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Edition 26 / May 2018

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BIG TOM & THE MAINLINERS THE HERDSMEN

This line-up evolved into Gina, Dale Haze & the Champions in Sept 1973 when Cork Footballers won the All Ireland.

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May has arrived. It snuck up on us in the last few wet miserable months. It is by far my favourite time of year, the garden is filling with colour, wildlife is in full swing & gardens are buzzing with enthusiasm & the sun is shinning (hopefully). FLOWER GARDEN • Get filling you pots & hanging baskets, Summer bedding is kicking off & by potting up some planters now with good quality Irish grown plants you are guaranteed colour until the autumn, I recommend using a good quality compost like Flourish from Tippland, it is full of nutrients & has gels to help retain moisture so it never dries out. Add a good slow release feed into this, this will slowly release an extra feed to the plants over a 6-month period helping them to thrive & bring masses of colour. I always say don’t be afraid to be bold with the colour of the plants you mix together & remember to pack the boxes full to give the most amazing summer display. Use a mix of upright & trailing plants to give a full feel to your planters.Continue to feed your perennial garden borders with a feed like Fast grow Seaweed, this will give all your perennials, shrubs & trees the energy they need to thrive for the next few months, simply put a handful under each plant & let the rest up to nature. Keep dead heading old flowers on everything as they start to die back, this will promote new flowers & keep your garden blossoming for longer. Simply pinch/cut out flowers & flowering stems as the flower fades. Now is also a great time to add to your flower beds, the harsh winter we are all hoping to forget

about would have killed off some plants. Take a look at your garden for gaps you would like to fill & don’t be afraid to take a picture & ask an opinion of an expert at your local garden centre. There is plenty to choose from this time of year to suit every spot in your garden, things to consider are: direction it will be facing, how is the soil (wet/ dry, clay/ sandy). Fill in the gaps with something that will attract wildlife. Slugs & snails are always a big problem this time of year, put out slug pellets around the plants that are most at risk. And please, please use a certified organic slug pellet which are proven not to harm hedgehogs or birds. Keep an eye on your roses for black spot & greenfly, start treating with rose clear as soon as any signs appear. Remove branches that have been badly effected & take them away from the plant (prevents spreading). Keep an eye out for other pests & ask for advise on how to treat them safely & effectively. Trim lavender plants as they finish flowering, so they don’t get too woody & damaged, Remember a lot of plants get very hungry during the next few months so feed, feed & more feed, use a well-balanced product such as grow sure liquid feed for your summer bedding & rose/shrub feed for your shrub & rose beds. Oh & water after such a long wet period I haven’t said that in a while. Water can often become in short supply in the garden so remove weeds that might be taking water from you plants & ensure to water your pots & baskets regularly.

FRUIT AND VEG: • Continue to plant lettuce, cabbage etc, plants to give you a longer harvest period, if you plant a tray of each plant every 2 weeks you will have fresh home produce from the mid-summer on & what better than a home-grown meal. Keep an eye on your veg patch for pests & diseases that like to try get a good feed of your hard work. Again use an organic slug pellet & natural pest spray to control slugs, caterpillars, greenfly & carrot fly. If you are unsure of what is attacking your crop, why not either bring a leaf or a close up good quality image to the local garden centre where an expert will advise you on what to do. If you are growing in a polytunnel or greenhouse remember to open the doors, this will improve air circulation & keep fungus & other diseases from thriving, it will also allow bees in to pollinate your tomatoes plants. And don’t forget to water daily if not twice a day. Companion planting is also a great way of looking after you crop of leavy greens & tomatoes, simply planting strong smelling herbs in pots and placing them in the greenhouse will not only give you an amazing smell when you enter but will also keep greenfly from investing. Watch out for when the silage is cut near by, greenfly like to rest on the grass and when it is cut go flying to the nearest safe space which might just be your veg, fruit or flower garden. It is a good idea to inspect your garden regularly, and why not attract some natural predators with a ladybird box.

OTHER TIPS. Continue to earth up potato plants & watch out for blight. Feed & water new or young fruit bushes. Erect netting around soft fruit trees & bushes to protect the fruit of your labour being robbed by birds. Continue to harvest Rhubarb by simply pulling off the stems. Harden off courgettes & cucumbers that you plan on growing on outdoors, do this by putting them outside by day & taking them in by night over the space of a few days. They should be ok to go outside after that. I always recommend planting herbs in pots as they are easier to manage & easier to protect against pests & diseases, remember to keep cutting them to prevent them becoming too leggy. Hang fly traps in greenhouses to monitor greenfly & other flying pests. Pinch out the growing tips on broad beans as soon as the first fruit appear at the bottom of the

plant, this will lower the risk of blackfly. And will also make the plant put its energy into the fruit instead of growth. Support your beans & peas with tall bamboo canes so they have something to grow up. Now is also a great time to plant tomatoes inside a greenhouse, remember to feed them with a good feed weekly to ensure you get a good crop. LAWN CARE: Now is a great time to apply a lawn weed killer, this will kill all the unwanted weeds coming up through the grass. Also apply a high nitrogen feed. Aftercut 3 in one is great as it does both above at once. It is a good time to reduce the grass cutting height back down to the normal lower height. Don’t cut a new lawn below 3 inches as it will damage the roots & grass, continue to cut on high for a few months.

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1170 - Arrival of Normans in Co. Wexford. 1689 - James II arrives from exile in France and addresses the Irish Parliament; thus beginning the events leading up to the Battle of the Boyne 1782 - Second and third Catholic Relief Acts (4 May, 27 July) allow Catholics who own land outside parliamentary boroughs, to be teachers, and to act as guardians 1813 - A Catholic Relief Bill is introduced by Grattan in the House of Commons, and is narrowly defeated 251 to 247 1823 - Daniel O’Connell founds the Catholic Association, an organization dedicated to obtaining the franchise for Catholics 1882 - Charles Stewart Parnell is released under the terms of the “Kilmainham Treaty”; writing off the debts of tenants in arrears. (A landmark in the land agitation movement) 1916 - Irish Clocks and watches go forward one hour as the Daylight Saving Act (Summer Time) is introduced 1919 - Dan Breen and Seán Treacy rescue Seán Hogan from a train at Knocklong, Limerick; two policemen are killed. This is recognised as the starting point of the Irish war of independence. 1921 - DeValera orders the IRA Dublin brigade to attack and set fire to the Customs House; 120 men are captured & 11 killed. Collins is totally against these “grand gestures”. 1924 - The world premiere of Sean O’Casey’s Juno & the Paycock took place at the Abbey Theatre 1929 - The Fianna Fáil proposed motion to retain the Land Annuities is defeated in the Dail 1949 - The British Government recognizes the Republic of Ireland for the first time 1951 - The Arts Council is founded in the Irish Republic 1960 - The last barge on the Grand Canal makes its final journey to Limerick with a cargo of Guinness 1967 - Seven Drunken Nights by the Dubliners enters the British Top Ten but is banned by RTE because of its raunchy content. 1971 - Death of former Taoiseach Seán Lemass at 72 years of age 1972 - The Special Criminal Court, with three judges and no jury, is set up in the Republic 1974 - Car bombs explode in Dublin & Monaghan, killing 34 people 1979 - The Riordans, the most successful serial in the history of RTE (running for 15 years) comes to an end 1982 -The Irish government affirms its neutrality in the Falklands conflict between the UK and Argentina, and opposes EEC sanctions against Argentina. 1986 - Connacht Regional Airport at Knock, Co. Mayo (now Horan International) is officially opened by Charles Haughey 1998 - The Good Friday Agreement is overwhelmingly endorsed in referendums North (71%) and South (94%) 2000 - Figures show that tourist visitors in 1999 exceeded 2 Million. 2003 - The Government restricts alcohol adverts, banning them from buses, trains and cinemas & allowing them on TV after 10pm.

