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The April edition of The Muskerry News, incorporating The North City News, will be published on Thursday May 8th and closing date for submissions is Thursday May 1st. Fashion from Blue Fig, Ballincollig, pictured at the Sunshine and Umbrellas Spring Fashion show raising funds for Cork Arc Cancer Support House and Cork Cancer Research at The Clarion Hotel. pic Donagh Glavin

Oisin O'Leary and TJ Enright getting into the St. Patrick’s spirit as they head off to Gaelscoil Mhuscrai, Blarney.

Blarney Castle looking resplendent as it ‘wears the green’ for St. Patrick’s Day. pic courtesy Pat J. Falvey Bronnadh na duaiseanna iontach seo ar na daltaí ó Scoil Náisiúnta Laichtín, Domnach Mór, do Seachtain na Gaeilge. Comhghairdeas.

Pictured at the Ashburton Bar are Jimmy Morris and Derek Daly, Blarney attending the Guinness Cheltenham preview evening. pic Darragh Kane

Holly O'Connor, 14, and Amy Brennan, 15, from Ballincollig pictured performing with the Junior House Band at the Popular Music Education event hosted by The Academy of Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music. pic Diane Cusack



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NEWS in brief

Aoife, accompanied by Brave the greyhound from Dog Trust, recently gave a talk in Scoil Chroi Iosa. She taught us the safe way to meet animals using the W.A.L.T. approach i.e WALK towards the dog, ASK the owner if you may pet their dog, LET the dog sniff your safe hand (closed fist) TOUCH the dog gently. All very useful information to keep our children safe.

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 Cork Institute of Technology’s CAO Applicant Information Evening is at 6pm on Thursday, April 10th. Now in its third year and hosted by CIT’s Marketing Unit, it is targeted at students who have applied for courses at CIT in their 2014 CAO Application and also students who may be contemplating ‘Change of Mind’ options. The event is free, and open to everyone, and runs until 8pm in the Tourism and Hospitality Building, CIT, Bishopstown Campus. A Table Quiz will take place in aid of Blarney Venture and Rover Scouts at The Muskerry Arms, Blarney on Friday April 24th at 9pm. €20 per table of four, great craic guaranteed! All support greatly appreciated. Don’t miss Griffin's Garden Centre, Dripsey, Easter Party 2014 on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st from 3-5pm. This is a fabulous FREE EVENT with the Easter bunny, eggpainting, face-painting and loads of games!

Popular local ladies Deirdre Healy and Liz O'Donovan pictured with Deirdre’s sons Anthony and David at the Lord Mayors Ball.

Lorna McCarthy hairdressing trainee at St. John's Central College putting the finishing touches to Ballincollig's Ross Vaughan's highlights during a Shave or Dye event in aid of Irish Cancer Association. pic Mike English


Emilia Donelan, Ballincollig, enjoying the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade. pic Darragh Kane

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17 year old Ballincollig Community School student Chloe Yelverton along with her friend Ava Murphy recently won the Regional Final of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Competition with their business Celtic Slate Craft. Chloe and Ava saw off competitors from Laois, Limerick, Waterford and Tipperary to win this competition, which has qualified them for the National Final of this competition to be held on Thursday 1st May in The Helix in DCU. Chloe and Ava’s business, Celtic Slate Craft designs and creates a range of high quality slate giftware at affordable prizes. The judges of this regional competition, which was held in the LIT Campus in Thurles Co. Tipperary were very impressed by Chloe and Ava’s presentation of their business plan as well as the quality of their products. NFTE is an all-island entrepreneurship programme operated by Foróige, the National Youth Development Organisation and affiliated to NFTE International, founders of the NFTE programme. The programme fosters young entrepreneurial talent through teaching core skills in enterprise and has proven to build confidence and capabilities amongst students. The NFTE programme is delivered both in–schools as part of the school curriculum and as an out-of-school activity in youth clubs and projects.

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Nuacht na Míosa ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí

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Tá gníomh nua t’réis scoile ar siúl anois; iKids. Bíonn na páistí anghníomhach ‘is iad ag damhsa sa halla! We have a new after-school activity running in the school; iKids. The children are kept active for an hour doing activities on dance mats with their coach Aidan.

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Comhghairdeas le Rang 4 a bhuaigh turas chuig Ionad na gCapall i gCnocán na mBiolraí mar dhuais don tionscamh a deineadh le déanaí. Congratulations to 4th class who recently won a trip to Watergrasshill Equestrian Centre as a prize for their history project on the ‘Emer Hall’, as part of Kieran McCarthy’s Discover Cork: Heritage Project. Tá Blag na Scoile t’réis a bheith curtha ar an ngearrliosta don Eircom Junior Spider Awards, a thugann aitheantas do sár-úsáid na hidirlíona i scoileanna. Is mór an onóir é seo d’ár mblagálaithe agus don scoil! Our school blog has just been shortlisted for the 2014 Eircom Junior Spider Awards – this award recognises excellence in the use of the internet in schools. This is a great achievement for our school bloggers and the school. Go to to see our work.

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Prolific Blarney fundraiser Denis O’Donovan, Cartridge Recycling Collection, pictured with his son John and Dr. Pixie McKenna at the launch of The Mercy Hospital Foundation’s latest campaign that aims to raise €3 million for cardiology, stroke and cancer services, while also supporting services for children and teenagers at The Mercy University Hospital. pic Gerard McCarthy Pictured at the Ashburton Bar are Julie Blakeney and James Murphy, Ballincollig attending the Guinness Cheltenham preview evening. pic Darragh Kane Patrick Lynch, 16, David O'Mahony, 16, Ballincollig, and Cian Mullane, 13, pictured at the Popular Music Education event hosted by The Academy of Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music. pic Diane Cusack

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So, what exactly does Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce do?

