Latest news from the Village
Coachford Swinging 60s
The next heat of the Cork Over 60s Talent competition takes place this Sunday, March 25th in Coachford GAA Hall. The talent show kicks off at 3pm and will feature an afternoon of song and music. Tea, coffee and cake will also be available and a great afternoon is planned. This show is being organised by the local Foróige group. Paddy O Brien will be the MC for the event. “ We’re all looking forward to a great day’s entertainment and we can’t wait to see what talent will emerge from the Lee Valley area.”
St. Patrick’s Fishing
The first big fishing festival was held on the river over the weekend and was a huge success. The annual St. Patrick’s Weekend 3 day event saw 39 anglers take to the riverbank to fish. The top prize of €1,000 went to Julian Kendrick who caught over 26kg of fish over the 3 days. The weather was bitterly cold but the fishing was excellent and all involved vowed to return again next year.
Mr Tony O’Connell of “CONTAINMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS” has come on board as one of the sponsor of Coachford Soccer. CSP has generously sponsored a full set of kit for the schoolboys club. “Sponsorship at this level is always hard to come by and the club is greatly appreciative when it does come. Without this level of corporate sponsorship the club would not survive.2 said Joe Ronan, Sponsor coordinator.
U17s National Cup
The Coachford U17 soccer team will host Willow Park from Athlone next Sunday at 2pm at the Glebe in Coachford in the quarter final clash of the FAI National Challenge Cup. This game was supposed to be played on March 4th but had to be postponed due to the snow storm that weekend. Willow Park will be favourites to go away with the win but home advantage and recent form may see Coachford upset the odds. Home support is vital if the local lads have any chance of advancing to the semi final. “We are appealing to everyone to come out and support Coachford in this vital game for the boys. They have worked really hard to get to this stage of the competition and it would mean an awful lot for them to win.” Said Paddy Martin team coach.
Coachford College and Poland
The TY students enjoyed a great trip to Krakow in Poland last week. Eighty four students spent 4 days in the historic Polish city. The students visited Schindlers museum where they experienced an interactive tour of life during World War 2. They also visited Auschwitz Concentration Camp where students experienced an in-depth 3 hour exploration of the horrors that occurred. They were also fortunate to avail of a rare opportunity to have an audience with a survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. The group also paid a visit to the famous wieliczka salt mines followed by some fun in the engineering and science museum. Students also explored the Jewish Quarter and Main Market Sq. The large group also enjoyed Bowling, a water Park, loads of shopping and the famous city Basement Disco.
Community Employment Vacancy in Coachford Village
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Coachford Foroige lose out for final place
The Coachford Foróige group narrowly lost out on a place in the National Talent Show Finals. 14 members of the club took to the stage in Butlerstown on Friday night and danced their hearts out to a Bruno Mars number. They came 4th in the very tough competition but as only 3 acts go forward from each district it was not to be for the guys and gals.
It’s gearing up to be one of the busiest weeks for sport in the village. The Soccer and GAA clubs have a full programme of games coming up next weekend. The lads are expecting fixtures on Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day) Sunday and on Monday (a public holiday) . The Greeenway should be very busy also as the first major fishing festival of the year takes place along the river and large numbers of overseas anglers are expected. Add to this the spectacle of the Cheltenham racing festival, Rugby Grand Slam, hurling league relegation battle for Cork and Nemo Rangers going for all Ireland glory then both inside and outside of the pubs will be a festival of sport.
Congratulations to Margaret Browne from Loughlee Carrigadrohid who was the February winner of the Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle. Margaret won €195 hard cash. Well done to Martin Holmes, Farran, Mary O Brien, Coolnagearagh, Coachford and Shelia Moynihan the Railway. Each won a Healthy Ireland Fitness pack in the 50/50 raffle draw spot prize draw. Thanks to all those who bought tickets for the draw and who continue to support it. Please support it again for March. Tickets are €2 each and 3 for €5.
Sneachta Snowballs and Igloos
Coachford, like every other village was covered in a blanket of snow from Thursday to Sunday and while it may have brought difficult times for farmers, drivers and the elderly, it was a time of pure joy for the young and not so young. There were hundreds of snow men and snow women of all shapes and sizes built in gardens and roadsides. Some were adorned with flags, hats and scarves while others were decked out in various GAA jerseys. This March snowfall also brought out the builders in many communities with igloos propping up in gardens all over the community. Some were thrown together while others would make any Eskimo construction company proud. The village was busy as many locals shopped at home and stayed local throughout the weekend. The wintery weather put a stop to all the planned sporting fixtures, however there was never any fear that the young boys and girls would sit at home twiddling their thumbs. Hordes of children took to the slopes surrounding the village and used plastic fertiliser bags, car bonnets, homemade sleds and anything else that could propel them down the pristine slopes of the new alpine like ski resort of Coachford. The laughter and joy could be heard all around the community. Later on Friday evening the older teenagers embarked on a massive snowball pitch battle at the village crossroads. Those that witnessed it said it was fast, furious and freezing. Snowballs of various sizes were hurled from one side of the street to the other. Running raids resembling scenes from the Battle of Clontarf continued for hours until coldness and dwindling stocks of snowballs finally brought this teenage conflict to an end. As rain fell on Sunday and the thaw approached, once proud snowmen began to melt and disappear into the grass of peoples gardens. Those that stubbornly hung on began to look like extras from a snowman zombie movie with missing heads and limbs as they slipped into the cold ground. All that is left now of these lovingly constructed snow sculptures are discarded carrots and lumps of coal. The blanket of snow covering the hills and valleys around Coachford showed us once again what a beautiful place we live in. The support and friendliness shown by neighbours during this difficult few days reminded us all of how lucky we are to call Coachford our home. The snow has now almost disappeared but the memory of it will live in our children’s and our memories for a long time to come.
Coachford Community Association
The Community Association organised a Snowman building competition last weekend. People were asked to send in photographs of the snowman they built to the Coachford News Facebook page. There were over 90 entries and the winners will be announced this weekend. Chairperson of the CCA, Maighread Ní Buachall said “ The snow brought many difficulties for a lot of people but also brought a lot of fun. It was great to see so many people shopping locally and we should pay tribute to the local shops and businesses who opened when they could and provided a wonderful service to the community. No one went hungry or thirsty in Coachford. We would now appeal to people to continue to support local. It is at times like this that people realise how important our local shops are and for us to lose any of them would be devastating for a community like ours.”
Over 60s talent show entries
Entries are now open for the Coachford heat of the Over 60s Talent Show on Sunday March 25th . The competition, now in it’s 42nd year is open to anyone from Cork who is over 60. The organisers, Coachford Foróige club are seeking singers, musicians, story tellers or comedians to take part in the Coachford heat. “We are so excited about being asked to host this event. We were thrilled when talent show organiser, Paddy O’Brien approached us to host the Coachford Heat. We see it as a great opportunity for us to get more involved with those older than us and to learn from them and to share our experiences.” Said Emer Barry Murphy, Club PRO. . For more information and to enter the competition, contact Karolyne on 086 8678207 or Deirdre on 086 2235901.
Coachford 5 Mile crosses the line in 1st place
The Coachford 5 Mile Road Race has been voted the Best Cork Road Race of 2017 by the readers of the influential ‘Running in Cork’ blog. This website is the go-to-site for serious athletes in Cork and is one that they all turn to for information about races and advice about running in Cork. The Coachford 5 Mile Road Race beat off prestigious events like the Midleton 5 mile to win the award. “ We are absolutely thrilled to win this award. We always knew we had a great event but to have received this endorsement from so many Cork runners is very satisfying and a great boost to the organising committee. Our partnership with the West Muskerry Athletics club brought the 2017 race to a new level this year. Our race sponsors, MJ Kelleher Oils were also instrumental in making sure the event ran smoothly. The race is a huge community effort and wouldn’t be possible without the involvement and commitment of so many people from Coachford and surrounding areas. We are now looking forward to the 2018 event on Thursday, July 12.”, said Jerh O’Sullivan chair of the organising committee.
February 1st 2018
Tidy Towns meeting
The Coachford Tidy Towns will get up and running for 2018 when they meet on Thursday February 1st to plan for the busy year ahead. “We have a lot of work ahead of us”, said Karolyne Dineen, chairperson of the group. “ There is a lot of tidying up to do after a very wet winter and we have a few very big projects that we would like to get started. We need all the help we can get so we are looking for more people to get involved in any way in the coming few months.” The group will meet in the Coachford Community House at 7.30pm. The group received a great boost recently when they secured the help of a worker for 2.5 days a week through the local CE scheme.
School of Health
Coachford College held a very successful Health Week at the college last week. The Health Week, organise and run by the Leaving Cert Students saw a number of events taking place across the campus. Students were invited and encourages to take part in an A to Z of events and activities from Aerobics to Zumba classes. The week began with an introduction to exotic fruit tasting to promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle. With pomegranates, pomelo, mangos and chillies and many more fruits on offer, students gave their taste buds a delight. A rowing competition in association with the National Rowing Centre, a beep test, squat challenge along with talks on Nutrition were other events kept the students (and teachers) on their toes all week. As part of the Health Week to promote a healthy and active lifestyle the Marie Keating Foundation visited the college and gave talks to senior cycle students on health checks and self-awareness. This initiative is just one part of the overall Health and Wellbeing ethos of the college which is an integral part of this progressive College’s efforts to ensure the health as well as the educational needs of its students.
Broomhill Vintage Club
The Broomhill Vintage Club are holding their AGM on Thursday February 8th 2018 in the Community House Coachford. The club have enjoyed one of their best ever years since they were first formed 10 years ago. “As a vintage club we ran a very successful run last April and a great Honda 50 run in September and we continue to organise and hold the Coachford Family Festival. Our Tractor Builders had a tremendous year. We are now looking for more people to get involved with the club so if you have a huge interest or even a passing one in classic or vintage cars or would like to get involved in the festival then we would love to see you on the 8th, “ said Jerh O’Sullivan Chairman of the club. The AGM starts at 8.30pm.
Aghabullogue GAA Registration Night
Aghabullogue GAA will hold the club’s registration on this Saturday and Sunday in the Aghabullogue Community Hall in Aghabullogue village on Saturday from 6.30pm to 8pm and on Sunday from 11am to 12noon. Insurance costs and competition entries have increased massively this year and therefore the club has been forced to increase their fees for registration. Juveniles (up to U18) are being asked to pay only €30 for the year (any additional child in the same family will only have to pay €20) , while Students will pay €40 and adult players €75.
Coachford Family Festival dates
The organisers of the Coachford Family Festival have announced the dates of this year’s festival. The very successful event will keep their dates to July again this year with the festival running from Tuesday, July 10 to Sunday July 15th inclusive. The committee behind the festival are already planning new and exciting event for this year’s family extravaganza. Nicola Doherty, Festival PRO said,“ We are super excited about this year’s festival. It seems ages away now but it won’t be long coming around and we are hoping that the fantastic businesses and the community get behind it again this year as they always do.”
January 21st 2018
Coachford College Great Dance Off 2018
A great night of dancing and entertainment was laid on by the students of Coachford College on Friday night. The 2nd ever dancing competition was tremendous fun. Well done to the transition year students who put the show together.
The dancers were brilliant and it was easy to see how much practice and effort they put in to get ready for their dances. The show was a mixture of pupils and teachers (and parents) strutting their stuff. The Sports Hall was transformed into a dancing Hall for the night.
Congratulations to Ms Heaphy, Mr Lotty and Mr Fitzpatrick who took on the roles of Judges for the night. They were kind and encouraging to the young dancers and directed their hilarious criticism towards their colleagues. Miss Hourihan, as usual, was an excellent MC and kept the show moving at a great pace.
The winners, Jack O’Mahony, Brian Dineen, Gavin Crean and Dylan Brennan with assistance from Julie Tarrant & Julie Crowley were outstanding. Superbly coached by Jenny Burke, they stole the show with their energetic and excellently executed dance routines. It left everyone in the audience breathless and they fully deserved the standing ovation and the win.
In second place was Caroline Barrett and Leah Cooney with their great dance performance to the Dirty Dancing classic ‘The time of my Life’. In third place, four first years: Molly Mangan, Courtney O’ Connell, Anna O’ Leary and Leah Murphy took the honours with a great worked routine which was full of energy and perfect coordination.
This fundraising show in aid of Marymount Hospice was a great night out. The enthusiastic involvement of the teaching staff made it all the more special and once again showed the wonderful partnership and mutual respect that exists between the staff, parents and pupils at Coachford College.
Video of the winning dance is available to view on www.coachfordnews.com
Coachford to host heat of Over 60s talent heat.
A heat of the very popular Paddy O’Brien’s, Over 60s Talent Competition on Sunday March 25th in the GAA Hall at 3pm. The talent competition, now in its 42nd year is open to anyone over 60 who’d like to sing, dance, tell a story or play an instrument. The day is going to be a very relaxed affair with talk and chat, a cup of tea and a bit of craic with the contestants taking to the stage in between to do their bit. The county and city competition is run in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation. If you would like to get involved and take part in the Coachford heat ring, Karolyne on 086 8678207.
Congratulations to Coachford resident, Karina Lyne, science teacher in Colaiste Choilm whose pupil Simon Meehan won the BT Young Scientist of the Year award recently.. Karina, lives in Fergus Coachford and travels to Ballincollig every day to instil in her pupils her love and passion for science.
Tickets are on sale for the first Coachford Community Association raffle of 2018. The draw will take place on January 31st 2018. Do something positive for the community this week- buy a ticket for the 50/50 raffle. You can get them in Cooney’s , Kathleen’s Shop, the Post Office, the Pharmacy, the two chippers, the two hairdressing salons and the two pubs.
January 10th 2018
Coachford College Dance Off
It’s back…… The Great Coachford Dance Off is taking place again this year. The students (and some teachers) from Coachford College will be dancing their hearts out in aid of Marymount Hospice on Friday January 19th. This was a great nights entertainment last year and promises to be just as good this year. Don’t Miss it! Admission for adults is only €10 and students and children only have to cough up €5. The first dancers will take to the floor at 7.30pm
Congrats to Aodhagán O’Buachalla, Lyons Tce. Coachford who was the winner in the December 50/50 raffle. Aodhagán won a cool €190. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to all the businesses who support it every month. It all starts again for the January draw. Get your tickets now.
Great day’s racing
The organisers of the Aghabullogue Point to Point racing enjoyed a very successful event. The weather was dry but cold. The racing was good and a large crowd from all over the county and the community turned up to enjoy a great day out. The Parents Association from Aghabullogue National School ran the catering tent and their hot delicious soup was in great demand. The bookies, as usual did well but at times they had to pay out to some canny punters.
