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FREE Vol 13, issue 4

March 2015

MICHAEL’S LITTLE STEPS

Come along and help Michael take his first steps!

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make your local views known and write to The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney, Co. Cork or email muskerrynews@eircom.net Hello, About twenty-five years ago I visited your delightful town with my brother and mother. There was a gift store in Blarney run by a mother, her son and daughter. I simply cannot remember their name or the name of their store. I did by items during our visit and a few times after that. But it has been so long, I just don't remember their name, but I want to do business with them again. Hopefully they are still thriving in Blarney! If there is still such a store, will you kindly share their name and website with me? Thanks so much! Jim Stevenson jbstevenson@comcast.net

Ann and Con Green, Blarney, Julie and Michael Green, Mourneabbey, at the Beara Association Dinner at the Viaduct Inn. pic Mike English

Dorothy O'Donovan, Newcestown NS; Mary Collins, Ballygiblin NS; Ber Keevers, Ardmore NS; and Anne Kane, Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig.

pic Darragh Kane The Blarney Hill Walking Group pictured on Clara Mountain on Sunday February 8th. It was a fabulous day for a good walk, marvellous scenery and most of all, great company. Why not come and join them? To find out more contact Oliver 087 2445886.

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Fine Gael Senator Colm Burke has proposed that a high tech hospital, similar in size to CUH, be sited in Blarney. According to a recent report in the Evening Echo, ‘HI-TECH hospital, on the same scale as CUH, has been proposed for Blarney village by Fine Gael Senator, Colm Burke. Senator Burke has appealed to Cork County Council to make provision in the County Development Plan for a new hospital in Blarney, to be a centre of excellence for the entire Munster region. More than 40 years ago, the Fitzgerald report set out the shape of the Irish hospital network, and recommended that Cork should have two large-scale hospitals. While the CUH was built, the second general hospital never came about. Senator Burke says it’s time to resurrect that plan, and that Blarney is the perfect location for it. “There are too many centres of excellence in Dublin, and more need to be in the regions,” he said. The hospital would be on an as-yet unidentified green-field site in Blarney, and Senator Burke pointed out that many of Cork’s existing hospitals are on tight city sites, with no room to expand. He pointed out that Blarney will have rail access in the future, which would make it easy for staff and patients from across the region to get there.”

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Paul Virgo, Blarney and Ann Marie Maher, CIT Career Counselling at the CIT annual Postgraduate Fair in the Nexus Centre. pic Darragh Kane

Robyn and Denis Morley, Cloughduv in Mahon Point Shopping Centre for the Big Valentine's Day â‚Ź10k Diamond Giveaway in partnership with Moores Jewellers as part of the Mahon Point 10 year celebrations. pic Darragh Kane

Speakers Niamh Dennehy, St Aloysius Carrigtohill; Mairead Quinn, St Marys Carrigaline; Maria Healy, Scoil Bearra Ballincollig; and Ali Geary, St Augustines; at the 3rd Annual Literacy Research Symposium for Teachers. pic Darragh Kane

Mary and Anthony Murphy, Nadd, Eileen O'Sullivan, Bishopstown and Catherine Keogh, Aherla at the Beara Association Dinner at the Viaduct Inn. pic Mike English

Students from Colaiste Choilm Robyn Mayes and Leah Vivienne O'Donoghue, and Sarah Lockhart and Beth Riordan, preparing in advance of the Inspiring Women in STEM (I Wish) event held last month. pics Darragh Kane


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Liadh O'Neill, Eimear Butler and Orla Leahy.

First and Second year students at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney celebrating World Book Day. A week long series of events under the motto ‘Spread the Love of Learning’ were held.

Good news for residents and small businesses in Whitechurch, Cloghroe, Kerrypike, Blarney. Dara Murphy TD, Minister for European Affairs, has welcomed the announcement of €800 million in funding EU Structural Funds for Ireland, following the formal signing in Brussels of Ireland’s operational programmes under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The funding will support the rollout of high-speed broadband in rural areas. In total, the Government has secured more than €1 billion of EU Structural Funds over the period 2014-2020. When matching funding is included, total programme expenditure will amount to almost €2 billion. “This EU funding is particularly good news for residents and small businesses in rural areas of north Cork, in particular in Whitechurch, Cloghroe, Kerrypike, Blarney and Glanmire, where there has been poor broadband connectivity and an unreliable service for too long. “The recently-announced National Broadband Plan and this EU funding will see the delivery of reliable high speed broadband throughout County Cork and across Ireland, through a combination of State and commercial investment. The procurement and tendering process can now progress and once completed the building of high speed broadband for rural areas can finally begin. "The swift rollout of the National Broadband Plan will support families, rural communities and small businesses and is vital for economic development and job creation in the area.”

Eimear Butler, Robert O'Riordan and Orla Leahy. pics Mike English

Ben Quinlan, Roisin Kelly, Ella Hickey and Jack Crotty.


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To celebrate relaunch of our Sunday Buffet Lunch, we would like to treat you and your family to a Sunday Lunch here at the Blarney Hotel & Golf Resort Sunday buffet lunch is served in our Inniscarra Restaurant from 12.30pm to 3pm each Sunday. A scrumptious 3 course buffet will satisfy your taste buds and your kids will enjoy selection of healthy menu options with a very popular ice cream cone to finish up with. Buffet Lunch is priced at €16.95 per adult and €6.95 per child. To book your table, please call 021 438 4477. As part of the Sunday lunch experience, your kids can avail of face painting, supervised Kids Club, outdoor playground and outdoor go karting.

To win Sunday Lunch for up to 6 people in our Inniscarra Restaurant at the Blarney Hotel on Sunday of your choice answer the question below and email your entry to info@theblarneyhotel.ie Q: What is the name of our restaurant A. Tower B. Inniscarra C. Blarney Terms & Conditions apply. Competition closes on March 31st 2015.

Lovely local lady Georgina Dineen having a laugh with Brendan Grace at Cork Opera House.

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Eva Mullane, Inniscarra CC, receives the runner-up trophy in the Individual Talent section of the Cork County Open Coursing Clubs Association's 15th annual charity InterClub Talent Contest from Conor O'Keeffe, secretary CCOCCA.

Winner of the Club Talent section in the Cork County Open Coursing Clubs Association's 15th annual charity Inter-Club Talent Contest was Inniscarra CC. Mary Wood presents the Liam Burke Memorial Cup to Ricky Coleman, manager, while Jerry Burke, chairman and Conor O'Keeffe, secretary CCOCCA, present a trophy each to Peter O'Riordan and Eva Mullane. The event was held in Mayfield GAA hall in aid of St Vincent de Paul.

Hundreds of years of experience and knowledge in one room when Ballincollig Men’s Shed visited Blarney Men’s Shed earlier this month.

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Jacqueline O'Brien, John Maguire and Debbie Maguire pictured at the recent Garda Ball. pic Tony O'Connell Photography

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Meet the Wedding Team at the Celtic Ross

The Celtic Ross Hotel is hosting a Wedding Consultation Day on Sunday 26 April, from 2pm to 6pm. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the Celtic Ross Wedding Team; Wedding Coordinator Teresa Murphy, Executive Head Chef Graeme Campbell and General Manager Neil Grant, who will be on hand to answer all of your Wedding Day questions. You will get a flavour of your Wedding Day at the Celtic Ross Hotel as a section of the newly refurbished Ardagh Suite will be dressed for a Wedding Banquet and the Tower Gallery for a Civil Ceremony. You will also be given the opportunity to sample some Wedding Menu tasters. There will be goody bags for visitors to take home. The Celtic Ross Wedding Team has amassed years of experience in planning, organising and delivering an exceptional Wedding experience. This means that you can feel fully supported and confident throughout the decision-making process, and safe in the knowledge that your Wedding Day will be the most perfect and enjoyable day of your life. BASH Place Venue Award Finalist 2015. Weddingsonline.ie Finalist 2013 & 2014. Southern Brides ‘Best Waterside Venue 2014’ Finalist. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014. Recommended by McKennas’ Guides ‘Where to Eat and Stay in the Wild Atlantic Way 2014.’ Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork. T: 023 8848722 E: info@celticross.com W:www.celticrosshotel.com

Beautiful and big hearted Leah pictured before and after she had her hair cut off at The Style House, Tower, for The Rapunzel Foundation.

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COMHAIRLE CATHRACH CHORCAÍ CORK CITY COUNCIL

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN 2015 National Spring Clean takes place during the month of April 2015 Play your part by organising a clean-up of your area by your Community or Residents Association. Further details available from Environment and Recreation Directorate, Room 232, City Hall, Cork, telephone 4966222 ext 4299, 4308 or from environment@corkcity.ie An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland. Jim O’Donovan, Director of Services, Environment and Recreation, City Hall, Cork. 5th March 2015.

