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Local girl Robyn Hally who, along with classmates from Scoil Mhuire Kate, Laura and Isabel, fundraised for the Schools and Health Foundation, a wonderful charity run by local Blarney people which builds schools and improves health care in Africa. The four girls travelled to Africa to help open another school in Rothana, Sierra Leone. Well done!

Congratulations to Callum Kelleher, Sarah Cotter and Sean Keane, SMGS Blarney, pictured holding the golden ticket which they won with their fabulous presentation of their YSI project 'A mural for mental health in Blarney village' to a 'Dragon's Den' style business forum last month. They have now secured funding for this meaningful project, which they and their classmates have been working on since September 2018, which is a collaboration between the students, The Muskerry News, Blarney Tidy Towns, Blarney Castle Estate, Blarney Men's Shed, Pieta House and the HSE.

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An TĂĄnaiste Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, at I Wish 2019 at Cork City Hall, as a student from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal Blarney takes a virtual reality trip beside him. pic Clare Keogh.


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Tom McEvoy, Pieta House, and County Mayor Patrick Gerard Murphy pictured with Kate, Catriona and Gobnait, local Darkness into Light committees, at the ofďŹ cial opening of Pieta House in Shanakiel, Cork.

What a great photograph of our wonderful 'Men's Shedders' relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea during their regular Wednesday morning meeting in Blarney.

Great work going on over in Blarney Castle who have changed the road markings and footpath, and directed all people leaving the castle into the village so visitors get to experience the heart of our lovely village when they visit.

Orchestra members Aoife O'Donovan, Rochestown, and Louise Sheehan, Blarney, pictured at The Cork Concert Orchestra Performance of Mahler No. 5 at Cork City Hall. pic Donagh Glavin


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The parents association of Scoil Chroi Iosa, Blarney, have organised a company that will come to the school to collect unwanted clothing in return for much needed funds for the school. These funds will be used directly to beneďŹ t the classroom and students and they are asking the Blarney Community for their support. The collections will take place on 26th March 2019 at 8.45am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm at the school. Items they will take are mens, ladies, childrens clothing; paired shoes - tied together or elastic band around; soft toys, handbags, hats, bags, scarves and ties, belts and small bedding items such as sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers. Please do not give bedding, pillows, carpets, curtains, rugs, mats and clothing not in good condition.

Members of Whitechurch Foroige Club who volunteered for Cork Penny Dinners over the midterm break.

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Seachtain na Gaeilge. The first week of March has been a busy one for our school. Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ar feadh dhá seachtaine agus bhí an scoil go léir á céíliúradh í. Bhí comórtas ealaíne, tráth na gceist, comórtas seanfhocail, rince Gaelach, ceol Gaelach, scéalta Gaelacha, céilí agus a lán rudaí eile ar fud na scoile. Bhí an craic againn agus tá na páistí ag dul chun cinn in aghaidh an lae. Our school chess team, county finalists 2019!

Our morning and after-school service will be starting in September 2019. This will be of great use to our school community, especially to our working parents, and will run during school term and holidays. For more information, contact the school office.

We have 30 ukuleles winging their way to us by post at present. This, along with tin whistle instruction, will form our term three music approach. Music was selected as area to focus following our Vicarstown Vision Survey.

School is a hive of activity at the moment and we are delighted to welcome back Timmy from Inniscarra GAA who is teaching hurling at all class levels. The Sciath na Scol and Mini 7s competitions will also be starting in the coming weeks, Irish dancing is in full swing in preparation for our annual Céilí, we have teams in the upcoming Spar FAI 5-a-side competitions and tennis lessons are planned too.

We loved World Book Day where children from all classes brought in their favourite books. We had book readings using our visualiser at Junior and Senior school assemblies, children from 1st - 6th have received their new library cards & we are starting a new ‘Brilliant Book Shelf’ in each class with specially selected books for each class grouping. We are keeping our book vouchers for our school book fair which will be on 7th of May.

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Blarney National School at the February turned out to be the mildest for many years. The leaves were budding, daffodils blooming and sleeves were rolled up in the yard. February is a real solid month for getting work done in school and the children did not disappoint. Despite the brevity of the month there was still plenty action in our school. Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Coleman's 'Green School Committee' were busy planting pots and wildflowers. This years theme is 'biodiversity' and we aim to reduce the environmental footprint of our school. Mr. Burke, Ms. McPolin, Ms. Walsh and Mr. Hegarty have been very busy prepping our Laochra Gael for the upcoming Sciath na Scol campaign. Thanks again to Mr. O'Leary of Blarney GAA for providing us with all weather facilities to train on. content CEO to come In mid-February, Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement of Ireland visited her Alma Mater to witness a mock European Election. The children prepared admirably learning all about the European Parliament, the various parties and their Irish affiliates. We in Scoil Chroí Íosa always strive to bring the curriculum to life. The democratic election saw Érin Hickey of 5th Class elected by over 100 of her school mates to represent our school in Europe. World Book Day 2019 was celebrated by our school. Mrs. O'Connor and Mrs. Corkery organised book displays, biblio-quizes and a fancy dress competition. Thanks to both teachers for helping to instil the gift of reading in our children. Well done to the children of 2nd class who participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation recently. Wonderful preparation was undertaken by the children and their teachers. We are very proud of the children. Our school has a core Christian ethos and to that end we strive to enable every child to develop academical, emotionally, physically and Spiritually. We celebrate diversity and recognise each child as a unique individual. Our school has recently updated our Twitter account and begun posting on Instagram. Follow us on @blarney_ns on Twitter or @scoilchroiiosa on Insta' for regular updates. As a school, it is crucial to communicate our vision and ethos.

