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2 | Muskerry News Little Oscar O'Callaghan from Blarney enjoying the Johnson & Perrott Christmas Family Day at Mahon Point Retail Park. pic Donagh Glavin. Donoughmore Macra who came first place in the Cork County round of capers this weekend in Bandon. Well done to Emily O 'Donovan for getting Best Female and to Heather Healy who got Best Producer on the night. Their next round is on the 18th of January 2014.

Local election candidate for Sinn Fein Ger Keohane in the Killeens area giving a helping hand with the recent clean up. He is accompanied by the chairman of the Lower Killeens Residents Association Finian Toomey. The dumping of domestic waste is becoming more and more prevalent in recent times.

Marley Tarnaud, Ballincollig, a member of the Cork All Ireland winning Under 16 Camogie team photographed with her Mum, Christina, at the Cork County Camogie Board's medal presentation dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel.

Cloghroe National School team of Fergal O'Leary, Sean Liosk, Joseph Enright and Eric O'Callaghan, celebrate their victory at the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz held at Rochestown Park Hotel. Included are Liam Weir, who set the questions and Emma Dineen, Principal Cloghroe NS. pic Mike English P. Vaughan Recycling Ltd Ltd A. P.A. Vaughan Recycling

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Local charities benefit from Muskerry Arms customers generosity

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Once again local charities benefited from Muskerry Arms customers generosity as they went without their 'Christmas Drink' and instead donated the money to four local charities; Blarney meals on wheels, Cope Foundation (Cork), Marymount Hospice and Blarney Senior Citizens. Well done to the O'Connor family at The Muskerry Arms for organising this wonderful gesture once again. Ten lucky customers also won fabulous Christmas hampers in the customers draw; John Lane, Marie Guerin, Paul Shine, Deirdre Buckley, Conor Denny, Pierce Grace, Brendan Hagerty, Kenny Malone, Dave McGrath and Rebecca Ryan.

Avondhu Blackwater Partnership ‘Community Connect’ has just completed the Benefit 4 introduction to Internet and Email course to over 55’s in Fermoy, Conna, Mallow and Blarney. Courses will re-commence in late January for people who may like to gain some experience ain using computers, Ipads and tablets. If you would like to receive more information or if you would like to register for the upcoming courses please contact Mary at 025/33411 Berrings Macra wants YOU! Berrings Macra are holding a recruitment night on Friday Jan 17th at the Wayside Inn from 8.30pm. There will be plenty of information on the night and of course this is a great way to meet our current members and get to know everyone. All welcome. 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

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Lucky 13 for Mary!

Congratulations to Blarney lady Mary Coleman, owner of Beauty Regain in Cork, who has been awarded Crown Clinic 2014 by the renowned skincare company Guinot. Incredibly, the Beauty Salon has won this award for the 13th consecutive year.

Ms. O'Riordan's Junior Infants, Cloghroe National School, proved to be very good at keeping secrets and made a surprise appearance at their teacher's wedding! The children added to the festive spirit of the day by singing Christmas carols in St. mSenan's Church on Saturday December 21st. Congratulations to Eva O'Riordan and Tim Mullane on their marriage.

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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Coercion Prosecution at Blarney Part 1

At the Blarney Petty Sessions yesterday (Monday 18th July 1892) before Messrs J.B. Irwin R.M. (in the chair), and T. Butler, R.M. a case came on for hearing under the Crimes Act.

The prosecution was brought at the suit of District-Inspector St. George and the names of the defendants, who were composed of four or five young men and a number of boys were as follows:- Wm. Ambrose, Florence Coleman, Denis Crowley, Daniel Honchoing, Timothy Dooly, Joseph Ambrose, Timothy Sullivan, John Murphy, Timothy Keeffe, Denis Walsh, John Honchoing and John Callaghan. The charge in the summons was worded as follows:-“That the defendants, on the 26th day of May 1892 at Coolflough, Tower Village together with divers other ill-disposed persons, to the number of ten or more, who are at present unknown, did unlawfully and riotously assemble and gather together to disturb the peace of Our Sovereign Lady the Queen, and to injure and damage the dwelling-house of one Jeremiah Twomey, to the great disturbance and terror of the liege subjects of Our Lady the Queen then and there being.” The summons was signed by Mr Hutchinson, R.M. Mr H.T. Wright, S.P.C. prosecuted on behalf of the Crown. Mr H.A. Wynne, L.L.D, appeared for the defendants Coleman, Crowley, Walsh and Keeffe. Mr W.J. Dunlea appeared for the other defendants. Before the case was gone into, a discussion took place as to the mode of procedure. Summons had been issued by some of the defendants against Twomey for an offence alleged to be committed previous to the offence with which they were charged, and the professional gentlemen representing the defendants applied to have those cases heard first. Mr Wright objected and said the defendants would not be deprived of any right by the case against them being first heard. The Bench decided to hear the Crimes Act case first and the others afterwards. Mr Wright in stating the case said that a man named Jeremiah Twomey lived with his family at Tower. His son, John Twomey, occupied a position on the Muskerry Railway, and it became necessary for him to summon some persons for trespassing on that railway, and, in consequence, a good deal of angry feeling was aroused against him. There was also another disturbing element that was the cause on considerable hostility to another member of the family, a man named Downey, a son-in-law of Twomey’s, because he thought fit to take, as tenant, six cottages in the village of Tower, which the former tenant had surrendered, because he could not get a reduction in his rent, and accordingly, to use a phrase which was now in vogue, Downey was designated as a ‘house-grabber’, and as a ‘house-grabber’ he was summoned to answer for his conduct to the local branch of the Federation. Dr Wynne - Really, what has this to do with the case? We have nothing to do with the Federation. Mr Wright - We don’t say at the present you have, but we want to explain the motive why this attack was made. Dr Wynne - I hope this case will be conducted under the ordinary rules. Mr Wright - That’s what I am going to do. I must prove the motive. Dr Wynne - What I want to prove is that any-thing that has been done by outside bodies has nothing to do with my clients. On the part of my clients I disavow any connection with this body. Mr Wright - If Mr Wynne will allow me to continue my statement and to support that statement by evidence, I venture to say the connection will be very clear. Mr Wright, continuing, said he had explained the position of the parties up to the 26th of May. Reference had been made to transactions of the previous Sunday. He (Mr Wright) would not make any reference, except to say that a crowd, consisting of nearly all the defendants, assembled outside Twomey’s house and indulged in cries that would be given in evidence. On the night of the 26th May, which was a holiday, a number of persons assembled outside the house again. Mrs Twomey went to a public house to bring her son, Thomas Twomey, home. The Bench would be satisfied that the crowd that attacked the house was an organised crowd. Mr Wright then detailed the circumstances of the case as given in evidence by the witnesses below, and said that the ringleaders of the attack appeared to be Joseph Ambrose, Denis Crowley, Florence Coleman and Daniel Henchion. He asked the Bench to teach the defendants that if they took it upon themselves the breaking of the law, they should accept the consequences. Evidence was the called. Thomas Twomey was the first witness examined. He deposed he was a factory worker. He remembered the evening of the 26th May last. It was a holiday. Witness was in Mrs Byrne’s public house at Tower that night. He recollected his

