Community news: Macroom Matters
West Muskerry AC travelled to Navan to the All-Ireland Cross-Country uneven age Championships and what a day for the club. Muskerry had five athletes qualify and there were nearly 190 athletes in every race.
Eabha Ni Chonaola was the first to take to the start line in the Girls U11 1,500m. It was her first All-Ireland and she held her nerves very well. She had put in a lot of training in the run up to the race in all sorts of weather. The gun went off and Éabha battled hard through the race and with 600m to go she was in fifth place. She was going to settle for that and with 100m to go she was battling hard to the finish line and she finished in third place. A fantastic achievement and a star in the making. She also captained the Cork and Munster team to the gold medals - the next Siona O'Sullivan showing real promise.
In the boys U11, Darragh Murphy also had a fantastic race. Darragh is only nine years old and competed up an age in U11 1500m. It was his first All-Ireland also and the experience he gained will stand to him in 2019. He is determined to qualify again and give it his all again.
In the U17 boys Tadhg Manning completed in the 5000m. Tadhg gave it his best shot on the day but felt his legs were heavy and while he was disappointed with this run, he knows he has what it takes and only had an off day and will be back to fight another day.
In the Girls U 19 Caoimhe O'Leary competed up an age and set herself a goal of top fifty. She really battled hard over the 4000m course and even with a stitch achieved her goal finishing in the top fourty. She too is determined to qualify in 2019.
In the Novice women Rachael O'Shea competed in the 4,000m as part of the Cork team. She too set herself a goal to finish in the top thirty.
Again, she sprinted home with every muscle burning and achieved her goal. She is now off to Canada on a year travelling and we wish her the very best of luck.
West Muskerry also travelled to Abbotstown in Dublin and competed in the All-Ireland Even Age Cross Country. Again, the club had some fantastic success with Girls U 16 qualifying for the first time. West Muskerry had 13 athletes competing.
In the Girls U 12, Katie O'Neill had a fantastic race. The numbers were huge but Katie kept focused and calm. She battled hard over the 2,000m course and on the final hill picked off athletes all the way to the finish line. She was rewarded for her efforts when she won the Bronze Medal as part of the Cork team.
In the boys U18 6,000m, Tadhg Manning and Sean O'Sullivan also ran superb. They not only had to handle their nerves competing with the U18s but also the Junior men were all in the same race. Both Tadhg and Sean worked hard throughout the muddy course and never gave in. Both boys again were rewarded for their efforts as both won bronze medals as part of the cork Team.
All the other Athletes also ran superb as it is not easy to get to an All-Ireland and they were competing as equals with the best in Ireland.
They were out of the medals but are really looking forward to working hard again in 2019 and bettering themselves all the time. They were Jamie Hourihan, Breandan O'Sullivan, James Lucey, Shannon Cotter, Eimear O'Leary, Aoife Downey, Brigin Kelleher, Beibhinn Moynihan, Caoimhe O'Leary, and Dara Myers.
Munster Gold for Dara Myers
Meanwhile, West Muskerry AC had fantastic success in the Munster B Cross Country Championships in Riverstick Co. Cork. Medals were awarded to the first twelve athletes, the first three club teams and the first three County teams.
Dara Myers competed in the boys U17 and ran the race of his life. He took the lead from the start and did not look behind until he was well across the finish line in first place. He won by over 100m. He also captained the Cork team to the gold medals.
Darragh Manning too was on form when he won his first individual medal finishing in 10th place in the boys U9. Darragh was always one off the medal positions in all his previous races but he never gave up and he was rewarded. All the hard training paid off.
In the boys U11 Rory McElroy was in fantastic form. He battled all the way around the course and up the final hill into the finish. He was well deserving of the individual silver medal. He was followed home closely by his teammate Conor Nash who was well deserving of the individual bronze medal. Both boys helped Cork win the gold medals.
The icing on the cake came when it was announced that the club team won the bronze medals. All the team had a part to play and what an achievement. The team were Rory McElroy, Conor Nash, Michael Dunne, Conor Hourihan, Ronan O'Neill, Ciaran O'Sullivan, Ronan Duggan, Michael Kelleher and Alex Healy.
In the Girls U11, Rebecca O'Neill had a super race. She is just back from injury and improving with every race. She was well deserving of her fourth place medal. Rebecca also helped the Cork team win gold.
In the boys U13 Jamie Hourihan again ran a superb race. He stayed with the front group and with 200m to go he made his move which paid off. He won the individual silver medal. He also helped Cork win the gold medal.
In the boys U15 Rory Duggan also ran a fantastic race. He battled hard with the lead group and at the finish all the front group sprinted for the line. Rory won the individual seventh place medal. He also helped Cork win the gold medals.
In the girls U16 Beibhinn Moynihan had a stormer of a race when she sprinted home and was well deserving of the individual eleventh place medal. She also won the gold medals as part of the Cork team.
All the athletes ran extremely well and gave it their all but were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Lisa Carey Martin, Aine Duff, Will Neville, Katelyn Cronin, Muireann O'Sullivan, Hayleigh O'Shea, Cliona O'Brien, Eanna Duff, Kate Downey, Emily Cronin, Eimear O'Sullivan, Liadh McMahon, Aoife Lucey, Lisa Kingston, Brigin Kelleher, Aoife Downey and Breandan O'Sullivan
Concert in aid of Motor Neurone Disease research
There is a charity fundraising concert for Motor Neurone Disease at the Riverside Park Hotel on January 19 at 8pm. Special Guests are Patrick O'Sullivan and Hugo Duncan. Tickets are €20 each and can be bought at Evelyn's shop Middle Square; The Box Office South Square and at The Riverside Park Hotel, Killarney Road, Macroom.
There will also be a raffle on the night and all money raised will go to the charity walk, which you can run, by Fr Tony Coote and funds will be used for research and caring for patients with MND.
Annual ploughing match this Sunday
Macroom Annual Ploughing Match will take place on Sunday, January 6, on the lands of the Healy Family Carrigathou, Coachford.
It will commence at 11.30am this is a great day out for all the family. Please send all entries to 087-2827092 by 2pm on Saturday, January 5. Results to be revealed in Coolcower House on Sunday night at approximately 9pm.
Laochra Óg exhibition hurling and camogie fundraiser raises a welcome €350 for Clondrohid National School
Laochra Óg Notes
well done to all the U14/16 boys and girls who took part in an exhibition hurling/camogie fundraiser match for Sonas and Suaimhneas Special Classes, Clondrohid National School raising €350 at Colaiste Ghobnatan.
Well done and thanks to trainers and coaches for organising and all 39 players who took part, coming out in great numbers. Finally, thanks to Colaiste Ghobnatan and Ionad Culturtha for use of facilities.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, December 30, the latest club development draw took place today in Coláiste Gobnatan. The main winner was Tom Hickey, Gort, Cullen, Mallow who won €356 and the seller's prize of €25 goes to M & J Kelleher, Clondrohid.
The second prize for a voucher worth €25 for Glenmill Restaurant goes to Eve Walsh, Dromdubh, Macroom and the third prize for a voucher worth €25 for M & J Kelleher, Clondrohid goes to Cormac Slattery.
Thanks to everyone who supported the draw so far. The next draw takes place on Monday, January 14.