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A fun day out for all the family. All proceeds from the day are to support Heidi Patterson on her journey with cerebral palsy.

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There was a sense of shock in Blarney as the word on the passing of Canon Vincent O’Donohue, retired PP of Blarney, came through. Canon Vincent had been in hospital recently, but we all thought he had overcome his health issues, however this was not the case. Canon Vincent passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep in his own home.

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Eugene at O’Leary’s Centra Blarney proudly showing the new addition of ‘The Little Green Shop’. This fabulous eco range has a great range of timber toothbrushes, eco washable kitchen cloths, eco cotton swabs and so much more.

Canon Vincent had made it known to me when I arrived three years ago that he wished to be laid to rest in Blarney. I am delighted that we were able to fulfill his wishes. I wish to say thanks to the following, in no particular order, the ladies of the church cleaners group, all our Sacristans in the parish, all our choirs in the parish who came together for both removal and funeral, Brian Murphy and Billy O’Connor and George O’Callaghan for the church grounds, the Altar servers, caterers in the Parochial House for the family, flower arrangers and all others who contributed in any way to the wonderful liturgy for Canon Vincent. 42 priests and 2 Bishops concelebrated. Other clergy joined in prayer with the great turnout of people. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis. Father Fitzgerald. Denise Healy, the lovely local lady collecting new or used runners, trainers or walking shoes, for both ladies and gents would like to thank you so much for your donations, likes and shares. As she told us, “The amount of donations that I have received for outreach is incredible. I have been in town, today distributing the shoes. A lot of homeless people, walk barefoot at night, leading to accidents eg. walking on broken glass. Therefore they need to seek medical intervention, such as ambulance/ hospital. So hopefully, having appropriate footwear, will free up the resources available to everyone.”If you have good quality footwear to donate please call Denise 087 6474541.

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It was back to the 1980’s when Marion Brickley celebrated her special birthday with her family and friends at Blarney Castle Hotel recently.

Well done to local lady Eileen Ring on her recent fundraiser for Pieta House which raised an incredible â‚Ź1507.19. She is pictured presenting the cheque to Darran Coyle Garde at Pieta House.

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Straight from their successful tour of Scotland and recent collaboration with Junk Ensemble in Cork Opera House, Cór Geal are excited to announce their forthcoming 10th Anniversary Variety Concert ‘BRAVO', a celebration in song which was launched in City Hall by Lord Mayor Cllr John Sheehan. With guest artist and YouTube sensation Father Ray Kelly of 'Britain's got talent’ fame, and the wonderful Cór Geal Orchestra, this showstopping programme will have your feet tapping as the award winning, 53 strong mixed adult choir take you on an emotional journey with their harmonious voices. The uplifting programme includes favourites such as 'Nella Fantasia', 'Danny Boy' and ‘Summertime' as well as contemporary pieces from The Greatest Showman, and popular anthems from Ed Sheeran, Cold Play and many more. As they celebrate their 10th Anniversary this year, Cor Gael embraces male and female singers of all ages and from all walks of life, holding weekly interactive rehearsals for their 50 plus members, underlining their core values of mindfulness and community inclusion. Betty Fitzgerald Musical Director told us, “ Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music. Singing is a stimulating experience which triggers all sorts of positive energy in the mind and body, and social interaction is the best way to shake off the blues. Put it all together, and you get Cór Geal singing at its best." “With a spirit of togetherness, we value and respect diversity, create a positive and fun experience for our members and most of all promote harmony in our community and wider society" says PR and choir member Gráinne McSweeney. ‘BRAVO’, directed by Betty Fitzgerald and produced by Aisling Fitzgerald, will take place on Sunday October 20th at 7.30pm at Cork Opera House. Tickets, starting at €26, are available from Cork Opera House box office.

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It seemed the entire village was glued to RTE last Sunday night when the documentary ‘Blarney - A Year on the Estate’ aired. The documentary was a joint project between Blarney Castle & Gardens and AV3 Media, a production company based locally in Cork. The documentary was directed by Peter Carr, who is an illustrious documentary maker with a fantastic history in that field. The project was a first for Blarney Castle & Gardens as a behind the scenes documentary has never been done, and AV3 were granted unprecedented behind the scenes access to capture exactly what goes in to running one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions. The documentary gave rare insight into the running of the various departments contained within the business, and previously unseen access to the stunning 60 acres of gardens in Blarney and the incredible work the team does. It showed the devastation of Hurricane Ophelia, the ongoing conservation project with Vietnam and the general day to day jobs undertaken by the team. Head Gardener Adam Whitbourn describe the benefits of the documentary as ‘a fantastic opportunity to share some of the behind the scenes action. I hope it will give people an insight into the workings of the estate and help to showcase the beautiful grounds and world class gardens’. ‘Blarney – A Year on the Estate’ was a very enjoyable, family friendly show that highlighted the extraordinary work and dedication of the owner and all the staff to keep Blarney Castle & Gardens one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

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If you're looking for John Quill of Aqua Window Cleaning Blarney you'll find him morning and night watering the flowers throughout the village. This is no small undertaking, it's an incredible commitment to do this twice a day for the entire Summer, and John does this as a volunteer! Thanks John, we're sure the many tourists who visit the village really appreciate the beautiful flowers, as do all of us lucky enough to live here.

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.

