Monday 14 October 2019

Macroom Matters

Community news

John Dellea

FAI National Draw: Tickets remain on sale for the fundraiser with fantastic prizes to be won. Priced at €10, tickets can be bought at Murray's Bar, M and J Cronin's Middle Square and from club and committee members. All proceeds will go directly to Macroom FC so please support your local club. There are loads of prizes including 4 x Ford Fiesta cars, Champions League final trip, free electricity for a year, home entertainment system and much more. The draw takes place on November 12.

Underage Round Up - A massive result was achieved by the U13A boys team, who travelled to play Premier side Ringmahon Rangers and came away with a fantastic 1-0 win. This was a tremendous performance and moves the team to within one win of emerging from Cork and into the National draw. In the U12 girls Premier League, Macroom welcomed Lakewood Athletic to Murrayfield. A fine game followed with two evenly matched teams settling for a point in a 0-0 draw.

The U15A boys travelled to Cobh to play Springfield Ramblers and were defeated 3-1. It was a good performance in difficult conditions with Rory Duggan accounting for the Macroom goal.

Macroom Town U12 girls entertained Mallow Utd at Murrayfield and there was a plentiful supply of goals. An exciting first half produced a half time score of 2-2. The hosts went ahead early in the second period but Mallow responded to level matters once again. Macroom kept plugging away and were rewarded with two late goals to take the points. Darcy O' Brien (2), Lily Desmond (2) and Maisie Murphy got the goals and keeper Emer Healy also played a great game, delivering a string of fine saves. Corkbeg, who are based in Whitegate in East Cork was the destination for theU11 boys, who played four matches.

This group is continuing to improve week by week and all coaches are delighted with the progress. The U12B boys side also travelled to play Corkbeg and gave a great second half performance. Trailing 5-0 at half time it was an uphill struggle, but Macroom gave a brilliant display. Gavin O'Riordan (2) and Darragh Canny had the score-line at 5-3 when time ran out. Well done to all on a great response to a tough half time position.

Adult Teams - Macroom B won a difficult away fixture v Ballinhassig on a 5-2 score-line. John James Healy scored from long range but the hosts hit back with 2 goals. Szymon Sanetra was unlucky to see a penalty come back off the upright but Macroom levelled when Darren Dineen converted, again from the penalty spot. Dineen was on target early in the second period and a fine Sanetra free kick made it 4-2 for Macroom. Michael Hourihane rounded off the win with a brilliant solo effort which began in his own half.

Macroom A welcomed Douglas Hall in the 3rd round of the FAI Junior Cup. A top performance with goals coming courtesy of a Keith Holden hat trick, Andrew Hegarty and Robert Healy. This win has set up a mouth-watering fourth round tie away to local rivals Coachford, with the winners proceeding to the 'open' National draw.

FAI Safeguarding Course - Macroom FC hosted its second safeguarding course in a month at Murray's Bar. Another big turnout from club coaches and members was great to see and will continue to improve standards at the club. In excess of 60 members have now successfully completed this important course over the 2 nights. Thanks to Child Welfare Officer Rhys Hopkins for organising both events, to Ray Claffey of the FAI for delivering the courses and to Murray's Bar for the use of the function room and hospitality provided.

Lotto - 15/10/18: Jackpot: €2,800. Numbers drawn: 1, 11, 21. No Winner. €80: Celia Lynch, New Street. €20 each: Tim Joe Lyons c/o Murray's, Josie O' Keeffe c/o Lar's, Sam and Sharon c/o Fudge, Imelda Healy c/o Lar's.

23/10/18: Jackpot: €3,000. Numbers drawn: 10, 13, 19. No Winner. €80: Margaret Horgan, Raleigh. €20 each: Craig Ronan c/o Murray's, Claire Dinneen c/o Lar's, Mary and Jack c/o Janet, Nellie Casey c/o Evelyn.

Laochra Óg’s latest news

Sunday 21st October - Laochra Óg U15 Camogie team played Blarney away this morning in the quarter finals of the Muskerry B league. The match was a very close contest with Blarney edging out ahead in the first half. Scores were hard to come by, with both sides defending really well.

The match itself was a very tough physical battle with plenty of bangs and bruises. Laochra Óg defended very impressively with Aoife Lucy making some fine saves and Caoimhe O'Leary clearing a certain goal off the line. The score of the game was Ava O Connell's superb point from out the field towards the end of the game. Laochra Óg won a very close game by a point and go onto the semi-finals. Thanks to team Sponsors Healys Spar, parents for transporting and supporting the players and to Blarney Camogie team for a very entertaining game.