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MILLSTREET, BALLYDALY, CULLEN, BOHERBUE, KILCORNEY, AUBANE, CARRIGANIMA, BALLINAGREE, CLONDROHID MILLSTREET: Congratulations to Julia Murphy, Ballydaly (pictured on left) who celebrated her 104th Birthday in the day care centre recently. A cheque of €500 (the proceeds of the recent bake cake sale) was presented to the centre by the National School pupils and their teacher Nora Murphy. The recent Church gate collection for Epilepsy Ireland raised a total of €344.67. The tidy Town group have been allocated €4,500 and the Bridge club has been allocated €700 for various projects as part of the annual Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme 2018 from Cork County Council. €4,994 was the total “Daffodil Day” collection in the Town this year; a big thanks to all who donated. The Presentation National School is holding an open day on Wednesday May 16th from 10am to 11am. This is a chance for Parents of Children who will be starting school next September to see the building and meet some of the staff. It’s sad to see another shop being consigned to history. Confessions are held every Sat in the Church from 12.30 pm to 1.00pm. The “Siopa Deas” on the main street (pictured on right) has been displaying a “closing down Sale” sign for the last month. The All Ireland Rosary Rally Pilgrimage to knock takes place on Sat 2nd June. A Bus will leave The Square, Millstreet at 6.15a.m. All enquiries please to Cait Ring 086-8736614 or Peggy O’Shea 087-6524256. The recent “Trad Fest” was a tremendous success. During May The Rosary will be recited at Tubrid well every night at 8pm. The annual Mass will be celebrated at the well on Fri, May 25th. All are welcome. Well done to Conor Casey, Millstreet & Tomas Cronin, Rathcoole who won the regional final of the 2018 Irish Junior mathematics competition which was held in the Tralee Institute of Technology recently. Sympathy to the family and friends of Eithne Lucey (nee O’Doherty), Minor Row, John (Johnny) Hickey, Shanaknuck, Sr Kathleen O’Connor, Killarney and formerly of Dromsicane and Catherine (Kitty) O’Shea, Clonakilty & formerly of Church St. who passed away recently. CULLEN: The National School Parents Association will hold their annual Church gate collection in Ballydaly and Cullen on Sunday, May 6th. DROMTARRIFFE: The annual parish School Sports day will take place on Friday, May 25 at 7 pm. This evening of fun kicks off the beginning of the summer events at Dromtarriffe GAA. BOHERBUE: Sympathy to the family and friends of Jerry Hickey, Ballyhoulihan who passed away recently. KILCORNEY: The recent Ned Tarrant memorial Tractor run in aid of Mallow search & rescue was very well attended, making it a great success. The development Association’s

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AGM will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 8.30pm; everybody welcome. AUBANE: The Social Club have been allocated €700 as part of the annual Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme 2018 from Cork County Council. North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the news saying “I am very pleased that this funding has allowed for a 25% increase in the overall budget compared to 2017 for Cork. The Social Club & the old butter road trails committee have organised a five course meal in the Community centre on Fri May 18th at 7.30pm. The meal will be followed by music and the tickets cost €27. You can obtain your ticket for this special event from Noreen Kelleher on 087-9486673 or Celeste Buckley on 083-3135750. The Social Club (established 43 years) held its AGM recently and the following Officers were elected. President: Gerde Buckley. Chairman & Public Relations: John F Kelleher. Secretary: Noreen Kelleher. Asst sec: Celeste Buckley and Treasurer: John Dineen. CLOGHOULA: The first Holy Communion will take place in Ballydaly Church on Saturday May 12th at 11am. The National School “pattern day” will take place on Sunday May 20th; registration will commence at 12.30pm. There is a full schedule of great games with bouncing Castles and a shop. CARRIGANIMA: The first Holy Communion takes place on Saturday May 19th. For those of you who missed Niall O’Brien’s piece on Art O’Leary in the March edition, of Duhallow Today, it is now available on the history page of the National School website. BALLINAGREE: The National School are having a clothes collection on Saturday, May 12th and would be delighted with any donations. The School Cards continue every Monday night in the National school. Aghinagh Comhaltas are hosting the County Fleadh Cheoil in Macroom on May 11th, 12th, and 13th. It will also be the 40th Anniversary of the founding of Aghinagh Comhaltas. CLONDROHID: The Community development group has recently received approval for a grant of €10,000 from Cork County Council through the Municipal Grants Scheme. They have also received provisional approval for a grant of €65,000 through the IRD Duhallow LEADER Programme. This is provisional on the completion of an eTenders procurement process. The Cloyne diocesan trip to Knock will take place on Sunday, May 13th. All bookings please to Noel Lynch on 026-45194. Pat Shortt will be performing his show “How’s things” at the Riverside Park Hotel on Saturday, May 5th at 8pm; tickets cost €28 and are available on line or by calling 087-1663395. Sympathy to the family and friends of Michael Healy (former Garda Sergeant), Model Farm Road and late of Clondrohid who passed away recently. May he rest in Peace.

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RATHMORE, SHRONE, GNEEVEGUILLA, KNOCKNAGREE, KISKEAM, BALLYDESMOND, ROCKCHAPEL, TUREENCAHILL RATHMORE: First Holy Communion takes place in the Holy Family National School on Saturday, May 5th. The local Community Council welcomes the funding of €16,000 that has been allocated to restore the footpath in the Gleann Rua Estate and €15,000 to complete the footpath on Station Road. Congratulations to Tim and Mary Rahilly, Aunaskirtane who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary recently. Congratulations to Mike Dineen, Ard Mhuire who won the recent GAA Lotto jackpot of €12,800. Best wishes to Nora Kelly (Mother of Brian Kelly, Community Council chairman) who celebrated her 90th Birthday recently. Norah Hickey’s new song “I’ll be with you” has been very well received and continues to receive great air play on Radio Kerry, C103fm and all the other stations throughout the country; please support it by sending in your text requests to your local station. 2018 is a year of milestones for the ever popular Killarnery man, Dermot Moriarty (pictured). He is 40 years working at Killarney Autos, He and his wife Rita celebrates 25 years of marriage, he is 28 years as a Radio Kerry presenter and its 35 years since he released his hit single “Killarney in my Dreams” This year’s Corpus Christi procession will take place on Saturday, June 2nd after 6pm Mass. Congratulations to Eilish O’Sullivan, Inches on being drawn as Duhallow Today’s April Quiz prize winner. The Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is currently recruiting new juvenile members. The applicants need to be in 5th or 6th class in National school or in secondary level education. A number of experienced adults trained by the Cycling lreland Foundation will coach these new members. Don’t forget to send in your applications for voluntary stewards at Fitzgerald Stadium (pictured) for the coming season. Please contact John Linehan on 087-7763500 or Dermot O’connor on 087-6958610 for further details. Sympathy to the family and friends of Arthur Moynihan, Glen Rua, Shinnagh and Mary Agnes Regan (nee Murphy), Novohaldaly who passed away recently. May they rest in peace. GNEEVEGUILLA: First Holy Communion for pupils of Gneeveguilla / Meentogues National Schools will take place on Saturday, 19th May in Gneeveguilla church. The Novena to our Lady of Fatima takes place from Saturday the 5th to Sunday the 13th of May; Celebrant is Fr. Pat o Donnell P.P. Congratulations to Seán O’Keeffe (representing Gneeveguilla GAA) who won the Scór County Final recently. Congratulations also to Neilus McCarthy (pictured) on winning the GAA lotto jackpot of €13,400 recently. Sad to see the Gala store closed its doors during April. Sympathy to the family and friends of Catherine (Kit) Murphy

