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The July edition of The Muskerry News, incorporating The North City News, will be published on Thursday July 12th and closing date for submissions is Thursday July 5th.

Below, Aisling and Rita O’Connor, Blarney, pictured at The Healthy Hearts 10th anniversary reunion at Bon Secours Hospital. pic Gerard McCarthy

Herbie Hendrick, Cork Butter Exchange Band, is Cork Person Of The Month. Affectionately known as ‘Da Butterea’, this famous northside city brass band was founded in the mid 1800s and Conductor Herbie Hendrick has an almost 70 year association with the band. pic Tony O’Connell Photography

Lovely Abbie had 7 inches cut off her hair at Jo’s Edge, Blarney, for the Little Princess Trust, which donates hair to make wigs for boys and girls who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.

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Thanks so much to the little people with the big hearts at Shournagh Childcare who handed over a cheque for €1062 to Dogs for the Disabled following their recent fundraiser and awareness day where they learnt about the wonderful work of assistance dogs. This year the Church of Ireland in Blarney are running a holiday club for all primary school aged children in Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney. There is expected to be high demand so please register early! Team Builders is Blarney Church of Ireland’s great new holiday club programme for 2018 and each day, the children will look at a Bible story, and discover how it relates to their life today. With sports, games, songs, drama, bible stories, crafts, quizzes and lots and lots of fun the club runs from Tuesday 24th July to Saturday 28th July. Camp is on Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 12.30pm, and Saturday 10.30am to 1pm, and this is a day when all the family are welcome to come and join in the Holiday Club, see what the children have been doing and to join together for a BBQ lunch. Team Builders takes place at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, and is open to anyone in Primary school, including those beginning in September The club costs just €15 per child, with a maximum fee of €30 per family (payable at time of booking) For more information and booking forms check out, email or phone Carrigrohane Parish Office on 0214516620



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Congratulations to students from the College of Medicine and Health UCC on their recent graduation.

make your local views known and write to The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney, Co. Cork or email Dear Editor, In volume 16, issue 5. April 2018 you ran an article on Donal Ring as he celebrated his 60 years in show business. His first celebration took place in a hotel in Cork attended by I believe at least 300 guests. What was notable was the amount of dignitaries that were in attendance which obviously showed that he was well respected both locally and far afield for his charity work and his absolute dedication to his music. Also included as a wee surprise for Donal his old Scottish band leader family friend for over 50yrs, Bruce Lindsay and others had travelled over from Scotland to enjoy the festivities. So talented is his family they split them in to 3 bands covering 3 generations and the dance floor never emptied. What a brilliant night and may I take this opportunity to thank everyone in attendance who made the Scottish contingent so welcome, including Donal’s wife, we call her a lady of presence, because when she enters a room everyone realises that she is there. She is just such a lovely lady. During the following week we attended other smaller celebrations and enjoyed the lot.

Sarah Kelleher Douglas, Mags Carey Blarney, Kate O’Donoghue Douglas, Aisling Hegarty Ovens and Caoilfhionn Collins Ballincollig. Finbarr Crowley Ballincollig, Oisin O’Sullivan Waterfall, Devin Fitzgerald and Eoin Sheehy Blarney. Below, John Coleman, Blarney.

For many years Donal and his band have toured many other countries but luckily for us his favourite is Scotland. This year he wanted to do something different so with the assistance of his two sons, Donnie and Dermot they filled a bus with musicians and supporters and kindly asked Bruce Lindsay and his musicians and anyone else that had followed him over the years in a large Stramash. The first show took place in a wee Scottish town Kelso and was a great success. Also they had brought along Corks finest singer Terry MacArthur and the brilliant show man Dermot Lions,what a line up. To complete the tour on the Sunday the Shand Morino players accompanied by players from all over Britain played their boxes individually to show of their skills at Windygates hall in Fife to a large audience. To see the bus depart was also quite emotional as so many people had struck up a friendship.

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From Bruce Lindsay and friends thanks to Donal and family for such entertainment, also we wish Donal and his lovely wife our congratulations on 61 years of marriage. HAIST YE BACK. Ian

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Improving Your Home Spring is a time that can herald in a flurry of “spring-cleaning”, home improvements and renovations. With a substantial 12.5% increase in residential property prices in the past year (Central Statistics Office) it’s very likely that many will opt to do up their current homes rather than purchase a new home. Indeed, new figures released on the Home Renovation Incentive, (HRI) found that over 107,000 homeowners had carried out upgrades on their properties since the launch of the scheme in 2013. A total of €1.7 billion has been spent. This equates to 107,386 home improvement projects at an average cost of €16,187 per project. This shows that home renovations, upgrades and improvements remain a popular “fixture” of homeowners in Ireland, and are likely to only increase in popularity given the rise in property prices. The average homeowner spends €1,850 heating their home each year. Homeowners can save up to €600 per year on their heating bills by properly insulating the walls of their homes. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has introduced increased and additional grants for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient, cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. Grants range from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls, all the way to €6,000 for external wall insulation. The grants typically cover one third of the total cost of the works of an average home – for more detail see

A big thank you to the gorgeous young adults at Aisling CAP Ballincollig, Elaine, Nicholas, Luke, Halena, Sarah and Donogh, pictured here with Hugo and Jasmine, for the funds raised during their bake sale for Dogs for the Disabled.

