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Coachford College Student of the year Danny Datson with principal Ms Áine Máire Ní Fhaolain, Minister Creed, Cork Rose and past pupil Erinn O’Connell and Deputy Principal Mr Edward Williamson.

A massive well done to Tuesday Blarney Beavers who packed and wrapped 24 shoe boxes for children at Christmas. Thank you to Annette Dilworth Enright who collected the boxes on behalf of Cork’s Penny Dinners, and to the parents who supported this wonderful effort by the children to give something to someone else at Christmas.

Winner of Young Scientist of the Year Simon Meahan with his work at the CIT STEAM Exhibition Award. pic Darragh Kane

7 year old Keela Cunningham and 9 year old Hannah Burke, Killeens, at the Switching on of the Christmas Lights in Cork. pic Darragh Kane

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2019 Dogs for Disabled

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Poo-ey Fun at Cork Science Festival for Kate Ann Murphy with her siblings Sarajane and Morgan of Ovens. pic Clare Keogh

This wonderful Cork based charity provides trained assistance dogs to children with profound physical disabilities, to help them make their way in a world that can be less than kind to those who are different. These highly skilled dogs are freely gifted to their partners and, receiving no government funding for the essential service they provide, Dogs for Disabled relies entire on fundraising. There are currently more than 80 children on the list waiting for the dog that will, without a doubt, completely transform and enrich their lives. Calendars are €10 and a pack of 8 Christmas cards is €5, with EVERY penny going directly to the charity as, with the exception of essential staff, Dogs for Disabled is staffed by volunteers. Cards and calenders are available locally in Pharmacy First Plus Tower and Grenagh, in local vet clinics and online from We all rise by lifting others, please help this wonderful charity help those who cannot lift themselves.


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Congratulations to Blarney and District Chamber of Commerce award winners, pictured with Chairman John Foley, at their awards night last month. The businesses and organisations who received awards on the night included EMF, Jo’s Edge Hair Salon, Brand Blarney, Tower Auto Centre, The Square Table, iFix and The Muskerry News.

Paul Walsh from Blarney, pictured with his certificate in contemporary living, with his brother Patrick and sister Mary, at the conferring ceremony in UCC. pic David Keane

Business Management graduate Brian Cotter and Emma Cotter, Ballincollig at the Griffith College graduations. pic Darragh Kane

Congratulations and thanks to Waterloo Renewal Group as, thanks to their tireless efforts over many years, there is now a footpath all the way from Blarney to Waterloo.

Maria Collins Tubridy and Ferghal Tubridy, Blarney, at the launch of ‘A Journey called Home’, poems and stories of the new Corkonians. pic Gerard McCarthy

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AIB Blarney staff, pictured at the bake sale they held last month in aid of Marymount Hospice which raised an incredible €1350.

Tuesday December 18th Christmas 45 card Drive Thursday December 20th

Customers Christmas Party Night with The Papazitas

Friday December 21st Annual Customer Christmas Concert Sunday December 23rd Crazy Chester Christmas Eve Santa arrives after Family Mass St Stephen’s Day Emerson Thursday December 27th Elly O’Keeffe and family and band Saturday December 29th The Irresistibles New Year’s Eve D.J. Cliff Women’s Little Christmas night Saturday January 5th 2019 The Joe Dolan Show with full band Preceded and followed by D.J. Cliff Sunday January 20th Blarney Senior Citizens Party

Blarney man Damian Boylan, pictured with Ger Buckley and Senator Colm Burke. Damian has been chosen to run in the new North West ward of Cork City for Fine Gael. Two local couples, the Lanes and the Devoys are happy to be offering a seven week Marriage Course again in 2019. It will run on Saturday evenings from 8pm to 10.15 pm in the Parish Centre, Church Hill, Carrigrohane beginning on Saturday February 16th. A great way to start the year! The Marriage Course is for any couple who wants to invest in their relationship, whether you’ve been together 1 year or 61 years, whether you’re in a great place right now, or are facing struggles. It started in 1996, has been translated into more than 40 languages and runs in more than 109 countries! As Patsy Devoy told us, “We aim for a lovely relaxing atmosphere, with a candle and flowers on a table for each couple and special desserts and cheeses provided at a break during the evening. Most of the material is presented through the videos which are informative and fun, with time to chat with your partner (and enough background music to ensure privacy). There is NO group work and you’ll NEVER be asked to share anything about your relationship with anyone (other than each other!). “We love this course – and the opportunity for 7 weeks of special time together for us as couples (with lovely food to enjoy!). Regular servicing in the garage helps a car run smoothly and reduces the risk of breakdown, and we find the same applies to our relationships: taking time to build the strength needed to get through the hard times, as well as recognising and enjoying the good times is very helpful. Having clocked up more than 80 years between us – we still really appreciate the opportunity the course gives us! Life doesn’t stand still, and neither do we – so there’s always something new or different to consider.” The seven sessions are; Building Strong Foundations; The Art of Communication; Resolving Conflict; The Power of Forgiveness; The Impact of Family – Past and Present; Good Sex; Love in Action. We, and the video presenters of the course, are Christians but the course is open to everyone (all faiths and none), and it’s often appreciated and enjoyed by those preparing for marriage and those who are living together. Places will be limited to ensure privacy so book early by phoning Patsy on 087 6413559, or Janet on 087 2330351) for more information or to book. The course costs €70 per couple, or €10 per couple per week if you prefer. But if money is a difficulty, please say, there will be no problem!