Ever wondered exactly what Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce do in a one hour meeting each week? 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 still remain true to our heritage as one of Ireland's top tourist villages… all in one hour! How we do it. Your membership supports or sponsors the following; Social Media. Every business needs a social media presence and to many businesses, platforms such as Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Blogging and Vlogging (Video blogs) are very dirty words! We have organised very competitive social media interactive workshops with fellow member Sue Pamment ( to cater for all our anxieties as we strive to embrace social media and the proven business it can send our way. See below for more information re dates of workshops. Sue also brings social media tips to each and every meeting free of charge! Avondhu Blackwater. We work closely with Avondhu Blackwater Development who provides, in conjunction with the Chamber, access to business training. More than 90 Blarney business people have attended business training provided free by the Chamber to our members. Tourist Office. Blarney Tourist Office remains open throughout the entire year with the costs borne by Blarney Chamber, Failte Ireland, and staffing from Avondhu Blackwater. The tourist office is by far our greatest expense but in a tourist town like Blarney we see this as an investment and are happy to be in a position to support this with the help of funding from our members. All members can avail of the FREE ADVERTISING available through the TV in the Tourist Office window (kindly sponsored by DNG Kevin Condon) that is running 24/7 on the window display. Our window display is also available on a rota basis to all members who wish to physically advertise their services/products by contacting Mick Forde at The Farm in Grenagh. Muskerry News / Blarney Person of the Year Awards.Always worth Sarah Foley and Anne Foley from Carrignavar pictured at the Business School @ Cork Chamber Graduation Ceremony at the Maryborough Hotel. pic Diane Cusack

Volunteers Ciaran Maher, Kerry Pike and Tony Corcoran collecting for Daffodil Day. pic Darragh Kane

Blarney St Patrick's Day Parade. We were delighted to have the opportunity to enter a float in the recent parade. Our theme was Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce…networking your businesses both young and old! Why not drop in and see how our network networks for you?

attending if just to remind us all of how much people in Blarney do behind the scenes year in, year out, without any thought of thanks or praise. BART. Our reassuring Community Alert Text system is paid for by the Chamber. We also support, organise or assist with the turning on of the Christmas Lights, kindly sponsored by Blarney Castle; Blarney Tidy Towns, run by the wonderful Tom McGrath and his team; Blarney Policing Forum with chairman John Henchion and Secretary Kate Durrant; Blarney Vintage Car Festival run by the hardworking Healy Family which has raised a considerable amount for charity over the years; and lastly the, soon to be reinstated, hanging flower baskets around the village which we purchased and maintain in conjunction with Blarney Tidy Towns and the wonderful Denis Murphy. And there is more to come, as soon your membership will entitle you to be part of Blarney & District Chamber Website which is currently under construction and has many features including an up to date business listing for all the catchment area, and a very exciting webcam that will give a live feed of our famous village square to the rest of the world! We would be delighted to see you at all/any of our April meetings which, apart from the lunch meeting, last for strictly one hour! Friday 4th 9am. Coffee at The Castle Hotel Wed 9th 8pm. Presentation given by Pharmacy First Plus Tower followed by tea / coffee and the chance to chat at Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel Friday 18th 9am. Coffee at The Mill Restaurant Friday 25th Lunch 1pm. Venue to be advised. The next Blarney Chamber sponsored social media workshop is spread over two nights, Tuesday 29th April and Tuesday 6th May from 7pm 8.30pm, and caters for all levels, from beginners to advanced for just €30. Contact Sue at 021 7332865 to book your place To receive email notification of our events, and much more, send your details to

Marguerite and Timothy Hickey, pictured holding the Adrian Hickey Memorial Cup, which Marguerite presented to the fastest female at the recently held Tralee International Marathon on March 16th. The cup for the fastest male was presented by the parents of the late Donal Walsh. Inset, the late Adrian Hickey

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The March 2014 Blarney Person of The Month is Paddy Hickey

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“I would like to nominate Paddy Hickey for the Blarney Person of the year on behalf of Blarney/Inniscarra Athletic Club and Blarney Community Games. Paddy has been involved with Blarney/Inniscarra Athletic Club for the past 45 years in the areas of fundraising, coaching, administration and more. Paddy has always been there to lend a helping hand, if you can name it, Paddy has done it! He has held most positions in the club including that of Club President. Likewise with the Community Games, Paddy has been there since they started 40 years ago, and he has been involved with both organisations at County and Munster level. Paddy also finds time to help out with Waterloo Church, with which he is very involved.”

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Paddy’s name now goes forward with our previous monthly winners Jerry O’Brien and Michael Murray to the overall award of Blarney Person of The Year Award 2014 which will be announced at a ceremony in January 2015.

Blarney Young Sports Person of The Year Awards

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 and the reason you wish to nominate them (along with your name, address and contact details) to Blarney Person of The Month Awards, The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney or by email to This months Blarney Young Sports Person of the Month is talented young table tennis player Silke Heinen. Silke, who lives in Tower and is a student in Clogheen/ Kerrypike National School, has won an incredible array of medals including; Ballincollig Open U11 1st Ballincollig Open U13 2nd 2014 UCC Open U11 1st 2014 UCC Open U13 1st Munster Primary school team competition 1st place for Clogheen / Kerry Pike Represented her school Clogheen / Kerry Pike in the Ireland National School championship 2014 Winner of the 2014 Connaught Open Table Tennis Championship U11 This months award is in association with Silke Heinen. Shournagh Childcare, Blarney

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Calling all Lee Valley businesses

Karl Preston, Daniel Hanlen, Bethany Mackey Clogheen, and Ruairí Frahill from the Business and Accounting Societies at the 2014 CIT Societies Awards.

If you live or work in the Lee Valley come along to the inaugural meeting of Lee Valley Business Networking and meet fellow local business owners. The meeting will be held on 17th April, 2014 at 9am sharp (to respect your time) at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey. Please email to register or with any questions.

pic Darragh Kane Deirdre Hosford from Whitechurch, Nicola Meldrum from Lockdown Models, Brendan Courtney and Heather Mulcahy pictured at the Cornstore night of fun, food and fashion in aid of Samaritans. pic Miki Barlok Comhghairdeas le Ruairí O'Sullivan, Cloghroe N.S., pictured with teachers Ms. O'Riordan and Ms. O'Shea. Ruairí won 2nd place in the Scór na bPaistí Cork County final in the recitation category.

Munster Rugby players Stephen Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, Casey Laulala with Alex Power from Ballincollig pictured to launch a family fun day which will take place on April 27th at Ballincollig Rugby Club with all proceeds going to the CUH Charity’s Children’s Unit Appeal. Activities on the day include bungee trampolines, train rides, climbing walls, bouncing castles and slides, face painting and balloon modelling, and much more. pic Gerard McCarthy

Muireann Higgins from Ballincollig in the world’s first interactive ambulance service designed specifically for children during a fundraising visit UCC. pic Darragh Kane

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Blarney St. Patrick’s Day parade thrills young and old alike

pics courtesy Kay Dennehy and Pat J. Falvey

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Have you seen Anne’s Leprechaun? Did anyone catch a Leprechaun on the Waterloo Road in Blarney. He fell off the back of a trike on the way home from St. Patrick's Parade. He is 2ft tall and wearing full suit and hat. Please return to ‘YAA its an Art Studio,’ Blarney, as he is sadly missed.

