Sunday 20 January 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

Hugo Casey’s family at the Macroom U-12 Hugo Casey family. Included are Antoinette Casey, her daughters Angela and Fidelma, grandchildren Zoe and Danny, and Hugo’s sister, Regina. On display are the trophies and photos of Hugo. Picture courtesy of Con Kelleher
Hugo Casey’s family at the Macroom U-12 Hugo Casey family. Included are Antoinette Casey, her daughters Angela and Fidelma, grandchildren Zoe and Danny, and Hugo’s sister, Regina. On display are the trophies and photos of Hugo. Picture courtesy of Con Kelleher

Macroom GAA Round-up: The annual Hugo Casey U-12 Tournament was played in ideal conditions in TCP on Saturday.

The occasion was graced by the presence of Hugo's widow, Antoinette, his daughters Fidelma and Angela, grandchildren Zoe and Danny - sporting the Macroom colours for the day - and his sister Regina, Chapel Cross.

A table displayed photos of the 1962 win when Hugo captained Macroom to its last senior championship victory. Memories brought tears to the eye.

Macroom unluckily lost to Bantry in the first game, comfortably beating Kilshannig in the second and lost to Kenmare in the third.

In the cup final Kilshannig prevailed and Bantry beat Macroom in the plate final. Macroom led with two minutes to go but conceded a late goal and point.

Refreshments were served throughout.

Concubhar Murray, Diarmuid Holland, Tony Dineen and Órla Kelleher expertly organised the event. Julie Murray, with her children Donagh, Ciarán and Clodagh, catered superbly for the players and supporters with the generously donated fruit, scones and 'goodies'.

Danny Morey was czar of the parking and a small army of young players helped in many ways and thanks go too to Michael Cahill for the use of his whiteboard.

Although Macroom didn't win, the club can be proud of its well-run event. To crown a memorable day, Billy Fitzgerald presented club beanie hats to the players and Tony Dineen, on behalf of Permanent/EBS, donated five footballs to the club.

Meanwhile, Macroom Boys' School travelled and beat Clonakilty in the pool stage of the School Shield competition and finished top of their section. The final score Macroom 6-8, Clonakilty 0-3. The semi-final, against Ballinora, will be played on Thursday in Macroom Tadhg Sheehan is delighted with his charges.

U-11s: Macroom played Crosshaven away on Saturday evening and were beaten by a better team. Macroom found it harder to score. All the Macroom boys tried hard.

U-6s. They entertained Kilmurry on Saturday morning and had four tough matches. Their season will end soon and they had a most enjoyable year.

From Kerry Slug to farm safety, St Mary’s students prepare Young Scientist entries

St Mary's Macroom News

Students, along with Ms Butler and Ms Foley, have been busy preparing their BT Young Scientist entries throughout September. This year the school's TY and second year students have entered a total of 21 projects.

Students have already begun to work on their projects with some groups travelling up to UCC to work with lecturers who specialize in their research area.

The entries are very varied this year with students looking at farm safety, microbiology and even the Kerry Slug to name a few! We wish them all the best of luck and are excited to find out which projects will be accepted into the competition.

Meanwhile, the school held its annual open evening last Thursday and it was a huge success.

Sixth class students and their families were welcomed into the school from 6.30pm onwards. The girls got a tour of the school which involved lots of interactive activities in the classrooms, including: dissecting eyeballs in the science lab, trying out some art techniques in the art room, sampling some tasty delights in the home economics room and playing with a variety of musical instruments in the music room.

All students and parents seemed to really enjoy their evening. Thanks are due to the organising committee (Mr Cooke, Ms Collins, Ms Murnane, Ms O' Donoghue, Ms Caulfield and Ms Lehane) for such an enjoyable event and huge thanks to all of our teachers and students for helping out on the night.

Reminder - to secure your place in St Marys, register before the 26th of October.

Registration forms are available on the school website or from school office.

Laochra Óg Round-up

Laochra Óg U16s Camogie team played Brian Dillon's at Whites Cross. All this team are U16 next year with many girls taking up Camogie last year and this.

They were missing a good share of older girls that were unavailable and had to field three U13s to fulfil this fixture.

