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Rose Ahern with some Donoughmore lads, Danny Dineen, David Ahern, Joseph O'Hanlon, Glen O'Herlihy and Anthony Dineen, at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

Well done to the teachers and students of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, who braved the weather in Cork to carol sing to raise funds for SVP before Christmas.

Sister Peggy and Brendan Murphy, Blarney Meals on Wheels, pictured with the generous donation they received from Blarney Castle Estate in recognition of their great work. This wonderful voluntary service is undertaking remedial works to their premises next year and a sizeable donation such as this will be an enormous help.

Padraig Sheehan, principal Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, being presented with copies of the latest Blarney and District Historical Society publication, ‘Old Blarney’ Journal Issue 12, for the school library by Society Chairperson, Mr. Sean Horgan.

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The late Denis Murphy was remembered on his first anniversary at mass on Saturday January 11th at The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Blarney. A devoted family man, Denis, nicknamed ‘The Bowler’ from the family pub in Blackpool that he grew up in 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, due in no small part to Denis’s passion for the young people he worked to help.

A huge crowd gathered on Myrtleville Beach for the New Year’s Day swim organised by Maeve Bourke. An incredible €6,000 was raised by those who took part and their sponsors which will be divided between breast cancer research, Pieta House and Marymont Hospice.

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 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 substantiality, something he felt strongly about, and this, coupled with his well deserved reputation 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 for many years. Many of the stories that he was famed for, and which entertained many of us throughout the years came from his diverse sporting interests which were such a huge pleasure to him. Denis continues to be sadly & deservedly missed by his loving family, and his many friends. On this, Denis’s first anniversary, his wife Claire, son Donnacha, and daughter Teagan, would like to thank Blarney Community First Responders and the paramedics who worked so hard to try to save Denis; Blarney Gardai; The Muskerry Arms, The Castle Hotel and Blarney GAA for their kindness; Father Fitzgerald for the beautiful mass; O’Connor’s of Coburg Street; their family, friends and neighbours for their ongoing and much appreciated support; and the many people who travelled from near and far to pay their respects to Denis. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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Great to see these smiling faces back at The Old Post Office Cafe which reopened last week. Welcome back ladies.

Many thanks to the big hearted customers at Blarney Castle Hotel who raised €1070 for SVP with their pre Christmas raffle.

New Year’s Resolution to learn an instrument?

Club Ceoil Blarney is now enrolling learners of all ages who would like to learn a traditional instrument like this beauty here. As they told us, “Christmas was very good to us, we got a generous donation from friend of the club Cllr Damian Boylan. His mother loved playing piano accordion, and it would be lovely to have someone carry on the tradition in Blarney. We have other instruments for rent in our bank, thanks to donations like this and support from Cork County Council.” Anyone in the area who would like to learn, contact Jessie at for more information. Classes start again on January 14th in Gaelscoil Mhuscari, and take place every Tuesday evening.

Well done to the third Class pupils from Cloghroe National School who raised almost €500 for the Mercy Hospital as they braved the cold to sing carols outside O’Leary’s Supervalu.The pupils also shared their talents with the parish and performed hymns at a Christmas mass in Cloghroe church.

A special visitor came to visit Berrings national school just before the Christmas Holidays. Santa was welcomed with joy and laughter and was even treated to a few Christmas songs! We look forward to a busy term two here in Berrings national school.

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Excitement builds as 2019 Blarney Person of the Year due to be announced!


Excitement is building as eleven ‘Blarney Person of the Month’ winners are in contention for the overall 2019 title, which will be announced at an awards ceremony on January 18th at The Castle Hotel, Blarney. The awards reception will be attended by more than 150 guests, including the 11 monthly nominees for 2019.



“This is the 10th year these awards have been running and, with so many worthy nominees this year, our judges have had a particularly difficult job on their hands,” said Kate Durrant, one of the organisers.


The awards aim is to recognise achievement, leadership and altruism in community, sport, business, arts, family or indeed from any sector or activity in the local community so that others may be inspired to follow.

The nominees this year include Lord Mayor of Cork Dr John Sheehan, committed Blarney United Football Club coach Greg Constant, marathon runner Craig Sykes, Blarney Toddler Group leader Ruth Hockey, talented Irish basketball player Amy Murphy, Anne Lynch nominated for her kindness and commitment to patients at Pharmacy First Plus, MMA fighter Ryan Spillane, Cor Gael founder Betty Fitzgerald, local lollipop lady Jill O’Keeffe, singer songwriter Mick Flannery and popular Blarney lady Esther Ruby.

2018 Blarney Person of the Year Atlantic rower Sean Underwood pictured with awards organisers Cllr Damian Boylan, John Henchion, Kate Durrant & Blarney Chamber of Commerce Chairperson John Foley.

Elmarie Cullinane has recently taken on the role of Branch Manager at AIB Blarney which has been deeply rooted in the local community for over 20 years.

Elmarie, pictured with some of her team, bring with them a unique local knowledge and understanding of customers and their needs.

Elmarie pictured with Mortgage Advisor Gearoid O ‘Shea We recognise that your time is precious so at AIB Blarney we offer experienced staff who will be available to discuss your individual banking needs. Whether you are thinking of changing your car, buying your first home or wish to save for a rainy day, we are here to talk things through and provide useful and informative advice.

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Congratulations to Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan from ColĂĄiste Choilm, Ballincollig, whose project, ‘A statistical investigation into the prevalence of gender stereotyping in 5-7 year olds and the development of an initiative to combat gender bias’ won them this year’s title of BT Young Scientists of the Year. Other exhibitors included Miriam Murphy, Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, who received a highly commended award at BT Young Scientist with her project ‘There is no Planet B A statistical analysis into the misconceptions made by Irish people towards climate change.’

She was joined by Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, fellow students Aisling Reeves and Nadia O’Sullivan who took their device that helps parents monitor their baby’s temperature, something they hope could help prevent SIDS. Not much is known about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) the unexplained death of an otherwise healthy baby usually as they sleep, and the students became interested in this when a family member of Aisling’s died as a result of SIDS. During their research they realised the enormity of the problem and set about developing a temperature monitoring device, as overheating is one of the risks associated with SIDS. Their monitor contains a sensor that measures the temperature of the environment surrounding the baby. When it reaches 27 degrees Celsius, an amber light switches on and a fan is activated, and a red light switches on if the temperature rises to 28 degrees celsius which also activates a sound to alert parents.