mother coming down to the house that night. Witness and his mother, and a man Eugene McCarthy left together, to go home, about 10 o’clock. There was a crowd standing outside the public-house and witness, his mother and McCarthy passed them to go home. After they had gone about twenty yards beyond the crowd, the crowd followed them. When the crowd began to follow them, stones were thrown from the crowd. Witness was struck by one of the stones on the back. Witness and those with him then moved into the hollow of the road and the crowd passed on. In the crowd as they passed, he recognised Daniel Henchion, Joseph Ambrose and Florence Coleman. After going to the top of the hill, beyond the hollow, the crowd again stopped. Witness and those with him again moved on in the direction of home and again had to pass the crowd who were standing on the road. Stones were thrown again and witness was again struck on the back with a stone. After witness was hit there were no more stones thrown. On reaching home they shut the door and the crowd passed by the house. They threw some stones at the door and window, and broke a few panes of glass. The crowd stopped about 10 yards from the house and remained standing there for about five minutes and some stones were thrown in the direction of the house. The crowd came up again opposite the door. Witness’s brother spoke from the window and mentioned the defendant’s names and said he knew the whole of them. Witness then saw Ambrose, Crowley and others, whom he could not identify, throw off their coats and they asked witness’s brother out to fight. After that the door of the house was opened and witness’s mother and brother, John, were standing at the door. The crowd was still outside and witness identified Timothy Looney there. Florence Coleman came forward from the crowd and he had a switch in his hand, with which he struck witness on the arm. His mother was struck on the head by a stone thrown from the crowd, the stone cut her. There were a few more stones thrown from the crowd at the door and the windows. The door was split and there were four panes of glass broken altogether. After this the crowd moved away about 100 yards from the house and after a lapse of about 15 minutes some of them returned. The only person he identified was Denis Crowley, who took off his coat and made some remark about witness’s brother summoning his (Crowley’s) sister for trespassing on the tramway line. As Crowley said that, some other person came up, a stone was fired which broke a window. The person who threw it then ran away. Witness’s brother Denis Twomey and his brother-in-law, Thomas Downey, had some time before this gone for the police by the back way. There were about 20 persons in the crowd that night. Cross-examined by Dr Dunlea – Witness went into a public-house on that day about 1 o’clock and remained there until 10 o’clock. He had plenty of drink taken that day. Eugene McCarthy was with him for the nine hours. He passed the defendants on the road home and he was not a bit frightened of them. After the crowd passed the door was opened. Witness, or his relatives, did not retaliate in the least on the crowd. Witness was not hurt by the crowd. Cross examined by Dr Wynne – He often saw Crowley at the corner before. Mary Twomey, wife of Jeremiah Twomey, was the next witness examined and in the course of her evidence, which was corroborative of the previous witness, deposed to seeing the defendants in the crowd outside the public-house; she subsequently saw Dan Hinchion, Timothy Looney, Daniel Coleman, Clarence Coleman and James Ambrose stripped, and the others were also there when stones were thrown at the door; she heard Crowley calling on her son as an informer to come out. She saw Coleman draw a stick on her son, Thomas, and as she was shutting the door she was struck on the head with a stone. She heard Denis Crowley shouting and recognised several of the crowd as among those who assembled outside the dwelling-house on the previous Sunday night about the same hour when some stones were thrown. On that night they were also shouting for the best man to come out and fight them. Witness’s son-in-law had taken six cottages which a man named Barry had before. It was since then the illwill sprang up against them. The above item was taken from a much larger article which was printed in the Cork Examiner of Tuesday 19th July 1892. Part two will be printed in the February issue of the Muskerry News.

The illustrated lecture for Thursday 6th February 2014 at 8 pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School) is titled; ‘The Wreck of the Neva’. The true story of the loss of a Female Convict Ship, on a voyage, from Cork to Botany Bay. The speaker is author and lecturer, Mr Cal McCarthy. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen as Cal details the tragic loss of so many lives

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Imeachtaí na Nollag ag Gaelscoil Mhuscraí Bhí mí na Nollag fíor-ghnóthach ag Gaelscoil Mhuscraí! Bhí seó na Nollag ar siúl acu, canadh cearúil sa sráidbhaile agus ghlac siad páirt sa seirbhís cearúil sa séipéal. Chéiliúraigh siad Aifreann na Nollag agus tháinig cuairteoir speisialta ar lá na saoire!

The pupils of Gaelscoil Mhuscraí had a very busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas! As well as putting on a wonderful Christmas Show on the stage of the local secondary school, they also went carol singing in the village. The senior classes took part in the parish carol service. Fr. Bermingham celebrated the school’s Christmas Mass prior to the holidays also. On the day of the Christmas holidays, a special visitor called to Gaelscoil Mhuscraí! Take a look at the pictures below!

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Cinderella will go to the ball! Congratulations to Annette and Claire, Cinderella's Closet, Northpoint Business Park on their grand opening which took place before Christmas. It truly is the perfect setting to enjoy the experience of buying that very special dress.

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November 2013 Keith O’Hourihane

October 2013 Brian Gabriel

September 2013 Sister Peggy Cronin

August 2013 Father Tim Hazelwood


Who will be the 2013 Blarney Person of The Year? The Blarney Person of The Year Award 2013 celebrates Blarneys’ greatest asset, our people. The award aims to encourage achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow.

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Happy New Year from Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney weeks to teach them basic French and German.

We are looking forward to a great new year. There is still a lot of work going on in the Junior building on the outside grounds so keep an eye out for future developments. Already we have so many things to look forward to such as 4th Class hurling & camogie blitz, Credit Union Quiz, Sciath na Scol, Secondary School Entrance Exams, Communion & Confirmation.

Before the Christmas break the pupils of Scoil Chroí Íosa had been very busy.

