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NEWS in brief

Cloghroe Pharmacy are offering a free consultation with an asthma nurse at their instore asthma clinic on Friday June 6th. To make your appointment contact Cloghroe pharmacy on 021 4382244. Inniscarra Annual 4 Mile Road Race and Walk will take place on Friday June 13th at. Walkers and runners, young and old are encouraged to participate. With five weeks to go, there is plenty of time to prepare. Put on the runners and give it a go. There will be plenty of refreshments’ to replenish the body on your return to the centre. All proceeds will go towards their Community Centre. Every bit helps. To find out more or register contact 0217332211/ 085/8810872 email: iccltd@eircom.net

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Members of Dripsey Vintage Club and Muskerry Autism Support Group pictured at a recent cheque presentation at Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey (Main Sponsor) to Muskerry Autism Support Group, Peekaboo and Dripsey Community Association from their Vintage Tractor and Car Run on St Patrick's Day.

Dermot and Judith Murphy, Ballincollig, at the screening of the film ‘Climate of Change’ at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, which was presented by Trocaire to highlight how climate change is impacting on the poorest people around the world. pic Mike English

Pictured at Cobh Confirmations recently were Bishop of Cloyne, William Crean, with his sisters Margaret O’Neill and Marie Fleming from Blarney. pic Ger Bonus

Pharmacy First Plus Tower have begun a home delivery service and Paul Neligan will be delivering to the patients in the area every afternoon from now on. If he can help anyone by delivering to them, or a relative or friend, he would be delighted. If anyone has any queries on this, please contact David or Stephen in PFP Tower on 021 4385225

Congratulati ons to Blarney lady Cora O' Keeffe who graduated from St. Johns College with the City and Guilds diploma and the Senior Trades Cert in hairdressing.

Year 3 Early Years Education students Jessica Sexton, Carrignavar, Anna McCarthy and Vickie Harnett at the opening of Narnia, a programme of performances, exhibition and fundraising art auction at CIT last month. pic Darragh Kane

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Huge congratulations to Inniscarra native, Emma Dineen on her appointment as the new Vice President of the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation. She took up the position on Wednesday April 23rd, at the union’s annual Congress in Kilkenny. Emma attended primary school in Dripsey National School, where she first developed her positive attitude towards education. Having completed a post-graduate course in St Patrick’s College, Dublin, Emma graduated as a primary teacher in 1978.

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Winner of Best Employee Mary Scriven, Ernst Cantillon; Winner of Best Self Employed and Over All Winner Aideen O'Grady, Star Camp; and Tracey Ryan, Bia Beauty, Winner of Best New Business at the Network Cork Businesswomen of the Year Awards. pic Darragh Kane In 1980 Emma was appointed to St Senan’s, Cloghroe, where she has taught every class level. Emma was not only actively involved in extra-curricular activities in her school but also in the parish of Inniscarra, coaching camogie, hurling and football, as well as helping to produce musicals and prepare quiz teams. In 2011, Emma was appointed principal of this thirty teacher school. Emma has been actively involved in the INTO since the 1980s holding titles such as staff representative for her school, Cathaoirleach of the Coachford branch and District 12 representative on the Education Committee. After decades of hard work and fighting for the rights of both teachers and pupils, Emma has been justly acknowledged with this new post. It is a huge honour for Inniscarra and Cork County to have Emma as the Union’s Vice Preseident. We wish her every success in the future.

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Aaron O'Conor, Catherine Casey and Megan O'Conor, Blarney at the opening of Narnia, a programme of performances, exhibition and fundraising art auction at CIT last month. pic Darragh Kane

University College Cork (UCC) students have been recognised for their exceptional contributions inside and outside the university, with almost €110,000 awarded at the UCC Annual Prize Giving. The awards allow the community to pay tribute to UCC’s finest students and support them further into the future. UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy is pictured presenting David P. Burns from Tower with The Charles Medal Award, and Bríd Brosnan from Whitechurch with The Chartered Accountants Cork Society Bursury. pics Donagh Glavin

Seisiún in the Oriel House Hotel every Tuesday night for the summer months Ballincollig Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is delighted to confirm that Seisiún will again take place in Oriel House Hotel every Tuesday night for the summer months, commencing on July 1st and finishing on August 12th. The Seisiún experience is twofold. The first half of the evening will be a formal stage show which will showcase the best of Traditional Irish Music, Song, Dance and Story. The second half of the evening will be a more informal session where audience participation is encouraged. Anseo tiocfaidh tú ar thaispeántas cheol thraidisiúnta Ghaelach atá anamúil agus spleodrach chomh maith le hamhránaíocht, rince agus scéalaíocht. Tagann na ceoltóirí le chéile chun oíche mhór shiamsaíochta a bheith acu. Sa tarna leath freisin, is féidir le gach duine páirt a ghlacadh i seisiún ceoil agus rince. The show in Ballincollig is produced by Martin Power and will feature musicians, singers and dancers who are members of the branch in Ballincollig. Seisiún is not just a concert. It is a unique, traditional and cultural experience enabling both locals and visitors from Ireland and overseas to enjoy a taste of the real Ireland. Don't miss this opportunity to experience Irish entertainment where a memorable night of ‘Ceol agus Craic’ is guaranteed. Tuesday nights, July 1st to August 12th at 8.45pm Oriel House Hotel. Thanks to Jim Carroll & Sons Plant Hire Ltd for sponsorship of family tickets again this year. Information at www.ballincolligcomhaltas.ie or from Diarmuid on 087202 8638 or diarmuid@ocathasaigh.com A Seisiún Launch will take place on Saturday, June 21st at 2pm in Ballincollig Shopping Centre during the Music Day celebrations. Everyone is welcome to attend and get a flavour of what will be on offer during July and August. Beidh fáilte is fiche romhat.

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Kerrie Lynch (7), Zara King (10), Eryn Twomey-O'Sullivan (8) from Voiceworks Youth Choir launch The Mercy Hospital Foundation Ladies Lunch which takes place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, Cork on Saturday 14th June. Tickets are 50 each and are available from www.mercyfundraising.ie. pic Gerard McCarthy

Congratulations to Glanmire Community School Cork who recently won the inaugural Brooks Cork Schools Woodwork Competition for Transition Year Students. Brooks were delighted with the response they received from the students and teachers and would like to congratulation everyone who took part, especially Kieran Cashman and James Kennefick who won the prize of 500 for their school and 250 for themselves, with their bespoke table. The Presentation award was made by Ronan Power Cabinet Maker Midleton. Pictured are Mark Lohan, MD Brooks; Barry McSweeney and Jennifer Connell, Brooks; Pat Walsh, Brooks Cork Manager; Kieran Cashman and James Kennefick, Winning students Glanmire Community School; Tom Pitman, Woodwork Teacher. Brooks will be running the competition again in September, for more information please contact Jennifer Connell @ 021 4912170.