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The ‘Spring into Summer Ball’, organised by Cork Rose Aishling O’Connor, Ronan Walsh and Gavin Farmer to help raise awareness and funds for Breakthrough Cancer Research, took place on Friday, 11th of May at the Cork International Hotel with over 200 people in attendance. All proceeds from this event will go towards Breakthrough Cancer Research which funds the efficient and effective development of new treatments for cancer. Breakthrough Cancer research focus on translating lab discoveries into new treatment opportunities.

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The May Blarney & District Person of the Month is Julia Downey As her nominee told us, “The person I would like to nominate for ‘Blarney Person of the Month’ is Julia Downey.

However she would be the first person to acknowledge the help and assistance of others in the church. In 2013 Julia received the Benemerenti Medal in recognition for her years of service to the Church from Pope Benedict.

Julia Downey has been an integral part of the Whitechurch Community for many years. Born and raised in Whitechurch, from a young age Julia cared for members of her family until they passed away. Her role as a care assistant continued for many years where Julia demonstrated her kindness and compassion to those around her.

Despite all her work Julia has remained humble and avoids the spotlight at all cost. Julia has been a true inspiration to those around her throughout her life. The values she holds are those she lives by daily.

Julia has always stuck to her belief that you should treat those around you better than you treat yourself. In 1995 Julia began delivering meals to several elderly people in Whitechurch in conjunction with Blarneys ‘Meals on Wheels’. Julia delivered these meals for about 5 years.

We are fortunate to have benefited from her selfless actions and can only hope it continues for many years to come.”

Throughout her life, Julia has held strong Christian belief. In 1980, 38 years ago Julia gradually took up the voluntary role of sacristan in St. Patricks Church, Whitechurch, originally assisting her late dear friend Hannah Burke. When Hannah became unable to continue her role, Julia readily stepped in taking the reins. Her dedication to the role is phenomenal, that almost on a daily basis she prepares the church for regular mass. This does not take into

The awards aim is to recognise achievement, leadership and altruism so that others may be inspired to follow. You can nominate anyone whose contribution has singled them out as deserving of recognition, be it in community, sport, business, arts, family or indeed from any sector or activity in our community.

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‘Nuacht na míosa ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí’ Comhghairdeas le gach éinne a bhí páirteach! Gaelscoil Mhuscraí is delighted to be awarded its fifth Green Flag! The school has also received another award for its part in Discover Primary Science projects with all classes. Bhí Lá Gníomhach ag an scoil le déanaí agus bhaineamar lán-taitneamh as! The school recently held an Action Day as part of the Green Schools’ Project. We walked to school and were rewarded with fresh fruit and smoothies when we arrived! Bhí tráth na gceist ollmhór sa halla le déanaí! We had great fun at our recent quiz! Many thanks to Ata from Claddagh Restaurant, Blarney who kindly donated vouchers for a recent raffle. Go raibh maith agat!

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Many of you will remember the lovely Erin from Coachford, and from her many years at Blarney Castle Hotel, who has been selected to represent Cork in the 2018 Rose of Tralee Festival. Congratulations Erin!


Mags Carey, Blarney, pictured with her mum Catherine and her four aunts following her recent graduation from the College of Medicine and Health UCC.

All smiles from Blarney Tidy Town volunteers who cleaned up the village before and after the recent Darkness into Light walk.

Local music legend Donal Ring pictured with family and friends on his recent musical tour of Scotland. Donal is holding the May edition of The Muskerry News, in which he was honoured as Blarney & District Person of the Month.

No sitting in the sun after work for the fabulous Ballincollig Tidy Town volunteers, who can be seen out in force as part of the Cork County Council Anti Litter challenge.

Huge congratulations to the fourteen fabulous Ballincollig Community Games draughts players for their fantastic achievements at the National Community Games Finals in University of Limerick.The U10 team won GOLD for Ballincollig and retained their National Draughts Title, and the wonderful U12 team came away with Bronze medals!

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Shall I compare thee to a summers day? May finally saw winter loosen it’s grip upon Blarney. The summer sun burst through and after the longest coldest winter seen in Blarney for many years the children got to really play outside. The two greatest assets our village school enjoys are our extensive playing fields. The children get to enjoy sport, explore and have fun. The summer gave our school a beautiful day for our First Holy Communions. We had 50 children from two classes celebrate on the day. Well done to Ms. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Buckley, Ms. Crowley and Mrs. Byrne for putting in so much effort behind the scenes to prepare the children. Our senior students were learning about the wider world by visiting Dáil Éireann and Cork County Hall. Billy Kelleher TD invited our 6th class on a tour of Dáil Éireann and Cllr. Kevin Conway brought us to visit the County Mayor in County Hall. Our most popular member of staff, Michael Murray of Station Road and his Grandson Jack bumped into his old friend Enda Kenny. We in Blarney NS practice the philosophy of bringing the curriculum to life. It takes a village to rear a child they say, so every year our senior children like to give back to the Community by helping Tom McGrath and the Blarney Tidy Towns. This year our volunteers helped tidy outside the Church of Ireland on the Square. Thanks to Barry Hoare of Blarney Auto’s for sponsoring the gloves on the day. Our athletes competed in this years Cork City Sports. Whilst the boys did well, it was Hanna Falvey of 5th Class who ‘ran away’ with it. Hanna was overall County Champion, beating competitors from over two hundred other schools. Special thanks to Mr. O’Leary for giving up his time to assist the organisation on the day and well done to all our Athletes who competed on the day. As the days grow longer and the sun seems to shine forever, Blarney NS would like to remind all the children of the community to take special care around water and to be careful on the roads.

