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Issue 7: December 6, 2019

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Gardening by Rachel Budd, Horticulturist at IRD Duhallow Community Garden

It’s all about the sprouts In the Kitchen Garden here at IRD Duhallow we have a fine crop of Brussels sprouts just waiting for Christmas. They are perfect now, and there is no real reason to leave them sitting on the plant for another three weeks. Brussels sprouts are a power pack of goodness. And as so many people dislike them, that just means more goodness for those of us that love them. The Brussels sprout is truly the vegetable that people love to hate and it has had a checkered culinary past. There is nothing appealing about overcooked, over salted, soggy, mushy Brussels sprouts, which unfortunately is how so many of us remember them from our childhoods. To truly celebrate the sprout, we need to look at its history. How did these odd baby cabbages come into being? The usual story is that at a time in Europe when food shortages were rife and land short for production, a new type of cabbage plant was bred which grew vertically, thereby requiring less ground space for production. This new cabbage was grown within the city walls of Brussels in Belgium, leading to the name Brussels sprouts. The first written reference to Brussels sprouts dates to 1587.

The first reference to these odd little cabbages dates to 1587


Brussels sprouts are truly delicious – when they are cooked correctly Brussels sprouts belong to the brassica, or cabbage family and need to be grown with other members of this family in your vegetable garden. Seeds can be sown under cover in early March, and the young plants planted out in May, once the soil has warmed up. Alternatively, seeds can be sown into a prepared seed bed in May. They require a rich, moist soil, so a feed with well-rotted manure gives them a real boost. Brussels sprouts can suffer from all the pests and diseases associated with the brassica family, so crop rotation, (moving crops each year to avoid the build-up of soil borne pests and diseases) is particularly important. The main problems are slugs of course. These must be handpicked from the plants, usually in the evening or trapped under planks or cardboard and collected during the day. Caterpillars and birds are the other two main pests, but both can be prevented by covering the young plants with netting. Sprouts can be harvested from September depending on variety, however they have a better flavour after a touch of frost. Some things you might not know about sprouts: There are more than


110 different varieties. This year’s top types look likely to be Albarus, Brodie and Kryptus, which have been bred specifically for flavour. Sprouts contain high levels of vitamins A and C, folic acid and dietary fibre, and can help protect against colon and stomach cancer. An 80g serving of sprouts contains four times more vitamin C than an orange, and a cup of cooked Brussels sprouts contains only about 60 calories. Overcooking sprouts makes them smell like rotten eggs due to the high levels of sulforaphane they contain. On the other hand, roasted, sautéed or grilled sprouts can taste sweet and nutty – and delicious. Last year, a team of scientists and local schoolchildren used the energy from 1,000 Brussels sprouts to light a Christmas tree on London's Southbank.

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Ballydesmond, Gneeveguilla & Tureencahill

A stunning aerial photograph of Ballydesmond Ballydesmond GAA AGM will take place on Sunday, December 8th at 12.30pm in Ballydesmond Community Centre. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Sympathy: Gneeveguilla Community Council would like to pay tribute to the late Denis Kelleher

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Photo by Leo Fitzgerald

who died in New York last week. Denis left Gneeveguilla in 1958 and became a very successful business man in New York. He never forgot his native place or the people of the area. Teach Failte our local community building now stands on the site of Abbey Brienâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the house


where Denis was born and raised. The main function room of the building, the Kelleher Room, is dedicated to the memory of Denis, without whose generous contribution this building would never be in place. We offer our sincere sympathy to Denisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s family.


A look back in time

Newmarket in 1914 An excerpt from the Postal Directory of County Cork in 1914 showcasing Newmarket during this era. Many thanks to Michael (Mick) Lane of Newmarket for providing this.

Part 2 of 4

Part 3: December 20 Featuring: Vintners and Landholders... 4


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Duhallow news

Employers and young say YESS

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) hosted a graduation ceremony on 18th November for 15 young people who successfully completed the YESS (Youth Employment Support Scheme) in the North Cork area. The event was held in the Anderson Room in the Fermoy Community Youth Centre, a fitting location to celebrate the journey that these young people have come on. Each participant was presented with a certificate by Marie O’Flynn, Cork Divisional Manager of the DEASP. Guest speaker on the day was Leanne McDonagh, Traveller Education Co-Ordinator at Cork Institute of Technology, who spoke passionately of the importance of perseverance and resilience when embarking on the pathway to work. The YESS scheme was introduced by the Department to give Left, Marie O’Flynn, presents Timmy O’Sullivan with a certificate for his young people under the age of 25 participation on the YESS Scheme with Newmarket Pitch & Putt; and right, years who are finding it difficult to access work, a chance to complete Tom Twomey receives a certificate on behalf of Newmarket Pitch & Putt work experience in a real job The myriad supports available environment at no additional cost to and the new opportunities that locally were also highlighted at participation on the YESS scheme the employer. this event by the presence of other The work experience placement is brought about. local stakeholders such as IRD Local businesses stepped up to for 24 hours per week and the initial offer these young people the oppor- Duhallow Clg, Avondhu/Blackwater placement lasts for three months Partnership Ltd, Ballyhoura Develbut can be extended to six months if tunity to gain valuable work experiopment Clg, EmployAbility and Cork ence in their own communities. further mentoring or training is Employers who have participated in Education and Training Board. All deemed important. are enthusiastic and committed to the scheme in the Duhallow area to The young person’s income from the work they do with young people date include Newmarket Pitch & the Department increases to in their localities. €229.20 per week for the duration of Putt, Amie’s Hair Salon, in Kanturk The event demonstrated the huge and Profix Auto Ltd., Macroom. the scheme. It provides young benefits to the lives of young people These businesses have given so people with the opportunity to learn when the DEASP and local Stakevaluable new work skills, experience much back to these young people holders work together to provide a and their community by offering the benefits of work and improve holistic wraparound service. placements to Young People their future work prospects. through the YESS programme. The fifteen young people, who Speaking at the event, employers graduated from the North Cork IRD Duhallow can help support pointed out the value that the area, worked in a variety of settings young people to avail of the young people had brought to their including green keeping, car scheme in the local area – call businesses and all agreeing that valeting, stock control, retail, Jacinta on 029-60633 email they would encourage other security, gym, café, childcare and jacinta.carroll@irdduhallow.com. employers to engage with this hair styling roles. If you run a local business and scheme. Rose Slattery, Employer The young people present at the are interested in taking a young Relations Officer, is the local contact event stated that the programme person on under the YESS across North Cork for the DEASP gave them an excellent opportunity programme, you can contact and she is there to make the to gain confidence through meeting Rose Slatterly on 086-7871120 or process as simple and streamlined people and developing new skills, email rose.slattery@welfare.ie. as possible. and they enjoyed the extra money