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First and second class, pictured here were very busy for the 1st term. They worked hard on their reading, writing and maths and made great progress. The children really enjoyed maths week when they took a maths walk around our school and spotted lots of math signs and shapes. They really enjoyed maths stations too. For their Christmas play the children performed 'Superstar' and taught us all about the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, and they also went to see the fabulous pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. They would like to wish all of the Muskerry News readers a very happy new year!

14 children from 5th and 5th class team will participate in this year’s VEX IQ tournament in CIT this week. The children have put in a tremendous amount of effort and preparation in building, coding and driving the robot and we look forward to a great event. They are pictured here at a scrimmage organized in collaboration with Canovee NS and Ballyvongane NS this month. On Thursday 16th, two teams of eight pupils from 3rd to 6th class will represent the school in our regional chess tournament. We have built up a great chess tradition in the school in recent years and the children are hoping to go far again this year! Everyone put lots and lots of work into our Christmas Concert in the Community Centre in Ballyanly and we were treated to some beautiful nativity plays including the ‘Wiggly Nativity’ for Junior Infants. Fifth and sixth classes presented their rock star qualities and we were also treated to a fantastic Ukulele performance! Third and fourth enchanted everyone with their fantastic performance of the Pied Piper.

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Our Junior Entrepreneur team had a lovely visit from Breada Maher, CEO of Cooleeney Cheese, who gave a talk on her Chess manufacturing business. Mrs. Maher treated the class to some delicious cheese and the children found her presentation truly inspirational.

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There were tears and laughter last weekend when Denise, the Pride of Centra Blarney retired. Denise has worked in the same shop since it was Bradley’s, then VG, two SuperValu’s both Collins and O’Leary’s, and finally O’Leary’s Centra. Denise will be much missed by customers and colleagues alike who gathered in The Muskerry Arms to wish her the very best for a long and happy retirement.

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Strictly Come Dancing comes to 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 new series now running every Sunday which this year features celebrities such as Glenda Gilson, Mary Kennedy, Lottie Ryan, Fr. Ray Kelly, and Michael Curruth. Blarney’s very own ‘Strictly’ ballroom and Latin American dance classes take place each week in Blarney GAA Club on Thursday nights. 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 & 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 & 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 at Cork Dance Club we like to get to know all our students and regularly hold social events such as weekend dances, a Valentine’s Ball, weekends 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’ classes take place on Thursdays at 9pm in Blarney GAA Club with a new group also now enrolling in the city centre at the South Parish Community Centre 7.15pm. To find out more have a look at, contact Anne for more information at 087 2487696 or email

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The Blarney & District Person of The Year Award celebrates Blarney’s greatest asset, our people. The award aims to encourage achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow. The achievements of our monthly winners will be celebrated, and the overall Person of the Year will be announced, Betty Fitzgerald February 2019

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Thanks to all who attended the beautiful Cor Geal Christmas concerts on December 22nd in St. Patrick’s church, Whitechurch, as usual the church was filled to overflowing for what has become one of the highlights of Christmas for many people. Once again this year the choir raised funds for charity and they thanked all who so generously contributed. In total €5,200 was raised, with €2,600 being donated to Edel House and a further €2,600 to the FrienDS Club, a youth club for young people with Down Syndrome. Thanks were also paid to Betty Fitzgerald, Musical Director, for putting the programme together and Pat Kiely for the photographs.

Ovens’ mothers, Anne Lenihane, Lorraine Foley, Colette Desmond, Deirdre O'Mahoney, Mary Murphy-Brett, Mary Dineen, Rachel Long and Sheila Marie O'Callaghan, celebrating many years of friendship at a get together at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

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Orphans, millionaires, presidents, gangsters, circus masters and performers, cowboys, laundry ladies, servants, New York’s homeless and an appearance from some enthusiastic minions, Berrings National School's musical was a medley of marvellous performances. This whole school production saw senior infants opening the show with their wonderful rendition of A Million Dreams, third and fourth class took on the main roles and wowed audiences with their splendid display of acting and singing, first and second class treated us to some beautiful circus themed tunes whilst junior Infants were the playful dogs who proved to be too thrifty to be caught by the dog warden. Our talented fifth and sixth class were the show’s backing choir also providing us with a few surprise dance appearances during the show. pics Mike English

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Five year old Priya is a real local hero as this plucky little girl saved her mum’s life by calling her dad on facetime and telling him ‘mammy is on the floor' after she suffered a stroke.

Speaking to Neil Prendeville on Cork's Red FM Damien said that he does not usually answer his phone while driving but for some strange reason he decided to pick it up this time.

Priya, who lives in Tower with her mum Mary, dad Damien and baby brother Noah was at home on December 23rd when her mum collapsed. The quick thinking youngster kept her cool and called her dad on facetime telling him ‘Mammy is on the floor and she can't get up.’

"I saw her name on the phone and just decided to pick up which I don't usually do but I just had a feeling for some strange reason that I needed to answer the call." "She was crying and said that mammy was drinking her tea and now she was on the floor and can't get up. I asked her what she meant and she just kept saying that mammy was on the floor and couldn't get up."

Dad Damien, who taught five year old Priya how to use facetime on her iPad a few months before so she could call her cousins, grandparents and other family members, was on his way to work when he received the call.


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"She turned the camera around so I could see her and that was when I could see that Mary was on the floor in the kitchen and she looked very distressed". Damien made contact with Mary's sister and her parents who live locally and who were able to get to the house within minutes and call an ambulance Damien continued, “They tried to get in through the back door but it's a new house so they couldn't get through the double sliding doors and on the inside there is a latch. Her dad was ready to break down the door but then Priya was able to open the latch and let them in.” The ambulance arrived and took Mary to CUH but it was the incredible bravery of little Priya that doctors have since credited with saving Mary’s life. “An ambulance came within about 40 minutes and Mary was seen within seconds when she got there and she had a scan and that is when we found out that she had a stroke. A clot had travelled to the left side of her brain and that side had completely shut down,” Damien said. “It happened on the Monday and on the Tuesday I met Mary's surgeon when I was on my way up to her and I thanked him for what he had done and he said there is no need to thank me for a job that I do every day, you have a little five year old girl who is the real hero.” “The surgeon told us that with a stroke time is precious and that without Priya, Mary wouldn't be here today. She doesn't even know it yet but she is an absolute hero.” Damien said that he will never stop Priya from playing on her iPad ever again and that she can spend as much time on her device as she wants. “I know we all give out to our kids about being on their tablets and all this kinda stuff but when it comes to this she saved her mother's life so she can use it as much as she likes!” Mary is now home and we wish the family all the very best after their ordeal.

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The volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners taking time out from their busy day to gratefully accept the annual donation they receive from Blarney Castle Estate.