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A huge congratulations to all involved in the newly opened community playground in Inniscarra. Doesn’t it look fantastic?

Jerry Forde ready to go during the Cork City Marathon. pic Iga Sasiela

A huge thank you to Cork City Fire Brigade who donated one of their retired AED’s to Blarney community first responders, yet another step that strengthens the all important chain of survival. Thank you so much.

Confirmation girl, Niamh O’Leary, Dripsey, at Curraheen Park with her mum, Sharon, Michelle, Caoimhe and Isabelle O’Leary. pic Mike English

You know it’s Summer when you see the fabulous Blarney Tidy Towns volunteers putting up the annual flower displays. Thanks to all who put them up, Blarney Castle Estate, and the businesses that contributed towards the cost.

200 people enjoyed a magical evening at Griffins in aid of Friends of Marymount last month when Margaret Griffin hosted a romantic moon gardening demonstration that was truely enjoyed by all who attended. On a beautiful May night, it was lovely for all the see the beauty of Griffins white plants illuminated by the moon and lights. Margaret would like to thank Ann O’Mahony (friends of Marymount) her team and all that attended to raise such a large amount for Marymount. This event raised over €4100 for Marymount Hospice.

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The Rise and Fall of Gurth’s Flourishing Paper Industry On the last few miles before joining with the Martin-Blarney Rivers near St. Ann’s, the Shournagh flows through a deep ravine from Fox’s Bridge. On one side of this ravine are the townlands of Gilcaugh (Fox’s Bridge) Gurth and Cloughphilip, and on the other side are Courtbrack, Loughane and Killowen. Roughly midway in that stretch, at the lower extremity of the townland of Gurth and on the river bank, stand the ruins of the one-time famous Gurth Paper Mills which ceased production in 1910. This Mill had the distinction of manufacturing the last roll of paper in the south of Ireland and it was the last of the old Irish paper mills that helped to vitalise the economy of local communities over many generations.

Townland of Gurth

Before dealing with the 200 years of paper manufacturing history of the Ryan family, we must mention a few excerpts from history relative to this townland of Gurth which in all the old documents was named Gurthdonoughmore. This townland which consists of about 595 acres formed a portion of the old Matehy parish that is now incorporated in the parish of Inniscarra. Gurth stretched from Vicarstown in the south, northwards to the Shournagh where the elongated side of the townland is bounded by the river by the parish of Grenagh. In this quiet stretch, where the water flows swiftest, the place was the scene of a virile industry one hundred years ago. The story of Gurth Paper Mills is that of the Ryan family who identified themselves with the commercial life of Cork county and city for many years.

Long Tradition

Long before the passing of the second Catholic Relief Act in 1782, which allowed Catholics to buy and inherit land and property, papermaking was an established industry by the Ryan family at Annacotty, County Limerick. Their mill was on the site of the present creamery at Annacotty. It was here that a James Ryan was born and grew up to learn the art of papermaking from his father, whom he helped. In those days, as we stated in a previous article on Dripsey Paper Mills, paper making was under the control of the Linen Board and like Linen it was subject to a duty imposed by the British Government. Paper manufacturers at that time used every artifice they could to evade excise duty and the Ryans of Annacotty were no exceptions. Some of the excise men were equally ingenious. One in particular who visited Annacotty mill felt that the authorities were not receiving a fair percentage of the boom he had seen and unknown to the owner, put a secret mark on a large quantity of paper. Soon afterwards he made an unexpected return to the mill to find that the secretly marked paper was missing. In consequence, the owner was fined the staggering sum of £500. It is not known if the elder Ryan continued at Annacotty for long after but at any rate his son. James, set out for Cork equipped with a splendid training in paper making. The Bianconi coach started by an Italian immigrant of that name in 1815, was the popular road transport system when James Ryan left his Annacotty home to start business in Cork. The route from Limerick to Cork was through Fermoy. Rathcormac, Glenville and White’s Cross. When the coach was halted at Grady’s house at Ceam, a regular stop for changing horses and refreshments for the travellers, young Ryan observed the potential available from the twin rivers of the North Bride and the Glashnabrack. His perceptive mind readily saw that both could be utilised for water power in one mill. He approached the landlords, the Hudson Kenehans and erected a mill at Glenville. Glenville started as a concern for hand-made paper, until Ryan met a Mr. Kelly from Waterford who had a problem of owning a paper making machine which he could not work. The two men worked out a financial agreement and the machine was installed at Glenville. At that time James Ryan married a Maria Dennehy and the couple had six children: John Mathias, James, William F., Margaret, Kate and Maria. The Glenville mills boomed until the excise authorities caught up with Ryan for the £500 unpaid by his father in Limerick. This setback forced Ryan and the family to leave Glenville.

Moved to Cork

Having had a career in manufacturing blighted twice in his life, James

Ryan came to Maylor Street, Cork, where he founded a distributing company which was prominent in the commercial life of Cork for many years until it wound up in voluntary liquidation in our own day. Alfred Greer, owner of the paper mills at Dripsey at that time, took over the Glenville mill. He held the Ryan family in high regard as manufacturers of paper and in due course engaged the young John Mathias Ryan as manager of the mill at Dripsey. Under Ryan’s management the Dripsey mill thrived, despite the introduction from Sweden of Kraft paper which threatened the future of the then paper making industry. While in Dripsey, John Mathias Ryan married a Catherine Cronin from around Belgooly and they had six children, one of whom became the late Bro. Pacificus of Rochestown Monastery. However, Greer and Ryan are reputed to have fallen out when the latter allowed the workers to have time off to attend Mass on St. Patrick’s Day.