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Youngstars Music School, based in Blarney,

held two fantastic music and creativity camps in July. The ďŹ rst camp for ages 5-11 years was an eventful week of singing, ukulele playing, arts and crafts, kids zumba and lots of music and acting based games. Children were immersed in music and creativity during the camp simply loved every moment! The camp was open to those who have had lessons in musical instruments or singing and also for kids who wanted to try out music for the ďŹ rst time. The second camp was a Songwriting camp for ages 10-17. This was a really special 3 day camp and welcomed some really fantastic guests to perform and give songwriting masterclasses to the budding writers. Cork's own songstress Stephanie Rainey gave an intimate performance and answered questions on her music career and songwriting, as well as astounding musician and songwriter Jack O' Rourke. Youngstars Music School director Anna Mitchell, a songwriter herself, conducted the camp with the help of Sara Ryan, a young and up and coming singer songwriter who also works with Anna teaching vocal coaching and guitar in the school. The kids and teens attending the camp commented that it was one of the best experiences of their lives and they can't wait until the next one. The future of music is safe! For more info on music lessons check out

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Huge thanks to Ian and Una Forrest, Blarney Castle Hotel, and musicians Mick Flannery and Clare Sands for a fabulous concert last month 100% of the proceeds were donated to Marymount Hospice who received €2382.20.

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Congratulations to the green fingered children from Vicarstown National School who received a highly commended award for biodiversity in the Muintir na Tire schools garden competition held in conjuction with Griffins of Dripsey.


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Offaly man Shane Lowry won the 148th Open in spectacular fashion at Royal Portrush golf links in County Antrim on a winning score of -15 to beat his nearest rival Tommy Fleetwood by 6 shots. Five men from Blarney who made the long journey up North to witness one of Irelands greatest sporting achievements were Gary O'Brien, Gerry O'Riordan, Donal Forrest, John Martin O'Keeffe (Mallow Golf Club Captain 2019) and Neil O'Riordan. Carmel Ryan, Emma, Kolton and Angela GreenďŹ eld, Ballincollig, enjoying their night out at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

Many happy returns to popular local man Padraig Cronin pictured celebrating his 30th party at home in Slugerra Cross, Whitechurch, with family and friends. Padraig was a Venture Scout leader in Blarney for many years before emigrating to London.

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The July Blarney & District Person of the Month is John Sheahan Our July Blarney & District Person of the Month of local doctor and councillor John Sheahan who was recently appointed as Lord Mayor of Cork. John, who lives in Clogheen with his wife Aedamar and four children, won his third term in office last month in the Cork North West Ward, the newly formed ward that encompasses the northside of Cork city and Blarney, Tower, Killeens, Clogheen-Kerry Pike, and Rathpeacon.

John, who has worked as a GP in Blackpool for 16 years, graduated from UCC in 1991, interned at CUH before completing the three year Cork GP training scheme in UCC. He spent three years working as a family practitioner in New York before returning to Cork where he worked as a lecturer in UCC’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, completing his MD on cardiovascular risk factors.

Serving as a public representative, John has seen first hand the challenges that people face on a daily basis, from problems with housing, anti-social behaviour, healthcare, education and the growing issues around drug and alcohol abuse and believes it is important that we speak out and try to address and find solutions to the many problem facing us as a community. A father of four, all of whom went to national school in Blarney, John was Chairman of the Scoil Chroi Iosa Blarney Board of Management during the transition from two single gender schools to one mixed school, and is also a former Blarney scout leader. John believes that ‘every day we are challenged to make a difference’ and he considers himself privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country which is only ten minutes away from his busy GP practice in the heart of the northside.His work as a doctor is not dissimilar to his work as a councillor as both challenge him to maximise his knowledge, expertise and experience for the good of his patients and constituents, and he is passionate about making a difference and finding ways to unlock the potential of those less fortunate. John also enjoys running and has run eight marathons including four Cork City Marathons.

Do you know someone who deserves a Blarney & District 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 whose 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 to Blarney & District Person of The Month Awards, The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney, County Cork or by email to

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The last few tickets are available for this fabulous performance of Wind in the Willows at Blarney Castle ticket office or by calling 021 4385252. Wind in the Willows August 18th 5.30pm. Adult €10, Senior (over 60)/Student(over 16) €8, Children €5, Family (2+2) €28.

There were celebrations all round for 59 Centra stores in Cork, including O’Learys Centra, Blarney, and Blakes Centra (BFS), as they were recently recognised for excellence in the fields of hygiene and food safety within their businesses at the 2019 Centra Food Quality Awards.

Cloghroe National School pictured celebrating obtaining their first Amber Flag, promoting positive mental health, before the Summer break. Obtaining the flag involved the whole school community coming together in order to create a safe, positive and healthy attitude towards their general physical and mental health and well-being, led by their active Amber Flag school committee.

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Recycling at it’s finest! all pics Mike English

Young Ronan Duggan, Ballincollig, on what was his dad's bike and dad, Brian, on what was his dad's bike at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's High Nellie Cycle Run.

Billy Hogan on board his 1979 David Brown tractor with grandchildren, Roisin and Aoibhinn Wyllie, at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's Summer Show.

Erin Corcoran receiving the best lady entrant prize at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's High Nellie Cycle run from club President, Kevin McSweeney.

Crookstown Vintage Club members, Diarmuid O'Mahony, Bernard Crowley and Declan Corcoran ready to head off!

Belle of Ballincollig, Amy Bowdren, posing with William Cuddy and his 1926 Model T and Matthew Byrne in his 1914 Model T.

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David Collins, and Denis and Michael O'Donoghue, members of Carrignavar Vintage Club, ready for the off at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's High Nellie Run.

Tim and Josephine O'Shea with Belle of Ballincollig, Amy Bowdren.

Molly, Jack, Declan and Erin Corcoran, Crookstown, at the start of the High Nellie Cycle Run.

Alan O'Halloran, Chairman Ballincollig Vintage Club, presenting the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ prize to Hannah Kearney, Ballincollig, at the club's annual summer show. Included is club President, Kevin McSweeney.

Ben and Julie O'Donovan, Kerry Pike, with ‘Buddy’ at the dog show.

Judge Seamus Rochford from Best Buddies Boarding Kennels presenting a prize to Sophie Mischke, Ballincollig, whose dog ‘Aussie’ was a category winner at the Maxi Zoo sponsored non pedigree dog show at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's Show.

Dave Cremin, centre, with Paul and Maria O'Donovan, Kerry Pike.