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There was a disappointing turn out to last month’s Blarney Community Council AGM, with less than 25 people in attendance. Thanks were paid to the outgoing committee of Kevin Conway, Tom O'Dwyer and Sean Foley, who agreed to stay on to help the transition of the new committee members of Adrian O'Connell, Joe O'Callaghan, John O’Donoghue and Raymond Dennehy. According to Denis Kelly, Muintir na Tire spokesperson in attendance, at least 14 people from the area are needed to form a mandate for a community council, and suggestions were made that the council should revert to the original intention and format of co-opting people from different geographical areas to form a truly 'all village' council. Blarney Community Council is affiliated to Muintir na Tire and governed by their constitution. Further developments with regard to this are expected to follow subsequent to the first meeting of the incoming committee.

Muskerry News | 13 All roads lead to Dripsey! Dripsey Vintage Club will hold their annual vintage tractor and car run at Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey on St. Patrick’s Day, with the proceeds from this years run supporting Dripsey National School Playground Renovation. All entries must be pre-1995 for this vintage only run, and registration will take place at 10am, so come early and enjoy the entertainment before they roll out at 11.30am. Parking is available for spectators at Dripsey National School with complimentary transport to Griffins. pic Tony O’Connell Photography Sean-Nós TG4 Singer of the Year Máire Ní Chéileachair was honoured for her teaching and singing of this unaccompanied style of traditional Irish singing, which dates back hundreds of years in our culture. Pictured at the award presentation were Michael Lynch, AV3 Media; Máire Ní Chéileachair, February Cork Person of the Month; Karen O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner; Manus O’Callaghan, Awards Organiser.

Cousins Sadie, Elsa Tess & and Maisie, representing the Lyons McGovern Irish Dancing School in Tower performed brilliantly at the Cork Irish dancing Championships held in The Commons Inn.

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LoremSarah ipsum All smiles from Hockey, Alice Good, Ruth Hockey and Rev Ian Jonas as Blarney Toddler Group celebrated 20 years last month.

Whitechurch Foroige in conjunction with Whitechurch and Waterloo Community Association have pulled out all the stops to organise a mini St Patrick’s Day parade this year. The St Patrick’s Day celebrations will take place in the grounds of Whitechurch Community Centre on St Patrick’s Day from 12noon to 2pm. Attractions include a mini parade, face painting, Irish traditional music and Irish dancing, Ceili Mor, poc fad in the community field, a display of vintage cars and tractors, and of course tea and coffee will be served. See you there!

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The January Blarney & District Person of the Month is Betty Fitzgerald Betty's passion is to see choir members transformed through singing, and this passion has seen Cór Geal hit many high notes in the decade since it’s inception, adding greatly to the lives of those who sing in the choir, those lucky enough to enjoy their concerts, and the many charities who have benefited so richly.

Betty Fitzgerald (B Mus) is the Musical Director and Founder of Cór Geal, a mixed choir based in Whitechurch with more than 50 members. Since it was founded in 2009 by talented conductor Betty, it has gone from strength to strength, wowing audiences along the way.

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The choir has enjoyed success in competitions including Feis Maitiu, Kenmare Choral festival and Cork Choral Festival, and has also helped raise over €100,000 for various charities such as the Downs Syndrome ‘Field of Dreams’ project, St Vincent de Paul, Cope, Cancer Care, Dogs for the Disabled and many more.

As we go to print Cór Geal are preparing for their trip to Scotland to help our Celtic neighbours celebrate St. Patrick's Day, and where they will perform concerts in Edinburgh and Glasgow, sing St Patrick's Day Mass, and entertain the Irish Ministerial delegates at the opening of Coatbridge Parade.

Cór Geal adds to the diversity and social inclusion of community life, provides musical education for members, and is happy to sing anywhere from the City Hall, the North Cathedral, to the local church or pub.

They are also planning a BIG Variety Concert to celebrate their 10th anniversary later this year. Watch this space!

This group of enthusiastic singers work well together under Betty who is an exceptional musician, and a powerhouse of inspiration and energy.

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

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

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Richard O'Regan, Chairman Curraheen Park, presenting the joint Greyhound of the Year 2018 Award at Curraheen Park to Christy Roche, Ballincollig owner of Sleek Jerry. Included are family members, Catherine, Emer, Sophie, Claire. John and Jack Roche, Ned Kerrisk and Brian Collins, Racing Manager. pic Mike English

Popular local lady Georgina Dineen, her charming son Cian and equally charming fiancee Padraig Hallissey, who celebrated their engagement last weekend in Blarney Castle Hotel much to the delight of their families, friends and neighbours who turned out in droves to celebrate their good news.

Angie Ring, Carraignavar, Elaine Hegarty, Whitechurch, Daniel Crowley, Ballyvolane and Shannon O'Mahony, Glanmire, enjoying a night at the dogs at Curraheen Park. pic Mike English

According to Alan Healy in The Echo Ballincollig Regional Park is to be expanded, with new footpaths, bridges, and a boardwalk. The new route will run through the Gunpowder Mills complex at the eastern edge, running along the southern bank of the River Lee adjacent to Willow Court and then joining a planned, privately-developed amenity park at Fionn Laoi estate. Two pedestrian bridges are proposed to go over a dry canal, close to the eastern entrance to the existing park at Ballincollig GAA Club. A new boardwalk structure will also be built to go around a riverside protected wall structure to connect the Gunpowder Mills complex to Willow Court. The Regional Park in Ballincollig is hugely popular and consists numerous sports playing pitches, a playground, river walkways, cycle paths, canals, a skate park and allotment gardens all located within the historic former gunpowder mill complex. The route is currently not readily accessible to the general public and this new extension will further expand long term plans to create a pedestrian and cycle Greenway between Ballincollig and the city centre linking the Regional Park to the Lee Fields.