Laochra Óg U8 boys had two teams playing in their final blitz in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Saturday.

We played teams from Mallow, Ballygiblin and Na Piarsaigh. We lost our first game to Mallow and won the other two. Well done to all the lads who played and especially to the lads who played in their first blitz. We want to thank the organisers of the blitz and to Pairc Ui Chaoimh for hosting. We would like to thank our sponsors Niall Murphy Tarmac and also to Micheal and Nora Mc Carthy of Glenmill Restaurant and Macroom Vehicle Testing Centre for the use of Teerbeg .

Monday 22nd October - Our latest Club Development Draw took place in the Bell Inn tonight. Angie did the honours by drawing the winning ticket for €372 which was won by Brian Healy, Clonfadda and the sellers prize goes to the Bell Inn. Thanks to Angie for hosting the draw. The next draw takes place on November 5th. Our thanks to everyone who supported the draw.

Friday 26th October - Thug laochra óga cuairt ar muintir Folláin um thrathnóna. Thug Peadar turas dúinn go léir timpeall an monarcha agus taréis sin bhronn sé boinn ar buachaillí fé 10. Bhí púca ana-ghnóthach i rith an ama seo le subh ullamh do gach éinne roimh dul abhaile. Míle buíochas le Peadar as ucht an tacaíocht a thugann sé don gclub agus ar an bhronadh a dhein sé inniu.

Laochra Óg U10 hurlers and their families visited Folláin this evening. Peadar gave us a tour of the factory and afterwards presented medals to the team. A very busy púca had jam ready for everyone to take home with them.

Thanks to Peadar for hosting the presentation this evening and for his continuing support to the club.

Note for the Diary - Laochra Óg Hurling and Camogie Club A.G.M. will take place in Clondrohid Community Hall on Friday 2nd November 2018 at 8:30pm. Parents/guardians, players and new members are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Celebrating vast range of talents at St Mary’s

St Mary's Secondary School had their annual Catherine McAuley award ceremony on Friday night last. A highlight in the school calendar year, teachers and parents took time to celebrate the enormous achievements of its students in so many disciplines.

The school was exceptionally proud to invite back one of its Distinguished Past Pupils, Dr. Roisin Lyons, who is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation in DCU. Roisin lectures also in Saudi Arabia and has won several teaching awards.

Her research and passion focus on the development of entrepreneurial tendencies in individuals and teams. She works in an advisory role for the Enactus Global Social Entrepreneurship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge and the National CSR forum, while also acting as a judge in the Young Scientist competition on an annual basis.

Roisin, along with the principal, Mr Cooke and teachers presented awards to the following students who were recipients of awards on the night:

Full Attendance: First Year- Sinead Creedon, Emma Murphy, Lisa Neville, Second Year - Caoimhe Horgan and Emily McSweeney, Fifth Year - Ciara Walsh, Sixth Year - Louise Lynch and Rachel McCarthy.

Gasisce awards were achieved by Caitriona Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Carolyn O'Donovan and Katie Sheehan.

Students Council members in 2017/2018 were: Sadhbh Bourke, Aine Sheehan, Ciara Bradley, Lily Casey, Kate Maguire, Molly McKirgan, Kitty Clancy, Dominika Starzyckza, Aoife Foley, Emer McMahon, Kate Bradley, Flora Lynch, Kathleen McSweeney and Riona O'Connor.

The Apprentice Chef Certificate was received by Suzan Aslanoglu for reaching the Munster final of the competition in Tralee IT.

The much coveted and prestigious Pfizer Chemistry Quiz was won by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 with their Chemistry teacher, Ms Catherine Kerrigan. The team was made up of Kate Bradley, Lydia Costello, Leah Kelleher and Laura O'Reilly.

Transition Years had national success last year when they won the All Ireland final of the AIB Build a Bank competition, with their Business teacher, Ms Arlene O'Donoghue. The team comprised of: Jessica Buckley, Savannah Hickey, Caoimhe Moynihan, Miriam Murnane, Hanna O'Donovan and Katie Sheehan.

Catherine McAuley awards were received on the night by those students who by word and example exemplified the characteristics of Catherine McAuley, the founder of the school in the last school year.

Among her qualities were kindness, generosity, friendliness, courtesy to all and leadership skills.