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(nee Kelleher), New Quarter who passed away recently. May she rest in Peace. SHRONE: A Mass will be celebrated in the City on Sunday 6th of May at 1.30pm. Sympathy to the family and friends of Peter Scannell, Ballyduff and formerly of Shrone and London who passed away recently. May he rest in peace. TUREENCAHILL: A Tea morning in aid of the Alzheimers Association will be held in the Community Centre on Friday May 4th from 11am to 1pm; home Baking very welcome on the day. Bridge classes for beginners will take place in the Community Centre on Monday, May 28th from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Please call 0874135640 or 085-1741551 for further details. Don’t forget to tune into C103s “Around the Fireside” on Monday, 14th of May to hear the second part of the local Active Retirement Singing Groups presentation. Sympathy to the family and friends of Patrick (Pa) Herlihy, London and formerly of Tureencahill who passed away recently. May he rest in peace. KISKEAM: €75,000 has been allocated to Bridge Rehabilitation Works on the L1032 – Rock Road as part of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Road Restoration Improvement, Road Maintenance & Drainage Programmes for 2018. North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the news saying “I am very pleased that this funding has allowed for a 25% increase in the overall budget compared to 2017 for Cork. The Erin’s Fury band is holding a reunion weekend at the Harp & Shamrock Bar on the 18th, 19th & 20th of May. Sympathy to the family and friends of Denjoe Moynihan, Meens who passed away recently. May he rest in Peace. KNOCKNAGREE: Last month’s Star Trax special fund raiser for Anna Browne (who suffers from bilateral PVL of the brain) was a tremendous success; raising a fantastic €4,500. Congratulations to Mike Fitzgerald (pictured right) who organised it and gave the venue for free; well done to the musicians who performed and the public who generously supported it. This Month’s Star Trax dance is on Sunday 20th of May from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.The lineup is Family Ties and Noreen Ashe. Admission is only €10 with all children free of charge; all the usual facilities will be available. The Kenya donations made to the Credit Union a/c during the past 6 months (October 17th to March 18th) has come to €1,146. The recent Irish cancer Society Church collection raised €346. Sympathy to the family and friends of Teresa Bowler (nee Mac Sweeney), Headford and formerly of Knocknagullane who passed away recently. BALLYDESMOND: The Development Association is presenting the “Bally Summer Fest” during the June Bank Holiday weekend (1st, 2nd and 3rd). This will be a weekend of fun filled activities for all the family to enjoy.

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KANTURK, KILBRIN, BALLYCLOUGH, BANTEER, LOMBARDSTOWN, DROMAHANE, BWEENG, DONOUGHMORE, RYLANE KANTURK: Congratulations to “Lonrach” (pictured) who won 3rd place at the final of Siansa Gael Linn in The National Concert Hall Dublin recently. Their teacher is Siobhan Buckley from Rathcoole & 2 members of the group are also from Rathcoole, Aoife Buckley & Leah Murphy. Liverpudlian Ruti Lachs will present her one woman show “Sideways on Planet Piano” at the Rugby Club on Friday, May 11th. Tickets cost €10 & are available locally. The Pieta House Darkness into light get together will take place in the Edel Quinn Hall on Sat May 12th at 4am. If you are interested in attending please register on line at dil.pieta.ie. The Kanturk Soccor Club is holding its annual 5K walk/run on Sun May 20th. Registration is at Bob’s Bar, from 9am; event starting at 10.30am. Fees are €10 for adults, €5 for children & teenagers & €20 for families. Sympathy to the family and friends of Eileen Daly (nee Lane), Castle Park, Daniel (Dan) Curtin, Kanturk and late of Lismire, Breda Wallace, Edel Quinn Place, Catherine (Kay) Marshall, lower Greenane & late of Dublin and Gerard O’Brien, Buttevant Road & late of Kilroe who passed away recently. CASTLEMAGNER: The Sinsir (Senior Citizens) Bealtaine Variety Concert will take place on Fri May 25th at 8pm in the Community Centre. Admission is €10. For further details contact Kathleen at 086-8521808. The Sinsir Club will also host their Annual Dawn Chorus Walk On Sat May 5th at 5am in Cecilstown village. The 3 mile walk will be led by Fr. Michael Dorgan PP & ornithologist & bird watch expert, Vivian O’Gorman. Adult entries are €10 & children are €5. A complimentary full Irish barbecued breakfast will be served in Community Centre on completion of the walk. An optional novelty quiz will take place during the breakfast, based on information given by the speakers during the walk. For registration & further details, please call 086-8521808. €40,000 has been allocated to Bridge Rehabilitation Works on the L5103 Marybrook Bridge as part of the Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Road Restoration Improvement, Road Maintenance & Drainage Programmes for 2018. BALLYCLOUGH: Sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Hennessy, Crossfield who passed away recently. KILBRIN: Congratulations to Nora Mary O’Riordan who won the recent heat of the over 60s talent contest. The event took place in the Community Centre. Nora Mary progresses to the next round which will be held in the City Hall on June 17th. DROMMAHANE: €10,000 has been secured by The Community Park & the local Road Runners club have secured €400 as part of the 2018 Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme. Sympathy to the family & friends of Bridgie (Bridget) O’Sullivan, Drommahane Stores & Clashmorgan,

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David (Davie) Daly, (ex Cork County Council), Hammond Place & formerly of Ballyhea and Michael Kelleher, Mallow and late of Drommahane who passed away recently. BANTEER: The recent Tidy Towns Church gate collection raised €676.65. The N.S. is holding a charity clothes collection day on Fri May 4th & Tues, May 9th from 9 to 9.30 am. Well done to the Mt Hillary Athletic club which has recently been founded. It is an amateur running club, with members from all over the North West Cork competing at all levels from 5k’s to marathons. If you would like more information or want to join please contact them via a message to their official Facebook page or simply turn up for training. Ellie Marie O’Dwyer is in concert in the Glen Theatre on Sat 19th May. Tickets are €15. Sympathy to the family & friends of Johnnie Sheehan, Knockbrack and Christy Leonard, Kilavoy & formerly of Kilcorney who passed away recently. LYRE: Therese McAuliffe is holding appointments in the Community Hall on Tuesday, May 8th from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Choose from: Integrated Energy Therapy, Life Coaching, Reflexology, Angel healing and Intuitive Angel Card Reading. All appointments are one to one and booking in advance is necessary. If you are interested please call her on 086-8281501 or Email: info@lightingtheways.com LOMBARDSTOWN: Congratulations to the Community Council on securing €20,000 as part of the 2018 Kanturk/ Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme for footpath and traffic calming measure works at Gortroe. The Tennis Club have secured €300 under the same scheme. GLANTANE: Following the results of a recent people’s questionnaire ALL future voting will take place in the Kilshanning Community Centre.The Community Centre has secured €6,000, the Kilshanning Ladies Football Club has secured €300 & the Community Council has secured €700 as part of the 2018 Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme. Sympathy to the family & friends of Paddy Ruby, Mallow and formerly of Alderworth, Glantane BWEENG: Well done to the Bweeng Celtic underage club who has secured €200 as part of the 2018 Kanturk/Mallow Municipal District Grant Scheme. DONOUGHMORE: The Bealtaine Social Sunday will take place in Stuake community hall on Sunday, May 6th. Music will be provided by Marina Sound. Congratulations to Declan Murphy who was the first man home (21.06) and Mags Murphy, the first Lady home (24.10) in the recent N.S. 6k fun run/walk. Dan O’Sullivan & Mary Buckley took 2nd place respectively. RYLANE: The Women’s Club’s trip to Bloom will take place on Sat 2nd June. The coach will leave Rylane at 7am & the package price includes Bus, entry ticket and Dinner. If you are interested in travelling please call Joan Crowley on 0217339001 or Linda Grimes on 086-4010540.

