Sunday 22 September 2019

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Macroom FC Youths for season 2019-20.
Macroom FC Youths for season 2019-20.

Macroom FC Round-up: Macroom Youths team are off to a flyer with two big wins in their opening games.

Corinthians were the visitors for the first league fixture. The city side took an early lead aginst a nervous home team However, Macroom settled well following this setback and replied with five unanswered goals. Ben O'Connell, Conor Murphy, Kieran Doody, Jack Kearney and Daniel Cotter were all on target to record a 5-1 win Captain David Hunt led the team well in an excellent squad performance.

Next up it was a league cup encounter with Carrigaline, also at home. The team were in great form for this tie with Daniel Cotter, George Lowrie and Lawrence Asling netting in a blistering 10 minute period before half-time. The goals continued to flow in the second period as Cotter notched his hat trick, Asling got his second and Cathal O'Riordan popped up with two goals of his own.

The scoring in a 9-1 win was completed by Patrick Barry. Early days yet and tougher tests lie ahead, but this is a hugely encouraging start for this team and their management.

Macroom B made the trip to take on Parkview Celtic in AUL Div 3 and returned with all 3 points, following a 2-1 win. They were delighted to get on the field as last week's game was called off-Greenwood were unable to field on that occasion and now appear to have pulled out of the league altogether.

Macroom dominated the opening half at Garryduff. Dylan Corcoran's great run down the right flank led to the first goal. He found Darren Dineen who in turn fed the inrushing Oisin Shovlin to blast home. The lead was doubled shortly before half time. Goalkeeper Declan Kiely's long clearance found Dineen in space and he duly lifted the ball over the advancing Parkview netminder.

In the second half it was a case of keeping the home side at bay. Parkview did pull a goal back (from a penalty) but Macroom were comfortable enough and will feel they should have won by more as a number of late chances were spurned. Mike Hourihan and Brendan O' Sullivan were prominent for Macroom while Ian Winters, Craig Ronan and Damien Hoare also did well.

Macroom Youths travelled to Blarney Utd and will be disappointed with a 3-2 defeat, having led 2-0 at the break. First half goals from JK Long and a Patrick Barry penalty had the visitors in a great position. However, Blarney came out flying for the second half and scored three unanswered goals. Macroom searched desperately for the equaliser and were unlucky with an effort that rattled the crossbar. Time ran out and the home side took the spoils.

In underage football, the U10 boys travelled to Lakewood and played some excellent seven a side games against the locals on a beautiful morning.

The U13 girls premier team resumed their calendar year season with a game v Kinsale at the Town Park. Lisa O'Donovan, Caoimhe O' Brien and Saorlaith Murphy scored with Macroom playing some excellent football.

In the U13 schoolboys league Macroom A had a big 7-1 win over visitors Pearse Celtic at Murrayfield.

Celebrated choir set for date in St Colman’s

Macroom and District Lions Club are thrilled to announce a special concert by the renowned Morriston Orpheus Choir.

Formed in 1935 and enjoying an international reputation as a leading exponent of Welsh male choral singing, the Morriston Orpheus Choir is in constant demand performing around twenty-five engagements annually.

Throughout its history, the choir has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, Sydney Opera House and even City Hall Cork in 1965.

The choir will return to Macroom on Sunday, September 15, to St Colmans Church after their spectacular sell-out concert five years ago.

Tickets are available from the Castle Hotel Macroom or by calling 083 3040886 and also from Macroom Lions Club members. Further information is available on the Macroom Lions Club Facebook page.

Rescheduled Fun Day in Clondrohid

The Fun Day advertised for Clondrohid last Sunday was cancelled due to the sad passing of Michael Healy RIP. The event will now go ahead this Sunday from 12 to 4pm approx. Events including 5km walk/jog/run. Live music, bouncy castle, family fun run ball game, stalls, ice cream van, fast food, magic, balloons, raffle face painting, Rinka, decorate your own bun and much much more. Registration for 5km at 11.30 and race at 12. All proceeds divided between Clondrohid Community Hall and the Parents Assoc.

Laochra Óg Under 14s take victory in extra-time thriller

On Saturday, August 24, Laochra Óg's U8 girls hosted their blitz in Colaiste Ghobnatan, with Inniscarra, Ballinora and Eire Óg in attendance. A very good morning of camogie was on display and great comaraderie was shown amongst all teams. Thanks to our referees Liam and Emma, to the parents for their support and help which made the blitz run very smoothly. A special mention to their three goalies who played really well under pressure.

On Sunday, August 25, Laochra Óg U10's played a match on Thursday against Millstreet in Millstreet. They played three very competitive 20 minute games, 12-a-side. They all played very well with a good few lads getting on the scoresheet and ran out winners 5-11 to 5-5.

Well done to the Laochra Óg U14 Hurlers who put on an epic display of hurling and pure determination against a very evenly matched St Patricks team, in Kealkil, in their championship semi-final. Laochra Óg were ahead at half-time and by full-time St. Patricks had pulled it back to a draw. Laochra Óg eventually won by a single point, 5-9 to 4-11 at the end of extra-time.

Meanwhile, the U12 boys played two games in a week - the first one against Cloughduv as the fast ground hurling by the opposition saw the Laochra Óg lads struggle at the start but fought back into the match. They also took on St Patrick's East Kerry in Teerbeg with the Cork / Kerry rivalry coming to the fore in this end to end battle with the fading light finally bringing this match to an end.

Night Classes at McEgan College

There will be an enrolment for night classes on Thursday 5th September at McEgan College between 7pm and 8pm. There is a wide variety of classes on offer. The college is also offering various QQ I Level 5 and 6 Accredited Courses. Please check out the school website at

Citizens Information Outreach Coachford

South Munster Citizens Information Service will be available at Coachford Post Office on Friday, September 13, from 9.30am to 2pm

Staff from Macroom Citizens Information Centre will be available to provide information and advice on a range of topics including The National Childcare Scheme which opens in October of this year. Its work also includes a representational advocacy service to people who feel that they have been denied their rights and entitlements.