Two great women working for two great charities as Jennifer Earle and Majella Falvey handed over their donations to Dogs for the Disabled and SVP before Christmas. Jennifer, accompanied by her son James, handed over a cheque for â‚Ź850 to assistance dog Hugo in the Mercy Hospital during his regular Sunday morning visit, whilst Majella needed plenty of elves to help her load the generous gifts left at her giving tree in Kerry Pike.

Elmarie and Denise, AIB Blarney, pictured handing over the hamper donated from Erin Giftware to SVP before Christmas.

The elves at Eoin Murphy Fitness Gym were delighted to present the proceeds of their giving tree to SVP, as were Blarney GAA who also collected a substantial amount of toys and gifts last month.

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Gaelscoil Mhuscraí Gaelscoil Mhuscraí had a very special visitor before Christmas when they welcomed Daidí na Nollag who gave some very generous treats to the children. With Christmas shows, a Christmas Mass and posting letters to Santa as Gaeilge the boys and girls had a wonderful time!

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Local hero saves children's lives! Congratulations to Dinkar Lagali, who works in Blarney Auto Centre and was involved in the rescue of three children from a house fire on Blarney Street last weekend. Talking to Cork Beo, Dinkar Lagali remembers the events of last night on Monastery Avenue, Blarney Street, he says he "just wanted to bring the ladder, that was the only thought in my mind." It was the same ladder that allowed Mr. Lagali and another neighbour to come to the aid of the Cork family whose house became filled with smoke after a fire just before 4am in the early hours of Saturday morning. Mr. Lagali recalls that he was sound asleep when his daughter rushed to his room, telling him that their neighbours needed help. "My daughter came and asked me to get up - I came out and I saw smoke coming out the windows of next door," he told CorkBeo earlier today. "The windows were open and smoke was coming out but I saw that the door was closed." Mr. Lagali lives at one side of the house that was rapidly filling with smoke, and thankfully neighbours on the other side heard the sound of a smoke alarm and alerted emergency services. But before the fire brigade arrived, Mr. Lagali and his neighbour managed to get the three children in the house to safety. Speaking to CorkBeo, he recounted just what happened.

Pictured at the turning on of Waterloo Christmas lights were Whitechurch Foroige members who sold Christmas decorative logs to raise money for Focus Ireland.

A holistic and craft fair will take place at The Metropole Hotel Cork city on Sunday January 26th from 12noon to 5pm. At the event you can pamper yourself with different kinds of treatments, massages, hair styling, nail art and much more, There will be music also on the day by The High Hopes Choir Cork and lovely accessories, clothes, jewellery and home made crafts for yourself or a loved one to look at or treat yourself to. Treatments include; massage, kinesiology, reiki, iet. shiatsu, reflexology, energy healing, massage, and stalls will be selling crystals, jewellery, natural hand creams, books, clothes, kids books, hats, home made jams, handcrafted frames and much more. Admission for adults is €5, children are free, and ALL proceeds on the day will go to the wonderful Cork Penny Dinners.

"The windows were open and smoke was coming out but I saw that the door was closed. I didn't know what to do, so I checked next door and they were helping from the back garden. "I saw everything happening and I thought immediately, 'I have a ladder,' so I jumped into my garden across the fences and took my ladder and together we helped bring the people down from the house. "It was very scary because I could see flames coming out from the kitchen and we couldn't open the door at all. "It's scary too because with fire, you can't control it. But everyone acted very quickly - the fire brigade, the Gardai & the ambulances were all here within minutes." Mr. Lagali is originally from India and has called Cork his home for almost 13 years, and he told CorkBeo that he is just glad everyone got out. Thanks to Cork Beo for sharing this local hero's story!

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O’Leary’s SuperValu Tower received some wonderful entries from local young artists for their Christmas colouring competition.

Congratulations to Emma Bickerdike from the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal Leaving Certificate class of 2019 who recently received a prestigious UCC Quercus Scholarship for talented students a recent ceremony. The Quercus Talented Students’ Programme aimed at supporting and promoting excellence in academia, sport, creative and performing arts, active citizenship and innovation/entrepreneurship for both prospective undergraduate/level 8 students and students already registered in UCC.

Blarney St. Patrick’s Day Parade is going green

and the theme for the 2020 parade is sustainability, recycling, and all things green and good. With €1000 worth of prizes for the entrants it aims to be the best parade yet with international visitors, lots of surprises and music and craic galore. If you want to become involved they are looking for street performers, face painters and entertainers who can entertain families and children around the square. They are also offering a unique opportunity for someone looking to use their skills and become their social media reporter on St Patrick’s Day. This voluntary role will begin with interviewing the floats and participants before the parade starts and then live streaming the parade over facebook for Blarney diaspora while giving updates to the crowd on the day. This may suit a media student and can all be done on a phone. If you are interested, please send a message to their facebook page with a few details about you and your contact information.

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Big hearted Jennifer Earle hosted her festive Pilates class in aid of Dogs for the Disabled. Jennifer and the generous ladies who took part, not to mention those who donated fabulous spot prizes, raised €850 for this wonderful local charity.

Many thanks to Joe Enright, Eimear Lynch & Thomas Moore, Flextronics, who once again this year donated their staff turkeys to SVP for those who would otherwise have to do without one.

Congratulations to Eat’in'it, Blarney, who are delighted with their TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019.

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What a lovely post to receive! “Thank you to the fabulous volunteers at Toddler Playgroup in the Church of Ireland Blarney from all the families and especially the children. Every Tuesday 10-12 (term time) endless toys and books, art table, singing, tea and coffee for the parents, grandparents and carers, the toddlers and babies have so much fun. There is a warm welcome to all, from any faith or background.”


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It was a family affair at a recent Christening at The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Blarney, when sisters Scarlet and Ella, and their cousins Jackson and Leo celebrated their christening together just after Christmas.

Erection of Posters and Advertising Signage With effect from 1st February 2020, Cork City Council Litter Warden Service will be targeting illegal signage across the entire city (including the extended boundary areas of Glanmire, Douglas, Blarney and Ballincollig). Under Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997, a person who is not the owner, occupier or person in charge of any structure or other land (including doors, gates, windows, trees, poles or posts that are in or are visible from a public place) shall not exhibit or cause to be exhibited thereon any article or advertisement. Michael Sheehan from the City Council's Waste Enforcement and Cleansing Operations Unit said, "We would like to remind all individuals, businesses, political groups, estate agents, sporting clubs/associations and schools of the provisions of Section 19 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 with regard to illegal postering. There has been a noticeable increase in the frequency and volume of illegal signage across the city. These signs detract from the amenity of the areas that they are erected in and often are erected in such a manner as to create a hazard for both vehicular traffic and for pedestrians."