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NEWMARKET, TAUR, MEELIN, FREEMOUNT, LISMIRE, LISCARROLL, MILFORD, DROMINA, TULLYLEASE, GLENLARA NEWMARKET: Funding has now been allocated under the Kanturk / Mallow Municipal District Road Restoration Improvement, Road Maintenance & Drainage Programmes for 2018 for Safety Improvement Works to Tighten up the R578/L1052 Junction in centre of the town. North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the news saying “I am very pleased that this funding has allowed for a 25% increase in the overall budget compared to 2017 for Cork. The sacrament of Confirmation for 5th & 6th Class children will take place on Wed May 23rd in St. Mary’s Church at 11am & first Holy Communion Mass will take place in the same Church on Sat May 12th at 11am. Congratulations to Steven Stack & Grainne Daly, Monica and Darragh Garvey, Nora Murphy and Kevin Cooney who were married in St Mary’s Church recently. The Cloyne diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sun May 13th. The Bus will leave the Town Cross at 7.30 am. To book your place please call Ellen O’Reilly on 029-60354 or Kealy’s Coaches on 029-79016 and 087-7994045. Safaris niteclub are holding a summer super club Party for over 18s on Saturday the 5th of May. The Ferrymen will be performing in Hourigans Bar on Sunday, May 6th at 10pm and the Gallant Band (Tim Browne, Eoin O’Sullivan and John Byrne) will be playing in Scully’s Bar on Sunday, May 5th at 9.30pm. The weekly Citizens Information clinic at the James O’Keeffe Institution is open from 10am to 12.30pm each Tuesday. The annual open air mass in Clonfert cemetery will be celebrated on Thursday, 10th May at 7.30pm. The next meeting of the Duhallow Carers Group is on Thursday, May 3rd in the James O’Keeffe Institute at 8pm. Please call Helen at 02960633 for further details. The Duhallow Women’s Forum will host a free workshop which will introduce the concept of Mindfulness & its techniques on Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm, also in the James O’Keeffe Institute; for further details or booking please contact Jacinta on 029-60633. Sympathy to the family and friends of Eamonn Murphy, Guiney’s Terrace and formerly of Mount Lake, Eva Moloney (nee O’Flynn), Duarigle formerly of Ballyagran and Bridie Allen (nee Lane), Lower Road who passed away recently. TULLYLEASE: Sympathy to the family & friends of Edmund (Eddie) O’Connor, Knockeragh who passed away recently. MEELIN: Duhallow Today received some nice comments about the old local photograph in the “A trip down memory lane” section which we ran in last month’s edition; always good to get feedback. Congratulations to Anita and David (pictured) who got married recently in St Josephs Church. Sympathy to the family and friends of Willie Brosnan, Corrofin, Co Clare and formerly of Rowels who passed away recently. May he rest in peace.

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LISMIRE: The GAA club membership of €30 for adults and €45 for families is now being collected.The three new lights and the properly lined car parking area outside the GAA pitch is a sight to behold. Well done to all involved. Bookings are now being taken for the Cherryblossoms Preschool/full day care/after school, opening in September 2018. Please call Tina on 087- 6479031 for details. FREEMOUNT: The recent Daffodil Day raised €550. The recent concert dedicated to the memory of the late Rose McAuliffe raised a staggering €24,000 (after deducted expenses). Cheques for €12,000 were presented recently to Julie Harris of the Mercy Hospital Foundation, Cork and to Pat O’Regan of Marymount Hospice by Rose’s Brother Adrian McAuliffe. The Community development Association will hold an “American Tea Party” in the community centre on Saturday, May 12th. Clubs are invited to support this event by hosting a table for their members @ only €10 per table. DJ Mossie will provide the music. If you are interested please call Margaret on 086-0836042, Emer on 0868604246 or Michelle on 086-3143952. The Shandrum Céilí Band has produced a beautiful Souvenir CD which is now available at Casey’s shop at a cost of only €15. Funding for renovations to the Community Hall Porch, Store room and Ladies toilets have now been secured and a grant for works on the car park has now been applied for. Freemount Macra is competing in the Lip-sync competition on Saturday, May 19th in the South Court Hotel in Limerick. The recent Macra Tractor in aid of Marymount Hospice and Temple Street Children run was a tremendous success. LISCARROLL: Congratulations to Vickie Cusack (pictured) on winning 2 gold medals and one silver in Templemore recently. She won gold in the junior long jump (5.21), gold in the shot put (10.05) & silver in Javelin. The annual Summer Fair which includes a Dog show will take place at the Donkey sanctuary on Sunday 20th of May from 12pm to 5pm (weather permitting). There will be music, fun, games, a bouncy castle and much more. Admission and parking is free but donations are gratefully received. Sympathy to the family and friends of Breda O’Brien (nee Noonan), Main Street who passed away recently. MILFORD: Scoil Mhuire wants the parents who are collecting children to use the re painted parking spaces properly. The painting job cost the School €300 and your co operation is greatly appreciated. The Board of management and community council are currently lobbying for traffic calming measures and progress will be announced in due course. Sympathy to the family and friends of Nora Collins (nee Cronin), Lauragh who passed away recently. DROMINA: Sympathy to the family and friends of Margaret Gould (nee Lyons), Tevenie and Terry O’Mahony, Buttevant and late of Dromina who passed away recently.

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Please support your magazine . . . . . BOOK REVIEW by: Breeda Sheahan Kanturk Bookshop

A QUIET PLACE – 15A – OUT NOW John Krasinski, perhaps best known from the American sitcom, The Office, directs & stars in this horror set in an America decimated by alien invaders. Though sightless, these creature have hypersensitive hearing across great distances, possess incredible speed and have very bad intentions. Krasinski’s off-screen wife, the consistently excellent Emily Blunt, plays his on-screen wife, Evelyn. Their day consists of scavenging for supplies with their young family in tow, always conscious to keep their presence inaudible. Within this unforgiving world Evelyn is expecting the couple’s fourth child & the viewer quickly becomes attuned to the unspoken danger her labour will bring. This and other examples of normal occurrences turned perilous by the potential for noise keep the viewer constantly on edge. The film elevates itself well above the usual horror fare, following the trend of 2017’s Get Out & predominantly avoids clichéd shock-tricks in favour of a permeating tension and an ever present danger. Moments of respite from the enforced silence, dancing closely to music played through earphones, or Krasinski (Lee) & his son shouting at the top of their voices hidden behind a roaring waterfall are nice moments that simultaneously convey the restrictions of their existence and their desire to persevere. For long periods the creatures themselves are an unseen presence in the film and this adds greatly to their mystique, allowing the film focus instead on the family’s responses to them. Even if you don’t enjoy horrors, A Quiet Place, provides consistent tension, rounded characters & an interesting predicament executed well. It manages to blurs conventional horror genre lines & should, if nothing else, make you chew your popcorn a little more quietly. My Rating:7.5/10

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EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU AUTHOR: CELESTE NG.

This is a literary thriller about a mixed-raced Chinese-American family in Ohio. Lydia is the middle and favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee who are determined that she will fulfil all the dreams they were unable to pursue themselves. Even though Lydia is under pressure. Then her body is found in the local lake; drowned by either suicide or murder. As the plot evolves we discover how little her parents really knew about their Daughter. The loss of Lydia brings family guilt & everyday life becomes a struggle. Each of her family suffers some kind of identity crisis. James (a history professor in the local College) sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage; Marilyn takes sanctuary in Lydia’s bedroom hoping to find answers there. This is a rare novel about race, fitting in and family fragility while also depicting the destruction parents inflict on their children for their own selfish reasons. My rating 8/10.

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COUNTRY STAR PROFILE JIMMY BUCKLEY was born on November 19th 1971 in Doon, County Limerick. After leaving School he worked as a sales Rep & played guitar with a local band called “Nitefall”. In 1991 he entered a singing competition on Gerry Ryan’s ‘Secrets’ TV show and won. Jimmy immediately decided to go professional, making his first appearance with his band on Aug. 20th 1991. Elvis & Buddy Holly were among his greatest earliest influences. Jimmy has written some songs including “A Mothers Love” but a Henry Mc Mahon (of the Mainliners) composition was the one that finally made him a star. “Your Wedding Day” went on to become the biggest selling Irish Single of 2003. In November 2006 Jimmy was the opening act on 3 of Charlie Pride’s Irish tour dates and this sealed his stardom. Aside from his individual successes Jimmy has been part of the “Three Amigos” since 2010. Jimmy now lives in Athenry with his wife, Clarice and their 3 children & when not singing, he breeds & races Greyhounds.