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Huge concerns over proposed changes to delivery of Local Development funding

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, North Cork, is extremely concerned about proposed fundamental changes that would move key funding supports from Local Development Companies to Local Authorities. The proposal put forward by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government involves the closer alignment of local government and local development, and would see local authorities take control of two key programmes – LEADER and LCDP (Local and Community Development Programme). While Avondhu Blackwater Partnership welcomes many other aspects of the proposed reform of local government, the voluntary board of management at the company see this proposal, in no uncertain terms, as a mistake. Avondhu Blackwater Partnership chairperson, Seán Hegarty, is concerned that any change to the current system would result in a significant decrease in local democracy and active citizenship, and would position communities further away from funding and services: “We believe that local development companies and their communities should be at the centre of the planning and delivery of any new local development programmes. Companies like

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership have more than 20 years of experience delivering development supports, and the accumulated expertise of our voluntary Board of Management and programme staff is invaluable to that delivery.” Avondhu Blackwater Partnership is responsible for drawing more than 40 million of programme aid into its area of operation. Over the last 20 years, Local Development Companies like Avondhu Blackwater Partnership have utilised their funding sources to support community development, to assist in business development, to improve access to education and training, to combat social exclusion and poverty, and to support the longterm unemployed. Furthermore, Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, like the 50 other Local Development Companies nationwide, is in a unique position to leverage additional Irish and European funds that local authorities simply would not have access to. The company’s charitable status, for instance, opens up avenues to access funds under the Community Services Programme. “This is not something that should be sacrificed”, according to Mr. Hegarty, a long-time volunteer in the

Kilworth community. In addition, the proposed changes would have a detrimental effect on the other essential programmes and services provided by Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, such as The Rural Transport Programme, Community Connect, The Rural Social Scheme and the TÚS Initiative. “All of these programmes and services, by their very nature, complement each other and are highly interconnected. Remove the key programmes and the rest will inevitably suffer”, says company CEO, Valerie Murphy. The Board, sub-committee members and staff at Avondhu Blackwater Partnership are grateful for the support of so many local communities and elected representatives to date. For more information, and to show your support for Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, please attend one of the following public meetings: Fermoy: Tuesday, April 15th, 8.00 pm, Fermoy Community Youth Centre. Mallow: Wednesday, April 16th, 8.00 pm, Hibernian Hotel. People can also sign a national online petition in support of their Local Development Company by following the link on the website

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Midleton Grenagh FOOT CLINIC With you every step of the way

Alison Forde and Dillon Manning, Coachford at the Cork Institute of Technology Engineering and Humanities Ball in the Silversprings Hotel. pic Darragh Kane

Marsha O'Carroll from Coachford and Emma O'Shea at the annual Sin E ladies day in the famous Coburg Street Bar. pic Gerard McCarthy

Ross McCarthy, Waterfall, pictured enjoying the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade. pic Darragh Kane Many of you will remember Neil Grant, former Manager of Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. Neil has just taken up a new position as Manager of The Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery so if you are heading west this Summer call in and say hello!

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Whitechurch singer / songwriter Clare Sands is a talented 20 year old musician, composer and songwriter who has just released her debut single ‘Change Is A Comin’ on April 4th worldwide via iTunes. Having spent the summer of 2013 playing around New York City and making beelines into the NYC music scene, Clare has deep roots in Irish traditional and folk music, and her music emanates from these family traditions, combined with her love of Jazz and the Blues. Change Is A Comin' is Clare’s first single and captures Sands’ unique voice and gritty lyrics, which demand the attention of the listener. Accompanied by her backing band The Cranes, the song presents a unique texture which recognises Sands’ influences, whilst presenting them in a new and energetic way. In support of her debut single Clare will be hitting up Ireland with a 15 date tour, accompanied by fellow songwriter and harpist Aisling Urwin. The quirky blues/folk duo have fifteen dates in venues around the country, followed by dates in Holland and Germany in the early summer. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch Clare on her tour, and her Cork dates include April 9th - DeBarra's Folk Club, Cork April 20th -The Bru Bar, Cork April 30th - The Oliver Plunkett, Cork May 19th -The Crane Lane, Cork

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Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, brought great life to The Square in Blarney last month when a flash mob sprang to life to promote the schools quest for an Amber Flag. The Amber Flag is an initiative by Suicide Aware to promote positive mental health in schools, youth clubs and sporting organisations. Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál has signed up to this initiative and a team, which includes parents and teachers as well as 5th year students; Aoife Cotter, Kayleigh Cronin, Lauren Lehane and Austin O’Neill, has been meeting regularly since last October to improve the promotion of positive mental health within the school. As part of that promotion, they organised an ‘Amber Flag – Promoting Positive Mental Health Week’ from 24th – 28th March, which ran in conjunction with Health Week – Promoting Healthy Eating and Exercise During the week the team organised talks for every year group from Nollaig McSweeney, a Mental Health Nurse with CHAMS; and Eddie Kelleher and a team from Riverstick Foroigewho came in to speak to all Junior Cycle students. Mindfulness with Jason Cowell was also organised for all students in the school. A ‘Walk in My Shoes’ fundraiser, to partially finance the events, was also held. Notices have been placed on the back of every

toilet door in the school providing helpline numbers and encouraging anyone experiencing difficulty to talk to an adult. There is also an Amber Flag notice board just inside the student entrance to the school, which aims to updates students of activities promoting positive mental health. This notice board also includes lovely thoughts and sayings. Other activities that the committee organised during the year were TY participation in the MentaliTY programme in City Hall in October, Beat the Blues Programme for all senior cycles students in November and March, and fundraising for AWARE. All students and their parents should be aware that Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal has retained a full time Professional Guidance Counsellor, even though the government cut the allocation of exquota Guidance in the December 2012 budget. The Guidance Service includes personal counselling, which is free and confidential to all students.

