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The February edition of The Muskerry News, incorporating The North City News, will be published on Thursday March 13th and closing date for submissions is Thursday March 6th.

Members of Berrings Macra na feirme recently visited Marymount Hospice and presented them with cheque for €1,500. Berrings raised these funds over the Christmas period by carol singing in Centra in Tower.

3rd year medical student Robert McGrath showing taking a blood sample technique to Clara Forrest, and Aoife Dulohery of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney and Audrey Burke of Colaiste an Chroi Naofa, Carrignavar at the UCC Prep-for-Med-School Day. Photo Donagh Glavin. People’s interest in IT is gaining momentum and many older people have now acquired laptops, tablets and Ipads to keep in contact with family and friends and to take a tour of the online shops and services. Emailing is also popular because it is faster and cheaper than the conventional snail mail people have depended on down through the years. The Internet is a valuable research/learning tool and helps people to keep the brain active as well as giving them an opportunity to pursue various hobbies. Customary training can often leave the senior learner bewildered and struggling to keep up in the classroom setting. ‘Community Connect’ computer training is on-going and will resume in Blarney for anybody wishing to conquer that new device delivered at Christmas. There is a small charge of €20 for four weeks (2 hours per week). Individual attention is assured and people learn at their own pace, receiving as much support as they need. If you would like to know more please contact Mary at 025 33411 or email

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Donoughmore Macra's debating team consisting of Francy Lyons, Emily O 'Donovan, Meig Collins and Tom Carroll won the Regional round of Senior Debating against Millstreet. Their next round is on February 22nd.

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NEWS in brief Back to school time as Grandparents are Anseo!

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A baby/ maternity fair will be held in Carrigaline Court Hotel on March 9th 2014 from 2pm 5pm and the organisers are looking for businesses to take stalls, and the general public to take stalls and sell preloved and new maternity clothes, baby/kids clothes, toys, blankets, car seats, cots, highchairs, pushchairs etc. This is non profit and ALL proceeds will go to Crosshaven playground development. You will be charged per stall, sharing options available. Great family day promised! Enquires please

Donoughmore Macra would like to invite you to come celebrate our 60th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Saturday the 1st of March in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig. There will be a champagne reception at 7.30pm followed by a four course meal. Music on the night by 'The Rogues' and music til late. Tickets are 35 and can be purchased from any club member. For further info please contact our Macra phone on 0892059115. On Sunday 16th February at 10am St Peter’s Church, Church Hill, Carrigrohane, will be holding a Service of Wholeness and Healing, with an opportunity to receive personal prayer. All are welcome to receive Christ’s promise of peace - an invitation to wholeness- while confidentiality is assured.

St. Lachteen's National School Donoughmore opened its doors for grandparents of pupils recently. A special celebration to recognise the role of grandparents in the lives of the young pupils has been the focus for the past couple of months. All classes have been working hard, gathering information about their grandparents and finding out a little bit more about their family history, that they would not have known otherwise. Photos of grandparents have been put on display in a colourful collage in the school hall and the pupils were delighted to see their projects and short stories, that focused on the lives of their grandparents on exhibition. Pupils were very enthusiastic about their projects as everybody had a different story to share and this highlights the unique bond grandparents share with each of their grandchildren. Siblings and cousins wrote such individual stories about the special relationship they have with their grannys and grandads it was hard to imagine at times they were discussing the same people. The sense of pride in both their project work

and their grandparents was evident on the smiling faces of the youngsters on the day. A special mass was celebrated at St. Lachteen's Church by Fr. O' Riordan and Fr. Downing and it was wonderful to see so many grandparents join the pupils and teachers on this special occasion. Many grandparents are actively involved in the daily lives of their grandchildren and help in the dropping and collecting from school and very often mind their grandchildren after school also. The pupils were really excited to see grandparents from the local community along with the many grandparents that had come to Donoughmore from various parts of the city and county, all united to celebrate mass. Special prayers were said for deceased grandparents during the mass. Afterwards it truly was back to school for the grandparents when they returned to the school hall for a cup of tea and a chat about their families and more importantly the joy of their grandchildren.

Brian Cody seen here at Ballincollig Hurling and Football club with two of the Clubs most prominent ladies Margaret O’ Driscoll and Louise Wills, both who do trojan work in the Club. pic Mike English

Congratulations to all at Jo's Edge Hair Salon, Woodfield, Blarney, who must have made a lot of families very happy this Christmas as they, and their customers, raised an incredible €1250 for Cork Penny Dinners.

Popular local photographer Kay Dennehy who won a silver medal in the Nature section, with fellow Blarney Photography Club member Paul Reidy, who got a honourable mention in the Flora section of a recent competition. Both photographers images have now gone forward to the Irish Photography Federation National Finals which will be held later this month.

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All welcome to half term Family Fun Day

Blarney Church of Ireland have organised a Family Fun for parents and Children for the half term weekend on Friday 21st February from 10am until12noon and you are all invited! Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney will be transformed into a place of family fun with Bouncy Castles, refreshments, balloon modelling, drama, crafts, toys, face painting, songs and more besides. Also, on Sunday 23rd February from 3.30pm until 5pm at Blarney Church of Ireland here will be a family friendly event with Bible stories, crafts, songs and refreshments. All are very welcome to attend to either or both events. For more information take a look at or Mikeala Mercado and Robert O'Shea from Ballincollig Community School in the FLAME Anatomy Laboratory during the UCC Prepfor-Med-School Day. Photo Donagh Glavin.

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Cork's Famous Fishmonger is Person of Month. Everyone has seen that iconic photograph of Pat O'Connell Fishmonger with Queen Elizabeth 11 during her historic visit to Cork which has helped promote the best of Cork around the world. Pat was also named January Cork Person of the Month to mark his promotion of family businesses and especially for promoting Cork's world-renowned English Market.

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Young St Lachteens National School students reach for the stars!

Students from Scoil Naomh Laichtin, Donoughmore making a comet at a unique space event in CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory to mark the wake up of European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft. CIT BCO welcomed 140 competition-winning students to the award winning visitor centre, Cosmos at the Castle, Ireland’s interactive space science exhibit; events were open late to the public in the afternoon until 18:00 to facilitate the confirmation of signal delivered live from ESOC by ESA Rosetta. The lucky students made their own comets and Rosetta Ribbons; saw an all-new bespoke comet-based planetarium show in Ireland’s only full-time planetarium; and witnessed a live video link to Rosetta Mission Control at the European Space Agency. The students also met Irish scientists Carl Jackson (SensL) and Donagh O’Mahony (Tyndall National Institute) to ask questions about their exciting and achievable career paths with the European Space Agency. Tyndall National Institute linked up live with CIT BCO and gave the students a virtual tour of their Cork-based space mission microelectronics technology testing labs where work is ongoing with ESA. Pics Darragh Kane

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News from Times Past

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Coercion Prosecution at Blarney – Part 2 Continuation from Part 1 published January 2014