Hot Country TV’s 100 page hard cover country music book is now on sale at only €10. The Festival season is on us with Kilconley near Tuam, Gurteen, Sligo, Inniskeen, Monaghan, Fintona, Tyrone & Kilbeggan, Westmeath; all on over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Nathan Carter appears at the INEC, Killarney on May 25th/26th. Margo, Mick Flavin, Trudi Lalor, Gerry Guthrie, Paddy O’ Brien, John McNicholl, TR Dallas, PJ Murrihy, Emily Clarke & more appear in the Irish Country Stars Concert at the Charleville Park Hotel on May 16th. Don McLean appears at UCH, Limerick, on June 1st/2nd. Mike Denver plays Bulgaden Castle, Kilmallock on June 4th for a fundraiser for Milford Hospice. New albums from Patricia Maguire (It Must Be Love), Billy McFarland (Absent Friends), Stuart Moyles (Westport Town), Conor O’Donnell (Choices) & Finbar Furey (Don’t Stop This Now). New singles Michael English (I Remember You Singing This Song), Geri Kane (If She Don’t Want You), Gary Gamble (The Stutterin’ Bum), Jenna Sloane (The Bed You Made For Me), Kerry Fearon (If The Devil Don’t Want Me), Joe Rabbette (Sweet Annie), Lisa McHugh (Who Am I), Gary Fitzpatrick (The Band Is Back In Town), Patricia Maguire (When the New Wears Off Of Our Love), Marty Mone (Bullets and Strings). Recording of TG4’s country music series Opry le Daniel returns to Derry in May with 7 nights of concerts featuring Irish & international stars. The 14 programmes will be broadcast in the autumn. Please note that Keep It Country TV moves to Sky channel 376 from May 1st. May birthdays: Nathan Carter is 28 on the 28th. USA: Rosanne Cash is 63 on the 24th & Tim McGraw is 51 on the 1st. We extend our sympathy to the McBride family on the death of the King of Irish Country Big Tom on Tues, April 17th.

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Which of the following cars does not belong to the Toyota range: Corolla, Celica, Avensis or Passat? Who has joined Duhallow Today as its Book Reviewer? _______________________________________ How many days does it take the earth to travel all the way around the sun? _________________________ What do we call large chunks of floating ice (similar to the one that sank the Titanic)? __________________ Which German city was divided by a wall from 1961 until it was torn down in 1989? __________________ What colour was the brick road in the film ‘The Wizard of Oz? __________________________________ What type of bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6th 1945? ____________________________ What is a period of 100 years called? ____________ A Stetson is what type of clothing? _______________ What punctuation mark do you put at the end of a sentence? __________________________________ What cereal crop grows under water in a paddy field? __________________________________________ How many days are there in 5 full weeks? _________ In what type of building would you find a pew & pulpit? _______________________________________ How many aces are there in a full deck of playing cards? _____________________________________ What kind of plants do grapes grow on? __________ Name the girl who had adventures in Wonderland? __________________________________________ Captain Kirk & Mr Spock are characters from what TV & Film series? _______________________________ What type of dog is bred to pull sleighs in snowy regions? _____________________________________ What colour flag is used for surrender or truce in battle? _______________________________________ What Robin led his Merry Men and lived in Sherwood Forest in Nottingham? _____________________

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What is a Cat’s favourite song? 3 Blind Mice A Priest asks the Prisoner on the electric chair, “Do you have any last requests?” “Yes,” replies the man. “Can you please hold my hand?” A wife is like a hand grenade. Take off the ring and say good bye to your house. One TD to the other: “I don’t know what people have against us - We haven’t done anything.” Do you know how they make holy water? They boil the hell out of it! I weighed myself today and it’s definite; I am too small for my weight. It is a fact of nature that light arrives faster than sound; which is why some people can appear quite bright, until they speak. Roses are red, violets are blue, God made me pretty; what’s he done to you? They say money doesn’t grow on trees, but why do banks have branches then? Of all the dogs, a Hot Dog is the most noble; it feeds the hand that bites it. Our Word Search Puzzle for MAY, you’re getting warmer ....

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. . . . . by supporting its advertisers FOOTPRINTS OF GLENAMUCKLA by: Niall O’Brien For almost a century, the strange phenomenon of “the footprints of Glenamuckla” near Newmarket has fascinated people in Duhallow and beyond. How the imprint of what looks like two adult feet could remain on the earth for so long, despite numerous attempts to remove it over the years, has intrigued generations. The story begins with the shooting of farm labourer James O’Rourke while mowing hay with farm owner David McAuliffe on Saturday July 28th, 1888. The men had started work at 7am and had cut the first swart when they saw a man in the distance walking towards them. As this man got closer they noticed his face was covered with a white cloth and his coat was turned inside out. They held their ground and the stranger jumped up on the ditch and asked them to identify themselves. David McAuliffe said he was the land owner and O’Rourke said he was John Fleming (who was a local farmer). The masked man produced a double barrelled shotgun and ordered O’Rourke to state his correct name; which he then did. Sensing he was the reason for this visit James O’Rourke partially hid behind David McAuliffe but there was to be no escape. He was ordered to stand clear and as he complied he was hit by the full contents of the double barrels. As O’Rourke lay moaning on the ground beside a shocked McAuliffe, the gunman came down from the ditch, stood over him and said “if that didn’t finish you this will”. James O’Rourke received a hail of revolver bullets but miraculously was still alive. The gunman ran back in the direction from whence he came and the shocked David McAuliffe ran back to his house where he asked Eileen O’Sullivan to run across the fields to John Fleming’s house to get help. Fleming saddled his horse and rode 8 miles to Boherbue to fetch the Doctor and the Priest. Meanwhile McAuliffe had tackled his own horse and car and proceeded to put the bleeding O’Rourke into it. O’Rourke asked to be taken home to his wife. On route they met a Mrs Fleming who was bringing water from the well; O’Rourke asked her for a drink and the poor old woman always declared until she died that she saw the water flowing straight out of O’Rourke’s stomach. The two men continued on the old Kerry road until they met the priest and the doctor at Cremin’s and Sheehans passage. James O’Rourke was taken to his home where he lived for nearly three hours. The Police from Glash attended and commenced their in-

vestigation. Later the same evening 18 year old Con Keeffe from the Island, Kiskeam was arrested and charged with James O’Rourke’s murder. The prisoner was detained in Cork Jail until his trial in Newmarket Court that December. Con Keefe was found innocent and released; he spent Christmas with his Family and emigrated to America in January 1889, fading into obscurity. So if Con Keeffe wasn’t the murderer, who was? and what was the reason behind the killing? The alleged motives for the murder were that O’Rourke was a Police informer and he worked for the land league boycotted Patrick Twomey. Although local historian Donie Murphy claims the shooting had nothing to do with the Land War, but arose from a very bitter family dispute about a small sum of money. We know the gunman belonged to the Moonlighters action group and was chosen by the drawing of straws and a game of cards in Lord Cork’s hunting lodge. His name was Pat Barry believed to be from Banteer. After the killing Barry was smuggled from Cobh to America where he worked under an assumed name, later entering the US army and New York fire service. Pat Barry died a hero in New York in 1920, having saved many lives during his Fireman’s career and it was upon his death that something strange occurred on the ditch at Glenamuckla. A set of footprints appeared in the very spot where James O’Rourke’s killer stood on that fateful morning. People started to visit the scene in their droves. Priests visited and blessed the phenomenon in the hope of the “footprints” disappearing, but Fr Timothy O’Donoghue who visited immediately after the prints appeared, predicted from the pulpit of Taur church that they would last 100 years. Fr O’Donoghue was well known for his predictions and this fuelled the visitor numbers. Some years after the apparition a Fr O’Callaghan removed the prints by lowering the ditch, but they returned as clear as ever on the top of the new ditch. He was succeed by others until the ditch was whittled down to 2 feet; but each time the footprints returned overnight. Around 1964 the then land owner David McAuliffe was absolutely tormented by visitors to his field to “see the supernatural footprints” so he levelled the remaining ditch to the ground. That night the perfectly healthy man got a cold shiver down his back and was hospitalised for 6 months. (He never regained his full health). Despite David’s efforts the footprints immediately came back and can still be seen today. The predicted year for the footprints disappearance is 2020. If you would like to know more about this incredible story please read Donie Murphy’s great book “The Footprints” . Of course you can always visit the site and see the prints yourself.

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Please support your magazine . . . . . Patrick Coleman, Colemans, Kia, Millstreet Q: Why should I buy a used car from a dealer rather than Privately? A: Because you get a warranty & it would be expertly serviced & valeted.