It has been another busy month for Donoughmore Macra. The club entered two teams in Club Question Time which was held in Crookstown, well done to everyone who took part. On Friday February 20th the club had four members enter Muskerry Macra's Titles Night held in Ballinagree; Emily O'Donovan, Alan Twomey, Lorcan Collins and Heather Healy. It was a great nights entertainment and well done to all those who took part. A special congratulations to Heather Healy who will go on to represent Muskerry in the International Miss Macra Competition which will be held in Tipperary in August. Saturday 21st saw members attend a farm walk hosted by Jim Good in Aherla. Members learned about the opportunities and obstacles associated with making the transition to Wagyu cattle. Later that evening the club held their TV Fest in Pat Barry's Bar. This TV themed table quiz in aid of Marymount Hospice and the Cope Foundation was a great success, with over €850 being raised in total. The club would like to express its gratitude to everyone who supported this event. On Sunday 22nd, the regional round of Basketball was held in Donoughmore. The club entered a ladies team but were unfortunately defeated in their second game. Well done to all those who took part. Club members took part in National Talent on Friday 27th in Ballyanly. This was a great nights entertainment and well done to everyone who took part. A special congrats to our solo instrumentalist, comedy duo and novelty act who progress to the next round. Best of luck going forward. The Donoughmore Macra drama team took part in the Cork County Round on Saturday the 7th of March in the Briery Gap, Macroom. For more information on the club check out https://www.facebook.com/donoughmore.mac ra


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Seven Munster schools recently took part in a unique space project to create a CanSat, a simulation of a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can. The teams have been working tirelessly since October with mentors from CIT, UCC and Industry to bring their CanSat from design stage to lift off. Having selected the mission and integrated the components, teams today launched their CanSats using a quadcopter, which after release, returned to Earth safely using a parachute. As it ascended and descended, the CanSat captured data from sensors about its environment, and transmitted it wirelessly to the ground-station. The CanSat teams then analysed this data and made a presentation to a panel of judges. Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney and Douglas Community School were announced as the winning teams at the Munster final. The winning teams will now go on to compete at the National final of the competition on 18th April. Following that, the national winners will represent Ireland at the European CanSat final in Portugal in June. pics Ger McCarthy

Ciara O'Connell , Jennifer Murray and Ann O'Connor.

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Ayla,Timothy and Hilda Hanley, Tower, in Mahon Point Shopping Centre for the Big Valentine's Day â‚Ź10k Diamond Giveaway in partnership with Moores Jewellers. Hilda went on to be the lucky winner! pics Darragh Kane

Congratulations to the wonderful local people and business people including Cinderella's Closet and Jo's Edge Hair Salon some of whom who gave up their Sunday, and much more time besides, to clothe over 100 young people for their forthcoming communions. What a fabulous thing you have done!


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Busy month at Griffin's of Dripsey

Cycle for Charity 2015 raised over €2000 for Cork Simon and One Man's Ethiopia. On Sunday March 1st a lot of cycle clubs and cycle enthusiasts braved the harsh weather to raise much needed funds for Corks Simon and One Mans Ethiopia. The thunderstorms, bitter winds, and pelting rain did effect the attendance of the cycle. Prior to Sunday the team at Griffin's had hoped to raise more, but were very grateful to the hardy cyclists that did turn up to brave the elements, and cycle for charity. 100% of the money raised for The Cycle for Charity is given to the charities. Griffin's Garden centre cover all the cost required to run this successful event. This is Griffin's' third year to host this cycle, and work hard to raise both money and awareness for the two charities. Every year, Granny Griffin treats each of the cyclist to her heart warming soup and homemade brown bread. Margaret Griffin would like to take this opportunity to thank all the cyclists, Red Cross team, An Garda Siochána, and the stewards, who worked hard to ensure a successful but safe cycle

Demos, talks and workshops at Griffin's. As usual, there is always something for everyone at Griffin's. At their open day for groups in March, Griffin's launched their great package for groups, tours and clubs for 2015 with a lovely theme of spreading a little happiness. So let Griffin's of dripsey organise a magical day out for your Group including a Demonstration/ talk or your choice followed by a gourmet Lunch. For further details Contact Helen on 021 7334286 or info@griffinsgardencentre.ie

Gardening made easy at Griffin's. Every Saturday at 2pm you can enjoy ‘Gardening made easy @ Griffin's’, everything from colourful rockeries to beautiful spring containers. The Secret Recipes of Granny Griffin continues every Wednesday in March. A lot of Granny Griffin's friends and customers rate Griffin's fish dishes as one of their best. The chefs at Griffin's will reveal some of their favourite recipes on Wednesday March 25th. Limited space so please pre-book on 021 7334286. Celebrating those special occasions. First Holy Communion is just around the corner and the big question is whether to entertain at home or to celebrate this important day in a restaurant. Griffin's can help you either entertain at home or in their restaurant. Griffin's award winning restaurant is welcoming to all people. Their menu is designed to suit everyone in your party. The children (young and young at heart) can release some of energy in the outdoor playground, While everyone else can enjoy the beauty of the homestore and gardens at Griffin's of Dripsey. If you prefer to entertaining in your home, then a visit to Griffin's should be top of your list. Add a touch of colour and style to your home both indoors and outdoors with colourful containers, garden furniture and beautiful gifts. Also the head chef at Griffin's can create a catering package tailored to suit your guests and budget.

Cork Opera House is delighted to welcome back Irish folk singer Damien Dempsey as he returns to their stage on Saturday 21st March for a gig that covers some of the best songs of his career to date. A Damien Dempsey concert is a unique experience; emotional, boisterous, up-lifting - a celebration of music that can, in the matter of minutes, move from a rowdy mass sing-song to moments of pure reflection. Throughout his 15 year career as one of Ireland’s most important artists, Damien has been heralded by many internationally acclaimed artists from around the globe. His voice is pure Dublin yet wholly distinctive, almost clichéd to say it, but he is part of a rich bloodline of Irish singers from Luke Kelly to Ronnie Drew, Christy Moore to Andy Irvine.

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Their kin outside Ireland are Springsteen and Guthrie, Dylan and Marley. An award-winning artist, he has won several prestigious Irish Meteor Awards including Best Irish Male and Best Traditional Folk Award. His albums have topped the charts and gone Platinum and he has been lauded by, among others, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Billboard, MOJO and The Sunday Times. He has supported music legends such as Bob Dylan, Sinead O’ Connor and Bruce Springsteen. Since his first live outings in the mid 1990’s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences on some of the most renowned stages across the globe. With his wholly distinctive voice and his mix of traditional folk music with contemporary lyrics, Damien’s tour is simply a must. Saturday March 21st @ 8pm Tickets: €26 (Booking fee may apply) www.corkoperahouse.ie 021-4270022

To win a pair of tickets to see Damien email your name, address and phone number to muskerrynews@eircom.net by Thursday March 19th. Winners will win a pair of tickets to see Damien Dempsey on Saturday 21st, 8pm.

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The Celtic Ross Hotel is carrying out a range of key improvements to the Hotel. For 2015, there are ongoing physical improvements being made to the hotel interior, but the most vital and far reaching investment has been in developing and providing a training programme for its staff. Over the winter months a great deal of time and work has been spent in establishing a specialist training programme for the Celtic Ross Team. Neil Grant, General Manager, recognises that the biggest asset of any business is its people and this is even truer in the Hotel sector. It is vital to develop people that are passionate about giving a quality service and who love what they do. Neil has great ambitions in making the Celtic Ross a specialist training centre

Members of Ballincollig and District Vintage and Classic Car Club held their first event of the year when they met for morning coffee and a display of cars at Tesco car park in Ballincollig. pics Mike English

for those choosing the hotel industry as their career, by providing a structured on-theground education in the Hotel services. Neil told The Muskerry News, “We have great staff at the Celtic Ross but we are always striving to offer an even better quality service for our customers. We are now setting in place a training programme for new staff that will commence with an Induction

training programme to support them in developing skills for their career in the hotel industry.” Pictured are Neil Grant, General Manager; Colin McCarthy, Alex Petit, Ann Baker, Stephen Lombard, Teresa Murphy, Michal Samulik, Celtic Ross Training Team, and Jacqueline Cannon, Consultant, Way Ahead People.

Pictured at the Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa celebration of 25 of the Music, Management and Sound were Anne Hanley, Blarney, with Alan Foley, Cork City Ballet. pic Darragh Kane

Remember Abbey and her wish to walk? Well take a look at this gorgeous picture of the lovely Abbey standing tall with Marlene Griffin.


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The Muskerry News muskerrynews Blarney Chamber of Commerce Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce Blarney & District Person of the Month Award The February 2015 People of The Month are Peter and Niamh Ahern

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Niamh and Peter Ahern received multiple nominations for Blarney People of The Month, following their organisation of a 5km charity run through the grounds of Blarney castle late last year. The duo, with great help from Stephen O’Brien, honoured the memory of their late brother Donal when they organised a 5km charity run which galvanised nearly 900 people into action, brought Blarney village to a standstill and simultaneously raised over €21,000 for Build4Life / Cystic Fibrosis. The funds raised will go directly to fund specialised respiratory equipment for the new adult isolated inpatient bedrooms in Ward 5B at CUH. As Niamh said, “This Charity is very close to our hearts. Peter and I lost our brother to CF at the tragically young age of 28 in 2010. Donal, greatly loved by all who knew him particularly in his home village of Blarney, was an extraordinary,

resilient and courageous man of whom we will always be incredibly proud.” Peter said, “The event far exceeded our expectations. The amount of goodwill, best wishes and support we received from everyone was unbelievable. Together we raised a massive total of €21,000. We are truly overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Blarney and beyond.

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On behalf Niamh, Stevie and I, I want to extend an absolutely massive thank you to Blarney GAA club. We also wish to thank the countless volunteers, stewards, those on the registration desk, those who looked after the refreshments and anyone who helped out in anyway. It was incredible and humbling - we will be forever grateful. ”

This months winners now go forward with Mark McGloughlin to the overall award of Blarney Person of The Year Award 2015 which will be announced at a ceremony in January 2016.

Do you know someone who deserves a Blarney & District Person of The Month award?

The January 2015 Person of The Month is Mark McGloughlin

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

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The Square Table, Blarney, recognised as one of Ireland’s top restaurants!