Gurth Paper Mills

In 1870 John Mathias Ryan leased Gurth paper mills from Richard Barter of St. Ann’s. The lease was for 700 years. The previous owner or lessee of the mills was a Mr. Fisher. The success of the Gurth paper mills under John M. Ryan’s administration can be judged by the fact that the stationery, paper bags and wrapping paper made there were awarded “Honourable Mention” at the Cork Exhibition of 1883. The structure of the building was north-south with the flow of the river, at a point where the river and bordering roadway formed a left angular bend. From the road a wide wooden bridge, large enough for a horse and cart spanned the ten-foot-wide river. One hundred yards upstream a weir diverted the water into a mill race which re-joined the parent stream below the mill, thus giving the mill the appearance of having been in a small island. Inside the mill-race, the track of the Donoughmore extension of the Muskerry railway ran quite close to the mill between the 1890’s and 1934. The raw material used in the manufacture of paper was rags and the machinery was powered completely by water with steam for drying the paper. The machines turned out paper up to five feet wide. After passing over the cylinders, the paper went through the final stack of glaze rolls and on the reel, before being cut into various sized sheets. Prior to that there were four stages of process. First the pulp was pumped into a wooden vat, then it was carried to an overhead roller made of elm laths covered with three layers of copper gauze. The outer layer being as fine as silk. The material then passed between a set of rolls covered with felt before it passed between the heavy press rolls, each weighing 30 cwt. That separated the wet layer of paper from the felt. The last was the drying process of passing the paper over a set of five cylinders. The Ryan family home of John Mathias Ryan was directly across from the mill on the Loughane side of the Shournagh, but the wholesale and retail outlet for Gurth Mills was the distributing centre of John M. Ryans father, James, at Maylor Street, Cork. At Gurth, John M. Ryans married a second time, his second wife being Margaret Kiely of Loughane. There were seven children in this marriage, two girls and five boys. John M. died in 1902 and was succeeded by his son, William F. Ryan who made paper at Gurth up to the closure of the mill in 1910. In that year a scrap merchant in Cork purchased the machinery of the mill but on the day before he arrived to dismantle it, William F. was overcome by nostalgia and made a roll of paper to symbolise the last chapter of 200 years of paper making tradition in the family. Long before that the other mills in the county, namely, Dripsey, Glenville and Butlerstown had been forced to close down in face of competition from the Dublin paper mills that had installed modern high-speed machinery. The wooden bridge at the mill remained until a night of cloud-burst in December 1948 that caused heavy flooding and carried away many bridges, the weir above the mill was smashed by County Council men under orders, owing to the flooding of the Shournagh Road caused by the overflow at the roadside weir. Gone too from the Gurth side of the valley are the houses of the former workers at the mill and in particular a large house known as Han MacSweeney’s that one time housed 34 people. The number employed never exceeded 30, and it is doubtful if Gurth, unlike Annacotty and Glenville, produced any great wealth for the Ryan family. Local people hold the opinion that had it remained in production for a few more years, it would have enjoyed a boom period during the years of the First World War. However, it earned a special place in the history of paper mills due to the fact that it remained in production long after the others in the south of Ireland had closed and the family who operated it had 200 years of papermaking behind them. And in the area of the ruins of Gurth Mills it is rumoured that there is a roll of paper that future historians may yet study as evidence of a once thriving rural industry. The above item was written by historian Mr. Tim Sheehan and is part of a much larger article entitled ‘Gleanings from The Shournagh’ printed in ‘Old Blarney’ Journal Issue No 9.

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School year draws to a close at Berrings National School Holy Communion On the 26th of May twenty six 2nd class children received their First Holy Communion. A huge congratulations to all the parents and staff involved in preparing the children for this very special day. Irish Guide Dogs Berrings National School welcomed some very special visitors recently. Representatives from the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind came to the school to raise awareness about their brilliant work and services. To mark their visit the children had a ‘Green and Shades Day’ where they all dressed up and donated money. The day was enjoyed by all, most of all Becky the dog! Dramaíocht The children of Junior Infants wowed everyone with their performance of ‘An Tusa Mo Mhamaí?’ The children performed their play and sang songs as Gaeilge for the enjoyment of all the other classes in the school. Cork City Sports A big congratulations to the girls and boys who participated in the Cork City Sports, that took place in CIT. Berrings N.S came home with lots of trophies! Our boys received the accolade of the best school in their category. A special mention has to be given to Ali Dromey and Johnathan Piggott who made it into their respective County Finals. We are all very proud of our athletes. School Tours Rumleys Farm Our Junior, Senior Infants, Naionra and Class 1 all travelled to Rumleys Farm on their recent school tour. The children had a great time playing in the playground. Some children were even given the opportunity to pet some of the smaller residents of Rumleys. Cuskinny The children of 1st and 2nd class made their way to Cuskinny where they enjoyed many activities from archery to cooking on the camp fire! 5th and 6th class The senior end of the school enjoyed the sights of Spike Island.