Pat McEvoy and his grand daughter, Penny, photographed with a Ferrari Kit Car at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's Show.

Chairman, Alan O'Halloran, left, presenting the Ross Mulroy Memorial Shield for Best Motor Cycle entry at the Ballincollig Vintage Club's Show to Ger Bowles, Ballincollig.

Blarney Brass and Reed Band performed at the show.

Cal and Mick Bohan enjoying the Blarney Brass and Reed Band music.

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Isn’t she stunning! Cloghroe National School teacher Niamh McCarthy pictured attending Galway Races ladies day.

Win Summer Brunch with Award-Winning Cocktails at Cask Local-ingredient brunch favourites and innovative summer-inspired cocktails can now be enjoyed by the iconic waterfall in Ireland’s most awarded cocktail bar. To celebrate their new brunch offering, Cask are giving away Weekend Brunch for Two to one lucky winner. Bishopstown's After-School Primary Education Centre. Enrolments now taking place for English, Maths & Irish.

The prize includes one brunch main per person accompanied by one of Cask’s cutting-edge cocktails from the new Summer Menu. All of this is served up with eclectic tunes in a laid-back setting with one of the most stunning outdoor areas in the country. To be in with a chance to win just tell us the name of one of Cask’s fabulous cocktails and email your answer, with your name, address and contact details to On August 23rd local man Raymond Dennehy, and a willing team of volunteers, will be working on a garden and playground restoration project for a residential unit for persons with disabilities. As Ray told The Muskerry News, “We have numerous volunteers wanting to help but are short on materials required and are looking for donations of garden and furniture paint in all colours, Fencelife or a similar pain in any colour, paint brushes, rollers and sandpaper, tins of metal paint in bright colours.” All materials are needed in advance of the work day on August 23rd. If you have unused and unwanted items of this type, or if you are a business that would like to donate any items, Ray assures you they will be put to good use. If you can help please email or message

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There continues to be a tremendous response from parents and pupils to the After-School Education Centre located in Bishopstown. Now operating in its twelfth year, the Centre provides tuition for children between the ages of 6 and 14 in English, Reading, Spelling, Mathematics and Irish. The Centre in Bishopstown is owned and operated by James Sexton, a fully qualified teacher with over 20 years of classroom experience. The modern and spacious Centre is located in the Doughcloyne Industrial Park on Sarsfield’s Road, Wilton (very close to the Driving Test Centre). James was educated at Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown and holds a B.A. degree and Higher Diploma in Education from University College Cork. The Centre in Bishopstown currently provides after school tuition for primary and secondary students between the ages of 6 and 14 and specialises in English, Reading, Spelling, Mathematics and Irish. The Centre provides a unique learning environment where students are taught in small groups of no more than five so that they can receive individual attention. The Centre is equipped with modern computer facilities, enabling students to learn from the excellent English and Maths software available. A wide variety of students attend the Centre. It caters for children who are having difficulty with their schoolwork or have fallen behind as well as children who would like to be challenged further. Students are offered a free assessment and individual programmes of study are devised focusing on the specific needs of each student. Pupils are guided through their work by experienced and fully qualified teachers. James comments, “The Centre exists to support school programmes in core skills. The aim is to improve students’ overall performance in the key skills of English and Mathematics and to build pupils’ self confidence.” Classes run from 3.30p.m. and 5.00p.m. on Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings and afternoons. For more information about the Bishopstown Centre or to discuss your child’s educational needs, please contact James Sexton on 089 – 4170645 or via

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50th Carnival Celebrations The parishioners of Donoughmore enjoyed a wonderful weekend of 50th Carnival celebrations, which started Thursday 18th July, with the official opening by Minister of Agriculture Michael Creed, who congratulated the parish on the long tradition of the carnival and the community spirit which is evident in Donoughmore. Maurice Brew was MC on the night and gave a detailed history of the carnival and Mary Wallace, Community Council Chairperson, thanked the volunteers past and present who have contributed to the community. Donoughmore native Cllr Michael Looney, representing the County Lord Mayor, recounted his memories of the carnival with pride. Present also were Cllr Eileen Lynch, Cllr Martin Coughlan and Aindrias Moynihan TD. A warm welcome was extended to the members of the first carnival committee who were instrumental is starting the first carnival in Donoughmore, Chairman, Cannon Michael Harrington, Secretary, Noreen Corkery and Treasurer, Noreen O’Regan. A great evening of chat, laugher and trips down memory lane aided by the carnival memorabilia on display continued into the night with refreshments being served by the local catering committee. On the pitch on Thursday night there was a very big turnout for the Fancy Dress with competitors marching around the pitch following the Ballingeary Pipe Band who really enhanced the event. McCormack’s amusements provided hours of fun for all throughout the weekend. Friday and Saturday night saw the revival of inter-townland skittle and wellington throwing competitions, the Car Treasurer hunt was very successful and the Teddy Daly Memorial Soccer match provided an entertaining game for spectators. Carnival Bingo saw the very popular local man Denny Lyons win the Jackpot game to tremendous applause. Ladies football is a long standing tradition at the carnival and this year the U10s girls donned their jerseys and held inter-club blitz. One of the highlights of the weekend was a sell-out concert by Sean Keane who entertained a packed community hall where he got a rousing reception from those who had travelled from far and wide to hear him. His performance was preceded by a superb performance by a local group of talented musicians.

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Regrettably the weather on Sunday was not ideal but many events still went ahead despite the terrible downpours and muddy conditions. The All-Ireland Tug of War competition went ahead even with the atrocious conditions under foot. The vintage exhibitors arrived from early morning to showcase their fabulous wares but unfortunately had to leave without doing their usual parade due to the appalling conditions. Macra Craft Competitions went ahead as did the egg tossing competition and skittles and the young scouts of the 11th Cork Cloghroe Scout Group also braved the elements in their activity area.