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Castlemagner, Cecilstown & Kilbrin Castlemagner Sinsir: The annual cookery demonstration with Hazel Bourke, Assolas, will be held on December 11th in Castlemagner Community Centre at 8pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served on arrival. Tickets €10. The Sinsir Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 15th in Springfort Hall at 1.30pm. Sinsir Club break: The Thursday morning Sinsir Club finishes on December 12th and will resume again on Thursday 30th January 2020 with six weeks of mindfulness. Kilbrin Christmas lights: The Christmas lights will be turned on at 5pm on Sunday, December 8th at the social club with Christmas carol singing and free hot chocolate for all. Bingo continues every Monday from 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,900 on 49 calls. Bonus ball is €500. Thanks to our sponsor for December, Karlton O’Leary. Poker night has returned to the Social Club on Friday nights, €10 entry and no buy backs. The bus will be running to and from the club so for a lift call Anthony on 086 7858525. For a fiver this service will collect you at your door and return you home after the cards. Presentation: The Nolan family will be making a presentation to the Irish Motor Neurone Association on Thursday, 12th December in the social club. This will be held in

conjunction with a culture night. The St Stephen’s Day walk will start in the community centre at 12 noon. No cover charge, just donations for local charities. The Tir an Nog group are running arts and crochet classes. Their Christmas outing is heading to Killarney this year. Bring and buy sale: The village renewal committee held a successful bring and buy sale in the community centre on 1st December. Keep an eye out in Kilbrin parish over the spring to see the developments that benefited. Lackeel graveyard is still being

Trip to Wales hits the right note

Above, the Goodwick Brass Band and Welsh Male Choir; inset right, some of the people on the culture trip to Wales with Sr Bernadette, and the packed house Thanks Sister Bernadette of Charleville for organising the recent culture trip to Wales and inviting the people of Kilbrin. A great time was had by all, from Charleville to Wexford to St David’s city in western Wales, which is the smallest city in the British isles with a population of 2,500. The highlight of the trip was the concert in the Cathedral where the Welsh male choir and the Goodwick Brass Band


beautifully maintained, many thanks to the Cussen family for their efforts and for the daffodils around the tomb. Special thanks also to Dan O’Connor and John Sheahan. Community centre: Work has started cleaning up the grounds. While we they will not want their names mentioned we still want to thank Ben, Brendan, Tom, Martin and the ever supportive John. The village clean up committee hold a Christmas clean up on Saturday 7th December at 11am, meeting in the community centre, bags etc supplied. We would like as many people as possible to attend.


entertained 600 people. Irish group Offbeat played traditional music and were outstanding in a concert that lasted over two hours. The male choir joined everyone in the hotel afterwards and kept the singing going. Thanks to everyone for the hospitality, but especially to Sr Bernadette.

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Job Centre

Guide to writing a top cover letter Cover Letters are an important part of any job application. They give you the opportunity to tell prospective employers who you are, allow you to showcase why they should hire you, and stand out above all the other candidates. This will give you the opportunity to give the employer further information that can’t be included on the CV. Here are some practical tips to help you to prepare an effective cover letter. It is important that you write a fresh cover letter for each job application. Yes, it’s way faster and easier to amend the cover letter you wrote for your last application, but most employers want to see that you are passionate about the position available and working for the specific company. When it comes to cover letters, most employers will be looking for the following:

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When highlighting your skills, showcase at least three of these qualities mentioned in the job description and briefly refer to them in your cover letter. It is important that these skills are also mentioned on your CV.

g Tailored skills from the job description – you should highlight how you have the skills required for the job; g A well-written letter with common formatting – ensure that there are no spelling or grammar errors and keep the cover letter short; g Additional information from your CV to further highlight your experience for the role; g Outline the ‘value’ that you would bring to the organisation. Why should they hire you?


IRD Duhallow’s SICAP-funded Job Centre offers support and guidance to people in relation to CV preparation, the interview process, career guidance and job seeking. For further information, please contact Jacinta on 029-60633. SICAP 2018-2022 is funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with co-funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.