Elizabeth Murphy and Shannon Haly are two young talented filmmakers from Cork who, last Summer, wrote, directed and produced their first short film ‘Coleen’, a film inspired by true events in Ireland in the 1970’s. The film explores the historic oppression of women through the fictional life of a woman named Coleen, played by Whitechurch actor Christine Terry, and her three daughters played by Megan Haly, Shannon Haly, and Kerrie Corcoran. The film revolves around a traditional ‘churching’ ceremony whereby Coleen’s daughter is cleansed following childbirth. The persistent hints of female oppression together with Coleen’s scandalous love affair catalyzes the families decision to join the early Irish Women’s Liberation Movement. This incredible short film has just won best drama at the New York Film Awards and is also nominated for several other accolades. Shannon, who went to Clogheen Kerry Pike National School before moving on to Mount Mercy, is currently studying acting in New York at the conservatory in The Stella Adler Studio of Acting while Elizabeth, who also went to Mount Mercy, is in London studying music business at The Academy of Contemporary Music. The young filmmakers, who want to use their filmmaking to shine a light on real issues and stories in the world today, are about to embark on their second short film ‘Embered Youth’ which explores three siblings in the face of adversity.

"Cork City Council’s postering protocol caters for the erection of temporary posters in a limited number of cases in a controlled manner having regard to public safety.” Cork City Council has a postering protocol in respect of property it owns and this protocol is available at In order to avoid litter fines of €150 for each illegal sign, poster or article of advertisement, Cork City Council advises each sector of society mentioned above to remove any and all illegal posters or advertising signs that they may have erected.

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As we go to print up to 80 workers have been left in the dark after Blarney Golf Resort’s owner, developer John McCann, pulled out of a scheduled staff meeting there last Friday just days after he ordered the immediate closure of its pool and leisure centre. Eoin English in Saturday’s Irish Examiner explores what might be happening… “Its rural setting raised eyebrows, but that didn’t stop developers pressing ahead with the €30m investment in Blarney Golf Resort, writes Eoin English. It was a big idea on a big site, based around a big hitter’s course design. But after several visits to the rough over the years, it’s been left to the staff of Blarney Golf Resort north of Cork City to field questions amid fears for their jobs. Up to 80 workers have been left in the dark after the resort’s owner, developer John McCann, pulled out of a scheduled staff meeting there yesterday just days after he ordered the immediate closure of its pool and leisure centre. While the golf course continues to operate as normal, the sudden closure of the leisure centre has sparked fears for the future of the hotel, which was due to reopen next month. Staff say they know as much as anybody else, and are trying desperately to get information from their employer. Speculation locally that the site is being considered for use as a direct provision centre is being played down by local politicians. Fine Gael councillor Damian Boylan said he has been talking directly to equality, immigration and integration minister of state David Stanton, who said that he is not aware of any such proposal. But, as a bitterly cold wind swept across the golf course yesterday, the signs were ominous. The resort was built more than a decade ago as part of a hugely ambitious hospitality venture spearhead by Frank McCarthy, who was then based in Kildare, and local businessman John Kelly, through their company,Kelcar. McCarthy had graduated from University College Galway in 1983 with a degree in Production Engineering and began working with packaging company International Paper. He spent nine years there beforemoving to the Netherlands to manage the European operations of logistics company Banta Global. He returned to Ireland to take up a senior management role with Exel Logistics and was soon promoted to worldwide vice-president of technology,managing an €800m budget and 14,000 people. When Exel took over Walsh Western, McCarthy met fellow mechanical engineer Kelly — a senior manager with that company. Both felt that their business backgrounds would help them move into property development, and they delivered some small social and private housing projects. They had invested in and sold out of a golf course near Rennes in France when the sliding land prices saw a near-170-acre parcel of farmland in the idyllic Shournagh Valley, just a few kilometres outside the world-famous tourist village of Blarney, come on the market at the right price. While neither were golfers, they jumped at the Blarney opportunity. and Kelcar unveiled plans for a reported €30m investment in the development of an 18-hole golf course, a hotel, leisure centre and holiday cottages. The project was driven in part by tax incentives.

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Eyebrows were raised even at this early stage about its remote rural setting, but it was hoped that its proximity to Blarney, which attracts up to 400,000 tourists annually, and the fact that two-time major winner, US golfing legend John Daly, was designing the course (his first in Europe), would help attract the business. Kelly resigned as a company director in late 2005, to be replaced by McCarthy’s brother Derek, before the 61-bedroom four-star hotel with a bar, restaurant, conference, and banqueting facilities opened in December of that year. It proved popular locally and was achieving a 60% average occupancy in the early months, while its fully-equipped leisure centre with a 20-metre pool, kiddies pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and gym proved popular too Blond-haired Daly, the flamboyant golfer famous for his long drives and ‘let-it-rip’ attitude, visited the site four times during the course-building phase before he jetted into Blarney in July 2006 to officially open the course. Membership came at a cost — around €15,000 according to some long-serving club members — but the course opening coincided with the maturation of the State-promoted SSIA accounts, and hundreds signed up. But behind the scenes, problems began to mount up. Company records show that by December 2007,Kelcar was in arbitration with the resort’s main construction contractor who was seeking payment of up to €7.9m in settlement of thedevelopment contract, with the company instigating a counter-claim for between €10m and €11.1m. The Kelcar directors said at the time that they believed the overall outcome of the arbitration proceedings would be positive for the company, which was operating as a going concern. The golf course was at the centre of a blockade and legal row in 2008 when a director of Irish Golf Design (IGD), Mel Flanagan, who had worked with Daly on the course project, used a digger to block access to the complex in a row over unpaid fees. It would emerge that a dispute had arisen between Kelcar and IGD towards the end of the near-€3m construction phase, which led to IGD’s involvement beingterminated. The dispute ended up in the High Court, where IGD secured court orders enforcing an arbitrator’s award for a total of €678,268. Kelcar paid €400,000 initially, but IGD had to go to court again in pursuit of the outstanding monies. During these legal proceedings, the High Court was told that Kelcar had debts of €28m. Mr Justice Peter Kelly said McCarthy had adopted an “ostrich-like” approach to Kelcar’s situation and should takeadvice about its position and that of related companies, and then talk to its bankers. The judge also said that it had emerged the enterprise was “a house of cards”, that Kelcar was now insolvent and, if it was, then so were the other companies within the group. The resort continued to operate, as AI Bappointed a receiver to the company in 2009 as it looked to reclaim the vast loans it had made to develop the resort. Trading continued as the receiver placed the property on the market in mid-2012 for around €12m, but no credible offers emerged and as the recession bit, the price was slashed to €3.9m before being cut further. It was 2014 before the property was snapped up for areported €2.4m by veteran Northern Ireland businessman and investor, Tom O’Gorman, who made his fortune in oil exploration and mining. At the time, sources say the property was losing about €250,000 a year — almost €5,000 a week. O’Gorman sold the property about two years ago, making what’s believed to have been a six-figure profit, to a group overseen by McCann. Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful. Staff have asked people to bepatient while they try to find out what’s going on. In the meantime, they are working on the assumption that the hotel will reopen in February as planned.”