The indoor events on the day were a big attraction. The indoor bowls and baby show in the complex drew large crowds where patrons were also able to view a very interesting exhibition of memorabilia from past carnivals. The Wellness Tent, which was a new addition this year was very popular with people waiting in line to get a chance to experience various therapies. The local art group also displayed many amazing paintings, showcasing their remarkable talent. The comedian/columnist, Colm O ‘Regan, was a huge hit in the Tea Tent and kept a large audience in stitches with readings from his novel ‘Anne Devine’ as well as many ad-lib comments and stories. Despite fear that the tent might collapse from the downpours outside, many fans queued up to get their books signed and to get their photos taken with Colm. On Sunday night proceedings kicked off with the St John Forde Match in which the U-10 boys were defeated by the U-12 girls. While the younger patrons had the time of their lives on the merries, a BBQ accompanied by music from The Rogues provided brilliant entertainment. A full house with lots of banter for our own ‘Live at the Marquee’. The 50th Carnival concluded in fitting style with an amazing fireworks display that could be seen from miles around, roll on the 51st Carnival!

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11th Cork Cloghroe Scout Group need our help! With more than 120 scouts, both girls and boys, aged from 6 to 17, and a waiting list of nearly 100, 11th Cork Cloghroe Scout Group are finally taking the first steps to build their own scout hall. The group which has been in existence for more than 40 years and includes children of all denominations and abilities, caters for to 30 children every night of the week, with numbers growing year on year, restricted only by their lack of space and their own scout hall. They are appealing for a local land owner to give them the use of some woodland to camp on and use for the benefit and education of the next generation. Aiming high, they would one day love to create an international scout centre, for the benefit of not only their own scouts but scouts from all around the world.

Talking to The Muskerry News Colin Murphy told us, “The first challenge is finding a suitable site, this is a major hurdle to overcome, and if anyone can help us in locating a site I would be very grateful if they could please make contact with the chairman of the committee, Donal Coffey on 087 793 0299. This project will not progress unless a site is found and if anyone has any suggestions please make contact with Donal as soon as possible.” Thomas McGee continued, “Substantial funds will need to be raised to help complete the project and we need to form a fundraising committee to organise events over the next 12 months. If anyone can help with the committee please email your details to”

This project is ambitious and a big task and there are already many people helping the group, matching the many inspiring examples of people in our community who are prepared to give of their time and skills for the greater long term benefit of future generations to come. Colin concluded, “The active support and participation of parents, however small, has always been vital for the success and the development of the Cloghroe Scout Group. We know that with their help, and that of our community, we will be able to achieve our long held goal of the scouts having their own place, which will enable them to continue to enjoy all of their scouting activities for years to come.”

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is set on 100 acres on the scenic Fota Island in the heart of Cork Harbour and its vision is to inspire people to understand and conserve the biodiversity of our natural world. Fota Wildlife Park is a unique place where you can come face to face with free roaming animals and birds from different parts of the world. So, if it’s a kangaroo that hops in front of you, or a ring-tailed lemur, which jumps down from a tree, each visit is sure to bring its own fantastic memories. Fota Wildlife Park features the recently opened Asian Sanctuary—with Asian lions, Sumatran tigers, Indian rhino, Warty pigs, Visayan spotted deer, Lion-tailed macaques and Red panda. The Cheetah Run and the Tropical house - with its butterflies, reptiles, amphibians and tropical fish - are also must-sees. The development of the Asian Sanctuary over the past six years has enhanced the Park as an iconic international visitor attraction as well as serving the core values of conservation, education, and research. If you are looking for something completely different, Fota Wildlife Park also offers special behind the scenes -style guided tours known as ‘Wild Experiences’ see for more details on how to book. Fota Wildlife Park cares for several different animal species in danger of extinction. Through long-established breeding programmes, which are run cooperatively with other institutions around the world, the Park is helping restore populations of some species while protecting the very survival of others. As a non-profit organisation, the continued work of the Park is not possible without fund raising, membership fees and gate receipts. Fota Wildlife Park runs several events and activities during the busy summer season. These include daily feeding times and wildlife talks, face painting and arts and crafts, fun events such as Yoga@Fota, the Blue Imagination Playground and music and art workshops, as well as educational themed weekends such as the Bug Bonanza, Native Species Weekend and Mad Scientist Weekend. Fota Wildlife Park is open 7 days a week, 362 days a year, including Bank Holidays, except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day. See for opening times & prices. Fota Wildlife Park is accessible by car and by train. See... for the full train timetable. To be in with a chance of winning a family pass (2 adults and 2 children) to Fota Wildlife Park simply tell us the name of one animal you will find in the newly opened Asian Sanctuary and send your answer with your name, address and contact details to Good luck!

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A unique and highly innovative programme from the Crann Centre based in Ovens, County Cork,

is helping children and adult wheelchair users to make to get the most from their chair and take on even the most challenging of conditions with ease. The Crann Centre provides a range of programmes and supports designed and informed by people living with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, along with their families. Many people with Spina Bifida hydrocephalus use a wheelchair for their mobility and the service was developed in order to meet their wish to travel safely, participate in leisure, sports or travel as they see fit.

This month The Gab are bringing it all back home to Blarney for heritage week with a Gab Special on Saturday 24th August from 7pm - 9pm at the Old Blarney Post Office Cafe, Blarney. Be charmed with past times tales and pastime stories special for Heritage Week 2019. Bring a rug or cushion and join them for this special Gab Storytelling event in the beautiful garden of the Old Blarney Post Office Café. Active since 2016, The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art. The monthly storytelling night, The Mixtape, is a blend of song, story and poetry where contemporary tales and traditional stories are celebrated. Don’t miss it!

