Thursday 18 July 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

Dara Nyers U17 who took a bronze in the All-Ireland Cross-Country B Championships
Dara Nyers U17 who took a bronze in the All-Ireland Cross-Country B Championships

Thirty-two athletes from West Muskerry AC travelled to Dundalk on Sunday last to compete in the All-Ireland Cross-Country B Championships. Medals were awarded to the first 12 individuals, the first three club teams and the first three counties. All the hard training had been put in by all the athletes over the last couple of months and it paid off as every one of them improved and the medal haul was 11 gold, five bronze and six silver All-Ireland medals.

What a magnificent day it was for the girls U15 team who competed over the fast 2,000m course. West Muskerry had six very talented young ladies who have been together now for a few years and are improving all the time. Brigin Kelleher worked very hard throughout the race but was just out of the individual medals in 13th place. But she was thrilled to win the gold medal with the Cork team as were her team mates Aoife Downey and Lisa Kingston.

The icing on the cake came when all six girls who put in an outstanding effort were announced All Ireland B U15 Cross Country Champions 2019. They were Brigin Kelleher, Aoife Downey, Lisa Kingston, Beibhinn Moynihan, Danielle O'Neill and Aoife Lucey.

In the Girls U11 Rebecca O'Neill, who had come back from an injury, was the first to bring glory to the club. She battled strongly over the very fast 1,000m lap and was well deserving of the 10th place individual medal. She also helped the Cork team to gold. Her team were out of the medals on this occasion. They were Rebecca O`Neill, Anna Lucey, Katie Purcell, Cliona O'Brien, Grace Nash, Muireann O'Sullivan, Katelyn Cronin and Hayleigh O'Shea.

In the Boys U11 1,000m, there was also great excitement for the club. Darragh Murphy and Conor Nash and Rory McElroy battled with the front group all the way around. In the last 200m there was a sprint finish and Darragh was well deserving of his 10th place medal and Conor Nash clinching the 12th place medal. Rory McElroy was just outside the medals on this occasion but all three boys helped Cork win the silver medal. Their team was Darragh Murphy, Conor Nash, Rory McElroy, Connor Hourihan, Ciaran O`Sullivan and Michael Kelleher.

In the Girls U13 1,500m, Liadh McMahon put in a superb run in what was her first ever All Ireland Cross Country race. She was over the moon to win the silver medal on the Cork team. In the team competition the girls were just out of the medals - Liadh McMahon, Fern Mullane, Kate Downey, Emily Cronin and Eimear O'Sullivan.

In the boys U13 1,500m, Jamie Hourihan battled hard with the lead bunch of athletes right up the finish line. He was delighted to come him and win the seventh place individual medal. He also captained the Cork team to the gold medals. His teammates also ran very well in a very fast race but were out of the medals. They were Jamie Hourihan, Odhran Creed, James Lucey and Sean Lucey.

In the Boys U15, Breandan O'Sullivan was inspired by all the performances before him and he went out to give his best effort and he did not disappoint. He came sprinting home in 8th place. He was thrilled when he heard he also won the silver medal with the Cork team.

In the Boys U17, Dara Myers had a disappointing run in the All-Ireland in Abbotstown in November and came back again to stand on the line and fight hard over the 3k course. On his last lap he fought hard and caught up to the lead group and sprinted home to clinch the 11th place individual medal.


Engineering excellence

Tadhg O Flynn, Managing Director of O'Flynn Medical, Millstreet, recently visited the Engineering Department of McEgan College to judge and present awards. In order to encourage and promote engineering as a subject and future possible career, O'Flynn Medical, sponsored an engineering competition for students that would reward and recognise their engineering excellence. McEgan College is the only school in Macroom that offers metalwork and engineering as part of their curriculum.

He was extremely impressed with the standard of engineering, creativity and workmanship displayed by the students. He felt that the projects on display were of a similar standard to work produced in the Engineering industry.

The individual award winners were Robin Kiss, Roland Almasi and Oisín O'Neill all for their 3rd year Junior Certificate projects and Francesca Tobon Lenci for her 1st year project. Their teacher Mr Tim Dennehy said: "The Engineering department at McEgan College aim to produce students that are able to design, create, innovate and use Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) to shape the world we live in".