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Cork Airport's Lilibeth Horne, Blarney, and Jackie Gorman, HMS Host, at the launch of Cork Chamber's report on Cork's Agrifood & Drinks Opportunities. pic John Sheehan

A Ballincollig woman has won a dream fashion and shopping trip to New York for two people with $5,000 spending money in Topaz’s latest ‘Play or Park’ loyalty game. Audrey Ryan from Muskerry Estate, Ballincollig, will enjoy five nights luxury accommodation at the Empire Hotel in West Manhattan as well as VIP transfers and tickets to an exclusive catwalk show at New York Fashion Week. Audrey will also dine out at Gordon Ramsay’s at The London restaurant in midtown Manhattan as part of the prize. Audrey, who has never been to New York, said she felt weak at the knees when she got the call from Topaz. pic Diane Cusack

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Nuacht na Míosa ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí

Thug Comhairle na nDaltaí cuireadh chuig na polaiteoirí áitiúla teacht chuig an scoil le haghaidh séisiúin de cheisteanna agus freagraí. Bhí tráthnóna fíor-oideachasúla ag na páistí agus bhí sár-leagan amach ar an ócáid. The Students’ Council recently invited six local politicians to the school for a Question & Answer session prior to the recent local elections. A valuable, educational experience was had by all involved. Much credit is due to the students who organised the event, particularly Oisín Ó Síocháin of 5th class, who was invited to meet An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny as a result of his efforts. Oisín also had a letter in relation to Irish politics published in the Irish Examiner recently!

Bhí an tSeachtain Ghníomhach á chéiliúradh ag an scoil ag deireadh mí Bealtaine. Bhí iomáint, peil, sacar, cispheil, rugbaí, damhsa agus siúlóid i measc na gníomhaíochtaí a bhí ar siúl i rith na seachtaine. An-sheachtain a bhí ag gach éinne agus bronnadh boinn ar an gCoiste Gníomhach ag deireadh na seachtaine. The school celebrated Active School Week at the end of May. A fantastic week was had by all! The children took part in hurling, football, soccer, rugby, basketball and dancing. Each class also took part in a Sponsored Walk organised by the Parents’ Association. Medals were presented to the Active School Committee at the end of the week as well as to the winning rugby blitz team. The rugby blitz was run once a week at lunchtime for the past term and was organised by the Active School Committee.

Bronnadh an tríú Bhrat Glas ar an scoil le déanaí ar son chaomhnú fuinnimh. Maith sibh uilig a bhí páirteach! The school was recently awarded its third Green Flag for Energy Conservation. Well done to all involved over the last two years!

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Niamh Chiappa, Parklands at the opening weekend of the Sky Garden in Fitzgerald Park, Cork. pic Darragh Kane

Ballincollig mum launches 100%organic range of baby food

An exciting new range of organic infant food is set to transform Ireland’s baby food market. Organic Little One, the brainchild of mum-of-two Niamh O’Dwyer, originally from Ballincollig, has launched a range of 100% organic chilled purées and meals. Niamh said, “It is recognised worldwide that the first 1,000 days of life from conception to a child’s 2nd birthday offers a unique opportunity to shape a healthier future. With this in mind, when weaning my boys I wanted them to enjoy natural and tasty fresh foods. “When I trawled through the available baby foods in the supermarket aisles, I could not find a freshly prepared convenient baby food and discovered the choice was either to make more nutritious, fresh baby food at home or buy shelf stable, over processed jars. I started making my own purées and quickly found myself spending all day Saturday making batches of purées and baby foods. Life can be hectic, and as family time is so precious, this inspired me to create Organic Little One. “I come from a family business and it has always been my ambition to run my own business. Before I had children of my own I had never imagined that my business would be baby food, but here it is and here I am. I have listened to what mums want and Organic Little One fills the gap providing, simple, just like homemade organic purées and baby foods”.

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Bríd Hartnett, Crookstown, Sinead Gee and Ciara Griffen, Blarney St at the opening of Narnia, a programme of performances, exhibition and fundraising at CIT. pic Darragh Kane

Congratulations to the Transition Year students of BCS involved in Young Social Innovators 2014 who won an award for their project on raising awareness deafness in the local community. The project is named ‘Project Rita’, after group member Shane O'Neill's mother Rita who is profoundly deaf and can only communicate by means of sign language. The students are also petitioning to make Irish Sign Language the third official language of Ireland. Students organised for sign language classes in the school for local business to attend to encourage the use of sign language in Ballincollig. The students project and journey through YSI was documented on TV3 and 3e last month. Pictured are group members; Alan Coffey, Helen Lynch, Adam Collins, Shane O'Neill, Stephen Dornan, Noreen Kiely, Niall Daly and David Barry after receiving their award and completing an interview with TV personality Laura Woods.

Agnes O'Flynn from Onslow Gardens and Marcus O'Connell from Sundays Well pictured at the recently held Clarion Hotel Wedding Showcase. pic Miki Barlok Aoife Cotter, Kayleigh Cronin and Laura Lehane, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney at the National launch of The Amber Flag Initiative by Suicide Aware at Rochestown Park Hotel. pic Mike English

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Kathleen Kelleher from Dripsey, currently a cancer patient at CUH, is so grateful for the care she has received, and continues to receive, from the caring and professional staff that she decided to give back something in return. She looked no further than her husband, folk singer and avid lifetime fan of Luke Kelly who ironically was a cancer patient at CUH in 1980. Pat got together with his musician friends Dan O’Sullivan, Paul Carroll, Joe Noonan and son Ricky who kindly gave of their time to perform a Luke Kelly Tribute Concert at Griffins Garden Centre. A big thank you to Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey who gave their venue to host the show and whose staff volunteered to help out on the night. Dr. Paul Kelly was in attendance on behalf of Cork University Hospital and explained that the funds raised would be used for the purchase of vital signs monitors for the Dunmanway Unit at CUH. A total of €4420.00 was raised and was handed over recently to the voluntary organisation AID Cancer Treatment (ACT) whose aim is to help contribute to greater patient care, treatment and comfort by helping to invest in cancer treatment equipment and critical research initiatives. Kathleen wishes to thank everyone that made the event a success.


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New owner brings new lease of life to Blarney Golf Resort

A new lease of life has come to popular local hotel, leisure centre and golf club Blarney Golf Resort which employs more than 100 local people. The four star hotel was recently purchased by well known businessman Tom O’Gorman. Mr O’Gorman saw the potential in this magnificent local property and is looking forward to investing more than half a million euro in the next Manager Conor O’Toole and Marketfive months in the hotel ing Manager George Hook and leisure centre. Talking to The Muskerry News, Manager Conor O’Toole thanked all their local customers, leisure centre members, and golfers for their support and loyalty over the past few years and said how much he was looking forward to the planned refurbishment in all areas of the business. The hotel will also now be opening all year round, a move that will be welcomed by its’ loyal local customers. There has been a big and very exciting change in the kitchen also, with the appointment of Ciaran Brosnan as their new head chef. Ciaran, originally from Tralee, trained in Rockwell college and has worked in senior chef positions in both Australia and closer to home. He has held the position of Head Chef in some of corks best known hotels including The Ambassador, The Rochestown Park Hotel and SilverSprings. Ciaran brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and new ideas.