Over 60’s Talent Competition
The great Paddy O’Brien is bringing his Over 60s Talent Competition to Coachford in March. This is a fabulous evening full of song and music, stories and craic. Contestants can take to the stage and perform almost anything. The only rule is that you are over 60. For more information contact 086 8678207.
Concert in the Church
The Rylane Community Park Association will host a Choral Evening in St. |Olan’s Church, Rylane on Saturday 24 February at 8pm. This gorgeous concert will feature the Cork Garda Choir, the Wilcollane Singers , the Bravura Strings and a very special guest. Tickets are €20 and are available in Crowley’s Post Office Rylane and from committee members.
Huge Congratulations to Dan O’Mahony Coachford who won the Jackpot in the Coachford AFC lotto. Dan won a massive €6,400 when his numbers;10,24 & 36 were pulled out. Next weeks jackpot is a well worth winning €1,000. Get your tickets early.
The very best of luck to Coachford College Senior Camogie team when they play Presentation Thurles in the Munster Senior A Camogie final on Saturday, 13th January at 1pm in Charleville GAA grounds.
It’s the Tipperary College’s third time in a row that they have reached the ‘A’Munster Final. The have lost the last two and lets hope it’s third time Unlucky for the Tipp side again in 2018.
Make no mistake this is going to be a tough battle for Coachford and the girls will have to be at their very best to pull off a victory in this, the Harty Cup of Camogie. A lot of the girls would have been involved in last years Junior title win and they will be determined to win again on Saturday.
Listen to the Presentation College’s coach, Barry Ryan speaking on TippFm about the game on 38 minutes into this clip.
January 2nd 2018
Cork County Council has come in for some heavy criticism from Coachford Tidy Towns. The recyclable bottle banks in Coachford were once again overflowing over the Christmas holiday period. “This is an ongoing issue with the bottle banks in Coachford. They always seem to get full very quickly and it takes some time before the County Council get around to emptying them. When they are full it leads to a major litter problem at the bins. Instead of taking their recyclables to another centre or taking them home, some people leave their bottles and cans at the bins and this makes the place untidy and dirty. We contacted the council before Christmas asking them to empty the bins but for some reason it wasn’t done and we were left cleaning the whole place up between Christmas and New Years” said Peter Dineen of the Coachford Tidy Towns. Coachford Recyclable bins are one of the busiest in the county.
The Aghabullogue Camogie Club had another successful year in 2017. The U13s, U15s and U18s all brought trophies home to the parish. The girls played some terrific games against very strong opponents but thankfully always came out on top. Their skill level and pure determination were just two of the factors that allowed them to have such a successful year in 2017. Many clubs would be thrilled to get their hands on one trophy a year. Aghabullogue are over the moon to capture 3.
The Medal Presentation and Victory Dinner Dance for the 3 winning teams took place in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on December 30th. The medals were presented by the legendary dual star, holder of 18 All Ireland medals and victorious Cork Senior Camogie Captain, Rena Buckley. Muskerry Board Chairperson, Rose Malone was also present to honour the teams and the club.
Christmas comes to Coachford
The annual lighting of the Village Christmas tree and the switching on of the village lights took place in Coachford on Sunday evening. Families from all over the community turned up to witness Han Cooney, the oldest resident in the village turning on the lights. The Coachford Community Association and volunteers ensured that they were loads of Mince Pies, Non-alcoholic Mulled Wine and boxes and boxes of sweets and soft drinks for everyone. There followed some wonderful carol singing and fun for all. The village is looking very festive and the businesses are looking forward to another bumper season.
The Wizard of Oz makes its way to the stage this weekend when the Coachford Players perform the musical for four nights in the local GAA Hall. The show opens on Saturday 9th at 8pm and will be performed again on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. It promises to be a great show with some wonderful music and fantastic costumes. This is one definitely not to be missed. Family friendly tickets are available at the door.
The winner in the November Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle is the Ross Family Dripsey who scooped the jackpot prize of €226. Consultation prizes of boxes of biscuits went to Pauline Monks , Eileen and Pauline Cooney, Judy Dineen and the O’Sullivan Family Clontead. The December draw will be held on New Years Night.
Dripsey Community Association
The lighting of the Christmas Tree and the blessing of the crib takes place at Dripsey Cross on this Friday at 7.45pm. Santa is paying a visit and there will be Hot Chocolate and Carol Singing and a wonderful Christmas atmosphere.
The Broomhill Vintage Club Ladies Tractor Building team, the Socket Rockettes held a very successful fund raising event in O Riordan’s Bar in Coachford on Saturday. The eight girls decided to build their Ferguson 20 tractor inside the pub to help raise money for the Rickie Healy fund. Considering the very tight space they had to build in, the girls constructed the tractor from pieces on the ground to a fully functioning tractor in under 10 minutes. While this was a serious fundraiser it was also an opportunity for the ladies and men’s tractor builders to celebrate what was a hugely successful year for both teams as they brought their unique sport to the attention of hundreds of people around Munster during the year. The night was completed by a great music session with the wonderful Tim O Riordan belting out the tunes and songs which included one specially written in honour of the Socket Rockettes. Over €1,000 was raised for the fund.
Coachford Festival donates €15,000 to charity
Congratulations to the organizers and everyone involved with the Coachford Family Festival. A huge amount of money was handed over to a number of charities and local groups at a function in O’Riordsn’s Bar in Coachford last Saturday night.. A total of €15,000 was raised at this year’s festival. The organisers have now raised almost €100,000 for charity since the festival began only eight years ago. “ This was our best year yet, the weather was very kind to us and the sponsors were extremely generous. We had a great festival which was full of fun for everyone who came to it and enjoyed all of the events. We are delighted that we can give away so much again this year and once again we have increased the amount that we are able to donate to charities and a few local groups and schools” said Jerh O’Sullivan, Festival Chairman. .Presentations were given to: CUH Children’s Charity (€4,000), Friends of Marymount Hospice (€4,000), Friends of Macroom Community Hospital (€1,700) (included €200 donation from Coachford Active Retirement), Sullane Haven Macroom (€1,000), Pieta House (€1,000), West Muskerry Athletic Club (€500), Aghabullogue Camogie club (€500), Canovee National School Parents Association (€400), Rylane National Schools Parents Association (€400), Aghabullogue National School Parents Association (€400), Coachford National Schools Parents Association (€400), Coachford Lights (€500) and Coachford Flower Club (€200).
November 20th 2017
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
There are only two weeks left to the opening night of the Coachford Players production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’. This fantastic and colourful musical will open on Saturday December 9th and will run for four nights until December 12th. The musical features a top class local cast who are working extremely hard preparing for the opening night. The show is full of wonderful characters and great songs. Come along to see Dorothy played by Colette Hogan perform the classic, ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ as she meets up with the Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion. Be prepared to be frightened by the wicked witch as she threatens all in the land of Oz and the adorable Munchkins and get ready to meet the lovely and good witch Glinda and the ever powerful wizard. This is the first musical in Coachford to feature a dog and Toto is being pampered and groomed in preparation for his four big performances on Saturday 9th, Sunday 10th Monday 11th and Monday 12th of December. Don’t miss this great night out and prepare yourself to be entertained and transported to the wonderful land of Oz. Tickets are available at the door each night and the show begins at 8pm.
Indoor Tractor for charity.
The Broomhill Vintage Club’s Ladies Tractor Building team are attempting to do something different this weekend as they will try and build their famous Ferguson 20 tractor inside in O’Riordan’s Pub, Coachford in aid of the Rickie Healy appeal. This is going to be a great day of entertainment and fun . Aoife Murray will be in attendance with the All Ireland Camogie trophy and there will be music later on in the evening when the great Balladeer, Tim Riordan of Natural Gas will play to please the large crowd. “ The lads did this feat some years ago and it was great fun to see the tractor coming together in the bar but Sunday will be the first time that the ladies will attempt it. Having the All Ireland camogie trophy here is a great bonus and we are looking forward to a lot of people turning up to help the girls raise money for the Rickie Healy Appeal” said Pat O’Riordan of O’Riordan’s Bar. The day of fun and fundraising begins at 3pm.
Just because Christmas is almost here, the Coachford Community Association are giving out 5 prizes in this month’s 50/50 Raffle. 1st prize is 50% of the total pot and there is a beautiful box of Christmas biscuits for 4 runners up. Get your tickets before the end of the month to be in with a chance of winning these great prizes.
Tickets are available around the village. This is the only draw to guarantee to give you half of all that is collected and the only raffle to guarantee there will be a winner every single time the draw is made. You can’t lose as every time you buy a ticket your community benefits. Tickets are only €2 each or 3 for €5.
November 1oth 2017
Heartache for Aghabullogue NS. They played some tremendous football but it wasn’t to be, losing to Cloughduv by a single point. Cloughduv 2.01 – Aghabullogue 1.03
November 9th 2017
“We’re off to see the Wizard”
Coachford Players are busy in rehearsals for their production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ which will be performed on December 9th, 10th 11th and 12th in the GAA Hall in Coachford.
This classic musical features the well-known songs, ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ ‘Follow the yellow brick road’ and ‘Ding Dong the witch is dead’. The musical tells the story of Dorothy who is transported by a tornado to the land of Oz and has to travel along the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard to try and get back home. On her way Dorothy meets up with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion and a nasty witch. The show is packed with wonderful characters such as the adorable Munchkins and the good with Glinda..
This promises to be a great show and one not to be missed. Tickets will be on sale at the door for each night. Curtain opens at 8pm sharp..
Coachford Community Association Scarecrow Competition
Congratulations to the three winners of the Coachford Community Association’s first ever Scarecrow competition. All three were brilliant, original and a little scary!
The winner in the ‘Most original’ category goes to the children of the Coachford National School. We loved the use of the carrot for the nose, and that it came from the school’s own garden was an added bonus.
The winner in the ‘funniest scarecrow’ was Coachford Post Office’s entry. This also could have won the scariest category! The judges loved the pumpkin as the head, it really tied it in with Halloween but it was the red hair that made this scary scarecrow look really funny. Well done.
The winner in the ‘most likely to scare crows’ category was the McFalls family entry. This one scared the life out of the judges. It was like something you’d see in a horror movie. Very simple but very scary!
Thanks to all those who entered. We realise that with Storm Ophelia battering all of us it wasn’t the best time to be building scarecrows.
Well done and congratulations to Geraldine Daly of Cork Road Coachford who won the Coachford Community Association’s October 50/50 raffle. Geraldine was the first name out of the hat when the draw took place in O’Callaghan’s Bar last Wednesday night and is now €177.50 better off. Thank you Geraldine and everyone else who purchased tickets for the draw. The next draw is only four weeks away so please get your tickets in time and help raise funds for the Tidy Towns and the Christmas lights.
Have you a Christmas Tree?
The Coachford Christmas Lights are looking for a Christmas Tree for their showpiece for the village for Christmas. Have you got a really big, impressive looking tree that would be suitable? Please contact Peter on 087 1151834.
October 5th 2017
Tribute to angler and friend
The Coachford & District Trout Anglers Association were presented with a stunning trophy by the Riordan Family of Coachford in honour of their uncle Paddy who was a founding member of the Association and who kept it going single handily for many years. The current chairman of the Association, Cal Healy in accepting the trophy paid tribute to Paddy, “ Paddy was a remarkable man and kept the club going in some lean years and also kept an archive of club photographs, competition entries and other items down through the years. He was one of its founding members in 1949 and continued to be involved for over 60 years. Paddy was responsible for the continued growth of the sport in the area and was a fine angler. Paddy, along with Eugene Hayes organised many competitions down through the years in Killarney and on other rivers and lakes and these attracted many anglers. Paddy was also involved in promoting course fishing on the river Lee in the 70’s and 80’s and ran competitions many years before the river became known to the international angler. Paddy did not spend his time talking about things he just went ahead and did them and that is one of the reason this Association is still thriving today. Paddy was made the Lifelong President of the Association in 2010, a position he held until he sadly passed away in February 2017. We are indebted to him for the many years of work he carried out for the Coachford & District Trout Anglers Association.” Paddy’s nephew , Michael Riordan presented the trophy to Cal. The handing over of the trophy to the Trout Anglers was a lovely occasion in O Riordan’s Bar and saw many past and present members talk about the great rivers and lakes they fished with Paddy, look over old photographs and memorabilia, and joked about the huge Trout that got away.
Congratulations to Julianne Cooney from Cooney’s Garage who won the Coachford Community Association September 50/50 raffle. Julianne picked up a very tidy sum of €223 and the Community Association also collected €223. Happy people all around.
Council work welcomed
The recent footpath work in the village by Cork County Council has been welcomed by the Community Council. Chairperson, Maighread Ní Mhurchu Buachalla said “ We are delighted to see the repairs to the footpath outside O’Callaghan’s. This was a long time coming, nine years in fact but now that’s it done it looks great. The work on the footpath below the GAA pitch was badly needed. This is used by so many people of all ages and had become dangerous as it was the same level as the road in many places.” The Coachford Community Association has made many representations to the council and has met with engineers over the last two years to try and advance these works. Unfortunately the relaying of the footpath by the GAA pitch will not be completed within this year’s budget and will have to be stopped soon and taken up again in 2018. It is hoped the new footpath will encourage more people to take up walking.
Busy time for GAA
Aghabullogue GAA underage head into October with a very busy schedule ahead of them. October was traditionally a month when very few games were played but now has turned into a hectic time for a lot of clubs and especially dual clubs like Aghabullogue. The U12, U14 and U16 Footballers and hurlers are due to play Regional finals and County games over the next four weeks and possibly into November. The clubs underage success is a testament to those involved with these teams but it does bring its own problems. There is tremendous pressure on players and parents as October used to been seen as the months for outdoor athletics, Soccer and School games and they now must contend with a growing and extended GAA season . “ It’s all very well for the GAA to be playing these games in October but the conditions are awful, the pitches are heavy and it’s unfair to be asking children to have to play in these rain sodden pitches especially when we had very few games during the summer months”. Meanwhile the adult teams had a hectic weekend playing three matches in two days. For the first time in the club’s history Aghabulloge Intermediate Footballers and hurlers fielded two separate teams at the same time. On Saturday evening, the footballers played Glanworth and lost by three points while the hurlers took on Dungourney in Coachford but were well beaten by 13 points. The following morning the footballers were out again and defeated Newmarket to t reach the final of this year’s league and gain promotion to next year’s Division Two.
