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Sean Murphy, William O’Connell, Niall Buckley and Cian McKenzie, Cloghroe NS, winners of the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz at Rochestown Park Hotel. They scored 73 points out of a possible 80. Included are Dave Collins, Chairman Sciath na Scol and Emma Dineen, Principal Cloghroe NS. pic Mike English

Well done to everyone involved in raising €6,250 for the wonderful Penny Dinners. Joe Buckley is pictured presenting the cheque to Catriona Twomey, the proceeds of a 45 drive held in the community centre Whitechurch.

Great to see Blarney man Greg O’Gorman featuring on Nationwide with his business partner Derval O’Rourke as they spoke about their exciting new business

Jim O’Leary, Chairman Inniscarra Show, making a presentation to Barry Murray for his 45 years of work with the Community Centre, Inniscarra Show and the Vintage Rally. A huge thank you to Ian and Una, and all their generous customers, at Blarney Castle Hotel for raising funds for St. Vincent de Paul in their Christmas raffle!




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Village comes to a standstill as Denis ‘The Bowler’ Murphy is laid to rest Blarney Village came to a standstill on Monday as Denis ‘The Bowler’ Murphy was laid to rest. Huge numbers travelled from near and far to pay their respects to Blarney’s adopted son Denis who, through his work and many other interests, touched many people from far and wide. A devoted family man, Denis, nicknamed ‘The Bowler’ from the family pub in Blackpool in which he grew up and, later, went on to run, was perhaps best known for his life-changing community work with young people, and his commitment to suicide prevention. This resonated far further than his vocation as Lifeskills and Talent Coach at Cork Foyer Project, which was recently nominated as best Foyer in Ireland, due in no small part to Denis’s passion for the young people he worked to help. A staunch community man, Denis could be seen volunteering with Tidy Towns, Darkness into Light, Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce, and so many more organisations, in Blarney and beyond. As one of his many friends, Damian Boylan, said, “ Denis was front and centre of everything we did in Blarney and yet never looked for credit or sought the limelight.” Denis was the poster boy for food sustainability, something he felt strongly about, and this, coupled with his well deserved reputation

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as an excellent chef, saw him grace the small screen and newspapers on many occasions, always with his big smile, and lead to his involvement in Farmers’ Markets, which he championed for many years, with his market in Blarney being awarded best Irish Farmers’ Market from 2011 - 2013. No review of Denis’s, all too short, life would be complete without mentioning the many and diverse sporting interests which were such a huge pleasure to him, and became the basis for many of the stories for which he was famed, entertaining many of us throughout the years. Denis will be sadly and deservedly missed by his loving family, and his many friends, who are devastated at his sudden passing. Rest easy Denis; the world is a darker place without you.

Don’t let the January Blues drag you down! For a fantastic night’s entertainment, make your way to Whitechurch Community Centre for 8pm this Saturday, 19th January, where Gunpowder will be staging their multi award winning production of ‘Wittgenstein in the West’. Also showing on the night will be Conna Drama’s production of ‘The Problem’ which was very well received and awarded on the All Ireland circuit. Tickets are €10 and will be available at the door on the night. We look forward to seeing you then.

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Chris Down and Michael Crowley at the Oriel House Hotel for the Ballincollig Business Association / Bank of Ireland Community Awards presentations.

Oran O’Connell, Oran’s Home Maintenance and Chief Steward Ballincollig St. Patrick’s Day Parade pictured with Mary O’Sullivan and Joanne O’Regan, JLT Tiles.

Emer Cassidy making a presentation to Barry Down, in recognition of his and his wife Helen’s contribution to the Community. Included are Sean Byerley and Marcella McAuliffe, Bank of Ireland.

Olympian, Rob Heffernan, congratulates members of the Tidy Towns Committee on their Outstanding Achievement Award. Members included are John Buckley, Tony Whelan, Chairman Tom Butler, and Ger Keogh.

Karena and Garret Harrington enjoying the awards.

Emer Cassidy, Chairperson Ballincollig Business Association, making a presentation to Chris and Fred Down in recognition of their contribution to the community. Included are Sean Byerley and Marcella McAuliffe, Bank of Ireland.

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Seánie is Ireland’s best bus driver!

It came as no surprise when Seánie White was nominated by the pupils from Coachford College Secondary School, for the best bus driver in Munster award 2018. Seánie is out at daybreak every morning on his rounds to collect the pupils and always greets them in his usual cheery fashion. A well known musician and entertainer, travelling by bus with Seánie could only be an uplifting experience. No doubt they have a song or two sang before they every reach school in the morning. Notwithstanding his commitment to his job, Seánie goes the extra mile to ensure that all of the pupils get home safely and that they are looked after properly. Bus Eireann announced their regional winners at their finals in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig recently and Seánie and his wife Helen, who starts and heats the bus for Seánie every morning, were thrilled when Seánie won the regional award. After a sumptuous weekend in Dublin, they attended the Bus Eireann national GEM award finals in Croke Park, where Seánie drove away with the top prize.

Strictly Come Dancing in Blarney

Ballroom and Latin American dancing has seen a huge rise in popularity in the last few years due in no small part to popular TV shows Strictly Come Dancing and RTE’s Dancing With The Stars, the third series beginning on Sunday January 6th and this year features celebrities such as Cork’s own John Creedon, former rugby player Peter Stringer, former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter and lots more. Blarney’s very own “Strictly” ballroom and Latin American dance classes take place each week in Blarney GAA Club and Blarney Woollen Mills Hotel. Cork Dance Club offers a variety of group dance classes for all levels in a relaxed and social atmosphere. “Our aim is to ensure that you have lots of fun while learning a new skill and getting some exercise into the bargain” says instructor, Anne Hurley Everyone has the potential to be a dancer with the proper instruction and confidence. Learning to dance is no difference from learning any other discipline . It may feel awkward at first, that’s to be expected. Eventually you will master the basics and will be able to dance with full enjoyment without having to think about it. You will be able to just feel it and dance. The good news is learning to dance is always fun, even at the early stages. Dance lessons are normally given in succession with you learning step by step and building on what you have already learned. By learning in a step by step fashion and practising in between your lessons you will develop a muscle memory and eventually your dance steps and routines and effortless movement to the music will become like second nature to you. Cork Dance Club’s lessons encompass many different dances styles including, waltz, jive, quickstep, tango, cha cha cha, foxtrot, samba, rumba and lots more. Whether you want to dance at your wedding, deb’s/grad’s ball or just because you’re looking for a new hobby this year, you will find that learning how to ballroom dance will give you the confidence to do any of the above anywhere. “Here a Cork Dance Club we like to get to know all our students and regularly hold social events such as week-end dances, a Valentine’s Ball, week-ends away, dance holidays and Christmas parties where you can come and meet new people and show off your dance skills Our speciality is adult lessons, so if you’re between the ages of 18

and 88 years old, you are welcome to explore the world of dance with us at Cork Dance Club. If you think your age has anything to do with your ability to dance, you’re wrong…we believe it’s never too early or late to fall in love with dance” says Anne.

Cork Dance Club’s new beginners’ class begins on Thursday January 17th at Blarney GAA Club at 7pm and in Cork city at the South Parish Community Centre at 7.15pm. To find out more have a look at the website or contact Anne for more information at 087 2487696 or

Thursday January 17th

7pm Blarney GAA club 7.15pm South Parish Community Centre, Sawmill Street Cork.

