News from The Village 29.07.16



Locals get behind Maynooth fundraisertable quiz pelican

Mark Nugent from Maynooth whose Fiancee ,Jacqui Healy is from Coachford was involved in a life changing  cycling accident in April .Mark hopes to come home  from the Rehabilitation Unit at Dun Laoighre so their house needs to be adapted for his needs . To help with thicycle for marks fund a group of fellow cycling enthusiasts  and friends  have organised a table quiz on Friday August 5th in Bealnamorrive at 8:30pm .  There will be questions to suit all tastes and it promises to be a night of great fun and some serious fundraising!

A number of locals from the Coachford Cycling club are also getting involved in the Mark Nugent  charity run in Maynooth on August Saturday August 13th. If you would like to support the fundraiser for Mark you can also donate by logging onto,


Worst Regional Road in Cork gets a bit of tar

Road resurfacing works are to be carried out on the R619 from the Village  to John’s Cross between August 8th and 19th.This resurfacing  work is very welcome as this regional road is a very poor state of repair. Due to these works , the road will be closed  during this time and Cork County Council have advised that traffic use the alternative routes through Cannons Cross and Cloghroe and on to Creans Cross.” while we are delighted that something is finally being done to make travelling on this stretch of road more bearable it is nothing near what was promised in 1975 when plans were announced for the whole road to be straightened and realigned. We had made representations to the local county Councillors in March and met with Councillors,Michael Creed, Gobnait MRoad resurfacingoynihan and Bob Ryan in June on this issue and many others around the parish .We continue to press our local Councillors and national politicians on various items that effect our communities.”, said Maighread Ní Mhurchú O’Buachalla,Chairperson, ACR Community Council. Maighread also asked that those avoiding the upcoming roadworks and using local and byroads to do so  that you exercise care on the narrow roads and for those living along these roads to be aware that there will probably be extra traffic on these  roads for the 11 or 12 days of the roadworks.

The Community Council are also advising that works on the replacing of water main pipes in the Magourney area of Coachford Village are due to begin in  August following site investigation works.

Nice guy wins Soccer LottoLotto

Local nice guy and avid card player, Concubhar Lucey won the €6000 Jackpot in this week’s Coachford AFC Lotto. The jackpot had been rolling over for a number of weeks and interest in the clubs main vehicle for raising funds was at fever pitch as the numbers were drawn at a packed O’Callaghan’s Bar last Monday night. “ while we would have loved to see it growing for a few more months we got a good run out of this jackpot and we’ll start again next week with €1,000 .Everyone was delighted to see Concubhar winning. It couldn’t go to a more deserving man. He buys a number of tickets each week and is stuck in a few syndicates. He is extremely lucky as this is the third time in 12 months that he has been involved in a jackpot .We don’t see him at many Soccer matches but  with his run of luck we’d be hoping that he would turn up at a few and  be our lucky Mascot for the upcoming 2016/17 season.. Concubhar  is great for supporting the lotto every week and in fact he is a great supporter of all charity events. I wouldn’t be surprised if  the local festival might benefit greatly from his latest windfall”, said soccer club official Joe King Lee.

Jack Lynchs CortinaJack’s Back in Coachford

Coachford renews its connection with Taoiseach Jack Lynch at this year’s Autumn Festival. The mid Cork Village was the scene of a huge Fianna Fail Rally in the run up to the 1977 General Election and provided the ‘Real’ Taoiseach with one of the best turnouts  of the famous campaign and gave Jack a massive vote of confidence as his party romped home to an overall majority. Now 39 years later the village will once again turn out to pay homage to Cork’s most famous son as they welcome the Taoiseach’s Mark II Cortina as part of the 50th birthday celebrations of this remarkable car. The Cortina, in pristine condition is  being brought to the 7th Annual Coachford Autumn Festival’s Vintage & Classic Car and Tractor show by the West Cork Vintage Club who are now the proud  owners and caretakers of this iconic vehicle. The White Cortina will be just one of the many beautiful and well looked after cars and tractors on display on Sunday August 21st. The Festival organisers, Broomhill Vintage Club, are also celebrating the 70th  and 50th anniversaries of the introduction to Ireland of the Zetor  and John Deere tractors.  The Coachford Vintage Show is now one of the biggest in the county and  is  fast becoming one of the most exciting shows to be at. There is a huge amount of space available to the exhibitors and facilities at the expansive GAA grounds in Coachford are second to none. “We are all very excited  about this year’s show and festival. We are expecting a wonderful  variety of vehicles this year and everyone is looking  forward to seeing Jack Lynch’s car, I’m old enough to remember the fantastic occasion when the Taoiseach visited the village in 1977 and crowds of all political persuasion turned out to witness one of the great Leaders of our time at the height of his popularity. We’re hoping similar numbers turn up for our festival on Sunday August 21st to  not only  to see Jack’s car but the many other wonderful things that we have on offer throughout the packed day., said  Festival Secretary, Peter Dineen. Proceeds of the Coachford Autumn Festival will be donated to Marymount Hospice and local Charities.


Go and Test Yourselfrunning is fun

The roads around Coachford will be awash with athletes on Friday August 19th when the  annual Five Mile Road Race takes place. This race is fast becoming one of the best on the calendar and it’s easy to see why. There are cash prizes for the first three men and women home as well as prizes in other categories including first team and first family crossing the finish line. There is Chip timing, dressing rooms & showers and rub downs available. After the race there will be gorgeous refreshments available including some scrumptious soups and bread supplied and served by the lovely people from Cully & Sully.

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