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Congratulations to popular local business woman Annette Enright, Cinderella's Closet, who has been nominated for the 2014 Women In Business Award for Munster. This is fantastic recognition for all the hard work done by Annette and the team at Cinderella's Closet. The awards will be held at Silversprings Hotel on Saturday July 5th and will be hosted by RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan. If you wish to vote for Annette email the following message 'Annette Enright Hi’s Retail Manager of the Year 2014' to vote@no1.ie


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The Muskerry News Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce muskerrynews Blarney Person of the Month Award FREE

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The May 2014 Blarney Person of The Month is Edward Healy

“We would like to nominate Edward Healy to be the next person of the month for Blarney. Ed is the proprietor of Edward Healy Garage, Model Village Tower, Blarney.

Ed, with the fantastic support of his wife Deirdre, has done tremendous charity work through his involvement with Blarney Vintage Club. A club member since 1992, Ed took over as Chairman in 2006. To date the club has raised more than €15,000 for various charities, with one of their main beneficiaries being the Cork branch of The Alzheimers Society. Under his stewardship the club also ran the Chris Pardoe memorial run for 5 years. The Club recently hosted a successful quiz night for The Cork Branch of The Alzheimers Society and plans are well underway for the Blarney Vintage Charity run on the 19th July, which will also benefit the same charity. Ed and Deirdre ran the successful ‘Blarney Vintage Show’ for four years, an event which brought both prestige and business to the village. We think he deserves to be Blarney Person of the Month with the hope he will be Blarney Person of the Year.” Do you know someone who deserves a Blarney Person of The Month award? The awards aim is to recognise achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow. You can nominate anyone who’s contribution has singled them out as deserving of recognition, be it in community, sport, business, arts, family or indeed from any sector or activity in our community. Send your nomination with the name of your nominee Michael Murray Jerry O’Brien Paddy Hickey Chrissie Mackey and the reason you wish to nominate them (along with your name, address and contact details) to Ed’s name now goes forward with our previous monthly Blarney Person of The Month Awards, The Muskerry winners Michael Murray, Jerry O’Brien, Paddy Hickey and Chrissie Mackey to the News, Church View, Blarney or by email to overall award of Blarney Person of The Year Award 2014 which will be announced muskerrynews@eircom.net at a ceremony in January 2015.

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This months Blarney Young Sports People of the Month are Blarney GAA U14 Hurlers on their great win in the Premier 2 Hurling County Final recently in Pairc Ui Rinn. They overcame Bride Rovers in a cracking match with a scoreline of 5-7 to 2-4. This months award is in association with Buckley Security, Blarney


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Cloghroe National School

On Saturday May 17th, 2nd class pupils received the sacrament of First Holy Communion in St. Senan's Church. A beautiful ceremony marked this pivotal milestone in each pupil’s faith formation. Pupils from 3rd to 6th class sang in the choir, while many parents were busy making sandwiches and cakes for the reception in the school hall after mass. As always, it was a whole school effort.

C’mon the Rebels! Big congratulations to Ellen Murphy and Fergal O’Leary who represented Cork in the G.A.A Primary Games. Our superstars wore the red and white of Cork with pride in Semple Stadium Thurles during half time of the M.S.H.C. Cork V Waterford on Sunday the 25th of May. Cloghroe N.S. is extremely proud of this great achievement. A blast from the past! Cloghroe N.S. was thrilled to welcome back past pupils Sean O’Donoughue, Aaron O’Raw Mathew O’Leary and Declan Hyland all from Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig. The boys played on the schools senior football team, which recently won the Senior B All-Ireland Football final in Croke Park. Particular congratulations to past pupil, Sean O’Donoughue who captained the team to victory and was also awarded ‘man of the match’ award for his outstanding performance.

Blarney welcomes new Doctor Dr Una O'Halloran has opened up in Ashdale House, formerly the surgery of the late Dr. Daniel O’Donoghue. Dr Una is a native of Cork who qualified from the Royal College of Surgeons Dublin in 1998. Her GP training was completed in Sligo, where she subsequently spent five years working in rural practice before the opportunity to return to her native Cork arose in 2008. Since then Una has enjoyed working as a GP in the Cork area. The surgery will provide a full range of doctor’s services and the doctor also specialises in dermatology, women's health and contraception, infertility and children's health. Treatment of warts with cryotherapy is also provided in surgery. You can contact Dr. Una on 4385602, and all patients are assured a very warm welcome.

National Walk to School week took place from May 12th to 16th when hundreds of pupils walked to school each day. We held our official W.O.W. day on Wednesday and we were thrilled that 397 pupils participated in this special day. Once again, pupils, parents and even puppies walked to school. The boys and girls in Cloghroe N.S. are certainly doing their bit to work towards a greener and cleaner environment. Our Camogie team qualified for the Sciath na Scol Finals in Páirc Uí Rinn on, Tuesday the 27th of May. Cloghroe played in an entertaining match against Scoil Chlochair Mhuire, Carrigtwohill in the Roinn C1 Final. Cloghroe emerged victorious for the 2nd year running, with a final score line of 9-03 to 0-02. Ready, Steady, Go! Our athletics team did the school proud in this year’s Cork City Sports on Wednesday the 21st of May. After weeks of training, our athletes were in top shape and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Particular congratulations to our three relay teams who were placed on the day and all the children who won individual awards.

West Midlands theatre group visited Cloghroe N.S. with their theatrical performance of ‘The Firebird’. The magic firebird helped Prince Evan save the day with his amazing feathers. Pupils from Junior Infants to 6th class thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Some boys and girls even had the opportunity to perform on stage with the actors!

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Gardaí first to leave Courtbrack

Yes it’s true, it was the Gardaí that led the way at Courtbrack Vintage Society’s Annual Vintage Tractor and Car Road Run on Sunday May 18th, with SOS 24 Hour Recovery bringing up the rear. There were blue lights flashing and sirens blaring as the local Gardaí led the vintage procession that wound its way slowly through the beautiful countryside. A great crowd gathered at Courtbrack Cross to see the tractors and cars off, with plenty more onlookers all along the 19 mile route, especially when the vintage convoy made its way through Blarney village! While the day started out wet, the weather cleared up just in time for the start of the run, and let’s be honest, it would take a lot more than a little rain to stop the Courtbrack crew! The Club were delighted with the turn out on the day, which was deemed another great success, and which concluded with the presentation of the James O’Donoghue Perpetual Trophy. As luck would have it, the cup was won by well-known local man, Jeremy Murphy, who was driving his vintage American muscle car, a beautiful Pontiac Firebird. Of course, the day would never have succeeded without a huge team effort from the local community, there was enough food to feed a small army! The Club would like to thank everyone who took part in the Road Run and those who helped out in any way. That’s not it for 2014 for the Club though, they are organising the vintage section of this year’s Cork Summer Show (13th-15th June), and later in the year will be taking their tractors on the road again to Meanus, Co. Limerick to support Greybridge Classic Club’s Harvest Day (a small trip considering they already drove to Rosslare this year to take part in the Irish Welsh National Road Run). Finally, the Club will be hosting their annual Old Time Threshing and Vintage Display on 14th September. Contact Club PRO, John Mulcahy on (087) 7838513 or the Club’s Facebook page for updates.