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Blarney Scouts fundraise for Cork Simon Community Blarney Scouts cub group, assisted by other sections and leaders, fundraised for Cork Simon Community before Christmas. Scouters, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venture Scouts all turned up with their parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours for tea, coffee, mince pies, and some fun and awards for best Christmas jumpers!

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Vicarstown National School has an active start to the new year As part of our New Year’s Resolutions to be more active both in school and at home our Active School Flag mascot, Active Andy, will be doing the rounds again this year. Each week the staff will pick a student that has made a great effort at any ASF activity. Their reward will be to take Active Andy home that weekend and take some pictures with him at whatever sports or fun and game activities they do outside of school. We will also be adding weekly pictures, or as they are sent in, to our ‘Well Done Wall’. The Parents’ Association bought a super cool sports gear trolley for the yard and we are all now getting to play a much wider variety of games at break time which is super fun! All classes are doing a 10 at 10 to shake it up in the morning!

5th and 6th class have been working hard on their VEX IQ coding and robotics project. The group will be going to VEX IQ regional event in Kinsale Community School on the 17th of January 2019. We wish the team the very best of luck. Our Christmas concert was a great event again this year. The children really benefited from the experience and each class got to showcase their acting and singing abilities. We were treated to a Nativity play by Junior Infants. Senior Infants did a cracking “Christmas Cracker”. 1st & 2nd treated us to some Christmas “Baubles”. 3rd and 4th did “Children of the World” where they taught us some of the different Christmas customs celebrated in other countries. We finished with 5th and 6th class who did a fantastic play on “Christmas during the II World War”. We had a great night and the shows were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

We were very fortunate to receive a free visit from Ms. Niamh O’Flynn, Wildlife Expert with the Heritage Council, before Christmas. Niamh visited every classroom and covered topics such as insects and birds. The children were taught how to recognise the call of native Irish birds. They also got to see, feel and recognise various types of birds feathers.

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The children and staff of Scoil Chroí Íosa are glad to return to school after the Christmas Holiday. December was very busy and filled with fun. We thank our staff for their hard work in producing Christmas concerts, and for making the time so magical for the children. Our Parents Association raffled two hampers for free! Again, we’d like to thank our P.A. for supporting our school so integrally. We really look forward to working with them in the coming Spring. Our 2nd and 6th Classes have begun preparation for Holy Communion, First confession and Confirmation (28th March).

One memorable activity that our children engaged with in December was the collection of goodies for St. Vincent De Paul. As a school, we aim to foster a strong ethical and social conscience in the children. The January/February period can often be the most productive academically for children, before the activities of Spring begin to intrude. If there is any way that you feel we can further support your child’s learning and development we’d love to hear from you.

Athbhliain faoi shonas is faoi shéan daoibh uile.

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Minding your money with Anthony Forde - Blarney Credit Union

PCP Finance (Personal Contract Plan from the garage) There’s a lot to be said for simplicity. For having a full understanding of the situation at hand. For not being confused or worrying about the small print or the hidden details. Take buying a car. It used to be easy. You decide which car you want to buy, you find out the cost of buying it, perhaps the trade in value for your own car and then work out if or how much you need to borrow to pay for it. Simple! Personal Contract Plans (PCP) For anyone who has tried to finance a car purchase in recent times, the process can be far removed from this. One emerging trend in car finance is the introduction of Personal Contract Plans (PCPs). Essentially a PCP is a lease scheme which makes financing a new car seem affordable for lots of us with low monthly repayments. PCP Initial deposit (between 10% and 30%) Provider guarantees a minimum future value (MGFV) Limit on mileage Final Payment (i.e. Balloon Payment or MGFV) You don’t own the car, the car has to be handed back after the term of the PCP (typically 3 years) or pay the Final Payment to keep the car. PCP was created for one purpose, to help car makers sell you a car today and to more or less guarantee that in three years you’ll be back for another. Eyes open, please everyone – and read the fine print. When comparing finance options, take the time to compare the total amount payable on a (credit union) car loan (cost of credit) with the PCP cost (the deposit, plus monthly repayments and final payment) the real cost of PCP finance is at the end of the term when you could lose thousands of euros on the value of the car. Make sure you also compare the terms and conditions of each option. An issue with a PCP is that it can restrict what you do with the car during the term. If you’ve taken out a credit union loan, then the car is yours to do with as you please. Drive as many miles as you please and crucially, sell it if you need to.

There was a great turn out for the first charity dip for Marymount in Inniscarra at Christmas. Well done to Eddie Callaghan for organising the event.

The way a PCP is structured can set up a situation where the easiest and simplest option is to roll over into a new car and a new plan. PCP’s are, in effect, a way of trying to ensure that you will come back and buy another car from the same dealer or manufacturer. All well and good, but what if you don’t like the brand of car or range they have to offer anymore? It does seem a little like saving money in the short term by spending more over a longer period. If you already took out PCP finance on a car and are approaching the balloon payment, you can get a loan to clear the Balloon payment and keep the car. So in conclusion ... Read all the small print and be fully aware before you sign on the dotted line. Talk to us first, if you’re thinking of changing your car (new or secondhand), not only will you be driving in style but you will also be helping your community by supporting your local financial co-operative (Credit Union). Please forward you name and contact details to or post to Anthony Forde, Manager, Blarney Credit Union Limited, St Annes Road, Blarney, Co. Cork, or ring 021-4381149 for further details.

A large crowd attended the turning on of the lights at the Christmas Tree, and the blessing of the crib in Dripsey. The tree was dedicated to Fergal Murphy R.I.P.

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January Sean Underwood Blarney’s Relentless Rower

Who will be the 2018 Blarney Person of The Year?

November Dr. Shane O’Neill 40 years of care and service to the community

The Blarney Person of The Year Award 2018 celebrates Blarney’s greatest asset, our people. February Jo Ann O’Connor Dedicated Church Organist

The award aims to encourage achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow.

October Hannah O’Mahony Charity marathon runner

The Person of The Year will be announced at a ceremony on March Donal Ring Performing for over 60 years

April Eoin Murphy For lifting and laughing and fundraising

Saturday January 19th at 8pm at Blarney Castle Hotel.

May Julia Downey Dedication to Whitechurch Community and Church

June Emily Coleman Special Olympics triple medal winner

July Tom O’Byrne Environmental ecologist

September Sean and Chris McCarthy Taking the Karate world by storm

August Will Roche For his commitment to Blarney Scouts

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

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Congratulations to Fiona, Elma and Olan, Coachford Community College, who reached the final of the BT Young Scientist and Technology competition with their project “Yellow is the new white…..or is it?”

Happy 50th wedding anniversary to popular Blarney couple Jim and Ann Mollaghan. We wish you many more happy years.

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‘Nuacht na míosa ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí’ Athbhliain faoi shéan ‘is faoi mhaise díobh! Pupils at Gaelscoil Mhuscraí have settled in well after the Christmas break. We have a busy term ahead with Múinteoir Deirdre and her Damhsa Gaelach classes starting and we are looking forward to learning many Irish dances every week along with upcoming swimming lessons for Rang 1 go Rang 6. Our Christmas Shows proved very successful and very enjoyable for pupils and parents alike. Táimid ag súil go mór le imeachtaí 2019!