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As we begin a new year we recall some of the events before Christmas and look forward to a very active fulfilling term.

It was ‘Lights, Camera, Action in Cloghroe school over the Christmas season with numerous performances from classes throughout the school. We also thoroughly enjoyed a visit from The West Midlands Theatre Company who performed Aladdin.

The pupils of 6th class took part in the annual ‘Team Hope shoe box appeal.’ The shoe boxes were shipped to various parts of the world and often are the only Christmas presents that some children get.

Children throughout the school are actively performing ‘acts of kindness’ as part of our Amber Flag initiative. We hope that this warm atmosphere will continue in the school throughout the year.

Congratulations to all the 3rd class pupils in their very first ‘Genius Hour’ projects. This is an initiative in which pupils choose a topic of interest, research it and present it to their peers.

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Students from Aghabullogue, Berrings, Cloghroe, Ovens, Scoil Eoin and Scoil Barra Ballincollig, excelled at the Sciath na Scol Sports Quiz at Rochestown Park Hotel before Christmas. After tough competition the winners were announced as Aghabullogue, Berrings and Cloghroe national schools. pics Mike English

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Chairman’s 2020 vision for the year ahead. The Roaring Twenties are back

and we in Tidy Towns want Ballincollig to make its own history during the coming year.

For the year that’s in it and with Cork due to play a major role in the War of Independence Centenary Commemorations, we want Ballincollig to feature in its own right. For the past two years Ballincollig was placed within a point or two of the coveted prize of SuperValu National Tidy Town Winner. It would be a wonderful achievement if that elusive position could finally be reached. Your continued support and commitment can go a long way in helping to achieve this. The focus for the year will be to extend the Pollinator Corridor throughout Ballincollig and in so doing increase people’s awareness and knowledge of how important Biodiversity is in today’s world and what we can do to play our part. Ballincollig Tidy Towns is working to make Ballincollig a ‘Spray Free’ town and we will be rolling out our new logo in the coming weeks. A ‘Spray Free’ Committee is being put together to meet with the town’s various estates and encourage them to become ‘Spray Free’ areas. Each converted estate will then get to display the logo at their entrance. A new decade allows the opportunity for change and so we have decided to completely revamp our Estates Competition. Special marks for those displaying the ‘Spray Free’ logo will now be incorporated into the judging. Estates that have made an effort to contribute to the Pollinator Corridor and Biodiversity in their area will also earn extra marks. We are planning many projects for Ballincollig in the coming months. During our first week back after the Christmas and new year period we hit the ground running with several small projects from our Winter Cleaning Programme. Definitely a good start. Our Winter Cleaning Programme for Ballincollig has now begun. Ballincollig Tidy Towns has put together several small projects to start off the new year. One of these projects saw work being carried out on the footpaths on the Inniscarra Road and on what is known locally as the GAA Road.

In addition we started cleaning the debris around the car park at the rear of Quish’s SuperValu and O’Crualaoi’s. We work on various projects throughout the year not just at competition time. Our Volunteers also carry out daily Litter Picks with some even working on Christmas Day. This all year round work helps keep Ballincollig looking its best. The Poop Sleuth! Shout out to all dogs in the Ballincollig area. I may have seen many of you while I’m making my way through the Regional Park on the end of a lead or trotting along the main street. Perhaps we sniffed in greeting or you passed by with your head held high, tail wagging wrapped up in your own thoughts. Well I need to have a serious word with some of you. No matter how many signs or dog fouling bins some owners still manage to let you poop and walk on and not scoop. One of the main causes of irritation to humans – including many dog owners – is fouling in public places. We all have to share the same recreational space and there is nothing worse than having to constantly look for dog poop to make sure we don’t get it on our paws or on our owner’s shoes or small children stepping on or falling into it. Hey we can be held accountable for the poop but it is our owners who are accountable for the scoop. We are here to give loving licks, play catch, be loyal and act goofy, that is what we do best. In return our owners should ensure that our poop is cleaned up no matter where we drop it. Leaving it where it is a real health hazard, on pavements, in parks & playgrounds, or even on the beach, it is also against the law. We as dogs have to make sure our owners do us proud in the canine world and pick up our poop as it also contains bacteria that can be dangerous for human’s health.We’ve got to see what we can do to get them to ‘Bag It and Bin It’. So be aware I may be walking but I’m still watching. We were delighted to see that our website had a very high number of visitors throughout the past year and we are hoping our daily updated content will create even more traffic in 2020. It has become a point of reference for many in Ballincollig and the surrounding areas. Why not take a look. Visit our website on

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

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Top tip guide for oral health 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 low-sugar 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.

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Wishing Jamie O’Connor, pictured with family and friends, a very happy 18th birthday!

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Behind the Castle Walls 2019 has been and gone and we are currently languishing in the post-Christmas / new year limbo before diving into 2020. I feel that the pressure is always on at the end of the year to finish projects and have everything ready for the new year, but in reality our target date for completing out of season projects is Saint Patricks day so there is no let up in January. I’m really looking forward to completing a few of the projects that we have going on.

Jennifer Murphy and Orla Cremen from Blarney, and Ellen Murphy, Erin Looney, Niamh McSweeney, Caoimhe Buckley and Caitlin Looney from Inniscarra, at the Cork camogie dinner at The Rochestown Park hotel where they received their Munster and All Ireland minor medals.

