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Old Log Cabin, Grenagh, re-opens

Great news that The Old Log Cabin, Grenagh, is open again. This firm local favourite is once

again offering darts, pool, cards not to mention the craic for which it is renowned. Live Champions League Football is being shown, and you will catch plenty of live music throughout the weekend. The Old Log also has a fabulous function room available for all occasions, to find out more contact 086 4092087.

Jerry Geaney not wishing to be outdone by his son Jim, who was conferred with his BA (First Class Honours) at UCC last month, seen here with his wife, son and grandchildren on the occasion of his ‘Graduation’ as a very mature student in UCC!

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Letters to the Editor....

make your local views known and write to The Muskerry News, Church View, Blarney, Co. Cork / email muskerrynews@eircom.net

Dear Editor, So there they were. It seemed that overnight 'poles' had appeared all over the Blarney area. More poles than you'd find in the local 'lap dancing club' - or so I am advised on good authority! Can anyone tell me why they can afford to dig holes everywhere to put all these poles in, when they can't seem to be able fill in the holes we already have in the roads. With all these new signs (I presume that what they are for) in addition to those already there, we will need to take our eyes off the road for ages to be able to read them all. perhaps it's a way of slowing us all down, or just another instance of someone in City/County hall ordering too many sign poles! Yours, David O’Leary

Donoughmore Macra members including club officers Sean Wallace, Heather Healy, Barry O'Regan, Eithne Healy and Alan Twomey at this years Annual Macra na Feirme Conference.

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NEWS in brief

Murphy's Centra Coachford would like to say thanks to everyone who took part in, and donated to, their recent walk in aid of Breast Cancer Research.

Does this affect you or anyone you know? Aybody who spent any time working in the UK is probably entitled to a preserved pension benefit either from your former employers scheme and/or HMRC ( the UK state pension provider). If you think you are or could be entitled to a preserved pension from your time in the UK and you wish to chat about your options then please feel free to contact Damian Boylan QFA on damianboylan@dng.ie or 0872244364. There can be very compelling reasons for bringing these pensions into the Irish system.

Blarney man Denis Murphy taking centre stage at last months 'Northside means business' exhibition. Donoughmore Macra members on a recent club exchange with Sliabh Luachra Macra in Knocknagree; Rachel Kelleher, Heather Healy, Morris O'Connor, and Mairead Healy, Mairead Enright, Paudie Healy and Moria Healy

The rollout of new water meters will begin in Ballincollig on November 11th. Irish water said meters will be installed outside domestic residences on the public water mains, although metering is not scheduled to begin until 2015.

Darren Dineen, Blarney, who graduated with a BA(honours) from UCC last month.

Inniscarra Community Centre are holding a fundraising dance with music by the ever popular Mary and Danny O'Leary at Blarney Golf Resort on Saturday November 23rd from 8.30pm until late. Admission is €10 with a raffle on the door ticket.

Suzanne Irwin, Manager Wilton Shopping Centre and Martina Coleman, Chairperson Judging Panel, presenting shopping voucher for EU 1,500 to Nicole and Stephen Rearden, Saleen, Midleton, winners of the Best Dressed Couple Competition held in conjunction with the semi finals of the Connolly's Red Mills Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park. Picture: Mike English.

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UCC President visits Gael Scoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig

Principal, Gabriel O' Cathasaigh, and pupils welcome President of UCC, Dr. Michael Murphy, to Gael Scoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig. In background is the mural, depicting life along the banks of the River Lee, which was assembled by all the pupils. Pictures: Mike English.

Ethan Hyde, Ovens and Alex English, Aherla having a ball at the Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium where they saw Don Hyde's Slippark Tafari qualify for the Knockglass Billy A1 525 Stakes Final. Picture: Mike English.

Popular local ladies Rosarie O'Sullivan and Mary O'Regan celebrating their joint birthday last month in The Castle Hotel, Blarney.

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Packed with a wonderful display to decorate your home and garden.

Mariah Ni Mhir ag bronnadh pictiuir a rinne si den dan "Cul an Ti" ar Uachtaran UCC, Dr. Micheal O'Murchu, nuair a thug se cuirt ar an scoil. Bi, Priomh Oide, Gabriel O'Cathasaigh i laithir freisin.

Pupils at Gael Scoil Ui Riordain, Ballincollig proving musical entainment for Dr. Michael Murphy,

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The flower bed at Castle Close, Blarney, gets a make over thanks to Tom MacGrath of Blarney Tidy Towns and the local TUS workers who helped out at short notice.

Coachford National School have been awarded the Active Flag in recognition of their efforts encouraging pupils to lead an active lifestyle, organising skipathons, lunchtime leagues, walk on Wednesdays, gardening club, buddy circuits, to mention just a few. Photographed at the launch were Sharon O'Driscoll, Principal, Cork Footballer, Ciaran Sheehan, members of the Active School Committee Olive Loughnane (Olympian Walker), teachers John Flynn, Michael Horan and pupils. Picture: Mike English

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Top 'mark' for Quish's SuperValu

Paul Martin and Kate O’Driscoll recently represented Quish’s SuperValu, Ballincollig, at the 2013 National Q Mark Awards in Dublin. Quish’s SuperValu, who were nominated for a top prize in Hygiene and Food Safety, employs a talented workforce of 115 people and plays a huge role in the local community and is the main sponsor for both Ballincollig Rugby Club and Dripsey GAA Club, as well as many more. The National Q Mark Awards celebrate the highest standards of quality and excellence in Irish business.

Mother and daughter Graduate Magali Scalise-Bravi and Uma Bravi, Ballincollig at the annual conferrings at Cork Institute of Technology. pic Darragh Kane

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15 brave members of The White Horse Golf Society recently battled horrendous weather conditions to compete in their final outing of 2013 to The Lee Valley Golf Club which was kindly sponsored by Foot Solutions. The day was a very special one for one of the members, Tony O’Callagha,n as he got a Hole in One on the 6th in driving wind and rain. A great moment for Tony and his playing partners who witnessed it. The prizes were presented in The White Horse that night by Ray Reidy of Foot Solutions. The Society firstly made a presentation to Tony to mark his achievement earlier that day. The Longest Drive was won by Anthony Fox; Nearest to the Pin was Eric Philpott. 5th Place Ger Keogh, David Butler, Jim Crowley 80.3 4th Place Michael Griffin, Martin Roche, Noel McDermott

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76.3 3rd Place Tom McCarthy, Eric Philpott, Finbarr Minehane 72.4 2nd Place David O’Connell, Ray Reidy, Joe Tubridy 71 Overall Winners Anthony Fox Tom Butler Tony O’Callaghan 68. The last presentation of the evening and for the year was the Golfer of the Year which is sponsored by Westward the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Company. The Golfer of the Year was David Keogh with 160 Points followed by his father Ger Keogh with 153 Points, Eric Philpott 151, Anthony Fox 150, Martin Roche 144 Tom Butler 136 Finbarr Minehane 136 Joe Tubridy 123 Barney Hennessy 120 President Eric Philpott and Captain Pat Enright presented the perpetual trophy to Margaret Keogh in David’s unavoidable absence. It has been a great year for the Society and they want to thank everyone for their support during the year

Carrigrohane is a tidy step from Cambodia yet on Saturday 30th Nov they will host a Christmas Market with a fundraising focus on this faraway land. A spooky looking Jack O’Rourke, Blarney, heading out to Trick or Treat.

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entertainment ensuring you can enjoy the market without worrying about the kids while live music adds to the festive flair. All proceeds will go to Uniting for Children Project www.unitingforchildren.org The Tearfund Christmas Market is on Saturday 30th November from 10am – 5pm at St Peter’s Church Hall, Carrigrohane. Directions: At the end of the Carrigrahane Straight turn left at the traffic lights up Church Hill. St Peter’s Church Hall is halfway up the hill on the left hand side.

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The recent fundraising Cookery Demonstration held by Vicarstown National School with Clodagh McKenna was a resounding success. Thankfully the proceeds came in well in excess of the anticipated financial result and all but wiped out the loan the School had taken to add two additional class rooms to the School. The school are deservedlyvery proud of their fund raising achievements and theirmagnificent new, state of the art school. The school would like to acknowledge all of the people in the locality for their support and generosity over the past three years. The Rochestown Park Hotel provided a complimentary venue for the evening which commenced with a complimentary wine reception. A wide variety of stalls added a bit of magic to the evening and complimentary Cooleeney and BandonVale cheese was offered to all those who attended at the end of the evening. Everyone was really looking forward to meeting Clodagh and they were not disappointed as Clodagh was warm and engaging. She whipped up some delicious fare on the night all the while recounting little anecdotes about her school days in Kerrypike! The dishes that Clodagh prepared were raffled on the night and those who were lucky enough to get a chance to taste them said that they were delicious. All of the recipes are available on the Vicarstown National School Facebook page. Vicarstown National School would like thank Clodagh McKenna sincerely and wish her luck with her new restaurants which will open in Dublin at the end of the year. The school would also like to thank the many sponsors of the event.