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John McKenna, in the all important John and Sally McKenna's' Guides, recently wrote about fabulous Blarney restaurant ‘The Square Table’ as the restaurant received its rightful place in the top 100 restaurants in Ireland. “We'd give Martina and Tricia Cronin their own restaurant-and-cooking television show, starting tomorrow, and we'd call it ‘Round Pegs in The Square Table’. These twin red-headed sisters – Martina at the stoves, Tricia out front – are a blast. They're voluble, self-deprecating, funny, talented and iconoclastic.“We're culchies,” Martina will tell you – they hail from Kilnamartyra, just up the road from Blarney – but they're not culchies, they're just rooted. You only have to eat their mashed potatoes – “Butter and salt, our mother told us” – to know that these girls know their stuff. That rootedness shows in Martina's cooking. She makes a bowl of mushroom soup, using Ballyhoura mushrooms, and whilst the dish has the sheen and polish of high-end dining – Ms Thanks to everyone who turned up for the pre St. Patrick's Day Blarney Tidy Towns clean up last weekend. With one of the biggest turnouts for a long time, over 40 bags of litter were collected and this event also doubled as their first National Springclean 2015 outing. If any group or estate wishes to organise their own clean up please contact Kate at Blarney Tidy Towns on 087 2330398.

Cronin has worked in both Chapter One and Restaurant 41 in Dublin, and it shows – what is notable about the soup is not just its glamour and its smart use of cep oil and creme fraiche, but it's almost-depthless charge of flavour. It is stunning – soup as showcase for talent, and great and good sourcing. And then a simple salad with roasted butternut squash, roasted pumpkin, chestnuts and Toonsbridge feta with green leaves is just as deft, just as intricate a play of ingredients to fashion culinary tactility. A dish of pan-fried hake with celeriac purée and kale shows how Ms Cronin balances the

ruddy with the delicate, and it's her balancing act that makes the food such a pleasure to eat – flaky, rich fish; chewy, energising kale; a smooth, subtle purée as the background to the embrace of flavours. The high-end polish really plays on a dessert of Breton biscuit with lemon cream, fresh raspberries and raspberry sorbet, which is potently gorgeous in both taste and appearance, whilst a superlative chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream is a wow, just as good as their lovely macaroons. The room is petite and simple, and it's all their own, a place for their graft and their craft to shine, the square table in which these round pegs work. We will be heading back for the warm Millbank smoked salmon with potato purée and leeks, the carpaccio of Tom Durcan's spiced beef with foie gras and roasted hazelnuts, the East Ferry chicken with celeriac, ham, and Coolea gratin, and their monkfish with fennel confit and spinach and mussel velouté. We expect to have a smile on our face with every bite.” Scoil Eoin Ballincollig came out top in Ireland AND England at the Vex Robot Skills Challenge awards this week in Birmingham. What a huge achievement!


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Scoil an Athar Tadhg, Carrignavar, were runners up to Ballygarvan in the 4th Class Premier Competition at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Finals held at Na Piarsaigh.

Congratulations to Aine Donovan of Berrings Macra who was chosen to represent Muskerry at this years Ms Blue Jeans Competition. Aine is a native of Grenagh but has been a member of Berrings Macra for the past two years. She is a very active member who participates in many activities from Sport and Drama to Debating. Aine is a fantastic ambassador for the club.

Berrings Macra presented a cheque of €2000 to Marymount Hospice following a very successful Carol Singing Fundraiser over Christmas.

Trevor Coughlan from Blarney based Candy Rock Lane pictured at the Cork St Patrick’s Festival. pic Gerard McCarthy

The Berrings Macra Volleyball Team recently participated in the regional Volleyball Tournament in Kilmurry but were narrowly beaten by Donoughmore.

Looking forward to seeing popular local pub and restaurant The Country Square open up again on April 4th under new management.

Ovens NS took part in the 4th Class Championship Competition at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Hurling Finals at Na Piarsaigh. pics Mike English

Local solicitors offer comprehensive service

John M.Quirke & Co Solicitors offer a seven day a week local service for sound legal advice in all areas. Confidentiality is assured from this local company who can guide you in the areas of Personal Injury Claims, Conveyancing, Family Law, Employment Law, Criminal Law and Probate & Wills. The company has an excellent success rate and if you have suffered personal injuries as a result of an accident which was not your fault contact the company for a consultation. If you are looking for a quote for buying or selling a house they would be more than happy to provide you with a very competitive quote. If you are looking to speak with a solicitors in relation to Family Law, Employment Law, Criminal Law or Probate & Wills please contact John M. Quirke & Co. to arrange a consultation to discuss your needs. John M. Quirke & Co., 021 4884652/ 087 6611911

Former New Zealand rugby player, coach and pundit Brent Pope took time out from the Six Nations Championship to honour Ireland’s top 20 youth volunteers last week including Denis O’Sullivan from Whitechurch.

Denis was selected from amongst hundreds of youth volunteers from across the island of Ireland to receive a highly commended award in recognition of the exemplary work he carries out in his local community at the 2015 Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards. Receiving €500 for a charity of his choice and a gold medallion from guest of honour Brent Pope, Denis said he was honoured to be recognised at the awards. Denis, a third year student from Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Blarney, is an active member in his local church where he has been assisting the sacristan from a young age. He is Chairman of Whitechurch Foroige Club and, having been touched by suicide became involved with Kinsale Youth Support Services which provides support and counselling to the youth of West Cork. As an active member of the Foroige Club, Denis and the team have set an ambitious programme to fundraise for local projects including the local children’s playground, the local ladies football/camogie club and funds toward the newly developed amenity walk called ‘Sli Geal’. Positive mental health and suicide awareness is an area that Denis feels very strongly about and as a volunteer with Kinsale Youth Support Services has helped to bring down the rate of suicide in his local area. The Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards, the only all-Ireland youth initiative of its kind, recognises young people for their motivation, service and impact on their local community across the island of Ireland.


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News in brief

18 | Muskerry News Blarney & District Garden & Flower Club present ‘Here comes Easter’, a teaching demonstration by Breda Crowley AOIFA at the Community Hall Whitechurch on Thursday 26th March at 8pm. Members welcome to work. Visitors welcome to observe.

Muskerry Local History Society present ‘The Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Last Absolution of the Munsters’ given by Gerry White. This anniversary lecture on the Royal Munster Fusiliers involvement in the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the famous painting of Fr Gleeson’s general absolution of the soldiers will take place on Monday April 20th. Lectures at Ballincollig Rugby Club Hall at 8pm sharp. Annual subscription €10, alternatively a cover charge of €3 applies at each lecture.

St. Lachteens National School, Stuake, Donoughmore are holding their Enrolment Day on Thursday 26th March from 2.15pm to 3.15pm. Parents very welcome, come and meet our teaching staff, take a tour of the school and have a look at our proposed building project 2015. Admission Forms are available from the office, contact Monica at 7337248. Girls from 4th, 5th and 6th classes at St. Lachteens National School who attended the Duhallow League Football Blitz in Rathcool with Ms. Murphy teacher and trainer. Thank you also to Dan O'Mahony Donoughmore Football club who co-ordinates training sessions.

Congratulations to the transition year students at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal Blarney who took part in the Young Social Innovators competition. This competition involves them raising awareness for a cause of their choice, and they chose to raise awareness for disability. They went to City Hall to showcase their project to other schools in Cork. You can find out more on their Facebook page 'Disable The Label.'

All welcome to Children’s healthcare event On Tuesday April 7th at 10am at The Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort, Pharmacy First Plus Tower will be hosting an event about CPR general healthcare in children. They have an excellent speaker, Aoife Ryan, coming to the event, who will be joined by the Pharmacy First Plus team to discuss CPR in children, first aid for children and the entire family and healthcare in general. A large crowd is expected, and they will have tea/coffee etc on arrival and plenty of company promotions. Bring children too, if you wish, we will have face painting and balloon modelling to keep them entertained! All welcome.

Jim Gibbons, Gibbons Security Systems, is honoured to be sponsoring Ballincollig U11 Football team.

Congratulations to Jacques Kinane Midleton CBS; Sean Kelly Scoil Mhuire gan Smál Blarney; and Aislinn Campbell Sacred Heart Clonakilty who took first place in the popular HighTechElec Transition Year Work Experience Programme. Now in its sixth year this programme aims to get students excited about the future and sets many of them on the path to joining tomorrow’s high-tech workforce. The students spent the week between Tyndall, UCC, CIT and 8 local high-tech companies. pic Gerard McCarthy


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50/50 RAFFLE!

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The Parents’ Association of Scoil Chroí Íosa (Blarney National School) is excited to announce the launch of their weekly 50/50 raffle.

A winner is guaranteed every week. It is open to the whole community and a great chance for someone to turn their change into big cash ! How does it work? Best of luck to everyone. Each entry costs just €2. At the end of each week

the money is collected and counted. 50% of the money goes towards the school and the other 50% is the prize money for the guaranteed winner. For example if €200 is collected, the school gets €100 and the winner gets €100! Best odds in town! Winners will be announced each Friday. The first draw will take place on Friday 27th March.

Ballincollig councillors Derry Canty FG, left, and Daithí Ó Donnabháin FF, pictured with Anita Craigie, mortgage advisor BOI Ballincollig.

How can I enter?

Entering the draw couldn’t be easier! Special envelopes and boxes will be available at Scoil Chroí Íosa and also in the following helpful local businesses; Supervalu, BFS, The Castle Hotel, The Muskerry Arms, Malones Pub, Crowley’s Corner Shop and O’ Leary’s Centra Tower. Just write your name and number on the envelope, pop in your €2 and post it in the box (or return it to the school).

Emer O'Leary, Coláiste / Gaelcholáiste Choilm, left, and Kathleen Lowney, Ballincollig Community School, pictured with Tim Murphy, Ballincollig RFC.