Vin Diesel’s real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent and Elton John’s real name is Reginald Kenneth Dwight A shamanic group in Mexico worships Coca-Cola as a healing drug. The name “Kylie” is an Aboriginal word for ‘boomerang The stage before Frost bite is called Frost nip The Spanish national anthem has no lyrics. DC Comics first introduced Batman to the public in 1939 2 out of every 3 Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. B, M & P are impossible to say without both of your lips touching One in every five adults believes that aliens are hiding in our planet disguised as humans. There are more calories in a single peanut than in an 8 oz steak Dreamt is the only word in the English language that ends in mt Dalmatian pups are always white at birth The Arctic Ocean is the smallest ocean in the world Rubber bands last longer when kept refrigerated An egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C The electric toothbrush was invented in 1939 The oldest known vegetable is the pea The life span of a common house fly is between 10 to 25 days Tokyo was once known as Edo Plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970 A Banana contains 75% water Tigers have striped skin as well as striped fur Honey enters your blood stream within 20 minutes of being eaten

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Q:Should I consider a petrol or Diesel car? A: If you are travelling more than 20,000kms a year and live in a rural area and/or commute, diesel should definitely be considered. Q: What should be considered when purchasing a car? A: Ensure you have adequate funding then choose one that fits your actual needs. Q: What is the first thing to consider when buying a second hand car? A: A full service record must be provided up front. Take no excuses. Q: Am I entitled to a coutesy car whilst my car is in for repairs? A: It is at the discretion of the dealer. It’s not an entitlement. Q: Does my car have to undergo the NCT test? A: All cars 4 years & over are tested. Vehicles that pass the test will have to undergo repeat tests every 2 years. Cars over 10 years old are tested each year.

BANANA CRUNCH MUFFINS . .

prepared & baked in less than 45min

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups all-purpose flour, 2 cups sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 pound unsalted butter (melted & cooled), 2 extra-large eggs, 3/4 cup whole milk, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, 2 bananasmashed, 1 diced ripe banana, 1 cup small-diced walnuts, 1 cup granola, 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut, optional

PREPERATION: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F., prepare 18 large paper liners in large muffin tins. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda & salt into a bowl. Add the melted butter & blend with an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachments. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla & mashed bananas & add them to the flour & butter mixture. Scrape the bowl & blend well. Don’t overmix. Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola & coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each one to the top. Top each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired. Bake for 25-30 min, or until the tops are brown & a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the tins, and serve.

PLACE NAME Meanings

(áit bríonna ainm)

BALLYBAHALLAGH: (Baile Bhachallach), Freemount. Bachall means Crozier and Baile means town or place, strongly suggesting that it means the land or place belonging to the Bishop. CARRIGACOOLEEN: (Carraig a Chomthailin): Carraig means a Rock and Chomthailin means a little gathering or pattern. Together it means the place of the little gathering or patterns of Rocks. DROMOHOE: (Drom O Thuaigh), Dromtariffe; means the ridge to the North. Another meaning is Drom Mhocua which means Mochuas ridge RATHDUANE: (Rath Ui Dhubhain) means O’Doanes Fort. O’Doanes was a sect of the McCarthy’s and this was their town land. Forts were circular areas, 24-60m in diameter, enclosed with earthen banks, topped with timber palisade. MUCKROSS: (Ross Na Mucka): Ross translates to peninsula and Muck means Pig. Put together it means the peninsula of the pigs.

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Please support your magazine . . . . . CREATING A FOCAL POINT

By: TARA COLLINS, TLC INTERIORS, RATHMORE

When designing a room one of the most important steps is to determine the focal point in that room. This is the area that your eye is drawn to and every other aspect of the room be it furniture, accessories, fabrics or built in units should lead the eye to this feature and emphasise it. Traditionally, the chimney breast was the focal point and this was emphasised with a bold colour, grand fireplace, picture or mirror and built in units either side. In modern design the focal point has been expanded to include picture windows, high ceilings, different textures and finishes, rugs and furniture. If the fireplace is the focal point in your room this is where the emphasis needs to be. You can use patterned wallpaper either on the chimney breast or on the alcoves or use a different texture like a tile or a stone to create a feature here. Paint is another way to create a feature. You can use a pop of colour to draw the eye to this space and make it stand out or alternatively if you are not comfortable with a bold or darker colour on the wall, a piece of art is an ideal way to create a feature and add texture and colour to the area. In modern builds now a lot of the designs are open plan with a lot of glass and the feature is always the glass walls or windows which usually lead to a beautiful view. The purpose of the glass is to enjoy this view so it’s important to honour that by not over powering the view with high, over bearing furniture or dramatic curtains and fabrics. Usually in a space like this you would leave the windows undressed if privacy isn’t an issue and keep the wall colour light and neutral so all that

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catches the eye is the view from outside. To emphasise the view you can always bring the outside colours in and use greens, blues, browns and greys in your interior scheme or keep the scheme along the neutral lines either with taupe, creams and browns, or greys, off whites and whites. A high ceiling can also be an awe inspiring focal point. You can lead the eye to the ceiling by using beams running from the ceiling apex or a magnificent light feature or two. You can also lead the eye upwards by using a feature wall like a chimney breast. By using a texture like a tile or a stone to emphasise the height of the wall it will lead the eye upwards emphasising the height. Lighting features are great to emphasise ceiling height and because of the height and openness it creates you can afford to go for something big and dramatic here that you wouldn’t get away with with standard eight foot ceilings. Furniture is another great way to create a focal point in a room that doesn’t have any structural focal point. You can go for a more dramatic colour like a navy or dark grey in your suite for example and keep the rest of the room light and neutral so it immediately catches the eye and bring in the deeper shade of the furniture in little accents like wall art and accessories to balance the room. Accessories, curtains and blinds are other ways to create a room feature. A pop of colour, pattern and texture or wall art gives a room a pop and creates several different focal points. This works best if the rest of the room is bright and neutral, working as the perfect backdrop to accent the soft furnishings and make them stand out. Even if there is a chimney breast, paint the room in one simple colour and concentrate your pattern, texture and colour by your furniture so this becomes the feature.

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We are approaching allergy season again! This means runny eyes and noses, lots of itching & maybe some wheezing to ice the cake! There are things you can do to prepare for hay fever season but most importantly, it’s always best to try and approach the underlying cause of any chronic health complaint. A lot of people, who struggle with hay fever or allergies, are likely struggling with underlying issues that cause their body to have high histamine levels & reactive response to many allergens. This often stems from gut health & potential intolerances to certain foods. So, I highly recommend that people try to be as conscious as possible of foods that might not agree with them, but especially foods like dairy, wheat & SUGAR! Intake of these (especially ice cream) often increase in finer weather, but they really exacerbate allergic symptoms in general. Here are a few herbs & spices you can easily add to your kitchen, to help boost immunity & reduce hay fever inflammation as well as a few tips & tricks. Foods that help reduce allergic symptoms; Pineapple - contains bromelain which has been shown to reduce the allergic sensitization & reduces swelling & puffiness as well as rhinitis & airway issues. Onions and garlic - as well as berries and peppers all contain quercetin which is a natural antihistamine. Quercetin and bromelain - you can also buy these in your local health shop as a supplement, in place of antihistamines; start taking them early to help your body increase its own resistance, naturally. Turmeric - for anti inflammatory response all over your body. This doesn’t just help with the swelling & redness of allergies; it reduces pains and aches all over the body. Turmeric Tea Recipe: Ingredients: 1 cup water, 1 cup freshly grated ginger root, 1 cup freshly grated turmeric root, Honey to taste, Slice of lemon, Pinch of black pepper, 1 tablespoon coconut oil Directions: Bring water to a boil in small Saucepan, add the ginger & turmeric root & sim-

Hay Fever & Sinus problems: SARAH MEANEY New Beginnings - Acupuncture & Healing

mer for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey & Lemon to taste. Also add the coconut oil & the pinch of black pepper, both of which make the turmeric more easily absorbable & maximize its health benefits. (Www.naturopathy.ie) Vitamin c - it’s important to bolster your vitamin C all year round but especially around hay fever season. You can get some yummy Vit. C from citrus fruits like orange and lemon but I’ve included a really nourishing recipe for soup that is jam packed with immune boosting vitamins & ingredients! Immune-boosting Carrot Lentil and Coconut Soup: 5 carrots, 1 onion, 1 red pepper, 1 red chilli, handful of fresh Coriander (all chopped), 4 cloves of garlic, minced, 1 tsp. ginger, finely chopped, ½ cup red lentils, 1 can of coconut milk, 700ml vegetable stock, 1 tsp. of smoked paprika, 2 tsp. ground turmeric, handful of pumpkin seeds, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, Himalayan salt & freshly ground black pepper. Directions: Sautee the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in the coconut oil over medium heat until the onion is lightly browned; add the other ingredients and bring to the boil. Simmer until vegetables and lentils are tender and blend with a hand blender.Eucalyptus oil - this helps open up airways & sinuses if you’re having acute reactions and feeling very stuffy. Drop some on a tissue and carry with you or diffuse at home. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and avoiding high-risk areas like freshly cut grass and gardens highly populated with flowers. Acupuncture can also help with allergies & sinus complaints all year round. We supply hay fever bands that use acupuncture points on the elbow to reduce hay fever symptoms all day long.