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Aladdin comes to Vicarstown National School

Following the successful e-payments and library software package we have been using in school this past year, we launched Aladdin Schools Connect last month. This software allows us to securely share information with parents and to communication within a secure online App. Parents were able to book all of their parent/teacher meetings online this year, and are able to enter in absences plus the reasons for absence without having to phone or write notes to the school. We also have a school calendar on the Aladdin connect App, which will be a great resource going forward. So far 84% of families in the school have used Aladdin Connect since it was launched. Our 3rd and 4th girls had great fun at the Sciath na Scol indoor football tournament in Donoughmore this week. They won two of their matches, drew one and lost one match. All of our junior classes had a fantastic day out at Cork Opera House where they saw Aladdin Christmas Panto. Many thanks to the Parents’ Association for subsidising this fantastic treat. Following another wonderful Christmas Bazaar this year which raised a massive €7000 we would like to acknowledge the fantastic work being done by our Parents’ Association. Thanks also to sponsors and families who donated spot prizes and bought and sold the raffle tickets. Between the tearooms, the games rooms. The art and craft/bingo room and the Spin the Wheel raffle, attendees were spoilt for choice. We are already looking forward to next year’s Christmas Bazaar. As a result of our school expansion we are going to have 5 short plays in our Christmas Show in Ballyanly Community Centre this year on December 12th at 7pm sharp. We would like to welcome the whole community to see our performances and enjoy some Christmas cheer. It is a lovely opportunity for parents and family to see their little ones perform on stage. We were delighted with the strong attendance at our open events over the past two weeks. If you are interested in enrolling your child in Vicarstown National School please contact the school on 021 7332179. Our 3rd - 6th class teams are looking forward to the Ficheall Chess Tournament again this year. The participants are glad of a rainy day to get a chance to practice during lunch break.



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The Irish Constitution recognises that ‘parents are the primary educators of their child’. We in Scoil Chroí Íosa wish to dedicate this months edition to the parents association of our school. This amazing group add so much fun and positivity to school life. The trojan work that they do behind the scenes for the children in our care can not go without mention. So far this year they have organised book rental scheme (making life easier for all families), Halloween fancy dress competition and, the highlight, was our recent fun family bingo on Sunday afternoon. This event has to go down as the best craic to be had in the village since Blarney GAA won the County! The staff and children wish to dedicate this Christmas season of Family to our Parents Association-Thanks! Ms. Browne and Mr. O’Leary have enrolled their 2nd Classes for First Holy Communions next summer, this is always a special year for the children. Blarney Parish are also recruiting Altar Servers, and any families that would like to play their part in serving the parish community can contact the school or Parish Office for details. Mr. Cotter and Ms. Fitzgerald lead the 6th Class Debating team to victory in Cloghroe recently. These, the most Senior children in our school, were never shy about using their voices. Mr. Burke has been busy training our 4th Classes for recent indoor blitz’s. A highlight of November was the visit to our school by folk singer Jimmy Crowley, organised by Mr. Cotter. Jimmy, regaled the children with history, story and song. Huge praise is due to Ms. Corkery and all the staff of the Junior Building for organising a wonderful open night recently. Lots of hard work goes on behind the scenes to showcase the best of Blarney to families new to the school. Enrolments for 2019 are near full, but if any families are anxious to secure a place for their child in future years they must contact Caroline or Susan in the office for details. As this copy goes to print it will only be a few more sleeps to Christmas Day. It is a magic time, especially for children. We in Scoil Chroí Íosa wish you all a happy and holy Christmas with your families.

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Inniscarra Community Centre needs you!

Do you want Inniscarra Community Centre at Ballyanly to continue to develop and to be there for your children and their future children? Do you consider the Community Centre to be an essential community asset and, if so, how often do you or your family come to the centre? The Community Centre needs your help and support. Muskerry Macra ran a very successful basic cookery course for four weeks during month of November supported by Skillnet and facilitated by Muskerry Macra member, Sheila Lynch. The aim of the course, held in Coachford College, was to provide nutritional knowledge and cookery skills to Macra members.

Minding your money with Anthony Forde - Blarney Credit Union

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Decking the Halls for Christmas? Tis the season for our Christmas Loans; No matter how you celebrate the festive season, be it something low key or whether you go in for all the trimmings, chat to us at Blarney Credit Union today about a flexible Christmas loan, from a lender who cares. At Blarney Credit Union, we look at things differently; 1. Owned by you: Blarney Credit Union is owned by its members, the people who save with it and borrow from it 2. Local: all decisions are taken at local level in the best interests of all members 3. Member Service: call to us and meet with our friendly, professional and efficient staff 4. Flexible: You can pay off your loan early, make additional lump sum repayments or increase your regular repayments, all without penalty. 5. Loan Protection: Loans are insured by the credit union’s own policy at no direct cost to you. This is designed to pay off a loan in the event of a borrower’s death – subject to terms, conditions and eligibility criteria. How much does a Christmas Loan cost? For a €1,000 one year variable rate loan with an interest rate of 9% (APR 9.4%), the weekly repayment will be €20.12 and the total amount repayable will be €1,046.11. Cost of credit €46.11. Not only that, we offer a loan interest rebate at the end of the year, making your credit union loan even more appealing. How do I apply? If you are already a member, simply call into us or contact us by phone today. Not a member? Not a Problem! – If you’re not already a member of Blarney Credit Union, why not join today? Or if you can’t remember the last time you used your account, that’s also no problem, we love to see old friends returning.

