Latest news from the village – 26.06.14

Family walking event
The Coachford Greenway walk at Nadrid is complete with the final surface dressing, fencing and entrance gates put in place over the last few days. This beautiful new river bank walk is a wonderful amenity for the area and takes people along the northern bank of the River Lee opposite Farran Woods..The 3km walk will be used as the main venue for the upcoming World Fishing Championships in July and was developed for this event.  On Sunday June 29th the Welcoming Committee for the World Fishing Championships will host the first walk along the new Greenway in advance of its official opening in July.
The Committee would like to invite everyone to come along and join them in this free walk and be among the first people to enjoy this superb new amenity. To help the fundraising efforts of the committee they are asking that those taking part in the walk on June 29th would, if they like to donate €5 per adult on the day . Everyone is welcome and Children should be accompanied by an adult. The walk begins at 11.30am

Bin your unwanted electrical Items safely
The Coachford Tidy Towns will host a WEE recycling day in Coachford on Saturday July 5th from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Bring along your unwanted electrical items and dispose of them properly and safely.  The Recycling truck will be located at the Coachford Church Car Park for the day. Any household item with a plug or battery will be accepted from large items such as fridges, dishwashers and tumble dryers, to small household items such as remote controls, electric toothbrushes and everything in between. All waste batteries will be accepted free of charge, including AA and AAA batteries, torch batteries, watch batteries, car batteries and electric fence batteries. This is a great chance for you to finally clean out the garage or attic.

Summer Music Sessions
O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford is preparing a huge programme of music for its Summer Session Series. An Irish Traditional music session kicks off things this Friday night and on Saturday the venue welcomes back the very popular ‘Sun Kings’  who will be playing the rock and roll hits of the American 1950s and 1960s music scene.

Coachford Childcare Centre Graduation
Congratulations to the preschool class of 2014 who graduated from the Coachford Childcare Centre this week on all 35 of them as parents, siblings, grand-parents, child-minders and even au-pairs flooded into the outside play-area of the Crèche to be part of this joyous occasion. The cook was in since 6.30am baking muffins and had the Burko Boiler filled to the brim ready for several rounds of coffee’s & tea as local families sat around chatting in the glorious sunshine, camera’s at the ready for their “little angel” to have their moment in glory photographed and archived in their memories forever. There was a brilliant buzz around the centre and a real feel good factor too!

Open Air Concert at Nadrid House
The picturesque Nadrid House is the setting for a summer concert on Saturday July 5th. The evening starts with music from the Ben Reel
Band at 8.00pm and this is followed by DJ Paddy Cunnane till late. Tickets are only €10 and Food and Drink are available on site. Please bring your own blankets or seating.Camping is also available. Tickets and more information are available from Penny at 021-7434946 or at gate on the day.

Soccer Camp
The FAI and Killanardrish/ Coachford AFC Summer Soccer Camp takes place from July 14th to July 18th inclusive. This year’s camps are again priced at €65 (€55 for additional
siblings). Coaching and care are delivered by Garda vetted FAI Qualified coaches as well as a brand new full kit, ball and back pack. The Camp is open to boys and girls of all abilities from the ages of 6 to 14.More information is available at 1890 653 653

Woolly Runners

Sheep racing is just one of the new events at this years Coachford Autumn Festival. The sheep, currently in a secret training camp, are being prepared for the racing which will take place on Sunday August 17th. The world’s best trainers have been brought in to get the sheep to their optimum level of fitness. One of the trainers, Baart McEwean said that there are already some fine looking Ewes in training, “I’d have to say Dolly Mixture and Lamb Chop are probably two of the finest runners I’ve seen in a long time and if they avoid injuries and the butchers knife between now and race day in August then they will certainly be in the final shake up”. Other events planned for the very popular festival include; Model Toy show, High Nelly run, Dog show, Five mile road race, Vintage show, Agrilympics, Egg throwing, Children’s Sports,Balloon Modeller, Bonny Baby;Yummy Mummy and Glamorous Granny competitions and much much more.

World Fishing Championships

The World Feeder Fishing Championships are almost here and the programme of events for
the week is almost complete. 25 countries will compete for the title on July 19th and 20th. The
new walkway on the river lee in Nadrid will be the main venue for most of the teams and
spectators are invited to view the fisherman in action. Most of the countries taking part will
arrive in the village and surrounding areas from Monday July 14th for training and familiarisation
of the venue. On Thursday July 17th, the official opening of the World Championship
takes place in Coachford. The teams will gather at the square in the evening and there will be a
parade of nations through the village to the GAA complex where the official opening will take
place. The Championships will start at 7.00am on Saturday morning and will finish each day at
around 4pm. The Closing Ceremony and awarding of medals takes place again in Coachford
on Sunday July 20th in the GAA complex . A gala dinner is planned for the teams and officials
in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club for that evening. Tommy Lawton of the National
Course Fishing Federation of Ireland said, This is a huge event for the area with over 200
competitors, 150 team officials 75 stewards and over 300 supporters expected to visit the area
over the weekend of the championships. I would like to thank all those who are getting behind
the event locally. It looks like it’s going to be a great championship and it will certainly put the
fishing facilities that Coachford and the wider area have on the international angling map and I
believe that this will have a long reaching impact on Fishing Tourism for the area.” The Public
houses in the village have music lined up for the weekend of the competition and there are
other events planned also. The organisers are looking for volunteers for stewarding and if you

would like to get involved in the World Championships contact Tommy at 086 1043040.

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