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PROTECTING YOUR SKIN DURING SUMMER. Some of you might be heading to sunnier shores soon; so here are some important facts to be aware of while trying to protect your skin from the sun. 1. SPF (Sun Protection Factor). You’ve all heard of it, but do you really know what it means?? The number of SPF tells you how long you can stay out in the sun without getting burnt; example: an SPF of 30 means you can stay out for 30 times longer than you could without SPF before getting burnt. But that does not mean one application will protect you for the day. If you are going to be in and out of the water your SPF needs to be reapplied each time for optimum protection. Don’t forget those hard to reach areas, the tops of the ears, back, knees and the top of the feet. Also wear a wide brimmed hat to protect your scalp. Our fair Irish skins are probably the most prone to burning, so try and choose the highest SPF available. Also look for a broad spectrum SPF which protects from both UVB rays which cause burning and UVA rays which penetrate deeper into the skin and cause ageing and skin cancer. Ideally, we should be protecting our skin every day, even when it is cloudy as the UV rays can still get through. For everyday use, a makeup with an SPF would suffice if you are not outside too much. (Don’t rely on it if you are outside all day). Likewise if you do a lot of driving, be aware of your right arm being over exposed, the rays are being magnified by the glass in the car window onto your arm so try and keep your arm covered or wear SPF. Clothes can help protect skin from the sun, but the rays can get through most materials so their protection value would be quite low. 2. If you do get burnt, Aloe Vera will be your new best friend. Apply it generously to the burnt area for its soothing and cooling effect; & stay out of the sun. 3. The sun will dry out your skin, so exfoliate well before and after a sun holiday and keep the skin well moisturised to keep it in tip top condition. 4. Please don’t be worried about coming home with a tan, burning your skin in an attempt to turn it brown is never worth it, a tanned skin is a damaged skin and that’s what fake tan is for.

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FARMING NEWS Applications for this year’s Professional Diploma in the Dairy Farm Management programme must be submitted by Friday 11th of May according to the national agricultural education and extension agency. Validated and awarded by University College Dublin (UCD), the core element of the programme is a two-year paid professional work experience with approved dairy farmers. There is an opportunity to spend six months work experience abroad, typically in New Zealand, which Teagasc recommends to maximise participants’ exposure to different concepts and approaches. The contact element of the programme is delivered in blocks at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark and Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College. Modules are delivered by an integrated team of highly specialised Teagasc staff with input from guest lecturers, commercial dairy farmers and the dairy industry. Those interested in learning more or applying can view the online application form on the education section of the Teagasc website. The Chinese market has finally been opened to Irish beef exports. This decision represents a powerful endorsement of Ireland’s high standards by the Chinese administration, for which food safety is a prerequisite for trade. Bord Bia’s Conor O’Sullivan (pictured below) who is based in Shanghai said “Chinese beef consumption, over the next few years, will at least grow to similar levels seen in Japan and South Korea. That’s really important; because for every extra kilogram that the Chinese are eating, that means they need to find 1.4 million tonnes of beef. That’s twice Ireland’s production. That’s going to have a massive impact on global beef markets. The Chinese market doesn’t just take volume, it also adds value, O’Sullivan explained. The Chinese market will take heads, offal, trotters & hocks; & they will pay good prices for them”. Going forward, O’Sullivan believes that Ireland will play a big part in growing the EU’s share of Chinese beef imports; once market access is granted. The opening of the Chinese market to Irish beef exports must “add to farmers’ margins” in order to be considered a success, according to the president of ICMSA Pat McCormack. IFA President Joe Healy said “it is very important that eligibility is secured for all Irish beef products – and not just frozen boneless beef – and that all export beef plants are cleared”. Over the past number of years, new agricultural buildings have been constructed on many farms across Ireland. Farmers investing in new buildings were helped massively

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by the introduction of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS II). It first opened in June 2015 and is set to run until December 2020. The scheme aims to provide farmers with grant aid to improve and/or build a specific range of farm buildings or purchase equipment that may benefit their farm businesses. Farmers considering entering TAMS II need to make an investment of at least €2,000 to be eligible for grant aid under this scheme. Farmers looking to apply for grant aid must construct sheds and other buildings to certain grant specifications. Nowadays, new agricultural buildings are big and require wide and high doors to facilitate machinery and there are certain specifications relating to these doors. Large doors that get caught in the wind are extremely dangerous so it’s either a sliding door or a roller door once you go into any bit of size. According to the Department of Agriculture, under the TAMS scheme, all doors wider than 1.2m should be sliding. Doors to centre feed passages, where installed, should also be sliding. The sliding track, the department says, must be perfectly straight when erected. The sliding door can also have a hinged, outward-opening, personnel door, with a minimum height of 2.2m. Furthermore, it is recommended that a gate is used inside a sliding door in an animal pen. This prevents animals pushing up against the door. Steel roller doors are also permitted once they are manufactured from certain cladding material. Some Farmers with cost worries will be glad to know that galvanised steel on pillars etc does not have to be used under the TAMS grant once grant approved paint is used. You must shot blast any existing scale and apply a primer within 12 hours of blasting, apply a second coat of Primer when first coat is dry and finish off with a coat of iron oxide finishing paint. Over 55,000 farmers have already taken advantage of the early opening of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) online application system so far this year. A reminder has just been issued by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine that deadline for receipt of applications under the scheme is Tuesday, 15th of May. This is the first year that applications for the BPS and the Transfer of Entitlements are to be made online. The department has put in place a range of supports to help farmers make their online application; including a range of one-to-one clinics around the country. These clinics have proved to be very popular with farmers, many of whom have also been able to lodge applications on the spot with the help of staff from the department. These Clinics are held in Killarney and Macroom as well as other areas. For those yet to apply, full details in relation to all the remaining clinics are available on the department website. Alternatively farmers can phone the department on: 0761-064420.

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Please support your magazine . . . . . ENDURING POWER OF AT TORNEY By Karen Walsh

Q: My father is in his 80s and has been farming since he was 16. Since my mother died a number of years ago I think it’s all that keeps him going. All us children work away from home & haven’t ever been involved with the farm. On a recent visit home my sister found the place in awful state. There were dead animals in the yard & the field and there didn’t appear to be enough feed for the stock. The other day I got a call from a neighbour saying he recently nearly mowed down his wife & kids with the tractor. He said he didn’t see them at all. I’m afraid he is going to hurt himself or someone else. He’s extremely stubborn and has no intention of giving up or even slowing down. We really don’t think he is mentally or physically up to the work anymore. What can we do? A: This is obviously a difficult situation. The first thing you should do is arrange a family meeting and organise for all of your siblings to call to him together & advise him that you are very worried about him & that you only have his best interests at heart. Encourage him to be assessed by a doctor & if a doctor certifies that he is of good mental health and sound mind he should then consider creating an enduring power of attorney (EPA) which is a legal document that can only take effect in the event that he becomes mentally incapacitated. The person creating the EPA is known as the donor & in the event of your father becoming incapacitated the power to deal with his money and assets transfer to his nominated attorney but only becomes operative if your father becomes incapable of looking after his affairs & it continues in force until death.