Weather affects soccer schedule

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The month of January saw poor enough weather prevail. As a result, many games were cancelled. Calendar year football will go some way to solving this issue.

The schoolgirls league (CWSSL) will begin their first season of the new format in March while the schoolboys (CSL) will follow suit in the Spring of 2020. Wintertime will now be the new off season with no underage games in November, December and January.

At the moment Youths and Adult leagues are continuing the traditional season but discussions regarding alignment are underway.

Macroom U12s, sponsored by OR tyres, had a fantastic win in the Blackwater Motors local cup away to a good Lakewood Athletic side. The 3-1 victory did not flatter Macroom. Well done to all players and to coaches Gearoid Griffin and Peter Coleman.

Last weekend further cancellations allowed both Macroom U12 sides to play a friendly against each other. An entertaining affair ended honours even at 3-3.

Macroom B travelled to a windy Carrigtwohill to take on the local side and were defeated 2-0 in the County Cup. Best for Macroom were Trevor Horgan, Darren Cullinane and Owen McSwiney.

Macroom B travel to play Lakewood Ath in Ovens in a league fixture on Sunday, February 10 at 2pm while Macroom A entertain Rylane Celtic at Murrayfield on Saturday, 2pm.

In Youths football, Youghal Utd were the visitors in round 2 of the Sean Williams Memorial Cup. The first half saw few chances and it looked like this game would be close to the end. However, Macroom emerged for the second half a different team. Steven O'Donoghue, Pawel Osnowski and a superb hat trick from Daniel Cotter ensured a 5-0 win.


Upcoming Macroom Library events

A music morning will be held in Macroom Library on Friday, February 8, hosted by Eddie Hogan and Tom Seacy at 11am - refreshments served at interval.

On Friday, February 15, at 11.30am, there is a healthy Ireland talk - ultimate nutrition busters! Learn what foods are good to eat with dietitian, Niamh O'Connor, (RD MINDI).

A talk on habitats and pollination and how we can protect Ireland's bees and other pollinators will be given by ecologist Donna Weiner in Macroom Library on Wednesday, February 20, at 11.30am & all welcome.

All events are free and all are welcome so feel free to drop by. Library membership is free & now book fines have been abolished completely - good news.


St Mary’s pupil Ava pounds ‘The Beat’ in Waterford

By Ciara O' Donovan & Eva Slattery

This year's Fourth Year students from St Mary's Secondary School in Macroom started their first week of work experience recently.

There was a vast variety of work placements available to them; from hairdressing to primary school teaching, pharmacy work to floristry. But one student's work experience really stood out to us and we took it upon ourselves to learn more.

Ava Rose Gallagher went all the way to Waterford for her work placement to work in the local radio station 'Beat'.

When we asked her about her favourite experience whilst at the station, she said her favourite experiences were going on air and chatting with some of the show broadcasters.

"We also got to pick some of the songs that came on the radio so that was pretty cool too," she added.

Ava's brother David Cronin works with 'Beat 102-103' and has a show on the radio. So, Ava asked him if he could arrange for her to go on her work experience with him.

She organised this last summer because she is very interested in his line of work and he agreed because he knows her love for music would lend itself to the job. He then arranged for her to have her own spot on air. When asked what she had to do throughout the day, she revealed how on her first day she was shown how broadcasters control all their social media platforms. 

"I also had to research new articles that they were due to post on their Facebook page. One of my favourite jobs I was asked to do was to leave the station and interview people from around Waterford. Our job was to ask people passing on the street their opinions on topics and ask them different questions. Snippets of these conversations would then be featured on the show throughout the day. We had to wear the official 'Beat' jackets and used the microphone to record the conversations. Some people were a bit radio shy but others would talk for hours!"

Next, we asked her whether the experience met her expectations.

She responded: "I had a bit of an idea of what it'd be like there having talked with David, but I was still shocked when I saw how it all actually works. People think all you have to do as a presenter is pick songs and talk every now and then but there's so much more involved. From recording links and fading them into songs to making sure your show doesn't run late, there's so much to keep track of. I didn't realise how much the job was dependant on timing. Everything has to be started and finished at an exact time and if it doesn't, then it can make the whole day run late."       

Ava loved this line of work and is really interested in working in that industry in the future. She found it an extremely hard job but after her work experience, she'd definitely consider this career in the future.