Latest News from the Village 18.05.17

Dublin Receiver sits on Coachford Houses
Housing Minister, Simon Coveney has made the lands just north of the railway available for developers.This 2.2 hectares is to be offered to private developers and housing associations in an effort to resolve the housing crisis. Meanwhile the two Ghost Estates in the village which are in the hands of a receiver in Dublin show no signs of being sold. The
Community Council has huge concerns over the uncompleted estates .Children are now using one of the unfinished estates as a playground and this has serious implications for the children’s safety. While these two estates continue to be held by the Receiver is puzzling when there is a huge need for new houses in the area.
County Mayor honours Community Business woman

Congratulations to Margaret Griffin of Griffin’s Garden Centre Dripsey who was honoured at last week’s County Mayor’s Community Awards. The annual awards are presented to people or groups who have made a positive impact on their community. Margaret was honoured for her ongoing  commitment to Dripsey, her huge effort in promoting the area, believing in and employing locals, providing a venue for local events,continuing to support many charities all around the Lee Valley and beyond and of course running  one of the best Garden Centres in the country. Griffins is no longer just a great Garden Centre but has become a meeting place for many people to catch up with each other over lunch or just a quick Coffee. Margaret offers advice to many community groups who are looking to plant up their areas and has recently hosted an information session for many Tidy Towns groups in advance of them entering the National Competition. She has also hosted Charity coffee mornings, evening concerts and exhibitions at the Dripsey venue to help raise funds for a wide variety of charities.

Parish Confirmation
Aghabullogue Parish children will celebrate their Confirmation in St.Patrick’s Church Coachford on Wednesday May 24th . Rylane National School will hold their First Holy Communion Mass in St. Olan’s Church Rylane . Nine children will receive Holy Communion for the first time on Saturday May 20th at 11am. 
Annual village procession
The annual Corpus Christi procession will take place this year on Sunday June 18th after 11.30am mass
Drizzled with Success
Huge congratulations to  Coachford Foróige member,Lizzie Harrison whose Lemon Drizzle Cake was chosen at the West Cork District Competition in Bandon to go forward to the Region Finals of  the Aldi/Foroige Baking Competition.
Singing sensations
Coachford Foróige members , Abbie Healy and Eabha Donovan continue their rise to fame. The two young teenagers  who go by  the name ‘Harmonize’ won the Foróige National Talent Show in April and were invited to sing at the annual ‘HYPE’ youthfest in Co. Longford last weekend . This was a huge gig for the girls who sang two songs at the open air concert . They went down really well with the crowd and received  great praise for their harmonies. These girls are on the way up.
Coachford Festival
Businesses , groups, sporting organisations, friends and individuals are all getting ready for the Coachford Festival Lip Sync Battle.The battle will take place on the stage of the GAA Hall in Coachford on Saturday July 15th.. Rumours abound about dance routines been worked on and costumes been gathered for the great event which will raise funds for Marymount Hospice and CUH Children’s Unit. Lip Sync only requires imagination and a degree of miming to your favourite song. If you would like to enter then please contact Evelyn on 086 883 6066.
5 Mile Road Race
The  ‘MJ Kelleher Oils’  Coachford 5 Mile Road Race will take place this year on Thursday July 13th at 8pm .The race, now in it’s fourth year will start and finish in the village . There are cash prizes for the winners in a number of categories.
Soccer Final.
The Killanardrish/Coachford  U15 soccer boys will play Midleton on Friday night to see who will win the League title and lift the ‘Dennehys Health & Fitness’  Division 4 Cork Schoolboys trophy.  The boys will be hoping for  a good performance and a strong local support at the Glebe in Coachford when kick off takes place at 7.30pm. Killanardrish/Coachford are on the top of the table on 28 points and have been unbeaten all season while Midleton are only a point behind having lost just one game since August. While a draw in the seasons last game will do the local lads both teams will be going all out to finish the year with a win. This promises to be a cracker.
Hurling Féile

Aghabullogue Under 14s will travel to the south of the county on Saturday to take part in the Under 14 Féile Finals. The boys will play Courcey Rovers, Tracton, Kilbrittain and Laochra Og in the morning blitz in Ballinaspittle. with the winners of the group advancing to the semi Finals.

Hurlers advance
Aghabullogue Intermediate hurlers advanced to the next round of the county championships last weekend. The boys ran out easy winners against St. Finbarr’s on a score line of 1.16 to 0.12. Aghabullogue struggled to find their rhythm and pace. Both teams traded points in the first half  and went in at the short whistle seven points apiece. At the resumption Aghabullogue stepped up a few gears and St. Finbarr’s found the going tough. Matthew Bradley continued to pop over point  after point and although Aghabullogue were also guilty of some wayward shooting they were doing enough to pull away from the city challengers.In the end it was an easy win for the Mid Cork players but they face a more difficult second round when they will face the current All Ireland Junior Hurling Champions, Mayfield in June.