Members of the Bank of Ireland Ballincollig Enterprise Town 2015 event committee pictured pictured at the launch; Albert Diggin, area manager BOI Cork; Margaret O'Donovan, Ballincollig Community Forum; Brian Long solicitor / Ballincollig GAA; Barbara McDonagh, Westward Cleaners; Tom Purcell, BOI Ballincollig; Paula Murphy, customer services manager BOI Ballincollig, and Micheál Ó Crualaoí, Ó Crualaoí Butchers & Delicatessen. pics Tom Doherty

Little hands help Rachel Allen launch forthcoming cookery demonstration

Noel Buckley, Jamie Hegarty, Shandon Rugby Club and Ross Buckley, Whitechurch GAA, with Rachel Allen at the launch of a a Cookery Demonstration in aid of Whitechurch Community Centre Changing Rooms with celebrity chef Rachel Allen on April 8th in Silversprings Moran's Hotel at 7.30pm. Whitehurch GAA club plays a very active roll in the local community at both adult and underage level.The club has been making major strides to increase participation in sports and continues to improve coaching structures, player development and playing facilities. In recent years they have developed two pitches and a hurling wall. For further information see the Whitechurch GAA Facebook page

Rachel with Nessa O'Mahony, Sheena Buckley, Rock Bán and Ruairaí O'Mahony. pics Darragh Kane

Rachel with Jamie Hegarty and Noel Buckley, Shandon Rugby Club at the launch of a a Rachel with Noel D Buckley, David Buckley, Shandon Rugby, Nessa O'Mahony, Rock Bán, Jamie Cookery Demonstration in aid of Whitechurch Hegarty, Shandon Rugby Club, Ross Buckley, White Church GAA, Sheena Buckely, Rock Bán and Community Centre Changing Rooms Ruairaí O'Mahony, Whitechurch GAA.


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Spring time at Scoil Chroí osa, Blarney Rang 4 and Rang 5 enjoyed craic agus ceol do Seachtain na Gaeilge.

‘Theatrix’ Cork Circus Performances entertained the pupils of all classes earlier in the month.

Every week the school has a different phrase to practice using our cùpla focail. This week it's 'Beannachtaí na Feíle Padraig Ort!'

Imaginations were running wild at World Book Day on March 5th. Mystery book swop, teachers' favourite books, drop everything and read, big book quiz and writing books are just some of the fun activities the children were engaged in.

The Blarney community were treated to a Valentine’s Coffee Morning, hosted by the 6th Class pupils in Scoil Chroi Íosa, where romantic tales were shared by young and old. Many thanks to all who supported.

Congratulations to Rang 6 who received their Confirmation on March 5th, the day was celebrated by Canon Donal Roberts. We would like to wish Bishop William Crean a speedy recovery and look forward to his visit to Blarney.

Every week the school has a different phrase to practice using our cùpla focail! This week it's 'Beannachtaí na Feíle Padraig Ort!'

4th & 5th Class had an early start on Wednesday when they headed for Dublin to visit the Dáil and the National History Museum. Many thanks to Billy Kelleher T.D for facilitating our tour. 4th Class participated in an Indoor Hurling blitz in Na Piarsaigh during the week. They were unlucky towards the end but great fun was had by all on the day.

On February 17th, we held our Open Night for parents of new entrants to the school. Our pupils put on a fantastic display of all the various activities that are take place in the school. Please ensure you get your enrolments in as soon as possible to secure your place for Sept 2015.

Rang 6th welcomed Rang 1 pupils from Gaelscoil Mhuscraí as we celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge. We played some outdoor games such as Lach, Lach, Gé and cluichí liathróide as Gaeilge.

Third class with their very beautiful homemade pin cushions that they have been working on for the last fortnight, as a secret gift for their Mums for Mother's Day! Each one is completely homemade and unique. Sewing is a super skill and great for developing fine motor skills, the children really enjoyed the activity, some described it as being 'a lovely way to relax'! Thanks to Margaret and the Sewing Basket Blarney for providing the material for the project.


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Tighearnach O'Leary, Maria O'Leary Kiely and Kevin O'Leary Masters in Law from Ballincollig pictured at UCC Conferring ceremonies. pic Gerard McCarthy

Talent abounds at Berrings Macra

Our cholesterol clinics have been running for quite a while now and we have built up quite the repertoire of results and ongoing analysis around patient’s cholesterol levels.

I had a very interesting day recently when somebody rang me and asked: “Is there anything I can do to prevent cholesterol doing damage to me?”

This patient had previously had a high cholesterol level and was worried that if it wasn’t in check now damage was silently being done. I explained how our cholesterol clinic worked and an appointment was arranged. No sooner had the patient left when the following email arrived in my inbox. Berrings Macra recently competed in the Muskerry final of the National Talent competition. It was a clean sweep on stage for Berrings! Congratulations to the clubs set dancers, disco dancers, ballad group and solo singer Emer O'Shea who have qualified for the next round.

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Griffins Garden Centre open day officially launches Spring!

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Footlights Youth Theatre is proud to announce its annual production ‘Doghouse’, written by Cork playwright Gina Moxley, their biggest production to date. Dog House explores the cycle of young friendships and romance in Lime Lawn, Cork City and is unaffected by the arrival of new neighbours, until the fear and brutality they live under begin to become apparent..... Footlights is a non profit making organisation and run by a voluntary committee and the students themselves. Please support as a great evening is guaranteed! Tickets are available from Blarney Chocolate Factory or on the door. Betty and Bill White from Berrings pictured at the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of the B&Q DIY Store at Mahon Point Shopping Centre. pic Adrian O’Herlihy

Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa celebrated 25 years of the Music, Management and Sound course with a special alumni gathering in Jacobs on the Mall. Pictured at the celebrations are Brian O'Riordan, Grenagh; John Hennessy and Tony O'Donovan, Cobh. pic Darragh Kane

4 reasons you're not seeing results

with Adrian Morley & Aoife Horgan

So it's Sunday evening and you think to yourself that this is your week to shine. This is the first step of the rest of your healthy life and nothing is going to stop you. Here we have a list of some of the road blocks you may face along the way and what to do about them. Enjoy!

1. The Cheat Meal

So your week has been perfect, you done all the right things and your weight is going down, your clothes feel looser, your feeling great and nothings going to stop you. You decide that you have earned a few cheat meals this weekend. So your weekend looks nothing like the great week you just had, but it doesn't matter because you earned it. Monday morning comes around, you jump on the scales. Guess what, your weight is up, your pants are tighter than last week and motivation is at an all time low because of it.

2. Failure To Track

The problem here is that you can over eat both unhealthy and healthy foods. Generally once you remove junk food results may come naturally, but if you find your self getting stuck you should track and evaluate everything you eat and drink. The things you might forget are, a glass of milk with your dinner, how much oil you cook with, a fruit smoothie with you lunch, the dressing on your salad, a few spoons of peanut butter with your fruit can all add up.

3. The Scales

The weighing scale is just one tool to track your progress. In the beginning the scales is great because it changes almost every time you stand on it. But as you get leaner the difference every week is less dramatic. The problem is that people use it as their only indicator for success. There are many factors that can influence your weight temporarily such as consuming extra water, large meals or even wearing heavy clothes on the day etc. So it's foolish to just rely on the scales. Instead you can take measurements, take photo to compare in a few weeks time or even judge it by how your clothes fit. People usually like to weigh less to look better but it's the wrong way of thinking. If you look and feel better, who cares what you weigh.

4. Failure To Train Heavy & Often

There is no doubt that you can lose weight and body fat by increasing activity and eating better. Eventually tho it's not enough. You size may decrease but you are left looking soft and flabby. You may hit your desired weight but not your desired look. The problem is that you are lacking lean muscle and the only way to improve this is through resistance training. By weight training you can shift your metabolism to work in your favour, as well as improving your body’s shape, definition and being left with highly desirable results.

8year old YAA artist Sean O'Sullivan has been busy in the Blarney art studio for the past few weeks painting a picture of our famous Blarney Castle. It's huge! Well done Sean, for completing your wonderful commission for your lucky mum Siobhan.

So there you have 4 reason that may be holding you back on your goals over the next few weeks and months. If you would like to discuss any of the above further or in more detail, you can contact us by any of the methods list below.

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More great work from the wonderful Blarney Men's Shed who filled some seriously big potholes down by The Gully, Blarney, recently.

Grenagh has started a playground development and are having a public meeting on March 26th at 8pm in the community centre to discuss fundraising events and looking for volunteers to get involved in the organising of the events. All support appreciated.

Scoil Eoin Sharks' reach UK final

Twelve sixth class pupils at Scoil Eoin, Ballincollig, calling themselves the 'Scoil Eoin Sharks' beat off tough All Ireland opposition at the VEX IQ Challenge Final at CIT to win a place in the UK Championship Finals in Birmingham earlier this month. They designed a working robot nicknamed 'Jaws' from scratch, which was programmed to gather as many blocks as possible and deposit them in the scoring zone of an area. Marymount University Hospital & Hospice is hosting their annual lunch on April 17th and as a result are asking you to watch your ‘P’s’ and ‘Q’s’ while you sit back and get a lesson in life from the very entertaining Francis Brennan, TV host and owner of the Kenmare Park Hotel who is famous for telling it is at is. The annual event, now in its 10th year, is being held at the Maryborough House Hotel and is set to be a very glamorous and entertaining affair, another excuse to don your Easter Bonnet. Francis Brennan will be giving his take on the most important life lesson, good manners. His straight talking, no-nonsense approach is sure to engage and entertain a wide audience who are guaranteed to laugh hard and learn life lessons while enjoying fine food and lavish surroundings, along with supporting one of Cork’s oldest and beloved charities. The event is made extra special this year with the Friends of Marymount celebrating 35 years in operation. So grab your friends, dust off your fineries, book your tickets and get ready for a fun filled afternoon!