Aubane & Millstreet

Festive night for Millstreet as Christmas lights go on

Above, Luke Murphy had the honour of turning on the Christmas lights in Millstreet Photos by Seรกn Radley

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Aubane & Millstreet Aubane Social Club Christmas Diary of Events: Friday 6th December, switching on of Christmas lights at Aubane Cross, 8pm, Aubane Community Mass and party at 8.30pm at Aubane Community Centre, followed by refreshments and entertainment; Monday 23rd December, set dancing Christmas party night; Wednesday 25th December, Annual Christmas Morning Climb starting at 10.30am, bucket collection for Aubane Community Centre Renovations Fund; Friday 27th December, Around the Fireside, a night of songs, music and yarns at 8.30pm at Aubane Community Centre; Monday 30th December, no set dancing, which resumes on Monday 6th January. Millstreet church gate collection: The annual St Vincent de Paul church gate collection will be taken up this weekend, December 7th and 8th. All monies collected locally will be spent locally. Millstreet Camogie Club: Many thanks to everyone who joined us at our AGM last Tuesday night, your support is much appreciated There isn't many changes regarding our Club's Officers: Chairper-

Pictured at The Pub in Carriganima – the presentation of two impressive cheques of €1,250.00 each to both Macroom and Millstreet Community Hospitals following a recent 5km run/walk organised by Jimmy Murphy and his dedicated team Photo by Seán Radley son: Eileen O'Sullivan; Secretary: Deirdre Looney; Tresurer: Linda Linehan; Child Welfare Officer: Pamela Brophy; Registrar: Sheila Lane; PRO: vacant. Anna has decided to step down this year and is sad parting from these fabulous ladies who are doing such an amazing job running the Club but due to other commitments she is unable to continue as a PRO for the coming season. If you, or anyone you know, would like to

The staff of the Wallis Arms Hotel, Millstreet, recently assembled to pay tribute to the very popular Lily Cleary, seated in centre, on her retirement following many years of dedicated service. We wish Lily many very happy years of healthy retirement Photo by Seán Radley Issue 7 December 6, 2019


give some time to the Club and join our Officers on the Committee, please get in touch with any of our representatives. Millstreet Community Singers visited the Day Care Centre recently. They were joined by the residents and day guests for a most enjoyable singing session and lots of chat. Some joining them for the beautiful dinner which followed. Huge thanks to you all for spending time at the Centre.

Well done to Mick Mullane, left, who donated his 100th pint of blood at the Blood Donor Clinic in the GAA Hall, Milllstreet, on 19th November. Pictured also is Mick's son and fellow donor, Colin Mullane Photo by Tadhg Curtin 9


Students know their beef g By Bríd-Anne O'Donoghue Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, were one of six schools selected by the agri-industry to rear five calves as part of the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools’ Competition back in 2018. The competition is run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, in conjunction with ABP Ireland and the Kepak Group. The initiative challenged the students to rear five Irish Angus cross calves until their slaughter at 18 months as part of their Leaving Certificate agricultural science project. The competition aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers. Coláiste Treasa students Máire Moylan, Gillian Casey and Áine O'Connor entered the Certified Irish Angus Beef School's Competition in the hope of winning five Irish Angus calves while in Transition Year. After a competitive application process, whereby the students vying to take part presented their project ideas to a panel of industry judges at a high profile event in Croke Park, the trio of girls were successful in becoming one of the six finalists of 2018. Following this announcement, the students were invited to the National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly to be presented with their Irish Angus calves by RTE’s Miriam O'Callaghan. The students were presented with the opportunity to speak to members of the public about their experience in the competition. Following receipt of the calves, Áine’s dad Denis O'Connor reared them on their home farm in Kilbrin, Co. Cork until they were slaughtered at 18 months in November 2019. Following the slaughter of the animals, each of the girls received some financial benefit. In addition to rearing the calves,


Clockwise from top, Áine O'Connor, Gillian Casey and Máire Moylan at Kanturk Mart; with RTE presenter Miriam O’Callaghan; and speaking to Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed

the students complete a research project focusing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain. The Coláiste Treasa students have been busy delving into their project theme ‘The Benefits of Irish Family Farming Systems’, which explores the tradition of family farming in Ireland, its impact on rural communities and the support which the breed can provide to family farming systems. The students highlight that Irish family farming systems are helping to keep many communities alive in some of the most inaccessible and remote areas of Ireland. Ireland exports goods to over 180 markets worldwide and the symbolic value of Irish family farming is what is different about Irish produce. Irish farmers appreciate the sustainability and environmental impacts of farming systems and commitment to animal welfare. Family farming systems are key players in our futures and putting the family at the heart of the farm is what makes Irish


agriculture special and is what gives us our competitive edge. The three students involved have attended many agricultural events where they have been promoting the competition and their theme. Recently, they held an Irish Angus Calf competition in association with Kanturk Mart, where the best male and female Angus calves won prizes on the day. The Coláiste Treasa students also availed of the opportunity to travel with the competition, to places like Tesco and Bord Bia headquarters in Dublin, Kepak farm in Co. Meath, and Amsterdam. The trip to Amsterdam saw Màire, Gillian and Áine meet top European retailers in Europe like Albert Heijn where they gained insights into the selection process of high-quality beef. The Leaving Cert students are now busy completing their final report for the competition. They will have a final interview in January before the overall winner is announced in March 2020. If the enthusiastic trio win the competition outright, they will receive €2,000 towards their further education. Follow them on their social media accounts ‘Pollys to Trolleys’ or visit the Irish Angus Producer Group webpage for more information.

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Shoeboxes for the homeless Kanturk ForĂłige Club members are making Christmas Shoeboxes for the homeless in Cork Penny Dinners if you would like to make one. You can drop them into our club room in the Edel Quinn Hall on Monday nights between 7-8:30pm until 11th December (we are dropping them off that week). There are donation boxes for toiletries and toys in shops around Kanturk also. Lastly, if you have any food/drink like non-perishable goods, biscuits, Mi-Wadi, tea/ coffee etc that you would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate it also. Thank you for your continued support.

Management and staff pictured at the Kanturk Mart 60th Anniversary Party in the Charleville Park Hotel recently, where a wonderful time was had by all

Above, Quizmaster George McGrath rolls out the questions to Helen O'Dea at the Scoil Mhuire Kanturk fundraising event in the Edel Quinn Hall

Noreen O'Callaghan presenting a cheque for â&#x201A;Ź3,075 to Ber O'Leary, Director of Nursing at Kanturk Community Hospital, with Mary O'Connor and Kevin Forde, proceeds from an event held at the OC Bar, Kanturk, recently

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Cullen & Knocknagree

First class Polar postal delivery

Shandrum Céilí Band in Cullen Church recently

Photo by Seán Radley

Girls get gongs at Ladies Social The Christmas tree in the Fairfield, Knocknagree, will be lit on Saturday, 7th December after Mass. A very special guest will be appearing to say hello to all the boys and girls. Santa's Post Box was placed in the Fairfield so all children can send their letters. Pictured above, Fia Brosnan posts her letter to Santa before heading to school.