In particular it will be fantastic to see the Carnivorous Courtyard completed and planted up. I believe it will be a star attraction for our younger visitors. Other projects that we plan to complete in the coming weeks include an extension to the Seven Sisters, azalea and rhododendron planting through the Belgian Beds and Castle Banks, new stone edging in the Poison Garden, further extension of our orchard and fruit beds and a new wooden walkway in the Fern Garden. There are also a couple of surprises in the pipeline so watch this space! 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. The new Winter Borders are also looking good now. This is only the start of this project, as we plan to extend the borders and underplant the shrubs with large drifts of spring bulbs, so next year’s display should be even better. It’s now time for pruning and tidying the grape vines, fruit trees and bushes as well as ornamentals. Our 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. 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. The work never stops here in the gardens. We all love the hustle and bustle, and we are lucky to have a fantastic team working here who want to achieve the very best that they can. I hope to see you in the gardens in 2020.

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News from Times Past with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society MURDERED BY HIGHWAYMAN Cork Milkman Waylaid - Refused to Hand Over His Money. The Cork Examiner, 7 October 1921 A shocking tragedy occurred on Wednesday evening a few miles outside Cork as a result of which Maurice Christopher Ahern, aged 23 years, of Monard, near Cork, lost his life. On his way home from the city he was held up by a man who attempted to rob him, and because Aherne [sic] refused to part with his money, the assailant fired, killing him. Some time later the body of Ahern was found on the road by other milkmen, who conveyed it home. Interviewed by an “Examiner” representative yesterday morning, the deceased's father who was very visibly affected by the great shock of his son's tragic death, said his son was killed about twenty past seven o'clock on Wednesday evening. The tragedy occurred at Rathpeacon, at the two-mile-stone on the new Mallow road. His son had been delivering milk in the city, as was his daily custom, and was on his way home at the time of the shooting. He was driving in a pony-milk-van, and was accompanied by a friend of his, a man named Daniel Healy, of Coolowen. When they had reached the two-mile-stone, a man stepped into the road in front of the car. He had a revolver in his hand, and raised the weapon as he shouted to the deceased to halt. Ahern pulled up the pony, and the next order was for both he and Healy to “get off.” They obeyed, and stood on the road with their hands up. The armed man addressed Ahern, and demanded his money. The deceased, of course, was in the habit of bringing home varied sums of money after each delivery of milk. Sometimes these amount to £10, but there were more often somewhat less than this. The armed man persisted in his demand for the money even after Ahern refused to give it to him. He threatened to shoot unless the money was handed over, but Ahern still refused. Pointing his revolver at the deceased, the man said, “I'll fire if you don't give it to me!” Ahern still ignored the threat, whereupon the armed man, counting slowly “One—two—three—” fired at Ahern as he said “three.” The deceased, struck by the bullet through his head, collapsed. On subsequent examination it was found that the bullet had entered one of his eyes and passed out the back of his head, so that death must have been instantaneous. When the assailant fired, Healy afraid that he too would be shot, decided to make a dash for safety, and he was successful in getting away uninjured. The pony bolted on hearing the shot, so that there were none left on the road but the armed assailant, with the dead body of the man he had just killed, stretched at his feet. Some time afterwards another milkman, James Mullane, of Monard, was passing on his way home, and was horrified to see the body of Maurice Ahern lying on the road. He was joined a few minutes later by James Mulcahy, of Kilcronan, and the two managed to remove the body into a neighbouring house. A priest was sent for, and in a short time Rev. Father O'Flynn, C.C., Whitechurch, arrived and administered the last rites of the Church. The body was next placed on a car and removed to the residence at Monard of the deceased's father, where it still lies, and where it is expected an inquiry into the tragedy will be held. The deceased's relatives have made a full report to the I.R.A. authorities and to the I.R.A. liaison officer. The deceased was of splendid physique, being over six feet in height, and was a young man of excellent character. He was a member of the I.R.A., and was held in the greatest esteem not alone by his comrades in that body, but by all who knew him. He was the youngest of a family of three boys and a girl. It has been ascertained that deceased's watch, as well as his money, were missing from the body when it was discovered. “Believed the Revolver Empty” – The Man on the Bicycle Interviewed by an “Examiner” representative, Mr. Daniel Healy, who was the deceased's companion on the occasion, told a story very similar to that outlined above. When they were halted the man was standing more or less in the ditch, where he had, apparently been concealed, and he was in a position below the level of the road. Mr. Healy was on that side of the car, and the armed man came to the car and felt his pockets, and asked him if he had any money. They were both then ordered to “get out of that car,” and they did so. Addressing Ahern, the man ordered him to hand over the money, and, Ahern refusing he threatened to shoot. Once he commenced counting “one, two, three,” but stopped again to demand the money. Finally, he again counted “one, two, three,” and as he uttered the word “three,” he fired killing Ahern. Here Mr. Healy interposed with an explanation of Ahern's determined refusal to part with the money, in spite of the man's threats. In the same district a man was held-up a considerable time ago, and money was demanded in the same fashion.