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We do not have enough people involved to allow us do what we need to do, and we need a helping hand. Don’t leave the responsibility to others, a little help goes a long way, and failure to maintain and secure the future of the centre may see the demise of the facilities. The current facilities, held in trust for the people of Inniscarra, include a Community Hall that accommodates 400 people with meeting rooms, stores and workshop, an 18 hole pitch and putt course and clubhouse with dressing rooms for the Camogie Club, an all-weather pitch with lights, a community pitch for GAA/Camogie, a rugby pitch with lights, two soccer pitches and dressing rooms, a lighted Slí Na Sláinte walkway, new children’s playground and extensive parking availability. The facilities have to be maintained to a standard to meet increasing regulations. Currently, day-to-day upkeep and maintenance is carried out by one Community Employment Programme worker and secretarial tasks by another C.E.worker on very limited hours. All other work done is due to a few voluntary workers. Owing to the efforts of the current volunteers we find ourselves debt free at this time, but we need your input and ideas to take us to the next level and to ensure that we have a facility to hand on to our children. If you have any interest in ensuring that the centre survives, please contact the office on (021) 733 2211 to offer your support and help. Helping does not mean that you have to join a committee or commit to attending meetings. There are many ways in which one can help, it can be as simple as giving 15 minutes when it suits you. So, what are you waiting for? Get involved, your help will make it a better place for you and your children, so let the community benefit from your skills and make new friends.

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Ballincollig lights up for Christmas

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Santa and Belle of Ballincollig, Kate O’Shaughnessy, Belle of Ballincollig, Kate O’Shaughnessy, Leah O’Callaghan gives Santa a welcoming Mary, Caitlyn and Isabel O’Halloran. with Naoise and Siofra O’Sullivan. special hug.

Cheers all ‘round as Belle of Ballincollig, Kate O’Shaughnessy, switches on the Christmas lights at Ballincollig Shopping Centre. Included are Mrs Claus and Santa, Emer Cassidy, Chairperson Ballincollig Business Association, Gabriel O’Cathasaigh and teachers/pupils Gaelscoil Uí Riordáin.

Mrs Claus has a few words with Orlaith Kearney and Lauren Kennedy at the switch on of the Ballincollig Christmas lights.

Blarney & District Person of The Year Awards 2018

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The October Blarney & District People of the Month is Dr. Shane O’Neill In October 2018 Dr. Shane O’Neill finished his working professional life at Blarney Medical Centre and, after many years of long hours and hard work, began a new chapter of his life.

Very much a family man, Shane and his beloved late wife Sandra worked together in the surgery until the arrival of their children. Dr. O’Neill has contributed in so many ways to our community over his long professional career, and his kind words, sense of humour and sympathetic ear will be greatly missed.

The manner in which Dr. Shane has helped so many, in over 40 years of service and care to the people of Blarney village and surrounding areas, is admirable. At all times he has treated his patients with dignity and respect, and always with an approachable manner.

We look forward to continuing to meet and greet him in the village on his daily walks and wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Dr. O’Neill has lived and worked in this community for most of his working life, and three generations of families have come to love and trust him as their doctor.

Congratulations to all our monthly winners The Blarney Person of the Year 2018 will be announced at a ceremony at The Castle Hotel on Saturday January 19th 2019

Sean Underwood January

Jo Ann O’Connor February

Donal Ring


Eoin Murphy April

Julia Downey May

Emily Coleman June

Tom O’Byrne July

Will Roche


Seán & Chris McCarthy September

Hannah O’Mahony October

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‘Nuacht na míosa ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí’ Tá naíonáin gnóthach don Nollaig. Our infant classes are busy decorating with their Christmas art. All classes are very busy preparing for their Christmas performances for our Seónna na Nollaig. Guímid Nollaig faoi shéan ‘is faoi mhaise daoibh ar fad!

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Muskerry Local History Society launches 2017-18 Journal

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Michael O’Flynn, O’Flynn Construction Group, who launched the Muskerry Local History Society’s Journal 2017-18 at Ballincollig Rugby Club photographed with officers and contributors. Included are Noel Power, Neil O’Mahony, Dermot Lucey (Editor), Frank Donaldson, Pat O’Callaghan, Michael O’Sullivan and Liam Hayes (Chairman).

Con and Kathleen Ambrose.

John and Sheila O’Reilly.

Brian Gabriel and Richard McSweeney.

Jim O’Connell, John O’Connor and Michael Keane.

Frank O’Connell and Donie O’Donovan.

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Year ends with positivity at Berrings National School Science Week goes off a BLAST!

Children participated in lots of fun and explosive activities during Science Week. One of the main activities of Science Week was a display with over twenty experiments including volcanoes and disappearing bones! The children of Junior Infants and 4th class took part in a ‘Material Hunt’, working together to find different materials like plastic, wood, metal and stone.

Congratulations to the children whose wonderful artwork won them prizes at the Credit Union Art Competition. The whole school community are very proud of all our fantastic artists.

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The children of Berrings National School donned blue and white to welcome the Senior Inniscarra Camogie team, County and Munster champions. The panel consists of many past pupils of the School and also one of our own staff members, Miss Liz Hayes. Our Amber Flag Committee promotes positive mental health in the school with a ‘Positivity Tree’ in the school hall. Each child was given a leaf and encouraged to draw/ write positive words and thoughts about themselves. ‘Positive Thinking Thursday’ is also a great initiative devised by our hard working committee.

Rang a Cúig have entered the Junior Entrepreneur Project 2019, which got underway six weeks ago and will conclude in March. Since we have begun our Junior Entrepreneur journey, we have raised our participation flag, had a ‘Meet the Dragons’ event with local business woman Rena Buckley, invited a local entrepreneur from ‘Yellow House Honey’ to speak and are now in the midst of market research for our chosen product ‘The B-Shirt’, a Berrings themed t-shirt. Watch this space in the New Year to grab your very own ‘B-Shirt’.

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Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Mick Finn turns on the Christmas Tree lights at Blairs Inn with the help of third generation Blairs, Sam, Charlie, Eamon and Molly. This tradition goes back 34 years, and the lights on the tree were part of Cork City’s Christmas lights back in Duncan Blair, Shauna Kavanagh, Anne Blair, Aisling O’Callaghan, the 1980’s. Also included are Claire, Richard, Duncan and Anne Blair. Jessica Riordan and Jean Fitzgerald.