All welcome for Christmas party Cullen and Districts Special Needs Association's 39th Annual Christmas Mass and party will be held in Cullen Community Centre on Saturday, December 7th at 1pm. Invitations have been sent to approximately 100 special guests and their families. Following Mass, refreshments and food are served and then all take the floor for a great evening of song and dance. Each guest then receives a Christmas gift. Any new families are very welcome to attend, details from any committee member or call 02979055 in the afternoon only for more information.

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Knocknagree Annual Ladies Football Social was held in the Killarney Avenue on November 30th. Top, U12s receiving their medals, with trainers Mike Casey and Teresa Mahoney; inset right, Hannah Casey, Emma Daly, Aine Fitzpatrick, Kate Murphy, Fia Brosnan, Elaina Brosnan, Eadaoin McSweeney and Nell Casey; below, U10s receiving their medals, with trainers Una O’Mahoney, Daniel Guerin and Mary Buttimer.




In the Kiskeam Group, Nóirín Herlihy with baby Donnchadh, Batt Casey, Marie Carroll and Aileen Scanlon, Billy Dennehy and Mary Hayes, Cork County Council, Councillor Bernard Moynihan, Councillor Gobnait Moynihan, Councillor Gerard Murphy, and Conor Judge, Maura Walsh and Anne Maria Bourke of IRD Duhallow

Seán Kelly, Mary Kelly, Michelle Geaney and Pat Mulcahy representing the Bweeng Group, with Councillor Bernard Moynihan, Councillor Gobnait Moynihan, Mary Hayes, Cork County Council, and Conor Judge, Maura Walsh and Anne Maria Bourke of IRD Duhallow November marked another milestone for local communities and the LEADER programme in Duhallow with the signing of three major contracts at the James O’Keeffe Institute. Kiskeam, Millstreet and Bweeng are all communities who have worked over the past number of months of progress their respective playgrounds and roof replacement with a total cost of over €325,000. These stand to receive over €150,000 of LEADER Grant Aid administered by IRD Duhallow. LEADER is a European Programme that prioritises the idea of ‘bottom-up’ development and


LEADER contributes €57,200 under the ‘Basic Services’ Theme. Kiskeam Development Association have been communities leading themselves a very successful community, underinstead of waiting for others. taking a number of LEADER projects Kiskeam Development Association over the past 20 years. have been responsible for the soon to Millstreet Town was one of the first be established playground located in Duhallow to erect a playground in between the GAA club and Com1993 and their project will breathe munity Centre. This will serve to new life into their old facility in the improve the facilities on offer in the centre of the town. Despite not village and act as a hub for the com- being successful in the 2019 Clár munity centre area. This project will programme administered by the be part-funded by a Cork County Department of Rural and Community Council Capital Grant to the value of Affairs, the Town Park Committee sought out other funding sources and €14,000 for groundworks while

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THREE CONTRACTS GET THE GO-AHEAD Communities to benefit from LEADER programme

Little Luke O' Sullivan to the forefront of the Millstreet Group, with Geraldine O'Leary, Noel Collins, Jerry Lehane and Denis Hickey, Councillor Bernard Moynihan, Councillor Gerard Murphy, Mary Hayes, Cork County Council, and Conor Judge, Maura Walsh and Anne Maria Bourke of IRD Duhallow were awarded €55,000 under the LEADER Programme just last month. This is complemented by €14,000 from a Cork County Council Capital Grant and a host of innovative fundraising efforts in the town. Between Lotto, coffee mornings, private donations and even a series of yoga classes, the people of Millstreet have been instrumental in the success of this project and proof that rural communities can achieve major projects under their own initiative. Bweeng Community Hall is a building steeped in history dating back to its construction by volunteers in the

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1950s. However, the hustle and bustle of everyday activity there today demands infrastructure that will meet the needs of a modern community centre. Over the past number of years, Bweeng Community Hall & Ground Committee have sought out financial support for the replacement of their existing roof and gained €22,100 in public funding from Cork County Council. The balance of the funds are to be provided through LEADER funding of €44,000 and local fundraising. This will see the replacement of the roof with a steel por-


tal frame that will serve the needs of the community into the next century. Projects are planned to commence in early 2020 and the communities would like to thank all those who have given of their time and energy so far in the process. The LEADER 20142020 programme is due to close within 12 months and funding has already been exhausted in certain themes. It remains open for applications and all interested communities are advised to contact IRD Duhallow on 029 60633 with any potential projects for support and guidance.


Meelin, Taur & Rockchapel

Rockchapel reunion attendees sit down to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by IRD Duhallow Community Food Services

Warm welcome back for Rockchapel folks Mrs Cronin, aged 102, blows out her candles after travelling from Ennis

Last weekend saw Rockchapel play host to a number of people who used to live in the vicinity in years gone by. Photos by Neily Curtin.