Coachford College first years had a great day at the BT Young Scientist Competition in RDS supporting their schoolmates.

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18 Muskerry News Aindrias Moynihan pictured at the BT young scientist Expo with students from Coláiste Choilm. “I met with some of the hard working students of Cork. Amazing scientific project work being done all around the Country. Well done to all schools who participated and their teachers and mentors. wishing you all the best in the competition. I met with last year’s winner Simon Meehan from Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig, super, inspiring to meet such young talent!” One of Coláiste Choilm’s entries ‘Building a medical device using piezoelectric polymer to monitor teeth grinding and clenching’ by Liah Cremin received a coveted Special Award. Congratulations!

The next ‘Understanding Children’ course begins on March 6th at Blarney Wellness Centre, to book or for futher infromation contact Bethan on 083 313 0446 or “Helped me in figuring out how to help my kids understand their emotions and be calmer with them.” “It was bind-blowing.” “Added bonus of a good nights sleep courtesy of the acupuncture.”

Once again the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal Blarney musical was a sell out. ‘The Dancing Queen Mamma Mia’ played to a packed house, thrilling the audience. pics Cian Walsh (Naomh Colmán)

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The untimely death of Geraldine Foley has left a huge void, not just in the Foley and Buckley families, but in the whole community of Blarney and beyond. Geraldine was the glue that was so powerful in binding many groups of people together. There is a song that includes the line “ …. to know me is to love me …” but in Geraldine’s case this was absolutely true. Everyone that had the good fortune to encounter Geraldine was drawn to her kind and generous heart and unfailing thoughtfulness and love. The many groups that she was part of are testament to her vitality, enthusiasm and popularity. As a family we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the members of her many different groups, classes and individuals. As a teacher in Blarney girls school and latterly in the boys school also she touched most families in Blarney. She is remembered by all as a kind and caring teacher and this is reflected in the many tributes paid to her by past pupils and their parents. As usual she made a significant contribution to the running of the school through her involvement in parents associations and board of management. She loved Blarney and its people whom she knew so well. She always supported local shops and businesses and felt it was very important to do so. She was an integral part of church life in Blarney always attending Sunday mass and participating as a minister of the word for many years. Her family and close friends were the most important part of her life. She always felt lucky and priviliged in her life but, for those of us that really knew and loved her, we were the priviliged ones. She was so happy and grateful to see her four boys grow up to be fine young men who have carved out great lives for themselves and also provided the enormous joy of beautiful grand children. We want to sincerely thank all the crowds of people that sympathised with us on the death of our beautiful Geraldine and trust that you, like us, will always remember her as the beautiful, kind, enthusiastic and loving person that she was. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

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Busy December brings Christmas spirit to Berrings National School December was a very busy month for the children of the school, with Christmas spirit felt throughout as each class busily prepared for their festive performances. The Junior and Senior Infants along with children from the Naíonra performed the wonderful nativity play ‘Shine Star Shine’. The play was based on a big star who would not shine. However, with the help of the other stars and the love from the baby Jesus the big star finally began to shine above the stable leading the wise men and the shepherds to the baby Jesus.

The musical talents of 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th class were on full show when they gave a festive performance of song and dance. The children sang an array of Christmas songs from Silent Night to Winter Song. The children played their tin whistles and we were even treated to guitar and fiddle playing also. The highlight of the show saw 1st and 2nd dance to Rocking Around the Christmas Tree and 3rd and 4th dance to Rockin Robin. Our Senior classes sang at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Berrings. It was a very special evening enjoyed by all in attendance. It was a month of fundraising in Berrings NS. We held a cake sale to raise money for children in an orphanage in Vietnam and also had a Christmas Jumper day for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The St.Vincent de Paul were very thankful to the children are their parents who generously contributed non perishable goods to their annual Christmas collection. Christmas themed games and activities were set up in school halla for the all the children to enjoy. Collecting presents on a scooter board was definitely a firm favourite ! There was a very special visitor to the school on the 19th of December. Santa himself donned his red suit and kindly gave a selection box to each child. He was greeted by Christmas songs and dances and excited children who couldn’t wait to tell him what was on their Christmas lists.

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Cleaner fuel alternatives encouraged to protect Cork’s air quality As the cold weather approaches and the lure of open fires and cosy stoves becomes ever more appealing, Cork consumers and businesses are encouraged to rethink their fuel choices over the winter months. Protecting and improving our air quality has been a key priority for Cork County Council’s Environment Directorate, coming into sharper focus in the year ahead as Ireland is set to be the first country in Europe to introduce a nationwide ban on the marketing, sale, distribution and burning of bituminous or ‘smoky’ coal. According to a 2016 report by the OECD, “Unless we clean up the air, by the middle of the century one person will die prematurely every 5 seconds from outdoor air pollution.” The World Health Organisation is also clear that particle pollution from solid fuel burning has detrimental health impacts even at very low concentrations in that no threshold has been identified below which there is no damage to health. In Ireland, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that each year there are 1,500 early deaths due to air pollution. The burning of bituminous coal and other smoky solid fuels is acknowledged to be the biggest threat to good air quality, both indoor and out, while the burning of low smoke alternatives has been found to significantly reduce public health risks. Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Patrick Gerard Murphy acknowledges the reality that many Cork households are reliant on solid fuel as a main heat source, “We are simply asking people to take simple steps to protect air quality both in their homes and beyond. There is now a range of innovative low smoke solid fuel products, including low smoke coal products, available on the market.” Cork County Council Chief Executive, Tim Lucey reminds householders that “Low smoke solid fuel is cleaner and more energy-efficient, while delivering improved air quality and human health benefits.

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We also encourage households to only use dry timber and peat products and to never ever burn household waste in their fires or stoves. “ Currently the ban on the burning, marketing, sale and distribution of smoky solid fuels applies in designated Low Smoke Zones in the main cities and larger towns. The upcoming extension of the ban nationwide will have the effect of designating the entire State as a Low Smoke Zone, planned for implementation from Winter 2019. As part of their responsibility to enforce these regulations, Cork County Council will be continuing its rigorous awareness, monitoring and enforcement programme for the 2018/2019 heating season. Inspections are carried out on retailers, coal merchants and coal delivery trucks. Maximum fines for marketing and sale of smoky coal have been increased to €5,000 on summary conviction, with on-the-spot fines of up to €1,000. Council staff will also call to private houses where it appears that bituminous coal is being burned within the current “smokeless zone”. While inspections in previous years have indicated a high degree of compliance and cooperation, Cork County Council will continue to support compliant retailers, by ensuring all operators in the market are similarly compliant. Cork County Council’s 2019 awareness campaign will strive to drive realisation on the vital need to safeguard our air quality, urging consumers to opt for low smoke fuel alternatives now, ensuring Cork is at forefront of the move to cleaner and more efficient fuels ahead of the nationwide ban.