John Blair and Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn.

Sir Charles Colthurst, Lord Mayor Cllr. Mick Finn and Richard Blair.


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Excellence acknowledged at Scoil Mhuire gan Smál annuals awards


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Leaving Certificate award winners at the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, awards ceremony at Oriel Hotel. Included is Mark McGloughlin, representing sponsors Blarney Credit Union. Jennifer Murphy accepting the Community Award on behalf of the YSI Group who organised a ‘Strictly come Dancing Over 60s’ event.

Aoibhin O’Leary receiving the School Aoife Collins receiving the School Sport The Gradam Diograise went to to Ryan Frayne-Duffy. Spirit Award. Spirit Award. Included is Cathal Dodd, Deputy Principal.

Distinguished Past Pupil, Mary Owens, Director of Nursing at Cork Gold medal winners. Laoise Gavin (Leaving Certificate) and University Hospital, who was guest speaker, photographed with Mark Maguire (Junior Certificate) being congratulated by Padraig Cathal Dodd and Jennifer Forde, Deputy Principals and Padraig Sheehan, Principal and Mark McGloughlin, Blarney Credit Union. Sheehan, Principal.

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Senior Subject Awards went to Rachel Twohig (French), Alberto Junior Certificate medal winners, Mark Maguire (Gold), Niall Casotti (Maths), Joseph Linehan (English) and Sophie Williams Cremin and Aideen Donovan. (Irish).

Senior Subject Awards went to Aaron Dorney Senior Subject Awards went to Laoise Gavin (Chemistry), Denis O’Sullivan (Agri (German) and David Rea (Applied Maths and Physics) Science), Daniel Fitzpatrick-White (Art) and Laura O’Driscoll (Home Economics). with Mark McGloughlin, Blarney Credit Union.

Senior Subject Awards for Kevin Hyde (Construction Studies), Denis O’Sullivan (DCG), Shane Carroll (Engineering) and Aurora Fortini (Music).

Jordan Keohane accepts his Endeavour Award.

Chris and Sean Crean-McCarthy, who represented Ireland in Senior Subject Awards for Don O’Rourke (LCVP) and Aisling O’Reilly the European Karate finals receiving Endeavour Awards. (Geography).

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Jack Crotty, representing the TY Aoife O’Leary, Hannah Chen, Ellen Horgan, Saoirse Duggan, Jim O’Donovan, Siun Healy, Orla Mini Company group, receiving an Leahy and Laura Timothy received Endeavour Awards, having received Pope John Paul Awards Endeavour Award. The group organised a charity walk in aid of the Surgeon for their community work in 2017 and 2018. Noonan Project.

Danielle Hendley captain of the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney All Ireland under 15 camogie 7s winners in 2017, receiving an Endeavour Award.

Simone O’Shea receiving an Endeavour Award in recognition of her selection on the Ireland team at the 3x3 Under 18 Basketball Championships held in France.


Anna O’Connor and Abby Leahy TY Drama Group receiving an Endeavour Award in recognition of their play winning the runner up prize at the All Ireland Final in Mullingar.

Holly Carroll who was on the Cork team which came second in the All Ireland Cross Country last November, receiving an Endeavour Award.

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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Lisnaraha Ring Fort

This Ring Fort is located on the left-hand side of the Blarney to Courtbrack road, 2.6 miles from Blarney. The road bends around the northeastern perimeter of the Ring Fort. Bibliography: Cork Historical and Archaeological Journal, Caulfield Centenary Number, Jan-Dec, 1987 has an article entitled “Pitt-Rivers in Munster, 18621865/6” by Dr. Elisabeth Twohig which gives some details of the excavation of the Ring Fort by Pitt-Rivers and Caulfield on 11th and 17th May 1864. They found ashes and burnt bones in a collapsed souterrain there. Papers and manuscripts containing details of the joint field-work of PittRivers and Caulfield have found in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum in England. Map Information: (a) This site is marked and named on the 6” Ordnance Survey Map Sheet 62 Cork (Blarney), easting 37.8 cm northing: 27.1 cm. (b) On the enclosed copy of part of Sheet 62 (First Edition) it is marked Site No 2. (c) The Site is situated in the town land of Loughane East in the Parish of Grenagh in the Barony of East Muskerry. (d) Lisnaraha Ring Fort consists of a high bank surrounding a very gentle sloping area about 70 m in diameter and almost circular in shape. Outside the bank is a wide and deep fosse and on the outside of the fosse along the adjoining fields and roadside there is a low wall mainly built of stone. (e) The site is known as Lisnaraha. (f) The Ring Fort is marked on all three editions of the 6” Ordnance Survey Map Sheet 62 Cork (Blarney) 1844, 1904 and 1937. It is also shown on the Sites and Monuments Record Map as Site No. 135 (01) and 135 (02), the latter referring to the possible souterrain. Field Survey: The Ring Fort at present is in a reasonably good condition. The bank and the fosse are so large that it would be difficult to damage it on a major scale so any erosion or flood damage or damage to walls is relatively minor. One regrettable fact is that the farmer has cultivated the interior or enclosed area for many years – usually under cereals or hay – so that any raised areas or hollows on the surface have disappeared and the top few inches of soil have been interfered with. The inner side of the bank all around is sloping and well protected by briars and bracken and there is a small number of oak and silver birch trees and furze bushes on it too. There is a narrow path on top of the bank the whole way around. The outer side of the bank slopes steeply into the fosse for most of the way and there has been some erosion of this in places but at the moment it is well covered in grass, bracken, bluebells, briars and some trees, particularly oak. The fosse is quite deep and varies from over 4 m to over 8 m in width and water lodges in it in three different places. Local people say there was a high level of water in it during the heavy rains last winter. Cattle grazing in the two fields to the south and west of the Fort have caused a little damage to the low wall outside the fosse. There are whitethorn and blackthorn tree growing along this wall and that of the private garden to the northwest. There is a good wall by the road along the north and east sides except at one spot. The east wall is covered by briars and willows. The ground level of the fields and road is on average about 2 m above the bottom of the fosse. All the fields about the Ring Fort are used for grazing and the whole area from the northeast of the Ring Fort slopes gently south-westwards into the valley of the Shournagh. Related Monuments: There is a small levelled Ring Fort just 150 yards to the south and nearby is a Fulacht Fia: Sites 133 and 134 respectively on the Sites and Monuments Record Map (1988). Just across the road to the northeast of the Fort is a Standing Stone (Site 136) and 300 yards to the north is the remains of a levelled rectangular enclosure, locally called “Monaister” (mainistir), and also another Standing Stone and a Fulacht Fia: (Sites 137,138 & 139 and all on the Sites and Monuments Record Map). About a half mile to the west is the site of an old church and graveyard