Bree and Claire Hartnett from Donoughmore pictured at the Jennings Gallery, UCC which is hosting a very special children’s art exhibition. The exhibition, ‘Celebrate Your Autism’ is organized by the Regional Autism Team for Cork and Kerry as part of International Autism Awareness Day and highlights the creative talents of children on the autism spectrum. pic Gerard McCarthy

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Have you paid a visit to Corks premier family entertainment centre?

McCools Coolwood Forest. Supernova Family Entertainment Centre, Ballincollig, are delighted to say that the renovations to their family entertainment centre have been completed. With a totally original design, feel and look, all areas of the Supernova brand have been refreshed along with adding some new areas for a comprehensive entertainment experience. Come and join the Forest Rangers as they guide you through the fun and excitement Coolwood Forest has on offer. Supernova’s Enchanted Lounge offers a variety of packages and activities for all Princesses. Through the palace doors in the private lounge Supernova’s staff give the little Princesses a mini disco, fashion show, manicures, make up lessons and more. Contact Supernova for more information on booking. New to Supernova is Command Post, where children get put through their paces by General McCool and his lieutenants. Party games and team challenges will test the children, teaching them the necessary skills to survive the trials of the Forest and become a ranger themselves.

Grasshoppers Village is where toddlers can roam and enjoy themselves in their soft play area. The parents will have an area where they can sit and keep an eye, or join in on the fun! Evergreen Cafe, located in the clearing in Coolwood Forest, is where parents, children or any combination of the two can go to rest their legs and replenish their energy levels with snacks or drinks. Scones, cakes,

teas, coffees and hot foods are all available. The Man Crèche, also new to Supernova, is exclusively for parents. Fenced off to provide a little getaway where parents can relax on leather couches, enjoy a paper, some TV (maybe the matches at a weekend) and all with a tasty treat from Evergreens. Supernova has an amazing exciting variety on offer, not forgetting about Rollerjam upstairs at Supernova, Ireland's largest roller rink, as well as seven astro turf pitches around the back of the main building. You would be crazy not to bring the family to Supernova to join in the fun and adventure. And all at Supernova hope you are as excited to see Coolwood Forest as their Rangers will be to see you. Don’t forget there are still spaces available for their ‘Drop and go camps’ over Easter, and Cork City also still have spaces available for their soccer camp on April 23rd and 24th. For more information please contact Supernova on 021 4826905 or email Blarney hairstylist Jo Cronin, Jo’s Edge, Woodfield, Station Road, pictured learning new skills at the Advanced Sassoon Academy in London last month. Set in the heart of London, the Academy serves as the think tank for all of Sassoon's new developments and attending a course here gives you direct access to these developments as they happen. The Advanced Academy course pushed the boundaries of Jo's already advanced hairdressing

skills (after 35 years of hairdressing) ever forward. The work was experimental, fashion forward, extreme and in Jo's own words inspiring! PJ Hartnett, Donoughmore, pictured at the Jennings Gallery, UCC which is hosting a very special children’s art exhibition . The exhibition, ‘Celebrate Your Autism’ is organized by the Regional Autism Team for Cork and Kerry as part of International Autism Awareness Day and highlights the creative talents of children on the autism spectrum. pic Gerard McCarthy

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40 years of excellence commemorated with anniversary parade Scoil Íosagáin, Blarney, 40th Anniversary Parade On March 25th, 1974, the girls, along with five teachers, left Scoil an Chroí Ró Naofa (Caílíní) on St. Anne's Rd and paraded through the village to their new school, Scoil Íosagáin in Castle Close. On Tuesday March 25th 2014, this event was re-enacted, followed by Mass in the school halla. It was attended by former staff and pupils of Scoil Íosagáin, as well as pupils of the newly amalgamated Scoil Chroí Iosa.

Anne Lyons, Sarah Crowley and Lorna Brickley, Ballincollig at the Cork Schools Science Awards medals presentation at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. pic Darragh Kane

Bernice Buckley making a presentation to Dan and David Corkery, Grenagh following the Ashley Corkery owned Country Living's win in the Scoil Eoin Ballincollig 525 Fundraiser at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

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Muskerry News | 23 Community unites for official opening of health walk at Whitechurch & Waterloo Community Complex The official opening of Sli Geal 3.5km Health Walk in Whitechurch took place on Saturday March 22nd in the Community Centre. The ribbon was cut by local County Footballer Paidi Kissane to set everyone off for a brisk walk around the walkway and Councillor Noel Costello unveiled the detailed sign with a map of the walk. He said that the Community Association had obviously put a lot of work into this fantastic amenity and he was delighted that the Council had contributed to this project. The walk was followed by a presentation by the Irish Heart Foundation of a Heartsafe Community Award to Whitechurch Community Centre. The award was presented by Ann Riordan, Regional Manager of IHF to Fiona O’Riordan, Co-ordinator of AED training in the Centre. Over 100 people have been certified in CPR

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If you read The Muskerry News regularly then you will probably know me. You will have seen my photograph in connection with many of the events that I have been involved with, including those run by The Blarney Chamber of Commerce, and the Blarney Person of the Year Awards. I have been very lucky to be in a position where I can do my bit for the place I love and where I live I would like to continue that on a different stage. The structure of County Councils will change after the next local elections. Councillors will have more power and with that will come more responsibility. Budgets and their allocations for local areas will be decided by these chosen councillors. The new Municipal area for our area will cover everyplace from Grenagh right down to the Kerry border. This is a huge geographical area. It will have just 6 councillors. These 6 councillors will control these budgets and their allocations. I firmly believe that the Greater Blarney area should have a strong voice. My background is as a salesman. I negotiate for a living. I believe that this is the most important asset

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Congratulations to the talented photographers at Blarney Photography Club who, at the 2014 SACC Club competition in Kilkenny, won 2nd place in the projected panel and came 5th overall which is an awesome achievement considering the strength of some of the competition this young club faced. Popular local photographer Kay Dennehy also won a Silver Medal in the SACC Nature Competition.

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Didn’t Blarney Castle look wonderful in blue as it embraced World Autism Day on April 2nd?

Donoughmore Macra members attending Glanmire Macra's 60th anniversary dinner dance in Vienna Woods; Sarah Healy, Shane Horgan, James Healy, Elaine O 'Connell, Mairead Healy, Meig Collins, Eithne Healy and Mairead Enright.