How to avoid the many risks linked to Gum Disease You may be aware that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, but did you know that gum disease is linked to heart disease and strokes,pregnancy problems such as low birth weight, diabetes and respiratory disease? It may be more serious than you think.

Gum disease is inflammation of the tissues which support the teeth and attach them to the jaw. It arises when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Plaque can be removed with careful toothbrushing and flossing. Tartar forms when plaque is hardened by minerals such as calcium present in saliva. Tartar has to be removed professionally by your dentist or hygienist. Smoking also has a very harmful effect on the gums. Every smoker has gum disease but some smokers are affected worse than others. You may not notice the gum disease until it is quite advanced. Therefore, it is important to visit your dentist regularly and to be aware of the following signs: red swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste, gum recession, teeth starting to drift apart, teeth starting to loosen. What can you do to help prevent/treat

gum disease? Thoroughly and gently brush your teeth and gums for 2 to 4 minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Clean between the teeth with floss or interdental toothbrushes. Visit your dentist regularly for a check up

and a professional clean to remove plaque and tartar. At your next visit, why not ask your dentist or hygienist how best to keep your teeth clean? It could save your teeth and improve your health! Carolyn Barry Murphy BDS

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Athletes Patrick O’Flynn, Lisa Maher and Jeremy Murphy from the Inniscarra Blues Special Olympics Bocce Club are part of the 15 person Munster Bocce team in final preparations for the 2018 Special Olympics Ireland Games which take place this weekend 2018 in Dublin, the games will be the biggest sporting event in Ireland in 2018. In total 1600 athletes representing 5 regions, will compete in 13 different sports over the 3 day event, 385 will represent the Munster region in the various sports. All the athletes competing in these games have qualified and have advanced from Area and Regional Games, and now many will hope to qualify for the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March 2019 from the National competition. Three other athletes in the Inniscarra Blues Special Olympics Bocce club have qualified to represent the Munster region in other sports; Ian Kelleher in bowling, Ciaran O’Keeffe in athletics and Niall Cogan in swimming. After all the months of training the athletes are all set and ready to go, so we wish Patrick, Lisa and Jeremy all the best in the Bocce event, as we do to Ian, Ciaran and Niall in their respective sporting events. Inniscarra Blues S.O. Bocce Club meet on Tuesday evening from 7pm - 8.15pm from September to June in the Ballyanly Community Centre hall and new athletes and volunteer helpers are most welcome to come along any Tuesday evening to see what Bocce is all about. For more information contact Charlotte Murphy on 087 9958516, Mary McCarthy on 086 3970304 or Donal Sheehan on 087 6448910.

Vegan? Vegetarian? Coeliac? No problem at the Wild Goose Restaurant, Mallow.

Special Menus full of tantalizing choices for your special diet. The Wild Goose, where our customers always come first.

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Tower ICA is now 60 years old and recently celebrated in style at Kelly’s Resort in Wexford. Meetings, which will resume in September, are held on the first and last Tuesday of every month, and new members are always welcome.

Watch out Blarney Castle gardeners, the next generation is on the way! The fabulous young Tuesday Blarney Beavers made the most of the sunshine last month to bring their gardening and weeding talents to the square.

Fully Automated Sliding Gate 14ft x 6ft high ... €3,000 incl vat fitted Flat pack shed prices; 30ft x 20ft x 12ft ... €4,500 plus vat 47ft x 40ft x 14ft ... €10,340 plus vat 63ft x 40ft x 14ft ... €13,860 plus vat 80ft x 40ft x 14ft ... €17,000 plus vat 100ft x 50ft x 14ft ... €27,500 plus vat All sheds are 8ft x 5ft iron shotblasted primed and painted Sheeting down to 8ft wall, 6 cladding on roof and sides. All bracing bars, nuts, bolts, tec screws etc. Sheds can be erected also

Successful school year comes to an end at Cloghroe Well done to all who are taking part in our Morning Run initiative. We love how it wakes us up before school - mind, body and soul! Thank you to Mr Keady, who helped us to plant potatoes in the school garden. We have been learning all about how roots grow down and shoots grow up in search of sunlight. Each time we revisit the garden, we see if we can see new signs of growth.

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unconscious writing. They then discuss their topic and draw their ideas. Finally, they put pen to paper and let their creative juices flow! Sixth Class thoroughly enjoyed a six week block of tag rugby with Leah Lyons. They learned all the basics of tag rugby - passing, side stepping and tagging, and loved the games at the end of each session.

The school held it’s very first Irish Dancing Feis on Monday May 21st. It was a wonderful opportunity for pupil’s to showcase their dancing skills and to develop their self-confidence. Ms Coomey and Miss O’Shea are extremely proud of the pupils progress this year. We look forward to welcoming Irish Dancers back to further develop their talents in September 2018!

Well done to our children who participated in all 6 nights of the Blarney/Inniscarra Athletic Leagues last month. Cloghroe NS relay teams had great success winning all four inter-school relay events. More success and enjoyment followed in the City Sports with three 1st places, two 2nd places and two 3rd places across girls and boys. Great credit is also due to all girls who ran, as all their achievements accumulated to scoop the overall prize for their division. Firmount NS provided another run out for our athletes in the Cross Country running event in Lackabawn. Great memories made meeting children from lots of local schools.