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sprung in Gaelscoil Mhuscraí! Our junior pupils are busy creating Spring art and learning about the change in seasons. Our senior classes are busy practising for their upcoming Sciath na Scol hurling matches. We welcomed a visit from an author in anticipation of World Book Day. Bhí pancóga blasta ag an-chuid ranganna freisin. Our Rang 2 are preparing for their upcoming Céad Faoistin (First Confession) this month. Tá an-chuid ar siúl! Slán go fóill ó Ghaelscoil Mhuscraí!


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A Winning Start to February at Berrings National School

Indoor Hurling County Final Our Berrings hurlers are eagerly looking forward to contesting the 4th class County final, in Indoor hurling on Wednesday 6th March in the Na Piarsaigh GAA complex. All boys in 4th class who are interested in hurling are involved, so it's really exciting. Since we won the divisional final a month ago in Mallow, we have been training diligently at break times in our school hall. We have also trained in Na Piarsaigh to get used to playing in a big arena. Bring on the final! Not to outdone by their older friends in 4th class, all our hurlers from both third and 2nd class enjoyed playing in a Fun Hurling blitz in Whitechurch hall last Thursday 28th Feb. Every boy enjoyed plenty of game time, and we played three matches - to really cap off our brilliant day we won all three so we were thrilled! Thanks to Whitechurch NS for hosting the blitz.

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Junior Entrepreneur Project is an initiative run by Nurture Enterprise Ltd (a non-profit organisation) to encourage children to engage in business and learn about being an entrepreneur. We began our journey last October and have since learned what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. It has been an enjoyable and exciting experience, allowing us all to use our strengths and talents throughout. During the programme, we held a Dragon’s Den, split into various business teams, had a visit from a local entrepreneur and visited Academy Crest’s factory to see our product ‘Bee TShirts’ being made. To finish the programme, we had a very successful showcase, where we modelled out t-shirts on Thursday 28th April attended by some local business people and the Board of Management. The children would like to give a special mention to some people who have enhanced our experience and helped us along the way namely Shane Lehane, Rena Buckley, Miss Kelleher, Joanna Dineen, Miss Buckley, all the staff, parents and pupils of Berrings for their support and lastly Phil Cone of Academy Crests who made our ideas a reality.

An Open Night was held in Berrings National School on Tuesday 26th of February. The school opened its doors and welcomed perspective pupils as well as current students and parents. Each class displayed their work proudly and the older children were on hand to speak about their class activities and curriculum.

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Sixth class really enjoyed partaking in Cishpheil na mBunscoil again this year.

Third Class boys enjoyed a non-competitive Indoor Hurling Blitz at Nemo Rangers.

Second Class children have been very busy learning about native trees in our school forest.

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Congratulations to the Third Class girls who came second in the Premier Indoor Camogie Competition at Na Piarsaigh.

Junior Infants are currently exploring the theme of 'The Farm' in Aistear.

Sixth Class made anemometers which are instruments used to measure the speed of wind.

Congratulations to the Cloghroe N.S. Senior Quiz Team who won the Scรณr County Semi-final and went forward to the County Final. These children also won the Credit Union All-Ireland Semi-final and are through to the All-Ireland Final.

Sixth class children visited Senior Infants & read them a selection of lovely stories. Everyone really enjoyed the experience.

On March 3rd, three boys won the National Singles All-Ireland Finals in Belfast. Congratulations & thank you to Ben Haughton, their dedicated coach.

A mime artiste from Sixth Class & her bodyguard also visited Senior Infants.

Fifth class used agar petri dishes and cotton buds to test their hands for bacteria both before and after using anti bacterial gel. After a week of growth in a dark warm place we are fascinated with the results!

Muskerry News | 23 Ballincollig Business Association are organising the towns 10th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019, and this years theme is ‘Celebration’. The streets of Ballincollig will come to life once again as the town celebrates, and hundreds of people, young and old, will take part in the parade which promises to be a festival full of colour and celebration. The parade will take place on Sunday 17th March at 3pm. See you there! Calling all superheroes as Ballincollig celebrates 10th annual St. Patrick’s day parade! There was flipping great fun at Kerry Pike national school on Pancake Day when young Ruairi, with the help of his mum Siobhan who runs popular local cookery school Wooden Spoons in Killeens, made pancakes for his classmates. Mary Crilly, Director of the Sexual Violence Centre in Cork speaking with CIT Students Brianna O'Connor, Glencar Kerry; Sarah Keating, Ballincollig; and Dervla Murphy, Mill st at a Charities Hackathon in CIT. pic Darragh Kane

Blarney Tidy Towns are holding their AGM on Tuesday March 26th at 7.30pm in Blarney Castle Hotel. It's a privilege to live in such a beautiful village, and such a pleasure to keep it clean, but we can't do it without YOU! We need schools, residents associations and clubs, and individuals who love their village, to join us to help us keep Blarney shining like the jewel it is.Please come and join us on the night to hear what we are doing and how you can help, and bring your ideas and enthusiasm with you.