Above, Tess Rahily, Marty T Murphy, Dan Rahilly and Kathleen Callaghan have a laugh; below, Joan Murphy, Pat Joe Murphy and Bridie Moloney

Musicians Denis Callaghan, Nora Deely, Timmy O'Connor and Henry Keogh Christmas Concert with Denis Curtin and friends in aid of St Peter's LGFA, at Rockchapel Community Centre, Saturday 7th December, 8pm sharp. Tickets €15, refreshments and raffle on the night. Church Readers: New readers are required for Rockchapel Mass. Anyone interested, please contact Noelene Quinn on 086-3233715. Rockchapel GAA Lotto: Winning numbers were 4, 7, 8, 26. No jackpot winner. Next jackpot is €6,900. Lucky Dip Winners of €25: Margaret and Mary Curtin; Tim



Ryan; Liam Brosnan. Seller’s Prize: Margaret and Mary Curtin. Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat: A weekend of prayer, music, workshops and inspiring talks for young people, aged 16-35, in Newbridge college, Co. Kildare, from Friday 6th to Sunday, 8th December. Food and accommodation provided. Free return bus departing from Abbeyfeale (outside the Church of the Assumption), at 4pm and Newcastle West (Courtney Lodge Hotel) at 4.20pm on Friday 6th December. To register, visit www.youth2000.ie.

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Duhallow news

Book on crimes of times past It's easy to imagine Ireland of old being crime-free. After reading this book, you will realise that North Cork is dotted with its fair share of serious historical crimes. Duhallow is no exception with a number of murders in times past dotted across the barony, Rockchapel, Meelin, Newmarket, Kanturk, Ballydesmond, Cullen and more. Some remain unsolved to this day while others were obvious right from the start. The motives haven’t changed much over time – love, money, madness, alcohol – but it seems the overriding motive in North Cork has been disputes over land! Murder Most Local, Historical Murders of North Cork is available to purchase locally now. This is the third book by author Peter O’Shea. Last year his book about historical murders of East Cork quickly sold

Peter O’Shea’s book, Murder Most Local, is out now in many local outlets out in all outlets. Murder most Local is available in many local outlets, including Kanturk Bookshop, Presents of Mind Kanturk, O’Keeffe’s Supervalu Newmarket, Terry Eddies Newmarket, Wordsworth Millstreet, Cahills Meelin, Boherbue Post Office, Lombardstown Post Office,

Kiskeam Post Office and many more around North Cork. It will be featured at the following Christmas Markets - Boherbue 7th December, Charleville 8th December and Kildorrery 14th and 15th December. For more information, see facebook.com/ballycottonhistory

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Dromtariffe & Kilcorney / Boherbue & Kiskeam Art Therapy talk: True Reflection Art Therapy Centre will present a free Art Therapy talk on Friday 13th December at 7pm in Dromtariffe Hall. Art Therapists Ciara McAuliffe and Deirdre Nagle will be discussing what Art Therapy is and its benefits. Dromtariffe Active Club held their AGM recently and the following officers were elected: Chairperson: Pauline O'Sullivan; Vice Chairperson: Sean O'Sullivan; Secretary: Mary Cullinane; Vice Secretary: Celia Lee; Treasurer: Maura Neville; Vice Treasurer: Mary O'Keeffe; Coordinating Committee: Pauline O'Sullivan, Maura Neville and Mary Cullinane. The members acknowledged the wonderful work the outgoing officers have done over the last number of years, especially Mary O'Sullivan who has been club coordinator since it was set up at least 14 years ago. Adult badminton is held every Thursday at 8pm in Dromtariffe Parish Hall, new members/ beginners welcome. Kiskeam Christmas lights will be turned on by Sean Meehan and Thomas Casey on Sunday 8th December at 5pm. Music by Kiskeam School Choir and Kiskeam Brass Band. Kiskeam Parents Association have organised a sponsored river walk/run, followed by refreshments in the community centre on Sunday December 15th. Raffle and disco, 4.30-6.30pm with Leo Fitzgerald.

MEP Billy Kelleher and Pat Culnane laying the Wreath on Seán Moylan's Grave at the recent Commemoration Ceremony in Kiskeam Everyone is most welcome. GAA Lotto: Kiskeam Development & GAA lotto results, numbers 3 8 12 10, No winner. Next week’s Jackpot is €10,350. Kiskeam 45 card results: 1st Con-

nie O’Leary/Nora Mary Deane; Ladies: Marie Murphy/Betty Biggane; Mixed: Hugh Murphy/Mary O’Keeffe. Gents: Paddy O’Leary/ John B O’Riordan, Thomas O’Mahoney/Marty Murphy.

Pictured right, people visiting the exhibition Celebrating 100 years of Dail Eireann that was on display in Kiskeam Community Centre recently; above, Sheila O'Mahony, Noreen Quinn and Mairead Brosnan 18


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Banteer, Lyre & Nadd Musicians wanted for 'The Wran': Pádraig Ó Ruairc will be leading a group of Wren-boys on 'The Wran' around Banteer on St Stephen's Day as a fundraising effort for Banteer Community Childcare. 'The Wran' is an old Irish custom where musicians disguised in traditional costumes call at houses the day after Christmas, playing music and collecting money for a good cause. Any musicians or singers who would like to participate should contact Pádraig in advance on 0863148496 or email padraigoruairc@gmail.com. Banteer Macra: Weekly sports night will continue this coming Wednesday in Banteer community hall with time updates available on our Facebook page. New members are always welcome. Alarms: Banteer Lyre and Districts Community Council can arrange social alarms from IRD Duhallow. If you are interested or require further information please contact Mary O'Keeffe on 0860667822. Banteer Bingo jackpot €2,650 with bingo on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. Adult Badminton in Banteer: 8.30pm each Monday. Glen Theatre: Saturday 7th December, Eleanor Shanley; Sunday 15th December, Declan Nerney and Band. Call

Thanks to Michael and Liam Murphy for erecting the crib at Lyre church 0877558752 or 02956239. Lyre Christmas tree lighting on Friday, December 6th at Lyre Community Hall, coinciding with the annual Christmas Raffle, and carol singing by local school children. On the night refreshments will be served. A strange man in a red suit is expected to make an appearance. Everybody is welcome and you might be going home with one of the 12 prizes. The church is looking splendid, the Christmas Crib has been erected, thanks to Michael and Liam Murphy. Mass on

Banteer’s sportsfield awarded a €71.5k grant

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Banteer Community Sportsfield welcomes a Sports Capital grant of €71,547 announced by Minister Michael Creed and Councillor John Paul O Shea last week. The last Banteer Sportsfield Draw for 2019 will take


Christmas eve at 7.30pm and on Christmas morning at 10am. Area progress: It has been a very good year for Lyre/Nadd with the completion of our playground and park/walkway. This has already proven to be a valuable asset to the area and is enjoying extensive use. We are looking forward to 2020 when further developments will be completed. Broadband is live in the area now, which is a most welcome advancement to the infrastructure of the area. place in mid December. Please support via €25 per quarter or €100 per annum. If you wish to help sell tickets, please contact Denis Withers as we must raise up to €300,000 of matching funding to complete the project.


