News from the Village 25.02.16

The President’s Men


Jack Riordan & Marc Dineen

Congratulations to Marc Dineen and Jack Riordan from Coachford who were recipients of Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout Award and a Bronze Gaisce President’s Award last weekend at a ceremony in Trinity College Dublin. The two teenagers are part of Ballincollig’s 49th troop. Their work for the awards included helping out in their local communities, working with and mentoring  younger scouts and enduring 25km mountain hikes.

Children’s Mental Health

A talk on ‘Supporting parents to support children’s mental health and wellbeing’ will be held on this Thursday, February 25th at 8pm in Coachford national School. The talk is being held in conjunction with the National Parent’s Council . It is an open meeting and all parents are very welcome to attend.

Dough makes  lots of dough

The organisers of the recent Hope Foundation Coffee Morning and Cake Sale,  Julie Kelleher and Sinead Wilson would like to sincerely thank all htose who baked, supported, donated and helped to make the coffee morning a resounding success.It exceeded all their expectations, realising the amazing total of €2,330 all of which will go directly to the Hope Foundation in Calcutta where Julie and Sinead have volunteered to give of their time in support of the poor in the coming months.

Greenway seeks support

Following the horrendous winter weather the Coachford Greenway requires some major repair work to ensure that it remains open. The very popular 6km river walk has suffered damage due to high water and strong winds and part of the safety railing is in danger of being lost to the river due to major eroding.  The repair bill for the walkway could be in the region of €6,000. Hundreds of people from all over the Lee Valley area use the walkway every week and it has become an essential part of peoples exercise routine and a terrific social outlet for men and women of all ages.. The resource is alo essential to the ongoing development of a fishing tourist industry in the region. However if the Greenway has to be closed for  safety reasons then there is a very real fear that the many international fishing competitions scheduled from March to September may be moved to another County and this would prove to be disastrous for local businesses. The ESB and Cork County Council are being asked to step in and help with the repair bill and ensure that this vital amenity is kept open for locals and visitors alike.

Saddle your horses

A huge amount of preparation is being put in place for the first ever Tri school race night being held on Saturday March 5th in Coachford GAA Hall. The Race Night in aid of the three National Schools in Aghabullogue Parish promises to be a fantastic night of fun and a chance to enjoy a night at the races surrounded by friends and family. “We have had a tremendous response from people and a terrific number of horses have been sold and we are now all looking forward to  the race night itself.  A huge crowd of Racehorse owners is expected to attend the Race night to enjoy the races and at the same time help to raise much needed funds for the Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane national Schools. We will have a full bar and band for this adult only race night. We hope that the after race craic will be just as good as the races itself and we expect the Hall to be hopping to the sounds of the fantastic ‘Hillbillies .” Said Martina Casey Secretary of the fundraising committee.

Girls with hurls

Aghabullogue Camogie club are planning a busy weekend in advance of the 2016 playing season. The club  will hold their annual registration night on this Friday, February 26th from 7pm to 9pmin Aghabullogue Hall and their annual Church Gate collection takes place on this Saturday and Sunday at the three churches in the parish

Dripsey Ambush

The Annual Dripsey Ambush Commemoration parade will take place on Sunday February 28th. The parade will leave Dripsey Cross at 3pm and proceed to the Ambush site


Aghinagh Macra held a very successful Table Quiz at The Laine Bar Ballinagree on Friday 19th February. Congratulations to Noel Nunan, Paul Cotter and Paudie OSullivan on winning on the night and to Dan Mac Sullivan, Marie MacSullivan and Gerald ODonovan on coming second. The best Team name was “coming first back wards” -This went to the team of Laura Creed, John OSullivan, Stephaine Condon and Daniel OSullivan. The club would like to extend there thanks to everyone that attended on the night to make the night the big success that it was.

On Saturday 20th all roads lead to the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom to cheer on our Secretary Sheila Lynch who represented Muskerry Macra in the Cork County Titles night. Sheila was crowded Cork County Blue Jeans Country Queen 2016. Well done Sheila. Sheila now goes on to represent the region in the National finals in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday.

On Sunday 21st February the clubs men and woman took part in the regional rounds of the basketball competition at Macroom complex. Congratulations to Tereltons Men’s and Women’s team who came on champions on the day. Get Fit continues from 9-10pm in the Aghinagh GAA hall in Rusheen on Thursday Nights. It’s free for macra members and €4 for non-Macra members! It’s a great way to get fit while having fun.

On the 5th March next the club are heading to the Dog Track for a social night. If anyone would like to find out more about our club or would like to get involved why not check us out on Facebook at Aghinagh Mac or contact our Chairperson Jayne on (087) 749 5851

Election 2016

Coachford National School will be a hive of activity this Friday as polling for the 2016 General Election will take place at the building from 7am to 10pm. Most of the candidates in the Cork North West constituency  have visited the Coachford area during the last week seeking people’s votes.They have been met by concerned members of the community seeking clarification from all of them on the much needed sewerage and water works for the village and the ongoing need for investment in the local roads and an improved broadband service.All those eligible to vote are being urged to do so and to have a say in who makes up the 32nd Dail.

John Paul centre

John Paul back



Championship Season

Aghabullogue Under 21 Footballers take on Kilmurray this weekend in the Mid Cork ‘B’ Championship. The game was to be played last Sunday but no playable pitch could be found in the division to host the game.

Parish Register on line

A digitised version of the Aghabullogue Parish Register (Church of Ireland) has just gone online, free to access and view. It contains details of Marriages 1808-1843; Baptisms 1808-1877 and Burials 1809-1879, relating to Aghabullogue Graveyard. Another invaluable genealogical resource! Separate A-Z Spreadsheets for these Marriages, Baptisms and Burials will be uploaded in the weeks to come.

The Aghabullogue Parish Register (along with other Parish Registers) can be accessed at the Website of ACR Heritage (our Heritage Committee) here:

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