Pictured at ‘Ag-tech - The Future of Sustainable Agricultural Business’ at Fota Island Resort, earlier this month were Deirdre O'Donovan of O'Donovan Engineering, and Jason Webb, Event co-ordinator; and Philip Sweetnam, O'Donovan Engineering, Grace Sweetnam, GrassTech, and Ross Campbell, Cyber Colloids. pics Diane Cusack

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

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Margaret Griffin, local beekeepers Ben Philpott and Noel Riordan, Deputy Mayor Cllr Joe Harris, Cllr Ronnie Morley with Sean Holland Chairman of the Muintir na Tire Schools Garden Project at the Launch. pic Mike English The sun shone brightly in Dripsey as the team at Griffins Garden Centre pulled out all the stops to get everything ready for the official launch of the seventh Muintir na Tire Cork School Garden Project. Mr Seamus Forde County Chairman Muintir na Tire was on hand to welcome the large crowd to the launch. Muintir na Tire, Cork County Council Environment and Heritage Sections and Griffins Garden Centre have all come together to organise this exciting competition and over twenty primary schools across the County have already entered. Mr Sean Holland, Chairman of the School Garden Project, said that this Year the theme is ‘Climate Change and Gardening’ and there will be special awards for garden elements that include upcycling, food production and biodiversity. School gardens that are pollinator friendly will also be awarded. Margaret Griffin and the local beekeepers are asking schools to help protect our bees and to plant ‘Bee Friendly’ gardens. Her message is simple, plant flowers and the bees will follow. This year Griffins are again awarding a special award for the best Bee friendly Garden. Margaret and her team also gave the children and teachers lots of invaluable advice on recycling and potting up old wellies, old handbags and even using their new compostable coffee cups, which can be planted directly into the soil. Log on now to www.muintircork.com to register your school for the 2019 School Gardens Project.

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News from Times Past

with Brian Gabriel, Blarney & District Historical Society

The Barters of St. Ann’s Hill Hydro, Co. Cork. The first Dr. Richard Barter (1802-1870) came from a Protestant Anglo-Irish family. He was the son of a private gentleman of moderate means. He was born in the family home, Cooldaniel, in 1802. His father died when he was young and it is reported that he had a wild youth, at times joining the peasantry during the Whiteboy Insurrection and roaming through the countryside. Eventually, however, he determined to mend his ways and became a medical student. His name appears in the Matriculation register for the T.C.D. Medical School in November 1824 but he must have commenced his studies before that date. He was evidently a rather restless student. At one stage he “walked the wards” in Edinburgh and he eventually qualified with the degree M.R.C.S London. He was then appointed as a Dispensary Physician at Inniscarra Co. Cork where he worked for eight years. During a cholera epidemic he observed the disastrous effects of fluid restriction on the victims. On the other, rehydration with liberal quantities of fluid resulted in survival for many patients. He then became an enthusiastic follower of hydrotherapy and determined to set up a hydrotherapy establishment. In 1836, he moved to a modest residence at St. Ann’s Hill. At about this time, he negotiated a long lease for a large tract of land (including a 230-acre farm) with the Colthurst family – owners of Blarney Castle. This land was on the opposite side of the Shournagh Valley looking across to the Colthurst estate around Blarney Castle. Dr. Barter took a keen interest in the management of the farm. The first building Dr. Barter erected at St. Ann’s in about 1840 was a bath-house containing various douches and a vapour bath. About ten years later he invited a retired English diplomat to St. Ann’s a Mr. David Urquhart who was an enthusiastic advocate of the Turkish Bath which he had studied in the Middle East. Working together, largely by trial and error, and without any detailed instruction, the two men established the first Turkish Bath in the British Isles in 1856. A second, much larger Turkish Bath was built some years later. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (Eleventh Edition), under the heading “Baths” states: “Turkish Baths have, with various modifications, become popular in Europe. The Russian Baths were introduced into German towns in 1825. They had a certain amount of limited success, but did not take firm root. Another class practically owes its origin to Dr. Barter and David Urquhart. It professed to be founded on the Turkish Bath, but in reality, it was much more of a hot air bath, i.e. much more devoid of vapour than either Roman or Turkish Baths ever were, for it is doubtful whether in any case the air of the Laconicum was free from vapour.” Over the years the Turkish Bath became increasingly popular and a few years after it was established, a ‘free’ bath was built for the use of the poor. During this period, accommodation for resident patients and their families was built around the main building in a somewhat haphazard fashion. If over-booking occurred during a busy period, a few extra rooms would hastily be erected. Public rooms were established, i.e., a large dining room, sun lounge, sitting room and a handsome billiard room. A clock tower dominated the scene. Gradually the grounds were landscaped with a terrace walk, croquet lawn and tennis court. At the end of the 19th century a visitor described St. Ann’s as follows, “Facing the Castle (Blarney Vol 16, Issue 12 November 2018 www.muskerrynews.biz Castle) on the elevated site we describe, the stranger’s eye is attracted by a long irregular building, the view of which is broken in the distance by gardens and terraces, detached cottages, picturesque ‘ logs’ and, most remarkable of all, a magnificent range of Turkish Baths”. Dr. Barter spent the last ten years of his life in promoting hydrotherapy. He travelled and lectured both in England and Ireland. A number of his printed lectures have survived and his enthusiastic advocacy of pure water, both internally and externally,