6th Class made beautiful flower arrangements with Ms Crowley with great help from Mrs Healy. Some of the 6th class pupils went on a visit to Blarney Nursing Home where each child made a card for one patient. We sang Christmas carols and chatted with the patients. We received a warm welcome from both the staff and patients. Margaret Walsh kindly gave up her free time and spent a morning doing clay with 4th class. We learnt many different techniques of working with clay. We all made different types of birds which we decorated beautifully. Check out our school website @ to see more pictures. Various pupils from both the junior and senior building took part in the ecumenical service in the Church of Ireland and also the turning on of the lights in the village We are delighted to welcome Transition Year students from SMGS back as part of their community initiative programme. They will be coming to the senior classes for the next 10

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Minds Fitness Academy now taking bookings New Minds Fitness Academy, Munster's largest Independent ITEC Centre, is now taking bookings for their new Health and Fitness courses starting this month. Situated in Educogym in Glanmire, New Minds Fitness Academy offers world-recognised courses in Personal Training & Fitness Instructing, Instructing Studio Cycling Sessions & Nutrition for Physical Activity. These ITEC qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised and are accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals/REPS and are on the National Framework of Qualifications. The ITEC Level 2 Award in Instructing Studio Cycling Sessions will be held on the 26th of January 2014. The ITEC Nutrition for Physical Activity course is starting on the 25th of March 2014. This course is run over 7 weeks, every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6.30-9.30pm The New Minds Fitness Academy ITEC certificate (Level 3) will start in early May 2014 and runs every Tuesday and Wednesday evening and every second weekend for 6 months only. The course offers three qualifications in just one course- Personal Training, Fitness Instructing & Nutrition. For more information on any of these courses, please email or call Kay on 021 4866920. New Minds Fitness Academy Unit 1 Brooklodge Business Park, Glanmire, Co. Cork 021 4866920 | 086 7778689

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All the fun of 'The Fayre' at O'Leary's Centra Tower The Annual Christmas Fayre at O'Leary's Centra Tower is fast becoming one of the local social events of the year, judging by the amount of laughter and chat! A great night as always, lots of lovely food to sample, a chance to catch up with the neighbours and the lovely voices from Cloghroe National School to serenade you. What more could you ask for?

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Isobel Creedon from Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney and CIT Hospitality and Catering Student Emily Nagle at the CIT open day, Bishopstown Campus.

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Interesting planning notice last week outside the site of the former Blarney Park Hotel for a development in Blarney which includes a single storey discount food store, tourism/retail units, funeral home and provision of Village Square amenity area.

Katie Twomey, Donoughmore and Niamh Egan, Rylene at the CIT Christmas Fair. pic Darragh Kane

Some members of Tower ICA who raised €1,434 for the Alzheimers Society of Ireland by taking part in the Evening Echo Ladies Mini Marathon last year.

Move is afoot in ‘Olives’ as a new restaurant will be opening up shortly.

The unit that was previously home to XtraVision beside BFS may soon have a new tenant as Jameson Racing have put in for planning permission to take up residence there.

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Great to see the new extension of the shop at the entrance to Blarney Castle getting nearer to completion.

Rachel Byrne, Eileen Byrne and Annette Sweeney, Whitechurch at the Cork Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Engineering & Science Awards. pic Darragh Kane

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The official opening of the Regional Park Allotments Scheme, Ballincollig took place last month at a ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Noel O’Connor along with representatives of Cork County Council’s funding partners for the project, South East Cork Area Development (SECAD) and Ballincollig Tidy Towns. The scheme is the first public allotments scheme in County Cork and is located in the Regional Park, Ballincollig and accessed via the Innishmore entrance to the park adjacent to Scoil Barra and the Church of Christ Our Light. There are 80 plots in the Regional Park Allotments Scheme along with a canteen, toilet facilities and storage areas. The scheme is fully subscribed with people from around the South Cork region availing of

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Talented young students at Berring's National School's bring magic to the stage with fabulous Christmas production of Aladdin pics Mike English

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Ballincollig girls, Jennifer Cronin and Catherine O'Mahony who qualified in Tourism and Travel and Hairdressing respectively. pics Mike English

Members of Blarney ICA pictured presenting a cheque to St. Vincent de Paul before Christmas.

Interior Design graduate Juntyna Rogowska from Ballincollig with Nigel Feeney at the St. John's Central College Conferrings.

Assifa Aichei Bamba from Ballincollig and Gilberto Gomes graduated from St. John's Central College in Travel and Tourism Studies and Video and Film Production respectively.

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Blarney Garda coffee morning raises valuable funds for Meals on Wheels

Blarney Community Garda Sean O'Dwyer pictured handing a cheque to Sister Peggy Cronin, Blarney Meals on Wheels. The recent coffee morning at Blarney Garda Station gave locals a wonderful opportunity to take a look at the new station, which will be home to 18 Gardai, and also raised €1060 for this wonderful local charity.

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Smiles all round at Tower ICA Christmas Party

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Love is in the air at Aunties Bar Valentine’s 4 Course Meal only €19.99! Music with Dynamic Gems! Spot Prizes!

Tower, Blarney. Telephone: 021 4385123 Family run Pub & Restaurant Live Music Every Weekend All Parties Catered For All the big matches shown live on our big screen Serving food 7 days a week - Breakfast served all day Food Served -Mon - Sat 10am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 7pm Looking to eat after 6pm? Booking for dinner parties taken.

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Blarney village lights up for Christmas in style

Blarney Chamber of Commerce looks back on a fruitful year

As a new year begins incoming Chairman of Blarney Chamber of Commerce, Adrian O’Connell, looks back on what the Chamber of Commerce has achieved over the past year. “We began with running our occasional business forums where we brought business leaders and thinkers to Blarney to present and talk to all businesses, both members and non members. These were provided at no cost to attendees. We have also built strong links with Avondhu Blackwater Development who have provided, in conjunction with the Chamber, access to business training. More than 90 Blarney business people have attended business training provided by us and delivered by Avondhu Blackwater. For the majority of those who attended this would have been too expensive to access but again this was provided at no charge to members. The Tourist Office remains open throughout the entire year. This is thanks to the efforts of the dedicated staff who have ensured that while tourist offices around the country had limited opening days and hours, Blarney was provided with a round the year service. The costs of this are borne by Blarney Chamber with assistance from Failte Ireland, and staffing from Avondhu Blackwater. The tourist office is by far our greatest expense but in a tourist town like Blarney we

see this as an investment and are happy to be in a position to support this with the help of funding from our members. Our weekly networking meetings have provided access to local business networking, allowing trade to happen between members, enabling members to refer each other where relevant and to meet for a coffee and a chat in a structured environment. In response to a suggestion from the staff of the Blarney Tourist Office we commissioned a tourist map of Blarney. There has not been a map of Blarney for tourists in living memory and we therefore took this on as a project and with the kind sponsorship of Blarney businesses we have, for the first time, a map for our visitors. The switching on of the lights on the square, thanks to the ongoing support of Blarney Castle, has become an annual event. The Christmas Craft Fair, now in its second year, has been a fabulous addition. This was a huge success and profits from the night were given to Charity. This is set to become even bigger next year. And not forgetting, our very own Blarney Golden Globes! In conjunction with Blarney Community Council and with the sponsorship of the Muskerry News, we host the Blarney Person

of the Year awards. It is always a memorable night. Over the year we have also lent our support to Blarney Tidy Towns, to the Blarney Policing Forum and to the Blarney Vintage Car Festival. We must congratulate the Healy family on what has rapidly become one of the most successful vintage car festivals in the country. And the fabulous new flowers pots on our lamposts were a direct initiative from one of our members who, along with Tom MacGrath and Denis Murphy, managed to bring a time consuming and costly project to fruition. Finally we have committed to continuing to sponsor the BART text system. This provide text alerts to the community in the event of criminality happening. In conjunction with our community Garda, Sean, we are delighted to be in a position to support this. All of this has been made possible by a very small but dedicated group of people who want the best for the village they love. Our members support our activities through their subscription. I think it is fair to say we have aimed, and given, excellent value for money to our members. We now look forward to continuing to work together and embracing the opportunities and challenges it brings.”