On Tuesday March 4th, both staff and learners at Ballincollig Youthreach were treated to a visit from ‘Doodles’, a miniature therapy horse. Doodles’ owner, Katarina O’Donoghue, gave a talk to the learners on the topics of horse care and animal cruelty. The visit was organised as part of the FETAC level three classes’ Communications Folder. During the forty minute talk, in which the class was allowed to interact with Doodles, learners discovered the merits of approaching this sensitive animal in a calm and gentle manner. Learners were given the opportunity to groom Doodles and even to give him a pedicure! The different terminology for the horse’s anatomy was introduced during the class talk, as well importance of treating these animals well. The visit provided an opportunity for learners to communicate with Doodles, who is also trained as a therapy horse. According to Katrina, such experiences have been proven to decrease levels of stress, anxiety and aggression, while increasing confidence and self esteem in people. The visit offered learners an opportunity to become informed on the issues of animal cruelty, while gaining hands on experience in aspects of horse care. “The visit from Doodles really grasped our learners’ attention. It gave us the chance to integrate learning with the novelty of having a horse in the classroom!” said Claire Philpott, communications teacher at Ballincollig Youthreach.

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Chewing Gum! Chewing gum tastes great and helps freshen breath but did you know there are additional benefits to chewing sugarfree chewing gum? Dentists recommend chewing sugarfree gum after eating to help stimulate saliva production. Saliva is your body's natural defence against cavities. Saliva helps neutralise the acids produced by the plaque on your teeth and helps rinse food particles from the mouth which lowers your risk for tooth decay. Increased saliva flow also carries with it more calcium and phosphate to help strengthen tooth enamel. Clinical studies have shown that chewing sugarfree gum for 20 minutes following meals can help prevent tooth decay. However, beware, excessive chewing can increase wear and tear on the caritlage in the jaw and exacerbate pre-existing jaw problems. So, chewing sugarfree gum has many benefits but don't forget: - eat healthy meals - drink plenty of water - brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste - floss once a day, or use interdental brushes such as tepe brushes - schedule regular dental check ups. Medical Card holders are entitled to a free check-up once a year as well emergency treatment including 2 fillings, extractions and dentures. PRSI patients are entitled to one free check-up a year. Caroyln Barry Murphy BDS.

It’s all business in Vicarstown

Business certainly seems to be on the cards as a future career for the fifth and sixth class pupils at Vicarstown National School as they now know all about marketing, design, accounting and making a profit thanks to The Junior Entrepreneur Programme. Popular local businessman Jim Barry, of the Mallow based Barry Group, is Cork County Partner for The Junior Entrepreneur Programme, which aims to make entrepreneurial education available to every primary school in the county. Jim said he was, ‘delighted with the calibre shown by the participating schools ...that gives me great hope that the programme will continue to inspire and encourage pupils to get involved in business.’ The enterprising pupils from Vicarstown developed a ‘self decorate’ pack of greeting cards which come in a presentation box containing glue, ribbons, foam shapes and everything else you need to design the perfect card which, needless to say, sold very successfully at their showcase day.

The enterprising fifth and sixth class pupils pictured with Mrs O’Shaughnessy class teacher; Ms Niamh Barry, Barry Group; and Mr Sheehan, school principal.

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Munster Rugby players Stephen Archer, Donncha O'Callaghan, Casey Laulala with Robert Lotty from Berrings pictured at the launch of a family fun day which will take place on April 27th at Ballincollig Rugby Club with all proceeds going to the CUH Charity’s Children’s Unit Appeal. Activities on the day include bungee trampolines, train rides, climbing walls, bouncing castles and slides, face painting and balloon modelling, and much more. pic Gerard McCarthy

Calling the class of 1989!

A 25 year class reunion is being arranged for the Blarney Secondary School Leaving Cert Class of 1989. The reunion will be held in the Castle Hotel in Blarney on May 10th at 8pm. The organising committee are still trying to track down some classmates so please spread the word. You can find more details on their facebook page; groups/blarneyclassof89/

Volunteers Kathryn McSweeney and May Howe, Ballincollig, collecting for Daffodil Day. pic Darragh Kane

Stephen O'Connell, Áine Murphy, Ballincollig, Shane Falvey, Carol Walsh and Patricia Hayes from the CIT Cancer Society at the 2014 CIT Societies Awards. pic Darragh Kane

Capacity crowds were thrilled by Blue Hat Productions performances of John B. Keane's 'The Chastitute'. This tale of an Irish bachelor's search for love was performed over five nights in the Whitechurch and Waterloo Community Centre to delighted audiences.

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Trial of Harvesting Machines at Blarney September 1883

The trial of harvesting machines advertised for some-time since, took place at Blarney yesterday (September 5th). The exhibition which was held under the auspices of the Cork Agricultural Society was originally intended to have been held last Thursday, but in consequence of some adverse occurrences having taken place, it was decided to postpone it until yesterday. The display yesterday was not at all as successful as it might have been, and its comparative failure would appear to be due to more causes than one. In the ordinary course of things, the fact that the exhibition was to take place in the picturesque district of Blarney, and within a few minutes’ walk of the railway station would have been sufficient to secure the attendance of a large crowd from far and near, as well as such a number of competed entries as would ensure, at least, fairly good contest. The position of the weather is a factor in the success of such an exhibition in such a season as this is rather hard to define; wet, harsh weather, such as we have not been unused to lately would have justified people in remaining away from the attractions of such a show, however great; while on the other hand, the weather yesterday, fair, genial and sunny-like, that of a day, which had a character to maintain was too precious in the present critical circumstances of the harvest to allow people to ignore it heedlessly in order to go to view an exhibition, however instructive. A few words may be necessary to explain this condition of things. The suggestion of having an exhibition of harvesting machines – more especially of the combined reaper and binder – was first made by Mr. D.J. Riordan at the meeting of the General Committee of the Agricultural Society a few weeks ago. He at the same time offered a field of his within three or four miles of the town for the purpose of the contest. The consideration of this proposal was postponed to the next meeting when Sir George Colthurst came forward with a proposal that the exhibition should take place on a farm of his. The Society having considered his position, decided to accept it – Sir George most accurately describing the field as being a large level one within 10 or 15 minutes’ walk of Blarney railway station. The attendance yesterday was of the most meagre description. The occasion attracted gentry and ladies, but it failed to bring to the place, either competitors or any great number of agricultural observers. The only machines at work were two of Samuelson’s. A reaping machine, which did its work in splendid style, and deserves the acquaintance of every intelligent farmer – and a ‘binder and reaper’, a very complicated, but, as far as yesterday’s experience went to show, a very unworkable implement under the management of experts; the latter machine may prove excellent in its operation on the corn crop, but certainly, even to the uninitiated, it yesterday showed in its working certain very serious defects. These might, however, be much more quickly remedied if the machine were in the charge of persons thoroughly acquainted with its mode of working. As happened, it was undergoing repairs during a large portion of the time it might be supposed to be at work. A wag remarked that its principal complaint seemed to be that it was perpetually running out of ‘twine.’ This, however, was not well founded, as there was no defect in that respect; somehow or other all the same it had to be pulled up for repairs. It must, however, be observed as a matter of justice that the machine does not pretend to be suitable for cutting and binding, except when the corn is standing upright, and not beaten down by the storms of the past week as it is at present. Under more favourable circumstances the machine would probably have made a better show than it did yesterday. To show the effect of the notice issued by Mrs. Forrest, it may be mentioned that Messrs. James O’Connor and Co., King Street, agents for the well-known agricultural implement makers, Messrs. W.A. Wood and Co., entered a formal protest against any award or medal being granted on behalf of the County Cork Agricultural Society to any machine exhibited there, on the ground that the Messrs. Wood could not possibly, for obvious reasons, exhibit their machines on the farm which the Society had selected for the show. The notice contains the not irrelevant observation that “it would have been more conducive to the public interests and good feeling if a neutral ground had been selected” instead of one which formed

