Locals get behind Maynooth fundraiser
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 this 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 https://www.gofundme.com/2b2hxs4,
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 Moynihan 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 Lotto
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’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 Yourself
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.