Congratulations to the boys and girls who represented the school in such an admirable manner in Páirc Uí Rinn on Thursday 31st May. The boys put up a brave fight against Glounthane in the H1 Final and were narrowly beaten. The girls won the C3 Final against Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin, Ballincollig. Both teams showed wonderful skill and determination on the day. Comhghairdeas!! Táimid anbhródúil as daoibh go léir!

The children enjoyed outdoor yoga and mindfulness as part of their Amber Flag day which seeks to promote a healthy attitude towards our general physical and mental fitness and well-being. Yoga classes were given by Martina Earle to sixth and fifth Class practicing breathing techniques and classic yoga poses like ‘child’s pose’ and ‘downward facing dog’. Both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the classes.

Children in Junior Infants are currently learning about the world of construction. They learned about the work of builders, engineers and all those involved in the construction industry. They are having great fun, exploring the theme through the use of role play, construction, making 2D drawings of a town and drawing house plans. Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class were taken on a bug hunt in our beautiful woods. Niamh from Heritage Ireland taught them all about insects and how to search for them.

Cloghroe’s Amber Flag committee also held a fundraiser last November for the Relentless Rowers across the Atlantic Ocean. One of these rowers, Seán Underwood is a past pupil of Cloghroe and he visited the school today to tell the children about his adventures in the high seas! We admire his mental and physical strength and resilience and congratulate him and his team on his achievement.

On May 24th, two children from third class organised a Sports Afternoon in aid of Cancer Awareness raising €450. Sixth Class also organised a Bake Sale, raising a further €580 for this worthy cause. ​ iss McAuliffe’s Fifth Class won the opportunity to have a visiting M artist to the classroom for a few weeks. They have had lots of fun over the last few weeks awakening and exploring their creative selves with Kathy D’Arcy who is an artist, poet and writer. They start each class with a short relaxing meditation and then engage in

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Behind the Castle Walls

April has been a real stop start month in the gardens, and the poor plants have been totally confused by our crazy weather. I think things are finally starting to right themselves now though. A little sunshine helps everything! I’m expecting to see a lot of movement in the coming weeks am d A h wit as plants try to catch up, but so will the weeds! The rhododendrons and azaleas throughout the gardens are coming into flower and there are vivid splashes of colour around every bend. The azalea beds that run from the Mansion to the Castle will be a sea of colour for the next few weeks. They are definitely worth a visit! We call this area the Belgian Beds as the original stock plants came from Belgium. We finally moved out all of our tender tropical plants last week, and it’s very satisfying to see the borders filling back up. Our Jungle area is going into its second year and I hope to see good growth on some of the schefflera and more unusual specimens that we’ve put in. There are plans to further extend this garden down towards the river to include a South African terrace. Our Vietnamese woodland is also taking shape and visitors will see a new arrival in the area soon. We are constructing a Cardamom farmers hut to highlight the impact that this is having in the native Vietnamese forests. This whole area is part of an exsitu conservation project that we are running in partnership with an institute in Vietnam. A lot of the wild collected plants that we are introducing here are endangered in their native habitat. As the ground dries out we have a lot of clean up to do from recent renovation works around the grounds and gardens. We have 3 areas around the castle to lay new turf and many muddy verges to tidy and reseed. The long wet winter and passing construction vehicles really took its toll on the grass and it will take a while to get things back up to standard. Jobs for the next few weeks: Plant indoor tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers if you haven’t already, start to tie in and pinch out growth on the grape vine, thin indoor peaches to ensure a good quality crop, sow herbs in six packs and then plant out when they reach a manageable size, this also works well for lettuce. Watch out for slug damage and check for greenfly both indoors and out. A good tip for dealing with greenfly is mix some washing up liquid and water in a jug to make a lot of foam, then apply this foam directly to the infested areas to completely cover the aphids. It is very effective! Now is the time to start thinking about staking herbaceous plants before they become too established. Dahlias can be planted out in the beds now and we will shortly be planting out our bedding plants. There is still a risk of frost though so be on standby with horticultural fleece. I look forward to seeing you in the gardens.

Charlotte O’Sullivan, Brenda O’Sullivan, Jessica O’Callaghan and Hazel Egan from Whitechurch at the Cork Ladies Shine for Autism lunch. pic Gerard McCarthy


Oonagh Buckley, Wilton and Regina Burke, Ballincollig, Interior Architecture and Design students at St. John’s Central College, at the end of term exhibition of students’ work. pic Mike English

Cork Person Of The Month!

To mark her courageous campaign for her daughter Ava to receive treatment with medicinal cannabis for a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome, Vera Twomey was named Cork Person of the Month. Pictured left are Paudie Donegan, Lexus Cork; Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, AM O’Sullivan PR; Vera Twomey, Cork Person of the Month; Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser; Pat Lemasney, Southern.

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John Wiseman, Jean Shanahan, Kevin Condon, Kate Kearney and Iris Wilkins McCarthy have the ‘Gift of the Gab’ when it comes to selling your property.