Cross-examined by Dr Wynne – It was about three months since her son-inlaw took the cottages. She could not swear that her son threatened to throw one of the defendants over Tower Bridge. Before witness opened the door no stone was thrown. The deposition of John Twomey was next read, in which he stated that on the night mentioned the crowd passed the house singing ‘The Boys of Wexford’. He saw Denis Crowley, who lived next door, stripped. He called witness’s brother an informer. He also saw Joseph Ambrose. Florence Coleman rushed at the door three times to strike witness, but the blow missed and he struck witness’s brother with a stick. He also saw Daniel Hinchion, Timothy Looney, John Murphy, Daniel Keeffe, John Hinchion Daniel Sullivan, Denis Walsh, John Callaghan and William Ambrose there. Cross-examined by Dr Wynne – On the Sunday week previous to the 26th May there was a fight between witness’s brother and Daniel Hinchion. Denis Twomey and Downey were summoned fir that and no cross-summons were issued. Re-examined by Mr Wright – The cross-summons referred to were not taken out until the 15th June for offences alleged to be committed on the Sunday referred to previous to the 26th May. Acting-sergeant Collins deposed to visiting the house on the Thursday night mentioned. There were four panes of glass broken and he subsequently found several stone marks on the door and the door was split and the stones (produced) he found in the house. He found a painful wound on Mrs Twomey’s head. He found about 50 stones lying about the house. Constable Keating, who accompanied the previous witness, deposed to the arrest of some of the prisoners. District-Inspector St. George formally proved the proclamation of the county. To Dr Wynne – All of the defendants, so far as he knew, were of good character. Dr Wynne – We have the pleasure of knowing, at any rate, that the defendants in the last case under the Act are persons of good character. Mr Wright said there were other members of the Twomey’s household capable of being examined, but he did not think it necessary to examine them. Dr Dunlea then opened the case for the defence and considered that it was an extraordinary thing for the Crown to institute a prosecution in this case under the Act which, they all thought was dying a natural death. Mr Irwin – We don’t anticipate what the course of legislation may be. Our duty, as magistrates is to administer the law as it is, and when it is the law we’ll administer it, and when it’s not the law we will not. Continuing, Dr Dunlea said he could not understand why the Crown went so far as to bring this case under the Crimes Act at all. What occurred on this night was that Twomey and his companions met the defendants on the road this night and acted defiantly towards them. When the boys passed Twomey’s house stones were thrown from the house and Joseph Ambrose, who had some drink taken took off his coat on an invitation from one of the Twomey’s. The affair was simply a row originated by the Twomeys on the Sunday previous to the date in the summons and at an ordinary Petty Sessions Court, the defendants would be left off as first offenders. It would be proved that all the defendants were of respectable character. Sergeant O’Hanlon deposed that he knew that all the defendants were of respectable character, as were their parents. Ellen Hayes, Tower, deposed that on the Thursday night mentioned she saw some boys pass by Twomey’s and she saw stones thrown from Twomey’s house. She heard Tom Twomey saying he would fight the two best men in the crowd. Minnie Murphy gave corroborative evidence as to the row commenced by the Twomey’s. Daniel Foley was the next witness. He was about to be examined by Dr Wynne as to what occurred on Sunday night, but the evidence was not admitted. Dr Wynne then addressed the Court for the defence, and said it had been sought to be made out that case had a political tinge, but no such thing could be proved. It was a paltry row originated by the Twomeys, and he asked the Bench not to brand those boys by sending them to gaol. By binding them to the peace or postponing the case it would conduce more to the peace of the locality.

Mr Wright replied on behalf of the Crown and said it was a merciful course to the defendants to bring this charge of riot and unlawful assembly under the Crimes Act, as it saved them from the anxiety, expense and annoyance of having sent before a jury. There were people behind the scenes in this transaction, and, as he said before, if the defendants choose to break the law they should take the consequences. The Court was then cleared, and after consultation the decision of the Bench was delivered by Mr Irwin, who said that they had heard this case very carefully. The evidence as to riot in the case was that his was no sudden ebullition of feeling on the part of the defendants, because nothing had at the time occurred to provoke an attack or retaliation by the defendants. If the Twomeys had however, brought about this quarrel owing to any violence on their part at the time, the charge would be reduced to a mere fray; but they had no evidence they did anything before was made upon them.. Under these circumstances, the Bench were irresistibly forced to the conclusion that this assemblage were gathered together for the express purpose of attacking the Twomeys on their way home to their house, and then attacking the house, and having therefore, carried out that intention by actual violence a charge of riot was constituted and established. The case had been complicated to a certain extent by evidence as to a previous quarrel, but anything that occurred a week before could not for a moment be admitted as evidence of provocation. If any stones were thrown by the Twomeys it was only natural after being attacked. It appeared that an ill-feeling existed against the Twomeys, an ill-feeling of the most inexcusable and unreasonable character. They had it in evidence that one of the family was called an informer and a land-grabber, and it appeared these Twomeys had done nothing to incur public odium except that the son-in-law had exercised his legal right in taking some cottages, and the son of Jeremiah Twomey, who was employed in the railway, merely performed his duty, as he was bound to do, in summoning some persons in the locality for trespass. They were sorry to say the existence of such a feeling from such causes denoted a very disorganised state of society. If the country was in a perfectly healthy condition, they should rather expect the Twomeys would have risen in popular estimation for what they had done. They found the two most prominent parties in the attack were Florence Coleman and Denis Crowley and the magistrates felt they would not be discharging their duty if they did not impose some sentence on these two defendants. They had taken fully into consideration the previous good character of these men, and the sentence on each of them would be fourteen days imprisonment with hard labour, and at expiration of that time they should find sureties themselves in £20 and two of £10 each, to keep the peace for twelve months, in default of which they would be imprisoned for a further term of one calendar month. With regard to Timothy Looney, Joseph Ambrose, Timothy Sullivan and John Hinchion they were to be kept in custody until the rising of the Court, and then they were to give the same security as the others for their good behaviour. As regards the other defendants – Wm. Ambrose, John Murphy, Timothy Keeffe, Denis Walsh, John Callaghan and John Murphy – who were very young boys, they were allowed to stand out as first offenders on acknowledging themselves bound in the sum of £5, to come up for sentence when called upon. Mr Irwin said he would attend to-day (Tuesday) at one o’clock to take the necessary sureties. The Court rose at half past six, having sat since 11 a.m. The above item was taken from a much larger article which was printed in the Cork Examiner of Tuesday 19th July 1892. The illustrated lecture for Thursday 6th March 2014 at 8 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School) is titled; ‘The Battle of Crossbarry - March 1921’. The speaker is author and lecturer, Mr Donal O’Flynn. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen as Donal details this historic battle between British forces and General Tom Barry’s Guerrillas. For further details contact Brian Gabriel 0872153216 or

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Léiríonn na grianghrafanna cé chomh gnóthach ‘is a bhí na daltaí le déanaí. Rinne Rang 4 tionscnamh ar Halla an Emer. Féachaigí ar na pictiúir! The photos show exactly how busy the children of Gaelscoil Mhuscraí were recently! 4th class did a project on the Emer Hall, which is located on Waterloo Road. It took the form of an oral history project and has been entered in the Discover Cork: Schools’ Heritage Competition. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar an scoil agus chun grianghrafanna a fheiscint, féachaigí ar For further information on the school or to see more photos from the school’s wide range of activities, please visit