(Site 140) and a Gallan (Site 141) (both on the Sites and Monuments Record Map, 1988). Farther away to the east and north are many Ring Forts, Fulachta Fia and Standing Stones. Measurements. The only entrance at present is from the road to the east side of the Ring Fort. The causeway over the fosse is 2¼ m above the bottom of the fosse and the entrance through the bank is 4¼ m wide and it looks as if it was widened some time ago, maybe to allow farm machinery in. The interior of the fort is almost circular with a very slight “bulge” (1 or 2 m) towards the east and northeast sides. From north to south the levelled cultivated area is 69 m. and from east to west is 70½ m. The bank for most of its length is 3 m to 3.55 m above the interior of the fort but at the western side is only 2.3 m high. At the south-western side there is what seems like a narrow entrance and the bank has been interfered with and has pits dug in it for about 7 m on either side of this entrance. These may have been only excavations as there is no causeway over the fosse at this point though the fosse here is only 1½ m deep and waterlogged. The Ring Fort bank varies in height from 5½ m to 7 m over the bottom of the fosse and the fosse itself is widest on the southeast at 8.5 m and narrows to 4.6 m at one point on the northwest but is generally from 5.8 m to 8.2 m wide. The walls of the fields and the road on the outer side of the fosse are generally 1m. to 1¼ m. high on the outside. In a few places they are damaged and are lower as a result of this. The tops of the walls are mostly from 2¾ m to 3.35 m above the bottom of the fosse and except at one point on the north by the road the walls slope very steeply into the fosse. The walls above ground level are mainly stone and below ground level they are just earth. The road outside the Ring Fort is 384 feet above sea-level. The above report was presented by Mr. Michael Higgins, Bishopstown, in April 1990. Blarney and District Historical Society starts the New Year with an illustrated lecture which takes place on Thursday 10th January 2019 at 8pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School). Titled ‘Crime and Punishment in Victorian Cork’, guest speaker Ronnie Herlihy of Cork South Parish Historical Society takes us back to the early Victorian era of 1837 to 1859 with this evening’s presentation which is based on a selection of the various crimes, court cases and the punishments of the time. Please note date. Charge for non-members €4. A limited number of ‘Old Blarney’ back issues are still available by contacting 087 2153216, or or at the monthly lectures.

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John McDonnell making a presentation to Andy Kelleher, Donoughmore, following Village Customer’s win in the Pat McDonnell Paints 330 at the Grenagh GAA Fundraiser at Curraheen Park. Included are Brian Collins, Racing Manager and Con O’Sullivan.

Eileen McCarthy, Secretary, Grenagh GAA, Supporting the Grenagh GAA Fundraiser making a presentation to James Murphy were Ellie Mostyn-St. Leger, Megan following Cronody Tadhg’s win in the O’Shea and Leah Sherlock. O’Regan Transport Donoughmore 330 race.

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There was much to celebrate on November 23rd when past and present members of Muskerry RFC gathered at Blarney Golf resort to celebrate 40 years since the foundation of the club.

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A big thank you to all those who entered photographs for the Whitechurch Parents Association fundraiser 2019 Calendar and a special congratulations to the successful photographers, some of whom are pictured here with some PA members. Calendars are now available for sale at Roches Daybreak and can also be ordered from the school, with all proceeds going directly to the school. Please support this much needed fundraising initiative.

Congratulations Jack Riordan Coachford College on receiving a UCC Quercus Entrance Scholarship 2018/2019

Olympian, Rob Heffernan, Bank of Ireland Community Ambassador, presenting an outstanding achievement award to Tom Butler, Chairman Ballincollig Tidy Towns Committee, at the Ballincollig Business Association/Bank of Ireland Community Awards presentations at Oriel Hotel. Included are Marcella McAuliffe, Manager B of I Ballincollig, Sean Byerley, B of I Area Manager Cork City and Emer Cassidy, Chairperson BBA. pic Mike English

Christmas comes early to Grenagh Post Office

Christmas came early to Grenagh with the news that the future of their local Post Office had been saved by Matt and Sue from Costcutter Grenagh who stepped in to keep this valuable resource within the community. With more than 174 post offices closing down throughout the country, great credit is due to Matt and Sue for negotiating a seamless move for the Post Office which now operates within Costcutter. The branch is now managed by Nicole Sherlock who is already extending the range of products available. Talking to The Muskerry News Nicole said that the recent introduction of foreign exchange has been a huge success, and she is very excited over the upcoming launch of the 10 currency FX card, and will be delighted to explain the many benefits of this card to customers. Another benefit of a local post office are the many saving schemes on offer, and what better gift this Christmas than the habit of saving which you could give to a child by opening a savings book for them. The Post Office has also extended their opening hours and now remains open throughout lunch.