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Northpoint turns into North Pole!

You may have to look twice, or even a third time, if you are passing Northpoint Business Park on Saturday November 30th as the charitable business people who inhabit this vibrant business and retail park are putting business aside for one day as they attempt to raise money for local charity ‘Abbey’s wish to walk’ by breaking the record for the world record of elves gathering in one place at one time. The record currently stands at 762 elves, and Marlene Griffin, organiser and owner of K2C Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, has no doubt that the local people will dress in green and red, and put on their pointy hats and ears in the hope of becoming record breakers, and helping lovely Abbey. The day will be filled with elf activity, starting with the arrival of Santa at 12noon, who will bring a gift for every child, and at one o’clock the world record breaking attempt will take place, hopefully turning Northpoint Business Park into a record

breaking retail park. Dressing as an elf is easy peasy! A red or green jumper, pointy hat and pointy ears which you can make in ten minutes - try googling ‘making pointy ears’ and be prepared to be amazed at the number of tutorials there are. Elves can be of every shape and size, from babies to grandparents, and there will be special prizes throughout the day, including a prize for the best pair of ears! Marlene has appealed to parents

and children of the locality to come and play their part in breaking the record, and is asking schools from all over Cork city and county to play their part in ensuring a huge turnout of elves. And this world record breaking attempt is only the start of a fabulous weekend at Northpoint Business Park, as they will be turning Northpoint into North Pole for the weekend as the entire park will be turned into a fabulous Christmas Market complete with craft stalls, hot drinks and entertainment. So for those of you who would like to visit a German Market but don’t want to travel then look no further - it’s all here on your doorstep.

Northpoint Christmas Market will be open on Saturday November 30th from 12noon until 5pm, and Sunday December 1st from 12noon until 5pm.


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Imeachtaí Oíche Shamhna ag Gaelscoil Mhuscraí! Imeachtaí Oíche Shamhna ag Gaelscoil Mhuscraí! Chuaigh na páistí ar cuairt chuig Cistin an Chailligh. Tháinig aoichainteoir ag caint faoina sciatháin leathair. Bhí lá gléasadh suas againn freisin! Bhaineamar lán-taitneamh as imeachtaí Oíche Shamhna!

Halloween Events at Gaelscoil Mhuscraí. We very much enjoyed the Halloween events at Gaelscoil Mhuscraí, which included a trip to the Witch’s Kitchen at Blarney Castle, a guestspeaker who gave a presentation on bats and a dress-up day!

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Smiles all round at Cloghroe Pharmacy mother, toddler, baby event


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BLARNEY PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2013

The 2013 Blarney People of the Year monthly winners

Martin O’Shea

John and Margaret Finnerty

www.blarneycommunity.net

The October Blarney Person of the Month is

LOCAL HISTORIAN BRIAN GABRIEL

It could be said that we all owe much to our October nominee, as his work with Blarney Historical Society will be the only record that is needed for future generations in our area, such is the depth and quality of research that Brian and his fellow historians have undertaken and recorded for posterity. But there are many more facets to Blarney native Brian Gabriel than his diligent voluntary work with Blarney Historical Society as one of his nominators told us. “ Brian was born and reared in Sunberry and attended the school next door, Blarney National School. A keen golfer and hurler with Blarney GAA, Brian won many trophies throughout his sporting life. Marrying local girl Anne McKiernan, and setting up home in Garrycloyne, Brian spent most of his working life with the Ford Motor Company, before later becoming the driver of Cork County Council’s mobile library until his retirement last year. Brian was held in great esteem by the customers on his library route which encompassed Whitechurch, Dripsey and West

Cork, who were very sorry to see his go. At one time Brian and Anne also owned and ran the corner shop. Brian has had a great interest in music all his life and is a wonderful electric guitarist. Many locals will remember the ‘The Emily Showband’ he played in with local friends such as the late Ray Looney, and Richie O’Driscoll. He also played with legendary local musician John White and many more, and was the star act at many a wedding. You can still find Brian occasionally in the midst of a traditional music session and many a Blarney bride probably still has a ‘home movie’ in the pre video days of her wedding by Brian!”

Brian’s name now goes forward with previous monthly winners Sister Peggy, Father Tim Hazelwood, Stephen O’Brien, Adrian O’Connell, John O’Donoghue, Dan Ahern, Gaelscoil Mhuscrai Parents Commitee, John and Margaret Finnerty and Martin O’Shea, to the overall award of Blarney Person of The Year Award 2013 which will be announced at a ceremony in January 2014.

Dan Ahern

John O’Donoghue

Gaelscoil Mhuscraí

Stephen O’Brien

Adrian O’Connell

Fr.Tim Hazelwood Sister Peggy

If you know someone who should be recognised as a Blarney Person of The Month send your nomination with the name of your nominee and the reason you wish to nominate them to Blarney Person of The Months Awards, Church View, Blarney or by email to muskerrynews@eircom.net

BLARNEY YOUNG SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS

This month’s Blarney Young Sportspeople of the month are The Active School Committee of Gaelscoil Mhuscrai, comprising of 15 pupils, along with parent and teacher representatives. The school was informed in June that they had achieved Active School Status and they held the flag-raising ceremony in September with Heather O'Brien from the winning Six-Nations Women's Rugby team. The Active School Flag is a Department of Education initiative which seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The student committee members organised an Active School week and lunch-time leagues and activities and worked very hard to create an active school environment This month’s award is sponsored by Horgans of Blarney


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16 | Muskerry News Present and former staff members at Mayfield Community School photographed at function to mark the school's 40 th. Anniversary. Included are Tony Walsh (Principal) and Kieran Golden (Deputy Principal). Picture: Mike English

Maeve O'Brien, Ballincollig, at the CIT Cork School of Music and Cork Centre for Architectural Education graduation in the CIT Cork School of Music. pic Darragh Kane

Cloghroe National School was a colourful place to be when the pupils dressed up as characters from some of their favourite books as part of National Book week.

Now Open Sundays 1pm to 5.30

Deposits taken for Christmas

Garreth Connolly making presentation to Andrew Fitzgerald, accepting on behalf of the Back of the Bus Syndicate, Carrigrohane following Tyford Tip's win in the Connolly's Red Mills Consolation Laurels Final at Curraheen Park. Included are syndicate members, Anthony Dwyer (trainer), Daniel Creech and Michael Cussen. Also included are Simon Coveney TD, Tom Hayes TD, Phil Meaney, Chairman IGB, Billy O'Dwyer, IGB, Brian Collins, Racing Manager and friends of winners. Picture: Mike English.

Aer Lingus crew; Keith Doyle, Ovens, Shane Heffernan, Ballincollig and Graeme Butler, Kinsale pictured at the Aer Lingus Cork ARC Cancer support house 10th Anniversary lunch at The Maryborough Hotel. Photo Donagh Glavin


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Relive childhood dreams and create lasting memories at The Farm this Christmas

The Farm, Grenagh understands that Christmastime is all about magic, and so is inviting families from far and wide to come and join in the magic at their Christmas Wonderland from November 30th. In this magical Christmas setting, grown-ups will relive childhood dreams of days gone by, while their little ones will create their own Christmas memories that will last a lifetime. Come and join a Christmas Elf for a tour around The Farm’s Christmas Wonderland on a truly festive journey, where the first stop is at the live crib, where visitors will meet Mary, Joseph and their cute donkey for a chat and a sing along. From here everyone will take an enchanting train journey to the North Pole, where they will visit the Elves’ toy workshop and bedrooms, and then pop into Mrs Claus' busy kitchen to help her get all her jobs done in time for Christmas Day – she has to bake cookies, make decorations, pack Santa’s sack and even wash his long johns! Next, and most importantly, visitors to the ‘North Pole’ will meet the ‘Big Man’ himself when he arrives back home… entering the house as only he can! Santa will have presents for all the girls and boys on his ‘nice’ list. Mick Forde from The Farm said “Santa has been in touch and tells us that he has been practicing his smile all year, so don't forget to bring your camera to capture some great memories.” After guests meet Santa they will hop back on the train and return to ‘The Farm’, where Mums and Dads will enjoy a hot beverage and tasty mince pie, while the kids warm up with toasty hot chocolate and scrumptious cookies in the restaurant, while watching a festive movie. The Farm’s Christmas Wonderland opens on Saturday 30th November, with Santa’s arrival at 2pm; and it runs right throughout December. Situated on 40 acres of farmland, The Farm in Grenagh, North Cork is conveniently located just off the N20, just 15 minutes from Blackpool and 15 minutes from Mallow. Tickets are €15 per child, and this includes a present, adults are €10, and kids under 2 go free. Pre-booking is essential, so call The Farm today on (021) 4629816 to avoid appointment. For more information see visitthefarm.ie and find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheFarmGrenagh"

Congratulations to the talented young artists who scooped up the prizes in the Cloghroe Pharmacy Halloween colouring competition

Brackens Bakery have chosen Cork Samaritans as their Charity of the Month for November. All through the month, Brackens will have Samaritan collection boxes prominently displayed in their shop on Old Mallow Road and in their Paul Street Cafe.