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Dr. Sheena Finn - GP / Family doctor Dr. Anna-Marie Naughton - GP / Family doctor Last January five Ballincollig Community School students travelled to Dublin to attend a student leader congress based on mental health. The day continued with empowering speakers from the world of sport and music, representatives from the charity itself, Reach Out and an exhibition of organisations specifically focused on helping teenagers. The day was built on a positive theme on how to maintain good mental health. The speakers talked about their personal struggles and how we can manage our own. The message of the day was “It’s okay not to feel okay and it’s more than okay to ask for help”

Lorna Kelly, 2nd year Medical student showing blood pressure technique to Sarah Cooke and Ciaran Connery of Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig at the UCC Prep-for-Med-School Day. Photo Donagh Glavin. Vicarstown National School Parents Association held a social in the Blarney Castle Hotel on January 17th as a token of gratitude and recognition of the great support they have received from parents and extended families, their school community, local neighbours, local businesses and all who contributed towards Vicarstown National School fundraising over the past few years. The night consisted of great music by Seanie White and guests were treated to a wonderful display of Irish dancing from the Deirdre O Sullivan school of dance. There was finger food provided and lots of spot prizes on the night. A very enjoyable evening was had by all! National School Open Day School Enrolment day for the next school year will be held on Wednesday March 12th. The school will be open from 1.30pm – 3pm and 7pm – 8.30pm. All welcome.


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

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Congratulations to our 2013 wonderful winners! Sister Peggy Cronin and John O’Donoughue were rightly recognised as two of Blarney’s finest citizens at a packed awards ceemony last month. For more pics see pages 23, 24 25 and 26

The January 2014 Blarney Person of The Month is Michael Murray Our January 2014 Blarney Person of The Month is hardworking Blarney man Michael Murray.

“We would like to nominate Michael Murray for Blarney Person of the month. Michael Murray has been an integral part of our school community at Scoil Chroí Íosa for eight years. His ethos of hard work and commitment has been extremely valued by our staff. He was the caretaker of Scoil Chroí Ró Naofa (boys school) for seven years and has continued in this role in our new school. He helped hugely with the smooth transition over into our newly amalgamated school, Scoil Chroí Íosa. His contributions to our school are too numerous to name but in every school project Michael has been involved in he has given 110%. An example of this has been his close involvement in helping to achieve three Green Flags for our school.

These Flags are a great source of pride to us. A lot of the work Michael does is behind the scenes and he is very humble in accepting praise, for him it's all about making the school environment as pleasant as it can be for the children. He is extremely conscientious and is determined to do his very best for the school. He gives freely of his time and his support. He is a great source of sound advice and nothing is too much trouble for him. He always has a kind word and a joke to share with children and adults alike and his cheerful disposition greatly enhances the atmosphere in our school. The staff and children of the school are incredibly fortunate to have a person as generous and big-hearted as Michael on our staff and we know how lucky we are!”

Michael Murray’s name now goes forward to the overall award of Blarney Person of The Year Award 2014 which will be announced at a ceremony in January 2015.

Do you know someone who deserves a Blarney Person of The Month award? The awards aim is to recognise achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow. You can nominate anyone who’s contribution has singled them out as deserving of recognition, be it in community, sport, business, arts, family or indeed from any sector or activity in our community. Send your nomination with the name of your nominee and the reason you wish to nominate them (along with your name, address and contact details) to Blarney Person of The Month Awards, The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney or by email to

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This months Blarney Young Sports Person of the Month is talented Blarney United Soccer Player Gavin Kilgour who received his U19 Irish Cap at a ceremony in Dublin last month. This months award is sponsored by The Muskerry Arms.

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Top marks for Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney

Top marks for Scoil Chroí Íosa quiz team Credit Union quiz and art competition winners. Congratulations to our 6th Class quiz team; Jennifer Murphy, Orla Cremen, John Forrest and Eoghan O’Leary, They will now represent the school in the next round in Rochestown Park over the next few weeks. Best of Luck! Congratulations to Laura Shine who won first prize in the Credit Union ‘Gotta Lotta Colour’ Art competition.

Philip Treacy hats. Rang 3 have been looking at the work of Irish artist and designer Philip Treacy. He designed 36 hats that were worn to the recent royal wedding and he has designed hats for celebrities such as Lady Gaga. We started work on our own hats 2 weeks ago. When our weird and wonderful hats were completed, we modelled them for the other classes in a pop up fashion show. Open Evening. Scoil Chroí Íosa's School Open Evening will be held on February 25th at 7pm in the school's Junior Building (formerly the girls' school).All Parents and Guardians of incoming and prospective Junior Infants of September 2014 and 2015 are invited to visit our school from 7pm.

St Brigids Crosses. Senior Infants and 3rd Class enjoyed making St Brigids Crosses with the help of the Transition Year students from SMGS. Confirmation. Ms Crowley and Mrs Corkery have been busy preparing 6th Class for the upcoming Confirmation on March 6th. We would like to wish them well and hope they enjoy their day.

Office Administration Course (Fetac Level 5)

This course is suitable for persons who are unemployed and unable to attend a training centre full time due to injury, illness or disability. You train in our training centre at Hollyhill twice a week and from your own home for the remainder of the 30 hours required, supported by our instructor. Work experience and assistance in job seeking are part of the course, which is delivered to enhance employment opportunities for its participants. All equipment and materials are supplied. Skipping Workshop. The skipping workshop, recently held in the Junior school, was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Lunch-time pals have returned to our yard for another 6 weeks and the children can be seen practicing their newly learned techniques at break time. Even the teachers learned a few new tricks. There is no school like an ACTIVE school.

For further information contact your local FAS office or phone Noel or Mary at (021) 430 0144 National Learning Network, Hollyhill, Cork T: 021 4300144 M: 087 2316920 F: 021 4854708 E: W:

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Barry and Brian McSweeney and Dean Daly, Ovens at the final event of the CIT Engineering Roadshow in the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Pat and Aoife Dineen, Berrings at Kieran and Laura Stanton, Ovens at Pics Darragh Kane the final event of the CIT Roadshow. the final event.

Kate, Brian and Aidan Kelleher, Carrigrohane at the roadshow.

Brothers Paul and Brian Kirwan, Ballincollig Community School at the final event of the CIT Engineering Roadshow.

Conor and Tony Hughes, Aherla at the final event.

Jennifer Murray and Claire Cronin, Ballincollig at the final event of the CIT Engineering Roadshow in the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Lucia Horgan, Farranree and Jenny Feehan, Blarney at the final event.

Graham Trindles, Ballyphehane, Ciara Wyse, Blarney and Klaudia Prys, Little Island at the final event of the CIT Engineering Roadshow in the CIT Bishopstown Campus.

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Ronan O'Donnell and Jim O'Donnell, Inniscara at the final event. Sarah, Cian Roddis, Commons Road, Ian and Susan Horgan, Kileens at the final event of the CIT Engineering Roadshow in the CIT Bishopstown Campus.