Laochra Óg girls at times had a lot of possession but failed to put scores on the score board. Brian Dillon's hit hard with early goals and stayed well in front throughout the match. The final score was Brian Dillon's 5-07 Laochra Óg 1-03.

Meanwhile, there was county final heartbreak for the U14 boys in Ballincollig as Cloughduv came away with the spoils. It was a tough day at the office for the boys who struggled to cope with the pace and physicality of the Cloughduv team. It was still a great experience and a fine achievement in reaching the final.

They will regroup and focus on their U16 county semi-final v Buttevant next weekend.

Five trophies at top table proof of club’s success

Macroom Ladies Football Round-up

Macroom Ladies Football Club held its 'Ladies Late Lunch' fundraiser in the Castle Hotel in Macroom on Friday.

This event proved to be an unprecedented success which is good news for the club as it is the main fundraiser for the year. One down side to the increased success of the club is the associated increase in expenses, so the organising committee were hoping for a successful night and thankfully weren't disappointed with a fine attendance.

On arrival the guests were treated to a champagne reception in the hotel lobby where the ladies gathered for the evening's events.

Pride of place in the function room was a table with five silver cups which represented the club's unprecedented success in recent times. The function room was beautifully decorated for the night. Some fine style was on show as all the ladies attending were all very elegantly dressed.

A fashion show kept the guests entertained during the meal with displays provided by The Gay Girl Boutique, The Webb Boutique and TM Cronin's. Thanks to Frances, Eileen and Miriam for their assistance in a brilliant fashion show which was compered very professionally by Club Secretary Noelle Kelleher and Eileen O'Mahony.

There were spot prizes galore during the night and the club would like to thank all sponsors, too numerous to mention.

Following the meal, the guests danced the night away with the DJ who kept things rocking till late. Thanks go to Margaret Buckley and her staff in the Castle Hotel for a beautiful meal and to all the ladies who bought tickets for the night.

Metalwork & engineering success at McEgans

McEgan College was celebrating the wonderful news that its Junior Certificate Metalwork and Leaving Certificate Engineering class of 2018 are winners!

The Engineering Technology Teachers Association held its annual awards ceremony in Mount Saint Michaels, Rosscarbery, on Friday night and the college is very pleased to announce that it received five out of the nine available awards.

The winners celebrated with their teacher Mr Dennehy, the Principal, Deputy Principal and with their families.

Each year the association meets in Miko Metals, Kinsale Road to judge exam projects and design brief is a major factor for successful entries.

Thanks therefore go to Miko Metals for sponsoring and to Mt. St. Michaels for hosting.

Meanwhile, McEgan College will hold its Open Evening on Tuesday, October 9, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Principals address 7.30pm.

Historical Society thanks council for grant

A letter of thanks was sent by the Blarney and District Historical Society to Cork County Council thanking them for an amenity grant of €1,500.

PRO Brian Gabriel wrote to Claire O'Neill, Municipal District Officer of Blarney Macroom and stated that the amenity grant was a "tremendous boost" to the publication of Old Blarney Journal Issue Number 11 which is "selling quite well".

"The two banners are excellent and have attracted a lot of attention to the society," wrote Mr Gabriel. He also thanked Blarney Macroom District staff for their "courteous help and assistance."

Huge thank you from the Liz Lucey Committee for support in raising over €13k for hospice

On September 8 the presentation of the money raised on July 8 was presented to Marymount. Ann O'Mahoney, a volunteer fundraiser from Marymount, came out to collect the cheque which organisers are delighted to say amounted to an amazing €13,122.

A huge thanks is extended to everyone who contributed to the event in any way.

To all those who donated baking and sandwiches and spot prizes organisers are grateful, to those who helped out on the day i.e. stewards, ticket sellers and tea ladies a huge thanks again.

The committee also wants to thank all the local organisations who gave of their facilities, the hall and Uibh Laoire GAA, to Valley Wheelers for facilitating and organising the cycle.

Also, a huge thanks to all the business both locally and nationally who donated towards the event in any way.

And finally, a huge thanks to each and every person who participated in the event and donated - without your generosity it would not have been possible to raise such a fantastic amount of money for Marymount Hospice.