Members of the Howard family from Ballincollig and Dublin, enjoying the racing at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

The Turas Saol (which translates as life’s journey) wheelchair skills course is run at the charity’s state of the art facility in a purpose-built training area for wheelchair users simulating stairs, inclines, gravel, broken pavements and other obstacles that are in the built environment. Over the six-week programme participants are supported on everything from stretching (to build flexibility and strength) to safely transferring from a seat to the chair to ascending and descending even the most difficult sets of stairs. With other items including carrying drinks while using the chair and wheelchair maintenance the participants are fully supported to take on all the activities of daily living. Course Creator Paul Ryan who has just completed training 6 children and teenagers aged from 9 to 16 says,“This course is a life changer for a child or an adult in a chair, it helps them see their chair as a gateway to endless possibilities.” He added, “As somebody who spends my life around people in wheelchairs, I know the difference that being confident in your chair and being able to take on what can be challenging situations can bring. For enquiries on adults or children’s wheelchair skills training programmes or the other services please contact, call 021 4289267 or visit

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Behind the

Castle Walls

July has been a pretty good month for us in the gardens. I was worried about a possible drought, but we have been lucky enough to get plenty of rain showers to balance out the fine weather. I was visiting Kew gardens earlier in the month and they are really suffering from the heat. I know most people would prefer the blazing sunshine but I’m happy with a nice balance! The result of this is a huge amount of growth in the gardens and fantastic colours around every corner. There are certain areas of the gardens that deserve a special mention this time of year. If you are visiting in the next few weeks make sure to see our Tropical Border, Jungle and Fern Garden that are all thriving. The Herbaceous borders, Poison Garden and the Seven Sisters are also well worth seeing. One of our new projects that is currently in the building stage is the Carnivorous Courtyard. It is in a space adjacent to the Poison Garden and I’m really excited about it. There is nothing I like more than building new garden spaces and creating something a little different. Carnivorous plants are plants that derive some or most of their nutrients from trapping and consuming animals or protozoans, typically insects and other arthropods but in some cases frogs, lizards and even rats. They have adapted to grow in places where the soil is thin or poor in nutrients, especially nitrogen, such as acidic bogs. Their pungent scents, glistening glue or grasping tentacles lure their victims to a nasty end, and many species are native to Ireland. We hope to have the garden open by the end of August but it will be next year before we are able to introduce all of the plants. I’m looking forward to seeing how the public take to it.

We are in the process of summer pruning our fruit trees. Apples and pears can be pruned now to encourage fruit buds to form next year and also to maintain shape or train the tree into a shape. There are two periods for pruning, December/January and July/August. As a rule winter pruning encourages growth of new shoots and summer pruning discourages growth. We also prune stone fruits now, tipping back and tying in new growth on our wall trained plums, peaches and nectarines. Stone fruits should only be pruned in early spring or midsummer as this reduces the chance of silver leaf disease. Fruit pruning is not very complicated if you follow a few basic rules, and there are many helpful sites on the internet with step by step guides. A good tip that I can give this month is to plan your bulb order now. You can probably still remember how things looked in the spring. Make a few notes as to where you would like some extra colour in the garden, then select bulbs that suit. Too often bulbs end up as an impulse buy that get stuck in a corner and forgotten about. This can lead to some nice surprises but often leads to disappointment. Bulbs, like any other plant, have certain preferences and it pays to do a little research first. Weinhave just completed our order. It totals 38,000 Specialising dermatology bulbs so we are going to have a busy Autumn! I look forward to seeing you in the gardens.


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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Anchorite or Round Tower of Whitechurch The Tower is now finished, and for various reasons is well worthy of the notice of the curious. It was commenced on or about the 25th of June last (1832), by two country masons who were not very remarkable for science or skill. However, they were able to execute so many perches of it, daily, as they were in the habit of performing on a plain wall, owing, perhaps, to the ingenious machinery, and excluding the necessity of raising laids or forming cornerstones. The prospect from it is wide and extensive, being erected on very high ground, so that the sea, and parts of the counties of Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary, and Waterford can be easily discerned from it in clear weather. It is about seventy feet high, forty-six in girth at the base, and eight feet in diameter within, with the elegantly tapered form of the generality of such structures.

The door-way of the tower to the east, and facing the church, is built of like materials with the other – ten feet from the ground, two feet four inches wide, five feet high to the springing, with the arch pointed and corbelled in the handsomest manner. All the windows are pointed and corbelled in like manner, which give them an uncommonly durable appearance. There is a fireplace in all the rooms, which form very comfortable cells eight feet by nine high, with a projecting work for the joists to bear on. The stairs are narrow and circular, communicating from one room to another till you approach the top, which is finished with a convex loft, to be covered with lead or zinc. The four windows or apertures at the top, corresponding with the cardinal points – 21/2 by 5 feet high to the springing of the arch, - are somewhat larger than those in the ancient towers.

It was built, over-hand work, measured with templets and rules, forming the batter or diminution peculiar to these towers, and contains six lefts, finishing with a crenelated top, like the round towers of Cloyne and Kildare.

In the centre, between these windows, the bell swings on two heavy iron bars; and, whether from the circular construction or smallness of the apartment in which it is hung, the sound is much more musical, more clear, more agreeable, than when rung in the open air.

The lowest part is a vault, eight feet high, and the same in diameter, the arch of which is neatly groined, and is intended for the Founder’s Tomb, who could scarcely have a more magnificent one.

It is true, the bell-loft is well finished, and the splay and slope of the windows so contrived and eased off, as not to prevent the sound from issuing, which may perhaps be the cause of it.

The door-jambs of this vault are formed of large and heavy blocks of wrought limestone, and the iron gate is of the greatest strength and durability.

The tower is finished at the top with embrasures, partly sloped at the corners, and the intervals are four feet wide.