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SMGS Blarney SMGS Blarney had three qualifying entries this year at the BT young scientist exhibition. Second year student Miriam Murphy’s project was ‘An investigation into the childhood obesity crisis in Ireland - an analysis of the causes and recommendations for prevention’, and she hopes to find a solution that will eradicate this epidemic. The second project has been carried out by second year students Camille Udron and Dearbhla Murphy. Their project is ‘The Psychological effects of Alopecia Areata in Teenagers’. They learned that Alopecia is more that just a cosmetic illness it has a psychological impact that effects people all through their lives. Finally fifth year student Sarah Sweeney’s project was ‘The future of Quantum Computing: An investigation into the Algorithms and applications of Quantum Computing.’ She enjoyed this project as it made her look into something she would never have looked at before. Well done to all the participants on their projects and for earning the opportunity to patriciate, thanks were also paid to Ms. Keane and Mr. Nolan who supported the students and travelled to Dublin with them. Best of luck to the nominees for

Cork Person or Persons of the Year 2018, the award ceremony takes place tomorrow, Fri. January 18th, at The Rochestown Park Hotel. The Cork Persons of Month selected over the past year were as follows: JANUARY 2018: Kevin Jansson, who is a Cork classical musician FEBRUARY 2018: Dr Con Murphy for his service to Cork hurling and football MARCH 2018: Mary Crilly, Director of the Sexual Violence Centre in Cork APRIL 2018: Herbie Hendrick, Conductor of the Cork Butter Exchange Band MAY 2018: Vera Twomey, Medicinal cannabis campaigner JUNE 2018: Conal Creedon and Liam Ronayne for their contribution to the arts JULY 2018: Davy Russell, Irish champion jockey AUGUST 2018: Louise O’Neill, critically acclaimed writer SEPTEMBER 2018: Eilíse Ireland and Simon Meehan, award winning science students OCTOBER 2018: Danny McCarthy, sound and performance artist NOVEMBER 2018: Sanita Puspure, world rowing champion DECEMBER 2018: Michael O’Flynn, Chairman of Liam Miller Fundraising Committee

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Thursday 31st January from 6pm - 8pm Take the opportunity to meet with teachers, parents & pupils. All welcome!

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20 years of ‘an adventure’ celebrated at Blarney On Tuesday 9th February 1999, the recently-renovated and renamed Church of the Resurrection in Blarney opened its doors on the first morning of an adventure. This was to be an adventure filled with fun, food, friendship and families, toys, tea (and coffee!), talk and trust, songs, stories, support and sharing, crafts, creativity, kindness and chaos (organized!), play, painting, people and prayer. Next month, we celebrate 20 years of this adventure at Blarney Toddler Group. The group began as an off-shoot of Carrigrohane Parent and Toddler group (now known as Sparks). We had a small team and only a handful of parents and children, but we knew that starting the group was something that God had asked us to do and we have always seen it as His group, through which He wants us to share His love and serve the community in Blarney and surrounding areas. Two members of the original team, Alice Good and Ruth Hockey are still team members. Many others have given years of faithful service and we are thankful that we have always had new people to join the team as others move on. In an attempt to gather past team members for a re-union lunch, we came up with over 40 names and we thank each one of them for their unique contribution to the group. One of the special things about our team is the unity we enjoy as members of different church traditions. The team has always been drawn from both the Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic communities. We pray together for the group before and after Toddlers each Tuesday morning and we have a prayer requests and suggestions box on our resource tables. A typical Tuesday morning begins with handing out tokens (numbered poker chips!!), as people arrive at the church gates from 9.40am. We can safely fit 70 people in the building for a Toddler group session and at times over the years, we have had to shut the gates when we hit this number (for everyone’s comfort and safety), but in recent times we are relieved that we haven’t had to turn anyone away! The doors open at 10 and we sign people in and give everyone, from grandparents to new-borns, a numbered name badge. This helps us all to get to know each other and also makes fire drills easier to manage! The morning is relaxed and fairly un-structured with free-play and chat, a craft activity each week and of course, tea, coffee and refreshments which are enjoyed by all. We tidy the toys away around 11.30 and gather in a circle for songs and rhymes and sometimes a story from the bible too. In recent years, the Sleepy Bunnies song has become such a firm favourite that if we don’t sing it, the children lie down on the floor and pretend to be asleep until we do so! After song and story time we gather up crafts and belongings and people make their way back down the hill by noon. Some return every week, some occasionally. We have a registration book, which may not even have been signed by everybody, and know that around 700 adults have passed through our doors, not to mention the all-important babies and toddlers who come with them! Those adults may be mums or dads, grannies or grandads, aunties or uncles, minders or au pairs, from Blarney, other parts of Cork, other parts of Ireland as well as overseas and it makes for a great mix of friendly and interesting people. Many people tell us that they have fond memories of their time at Toddlers. They speak of Toddler group being a lifeline during a busy, and sometimes stressful and isolating period of parenthood.

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Toddler Group at the Church of the Resurrection Often we hear of friendships which have lasted over the years as children have grown up. Some mums continue to meet regularly and even go on holidays together, au pairs have made connections with other au pairs and host families and sometimes whole families have built relationships that began over a cuppa in the Church of the Resurrection. We have shared sad times together too, especially with the loss of our much-loved long-term team member Judith Monk, and also of both a parent and a little one through illness, and we cherish special memories of them. Some of our members get involved in other activities linked to Toddler group. These include Family Fun Mornings run in Blarney Secondary school at half terms, and the Holiday Bible club for Primary school aged kids, which usually runs for a week in July. The Lighthouse, Messy Church, is held on the 3rd Sunday of most months in The Church of the Resurrection and it’s lovely to see past and present toddlers come along with their families. From time to time members attend Parenting Groups and Alpha courses (which look at the Christian faith in a relaxed discussionbased setting) and on two occasions, Toddler team members have had the joy of mentoring teenagers in a Youth Leadership Course, whom they had known as toddlers a (good!) few years previously. In the coming months we look forward to building further links between Toddler Group and the local community as the church building is used by the community nurse and by the YMCA, who are starting to run PAKT; an after-school programme for parents and children which includes a wide variety of activities. Next month, on Saturday 9th February, we celebrate our birthday! Team members plan to have a re-union lunch and then from 2.30 till 4.30pm, the Church of the Resurrection will be open to anyone who would like to come in for a cuppa and some birthday cake, to meet friends, look at photographs and share memories. There will be crafts and activities for those who would enjoy them and a book in which people might like to jot down a few words about what Toddler group has meant to them. Around 4pm we’ll have a short song, prayer and thank you time to wrap up the afternoon. We really hope you can join us and make the afternoon extra special. Ruth Hockey. (Team leader)

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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Poverty and Poor Law in 19th Century Blarney