This gentleman, too, persisted in refusing to hand over his money, as he guessed his assailant to be really unarmed. His guess proved correct. The revolver was either empty, or, more probably, a dummy weapon, so that the robber could not make good his threats to shoot. Consequently this gentleman escaped with his money. “It is only quite recently,” said Mr. Healy, “that Ahern told me this story. He must have misjudged the situation on Wednesday night, and believed that the man could not fire.” The shooting, continued Mr. Healy, occurred about a quarter to half a mile beyond what is locally known as the “one-eyed bridge.” It was between quarter past and half past seven, and was almost dark, so that close as he was to him, Mr. Healy could not see his assailant very well, and consequently he is not able to give an accurate description of the man. He seemed to be well-dressed and was not masked, although his cap, which was a dark one, was pulled down over the forehead. When he spoke at first and said, “Put your hands up!” there did not seem to be anything unusual about his accent, but his subsequent remarks were made in an English accent. In Mr. Healy's opinion, however, the voice was disguised. When Ahern fell dead on the road Mr. Healy ran back towards Cork to warn the others coming along the road, as he feared there might be a gang of men working there instead of only the one who had accosted them with such tragic results. “Every minute,” said Mr. Healy, “I expected to get a bullet in my back as I was running.” The man, however, did not fire again. After running for about a quarter of a mile Mr. Healy met Mullane in his car with a few others. He stopped them and told them what had occurred, and after consultation they decided to make a detour via a boreen and get help at Mr. Daniel Walsh's. Mr. Healy, accompanied by a few others, continued on till they came out on the main road beyond where the shooting had occurred, and here they inquired at a cottage if Ahern had yet passed home. Mr. Healy was at that time not aware of his friend's fate. While they were at the cottage the pony passed them at a gallop. He had not bolted at first, but apparently something frightened him some time after the shooting. The car was empty, and they then realised that Ahern had been hit. A man riding on a bicycle next passed, remarking as he did so that there was a burglar “above there.” This man on the bicycle seemed to be very like the man who had shot Ahern, and in Mr. Healy's opinion, he was the same man. Mr. Healy was careful to explain, however, that he was by no means sure of this. His reasons for believing the two were the same man were various. Firstly, the description and tone of the voice were much the same. Secondly, the man on the bicycle had come from the direction of the shooting, and was not seen by anyone going in that direction, or was not seen by the men whom Mr. Healy met on the road. Thirdly, even if he saw Ahern's body he could not know definitely that there was a burglar on the road, as he was not present at the shooting. Fourthly, he cycled away, a most unusual thing for any ordinary passerby to do under the circumstances. A man named J. J. Murphy, of Coolowen, then went down to the scene of the shooting, followed by the little group of whom Mr. Healy was one. Murphy examined the body and said Ahern was dead. Mr. Healy then went over and knelt beside his dead friend. The others also knelt down on the roadside, and all commenced to pray. Mr. Healy recited the Act of Contrition, bending over Ahern's body, and then continued with the Rosary and other prayers. A priest had meantime been sent for, and when he arrived, Mr. Healy set off to break the sad news to deceased's family. The body was taken at first into a neighbour's house at Monard, yesterday. A jury having been sworn and the body viewed, on the application of the deceased's father, the Foreman, with the assent of the jury, gave permission for the removal of the body to the Blarney Catholic Church. The inquest will be held at Blarney this morning. The remains were accompanied to the Church by a large number of friends and acquaintances, and the deepest sorrow was manifested on all sides. The above item is from a much larger article by Brian Gabriel and published in ‘Old Blarney’ Journal Issue 9. Old Blarney’ Journal Issue No 12 is now available in local outlets. A limited number of ‘Old Blarney’ back issues back issues are still available. Contact 0872153216 or The illustrated lecture for Thursday 6th February 2020 at 8 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School) is titled; ‘Blarney in Music, Poetry and Song’. The Guest Speaker is Traditional Musician, Mr. Barry Looney an acclaimed traditional musician and archivist, will present a selection of music, poetry and song taking us through times of peace and tranquillity, war and mayhem and much more, all of them referring to the word and the place-name ‘Blarney’. Everyone is welcome to attend these lectures. There is a €4 charge for non-members.

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Annette and her SVP Cork team including Niall, John Rachael, John, Cian, Eamonn, Brian, Kelly, Sean, and more who delivered 2,500 hampers to vulnerable families throughout Cork city and county this Christmas. It couldn’t have happened without the students from SMGS Blarney, great support from Costcutter Grenagh and SuperValu Tower, donations from individuals and companies, hampers packed by volunteers from all walks of life, and help with deliveries from local people including Paul Lynch, Adrian O’Connell and Anne Gabriel.

Congratulations to Dr Una Nation, Blarney, who recently graduated from University College Cork with a PhD in Education. Her thesis examines student teachers becoming resilient on school placement.

2019 Dan Sweeney, monthly winner of the Cork community, business and sports awards, pictured with Janice McConnell, General Manager Oriel House Hotel, Lorraine Leahy, AIB Ballincollig, Ger Flanagan, Flanagan Print and Midleton News, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr. Derry Canty, Claire Harrington, Volunteer & Events Coordinator Edel House, Colette Foster, Manager Edel House, Ciara Barry, Sales and Marketing Manager Oriel House Hotel and Caroline O’Regan, Edel House. pic Gerard Bonus

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SMGS U16 Girls Basketballers heading for All Irelands.

The U16 Girls Basketball team had their All Ireland play off before Christmas, first playing St. Brigids Killarney. The girls played well and had many scoring chances. However, their shoots were a little off and unfortunately lost by 6 points. Next, St. Brigids played Our Ladys Bower, Athlone, in which Athlone won. It was all down to the last match, SMGS vs Athlone. Going into the match the knew they had to win by 14 points against Athlone in order to qualify. The first quarter went well with a winning start of 14 - 10. However, in the second quarter the gap reduced to 21 - 18. The girls played well on offense but defensive strategies were lacking. As a result, the gap was 5 points by the end of the third quarter and their challenge was to increase the lead by another 9 points. The girls worked together as a team, with fast passing on offense and great pressure applied on defense. With some time outs for strategic plays, the girls scored basket after basket, with all 5 players scoring!! Final score 52-33. All Ireland stages - here they come!

It looks like the penguins have nothing to fear as all six classes of first years students from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal students took to the ice when they were treated to a break from the pre Christmas exam preparation. They were joined by their fifth year Meitheal leaders and year head Mr. French and tutors.

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Ballincollig Ladies

Gaelic Football News Managers Information

U6 Daithi Creedon - 087-9440729 U8 Niall McCarthy - 086-8227567

What a fantastic start to 2020 for Blarney athlete Hannah Falvey who took Gold in the Juvenile Girls U15 Pentathlon Indoor Championships in Nenagh with a new personal best in the high jump, with a jump of 1.55m.

U10 Maurice O' Connor - 086-8160320 U12 Cormac Murphy - 087-9877187 Martin O'Brien - 087-2155798 U14 Daithi Creedon - 087-9440729 Kevin Cooper - 086-8079496

U16 Maria NicCarthaigh 086-1582492

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Players under the age of 14 will start back training in February. Players over the age of 14 will start training again on the 6th of January. Training times for these players is at 7 pm every Monday and Friday. Ballincollig Ladies Gaelic Football Club now is looking for players in all age groups. Please contact the above relevant managers for more information regarding training times and days. We look forward to seeing new faces in 2020.

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Silverware for Blarney Inniscarra Athletics Club when Holly Carroll and Conor Looney represented Munster in the All Ireland cross country in Dunboyne. Conor finished 6th in a field of 200 athletes in boys U11 and won first individual national medal and led the Munster team home to silver medals. Holly finished 24th in girls U17 and was part of the Cork winning team who claimed gold. A great finish to a really successful season of cross country for the club.

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Mary Noonan presenting the Seamus Noonan Memorial Cup to the winning Poc Fada team of Captain Sean O'Donoghue, Tadhg Lyons and Jack O'Leary-Keating, which was hosted by Inniscarra GAA and Inniscarra Camogie Clubs on St. Stephen's Day, whilst Jerome O'Callaghan presented the second prize to Ardal O'Connell, Owen McCarthy and Eimear Hurley and Geraldine Keohane presented the third prize to Colm Lyne and Jamie Lynch (and Rob O'Mahony, not in photo).

