Greenway a great success
The new Coachford Greenway walk along the northern banks of the river lee has been hailed as a great success by all those who took part in the first family walk on the 6km route last Sunday. Over 150 adults and children turned up to walk the new greenway and to raise funds to decorate the village in advance of the world Fishing Championships which are being held on the river later this month. The walkway was developed to create a new amenity for the area and to become a state of the art venue for the World Fishing Championships and for visiting fisherman to the area in the coming years. This beautiful flat walking route has stunning views of the River Lee, Farran Woods and Rooves Bridge. It was developed by the Inniscarra Lake Tourism development company with the assistance of the Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, the ESB, Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland. Chairman of the Inniscarra Lake Tourism development company, Matt Sheehan said “ We were delighted that this walk and venue for the championships has turned out so well, A lot of people have worked very hard to bring the project to this stage and we are very grateful to all of them. There were many times during the last three years that we doubted if this could be done but thankfully it has been and seeing the huge number of families using it today makes all the hard work worthwhile”.
Old Toothbrushes and Tumble Dryers wanted
The Coachford Tidy Towns will host a WEE recycling day in Coachford on this 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.
Coachford GAA Boys at Soccer World Cup
Two local lads working on different sides of the world decided to meet up in Brazil to attend some of the World Cup games. The two friends, John Hogan from Coachford who is working in Perth in Australia and Seanie Twomey from Aghabullogue who is working in Calgary in Canada have been attending a number of games, soaking up the atmosphere and blending in seamlessly with the Brazilians. The boys were spotted on TV at the USA versus Germany game proudly sporting their Aghabullogue GAA colours and wearing the Irish Tricolour. The boys now hope to make one of the quarter final games this weekend.
The building of the Dams
Video, Audio and aerial images will make up the eagerly awaited week long free exhibition on the flooding of the Lee Valley and the building of the two dams that formed the Lee Hydroelectic scheme. The exhibition takes place in Coachford from Monday July 14th to the 20th in the Community House, Main Street, Coachford. This is a fabulous opportunity for people to witness how this mammoth task of building the dams took place and the huge implications it had on the people and environment in the Lee Valley area.. The organisers have put in a lot of work into the event over the last six months and have secured never seen before images from the ESB and Cork County Council as well as rare film footage taken at the time.
Agrilympics are back
The organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are delighted to announce that the Agrilympics will be featured again at this years festival which runs from August 15th to 17th. This novel event was a huge success at last years festivals and saw teams of four, made up of male and female members push tractors, milk cows, and steer farmyard trolleys around an obstacle course. The Agrilympics are just one of the many novel and fun events planned for this yeas festival. Tim O’Riordan of Natural Gas will be playing live at the event and the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Massey 100 and Ford 1000 series is sure to attract a large number of tractors to the show on Sunday August 17th.