Pupils from Dripsey National School with some of the 78 shoeboxes they donated to the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This is incredible generosity from the pupils in a school with 61 families.

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Behind the Castle Walls This time of year is always hectic here in the gardens. A lot of people think that we slow down in the winter months but in reality it never does! As our tourist season dies down and the general maintenance jobs like grass cutting ease off we start our seasonal jobs and new projects. We are well underway with tidying and we are currently cutting back and mulching the herbaceous borders. We had to wait until the overnight frosts came, and plants started to die back. It’s a little sad every autumn to see it fade away and it’s hard to imagine that all that lush growth will be back in abundance next year. The laying of reclaimed cobble edging on the herbaceous border is an ongoing job. We are taking the opportunity to also revamp the entrance area and widen the beds to make it a higher impact area that hopefully draws people in. The old timber edging was always a stop-gap solution and these new cobbles really give the borders an air of permanence. Another current project is the tidying up and expanding of our Irish Garden. This is a collection of Irish native plant species with information signs that discuss conservation and biodiversity but also tell of particular myths and legends associated with the plant. It’s been ticking over for the last few years, but one of our gardeners has taken the project under his wing and I’m delighted to see it progressing. Next time you’re in the gardens make sure to pop in for a look. It’s situated off the path between the poison garden and woodland walk. We are also in the middle of replacing rotten timber posts on some of our board walk areas. This is a particularly messy job as the boardwalk crosses our bog garden. Once this is complete we will be replanting the whole bog garden, which is a project I’m particularly excited about. Planting season is upon us and we are currently putting in a large number of trees and shrubs throughout the estate. A lot of the more rare and unusual varieties were grown ourselves from wild collected seed. We are also expecting delivery of a number of rootballed trees to replace lost or storm damaged specimens or simply to add to the diversity of our collections. A big job for us this time of the year is leaf collection. We compost a lot of our leaf litter, as it’s a free source of extremely good mulch for plants. Let’s face it the natural ways are usually the best! We have bought a new leaf mulcher this year and it’s proving extremely popular. We do not, however, collect up the leaves from our main Lime tree avenue or in the arboretums. These are pushed back under the trees to provide protective mulch and feed for the snowdrop and bluebell bulbs that live there. All of us here in the castle and gardens would like to wish everybody a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. We hope to see more of you in the gardens next year. Do make use of the season passes, as they represent excellent value for money!

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Sometimes, it seems, Santa wears blue and not red, so forget about the four presents we’re holding, and look at the van behind which is full to the roof of gifts. Kitchens, cars, tractors, magic and doctor sets, markers .... I don’t know how to describe the thought and love that went into the annual gift from Keith and the team at Pharmacy First Plus which was donated to local children in need, again, this Christmas. Thanks so much Keith, and all at PFP Tower, Grenagh and Onslow Gardens, for making the magic of Christmas happen.

You too shall go to the ball! The Everyman and CADA presents CINDERELLA directed by Catherine Mahon Buckley. Cork’s favourite panto is back - oh yes, it is! When you think of a glass slipper, a pumpkin-carriage, ugly sisters and a handsome prince what have you got? This year’s panto, CINDERELLA.

So why not take yourself to the ball and join them for Cinderella, starring the same wonderful gang as last year’s sold out Christmas panto, Beauty and The Beast! Jam packed with panto fun, they bring this magical story to life with a panto for all generations of panto lovers - old and new. You can win a


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Pupils from Scoil Barra Ballincollig, at the reception. Rachel Cooney and Kieran Dwyer, both teachers at Scoil Barra in Ballincollig, are all smiles.

Una Cremin, Niamh Shaughnessy and Patricia Connolly, Ballincollig.

Ewa and Kristof Szymanska, Ballincollig.

Susan, Matt and Fred Lorole from Ballincollig.

Denis and Grace O’Sullivan, Ballincollig.

Fidelma O’Sullivan and Marian Creedon, Ballincollig, attending the reception hosted by the Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, to formally recognise a number of significant achievements from groups and individuals across Cork County, at Vertigo in Cork County Hall.

Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, with Cllr Derry Canty, Declan Daly, Cork County Council deputy chief executive and Manus O’Callaghan.

Cloghroe National School students are fit4class!

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Fifth Class are learning how to correctly approach different aspects of athletics under the direction of their teachers and athlete Claire McSweeney, as we are participating in a national athletics programme Fit4Class with Athletics Ireland.

Congratulations to the boys who represented the school in such an admirable manner in Páirc Uí Rinn at Sciath no Scol. The boys put up a brave fight against Rochestown in the F2 Final showing wonderful skill and determination on the day. Comhghairdeas! Táimid anbhródúil asaibh go léir!

Our ‘debating dynamos’ Cian McKenzie, Dascie Gleeson and Olivia Huskisson argued their case well in opposing the motion ‘People who litter should be fined’ against neighbours Scoil Chroí Iosa last month. Having rebutted, Blarney just pipped them at the post but a great experience was had by all!

On Wednesday 5th December, Junior and Senior Infant children wooed the crowds with their Past pupil, Seán McCarthy represented fabulous Christmas performances. First and second classes are busy putting the final touches Ireland at the Youth Olympics in Buenos to their plays which they will perform on Wednesday 12th December. Aires in October. In Karate, Seán won a bronze medal which he proudly displayed Held in U.C.C., at a special assembly held here at his this year’s Science Quiz primary school. Well done Seán! run by Lifetime Lab, was a great night’s entertainment with science explosions and a cliffhanger contest. Our two teams of Fiachra Wall, Niall Buckley, Cian McKenzie, Annaliese Kelleher, Dominic Morrissey and Jenny Molloghan were among the fifty-nine teams competing and while they did not win, they finished in the first five so well done to all.