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Leg Wax in aid of Crumlins Childrens Hospital Dublin. On Tuesday the 21st of January a class of transition year students from Scoil Muire Gan Smal Blarney organised a leg wax with all proceeds going to Crumlins children hospital in Dublin. The day was a great success as many of the staff and students turned out to watch the fun and donate to the cause. The group would like to thank the brave volunteers who got their leg waxed on the day, the students, Michael John Shine, Kevin Cremin and Adam Donovan and the teachers, Noel Ryan, Micheal Brosnan, Stephen Moylan, John Aherne, Colin Leacy and Peter French. The group would also like to thank Melanie FennellO’Sullivan who kindly volunteered to give up her time and wax the legs of the willing volunteers. Young Scientist 2014. Many aspiring scientist from SMGS Blarney travelled to Dublin to the 50th annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The school would like to congratulate some of the students who did particularly well. Denis O’Sullivan got 3rd prize in junior individual social and behavioural sciences with his project tilted ‘A statistical analysis of brand awareness amongst teenagers with urban backgrounds verses rural backgrounds in Cork.’ Senan Jones and Callum Higgins were highly recommended with their project ‘Investigation of the effect of flattening nail points to prevent the wood spliting’. Hannah Keohane was highly recommended with her project ‘Teenage awareness of sugar content in their food and its effects’. Aoife Murphy, Alexandra Condron and Caoimhe Kelleher presented a project on ‘The physics of darts.’ Ulster Bank Money Sense. Ulster bank representatives, Nuala Hayden and John Gardiner former Cork hurler, came to the Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney to deliver a two day workshop to all first year students. The workshop showed them how to set up a business using marketing, managerial and financial strategies. Students competed in teams of four at the end of the two days in a competition and gave a presentation on their work.

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Scoil ChroĂ­ Ă?osa, Blarney score top marks as clever

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Laugh and Learn Ltd opened its doors in October 2009 in Seanabothair, Killeens. It boasts a bright colourful purpose built building with several rooms where children have an opportunity to learn and be cared for in a homely environment, we also have a large secure outdoor area.

We are open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm and cater for children aged 2-5 years (50 weeks per year). We also facilitate an after school service on a small scale. We run both ECCE and CETS scheme and follow Aistear guidelines, incorporating Gaeilge into our preschool curriculum. We are notified and inspected annually by the H.S.E. and all staff are fully qualified.

We build up great relationships with families and encourage open communication, phone calls and a general home away from home vibe throughout the day. Children do not need to be toilet trained to attend our toddler room. We offer sessional (3 hours) half day and full daycare places and have a large sleep room where those in full daycare can rest. Children provide their own food including hot dinners which can be prepared for serving in our kitchen.

Easily accessed from N20 with no parking dramas. Free settling in period and no deposits required. Feel free to give us a buzz or call at any stage to view.

Myriam 087 9510558 / 021 4384709

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young students compete in annual Credit Union quiz

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We specialise in complete bathroom renovations. Our aim is to provide a high quality finish with the least amount of hassle to you. It takes approximately 4 - 5 days depending on the scale of the project for the work to be completed and we will look after every aspect, from design to removing all the rubbish.

So if you are in the market for adding a quality bathroom to your home with as little stress as possible, please call in and see Joanne and avail of almost 20 years experience. Our quotations are free!

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We supply • Italian porcelain tiles • Marble and many other natural stones • Large range of mosaics • Stone cladding • Bathroom ware

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Blarney’s finest citizens honoured at annual awards ceremony

Sister Peggy Cronin and John O’Donoughue were rightly recognised as two of Blarney’s finest citizens at a packed awards ceremony last month. Sister Peggy has overseen the serving of more than 80,000 meals during her time as the head of Blarney Meals on Wheels, and John O’Donoughue was honoured for his ongoing work with Blarney Community Coucnil

pics page 23, 24, 25 courtesy of Kay Dennehy

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Village turns out to recognise charitable endeavours of some of

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their hardest working, community minded citizens

pics page 23, 24, 25 courtesy of Kay Dennehy

School Open Night Tuesday Feb. 25th @ 7.00p.m. Venue: Scoil Chroí Íosa (Old girls’ school building)

All prospective parents are invited to come along and meet the teachers, chat with parents of current pupils and find out more about our wonderful Primary School. Light refreshments will be served The principal Mr. Hurley, in his address, will give a brief PowerPoint presentation on the night.

Early applications urged

As the school is experiencing strong growth, we are recommending to anyone interested in a place for September 2014/2015 to apply now.

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Smiles all round at Blarney Person of The Year Awards 2013

pics page 26 courtesy Donnacha Murphy



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Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener Blarney Castle

The Students' Council of Gaelscoil Mhuscraí with Tom McGrath of Blarney Tidy Towns and Deborah Maguire, parent and Students' Council facilitator getting ready to plant shrubs on the road leading into the school.

Are you a member of a group, club or organisation? Then you should contact Miriam at Griffins Garden Centre, Dripsey, as on Wednesday February 26th, Griffins are holding the Annual open Day for all Groups. This is a fun filled day with demonstrations throughout the day, Granny Griffin food tasting, local suppliers promotions and the launch of Griffins 2014 exciting programme for groups. There will be great promotions through out the day and a Granny Griffin hamper to be won. So get in contact with Miriam for further details as pre-booking is required; Miriam at Griffins Dripsey 021 7334286 or


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Jobs during January So far we have escaped any really cold winter weather down here in Blarney, and spring seems to be in the air. But fingers crossed we don’t get a shock. There’s plenty of time for frosts yet. Overall it’s been very damp and this has held up work on some of our winter projects. On a positive note there's plenty of early spring colour around. We have been doing a lot of seasonal pruning work in our arboretums, as well as clearing up after the storms and also ivy clearance from the woodlands around the estate. The next big project is the clearance of laurel and rhododendron ponticum. These are both very invasive and completely smother any of our native woodland plants. By clearing them we give our woodlands a chance to recover and hope to see encouraging results over the next few years. Seed sowing has begun in the glasshouse. We have direct sowed salad mixes, radish, spring onion, and started our indoor early potatoes. We have the first of our bedding plants just coming through in our hot bed as well as tomatoes and peppers. I always enjoy this time of year as you see ‘new life’ starting. Outside we have forced rhubarb and sea kale coming along nicely. Our woodland garden development in the rock close is frustrating me at the moment. It’s been too wet to work in the area and I’m very keen to get the paths laid and start planting. We will be planting the area with wild origin species of rhododendron, Japanese maples, bamboos, magnolias and other unusual woodland plants. It’s a great use of what was a pretty sterile and uninteresting area of the estate. Hopefully it will start to dry up over the coming month and we can really get stuck in. The extension to the Belgium beds area is now being planted up. We have 250 evergreen azaleas and some dwarf rhododendrons spread over 4 new beds. They should add significantly to what is already a fantastic spring walk. Jobs for the next few weeks include the sowing of bedding plants such as begonias and buzy lizzies in a heated propagator. I always start tomatoes and peppers now too to get them going as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for pests such as greenfly as the weather starts to improve. It’s never too early to mow the lawn if weather permits, but watch out for emerging spring bulbs. Herbaceous plants can be moved or divided as the soil dries out and bare root plants can still be planted for the next few weeks. If you have a tree or shrub that’s in the wrong place then now is the time to move it. Dig around it carefully and take as much root as you can. Winter pruning of fruit trees should be finished as soon as possible. Do not prune stone fruit such as plums or peaches in the winter. Leave this for spring and summer. Roses should also be pruned back in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to the spring and I hope to see you in the gardens.