During the month of May learners and staff in Ballincollig were engrossed in movie making for the X-Hale Youth Awards. This project involved learners, with the help of staff, making a two minute movie portraying the tobacco industry enticing young people to smoke. The X-Hale Youth Awards is an Irish Cancer Society programme that aims to prevent young people from starting to smoke. X-Hale works with youth organisations and services and supports the development of youth led activities and projects that tackle smoking amongst young people. The programme aims to empower young people and youth organisations to explore issues around smoking that are relevant to young people in their own community. Our young Ballincollig potential film makers will travel to Dublin in July hoping to achieve an X-Hale Youth Award.

Don’t miss Chapterhouse Theatre Company who are returning to Blarney Castle with their brand-new adaptation of The Jungle Book. This fabulous show will take place at Blarney Castle and Gardens on Friday 27th June at 6.30pm. Tickets, priced at adult €13, child and student €9 and family (2 adults & 2 children) €36, are available from Blarney Castle 021 4385252 or See Tickets (0871) 2200260 www.seetickets.com Gates Open at 5.30pm, and please bring seating.

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Busy month for Blarney & District Chamber and its’ members

Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce caters for all businesses, be they start ups or well established. Our aim is to connect with and support our fellow members, create a viable business community in our area and remain true to our heritage as one of Ireland's top tourist villages, all in one hour! New Website for Blarney Chamber. Thanks to Sue at Synergy Web Strategies for our brand new website http://blarneychamber.com/ which covers everything going on in Blarney.All members are listed in the free directory which is another bonus along with the free TV adverts in the Tourist Office window. Please do have a look at our fantastic new website and sign up for our newsletter!

Local Elections. May was election month and Blarney Chamber strongly supported the need for local representation with the overriding message being PLEASE USE YOUR VOTE! There was plenty of competition and plenty of choice with 12 candidates vying for 6 seats. Congratulations to Kevin Conway and Bob Ryan who will now represent us at local level and a huge pity to have narrowly missed out on a third local representative with our former Chairman Damian Boylan being eliminated on the last count, despite having out-polled three of the elected candidates on first preference votes. Featured Chamber Member keeps the Sunnyside up! Sunnyside B&B is located in a very peaceful and safe neighbourhood, notable for its birdsong and greenery and with plenty of space for car parking, and really exemplifies what is best about Blarney. Host Mary Walsh has created a warm and hospitable environment that saw Sunnyside B&B awarded a Certificate of Excellence. Even the eggs are sunny side up! If you have family/friends looking for overnight accommodation why not suggest Sunnyside Bed and Breakfast, 5 Woodlands, Cloghroe, Blarney, Co. Cork.Tel 021 438 5779 / email: mwsunny@iol.ie

No ducking Candy Rock Café! We now have the most beautiful vintage style mobile café waiting at the end of the local Clogheenmilcon ‘Duck Walk’ thanks to Trevor Coughlan! Open Thursday to Sunday, from morning until 8pm with tables and chairs ready and waiting for any tired feet, the café is also a welcome respite for Mammies and Daddies while their children are running around the playground. Cards Complete are delighted to add ‘Personalised Cards’ to their range of greeting cards. Just add a photo, name and a personal message to their large range of Personalised Cards which all carry the guaranteed Irish Mark. Their ‘Miss U Gift Box’ is still the most popular of our gift boxes. Full of Irish goodies, all our boxes are made in Ireland and sent worldwide. www.cardscomplete.ie

Edward Healy & Sons garage, from cars to bars! Despite reporting brisk business with car repairs and NCT preparations, Ed

OCCrash Repairs are blasting into a new area. Have you old and rusty garden furniture that needs to be cleaned up and made as good as new? We can sandblast dirt and rust off anything metal, repaint it and it will be as good as new. So if you have any garden furniture, or maybe a trailer or alloy wheels that look sad and tired, we will have it shiny and new in no time. Blast the Past and bring it into the future Contact us at 4552223.

Eamonn Pitts ‘Mind your own business!’ While most of us are busy minding our own business, Eamonn Pitts has been minding everyone else’s with an almost completed extensive list of every business in the area. This was a huge undertaking and involved months of work which culminated in a present count of approx 500 businesses and an extremely valuable database for our Chamber. If you want to ensure your business is included please email your details to Kate at blarneybusiness@gmail.com IrishMadeGifts.com Father’s Day business! Why not consider an Irish made design this Father’s Day? These leather business card holders come beautifully packaged with your dad’s name on them for just 24.99, now that’s the business! See their full range at www.irishmadegifts.com and watch out for their gift display stand coming soon to the Tourist Office.

Welcome to our latest members; We had two very welcome visitors at a recent meeting from Dogs for Disabled. This national charity based in Vicarstown provides assistance and stability dogs free of charge to children and adults with a physical disability. This helps them to gain confidence and live independent lives. No government funding is received so they rely completely on fundraising and public generosity. You will see the team out and about around Blarney training dogs so please do say hello. An Open Day takes place August 10th, more of which in next month’s edition. www.dogsfordisabled.ie Jo’s Edge. Jo is a well known face in Blarney and has taken a scissors to many of your heads over the years! Creative styling for men, women & children keep Jo and her team to the forefront with cutting edge hairstyles. https://www.facebook.com /jos.edge / 021 438 2739

and Deirdre Healy still managed to take time out to organise yet another very successful Blarney Vintage Club ‘Annual Table Quiz’. This year’s funds went to the Cork branch of The Alzheimer’s Society and a great night was had by all.

June Meetings. One hour, open to all- members and non members. Why Not Join Us? Friday 6th 9am Coffee The Castle Hotel Friday 13th 9am Coffee The Castle Hotel Friday 20th 9am Coffee The Castle Hotel Friday 27th Time and venue to be announced


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20 | Muskerry News Early Years Education students Rebecca Buckley and Aoife O'Sullivan, Carrignavar, at the opening of Narnia, a programme of performances, exhibition and fundraising art auction developed at CIT. pic Darragh Kane

Young Social Innovators (YSI), through its programmes and platforms, enables young people to grapple with difficult social issues, advocating reform and advancing change. Each year, thousands of young people are supported to explore social issues that concern them, explore and come up with a variety of responses to these. In this way, YSI builds social capital and helps young people create a fairer and more caring Ireland. Each YSI group tackles their own issue of social concern through a project they set up. Students at Ballincollig Community School include YSI as a 4th year module and 10 students are in the Advocate group ‘Link-In’, of which there are only 25 groups in Ireland The reason they picked this project is because they wanted to tackle various problems in the community and link the community together in the areas of mental health, Tidy Towns, spending time with the students of Our Lady of Good Counsel school, social media awareness with younger pupils at Scoil Barra primary and various Charity Collections.

