Friday 22 March 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

Cheque presentation: Members of the West Muskerry AC Club with coach, Collette O’Riordan (left), Sharon and Mark Coleman
Cheque presentation: Members of the West Muskerry AC Club with coach, Collette O’Riordan (left), Sharon and Mark Coleman

West Muskerry AC has thanked Sharon Coleman and her brother Mark Coleman for thinking of the athletics club when they set about on their fundraising drive in memory of their father Patsy Coleman whose 30-year anniversary is this year.

Patsy Coleman loved running and he was extremely proud to be a member of the West Muskerry AC. And he took great pride when he put on the 'Blue and Orange' singlet. He loved road races and cross country and ran many for the club.

Patsy had set himself a goal and it was to run the Dublin City Marathon. He and his fellow team mates - Martin Coughlan, Tony Daly and Damien Lacey - trained five days a week together in preparation for the marathon.

All four successfully completed the marathon which was a fantastic achievement. Patsy completed the marathon in 3 hours and 24 mins. Sadly, just two weeks later, Patsy died in a tragic accident at the age of 28.

Sharon, with the help of her brother Mark and family, organised 45 athletes to compete in the Cork City Marathon and she raised an impressive €1,770 for the West Muskerry Athletic Club and a further €1,822 for Marymount.

Sharon had never run, so she not only achieved raising a huge amount of money, she also completed her leg of the relay in the Marathon in memory of her father.

The money she raised for the athletics club will be of great help with the development of their new training grounds which the club purchased at the start of the year.

It will also help all the athletes, special Olympic athletes and Paralympic athletes, to continue to stay fit and healthy, have fun and compete to the best they can.

West Muskerry AC say they are extremely grateful to Sharon and her family and Patsy's memory and pride in the club will never be forgotten.

Paralympic glory for West Muskerry Paralympic athletes Cathal and Stephen

Huge congratulation are deserved for Paralympic athletes Cathal Ryan and Stephen Bradley who competed in the IWAS World Junior Games in Athlone. 

Members of West Muskerry, both athletes had trained extremely hard coming into the games, competing in many able-bodied competitions to help them improve their racing - and it certainly paid off.

Cathal came home with gold and silver medals in the 100m, 400m, Discus and Javelin and broke a few Irish records and his clubmate Stephen also had a fantastic achievement in the 1,500m where he broke a 30-year-old Irish record.

Both boys have also won numerous County and Munster medals in the able-bodied competitions. They are two very promising athletes to look out for in the future and they certainly do not let their disability get in the way of their ability to compete at the highest level.

Macroom GAA Under 15s edge out Aghabullogue in last minutes in championship thriller

Macroom GAA Round-up

U-15 Championship:

Macroom 6-9, Aghabullogue 3-13.

Macroom snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Aghabullogue in this most exciting first round match in the Castle Grounds. Macroom trailed by five points with five minutes to go but eventually scored an amazing 3-2 to Aghabullogue's solitary point, to win by five points.

Aghabullogue started well and led by 1-3 to no score after 10 minutes. Two goals by Kieran Doody in the last 10 minutes of the first half enabled Macroom to draw level by half-time, 2-3 to 1-6.

Macroom re-started brightly and tacked on 1-4 to 0-3 in the third quarter, with the goal coming from Conor Seery. However, Aghabullogue took over and scored 2-3 without reply in the next 10 minutes.

All the excitement came down to the last five minutes with Macroom's goals coming from Ben O' Connell (2) and Mark Hunt. Ben O'Connell's first goal deserves special mention as he soloed 60 yards to score a great goal when defeat was looming large.

U-11s, Challenge:

Macroom 3-13, Aghabullogue 5-7. Macroom U11s played a very entertaining draw with Aghabullogue in Tom Creedon Park. Scores were scarce early but both teams settled down and notched some fine scores.

Minors, challenge: The minors played Éire Óg in Tom Creedon Park and were well outscored in the first half but they improved in the second period. Éire Óg proved too strong.

U-14s: Fintan Goold took the team for a training session last Friday. He concentrated on skills and concentration and finished with a match.

Goalkeeping Clinic: James O'Connell, the great club stalwart, took the club's young goalkeepers for a clinic.

He spent several hours imparting his considerable wisdom and knowledge. Many attended from the U13s down but less from the U- 13 to U-18s. Jonah Dervin and Reece Lee learned much.

U14s clinch final berth

Laochra Óg Round up

U14 league and championship semi-final:

Laochra Óg 2-11 Kilbree 0-10.

This was a hard-fought win for the Laochra Óg boys in Inchigeela when they had to come from behind in the final 10 minutes to finish strongly and book their place in both finals.

Kilbree battled hard all the way through and it was only in the final minutes that a crucial goal from Brian Healy turned the tide.

There were great displays throughout the field with every player giving 100 per cent and more at times.

Preparations for the finals begin on Monday night.

Meanwhile, the U15 Camogie team played Eire Óg in the Muskerry League in Ballyvourney.

All girls got a minimum of 40 minutes each as this ungraded league is used to develop the girls against top class opposition.

Eire Óg won well in the end but Laochra Óg girls put in fine performances working very hard.

There is one more game to play before girls go back playing county U14 and U16 matches with some huge games coming up.

Camp 4 Champs

Free club membership from day one of Camp 4 Champs starting August 14 for those that are new and want to give hurling and camogie a go. Second hand hurleys and helmets can be borrowed from club and members must be six years and older. Register at