Under 8 Category; Alison Madden, Eoin Dwyer, Emil Gzop Over 8 Category; Liam Kelleher, Aida Murphy, Tim Breen

Clogheen Kerry Pike pupils put their colouring pens to paper in aid of the ‘Lily's Dream’ The pupils of Clogheen Kerry Pike National School recently put their colouring pens to paper in aid of the Charity ‘Lily's Dream’. Each pupil paid €2 to enter and a wonderful €250 was raised.

Win a Family Pass to The Farm’s

Christmas Wonderland with the Muskerry News

We are offering you the chance to join in the magic at The Farm’s Christmas Wonderland as a Christmas Elf guides you on a festive journey to the ‘North Pole’, where you’ll meet Santa, Mrs Claus and their helpers. In this magical Christmas setting, grown-ups will relive days gone by, while little ones will create their own Christmas memories that will last a lifetime. The Farm’s Christmas Wonderland opens on Saturday 30th November, with Santa’s arrival at 2pm. For more information see visitthefarm.ie.

3rd/4th Class Winner Ava Hayes age 9yrs received an Eason's Voucher. Ava is pictured with her teacher Ms. Rochford and Helen Crowley of Lily's Dream.

1st /2nd Class Winner Immanuel Manu, pictured with his teacher Ms. Spillette and Helen Crowley of Lily's Dream, received a Spider Man Activity / Creative Toy.

For a chance to WIN 1 of 3 family passes (2 adults/ 2 children), simply tell us where Santa lives. Is it? A. The South Pole B. The North Pole C. Mallow Send your answer, name, address, phone number and email address to The Muskerry News / Farm competition, Church View, Blarney or by email to muskerrynews@eircom.net Closing date for entries is Friday November 29th 2013. T E R M S & C O N D I T I O N S A P P LY.

5th/6th class winner Emma Drummond received an Eason's Voucher much to the delight of her teacher Mr. McDonnell.

Juniors / Senior Class Winner Mary-Kate Keating pictured with her teacher Ms. Lyons-Murphy and Helen Crowley of Lily's Dream receiving her prize of a school bag and beads activity toy.


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Class of Scoil Mhuire gan Smal 1982 make up for lost

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time at recent reunion held at the The Muskerry Arms

pics courtesy Jim Barrett

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Absolutely thrilled and delighted for the lovely Blair family at Blairs Inn, Cloghroe, which has been named as Georgian Campbell's 2014 Pub of The Year. pic Billy MacGill

Important news if you worked in the UK

Anybody who spent any time working in the UK is probably entitled to a preserved pension benefit either from your former employers scheme and/or HMRC ( the UK state pension provider). If you think you are or could be entitled to a preserved pension from your time in the UK and you wish to chat about your options then please feel free to contact me on damianboylan@dng.ie or 087-2244364. There are very compelling reasons for bringing these pensions into the Irish system.

Inniscarra Community Centre are hosting a Fundraising Dance with music by the ever popular Mary and Danny O’Leary at Blarney Golf Resort on Saturday November 23rd from 8.30pm until late. Admission is €10, with a raffle on Door Ticket

Congratulations to Pat Clarke who was named September Cork Person of the Month, for his work in helping Ballincollig to win Gold in Ireland and Silver in Europe in the National Tidy Towns Competition and the Entente Floral European Competition. pic Tony O’Connell Photography

Cork Novel Writers is a forum for novel and novella writers; but not writers of erotica, poetry, short stories or memoirs. Prospective members should have written at least one chapter, and are committed to writing in the long-term. With a view of getting to know and establishing mutual confidence with one another, participants meet once a month. At meetings, participants should not expect to read out long passages from their work on hand. Particular issues, or difficulties, may be addressed; but detailed critiquing should be undertaken via correspondence. Members, having a common subject interest, should form buddy relationships with others, and critique each other’s work through the medium of email. With the goal of improving grammar, spelling, characterization and general story style, participants’, respecting the confidentiality of other’s writing, are expected to give feedback, as well as getting it. Meetings take place in the Bishopstown Bar, at 7.30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month.

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Excellence honoured at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney,

Head prefects Julie Walsh and John O'Brien, making a presentation to former teacher and Principal at Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, Paddy Buckley, who was the guest speaker

First Year Awards went to Don O'Rourke, David Donovan, Hannah Ahern and Aoife Horgan.

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Award winners at the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney Gradam Awards day. Included are Padraig Sheehan, Principal and Paddy Buckley, former Principal

Third Year Award winners; Kallum O'Connor, Emmet Mackin, Padraic Dennehy and Michael Hyde.

Leaving Certificate 2013 winners at the Scoil Mhuire gan Smal Gradam Awards day. Included is teacher, Dan O'Donovan

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Report & pic Mike English Over 140 young people attended a Charity Ball at Blarney Golf Resort recently and raised 1,400 for the Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) and Coachford Foroige. The event was organised by Mary Cronin, Amy Ryan and Ciara Corkery, transition year students at Coachford College, as a follow on to a meeting held in April last between members of KYSS, who had great success in the Kinsale area, and people in Coachford and surrounding areas who were interested in setting up a Foroige Club. The aim of the clubs is to identify young people in crisis and to provide counselling and a support service which would restore them to a healthy mental state. Guest of honour on the night was Joanne O’Riordan who was an inspiration for all present. KYSS provided wristbands with the slogan ‘Take care, Help is There’ and a contact website wwwkyss.com along with flyers and a booklet called Mise my Life which is being rolled out in various areas around the Country.

Alice de la Cour, KYSS, speaking on the night said it was an inspiration to see so many teenagers work together and organise such a fabulous evening. She pointed out that KYSS had done extensive research on the mental health of young people and why they are turning to alcohol, drugs and suicide. “Over the last four years we have been making serious progress into making a difference to the lives of many young people in the Kinsale and District areas” she said. Parents are urged to encourage their children to get involved with Foroige and other clubs which provide constructive occupation for young people, educates them and provides fun and a safe place to interact and make new friends. She wished the Coachford group every success in their endeavours and concluded by saying “ There is a way forward for all young people. It is important to talk about your problems to somebody you can trust and we ask young people to look out for their friends and family members”

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Staff members at the Mayfield Sports Complex are celebrating on the double this year at the Active Ireland White Flag Excellence Awards after winning Gold Standard in the overall awards and Gold Standard in the Category Award for Staff Training. The White Flag Award which grades facility standards is fast becoming the most sought after award in the Leisure World. It is the only specific award for the Irish Leisure and Spa industry. The award is based on 3 areas. Safety, Hygiene & Maintenance and Customer Care. The awards are designed to encourage continuous improvement and are categorised into three levels. Gold, Silver and Bronze. Manager Helen McEnery paid glowing tribute to all the staff who she stated worked very hard, they became totally committed to the challenge and went all out to achieve the Gold Standard after receiving Silver last year. When Gold Standard was announced it was an incredible feeling knowing that all the staff had played a huge part in this success and can be very proud of their achievement. The Facilities at the Mayfield Sports Complex include the following; 25 Metre 5 Lane Swimming Pool, Sauna / Steam Room Fully Equipped Gymnasium Full Sized Indoor Sports Hall / Basketball Court Aerobic Studio with a wide range of classes to suit every fitness level Step, Kick, Aerobics, Circuit Training, Body Conditioning, Kettlebells, Line Dancing Ultimate fitness Mixed Classes Children’s Swimming Lessons, Group and Private Classes. Children’s Lane Training. Intensive Swimming Courses. Rookie Lifeguard Courses Ladies Only swimming Classes Ladies Only Lane Training. Aqua Tone Classes Monday, Wednesday and Fridays mornings and Monday nights. Personalized Fitness and Weight Management Programmes Public and Family Swimming Sessions Daily Membership available or Pay As You Go. FIFA Certified Full Size Astro Turf Pitch available for training or for Matches. For further information phone 021 4505284 or 4506232

