We Have a Plan
The Village Design Statements (VDS) for Coachford Aghabullogue and Rylane were launched last week by the Mayor of Cork County, Cllr. Noel O’ Connor. The statements are blueprints for the three villages and outline plans and projects that the community would like to see completed over the coming years. The VDS are community led plans which will help to shape the future of the villages and will act as a guide to developers and the Cork County Council in what way the whole community wants to see their village grow into the future. Lisa Cashman form the West Cork Development Partnership congratulated the Community Council on working to draw up the VDS but reminded those present “ It is only now that the real work starts”. Aine Collins TD said “it was wonderful to see the way the whole community worked together to bring the VDS to this stage and it showed what can be achieved when communities have a goal and work towards Achieving that goal.” Cllr Noel O’Connor remarked on the very expansive document and how well laid out it was. He also spoke of how important planning for the future was for local communities. “We in the council will do our utmost to accommodate all communities when they bring projects before us. We recognize that there is a huge amount of work going on right throughout the county in communities and if we can be of any help in any way then please come to us. Our door is always open.” He said.
The VDS cover a huge range of projects from safer roads and footpaths to developing playgrounds and growing sustainable communities. The process undertaken by the communities and URS consultants involved gathering information about the villages, speaking to a wide range of stakeholders, getting the views of school children, adults and community groups and then preparing a document showing what is important to the community about their village and what projects can be achievable in the short, medium and long term.
Community Council Chairperson, Deirdre O’Donovan in addressing the large attendance said “ These Village Design Statements will enable this Community Council and the ones that follow to plan for the controlled development of our villages. When we were drawing these plans up at the beginning we first had to look at what was good and bad about our villages. We could see that there were many good things that we already had; our heritage, location, scenery, businesses, sporting facilities and of course the people. The things that we wished to improve or change were numerous. This plan will help us to change these things and at the same time enhance what is good about the area. We as a community Council will work with all the agencies to improve each village and to address the items that the community has prioritized in this document. We are grateful for the huge support of the Lisa Cashman and West Cork Development Partnership in helping us to prepare these plans and we look forward to working with them in the coming years. I would also like to thank Faughna Keohane and Conor Shanahan of Cork County Council for their support. Our villages are precious to us. We all face uncertain times and many challenges ahead but we as a community Council are optimistic for the future of Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane. We must work to ensure that our villages are safe, vibrant and welcoming to new people. They must be relevant to all who live in our community and we must create an environment for them to grow and prosper. With the support of the County Council, the other state agencies and each other I believe all these things are achievable.”
St. Patrick’s Weekend Food Market
The Coachford Farmers Market will be decked out in green on Saturday to celebrate local Irish Food and food producers form the Coachford area. The market kicks off at 10.30am and runs for two hours. It’s a great place to pick up some fresh vegetables, cheese, cakes and bread.
O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford will host the very talented Jennifer Lyons from ‘The Voice of Ireland’ on Sunday March 16th from 9.30pm and on St. Patrick’s Day Eva Cremin will entertain the revelers from 7 to 9pm.
Break a leg
The Coachford players production of “Panic Stations” has had to be postponed until April 20th, 21st and 22nd due to one of the cast breaking a bone in their foot. The ‘Break a Leg’ greeting in theatre circles usually means the best of luck to those about to go on stage but in this instance it means the cast will have to wait for an extra three weeks before they can venture on the boards with their comedy.
St. Patrick’s Day vintage run
The Annual Dripsey Vintage and Car run takes place on St. Patrick’s Day from Griffins Garden Centre. Registration is from 10.00am and roll out at 11.30am. The run, in aid of Muskerry Autism Support Group and Dripsey Community Association is always well supported and the craic at Griffins before the run is very enjoyable. This year singers, musicians and set dancers will entertain all those attending the show before the cars and tractors set out for their run west and north. There will be prizes galore for the Best Car, Best Tractor, Best Dressed Lady and Gent and Best original tractor.
Buns for Bangkok raises lots of lolly.
The recent Cake Sale and Coffee Morning in aid of Sister Annie Louise’s work in Thailand raised over €3,510 .The organisers would like to tank all those who baked and bought cakes. They would also like to thank everyone who supported the coffee morning and those who supported the raffle. One of the organisers. Helena Merrigan said “ it was a huge success and we were overwhelmed with the support. The money will go directly to the hostel in Bangkok with Sister Annie and will be used to help those in most of need”.
Aghabullogue Under 21 footballers take on Kilmurry in Ovens on Saturday at 4.45pm in the quarter final of the Mid Cork Championship. The boys had a good win over Blarney in the previous round and are hoping to make it to the semi final again this year.
The Aghabullogue Club shop will be open from 11.00am to 12.30pm on Saturday March 15th at the GAA complex. Hats, Gear bags, jackets, replica jerseys, socks and lots of other club merchandise will be available at the shop
Both of Coachford AFC adult teams are in action this Saturday at 3.00pm. The premier team take on Springfield in the league at the Glebe and the B team entertain Waterloo in Carrigadrohid.
The under 14s travel to Fermoy to play the North Cork side at 12.15pm on Sunday and on St. Patrick’s Day the Under 12s play Kinsale in Carrigadrohid at 10.30am.
The Coachford Flower Club will host a garden talk by DJ Murphy of Bandon Garden Centre will take place on Wednesday March 19th at 8.00pm in Breathnach’s Bar . Non Members are very welcome.