40 Carrigwell, Carrignavar T34HX72 €365,000 DNG Murphy Condon proudly presents this spectacular, turnkey, beautiful & well presented 4 bedroom detached property to the market. Located in the highly sought after development of Carrigwell in the heart of Carrignavar Village and close to all amenities. BER: B3 BER No.102887973 Tirano, The Highlands, Glounthaune T45T322 €450,000 DNG Murphy Condon are delighted to present to the market this four bedroom bungalow with detached garage. The property stands on a mature elevated site and it has magnificent picturesque views of the inner estuary and surrounding countryside, located just a few minutes from the village of Glounthaune. Walking distance to Commuter railway station, bus stop & shortcut through estate to local National School. Immediate access to all link roads BER: C3 BER No.104720693 45 Castlewood, Little Island T45F623 €230,000 (DNG Murphy Condon) Beautiful walk-in condition family home situated in a quiet cul-de-sac park overlooking a large green area awaits you in Castlewood, Little Island. Completely refurbished the property has new flooring thoughout and has been freshly painted. Featuring larger than average kitchen/dining room, guest wc, lounge, four bedrooms, en-suite and main bathroom. GFCH and PVC double glazed windows. BER: C2 BER No.111100301

7 Springmount Road, Glanmire T45PC98 €285,000 (DNG Murphy Condon) A unique opportunity to acquire a generously proportioned family home in the heart of Glanmire. Family homes come to market once in a lifetime in this development which is established and mature with a great neighbourhood. The original home was given a double storey extension to the side bringing it to its present size of c.148,592 sq.ft. Two receptions, kitchen/dining, utility, four bedrooms (one en-suite) and main bathroom. BER: C3 BER No.110873478 5 Liam Healy Road, Farranree T23X2H1 €150,000 DNG Kevin Condon are delighted to present to the market this extended 3 bedroom end of terrace property, which is ideally located on the Farranree side of Liam Healy Road. In need of some modernisation and up-grading this end of terrace property has enclosed front and back gardens, and side entrance. BER: E1 BER No.111077822 Ballincrokig, Dublin Pike T23N205 €325,000 DNG Kevin Condon proudly presents this beautifully finished, turnkey, 3 bedroom detached property to the market for sale by private treaty. This is a superbly located home which comes for sale in pristine condition. This property is meticulously maintained both inside and outside, with a keen eye for fine detail in the specification throughout the property. BER: D1 BER No.101297760


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Standing room only as the village turns out in

huge numbers for Father Martin Walsh’s annual coffee morning.

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Kate is crowned


2018 Belle of Ballincollig pics Mike English

Amy Jones, 2017 Belle, Niamh O’Callaghan and Sarah Reck. Sarah Reck, Aoibhinn Horgan, Amy Jones, Jayne Wharton and Emma Boyd.

Alison Harvey getting presented with first prize in the Belle of Ballincollig Duck Race.

Ciara Donovan and Natalie O’Connell. Present and Past. Kate Shaughnessy, sponsored by Platinum Professional Hair Team, who is the 2018 Belle of Ballincollig receiving her sash from 2017 Belle, Amy Jones.

Kate Shaughnessy, winner of Belle of Ballincollig 2018, celebrating with her parents, Niamh and John, family members, and Ciara O’Connor of Platinum Hair Team, sponsors, following her win.

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Allianz Sciath na Scol showcases local sporting excellence pics Mike English

Cloughdubh’s Aoife Lehane, captain and Clodagh Collins, vice captain celebrate their Scoil Eoin Ballincollig captain, James O’Keeffe and vice captain, Killian O’Mahony showing win over Coachford. off the Roinn Urban H1 Allianz Sciath na Scol trophies following their win at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Above, Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig players enjoy their victory over St. Joseph’s NS Cobh.

Close encounters during the Dungourney versus Berrings Allianz Sciath na Scol final.

While right, enthusiastic Cloghroe National School supporters!

Cloghroe National School runners up to Glounthaune in Roinn H1 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals.

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Gael Scoil Ui Riordain who were runners up to Cloghroe in Roinn C3.

Cloghroe camogie players salute their supporters following their Roinn C3 Allianz Sciath na Scol win.

Cloghroe camogie team, with coaches, winners of Roinn C3 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Happy Cloughdubh supporters following their win.

Coachford National School who were runners up to Cloughdubh in Roinn DC6 at the Allianz Sciath na Scol finals at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Blarney Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal 16 July - 20 July 10.00 - 12.30 Ballincollig Gaelscoil Ui Riordain 23 July - 27 July 2.30 - 5.00 We also have Camps in Glanmire, Douglas, Blackrock, Macroom & Mallow

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Ballinora beat Donoghmore with a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-06

The Blarney team who beat Kilmichael on a scoreline of 4-18 to 1-23

What an achievement!

Massive congratulations to Waterloo AFC!!

“As chairman of Waterloo AFC I couldn’t be more proud of the lads. League champions and Corinthians Cup winners. To everyone who has helped out in anyway this season I thank you. To Niall, Conor and Dan the management team especially. And finally one man in particular Brendan O’Donnell who needed 6 goals in a league decider and a cup final to pass my 49 goal club record and scored 2 hat tricks! 50 goals in a season is unbelievable. Hon The Loo! We Are Premier League!” Denis O’Mahony, Waterloo AFC Chairman

Blarney U13 Hurlers who had a hard fought 1 point win over a very tough Carrigaline Team 2-13 to 4-6 on Friday 1st June in Blarney. Well done to all the players and mentors. An Bhlárna Abú!

Neil Twomey and Paul Higgins who stood down from their positions as Blarney United Club Chairman and Club Secretary following the AGM. Both men have worked tirelessly for the club in their positions over the past 3 years and will be sorely missed. It’s men and women like these who give up so much of their own time for our clubs and organisations, that make our villages and towns such wonderful places to live.

Louise Ambrose, Ballincollig Basketball Club, winner of the Under 16 B Player of the Year Award photographed with mum and sister, Alison and Emma at the Cork Ladies Basketball Awards Night.