as a powerful therapeutic agent makes strange reading to modern eyes. But we have to remember that scientific medicine at the time was painfully emerging from the dark ages of myth and superstition. Dr. Barter had no knowledge of the cause of cholera, (Koch identified the vibrio cholera as the cause in 1883) or indeed of the dreaded phthisis. He had never heard of hormones or vitamins and lacked any scientific tools for diagnostic purposes. He did the best he could, guided by very dim medical light and his insistence on personal hygiene and cleanliness was a valuable contribution to society. After his death in 1870, his eldest son, Richard (later Sir Richard Barter, 1837-1918) took over the management of St. Ann’s. He was a very successful farmer but also a good manager and he put St. Ann’s on a sound financial footing. Between 1870 and 1906 a series of seven Resident Physicians undertook the medical work of the Hydro. To digress slightly, at this stage, Dr. Barter’s second son, Henry Barter (1847-1875) was a Captain in the Indian Army. He died from Yellow Fever on the boat returning for leave to Ireland, leaving a widow and new-born baby son – R. H. Barter, my father (1875 – 1944). Sir. Richard and his wife were childless and took a keen interest in their nephew. The boy was sent to Wimborne Grammar School and then to Wellington College. He thoroughly enjoyed his schooldays, became a prefect and Captain of Athletics and spent two years idling his time away in the VIth Form. He then proceeded to fail Oxford Entrance Examination. His uncle promptly withdrew all Photo caption here... financial support. From 1894 until 1904, he worked as a bank clerk at Coutts Bank in The Strand. His uncle finally relented and in 1904 he went to live at St. Ann’s, starting a course in the Medical School at the old Queen’s College, Cork – qualifying in 1911. He continued employment as Resident Physician at St. Ann’s. During the 1914-18 war, he founded and ran an auxiliary military hospital at St. Ann’s and was subsequently awarded the O.B.E. for this work. Due to shortage of coal, the Turkish Bath was closed in 1914 and in the event never opened again. The years between 1919 and 1939 were peaceful and prosperous at St. Ann’s. There was a small railway station at the bottom of the drive with regular trains running Blarney to Cork. Sixty to Eighty was the average number of guests. Bedrooms were spartan and guests had to use the communal bathrooms and toilets. Five guineas a week was the standard rate. The kitchen was supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables daily from the large kitchen garden and milk, cream and butter from the dairy. Guests were regaled with a cooked breakfast, three course lunch, afternoon tea in the lounge and a five-course dinner soup, fish, main course, sweet and savoury. Dress for dinner was formal; dinner jackets for men and evening dresses for ladies. During this period, my father managed the Hydro and took charge of all the patients. A first Cousin, Major R.B. Seigne, M.C. undertook the management of the farm, woods and all outdoor facilities. There was naturally a wide variety of guests, e.g. Somerville and Ross often took their holidays at St. Ann’s in the twenties. Professor O’Meara, from the T.C.D. School of Pathology, was a frequent visitor and friend of my father’s. Business dropped rapidly after 1939. Major Seigne had died in 1936. My father had a stroke in 1940 and his health subsequently deteriorated progressively until his death in 1944. There was no-one in the family to take on the management and the lease was sold. The above article was written by Dr. Richard Wade Barter M.D., son of R. H. Barter (1875 – 1944) O.B.E. A limited number of ‘Old Blarney’ Journal back issues are still available by contacting 087 2153216, bg1@eircom.net or www.blarneyhistory.ie or at the Monthly Lectures.

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The next lecture of Blarney and District Historical Society takes place on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 8.00 p.m. in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál (Blarney Secondary School). Titled: ‘Thatched Houses of County Cork’. Guest Speaker Ms. Mary Sleeman, of the Heritage Unit Cork County Council, Archaeologist and Author, explains the history of thatching as she takes us on an illustrated tour of the many different types of thatched house still to be seen in County Cork.

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There was much to celebrate at 11th Cork Cloghroe Scout group, with a renewal of promise for Cubs who moved up to Scouts in September, skills activity and community special interest badges presented plus the official presentation to the Cubs and Scouts who achieved their Chief Cub Scout award before Christmas. Congratulations to all, very well done!

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Muskerry News | 31 Upcoming events. March - Sunday 24th B walk Mahon Falls / C walk Ballycotton Sunday 31st B walk Purple Mountain / C Walk Mushera Mor. April - Saturday 6th West Cork weekend based in the Celtic Ross Hotel. Walks on the Saturday (Castlefreke/ Owenahincha) and Sunday (Glandore). Sunday 14th B walk Hungry Hill / C walk Muckross Loop. May Saturday 11th Darkness into Light always supported by the group. Their schedule of Summer evening walks for May, June and July will be announced soon, so keep a eye on their website blarneywalkinggroup.blogspot.com

Gene and Eileen, on behalf of Blarney Walking Group, pictured handing over a cheque to Blarney Community First Responders. Each year the group make a donation to charity, and this year our local first responder group were lucky enough to be the recipients. This donation will pay toward the erection of a new publically accessible defibrillator outside Blarney Auto Centre. Spring 2019 is a busy time for the Blarney Walking Group, and in February a large number of members headed to Dingle for a walking week end, undeterred by the cancellation of the annual walking festival. The group was led on Siuloid Cholman by Eileen Burton, and this walk took the group along Ventry beach, passing by Paidi O Shea’s, to complete a circuit which had stunning views over Ventry Bay. Luckily the weather held up to add to the enjoyment of the walk, and other walks were enjoyed on the Friday evening and the Sunday before departing for home. A thoroughly enjoyable week end was had by all and it is to be hoped that the Dingle Walking Festival will be reinstated for 2020. Blarney Walking Group extend good wishes to the new committee in Dingle. Once again John MacLaughlin is taking a group to Scotland, this time taking on the Torridon Range departing Dublin for Inverness on March 15th. The Torridon; Beinn Alligin trek ,will take in Tom Na Guadheach and Scurr Mhor peaks with a height of 980 metres.

Their Sunday trek will be less taxing,with a climb of the Quinag horseshoe which will provide lovely costal views as reward. Best wishes to John and his intrepid group for an enjoyable and safe trip. A large and appreciative group of members recently attended a navigation course on map reading and the use of the compass. This course was given by club members Gene McDonnell and Mick Dowling. Both these gentlemen have huge experience in navigational skills and they ably conducted the course sharing their knowledge with their ‘students’. Regular, in service courses such as this are vital so that all members become proficient in the skill. On the mountains, a map, compass, observation and GPS are essential to navigation and being able to use them is vitally important. Many thanks to Gene and Mick for a most instructional evening. Further courses will be held during the year. This year has seen an increase in club members. To all we wish a Cead Mile Failte and good walking for the coming year.