J.J. Long, Chairman Muskerry GAA, making a presentation to Noel Dunne, who has retired as Principal at De La Salle College, Macroom. Included is John Murphy, present Principal at the College. J.J. paid tribute to Noel for his outstanding work at the College and for his promotion of Gaelic Games there which was a major benefit to the clubs of the Muskerry region. Picture: Mike English

Jenny Murphy from Red Balloon Ballincollig, Christine O'Flynn Farranree, and Richard O'Flynn Mallow pictured at the recently held Clarion Hotel Wedding Showcase. pic Miki Barlok

June Barry, Susan Calnan, Mallow, Kathleen and Jim O'Neill, Farran, and Yvonne Cronin, Trocaire, at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork for the screening by Trocaire of the film 'Climate of Change' which highlights the effects of climate change on the poor of the world. pic Mike English

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Cork Therapy Centre and Sports Injury clinic celebrates 10 years of excellence As we all well know, it’s extremely important to take good care of your body. Cork Therapy Centre and Sports Injury clinic is a Chartered Physiotherapy clinic that treats clients from all over Cork and Munster and has done for the last 10 years. The clinic was opened in April 2004 and we are delighted to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary. We are opened 6 days a week. 8 till 8 weekday and 9-1 Saturday morning by appointment.

Patients are treated for sports and work related injuries. The clinic sees a full spectrum of sports-related injuries and from all different levels of sport from local and college teams to Olympic athletes and Paralympic athletes. Cork Therapy Centre and Sports Injury Clinic, which is based near Blarney, in Tower Shopping Centre, treats sports injuries, neck and back pain, myofascial pain and trigger points, foot assessment, paediatrics, neurological problems and biomechanical problems. We have a new paediatrics Chartered Physiotherapist Deirdre O’ Sullivan MISCP starting in July. The staff focus on healing through evidence based techniques and their holistic approach also includes Pilates and yoga while focusing mainly on manual therapy techniques. All the physiotherapists have studied acupuncture and dry needling, which are used daily to treat patients. We also have soft tissue massage, deep tissue massage and sports massage by Emma Robertson Chartered Physiotherapist available 3 night a week 2 – 8pm. There is an on-site gym and Pilates studio. We have a Chartered Physiotherapist Karen Quinn MISCP, that runs our Pilates Classes which are kept to a small number to ensure that people with certain problems are getting the most out of their Pilates Classes. There are four chartered physiotherapists available at the clinic who are all interested in sports and who chose to do this career to help others achieve their goals free from pain, so that they are free to play sports and lead a healthy normal life.


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What a wonderful time the residents of Woodfield, Blarney, had doing their big clean up of their lovely Estate. Organisers commented on how lovely it was to spend time with their neighbours, and the children especially enjoyed the day. Great work was done, and great fun was had by all.

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28 | Muskerry News Samantha Waldron, Ruben and Niamh Power, Ballincollig at the opening of 'art by us II' exhibition of art work by older people as part of the Bealtaine month in Millennium Hall, City Hall. pic Darragh Kane

Brighter, Whiter Smiles!

Our Smile is often the first thing others notice. Whiter, brighter teeth can give us more confidence and make that smile all the more ready to appear. A beautiful smile is now much more readily achieved than ever before. The first stage to obtaining a beautiful smile is to ensure that the teeth and gums are healthy. Visit your dentist regularly for a check up so that any cavities or gum problems can be treated early before they turn into bigger problems. The sooner problems are detected the simpler they are to treat and the less noticeable they will appear. Everybody with PRSI cover and a Medical Card (over 16 years old) is entitled to a free dental check up once a year. There are many causes of tooth discolouration. The most common are smoking, coffee, tea and red wine. An extensive scale and polish can sometimes remove the majority of these stains without any further treatment required. Deeper more extensive discolouration however may require further treatment such as tooth whitening. Tooth Whitening is suitable for most people as long as the teeth and gums are healthy. So called whitening products are available in the supermarkets and Pharmacies, these have been found to have limited affects on discolouration due to the amount of bleaching agent contained. EU directives have limited the strength of whitening agents sold over the counter to less than a tenth of that which can be prescribed by your dentist. The steps involved in tooth whitening are simple. Impressions of your teeth are taken by your dentist from which special custom fitting trays (like thin mouthguards) are made. Whitening gel is then placed in your custom trays which fit snugly over your teeth. The whitening gel breaks down and oxygen ‘dissolves’ the stains inside your teeth. You can wear the trays when you want to, over night or any time during the day. The whitening gel is available in different strengths and your dentist can recommend the best product to suit your teeth and lifestyle. Everybody’s teeth will whiten at different rates but on average excellent results are obtained after about 5-14 days. The results will last indefinitely although can be refreshed when required if restaining occurs (coffee/tea/smoking!) Clinical studies have shown that bleaching using this method is safe for teeth and gums. A minority of people may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold.

Bishop of Cork Dr. John Buckley cuts the tape to officially open the new extension to Ovens National School, picture includes; Eoghan Hyde, Principal, Martin Coughlan, Deputy Mayor of Cork County, Richard Nagle (original land owner), Chairman School Board of Management, Richard Wood, Marian O'Callaghan, Deputy Principal and Fr. Liam O'hIci P.P. Ovens. pic Donagh Glavin

Students from secondary schools in Cork City continue to support and run the SHARE complex in Sheare's St., as well as other locations, which provides housing and community care for the elderly. The support of the parents of the students led to the formation of the SHARE MOTHERS, and this week two of those volunteers received Cork Persons of the Month to mark their work. Paula Kelleher and Elizabeth Bermingham have organised Bingo and many such social activities, over many years, for the residents of the SHARE complex, plus users of the Day Care facility. Carmel McNamara make a presentation to Jerry O'Brien in appreciation of organising and presenting Blarney gramophone circle for 25 years. Jerry is the only founder member left of the original group. Teresa Osborne also presented Peggy O'Brien with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion.

Blarney Joint Policing Forum will be held on

Tuesday June 24th at 8pm at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney

Members of an Garda Siochana and Cork County Council will be in attendance to address any concerns you may have. All welcome.

Chairman John Henchion Secretary Kate Durrant


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Girls honoured at St. Patrick’s Girls College annual awards ceremony

John Ring, Principal, presents the ‘Spirit of St. Patrick's’ Award to Niamh Holland.

pics Mike English

Saoirse Rodgers, winner of the Best Leaving Certificate Award 2013 and Kamila Juzak, winner of Best Junior Certificate Award.

Merit Award winners were Abbie Butler, Eva Long, Kasey Madden, Aisling Frawley and Lauren Moynihan

Winners of the Gold Medal Awards based on Leaving Certificate resultsare Stephanie Whiteford, Tara Curtin, St. Patrick's College Distinguished Past Pupil Award Alyssa Laprise, Aoife Burke, Nicola Reville, Aileen Corcoran, Simona Tracova, Saoirse Rodgers, Natasha Winner, Bernie O'Donoghue, with Principal John Ring, mother Beryl O'Donoghue, husband Stephen Walsh, Ivana Michalikova, Megan Ryan. Missing from photo Zoe Delaney. Pattison and children, Ava, Olwyn and Ruth.