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The annual Ballincollig Scouts Bazaar and Auction takes place on Sunday, December 1st in the Community Hall, Ballincollig at 2pm. “There is something for everyone at the Ballincollig Bazaar. We have great prizes for the legendary ‘Spin the Wheel’ this year. There is always a great festive atmosphere at the Bazaar and many people come to pick up unusual Christmas gifts, rare CDs, reasonable priced toys, second hand books and more. Our auction at the end of the day always offers up some fantastic bargains and great fun as the bidding heats up. The Bazaar is the main fundraiser for the scout group and all the proceeds will go directly to support the 160 scouts of all ages and to keep the bus on the road and maintaining the scout hall. Everyone is welcome to the Bazaar and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone turn out again this year. ” said Peter Dineen of Ballincollig Scouts. Books, Cakes, Toys, Plants, Bric a Brac, Games, Spot Prizes and Ham pers will all be available to buy or win at this years Bazaar. Santa Clause will visit the Bazaar to meet all the excited children. Face Painting, Balloons and Lollipops will make the Ballincollig Bazaar a very memorable day for children. Now in its 28th year, the Bazaar is always worth a visit. It’s a great place to meet friends to pick up some early Christmas gifts and to support a very worthy cause. Sunday December1st, Ballincollig Bazaar at 2pm in the Community Hall. Don’t miss it! All the proceeds of the Bazaar go directly to the Ballincollig Scout Group.


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Live in the Parish - Play in the Parish

How many times have you passed by Blarney G.A.A. grounds and wondered what really goes on inside the gate? First impressions of most people are that it is just a pitch with a few dressing rooms. Who plays there? Who uses the facilities? How many people does it take to run the G.A.A. club? How much does it cost to run the club every year?

The club has been at its present location since the late 1950’s, prior to that it played at 3 other locations, ‘The Level’ (behind where Castleowen is), The Square and the other was where the houses in Castle Close now occupy. The club, with over 500 members from children to senior citizens, is not alone the biggest but is also the oldest institution in the Parish serving the community for the last 130 years. From just being a boggy field in the ‘50’s the club has over the years invested both money and hard work by a lot of people in upgrading the pitch to it now being one of the best surfaces in the county.

‘Go-Games’ for children up to 11 years, ‘Cul Camps’ in the summer and ‘Easter Camps’ at the Easter holidays, for boys and girls. The club caters for boys in their teenage years, fielding teams in hurling and football from under 12 up to the minor grade. The adults are well catered for with teams from under 21 right up to intermediate level.

Whenever one passes by the pitch isn’t it great to see so many children having fun in a safe environment location at the heart of the community. The G.A.A. club itself has over 30 teams actively playing hurling and football from under 8 up to our adult teams. While teams start formally at under 8 the club has activities every Saturday morning for all children. There are so many activities organised by the club during the year for children of all ages. You have Parish leagues in both Hurling and Football, I was shocked when I was informed at how many people it takes to run the club every year. It takes a staggering 115 people to run all the Club’s activities each year, all I might add are volunteers. Is this not community service at its best? These are coaches, mentors, officers, grounds personnel, and members who all help out at big events in the pitch like matches and car boot sales. The boost to the local economy that these matches, and the Car Boot Sales which are held every Bank Holiday Monday, is much bigger than people realise, and is greatly appreciated by the local businesses.


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Even though the G.A.A. and the Camogie are two separate organisations, the Blarney G.A.A. club has always afforded the Camogie club the use of all of the facilities of the club. The club also gives its facilities to both the local secondary school and the primary schools in Blarney for training, school matches, and sports days. When you include the Camogie club and all the schools teams with the club’s own 30 teams there are a massive 50 teams who use the The club complex is in constant demand with many organisations making use of it such as the I.C.A. Active Retirement Group, various discipline’s of dancing classes, and ‘45 Card Drives’. The Blarney Cycling Club uses it as their base for big race events, as does the Athletics club for their half marathon. It was also the venue for the hosting of the T.V. Show ‘Dirty Old Town’. What may not be widely known is that it was the G.A.A. club who donated the site to the Blarney Scouting Troop for the building of their hall back in the early 1980’s.

facilities of the club. Over the last 5 years the Blarney G.A.A. club has initiated a schools coaching program where they have provide 2 coaches to go into the 4 local primary schools coaching all the children from junior infants right up to 6th class, not alone in Gaelic games but also in Physical Education.

In order for the club to keep up with the increased demand for the use of its facilities additional ground was urgently required. The club was delighted that together with the Coursing Club an extra full size pitch and a training area was developed over the last 2 years. It is great to see in a place like Blarney that organisations can co-operate so well in achieving amenities for the community.

Who pays for all this to happen? And how much does it all cost?

The G.A.A. while being a national organisation, each club is responsible for its own finances. The main sources of income are the fees that come from membership, and the various fundraising events that the club undertakes. The club does however get grant aided from the Munster Council for capital projects that are completed at the complex Because of the energy of its members and the massive support it gets from the local community all the developments that have taken place over the last few years have been paid for in full. With this milestone achieved the club is now ready to further enhance its facilities over the coming years and knows that with the continued support of the greater community they can continue serving the people of Blarney for another 130 years.

All information for Blarney G.A.A. Club, including news, fixtures and results, pictures, links, and contact details for officers and team mentors, is available on WWW.BLARNEYGAA.IE


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Fond tributes paid to Father Lomasney

Up to 250 Inniscarra parishioners attended a presentation and tribute to Father Michael Lomasney, which was held on Wednesday 23rd October in Blarney Golf Resort. Father Lomasney had served for sixteen years as a curate in the parish and had recently been appointed Parish Priest of Kildorrery. Many tributes were paid to the preaching and spiritual work of Father Lomasney over those years and good wishes extended for his new challenge. Among the speakers were Councillor Pat Burton, Father Donal Coakley, Parish Priest of Inniscarra, and Pat Buckley, who made a presentation on behalf of the parishioners, of a painting "Buttons", by a local artist, David Kavanagh and of new vestments, to Father Lomasney, who thanked all for their generosity and their friendship. Eamonn Pitts


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‘Community Connect’ Handyman Service offers Chimney Cleaning service

It’s that time of year again when the clocks change and we like to see the open fires burning or take advantage of the solid fuel stove to heat our homes. Ensuring our homes remain ‘winter fire safe’ is important, especially for older people who may have mobility problems or spend more time in the home. A Department of Environment Report recommends cleaning your chimney/flue twice each year as it also helps to maintain efficiency when using an appliance with a boiler. The report also recommends that the appliance itself (back boiler or stove) should be cleaned as often as twice weekly, especially if bituminous smoky coal is used as it produces slag deposits which stick to the boiler surfaces and reduce efficiency as a result of the burning process. Cleaning your chimney will generally take an hour cost very little and with varying fees for attendance by Fire Brigades at chimney fires, the charge of 12 per hour for older people to use this handyman service seems very reasonable. It is also advisable to take advantage of this service to fit your carbon monoxide or smoke alarm if you don’t have these already fitted. The handyman will also check your existing smoke alarm to ensure it still works. To book the handyman contact Mary at 025 33411 or email mary@avondhublackwater.com

Blarney business woman, Lilibeth Horne, has been nominated in this year’s REI Retail Manager of the Year awards. Lilibeth Horne, Head of Retail for Cork Airport is nominated in the prestigious awards which recognise outstanding achievements in retail innovation, growth, customer care and originality. Lilibeth Horne is shortlisted in the Manager of the Year category having been selected as one of the top five nominees from a considerable number of entrants. The nomination is the second accolade for Lilibeth Horne this year, who was highly commended in the Enterprising Women of the

Year Awards, held in April. Lilibeth Horne has spent her entire career with Cork Airport, working initially in marketing for the airport and subsequently moving into a retail management role.

All is Calm....All is Bright

Blarney & District Garden and Flower Club are delighted to present: A demonstration of

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Scary Stuff at St. Lachteens

St. Lachteen's National School held their annual Halloween disco and lots of unusual creatures including witches, ghouls, spirits, skeletons, super heroes and even princesses attended the event organised by the Parent's Council. The school hall was transformed into a spooky cavern where scary stories were read and pupils danced the night away to the music provided by David Beckom. Lots of delicious spooky home baked treats were devoured by the little devils on the night. Parents and pupils got into the Halloween spirit as they danced 'The Monster Mash' with their best horror moves.