The early years of the 19th Century witnessed a growing concern in official circles about living conditions among the poor and destitute. The rapid growth of population in Ireland led to miserable living conditions and overcrowding. This in turn increased the risk of the outbreak of epidemics. A number of select Committees began holding detailed inquiries from 1804 onwards into every aspect of the lives of the poor. The Commission of 1835/36 ‘Inquiry into the conditions of the poorer classes in Ireland’ gives an outline picture of Blarney/Whitechurch. The reports were compiled by submitting a detailed questionnaire to persons such as clergymen and magistrates in each parish. The replies were often at variance or contradictory coming from people of different religious and social backgrounds. Fr. Matt Horgan P.P. and Rev. Wm Crofts C. of I. completed the questionnaire for Blarney/Whitechurch. The questions were set under a number of headings. Foundlings: There were very few deserted children in most areas; Fr. Horgan wrote that there were none in Blarney/Whitechurch. Church or chapel collections usually sufficed to support the odd few. Pressure was often brought to bear on single fathers to help support the mother and child according to their means. They were sometimes sent by the Protestant vicar to the Foundlings hospital. Labourers: There were about 50 or 60 men who because of old age or illness had to be supported by their families. The labourers of Blarney/ Whitechurch appeared to be slightly better off than in other local parishes. Beggars: The number of beggars was given as ten and they usually received potatoes as alms. When a family was very badly off a collection would be taken up for them at the church on Sunday. With regard to strolling beggars; in other words, the homeless, they were taken in by the poor people and given shelter for the night without charge. There were no actual cases of people dying of hunger since the poor were prepared to share what little they had. However, the death rate was very high due to malnutrition, disease and very bad housing. Housing: The Census returns of 1841 gives a fairly accurate estimate of housing standards. Houses were classified from 1 to 4, the latter being built of mud walls, thatched roof with a hole for a chimney and having just one room. The poorest people made do with rags or straw for bedding. Tables and chairs were of the crudest sort. The family pig often shared the limited living space. Invariably a manure heap of dunghill lay close to the front door. Fr. Matt states that he ‘obliged the people to whitewash their houses twice a year, remove the filth from their doors and get the farmers to supply fresh straw as required. He took a local census every fourth year and noted a decline in the numbers of small farmers due to their going broke. Rent for the houses/ cabins was between £1-50 and £2 per year, depending on the size of the garden area. Labourers paid their rent by working for the farmers who supplied manure for the gardens and milk for the families. Land and the Landless: The local landlords lived elsewhere, with a few exceptions. They tried to rid themselves of the numerous small farmers, cottiers and squatters. Where possible they evicted families, levelled the miserable cabins and enlarged the holdings. The evicted people, the dispossessed, became ‘strolling beggars’, the most miserable class of all. Once evicted from their small holdings, they had no prospect of getting another place from a landowner elsewhere. Diet: The principal food of the very poor was the humble but abundant potato. Fr. Horgan: ‘Potatoes and salt, and sometimes a salted herring; the most comfortable have a couple of sheep to give milk. Goats are not allowed them. Their clothes for the most part, they make themselves, and of the worst sort. During the winter, milk was largely unavailable. When the old potatoes were all used up and the new crop was not yet fit for digging, a great many people went hungry. Potatoes and milk cost 3/= per week per head coming to about £7.80 per year. Work and Wages: A labourer earned about £10 per year, in kind rather than in cash but he could also work out the rent of a second acre of potatoes and feed two more pigs, making a profit. Only at harvest time was there enough work for all. Wages for labourers varied from 8d to 1/= per day, without meals. Women and children earned about 3d to

4d per day. Fr. Horgan: ‘No labourer can work more than 240 days in the year, deducting wet days, holidays, cultivating his acre of potatoes or cutting and saving his turf. At 1/= per day amounts to £12, only half of which he is paid in cash. His only other income came from the sale of his pig.’ Dairy Farming: Was confined to a few areas in the Parish. Fr. Horgan: There were two dairymen in Blarney/Whitechurch who bought milk at 5d a gallon in summer and 6d in winter. This milk was used to make butter which was sold in Cork with the buttermilk residue. £7 to £9 was paid, per annum, to those who could keep a cow in grazing. Emigration: The system of assisted emigration was evident in Blarney/ Whitechurch. Landlords paid the removal expenses of voluntary emigrants in return for surrendering their smallholding. America, Britain and Canada were the usual destinations for many years. Law and Order: There was great unrest in many parts of Ireland over the injustice of the Catholic small holders being compelled to make tithe payments to the Protestant church. The Whiteboy Secret Society was one of the most prominent in violently resisting the system. The Courtbrack incident occurred when one man was shot and killed and another stoned to death by an angry mob. Legislation was enacted in 1838 which resolved this long-standing source of unrest. Pubs: There were five public houses in Blarney/Whitechurch and no ‘illicit distillation’. Savings: The nearest savings bank was at Cork city, founded in 1817. Facts and Figures: There were 246 houses and 1,754 persons in Blarney with an average of seven to every house. There were 60 farmers and all the rest labourers, only employed part-time. Whitechurch had a population of 2,646 with about the same averages of housing etc. These statistics were supplied by Fr. Horgan from his own 4 yearly census. The parish contained no bog-land or waste mountain. Most of the land was either pasture or arable. Blarney Dispensary: This dispensary district had a population of 4,000 people, extending in area from four and a half to six miles distant. The report of the Inquiry is quite critical of Blarney6 dispensary throughout. Its first paragraph comments on the miserable one-room structure which served both for dispensing medicine and examining the sick. The only furniture was a solitary chair, half the floor was of mud and there was a strong recommendation that another premises be obtained. Dunbulloge and Whitechurch Dispensary: This dispensary was located in Carrignavar and it served an area eight miles by eleven miles with a population of 12,000. It was situated in the centre so the attendant did not have to travel more than four or five miles in any direction. However, the dispensary area was considered too large. In contrast with Blarney the report is quite complimentary about conditions at the Whitechurch dispensary. The attendant was described as a gentleman possessing an M.D. degree and a member of the Edinburgh College of Surgeons. He was also educated in midwifery at colleges in Dublin and Edinburgh. The report states that the dispensary was neat and well-kept and stocked with an adequate supply of medicine of a very good quality. These drugs and medicines were kept under lock and key and used solely for the dispensary. The above excerpts were taken from a much larger article titled ‘Poverty and Poor Law in 19th Century Blarney’ by J.J. Duggan and published in Issue No 1 ‘Old Blarney’ Journal. A limited number of ‘Old Blarney’ back issues are still available by contacting 087 2153216, or www.blarneyhistory. ie or at the Monthly Lectures. The next lecture of Blarney and District Historical Society takes place on Thursday 7th February 2019 at 8pm. in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál, Blarney. Titled ‘Matchmaking Customs of Ireland’, with guest speaker Mr. John Arnold who is a highly acclaimed folklorist who will take us through the almost forgotten customs of match-making of Ireland. Everybody welcome. Charge for non-members €4. Blarney and District Historical Society thanks everyone who supported the Society in any way during 2018 and wishes you all a safe and happy new year.

Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club

Annual General Meeting The Pavilion at

Whitechurch Community Centre Thursday 24th January @ 8pm.

Quish’s SuperValu leading the way in energy conservation Quish’s SuperValu Ballincollig is leading the charge in energy conservation following a substantial investment to complete a series of energy upgrades to their store, increasing their energy efficiency and significantly reducing their carbon footprint. In additional to the fantastic works carried out in their own store, they also donated almost €60,000 to local charities Bishopstown Senior Community Association, Ballincollig Rugby Club and Ballincollig GAA, for all important energy upgrades. In recent years, there has been an investment of over €1.3 million, as the store has undergone a complete overhaul of its facilities. Owner Cormac Quish, along with his management team have made a number of advancements to add to their sustainability credentials. Most recently there was state-of-the-art LED lights fitted across the entire store, new energy efficient refrigeration with doors as well as a new electric car charging-point. These recent measures focused on reducing their energy consumption, which not only brings down the cost of their energy bills by €20,000 year on year, but also highlight their passion for greener operating practices. Quish’s SuperValu chose Bishopstown Senior Community Association, Ballincollig Rugby Club and Ballincollig GAA, as their chosen local organisations to partner with on this programme. As a result, these three local groups received almost €60,000 in funding to carry out all-important energy upgrades to their own facilities.