Children from the school have also been involved in many fundraising initiatives in the lead up to Christmas. We would like to thank all who donated to Saint Vincent de Paul, the Simon Community, Penny Dinners and Team Hope. Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir!

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Munster Champions visit Cloghroe National School A sea of blue and white as well as rapturous applause greeted the Inniscarra Senior Camogie Team when they visited Cloghroe School with an array of silverware including Munster, County, Under 16 and of course the O’Duffy cup, on Tuesday November 27th 2018. Accompanied by manager Kevin Murphy and selector Joe McCarthy, the champions included past pupils Niamh McCarthy, Claudia Keane, Rebecca Quigley, Erin Looney, Aine O’Connor, Ann-Marie Coleman, Ellen Murphy and Caoimhe Buckley, as well as Inniscarra players Aileen Sheehan, Niamh Dilworth, Sheila Walsh, Aoife Dineen, Joanne Dineen, Olivia Dineen and Captain Treasa McCarthy. Treasa detailed their long road to success; thanked the school for its support of camogie and the principal Emma Dineen for her contribution to training over many years. Treasa explained the many elements that go to make a successful team; good back-room squad, excellent fitness, good nutrition but most of all, a united and very close team spirit amongst the girls who range in age from sixteen to thirty four. Kevin Murphy complemented the girls on their commitment and dedication. The girls answered some challenging questions from the pupils after which, the school principal Emma thanked everyone, including the past pupils who could not be with us today, namely Katie O’Mahony, Aoife Kavanagh, Caitlin Looney and Rebecca Keane saying, “We are all very proud of your achievements. Best of luck with the All-Ireland semi-final at the end of January”.

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Busy month at Blarney United FC

U16 team prior to their game against St Marys.

Congratulation to both Killian and Daragh from their teammates, coaches and all at BUFC for making the U12 Cork Schoolboys Squad this year.

The Blarney Senior Team presenting a Blarney jersey to Aiden Leahy, player with the senior team, and part of the 113th Infantry Battalion who deployed to Lebanon last month as part of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Blarney United wishes Aiden safe deployment as he serves his time on tour with the Irish Army

Blarney Utd U12A’s who played away to Midelton with a great team performance

Congratulations to the Blarney United U17 players and managers who qualified in to the last 16 of the FAI National Cup. Blarney United’s Blarney United FC Chairmen, past and present, gather The 2011 and 2012 groups who travelled to Anthony Butler was MOM for the game against Salthill Devon. for 70th anniversary history book 1949 - 2019. Whitechurch to play St. Marys.

The U10’s from the Girls Academy who played games against Kinsale recently.

Another busy weekend at the Blarney Utd Academy. It’s great to see all the boys and girls coming along in such huge numbers. Thanks to all the coaches and parents for enabling this.

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Ballincollig resident Sanita Puspure is the November Cork Person of the Month to mark her recent world champion gold success. Pictured at the award presentation, at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Ovens were Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser; Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, AM O’Sullivan PR; Sanita Puspure, Cork Person of the Month; Mike Feely, Lexus Cork; Pat Lemasney, Southern. pic Tony O’Connell Photography pic: Mike English

Cloghroe National School mascots, Keelan O’Farrell and Lucy Gleeson make a pretty picture. pic: Mike English

Whitechurch National School captain, Elise Kendellen and vice captain, Sarah McGrath lead their team mates in celebration having received the Roinn DGF1 trophies from former Cork player and manager at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Eileen O’Flynn, presenting the Muskerry GAA/Auld Triangle Sports Award for October to Tadgh Corkery, Cill na Martra. Included are his parents, Martina and Ian, sisters Molly and Rosie. pic Mike English

Firmount National School winners of Roinn F5 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Pairc Ui Rinn. Firmount captain, Sean O’Hanlon (with cup) and vice captains, twins, James and Sean Fehily. pics: Mike English

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Blarney GAA news

Inaugural Over 35 Blitz Last Saturday we held our very first Over 35s Hurling Competition. Over 40 players took part with four teams playing a blitz style competition. Each team played each other in 15 minute games, with the top two playing in the final and the other two teams playing for the wooden spoon. But the evening was not about winning and losing. It was all about bringing guys together in a fun and social game which everyone enjoyed. That night all went to The Blarney Castle Hotel who kindly put on food and refreshments for those who took part. Thanks to all who participated and assisted in organising this event. €500 was raised from the day which will be donated to Blarney St Vincent de Paul. Cork GDA Colm Crowley who established Cork Social GAA in recent months and inspired this competition, commented “Great to see more and more “auld lads” getting out on the pitch playing Hurling & Football. The enjoyment of playing a game they love and more importantly, hugely beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing.”

Minor Football Well done to our Minor Footballers who won their league last month. It was a great game of football between the two sides considering the rotten weather conditions in which it was played. The final score line was 1-10 to 0-5. The lads went onto reach the county league final where they were beaten by just three points against a very strong Clyda Rovers side.

Blarney Represented In Harty Cup CBC’s massive Harty Cup win last month featured a big presence of Blarney players. The city school is fast becoming a hurling stronghold in terms of both Cork and Munster schools and there are Blarney players at the heart of it all. Blarney players, Paudie Power, Shane Barrett, Declan Hanlon, Dan Quill, Darragh Hurley and James Doody are all members of the squad. In last weeks win over Thurles CBS on a score line of 4-19 to 1-13, Power tallied 0-10 and Barrett 1-3 with Declan Hanlon also scoring a point from midfield. Best of luck to all the lads in this year’s Harty Cup campaign. They also play in the O Callaghan Cup Final, Corks Premier Schools Competition, next Friday 14th against St. Colman’s.