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Dental Matters with Carolyn Barry Murphy BDS Onslow Gardens Dental Practice

Gum Disease You may be aware that gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, but did you know that gum disease is linked to heart disease and strokes,pregnancy problems such as low birth weight, diabetes and respiratory disease? It may be more serious than you think. Gum disease is inflammation of the tissues which support the teeth and attach them to the jaw. It arises when plaque and tartar build up on the teeth. Plaque can be removed with careful toothbrushing and flossing. Tartar forms when plaque is hardened by minerals such as calcium present in saliva. Tartar has to be removed professionally by your dentist or hygienist. Smoking also has a very harmful effect on the gums. Every smoker has gum disease but some smokers are affected worse than others. You may not notice the gum disease until it is quite advanced. Therefore, it is important to visit your dentist regularly and to be aware of the following signs: red swollen gums, bleeding gums, bad breath, bad taste, gum recession, teeth starting to drift apart, teeth starting to loosen. What can you do to help prevent/treat gum disease? Thoroughly and gently brush your teeth and gums for 2 to 4 minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Clean between the teeth with floss or interdental toothbrushes. Visit your dentist regularly for a check up and a professional clean to remove plaque and tartar. At your next visit, why not ask your dentist or hygienist how best to keep your teeth clean? It could save your teeth and improve your health! PRSI and Medical Card patients (over 16) are entitled to a free examination once a year. Medical Card patients are also entitled to free emergency treatment.

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Dorothy Cross, Connemara, Marion CreedonHegarty, Top Image and Jane Jolly, Ballincollig pictured at the Aer Lingus Cork ARC Cancer support house 10th Anniversary lunch at The Maryborough Hotel. Photo Donagh Glavin

Cork Taekwondo Club, Churchfield, was a scary place last month when their members dressed up for their annual Halloween Party. Both the 'Little Tigers' (3 - 6 year olds) and older children had a ball with the flour games, snap apple and piñata smashing.


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Cor Geal, a large community choir based in Whitechurch County Cork, featured strongly in Red Hurley's ‘How Great Thou Art’ show in the university Concert Hall in Limerick. The choir performed three numbers of their own and accompanied Red on many more to great acclaim by a large audience. Directed by Betty Fitzgerald, the choir has some 48 members form many communities in the mid cork area.

St. John's Central College Cork Graduates whose films have being screened at the Indie Cork Film Festival. Included are Robert McCarthy, Director Monday Night on Friday Hill, Richard Waters, Michael McCudden and Alison Scarff, Editor, Director, Producer respectively of Sodium Party, Tom Ryan, Director of Trampoline and Caoimhe McCudden, actor. Picture: Mike English. Aer Lingus staff; Sharon McCahill, Ballincollig, Ann Mackessy, Rochestown, Pearse Wyse, Bishopstown, and Valerie Kelly, Ovens, pictured at the Aer Lingus Cork ARC Cancer support house 10th Anniversary lunch at The Maryborough Hotel. Photo Donagh Glavin

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Blarney wood projects steal the show at teachers conference

Junior Certificate Materials Technology wood projects that were displayed at the Techno Teachers conference in Limerick 2013 from Scoil Mhuire gan Smal, Blarney, students.

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Harry McCullagh making a presentation to Catherine Curtin following the Jack and Emma Lucey (Bandon) owned Run Shadow Run's win in the McCullagh & Co Solicitors A4 Stake Final in association with Inniscarra GAA. Included are Ellen Lucey, Bandon, Bob Ryan, Chairman Cork County Board GAA,Michael Coleman, Chairman Inniscarra GAA, Enda Lenihan, Teresa Roche, PRO Inniscarra GAA, Ken O'Connell, Ann Barry, Frank O'Meara and Brian Collins, Curraheen Park. Picture: Mike English.

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A cheque for €2661 was handed over to Joan Sheffron, Marymount University Hospice, following a golf classic orgainsed by The Huntsman Tower in memory of popular local man Declan Murphy who sadly died earlier this year.

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Ann Burns of Labyrinth Creative Health in Grenagh receiving her award for been a finalist in the 2013 Whatson4 National Junior Awards. Donoughmore have won the Pride of County Cork and Social Inclusion Award for the second year running at the Pride in our Community Awards held last month in Ballincollig. In 1967 Donoughmore Muintir na Tire bought a dance hall in the centre of Stuake village with the intention of turning it into a community centre. Over the years there were extensions added to the north and south sides. They had flat roofs, hip roofs, tile roofs, galvanize and asphalt roof ! However like all buildings time took its toll and eventually with leaking roofs and draughty doors it was time for a major over hall. The building committee met and critically surveyed the hall. It was decided to cover the complete building with a structural steel insulated roof, construct new toilet facilities incorporating a disabled toilet. Upgrade the boiler house and store area, construct a new glazed entrance foyer, renew all electrical services, replace existing doors and windows and finally bring the building into line with fire safety regulations. A grant of 130,000 was sourced from IRD Duhallow and €20,000 from the cork county council community fund. Next on our agenda was fundraising. An army volunteers spent night after night selling horses jockeys and trainers for an unique race night which was held in two local pubs by video link. A loan of 70,000 was granted by AIB After much too’ing and fro’ing between the committee and our engineers office we got to the e-tender stage and on the 20th of August 2012 the contract was signed with DJ Cahill construction of Charleville. The newly renovated community centre was officially opened by Ms Maura Walsh CEO IRD Duhallow on the first evening of our ‘gathering festival’ on the 18th of July this year. Special presentations were made to our nearest neighbours both of who are 80yrs + for putting up with six months of noise, dust and disruption of parking. The community centre was centre stage for the judging of the all Ireland Pride of place awards in August, it was a fantastic day for the whole community.

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Major New Facelift At Scoil Chroí Íosa, Blarney

A major facelift began in the new building on October 10th. A team of volunteers made up of teachers, parents, our caretaker Michael, Tidy Towns representatives and Margaret Griffin of Griffins gardening centre, began work on improving the front facade of the Junior School. Thank you to Paul O Sullivan of Blarney Tool Hire Services who provided us with a digger. Thank you also to Margaret Griffin who is advising and consulting with us on the lay out of the new garden and to all the parents who helped on the day. Watch out for further developments.

Rang 5 visited Collins Barracks on October 16th, on the schools open day as part of the celebrations for Cork Rebel Week. We were treated to a guard ceremony as well as a military equipment display. A great day was had by all, both young and old alike! The staff and pupils enjoyed a visit from Michael Spencer Bown on Friday October 25th. Michael has travelled to over 190 countries and has had many exciting adventures. And boy does he have some stories. He left the best till last and we had the honour of

In celebration of Tree Day both the Junior and the Senior school visited the grounds of Blarney Castle for an acorn hunt. We were met by three of the Blarney Castle's gardeners who accompanied us on our hunt. We plan to plant the acorns and begin to grow oak trees in our new polytunnel after Christmas.

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Behind the Castle Walls with Adam, Head Gardener Blarney Castle

ACORNS FROM OAKS IN OCTOBER

October has been a very productive month here in the gardens. We are definitely well into autumn now and the trees throughout the grounds are providing a wonderful show, with bright gold, vivid reds, buttery yellows and endless shades of orange and brown. There’s a photo opportunity around every corner! We have been busy competing with the red squirrels to collect seeds for our propagation projects. This year is a bumper year for our native trees, and we have collected sacks of acorns, yew berries and hawthorn seeds. All of these will be grown in our nursery before being replanted throughout the estate as part of our initiative to increase native tree cover. We also recently ran an acorn hunt for the local school which proved very popular with students and teachers alike. There will be a lot of new planting over the next few weeks, part of which will be in the village square. The beds were looking very overgrown and untidy so it was time for a revamp. They will now be planted with a range of rhododendrons that will provide a much needed blast of colour in the late spring. We have used a special lime tolerant range named ‘Inkarho’ which are more suited to the conditions in the square. All of our bulbs are now planted and should give a great spring show. We have finished our winter bedding and have tried some winter baskets this year. It will be interesting to see how they do. Our volunteers are doing great work throughout the estate and have recently been helping us with the bulb planting. We would welcome any ‘new recruits’, and we meet at 9.00am every Friday (weather permitting) and finish at 1.00pm. Contact me at blarneygardens@blarneycastle.ie for more information. Our fruit and vegetable areas are currently undergoing their autumn tidy. We are organising our beds for next year and planning where to plant what. We have a crop rotation system in place, which helps prevent pests and disease and keeps the nutrients in the soil more balanced. We will shortly be planting out garlic and shallots and sowing sweet pea indoors for next year’s crops. We are currently keeping glasshouse vents open overnight to encourage leaf fall on our indoor fruit such as peaches and grapes. The grape vine needs to be fully dormant before we start to prune it. Other jobs we will be doing over the next month include: lifting and dividing herbaceous perennials, wind lopping roses, spreading compost and digging over vegetable beds, leaf collection to form next year’s leaf mold, lifting dahlias, begonias to overwinter inside, fleecing tree ferns to protect from frost, planting of new bare root hedging and trees. It’s a very busy time of the year for us here in the gardens and usually, in my experience, the time when you achieve the most. Come and see us in November! Adam

Congratulations to Berrings Macra who were crowned AIB Club of the Year on Saturday October 26th. Berrings Macra would like to thank all the people who have supported them not only at the weekend but throughout the year. It is a great honour to hold this title and it would not have been possible without all the members.