There was no winner in this week’s Coachford AFC Lotto. The jackpot for next week is a massive €3,800. The draw takes place on Monday night in O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford. The numbers drawn this week were 7, 9 and 24.the lucky dip winners were. €40 Martin Holmes, €20 Mary & Danni, Anna O’Riordan, Lisa McElroy, Trisha & Oisín. .
Garden Centre Cycle
Griffins annual Charity Cycle takes place on Sunday October 8th. The charity cycle event always draws a huge number of participants to the very picturesque Garden Centre on the banks of the River Lee. This year the proceeds of the cycle will be donated to Cork Simon and One Mans Ethiopia. The event kicks off at 10am.
Buyer for Breathnachs Bar confirmed
There have been many rumours of many different people looking at and purchasing Breathnach’s Bar and Shop since it closed suddenly two years ago. However none of them have ever got pass the rumour phase. That is until now. It was confirmed today that the pub and shop have finally been sold and that the new owners are from Co. Cork. ” This is excellent news, it was closed for too long. I hope now that it can be retained as a pub and or as a restaurant. This iconic building was once a hotel and with the influx of fishermen into the area it might well open as one again. The Fianna Fáil leader, Micháel Martin was in Coachford on Tuesday afternoon but I’d be surprised if he was the new owner !!! .We can only wish the new owners the very best and a warm welcome to Coachford” said Peter Dineen of the Coachford Community Association.
FF Leader meets locals
Fianna Fáil Leader Micháel Martin TD and local TD, Aindrias Moynihan enjoyed a walkabout in Coachford on Tuesday evening. They met members of the local Community Council and Tidy Towns group. The situation of the new sewerage treatment and increased water supply was discussed the TDs were urged to ask Irish Water to ensure that the Coachford works were started in 2018 as promised. Mr Martin was asked to take a look at the appalling condition of Rooves Bridge and the continued unsatisfactory condition of the R619 and to do something to address these long standing issues. The lack of suitable planning permission for locals who want to remain living in the locality was also raised as was the unfinished housing estates, poor condition of the road to the two schools. Mr. Martin said he would work with Deputy Moynihan in addressing the community’s concerns.
Honda 50 run
Broomhill Vintage Club are hosting a Honda 5o run on Sunday September 24th. This is the second year that the club has organised a run featuring this two wheeled workhorse of Ireland. Last year’s run was a huge success despite the awful weather but the organisers are hoping for sunshine and a huge entry again this year as they travel around 50 miles on the circular run from Coachford . Further information can be obtained from Jerh on 086 8329321
The very best of luck to Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers who play Rockchapel in the fourth round of the Cork County Championship on Saturday in Mallow at 7.30pm . This will be a stern test for the lads as it was Rockchapel who dumped them out of the championship last year when they faced each other in Kanturk. Aghabullogue will be hoping for a better performance this time around. The game is part of a double header with Ballydesmond playing Mitchelstown in the first match at 6.00pm.
Under 16s advance
Well done to Aghabullogue under 16 hurlers in winning the East Region Semi Final on Saturday The lads defeated Youghal by 3.11 to 0.09 to reach the final where they will play Clougduv this Saturday at 1.45pm in Ballinlough.
Congratulations to Fergal Murphy and Deirdre Cotter who got married last Friday and to Pauline Cooney and Kieran Burns who tied the knot on Saturday.
Congratulations to Conor Corkery who was the August winner of the Coachford Community Association 50/50 Raffle. Conor Wins €226. Thanks to all of you who bought tickets and supported the draw you raised €226 for your community. Tickets on sale now for the September Raffle.
Littering at County Council bins
Littering has once more become a problem at the Recycling centre. People continue to leave bottles at the site when the bins are full. This in turn seems to be encouraging others to dump rubbish at the site. The County Council have been asked to increase the frequency of the bottle bank collections. The public are being asked to not leave rubbish at the bottle banks. Coachford Tidy Towns were busy today cleaning up the mess.
River of fish
The Inniscarra reservoir continues to attract visiting anglers after the World Championships have ended. Over the next two months ten fishing competitions will be held on the river ensuring that B&Bs, hotels and other accommodation will be busy along the Lee Valley. The well stocked river is guaranteeing anglers from the UK and Europe some excellent fishing and the improved facilities at the Coachford Greenway are now regarded as one of the best in Europe.
As part of National Heritage week , Aghabullogue, Coachford Rylane Heritage group organised a woodland walk with renowned botanist and herbalist Nikki Darrell at Mullinhassig Wood and waterfall last Sunday. The talk was very informative and gave those in attendance much food for thought on how our ancestors used the plants around us to survive and how many of the uses and benefits of these plants have almost disappeared from our culture.
Camogie All Ireland
Aghabullogue Camogie club are running a bus to the All Ireland finals on Sunday September 10th. The bus will leave Coachford at 8.30am. Combined bus and match ticket for U16s is only €20 and €30 for adults. Ring Eileen for further information on 0876736364.
Coachford Active Retirement will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday September 7th in the GAA Hall at 10.30am. Men and women over 50 are welcome to join the Association in its wide variety of activities which include Aqua Aerobics, Book club, Bowling, Lace making, PALS exercises, Theatre Outings, Day Trips and interesting talks on a variety of subjects. Members are encouraged to suggest new activities and topics. Join to make new friends and learn new skills.
August 1st 2017
The draw for the first ever Coachford Community Association 50/50 raffle took place on Monday night and as promised there was a winner. Batty O Donoghue from the Model Village in Dripsey was the first name out of the hat and won 50% of the total pot. €402 was the total pot and Batty walks away with a very nice sum of €201. Tickets are already on sale for the August draw which will take place on Thursday August 31st
The Coachford Greenway has reopened after the refurbishment works and is again available for public use. This wonderful and popular amenity is used by hundreds every day . The new surface is very welcome by walkers and runners as regular and new users return to the riverside walk. The committee would like to thank everyone for their patience and good will during the recent closure and hope they will continue to enjoy and derive pleasure from the amenity.
Fourteen countries including Spain, Italy, France and England will descend on the village of Coachford next week as the World Youth Angling Championships take place on Inniscarra Lake. The Competition takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th with the teams expected to start arriving from this weekend for training and familiarisation of the venue. Each competing country will have 15 team members, five under 15s, five under 20s and five under 25s. Accommodation in the Lee Valley area is at a premium with Hotels, B&Bs and holiday apartments all booked out for months. Coachford Village is the venue for the official opening ceremony on Thursday August 10th and a parade of flags by the competing nations will take place at 6pm. The village is expected to be hive of activity for the week as the GAA hall will act as the official Head Quarters of the World Championships. The Under 20s and U25s will fish on the newly refurbished Greenway while the for the Under 15s takes place on the Garden Section of the river at Griffins Garden Centre in Dripsey. “The whole community is looking forward to welcoming the young anglers to the village and with 210 young fishermen, their families and team members coming to Coachford it is going to be a great week for the area. We are thrilled that the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Committee and the National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland were able to secure another World Championship for the river so soon after the very successful World Feeder Championships in 2014. The improvement works on the Greenway will see this already excellent facility become an even better venue for top class world events in the future. “ said Community Council Chairperson, Maighread Ní Mhurchú. The national flags of the fourteen nations have been installed at Rooves Bridge by O’Donovan Engineering and provide a terrific backdrop to the world championship venue. The village has been decorated with buntings and flags also as Coachford prepares to be invaded.
Can you help?
The organisers of the World Youth Fishing Champi0onships are looking for river bank stewards to help out on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th. Each of the 210 competitors will need a steward to count the number of fish they catch and to act as support to the angler. This is a great opportunity to get involved in a world Championship event and to enjoy a few hours on the river bank.If you are available on any of the days please contact Tommy on 086 104 3040
Rylane summer féte
Rylane Village Féte is coming up on August 13th and there is loads on to entertain everyone. Giant Foozeball, ‘Paws on Parade’ dog show , Donkey Dung Lotto, Tractor Building, ,Food & Craft stalls, Village entertainment, The most Stylish Lady and Gent competition and The Féte Parade. Admission is free and all are welcome. Funds raised will go to Rylane Community Park Association.
Coachford Schoolboys awards
Well done to all involved in the awards night for Killanardrish/Coachford Schoolboys. Medals were presented to the victorious U15s. James Lane received an award in recognition of his involvement in the Cork Schoolboys squad. Callum Hill was
picked out as best player of the year for the U12s. Mark Murphy was voted by his team mates as the best U15 player of the season and the U16 team voted for Jack Oldham as their choice for player of the year. Well done to all.
Sodsturned on Astro turf
Work has commenced on the new Astro Turf pitch at the Aghabullogue GAA grounds in Coachford. This new development by the Football & hurling club will be a very welcome addition to the wonderful facilities at the club. The work is expected to take around three months and will be open for bookings in the very near future. The new pitch will be floodlit and will be used by the GAA for winter training and juvenile matches. It will also be available for other clubs to hire.
May 18th 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 11th 2017
Coachford gears up for Summer
Sport, Festivals and world champions are just some of the items that promise to make this summer one to remember in Coachford. Plans are already in place for the Coachford Family Festival which will run from July 11th to 16th. O’Riordan’s Bar are about to announce their line up for the 11th annual ‘Snottfest’ on the June Back Holiday weekend. The soccer season for Coachford AFC is drawing to an exciting close for many of their teams while the GAA is just starting to kick off in earnest. The World Youth Angling Championships will take place in Coachford from August 8th to 13th. Teams from all over the world will be descending on the village for this very unique occasion. Summer is also a time for weddings and Coachford church will see many happy couples tying the knot over the next few months. Coachford College is now one of the biggest post primary schools in the county. Almost 300 students will sit the state exams there in June. The river Lee and Greenway will be a hive of activity throughout the next few months and the ESB are again asking the public and especially teenagers and young adults to be aware that the river is not a safe bathing area and should not be used for swimming. The village and the community are looking forward to a summer of fun and hoping that good weather will make it a great one.
Plans are well advanced for this year’s festival which runs from July 11th to 16th. The committee have been busy putting in place events that offer something for everyone with the focus on family fun and celebrating 100 years of Ford on Cork. The festival, now in its eight year has grown to be one of the key events in the Lee Valley area and is one of the best run festivals around. This year the organisers are introducing a novel event on the Saturday night. ‘Coachford Lip Sync’ will see acts from the Lee Valley area perform as their favourite acts on stage as they mime the hits and add their own unique take on the song and performance. ‘Wife Carrying’, Tractor Building, ‘Kiddies Fun Fair’, Vintage Show and ‘5 Mile Road Race’ are just of the many items that will make up this year’s festival. Proceeds once again will be making their way to various charities with Marymount Hospice and The Children’s Unit at CUH being the main beneficiaries.
Hurlers start campaign
Aghabullogue Intermediate hurlers will take to the field this Sunday in a bid to return to the upper grade of Intermediate hurling after a few years in the lower section. Coach Kevin Barry Murphy will be hoping for the availability of a full squad when they face St. Finbarr’s second team in the first round of the Cork County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Ovens on Sunday at 4pm.
Auction raises €21,000 for charity
The Christmas Charity Auction held last December in Macroom Mart has raised €21,000 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital, Temple Children’s Hospital and Marymount Hospice. Each Charity will receive €7,000 each at a presentation event on Next Saturday,in Macroom Mart at 11.00am. Jeremiah O’Sullivan, organiser of the event , said “ We are absolutely delighted with the amount raised. It seemed to have really caught the imagination of the people in the area. We were thrilled to have so many items available for auction and especially the high quality livestock goods. The charities have a deep connection with many people and given the opportunity people want to support them. We will certainly look at running this again in the future but maybe not this year. I’d like to thank all those who helped out with donations and publicity. I’d also like to thank my colleagues in Macroom Mart. I’d especially like to thank those who came to the Auction and purchased items, those who bided for others and my charity auctioneers.
April 13th 2017
Vintage Run celebrates Ford
Broomhill Vintage Club will mark the 100th Anniversary of Henry Ford setting up his factory in Cork in 1917 by taking their annual Vintage Run to Ballinscarthy on Sunday April 23rd. The club have a very close association with the iconic motor brand having honoured the Ford Cortina, Mark ll Escort and Fordson Tractor over the last number of years at their annual Festival. They are inviting all vintage and classic Ford owners as well as everyone else to join them in their trip to Henry Ford’s ancestral home on Sunday week. Registration is from 11.00am in the GAA Hall in Coachford .The Tractors will head off on a different route closer to the village and again all Fords and other makes are most welcome to enjoy a Great Day Out. Further information is available from Tadgh at 087 2426343
Irish Water test Village
Irish Water contractors conducted some sample testing in Coachford last week in advance of starting work on the long awaited and badly needed new Sewage Treatment Plant. The works are due to begin in November 2017 or early 2018. The new plant would enable more houses and other developments to be constructed in the village and allow the vibrant community to expand and grow. Maighread Ní Buachallaí, Chairperson of the Community Council said “ We are delighted that some progress on this issue appears to be happening and we are thankful for everyone who is working to bring this plant to the construction phase. However we are also realistic about the challenges ahead and we are aware that a few test holes in the village are a long way from getting the sewage plant that this community deserves and needs”.
A bridge too Far
The Community Council have raised with the Cork County Council the urgent need to repair the surface of Rooves Bridge. The bridge, built by the ESB in the 1950s as part of the Lee Hydro Electrical Scheme is used by hundreds of vehicles every day and is now in an appalling condition. The County Council are claiming that the ESB are responsible for the repairs and maintenance of the structure while the ESB are refuting this and putting the onus for any road repairs on the bridge back on the council’s desk. “ We really don’t care which of them is responsible, we need this serious issue to be addressed immediately. This bridge is used by cars and trucks every day and many many cyclists at weekends. It is dangerous at this stage. I have witnessed cyclists putting themselves in danger trying to avoid the craters on the bridge. The surface hasn’t been touched in years and the council are doing nothing about it. It is no good building these structures if nobody is going to take the responsibility of looking after them. We have a county Council who continue to neglect the roads around Coachford and it’s not good enough anymore. There is no point in the council or the ESB for that matter promoting tourism and healthy lives and then having a bridge across the beautiful Lee Valley that is a danger to all that use it. We have the world championships coming to the river in August and there is great credit due to the ESB and the council in the work they put in to secure the competition for this venue but their work shouldn’t stop there. The now need to ensure that the Bridge is looking at its absolute best for the event in July. ” Said Peter Dineen of the Coachford Community Association. The ACR Community Council are asking the County Council and the ESB to sit down and come to some agreement as quickly as possible so that works can be carried out.
