News from the Village – July 4th 2013

Invasion of Killarney by Coachford rebel fansRebel Cork

Bus loads of Cork Football supporters will leave Coachford on Sunday morning to support the rebels in their quest to defeat the Kingdom in Killarney. O Rirodan’s Bar have organised the Breakfast, Free Pint and Bus tour. The participants will avail of breakfast in O’Riordan’s Bar before heading to Killarney to see the match and hopefully come home in good form. The exact time of arrival back in the village remains unknown but Monday or Tuesday has been mentioned depending on the result!

Public MeetingInniscarra Lake Public meeting

The Inniscarra Lake Tourism/Development Community Group are holding a public meeting next Monday, July 8th at 9.00pm in the GAA Community Centre. The group behind the plans to bring a world Championship Fishing competition to the area will outline to those present the current situation on the planning process.  A report drawn up by the Gardai crime prevention officer will also be presented and discussed at the meeting. Matt Sheehan, Chairperson of the group is asking everyone to attend and said” We are at a very important stage in the development of a world class fishing centre on the river Lee and we would like if those who have questions, concerns or who want to find out more about the development to come along to the meeting next Monday.”

The King to visit Coachford


The King of Rock and Roll is due to play a gig celebrating American Independence Day this Friday, July 5th in O’ Riordan’s Bar. Elvis Presley who passed away over 35 years ago is due to appear Lazarus like to entertain the customers of Pat and Loretto O Riordan. Everyone is anxious to see if this icon of the 20th century is still as good as ever or if he is, as many suspect, a very good impersonator of the original Elvis!.

Heritage group look back and look forward SONY DSC

THE ACR Heritage committee enjoyed reasonable weather last Sunday as Doug Lucey gave a very informative and entertaining talk on the Battle of Ard Ridre which took place in 1580. The talk painted the picture of the landscape and living conditions at the time and the political tensions that led to this skirmish in the Carrigathou/Aghavrin area which saw the death of 79 men and countless injured. The heritage group hopes to explore and give talks on many other areas around Coachford in the coming months. Community Council Chairman, Peter Dineen said, “ The way the group are bringing the heritage of our area to life is wonderful and offers us an insight into the way our relatives and ancestors lived in years gone by. It is also a valuable resource to those visiting the area and the heritage committee has ambitious plans to record the genealogy of the area. This week the Historic Graveyards project being carried out by members of the group is taking place in the old cemetery in Coachford. Genealogy is a huge tourist industry for our country and as recent as last week visitors from Australia stayed two nights in the area researching their ancestors, the Pynes of Clonmoyle and were helped in their investigations by members of the group. Over the coming years we may see many other visitors coming to the area to see where their relatives came from and the work being carried out by the Heritage committee through the Historic Graves project is a huge investment for the future of this industry.”

Mixed teams wanted for Farm Skills Agrilympics tractor

One of the highlights of last year’s Coachford Autumn festival was the ‘Agrilympics’ and this year the organisers are delighted that O’Donovan Engineering, Coachford have come on board to sponsor this unique competition where on Sunday August 18th teams of four will compete against each other to claim the Perpetual Trophy and the honour of winning this prestigious competition!!. Each team will take part in three challenges; pushing a small tractor over an obstacle course, changing the wheels on a car and milking a cow (not a real one). Teams must contain at least one member of the opposite sex. Agrilympics

Throughout the festival weekend there will be something for everyone from live music, Funfair, Childrens Sports, Gaa Blitz, Over 40’s football Match, Baking competitions, Sheaf tossing, ‘Agrilympics’, tractor building, huge Veteran, Vintage and Classic car and tractor show and the biggest Gathering of Fordson Major Tractors in Cork. New to the festival this year is the Bonny Baby, Yummy Mummy and Glamorous Granny competitions. A photography competition and Farmers markets are another part of the 2013 community Festival.

Coachford AFC – Team of the month.SONY DSC

The Cork Athletic Union Football League (AUL) awarded the leagues team of the month for May to Coachford AFC in honour of their superb league victory and their excellent season overall. Addressing the large crowd of players and supporters in O’Callaghan’s Bar last Friday night The Chairman of the AUL, Ted O’Mahony said “Coachford AFC have a long and successful tradition of playing football in the AUL, This club has always tried to improve the game and the facilities in the area and we as a league are very aware of the huge efforts that everyone involved in the club have made since it’s formation in 1969. This ‘Team of the Month’ award is richly deserved not only for winning the Premier league for the first time in the club’s history but also for the success of the whole club in the 2012/2013 season. Looking at the huge number of trophies won by the schoolboys section of the club I am sure that we’ll be presenting many of these awards to your club in the coming years.”

Victory Social

Coachford AFC’s end of season victory social takes place on July 20th in the Blarney Castle Hotel, Tickets are only €20 and a great night of celebration is guaranteed. Tickets are available from club officers or in O’Callaghan’s Bar.


There was no winner of the soccer lotto this week the numbers drawn were  9, 22, 36. Lucky dip winners were  Paddy Lehane (€40), Margaret Cosgrave, Donal Moynihan, Brian Armstrong and Joe Bulfry (€20 each) Next week’s jackpot is  €1400 and the draw will take place in Breathnachs

Aghabullogue GAA

The Intermediate hurlers find themselves in a tough, last chance game to re enter the Cork County Intermediate hurling Championship when they face St. Catherine’s from East Cork in the third round.this Saturday at 7.30pm in Castletownroche. The Coachford based hurlers find themselves in this position after losing to Meelin last Sunday in a game that they found themselves chasing almost from the beginning. The 3rd game is a hugely important match for the club. A win means the lads go into the hat for the fourth round draw after playing three competitive games in quick succession however a loss would mean a second relegation final in two years.


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