Questionnaires to inform the future of the villages

What is the future of your village? A new project led by the ACR Community Council, hopes to provide some answers.

A Village Design Statement is being prepared for the villages of Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane. A Village Design Statement describes what is special about a place and what should be done to make it a better place to live, work and play. The Statement will emerge from the ideas and knowledge of the community.

The process will be supported by expert input from landscape architects, road engineers, architects, planners, recreation and heritage consultants from URS. The vision set out will be inspirational yet realistic and achievable with clear objectives and milestones set.

The Village Design Statements will guide the future development of each village. The plans will strive to highlight potential opportunities for business creation and enhancement, recreation, tourism, improving basic rural services and upgrading the rural heritage. The statements will identify a range of projects and proposals which can be initiated within the short term, medium term and long term and will include details of possible funding opportunities.

Following an initial walkabout in each village, the next stage of the project will be a workshop open to all. The community and consultants from URS will work together to develop a vision for each village. Workshops for each village will be held on the following dates: Coachford GAA Community Hall, Tuesday 6th November, 7pm Aghabullogue Community Hall, Wednesday 7th November, 7pm Rylane School Hall, Thursday 8th November, 7pm

To get the ideas rolling, a questionnaire has been prepared for each village, which is available from the shops in each village and in the porch of each church or can be filled in online before October 31st under the following links:

If you are filling in a paper questionnaire please return by October 31st to the following locations: Coachford – Post office or Kathleen’s Shop Aghabullogue – Cremin’s Shop Rylane – Crowley’s Shop The consultants from URS will bring together the output from the workshops and prepare a presentation of a draft Village Design Statement at the end of November. Everyone will be able to give feedback on the plans at that stage before the Village Design Statement is launched in early January. Please engage with this project as everybody’s input is required to make sure it will be successful and that the final Village Design Statement represents a shared vision.

Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run

Broomhill Vintage Club are organizing an end of year, Tractor, Car and Motorcycle Run (Classic, Veteran & Vintage) on Sunday November 18th 2012. Participants should register at the GAA grounds Coachford from 11.00am. Entry for this event is only €10 One of the organizers of the event, Tim Flanagan said “ this run is being organised to give your vehicle one more run out before you garage the machine for the winter: The run will be an easy one for all vehicles and we are hoping for a good turn out. Entry is only €10 and tea and coffee will be available on registration”. Insurance for all vehicles must be produced and for further information contact Tim at 086 866 3729 or Peter on 086 844 7105. Broomhill Vintage club recently donated over €5,000 to local charities from the proceeds of the Coachford Autumn Festival.


Congratulations to Coachford couple Greg Cronin and Tracey Martin who were married in the Honan Chapel last weekend. The beautiful bride from Leemount in Coachford was stunning as she walked up the aisle with her father Matt to be joined with the love of her life, Greg from Fergus. Fr. Peadar Murphy was the celebrant and the gorgeous bridesmaids were Tracey’s sister Katherine Keating and niece Amy O’Sullivan. The wedding party then headed to the Carlton hotel in Kinsale where the celebrations went on late into the night and were picked up again the next day.

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