Athletics: Huge congrats to the following who completed the Dublin City Marathon on Monday 29th October: Brian Murphy 2:52.41, Denis McCaul 3:33:22 (#4922) , Josephine Creedon, 03:44:12 Con Twomey 03:44:21, Thomas O’Leary 3:50:34, Sheila Tarrant 03:54:14, Tina Dunstan 8hrs 7mins (#13249) (she’s the girl that won the Cullen Weight Loss Programme earlier this year)
Cork County Novice B & Juvenile B Cross Country, Conna, 28th October 2012 [full results]
Girls U9: 6th Orla O’Leary. Girls U11: 50th Rachel Coughlan. Girls U/13: 9th Caoimhe O’Leary, 11th Emily Ring, 25th Shannon O’Sullivan, 40th Niamh Tarrant. Millstreet team 3rd. Girls U15: 5th Chloe Collins, 7th Megan Ring, 8th Kate Buckley, 9th Maire O’Connor, 10th Kirsten Murphy. Millstreet 1st in team event. Boys U11: 22nd Daniel Buckley, 24th David Dineen, 40th James Buckley, 47th Ian Buckley Boys U/15: 8th Darragh McSweeney
GAA: U18 FL P2 semi-final: Fermoy 1-9 Millstreet 0-6, in Fermoy 8pm Fri 26th Oct
Cork Senior Football Final: Castlehaven 1-7 Duhallow 0-9, 3:15pm 28th October in Páirc Uí Chaoímh
Soccer: AUL 1A: Buttevant 6 Millstreet Celtic 4, Fri 26th Oct 7.30pm
AUL 3B: Los Zarcos 2 Bweeng 0, Sat 3rd November 2pm [Conor Lane 25mins, Denny Twomey penalty save 46mins, Darren Murphy 65mins]
AUL 1A: Greenmount Rangers 0 Rathcoole Rovers 1, Sat 3rd November 2pm (Rathcoole are in 2nd place after 6 games with four wins to their name) [AUL tables]
CSL U16 Div 3: Carrigaline Hibernians 1 Rathcoole Rovers 2, 4th Oct (top of the table with 12 points after 4 games)
Greyhounds: Ballydaly Bid came home second in a time of 29.56 in race 7 The Carrigdhoun Carvery 525 09:20 Approx. (525 Yds. Flat) (Race Grade : A5) in Curraheen Park on Friday Oct 26th
Crossfield Star did enough to qualify from his first round heat of the St.Leger in Limerick on Saturday night (27th Oct) in a slow time of 30.67 (top four qualify from each heat) (Grade : AA0) Flat 550. The next round is on the coming Saturday night Nov 3rd. [see the full St.Leger draws] [see race video below]
Millridge Silver won his first round heat of the Aware Ireland Sweepstake (Grade : A5) Flat 525 in a time of 29.21 at Tralee greyhound track Saturday night 27th Oct. [see race video below]
Donie O’Mahony had three dogs on Tuesday Oct 30th in Tralee: Millridge Euro coming third in race 1, Millridge Spice coming second in Race 3, and Millridge Ghost coming third in race 4.
Coursing: In Mallow last Wednesday 24th Oct, Tanyard Kylie (Dan O’Donoghue) beat Cleanaway Rodge (Con O’Connor) in the second round of the All Ages Cup, but failed to make it past the semi-final.
Show Jumping: The Owners Pony & Young Riders Charity Show was held on Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, 2012, at the Green Glens Arena. Full results/ photos etc. at ownerscharityshow2012.com
Horse Racing: Good to hear that Andrias Guerin is back riding over jumps after he was injured earlier in the year. He was riding in Chepstow last Saturday for Neil Mulholland, but unfortunately was unseated.
Cork singer Annmarie O’Riordan has a special rapport with audiences and she’s back to thrill fans with a new album, writes Michael Commins. Tradition lives on in the voice of Annmarie O’Riordan. The Cork singer will launch her new album, The Joys of My Heart, at a gala night of music and dancing in the Killarney Heights Hotel on Friday, 26 October.