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Ballincollig Community School hosts 2013 Academic Awards Ceremony Awards presented by guest of honor, Professor Kieran Murphy, Head of Business Information Systems Department at UCC

Leaving Certificate award recipient Grace McDonnell Pictured at the Ballincollig Community School Academic Awards ceremony were, l-r, receives her Edith Waterman, deputy principal; Kathleen award from Lowney, principal; guest of honour Professor Prof. Kieran Murphy. Kieran Murphy, Head of the Business Information Systems Department at UCC; Olive Dawes, school PRO and Maura Moloney, chairperson Board of Management. Pictures: Tom Doherty

Overall Academic Student of the Year Odhran Reidy receives his award from guest of honout Prof. Kieran Murphy and school principal Kathleen Lowney. Leaving Certificate award recipient Michael Delaney receives his award from Prof. Kieran Murphy.

Junior Certificate award recipient Leaving Certificate award recipient Aisling Hegarty receives her award from Prof. Kieran Ava Cregan receives Murphy. her award from Prof. Kieran Murphy.

Leaving Certificate award recipient Cathy Naughton receives her award from Prof. Kieran Murphy.

Junior Certificat e award recipient Amy Brennan receives her award from Prof. Leaving Certificate award recipient Abbey Kieran Murphy receives her award from Prof. Kieran Murphy. Murphy.

Leaving Certificate award recipient James Kelly receives his award from Prof. Kieran Murphy.

Junior Certificate award recipient Grace McSweeney receives her award from Prof. Kieran Murphy

Joseph Manning accepts a Leaving Certificate award on behalf of his son Declan from Prof. Kieran Murphy

Suzanna Reck accepts a Leaving Certificate award on behalf of her sister Rosemarie from Prof. Kieran Murphy.

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Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener Blarney Castle

Deluge in December December was a frustrating month for us in the gardens. The stormy weather resulted in significant delays to our work schedule and damage around the estate with a fair few trees down and flooding which hampered our cleanup efforts. It would seem that we were lucky though, as the storms led to some very famous Irish gardens losing some of their champion trees. This is always difficult, but on the plus side it does give opportunity for new planting. The first few days in January will be spent on the continuing clean up of debris from the storms. We can then return to our ongoing projects and seasonal work. All the fallen branches will be chipped and used to resurface our bark paths in the fern garden, woodland walks and elsewhere on the estate. Nothing goes to waste here. Over the last few years we have started to look towards the environmental aspects of the estate, with particular attention to preserving and improving the native flora and fauna. This has resulted in the creation of our Irish Garden which aims to display some of our native plants and educate the visitors. We make it interesting by exploring the folklore surrounding many of these species but also send out the message of habitat conservation. Within the estate we have seen some changes in management practices and a shift to planting native species where possible. We plan to replace all the conifer woodland within the main estate with semi-native deciduous woodland. This is ongoing, with several thousand immature trees to be planted over the next month. We have some great new projects in the pipe line for 2014 including renovation and extension of our azalea beds, a new woodland garden and additions to our woodland walks. Our snowdrops on the front avenue are starting to emerge and a couple of early varieties are in flower in the winter border. It’s always one of the first real signs of spring for me. The daffodil avenue is a little late this year but I expect it will be in flower by February. We have sown native wildflowers here as well and hope they will make an impact in the summer. Our glasshouses are due for a major clean in the next few weeks, not one of my favourite jobs! We will shortly be starting our bedding plants for summer; this is the start of sowing time for seeds in a heated propagator, but wait until February for most. We already have sweet pea growing on and will be trying a few different varieties this year. The seed of early vegetable varieties of lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots and peas can be sown now. Start them in a propagator or a warm windowsill, and grow them on in a greenhouse or poly tunnel. Our labelling project is going well and we now have over 1000 trees and shrubs around the estate tagged with their botanical names. It’s a huge task to tag everything but we aim to achieve botanic garden standards and make the gardens an educational experience as well as a beautiful place to visit. I look forward to seeing you in the gardens in 2014. Adam

Katie Horgan, Ballincoll ig at the CIT Christmas Fair. pic Darragh Kane Much missed Blarney man Kevin Nagle was fittingly remembered at the inaugural memorial fun challenge match at Blarney United FC over Christmas. Lee Kennedy and Aidan Horgan from Ballincollig and Aaron O'Grady from Carrigtwohill pictured at the CIT Cork School of Music open day at the Union Quay campus in Cork city. pic Diane Cusack Keith and Stephen pictured with new supervising pharmacist Dave Fleming at Pharmacy First Plus Tower.

Happy Birthday Educogym Glanmire!

Niamh O'Leary, Brian Dillon's Camogie Club, Captain Cork Under 16s, receiving her All Ireland Medal from Joan O'Flynn, Ard Stiurthoir Camogie Association, at the Cork Camogie Board's Medal Presentation Dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel. Picture: Mike English.

Educogym, Cork’s No. 1 Personal Training Studio, recently celebrated its first birthday in Glanmire. Educogym is situated in Brooklodge Business Park and offers tailor-made personal training & nutritional programmes. Their sistergym is celebrating it’s 7th successful year in Penrose Wharf in Cork City. All of the Educogym personal trainers are fully qualified and insured to train you so you can relax in knowing that you are safe in the hands of the Educogym Team. They won’t waste your time with long and inefficient workouts or offer you a crowded gym where you must wait to use the machines. The effective and personal booking system means that your 20 minute training sessions can easily be slotted into your busy lifestyle. The Educogym trainers will supervise each and every one of your workouts from start to finish and will only push you to your own personal limit. You will also be provided with a healthy-eating programme by the Educogym in-house nutritionists who will monitor your progress, support you and give you helpful advice and recipes throughout your whole programme. The

team educate each client about their health and nutrition as well as fitness. Based on University Study carried out in 2006 for Educogym in the University of East London, the Educogym system shows an average fat loss of 7.5lbs and muscle gain of 3 lbs in just 12 days, training only 20 minutes per day. This change of nearly 1 pound a day would be enough to literally transform the average person’s body. Whether you want to tone up, lose weight, bulk up, become stronger and more youthful or just want to get fit, Educogym have programmes to suit every one of all shapes and sizes and the clients range in age from 15 years to 73 years. Educogym are now also offering Educo Pilates and Total Educo Abs classes on a weekly basis. Call to Educogym in Glanmire today or phone 021 4866920 for more information Unit 1 Brooklodge Business Park, (Left at O’Connell Transport), Glanmire 021 4866920 Unit 22, Penrose Wharf, Penrose Quay, Cork 021 4505355

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Top tip guide for oral health 2014