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Bishopstown Senior Community Association, who provide an outlet for the aging members of the community with classes such as ‘Computers for the Petrified’, arts and crafts, chose to install a new boiler and heating controls along with carrying out lighting upgrades. Ballincollig GAA chose to make the same energy upgrades in their clubhouse, while Ballincollig Rugby focused on a new boiler and heating controls. These upgrades put money back into the pockets of these very worthwhile causes due to reduced yearly energy bills, and also resulted in better quality and more comfortable conditions for those using their facilities. Cormac Quish spoke passionately about this project and of the work that has been completed in his store, “We are always looking at how we can keep ahead of the game when it comes to our store and how we can offer the best possible service to our customers. Back in 2013, Quish’s SuperValu in Ballincollig became the first SuperValu store in Ireland to introduce self-scanning technology for customers and we are also very proud to have been nominated for the Repak Best Practice Award for our recycling practices a number of years ago. When we refurbished Supervalu here in Ballincollig, we left not a single brick unturned as we completed an entire overhaul of our facilities.” Bank of Ireland staff at the Ballincollig Business Association/Bank of Ireland Community Awards presentations at Oriel Hotel. Included are Margaret Barrett, Bank at Work, Sean Byerley, Area Manager Cork City, Rob Heffernan, Community Ambassador, Marcella McAuliffe, Manager Ballincollig, Michael O’Hare, Business Lending, Aeneas Lane, Business Manager Ballincollig, Claire O’Regan, Premier Manager and Dave Perrott, Bank at Work. pic Mike English

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Have you tried Ballincollig Parkrun yet?

This fabulous free weekly timed run, which takes place in the gorgeous Ballincollig Regional Park, is open to runners and walkers of all abilities, and organised by fantastic local volunteers. You can walk, run, jog, push a buggy or even walk the dog! Why not make parkrun your resolution this year? You can find out more on

PRSI Dental benefits are back again!

Both the medical card and PRSI schemes entitle patients to a free dental checkup, with the medical card scheme also Tooth decay or ‘caries’ is the rot of tooth allowing two fillings a year. So it is worth substance. It occurs when bacteria in plaque attending every 6 months for your dental metabolize dietary sugars and produce acid. This acid then softens the outer enamel layer and spreads to the inner dentine layer. It is with increased destruction that a cavity appears. Prevention is always better than cure! This means a healthy diet, fluoride ( in toothpaste and mouthwash), fissure sealing and good oral hygiene (correct tooth brushing technique, dental floss, mouthwash). Equally important are regular dental check-ups as susceptible areas prone to decay may be brought to the patient’s attention so that extra care can be exercised. Regular check-ups are also important to detect tooth decay which has not caused a cavity or caused any discomfort to the patient. Unfortunately, and all too often, decay may only start to cause pain when it has reached the nerve. This may than necessitate a more complicated treatment of root canal therapy or even loss of tooth. If caught in time however, the decay can be treated with a filling ie. the decay is removed from the tooth and the clean tooth is then restored with a filling material.

exam-you may be able to prevent decay or catch tooth decay early so that the treatment is as straightforward as possible. Carolyn Barry Murphy BDS.

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Happy 70th Birthday

to Blarney United F.C. President Henry Murphy.

Rachel Ward and Emma Shanahan, Ballincollig, on a night out at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

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Quiz team bring Gold home to Cloghroe National School Sciath na Scol Quiz Team bring home gold! On Tuesday December 11th, Cloghroe won the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz for the second year in a row, with a magnificent score of 73 out of 80 points. Our second team also acquitted themselves very well. “There were between 80 and 90 primary school teams taking part so this was a great achievement” the principal Mrs. Dineen said. The trophies were presented by Dave Collins of Sciath na Scol. All children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class took part in a Skipathon as part of a whole school initiative to promote skipping. Mark from SKIPnROPE was an inspiration to us all! The Elf on the Shelf arrived in school frozen solid! He was actually in a block of ice. The North Pole must be really cold. He told the children that he would report back to Santa every day so the boys and girls were extra good in school. Many, many stars of the future were shining brightly during the month of December, as the boys and girls of Cloghroe NS performed their Christmas plays. Well done to all involved!

Children from Third Class took part in a carol service in aid of the Irish Cancer Society, while children from Sixth Class organised a bake sale in aid of Hope. The following morning, their teachers treated them to cookies and hot chocolate to say thanks for all their hard work. Children from the school have also been involved in many other fundraising initiatives in the lead up to Christmas. We would like to thank all who donated to Saint Vincent de Paul, the Simon Community, Penny Dinners, Swaziland Schools and Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go léir! Infants Christmas Morning Children from Junior and Senior Infants enjoyed a festive morning of art, storytelling and lots of fun. The infants were guided through the various Christmas areas by our wonderful Second Class children, who are truly a credit to our school. At the different stations, the infants decorated cookies, made reindeer food and Christmas decorations, coloured pictures and posted them to Santa, made playdough decorations and listened to Christmas stories. A great time was had by all!

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Behind the Castle Walls The end of another year, December flew by in the usual blur of Christmas madness and I find myself reflecting on the past year’s events. 2018 was a challenge here in the gardens. We faced extremes of weather, which I’m starting to think will become the norm rather than infrequent. This created with Adam a lot of problems in the grounds and gardens and I believe we managed extremely well under difficult conditions. We have a great team here, and we can be proud of how the gardens have performed this year.

Waterloo Junction to Re-open

Safety works to allow for the reopening of a junction on the N20 Cork to Limerick road are set to get underway within weeks, writes Eoin English in the Irish Examiner. Cork County Council confirmed last week that work on the Waterloo junction to facilitate left-in and left-out traffic only, and to prevent southbound traffic making a right-turn for Blarney, will start before the end of this month and be completed by early February. The junction was closed last summer to facilitate road resurfacing along a stretch of the N20 at this location. But it emerged within days that the local authority was working towards a full and permanent closure of the junction in the wake of a number of serious accidents at the junction, including a double fatality involving two US tourists who were directed by satnav to make a right turn at the junction for Blarney.