St. Lachteen's National School show their pride in Juliet

Pupils and staff of St. Lachteens National School Donoughmore, were delighted to welcome Juliet Murphy, Orla Farmer and Frankie Honohan with the All -Ireland Ladies Football, Brendan Martin Cup, to the school Wednesday 16th Oct. It's always a pleasure to welcome past pupils back to the school and this was a particularly special occasion, as it marked the last visit by Juliet as a Cork Football Player. Juliet made her debut in 1996 against Kerry and retires with 8 All-Ireland senior medals and nine Munster titls to her name. To acknowledge the success Juliet has had in the world of sport, her parents Mary and Michael Murphy, family members, retired teachers Mrs Murphy, Mrs O'Hanlon and Bn Ui Chonaill were invited to the school as a surprise for Juliet, to help mark the occasion. Juliet's nephew and niece, Paddy and Maria Murphy, made a special presentation to Juliet on behalf of the entire school. Principal Deirdre McCarthy paid tribute to Juliet, on her sporting achievements and her constant encouragement to pupils to 'reach for the stars' and work hard to make their dreams come true. The celebration was both joyous and poignant as the pupils and staff praised the Donoughmore lady who is a true hero, and an inspiration to all the young pupils at St. Lachteen's. Parents, family, pupils and staff enjoyed the refreshments served afterwards in the school hall. Principal Deirdre Mc Carthy welcoming Juliet Murphy, Orla Farmer and Frankie Honohan with the Brendan Martin Cup to the school. Paddy and Maria Murphy making a presentation to their aunt Juliet on behalf of the school


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Presidnet Dr Brendan Murphy with graduates Michael Dinan Carrignavar, Aidan Harrington, Robert Shannon, Mark Tyrell, Tim Nation and Brian O'Callaghan at the annual conferrings at Cork Institute of Technology. pic Darragh Kane

There was a huge welcome for Juliet Murphy and the Brendan Martin Cup,when she visited the Sportsman's Barber Shop, Ballincollig last month. The large crowd consisted of young local football players, and a plethora of local school children, not to mention their mammies and daddies who were equally keen to meet this superb local sports star. People who may not have visited The Sportsman's Barber Shop, which has long been a fervent supporter of local sport, were delighted to note the addition of a new area ‘Tir na nOg’ where young girls can have their hair cut in privacy. So not only do they offer all styles for gents and boys but Dads can now bring their daughters too, safe in the knowledge they will receive five star treatment. Cuts for all boys and girls remain only €10.


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Des O Grady has been Des O Grady selected as the Sinn Féin speaking at candidate for the Blarney/Macroom LEA in the next year’s Local convention. Elections. Mr O’Grady, who is a full time local representative, previously stood in Cork North West as the party candidate in the 2011 General Election polling almost 3,500 first preference votes. Speaking after his selection at a convention held in the Oriel House Hotel Mr O’Grady said, “This will be an extremely important local election next May. The people will have a chance to strike a blow against the regime of austerity, the consensus for cuts and the marginalisation of those struggling financially in our community. Sinn Féin is the only credible alternative to the austerity politics of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour. These parties are firmly wedded to policies that marginalise the vulnerable in society and protect the wealthy elite. Electing Sinn Féin representatives at local government level next May will help turn the tide against the golden circle and their political cronies who have brought this state to its knees. Local Government in this state has become dysfunctional due to the action of central government over the years. It has been stripped of powers and suffocated by a lack of funding. This has not only crippled local authorities and alienated communities but it has also had a major effect on the functioning of the Dail as TDs are forced to spend an inordinate amount of time on ‘parish pump’ politics neglecting their role as legislators. Sinn Feins policy document ‘Towards a New Republic’ spells out in a clear, positive and practical way the changes we wish to see in Local Government. A clear distinction between the role of the TD and local Cllr needs to be brought about. How can we do this? The answer lies in transferring more powers to Local Government, extending local democracy instead of restricting it, and reforming how the Dáil does its business. Local Government structures must be aimed at empowering people and giving local communities the opportunity to participate directly in decisions that affect them, their families and their neighbours. This can be done by giving Local Authorities more power and responsibility over planning, housing, education, employment, social services, environment, transportation, water services and waste management. Needless to say none of this can happen without sustainable funding and the funding required to carry out these functions must be provided by central government until the creation of local powers of taxation. The Council of Europe Report on ‘Local Democracy in Ireland’ issued this week agrees substantially with Sinn Féin on these points and this is to be welcomed. There is much more in ‘Towards A New Republic’ on the expanding role that Local Government could play in the day to day lives of local communities. Suffice it to say that I, as a Sinn Féin candidate, have a clear vision of how I want to see Local Government develop. Local councils must play a bigger part in standing up to the coercive politics coming from this coalition. There is a dire need for Councillors who will reject a political agenda that is bailing out banks with one hand and decimating local services with the other. The recent Budget attack on the elderly, the under 25s, medical card holders, expectant mothers and bereaved people as well as the huge levels of unemployment and emigration are devastating our local communities. We believe local councils can be real vehicles for political change but that entirely depends on who is elected. We need leadership that is based on defending the well-being of ordinary families. Strengthening Sinn Féin's representation on Cork County Council would give a voice to the thousands who feel abandoned by the political elites. I believe that I can be that voice for the people of the Blarney/Macroom Area."

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O’Connor Pyne & Co. Family Fun Fayre raises over €25, 000 for children’s charities Over 400 people turned out to raise much needed funds for charity, while celebrating the 10 year anniversary of accountancy firm, O’Connor Pyne & Co., at the Family Fun Fayre in Ballincollig recently. The event, which raised vital funds for three special charities; The Grace Nolan Foundation, St. Josephs Foundation and the Donal Walsh Memorial Fund, focused on children and families. Thanks were paid to all our celebrities including Cork GAA stars Pat Horgan, Daniel Goulding, Juliet Murphy and Joanne O’Callaghan, Kerry footballer Darran O’Sullivan, GAA legends Pat Spillane, Conor Counihan and Mikey Sheehy as well as celebrity chef and author Rachel Allen for their support on the day. Online donations are still being accepted at www.idonate.ie/familyfunfayre and it is expected that the proceeds raised will reach the €30,000 target, which will then be split between the three worthy children’s charities.


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Ballyshonin Mass Rock And Altar

The Ballyshonin Mass Rock and altar is located near the land-mark ‘Yellow House’ on the Cork to Banteer road, which passes through Ballyshonin townland a short distance to the west of Cloghroe village and close to the Berrings crossroads. The site is also commonly referred to as Carrig an Aifrinn or some times, the Berrings Mass Rock. The late Liam (“Willie Thady”) O’Callachain told me this version in1992. “There was no road here at that time. The road was not built until the 1820s. It was just an open glen. Mass was celebrated locally at several Mass Rocks during the Penal Days. The Penal Days started in 1690 when the Wild Geese went away. Daniel Corkery mentions that in his book, ‘The Hidden Ireland’. Mass was celebrated here on that mass rock in the 1750s. The new altar is located on the exact site of the original rock. The people gathered there and they were hounded. There was a price on the priest’s head and anybody who gave information about a priest was rewarded by monetary reward from the authorities, the British. The Colthursts were very sincere that time down in Cloghroe House and the Protestants were very strong in and around the Blarney area too at that time and helped many less fortunate. The priests were hounded during that time and they say a priest was actually murdered there saying Mass. It was a local tradition. And the older generation who were in their 70s and 80s around 1920 had great respect for the Mass Rock. They would always remove their hats when passing it because they had heard the history of it from their own fathers and grandfathers. When the priest was killed his profile appeared there. The image of his face can be seen to this day sculpted into the rock but it can only be seen from the Cloghroe side. It is not identifiable as a profile from the Berrings direction. The altar boy’s face was reputed to have etched onto the rock outcrop underneath the priest’s profile, but the ravages of time and weather have all but eliminated his image. There is also a further, but less talked about story which relates that the profile is that of a local man who switched places with the priest, allowing him to escape the troops but the man paid with his own life when he was murdered instead. This further story is more mundane and states simply and boldly that when the workmen were building the modern road in the 1920s, they used dynamite to clear a wider passage and the profile was created by the explosions when a large section of the rock was blown away. The first road was not built here until the 1820s, with the present road being built about 100 years later in the 1920s. In the early 1930s Cork County Council decided to widen the road and intended to blow up and remove the rock to alleviate the bad turn in the road there. Dinny Murphy, the land owner at the time, was coming home when he saw them at it and he stopped them. He put his hand up and said ‘that’s my ground; ye can’t dare touch the stone’. He then went to inform the Canon O’Connell. Canon O’Connell was P.P. here at the time, from about 1929 to 1937, and died afterwards P.P. of Mitchelstown. My father, “Thade Billa” was a road-man ganger at this time and Canon O’Connell came to him and told him in no uncertain terms and under no circumstances was he to interfere with the rock but to leave it alone and not to touch it. The road men were close to blowing it up. The holes for the dynamite had actually been drilled into the rock and if a person looks closely some of these can still be seen there. The Canon, who was a great Irish Scholar, and who had a great knowledge of Irish History actually translated the Catechism into Irish, of which there is a copy here in the house”. A poem penned by John O’Brien and John O’Sullivan titled ‘The Yellow House’, which refers to a landmark building near the Mass site, has a fifth verse, which is as follows: Carrig-an-Aifrinn on the spot where Mass was often chanted, In penal days long, long ago when priests and nuns were ‘wanted’, This rock is jutting o’er the road and time has failed to move it, For the side face of an Irish priest is plainly there to prove it. (6) Pat O’Callaghan from Courtbrack related the following legend to me. “Cromwellian forces, in the early 1700s, came upon a priest, Fr. O’Donoghue, and his altar server whilst celebrating Mass here. The people attending had escaped when the lookouts spotted the soldiers were approaching, but the priest