1. For consistent cleaning, brush your teeth and gums at the same time every day, e.g. after breakfast and before going to bed. Supervise children under seven. 2. Only use the recommended amount of toothpaste and ensure all teeth and gums are cleaned thoroughly. You can use different sized inter-dental brushes to clean plaque from inaccessible areas. 3. Make a special effort to quit smoking. Smoking is a major cause of preventable death and oral problems include bad breath, stained teeth, tooth loss and oral cancer. Your dentist can advise. 4. Change your toothbrush every three months and make sure to floss at least once a day. 5. Take time to read the sugar content of your food and drink and reduce intake of high sugar content foods. Keep snacks between meals to lowsugar or sugar-free foods. 6. Remember there is a relationship between oral health and general health and ask your dentist if a visit to your medical practitioner is appropriate. 7. Make a resolution to visit your dentist regularly so that small problems can be resolved before they become bigger, more complicated and expensive. 8. If you decide to whiten your teeth, make sure to discuss with your dentist who can ensure safe and professional teeth whitening under the care of a qualified dental practitioner. 9. Arrange preventative fissure sealants for children reaching the age of six or seven as directed by your dentist. Follow up at six or twelve months intervals. 10. If you notice ulcers or lumps in your mouth or neck persisting for more than a week, arrange to have an oral cancer screening appointment with your dentist.

Inniscarra Camogie Club will host a

Table quiz at Aunties Bar, Tower, on Friday January 31st. Lots of great prizes to win, please come along and support the club.

Lauren O'Brien, Jade Murphy, Aoife O'Sullivan and Simone O'Shea from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney promoting their company Glitz N'Glam at the South Cork Schools Enterprise Christmas Fair in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork. More than 400 student entrepreneurs showcase at Christmas Fair organised by the South Cork Schools Enterprise Programme. Pic Darragh Kane Kevin Browne, Ballincollig Community School and Evan Hogan, CIT Hospitality School in the CIT Department of Tourism and Hospitality at the CIT open day, Bishopstown Campus. Pic Darragh Kane

Yes, Cinderalla, you will go to the ball!

This year there is an added surprise for one lucky attendee of the Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance as there will be a 'Cinderalla' prize for one lucky ticket buyer. The lucky winner will receive a lift to the Ball, Phase 8 dress from Brown Thomas, with a hair do and make up thrown in! The purchaser of a ticket from Pro Musica goes to the Cobbler (opposite the GPO) on Oliver Plunkett Street and puts their name and phone number in the Golden Slipper for a draw which will take place the week before the ball. The Lord Mayor’s Tea dance is a January ‘Gathering’ of young and old, from communities all over Cork and beyond who love to dance, will take to the floor in City Hall, to the music of Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra. Young people are invited to bring an older person or a group of older people to the ‘Ball’. Lord Mayor’s Tea Dance City Hall, Cork Sunday 26th January 2014 3pm - 6pm With Evelyn Grant and the Cork Pops Orchestra, Bernard CurtinVocalist and Viva Dance Studio Tickets €10 from Pro Musica Oliver Plunkett St., Cork

Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club Invite members to attend our AGM on Thursday 22nd January 2014 @ 8pm in the Community Hall Whitechurch. Please come along - your club needs you!

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"Dear Diary..." - is what I wrote in my little book on Saturday 24 November 1962.

"Dear Diary, I found out that his name is Stuart Thomas and he is working laying tiles in a church. I also found out that the name of the church is the Church of the Resurrection in Farranree. 'A course, I could always pop in there to light a candle but that would be too obvious although I am desperate to get a proper look at him. I could miah pop in on a Saturday morning for confession, and if he was laying tiles I could treat meself to an eyeful of him. Cos I know he's a hunk. A gorgeous creature." So that's what went into the diary in November. By December, he certainly knew who Stacia Murray was. That's me, by the way. Called after my nan, Anastacia-Ellen Murray. He danced me in the Arc' and there was small talk - but no walk home for him. He's living in the southside and I remember entering into the diary that if the scales were accurate he would need plenty of shoe leather walking me home to Grawn every night. By the time January came around Stuart Thomas was well and truly hooked. He was a handy enough dancer. He had learned a lot of jive moves from his uncle who came home on a holiday in the summer from Dagenham. I considered myself a first class jiver but I was amazed at the moves that Stuart Thomas knew. When he jived he held his body in a slightly crouched position. His toes pointed forward and his heel raised two inches off the floor. He was right handed but unusually led with his left hand. His arm went forward and back like a stiff piston rod as he led me before releasing my hand for the turn. Then with the turn completed my hand was back in his hand and he executed the hand-over-head twirl. As this was being done he had timing to do a turn himself and met my returning hand with his left hand. People used to stand at the side of the dance floor and watch us. As is the custom in my family; auntie Sheila's parcel would arrive every three months from New York. The parcel would remain on the front room dining-table until I got home from work in the Sunbeam, hosiery department. When I'd

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open the parcel the excitement would mount as I found unusual stuff in the box. Sometimes American styled religious devotional cards auntie Sheila wanted to pass on to members of the family. Film magazines with the dollar sign in the corner, a couple of hand-knitted cardigans and unusual cosmetics like Cormonne make-up and mascara you couldn't get anywhere in Ireland. Libra, the scales: we're supposed to have positive traits like being sociable, idealistic, diplomatic - but we can also be flirtatious. We're also supposed to be generous, kind people who appreciate harmony and beauty. My scales seldom let me down. I usually am a good judge of people and am able to weigh up things pretty quick. By April, Stuart Thomas and I were jagging strong and things were coming together nicely. When auntie Sheila's parcel arrived from New York among the stuff was a super read in a magazine called Hollywood Hotline. It was rivetting. I entered some of the gossip word for word into my diary...'Hollywood heart throb Fabian who played the part of a U.S. army ranger in Darryl F. Zanuck's epic 'The Longest Day' has been seen dating Sandra Dee the wife of pop singer Bobby Darin. Darin, who had a top twenty hit with 'Multiplication' has denied any rift in their marriage.' In June 1963, Stuart and I talked about getting engaged. We'd been together since January. I was still in the Sunbeam hosiery department and he had found steady work tiling shops around