The world is coming to Coachford
The World Youth Angling Championships is coming to Coachford from August 8th to 13th . The Competition will take place on Inniscarra Lake with many of the pegs being situated along the Coachford Greenway. Teams from around the world are expected to start arriving from August 5th to get ready for the five day event. The first three days will involve training while the real competition takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th. The opening ceremony of the world championships takes place in Coachford Village on August 10th at 6pm and promises to be a colourful affair with a parade of flags and nations through the village. Huge crowds are expected along the river bank and in the Lee Valley Area for this huge event. The GAA Complex in Coachford will act as the HQ for the event for the five days. The prize giving and awarding of medals ceremony takes place in the Oriel Hotel In Ballincollig. Hotels and Guest Houses are booked up for this event for months and many teams have had to seek accommodation in East and West Cork.
April 6th 2017
February 21st 2017
GAA win top prize at Soccer
Aghabullogue GAA came away with the top prize of €5,800 in the Coachford AFC weekly Lotto in Coachford on Monday night. The Lotto which hasn’t been won in weeks requires only three correct numbers to scoop the jackpot and when the numbers 1, 4 and 20 were drawn out in O’Callaghan’s Bar they matched those on the GAA club’s ticket. Coachford AFC Director of Football, Thady Delaney said ” we are delighted to see the GAA club winning, they have been members and supporters of the Lotto for a good few years and the old saying goes ‘if you’re not in you can’t win’. We had a great run this time around and seeing the jackpot grow to €5,800 meant a great boost to the club. The proceeds from the lotto go towards running the club’s five teams and providing training and playing facilities for all involved”. A member of the Aghabullogue GAA Club said on Monday night that “ this is a fantastic win for us, jaysus it’s like beating Dripsey in a County Final, I’m sure the €5,800 will come in fierce handy for funding the development of the new Astro Turf pitch that the club are embarking on in 2017”. When asked if the GAA might consider returning some of the winnings back to the soccer club, especially now that there is a lot more cooperation between both organisations and the ban on GAA players playing soccer is no longer in place. The now laughing club member replied, ” that would be a matter for the club committee to consider but I wouldn’t be holding my breath.” The Coachford AFC Lotto is up for grabs again next week when the jackpot is a very healthy €1,000. Aghabullogue GAA are also appealing to people to get involved in the €1,000 loan scheme to fund the Astro turf development in Coachford.
The very beautiful and brave Chloe Murphy sacrificed her hair last Saturday to help those those living with hair loss (alopecia). Chloe raised over €600 for, and donated her hair to, the Rapunzel Foundation of Ireland. A large crowd of family and friends turned up to the Coachford Hair & Beauty Salon where the lovely Niamh Carroll did a fantastic job of cutting Chloe’s hair. Well done to all involved and especially Chloe.
Cork County Council has advised that due to major Bridge Repair works being carried out by the ESB, Rooves Bridge will close from Monday 12th December to Friday 23rd December 2016 and from Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 13th January 2017 from 8pm to 8am each day
nine year old donates hair to charity
Brave & Brilliant 9 year old Chloe Murphy from Aghabullogue has decided to donate some of her beautiful hair and raise some money for the Rapunzel Foundation. Chloe will be putting the job of cutting 14 inches off her hair in the very capable hands of the wonderful staff in Coachford Hair & Beauty next Saturday at 12noon. She would be delighted if people could come & support her & this great cause on the day.
The Rapunzel Foundation is a charitable organization that works toimprove the lives of those living with hair loss (alopecia) through fund raising as well as through hair raising.
Hair is raised through the Rapunzel Foundation’s Ponytail campaign, where people commit to growing their hair 14 inches or longer with the view to their hair being sent to help make much needed wigs to improve the lives of those living with the hair loss.
Drama on the Greens
Four great short plays will make up Coachford Player’s 2016 ‘Night of Drama’ in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of November. The plays; The Book Club of little Witterington’ by Joan Greening, ‘The Journey of the Juniors A’ by Ann Marie McCarthy, ‘The Bag ladies’ by Frank Gibbons and ‘The Coffee Shop’ by Ray Lawerence are mostly in the comedy genre and will provide loads of laughs in an ideal and very comfortable location. Curtain up each night at 8.30 p.m. Admission is only €5.00 Great night’s entertainment awaits. Don’t miss it. *The Lee Valley Golf & Country Club are also bringing back their very popular ‘2 for 1’ dining nights this week so why not make a night of it and get there early for something to eat on Thursday and Friday night
Aghabullogue Minor Footballers are crowned County Champions
After a very poor first half Aghabullogue Minor Footballers emerged tonight from Macroom as County Minor B Football Champions Having beaten Pedlars Cross (Ballinscarthy) by 3.12 to 12 points in a game that saw its fair share of twists and turns. The boys stumbled through a lot of the first half and found themselves trailing by 7 points to one as the half time whistle approached. It was looking ominous for the boys however they kept battling and forced the West Cork side to concede a soft penalty which Matthew O Brien Bradley had no problem sticking in the back of the net. Aghabullogue then got an extra pep in their step and finished the first thirty minutes on level terms. However, as the teams were preparing to take their well-earned break disaster struck as Tadgh O Brien Bradley and one of the umpires had a difference of opinion and the referee had to option but to end Tadgh’s final and force Aghabullogue to play with 14 men for the rest of the game. While a lot of the players had a poor first 30 minutes the opposite was the case for the remainder of the game. Aghabullogue emerged for the second half like men possessed and they had to be. Pedlars Cross had a free man and they could sense victory was theirs but the boys from the parish were not going to make it that easy for them. Niall Barry Murphy, Paul Ring, Conor Smith, Captain , Sean O’Connell, Shane Tarrant, Killian Barry Murphy and Matthew O’Brien Bradley played out of their skins and such was their dominance it looked at times as if Aghabullogue were the team with the extra man.A goal from David Thompson and points from Matthew O Brien Bradley saw Aghabullogue 5 points ahead with 12 minutes left to go. What followed was another period of dominance from the Ballinscarthy footballers who attacked in waves but the six backs and goalkeeper repelled every dangerous advance and forced the boys in red and white to defend from Aghabullogue’s superb forward line. Two further points and a goal from Matthew put the game beyond doubt and when the final whistle blew it was victory for the lads, their trainers; Jimmy Thompson, Danny Buckley, John Kelleher and Marc O’Brien as well as many other helpers, supporters friends and families. This was a tremendous victory for Aghabullogue football. This team have improved with every single game they played this year. The future of the game in the parish looks bright and these bunch of lads deserve all the plaudits they will receive over the coming days, weeks and months. These footballers are County Champions and now is the time to congratulate them and share their victories. Maybe now is also the time to look at their football future and at the possibility of getting a local football coach to take the minors and this year’s U21s to the next level instead of securing an outside hurling coach to train footballers at unnecessary expense. Victories in 2016 in U21 and underage has proven we have the football expertise here in Aghabullogue both on the pitch and on the sideline to advance to even greater heights over the coming years. Aghabullogue Abú
The Boys are Back in Town
160 anglers plus supporters have descended on Coachford to take part in FEEDERFEST IRELAND . Some of those taking part are here for the first time but most are very welcome regulars to Coachford and the Lee Valley area. Many fished here as part of their national teams in 2014 and we especially welcome back 2014 World Champion Steve Ringer who won his title here on the Greenway when the River Lee was the venue for the World Championships. It’s not only Steve that the fish should be nervous about,there are other top class Irish, British and Dutch Anglers anxious to stake a claim for some of the €30,000 prize money on offer as well as the gorgeous and unique trophy.
We wish them all the very best of luck for the competition which begins on Thursday and runs until Sunday. Well done to all involved in bringing this huge match to the Coachford and the Lee Valley. This influx of visitors to the area at this time of year is of huge economic benefit to everyone.
Special congratulations and thanks to the organisers; Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd and Coarse Angling Ireland NCFFI and Sponsors: Guinness, Sensas and Jackie Lennox Chip Shop and not forgetting our local sponsors, O’Callaghan’s Bar, O Riordan’s Bar,Kathleens Shop, Cooney’s Quik Pick, Hogans Oaklands Bed & Breakfast,Coachford. Granville’s Restaurant Macroom, Foutain House B& B, Mai Fitzs Bar and Restaurant, Lissarda and Coolcower House Macroom.
Aghabullogue Under 14s win League title
Aghabullogue Under 14 footballers captured the East Region B League title today defeating Clondrohid by 15 points to 0.03. This was an emphatic victory by the boys from the parish who played some tremendous football from the first whistle to the very final minute.
Greenway Closes for Two weeks
The long awaited repairs to sections of the very popular Coachford Greenway are due to begin on Monday October 3rd. This will mean that the walk will be closed to the public for approximately two weeks to facilitate the repairs and maintenance works. The amenity walk was badly damaged by last winters severe weather and the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Company (ILTDC) had been in negotiations with various bodies throughout the year to source some funding to carry out the repair work.It was decided to do the work when the walkway was less busy and the recent Fishing Festivals had ended. While the ILTDC regret any inconvenience that the temporary closure may cause they are anxious that the walkway will be restored and enhanced in time for the busy winter walking season.The Greenway has continued to be a very popular walkway for many people in the Lee Valley area and it is estimated that over 75 people a day avail of the amenity. Over 300 Anglers from the UK, Ireland and Holland used the Greenway during the months of August and September to take part in some of the most popular Fishing Festivals in the British Isles.
Coachford Foróige need You
Coachford Foróige Youth Club are looking for Leaders. the club meets for two hours every Wednesday. The new leader would only need to go to every second meeting. it isn’t a huge commitment and you would be helping to make sure that these young teenagers would be able meet outside of school and home once a week in a fun environment. If you can spare two hours a forthnight give Karolyne a ring on 086 8678207
Broomhill Vintage Club Coachford Co. Cork are holding their first ever Honda 50 Bike Run on Sunday September 25th. Registration is from 11am at O’Callaghan’s Bar Coachford with Run setting off at 12noon Sharp. All Vintage and Classic Motorbikes are also very welcome The run will head to Cill Na Martra, Reinaree and Ballyvourney Show. Return leg will take in Macroom and Bealnamorrive before returning to Coachford. Entry is only €10 per bike. Further information from Jer at 086 8329321
Coachford College Debs and Grads 2016
Coachford College’s class of 2016 enjoyed a great night in Vienna Woods Hotel on Tuesday August 23rd. The gang of school friends and their families first met up in Coachford to have a few drinks and admire each other before being transported to Glanmire by O’Callaghan Coaches. Photographs from the gathering in Coachford are available here
News from The Village 29.07.16
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,
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.
Small Wives needed
If you are a married woman, small in stature but with a big heart and who wouldn’t mind climbing onto your husband’s or even someone’s else’s husband back, then you are needed in Coachford on August 21st to take part in the ‘Wife Carrying’ contest.. This is the first ever time that such an event is being held at the ever popular Festival and it promises to be one of the highlights of the Sunday’s activities. Wife Carrying is very popular in the Nordic countries and while there has been competitions in various parts of Ireland this is the first time it has been officially tried in Coachford. Apparently there are a variety of ways that the wife can be carried along the race track and it is entirely up to the pair how they go about it.. “ I think it could be great fun as most of the lads around here have trouble carrying themselves not to mind a wife on their backs. Already you can see some of the lads in the pub eyeing up the women and trying to figure out what the weigh and if they would agree to be their package on Sunday August 21st. It would remind you of Macroom Mart on a Saturday” said local publican, Pat O’ Riordan. All the proceeds of this year’s Festival will go to Marymount Hospice, Suicide Aware and local Charities.
Wife Carrying Rules
- The team completing the course in the fastest time wins the Grand Prize.
- Teams will consist of two members, one “Wife” and one “Husband”. For the purpose of this contest, the Wife shall be the contestant being carried, and the Husband will be the contestant doing the carrying.
- Partners in the contest do not have to be married – as stated in the Wife Carrying Contest Official Rules -“a contestant may carry his own wife, his neighbour’s wife, or someone found ‘further afield’”.
- Both the contestants must be 18 years or older
- The wife must weigh a minimum of 100 lbs (45 kg). Wives that are too light will have to have an extra helping of Swedish meatballs or carry weights to meet the minimum requirement. In the case that an extra meal in the food tent does not bring the contestant to the minimum weight they will still have to carry weights.
- Dropping your wife or falling will incur a 10 second penalty in the contest, and perhaps additional penalties from your ‘wife” after the race.
- Husbands may carry their wives any way they choose, however it must be by their own power – no foreign object (like wheelbarrows or harnesses) will be allowed.
- Protests must be made within 5 minutes of the end of the contest. There will be a protest fee, and administration fee… as well as an inconvenience fee.
- All contestants must wear pants and a smile, and wives must wear a helmet. Other articles of clothing may be substituted for pants, but smiling and having fun are non-negotiable.
- Inflatable wives will be disqualified.
5 Miles around scenic Coachford
The organisers of the Coachford 5 Mile Road Race are preparing for a big entry into this year;s event. on Friday August 19th. All the proceeds from the 2016 run are going to Marymount Hospice to support the great work that they are doing there and to help fund the Community Palliative Care Service. This year the race is being dragged into the 21st century by introducing Chip Timing. This system will enable accurate results to be produced very quickly after the race and competitors can access these almost immediately. Other additions to this year’s race are expanded categories including First family home and team winners, increased prizes, superb after race refreshments, rub downs available after the run and dressing room and shower facilities available on site. The race is rowing n popularity each year. It is very well stewarded and takes runners from the just outside the village towards the river Lee where the scenery is beautiful and then along some lovely country roads before entering the lovely village of Coachford.
One of the race organisers for the last three years, Olive Loughnane, collected her 2009 World Championship Gold Medal this month and Coachford Autumn Festival, Community Council and other organisations are going to honour Olive after the race on August 19th.Everyone is invited to come along to celebrate the country’s fourth World Champion in Athletics and get your photograph taken with the Gold Medal.For further information contact 086 80 300 86.
Rylane girls defeat English opponents
Rylane Boxing club members.Megan Lehane and Linda Desmond won their bouts in last weekend’s first ever Schoolgirls international match between Ireland and England. The tournament ended in a 5-5 draw. The Rylane girls were superb in their fights and coaches Dan Lane and John Barrett were delighted the way the girls fought in this international tournament.
Pints turn into Perms.
