Community news: Macroom Matters
Seven athletes from West Muskerry A.C. travelled to Ennis to compete in the Munster Track and Field Championships and had great success.
The weather was fantastic and all seven athletes enjoyed competing with the best in Munster.
In the Girls U11 600m, Eabha Ni Chonaola was in top form and she battled hard in her 600m. It was a lap and a half of the track and Eabha battled all the way home and clinched the bronze medal. It was a very exciting race.
In the Girls U12 Turbo Javelin, Saorlaith Murphy had a shaky start to her competition but composed herself and threw a massive 22 metres which was good enough to seal the bronze medal. Saorlaith will now be preparing for the All Ireland final in a few weeks where she hopes to better her throw again. She also competed in the Long Jump and got a new Personal Best Jump but was outside the medals in the Long Jump.
All the athletes came home with new personal bests and were delighted with their competitions. They are looking forward to competing in the Munster B on July 21.
The team members were Darragh Manning Boys U9, Ronan O`Neill Boys U10, Emily Cronin Girls U12, Katelyn Cronin Girls U10 and Rebecca O`Neill Girls U11. A fantastic achievement for all of the athletes.
Meanwhile, there was Marathon success for West Muskerry A.C. senior group. When Sharon Noonan asked if she could raise funds for West Muskerry A.C the club was duly honoured that she thought of them.
Her reason behind it was even better. Her father Patsy Coleman died very young and was a member of West Muskerry A.C. He loved the club and he loved the marathon.
It is his 30 year anniversary this year so Sharon said she would train and run in the race he loved so much while also raising funds for Marymount which is close to her heart and West Muskerry A.C. the club her dad loved.
She put together10 full teams and all completed a leg of the relay covering the distance of the full marathon.
A massive achievement for all and also to Sharon and her family they definitely made her dad proud.
The West Muskerry athletes who competed were Paul and the 4 J's Paul Bradley, Jerh O`Sullivan, Jeremy Kelleher, Johnny Manning and Jerry Cronin who was photographer for the day having picked up an injury that stopped him taking part.
And the Womens team were Eileen Manning, Grace Hourihan, Marie Hurley, Marian O'Neill and Joan Downey.
Also competing on another team were Caroline Lucey, Rachael O'Shea and Karena McCarthy. The atmosphere was electric and all enjoyed the race.
Full schedule and impressive results for the young warriors
Laochra Óg Round-up
Saturday, May 26: Laochra Óg U8 boys took part in a blitz Saturday in the excellent facilities of Cloughduv GAA Grounds.
First, they played Cloughduv and this game was played at a super-fast pace with both sides showing a good knowledge of basic ground hurling. Laochra Óg lost but put in a huge effort right to the last blow of the whistle.
They played Ballinora next and Laochra Óg learned fast from the mistakes of the previous game, they pushed hard and won this game.
In the final game, both teams were getting tired from the fast play so they both agreed to an 11-a-side format.
Laochra Óg dug deep for the last game and put on a ground hurling display that delivered great scores for a comprehensive win.
All players emptied their tanks and a win was well deserved against a strong Aghabollogue team with lots of spirit. The blitz was very well run and very well attended. Well done boys who showcased their skills to the parents and mentors.
Sunday, May 27: Hard luck to the U12 girls who were beaten by a much stronger Glen Rovers in a league game.
Well done to the girls who kept going and well done to Glen Rovers on the win. Thanks to Colaiste Ghobnatain for the use of the pitch and dressing rooms and to our sponsors Macroom Tidy Towns.
Thursday, May 31: There was a superb performance from the U10 boys who played against Banteer and came home with a very hard-fought victory having got off to a great start and battled for every ball to stay ahead. These lads were a credit the way they played and lived up to the name of Laochra Óg (Young Warriors).
U 14 league result:
Laochra Óg 3-15 to St. Patrick's 0-8.
The U14 boys made the long journey to Caragh and came away with a well-earned win making it four from four in this league campaign. A blistering first half gave Laochra Óg boys a good half-time lead, 2-8 to 0-1 with some great defending, not allowing the opposition any time on the ball.
St Patrick's did up their game in the second half and notched up a few well taken points but Laochra Óg finished the stronger and were worthy winners.
Sunday, June 3: The latest club development draw took place today in Clondrohid Community Hall. €350 goes to Declan Healy, Carriganimma and the sellers prize of €25 goes to Derry Murphy.
The next draw takes place on June 17.
Best of luck to everyone starting Junior Cert and Leaving Cert exams this week from all at Laochra Óg.
Macroom GAA Club
Good Luck: The club offers good luck to all who will sit their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations this week and next. Keep a cool head, eat well, sleep well and get some exercise. It will soon be over.
Good Weather: Because of the exams, activity on the fields has been quiet - perhaps giving everybody a chance to enjoy the glorious weather away from matches and training.
Cúl Camp: Cúl Camp will take place from July 16-20 in the Castle Grounds.
U-12s: The under 12s hosted Naomh Abán in a challenge game in Tom Creedon Park last week. on a sunny warm evening. Macroom proved too strong and ran out easy winners on a score of 4-9 to 1-3. Some of the play and scores were a delight to see. Concubhar and his selectors were thrilled with the effort and skill displayed on the night, and with the progress of the squad.
U-11s: The under 11s played Sam Maguires in Dunmanway on Saturday. Both teams were missing some players so it was agreed to play 15-a-side on a large pitch.
It was a big step-up for the lads, their first time playing this format. The game was very tight throughout. Sam Maguires led by a goal at half-time. Macroom began the second-half very well, and led by two points with 10 minutes to go. However, the lads tired in the closing minutes, with the opposition kicking a few points to win by four in the end.
It was a fantastic effort by everyone and a game that will stand to them. Management was delighted with the application of everyone.
U-10s: On Sunday last, the under 10s travelled to Dublin to play in the Kilmacud Crokes Blitz. It was a fantastic experience and enjoyed by all. There were two teams and both performed very well against some of the best teams from Dublin, Armagh and Wexford.
U-8s: The under eights played well in Kilmurry.
Fixtures: Thursday, June 7, U-14s are away to Clann na Gael, Drimoleague, at 7.30pm.
Friday June 8, U-12As are away to St Catherine's in Conna.
Saturday June 9, U-10s play in the Dromtarriffe Blitz .
Saturday June 9, U-8s will play in Canovee Blitz.
Sunday June 10, U-12Bs are away to White's Cross.
Monday, June 11, U-14s are at home to Ilen Rovers. (Then U-14s will be away to Ahan Gaels on June 14)
Wednesday, June 13, U-10s will be away to Douglas.
'Cork’s rural post offices are being left to wither’
Cork's rural post offices being left to wither on the vine as Government refuses to block An Post proposals, that's according to Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan.
"Unless An Post and the Government change tack, vast swathes of the country including many communities in rural Cork will be left without post offices," he claimed.
The deputy said it was abundantly clear from parliamentary responses he have received from the Minister for Communications that the Government is unwilling to block An Post's proposals to close up to 300 post offices in rural Ireland.
"Rural Ireland is being left to wither on the vine by Fine Gael and their independent friends," he claimed.
"Many postmasters and postmistresses have been offered sweetheart delays to retire. These communities are not guaranteed that a replacement contract will be put out to tender.
"When a rural community sees its post office close, it can be a body blow to its sustainability and viability.
"Post offices cannot be simply seen as commercial ventures operating under normal profit and loss criteria. They are much more than that. They are service hubs and meeting points for rural, and sometimes, isolated communities," he added.