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The unseasonal weather is continuing and whether we like it or not we are in for an early spring. There are already magnolias, rhododendrons and cherry trees in flower throughout the gardens, which is wonderful to see, but leaves me somewhat unsettled. This time last year we were under snow and there is no guarantee that we are not going to see a late return to the wintery weather.

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I just hope our poor plants can cope with the mixed messages. That being said; the gardens are looking fabulous at the moment, and I’m delighted to see so many of our younger shrubs starting to flower for the first time. The Himalayan walk is beautiful, as are the mansion beds and the cherries at the entrance are just starting their show. The mild weather has allowed us to get ahead with quite a few of our tidying up jobs around the estate and I’m starting to believe that we will actually be looking quite respectable for St. Patricks day. There has been so much construction and infrastructure work over the winter that it will be a little strange to see the place looking tidy and clean once again. We are currently renovating our bog garden and will start planting the new beds in the next few weeks. We had to replace all of the boardwalk timbers as they were starting to rot in the damp conditions, so it was the ideal time to revamp the planting too. We are planning large drifts of colour and good structural plants to complement the existing areas. We have also started work on another exciting project, ‘The Carnivorous Courtyard’ a garden of carnivorous plants that will be situated alongside our Poison Garden. The boundary hedge of yew has just gone in, and we are working on the design of the garden. Watch this space…. With all the projects and building and tidying work going on it’s easy to forget that the usual seasonal gardens work is also required. We are moving shrubs, mulching beds and paths, pruning roses, undertaking assorted tree work and planting up new saplings in our woodlands using native home-grown oaks. In the kitchen garden we are planting 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. Let’s hope they survive. 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. This year we will have even more tubs and baskets to plant up and keep watered and fed, but I’m sure it will be worth the effort. I’m hoping the next few weeks will continue to be warm and settled, but I won’t be surprised if this winter still has a sting in its tail! Come and enjoy the wonderful spring colours in the gardens and let’s hope for a calm and settled spring.

Exciting times ahead at Blue Hat Productions, as cast and crew prepare for their latest theatrical venture 'Victor's Dung' by Seamus O'Rourke. Set in a County Cavan farm yard complete with its own dung heap, outdoor toilet and poor broadband, 'Victor's Dung' is a humorous, yet devastating tale of love, friendship and loss involving a host of eccentric, larger than life characters seeking to find hope, redemption and meaning from life in rural Ireland. 'Victor's Dung' will play on March 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th in Whitechurch Community Centre. Tickets now on sale.

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Berrings National School celebrate their win in the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Hurling League final at Na Piarsaigh. Included are teachers, William Walsh, Willie O'Callaghan and Sciath na Scol's Pat O'Leary, whose grandson, Darragh Holland, was one of the captains. The others being James O'Mahony and Diarmaid Murphy.

Berrings National School celebrate their win in the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Hurling League final at Na Piarsaigh. Included are teachers, William Walsh, Willie O'Callaghan and Sciath na Scol's Pat O'Leary, whose grandson, Darragh Holland, was one of the captains. The others being James O'Mahony and Diarmaid Murphy.

The Berrings team who took part in the Allianz Sciath na Scol Indoor Camogie Championship finals at Na Piarsaigh. Included are teachers, Liz Hayes and Joanne Dineen.

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Sincere thanks were paid to everyone who took part or helped and contributed in any way at the annual Poc Fada held by Inniscarra GAA and Camogie Clubs on St. Stephen’s Day 2018. It was once again a great success, in ideal weather conditions, with a record number of over 80 teams taking part. There was a large attendance in the Clubhouse Aras Tadg O’Muri for presentation of prizes, where light refreshments were also served by the hard-working ladies in the kitchen. The winning team was Shane Linehan (Capt.), Senan Brislane, Jack O’Sullivan; second were Jenny Burke, Bryan Linehan and Sean Twomey, whilst Tom O’Sullivan, Paul Farmer and Tomas O’Sullivan took third place.

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Last month a presentation of the proceeds were made at the Wayside Inn to recipients Marymount Hospice and the Jack O’Driscoll Fund.

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Students of Blarney Taekwondo Club pictured with senior Instructors Master Niall O Keefe, Mr Martin Ryan and Mr Rory Falvey after recent colour belt grading. Neptune Stadium.

Brother and sister 5 year old Paul Hegarty and 9 year old Caylin Hegarty displaying medals from recent Scion Taekwondo Championships held recently in Neptune Stadium.

Andre Nation, Máire McLoughlin, Ian McLoughlin Southside and District Sports January award winner, and Colin Murray.

Jack Kelly, John Chandler and Kieran O’Sullivan, Head Coach Ballincollig Men’s Basketball Team.

Carmel Lonergan, General Manager Cork International Hotel (Main Sponsor) presenting the Award to Ian McLoughlin.

Hieu Power, Tower, representing Ireland in Kempo Karate and one of only five athletes selected this year for the emerging talent program in the Mardyke arena. Hieu competed in the under 61kg junior group in the Ishoj cup in Copenhagen and won bronze!

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Some of the 2010 Boys Academy group who played Corinthians recently. Well done to all the boys and the coaches, and thanks to all the parents for bringing the boys out. Thanks to Corinthians for travelling also.

Schoolboy/Senior Team Player Patrick ‘Pops’ Crowley who played with UCC Soccer in their recent Collingwood Cup Success, Patrick was also on the Freshers team that got to the Harding Cup Final. Congratulations to Manager Noel Healy and the Collingwood Cup Team.

