Students look to the future
Secondary Schools in five West Cork towns (Bandon, Clonakilty, Coachford, Dunmanway and Kinsale), were asked to take part in a project organised by West Cork Development Partnership to think up and design projects for their towns imagining that there were no cost or planning issues. The ‘What if ‘project aims to get Transition Year students to think about what their area might need in the future, what’s important to it now and what frameworks should be put in place to continue to serve all the population of the town. The various schools looked at different aspects of their towns and how they might enhance what is already in place and put in other facilities that would be of benefit to people. They looked at projects that would help to tackle obesity, that would provide spaces for older and younger people and projects that would be sustainable and use the natural environment in the towns. Coachford College TY students created a wonderful project and came up with some great ideas for the area. 1) The walled Garden in the college could be used for garden allotments,2) The old Muskerry Tram railway line from Coachford to Peake, Donoughmore and Blarney could be developed into a walking and cycle path, 3) Swimming facilities including a diving area and changing rooms could be developed enarkon the river Lee 4)A skate park and Playground could be built near the college and the Coachford AFC grounds 5) An indoor ball alley and viewing stands could be located near the GAA grounds. The TY students from the college put a huge amount of work into this and should be very proud of the results. It certainly is food for thought and shows what could be done in the area if the will and co-operation is there to meet the students vision and enthusiasm.
Coachford College celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge
The Students of Coachford College took part in quizzes, irish dancing, sport and many other activities through Irish to mark Seachtain Na Gaeilge The Annual Achievements Awards took place last Thursday night when the college welcomed back the class of 2014 to recognise the high achievements in their leaving cert and beyond. Various sporting and extra curricular activities were also recognised. Special Guest and Past Pupil Susan Hayes of Hayes Culleton gave a very inspirational talk.
Tidy Towns committee and helpers planted over 2,000 daffodil bulbs on the approach roads to the village in recent weeks. It is hoped these will explode into a burst of colour in the spring to make the village even more beautiful. The committee are also working on replacing the very beautiful planters at the Millennium Park that were vandalised last Saturday night. It is hoped that the Christmas Lights will be switched in the village on Sunday December 7th at 6.30pm.
The Action for Breast Cancer walk organised by Murphy’s Centra Coachford raised a massive €2,650. Well done to all involved and especially those who got out there and walked.
Coachford National School will hold their Christmas Concert on Thursday December 11th in the GAA Hall in Coachford. The students have recently taken part in the annual Shoe Box appeal. The children packed shoe boxes with Christmas gifts for children in Africa.
The club members are working on a design for club Hoodies at the moment and planning for their first Inter club Disco in Bandon on Friday December 5th. Last Wednesday night saw 32 members and a few of the leaders attempting to do the ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge.
Killinardrish / Coachford Schoolboys Academy is calling all boys aged 7 to 11, to begin training on Saturday 22 November at 11 am.
The future soccer superstars plus their parents, are invited to attend the first session at Coachford Soccer Club, The Glebe, Coachford. Don’t forget your boots/shin guards!
Last Man Standing
Coachford AFC are running another round of their very popular ‘Last Man Standing’ competition based on the premiership football results. This is a test of skill combined with a bit of luck to pick a winning team in the premiership each week. If your selection keeps on winning you could be the last man standing in the new year and receive €400 cash prize. To enter contact any member of the committee before November 29th .
Saturday night Music
The HighlandPaddies play in O’Riordan’s Bar this Saturday night. The very popular group will be sure to bring the house down with their wonderful blend of music and song and there is sure to be loads of craic all night.