Eire Og GAA, Camogie and Ladies Football representatives with club members who won All Ireland medals in various grades in 2019. They were joined by representative of the various Cork teams, Micheal O'Croinin, John Cleary, Bobbie O'Dwyer and Ollie O'Sullivan.

All Ireland Minor medal winners in 2019, Isobel Sheehan (Camogie and Ladies Football), Emma Quigley (Camogie) & Meadhbh Kelly (Football).

Eire Og's All Ireland medal winners Hugh and Jack Murphy and Colm O'Callaghan pose with Caoimhe Lehane and Abbie Hyde who got to hold the All Ireland Under 20 Cup.

Grainne O'Mahony, Shauna Sheehan (Captain camogie team), Edel Sheehan, Ciara O'Brien and Laoise Murphy who won All Ireland under 14 Camogie medals with Cork while Shauna and Ciara also won Under 14 Football medals. Included are Jamie Cronin, Camogie selector and Reg Halligan, Chairperson Eire Og Ladies Gaelic Football.

Bobbie O'Dwyer, Cork Minor Football Manager and Micheal O'Croinin, Cork Under 20 Selector with Eire Og All Ireland medal winners, Hugh Murphy (Minor), his brother Jack (Under 20) and Colm O'Callaghan (Under 20).

Aaron and Liadh Murphy celebrate with the under 20 All Ireland Football Cup.

Tradition lives on! Colm Sheehan, himself an All Ireland hurling medal winner, with his grand daughters, Rebecca and Isobel Sheehan. pics Mike English

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Blarney United FC

Blarney United FC wishes former Schoolboy Conor McCarthy every success on his move from Cork City to St Mirren in the Scottish Premier Football league.


Blarney United Junior squad are top of the table and looking for promotion or a league title come May. The management team of Sean O'Sullivan and Derek Daly have made an immediate impact since taking over at the start of the season and they will look to continue the good form and results as the league title race and push for promotion comes to a close in May.

BUFC 18 goal scorers in the last 32 National Cup game V Willow FC from Athlone were Sean Keane, Corey Murphy, Josh Hudner, Niall Cremin and Scott Forrest.

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BUFC 18s are through to last 16 of the National Youths Cup where they will play St Mary’s at home. The tie will be played in February on a date to be conďŹ rmed.

Blarney United FC

Happy New Year to all our players, coaches, members, sponsors, friends and supporters and a big thank you for your continued hard work and support. We are looking forward to another decade of prosperity and progress at BUFC. 2019 will always be an historic year in the clubs history with our Under 17s team winning the National Cup and the team and club ofďŹ cials honoured with a reception at City Hall by Lord Mayor John Sheehan. Club Chairman Cormac Hayes, President Henry Murphy, local Cllr Damian Boylan, Con O'Riordan, Karl Murphy and Noel Kelleher also attended on behalf of the club. As 2020 starts we look forward to the second half of the season with both our senior and junior teams challenging at the top of the table in both their respective leagues. Promotion will be in the grasp of both of these teams if they continue with the same great results in 2020 that they ďŹ nished with in 2019. Both our 18's teams are also at the top end of their respective leagues and the 18 Premier team are through to the last 16 of the National Cup so there is plenty to look forward to as we get down to the business end of the 2019/20 season.

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Blarney GAA news

St Stephen's Day Activities

The Blarney Castle walk was a wonderful start to the day ith our annual walk of the castle grounds, with complimentary refreshments served at the clubhouse. It was a beautiful morning and it was great to see so many people out working off the Christmas dinner and enjoying the fine weather. Huge thanks as always to Blarney Castle, The Castle Hotel and our Christmas volunteers for all their help! 4 x IMAGE WITH THIS

Healthy Club Project

Blarney GAA has been selected to take part in phase 4 of the Official GAA Healthy Club Project and we will be up and running in early February 2020. To kickstart the initiative please join us each Wednesday night at the clubhouse, from 7pm - 8pm, for the one mile loop (or more) around our village. Everyone is welcome, young and older, and a hi-vis vest is essential. Hope to see you there!

Poc Fada

Congratulations to Jennifer Murphy and Orla Cremen winners of the ladies category.

Well done to Eoin Mullane, Stephen Mullane and Daniel Quill winners of the men's category with 25 points. Huge thanks to all our volunteers, especially our own Tim Duggan for organising the event, Blarney Sofa Factory for sponsoring the event and to the Waterloo Inn for hosting the event. Delighted to see the Waterloo Inn open again and continued success to them.


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Have you considered a 2020 Family Membership? Blarney GAA Club have a close association to Blarney Camogie Club and recognise many families have daughters who play camogie. This coming season, families will have the opportunity to avail of a family membership for €230. This membership category will give Blarney GAA Club membership to both the non playing parents/guardians and all boys under the age of 18, while also including Blarney Camogie Club membership to all girls in the family who play camogie. Fantastic value and by paying online, members have the option to pay over four monthly instalments.

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Playing members have access to the club gym and a certified strength, conditioning and fitness coach. Players participating in official club playing activities have benefit cover under the GAA injury benefit fund (see for full details.) Eligible to apply for and purchase tickets through the club for Intercounty Championship games involving Cork hurlers & footballers. Free entry to all car boot sales held in Blarney. Being an official member of the most famous and traditional organisation in the country and being registered officially with Croke Park.

Giving Tree

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to our giving tree for St Vincent De Paul this Christmas.

For members 18 years & over, access to GRMA (go raibh maith agat) which is the new GAA Membership Card programme providing benefits and rewards to you, as a GAA member.

Congratulations and the very best of luck to

our former player Conor McCarthy on signing for St. Mirren.

Using the Card or membership number will enable GAA Members to benefit from partner discounts, special offers and earn points for going to games. Giving support to your club, both financially through the membership fee but more importantly through participation in club activities. Having a say through voting rights in how the club is run at the AGM. Exclusive discounts to rental of club facilities for party Tel: bookings.

Harty Cup

e-mail: Well done to our Blarney/Rathpeacon players who are through to the semi final of the Dr Harty Cup with CBC against CBS Midleton.

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Photographed at R & R Tyres, Ballincollig, on the occasion of presentation to Edward McCarthy, Ovens, of his set of tyres to value of €500, won at the National Ploughing Championships, in a competition sponsored by Repak ELT (End of Life Tyres) and The Road Safety Authority. pic Mike English

Cait McCarthy, Friends of Marymount Hospice, receiving a cheque for €10,050 raised by the annual Bweeng Tractor & Vintage Car Run.

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

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Congratulations to Blarney Vintage Club Member Tony Foley, delighted to be named club member of the year for 2019. He is pictured receiving his award from Ed Healy.

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