St. Stephen’s Day This year is we will once again be holding our annual St. Stephen’s Day events. As usual, we will be starting with our annual walk and Poc Fada later in the day. We will keep you all posted on the latest details about the day as it comes in. To follow, keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. You can also check out for further information.

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The Big Man made his annual visit to the boys and girls of Blarney GAA last Saturday. He was met by a massive crowd of over 250 children and their families. This is really becoming a big day in the clubs calendar a massive thank you goes to everyone involved in the day. On behalf of everyone in the club we would like to thank those involved in making Santa’s visit such a huge success. Thank you Niall and Liz Hayes for the huge part they played in the organising of the day, Brian Barry for his kind sponsorship, Colm Kelliher for the music, Tadhg Hurley for the photography and finally David McCarthy, Mairead Sheehan, Ann Coleman and all their helpers who looked after the food, elves and face painters.

U21 Hurler Of The Year - Mark Coleman The club would like to congratulate Mark Coleman on being awarded the Bord Gais U21 Hurler of the Year. Mark had a fantastic year at U21. Unfortunately, Cork narrowly lost the All Ireland U21 Final to Tipperary , however, they secured the Munster title earlier in the summer with Mark picking up the Man of the Match award in the final. With this award, Mark has secured himself a place in GAA history. As the 2018 campaign was the last U21 Intercounty season, reverting to U20 for 2019, he is the last ever winner of this prestigious award. We would like to wish Mark continued success with Cork for the 2019 season.

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On Behalf of everyone at Blarney GAA we would like to thank you all for your great support once again this year. We have had highs and lows this season and we were delighted to share them all with you. To all our supporters, loyal followers, friends and families Nollaig Shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise!

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4 All Ireland medals from Jack O’Rourke and Holly Carroll from Blarney Inniscarra A.C. who competed in All Ireland cross country in Abbottstown. Jack led the Cork team home to a third place finish and was also third scorer for Munster. Holly was third placed girl from Cork who emerged gold medal winners on the day. She also represented Munster who placed third. Huge commitment by both athletes and their trainer John Meager this year. Training continues every Tuesday night in Rathpeacon GAA at 6.30pm and CIT track on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Olympian, Rob Heffernan, Bank of Ireland Community Ambassador, making an outstanding achievement presentation to Simon Meehan, Coláiste Choilm, in recognition of his success at the Young Scientist Competition, at the Ballincollig Business Association/Bank of Ireland Community Awards presentations at Oriel Hotel. Included are Sean Byerley, Bank of Ireland Area Manager Cork City, Emer Cassidy, Chairperson Ballincollig Business Association and Marcella McAuliffe, Manager B of I, Ballincollig. pic Mike English

Seamus Noonan Memorial Poc Fada Inniscarra GAA and Camogie Clubs will host their annual Poc Fada on St. Stephen’s Day, starting at Blair’s Inn, at 12 noon. Teams of three, with a entry fee of €10 for adults and €5 for juveniles. All proceeds will go to local charities, and presentation of prizes will take place in the Club House, Aras Tadg O’Muiri, where light refreshments will also be served. All trophies won throughout the year will be on display.

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Thanksgiving May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and throughout the world now & forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us. St. Jude, Healer of the hopeless, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. Amen. M.M. (Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days, by the 9th day prayer will be answered, it has never been known to fail - publication must be promised.)

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Wishing all our customers and friends

a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year!

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muskerry motoring Happy Christmas to all our customers Taking a number of simple precautions can ensure safety on Irish roads during winter. Don’t get caught out if severe weather hits, make the necessary checks on your vehicle now. There are a number of simple precautions the RSA advises for driving over the winter months: 1. Check your tyres 2. Use your lights. 3. Understand your brakes and learn how braking technologies can assist your driving in harsh weather conditions. 4. Slow down and allow extra distance between you and the car in front. 5. Make sure you can clearly see, ensure windows and mirrors are clear, and carry a de-icer and screen scraper. 6. Black Ice is one of winter’s biggest hazards as it is difficult to see. Watch out for sheltered/ shaded areas on roads, under trees and near walls. 7. Be prepared and carry a number of essentials in the boot including high visibility vest, spare fuel, appropriate footwear, hazard warning triangle, spare wheel, tow rope, shovel, de-icing equipment, spare bulbs, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, working torch, car blanket, additional clothing and some food and water 8. In the event of a breakdown ensure your vehicle is well in off the road so as not to obstruct other vehicles. The driver should also put on their hazard warning lights. 9. Listen to local weather and traffic reports and pay heed to the weather warnings alerting drivers of unsafe and dangerous driving conditions. 10. Check out the RSA’s publication ‘Severe Weather Advice for Road Users’ for more detailed advice on what to do if severe weather strikes!


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Wishing all our customers and friends a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

Wishing all our customers and friends a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

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• A Rated windows • Palladio composite doors • Locks, handles and hinges • Repairs and Service • Emergency call outs • Free quotations

Site Excavations • Rockbreaking Animal Underpasses Agri Services including Silage & Hedge cutting Dangerous trees felled & logged

Aidan O’Driscoll Qualified Carpenter & Experienced in Lawn Management

General DIY; Carpentry, Home Improvements, Dry Lining & Insulations, Roofing Repairs, Storm Damage Repair, Attic Conversion, Stair Insulation, Skirting, Architraves, Flat Pack Assembly, Power Washing, Painting. Lawn Maintenance; Scarifying, Moss Removal, Mowing, Strimming, Weed Control, Hedge Cutting, Fence Panels Repaired and Painted.

087 6418 300

William Murphy

Gardening Services & Property Maintenance

086 8796995

48 Muskerry News Wishing all our customers and friends

a very Happy Christmas and New Year!


Muskerry News  

December 2018 edition

Muskerry News  

December 2018 edition