Mayor to launch future plans for three villages
The County Mayor, Cllr. Noel O’Connor will launch the Coachford, Aghabullogue and Rylane Village Design Statements on Tuesday March 4th at 7.30pm in the Community Hall Aghabullogue. Also in attendance will be Aine Collins TD, representatives from West Cork Development Partnership, who funded the project and representatives from Cork County Council.
Village Design Statements (VDS) are used to empower local communities throughout the island of Ireland to become involved in shaping their local environments. It is also hoped that the VDS will become a useful tool for the community in planning and shaping their local community.
In preparation of the VDS for Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane, local schools, organisations, businesses and the wider community were invited to complete questionnaires and to take part in open workshops in each village. The Community Council in partnership with Consultants URS, West Cork Development Partnership, and other various project Partners worked on drawing up the plans over the next number of months.
This is a unique venture in mid-Cork, where a blueprint has been set out for a community, its three villages and environs, intended to last well into the future, and coinciding with the upcoming Cork County Development Plan. It will also assist the Community Council in the furtherance of its many aims as;
· It describes what is special about the area and sets out visions for its future
· Highlights opportunities for business creation and enhancement, recreation, tourism, heritage and the improvement of rural services
· Identifies short, medium and long term projects and proposals
Chairperson of the Community Council Deirdre O’Donovan said, “ Village Design Statements are an ideal vehicle for communities to determine what is needed in their area and to plan for the future. We were delighted that so many people got involved in drawing up the plans. Over €20,000 was invested in these blueprints and we are looking forward to unveiling them at the launch.”
The Village Design Statements for each village will be available for public viewing on Tuesday 4 March 2014, at 7.30pm, in Aghabullogue Hall. Please come along and all are welcome.
Buns for Bangkok
A cake sale and coffee morning in aid of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Bangkok will take place on Sunday March 2nd in the GAA Community Hall Coachford after the 10.00am mass. A local nun, Sr. Annie Louise Horgan, has worked in Thailand since 1965, where she runs a Centre catering for over a thousand under-privileged people. The Centre provides Day Care for children from the slums and also cares for immigrant women and those who have been affected by human trafficking. Your support would be greatly appreciated. All money raised at the Cake Sale will go directly with Sr. Annie Louise back to her Centre in Thailand. For more Information contact Helena at 086 3748941
In celebration of Sir
The retirement party for Mr. Pat O’Leary, recently retired Principal of Aghabullogue National School will take place in Breathnach’s Bar, Coachford on Saturday March 1st at 8.30pm. All welcome, particularly past pupils.
Parish Quiz raises €1500
The Inter Village Table Quiz raised €1,500 for the coffers of the Community Council last weekend. The winning team from Coachford and Aghabullogue went head to head in a tie breaker to see who was the most intelligent team of the parish. Coachford were crowned Champions after Aghabullogue failed to even attempt to answer the final question. 22 tables took part in the parish quiz. O’Callaghan’s Bar hosted the Coachford Quiz and Eileen and Patrick put on a wonderful show and also sponsored the prizes for first place. Kathleen’s Shop Coachford presented a beautiful hamper as first prize in the raffle.
Fresh from their comprehensive 6-0 win over Tramore in the league last weekend. The Killanardrish/Coachford under 13s entertain the Cobh side, Springfield in Local Cup tie in Carrigadrohid on Saturday at 3.30pm. The under 14s take on Tramore in the league on Sunday at 10.30am also in Carrigadrohid.
Coachford Premier team play Greenwood in the league on Saturday at home at 3.00pm while the B team travel to Ballinhassig to take on the home side also at 3.00pm.
There was no winner of the Coachford AFC lotto. The numbers drawn were 4,18 and 24. The jackpot for next week’s draw stands at €3,400. The numbers will be drawn in Breathnach’s Bar on Monday night.