It once was the home of the session, the craic, the banter and a place where over the years hundreds of people met and shared a drink and a laugh. But two and a half years ago Hogan’s Bar closed and has remained empty and unused since. The licence sold it was never going to open as a Bar again , well not one selling drink anyway. But lo and behold it is to open once again as a Hair and Beauty Salon. Yes, from today onwards hair tonic replaces Gin & Tonic and a nail bar will take over from a public bar. Mary Sheehan and Maeve Barrett will open the Coachford Hair and Beauty Salon and will be hoping for huge crowds to come along and experience all they have on offer. ” it’s very exciting to be opening this new venture and we have loads of people to thank for helping us to get to this stage.” said Mary Sheehan. ” I have to say I have very fond memories of this place when it was a bar but I never thought I’d be back here offering beauty treatments to new and old customers”.
Griffins for CPR
Griffins Garden Centre is all about life and on Saturday July 16th the award winning Garden centre will host a CPR training Day from 1pm to 3pm. The training is part of National CPR Day and is free of charge. For further information contact 021 7334286 or visit beatingagainireland.com
Return of the Queens
Coachford Festival will see the return of the Queen of the Festival competition this year. 14 contestants will take to the stage in all their finery to impress the Judges, entertain the packed hall and appeal to those in the audience to vote for them.The winners will receive the crown, a cash prize and a chance to go forward to the Cork Rose 2017 competition. This year all the funds raised from the Queen competition will go to Marymount Hospice. The contestants are sponsored by local businesses and organisations across the Lee Valley and is always one of the highlights of the ever popular festival.
Trade Stands & Markets
The Coachford Autumn Festival is planning on having a huge display of Trade Stands at this year’s event on Sunday August 21st. Last year saw a wonderful array of traditional trade stands and some excellent food stalls at the Farmers Market. Trade was very busy all day as huge numbers attended this ever popular festival in the GAA grounds in Coachford. ” We are really looking forward to a very busy Festival Sunday again this year . Our line up of Vintage and Classic Cars & Tractors draws a massive attendance and when this is backed up by a huge array of side shows from Egg Throwing to Fittest Family, Children’s Sports, Bonny Baby competition, Dunk Tank, Model Toy Show, Cross Bar Challenge, Hurling Target game and funfair then you can imagine how all this attracts great numbers to the festival”, said Jer O’ Sullivan, Festival Chairperson. For further information on Trade Stands contact Tadgh on 0872426343
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 on 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 beatingagainireland.com
Rusheen Rocks to Townlands
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.
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 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.
Silver turns to Gold
Seven years in the making but finally this week Olive Loughnane will be collecting her World Championship GOLD medal after competing in the Race Walking event in Berlin 2009. President of the IAAF Sebastian Coe will present Olive with her medal on Wednesday and promote her from Second to First as a result of the original winner being disqualified and stripped of her title over drug enhancing performances. This now means that Olive will become the country’s fourth world champion, joining an elite club comprising of Eamonn Coghlan, Sonia O’Sullivan and fellow walker Heffernan.Well done Olive
Lark by the Lee
Two summer concerts have just been announced for the grounds of Nadrid House Coachford. The first gig will feature the superb, Ben Reel band and will take place on Saturday July 16th at the riverside house from 8pm. The second concert will take place on Saturday August 13th and the wonderful Black Rose, featuring balladeer and terrific musician, Ronnie Morley will take to the stage at 8pm to entertain the crowds. Admission for each concert at this beautiful and picturesque setting in the grounds of the historic Nadrid house is only €12 and there will be Beer, wine and soft drinks available on site to purchase. The organisers will also have a BBQ on site for those who might get peckish as the night rolls on. Event manager, Penny Rainbow said “ We had great fun when we ran this two years ago and we are really looking forward to both concerts this year. The gardens here at Nadrid House overlooking the Lee add to the atmosphere and we are encouraging families, groups and friends to come along, bring chairs, rugs and whatever else you like to help you settle in for two great nights of fantastic entertainment”
First ever electric bike race
A novel and new type of race took place in Rylane last week as two local characters Humphrey (Fred) Lynch and Mike Walsh came up with a novel fund raising idea.
Since both gentlemen are presently not interested in driving they decided to race each other on their electric bikes and in the process raise funds for Marymount Hospice..
The race stared at O’Callaghans bar Coachford and the finishing line was to be Freds Bar Rylane via Aghavrin and Aghabullogue.
Fred got off to a blinding start with his bike on full charge and his super fast legs adding to the speed of his vehicle as he headed for Mullinhassig Waterfall. The race looked to be his although Mick Walsh was not letting him get too far ahead. As they neared the village of Aghabullogue it was necessary for both to make a much deserved and badly wanted pit stop at Cremin’s Bar to check the vehicles, perform safety checks and execute some necessary top ups for the arduous journey onwards towards Rylane.
The last leg of the trip was undocumented for the most part as one of the party in the lead car could not be extracted from Cremins in a timely manner. However as both approached the lovely village of Rylane with crowds lining the route it was plain to see that Mick Walsh was in the lead by about four or five bike lengths with Fred doing everything in his power to try and close the gap but the finish line came too soon for Fred and it was Mick that was declared the first ever winner of the Coachford – Rylane Electric Classic.
This novel bike race raised €1600 and the cheque presentation took place in Freds Bar, Rylane on Sunday 26th June with music on the night by Deora Ceol.
The ‘Man in Black’ comes to town
The number one Johnny Cash Tribute artist in the USA is coming to Ireland for only a handful of gigs around the country and will be appearing at O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford on Friday July 1st. The gig which is totally free also features he fabulous ‘Sun Kings’ This is a show not to be missed.
Coachford is on Festival Footing
Preparations for the 7th Coachford Autumn Festival are in full swing. The organising committee are putting the calendar of events together and are confident that this year’s festival will be the best one ever. The four day event is run by the Broomhill Vintage Club and raises thousands every year for various 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. Check out the Festival Facebook Page The main charity for this years festival is Marymount Hospice.
The Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers advanced to the 3rd round of the Cork intermediate Championship last weekend defeating Adrigole in round 2B. The boys were under pressure in the first half but pulled away after half time with John Corkery scoring two goals and Matthew Bradley and Evan o Sullivan adding vital scores at the right time to see the Muskerry boys safely through. The boys now turn their minds to hurling as they get ready to face last year’s junior champions, Dungourney next Saturday at 4pm in Church Road, Blackrock. This will be a tough game for the boys considering the short turnaround from last Saturday’s game and the fact that Aghabullogue have a growing injury crisis. We wish them the very best of luck.
Well done to the Aghabullogue Under 14 footballers who played in this year’s Feile Peil 2016. The boys, although placed in a grade above what they should be in by the organisers, gave a good account of themselves throughout the competition. They battled hard for a victory in every game they played in and never gave up. Many of the lads made friends with boys from Corofin from Co.Clare who stayed in their homes over the weekend.
Football Feile comes to Coachford
The U14 Football Féile na Peil Competition is being held on Friday June 24th-Sunday 26th. This year Aghabullogue are one of the host clubs and while being the home to the Co. Clare Under 14 football champions, Corofin for the weekend Aghabullogue will also be venue for a festival of Football on Friday night when Sligo champions, St. Molaise Gaels and local club Ballinora will play games in Coachford as part of the competition.. There will be four games on Friday and one on Saturday morning. After these games the footballers and their supporters will travel to North Cork to play in various shields and cup quarter finals and take part in the traditional parade in Kanturk on Saturday evening. The following is a list of the fixtures:.Friday 24th – Aghabullogue v Ballinora at 5pm, Corofin Clare Champions v St. Molaise Gaels Sligo Champions at 5.45pm, Ballinora v Corofin at 6.30pm, Aghabullogue v St. Molaise Gaels at 7.15pm,
Saturday 25th – Aghabullogue V Corofin at 11am
Best of luck to all involved in this competition, please come out and show your support for the boys!
A night at the dogs
Canovee National School are holding a fundraiser at the Curaheen Race Track on this Friday night. This benefit night at the Greyhound Track is aid of a new extension at the school. Family tickets are only €20 and all tickets are entered into a draw where the first prize is a superb mobility Scooter worth €1300.
A super funday is being held in Dripsey this Sunday, June 26th. The event is being held to raise funds for Friends of Leukaemia, Dripsey Community Association and Dripsey Tidy Towns. It promises to be a great day with Face painting, BBQ, Games, Bouncy Castle, Live Music, and the ‘Dripsey Hills Challenge’ 6 km fun run. It all takes place at Dripsey Cross from 1pm
A big well done to the Aghabullogue U14 Camogie girls who travelled to Kilkenny on Saturday to compete in the regional Feile competition. The girls were very unlucky to be defeated by Galway by two points in the semi final. The girls played fantastic Camogie and displayed great skill and determination and should be very proud of their performance. Well done to all involved!
Intermediates look to progress
Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers will be anxious to get back involved in this year’s championship by defeating Adrigole in the second round game in Ballingeary on Saturday evening at 6.15pm. The boys in green were beaten by Millstreet in the first round and will find this encounter with the west cork footballers a tough battle to overcome. The lads have enjoyed some good league form of late but may be without some key personnel due to injuries. This fixture is part of a double header so be prepared to pay up to €10 for entry. Well someone has to pay for Pairc Ui Chaoimh!
Trip to Clonmel Gardens
The Coachford Flower club will hold their annual outing on Wednesday June 29th. This year the club are heading to Co. Tipperary to enjoy the beautiful Clonmel Gardens. The bus will leave Coachford Church Car Park at 9am. Bookings for this trip can be made through Nancy at 021 7334298 or Noreen at 7334022. Non members are very welcome.
Go test yourself
It is only eight weeks to go to theCoachford Autumn Festival’s Five Mile Road Race but still loads of time to get ready for it. The IAA licensed event takes place on Friday August 19th at 7pm sharp. Registration opens at 5.30pm at the GAA complex in Coachford. There are Cash prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd for male and female runners with other prizes for teams and category winners. The race is aid of Marymount Hospice, Suicide Aware and other local charities.
Summer camps galore
There are no less than three summer camps planned for Coachford over the coming weeks.
First up is the Aghabullogue GAA Cúl Camp which takes place from Monday July 4th to Friday July 8th. The camp is always very popular and will cater for Football hurling and Camogie. The cost per child is €55 with concessions for siblings. Further information can be got from Maura on 086 6079211.
The Coachford Soccer School takes pace this year from July 11th to July 15th.All welcome (Monday-Friday 10:30am to 3pm). Any person wishing to book a place on the Coachford Summer Soccer Camp should log into https://booking.summersoccerschools.ie/login You must first register on the page to be able to book. This is a new feature from last year’s booking procedure. Please book early to avoid disappointment. This camp is priced at €65, with discounts available for siblings and multiple camp bookings, and are a fantastic way to introduce children aged between 6 and 14 to football. The week-long camps come with a high standard of coaching and care delivered by Garda vetted FAI qualified coaches.
On the same week the annual Activity Summer Camp in Coachford College is also being held from 9.30am to 3pm each day. The aim of this camp is that children will experience a range of new, fun and exciting activities and interact with their peers in a safe and fun environment. A wide variety of games and activities is on offer for the 5-6 year olds and the 7 to 13 year olds. For further information, please contact 087 3461831 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Application forms are available locally.
Friday of a bank Holiday Weekend, Good Weather and A Marquee emerging in the village – It must be Snottfest! The best damn music festival since the Macroom Mountain Dew. kicking off proceedings tonight in O’Riordan’s Bar are the fabulous band, ‘Russian Roulette’. If you like the Eagles, you’ll love Paul and the boys.
Saturday night the local roof raisers, ‘the Hillbillies’ take to the stage and will do their best to have everyone dancing and singing for the night..
The very popular and supremely gifted , ‘Little Creatures’ band will entertain on Sunday night. This band always puts in wonderful performances and have to be one of the favourite groups to visit O’Riordan’s Bar every year.
Bank Holiday Monday evening the festival welcomes everyone’s favourite balladeer, Tim O’Riordan. Tim will sing many of our favourites including ‘The langer’ during his two hour session from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
In this glorious weather a BBQ has also been laid on by the organisers to feed the masses on Sunday from 6pm. O’Riordan’s Bar is once again waving all cover charges as a thank you for everyone’s support during the last 12 months.
Don’t forget that the kitchen will be busy all weekend preparing the ‘Breakfast of Champions on Saturday and Sunday. So if it is a weekend of fun and musical entertainment that you are looking for this weekend, head to Coachford and head to Snottfest.
News from The Village 19.05.16May 18, 2016
Congratulations to all the girls and boys from Coachford national School who are to receive their First holy Communion this Saturday at 11am in Coachford. We wish Sophie Bowen, Ferne Cahill, Rebecca Casey, Nance Downey, Alan Kaczoch, Joshua Long, Keegan Long, Kyle lynch, Nathan Martin, Claire Merrigan, Kathlyn O’Brien Bradley, John Edward O’Shaughnessy and Aisling O’Sullivan the very best on their big day. They have been well prepared for the ceremony by their teacher, Miss Aishling O’Sullivan.
Sat Nav would advise tourists to avoid Coachford Roads
Visiting tourists to the Coachford area have been amazed at the poor condition of the roads in the Lee Valley area and in particular around the scenic areas of Coachford. One English couple thought they were on the wrong road as they headed for Mallow from Coachford. “ We have never ever experienced anything like this, the road surface is shocking and unsafe for a major road. We would expect this road to be marked as a minor road not as a major Regional road and a route to Shannon Airport. It was so bad we were convinced we must have taken a wrong turn onto a side road although the Sat Nav was telling us we were correct. I think if the people who input these maps saw the condition of this road they would be advising tourists to avoid it. You never see these roads advertised when they ask you to come to Ireland or the Wild Atlantic Way and we can see why.” Locals and visiting anglers to the Greenway amenity have been voicing their concerns over the appalling surface of the roads leading to the internationally renowned fishing area that was supported by the Cork County Council. “ The council helped put the amenity here and while everyone is grateful for it they seemed to have neglected the roads accessing the site. The road from Rooves Bridge to the Monument marking the Dripsey Ambush is in dire condition and needs immediate attention. Cork County Council are supposed to be trying to attract tourists to the area not driving them away”,. said Peter Dineen, local Community Council member.
Congratulations to Aghabullogue Under 21 football captain, Sean O’Sullivan who has won the Auld Triangle Muskerry Sports Star Award for April. This is a great honour for Sean, his team mates, his club and family.
The Aghabullogue Under 21s will play Fr. O’Neills in Brian Dillons grounds at 7pm on Saturday night in the County Quarter Final.