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Tara McGowan, Boston Scientific, Alanah O'Sullivan, Colaiste Na Sceilge, Laura Enright and Chelsea Love, Colaiste Cholim in CIT for a morning of exhibitions and presentations aimed at promoting greater female participation in STEM, part of I WISH initiative. pic Darragh Kane

Jordan Daly, Michelle Boland and Lisa Twohig, Clogheen at the Cork Institute of Technology annual Postgraduate Fair in the Laura Jackman, Lydia Moore and Nexus Centre. pics Darragh Kane Gillian Griffin, Blarney.

Local ladies love to shop!

Jenny and Nichola O'Shea, Ballincollig amongst plenty of local faces seen at a Birthday Surprise Discount Night in Mahon Point Shopping Centre as part of the 10 year celebrations. pics Darragh Kane

Irene Donovan, Ovens in Meadow and Byrnes

Cathy and Ann Jackson, Kerry Pike

テ(ne Mccarthy, Farrnans, with Emma Joey and Siobhan Hoey, Ballincollig

Vivienne O'Callaghan, Blarney

Ciara Horgan, Vicarstown, Sarah Deane, Crystal Derilo and Lisa Braning. Leaders Aaron McCarthy, Denise Coughlan, John Driscoll, and Yvonne Mackey, Rathduff.


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Cloghroe National School

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Soccer Skills! Over the past number of weeks Blarney United sent two coaches to Cloghroe N.S. to coach Senior Infants in the core skills of soccer. Both the boys and girls have really enjoyed this experience and many intend to join Blarney United Soccer Club to further develop their new skills.

Pupils had the opportunity to view a variety of literature and purchase their favourite book. It was a great way for children to explore a range of diverse authors and develop their love of reading.

First Confession! 2nd class pupils received the Sacrament of First Penance on February 25th. It was a wonderful occasion and both family and staff were very proud of the boys and girls. The pupils are looking forward to receiving their First Holy Communion on May 9th.

Scór! Well done to pupils from Cloghroe N.S. who participated in the Muskerry Semi Final and the Muskerry Final of Scór na bPáistí. It was wonderful to see the pupils’ talents on stage and represent the strong Irish culture in Cloghroe N.S.

Pancake fun! Junior Infant pupils had great fun on ‘Pancake Tuesday’. Although the boys and girls enjoyed making the pancake batter, tasting the finished product was definitely the best part!

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Killeens volunteer wants to teach the world to cook!

Hard working Killeens volunteer Siobhan O’Leary is determined to teach the world to cook, and she made a great start when 14 ladies who completed a six week course in Hollyhill were awarded their completion certificates by local Councillors Mick Nugent and Tony Fitzgerald. Siobhan, who runs her own business and has three small children, is also a hard working Vincent De Paul volunteer and wanted to take it further and teach some local ladies some cooking skills to make life a bit easier and more interesting. The ladies loved the course, called ‘Hannah’s School of Home Cooking’ after Siobhan’s late mum Hannah O’Leary, included re-education on how to cook economically and healthily, where to shop for the best deals on food, cooking from scratch using fresh ingredients, a demonstration from

an expert on deserts and a question and answer session from a MABS representative. The course was run through St. Vincent De Paul in conjunction with Springboard, using donations from Bia food initiative and Tesco foodcloud. The 14 ladies who were awarded their certificates were Eileen Twohig, Vickie Thompson, Ann Mulqueen, Lorraine O'Gorman, Nicola O'Sullivan, Marguerite Martin, Shirley Ahern, Annmarie Cronin, Mary Cronin, Elizabeth Greaney, Laura Hurley, Nuala Panek and Louise Keenan. Siobhan is already looking forward to the next course and also has plans in the pipeline for a cookery course at weekends for teenagers.

Blarney Castle wears the Green! pic Pat J Falvey

At Macra regional basketball finals in the sportshall in Upper Glanmire, Whitechurch Macra's Ladies put up a strong performance against Waterfall's Ladies team to win in the final. Whitechurch's Men also made the final and played a very close final to narrowly beat Kinsale Macra's Men in extra time completing the double. Both teams now look forward to the national finals on March 22nd.


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28 | Muskerry News Professor David Ryan, Head of School of History UCC, presents the John B. O'Brien Prize in History to Caroline Sheehan, Ballincollig, at the annual prize giving ceremony at the Aula Maxima.

Professor David Ryan, Head School of History UCC, presents the Dermot Keogh Prize in Irish History to Craig O'Driscoll, Ballincollig.

Professor David Ryan, Head of School of History UCC, presents the J.J. Lee History Prize to Roger O'Sullivan, Coachford. pics Mike English

Mr. Piotr Rakowski, Polish First Counsellor and Charge d'Affaires, presents the Polish Ambassador's Prize in Polish History to Andrew Kennedy, Ballincollig.

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BONE DENSITY • WEIGHT LOSS • HEART DISEASE • DIABETES Exercising allows us to maintain muscle strength, coordination & balance, which in turn helps to prevent falls and related fractures.

This is especially important for older adults and people who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis and exercise improves cognitive function among older adults. It relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves your mood. Improves heart-lung and muscle fitness. Improves sleep. So if you are interested in doing a class please contact me to book a place or if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to contact me

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Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is among the 10 most common cancers worldwide. 98% of patients affected are over the age of 40, but it is increasingly seen in younger people. Men are more commonly affected than women, though the difference in incidence is less marked than it was in the past.

The cause of oral cancer is complex and there are many factors involved. Risk factors include: 1. Tobacco causes oral cancer. 2 Alcohol use, particularly beer and spirits. 3. The combined use of both tobacco and alcohol is associated with a greater risk of developing oral cancer than either exposure alone. 4. Sun exposure is associated with an increased risk of lip cancer. 5. Diet poor in fresh fruit and vegetables. 6. Poor oral health.

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often resemble a lump, a red or white patch or an ulcer. If any such lesion does not heal normally within 3 weeks, attendance at your dentist for examination is recommended. It is worth noting that pain is usually a late feature in oral cancer. Early detection and prompt treatment offer the best hope to the patient with oral cancer. Every time you visit your dentist for a routine examination, an oral cancer screen is performed. Both the medical card and PRSI schemes entitle patients to free annual dental examinations.

Caroyln Barry Murphy BDS.


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News from Times Past with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

Blarney Police Collision 1849 & Labourers Rights Meeting 1870

Collision between the People and Constabulary near Blarney The following is a correct account of the above proceeding as ascertained in Ballincollig, by one of our reporters, who was despatched to that police on the arrival of the rumour in the city. As stated in the preceding account, a large number of small farmers and agricultural workers assembled on Sunday week and cut down the corn on the farm of Widow Forde, which they put into sheaves and sacks, and stored in one of the adjoining houses. Keepers were then placed on this house at the directions of Sir George Colthurst, the landlord of the farm; and these men remained in possession up to yesterday. About ten o’clock yesterday morning men and cars were seen approaching this house from every road in the neighbourhood, and, by the time they had all assembled, it was calculated there was upward of two hundred men, armed with reaping hooks, pitch forks, and other instruments used for agricultural purposes; and thirty-six cars in attendance. At this time there were twelve or thirteen keepers in the interior of the house in which the corn had been placed, and on the main body of the persons in possession of the cars arriving before the house, one of them, who appeared to be the leader of the party, summoned the bailiffs three times “to give up the house in the Queen’s name.” With this threat the keepers refused to comply, whereupon the house was attacked, some of the party ascended the roof, and commenced removing the slates, through which they quickly obtained a view of the inmates of the barn. The persons appointed to protect the corn, seeing that resistance was useless, escaped through the door, without much obstruction from the party outside, and no injury beyond a wound inflicted on one of them by a pitchfork. Sir G. Colthurst, J.P., Mr. Hussey, J.P., and a clerk of Mr. Hussey came before Mr Tobin J.P., where the clerk swore an information, and the police were ordered out under the control of Mr. Tobin. The party proceeded to the farm of Widow Forde, about two miles from Ballincollig, where they found thirty-six cars drawn up in a line, and the people around them busily employed in transferring the corn from the barn to the cars; an effort was instantly made to arrest the most prominent of the party, and rescue the corn, but a vigorous opposition was offered, and it was found that it would be useless for eight policemen to contend with at least considerably over 100 men armed with formidable weapons in a close encounter. The above item appeared in the Cork Examiner Wednesday 3/10/1849