Skillet of Cork landed fish. A very popular dish at McGettigan’s Cookhouse & Bar at The Ambassador Hotel. Serves 2

Ingredients

100g salmon (skinless and diced small) 100g cod (skinless and diced small) 4 single baby potatoes Quarter of the white part of a leek (sliced) 6 mussels 6 clams 100ml of white wine 250ml of cream

Method

1) Boil your baby potatoes until cooked and then take them off the heat and run them under cold running water until cool. 2) In the meantime get all your ingredients ready i.e. chop your fish, slice and wash your leeks etc 3) In a hot pan add in your mussels and clams and the white wine 4) Cover the pan with a lid or a plate and reduce the wine and let the mussels and clams open 5) Now add the diced fish, leeks and baby potato and the cream 6) Let the cream come to the boil and turn it down to simmer(slowly boil) to reduce. It’s reduced enough when the cream can coat the back of a spoon. 7) By now your fish should be cooked but if not leave it simmer for a further 2 minutes 8) Serve and Enjoy!

Aoife Daly McGrath, Joann Keery and Emma Sharpe were among the Sports Awards winners.

Winners of Junior Academic Awards were Hayleigh O'Driscoll, Marissa Lotty, Helen Quill, Yelyzaveta Chervova, Ciara McAuliffe, Jessica Walsh, Niamh Crowley and Emma Furlong. Missing from photo Patricia Pavlovic.


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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Children’s Entertainment at Blarney January 1884, and other miscellany

On Monday morning January 7th 1884, in the infant school in connection with the Convent, Mrs. Mahony, St. Helen’s, gathered a number of children together, and presented them with useful and elegant gifts. Forty-five of the children are under six years of age, and attend the infant school; the others belong to a sewing class which Miss Breen (Mrs. Mahony’s niece) takes charge of, herself. Specimens of their sewing were exhibited, and they were highly creditable to both teacher and pupils. After each child had chosen a nice present, they got a refreshment of good things, which they seemed to enjoy exceedingly. Then the infants sang several songs; it was quite a treat to hear so many young voices join in so heartily. Last, though not least was the heaps of warm clothing (made by Mrs. Mahony and the Sisters who reside in Blarney convent) distributed by Mrs. Mahony and Miss Breen, each child receiving from one to three articles according to their circumstances. There were jackets, dresses, shawls, mufflers, pinafores, and petticoats made of Blarney tweed and flannel, and other underclothing. A few days ago Miss Breen held a sewing competition amongst the girls, and the successful competitors were awarded handsome work-boxes, etc. There were also some valuable prizes given to those girls who wore the neatest patched clothes, Mrs. Mahony having given previous instructions that the girls were to appear in their ordinary school attire. Before separating, the children expressed their thanks by cheering heartily for the Rev. Mother and Sisters and Mr. and Mrs. Mahony, and Miss Bren, who join hand-in-hand in every charitable undertaking.

St. Ann’s Hill Hydropathic Establishment On Saturday 5th January 1884 a very enjoyable evening was spent by the guests and visitors who crowded the theatre of the establishment to witness a performance of amateur Christy’s Minstrels. The programme was of the usual kind, the first part consisting of songs, and the second of a variety entertainment. Amongst the songs we may mention “The Old Log Cabin”, sung by Mr. J.A. Davis, “Put Me in my Little Bed” by L. West and “Her First Name is Hannah”, by Mr. H.A. West, as specially deserving commendation. In the second part Mr. Stokes very clever banjo playing and singing, Mr. P. Cook’s dancing (encored) and a farce, Stocks up and Stocks down” by Messrs. Stokes and H.A. West were the principal items. Blarney Petty Sessions January 10th 1899 The Guardians of Cork Union sought an order against Mary Hegarty for the closing up of a house in Kerry Pike, occupied by John Daly on the ground that it is unfit for human habitation. Mr. A. Blake appeared to prosecute. Dr. D.J. Flynn stated that the house was in a most filthy condition. The roofs were bad; ventilation was bad, and, in fact, in such a dirty state was the place that it was even fit for cattle. The place should be closed completely. Mr Blake said the reason the Guardians were particular in this and other cases was that there had been two or three of death from typhus in the district. He took the trouble of enquiring from the doctor and he found that the deaths were not due to an epidemic but to the fact that the disease was imported from Cork by a person who had been visiting an afflicted friend there, but such nuisances did not tend to prevent the spread of the disease. The Chairman said the Guardians did not seem to take any means to cure the state of affairs, by notices. Mr. James Barry, sub-sanitary officer, said the defendant had been noticed several times and, as a result of one of the notices, the walls of the house had been repaired some time ago. Mr. Blake respectfully submitted that that was a matter for the Guardians and not for the Bench, whose only duty was to try the case before them.

The Chairman remarked that the Bench on wanted to bring before the Guardians the real state of affairs. A penalty of 6d was imposed and the order sought, made. In the case against the same owner with regard to the house occupied by Daniel O’Leary and against Charles Buckley, Dr. Flynn said the facts were much the same as in the first case. In both cases there were heaps of manure and piggeries close to the houses. A similar order was made but the costs were not given in Buckley’s case. A like order was sought against John Ruby. Dr. Flynn stated that in one room, 10 feet high, 141/2 feet long, by 61/2 feet broad with one small window and scarcely any ventilation, there were ten of a family sleeping. Ruby said he had already put in four re-presentation forms to the Board of Guardians for a labourer’s cottage but had not yet got one. Mr. Pratt said the Guardians often gave cottages to those who really did not require them. The Chairman said this was so, and this appeared to be a very urgent case. Mr Blake said that there were several people in the Blarney district who were not agricultural labourers occupying labourers’ cottages. Mr. Barry remarked that Ruby kept his house very clean. The Bench imposed a fine of 6d, and ordered the defendant to find more accommodation for his family. The above items were printed in the Cork Examiner newspapers of the time.

Blarney & District Historical Society takes a break for the summer months until the A.G.M. which will be held on Thursday 18th September 2014. Please note date. We start our 2014/2015 season of Lectures and Field Trips then with another varied and interesting programme. However we will be active for a number of events during Heritage Week (23rd to 31st August). These events will be well publicised in advance. In the meantime thank you all for your support and enjoy the summer break.

