Wednesday 22 May 2019

Community news: Macroom Matters

U12 boys are bound for Croke Park and a presentation was made to the lads by Anthony Hennigan on behalf of Mid Cork Electrical at training in Teerbeg recently. The club jerseys have been sponsored by Mid Cork Pallets
U12 boys are bound for Croke Park and a presentation was made to the lads by Anthony Hennigan on behalf of Mid Cork Electrical at training in Teerbeg recently. The club jerseys have been sponsored by Mid Cork Pallets

On Thursday, April 18, the Laochra Óg U12 boys will be running out onto the hallowed turf of Croke Park to play three matches in an All-Ireland blitz. The team will be proudly representing the club whose members through continuous dedication and hard work have ensured, under Rebel Óg benchmarking 2020, that this group of lads have been selected for this prestigious honour.

The team will get a guided tour of the stadium and museum as part of the whole experience. A once in a lifetime opportunity with parents also travelling, it will be a superb family occasion .

Excitement is already mounting as the team visited U12 sponsors Mid Cork Pallets and Packaging for an official team photo before the big day.

MIid Cork Electrical have very generously given sponsorship to the boys for the trip to Croke Park. This gesture is greatly appreciated by the team and club and a presentation was made to the lads by Anthony Hennigan on behalf of the company at training in Teerbeg last night.


10th and last  Liz Lucey Run

July 14 marks the 10th year of the Liz Lucey Memorial Drive, Walk and Cycle. While this year it marks the 10th anniversary, it will also mark the final event. As a result, organisers want to go out on a high and gather as much money as possible for Marymount Hospice, a very worthy cause.

So put the date in your diary for an event not to be missed. It promises to be bigger and better so please come out and support. More details to follow. Please keep an eye out on the Facebook page for further updates.


Easter Art At Clondrohid Hall

Felicity Kelleher is holding an Easter Art Camp in Clondrohid Hall where she will be doing a variety of arts and crafts. The camp will take place on Thursday, April 25, and also Friday, April 26th, from 11am to 3pm, available for ages six upwards.

If you are interested in sending your child please contact Felicity on 087-6361893 for more details. Spaces are limited.


Macroom FC Race Night

After much preparation and excellent work, the club is ready for their big fundraiser this coming Easter Sunday night, April 21, at Murray's Bar, beginning at 9pm.

Everything is pointing towards some top entertainment in what is a vitally important event for the running of the club. Many horses have already been sold and there is good news for anyone still looking to purchase one. Horses, costing €10, will be on sale on the night so everyone can be accommodated. All are welcome to come along to Murray's for a great night in support of your local soccer club.


McEgan egg hunt

Well done to Ms. Murphy and TY students who organised an Easter egg hunt to reward junior students for their excellent behaviour, attendance and attainment.

The students from Room 21 joined in too and great fun was had by all pupils. Happy Easter from all at McEgan College


Student financial support clinics

The Citizens Information Service in Macroom will hold information clinics on the topic of SUSI Grants and other financial supports for students. The information will be relevant to students and their parents planning to go to college in the autumn as well as people considering returning to college as mature students.

The information clinics will be held in the Citizens Information Centre, South Square, Macroom, on Thursday, April 25 and on Tuesday, April 30, from 10am-1pm and 2pm-7pm.


Youths in cup final action tonight

Macroom FC Update

There were contrasting fortunes for the Macroom FC First and Youth teams who were both in semi-final action last weekend.

Heavy rainfall and high winds did not deter the Youths team who qualified for the Sean Williams cup final with a deserved 4-0 defeat of Castleview at Murrayfield.

There were great performances throughout the pitch with Macroom attacking duo Dylan Twomey and Daniel Cotter causing all sorts of problems for the visiting defence. After an even opening half hour Macroom grabbed the initiative and the lead just before half time.

On the resumption the goals began to flow. Three more in a blistering 10-minute spell had Macroom thinking of the decider long before the final whistle. Twomey and Cotter helped themselves to a brace each and it could have been more, only for some excellent saves from the Castleview keeper. This team has really found form over recent weeks and all eyes now focus on the final at Turner's Cross, tonight Thursday, April 18, kick off at 7.30pm.

The opponents will be Watergrasshill Utd who defeated Kinsale in the other semi-final. Please come along and support.

Meanwhile, Macroom A had a disappointing result away to Village Utd in the AOH Cup semi-final first leg, losing 3-0. With a gale force cross wind making things very difficult, no one really expected a classic.

Macroom battled well enough at times but will be frustrated with the concession of poor goals at vital times. Having done well for the opening half hour, Macroom conceded two approaching half time. Barry Healy had a good chance to halve the deficit on 65 min but his effort was saved. 2-0 would not have been the end of the world but late on a free kick was not cleared and the 'second ball' was finished to make this Saturdays second leg a big ask.

However, it's not impossible either. Home advantage and hopefully a big crowd will count for something. Please come along to support the team at Murrayfield this Saturday, April 20, kick off at 2pm.


Cork GAA Mile Challenge

Cork GAA Mile Challenges take place on Easter Monday, April 22. Times are as follows:

9am - Cill Na Martra Gaa

10.30am - Naomh Abán CLG

11am - Laochra Óg Hurling & Camogie Club

12.30pm - Clondrohid GAA

2.30pm - Macroom GAA

4pm - Kilmurry GAA


World premiere for Blarney Stone musical

Lee Valley Enterprise Board are proud to announce their upcoming new original musical which will have its world premiere on Thursday, April 25, in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom.

The Blarney Stone will star Hollywood screen legend Patrick Bergin in the role of Patrick Joseph McSweeney along with amateur actors from The Lee Valley, Cathal McCabe as director, Ann Dunne as musical director and production.

The musical was written in 1928, aimed at the American market and plans were well advanced to present it on Broadway when a sudden illness caused it to be cancelled. The script and score disappeared in the intervening years and only surfaced again when Patrick Bergin, no stranger to Macroom, found them by chance in Cloughjordan.

Patrick forwarded the script to Ann Dunne to read through and they decided that this was a musical that must be staged.

The next step was discussing the project with Pat O'Connell, Lee Valley Enterprise Board, and having received his approval and encouragement, the most important decision was to decide on a first-class director, Cathal McCabe, another friend of the Lee Valley, was the obvious choice.

Performances will take place on April 25, 26 & 27 as well as May 3 & 4 at 8pm at The Riverside Park Hotel Macroom.

To book your tickets €20 / €16 (Students/Children) please call 026 41174 / 087 1663395. Tickets can also be purchased online through the Lee Valley Enterprise Board Facebook page.

A special performance will also take place at Cork Opera House on May 29. Further information is also available by emailing