Meeting at Blarney in support of the rights of the Irish Labourers June 1870 Yesterday, a meeting was held at Waterloo, near Blarney, for the purpose of advocating the rights of the agricultural workers of Ireland. A large number of persons assembled at the place, but, up to a pretty late hour, the promoters of the meeting did not make their appearance. Several bands from the city were on the ground, and a party of police were in attendance, but their interference was not required as the proceedings passed off with the utmost harmony. At about four o’clock, the chair was taken by Mr. P. Crowley, of Waterfall. The Chairman, having thanked the meeting for the honour they had done him in calling him to the chair, said nothing could give him greater pleasure than to see around him the bone and sinew of the land, and whose claims had long been ignored in this country (cheers). He believed that had it been an aristocratic meeting, or one for any other purpose than that for which it had been convened, it would not be treated as it had been by parties who were present at other assemblies (hear hear). Having read letters of apology from Mr. P.F. Johnson, Kanturk, Mr. Florence O’Riordan, President of the Kanturk Labourers Club, and Mr. J.G. MacCarthy, Cork, the chairman said he was sure no one would go farther in the case of the labourers than those gentlemen who had written to him (hear hear). He had some difficulty in going on, insomuch as the committee appointed to carry out the objects of the meeting had flinched from their colours and absented them-selves (hear hear). They could not expect prosperity in the country as long as the claims of the labourers were ignored (cheers). The condition of the agricultural toiler was as bad as it could possibly be; they were badly housed, badly fed and badly clothed (cheers). Instead of being prosperous, as it was said, the people of this

country were emigrating faster than ever, and the work-houses were fuller than they were years ago (hear hear). With the state of things that existed at present, what could be hoped but animosity on the one hand and revolution on the other (hear hear). Millions of people were flying from their country to seek elsewhere what they were denied at home (hear hear). But, still there was hope, if not from this country perhaps from another (cheers). A Voice – We’ll fight for it (cheers). The Chairman went on to say that the present state of affairs was such as should command the attention of wise statesmen (hear hear). There would be no contentment in the land while intellect and honour, such as was witnessed, were confined in dungeons (cheers). People of other countries wondered how they could sit down and lick the feet of their masters (hear hear). He trusted, however, that the present state of things would be changed, and he was glad to think they had right prospects before them (cheers). He was happy to have the honour of addressing such an assembly, as it proved the spirit of Irish nationality was not dead; and it would go forth from this meeting that Ireland was determined to have its rights (cheers). Mr. Dominic O’Mahony then came forward amidst loud cheers, and proposed the first resolution, “Resolved, that the sympathy of this meeting be accorded to the agricultural labourer for the glorious manner in which he has hitherto borne his suffering.” Mr. W. Riordan seconded the resolution, which was passed with acclamation. The proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman, who announced that he intended to hold a similar meeting in the Cork Park on Sunday next. The above item appeared in the Cork Examiner of Monday 20th June 1870

Please Note. Due to circumstances beyond our control the illustrated lecture for Thursday 9th April 2015 has been deferred to Thursday 16th April at 8pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Blarney. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. It is titled ‘Gallipoli 1915 – The 100th Anniversary.’ The speaker is Mr. John Mulcahy. At least five soldiers from Blarney and nearby localities were among the many thousands of casualties on the infamous beaches. Lt Edward Charles Ellis, Clogheenmilcon, whose memorial plaque is in the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney, was but one of these victims of the horror of that campaign. Everyone is welcome to attend these excellent lectures and learn a little about the history of this famous little village. To commemorate the official founding of Blarney Village 250 years ago, in 1765, all lectures presented during 2015 by Blarney & District Historical Society will have a high Blarney & District content. Enquiries to Brian Gabriel 087 2153216. Limited back numbers of the Blarney & District Historical Society publications, ‘Old Blarney’ Journals, issues 1 to 9, and ‘Old Blarney’ Photo-journals, issues 1 to 4, are available by contacting Brian Gabriel on 087 2153216 or at the monthly lectures.

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Muskerry Culture and Arts groups awarded over €12,000 in Arts Grants

Chairman of the Macroom and Blarney Municipal Council Aindrias Moynihan announced that €12,700 is being awarded towards arts and culture programmes in the Muskerry region. These Arts Grants aid community groups to set up creative projects, which benefit their communities. The grants awarded are Scoil Naomh Mhuire Farann €1000 towards a large instillation they will build for the Blarney Garden Festival Floodlights Youth Theatre Blarney €300 towards costs associated with youth theatre production ‘Doghouse’ Headway Ballincollig €1200 for a dance project Music in the Community €1000 for workshops for marginalised groups at a new festival in Ballincollig Ballincollig Comhaltas €1000 for hosting Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí CCC Craobh Lachtain Naofa Cill na Martra €500 towards developing a youth Céidlidh Band Cruinniú n bhFliuit €1000 towards the 2015 festival workshops in Balie Mhuirne Éigse Dhiarmuid Úi Shuilleabhain €1000 towards 8 music workshops at Darragh O'Sullivan, Blackrock, and Joe O'Connor, Cloghroe and Karen Greene, CIMA at the CIT annual Postgraduate Fair in the Nexus Centre. pic Darragh Kane

Carol Constant, Chairperson INTO City South West Branch, making a presentation to Mags McCarthy who was their first Chairperson and who has now retired from the teaching profession. Included are Jerry Coakley, Branch Organiser, Emma Dineen, Vice President INTO and Orla Ryng, Secretary. pic Mike English

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the 2015 festival in Cúil Aodha Ionad Culturtha an Dochtuir O Loingsigh Baile Mhuirne €2000 towards painting large scale murials in the Ionad Buionn Piobairi Barra Naofa Ballingeary €800 towards the purchase of new instruments Aisling Gheal €900 to support traditional singing in the Gaeltacht. Ealiantoiri Mhuscrai €1200 towards festival exhibition as well as workshops in 5 local schools Balineen Foroige Club €800 towards devising and producing a drama focusing on issues affecting young people “I’m pleased to see such a wide range of projects from festivals to exhibitions and performances through to youth and children’s workshops where young creative minds can be inspired. Festivals, exhibitions and workshops are often free of charge to the public with organisers raising much of the funding. As well as attracting visitors and boosting local economies, these exhibits also promote creativity and assist in improving standards in the arts. I believe that the mix and range of projects also shows how creative and interesting the people of Muskerry are,” Councillor Moynihan said.

Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener, Blarney Castle

A Full on February

Busy, busy, busy! This is the time of year when everything starts to move. Spring finally seems to be here and the increasing numbers of flowers throughout the gardens are testimony to that. It’s really a great to be out and about as there is something new to see every day. The daffodil avenue is a sea of yellow at the moment. We have lots of projects to finish and a long list of jobs to do before the new tourist season is upon us. I am however, thankful for the more settled weather that we have had this winter. This time last year we were cleaning up after the succession of storms that had battered the country. We will be doing a lot of planting in the next few weeks including trees and shrub beds in our new car park extension, a new beech hedge and grass beds in the lower rock close. We are also building a new willow tunnel opposite our existing one. This will lead onto the new boardwalk area. Willow tunnels and other structures are great fun and easy projects. You only need some fresh willow rods and a damp site and a bit of patience! They will readily root and grow and you just keep weaving in the new growth to create your structure. We are continuing with our tidying and mulching jobs around the borders and getting everything ship shape for the coming season. A couple of trees came down in the woods and have provided a lot of fresh chippings for the paths in the fern garden and woodland areas. All of the azalea and rhododendron beds are a priority at the moment as they will be the focus for visitors in the coming months. Jobs for the next few weeks include, pruning your bush roses and feeding, general tidying up and re-edging of beds, moving and dividing herbaceous plants, plant potatoes as the soil dries out, sow seeds of bedding plants, tomatoes and peppers and plant out onions, garlic and shallots if not already done. Pollinate peach, nectarine and apricot trees with a small paint brush. Ours are just coming into flower now.  Pruning of apples and pears should be finished now. We are starting off our begonia tubers in the poly tunnel. They provide a mass of summer colour to our tubs and baskets around the entrance, and are remarked on every year. There are many seedlings in the glass house now and at this time of year it’s one of my favourite areas. I always get huge satisfaction from watching the seedlings emerging, especially if it’s something rare or unusual. I’m quickly becoming a bit of an obsessive collector of rare trees, and there’s nothing more satisfying than having grown it yourself from seed. The problem is finding space in the gardens for them all! Operation Transformation came to Blarney Castle during February, and over 3000 people converged on the estate. It was a great success and we received many positive comments about the gardens which is always great to hear. Hopefully some of these people will return for a proper look around. I look forward to seeing you in the gardens. Adam


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Ever wondered exactly what Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce do in a one hour meeting each week? Blarney & District Chamber of Commerce caters for all businesses, be they start- ups or well established. Our aim is to connect with and support our fellow members, create a viable business community in our area and still remain true to our heritage as one of Ireland's top tourist villages…all in one hour! Chamber membership supports or sponsors the following; Social Media. Every business needs a social media presence and to many businesses, platforms such as Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest, Blogging and Vlogging (Video blogs) are very dirty words! We have organised very competitive social media interactive workshops with fellow member Sue Pamment (www.synergywebstrategies.com) to cater for all our anxieties as we strive to embrace social media and the business it can send our way. Blarney & District Chamber Website blarneychamber.com is another valuable resource on which members can advertise without charge. The website has many features including an up to date business listing for all the catchment area, and a very exciting webcam coming soon that will give a live feed of our famous village square to the rest of the world! Business training. We work closely with Avondhu Blackwater Development who provides, in conjunction with the Chamber, access to business training. More than 115 Blarney business people have attended business training provided free by the Chamber to our members. Tourist Office. Blarney Tourist Office remains open throughout the entire year with the costs borne by Blarney Chamber, Failte Ireland, and staffing from Avondhu Blackwater. The tourist office is by far our greatest expense but in a tourist town like Blarney we see this as an investment and are happy to be in a position to support this with the help of funding from our members. All members can avail of the FREE ADVERTISING available through the TV in the Tourist Office window (kindly sponsored by DNG Kevin Condon) that is running 24/7 on the window display. Our window display is also available on a rota basis to all members who wish to physically advertise their services/products, thanks to Mary Ring Mulcahy for keeping it looking striking.