felt duty bound by canon law to complete the consecration of the Host. As he elevated the Host, both he and the server were killed. The priest was beheaded. A local woman came to the site the following day and located the priest’s head but as she was folding it into her shawl, it fell from her grasp, rolling on to the rock before falling to the ground below. Soon afterwards it was noticed that the profile of a head seemed to be appearing on the rock and its there to this day”. It is also said that there is a further profile of the altar server’s head directly beneath that of the priest. Pat Healy told of a further legend about the site. “Legend has it that every Christmas Eve night, one person in each generation has seen what appears to be two candles fall slowly from the sky. They are supposed to represent the two people, Fr. O’Donoghue and his server, that had been killed there back in the penal times. My Aunt Nora apparently saw it on a Christmas Eve night. Then again, my father was coming home after Christmas Eve confession in Berrings, as there was no Christmas Eve Mass at that time, and he saw it as well. I, myself, came up to the site there many times on Christmas Eve and I have never seen it. It won’t be seen every year but only seems to occur once in each generation, and I haven’t heard of anyone in this generation seeing it yet. Definitely, not every year!” The above extract was taken from a much larger article written by Brian Gabriel, and printed in Edition No 8 ‘Old Blarney’ Journal. A limited number of ‘Old Blarney’ back issues are still available by contacting Brian Gabriel 4381349 or bg1@eircom.net

The illustrated lecture for Thursday 5th December at 8pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal (Blarney Secondary School) is titled ‘Layers – The Design, History and Meaning of Cork Signage’. The speaker is engineer, author and lecturer, Mr. Tom Spalding. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen as he explores the evolution of signage in Cork from 1750 to 2000. Blarney & District Historical Society wishes to announce that the new, Issue No. 9, ‘Old Blarney’ Journal will shortly be available in local shops. It has 115 pages packed with fascinating articles and only costs €10. It makes an excellent Christmas present and is ideal for sending to friends and family living abroad.

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Mary White, Angie Carry, Eric Marah, Eimear Knightly, Trish Fennelly, and Michelle Browne Cork Women’s F.C. have announced a comprehensive partnership with Cork Institute of Technology to further develop the sporting, academic, research and educational links between the two organisations. As part of the association with C.I.T. the Leeside club will be availing of the training facilities in C.I.T. including the Elite Gym with instructor Eric Marah, as well as utilising the training pitches throughout the season. The club has already strong ties with CIT following from playing in the stadium on campus in their first season of the Women’s National League, as well as a continued association with the Elite Gym.

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Drain Checking & Cleaning CCTV camera survey & report for insurance purposes Pipe replacing & repairing Aoife Nic a Bhaird, Captain of Eire Og Ladies U16 Team accepting the U16 Mid Cork Trophy from Robbie Smyth, Chairman of Mid Cork Board.

Maeve O'Callaghan, captain of Eire Og Ladies U10 team accepting the Danielle Forde Memorial Trophy from Donie and Anne Forde.

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Eire Og Ladies U8 Team who recently competed at Grenagh Football Blitz. Tim Holland, Ross Oil, presenting man of the match trophy to Simon Foley, Kilmichael, after the Ross Oil Junior Football Championship. Also included is JJ Long, Chairman Muskerry Board and Pat Malone, Vice Chairman.

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Coachford Capture County Senior A Title

Coachford College 2-12 Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig 0-3 Ref: Cathal Egan

Claire O'Donnell (Gillabbey St.), Kieran, Caitriona and Aisling Walsh (Silversprings), Jayne and Colum O'Bric (Glenville) and Mark O'Driscoll (Carraig na bhFear) in good shape having taken part in the 10K Rebel Run in Bishopstown. The event was organised by Leisure World in association with Cork Sports Partnership. Picture: Mike English

White Horse President Eric Philpott and Captain Pat Enright present Joe Tubridy Members of the White Horse Golf Society with First Prize at Faithlegg at Faithlegg Golf Club Golf Club Last month members of The White Horse Golf Society travelled to Faithlegg Golf Club in Waterford for the Annual Weekend away. 17 members and 2 visitors played, and the golf was played in lovely conditions on a course that tested all players. Captain Pat Enright and President Eric Philpott presented the prizes in the Clubhouse after the golf before all adjourning to the Tower Hotel in Waterford to join the better halves for dinner and drinks. The prize winners were as follows; Overall Winner was Joe Tubridy followed by Tom Butler in second place and David Keogh in 3rd place. Anthony Fox was Nearest to the Pin and Ray Reidy had the Longest Drive. Noel McDermott won the Front Nine and Tony O’Callaghan won the Back Nine. The Visitors Prize was won by John Murphy.

The Mid Cork School defeated reigning champions Coláiste Choilm at a rain swept Coachford pitch by a comprehensive margin to annex the pennant competition in Cork Colleges camogie. The home side started well, with Dearbhla Ahern and Emma Flanagan dominating the early exchanges at midfield, supplying plenty of ammunition to the lively inside forwards Megan Buckley, Ciara O’ Leary and Aisling O’ Donovan. Early pressure yielded two points from O’ Leary and another from Buckley before Ballincollig keeper Sarah O’ Sullivan made the first of her four outstanding saves. Niamh Byrne was well shackled by Úna Browne and with the experienced Maeve Corkery a commanding figure at full back, it took 15 minutes before the visitors registered their opening point, a free from Byrne. Niamh O’ Leary, Edel Tarrant and in particular Emma Clifford won the Lion’s share of ball and further scores from O’ Leary [16] and Buckley [0-1] put some daylight between the teams before half time. Ciara O’ Leary was accuracy personified from placed balls and intelligent clearances by the stylish centre back Orlaith O’ Driscoll meant the forwards were gaining easy possession in promising areas. Coláiste Choilm did forge forward but keeper Katie Ward made a timely interception and her accurate distribution was a feature throughout the game. Byrne added two frees after good work from Rebecca Keane and Jessica Hennigan but Coachford surged on through sisters Megan and Katie McCarthy, Aileen Hennessy and the dangerous Jill Kiely. Megan Buckley scored her third point of the afternoon when ghosting past the centre back and took the prudent option. Shortly after, Joanne Crowley found Ciara O’ Leary who hit a cracking drive to the net to finish the game as a contest. Coachford’s victory was all the more impressive for their apparent strength in depth with many of those introduced were keen to impress for their next outing, the Munster Senior A quarter final against a fancied Laurel Hill side. Coachford have also qualified for the Senior league semi final and await the result of the St. Joseph’s Doon v Gort tie. Coachford College. Katie Ward, Katie McCarthy, Maeve Corkery [0-1], Aileen Hennessy, Una Browne [C], Orlaith O’ Driscoll, Megan McCarthy, Emma Flanagan, Dearbhla Ahern, Emma Clifford, Edel Tarrant, Niamh O’ Leary, Aisling O’ Donovan, Ciara O’ Leary [2-8], Megan Buckley [0-3]. Subs: Avril Healy, Catherine Dineen, Fiona Cooney, Katie O’ Sullivan, Jill Kiely, Joanne Crowley, Leah Keating, Michelle Browne, Tess Desmond Coláiste Choilm. Sarah O’ Sullivan, Jennifer Sorenson, Clare Cronin, Aoife O’ Callaghan, Caoimhe O’ Keeffe, Jessica Hennigan, Aoife Nic A’ Bhaird, Rebecca Keane, Niamh Byrne, Abbie Murphy, Judy Murphy, Siobhan O’ Regan, Lauren Cooper, Clodagh Donovan. Subs: Sarah Keating, Sheona Kiely, Megan Hennigan, Megan Murphy, Aoife Dineen, Maria O’ Shea, Shelley O’ Hanlon, Cliona Coughlan, Anne Marie Leahy.