The Intermediate Hurlers will start their 2016 Championship campaign against neighbours Inniscarra on Sunday May 29th at 7pm in Blarney. Aghabullogue under the coaching direction of former Inniscarra hurler, Ger Manley will be anxious to get going and should be looking forward to playing Inniscarra’s second team.
Well done to Maedhbh Ring form Peake who has been picked for the Cork Football Primary School squad. Meanwhile Lee Gaels are inviting girls from ages 8 to 14 from Aghabullogue, Dripsey and Gleann na Laoi to Underage Ladies Football training every Monday and Thursday evenings in O’Briens Field near Inniscarra Graveyard at 6.45pm for the u10s and U14 teams. For further information contact Marie at 087 6801059.
Aghabullogue U14 Camogie girls will be travelling to James Stephens GAA club, Kilkenny to participate in the regional Feile competition on Saturday, 18th June. Aghabullogue qualified in third place from Cork and will play third placed teams from Clare, Dublin, Galway, Wexford, Kilkenny and Limerick. Best of luck to all involved
Know Your Neighbour
Aghinagh Macra, will hold their annual 5km Fun Run and Know Your Neighbour Evening on Sunday 12th June at the Ploughman Bar Ballinagree. All kicking off with sign in for the run from 2-3pm and the race beginning at 3pm sharp.This year we are delighted to announce that we will be raising funds for St. Colemans House Macroom and the Ballinagree Community Development Company. Sign in is €10 which includes a free BBQ afterwards. There is our Aghinagh Macra perpetual cup for both first male and first female. Following the run we will hold our Know Your Neighbour Evening and BBQ all starting at 4.30pm. Lots of fun activities are planned for all the family. We hope you will join us on June 12th for a great day of fun. If you have any questions Aghinagh Macra can be contacted on 0877495851 or0877647248.
Coachford Birthday Celebrations
Broomhill Vintage Clubs annual Vintage and Classic Car and Tractor show will celebrate three Birthdays this year on Sunday August 21st. The club organise and run the Coachford Autumn Festival and they are inviting owners of pre 1996 Zetor and John Deere tractors and all Mark II Ford Cortina’s to come along to their show for a day of celebration. Club Chairman, Jeremiah O’Sullivan said, “ Our show this year promises to the best one yet. We are looking forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of the birth of the wonderful Zetor in Czechoslovakia and the 50th anniversary of the official introduction of the iconic John Deere tractor to Ireland. We had a very successful gathering of Mark II Escorts last year and we want to mark the 50th birthday of their old brother, the Mark II Cortina this year. We had our biggest ever show last year and our festival has become one of the most successful in County Cork and is fast become the most important one for all owners and those interested in classic and vintage Cars and tractors.” The Coachford Autumn Festival runs from Thursday August 18th to Sunday August 21st. The Vintage show is on Sunday. For further information contact Tadgh on 087 2426343 or Jer on 086 8329321
May 12th 2016
Go Green at Griffins
Griffins Garden Centre are hosting a Compost Awareness Day in conjunction with Cork County Council. The purpose of the Environmental Awareness Information Day is to: promote composting of garden and kitchen green waste in an eco-friendly way. You are invited to attend composting demonstrations at Griffins Garden Centre Dripsey at 11 am on Saturday 14th May. Learn all about how to compost and be in for a chance to win a compost bin to get you on the
road to making your own compost
Frisbee Flying in Coachford
Congratulations to the Coachford College Frisbee Team who topped their division in their first ever interschool’s tournament in Kilkenny last weekend. The sport is new to the College but has already taken off in a big way and has proven to be very popular among Transition Year students. The College team were seeded 23rd as they entered the tournament but finished the day 9th and brought home the Tournament Shield by winning their division and remaining unbeaten. There were 23 teams from all over Ireland competing in the annual tournament with Cork having four teams, Ballincollig Community School, Presentation Brothers School, Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig and Coachford College.
Mid Cork Award
Congratulations to Aghabullogue Under 21 football captain, Sean O’Sullivan who has won the Auld Triangle Muskerry Sports Star Award for April. This is a great honour for Sean, his team mates, his club and family.
The very exciting soccer season is drawing to a close. Coachford Under 17s have enjoyed a tremendous season and lie third in the table but have only one game left to play while those immediately above and below them have a good few games in hand but like anything points in the bag are very important at this stage of the league. Rylane Celtic are second in their league with only three games to play and could be in line for promotion. However teams below them have games on hand but like Coachford Youths ,Rylane have the points already. The Coachford Premier team have five games left and are struggling this year, lying second from bottom at the moment and will need a good run in to the end of the season to secure their Premier league status.
The Coachford annual Five Mile Road Race will take place this year on Friday August 19th. The race, one of the most popular in the county is viewed by many as an excellent road race which offers cash prizes and is well stewarded and provides some of the best after race refreshments. This year the five miler will be chipped timed and will also have an opportunity for teams of all ages to compete..
Congratulations and well done to Coachford girls, Emma Flanagan and Nicola Doherty on winning a Munster Camogie title with Cork last weekend
Cork County Mayor Awards
Congratulations to the Rylane Amateur Boxing Club who were one of 44 groups and individuals at last night’s Mayor of Cork County Awards held in the County Hall.
Rylane Amateur Boxing club was founded 37 years ago in response to a need for a facility where young men and boys from the area could come together and meet up outside of school and work. Rylane is a rural area and outside of the local GAA club based nine miles away there was very little for teenagers to do. One of the founding members, Dan Lane had experience in boxing and was well aware of the huge benefits of the sport and so it was decided that a club should be formed in the Mid Cork village.
On the first night 11 members joined and although there have been some lean years during the last four decades the club has enjoyed an enormous level of success both inside and outside the ring. The club now boasts a very healthy 75 members. 70% of these are male and 30% female. From the humble beginnings of catering for boys from Rylane, the club now trains and offers support to children, young adults and men from all over North and Mid Cork, South limerick and Kerry. While the majority of the clubs members come from Rylane and surrounding villages of Donoughmore, Ballinagree and Coachford, many more are residents of Millstreet, Aubane, Banteer, Cill na Martra Rathmore and Dripsey. The club, one of only two rural boxing clubs in the county is seen as an essential outlet for young adults in the area. The boxers train in Rylane Hall which is slowly becoming a superb facility for the club boasting a boxing ring, punch bags, dressing rooms, Kit room and refreshment facilities. Rylane Amateur Boxing Club is embedded in the local community and is viewed as one of the most respected clubs in the locality.
Boxing is a very disciplined sport and has always been seen as an outlet for young people to help them let off a bit of steam while becoming extremely fit , disciplined and healthy. Due to the nature of the sport boxers are required to abide by the rules at all times, listen to their coaches, be mentally and physical fit and be prepared to take whatever is thrown at you and get up and go at it again. The lessons learned in the boxing ring can be used by young adults all through their lives and Rylane Amateur Boxing Club are preparing many boys and girls for life.
Rylane Amateur Boxing Club has worked extremely hard to become one of the best clubs in Cork, Munster and Ireland. its boxers have won over 20 All Ireland titles and in recent years the number of girls taking up and excelling in the sport has increased. The boxing club has organised 40 international tournaments and holds these in the neighbouring towns of Kanturk, Macroom and Millstreet. The club organises an annual international tournament between itself, the New York Police Department and the New York Fire Department Boxing clubs in or around St. Patrick’s Day. Rylane Amateur Boxing club were also involved in helping Conor Counihan and the Cork Senior Football team train for the All Ireland title in 2009.
Rylane Amateur Boxing Club’s international tournaments have added to the local economy of the area due to the large number of overseas participants and supporters who have stayed in the area and returned to visit.
The Club has supported many charities in the area over the years and although always inneed of funds itself has always donated a large percentage of funds raised from various boxing tournaments to parish and community charity groups.
Rylane Amateur Boxing Club is much more than just a sports club. It is a vital part of the rural fabric of County Cork. It offers an outlet for people of all ages to get physically active in an area where there are limited sports facilities. The boxing club is seen as being an essential pillar of the community and the people of the region are extremely proud of it, its tradition and the great work it does with young boys and girls.
Rylane Amateur Boxing Club has grown from a small number of people winning national titles with limited facilities to becoming one of the most important and respected sporting organisations operating from a refubished old hall in a rural part of Cork with modern equipment and spreading its connections worldwide.
Rylane Amateur Boxing Club has ,and will always punch above its weight and we can count ourselves fortunate to have a group of people in our community who are totally committed to the sport and the young people who enjoy being part of it.
May 5th 2016
Aghabullogue gear up for Championship
Aghabullogue Intermediate Footballers will play Millstreet in the first round of the Intermediate Championship on Friday night at 8pm in Macroom. The lads have prepared well for this game and are looking forward to getting back into championship mode after the long break since August of last year. Aghabullogue footballers are under a new coach this year with Ger Manley taking up the role as both Football and hurling coach for the club. League form for the footballers has been mixed but the boys enjoyed a one point win over Castletownbere last week in their last game before this very important game on Friday.
A talent competition for under 18s has been announced as one of the opening events for this years Coachford Autumn Festival in August. The ‘Rising Stars’ talent competition is open to individuals and groups and the final on August 18th promises to be a huge event. “We were blown away with the huge standard of talent on show at last year’s ‘Junior Voice’ competition and we expect something similar if not better this time around” said Festival Chairman, Jer, O Sullivan. “We have been inundated with requests to open up the competition to showcase other talents such as instrumental music and dancing as well as any other talents that people would like to showcase. We are blessed with having an abundance of young talent right throughout the Lee Valley area and the ‘Rising Stars’ competition will be the ideal vehicle to showcase these.” Further information and entry forms are available from Peter Dineen on 086 8030086.
Dripsey GAA are holding a Sponsored Family Fun Walk on Sunday May 8th to celebrate Lá na gClubanna. The walk will begin from the Weigh Inn bar car park at11.30am and is open to all. Proceeds of the fun walk are in aid of a new grass mower and ladies toilets for O’Brien’s field. Sponsorship cards are available from John Buckley
Coachford Summer Soccer Camp
Football fever is gripping the nation this summer and the SportsDirect.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools are back!
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was on hand at Aviva Stadium last week to launch the 2016 Sports Direct.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme. Both O’Neill and Roy Keane were huge supporters of the programme last year and hope to be involved again this year.
The Sports Direct.com FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme is the FAI’s largest grassroots programme and one of the most important as it encourages children’s involvement in sport, in a fun and friendly environment. Now in its 20th year, the summer camps enjoyed record participation numbers last year with over 26,500 children from all around the country taking part.
Camps are priced at €65, with discounts available for siblings and multiple camp bookings, and are a fantastic way to introduce children aged between 6 and 14 to football. The week-long camps come with a high standard of coaching and care delivered by Garda vetted FAI qualified coaches. The Coachford Soccer School takes pace this year from July 11th to July 15th.All welcome (Monday-Friday 10:30am to 3pm). Any person wishing to book a place on the Coachford Summer Soccer Camp should log into https://booking.summersoccerschools.ie/login You must first register on the page to be able to book. This is a new feature from last year’s booking procedure. Please book early to avoid disappointment
O’Callaghan’s Bar new website
O’Callaghan’s Bar and Guest Rooms have launched a new website, www.fishing-ireland.ie geared at the overseas visitor to the area. The Coachford pub is seen by many as the headquarters of the local tourist fishing industry and offers a range of services to the visiting angler. Specialising in “Fishing In Ireland” holidays, O ‘Callaghan’s offer everything for the fisherman from a large tackle storage, bait fridges and information on the many unspoilt fishing areas. Bait ordering service is also available. The busy and vibrant bar is full of character and is viewed by many angler as enjoyable as the fishing on the nearby lake. The pub has a number of guest rooms overhead and offers an early superb Irish breakfast to the anglers as well as providing them with packed lunches and evening meals on request.
2016 Parish Confirmation
Bishop William Crean will visit the Parish on Tuesday
Aghabullogue Win Under 21 title
Aghabullogue Under 21 footballers won the ‘Macroom Motors’ Mid Cork B Football title last evening as they defeated Éire Óg by 1.08 to 0.10. The game was a tough one as most Mid Cork Finals are but this year’s one was particularly hard on the lads from Aghabullogue as only a few weeks ago they said goodbye to their friend and teammate, Greg Long who passed away following a tragic accident while on holiday in Spain.
Greg was a stalwart of the team, playing midfield and playing well there this year. He dearly wanted to win this title. His untimely and tragic passing was hard to take for all his friends, many of whom togged out last night in Carrigadrohid to play to win the title , not just for Greg but for themselves also.
The team rested the number 9 jersey in the dugout as they marched out to the pitch to stand for a minutes silence in respect of their midfielder and although Greg may not have been physically on the pitch playing. everyone knew that he was there, racing for every ball, running into tackles, soloing through, laying off some great passes, punching the air when the boys in green scored and celebrating with them when the final whistle blew.
Aghabullogue played well tonight. The lads had been through a tough time dealing with the loss. Some coped better than others. Some are deep and deal with it in their own way, others needed a lot of friends and family around them to help make sense of it all. The Coaches worked with all of them and made sure that they got the time they needed to come to terms with one of their friends passing so suddenly.
Tonight as they took to the field emotions were overflowing but being the terrific bunch of young men they are they put them on hold and settled down to the task of doing their best to win the game. Some settled better than others but over the next sixty minutes they and Éire Óg served up a most wonderful game of football . At times it looked as if Aghabullogue would win easily and at others Éire Óg looked to have their hands on the trophy.
There were some tremendous performances; Sean O’Sullivan was a powerhouse in midfield , Luke O’Connor brought off a tremendous save before half time to stop a blinding shot that was headed for the roof of the net., Ian Barry Murphy scored the only goal of the game when he turned and dodged his marker before cooling placing the ball past the opposition’s keeper .Ryan Dennehy, Anthony Corkery and David O’Connell defended as if their lives depended on it. Billy Casey ran the length of the pitch again and again attacking and defending while Evan O’Sullivan caused the Éire Óg defence huge problems all night.
When the referee called time after an hour and as darkness fell on the pitch the victorious team let their emotions come to the surface and Greg Long was remembered and thought of by his family, all of his teammates, his friends and the supporters.