Muskerry Fianna Fáil Councillor Aindrias Moynihan has welcomed the Councils approval of over €90k to repair and build nearly a kilometre of local footpaths. These improved footpaths will make local roads much safer for the people of the Muskerry area. Welcoming the funding Cllr Moynihan said that poor footpaths have been a constant worry for many and I’m pleased that over 92,000 is to be spent repairing nearly a kilometre of footpaths at various locations throughout Muskerry. Between broken footpaths and in some place nonexisting paths there can be real danger and these works will now make it much safer for locals walking or driving. While most of the work is to replace damaged footpaths there will also be some new footpaths built. Locally the works include Courtbrack repair 120m path near the church Blarney village repair 100m of paths at various locations Grenagh village repair 120m paths at various locations Dripsey and Model village repair 120m at various locations. Aghabollogue repair 133m down past the school. Belmount Estate Crookstown repair 50m at various locations. Coachford 155m of new footpath from Fr Sheehan place down by the school. Oakville Estate Cloghduv 40m of work to improve paths at junctions. Béal áthan Ghaorthaidh repair 110m near the school. These works were approved at the recent County Council meeting (27/01) and were funded by reallocated planning development charges which had not been spent. Countywide there is 1M to be spent and locally just over 92,000 is being spent on Muskerry paths as outlined above.

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Cllr. Mick Hugent presenting a cheque for 600 the proceeds of a Christmas draw held at the Holyhill shopping centre to Sinead Kidney Chairperson of Shine A Light Suicide & Mental Health Awareness Group. Also included are draw commitee members Thomas "Golly" Flynn and Connie O'Conner with Stephen Murphy and Michael Corcoran of Shine A Light. Photo Billy macGill

Members of C.A.L.M. Ceol agus Lรกn Maitheas; Joe Philpott, Grainne Hope and Liam Merriman with Joe Carey Festival Organiser (2nd from right) pictured at the opening night of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival in The Whitehorse Inn. Photos Donagh Glavin.

Gum Disease! You may be aware that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, but did you know that gum disease is linked to heart disease and strokes,pregnancy problems such as low birth weight, diabetes and respiratory disease? It may be more serious than you think. Gum disease is inflammation of the tissues which support the teeth and attach them to the jaw. It arises when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Plaque can be removed with careful toothbrushing and flossing. Tartar forms when plaque is hardened by minerals such as calcium present in saliva. Tartar has to be removed professionally by your dentist or hygienist. Smoking also has a very harmful effect on the gums. Every smoker has gum disease but some smokers are affected worse than others. You may not notice the gum disease until it is quite advanced. Therefore, it is important to visit your dentist regularly and to be aware of the following signs: red swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste, gum recession, teeth starting to drift apart, teeth starting to loosen. What can you do to help prevent/treat gum disease? Thoroughly and gently brush your teeth and gums for 2 to 4 minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Clean between the teeth with floss or interdental toothbrushes. Visit your dentist regularly for a check up and a professional clean to remove plaque and tartar. At your next visit, why not ask your dentist or hygienist how best to keep your teeth clean? It could save your teeth and improve your health! Carolyn Barry Murphy BDS

Pรกdraic Vallely, Local Election Candidate Ballincollig/Carrigaline and John McNamara, Nosh & Coffee Ballincollig pictured at the opening night..

Joe Carey, Organiser of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival speaking at the opening night.

Cllr. Derry Canty, Emer Cassidy AIB and Michael O'Crualaoi, O'Crualaoi Butchers Ballincollig pictured at the opening night.

Pictured at the opening night of The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival in The Whitehorse Inn. Above: Anna Fitzgerald and her son Joe Hegarty, Kilnagory, Ballincollig pictured at the opening night. Left: Christine Cronin and Michael O'Byrne from Ballincollig pictured at the opening night.

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O’Learys Centra Tower

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For PVC Gates, Railings & Fences Phone: 028 31410 Available in Golden Oak and White colours

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Dray Cart Restoration. The Cart restoration is now gathering momentum under the guidance of Mick Looney, perhaps we will see it complete for St. Patrick’s Day. All this great work takes place in the Mills, a workshop once known as the ‘carpentry workshop’, now owned by Jim Gleeson. Thank you Jim for kind support of the Men’s Shed. The next phase is making the wheels which should be exiting we are watching video’s and youtube clips of wheel making in preparation.

Mick Looney ready for action

James Ford Prepairing for painting

Ballincollig Regional Park just keeps getting better and better, and fabulous new picnic benches and seats were put in last week.

Is that Dan Ahearn working on the Cart?Thank you Dan for ‘DONATING’ the original cart to the Shed Hi Ho, Hi Ho

Musician Patrick O'Sullivan pictured with Anita Crowley Ballingeary, Humphrey Morrissey Ballincollig and Teddy O'Neill, all enjoying Tahilla Ladies 30th Anniversary Dance in Sneem. Anita and Humphrey got engaged during their weekend stay in the hotel. pic Mary O'Neill Pat Harrington sanding the Cart with Mick close by…

This is how the cart looking now!

“Everyone makes a difference in the Mens Shed”

Fixing the Patio Heater in the Shed The Cork Education and Training Board Michael Spillane (CETB) have teamed up with Blarney Mens painting the hall Shed to run some training courses (ceramics, woodwork, upholstery etc) to upskill people on ‘Job seekers’, and an open day will be held in the Community Association Hall on Wednesday February 26th from 10am onwards. If you are interested please attend on the day or call 086 2347934. Blarney Mens Shed always welcome new faces so drop in or contact us on 086 2347934 or email

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Dripsey GAA Club, who are entering their tenth season this year, celebrated in style last week when over one hundred people attended their Annual Dinner Dance at Oriel Court Hotel. They availed of the opportunity to honour the junior hurling team of 2005 who played in the club’s first official outing in Ballincollig in March of that year, resulting in a win against the home side. Former Cork hurling manager, John Allen, was the guest of honour on the night and he presented a memento to each of the players, many of whom are still playing and active members of the club. For the record the players were, Ray Moynihan, Brian McCarthy, John O’Mahony, Liam Buckley, John Hogan, Pat O’Riordan, Daniel Buckley, David Buckley (captain), Tom Ahern, John O’Riordan, Mark O’Sullivan, Ger Manley, Martin Foley, Diarmuid O’Riordan, Dave Hogan and sub played Martin O’Leary.

Tadgh Manley, David Manley, Christine Naughton, Niall O'Callaghan and Lidyia O'Callaghan enjoying the Dripsey GAA Dinner Dance

BELOW: John O'Mahony, Emer Galvin, Tom Ahern and Aine Crowley

Pictures: Mike English

Ger McCarthy, Marian Carey and Lilly Triggs. Akexandra Brandt, Niamh O'Sullivan and Marie Corkery attending the Dripsey GAA Dinner Dance

John O'Riordan, Sean Corkery, David O'Sullivan and Christy Naughton enjoying the Dinner Dance.

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Cloghroe National School enrolment day. Cloghroe National School wishes to invite prospective parents of Junior Infant pupils, for the year 2014/2015 to an open/enrolment day. The open day will take place on Monday 17th of February in Cloghroe N.S. School principal and staff look forward to meeting you between 12.45p.m. and 2.15 p.m. If enrolling for 2014/2015 please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate and PPS No. (optional). Why not take a look a just a few of the many activities taking place in our school…

Pizza party! 1st class pupils took full advantage of our wonderful cooking facilities, in our school kitchen. Pupils had been studying instructional writing for a number of weeks and decided to focus on recipe writing. Having found the perfect pitta pizza recipe, the boys and girls in 1st class spent a morning experimenting in the kitchen. Pupils used very adventurous toppings such as pepperoni, salami, pesto and a wide variety of vegetables. After cooking the pizzas and working together to tidy up the kitchen, pupils engaged in a ‘pizza party!’ The children thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to develop their culinary skills.

Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine. Pupils in every class ‘compete’ for Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine. Tá na pástí go léir ag déanamh iarracht mhór leis an teanga agus buann said ‘trophy’ don tseachtain. Comhghairdeas do ghach dalta. Mar a dearfá, ‘Is fearr Gaeilge briste ná Bearla cliste’.

Aistear—A learning journey in Junior Infants. “For a small child there is no division between playing and learning; between the things he or she does ‘just for fun’ and things that are ‘educational’. Aistear, the Irish word for a journey, is the name of the early childhood curriculum framework, a new structured play programme that the junior infant classes have embarked upon since October. By using Aistear alongside the Primary School Curriculum, we focus on helping children to develop to their full potential and to lay good foundations for later learning. Play offers

valuable and enjoyable real life contexts for young children to develop literacy and numeracy skills.

Our sporting stars. Cloghroe National School is continuing to maintain its outstanding reputation for sporting activities. This year, pupils have been exceptionally busy competing in a range of sporting competitions and even trying out some new sports. Pupils participated in G.A.A training, unihoc leagues, basketball tournaments, mini 7’s competitions, table tennis lessons and soccer training, to mention but a few. Furthermore, 1st class and 6th class have been busting some moves, during hip-hop dance classes! Cloghroe N.S. continues to encourage all children to participate in a variety of sporting activities, as the physical, academic and metal benefits will stand to them throughout their lives.

Green Schools The green schools committee and teachers in Cloghroe N.S. are very busy working towards our 4th Green Flag. The flag is based on travel. Our committee met with our travel education officer, Jane Kelleher to carry out a walkability audit in November 2013. In January 2014, the school held an information meeting for parents. Both pupils and staff are looking forward to participating in our first W.O.W. day (Walk on Wednesday) in the coming months.

Sports Quiz County Champions. On Wednesday December 10th in the Rochestown Park Hotel a team from Cloghroe N.S. comprising of Sean Leisk, Fergal O’Leary, Joseph Enright and Eric O’Callaghan beat off competition from 82 teams to win the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz for the first time.

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David Bourke, Macroom, Antoine Bretaudeau, Blackpool, and Seán Doyle, Blackrock, pictured at the official opening of énergie Fitness Clubs Former Cork dual player Seán Óg Ó hAilpín cuts newest club in City Gate, Mahon Point. the tape to officially open énergie Fitness Clubs Pictures: Tom Doherty newest club in City Gate, Mahon Point.

Laura Stanton, Glanmire, and Claire Lester, Passage West, pictured at the the official opening of énergie Fitness Club.

Huge local turnout for Operation Transformation walk

Members of the O'Flynn family from Douglas, Ballyvolane and Farran in good spirits prior to setting off from CIT on the Operation Transformation/Cork Sports Partnership walk. RIGHT: Operation Transformation participant, Derirdre O'Donovan, Carraig na bhFear with her mother, Catherine O'Callaghan, Kilcully Pictures: Mike English

The Wedding Season is approaching fast and we here at Jo's edge are now offering an all new special repair service to get your hair in tip top shape for your big day. Pop in for your free consultation with our upstyle artist Julie and enjoy a hot cuppa and a treat in a friendly and relaxed environment.

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David and Lorna Murphy at the annual Rotary Club/ Wolfe Tone Lodge No.3, Robbie Burns Supper night at the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.

Michelle, Pat and Donna Cawley at the annual Supper night. Photos Billy macGill

Mario Soares, Carla Gomez, Frederic Pascal and Christoff Brand at the annual night.

Rotary Club Members...Colin and Angela Nichollas, Greg Butler (President), Judith and Aodh Bourke, Pet and Donal Cashman at the annual Rotary Club/ Wolfe Tone Lodge No.3, Robbie Burns Supper night.

Joseph and Katleen at the annual Rotary Club/ Wolfe Tone Lodge No.3, Robbie Burns Jacqueline Browne and Supper night. Piper Crowley.

St. Luke’s Home in Mahon, Cork has been looking after older adults for the last 130 years and will be providing training for all those working and volunteering the senior care sector. This applies to family carers struggling to care for ageing loved ones living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. To share its expertise and improve the quality of life of older people and their carers, St Luke’s, in conjunction with Home Instead Senior Care, will be rolling out a training programme for family members looking after older relatives at home. The free workshops last three hours and will be delivered by skilled professional tutors and will offer family carers to learn more about dementia and the ageing process. It is an informal session, giving attendees the chance to answer questions and speak to a trusted professional. The workshops will be held between February and June of this year and will take place at St. Luke’s Education Centre in Bishopstown and Mayfield in Cork. Call 021 453 6551 or email to book your spot on this limited time only workshop.

‘Rackard is the Man’ in aid of

Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Denis ‘Rackard’ Coady invites you and guest to the Cork Launch of his CD/DVD

at Miss Katie’s Tea Rooms (next to Malone’s Bar) Blarney on Friday February 21st at 6.30 pm. Please help us finish Crumlins Cancer and Cardiac Wards. Your presence will be greatly appreciated for this very worthy cause.

R.S.V.P. Kay 087-2359046 / Rackard 087-6276676.

John Browne and Stephen Murray at the annual Rotary Club/ Wolfe Tone Lodge No.3, Robbie Burns Supper night

Jacqueline Browne at the annual Rotary Club/ Wolfe Tone Lodge No.3, Robbie Burns Supper night.

World Race Walk Champion Rob Heffernan was named Cork Person of the Year and received a standing ovation from the 250 guests at the awards ceremony. International Actor and Campaigner Jeremy Irons got an equally enthusiastic reception, when he was declared Honorary Corkman.

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Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club will host an evening with

DJ Murphy (of Kilumney/Bandon) on Spring Gardening. The Community Hall Whitechurch Thursday 27th February 2014 @ 8pm.

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Hoping that some of our followers may have noticed that the Blarney Tidy Towns page has not been updated since last October. This is not because we have been doing nothing, but because the page has been ‘temporally’ locked. Now it's ok, fingers crossed. Just a brief update on the last few months; Our new Blarney Fáilte signs have been installed at the Tower and Cork approaches to the town (see photograph above). We have been officially told that our application for a Cork County Council Community grant has been successful, this will be to replace the public seating in front of the Church of Ireland and at the entrance to Blarney Woollen Mills, as well as providing a couple of cycle parking places, location of the latter to be decided following consultation. We have been working with the Gaelscoil with a view to improving the approach to it. More later. Our cleanups have continued over the last few weeks with both the CorkBlarney Road started, and a major litter picking jointly carried out by the Castle Estate and Tidy Towns on the Kerry Pike-Pauds Cross Road. Blarney Tidy Towns desperately needs helpers to carry out the changes we would all like to see happen. If you can assist in whatever way, please contact us, every little bit helps. For updates on our activites ‘like’ us on facebook ‘Blarney Tidy Towns’, or keep an eye on the Muskerry News facebook page. Litter picked from the Cork Blarney Road last weekend

O'Sullivans All. Finbarr (London), Brendan Paddy (Urhan), John (London) and Lisa (Dripsey) at the Beara Association Social and Reunion at the Viaduct Inn.