portion of a farm which had been evicted within the past twelve months. For these reasons the Messrs. Wood’ agent felt that he could not, irrespective of feeling, attend the trial. The necessity for such a protest was, however, obviated by the fact that there was no contest whatever. There was only one machine of each description by the one firm, and, therefore, there are no individual comparisons forced on a person. Among those who were present during portions of the day were – Sir George Colthurst, the Mayor, Sir J.W. Mackey, Sir John Barrington, Sir D.V. O’Sullivan, G. Moyers LLD., T.C.D; W.R. Meade, President Royal Agricultural Society; R. Newman, M. Corcoran, T. Mahony, N. Mahony, J.J. Mahony, Dr. W.K. Sullivan, Col. Shuldham, R. Walker C.E; W.H. Barry, W.H. Beamish. The members of the Irish Rifle Team were also included among the visitors at the early part of the business but shortly after they left to observe the lovely scenery of the neighbourhood. The Cork Rifle Club made arrangements to invite the Irish Rifle Team, and the gentlemen who accompanied them from Dublin, for an excursion down the River Lee, at 11.30 a.m., on board the chartered steamer, Mount Etna. The Judges appointed were Messrs. Ussher Williamson and A. Ferguson, but it hard to see how under existing circumstances, their judicial powers could have been called into requisition. The gentlemen present were entertained at luncheon by Sir George Colthurst with the hospitality characteristic of Blarney Castle.

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Local development company Avondhu Blackwater Partnership has announced a series of courses promoting job creation and helping individuals prepare for re-entry into the workplace. Aimed at people who are unemployed, self-employed, or interested in upskilling or diversifying, the courses are specifically designed to increase the employability of participants and to provide supports for people interested in starting small businesses. Training courses are fully funded under the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) and are offered free of charge to all eligible participants. Priority will be given to applicants who are currently unemployed or job insecure. Interested parties do not need to be on the Live Register to apply, although individuals who are will be given priority. The 2014 round of courses will include: FETAC 4 Basic Guarding Skills and Door Security Procedures; FETAC 5 Occupational First Aid; FETAC 6 Train the Trainer; Job Search Skills with Basic IT Skills; Forklift Counterbalance and Reach Training; Principles and Practice of Customer Service and Sales Skills; Towards Occupation; and one-on-one career coaching, jobs clinics and small business mentoring. For further information on any of the courses, contact CaitrĂ­ona Horgan at 025 33411 or Noreen Lane, Frances Kearney and Sarah Lynn, Ballincollig, at the Cork Institute of Technology Engineering and Humanities Ball in the Silversprings Hotel. pic Darragh Kane

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Noel Heaney, Cork City Firebrigade, and Keegan Spillett, Blarney pictured enjoying the Cork St Patrick’s Day Parade. pic Darragh Kane

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Fifth annual Ballincollig St Patrick's Day parade is best yet pics courtesy Tom Doherty

Locals Mark and Fidelma Connolly with four year old son Ben.

Members of Ballincollig Tidy Towns group ‘cleaning up’ while marching in the fifth annual St Patrick's Day parade. Anne O'Regan, John O'Riordan, Kitty O'Callaghan, Geraldine Dineen and Gay Holden, John O'Regan, Ger Keogh, Margaret Keogh, Maureen Holden and Dan O'Riordan.

Brother and sister Eoin and Lisa Rea. BELOW: Dignitaries on the reviewing stand watch the many displays and floats at the Ballincollig St Patrick's Day parade.

The Gunners FC Special Olympics were among the many participant in this year's Ballincollig St Patrick's Day parade.

Six-year-old twins Joshua and Keegan Long from Coachford were Ultraflex School of Dance gave a colourful display. in the traditional Irish colours. Sinn Féin has launched a policy document ‘Putting SME’s First’ as part of the party’s economic recovery programme. Speaking at the local launch of the plan County Council Candidate for the Blarney/Macroom LEA Des O Grady said, “The greatest potential for jobs growth in this State is within the Small and Medium Enterprise sector (SME’s). Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed in this sector. The focus of successive Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil governments, however, has been on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and MultiNational Companies – something the current Government revisited again in its latest jobs action plan. Sinn Féin agrees that FDI has always been a crucial component of Irish industrial strategy. Almost 90% of all the State’s exports originate from foreign owned MultiNational Corporations based in Ireland and this acts as a boost to our GDP as well as being a significant job creator. A successful and growing SME sector, however, is also vital to the recovery of the Irish economy, and cannot be neglected. An overemphasis on FDI has left the SME

Four-year-old Amy Collins had a bird's eye view of the parade. develop and create jobs now. Our proposals, which we outline in detail in ‘Putting SME’s First’ are:

sector struggling. SMEs made huge sacrifices throughout the recession. Some 128,000 jobs were lost in the sector between 2008 and 2012. Those who survived are now clinging on, hoping the ‘recovery’ will lift them. There has been little debt write-off, few legislative changes to assist them and a clear lack of focus from Government when it comes to SMEs. Sinn Féin believes that there are 10 steps that can be taken to effectively assist SMEs to

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St. Patrick smiles on Blarney Men’s Shed with first prize!