The speeches were made, the presentation of the cup was completed and the boys returned to the safety and sanctuary of the dressing room. It was there that the captain spoke of Greg and how much winning this trophy meant to all of them. It was also here that the coach Jimmy Thompson praised all the team for how they conducted themselves over the last few weeks, he told them that they were a fine bunch of men and one of the best teams he has ever had the privilege to coach and how proud he was and how very proud Greg would have been of the way his friends went about their business both on and off the pitch. It was also here that the opposition coach came to speak to the lads. He told them he had never come across such a great and more courageous team in his many years coaching. He told them that he too lost a close friend when he was just 18 and although life has moved on for him he has never forgotten him just the way that Greg will never be forgotten by this bunch of lads.
The team then stood in a circle and placed the number 9 jersey in the cup and stood in silence to not only remember Greg but to make sure that he was part of this win, this celebration and this occasion.
On the way back to Coachford to celebrate the win, a lot of the team called to Greg’s grave to share the trophy with him and as they stood there in they all knew that if Greg was among them he would be saying “enough with this stuff come on to the pub and we’ll drink the shit out of it”
And to the pub they went and they drank, and laughed and replayed the game over and over and they celebrated this great night for them , for Aghabullogue and for football . They will always remember this win, they will always remember this title and they will always remember Greg.
April 14th 2016
Vintage Cars and Tractors
The Coachford based Broomhill Vintage Club, are holding their Annual Spring Run on Sunday April 17th. Registration begins at 11.00am at the GAA Community Centre Coachford. The run begins at Midday and is open to all pre 1991 Cars and Tractors. There will be tea, coffee and beautiful homemade scones at registration. Entry fee for this run is only €20. As usual the organising committee have come up with two excellent routes which will provide participants with some superb scenery . The Cars will head north to Banteer and will make a well deserved stop at the Sandpit House Bar before returning to Coachford via Millstreet and Macroom . The tractors will head for Bealnamorrive and Rylane For further details contact Tadgh on 087 2426343.
The Coachford 5K Colour Run will take place on Sunday April 17th at the Coachford Greenway at 2pm. The run, organised by students from Coachford College is being run to raise funds for Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders). Tickets for the run are available on www.Eventbrite.ie and cost €10 plus a small booking fee.
1916 Tea Party
Griffins Garden Centre are hosting a Mná Na hÉireann Commemoration Tea Party in aid of Cork Penny Dinners on Wednesday April 20th at 8pm. The wonderful Cobh Animation Team will be present to help to bring the Women and tastes of 1916 to life. Tickets to this very novel event are only €20 and can be booked in store at Griffins or over the phone on 021 7334286
Due to the tragic and untimely death of Greg Long and as a mark of respect to the Long family and his good friend and cast member, Willie Barrett, Coachford Players have cancelled the Monday and Tuesday performances of their play ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’. The play will now be performed on Saturday and Sunday.
News from the Village 15.03.16
Flags raised at Coachford Schools
The Irish Tri Colour was raised by students at Coachford National School and Coachford College last Tuesday to mark National Proclamation Day and the centenary of the 1916 Rising.. In Coachford NS the flag was raised at 12pm and was followed by a reading of the Proclamation. The pupils then shared their projects relating to 1916, read their Proclamation for a New Generation and celebrated through song and dance.
Happy Birthday Coachford!
Coachford National School celebrated the 20 th anniversary of the opening of the school on Tuesday 8 March. Fr. Peadar celebrated mass in the school hall. The teaching staff who were here at that time, Mr. Tom Hallahan, Mrs. Mary Buckley, Mrs. Sheila Dwyer and Mrs. Síle Murphy (nee O’Sullivan) attended. The present pupils celebrated too with cake and homework off!
The annual Cheltenham racing festival is once again gripping Coachford with many amateur punters taking a few days off to enjoy the racing and take up residency in Callaghan’s Bar for the duration of the racing. Supporters of The sport of Kings are well catered for at the Coachford Pub with superb food, entertainment and craic laid on for all. Many people will have their holidays booked off for moths in advance to ensure that they won’t miss what for many of them is the event of the year.
The first of the Spring Fishing Festivals kicks off this weekend with a large number of Irish and overseas visitors expected to descend on the village and river for the annual St. Patrick’s weekend Coarse Fishing competitions.
Musicians and actors will join together to bring to the stage, John B. Keane’s musical play, ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’. The play will be performed by the very excellent Coachford Players for four nights in April beginning on Saturday April 2nd and running through to Tuesday April 5th. This wonderful play which depicts love, laughter and loss in 1950’s Ireland is one of the Listowel’s writers finest works and is as much relevant in the Ireland of today as it was when it was first performed over 50 years ago. The Coachford group have persuaded the very talented and award winning local director, Anthony Greene to bring this production to the stage. “We are very excited about this production. We will have our finest actors on stage to bring to life this classic Irish play. Our director, Anthony Greene has produced some of our John B. Keanre plays in the past such as ‘Sive’, ‘The year of the Hiker’ and ‘Big Maggie’ . Anthony understands Keane like no other director and can bring across the tragedy and comedy of John Bs writing to the stage in a very special way. Maybe it’s because Anthony is also of Kerry extraction!!. The cast and director have been working very hard to perfect this very funny and lively play and we are confident that everyone will enjoy it”. said group PRO, Peter Dineen.
All Ireland Medals for Coachford
Congratulations to Jimmy Thompson (Coach) and Billy Casey (player) on being part of the CIT Freshers team that won the All Ireland Freshers Football Championship by beating Dublin City University yesterday on a scoreline of 2.13 to 1.13.
Transition Year Students from Coachford Collegehad a great time on the school tour to the wonderful city of Krakow., The Students had a packed itinerary including visiting Auschwitz Concentration Camp, met with a holocaust survivor and saw many of the scenes depicted in the ‘Schindlers List’ movie including Oscar Schindler’s factor. Over 60 students from the college travelled to Poland and also visited the world famous salt mines, Krakow old town and Wawel castle, aviation and engineering museums, Krakow Zoo and the Jewish district. They also went bowling, enjoyed a private karaoke party and had fun in an indoor water park.
Over €700 was raised from the proceeds of the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day Coffee Morning held in O’Riordan’s Bar last Friday.
All Ireland Camogie
The very best of luck to Coachford College who play Loretto College from Kilkenny in the Junior A All-Ireland Camogie Final on Saturday, 19th March. The College have enjoyed huge success this year in all competitions and will be hoping to capture the All Ireland Title in Cahir on Saturday. Throw in is fixed for 2pm.
Congratulations to Clíona Healy from Aghabullogue who was a member of the Cork U16 Camogie team who were crowned U16 A Munster Champions last weekend defeating Tipperary 1-15 to 3.04.. Specials congratulations to Cliona who had a wonderful game and was deservedly awarded player of the match.
A table Quiz in aid of the Hope Foundation will take place in O’Riordan’s Bar on Friday March 18th. Tables of four are only €40 and there are questions to suit everyone. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and promises to be loads of fun. The Hope Foundation helps the poor and homeless people in Calcutta India.
College Students to add colours to Greenway
A number of 5th year Students from Coachford College are organising a Colour Run on the Coachford Greenway on Sunday April 17th. Tickets for the 5km run are €10 each and can be bought through the 5th year student class and from the College. The proceeds from the run will go to Médecins sans Frontières/ Doctors without Borders
News from the Village 10.03.16
O’Riordan’s Bar Coachford is hosting a coffee morning on Daffodil Day next Friday March 11th. It takes place from 11am to 2pm. Get along and enjoy the fabulous new coffee at O’Riordan’s and support a most worthy cause.
All Ireland Medals for Coachford
Congratulations to Jimmy Thompson (Coach) and Billy Casey (player) on being part of the CIT Freshers team that won the All Ireland Freshers Football Championship by beating Dublin City University yesterday on a scoreline of 2.13 to 1.13. The two men are also involved in tonight’s U21 game (see below)
Under 21 Football
Aghabullogue Under 21 footballers play neighbours Aghinagh in the 3rd round of the Mid Cork B Championship in Cloughduv on Friday March 11th at 8.30pm
All three teams are playing away from home this weekend. First up are the Premier team who travel to Buttevant on Friday night to take on the North Cork side under lights at 7.45pm in the 3rd round of the AOH Cup. The Under 15s travel east to Cobh on Saturday to play Springfield at 10.30 am. The under 17s hope to continue winning ways when they face Carrigtwohill at 2pm on Sunday in the third away fixture.
The people who brought you the Coffee Morning in aid of the Hope Foundation are now inviting you to go along to support this worthy cause by taking part in a table quiz in O’Riordan’s Bar on Friday March 18th. Tables of four are only €40 and there are questions to suit everyone. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and promises to be loads of fun. The Hope Foundation helps the poor and homeless people in Calcutta India.
Keane’s classic for Coachford stage
Coachford Players are busy putting the final touches to their take on the John B. Keane classic, ‘Many Young Men of Twenty’ which they will be performing from April 2nd to 5th in the GAA hall Coachford. The play combines humour, song and music while also telling the heartbreaking story of emigration. “ Keane has some very fine plays and our group has performed some of them such as ‘Sive’, ‘The year of the Hiker’ and ‘Big Maggie’ down through the years but this is one of his finest.” Said Chairperson of the group Willie Barrett. “ This play has all the elements of a classic and although written over 50 years ago the characters back then are still with us today, including dodgy politicians and kind publicans.”. Coachford Players are one of the finest and long standing groups in the county and have been performing plays to the highest standard for the last 30 years. There is no doubt that their latest production will also be a triumph.
Race Night a huge success.
Over 160 punters attended the Parish National Schools Race Night held in Coachford last Saturday night. The race goers enjoyed 12 races and betting was brisk for all of them. There was a tremendous atmosphere in the very well decorated hall and huge credit must go to the Parents Associations of Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane National Schools for organising a superb fundraiser and a fantastic social event. The Lee Valley Golf and Country Club were the main sponsors of the race night and also laid on some gorgeous finger food for all those present. The last race was an auction race where groups of friends got together to purchase a race horse and hope that it would come in and bring home half the pot. Once the last race was ran the fantastic Hillbillies entertained the crowd well into the morning. It will be a few weeks before all the sponsorship money is in but already it looks like the first ever tri schools event was a roaring success. Who needs Cheltenham?
Aghinagh Macra members will be doing a clean up of Ballinagree Village on Sunday the 13th of March at 12 noon. Everyone is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards. This will be followed by a club meeting in the Laine Bar Ballinagree to discuss up coming events. New members always welcome.
Aghinagh Macra would like to congratulate club member Sarah Twomey on winning the Muskerry regional round of solo singing in the National Talent Competition held in Donoughmore recently. Sarah now goes on to represent the region in the county final, best of luck to Sarah in the next round. Congratulations is extended to Sheila Lynch also who won the county title for Miss Blue Jeans Country Queen at The Riverside Park Hotel recently.
Broomhill Vintage Club, Coachford Co. Cork are holding their Annual Spring Run on Sunday April 17th. Registration begins at 11.00am at the GAA Community Centre Coachford. The run begins at Midday and is open to all pre 1991 Cars and Tractors. There will be tea, coffee and beautiful home made scones at registration. As usual the organising committee have come up with two excellent routes which will provide participants with some superb scenery and a few almost undiscovered roads. For further details contact Tadgh on 087 2426343.
College Students to add colours to Greenway
some 5th year Students from Coachford College are organising a Colour Run on the Coachford Greenway on Sunday April 17th. Tickets for the 5km run are €10 each and can be bought through the 5th year student class and from the College. The proceeds from the run will go to Médecins sans Frontières/ Doctors without Borders
News From the Village 03.03.16
A night on the Turf
Hundreds of fans of the Sport of Kings are expected to turn up at the monster Race Night in the GAA hall, Coachford on this Saturday (March 5th). The event is being organised by the Parents Associations of the three National Schools Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane. The organisers have put together a great night’s entertainment for all the race goers. Chairperson of the Fundraising committee, Kate O’Sullivan said,” We have a great programme planned full of excellent racing, some great craic,, prizes for the best dressed lady and gent and we even have a special prize for the most stylish footwear.Add to this superb and unusual raffle prizes, a fully licensed Bar and a night of music provided by the ever popular ‘Hillbillies’. This is the main fundraiser for the three schools for this year so we are making a special appeal for everyone to support us. You may have been a pupil of one of the schools in the past or been a parent of some of the children who passed through the doors over the years or you might even have someone starting there in the future.If so then you can play your part in supporting the running of the school and helping us to provide the very best services that the children can enjoy.” The fun kicks off at 8pm. Admission is free but due to the bar it is a strictly over 18 event.
Young and bright
Congratulations to the Aghabullogue National School Quiz team of Aoife Twomey, Maeve Ring, Tim Lehane and James Foley who have qualified for the national Finals of the Credit Union Schools Quiz 2016. The Credit Union Schools Quiz is one of the most exciting events in the primary school calendar, consisting of two knock out stages at local and regional level and culminating in a National Final in Dublin’s RDS where 100 qualifying teams compete for the title of Schools Quiz champions. The Schools Quiz is run throughout communities all over Ireland by volunteers from over 300 credit unions. The questions are compiled by primary school teachers and will cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport.
No sign of stolen sign
The road sign directing people to the Model Village in Dripsey has gone missing. The beautiful decorated and painted old style sign is the fourth one that has been stolen in the last nine months. The Dripsey Tidy Towns Committee are appealing for information on who is taking the signs and are asking for them to be returned.
Congratulations to the Coachford College Junior A Camogie team who defeated St Bridgets, Loughrea in the All Ireland Junior A Semi Final last Saturdayon a scoreline of 3-08 to 0-06. The girls now play Loretto College, Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final on Saturday, March 19th
Coachford AFC Lotto Results 29/2/2016, Jackpot: €1,800, Numbers Drawn: 1 – 6 – 8, No Winner. €40 O’Connell Boys, €20 Jillian O’Shea, Jennifer Delaney, Carey,Lacha & Louise, John O’Riordan (Yearly Ticket). Next Week’s Jackpot: €2,000 in O’Callaghan’s.
Coachford Premier team entertain Pearse Celtic on Saturday at 2pm in the Glebe. Coachford under 17s who are having a wonderful season so far take on top of the table rivals Riverstown on Sunday at 10.45am at the clubs grounds in Coachford.
Website for Community groups.