Lismire & Newmarket Lismire Community Association held its AGM on Tuesday, 3rd December and meetings will recommence again in the New Year on Tuesday, 4th February 2020. All welcome – it’s always nice to see new faces. Padre Pio Mass: The Padre Pio mass is held on the first Wednesday of each month in St Joseph’s Church Lismire. The next mass will be held at 8pm on Wednesday, 4th December. Variety Show: A variety of local talent will be strutting their stuff on stage again in January 2020. More information will follow, but in the meantime keep a note in your diary for the 17th and 18th of January. Newmarket GAA Adult Club AGM will be held on Saturday December 7th at 7pm in the club house. All new members welcome. Newmarket GAA lotto, December 2nd: Jackpot €10,900. Numbers drawn: 1, 18, 27, 29. No winner. €50 Eileen Kearney; €30 Marie O'Callaghan; €30 Jayden C/O High St; €30 Mark Flaherty; €30 Lucy Kerins. St Stephen’s Day POC FADA

The completed walkway at the West End playground in Newmarket, with freshly laid tarmac, fences erected and a new barrier in front of the gate to prevent children running straight onto the road event will take place at the West End, Newmarket from 1–4pm. To register a team, please contact Kevin O’Sullivan or visit Newmarket GAA on Twitter or Facebook.

The money raised through this event will be donated to Sadhbh's Tribe which supports local Down's Syndome branches in Ireland. Please support this worthy cause.

This fabulous event returns again this year, running from Tuesday 17th December to Sunday 22nd December. Santa might even pop in to say hello! Admission is FREE 20


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Agri seminar a big help Speakers covered important topics IRD Duhallow recently hosted a seminar at the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket in collaboration with Allied Irish Bank entitled ‘Supporting Sustainable Agri Business Information Evening’. The seminar was MC’d by Louise Bourke of IRD Duhallow, with presentations from the IRD Duhallow EIP farm planner, Teagasc, FDC and AIB’s agricultural advisor for the region. The event was well attended on the evening by members of the local farming community and interested stakeholders. Commencing the seminar, Michael Morrissey of IRD Duhallow gave a brief overview of the new EIP-Agri project ‘Duhallow Farming for Blue Dot Catchments’. This €1.47 million project co-funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Commission is a results-based payment scheme for landowners actively farming in the Allow catchment. The speakers from Teagasc, AIB and FDC subsequently covered on-farm development, current finance streams available for farmers and taxation respectively.

Louise Curtin of IRD Duhallow was MC at the event; inset right, Gillian Murphy and Robert Plaice of FDC Group AIB’s agricultural advisor Michael Murphy started with a very detailed and informative presentation on the overview of the future of farming, farm partnerships and lending. Noreen O’Rahilly of Teagasc continued the event with an excellent review of current mechanisms for on-farm development

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and a very informative presentation on the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) and sustainable agriculture. The seminar concluded with a very concise and informative presentation by Robert Plaice of FDC, covering taxation, farm succession and planning.

Pictured from left, Aisling Molloy, Louise Curtin, Enda Maloney, Michael Morrissey and Noreen O' Rahilly



Ballydaly & Rathmore Road works: Following Danny and Maura Healy Rae’s very strong representations the TII have indicated that they are very hopeful that work on the removal of the Gortnahaneboy bends in Rathmore will begin in 2020. Land acquisition and archaeological testing works are underway. Teach Íosagáin Rathmore: Circuit classes start in Teach Íosagáin on Monday, 7-8pm. €8 per class, call Andrew on 086 1293104. Monster Bingo: Rathmore Branch of Kerry Parents Friends Association hold their Annual Monster Bingo session on Sunday 8th December in the Community Centre Rathmore at 3pm. Large jackpot and raffles. Rathmore Social Action Group: We only have a few afternoon places left for our Santa's Grotto in Teach Íosagáin on Saturday 7th December so call 064 7761000 to book your child's place. Our Christmas Craft Fair is also on Saturday 7th December, If you would like to book a table (only €20) and sell any items old or new, give us a call. Split the Pot in association with Rathmore Community Council with Rathmore Ravens, Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club and Sliabh Luachra Men’s Shed. Tickets available from ticket sellers and in local businesses. Tickets €2 each or three for €5. Yearly ticket €90. Three yearly tickets €250. Last week’s draw was held in Centra Bar, the winner, James Doherty won €200. Ticket sold by ticket seller at Cahill's bar. Coiste Chiarraí Thoir CLG: County Champions Medal Presentations to East Kerry Minor, Under 21 and Senior Teams and Eoghan Ruadh U16 County Champions. Guest of Honour: Tim Murphy. Cathaoirleach Coiste Condae Chiarraí CLG mulled wine reception, 3-course meal, Friday December 20th, 8pm at Killarney Heights Hotel. Dress code smart casual. Admission €25. Church gate collection: The St Vincent de Paul Annual Church Gate Collection will be held before all masses in the parish on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December. Your support will help families locally who are experiencing difficulties especially over Christmas.