Annmarie (23) has charmed audiences from the US to the Azores with her haunting brand of traditional songs, sung from the heart in her strong Cork accent. She has been accorded standing ovations at numerous venues and her rendition of The Chapel Gates of Cooraclare is always a show-stopper.
It was her recording of This Story I Tell You Is True that gained her recognition around the country and introduced her to so many people. The song is one of her most requested numbers wherever she goes.
As a seven-year-old, she joined the Millstreet branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and took part in many feiseanna, winning her first county medal at Freemount. She recorded her first song, Down Erin’s Lovely Lee, at the age of 12.
The Harmony Handed Down collection came two years later. But it was her 2005 Melody in Harmony album that attracted a major response. It included The Story I Tell You Is True and the poignant and reflective Cooraclare.
Since then, she has recorded two other albums, Ireland – Love of my Heart and Song for the Journey, the latter which was launched in Killarney in March of 2011.
One of Annmarie’s main musical influences is Dolores Keane from Co Galway, a singer long associated with the organic feel of the rural spirit of the country. And it is entirely fitting that Matt Keane and his daughter Orlaith, brother and niece of Dolores, are among the guests at her launch night in Killarney.
Annmarie, who is an official Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann adjudicator, when not doing shows at home, is lead singer with the Birmingham-based Celtic Feet dance troupe. They perform concerts in various parts of England and are heading to Norway next summer. “It is a big production and the show always goes down well. We got a huge reception in the Azores last year,” she says.
Annmarie, who graduated from UCC earlier this year, is clearly excited about her latest album. “I am delighted with it and I hope the people out there will enjoy it too. There’s a grand mix of songs on it, including the title track The Joys of My Heart that I penned myself. There are two other original songs, Good Times Come Once Again written by John Duggan from Mid West Radio and Each Time that I Look in Your Eyes by Bill Wright from the USA.
“Come Home to Abbeyfeale, a song composed by Seán McCarthy from Kerry, and the ever-popular Bold Thady Quill are included on the album. The Garden Where the Praties Grow, I Wish I had someone to Love Me, Galway Bay, My Own Dear Native Land and The Foggy Dew, to name but a few, are among the 15 songs on the album. It was recorded and mixed by Tony O’Flaherty in Sonas, Killarney, and mastered by Ruairí O’Flaherty in Whisper & Shout Studios, Los Angeles.
“We are looking forward to a big night at the launch in Killarney and we have a great line-up. PJ Murrihy is coming down from Clare and Matt Keane and his daughter Orlaith are coming all the way from Galway. The Deenagh Céilí Band will also entertain on the night, as will sean nos dancer Darragh O’Donnell. We also have Billy O’Brien and others. I am busy rehearsing with my band which comprises Tony O’Flaherty, Éamonn O’Riordan, Gearóid O’Duinnín and Tony O’Connell. It promises to be a great night for all patrons,” says Annmarie.
Sean Radley, who presents shows on LTV 2 in Millstreet and Cork Music Station, says they are privileged to have such a wonderful ambassador for traditional and folk music in their home region. “Annmarie’s first solo concert at the Glen Theatre, Banteer, in September 2009 was spectacular. Privileged indeed were those who were in the capacity audience, experiencing not only Annmarie’s beautiful singing voice but her very wonderful unique rapport with her audience.
“Song for the Journey, her last album, had, as its overall theme, our journey through life. The spiritual nature of many of these musical gems echoes her sincere love of singing with her local church choir, University College Choir (Cork) and The Duhallow Choral Society.
“She features on a regular basis on Donncha Ó Dúlaing’s ever-popular Fáilte Isteach on RTÉ Radio One on Saturday nights. In March of 2010, Annmarie embarked on her first tour of the USA which was hugely successful with shows in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Boston. She plans to return there next March. She’s a very special singer,” says Sean.
The show starts at 8.30pm and it looks like being one special night in Killarney. CL
o The Joys of My Heart is released by Claddagh Records. See www.annmarie.ie