Dray Cart:

The Shoeing of the Wheels:

The Cart is complete and road worthy receiving 1st prize for Best float in the St Patricks Parade. This was a huge undertaking building the cart from scratch something that hasn’t been done in the Blarney area for many decades. Under the guidance of Mick Looney the Blarney Men’s Shed worked around the clock to have it ready for St Patricks Day. The lovely paintwork on the Cart was completed by James Ford. A job well done lad’s The Steel band is heated in the fire. Cork ETB – Men’s Shed up skilling project: The Blarney Men’s Shed in association with The Cork ETB are running a series of courses over 9 weeks up skilling young men in the Blarney area, the courses provided are Ceramics, Furniture and Woodwork. Mens Shed Ready to start the parade

The hot Band expands and is brought to the Wheel

Pat Harrington “one man and his dog”

Mens Shed in the Parade

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The Band is hammered into place.

Dan Ahearn and Mick Looney guide Champion (horse) to the Viewing stand

Kevin Conway presenting 1st prize to the Men’s Shed Donal Hayes and Mick Looney for Best entry in the St Patricks Parade

The Band is then cooled and it shrinks for a good fit

Woodwork Course: “A Dog box with a view ”

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Able Minds Montesorri School, Grenagh, embrace St. Patrick with Ceili Beag

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Cloghroe National School Go Green! Cloghroe was a sea of green on Friday March 14th. Over 500 boys and girls walked to school dressed in green, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also to work towards the schools 4th green flag. It was a real team effort with mums, dads, grannies, granddads and even pet dogs joining in on the fun! Pupils are looking forward to their next ‘walk to school’ day already.

Come Holy Spirit. Congratulations to the 6th class pupils who recently received the sacrament of confirmation. Pupils celebrated this milestone on the 1st of April in St.Senan’s church, Cloghroe. After eight years in Cloghroe N.S., it was a very proud day for the Priests of the parish, parents and teachers. The ceremony which was full of music and song will certainly be cherished as a very special memory. Maith sibh rang a sé!

Skipathon. Pupils in Cloghroe N.S. thoroughly enjoyed their most recent fundraising activity. Pupils participated in a “skipathon” to raise funds for Downs Syndrome Ireland. Children from Junior Infants up to 6th class dusted off their skipping ropes and raised over €300 in the process. Well done to everyone involved.

Green fingers. A big thank you to Mr. Gerry Keady for continuing to help pupils to care for our school garden. Mr.Keady returned to Cloghroe N.S. with his wheelbarrow and shovel in tow. Pupils planted a variety of vegetables such as potatoes, leeks and garlic. We look forward to harvesting and of course eating these crops in the summer!

Superstars. Cloghroe has been a hive of activity recently, with a variety of performances. Congratulations to Ruairí O’Sullivan who won 2nd place in the Scór na bPaistí county final. Ruairí performed in the recitation category. Furthermore, 1st class travelled to the city hall to perform in Cór Fhéile na Scol. Pupils performed a variety of songs and poems. Congratulations to all of our superstars!

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Books, Yoga, Zumba, Gardening - it’s all happening at Scoil Chroí Íosa! World Book Day. We celebrated World Book Day on March 7th. Pupils & staff dressed up as their favourite book characters. Book quizzes, design a bookmark and D.E.A.R (Drop Everything And Read) time was just some of the activities that we enjoyed throughout the day.

Yoga. In Ms. McHugh's Junior Infants we have been learning yoga! One of our parents, Bríd Hennessy, has been teaching us how to do the 'snake', the 'butterfly' and the 'kitten' . We had great fun practicing all the different moves. It was very relaxing, so much so that some of us even had a little nap!

School Garden. The staff and pupils from Scoil Chroí Íosa would like to express their gratitude to members of the local and extended community this week. Margaret Griffin from Griffins Garden Centre gave us her expert advice on planting earlier this week. We are currently in the process of getting our school garden up and running and so her advice and support is invaluable to our school garden committee. We got fantastic help from one of our parents Stephen Sewell who has been the main man behind the erecting of the poly tunnel. Also huge thanks to members of the Blarney Men’s Shed who also assisted with the polytunnel. Zumba. Movers and Shakers in Scoil Chroi Iosa after a very energetic and fun Zumba kids class! Great programme which the school just recently implemented in one class. The children learn about different countries, their Native dance and dance like no one is watching.

Sports round up. Scott Forrest a pupil from Rang 5 has represented his club Blarney Utd on the Cork Schoolboys Team. Orla Cremen, Jennifer Murphy & Emma Murphy from Rang 6 have been selected for the Cork Camogie panel. Well done to all. Spelling Bee. Well done to Leah Hamilton-Storan who came 15th out of 75 contestants in the Easons Spelling Bee.

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Plans are well underway for Courtbrack Vintage Society’s Annual Road Run which takes place this year on Sunday, 18th May. The Club has already had a run out this year, with four of its members completing a Tractor Run from Courtbrack to Rosslare at the beginning of April. In Rosslare, they joined up with other Clubs from around the country to greet a contingent of vintage enthusiasts from Wales and all took part in a vintage run around Wexford. On their return from Rosslare, planning for the Club’s annual road run began in earnest. The Road Run, which is open to all vintage vehicles, is expected to draw a large crowd, and promises to be yet another memorable day out with plenty of food to eat and people to meet. All that’s needed is some fine weather on the day. For further details contact the Club PRO, John Mulcahy, on (087) 7838513 or like the Club’s Facebook page.

Sean Kelly MEP pictured during a recent visit to Blarney with Fine Gael local election candidate Damian Boylan and Denis Fitzpatrick.

Popular local couple Alan Vaughan and Valerie Sykes pictured during their recent wedding at the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Blarney.

Young Eoin Nagle, enjoying a ride on the Blarney Men’s Shed Dray Cart during the Blarney St. Patrick's’ Day Parade. The lovingly restored Dray Cart went on to win first prize.