The only decorations on the outside, beside what is already mentioned, are quarter-foils in sunk panels, and under them a handsome corbel table, forming the machinations, with leaden pipes in them, to carry away the rain that may fall on the flat roof. A Flag-staff, of twenty-four feet high, will be erected on the highest pinnacle, and the flag hoisted thirty minutes before the Clergyman begins Mass, and hauled down when it is finished; in order that those at a distance who do not hear the bell may increase their speed to overtake the sacred ceremony; and this signal, though novel in itself, will have its desired use and advantage. In this fine, this curious and novel building is both grand and graceful, - pleasing to every lover of science and taste, and does credit to the builder for his courage and in an attempt, equalling, in a manner, the works of the ancient Christian Irish. The above article was reported by a Correspondent of the Cork Mercantile Chronicle and printed by the paper on Monday, October 8th,1832. Fr. Matt. Horgan was responsible for the building of this tower in Whitechurch and also the one located at Waterloo. National Heritage Week takes place between 17th and 25th August 2019. As part of this week, Blarney and District Historical Society presents an item on Wednesday 21st August at 7.30 p.m. titled ‘Blarney’s Rebel Trail’. Led by Guest Speaker, Mr. John Mulcahy, this will be a short walking tour which will visit local places of interest relating to The War of Independence. Assemble inside Main Gate to the Square 7.30 p.m. Please note Date and Time. Everybody Welcome. This is a free event. The Annual General Meeting of the Blarney and District Historical Society take place on Thursday 5th September at 8.00 p.m. in Blarney Secondary School. Members and intending members welcome. Blarney and District Historical Society Website:

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Vicarstown National School As the school year for 2018-19 comes to an end, we can all draw breath after what was a busy term and a busy year. On behalf of the Board of Management, I’d like to wish all the staff a lovely summer break and thank them for the tremendous commitment and dedication to the school this year. Our staff are constantly seeking to better the school for the children and this is evident by all the initiatives undertaken during class and break time. I’d like to thank the Parents Association for the support during the past year. The fundraising is vital for the school, allowing us to buy two interactive panels (over €7000) and ongoing costs like pitch cutting, active yard PE trolley, STEM resources, Aladdin Connect and more. Thank you to the entire parent body and wider school community for your ongoing support. And finally, thank you to the children for always trying their best, having fun and representing the school with distinction, no matter what the occasion. It’s a pleasure to teach you all and you deserve a good break over the summer holidays! May I wish our Deputy Principal, Siobhán Looney a long and happy retirement. Siobhán has been a driving force for progress and kindness throughout the last 20 years and she will be missed! I am happy to announce the appointment of Lisa Buckley as a new permanent member of staff. Lisa will be taking over the Junior Infant Class and has great experience with this class level. We welcome Ms Buckley and look forward to her becoming a member of our Vicarstown School Community. Class allocations are on the next page but there are no other changes. We will begin our morning and after school childcare service with Sherpa Kids from the 2nd of September. We are delighted to be able to offer this service to our student body which will be of great help to parents. The Vicarstown Vision for 2022 will be presented in September. Thanks to staff, parents and pupils alike for their contributions. We hope to have a clear roadmap to continued success and progress for the school. May I wish all families a safe and happy summer break. Le Gach Dea Ghuí, Peter Mulcahy, Principal

Greetings from 5th & 6th class. We have had a very busy year with our school work but also had plenty of fun and laughter along the way. Highlights from this year would be our amazing school tour in West Cork Secret, the VEX IQ programme and our various guest speakers. We completed large group projects on the Titanic and countries of the world. 6th class made their Confirmation in April and also had an enjoyable graduation ceremony earlier this week. We wish our thirteen graduating students all the best as they embark on a new chapter in their lives. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh go léir! Mr O’Brien, Rang Gorm Our first year in Rang Liath has been a fantastic success. All six children have made superb progress and continue to blossom each and every day. On behalf of all in Rang Liath I would like to thank you all for the support and generosity throughout the year. We couldn't have done it without you. Happy Holidays! Ms Golden, Rang Liath We had lots of fun in Rang Oráiste throughout the year. We did our yoga poses, aerobic exercises and relaxation activities every day. We took part in drama activities in class and we all enjoyed taking part in the Christmas school play. We also had a great time at the Opera house earlier in the year. We had great fun building bridges and landmarks. We had great fun making ‘ublek’ and playing with it. We had a little indoor garden where we planted lettuce and onion seeds. We made a variety of different objects from clay and did lots of painting and really enjoyed looking at and talking about some of Kandinsky’s art. We worked really hard in Maths, Reading and Writing and had great fun drawing and guessing idioms. We are all looking forward to our summer holidays now and wish everyone happy holidays! Mrs O’Mahony, Rang Oráiste We have had a great fun packed year in Junior Infants. We all settled in very quickly and made new friends. For our Christmas play ‘The Nativity’ we told the story of the birth of Jesus. We really enjoyed Aistear and especially our Guest speakers and a visit to Hegarty’s Farm. We had great fun hurling with Timmy and Colm taught us a few great games too. We went on our school tour to Milanos and made our very own pizzas which we then ate! Yummy! We have learnt so much since we started school and we are all looking forward to next year. Mrs Looney, Rang Buí

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Strand United U13 team being presented with the Cork Schoolboys Division 2 League plaque.

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Strand United Academy pictured at their end of season celebrations with the U7, U8 and U9 penalty shoot out winners.

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Ballincollig Ladies Gaelic Football News

July has been a busy month at Ballincollig Ladies Football Club.

Exciting News for Club Members - GAA Summer Camp for Girls Ballincollig Ladies Football and Ballincollig Camogie Club are running a Summer Camp just before girls go back to school. Promises to be a great few days of fun and sport for our girls ages 5-12 years. Monday to Wednesday - August 26-28th from 10am to 2pm at Ballincollig GAA Club. Further details re: registration will be sent out to all club members. Summer Leagues Updates. While many of our age groups are taking things easy for the Summer our under 11 and under 13 groups have been playing in the Mid Cork Summer League. These leagues are a great opportunity to get some game time for girls during the summer and are a huge learning experience for many of the girls. Under 11’s We had a great start to our summer league with a 2 point win over Nemo Rangers. This game was played on pitch 5 on a super summer evening where plenty of water breaks were taken. We then played Bishopstown in Mid July and this was a tight affair. We were 1 point ahead with time almost up when Bishopstown scored a goal on the final whistle. What a game and so disappointing to lose. Final score Bishopstown 4:09 Ballincollig 5:04. Then onto the final group game against Carrigaline this week. Thankfully things went our way and we came away with the win. The win puts us into the semi final against Bishopstown to be played in the next few weeks. Well done to all the girls, including those from the Under 10 group who have played in the last few weeks.