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Con and Ann Greene, Blarney, Julie and Michael Greene, Michael and Sheila Cadogan, Cape Clear attending the Social. Cllr. Kenneth O' Flynn, Executive Director of Cork Charity Foundation presenting one of the cheques to The Friendly Call Service in the company of all 27 recipients of cheques from the 2013 fundraising efforts of Cork Charity Foundation

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Kilkenny Senior Hurling Manager, Brian Cody, met Rian and Darragh Brennan, whose Dad hails from Kilkenny, when he paid a visit to Ballincollig GAA Pictures: Mike English Group of Under 8s with Kilkenny hurling manager, Brian Cody.

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Barry Down, Down's SuperValu presenting sponsorship cheque to Ballincollig GAA Chairman, Seamus O'Callaghan. Also included are Michael O'Connor, Con Sexton, Treasurer, Tom Dorgan, Vice Chairman, Richard Hickey, Runai, Terence McSweeney, Paddy Lucey, Ger O'Donovan, Tim Greene, Registrar, John Purcell and Kieran Ryle.

Junior students of Blarney Taekwondo club proudly displaying winning trophies after recently competing at The Scion Taekwondo Championships in Little Island.

Sinn Féin local election candidate Des O Grady wishes to remind organisations applying for funding under the Sports Capital Programme not to forget that the final deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 28 February 2014. The (SCP) is operated by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and provides grants to assist in the development of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment. Grants are available to sports clubs, voluntary and community groups, governing bodies of sports organisations and local authorities. Under the programme funding will be provided for a variety of projects including sports pitches, floodlighting, building or refurbishment of dressing rooms, showers and toilets and the building or refurbishment of sports halls and gyms. Any organisation

that wishes to make an application must use the online system at T his is now the only way to apply for grants under the Sports Capital Programme. This new system also allows applicants to view previous grants and payments, change contact details, seek payment of a grant and communicate directly with the Department. If you require further information on the Sports Capital Programme contact Sports Capital Programmes Unit, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, New Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry or from County Cork phone 064 6627301. If you are too late to apply for the SCP Cork County Council also provide grants to community groups under the Amenity Grants Scheme which will come on stream later in the year. The general purpose of Cork County Council's Amenity Grants Scheme is to aid and encourage works and public amenity schemes for the benefit of community groups and organisations. The works that qualify for consideration under the AGS include the provision or improvement of local amenities and the provision of community facilities. Applications forms will be available later in the year and I will remind the public of this scheme through the Muskerry News when the time comes.

Na Piarsaighs credits K2C pre training with season success

Successful local hurling and football club, Na Piarsaighs, credits fabulous local martial arts and fitness centre, K2C with incredible fitness levels as they commenced their new season. K2C currently offers per season training in all disciplines, guaranteeing excellent results and great craic! This is just one facet of this highly motivated centre which offers more than 200 classes each weeks in spinning, yoga, TRX, kettle bell, pilates, combat conditioning, olympic weightlifting, boxercise and kick boxing. Gary Sheehan, Na Piarsaighs, was so pleased with the service that he was moved to write and thank them.... “My Name is Gary Sheehan and I am the manager of Na Piarsaighs Premier Football Team. While training myself in K2C Martial Arts Centre, North Point Business Park I asked Liam Og and Marlene if they would consider training the team for Pre Season during November and December. Even though the had never done a Team training like this before, they said they would be delighted to do it! The professionalism they brought was 1st Class. They had the most qualified instructors, training us in TRX, Kettlebells, MMA and Strength, Core & Conditioning workouts. They pushed the players hard resulting in their fitness levels exploding! They catered for everything. They even gave us talks on their own sports and how they strive to be the best that they can. It also helped the bond between the team to grow even more. When we started our season in January the fitness levels were way ahead of previous years. Everyone from players, selectors to Club Members were talking about it. We would highly recommend KTC to any team thinking of this type of training. The staff are the most helpful and professional at what they do. It was a pleasure working with them and we all look forward to working with them again in the future. Thanks for everything. Gary Sheehan & Selectors Na Piarsaighs H&F Club”

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Young female Cork athletes excel on Team Ireland

There is a large squad on Team Ireland karate, five of whom are from Cork and all young ladies! All are members of Curam de Cara club who hold classes in Blarney and Blackpool. During October, the squad took part in the WUKF European Championships in Sheffield, UK and exceled. In team events, Ciara Wyse won three bronze medals with other squad members from Waterford and Donegal. Aoife Hegarty, with two squad members from Waterford, also represented Team Ireland well for her first International. Both Aoife H and Ciara also competed in individual categories. Síofra Ryan was her usual form in solo/individual reaching the final of Kata (pattern). She finished just outside the medals in 5th place for individual Kata and was knocked out of the final in Kumite by the Gold Winner from Romania who won gold in both Kumite and Kata. In fact Romania were so strong they took both Gold and Silver. Rebecca and Aoife Burke were also in this extremely competitive grouping. Aoife Burke for her first International competition did very well to win through round one of Kumite. The girls are still young and competition is fierce in standard as well as numbers of entrants in the younger categories. As team events only start from 15 years upwards, we'll have to wait a little before the younger squad members can show what they're made of for teams Their coaches were delighted with the performances of all their squad and confident of even better results going forward. Next stop Poland for the

Team Osborne Meats/The Edge Sports cycling club was officially launched last weekend Local Blarney man Brian Osborne of Osborne Meats in Blarney Village (who himself represented Ireland at Junior and Senior Level and was one of the best riders in the country at the time) along with Simon Worley of the Edge Sports Shop have kindly come together to sponsor the team. The team is managed by Blarney cycling legend Pat Crowley and Club Chairman Martin O Shea from Blarney. pics courtesy Niall Beakey

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WUKF World Championships in October 2014. The Karate Ireland National Championships were held in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght recently and again the girls did themselves proud. Síofra Ryan won gold in individual kata so is now the Girls Individual Kata Brown/Black Belt National Champion. She also won silver in the individual kumite and bronze in the team kata with Aoife B and Rebecca. Ciara Wyse after a tense 1 on 1 kumite individual draw it went to next score to win. Ciara was narrowly pushed into second place by Elaine from Donegal, only a few weeks earlier they'd won bronze at the Europeans and now they were facing off 1:1 on individual for the national title. She came 4th in the Individual Kata. Along with Aoife Hegarty and Victoria Kingston won silver in the Team Kata. Rebecca O'Donnell won 2nd in Individual Kata, 2nd in Individual Kumite and 3rd in Team Kata. Aoife Hegarty won silver in the Individual Kata, bronze in Individual Kumite and silver in Team Kata. Aoife Burke won 3rd in Individual Kumite and 3rd in Team Kata. This time the girls were accompanied by two more squad members Victoria Kingston and Jake Tobin. Victoria Kingston won 2nd in Team Kata with Ciara & Aoife H at her first nationals. All did extremely well. Simon Worley of The Edge Sports Shopand Brian Osborne of Osborne Quality Meats Blarney congratulate each other on their join sponsorship of Team Osborne Meats/The Edge Sports.