TAKING STEPS TO BETTER FOOTCARE Chiropodist now in attendance at

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Brian, Terry, Laura and the four legged receptionis t Jessie at Apollo Print. Apollo Print was established in 1986 and is a second generation family owned and run printing business centrally located in Kerry Pike. From their easy to reach premises they offer a full in-house print and design service, guaranteeing customers top quality printing, quick turnaround and very competitive pricing. With letterpress, litho and the latest in digital printing presses at their fingertips, they can print your job as economically as possible whether it is digital colour printing for business cards or litho spot colour printing for letterheads you will find their prices very competitive. Large print run or small print run they are always willing to help and advise you on whatever your requirements with friendly professional advice. Unlike larger printing companies they have more control on working and opening hours and will work around the clock if needs be to get your job out, as many of their clients who have been with them since they first turned on the presses will testify. They pride themselves on delivering your proof, quote or job on time. Working for some of Corks largest

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Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener Blarney Castle

May brought a rise in night temperatures and even a few sunny days! The regular maintenance work of grass cutting, strimming, edging and weed control is now taking up a large portion of our available time and it really is a question of juggling jobs to try and keep things tidy. Although it is hectic, it is also the time of year when you start to see a lot of results from your winter and spring projects. Our rhododendron and azalea beds have been amazing so far this year. There is still good colour there and it’s well worth popping in to see them. We have planted huge numbers throughout the grounds over the last three years and it’s very satisfying to see them starting to fill out. The four new Belgian beds have flowered well for their first year. We are in the process of planting up all of our display beds with mixed bedding and have hung our hanging baskets. In the beds we generally use a mix of begonias, petunias, lobelia and geraniums. The secret to a good display is regular watering and feeding. We use phostrogen plant food every second week through the growing season. We also use the largest baskets possible as they are so prone to drying out. The glasshouses are looking full and we have peaches, nectarines, apricots, grapes, strawberries and assorted vegetables all coming along nicely. There was good bloom in our new heritage apple orchard this year, so we are hoping to improve on last year’s crop. The Fern Garden is also coming along nicely, and all of the tree ferns are currently throwing up new fronds. We have recently planted out around 300 new ferns. These will significantly add to the overall lush look of the garden as they mature. Some of you will have been observing the development of our new garden area in the lower rock close. This is to be called ‘The Garden of the Seven Sisters’ and its centrepiece is a Neolithic style stone circle featuring seven standing stones and two fallen. This being Blarney there is a great story as to how this came about. The gardens will be gradually planted around this central feature, which has already become a focal point for tourists. Jobs for June will include sowing outdoor vegetables, pruning grape vines and pinching out tomatoes and cucumbers side shoots and start to feed with seaweed feed or similar. Spray the potatoes for blight if necessary. Keep an eye out for pests as the weather warms up. We introduce biological controls for aphids and mealybug in our glasshouses. Spray roses for blackspot and aphids or use soap suds if it’s a small infestation. Plant out bedding if not already done; keep up to speed with watering both in and outside. Newly planted or potted plants are especially prone to stress from drying out. Our annual Summer Garden Fair ‘Blarney in Bloom’ is on the 12th of July. There will be a lot of additional features this year, with a programme of gardening talks from expert speakers, interactive arts and crafts displays, specialist plant nurseries, the birds of prey returning, live music and children’s entertainment and a hog roast. It is all in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and should be a great family day out. Anyone wishing to take part please drop me a line at: blarneygardens@blarneycastle.ie

Happy 90th birthday to the wonderfully youthful looking Margarete Murphy. Margarete came to Ireland from her native Germany over 60 years ago and lives in Blarney with the family of her daughter Deirdre and late son in law, popular Blarney man Liam. Margarete enjoying catching up with some of her former colleagues from Cork College of Commerce, as well as family and friends at her birthday celebrations in The Muskerry Arms.

Launching Blarney in Bloom Summer Garden Fair taking place at the historic Blarney Castle this year on Saturday, 12th July are award-winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin, who will be a guest speaker on the day, with assistance dog Zeta, and Blarney Castle’s own Head Gardener, Adam Whitbourn. Blarney Castle is becoming renowned for its fantastic summer bloom fair which is now into its fourth year. Proceeds of the event go to Irish Guide Dogs. On the day Diarmuid will be joined by organic gardening expert Klaus Laitenberger and garden consultant Helen Dillon. Accomplished Blarney Castle Head Gardener Adam Whitbourn will also be in attendance and available for questions. Blarney in Bloom runs from 10am to 5pm. Entry is 5 and includes access to Castle Gardens. Children under 12 can attend this event for free. For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/BlarneyInBloom

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European Diversity celebrated at Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney

Congratulations Rang 2 on receiving your First Holy Communion recently from all the staff and pupils of Scoil Chroi Iosa.

Rang 3 got involved in some planting in the Scoil Chroì Íosa poly tunnel. Pumpkins, chives and onions were all set earlier this week.

Junior Infants trip to the post office. In Ms. McHugh's Junior Infants class, they have been learning about the post office. They visited our local Post Office and met Marguerite, the postmistress, and posted a letter to Susan, our secretary. The children were delighted when Susan came to their classroom the very next day to show them their letter had arrived! European Day Celebrations. As Scoil Chroí Íosa’s motto is ‘Ar scáth a chéile a mhairimid’ they decided to celebrate European diversity in a very special way. They began by using our special European handshake to empahsise that the E.U. fosters a sense of community between all the 28 countries involved, and had great fun singing and dancing to the song ‘We’re all in this together’. The Blue Star Committee, made up of representatives from each class, brought an array of European based projects, art work and information to the halla to showcase the work of their class. Noelle O’ Connell Executive Director of European Movement Ireland, a former pupil of Scoil Íosagáin Girls School, visited to see the wonderful work. A vast array of amazing displays and projects were available, not to mention some tasty nibbles from France and Poland, special shoes called clogs from Holland, and clay models of European sea creatures. A huge thank you to all who helped out and visited on European Day. The school will continue their hard work for the next few weeks in the hope that they will earn their Blue Star flag.

Masterchef has taken Ms Crowley's class by storm! Over the past few weeks children have been cooking up tasty treats for the class in the hope of being the next Rachel Allen and earning the coveted prize of Master chef winner 2014. The organisation and enthusiasm from the children has been phenomenal. Some of the tasty treats cooked up so far include cupcakes, pancakes, swissroll, cookies as well as a victoria sponge. Ms Crowley and Ms O’ Keeffe have a very difficult job now to determine who shall be given the title. 6th Class Graduation to U.C.C. Both 6th classes went on a tour of U.C.C on 19th May. It was a very enjoyable day. The day started with a tour of the campus which included the Presidents garden, the Quadrangle, the Honan Chapel and the Observatory. All the children wore gowns. Rhys O’Connor was chosen as Prefect for the day and he led the tour. Along with Cathal O' Connor, his Vice Prefect, they did a great job. The day ended with Lunch in the Main Rest as well as small Graduation ceremony, presenting their certificates. The Parents Association have been doing a super job of organising the Walk on Wednesday initiative. The children, along with some parents have been assembling at a designated meeting area and walking to both schools every Wednesday mornings, even on the wet mornings. As we are an active school, this is a great incentive to keep the children as active as possible. Let us keep it going right up to the summer holidays. Senior Infants enjoyed a recent trip to the Blarney Castle to see all the beautiful flowers.