Great match experience for our under 12 girls who will be playing under 14 next year so well done to all our girls and to the coaches and mentors for all the hard work. Junior Team Update What a fantastic performance from our Junior Team recently to take a win against a fancied Kilshannig side in the 1st round of the Championship. Down 2-3 to 0-1 at half time , a half-time team talk by Manager Paddy Lucey spurred on a 2nd half performance where our girls dominated the half to come away with a win. Final score Ballincollig 2-6 Kilshannig 2-4. Under 10’s Our under 10’s group played in their first Summer Blitz at the beginning of July. This blitz was hosted by Carrigaline and we played teams from Donoughmore and Carrigaline. Well done to all the girls. Speedy recovery to Makayla who went off injured near the end of the last game. Thousandaires Comes to Ballincollig - Save the Date! Friday 4th October 2019 at The Oriel House Hotel. Ballincollig Hurling & Football Club

Under 13’s The under 13’s group played St Michaels in their first league game of the Summer League. Down in numbers our girls fought hard to the end and showed great determination.

Who Wants to Be A Thousandaire? Supported by Ballincollig LGFA and Ballincollig Camogie Club this exciting gameshow experience will be hosted by the club and will allow 8 contestants (picked at random from the audience) take part in the show and be in with a chance of winning €1000. It is sure to be a fantastic night out for all the family

Then it was onto our next game against Macroom which was played on Pitch 3. This was a very strong Macroom team and although our girls gave 100% it just wasn’t enough on the night. Final score Macroom 4:08 Ballincollig 2:07.

Club Lotto Please support the Ballincollig GAA Club Lotto as the lotto is vital for providing funding to all sections of Ballincollig GAA Family. Lotto tickets cost €1.50 or €10 for 8 weeks. Standing order available of €5 per month. The draw takes place every Tuesday night. Tickets are available from the club and also can be found at the ticket booth in Quish’s Supervalu Main Street and West End. Results are posted each week on the club's facebook page. Remember if you’re not in you can’t win.

The final game for the under 13’s was against Grenagh this week and with a physically stronger team Grenagh came away with a win from that game.

Keep in touch ! New members are always welcome to our club and for more information follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Ballincollig LGFA to keep up to date.

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to the 13 gymnasts from Ballincollig.

Children from 6th and 4th classes at Cloghroe National School recently took part in a rugby blitz at Muskerry RFC. Thanks were paid to Sana Ken and Eugene from the Munster Branch for their help. A great day was had by all! Thanks also to Catherine, Rose. Rachael and Aisling for all the work.

Ballincollig Gymnastics Club trialled for the Irish team to represent Ireland in October in Israel at the European Acrobatics Championships.

Well done to each and every one of you.

Grenagh ladies football & camogie club U8’s and U10’s turned out in great numbers for the visit of near neighbours Donoughmore recently with some great football played by all teams.

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Lady captain at Muskerry Golf Club, Maeve Burke, presenting her prize to winner, Katy Keohane.

all pics Mike English

Helping to launch Muskerry Golf Club's fundraising classic were Max O'Leary, Junior Boys Captain, Marian Nugent, President, Sarah Twomey, Junior Girls and Maeve Burke, Lady Captain. The event will be held on August 30th and 31st for teams of three with an entry fee of â‚Ź120. There will be overall prizes, best all ladies team and a unique Shournagh Challenge Competition over the last 4 holes. Booking on 021-4385297 / 021-4381445.

Muskerry Golf Club President, Marian Nugent, presenting her prize for ladies to Edel Purcell. Included is lady captain, Maeve Burke.

Liam Twohig, winner of the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for June, with some of his Aghinagh GAA team mates, Luke O'Leary, Cathal Crowley, Eoghan McCarthy, Shane Tarrant and Alex Murphy.

Brian Collins, Racing Manager Curraheen Park, making a presentation to Andy Kelleher, Donoughmore, following Great Customer's win in the Bet On The Tote S3/4 330 Stake Final.

Philip O'Brien making a presentation to Donal Murphy, Vicarstown, following Cronody Mike's win in the O'Briens Garage Midleton sponsored 525 race at the Cloyne GAA Fundraiser at Curraheen Park.

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Dermot Twomey making a presentation to Anthony Mullins, Carrignavar, following Creamery Ace's win in the Cloyne Pharmacy 330 race at the Cloyne GAA fundraiser at Curraheen Park.

Eileen O'Flynn presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for May to Eimear Scally, Eire Og, in recognition of her display for Cork Ladies Football team in the National League Final v Dublin. Included are her parents, Mary and Tom and brother, Richard.

Over 100 children attended the recent Cul Camp run by Lee Gaels GAA (Dripsey GAA & Gleann Na Laoi GAA) at the grounds of Gleann Na Laoi GAA in Kerry Pike. According to feedback from the kids and parents, it was 5 days of fun, fun and more fun! Cul Camp is primarily about the skills of the game, but it also means meeting new people and forging new friendships and let's be honest, 5 days out in the open is better than 5 days on the couch staring at a screen. One of coaches on hand this was Cork Senior Camogie player Cliona Healy. Later in the week, Cork Hurlers Robert Downey and Shane Kingston were in attendance to pass on their knowledge and skills. Robert and Shane also signed autographs and answered the many many questions fired in their direction. I have to mention the ice cream van on the last day of camp, apparently it got the biggest cheer of the week when it arrived in the gate!