Best wishes to outgoing Cynthia

Chairman Aeneas O'Leary presented Cynthia with a bouquet and gift voucher to recognise all her hard work and commitment over the past 14 years in her various roles as PRO, Treasurer and Secretary Rathmore Gneeveguilla Community Games extends its very best wishes to outgoing area secretary Cynthia Daly who was honoured last Saturday night at a function in Killarney which was attended by all of the Rathmore Gneeveguilla committee members. Cynthia will be continuing as a committee member for the New Year and we wish her, her husband Kevin and family all the very best for the future. Our AGM took place recently and the following officers were elected: Chairman, Aeneas O'Leary; Secretary, Katrina Adare; Treasurer, Maria Foley; PRO, Ann O'Leary; Child Protection Officer, Garrett Thompson. Commitee Rathmore Ravens BC in support of The National Council for the Blind, will hold a used clothes collection on Thursday, December 12th. Rathmore GAA annual golf outing


members: Una Moynihan, Geraldine O'Leary (Kits co-ordinator), Marianne Finnegan, Valerie Lenihan, Cynthia Daly and Mike Foley. We welcome Katrina to our committee and wish her all the very best in her new role. We would like to thank all our committee and coaches for 2020 as without them giving up their personal time, our children would not be able to take part in Community Games events. We also welcome any new volunteers. Date for your diary: Saturday, 14th December is the date for our annual fundraiser at Tesco Deerpark, Killarney. All funds raised will go towards affiliation costs, kits and equipment, etc. on 30th December, Killarney Golf Club on the Mahony's Point course, shotgun start 10.30. Names to John D, Dan O'Leary, Mike Sullivan or Denis McCohan. All welcome.

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Freemount & Tullylease 45 Drive: The weekly 45 Drive in Freemount was well attended on Sunday night last. The following is a list of the lucky winners: First prize went to: John and Kathleen, Twomey, Meelin. The ladies prize was won by: 1 Kate O’Brien, and Mary Withers, Newmarket; 2 Helen Sheehy, Tullylease, and Maura Burke, Broadford. The mixed prize was won by: 1 Daithí Burke, Meelin, and Nellie May Foley, Glashakeenleen; 2 Nora Brosnan, Meelin, and Tim Ahern, Freemount. The gents team prize was won by: Michael O’Connor, and Richard Kiely, Lismire. The table prize was won by: Pat and Maureen O’Connor, Churchtown. The following won raffle prizes: 1 Tim Ahern, Freemount; 2 Daithí Burke, Meelin; 3 Nora Brosnan, Meelin; 4 Joan Dillane, Milford; 5 Bill Guinee, Glashakeenleen; 6 John Dillane, Milford. The next 45 Drive will be this Sunday night, December 8th at 8pm sharp. See you all on Sunday night and bring a friend.You can be on the road home by 10pm. Around the Fireside: The Around the Fireside programme is broadcast on C103 Local Radio every Monday night at 10.06pm from Freemount Heritage Centre. Groups are welcome to participate. Comhaltas: Congratulations to our

Pupils from Tullylease National School, Carmel, Laura, Sinead and Setanta who came second in Hazelwood College Science Quiz, pictured with Brendan Bourke, Principal of Hazelwood College, Ms O'Connor, Science Teacher, and Ms Nollaig Daly, Principal of Tullylease NS Plearacha Group who won the Munster final of Plearacha in Templeglantine on Sunday last. There were 45 musicians, singers, dancers and a storyteller under 18 all on stage together. They really gave a fantastic display of talent for a very entertaining 25 minutes. They now go forward to the All Ireland final in Brú Bohrú at the end of January 2020. Well done to all who participated, and best of luck to the finalists.

Coffee morning: There will be a coffee morning in aid of The Hope Foundation at Freemount Heritage Centre this Sunday, December 8th, at 11.30am. Robyn O’Carroll will be travelling to Kolkata with the Hope Foundation in April 2020. All proceeds from Sunday’s coffee morning will go directly to the Hope Foundation, a very worthy cause indeed. There are lots of prizes to be won, and a Christmas treasure hunt for the kids.

Elle Marie all set for Christmas show Freemount songstress Elle Marie O’Dwyer launches her new EP ‘Christmas by the Lee’ on Friday, 6th December. Since arriving on the music scene in 2013, the award-winning singer has performed in venues all over Ireland and abroad and shared the stage with household names including Seán Keane, Maura O’Connell and Cherish the Ladies. Recorded at Pat Donegan Studios, Causeway, Co. Kerry, her latest release is a six-track EP including well-known carols Silent Night and O Holy Night. Elle Marie’s own composition ‘Christmas by the



Lee’ is also included, along with Cliff Richard’s hit, ‘Mistletoe and Wine’, which Elle Marie has produced in her own unique style. “Pat Donegan in Causeway produced and recorded the album and he is a genius at what he does,” she says. Elle Marie and her band will perform a Christmas concert on Friday, 6th December in the Cois Alla (Heritage) Centre in Freemount where the new EP will be launched. This promises to be a fantastic night of festive entertainment, with a mulled wine reception from 7.30pm. Tickets are €10, booking is advised on 086 0788024 or 085 7849716.

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Life on the riverbed g By Tom Ankettell Duhallow Angling Centre of Excellence Autumn is one of the four seasons of the year and is the time of the year that transitions summer into winter. Along with the leaves changing colour, the temperature grows colder, plants stop making food, animals prepare for the long months ahead and daylight starts growing shorter. The birds that arrived in early spring have now departed for warmer winter climes once again and we welcome a whole host of winter birds and wildfowl to our shores. All these migrants can be seen on meadows, hedgerows and waterways all over the winter season. One annual migrant is not so easily spotted as they make their way up the main blackwater channel to return to the many rivers and streams that form the blackwater catchment and that is the fantastic Atlantic salmon. The story of the salmon is one of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true wonders. Every autumn, salmon will return to the very river or stream where they were born a few short years previous. Once salmon arrive back

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Every autumn, salmon return to the river or stream where they were born to their destination they begin the life cycle of one of natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great stories. The female salmon will dig a channel in the riverbed using her tail. Once this channel is ready, she will deposit thousands of eggs which will be fertilised by the male salmon. The female will then cover over the eggs with gravel, again using her tail and body. These channels are known as redds, or commonly known here in Duhallow as scours.


