Coachford School race to victory
Congratulations to Cian Buckley (100m Sprint), Muireann O’Sullivan and Shannon Cotter who all won medals in their heats at yesterdays Cork City Sports. Cian won gold, Muireann collected silver and Shannon came home with a bronze medal but pride of place has to go to the relay team of Evan Buckley, Jack Moynihan, Kevin Hockey, and Cian Buckley who won the gold medal in the County Final race yesterday at CIT.
Crowds descended on Coachford last Sunday for the Annual Corpus Christi Procession. The procession was held in glorious sunshine and the village was looking its very best with flowers and statues adorning the windows and gardens of the businesses and houses along the route. Children from the parish that had recently received their Holy Communion walked in front of the blessed Sacrament and showered the route with flower petals. Men, women and children walked the route praying and singing on this sunny summers day as they celebrated one of the very special traditions of Coachford Village and Aghabullogue parish. Fr. Peadar Murphy held aloft the processional monstrance as the Blessed Sacrament was shown to all those along the route, from the Church to the eastern end of the village and westwards to the Grotto where devotions took place before returning to the Church. Boys and girls who had received their Confirmation in April were also involved as they carried the canopy. Great Credit is due to all those involved in preparing the Grotto each year for the procession. A huge thanks should also go to the choir/Folk group, Stewards, and those who help with installing the Public Address System and everyone else who help ensure the day runs off smoothly. Congratulations to all the residents and businesses along the route for making sure that the every place looked so beautiful in the Summer sunshine
Reach for the Stars
The Coachford Autumn Festival is looking for the next big thing in show business. The Rising Stars talent show takes place on Thursday August 18th in Coachford and is open to groups and individuals under 18yrs of age. The competition is a great opportunity for young people to show off their talent and gain experience of singing before a live a audience. Application forms and information on the rules are available on the www.coachfordnews.com or by ringing 086 80 300 86
52 yrs waiting for promised road improvements
The ACR Community Council met with Councillors Gobnait Moynihan, Michael Creed and Bob Ryan last week and impressed upon them the urgent need for something to be done in relation to the appalling conditions of the roads in the parish and the footpaths ,or lack of, in Rylane and Coachford. The councillors pointed out to the Community Council members that there was a severe cut in funds over the last two years and that the winter flooding all over the county was also a huge drain on central funds. However the ACR members were quick to raise the lack of investment in the local area as opposed to the huge road improvements in similar villages and communities nearby. The members were not asking for any preferential treatment for Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane just to be treated fairly. It was pointed out to the councillors that letters were received from Cork County Council by residents and landowners in 1964 outlining plans to realign the R619 road from Coachford to Peake. 52 years on nothing has been done to improve this treacherous stretch of road. The Knockrour road came up as an example of a road that needs immediate attention. The council also asked the three councillors to keep the pressure on Irish Water to honour their commitment on developing the new Sewage treatment plant for Coachford Village. Concerns were also raised by those representing Coachford of the unsafe speed that cars were travelling through the village and asked that traffic calming measures be investigated for the main street in the village and by the GAA pitch as there were a lot of children in that area and the Speed Van was only on duty intermittently.
Church Gate Collection
ACR Community Council will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection on this weekend in Aghabullogue Coachford And Rylane. Please give generously.
Foróige slips slides away.
Coachford Foróige enjoyed a tremendous day of Fun and Sun in West Cork last Sunday when they visited the West Cork Secret for their end of year getaway. 23 members headed off early on an O’Callaghan’s Coach and arrived at their destination mid morning and set about enjoying the obstacle course, team building exercises, kart racing, orienteering and water slides all day in glorious weather. Everyone had a ball and were really well looked after by the people in the Kilbritain adventure centre. The highlight of the day was the massive water slide where everyone sped down from a great height to enjoy being immersed in the cool, if not very clean water pond.
Return of the Queen
The Coachford Autumn Festival will once again crown their Queen in August 2016 after a layoff of three years. This year’s competition will see a number of contestants compete for the coveted trophy, cash prize and of course the honour of being the Festival Queen for the year. Contestants are supported and sponsored by local clubs and organisations and the winner, if over 18 will also have the opportunity to go forward to represent the Festival in next year’s Cork Rose competition. “There is huge excitement ahead of this year’s festival as the queen competition is back after we gave it a break for the last three years. There is going to be huge interest in this year’s event and if you are over 16 and would like to go forward for the competition please let us know and we can link you up with a business or organisation who is looking to have someone represent them.” Said Jer O’Sullivan Festival Chairman. Coachford Autumn Festival takes place this year from August 18th to 21st. The Festival raises funds forMarymount Hospice, Suicide Aware and local charities and is committed to providing entertainment for children and families.