Mayfield Sports Complex, Cork were awarded a Gold Award in the recently held White Flag awards. Pictured are Shane O'Connor, Anita O'Byrne, Maria Higgins, Helen McEnery, Karen McEnery, Aileen Kenna, Gerry Mu.


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Cloughdubh under 8s who played a number of blitz hurling games v Bishopstown recently. Picture: Mike English. Congratulations to Ambassador Hotel Northside and District Sports Awards September winner Valarie Mulcahy, All Ireland Ladies Football.

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Congratulations to Cork International Airport Hotel Southside and District Sports Awards September winner Nollaig Cleary, Cork member of the victorious Cork All Ireland Ladies Football.

The Mercy University Foundation has partnered with Kildarson Ltd., to raise much needed funds in aid of Mercy Hospital Cork Local volunteer Denis O’Donovan collects print cartridges and items for recycling on behalf of the hospital throughout the county to raise funds for life saving equipment at The Mercy Hospital.

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Blarney united proud of Darragh Hurley

Congratulation and well done to Darragh Hurley from the U13 Team who received the September Blarney United Schoolboy/Girl Player of the Month 2013 from this month’s sponsors Ian Butler of Victor Franks for Men Barber Shop. Other nominees were: U11 Dylan Constant U12 Scott Forrest and Andrew McCarthy U14 Conor Bowdren and Jake Walsh U15 Levi O Mahoney and Brian Walsh Darragh Hurley September Schoolboy/Girl September Player of the month with his U13 team, manager U16 Patrick Crowley and Mark Coffey coaches and Ian Butler of Victor Franks for Men Barber Shop. Blarney United F.C. U12 Division 1 are having a great start to the season with seven impressive wins out of seven and are 7 points ahead on top of there league. Two of there players Liam O Connor and Scott Forrest have made the Cork U12 squad. Well done to all the players and their trainers.


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Bell rings for Donoughmore’s Ultimate Fight Night Report & pics Mike English

Donoughmore GAA and Ladies Gaelic Football Clubs will host a white collar boxing tournament in the Sports Complex at Stuake on Friday November 22nd titled ‘The Ultimate Fight Night’, the event promises to be a spectacular occasion of entertainment for young and old. There will be up to 15 bouts on the night with

Muskerry Rugby Club Mixed fortunes for Muskerry as season gains momentum

Adult. Muskerry’s first team is finding the adjustment to Division 1 rugby a challenge with only one win from 4 outings to date. A great display against Tralee in Ballyanly secured that victory but the other fixtures have been against leading lights such as Clonmel and St Mary’s of Limerick and Muskerry have come out second best.

Darragh Masterson v Tralee

Morale is still high and the team are confident they will secure points in the period between now and Christmas. By contrast the newly promoted second team are leading the way in their league and are unbeaten to date following

Muskerry U16 Development team v Bandon

several intriguing match-ups on the cards. The rumour mill is at full speed as to the identity of the contestants but the organisers are keeping a tight rein on the information. Training for the boxers has commenced behind closed doors and preparations are going well under the supervision of Donoughmore’s Gerry Sheehan and Seanie “Aubane Angel” Barrett, men with tremendous boxing pedigrees. Gerry’s son, Graham, is also lending a helping hand. Over the next few weeks the boxers will discover muscles they never thought they had as they tune up for the big night. Both clubs are looking forward to what should be a great night’s entertainment and the organising committee is working hard to ensure that the night will be a great success. The event will raise much needed finances for both clubs. In the present climate, funds are extremely tight and finance is difficult to raise so this event is vital for the funding of the ongoing activities of both clubs. The night is not just about boxing. The hoped for huge turnout will have a tremendous night of fun and everyone is looking forward to this unique event. Tickets (Adult 20 Children 5) will be on sale over the coming weeks and as numbers are limited the advice is to grab a ticket while they are still available. Personalities attending the recent launch included Juliet Murphy, Rena Buckley and Aisling Barrett, Cork Ladies GF team, Ciaran Sheehan, Eoin Cadogan and Daniel Goulding, Cork Senior Football team, Peter O’Mahony and Ian Nagle, Munster Rugby. So it’s seconds out and round one in Donoughmore…watch out for that left jab.

great wins over Cobh, Shandon, and Dolphin. Youths. The U18 team is beginning to gel and gather momentum and bounced back from a close defeat to near neighbours Ballincollig to beat a good Bandon team 20-12 on the 2nd of November. Muskerry is one of only a handful of clubs in South Munster to field two U16 teams and the U16A team won their opening encounter against Highfield, while the U16 development team was defeated in terrible weather conditions by a strong Cobh outfit. The U14 team lost their opening league game against Bandon but bounced back to defeat Highfield the following week. The U13s are still adjusting to 15 man rugby after their French adventure and have a series of tough games in November. Minis rugby. The U7s to U12 s are busy every Saturday and on Nov 2nd welcomed Cork Constitution for what turned out to be a series of highly skillful and entertaining games at all ages. New players are always welcome! Club Shop. The Muskerry club shop is the ideal place to get Christmas presents. We stock an extensive range of high quality hoodies, fleeces, jackets and other casual gear as well as club jerseys, socks, and shorts. For more information on Muskerry Rugby Club please go to our website at www.muskerryrugby.com


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If You Or Your Child Suffer From Scoliosis, You Must Read What These Studies Reveal

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Scoliosis is an aggravating condition.

There’s stiffness, pain and often times a deformed posture.

Many scoliosis patients have been told they only have three choices — to do nothing, bracing, or surgery.

Bracing is often recommended by medical practitioners in the early stages of scoliosis.

But one study conducted at the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Iowa compared bracing to non-bracing. And no difference was noticed in the surgery rates (Spine 2007).

This means that bracing was of no help to these scoliosis patients. Their scoliosis curvature advanced at the same rate as those who did nothing. Studies have also shown that patients felt bracing handicapped their life and left a psychological scar.

Surgery Is Not The Only Option

Scoliosis surgery involves implanting metal rods and screws to straighten the spine. However, numerous studies have shown that multiple complications, including rusting and corrosion, bending, or breaking completely, prove this method dangerous.

Many sufferers who had the rods implanted, end up later undergoing surgery to have them removed. In addition, thousands of post-surgery scoliosis patients are legally declared permanently disabled every year. Follow up x-rays on other cases have shown that scoliosis can even return years after the operation.

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My name is Dr. Eric Kelly, owner of Glanmire Chiropractic Clinic. Over the past ten years since we’ve opened the doors, we’ve helped hundreds of scoliosis patients feel better, get rid of their back pain and return to an active lifestyle. Chiropractic has a long record of successfully helping people with scoliosis.

A study published in a scientific journal (JMPT 2001) showed an actual decrease in

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The head of the study, Dr. Charles Lantz, DC, PhD stated...

“Chiropractic appears to offer a distinct advantage in the management and monitoring of early stage scoliosis.”

The most useful part of this study was that the sooner a child underwent treatment, the better the change in the curvature.

Another study showed that “the combined use of spinal manipulation [chiropractic care] and postural therapy appeared to significantly reduce the severity of the Cobb angle in all 19 subjects.” (BMC Muscoloskelet Disorders 2004)

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• A full set of specialised x-rays to determine extent of your scoliosis… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at up to 195).

• A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • I’ll answer all your most probing questions about chiropractic and what we can do for scoliosis.

Until 25th November 2013 you can get everything I’ve listed here for only 40.00. The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is up to 265, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer. Call 021-4824450 now.

The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in the waiting room for more than 15 minutes.

A non-invasive treatment is proving helpful for many scoliosis patients. Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule.

Our office is called Glanmire Chiropractic Clinic and you can find us next door to AIB Bank in Glanmire, Co. Cork

Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Scoliosis Evaluation before 25th November 2013. I can’t promise to cure your scoliosis. No one can.

But I can promise to use all the knowledge and techniques at my disposal to help with your posture, your back pain, and possibly even improve your curvature (if we catch it early enough). Sincerely, Dr. Eric Kelly, D.C.

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