With the new year comes new arrivals. The snowdrops on the front avenue are starting to emerge and a couple of early varieties are in flower in the new winter borders. It’s always one of the first real signs of spring for me. The daffodil avenue is a little late this year, but there are a few already out and I expect it will be in full flower by February. It’s always nice to get the unexpected sight of more than 40,000 daffodils in full bloom so early in the year. I’m looking forward to seeing all our newly planted bulbs emerging over the coming months. Jobs for January include planting quite a lot of trees. We are replacing some of the casualties of last year’s storms with some larger semi-mature trees to fill gaps in sensitive areas such as the front avenue. In other areas around the arboretums we are planting smaller specimens which will grow on at their own pace. We are also planting bare root hedging and fruit as well. It’s also now time for pruning and tidying the grape vines, fruit trees and bushes as well as ornamentals. Our new cider apple orchard will be getting some formative pruning next week. While doing this we will be firming up the roots of young trees and plants that may have been loosened by the high winds and wet conditions. It is extremely important, and you should check your own gardens for this too. We also recently checked up on our slow fermenting cider batch and it’s looking good. This is the experimental batch that will help us to decide whether to commit to a larger scale production in the future so fingers crossed. It has been a very mild winter so far but I’m always aware of the chance of a sudden change. I believe we could still be in for a cold snap at some point and we have the fleece and straw ready to protect the less hardy plants should this happen. Regardless of the weather, the grounds and gardens really look beautiful at this time of year, especially the lake walk. We are very lucky to have such a diverse estate on our doorstep, and the season tickets are a bargain for locals who wish to make it a regular visit. I hope to see you in the gardens


The Council conducted a safety audit of the junction which outlined three possible options, including a left-in and left-out option. But full closure was the recommended option and the junction was closed to traffic. The way the closure was implemented sparked an intense local campaign to secure the reopening of the junction. Council engineers have been working for several weeks on the leftin left-out option and confirmed yesterday that work to implement that will start within weeks. Meanwhile, advance works on a major capacity improvement project at the Little Island Interchange are due to get underway in February. John Sisk and Son Ltd, the main contractor for the Dunkettle interchange upgrade works, has been appointed to work on the Little Island scheme. Survey works already underway on site with construction set to start on February 11. Additional slip lanes will be added in a number of areas but the main focus of the works will be on increasing the number of traffic lanes on the interchange overbridge from three to four. Engineers expect the works will be completed by June. A spokesman said: “No significant traffic impacts are anticipated in the short term but the interchange overbridge works will be particularly difficult.” Separately, the construction of footpaths and road resurfacing in the Silversprings area to regularise traffic lanes on the recently revamped stretch of road will start on January 21, under night-time working conditions and should be finished by mid-February.

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Olympian, Rob Heffernan, Bank of Ireland Community Ambassador, making an outstanding achievement presentation to Stephen Lyons, Chairman Ballincollig Senior Section, in recognition of recent successes, at the Ballincollig Business Association/Bank of Ireland Community Awards presentations at Oriel Hotel. Included are Marcella McAuliffe, Bank of Ireland Manager Ballincollig, Sean Byerley, B of I Area Manager Cork City and Emer Cassidy, Chairperson Ballincollig Business Association. pic Mike English

Kay Murphy, Senandale, Cloghroe, collecting a hamper from Michael at Cloghroe Pharmacy for the Mount Desert Christmas Party. Denis and Grace O’Sullivan, Ballincollig.

Dermot Holmes adjudicating with fellow judges, Jenny and Henning, at the finals of Ballincollig’s Got Talent.

Some of the many Muskerry RFC members who took the plunge at Inniscarra on St. Stephen’s Day in aid of Marymount Hospice.

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Busy start to the year for Ballincollig Tidy Towns

Sunday 6th January was the first Sunday Litter Pick of 2019. There were thirty people out which included nine Transition Year students. All the usual routes were covered, along with a pick outside our boundary on the approach road. There were twenty fives bags in total collected eight of which were segregated for recycling. For the moment the weather is defining the work the volunteers can take on. The short days are also a limiting factor. . Over the Christmas period we had over a dozen volunteers active keeping main routes clean. Over the fortnight fourteen bags of waste were picked up and two bags of recycling. The most disappointing occurrence in the holiday period was the dumping at the recycling area in the car park behind Main Street. Everything from clothes, bedding, toys and electrical items were discarded there. Shame on those responsible. The CE/TUS workers and the voluntary supervisors are all back to work now. Again, the week was spent working hard. They sorted litter waste, turned the compost, finished the ground in the polytunnel and collected leaves. Residents carried out a big clean up in Aylesbury and also a clean up in Carrigdene. Other estates including Coolroe Heights, Rosewood, Leo Murphy Terrace, Fr. Sexton Park and Church View have all got 2019 off to a good start. If you are interested in joining the volunteers any Sunday just come along to Quish’s SuperValu West End where we meet up at 11am for their weekly litter pick. For more news check them out on their website and facebook page, or follow them on Twitter (@BallincolligTT). Ballincollig Tidy Towns can also be contacted at and on (087) 6348807.

My name is Damian Boylan and I have been chosen by Fine Gael to contest the next local elections in May 2019 for this area. I am a married man with two children aged 11 and 14, and I have been lucky enough to live in Blarney for most of my life. Having worked and been involved in many aspects of village life over the past 10 years, I stood for local elections in 2014, narrowly losing out on a seat. Whilst disappointed that I would not be representing you, I was nevertheless pleased that the Blarney area had two local councillors on the new council.

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Blarney faces new challenges in the coming years, given our new status as part of the expanded Cork City. This will present us with both challenges and opportunities, but ultimately I believe that the shift to the City is a good thing and we can work on the natural synergy that exists between Blarney and Cork City. I believe that Blarney, Kerry Pike, Cloghroe, Tower and surrounding areas have suffered by not having an obvious plan. The necessity for new housing is obvious but the infrastructure to support these new homes must be put in place, and this is something that needs to be addressed swiftly. I strongly believe that the community in Blarney deserves more local amenities, for example having no community centre has been an issue for as long as I have been here and has not been helpful in the setup and promotion of local community groups who, despite this, have thrived but could do so much more with a dedicated centre where ownership and usage rests with the community. These things are achievable, and I believe I am the person who can achieve these for you. I have worked, and continue to work, with a number of organisations in Blarney to achieve positive outcomes for our village. I was a founder member of the Blarney Chamber of Commerce, a founder of the Blarney Person of the Year awards, now in their ninth year, and am currently Chairman of the Local Policing Forum and a member of the board of management of Gaelscoil Muscraí. I was responsible for the Cannonball Run stop in Blarney in 2018 which drew thousands to the village, and despite inhospitable weather, was a great success. For the last 5 years I have also been the Local Area Representative for Fine Gael in Blarney and have worked with Ministers, TD’s and Senators to get funding for Blarney GAA, Muskerry RFC and our local schools. I have also worked with people on personal issues. I believe that your local councillor is the most important of all the political roles, being your first port of call when issues need to be addressed and dealt with. I promise to be available when required and will work with any and all groups who are dedicated to the growth and advancement of Blarney. As always I will continue to be available to individuals to help them deal with their issues. It will be vital that Blarney has strong energetic representation in the new City Council, and I know that I can fulfill this role. My actions speak louder than any words, and I have worked hard for Blarney in the past and will continue to do so, but this time with a mandate from the area to represent them, making our voice louder and more powerful. Over the next months I will be knocking on doors in the area to introduce myself and I will be glad to answer any questions you have, or feel free to email me on at any time, as I would love to hear what you think we need in our area, and how we can work together to make our community the best it can be.


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Great turn out for Séamus Noonan Poc Fada 2018

Well done to the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal senior Frisbee teams who represented the school so well in UCC in the annual Murray Cup tournament. There were 11 teams competing for the Cup in the Mardyke arena. The pool 1 team won all of their games so topped their pool after 3 matches. The other team finished in fifth place and, as luck would have it, the school teams ended up playing against each other in the next round of playoffs resulting in the first team going on to play the semi final in a very tough match against Coláiste Choilm senior team.