The surviving eggs will develop over the next few years into alevins, from which they develop into salmon parr. Salmon parr can often be mistaken for young trout because of the similarity in size and colour. The next stage of development comes when the salmon parr evolve to the salmon smolt stage. At this stage the smolts transform their body to the silver colour we so commonly associate with the Atlantic salmon. Salmon smolts will travel downstream to the sea and begin the process of building up body weight from the rich feeding at sea and quite quickly increase in size. Over the next couple of years these fish will once again return to the rivers and streams where they were born to begin the life cycle all over again. Unfortunately the numbers of returning salmon to our rivers are in decline due to many factors both at sea and in our rivers. This year, 2019, was declared International Year of the Salmon and hopefully it will help to halt the decline of one natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s true icons.


Agriculture by Michael Morrissey MSc Ag Sci Blue Dot Catchments & EIP Farm Planner

Nutrient management a must As the year draws to an end, updates and amendments to nutrient management plans should be top of the must-do checklist for most working and productive agricultural holdings. At present, as part requirement for the vast majority of AgriEnvironmental Schemes and for farmers availing of a Nitrates Derogation, a valid Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) is mandatory. Adequate nutrient management planning provides many benefits for active landowners and the wider environment, including the protection of our natural resources such as habitats, soils and fresh water ecosystems. The primary object of nutrient management planning from an agricultural production point of view is to balance soil nutrient inputs with crop requirements, and/or maintenance of optimum conditions for crop growth. To obtain a satisfactory picture of the soil fertility on your farm soil, analysis for the whole farm should be carried out every 3-5 years. A valid nutrient management plan will avoid oversupplying individual nutrients, identify where organic manures should be applied and allow the landowner to choose the correct compound fertiliser. The standard soil test includes testing soil phosphorus (P), potassium (K), pH and lime requirements. There is no suitable test for nitrogen (N) or sulphur (S); however, to access additional nutrient information, a herbage analysis is very beneficial, particularly for identifying levels of sulphur and the trace elements copper, molybdenum and selenium. Soil samples must be taken in accordance with The Good Agricultural Practises for the Protection of Waters Regulations. The regulations outline a number of require-


There are a number of specific regulations for best-practice soil sampling ments for a soil sample to be considered valid. The sampling area should not exceed five hectares where soil types and cropping history were similar in the previous five years. Areas with different soil types, cropping history, slope, drainage or persistent poor yields should be sampled separately. Any field or plot where phosphorus was applied either in chemical or organic form must not be sampled for at least three months after last application. To avoid spurious or inaccurate samples, avoid sampling at shallow depths, under extreme soil conditions and at unusual points such as fences, ditches, drinking troughs, dung or urine patches or where manures or lime have been spilled in the past. Not all the nutrients in the soil are available for plant uptake. For example the availability of phosphorus is related to soil pH, phosphorus levels in the soil and the fixation of phosphorus by the soil. Achieving an optimum soil pH for grassland will increase productivity, biological activity and nutrient availability. Applying lime can increase the soil pH of grasslands resulting in the benefits listed above. Lime should be applied


routinely every 3-5 years at the rate determined by the most recent soil analysis. Lime can be applied to the sward any time of year, however, application to bare swards or directly into the seed bed of reseeded pasture are recommended. One point of caution would be to avoid applying urea fertilisers or slurry for 3-6 months after lime application as lime can increase gaseous nitrogen losses from urea and slurry. A brief update on the change in requirements for Derogation Applicants from 2020 onwards: It will be a mandatory requirement for all slurry to be applied via Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment after April 15th, 2020, and after January 12th 2021. A number of requirements have been introduced for grassland management, including a farm scale liming programme from 2021, grass measurement recording and the inclusion of clover in grassland reseeding mixes. With regards to land eligibility, commonage and rough grazing must be excluded from fertiliser calculations from 2020. Finally, with regards to biodiversity it will be a requirement to implement measures in the AllIreland pollinator plan.

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Glantane Kilshannig Junior Ladies finished out the 2019 season with a fantastic victory in the North Cork Final. They defeated St Peter’s in a hard fought game by 2 points. Thanks to St Peter’s for a great game of football in very cold and tough conditions. Well done to each and every one of these outstanding ladies who gave it their all. Also a massive thanks to the trainers and mentors for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year. Pictured above, after the North Cork victory last Monday night and, inset right, captain Emma O’Regan receiving the plaque after the game

Congratulations to Tullylease who beat Glenlara in the final of the Duhallow JCFC played in Mountcollins Friday evening last with a final scoreline of Tullylease 1-15 Glenlara 0-5

Many congratulations to Araglen Desmonds Buí Ladies Football Club, pictured above, who won the North Cork Minor B League Final recently

Gneeveguilla team and panel, who were defeated by Legion in East Kerry Senior Championship semi final, with a final scoreline of Killarney Legion 0-15, Gneeveguilla 0-10

Golf Kanturk Golf Club men's results Cat 0-10: 1st Colm Keating (2) 29pts, 2nd Ben O Dea (6) 27 pts. Cat 11-17: 1st John Corbett (12)

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31pts, 2nd Donal Begley (12) 29 pts. Cat 18-28 1st John Daly (25) 31 pts 2nd Mike Cotter (21) 27 pts


The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IRD Duhallow CLG.


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