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town. We went dancing to the Majorca in Crosshaven and I wore exactly what Jackie Kennedy wore when she was photographed by Life magazine stepping off Ari Onassis yacht with her sister Lee Radziwill...candy striped hipster slacks, white polo necked sweater, French 3-button Cardin cardigan and sun glasses. Except that my identical rig out was bought in one of Cork's top fashion shop and not on Fifth Avenue in New York where Jackie did all her shopping. My style made heads turn. Nobody danced in an Irish ballroom wearing sun glasses. And Stuart didn't look a million miles from JFK. He had saved up money for a down payment on a suit that looked like the one Kennedy had worn for his presidential acceptance speech. Later on in June I had stood with Stuart in the crowds that lined Patrick Street to catch a glimpse of President Kennedy waving from his motorcade. He was no more than fifty feet from us as he passed by. I remember entering into my diary how bitterly disappointed I was that his wife Jacqueline Kennedy hadn't made the trip to Ireland. But I saw film footage on Pathe news in the Savoy when JFK celebrated his birthday with Jackie Kennedy on board the U.S. naval yacht Sequoia. To see such a handsome man as the President of the United States and his beautiful wife filled my heart with pride. She was a sixties styler, there was no doubt about that. In October the scales of Libra did not promise good tidings. 'There will be difficulties ahead that will require every ounce of your strength and your character will be put to the strongest test.' Three weeks into October I came home from work in the Sunbeam. My mam handed me a small white envelope which had been dropped through the letter box. I knew the handwriting and slit open the letter with a bad feeling in my stomach. It was from Stuart Thomas. "Dear Stacia, there is no other way for me to tell you this but my uncle has offered me a job in his tiling firm in Dagenham. I will be leaving on the Innisfallen tomorrow night. I will write to you when I get lodgings and settle in. Love, Stuart." For the rest of October and November I was filled with a premonition that things would go badly wrong for me - and the rest of the world. And they did.....

Ovens NS pupils, Ryan Elliott, Sean O'Donovan, Kate Hurley and Peter Corkery, who were 4 th. in the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz at Rochestown Park Hotel. Included is Liam Weir who set the questions. Picture: Mike English.

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St. Senan’s Christmas Party thrills young and young at heart!

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Welcome to Blarney Mens Shed!

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What is a Men's Shed? A Men's Shed is a community space where men of all ages can get involved in a project, share skills or have a cuppa and a chat. Retired men not only find they are at a loose end but they may have downsize their homes. They find they no longer have space for the workshop where they once undertook many tasks using their life time of accumulated skills. Unemployed men also find themselves at a loose end but may want to use the shed to upskill themselves for future employment. The Shed is an environment where skills can be shared or passed on to younger members. In Blarney Men's Shed the Cork Education and Training Board (ETB) are supporting this upskilling by providing tutors to run various courses. For all men The Shed can be a place of refuge where men can talk and work together which helps prevent social isolation and is good for your mental wellbeing. There are Men’s Shed’s all over Ireland and indeed all over the world. Blarney Men's shed have twinned with The Men’s Shed (North Shore) Auckland New Zealand where at least one of our members will visit this year. It has been said that men don’t talk face to face they talk shoulder to shoulder!

Christmas Night out at the Dogs and of course Garda Seanie drove us again, thank you! Night Out: Michael and Donal Ollie Michael and Mick

Blarney Men's Shed putting the Christmas trees up with the help of Fr. Bill.

When and where is it on? Blarney Men's Shed meets every Wednesday at 10am in the Community Association Hall. (where we have demand, we can open other days or even nights). Contact Donal at 086 2347934

January ’14 off to a good start having the Cuppa by the Stove in the Shed.

What have we being doing so far? Thanks to Garda Seanie Dwyer we went on a number of trips this year visiting many Men's Sheds and great scenery too like Sherkin Island and Sheep’s Head Work has started on a Horse Cart. Mick, Dan, Pat and Michael are working on the Shaft. This is an exciting project where we are building an old style Farm Dray Cart. If you have any old tackle, cart parts or have knowledge of cart building let us know or come and help us out. Jerry O’Brien and Liam Dunne restoring some Chairs

Pottery Course: Sean working on his vase Blarney Men's Shed Insulating, Painting and removing old windows in The Community Association Hall.

Local Business that helped us out. Charlie and Fergal in Blarney Window systems; Bill and Seamus in Waterloo Joinery; Kevin in Supervalu and Noelle in John’s Hardware. We appreciate all the help we can get. Right now we are in need of old timber and tools.

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Big Grenagh welcome for Santa when he arrives at The Farm

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Around the houses with DNG Glanmire & Blackpool

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The Last 24 Hours of Michael Collins

Muskerry Local History Society are organising an illustrated lecture on ‘The Last 24 Hours of Michael Collins’ by Tim Crowley. The lecture details the journey Michael Collins took on that fateful day in August, 1922 when he travelled from Cork city to West Cork before his death at Béal na mBláth. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, 21 January, at 8pm in Ballincollig Rugby Club. Tim Crowley is well-known as the founder of the Michael Collins Centre near Clonakilty, Co Cork where he has been interpreting the life of Collins for many years.

Ballincollig Youthreach undertake unique Barrel Top Wagon project

6 Gleann Aras Grove, Grenagh €220,00 4 Bed Detached House for sale, with conservatory and large enclosed gardens. ideal location close to the N20, ten minutes from the city, with a host of amenities and recreational facilities on your doorstep. To arrange a viewing contact DNG Blackpool 021 4220019

Lyredane, Grenagh €250,00 4 Bed Dormer for sale. Spacious well designed detached 4 bedroom property with conservatory and detached garage sitting on c.1/2 acres located just off the Blarney to Bweeng Road. Lovely rural setting approximately two miles from Grenagh village, and on the school bus route. 5 Lios Road, Lios Rua, Ballyvolane, Cork €240,00 Turn key condition best describes this spacious well designed four bedroom semi-detached property with gardens front and rear. The property has been tastefully decorated and maintained to a very high standard. Must be seem to be appreciated. To arrange a viewing contact DNG Blackpool 021 4220019

James Carmody and John Larkin designed and built the Barrel Top Wagon currently on display at the Cork City Museum at Fitzgerald Park, Cork. James Carmody’s nephew, Johnathon, helped paint the wagon and on a visit to the Cork City Museum Johnathon pointed out the intricate detail to the staff and learners of Ballincollig Youthreach. Every inch was carefully painted, including the chicken box attached at the back of the wagon. Jessica Carmody, James’s daughter and Johnathon Johnthon Carmody relaxes on the are both attending Ballincollig Barrel Top Wagon Youthreach. The aim of the Barrel Top Wagon project, proposed to Cork 2005 by the Cork Traveller Women’s Network, was to engage the Traveller community in researching, constructing, equipping and decorating a full-size traditional barrel top wagon. The finished wagon was completed for the Cork 2005 Opening Ceremony and was showcased throughout the year at events such as the Cork St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Lifelong Learning Festival, prior to taking up its new permanent exhibition space at Cork City Museum. The wagon was equipped with traditional materials by women from groups affiliated to the Cork Traveller Women’s Network. The women made clothing to display in the Wagon and soft furnishings for the interior, as well as sourcing other traditional items and equipment. Johnathon agreed that it will serve as a vital resource for learning about traditional Traveller skills and lifestyles, and for preserving the unique heritage of the Traveller community. Six month old, Maddison O'Regan, with her Dad, Darren at the St. Vincent's GAA Long Puck on the Blarney Rd. Pictures: Mike English.

Below: Frances, Arthur, David, Clara, Cillian and Ronan McCarthy photographed with Lord Mayor, Cllr. Catherine Clancy at the Davy McCarthy Memorial Long Puck at St. Vincent's GAA.