Congratulations to Blarney United player Ben Maher who recently re-signed for Cork City U15. We wish Ben the best of the luck for the upcoming season.

Congratulations to Blarney United's Cian Connolly and Adam Higgins of Colaiste An Spioraid Naoimh who defeated De La Salle of Waterford 2-0 in the Munster U17 Schools Final.

Congratulations to Leah Murphy who signed for Cork City FC’s Women’s U17 team. Leah is one of Girls Academy Photo caption here... coaches and a great role model for the girls. Hopefully some of them will follow in her footsteps.

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Well done to all the U13 girls and their coaches who defeated Macroom in their first ever 11 a side game.

Our U17’s National Cup game against Douglas Hall was a very entertaining game with Blarney very unlucky to lose out on penalties. Well done lads!

Klara and Mark Walsh, Ian Dennehy & Emma Walsh.

The U12A’s prior to their game with Carrigtwohill. Well done to all the lads for a great performance with special mention to David Fitzpatrick and Robert Kelly who scored on the day.

Congratulations to our Girls Academy U11’s who played their 1st league match this month against Corinthians.

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Inniscarra Camogie Club is making club history next month by travelling to Berlin with its U16 team. They will play non-competitively with a select group of teams from around Germany in a Youth League Event, as well as providing mentorship and coaching to those teams with the help of coach Fergal O’Leary. U16 Inniscarra Camogie Club manager, Liam Ryan said “Let’s lead the way in what girls can aspire to when they are part of a camogie club.” And so that is exactly what the coaches are doing! Setanta Berlin Club are instrumental in this initiative as they are hosting this very first German Youth League event, with teams arriving from Hamburg, Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich, as well as the Inniscarra U16s who will be one of the main attractions at the event. As part of the trip, the girls will also visit the Nelson Mandela School. This school has over 25 nationalities including students from Brazil and Yemen so it’s an amazing opportunity to promote the game to an international audience with a key emphasis on participation from girls in sport. Sinead Kavanagh, PRO of German Camogie, has been of huge help on the German side while Sheila Lyons and Linda Hughes have been doing sterling work alongside Liam to make this trip a reality for the girls and the club. The squad has been fundraising for the trip to Berlin and on March 9 they will participate in 1,800 laps of the community pitch in Ballyanley, representing one lap for every kilometre of distance from Cork to Berlin. With the club going from strength to strength, the sky is the limit for its players and coaches. New members are welcome and can register online on the Clubforce platform with great ease. The club will also be celebrating its successes of 2018 on April 6th at the Oriel Hotel, Ballincollig.

Congratulations to the talented young gymnasts from Ballincollig Gymnastics Club who performed on Ireland’s Got Talent earlier this month as Rebel Acro. Congratulations Silke!

Local girl Silke Heinen has been crowned the National Table Tennis Champion for 2019, winning the U15 Irish National Championship in Lisburn Belfast, held over three days last month. She also won the cadet doubles and junior doubles, giving her an incredible three National titles. Silke is a member of Leeside Table Tennis Club and coached by Ben Haughton.Blarney Cycling Club thanked everyone who participated in this year’s Donal Crowley Memorial Sportive, particularly Marie Crowley and the Crowley Family for once again supporting the club and allowing them to host the sportive in memory of Donal.

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Blarney Cycling Club thanked everyone who participated in this year’s Donal Crowley Memorial Sportive, particularly Marie Crowley and the Crowley Family for once again supporting the club and allowing them to host the Photo sportivecaption in memory of Donal. here... Every year a local charity or group are supported through a donation from the proceeds of the Sportive and at Marie’s request Blarney Community First Responders were lucky enough to receive the donation this year. The group have had a hugely positive impact on the village since they were formed three and a half years ago by providing and training First Responders for the Community and providing essential assistance when needed.

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Inniscarra GAA 2018 U13 P2FL champions pictured being presented with their Rebel Óg medals recently.

Congratulations to AJ Whelan, Donoughmore Taekwondo club, who has been selected to represent Ireland at the ITF World Championships in Inzell, Germany this April. This will be AJs first selection to national team level and is very proud to get this opportunity to represent his country. Christopher McCarthy, twin brother of Olympian Sean McCarthy, made Irish Karate History by being the first Irish Karate Athlete to win a European Gold Medal. Chris now holds a World Bronze Medal (Croatia 2017) and a European gold. While his brother Sean set new heights last year in 2018 by winning a European Silver Medal in Sochi in February followed by an Olympic Bronze in Buenos Aires in October at the Youth Olympic Games. Both boys are a credit to their Coach Stephen O’Callaghan of Cloghroe Karate Club who is now Ireland’s most successful Karate coach ever.

Donoughmore GAA Family tree planting day was a massive success with over 150 trees bought and planted along the outside of pitch number 2.

Great start to the season by Whitechurch Under 16 team with a closely fought contest against Canovee. Final score Whitechurch 4.9 Canovee 5.5


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Child Protection Workshop

Last night the club hosted the first of two Child Protection Workshops in Scoil Mhuire gan Smál. Over 20 people took part on the night representing all levels in our club and Blarney Camogie Club. About the Course: All Coaches, Children’s Officers and Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) must first complete the 3-hour Child Welfare & Protection Basic Awareness Course. This course educates participants on the implementation of best practice in protecting the welfare of children involved in sport.

