Saturday. Venue and time are not yet fixed.

Minors: They are scheduled to play Aghinagh next weekend but, because of a clashing with the U-21 game, the match may be re-fixed.

U-16s: Today, Thursday March 8, there is a practice game v Canovee; League v Blarney on Friday, March 16, at 8pm.

U-11s: They will have two games against Valley Rovers on Sunday, March 11, in Brinny at 4 pm.

U-6s: The selectors for the year are Jeremy Kelleher, Manager, and Donie Angland, Dave Moss, Noreen Burke, Lynda Hurley, Clíona McSweeney, Gobnait O'Driscoll, John O'Sullivan and Jack Purcell. We wish them an enjoyable year. They hope to start later this month.

Other news: There is a Juvenile Committee meeting on Monday, March 5, at 9pm. in the Pavilion.

Reward for Macroom FC as goalkeeper Molly makes Under 12 Cork squad

Schoolgirls Section: Some excellent news arrived last week when it was revealed that Macroom U12 goalkeeper Molly Murphy has been chosen as a member of the Cork U12 squad.

Molly has attended numerous trials over recent months and impressed the management team sufficiently to earn a place. This is fantastic for Molly, her family, club coaches and the whole of Macroom FC.

It is also very rewarding for the club coaches to see a specialist position like goalkeeper being recognised. Molly will be the first female from the club to receive representative honours with Cork.

The U12 and 14 girls sides, sponsored by Matt Murphy Pharmacy, played a mixed friendly recently. With so many fixtures lost to poor weather this game was arranged to give all players a much sought after 'run out'.

On a cold morning parents enjoyed teas and coffees. Also, coach and professional chef Mick Goold stole the show when he provided homemade soup for all and this was very much appreciated.

The U10 team travelled to Cobh and took part in a blitz featuring host club Springfield, Avondale Utd, Riverstown, Wilton Utd and Midleton FC.

All players had a great morning and although this grade is uncompetitive, Macroom's desire was evident as they won all of their games.

All of the schoolgirls teams are now sporting new club jackets which were purchased folllowing a successful bag pack in Dunne's Stores last December. Thanks to all who supported Macroom FC and to Dunnes for facilitating this worthwhile fundraising event.

All-Ireland Success: On Sunday, February 24 last, the Cork Schoolboys League U16 team were victorious in the SFAI National Final, defeating the Dublin District Schoolboys League 1-0 in Mullingar.

Of the 18 man squad, Macroom FC's Eoin Guiney was an important member. This is another fantastic achievement by Eoin who picks up his second All Ireland medal having also played on the victorious U15 team last season. Congratulations from all at the club on another outstanding year with the Cork Schoolboys league.

U14 Schoolboys: Both U14 teams were in action last week. Macroom travelled to play Rockmount at Whitechurch, winning 0-2. The two goals came in the first half when Macroom controlled the game.

Good work from Daire McMahon and Patrick Kelleher saw Jack Martin head the opener. And shortly after Daire McMahon found the net from close range, following a corner. The tie was more even in the second half but Macroom defended well to pick up three valuable points. Dylan O' Riordan, Thomas Morgans, Conor Kelleher, Mark Hunt and Jack Devine all did well.

Macroom U14A had a big win away to Carrigaline on a scoreline of 0-9. Ben Lyons and Rory Duggan had a memorable day as both players scored hat tricks which is unique in any game.

Further goals came from Liam Holland, Mark O' Connell and Colm McSweeny. It was a great performance from all 16 players with Alan Desmond, Finn Brady, Ben Herlihy, Dylan Wenger and Cameron Murphy having especially fine games.

St Patrick’s Eve Festival Musical Concert

Kick off your St Patrick's celebration with a night of traditional music with the Irish Group KAL, Country & Western from Payton Taylor all the way from Nashville, Irish Dancing with Kiely Walsh Academy (Irish Dance All Ireland Champions) and Music of the Mummers with The Woodland String Band from Philadelphia. This event is not to be missed.

It all takes place in The Riverside Park Hotel on Friday, March 16, at 8pm. Tickets €10.

McEgan College Dance Fundraiser

The McEgan College Concert/Dance Fundraiser with Louise Morrisey has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 8, in The Castle Hotel at 7pm. Loads of spot prizes.

All money raised will go towards equipment to be installed in the newly built special needs building.

Local support on the day would be greatly appreciated.

Financial supports information talk for students

West Cork Citizens Information Service will hold an information event in Macroom on the topic of SUSI Grants and other financial supports for students.

The information will be relevant to students and their parents planning to go to college in the autumn as well as people considering returning to college as mature students.

The event will be held in the Citizens Information Centre, South Square, Macroom, on Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 22 from 10am to 1 pm and 2pm to 7 pm

There will be information on the following: Steps in completing the SUSI application form; Eligibility criteria for the student grant; How the financial assessment works; Supporting documentation required and where to access the and on additional financial supports that may be available

There will be an opportunity for those attending to speak with Citizens Information staff for individual queries. The SUSI application for the college year 2018 - 2019 will open on April 3, so the information talk will equip intending applicants with the information to make the application process easier and more efficient.

Further information is available from Citizens Information Centre in Macroom at 0761 07 8430.