The opposition was too strong for the team who lost this round, before proceeding to play a final match against Hamilton High school to earn third place overall in the tournament. Our second team also had a playoff against Hamilton College’s second team, but were sadly defeated, finishing in sixth place.

Ballincollig Stalwart hangs up his boots

When Ballincollig Senior footballers bowed out of the Kelleher Shield after a narrow defeat to St. Finbarrs they not only lost the match but they also lost a club legend when John Miskella announced his retirement and decided to hang up his boots. While the announcement wasn’t exactly a huge surprise it was still a very sad moment, knowing that no one will be able to witness his skills on the playing fields again and, that after years of great service to Ballincollig football and hurling teams, John Miskella was finally going to get a well earned rest. As the club said, “It was well noted that this would be John’s final year with the seniors footballers as he reached the grand age of forty, imagine it, forty and still playing Senior Championship football, take a look around the country and you won’t hear of many forty year olds playing at that level. Growing up in Rosewood Estate was an obvious advantage and he was soon making a mark for himself playing football and hurling at an early age in the parish leagues. By the time he was playing minor football he was already on the Senior football team. He was a mighty good hurler too and played hurling for our premier team throughout his career before eventually concentrating on football so that he could prolong his playing career as long as possible. John’s playing career has been outstanding, as well as playing for Ballincollig GAA he represented Cork where he won a well earned All-Ireland Senior Football Medal as well as an All-Star award in 2010 while he also represented Ireland in the compromise rules against Australia.

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The Ballyseedy Home & Garden Volunteer of the Month for November

was awarded to Ger Desmond of Muskerry RFC for his continued hard work and dedication towards the development of the club across all areas. Over the past 20 years, Ger has fulfilled a number of roles including 1st XV manager, referee liaison, committee member and fixtures secretary, while also having served as President from 2014-2016. As a former All Ireland League referee, Ger is the go to person for law interpretations and all matters around player transfers and branch regulations at the Cork club. On receiving his award, Ger said, “I was delighted, it was a lovely gesture and a real honour to be recognised by everyone involved. I was initially a referee with the Munster Association of Referees back in 2000, then I was out injured and became Muskerry’s first team manager before getting back involved with the match officials.”

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Elizabeth is waiting for your life changing call on 021 4316627 or email Ger also runs the club shop at the weekends and enjoys the interaction with all members and visitors to Muskerry RFC.


I could write a book about all the brilliant matches that he played such was his consistency. Winning the All-Ireland football final with Cork in 2010 was richly deserved but could he ever have imagined at that time that he would top it all by bringing home the Andy Scannell Cup when Ballincollig won the Cork Senior football championship for the very first time in 2014. What a time for the club and what a moment for all our players, something we will never ever forget. Not bad for a player who had announced his retirement from all football back in 2011! We know that such a short piece like this doesn’t do full justice to John’s playing career when you consider the major role he has contributed in all the club teams that he has played with over the years but it’s important that as a club we acknowledge his marvelous contribution to Ballincollig GAA club. On behalf of all sections of the club we thank you John for all the great memories, it was a honour to play with you and our privilege to watch you play.”

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Busy month at Blarney United FC

Congratulations to Yvonne O’Raw Blarney United FC Club Person of the Year Award winner Season 2017/18. Yvonne accepted the award from Club President Henry Murphy at a presentation at Blarney Castle Hotel.

The Skechers U14 Premier saw Blarney United take on Ringmahon Rangers.

A great win this month for the U12A’s v Churchvilla, with goals by Jack D’Arcy and Dara Duggan. Well done to all the boys, their coaches and parents.

The 16A’s continue their push for promotion with another excellent performance against a very good Midleton side, drawing 1-1 . Thanks to Cork City FC Women’s manager Ronan Collins and coach Áine O’Donovan who visited our Girls Academy last month and took the U10 and U12 girls for a training session. A great way to end the end the first half of the season.

Great turn out for Grenagh GAA annual long Puc,

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and congratulations to Martin Barry, Shane Dorgan and their teams who were the first and second prize winners of this years Puc Fada.

Darkness into Light will take place at more than 150 venues across Ireland, and all over the world, in the early hours of Saturday 11th May 2019 including, Ballincollig & Blarney.


Darkness into Light raises funds for, and awareness of, the services on offer at Pieta House to those in suicidal crisis, people who engage in self-harm and those bereaved by suicide.

Saturday 11th May 2019

Registration will be open in early March, so check for updates

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Come on 2019. The

Future is in good hands!

To celebrate 10 Years since our Intermediate team walked the steps of the Hogan Stand as All Ireland Champions there will be a club holiday to Lanzarote and all are welcome! The holiday is open to anyone who wishes to join in the celebrations. Please find all the details below and contact Ronan Byrne for any more info on 087 9750096.

Our famous Car Boot Sale returns again in 2019.

Save the dates! Mon 22nd April Mon 6th May Mon 3rd June Mon 5th August Mon 28th October

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Good weather brought out a huge crowd for the St. Stephens Day Annual Walk through Blarney Castle Estate.

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42 Muskerry News Three more All Ireland medals for Blarney Athletics Club in wet and windy conditions in Navan before Christmas at the All Ireland cross country. Holly Carroll finished an amazing 14th and was part of Munster team who won gold and the Cork team who won silver, Conor Looney placed 58th and was part of Cork team who won bronze, Jack O’Rourke placed 58th and just outside medals for Cork team. A superb finish to fantastic season of cross country for the club.

A new year is the perfect opportunity to start some new good habits, and what better place to start than with your car? A car is like a good friend. Look after it, and it will look after you. With that in mind, spend some time this year making sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape for the long journeys ahead. Cleaning your car, for example, makes it look fresh and new, but make sure you check the vitals, too. Ensuring engine oil is topped up and tyre pressures are at the correct level can even save you fuel and money in the long run.

Leave extra time for your journeys. Log into your favourite mapping app, type in your destination, and you’re presented with a route and an estimated journey time but, as with all technology, it’s still worth having some mental input yourself. Can that mapping software anticipate delays from emergency roadworks? Or a minor accident? Give yourself a better chance of arriving on time and leave an extra fifteen minutes early. A little bit of kindness goes a long way in all aspects of life, and the roads are one place where we could all benefit from a bit more of it. Is someone waiting at that junction up ahead? Did that driver just pull a bit of a silly move on the roundabout? There’s a learner driver up ahead going 5mph below the speed limit. Annoying, sure, but it’s not the end of the world, is it?

Check the weather before you leave. That way, you can make sure you’re prepared for whatever driving conditions you might encounter. You’ll also know whether to take sunscreen or an umbrella with you - or knowing the Irish weather, maybe both!

Blarney U14A Team who lost narrowly to Grenagh United on Sunday 16th December in O’Shea Park.

Congratulations to Jim Bourke pictured receiving the Meredith Hamill Memorial Grenagh Club Person of the Year Award from Eileen McCarthy on behalf of Hamill family. Well done Jim!

Pearse Murphy, Cork GAA Club Members’ Draw Committee, presenting top prize in the November draw to Tom Brennan, (second from left) Éire Óg GAA, Ovens. Included are Pat Malone, Chairman, Niamh Lehane, draw co-ordinator at Éire Óg, Neil O’Mahony, President, Darren Brennan, PRO and Eddie O’Keeffe, Treasurer. pic Mike English

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