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Front; Brian Osborne (Osborne Quality Meats Blarney), Martin O Shea (Club Chairman), Simon Worley (The Edge Sports Shop), Martin Cashman, Michael Crowley. Back; Owen Cummins, Denis Lynch, Pat Crowley (Team Manager), Paidi O Brien. Missing; Richard Hooton

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Grenagh GAA crowned as latest North City & District Sports Award winners Grenagh GAA Club are the latest winners of the North City & District Sports Award. The Grenagh Club are being honoured for winning a unique double in 2013, the County Intermediate Football Championship and the Cork Junior Hurling Titles respectively.

Grenagh have won 4 Muskerry Junior A Football (JAF) titles, winning their first title in 1993. They have contested 1 JAF County Final (2006) and 2 Intermediate Football County Finals (2007 & 2013) and won the intermediate title for the 2nd time in 2013. Grenagh have won 12 Muskerry Junior A Hurling (JAH) titles, winning their first title in 1958. They have contested 3 JAH county finals (1958, 2004, 2013) and won the JAH county for the first time in 2013. With a small number of players Grenagh have enjoyed success at juvenile level too thanks to the huge work and commitment by players, parents, mentors and the underage club. The Club did a unique double in 1997 also, winning both Minor B county titles. Grenagh are very lucky in the club to have produced some fantastic players over the years in both codes, notably Phil Duggan who hurled with Cork in the late fifties and early sixties and Denis Murphy who played with the county all through the sixties winning an All-Ireland medal in 1966 and captaining the team in 1969. In more recent times Paul Coleman, Aidan Dorgan and Tom Kenny represented the Cork senior footballers whilst John Russell represented the Cork junior footballers and intermediate hurlers, winning a total of 5 All Ireland medals. Tom Kenny has been a key member of the Cork senior hurling panel for the past 12 seasons winning two All-Ireland medals and three Munster titles. Gritty Grenagh Singing in the Rain Grenagh 1-10 Kilbrin 2-5 Grenagh overcame shocking conditions in Páirc Uí Rinn to claim the John Quirke Cup following their two-point win over maiden finalists Kilbrin in the Cork County junior hurling championship decider. It was a first title for the mid Cork side after suffering defeat in the 2004 showpiece. Scorers for Grenagh: T Kenny (0-4, three frees), D Dalton (1-0), C O’Neill (0-3, 1sl), U Duggan (0-2), S Bourke (0-1). GRENAGH: M Kenny; P McCarthy, R Dorgan, K O’Neill; DD Dorgan, G Russell, K Cummins; N Doherty, C O’Neill; D Dalton, T Kenny, C Fitzgerald; U Duggan, S Coleman (Capt), S Bourke, Martin Barry, Tadgh Walsh, Timmy Buckley, Liam Walsh, John Russell, Eoghan O Donovan, Paddy Sexton, Colin Coakley, Adrian Buckley, Michael Lehane, Paul O' Mahony, Donal Ryan, John Osborne. Selectors: Johnny Keane, Aonghus Foley, Bat Doherty. Physio: Darragh Farr

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Grenagh’s side in Páirc Uí Rinn as they completed a momentous double. Having claimed the county junior A hurling title with a win against Kilbrin a month ago, there were no signs of fatigue from a long year as they ground out victory against Aghabullogue here. Scorers for Grenagh: DD Dorgan 0-6 (two frees), C Fitzgerald, J Russell 0-2 each, G Russell (free), L Walsh 0-1 each. GRENAGH: M Barry; M Lehane, R Dorgan, C Donovan; K O’Neill, P McCarthy (Capt), S Dorgan; T Kenny, G Russell; T Walsh, C Fitzgerald, DD Dorgan; C O’Neill, L Walsh, U Duggan, Sean O Sullivan, John Russell, Jack Murphy, Dan O Connor, Adrian Buckley, Sean Bourke, Timmy Buckley, Colin Coakley, Paddy Sexton, Paul O' Mahony, John Osborne, Liam Sheehan, Niall Doherty Selectors: Donie Dorgan, Connie Moynihan, Patrick Murphy. Physio: Darragh Farr

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Lucky 13 as Gritty Grenagh Double Up Grenagh 0-12 Aghabullogue 0-05 It was their 13th championship game in Cork in 2013, but the luck was on


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Headaches and Migraines Asthma and Allergies Numbness in the Arms and Legs Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Athletic Injuries Car Accidents Shoulder, Hip And Knee Pain And much more There’s an endless list of health problems chiropractic can help with. For example, here’s what a recent study on chiropractic and high blood pressure found…

You’re enjoying what you love to do…playing golf, playing with the kids, or maybe just laying on a beach somewhere. You’re free of the pain and health issues that were holding you back. You have more energy, better health, and absolutely no pain. Does this sound too good to be true — to live pain free, like you were in your younger years?

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“Manipulation [chiropractic adjustments], with or without exercise, improved symptoms more than medical care did after both 3 and 12 months.”– British Medical Journal “Chiropractor’s manipulation of the spine was more helpful than any of the following: traction, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, injection of steroids into the spine and back corsets, and ultrasound.” — Stanley Bigos, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Although chiropractic works great for back pain, at our office we’ve helped patients with a wide range of problems.

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A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can map out your plan to better health.

Phone 021-4824450

My name is Dr. Eric Kelly. I chose to start my practice in Glanmire over ten years ago because I love the town. Since then, I’ve used gentle chiropractic treatments to help thousands in our community feel better and live healthier, more productive lives.

In fact, the U.S. government is so convinced chiropractic works they’ve been paying for it through the Medicare system for 30 years.

A full set of specialised x-rays to look for misalignments, bad posture, and joint degeneration… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least 95).

To take me up on this special offer, you must come in before 26th February 2014.

In a minute, I’ll tell you how you can make this a reality. But first you should know a little about me.

Chiropractic has been around for over a hundred years, and has been used to help everyone from tiny babies to the elderly. Even top sports star and entertainers… like Tiger Woods, Emmitt Smith, Tony Robbins, Joe Montana, Lance Armstrong, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson.

A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem.

“Don't Let Pain Keep You and Your Family From Experiencing a Full Life.” “This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination… And it seems to be adverseevent free. We saw no side effects and no problems” said study leader George Bakris, MD, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Glanmire Chiropractic Clinic and you can find us next door to AIB Bank in Glanmire. Sincerely, Dr. Eric Kelly P.S. You’ve got enough people trying to waste your time with risky treatments that you don’t really want or might not need. I’m not one of those people. What I’m offering here is something quite different. I encourage you to call today and start living a healthier, more joyful life.

“How Much Does Chiropractic Cost?” P.P.S. Why Suffer With Years Of Misery? It’s impossible to know for sure what you’ll need to get rid of your nagging health problem until I’ve examined you. That’s why for 14 days only, 40 will get you all the services I normally charge new patients up to 265 for! What does this offer include? Everything I normaly do in my new patient evaluation. Take a look at what you will receive: An in-depth consultation about your health where I will listen…really listen.

The big myth about health problems is “maybe it will just go away on its own.” A 1998 study in the British Medical Journal proved this myth false, showing that most back pain sufferers who do nothing will have pain 12 months later. That’s no way to live, not when there could be an easy solution to your problem.

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