Muskerry News / Blarney Person of the Year Awards. Always worth attending if just to remind us all of how much people in Blarney do behind the scenes year in, year out, without any thought of thanks or praise. BART. Our reassuring Community Alert Text system is paid for by the Chamber. We also support, organise or assist with the turning on of the Christmas Lights, kindly sponsored by Blarney Castle; Blarney Tidy Towns, run by the wonderful Tom McGrath and his team; Blarney Policing Forum with chairman John Henchion and Secretary Kate Durrant; Blarney Vintage Car Festival run by the hardworking Healy Family which has raised a considerable amount for charity over the years; and lastly the, soon to be reinstated, hanging flower baskets around the village which we purchased and maintain in conjunction with Blarney Tidy Towns and the wonderful Denis Murphy. We would be delighted to see you at all/any of our meetings. We know how valuable time is and our meetings last strictly for one hour. Our next meeting will take place on Friday, 20th March at 9am at Griffins Garden Centre and will be a joint meeting with Lee Valley Business Networking Group. Looking forward to seeing you there, all very welcome. To find out about future meetings, follow us on facebook, or to receive email notification of our events, and much more, send your details to admin@blarneychamber.com

Keith O'Hourihane, Pharmacy First Plus Tower, told us in a recent email just one of the reasons why he remains an active member. "I have done great business with fellow Chamber members in the past week and am embarking on a joint venture with a local business whom I met through the chamber. We will be hosting a 'Child CPD, first aid and general health' event at The Blarney Hotel and Golf Resort on Tuesday 7th April next. It will be a great event with a nurse speaking about CPD and first aid in kids, companies giving freebies,  face painting, balloon modelling etc." 

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Busy month for Berrings Macra

Berrings Macra recently presented the CUH Charity with a cheque for €460 following a fundraising coffee morning. The coffee morning was held in Berrings National school in aid of the very worthwhile charity.

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Male members of Berrings Macra joined other local Macra clubs to participate in a 7's hurling competition in Kilkenny last weekend. The lads played very well against strong hurling teams from around the country and put on a great performance. After the ball the ladies of the club joined the boys and attended the Kilkenny Black Tie Ball in The Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny.

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Fine Gael TD for Cork North Central and Minister for European Affairs, Dara Murphy TD, has warmly welcomed the recent announcement by DAA Cork Airport, that UK airline Flybe will operate a new Cork – Cardiff air route.

“I would like to congratulate Niall MacCarthy and his management team at Cork airport for their success in winning this important new air bridge operated by Flybe, between Cork and Cardiff. “Like all proud Cork citizens I am passionate about our local airport and particularly the critical role it plays in connecting Cork directly with the UK and Europe, which is a vital link for Cork businesses and tourism. Dara Murphy is pictured welcoming French EU Minister Mr Harlem Désir at Cork Airport last month.

Woodworking students recognised in annual Brooks Cork Schools competition

The Brooks annual schools woodwork competition was held recently at the Brooks branch in Togher. Once again the event was well supported and the standard of entry was exceptionally high making it a difficult task for our judges to pick the winner. In the end it was the lamp from Glanmire Community School student Peter Duggan which was deemed the winner. This was Glanmire’s Community School second victory in the competition. Peter was joined by his woodwork teacher Tom Pittman, and family and friends for the prize giving. Other entries to catch the judge’s eye were those from Leonard Murphy and Benjamin Meikle from Carrigaline Community School, and an entry from Denis Bradley a student at Davis College in Mallow. Leonard Murphy from Carrigaline Community School won the Brooks staff award and he was joined by woodwork teacher John Kingston, and family and friends for the presentation. Brooks would like to thank all the students, teachers, judges and customers involved for making this competition a great success. All entries can be viewed on www.brooksgroup.ie. Peter Duggan winner of Brooks Cork Schools Woodwork Competition 2015, pictured with his lamp, his teacher Tom Pittman and Pat Walsh, Brooks Branch Manager. Liam Byrne, Brooks; John Kingston, woodwork teacher at Carrigaline Community School; pictured with students Leonard Murphy and Benjamin Meikle. pics Tony O’Brien Photography Ballincollig


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Vicarstown National School

In our recent ‘Wear Red for the Heart’ no-uniform day we raised €156 which was presented to Ms. Andrea Ambrose of the Irish Heart Foundation. Andrea made a presentation on the importance of looking after your heart to all of the pupils and treated them to some tasty, healthy, chocolate chip cookies.

Doodling encouraged at Vicarstown National School!

We are very proud of our Senior Infant student, Emma O’Sullivan, who was selected as a semi-finalist in the Doodle 4 Google ‘My Perfect Day’ Competition. Emma, pictured, has received a certificate for her work and will hopefully go on to be selected as part of the finalists in the competition. We wait, with baited breath to see what will happen! Good luck Emma!

Seachtain na Gaeilge proved to be a great success. Lots of activities were held to celebrate and embrace our native language and culture. All children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class were busy partaking in colouring competitions, quizzes, speakers of the week and they also enjoyed a lively concert including live Irish music and dancing which took place on Thursday March 12th.

Thaitin seachtain na Gaeilge go mór le páistí na scoile. Ghlac na paistí páirt in imeachtaí chun an ghaeilge a chur chun cinn agus chun ár dteanga agus ár gcultúr féin a cheiliúradh. Bhí duaiseaanna do “Chainteoir na Seachtaine”, comórtas ealaíne maraon le tráth na gceist. Bhí ceolchoirm iontach sa scoil ar an nDéardaoin le rinceoirí gaelacha agus le cheol tradisiúnta den scoth! Bhain idir óg agus aosta an-sult as! An Ghaeilge … Is Linne í.

Thank you to Ms. Eilish Quane, Engineer, who made a presentation to all classes to celebrate Engineering Week. The pupils found the talk really interesting and enjoyed participating in the experiments. 1st and 2nd class made boats out of recycles materials, 3rd and 4th class pupils combined Art and History in their exploration of the topic ‘House and Homes from the Past and Present’, using the examples of types and styles of homes from the past as inspiration. They constructed these models of their ideal homes using materials salvaged from the school recycling collection. They thoroughly enjoyed the activity, consolidating what they had learned in a series of classes through creative means.

5th and 6th class have been working for the last two months on a project entitled ‘Our World in Our Hands’ for the World Irish Aid Awards competition. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘Caring for our World’ and the pupils explored the eight Millennium Development Goals and the impact of climate change on the achievement of these goals. They also looked at the steps they themselves can take to create a more sustainable world. As part of the project they wrote a song, made a story book for younger children created a board game and with the aid of a slide show presented their project to the parents.


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A new year starts at a busy Berrings National School

Basketball

On February 10th, Miss Buckley, Ann Dineen and the School’s Basketball Team bounced off to the annual Cispheil na mBun Scoil Competition in Parochial Hall. Our gifted girls made it to the final after encountering tough opposition from Scoil na nÓg, Scoil Naomh Iosaf, Riverstown and fought hard in the Semi Final against Scoil Bhríde, Crosshaven. The highlight of the day for all involved was a superb basket from play from Anna Delaney. Maith Sibh Cailíní!

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seo. How lovely to hear the spoken word! The Gaeilge is alive and well in Berrings NS. The various activities – tráth na gceist, comórtas postaeirí, seisiún ceoil agus amhránaíochta agus bingo as Gaeilge really helped the children to enjoy using their words, conversation and language as Gaeilge. Maith thú Scoil Náisiúnta Bhiorainn.

Rang 2 in Berrings National School have been shortlisted as one of the final 5 entries in the RSA National Hi Glo Silver Poster Competition. A huge achievement for our class, school and pupil Hazel Malone- the main poster designer! They will attend the Awards Ceremony in Dublin Castle on March 16th.

The Inniscarra Dam

The senior members of the Berrings N.S. Green Schools Committee recently went on a trip to The Inniscarra Dam. We saw the two turbo generators. We walked across the dam and had a great view of The Lee Valley! The dam itself is 148 feet high and 810 feet long. We had a great day learning all about hydroelectricity!

The budding artists of First Class were lucky enough to visit The Glucksman Gallery in U.C.C. The children made puppets and

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Much to celebrate at Eire Og GAA Victory Dinner at Oriel House Hotel

Members of the Eire Og Minor Hurling panel, winners of Rebel Og East Region League and County Championship, photographed at the club's victory dinner at Oriel Hotel. Pictures: Mike English.

A brand new health class is now available in Cork! Claire O’Leary is excited to introduce Stretch Therapy Ireland. Claire (originally from Galway), lived in Sydney for 7 years and returned home to Ireland in 2014 eager to spread the word of Stretch Therapy. Having completed all her training in Australia, Claire is the only Stretch Teacher in Ireland. Claire also has extensive experience as a Sports Massage Therapist having worked within a physiotherapy practice, working with professional rugby league team ‘Sydney Roosters’ and ex-Lions cycling tour of Australia. Stretch therapy is suitable if you feel stiff following training sessions, want to increase flexibility, improve sporting

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Berrings NS who were runners up to Dungourney in 4 th Class Plate Competition at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Hurling Finals at Na Piarsaigh.

Gerry Walsh, Vice President Sciath na Scol, presents the 4th Class Championship trophy to Berrings NS captain, Andrea Brislane, at the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Camogie Finals at Na Piarsaigh. pics Mike English

Blarney Cycling Club kick off St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Blarney

pics Kay Dennehy

Sunday saw the official launch of Team Osborne Meats/McCathy Cycles in Blarney before the Donal Crowley Memorial Race. The team is once again sponsored by local Blarney man Brian Osborne of Osborne Quality Meats in Blarney, John McCarthy of McCarthy Cycles who is based at the Noel O Flynn Commercial Park in Blackpool, Jerry & James Kelleher of Cloghroe Joinery in Powdermill Industrial Park, Link Road, Ballincollaig and Thomas Cahill of Rocasport. The Team took part in the Donal Crowley Memorial in Blarney which was won by Team member Paidi O Brien. Tuesday will see the team head to Carrick on Suir for the annual St Patricks Day race where Paidi will be looking to defend the Bobby Power Memorial trophy he won last year.


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Cian Kiely, Ballincollig GAA won the overall award at the Cork Youth Supreme Sports Star Banquet. On the field it has been a phenomenal twelve months for Cian, helping Colaiste Choilm win Munster and All Ireland Colleges football titles. A fairytale season for Kiely was completed on Ballincollig inscribing their name on the roll of honour for the first time to capture the Cork County Senior Football Championship with Cian ever present on the side all season. Cian Kiely is pictured with family members Sean, SeĂłna, Niamh and Con at the Gala Banquet in the Gresham Metropole Hotel.

