News from The Village 07.07.16

olive Loughnane

Coachford athlete turns Silver to Gold

Coachford athlete, Olive Loughnane received her World Championship Gold Medal on Wednesday,  seven years after competing in the 20km walk finals in Berlin in 2009. Olive finished second in that race and stood on the podium in Berlin  to receive her silver medal however as time passed it was discovered that the Russian athlete, Olga Kaniskina who won gold was one of the athletes who was implicated in the IAAFs anti-doping crack down and was subsequently  disqualified. This meant that Olive was the rightful winner and in a ceremony at the European Athletic Championships in Amsterdam on Wednesday the IAAF president, Sebastian Coe presented the long overdue medal to Olive. This now means that Olive will become the country’s fourth world champion, joining an elite club comprising of Eamonn Coughlan, Sonia O’Sullivan and fellow walker Heffernan. Well done Olive

It is planned to honour Olive  and her huge achievement in the village on August 19th at the Coachford Five Mile Road Race.

Griffins for CPR

Griffins Garden Centre is all about life and oGriffins CPRn Saturday July 16th The award winning centre will host a CPR training Day from 1pm to 3pm. The training  is part of National CPR Day. The training is free of charge.For further information contact 021 7334286 or visit




Rusheen Rocks to Townlandstowlands

The second ever ‘Townlands’ Carnival kicks off this Friday with three days of Music , Art and Culture promised. Rumours abound that this years event will be twice as big as the 2015 carnival with huge numbers expected to flock to the venue to enjoy a huge line up of over 65 diverse acts. Last years festival music could be heard miles away long into the night and there is no reason that this year will be any different so whether you are lucky enough to have a ticket ( apparently it is all but sold out) or are living within a 5 mile radius of the venue,sit back and enjoy the music and the spectacle of ‘Townlands’ .


Broomhill celebrate Deere, Zetor and Ford.P1000477


Broomhill Vintage Club will host their 7th Annual Vintage show on Sunday August 21st as part of the four day long Coachford Autumn Festival.

This year’s display will pay homage to the iconic Mark II Cortina’s, and John Deere and Zetor tractors. “ we are all looking forward to a huge show again this year “said Broomhill’s chairman, Jer O’Sullivan. ” We are looking forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Mk 2 Cortina, 50 yrs of John Deere and 70 years of Zetor in Ireland. The venue here in Coachford is  ideal for such a large display. We are looking forward to another huge crowd again this year. it is expected many owners and fans of these iconic vehicles will make their way to Coachford to be part of this unique occasion and to view all the other beautiful vintage and classic cars on show at this, the largest gathering of cars and tractors in Co. Cork”. Trade stands, Model Toy Show, Auto Jumble and Tractor Building will also be part of the Vintage day.


Sunday is the main event of the Festival and a huge crowd is expected to take part in what is one of the best family day outs in Cork. A fun filled day with attractions and events to take part in or just simply sit back and enjoy is planned for the festival. The Festival’s ‘ fittest team’ competition which was a huge success last year is on the programme again in 2016 along with the Cross Bar Challenge, Dunk tank, egg throwing, Bonny Baby competition, Zorb Ball Soccer, toddlers funfair, face painter, Farmers market,  and Children’s sports.

For further info contact Peter on 086-8447105


Broomhill Vintage Club and raises thousands every year for various national and local  charities. ‘Something for Everyone’ is the theme of the Mid Cork Festival and that certainly is the case with the 2016 event.


Thursday, August 18th will see the first ever junior talent competition. The ‘Rising Stars’ event will bring the best under 18 talent from all over the county together to perform on stage to entertain the audience and impress the judges.


Athletes, Runners and  walkers will gather in Coachford on Friday 19th to take part in the 5 Mile Road Race. This  year’s participants will enjoy Chip Timing , increased number of prizes and pre and post rub downs by massage therapists along with the usual excellent changing facilities, post race catering and a super organised road race. Registration is from 5.30pm with the race starting at 7pm sharp. Registration is only €13 with all money raised going to Marymount Hospice and Suicide Aware.


The High Nelly bicycle road run takes to the highways and byways on Saturday August 20th and this ever popular event is growing each year. Saturday will also feature the dog show and other side show events. The Queen of the Festival is the highlight of Saturday’s programme . Fifteen contestants representing businesses and organisations in the area will compete for the title, a cash prize  and a chance to go forward and represent the Festival in next year’s Cork Rose contest.


Aghabullogue SchoolAghabullogue NS expands

Mister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed T.D..announced this week that funding has been provided for two special teaching rooms at Aghabullogue National School. This news will be very welcome by all at the school as it is one of a number of improvements sought by the ever growing educational facility.


Nothing easy for Aghabullogue

Aghabullogue Intermediate football and hurling sides have been drawn against tough opposition in round 3 of the county championships. The footballers have drawn the very experienced Glanmire with the winners going through to the quarter final. The hurlers will be anxious to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss to Dungourney in round 2A and will face the winners of  Éire Óg  versus Carrigaline in round 3. Either of these teams will prove to be formidable opposition and if lucky enough to advance beyond this meeting the reward is a game against hurling traditionalists, Midleton.

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