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Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener Blarney Castle

The March of the Magnolias March simply flew by and as I’m writing the sun is streaming through my office window. Finally! In general we have had a raise in temperatures and this has triggered growth throughout the gardens. Everywhere you look there’s signs of new life; buds bursting, flowers opening and new seedlings emerging. This has to be my favourite time of year. Over the next few weeks look out for our Cherry trees, Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons. Some of our Magnolias are spectacular this year and our huge Rhododendron arboreum ‘Cornish Red’ on the Himalayan Walk is an amazing site. The weather did improve in time for the traditional start of our tourist season, Saint Patrick’s week, and the good weather brought a lot of visitors to Blarney. Let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come. We are finally starting to get to the end of clearing up from all the storm damage through the arboretums although there are still some major clean up jobs in the woodland areas. One thing we are not short of this season is wood chips for our garden paths. We have nearly finished clearing the lower rock close area that was decimated by the storms. We have a blank canvas and plans are in progress to add a real wow factor to this area. All will be revealed in the coming weeks. Uncovering all of our tree ferns in the fern garden is always a difficult decision. They are protected from heavy frosts over the winter with a layer of straw and horticultural fleece. I took the decision to remove it all before Saint Patrick’s weekend. They look a lot happier to be free of it. The waterfall really does add a whole new dimension to the area and the ferns set it off nicely. We will be planting ferns around it this year in the crevices and cracks which should make it look more established. April is usually a very active month in the gardens, and there are a lot of jobs to plan out. These include feeding the lawns, seed sowing including sweet corn, runner beans and outdoor salad crops, carrots, parsnips and beetroot. Plant out onions, shallots and potatoes if you haven’t already. Repot houseplants, plant indoor tomatoes, check for pests such as aphids in the glasshouse, start to spray roses for black spot and weed through beds. We have recently submitted an application to build a small garden at Bloom this year, which is very exciting for us. It’s a postcard garden that measures 3m x 2m so the challenge is to fit all of Blarney Gardens into that little space. It will be a great team exercise and all of the lads have had a hand in the design and development. Organisation of our own Summer Garden Fair, ‘Blarney in Bloom’ is well underway. It will be bigger this year and will feature some big names from the world of horticulture as well as more interactive garden, arts and craft areas. Mark the 12th of July in your diaries now! I look forward to seeing you in the gardens. Adam

Brian Brickley, Ballincollig and Padraigin O'Riordan, Mount Mercy at the Cork Schools Science Awards medals presentation at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. pic Darragh Kane

Ray Sheehan, President Muskerry Rugby Club, making a presentation to Joseph and John Murphy, following Latest Trend's win in the Kemtile Limited A3 Stakes Final in association with Muskerry RFC at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

The cast of CATS including Adrian Murphy, Tower; Aisling Hannon, Tower; and Ben Mulcahy, Vicarstown have a little fun at the launch of CADA's production of CATS which runs from the 21st to the 24th of April in Camden Palace. pic Darragh Kane

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All welcome to Tower Football Club reunion and awards night

Shane O’Keeffe in action against Carrigaline

Tower Football Club are holding their awards night in Aunties Bar, Tower on Saturday April 19th. Also on the night they will be hosting a reunion of the Tower United team from the 1970s / 1980s and would like to invite anyone involved in that club to Terry McSweeney puts in a crunching challenge turn up on the night. A great night is guaranteed! against Macroom

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Michael Lehane, front centre, chairperson Grenagh GAA Club (Team of the Year Award) pictured with club members at the North City & District Sports Awards 2013 banquet in the Ambassador Hotel. Standing left to right; County Mayor Cllr Noel O'Connor, Connie Moynihan, Paul McCarthy, Seamus Coleman, Tom Kenny, Donie Dorgan, Patrick Murphy and Chris Crowley, manager Ambassador Hotel, main sponsor. Seated left to right; Mark Kenny, Niall Doherty, Miah Moynihan and Johnny Keane. pic Tom Doherty

Ballincollig Athletic Club have arranged for a 5km run on April 13th 2014. The run is to help fund the club which has been in existence for many years and is totally reliant on help from volunteers. WThey have over 100 children and over 30 adults (Fit4life) in the club. Ballincollig Athletic club has been running for a number of years on a voluntary basis. The club caters for a wide range of individuals. They have a juvenile section with over 100 children from the ages of 9 16 years, and a fit for life section for adults. The juvenile section meet twice a week, Mondays at CIT and Thursdays at Coliaste Choilm. The juvenile section concentrates on various athletic sports including long jump, high jump, sprinting, javelin (childrens) and also sport games so as to develop a wide range of interests. The Fit4Life section is split into two. On Tuesday at the Astro Turf Pitch 6, Supernova, Ballincollig the club concentrates on people starting running as a sport, develop techniques on how to run and also improvement for existing runners. Beginners group as part of the development warm up with running technique drills and also go for an easy jog. The jogging group go for a 5k or 8km jog and the runner group go for a 5mile route around Ballincollig. Further details can be found on the club website or 087 1436121 (after 4pm).

Bees and Fees! MĂĄire Murphy from Ballincollig who works in the Fees Office UCC and Phil Fogarty who works in the School of BEEs UCC finish the Operation Transformation 5 km run at UCC. pic Donagh Glavin Brian Collins, Racing Manager at Curraheen Park, making a presentation to Michael Spillane, Blarney, following Boss Tanaka's win in the Midweek A4 550 Stake Final. Included are Mick Galvin and Frank O'Meara, Commercial Manager. Picture: Mike English

The Muskerry 6th class Camogie Team pictured at the recent Cork Divisional 6th class blitz in Mallow. The four girls who represented Blarney were Orla Cremin, Jennifer Murphy, Emma Murphy and Muireann Hayes.

The latest winner of the Cork City & County Youth Award is Niamh Looney of Muskerry Judo Club. The monthly Youth Sports Award, sponsored by The Gresham Metropole Hotel in association with John Buckley Sports is now in

its fourth year. Muskerry Judo Club opened in 2011 in St. Colman’s School, Macroom. It has established itself as one of the major competitive clubs in the country with a very strong minor, cadet and

junior team as well as a senior team getting results at home and internationally. The club is coached and run by volunteers, some of the coaches are current national champions who coach under the direction of coach Seamus Manning who has national and international coaching experience. At the last All-Ireland held in January, Muskerry Judo Club took seven medals: five gold, one silver and a bronze. The club has also diversified to Sambo wrestling. Five members and coach Seamus Manning travelled to Lithuania as part of an Irish Junior team where Muskerry's 14 year-old Niamh Looney took a bronze medal as well as Player of the Tournament. Muskerry Judo Club will also have some members on the Irish Sambo team travelling to Bucharest in May to take part in the Sambo European Championships.

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