J.J. Fennelly, Chairman organising committee, making presentation to Dan and John Corkery, Grenagh, following Leos Coco's win in the Youghal Credit Union 525 at the Killeagh GAA Fundraiser at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

Kieran Scully, Chairman Killeagh GAA, making a presentation to Ken O'Connell, Tower, following Gaytime Jimbob's win in the McGuckin Oil 575 at the club's fundraiser at Curraheen Park. Included are Deirdre O'Connell, Anne and Ger Murphy. pic Mike English

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representatives enjoyed the Cork City and County Youth Sports Star of the Year Banquet in the Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork. pics John Tarrant Scoil Chroi Iosa, Blarney team who played in the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Hurling Finals at Na Piarsaigh.

Carrignavar NS took third place in the Allianz Sciath na Scol 4th Class League at the Indoor Hurling Finals at Na Piarsaigh. pics Mike English

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Left: Michael Lyons, Diageo, presenting the Guinness Trophy to Linda Bowen, Carrignavar, following Glenbowen Diamon's win at Curraheen Park in the 51st running of the event. pics Mike English

Right: Is this ours? Adam and Aidan Bowen, Carrignavar, examine the perpetual Guinness Trophy.

Congratulations to ‘The Lumberjacks’ Captain Donal Forrest, Neil O’Riordan, Brian Murray, Gerry O ‘Riordan and Kevin O’Herlihy who won the prestigious Mallow Golf Club Winter league.

Congratulations to Cian Connolly, representing Tower Tae Kwon Do Club after winning a gold medal at the recently held Cork Open Tae Kwon Do Championships held at the Neptune stadium.

Barry Down, Down's SuperValu, making sponsorship presentation to Seamus O'Callaghan, Chairman Ballincollig GAA at the club's County Football Championship Victory Dinner. Included are Kevin Murphy, PRO Senior Section; Ger O'Donovan, Chairman Senior Section; Joe Kernan, Armagh, guest speaker; Eoghan O'Callaghan, Secretary Senior Section and Richard Hickey, Secretary Central Committee. pic Mike English Rena Buckley received the Inniscarra Camogie Club Person of the Year award 2014 for her many achievements in Camogie and Ladies Football, while still working tirelessly for her club. In the last year Rena won her ninth All Ireland Football medal and her fifth All Ireland Camogie medal. Emma Dineen presented the Hannah Kelly Cup to Rena.

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Brian Collins, Racing Manager, presents Erica Daly, Donoughmore with the joint ‘Owner of the Year’ Award at Curraheen Park which she shared with Eamonn Morton, Charleville. pic Mike English


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Scoil Mhuire gan Smal Blarney who won the All Ireland C boys basketball final in The Neptune stadium, beat St Brogan’s, Bandon, 49 - 35. The team were Coached by Mr John O’Sullivan, who was aided by past pupils Barra O’Connell and Craig Edmunds.

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Intermediate Hurling League Division 1 Blarney 1-13 Meelin 2-10 Blarney survived a late comeback by Meelin to secure a draw in their opening competitive game of the season. The main pitch was lined out for the first game of the year and the flags made it obvious that there was a strong wind towards the clubhouse goal. The match got off to the worst of starts for Blarney when after just thirty seconds Meelin had hit the back of the net from close range. Blarney rallied immediately, Darragh Kelly and David Dunlea struck classy points either side of a Mark O’Leary goal to put Blarney two points ahead after six minutes. The next three points came from Meelin, including two scores in quick succession on the ten minute mark. Colin Murphy then took hold of the game scoring Blarney’s next three points, including a spectacular score from over his shoulder. In this time Meelin only managed to score one placed ball, meaning the score was level for the third time. A late point scored by the Meelin full-forward ensured his team had the advantage at half time. Blarney had the wind in the second half and were only trailing by a point so all was still to play for. Less than a minute after the resumption Colin Murphy converted his second free of the day to even up the scores again. Blarney then bombarded the Meelin defence winning three more frees all converted by Murphy while the Meelin team kept within touching distance with a point from their corner forward. Mark O’ Leary brought his tally to four when his scored a close range point with fifteen minutes remaining. The score of the game came when Peter Philpott stepped up to a 80meter free in the half-back line and split the posts with distance to spare to take Blarney’s lead to four with ten minutes to go. David Dunlea made it five clear when hit his second fine point of the game, this one from near the corner flag. Impressively Meelin never gave up and in an inspired last five minutes they managed to score 1-3 to take the lead with the full sixty minutes gone. Ninety seconds into injury time Colin Murphy scored his eight point of the game to ensure Blarney would get a deserved league point for their hard work. The Intermediate Hurlers play their next league game at home to Newcestown on March 22nd. Blarney Scorers: Colin Murphy 0-8(6f), Mark O'Leary 1-1, David Dunlea 0-2, Darragh Kelly 0-1, Peter Philpott 0-1(1f). Blarney Team: Conor Murphy, D.Cronin, P.O'Leary, D.Walsh, P.Philpott, J.Jordan, C.O'Mahony, R.O'Donovan, R.Murphy, J.Good, M.O'Leary, S.Mulcahy, D.Kelly, Colin Murphy, D.Dunlea, J.Barrett, D.Cremen, R.McNamara, Blarney 1-6 Canovee 0-8 Mid-Cork Junior A Football League – Division 1 On this wet and windy Sunday afternoon the Blarney Junior A Footballers opened their league campaign. They overcame Canovee in a very entertaining game in Blarney. Canovee controlled the ball for the first five minutes having three attempts at the posts but only registered a single point, as they saw the two other kicks drift wide. On the sixth minute Mark O’Leary leveled the match with a point from play and a minute later Ray O’Donovan put Blarney a point ahead. The teams then battled for the next score with both sets of players getting chances before Canovee scored a free on the sixteenth minute. Mark O’Leary won the subsequent kick-out and Blarney worked the ball up to Paul O’Leary who scored a great point from range to put Blarney ahead again. The Blarney defense then came under pressure for the following ten minutes, they coped well and succeeded in forcing Canovee into three wides before the visitors finally managed to register an equalizing point. The score remained three points each until the interval. Canovee raced out of the traps in the second half scoring a point straight from the throw-in to take the lead. Ten minutes later Canovee doubled their advantage following a couple of squandered chances. However the next few minutes proved pivotal as Mark O’Leary scored two vital frees before Blarney won a decisive penalty when Evin Philpott was tackled dangerously near the Canovee goal-line. David Cremen confidently converted into the bottom left corner from thirteen meters. The teams then traded points. Blarney’s score was courtesy of Joe Jordan, on a run from

half-back, he took his chance from twenty five meters. As time ran out Canovee scored their fourth free of the game to reel the Blarney team back to the narrowest of margins. Canovee won the ensuing kick-out and despite their great defensive efforts Blarney conceded a free within scoring distance. However much to the relief of the Blarney support and their dedicated management team the pressure kick sailed left and wide and Blarney deservedly took the points. We hope that they can keep up this level of performance for the rest of the year. Well done to all involved. Blarney Team: S.Jordan, V.O’Mahony, E.Murphy, D.Cronin, A.O’Shea, J.Jordan, P,O’Leary, M.O’Leary, C.Foley, K.Costello, P.Philpott, D.Hyde, R.O’Donovan, J.Good, E.Philpott, R.Murphy, D.Cremen, D.McSweeney, S.Sheedy, A.Dineen, N.Hayes Blarney Scorers: M.O'Leary 0-3(2f), D.Cremen 1-0 (1pen), R.O'Donovan, J.Jordan, P.O'Leary 0-1 each. Thanks to all who registered with Blarney/Rathpeacon Club na nOg. Training commenced on Saturday 7th of March at 11:15am to 12:15pm (boys born between 2005 and 2010). Below are some of the team helping out yesterday morning; Pat Harrington, Donal O'Donovan and Peter O'Leary

Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps are returning to Blarney again this year. The camp will take place in Blarney GAA pitch on Monday 29th of June to Friday the 3rd of July. Registration information will be posted on www.blarneygaa.ie later in the year. Below is the Cúl Camps gear for 2015 consisting of a grey round neck t-shirt, half zip tracksuit top and a backpack in the red and white colours of Cork.

From all at Blarney GAA, well done to Scoil Mhuire gan Smal for reaching the Munster Colleges Hurling Final. Unfortunately on the Febrary 21st last, they were defeated by St Declans Kilmacthomas (Waterford) on a scoreline of 3-7 SMGS Blarney 1-8. (attached is the team which consists of mostly Blarney players) The future is bright! Blarney U12s training in The Convent Hall recently.

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Blarney/Rathpeacon Club na nOg (boys born between 2005 - 2010) are looking for volunteers to assist in the coaching of our young hurling & football stars. No experience or long term commitment is required. You will be working with our coaches for an hour on Saturday mornings (from 11am) that suit you. Whether you are available for one session or all, we would love to hear from you. Anyone who is interested or wants further information please contact David McCarthy on 087 696 1356 or Niall Hayes on 086 396 8675


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Conor Cavanagh, Director CAB Motors and Ciaran McMahon, Managing Director Ford Ireland presenting Kit Vans to Cork Senior Football and Hurling Managers, Brian Cuthbert and Jimmy Barry Murphy, respectively. Also included are Ger Lane, Chairman Cork County GAA Board, Pat Harte, Sales Manager CAB, John Wilkins, General Manager CAB and Edmond Forrest, PRO Cork County Board. pic Mike English

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