Tuesday 23 July 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

Pictured at a ICMSA TB challenges information meeting at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, was Jerry Herlihy, Department of Agriculture; with farmers Vanessa O’Connor, Innishannon; and Denis O’Connor, Mallow. Photo by Denis Boyle
Pictured at a ICMSA TB challenges information meeting at the Castle Hotel, Macroom, was Jerry Herlihy, Department of Agriculture; with farmers Vanessa O’Connor, Innishannon; and Denis O’Connor, Mallow. Photo by Denis Boyle

John Delea

A joint meeting of North and East Cork ICMSA and West Cork ICMSA held in Macroom last Thursday, January 10, was attended by more than 100 local farmers as concern mounts about a sharp rise in the incidence of local farms being shut or otherwise affected by TB.

Responding to that concern, both local executives of the state's specialist dairy farmer organisation came together to host last week's meeting, which saw Eoin Ryan, Senior Superintending Veterinary Inspector, ERAD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; and Colm Forde, Principal Officer, ERAD, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, present to take the large attendance through the latest data and procedures and then field questions from the understandably concerned local farmers.

The meeting was jointly chaired by Mitchelstown's Maurice Walsh, who chairs North Cork ICMSA; and Tom Wilson of Enniskeane, who chairs the West Cork equivalent. It was organised by the local development officer, Kanturk man Barry O'Keeffe.

The necessity of having the meeting was confirmed by the revelation that around 500 farms in Cork are dealing with the Department on TB, a statistic described by Maurice Walsh as "very serious, and demanding of a serious examination of the circumstances behind the timing and extent of this rise in numbers".


Macroom's Fr John to speak at healing event

A large turnout is expected at the Charleville Park Hotel for a two-day Healing Conference.

It will take place on Saturday, February 2, and Sunday, February 3.

Whether you consider yourself religious or otherwise, a very powerful and enjoyable event is assured with a line-up of prominent local and international speakers and a vibrant music ministry.

Holy Mass and Confessions are available on both days with the kind permission of Charleville PP Canon Donal O'Mahony.

Prayer ministry is available throughout the weekend. The list of speakers includes Sr Josephine Walsh, UK Evangelisation Ministry and Author; Fr John Keane; Fr Tony Emeka MHM; Canon Michael Fitzgerald; Msgr Finbarr O'Leary and more.

Admission to the conference, which commences at 9am each day, is free of charge, but do please book your place with the organisers to ensure your seat. Booking is at (087) 240 5568 or (086) 160 2201.


Carriganima National School Open Week

From Monday, January 28, to Friday, February 1, Carriganima National School will host an open week at the school.

Drop in anytime during the week between 9.20am to 3pm to view excellent facilities, small class sizes and big education. The car park has safe access to school, and there is a unique family atmosphere. All enquiries welcome.

For more information please log on to the school website:


Good luck to West Muskerry’s Canada-bound Rachel O’Shea

Sadly, West Muskerry AC is saying bon voyage to another one of its star athletes, who is travelling across the Atlantic.

Rachael O'Shea has been fantastic with all the athletes in the club as well as being a star athlete herself.

She has shared her experiences and motivated all on believing in their goals and never giving up. She is a true friend and will be missed as she heads to Canada, and the club wishes her the best of luck.

Meanwhile, it was great start to 2019 for West Muskerry AC senior athlete Breeda Kelleher, who had a fantastic run in Kerry recently. She competed in the 10k in 50.07m and was 'second female home' in her category.

Well done too to senior runners Jerh O'Sullivan and John Cronin, who ran recently. Jerh ran in the Togher 5k and finished in approximately 25 minutes. John competed in a 10k in Tralee recently and he finished in 37.40 minutes.


Cork County Council holding free festival & events workshop

Festival and event organisers throughout the county will have opportunity to maximise their growth potential and generate additional revenue at Cork County Council's Festival and Events Workshop, which is taking place at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig on the evening of January 22.

In recognition of the importance that festivals and events play in the economic growth and cultural identity of the county, Cork County Council said it is delighted to host this workshop in conjunction with AOIFE (Association of Irish Festivals and Events).

All festival and event organisers in the county and members of their committees are welcome to attend this free workshop, where they will gain valuable insights from industry experts, with additional opportunities for one-to-one mentoring from a multimedia specialist.

A wide range of topics will be covered on the evening around the managing, marketing and funding of festivals and events - including guidance on marketing and public relations; branding advice on Fáilte Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland's Ancient East, objective-setting; and effective planning, stakeholder / volunteer management and tips on how to ensure regulatory compliance.

The Workshop ties in with the Council's newly updated 'Festival / Events Guidelines and Policies for Cork County' which will be formally launched by the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy prior to the Cork Festival and Events Workshop.

Speaking ahead of the event, the Mayor reflected on the benefits of festivals in Cork: "Festivals and events deliver a range of economic, social, and cultural benefits. They entertain; they celebrate our communities; they showcase our villages and towns and are often an expression of identity and place. They help to stimulate local economic activity and enhance the visitor experience. It is, therefore, of vital importance that we continue to promote and support festivals countywide."

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey went on to say: "In 2018, Cork County Council contributed in excess of €500,000 in support of festivals and events in the county of Cork. I would encourage anyone who is involved in festival/event running or thinking of hosting an event to come along to the workshop."

The Cork Festivals and Events Workshop will be hosted at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig from 6pm until 9.20pm on Tuesday, January 22.

If you are interested in attending, please send an email to or phone 021 4285613.


Special concert in aid of Motor Neurone Disease

There is a charity fundraising concert for Motor Neurone Disease at the Riverside Park Hotel this Saturday, 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 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.