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Above, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Catherine Clancy, presents the captain's medal to Sean McSweeney, following CBC's win over Patrician Academy Mallow in the Lord Mayor's Hurling Cup final at Pairc Ui Rinn. Sean plays his club hurling with Blarney. Below, Blarney GAA members, and team mates Darragh McPolin, Ray Murphy, Stephen Sheedy pictured with team captain, Sean McSweeney. pics Mike English

Congratulations to talented camogie player Orla Cremen, Scoil Chroi Iosa and Blarney Camogie club, who was selected on the Cork Camogie primary games team. They played in Thurles at half time in the Cork v Waterford Munster senior senior hurling championship match.

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In the Rebel Og Premier 2 U-14 Hurling League at Ballyanly Inniscarra defeated Carrigaline by 7 - 9 to 0 – 3. Inniscarra got a good start and were quickly into their stride with two quick points from Liam Ryan and Dylan Church. A free from Liam Ryan led to a point from Eoin Daly quickly followed by another from Sean O'Donoghue. Goalkeeper Padraig Holland made a good save and his clearance led to a free which was delivered to Eoin McCarthy and he scored an excellent goal. Carrigaline responded with a pointed free but Inniscarra half back line of Robert Cahill, Liam Ryan and Mark McLoughlin were in superb form and Dylan Church and Jamie O'Sullivan controlled midfield. Sean O'Donoghue had another point and then another goal from Eoin McCarthy following excellent play from Edward O'Connor. Darragh Hughes forced a 65 which Liam Ryan delivered to Eoin McCarthy who pointed. A great block down by Robert Cahill was delivered to Frank Horgan and he set up Eoin McCarthy for another goal. Excellent defending by Brian Linehan and Killian Murphy saw Evan Kelly's clearance reach Sean O'Donoghue and he scored another point. The half time score was Inniscarra 3 - 6; Carrigaline 0 - 2. Inniscarra began the second half in sensational form with a goal from Eoin Daly and two from Eoin McCarthy in the first three minutes followed by another from Eoin McCarthy after six minutes. The four subs introduced Cian Power, Daniel Murphy, Sean Geary and David McLoughlin each had shots on goal and contributed enormously to the overall result. Good work by the forwards led to another point for Frank Horgan. A feature of the game was the excellent stick work and ball control from the players and some excellent block downs with each player performing his role as required. Another feature was the excellent defending with Carrigaline only scoring one point from play. Final score Inniscarra 7 - 9; Carrigaline 0 - 3. Team; Padraig Holland, Brian Linehan, Killian Murphy, Evan Kelly, Robert Cahill, Liam Ryan, Mark McLoughlin, Dylan Church, Jamie O'Sullivan, Eoin Daly, Edward O'Connor, Sean O'Donoghue, Frank Horgan, Eoin McCarthy, Darragh Hughes, Cian Power, Daniel Murphy, Sean Geany, David McLoughlin Scorers; Eoin McCarthy 5 - 1, Eoin Daly 1 - 2, Sean O'Donoghue 0 - 3, Edward O'Connor 1 - 0, Liam Ryan 0 - 1, Dylan Church 0 - 1, Frank Horgan 0 - 1.

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Superb end to the season at Blarney United FC

Under 17 Division 1 Champions. Under 17s finished off a fine season by winning the league, great credit is due to the management team of Paul Higgins and his passionate assistant Damien Coffey. Damien has been a breath of fresh air for the club this year and the passion he brings as a player for the junior side he has brought that into the dressing room as part of Striker Matthew the management team for the 17s and it has rubbed off Forrest missing on this team. The team reached the last 16 of the National from main picture Cup and were unlucky to lose out away to Nenagh F.C. on the day. They put that defeat behind them to concentrate on the league and they went on to win it in convincing fashion. Lead by outstanding Captain Martin O’Sullivan at centre back, Peter Blake, Jamie Higgins, Dave Carroll in the middle of the park and with John Stanton up front with his strike partner Matthew Forrest this team will be very competitive in the Premier league next season.

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Under 12 Division 1 Champions. It’s Premier league football for this talented bunch of players next season. They had a fantastic season and are worthy Champions.

Club Chairman Brian Murray welcomes new Senior team Manager Danny Murphy to O’Shea park. Danny is a former Cork City player and brings a wealth of experience to the club.

Blarney United Square league 7 a side tournament will take place from the June 23rd to July 12th. Tournament will be run with the same format as last year, with a minimum of 16 teams in four groups of four. The winners of the four groups going into the quarter finals and the knockout stage of the tournament. Team names must be entered under local business name i.e. Centra Tower, Johnnies, Osborne Butchers, Muskerry Arms, Castle Cabs etc.... 1. Entry fee is €200 per team. 2. Minimum of 5 local players per team. Organising committee decision is final. 3. 2 MSL players or 2 AUL/MJL Premier players or one of each per team. For full details and entry forms contact problarneyutd@yahoo.com. Neil O Riordan 087-2804186 / Ian Butler 086-3221415. The Conor Nagle underage Square league 7 A Side Tournament will also take place from the same dates with the final on the 11th of July for full details and entry forms contact Gary O Brien 087-2658735.

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The Blarney/ Rathpeacon GAA Football Parish Leagues will be starting up again next month and the leagues will commence on Saturday 14th June at 11am in Blarney GAA grounds. Round two will be played on Wenesday 18th at 6pm with the Finals on Saturday 21st at 11am. The league is open to all boys born 2004 - 2007 (ages 7-10) it is open to both club members and those wishing to get involved. Parents are encouraged to come and support the teams on the day. The winning captain will be presented with the Peter Mc Sweeney Perpetual Cup. All boys taking part will receive a medal and a goody bag on the day of the finals. The inaugural Rebel Run4Fun 5K Series will take place in Ballincollig Regional Park this Summer on Sunday July 27th, Sunday August 17th and Saturday 20th September. This brand new event, organised by Cork Sports Partnership and supported by Ballincollig Athletic Club and Mahers Sports, has something to suit walkers, joggers and runners of all abilities. If you have never walked or run a 5K before, then now is the time to start and make the Rebel Run4Fun your goal. Why not start your training now and download your ‘Couch to 5K’ training plan from the website or contact your local Fit4Life group. Entry fee for the events start at 5 and participants will get light refreshments after each event and spot prizes will also be given out. Full details and how to register are available on the Cork Sports pic Mike English Partnership website www.corksports.ie

Claire and Padraig McHugh, Blarney, enjoying their recent charity cycle on a bicycle made for two!

Glanmire Football Club launched its annual golf classic recently. This is a vital fundraising event to help the club continue to provide playing facilities for all age groups from age 6 upwards. This years event will be held at the stunning Castlemartyr Golf Club on Thursday 12th June 2014 and teams of 3 can be entered by emailing golfbookings@glanmiregaa.ie or by phoning John McCarthy on 087 976 7990. Tee times are between 9am - 5pm and entries will include tea/coffee and scone beforehand and a meal after. More details including available tee times on www.glanmiregaa.ie/golf. The event is proudly sponsored by Pharmacy First Plus in Tower, Grenagh, Douglas, Glanmire and Riverstown. Pictured; Keith O'Hourihane, Pharmacy First Plus, presenting a cheque to Glanmire Football Club Chairman Martin McGrath.


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