Orla Humphries, Carraig na bhFear, receiving the Under 14B Player of the Year Award from special guest, Edel Thornton, at the Cork Ladies Basketball Awards Night.

Jason Thornton, Treasurer Cork Ladies Basketball Board, presenting the Club of the Year Award to Brunell representatives, Ann O’Halloran and Patsy Fitzgibbon.

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Blarney ladies, Rosario Molina, Liz Lenehan, Mairead O’Donovan and Danielle O’Flynn took part in the Ballincollig GAA 5K road race at the Belle of Ballincollig Festival.

Tim Kelleher, Tom O’Neill, Finbarr O’Dwyer and Mick Dooley, Ballincollig, wishing Gerry Forde, Blarney, the best of luck in the wheelchair section of the road race, a section Gerry went on to win.

Paddy O’Leary of SuperValu Tower presenting a set of new jerseys to Ken O’Connell, Inniscarra GAA Club Chairman.

John Ahern of John Ahern Electrical Contractors presenting a set of jerseys to Inniscarra GAA Juvenile Chairman Leo Murphy. Included in photo are club players Sean, James & Coleman Ahern and U16 hurling coach Conor O’Leary.


Belle of Ballincollig, Amy Jones, presenting first prize to Mark Walsh, Leevale AC. Included is Conor Wills, Ross Oil, main sponsors. pics Mike English Conor Wills, Ross Oil, main sponsors, presenting first prize in the ladies section to Anna Reddin, Crusaders AC. Included is Amy Jones, Belle of Ballincollig.

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This looks like great fun! A lot of running and fun games last week with over 100 girls and boys. Only €10 for the summer and on every Friday night, bring the kids to see if they like it first if all no obligation we just want to get kids active!

Clogheen-Kerry Pike National School are All Ireland Champions of the girls Spar Primary Schools 5 aside soccer. The finals were played in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. What a wonderful achievement for the school!

Muskerry U13 South Munster Cup Champions!

Muskerry R.F.C. U13s were recently crowned South Munster Cup champions. Muskerry met a strong Kinsale R.F.C. side in the final of the U13 cup with Highfield R.F.C. hosting the game. The first half provided a very tight affair with Muskerry edging the possession and territory. However both sides played some very good rugby and were not willing to take a backward step. The game remained scoreless at half time. The second half also proved to be a close fought game. Midway through the second half Muskerry were awarded a long range penalty in front of the posts. Scrum-half Cian Boylan’s kick fell just short with Muskerry being awarded a scrum near the line from the ensuing play. From this scrum captain and No. 8 Luke Walsh broke on the blind side to set up a ruck with Tom Coughlan going over in the left hand corner for a great team try. Darragh O’Connell was just short with the conversion attempt. Muskerry never looked back from here and continued to apply pressure for the remaining ten minutes of the game and were unlucky not to be awarded a further try. The large Muskerry support made their voice heard on the final whistle for a great win.

This win ensured that Muskerry did not concede any scores in the cup competition. All the coaches and parents were delighted with how the team played throughout the season. The cup was accepted on the night by Sean Lenihan and Luke Walsh on behalf of a great team where every player made an important contribution.

Many thanks to Waterloo AFC ...

who donated the proceeds of the Tony O’Mahony memorial match, against Killowen, to Pieta House.

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Congratulations Pat!

The 31st Charity Trout Competition on Lough Lein in Killarney was once again a resounding success with €10,000 collected and equally divided between two local charities.The competition is held under the auspices of Lough Lein Anglers’ Association and this year 73 competitors from across Ireland took to the waters of Killarney’s treasured lake. Weather conditions were ideal with plenty of cloud cover and light breeze which resulted in 121 trout presented for weigh-in at Ross Castle. Blarney man Pat Hoare took the honours on the day with eight good trout to win the Hegarty Perpetual Cup.

On a sunny day at Blarney GAA where Cork were taking on Limerick, Shane Barrett, a Blarney man, was announced as captain of the Cork Minor team. It was a momentous occasion to have a founding member of MC2 Accountants, Jim McCarthy, also a local Blarney man, to present Blarney GAA 50 new tops for the coaches of Club na nÓg. Blarney GAA Club na nÓg coaches were delighted with the new gear and are excited to sport the MC2 logo on the club gear, just as MC2 Accountants are proud to be sponsored partners for the Blarney GAA coaches.

Blarney United U12A soccer team had their final match away to Richmond on Sunday 20th May. The boys put in a very spirited effort over the year in a very challenging division. Well done to all the players and mentors.

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Blarney United U12 footballers who had an excellent 2-13 to 1-6 win over Fermoy on Friday May 4th in Blarney. Well done to all the players and mentors.

Blarney United U12A soccer team who enjoyed a great day out of ‘Footgolf’ followed by pizza.

Wedding Special

The Gab Storytelling are delighted to return to Nano Nagle Place for this year’s Crosstown Drift as part of Cork Midsummer Festival with storytellers Maria Gillen, Paddy O’Brien, Suzanne O’Mahony and Bean an Tí Sharon O’Neill. It takes place from 1pm to 2pm on Saturday the 23rd of June at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork. Free Entry.

July Gab Mixtape

Saturday July 28th at Old Blarney Post Office Cafe

Gab special for Heritage week

Saturday August 18th at Alpha Sud, Blarney

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