Huge thanks to our lead Coach Gavin Webb and camp Coaches Cliona, Ger, Aaron, Liam, Patrick, Jordan and Conor for delivering a brilliant programme throughout the week. Cul Camp wouldn't run without the many volunteers who give their time so generously, whether it be on the pitch with the kids, running the car park, directing traffic etc, everyone plays a vital role in the success of Cul Camp. Their support is much appreciated and much valued so a big thank you to everyone involved. Every Cul Camp needs a head honcho and that person is Gary O Callaghan who, once again, kept things running smoothly. He really does a first class job in organizing and running the camp.

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Blarney GAA news

What a great week we had for our 2019 Cul Camp!

210 kids took part in the action packed week, with fun and enjoyment being the main objective. Huge thanks to all who helped to run and organise the week, and to the parents who encouraged their boy/girl to take part. Particular praise must go to Eugene McCarthy who, in his first year as Camp leader, did a tremendous job over the months organising the week and indeed the week itself. Cork senior hurler Shane Kingston also called in on the last day See for photos from the week.

Our Junior B hurlers have qualified for the knock out stages of their County League campaign.

Having been placed in a strong group which consisted of Ballygarvan, O’Donovan Rossa and Cloyne, they had a tough ask to get out of the group. Losing their first game by the bare minimum away to Cloyne left an uphill battle. A combination well deserved wins over Ballygarvan and O’Donovan Rossa and other results going to favour, Blarney topped their group on points difference beating Cloyne to the top spot by just a 6 point scoring difference. A County League semi final now awaits them. In Muskerry, they faced Ballinora in Kerry Pike on August 1st in the Quarter Final of the Muskerry Championship.

Car Boot Sale.

Blarney GAA runs a club stall at every car boot sale we host, and we welcome any unwanted household goods, electrical items, garden tools etc for sale as a club fundraiser. All donations most welcome excluding mattresses, sofas and clothes. Thank you for your continued support of our club. Our next car boot sale takes place on Monday 5th of August. The club grounds open at 7am for sellers. NO BOOKING REQUIRED - just show up on the day! Please note that gates close for sellers at 10am. Traders: Car €15 Van €20 Patrons €3. No dogs allowed. If you require any further information, please contact Ray Coleman on 087 233 3180 or email and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Upcoming fixtures.

Intermediate county championship programmes are now restarting after Cork’s exit from the All Ireland. Blarney received a bye to the quarter final stage and will face the winners of Ballincollig v Courcey Rovers and Valley Rovers v Cloyne. This game is down for the weekend of the 14/15 of September. In U21 Hurling, Blarney has been drawn against Duhallow in their opening round of the county. This game has not yet been fixed, however, is likely to be played mid August. To keep up to date please follow our website and social media accounts.

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Blarney GAA news Blarney GAA U14 team had a great win at home in the 1st round of the U14 championship on a score line of 2-8 to 0-6 over Kilmurry. Considering we are still in the holiday period, well done to entire panel and mentors.

Junior A After a strong start to their Muskerry league campaign, our Junior A Hurlers stand in second position just one point off leaders Inniscarra. Having won four games and drawing one with Cloughduv, they have given themselves a strong platform to work with for the remainder of the year. When it comes to the County League they find themselves one spot better off. Three wins and a draw here has seen our Junior A Hurlers top of their County League Group and qualify for knockout stages. Rebel Club Camps Running from the 21st to the 23rd of August. Registration for the camp will take place on the 17th of August in Blarney GAA from 10-12pm. The camp will run from 10-2:30 each day. Places are limited so make sure to contact Robbie on 0861551045 to secure a position. Please ensure your child has his or her own hurley and helmet and a packed lunch.

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Last month six local golf societies came together to compete in the 2019 Inter Society Golf Competition in Macroom Golf Club. The Oriel House Hotel Golf Society hosted the event this year and were joined by Healy’s Bar Ballincollig GAA Club, Mary O’Connell’s Bar, Tradehouse Central and Balllincollig Rugby Club. All the societies sold raffle tickets for a weekend away for two nights bed and breakfast and one evening meal for 2 people in any of the Talbot Hotels which was donated by The Oriel House Hotel. Second prize was an Irish Jersey signed by Roy Keane. All proceeds went to this years nominated charity Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, who received €3520.00. On the golfing front Dermot O’Shea Tradehouse Central Golf Society had the best individual score and was presented with his prize by Tom Butler of Apex Fire Ltd who sponsored the prize as well as Longest Drive which was won by David Keogh (The Oriel Golf Society) and Nearest to Pin which was won by Billy O’Brien (Healy’s Bar).

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The Winners of this year’s competition was Tradehouse Central whose team consisted of Keith Stafford, Dermot O’Shea, Padraig O’Brien, Jerry Walsh, Pat Kenefick, Jimmy Deane, James Stafford, Shane Murphy, Jim Nolan and Michael Lillis. At the prizegiving in The Oriel House Hotel the perpetual trophy was presented to Keith Stafford of Tradehouse Central.

Our sincere thanks to The Oriel House Hotel for their generous support, Apex Fire Ltd for their sponsorship, to all those who supported the raffle. Finally a very sincere thank you to Cathal and his team in Macroom Golf Club for their professionalism, courtesy and assistance in making the event the success that it was.

Welcome home to Avril Kinnerk who recently moved home to Blarney, and is pictured captaining

the Green Isle Camogie team in South East London this year. In addition to managing and training the team, Avril was also the Chairperson of the Camogie Board of Britain, a stalwart of Camogie in Britain! The team won the All Britain Junior League and made it to the All Britain Junior Championship Final.

Pic 3 Marion, Abbey, Leo and Leah O'Sullivan, Dripsey.

Most recently Avril captained the team in the World Games in Waterford, the team did well, coming 3rd in Specialising in dermatology their group and only losing to the continents. A successful year for our club thanks in no small part to Avril.

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