The following students were congratulated with a Catherine McAuley award: First Year- Shauna Buckley, Nadia Sliwa, Oliwia Wyka, Second Year - Marian Creedon, Alannah Cunningham, Saorlaith O'Leary, Third Year - Martyna Byrdziak, Kate Condon, Ciara O'Donovan, Fourth Year - Aimee O'Herlihy, Ruth Purcell, Dominika Starzycka, Fifth Year - Sarah Doyle, Eilish Galvin, Grace Kiernan, Sixth Year - Ell Marie Kelleher, Kathleen McSweeney and Niamh O'Riordan.

The Junior Sports award went to Aoife Twomey, while Kate Brady picked up the Senior Sports Award. Maeve Kelleher was awarded the Gerard Healy Sports Award.

The School's Senior Football team won the Munster title last year, while the Junior Basketball team reached the semi-final stage of the All Ireland School's competition.

A number of our students engage and excel in several extracurricular activities outside of the school.

These girls were also acknowledged on the night for their commitment and dedication to a diverse range of hobbies.

These include the following: Michelle Crowley, qualified for the World Dancing Championships, Caoimhe Donovan, a member of the Cork City and County Schools Basketball panel, Theresa Galvin, author of a novel entitled 'Lightning Bolt' soon to be published by a London publishing house, Austin McAuley, Orla Lynch, winner of the Southern Centre Championship and Long Cross Championship in Motorcross Racing, Erika O'Shea, member of the Cork Under 16 Football team and Under 18 National Cup team in Basketball, Megan Sheehan, member of the Senior Cork City FC squad and Sarah Wynroe, winner of three gold and two silver medals in the World Championships in Tawekwon-Do.

St Mary's is exceptionally proud of all of its students' academic accomplishments. The Junior Academic Award in 2017 went to Savannah Hickey and Aimee O Herlihy, while the Junior Academic Award in 2018 was received by Martyna Byrdziak.

The Senior Academic Award for 2017 went to Ella Curtin and the Senior Academic Award in 2018 went to Laura O'Reilly, both of whom achieved over 600 points in their Leaving Certificate.

The Senior Subject awards were received by the Leaving Cert class of 2018 who returned to their alma mater for the event from Universities and Colleges around Ireland.

This award is given to Leaving Cert students whose teachers in different subject areas want to congratulate the girls for their commitment and application to the subject.

The following students received Subject awards this year: Art - Laura O'Reilly, Biology - Karena Curtin, Business- Molly Cronin, Chemistry- Kate Bradley, English- Kathleen McSweeney, French- Eimhin O'Mahony, Geography - Rachel McCarthy, German- Aoife Doyle, History - Lorraine Dromey, Irish- Michelle Crowley, LCVP - Niamh O'Riordan, Maths - Lydia Costello, Music- Karla O'Shea, Physics- Leah Kelleher, Religion - Lynn O'Riordan, Social and Scientific - Louise Lynch. The school wishes to congratulate all of the of the recipients.

Macroom Ploughing members pay tribute to Derry Coakley

The AGM of Macroom Ploughing was held recently in Coolcower House.

A good attendance was in hand for the election of officers. President Timmy Creedon, Chairman Connie Buckley, Vice Chair Dan O'Riordan Secretary Rosemarie O'Riordan, Asst. Sec William Lynch. Treasurer Matthew Coakley, Asst. Treasurer Kieran Looney, P.R.O. Dan F. O'Riordan and Breda Kelleher.

Finding ploughing ground suitable for the annual match on the 1st Sunday of January is the next task for all.

Little did the committee know that within twenty-four hours of that AGM, their friend and co-worker Derry Coakley would have passed away in tragic circumstances.

Derry's father, Seanie, was a founder member of Macroom Ploughing, and Derry joined at a young age. He attended meetings, and made worthwhile contributions. He worked tirelessly before, during, and after each ploughing match run by his club.

He competed in the U21 Class for Macroom in the West Cork Ploughing Championships and was always placed in the top three.

He ploughed in the local classes with great success for his club at a later date in his career.

On his first venture into ploughing his late father Seanie purchased a new competition plough from the Pierce Factory in Wexford. He ploughed proudly with it.

A large crowd attended his burial last Sunday and all his friends and co-workers from Cork County Council, Tidy Towns, and Macroom Ploughing proudly gave him a guard of honour.

Macroom Ploughing would like to extend their deepest sympathies to his family.

He will be sadly missed by all in Macroom Ploughing.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.