Sunday 16 June 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

John Delea

Flower and Garden Club: The club's annual Christmas dinner takes place this evening, Thursday, December 6, at The Castle Hotel from 6.30pm. Meanwhile, the members' work night is on Tuesday, December 11. Places are limited, and for further details please contact (087) 9821708.

The Officers Committee wishes to thank all who supported their recent gala charity demonstration supporting local charity Macroom Senior Citizens and national charity Pieta House. A sincere thank you to host Bernie O'Callaghan and staff at Coolcower House for all their help throughout the year. Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.

Sunday night cards returns

The Sunday-night card game has resumed in Clondrohid Community Hall at 8.30pm. Please note change of time. A big welcome back to all those who have supported this great tradition over the years. Many travel long distances for this enjoyment. It would be great to see some new patrons taking part. Everyone is welcome. Maybe some local card players might come along for chat and fun.

McEgan college

The fifth-year LCVP at McEgan College fund-raised for Cork Simon Community by having a stand at the Christmas Market in the Square, Macroom, last Saturday. This is part of their compulsory core item of LCVP, The Enterprise Action Plan. The students (pictured left) had previously availed of a very informative talk from Niamh Quinn from the Simon Community and how the charity works. The students have been busy preparing Christmas gifts for sale such as bon bon jars, a bake sale and raffle.

All proceeds will go to the Simon Community.

Macroom FC Schoolgirls take home silverware

Macroom FC Round up

Macroom FC took on Passage in the Under-14 league play-off final at a gloriously sunny Murrayfield last week.

The large attendance witnessed a fantastic contest in which both sides made an equal contribution. Macroom emerged victorious following a closely fought affair, with extra-time required to separate the sides.

It is the first piece of silverware ever for this team, and that in itself will bring much satisfaction to both players and management.

Ciara Creedon had Macroom 1-0 ahead as the game entered its final minute. But with one last attack, Passage equalised and sent the tie to extra time. The winner came courtesy of Caoimhe O'Brien from the penalty spot, and great celebrations were kicked off with the sounding of the referee's final whistle.

All of these players put in a great effort and have finally reaped the rewards. Well done to coaches Tim Murphy, Mick Goold, Brian Murphy and all who assist in any way.

The under-12 girls also reached the league decider and travelled to play Skibbereen. Macroom gave everything they had, but it wasn't enough against a very strong home side. Regardless of the final result, this had been another encouraging season for this team, who continue to improve.

Many thanks to the management team of Cathal O'Riordan, Brian Murphy and Mick Goold.

A big thank you also to parents for travelling to the games. Macroom FC also appreciate the fine hospitality shown by Skibbereen. Macroom FC schoolgirls have been sponsored by Railway View Pharmacy and Matt Murphy's Pharmacy, and the club wishes to thank these businesses for their support.

Meanwhile, the under-15A boys team went to Ballea Park to play Carrigaline Utd and won 3-0. Coaches PJ Herlihy and John Wenger were delighted with an outstanding performance from all players. Goals from Dylan Molyneaux, Charlie Burke and Liam Holland secured the three points.

At adult level, Macroom A made the eagerly awaited trip to Dublin, taking on Ballymun Utd in round five of the FAI Junior Cup.

The hosts, winners of this competition in 2001 and 2009, were in outstanding form and ran out 5-0 winners. In fairness to Macroom, the scoreline was very harsh as after 82 minutes the score read 2-0. At that stage Macroom were throwing everything at Ballymun, trying to fashion a goal to set up the grandstand finish. With loads of gaps appearing at the back, the north Dublin outfit were merciless and added three further goals.

This team is without doubt one of the strongest junior teams in Ireland and will surely go to the latter stages of the competition. For a young Macroom side this was a fabulous experience and one they will only learn from and improve on.

It was also an exciting day out for the club, and both officials and supporters who travelled enjoyed the day. It was also great to see Macrompians now residing in the capital come along and support the team.

Macroom B are up to second in the AUL Division Three league following a brilliant 4-0 away win over Innishvilla. A Darren Dineen hat trick, along with an own goal, accounted for the score.

Following the recent loss in the President's Cup Quarter Final, this was a vital fixture, and the attitude and desire shown by all players was excellent. There were fine outings for Dineen, Owen McSwiney, Neilus Murphy, Damien Hoare and Szymon Sanetra.

Muskerry Macra clubs spreading festive cheer

Macra na Feirme is an active group of young(ish) people who are always willing to do a good turn locally, and the season of goodwill is no exception.

Members of Macra clubs across Muskerry will be raising funds for good causes, helping at seasonal events and, of course, socialising a fair bit, too, over the next few weeks. Here's a smattering of what's planned in Muskerry:

Donoughmore Macra will be holding its annual Christmas coffee morning this Sunday, December 9, at 12pm in Donoughmore Community Centre.

All funds raised are in aid of the CUH children's ward. People dropping in to support this fund-raiser can expect a few surprises on the day.

In the lead-up to Christmas, members will also be collecting Christmas shoe-boxes in aid of Cork Penny Dinners.

Aghinagh Macra will hold its Christmas party on December 22. However, the location is being kept top secret for the moment - just pencil in the date.

Berrings Macra is doing a recruitment drive in January and is actively looking for new members. It is organising a social night out in Killarney on January 12.

Ovens Macra will be holding a pool tournament on December 21 in Ovens Bridge Bar. It kicks off at 7pm and is followed by a night out.

Keep a look out on its Facebook page for more details of this event.

Members from all Muskerry clubs (Aghinagh, Berrings, Crookstown, Donoughmore, Ovens and Terelton) will be attending officer training on Saturday, January 12, in Killarney, and a social night will take place in Killarney town that evening. This is open to all members.

Anyone interested in joining a Muskerry Macra should club contact 'Muskerry Mac' Facebook page.

De La Salle makes hampers for charity

Students in De La Salle are once again participating in the annual St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Hamper Appeal, and local people can contribute, too.

Everyone in the school community is being asked to donate non-perishable Christmas foods and treats to support the Macroom St Vincent de Paul Society. The Christmas Food Hamper Appeal has been a great success in recent years. People can contribute non-perishable foods and Christmas treats to the collection point in Room 1 up until December 14.