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In the event of an individual becoming mentally incapable without having this document in place, their family would not be able to deal with their financial affairs or property until the death of the individual or upon them being made a ward of court. Executing an EPA can represent enormous value for money compared with the cost of making someone a ward of court. An EPA is a powerful legal document and one should seek advice from a legal advisor with experience of preparing them. The process of creating an enduring power of attorney is relatively straight forward and is a highly valuable device in often very difficult circumstances. If a doctor is not in a position to certify that he is of sound mind then you can make an application to the High Court to have him made a Ward of Court. You mentioned the awful state of the place. This could have very serious consequences for your father as there are very strict laws in relation to animal welfare & health. He could face criminal prosecution for breach of the legislation and also be disqualified from owning an animal for the rest of his life. You also mentioned a recent near miss of the neighbour’s family while driving the Tractor. This is a most serious matter. Perhaps your father should see an optician to check his eyesight as it sounds like he may be suffering from the early stage of dementia & should not be driving at all. Again if he was involved in accident that caused injury or death he could face a criminal prosecution & also a civil claim for damages. You need to advise him that he needs to consider thinking of a succession plan. Perhaps he could rent the land? Or maybe sell it as you and your siblings are not interested in farming. It’s also important to ensure that he has made a valid up to date will.

Disclaimer: While every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information contained in this article, Duhallow Today & Solicitor Karen Walsh (practicing in Walsh & Partners Solicitors & Commissioners for Oaths, 17 South Mall, Cork.) do not accept any responsibility for errors or omissions howsoever arising & you should seek legal advice in relation to your particular circumstances at the earliest possible time.

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Mathgamain Mac Cennétig (Mahon, son of Kennedy) was born in 931AD in Thomond in Limerick. He was the second youngest Son of Cennétig Mac Lorcáin; the great Munster king who established the Dál Cais as one of two great provincial powers in Munster. His Mother was a Sister to the mother of Conor, the King of Connaught. When King Cennétig was slain in 950AD his eldest Son Lachtna inherited the throne & ruled for two years until he himself was slaughtered by enemies of the family, possibly members of the Úi Flaind & the Uí Chernaig, rival branches within the Dál Cais. Then Mathgamain (Mahon) succeed to the kingship & became king of Cashel sometime after 963, by which time he had managed to stabilise the infighting amongst the Dál Cais that had led to both the death of his Father & Brother. In 968AD Mahon & his younger Brother Brian Boru defeated Ivar who was King of the Danes in Limerick at the Battle of Sulcoit (6 km northwest of Tipperary) which ended the Norse tyranny in Munster. Later that year Ímar Ua hÍmair invaded Dál Cais territory with the goal of forcing Mahon & his people to submit to his over lordship but he failed & Mahon marched on to greater things. In late 968AD Mahon deposed Máel Muad Mac Brain who fled to the lands of the King of Desmond in Muskerry. From this point on Mahon acted not only as the ruler of the Dál Cais, but as the king of Munster as well. Following an assembly of the southern nobility in 972 (which he presided over), Mahon gained national recognition from the comarba of Patrick (the abbot of Armagh) who travelled to Munster in order to impose an ecclesiastical tax & make peace with the new king in the now peaceful Kingdom. Unfortunately for Mahon, this peace & prosperity did not last; the deposed Máel Muad Mac Brain (Molloy, Son of Brian, King of Desmond) of the Eoghanacht Clans wanted his throne back & carefully designed a plan to

MURDER ON MUSHERA MOUNTAIN By Niall O’Brien

achieve this goal. We know Mahon was taken prisoner in Bruree in early 976AD by Donovan, son of Cathal, King of Ui-Figeinte, but how he came to be there differs. One account says Molloy, arranged for Donovan to invite Mahon to a Banquet in his Castle in Bruree under the pretence of seeking to make peace & after safe conduct was assured by Columb, the bishop of Cork, Mahon accepted the invitation. A second account says that the Eoghanacht & Dalcassian armies, after several battles, were face to face near Bruree, when the Bishop of Cork and the clergy interfered & proposed a conference at the Bruree house of Donovan; while a third says Mahon was betrayed by members of his own Castle & brought to Bruree. Either way Mahon was duly handed over to Molloy & a handful of troops who took him to Mushera Mountain, a remote spot between the territories of Molloy & Donovan. Here Mahon was hacked to death & buried close to where the monument stands today. He was 45 years old. King Mahon’s death was avenged two years later by his younger brother, Brian Boru, at the battle of Bealach Leachta near Macroom where the Sullane & Laney Rivers join. The killing of King Mahon was a turning point in Irish history, providing the opportunity for his brother, Brian Boru, to begin his ascent to the High Kingship. It can be said that Brian Boru’s career, which ended at Clontarf, began with the death of his brother in Mushera. The afore mentioned monument currently stands on a place traditionally known as “Mahon’s Rock” on the Brandy Road, Finanefield which is exactly 2 miles from the Kerryman’s Table on the Butter Road.

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Millstreet Athletic Club 1960.

Photographed in the Kiely Family Home, Liscahane, Millstreet

Seated / Kneeling from left : Richard Kiely, William Neenan, Fr. Donal O’Leary, Timothy Lane, Fr. Paddy O’Byrne Pat Joe Kelleher, Pat O’Shea (All Ireland High Jump Champion on a number of occasions), Maurice Duggan. Standing from left : John Murphy, Andrew O’Sullivan, Paddy Golden, John Kelleher, Joe Buckley, Matthew Twomey (Aubane), Daniel Barrett (Aubane), Con O’Connor, Maurice O’Donoghue (Aubane)

HARVESTING THE TURF BY EILY BUCKLEY

Long ago seasons were fairly predictable; but still anxious people looked to nature for “signs” to guide them. A ‘red sky at night is a shepherds delight’, and ‘cheó ar Clara agus Mushera loim, se an comhar aimsear is fear sa domain. (Fog on Clara and Mushera Bare is a sign of good weather ahead), faraway hills forecasting fine weather were always noticed. A fine May was needed for many things, especially for going to the bog. The winter fuel had to be hand won and the earlier it was cut the more time it would have to dry. Preparing for this annual task was an event in itself. In our case at any rate the bog was five miles away and getting ready involved careful planning. Extra help had to be rounded up, and the previous evening we young ones would be sent off to tell some neighbours that the rush was on and to come next morning and bring a pike or maybe a sleán. In the house the Bean a’ Tí would be extra busy; preparing and packing the food and receptacles. Huge cakes, which she had baked the day before, the bread knife, tea, sugar, a spoon, milk, butter, jam, mugs, the kettle, even a small churn for water were put into boxes and loaded on to the horse carts. There would be endless searching for some things and the one that I can recall above all the rest was finding a cork for the bottle of milk. They were as scarce as hen’s teeth. Bottles often had to be satisfied with some tightly rolled up paper packed into the jole and a strict warning to someone “to keep the bottle standing” during the trip. Then when Pikes, Sleáns and

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the Hayknife were carefully loaded, the convoy slowly took off. Implements had to be well prepared in advance. The handles of Sleáns (idle since the previous year) had to be immersed in water for a few days so that the handle would swell and remain tight in place for work ahead. The bog was hungry work; approaching mid day somebody would be sent off to light the fire and put on the kettle and when the call came it was down tools and make for the grub. The bread was cut like door steps and spread with salted butter and jam, to be washed down with big mugs of hot sweet tae. There was always a few minutes of rest before returning to the back breaking work. When the men returned home in the evening the Bean a’ tí would normally serve a huge meal of bacon and cabbage plus home grown flowery spuds. However, it was differed in my marital home, My Mother-in- Law, treated her hungry flock to a cauldron of Bacon Stew. One of the most wholesome and lovely meals I’ve ever tasted; and the recipe has followed the generations to the present day when her great great great Grandchildren still think that there is nothing as delicious as Bacon Stew. There were still months of turning and footing to go before the precious winter fuel was “saved” enough to be brought home to the turf shed or Rick. The humble donkey often played an important role in the bog; being small, light nimble they were ideal for moving the turf to the roadside ,where it was built into a Rick until time came to load it on to the horse & crib for the journey home. Turf harvesting at the time was done entirely by men and when herself would be building up a nice fire he’d say “spare the turf, you were a long way from the bank when I was cutting that’. A well placed red ember would do a lot to shut him up, wouldn’t it?

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