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Thanks to all who took part and to our Child Protection Officer John Quirke for running a very informative workshop. This year it is now Blarney GAA Club Policy that all coaches/ managers & mentors involved with any team under the age of 18 years have three qualifications. 1. Child Welfare In Sport Protection Workshop 2. At least Foundation Level 1 GAA Coaching Course 3. GAA vetting

Rebel Easter Camp

The Rebel Easter Camp will take place in Blarney GAA Club again this year on Monday 22nd to Wednesday 24th of April. The the camp will run from 10am - 2:30pm each day. Intermediate League After two games of their league campaign, our intermediate hurlers have 2 points. On their first day out they faced Tracton at home which was a fine test where Blarney came out the victors on a score line of 1-16 to 1-8. An encouraging start to the league. Up next was Valley Rovers. As tough a test as you’ll find around Blarney lost 0-13 to 0-6. Dreadful conditions on a day where many club and county games were postponed did not help produce another strong Hurling performance like the week before. Blarneys next league game is on St Patrick’s Day at 12pm in Blarney. U21 Muskerry Football Late February saw the commencement of Championship for Blarney. Our U21’s Footballers were out against neighbours Grenagh in the first round of the Mid Cork Championship. A wet and windy day saw for challenging conditions for both side and was perhaps the cause for a low scoring game. Thankfully Blarney came out on top winning 2-5 to 1-5. Goals from Kelvin Dunlea and Trevor Harrington and points from Barry Dennehy and Cathal Hegarty were enough to see Blarney into the next round.

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Blarney Boys in All Ireland Semi Final. Congratulations to all our lads playing with CBC this month on their brilliant victory over Gort in the Croke Cup. The lads have now progressed to the All Ireland Semi Final against St Kieran’s of Kilkenny. Best of luck to you all! Junior B Medals Night. Our Junior Bs received their Mid Cork Championship Medals for 2018 recently. The night was expertly hosted by The Castle Hotel as usual. A big thank you to Ian and Una and all their staff for hosting us and preparing a beautiful meal.

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We are delighted to announce two exclusive offers for 2019 Blarney GAA Club Members. 1. €50 for the clubhouse hall (including kitchen facilities) and astro turf pitch for an hour & a half. Ideal for birthday parties. For more information contact Martin O'Shea 086 409 9907 2. DC Fitness who operate out of our club gym. 1) 50% off a 6 class pass (was €40 now €20) 2) 2 x 30min PT sessions with every 20 class pass purchased. * offer expires 30th April 2019 Call/text 087 6416 789

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Cork GAA is pleased to announce that two ticket packages will be available for the opening rounds of the County Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate Hurling and Football Championships. The move follows a review of ticket pricing by a sub-committee of the County Board Executive and it is envisaged that further packages will be rolled out when the county championships resume in August. A €50 pass can be purchased to cover more than seventy first-round hurling and football games, valid from March 18th to May 5th and including replays where necessary, while five weekly passes valid for seven days and covering of each of the five weekends from April 5th to May 5th will also be on sale, costing €15 each. Tickets can be purchased from the County Board offices at Mainport, Monahan Road, Cork (021-4963311), or from one of the following County Board representatives: Ronan Dwane 086-1701136 Noel O’Callaghan 086-2594421 Joseph Blake 087-9865827

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Ravenscourt Garden Centre and Cafe, Kerrypike, are seeking a cafe assistant for immediate start. Contact Ciara on: 086 8113538.

VAT registered owner van driver required ASAP. for early morning newspaper deliveries and items related to the business. Route for deliveries will be Crossbarry, Drimoleague and surrounding areas. Large van would be ideal for this position.

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QUALIFIED NURSES for weekend mornings in Blarney as part of a two person team, the other being a Personal Assistant. The role includes HSE Nursing rates apply. 9am - 1pm Saturday / Sunday

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Services Available Tired of being alone? Two Hearts Meet are Munster’s leading professional dating agency. Call or text today and special someone! twoheartsdating.com 085 7742444 Ballroom & Jive Dance Class Cork Dance Club’s new autumn classes now enrolling. Blarney & city venues. Phone 087 2487696. e: corkdanceclub@gmail.com All Doggie Hair Doo’s 086 8478762 Don’t forget your Best Friend! Full grooming/wash only. Late night appointments available. Why not drop your doggie for grooming whilst you shop at Blackpool Shopping Centre? Painter and Decorator Registered professional Free quotations Contact Denis on 087 2986 951 / 021 4874868 Dermot Casey Tree Care All tree problems solved without delay. Free quotations & fully insured. Call the experts on 022-55000 www.dermotcaseytreecare.ie It’s time to clean your carpets! Blarney & District Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Service. No job too small. 087 6384396. Downey Floor Sanding Floor Sanding & Sealing. Contact Jeremy at 4516901/ 087 2372213 A Sikh temple is now open on the Carrigrohane Road in the former John A. Woods premises for morning and evening worship. O’Connell Chimney Cleaning Blarney. Stoves and Open Fires Contact Darren at 087 653 3480 O’Connell Window Cleaning Blarney. Contact Donal 087 6592697 or 4383407 (after 6pm).

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Ambulance, Fire, Gardai 999 Blarney Gardai 4516290 Ballincollig Gardai 4214680 Gurranabraher Gardai 4946200 Blarney 021 4385440 Ballincollig 021 4871111 Grenagh 021 4886105


Dr Una O’Halloran 4385602 Ballincollig Family Practice 4870808 Blarney Medical Centre 4382077 Tower Medical Centre 4385348


Onslow Gardens Dental Practice 4398572 Blarney Dental Practice 4385664 Niall Coonan Blarney 4385973


O’Connor Poole Blackpool 4397399 Anne O’Donovan Blarney 4383128


PFP Tower 4385225 PFP Grenagh 462998 PFP Onslow Garden 4398135 McElligotts Blarney 4385307 Walshs Blarney 4381223 Cloghroe Pharmacy 4382244

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Blarney Vets 4381823 Abbeyville Blarney 4382583


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Credit Unions

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