Representatives of City based clubs who won All Ireland Under 16 Camogie Championship medals with Cork attending the Cork Camogie Board's Victory Dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel. Included are Essie O'Connell, Brian Dillon's, Rebecca Sheehan, Douglas, Katie Crowley, St. Finbarr's, Niamh O'Leary, captain, Brian Dillon's, Ciara Keating, St. Finbarr's, Keeva McCarthy, St. Finbarr's and Emma Buckley, Na Piarsaigh. Picture: Mike English

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Young gaelic talent recognised at awards ceremony

Donie Cahill, Chairman, presents the Under 13 C Hurling Championship and League medals to Whitechurch representatives, Nathan Sweeney, Sean O'Reilly, Sean Buckley, Jason O'Riordan, Stephen Lenihan, James McGrath and Coach, Roy Sweeney at the Rebel Og East function at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Pictures: Mike English.

Donie Cahill, Chairman and Patsy Foley, Vice Chairman making presentations to Donie Forde and Cormac O'Connell, Donoughmore, winners of the Under 18 B Football Championship.

Donie Cahill, Chairman, presents the Under 16 C Football League and Championship medals to Conor O'Brien and Gary Geary, Carraig na Donie Cahill, Chairman, presenting the Under 18 C bhFear at the Rebel Og East function at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Included is mentor, Pat O'Brien. Football League medals to Darren McGrath, captain, Mark Sheedy, Brian Dillons at the Rebel Og East function at Pairc ui Chaoimh. Included Donal Lyons, Brian Dillons and Derek Connolly, Secretary Rebel Og East. RIGHT: Donie Cahill, Chairman, presenting the Under 15 C Hurling Championship medals to Grenagh's Brian Buckley and Paul Barry-Murphy at the Rebel Og East function at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Included are coaches, Eugene Barry-Murphy and Barry Buckley.

1963 Panel Honoured at Dinner Dance The annual Chairman’s night of Ballincollig Hurling & Football Club was held recently in the Pavilion in the Powdermills in Ballincollig. A large crowd turned out to hear Club Chairman Seamus O’ Callaghan extend a Ceid Mile Failte to everyone and a big thank you to a large group of volunteers who helped and supported the Club during 2013. Also present were the 1963 County Winning Junior Hurling and Muskerry Championship winning Minor Hurling teams. The 1963 team were celebrating their Jubilee

Donie Cahill, Chairman, presents the Under 16 A Football Championship and Under 15 A Football League medals to Alan Quinn, Ryan Creed and Patrick Goold, Macroom

Donie Cahill, Chairman, presents the Under 14 A Football League and Championship medals to Owen Galvin, Frank Coutts O'Connor and Ciaran Murphy, St. Vincent's.

Donie Cahill, Chairman, presenting the Under 14 C Hurling Championship medals to Carraig na bhFear representatives, Cormac Murphy, captain, Thomas O'Donovan and mentors, John O'Donovan and Michael Murphy.

win and the Chairman presented mementos to all those present on the night. One of the team members Tadhg Dwyer recited a poem which he had written for the Twenty Fifth Anniversary and it turned out to be a major highlight of the night with many people seeking copies. Pictured at the 1963 Junior Hurling County Champions and 1963 Mid Cork Minor Hurling Champions Jubilee Celebration held recently in Ballincollig GAA Club. Front Row; Seamus O’Callaghan (Club Chairman), Tadg Dwyer, Frank O'Callaghan,

Gerald O'Regan (Captain), Lisa Baxter( Belle of Ballincollig 2013), Thomas Holmes (Trainer), Christy Coomey, Frank Dwyer, Michael Murray, Brian Long (Senior Section) Back Row; Kieran Ryle (Juvenile Section) , Richard Hickey (Club Runai), Billy Fitton, Derry Barry Murphy, David Fitton, Sean Barry Murphy , Jack Dempsey, Tim Og Murphy, John Lucey, Frank Lee, Paddy Barry Murphy, Jim Lynch, Tom Dorgan (Chairman Bar Committee).

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Local clubs honoured at Muskerry GAA medals presentation pics Mike English Dave Lee, Communications Officer, presenting the Lee Valley Outlook Junior C Championship medals to Inniscarra's Denis Sheehan. Derry Casey. Farho Intelligent Heating, and Pat Malone, Vice Chairman presenting the Under 21 Hurling Championships, A and C, medals to Donal O'Donovan, Blarney at the Muskerry GAA medal presentation function before Christmas.

Eoin O'Leary, Gleann na Laoi, winners of the Oriel House Hotel sponsored Junior B Hurling Championship, receiving the medals from Willie Buckley, Secretary and John Feeney, CCC Member East.

Nicola O'Connell, Ballincollig Credit Union, presenting the Junior A Hurling Championship medals to Brian Russell, Grenagh, winners and Barry Holland, Donoughmore, runners up, included is Frank McCarthy, Development Officer Muskerry Divisional Board.

Donal O'Donovan (centre), Cumnor Construction, presenting the Junior B Hurling League medals to Conor Lucey, Gleann na Laoi, included is John Feeney, CCC Member East.

Winners of the Macroom Motors Under 21 Football Championships, Tim Pat O'Sullivan, Uibh Laoire, C grade, Pat Ryan, Ballincollig, A grade and Michael Shine, Canovee, B grade receive their medals from Donal Lehane, Macroom Motors, also included are Pascal Buckley, Macroom Motors and Dave Lee, Communications Officer Muskerry GAA.

Gerard Kelleher, MJK Oils presenting the Junior B Football Championship medals to Gearoid Healy, Cill na Martra, included is Donal Cronin, CCC Member West.

Tim Holland, Ross Oil, sponsors of the Muskerry Division Junior A Football Championship with Peter Lyons, Kilmurry (runners up), Jerry Masters, Kilmichael (winners). Also included Willie Buckley, Secretary and John Crean, Treasurer.

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Local youth Cafes compete in Inaugural Garda Youth Shield

The Inaugral Garda Youth Shield took place on Sunday 8th December 2013 at Mayfield Community School, Sports Complex. This was a Football Tournament involving teams from Youth Cafes in Blarney, Glanmire and Mayfield, and each participating team played each other in a League Format with the top two playing each other in the Final. Glanmire (A) played Mayfield (B) in a very entertaining final. The Final finished 2 -2 after full time and went to penalties where Glanmire were came out on top. Refreshments on the day were kindly sponsored by Ryan's SuperValu, Glanmire. The Garda Youth shield was organised by Garda Sean O'Dwyer, Garda Helen Courtney (Mayfield Community Policing), Garda Denis Howard (Mayfield Community Policing), Garda Michael O'Connell (Mayfield Community Garda), Garda Sheila Griffin (Mayfield Community Garda) and Garda Noel Fitzgerald (Glanmire Community Policing).

Berrings celebrate their Roinn DGF4 win at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals. Picture: Mike English

Muskerry players who figured on the Cork All Ireland winning under 16 Camogie team photographed at the Cork County Camogie Board's medal presentation dinner at Rochestown Park Hotel. Included are Ella Curtin, Aghabullogue, Emma Flanagan, Aghabullogue, Rachel Murray, Eire Og, Marley Tarnaud, Ballincollig and Aoife O'Callaghan, Eire Og. Picture: Mike English

Sporting legends, Carl Humphreys and Jimmy Barry Murphy with Jamie Humphreys, Ciaran O'Gorman, Cathal Sheehy and Niall Foley, Whitechurch at the Cork Senior Hurlers Benefit Night at Curraheen Park. Picture: Mike English

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New year, new cycling club

Osbourne Quality Meats, Blarney, and The Edge Sports Shop have formed a New Cycling Club and Leisure Cycling Club for 2014. The team will be led by National Criterium champion Paidi O’Brien and will have a small but powerful squad in many of the country’s biggest races this year. O’Brien is the main rider and he will have support from cyclists such as Richard Hooton, Denis Lynch, Owen Cummins, Blarney’s Michael Crowley and Martin Cashman. One of the main men behind the team is Patsy Crowley who says he is optimistic that the club can make their mark this year. The team will run the first annual Blarney Village GP on March 16th, and will host a mid summer league, National Junior TT, Veteran’s Championship, National A3 and Junior Road Race championship throughout the year. In addition to their racing team they will also have a leisure club which will be delighted to welcome riders of any age, and with experience of any level.

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Smiles all round at Ballincollig GAA Chairmans night

Tour de Munster has once again reached record heights, raising a staggering 260,000 from this year's cycle. Cycling legend, Sean Kelly presented the cheque to Pat Clarke, CEO of Down Syndrome Ireland. Pictured are Sean Kelly, Paul Sheridan Tour De Munster, Robbie Howard, Emily Coleman Blarney, Anna Delaney and Danni Coleman Blarney. pic Miki Barlok

Members of Ballincollig Community Hall Bowls Club pictured recently presenting a 2,000 cheque to Marymount Hospice.

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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 Northside Buddies. Brian McDonnell, father of Stephen McDonnell, Glen Rovers and Barry Joyce, father of Christopher Joyce, Na Piarsaigh enjoying the Cork Senior Hurlers' Benefit Night at Curraheen Park. Pictures: Mike English.

Cork Senior Hurler, Stephen McDonnell, Glen Rovers with Denis Firmo, Brian McDonnell, Glen Rovers and Declan Guckian, Sarsfields at the Cork Senior Hurlers' Benefit Night at Curraheen Park.


Brian Collins, Racing Manager at Curraheen Park, presenting the Private Trainer of the Year Award to Barry Daly, Donoughmore. Included are Frank O'Meara, Commercial Manager, Andy Kelleher, Aaron O'Brien, Ann, Erica and Faye Daly. Picture: Mike English.

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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.

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Emma Cassidy, Sunday's Well Swimming Club, winner of the Cork City and County Youth Sports Award for December photographed at the awards dinner with family members, grandparents seated, Tom and Noreen Cassidy, Montenotte and Noel and Rose Dineen, Boreenmanna Rd. Also included are Noelle Cassidy, mother, Lord Mayor, Cllr. Catherine Clancy, Richard Cassidy, brother, Roger Russell, GM Gresham Metropole Hotel, John Buckley, John Buckley Sports, Des Donnelly, Sales and Marketing Manager Gresham Metropole Hotel and Richard Cassidy, father. Picture: Mike English

Patrick Horgan, Glen Rovers and Cork hurler, winner of the November Northside and District Award, sponsored by Ambassador Hotel in association with Gurranebraher Credit Union and Red FM, photographed with family members at the Award's Dinner. Included are parents, Pat and Ann, sisters, Audrey and Ann Maire, brother, Jonathan and girlfriend Ashley Lovett. Picture: Mike English

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Great year at Whitechurch GAA

Talented Blarney soccer player Gavin Kilgour pictured receiving his U19 Irish Cap at a ceremony in Dublin recently.

Junior Team City Junior B Hurling Championship runners up.

Christmas gradings at Blarney Taekwondo Club Junior students pictured with senior instructors Mr Nial O'Keefe and Mr John Vaughan after all the talented youngsters successfully passed and were promoted to yellow belt and yellow tip. U10 Team Inniscarra Hurling Tournament Shield Winners 2013

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Fabulous turnout for Blarney GAA annual Christmas walk and Poc Fada There was the usual fabulous turn out for the Blarney GAA annual St. Stephen’s Day walk and Poc Fada, will over 50 teams participating. There were spme great scores and all the proceeds went to charity. The results of the Poc Fada were as follows; Ladies. Aoife Downey, Orla Cremen, Laura O Sullivan and Jen Murphy with a score of 36 Family. Dylan Lenihan, Conor Forde and Paul O Connor. (Cousins) with a score of 25 General. Patrick Crowley, James Dineen and Conor McCarthy with the low score of 22.

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Do you suffer from health problems or painful joints? Have you thought of trying chiropractic but are a bit nervous because of what you heard? If you answered yes, this could be the most eye-opening article you’ll ever read. It’s true, something definitely could happen to you if you visit a chiropractor, and I’ll get to that in a minute. My name is Dr. Eric Kelly. I’m a chiropractor in Glanmire and I’m here to set the record straight on chiropractic.

“Does Chiropractic Really Work?”

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 stars and entertainers… like Tiger Woods, Emmitt Smith, Tony Robbins, Joe Montana, Lance Armstrong, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson. These professional athletes have the money to hire any kind of doctors they want, yet they choose to have a chiropractor on their team.

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

In addition to that, here’s what some of the top medical researchers had to say about chiropractic…

“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

“Isn’t Chiropractic Just For Back Pain?”

Chiropractic works great for all kinds of pain, at our office we’ve helped patients with a wide range of problems. We help conditions like… • • • •

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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… “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.

“How Much Does Chiropractic Cost?”

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 15 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 normally 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.

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

• A full set of specialised x-rays to look for misalignments, bad posture, and joint degeneration… (NOTE: These would normally cost you up to 195). • A thorough analysis of your exam and xray findings so we can map out your plan to better health.

I’ll answer all your most probing questions about chiropractic and what it can do for you. The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in the waiting room for long – no more than 15 minutes.

To take me up on this special offer, you must call 021-4824450 before 30th January 2014. Chiropractic very well could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

What If This Happened To You Too?

With my “Chiropractic Evaluation” we’ll be able find the problem and then correct it.

Have you ever considered going to a chiropractor? If so, it’s vital you read this right now Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better.

Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase.

As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. Call anytime between the hours of 9:00am12:00pm or 3:30pm-6:00pm Monday through Friday, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Chiropractic Evaluation before 30th January 2014.

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 to AIB Bank in Glanmire. Sincerely,

Eric Kelly, D.C.

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.

What if you got better? What if it happened to you at the chiropractor?

I encourage you to call today and start living a healthier, more joyful life. Call 021-4824450 today!

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