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Dripsey Tidy Towns are holding a Fundraising Fun walk on Sunday March 20th. Sponsorship cards are available from any of the committee members. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Please pick up a sponsorship card and come along to support! Pets are also welcome. The loop walk will begin and end at Dripsey Cross
Aghabullogue under 21 footballers defeated Kilmurry in the opening round of the Muskerry B championship. Aghabullogue started well and were in control for a lot of the game until allowing Kilmurry back into the contest in the last quarter. The game ended on a score line of Aghabullogue 2.12 to Kilmurry’s 2.06
The President’s Men
Congratulations to Marc Dineen and Jack Riordan from Coachford who were recipients of Scouting Ireland’s Chief Scout Award and a Bronze Gaisce President’s Award last weekend at a ceremony in Trinity College Dublin. The two teenagers are part of Ballincollig’s 49th troop. Their work for the awards included helping out in their local communities, working with and mentoring younger scouts and enduring 25km mountain hikes.
Children’s Mental Health
A talk on ‘Supporting parents to support children’s mental health and wellbeing’ will be held on this Thursday, February 25th at 8pm in Coachford national School. The talk is being held in conjunction with the National Parent’s Council . It is an open meeting and all parents are very welcome to attend.
The organisers of the recent Hope Foundation Coffee Morning and Cake Sale, Julie Kelleher and Sinead Wilson would like to sincerely thank all htose who baked, supported, donated and helped to make the coffee morning a resounding success.It exceeded all their expectations, realising the amazing total of €2,330 all of which will go directly to the Hope Foundation in Calcutta where Julie and Sinead have volunteered to give of their time in support of the poor in the coming months.
Greenway seeks support
Following the horrendous winter weather the Coachford Greenway requires some major repair work to ensure that it remains open. The very popular 6km river walk has suffered damage due to high water and strong winds and part of the safety railing is in danger of being lost to the river due to major eroding. The repair bill for the walkway could be in the region of €6,000. Hundreds of people from all over the Lee Valley area use the walkway every week and it has become an essential part of peoples exercise routine and a terrific social outlet for men and women of all ages.. The resource is alo essential to the ongoing development of a fishing tourist industry in the region. However if the Greenway has to be closed for safety reasons then there is a very real fear that the many international fishing competitions scheduled from March to September may be moved to another County and this would prove to be disastrous for local businesses. The ESB and Cork County Council are being asked to step in and help with the repair bill and ensure that this vital amenity is kept open for locals and visitors alike.
Saddle your horses
A huge amount of preparation is being put in place for the first ever Tri school race night being held on Saturday March 5th in Coachford GAA Hall. The Race Night in aid of the three National Schools in Aghabullogue Parish promises to be a fantastic night of fun and a chance to enjoy a night at the races surrounded by friends and family. “We have had a tremendous response from people and a terrific number of horses have been sold and we are now all looking forward to the race night itself. A huge crowd of Racehorse owners is expected to attend the Race night to enjoy the races and at the same time help to raise much needed funds for the Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane national Schools. We will have a full bar and band for this adult only race night. We hope that the after race craic will be just as good as the races itself and we expect the Hall to be hopping to the sounds of the fantastic ‘Hillbillies .” Said Martina Casey Secretary of the fundraising committee.
Girls with hurls
Aghabullogue Camogie club are planning a busy weekend in advance of the 2016 playing season. The club will hold their annual registration night on this Friday, February 26th from 7pm to 9pmin Aghabullogue Hall and their annual Church Gate collection takes place on this Saturday and Sunday at the three churches in the parish
The Annual Dripsey Ambush Commemoration parade will take place on Sunday February 28th. The parade will leave Dripsey Cross at 3pm and proceed to the Ambush site
Aghinagh Macra held a very successful Table Quiz at The Laine Bar Ballinagree on Friday 19th February. Congratulations to Noel Nunan, Paul Cotter and Paudie OSullivan on winning on the night and to Dan Mac Sullivan, Marie MacSullivan and Gerald ODonovan on coming second. The best Team name was “coming first back wards” -This went to the team of Laura Creed, John OSullivan, Stephaine Condon and Daniel OSullivan. The club would like to extend there thanks to everyone that attended on the night to make the night the big success that it was.
On Saturday 20th all roads lead to the Riverside Park Hotel Macroom to cheer on our Secretary Sheila Lynch who represented Muskerry Macra in the Cork County Titles night. Sheila was crowded Cork County Blue Jeans Country Queen 2016. Well done Sheila. Sheila now goes on to represent the region in the National finals in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday.
On Sunday 21st February the clubs men and woman took part in the regional rounds of the basketball competition at Macroom complex. Congratulations to Tereltons Men’s and Women’s team who came on champions on the day. Get Fit continues from 9-10pm in the Aghinagh GAA hall in Rusheen on Thursday Nights. It’s free for macra members and €4 for non-Macra members! It’s a great way to get fit while having fun.
On the 5th March next the club are heading to the Dog Track for a social night. If anyone would like to find out more about our club or would like to get involved why not check us out on Facebook at Aghinagh Mac or contact our Chairperson Jayne on (087) 749 5851
Coachford National School will be a hive of activity this Friday as polling for the 2016 General Election will take place at the building from 7am to 10pm. Most of the candidates in the Cork North West constituency have visited the Coachford area during the last week seeking people’s votes.They have been met by concerned members of the community seeking clarification from all of them on the much needed sewerage and water works for the village and the ongoing need for investment in the local roads and an improved broadband service.All those eligible to vote are being urged to do so and to have a say in who makes up the 32nd Dail.
Aghabullogue Under 21 Footballers take on Kilmurray this weekend in the Mid Cork ‘B’ Championship. The game was to be played last Sunday but no playable pitch could be found in the division to host the game.
Parish Register on line
A digitised version of the Aghabullogue Parish Register (Church of Ireland) has just gone online, free to access and view. It contains details of Marriages 1808-1843; Baptisms 1808-1877 and Burials 1809-1879, relating to Aghabullogue Graveyard. Another invaluable genealogical resource! Separate A-Z Spreadsheets for these Marriages, Baptisms and Burials will be uploaded in the weeks to come.
The Aghabullogue Parish Register (along with other Parish Registers) can be accessed at the Website of ACR Heritage (our Heritage Committee) here: http://acrheritage.info/historic-graves/
News from the Village 04.02.16
Runners and Riders almost ready
A huge amount of preparation is being put in place for the first ever Tri school race night being held on Saturday March 5th in Coachford GAA Hall. The Race Night in aid of the three National Schools in Aghabullogue Parish promises to be a fantastic night of fun and a chance to enjoy a night at the races surrounded by friends and family. “ Everyone can be a Racehorse owner for the night for only €20 and at the same time help to raise much needed funds for the Aghabullogue Coachford and Rylane national Schools. We will have a full bar and band for this adult only race night. We hope that the after race craic will be just as good as the races itself and we expect dancing to continue well into the night.” Said Martina Casey Secretary of the fundraising committee. Opportunities to advertise in the race booklet are still available and those who wish support the committee’s work should contact Martina on 087 027 10831.
Artists and florists donate
The Aghinagh Comhaltas and the Coachford Atelier Art Group presented a €3,055 cheque to Ann O’Mahony of Marymount Hospice Charity last weekend at a very enjoyable function in O’Callaghan’s Bar from the sale of their very beautiful 2016 art calendar. The beautiful calendar featured an original piece of art and the calendar was sold in local shops and markets in the area as well as in the Marymount charity shop. The Coachford Flower club used the opportunity to also make a presentation to the charity from a raffle they held in December. They presented Marymount with a cheque for €500. Following the presentation Aghinagh Comhaltas entertained those present with some wonderful music and singing.
College reach semi Final
Congratulations to the Coachford College Junior A Camogie team who have qualified for the All Ireland Semi Final by defeating Clare representatives St. Josephs Secondary School Tulla by 2.06 to 1.03 in the Munster Final.
The Broomhill Vintage Club held their Annual General Meeting last week. The meeting was opened by outgoing Chairman and founder, Tadgh Murphy. Club secretary, Peter Dineen presented his report to those present. The finances of the club were laid out by treasurer, Conor O’Riordan. The election of officers then took place. Current Chairman declared that it was his wish to step down so a new chairperson, Jeremiah O’Sullivan was elected. Tributes to outgoing Chairman, Tadgh Murphy were made. He was thanked for his six years service to the club, his vision on starting and driving the Coachford Autumn Festival and his enthusiasm for the All Ireland Tractor Building competition. “Tadgh was responsible for starting this club and his belief in what we could achieve as a Vintage Club and as a organiser of the Festival have brought us to where we are today. His management of the Tractor Building team has helped to bring three All Ireland titles to the locality, something that no other organisation in the parish can boast of. We as a club and as people are very fortunate to have you as the person who started, built and ensured this club has a very strong foundation going forward” said new chairman, Jeremiah O’Sullivan. The dates were fixed for the Spring Vintage Run and the Autumn Festival. The Vintage Run will take place on Sunday April 17th while the dates for the much anticipated Festival are Thursday August 18th to Sunday August 21st.
The Donoughmore Historical Society is hosting a slide show presentation on the East Muskerry volunteers era and the Dripsey Ambush 1921 story at the Community Centre in Stuake on Thursday February 11th next. The show, being presented by Tim O’Brien, will focus on the formation and growth of the Irish Volunteer movement in areas such as Donoughmore, Courtbrack and Inniscarra; the preparation for the ambush; the capture of ten men and the execution of five of them following a court martial at Victoria Barracks in Cork; the construction of a memorial monument at Dripsey and subsequent key commemorations.
Aghinagh Macra are holding a Table Quiz on Friday the 19th of February at The Laine Bar Ballinagree at 8.30pm to raise fund for the club. €20 for a table of 4 and there will be a raffle also on the night. We hope to see you all there a great night is assured.
Get Fit with Aghinagh Macra continues every Thursday night at the new time of 9PM – 10PM in the Aghinagh GAA hall in Rusheen! It is free for all Macra Members and only €4 for non Macra Members! It’s a great way to keep fit and a bit of fun too. Suitable for all fitness levels and ages. For more details contact our Facebook page at Aghinagh Mac or Jayne on (087) 7495851.
Congratulations is extended to our Club Secretary Sheila Lynch, on winning the Muskerry Miss Blue Jeans title at The Ploughman Bar Ballinagree on Friday 29th January. Sheila now goes on to represent Muskerry at the National round in Athboy on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
The clubs next meeting takes place on the 14th February at 9pm in The Ploughman Bar Ballinagree. New members always welcome.
Dripsey GAA will hold their Community Social/Presentation & Awards Night on February 19th in the Lee Valley Golf and Country Club at 7.30pm. Tickets are only €10 but must be purchased prior to the event. For further information and tickets contact Conor Corkery.
Third place for GAA quiz team
The Aghabullogue GAA Scor na n Óg quiz team came third in the All Ireland Final last weekend. The four team members, Aodhán Healy, Marc Dineen,Tom Long and Paul Ring were representing their club and County in the Final of Traith na gCeist held in Killarney on Saturday. 26 counties competed and Cork were in joint lead with Kerry and Cavan going into round 8. However some difficult music questions proved to be the boys downfall and they finished round 10 with a total score of 76 points out of 80. Cavan were second with a total of 77 marks while the winners, the Spa club from Kerry emerged victorious with a terrific score of 78 points. The quiz team were awarded bronze medals for coming third.
Aghabullogue GAA celebrated in style last Sunday night when the club honoured their very successful under age teams of 2015.The Camogie players, hurlers and Footballers were all honoured at the Aghabullogue GAA Annual Juvenile medal Presentation. Cork Superstar, Rena Buckley was guest of honour and she spoke of how wonderful it was to see so much success at the club. Aghabullogue GAA also honoured those players who represented the club at County level throughout the year. The club also paid tribute to Willie Barrett who served the club as player, selector, trainer, coach and Chairman down through the years but it was his career as a referee that was praised at last night’s function. He was thanked for his many years service as referee which came to an end in 2015. Pride of place at the club’s event went to the Under 16 hurlers who won every competition that they could in 2015. The lads won the East Region League and Championship and the County League and Championship titles. The club Chairman and team coach, Denis Ring said , “this team were a pleasure to train, they would do whatever was asked of them and then some more. They understood the game but were always willing to learn and the boys were undefeated in 2015, that is something even Kilkenny couldn’t boast of. Added to this the lads went and won the East Region and County League football titles. The club is immensely proud of them and their achievements and we look forward to 2016.
Aghabullogue GAA will represent Cork in the All Ireland Scór Quiz on Saturday in Killarney. The team of Tom Long, Aodan Healy, Paul Ring and Marc Dineen will battle it out with other Munster counties to see who will represent the province in the All Ireland Final. The lads from Aghabullogue GAA club made it to the national final last year and are hoping to get there again his time around.
The Transition Year students of Coachford College held a very successful Fashion Show last weekend in aid of Marymount Hospice. . Over 450 people flocked to see the students and teachers strut their stuff on the catwalk at Coachford College, All the models entered into the spirit of the nigh and showed off the clothes from boutiques and shops form Cork and Macroom. The organisers put on a fabulous show which wouldn’t have looked out of place at the spring displays in Paris, London or New York. MC for the night, Karolyne Dineen kept the show moving along with plenty of good humour and style.
Dripsey Table Quiz
A table quiz to raise funds for the Dripsey Defibrillator will be held in the Weigh Inn Bar on this Friday, January 29th at 8.30pm sharp. There will be loads of prizes to be won the night and it promises to be great fun. Get along and raise some money for this life saving equipment.
The Coachford Premier team will play Buttevant under lights on Friday night in Buttevant in the third round of the AOH Cup. Kickoff is at 7.45pm.Coahford Under 15s travel to Douglas on Saturday to take on Douglas Hall in the league at 11.45am. On Sunday Coachford U17s play the same opposition but this time the game is in Coachford and kickoff is at 2pm.
The Coachford AFC lotto has been won again and the club will be presenting a cheque for €1,000 to Syl and Kathleen Sheehan next Monday night as the lucky couple’s numbers were pulled out of the hat this week. This is the third winner of the club lotto in the last five weeks. The Coachford AFC Lotto is unique as you only have to match three numbers to come away with the big prize. Tickets for next week’s lotto draw are available in the pubs and shops around the village.
Pub for sale
- The former Breathnach’s Bar and Gala supermarket has come on the market five months after the iconic premises closed its doors. The licensed premises and shop has been put on the market with an asking price of €240,000. Cork auctioneers Behan Irwin & Gosling are handling the sale and can be contacted on 021 4270007. The closure of the Pub and shop left a huge void in the fabric of the community and many people will be happy to see the business open again and operating as a bar , restaurant or shop.
Coachford College Win Camogie Title
Coachford College were worthy victors in their tussle with Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, Bandon in theCork Colleges Junior A camogie championship Final replay last Wednesday at a windswept Coachford venue. Coachford beat Mount Mercy and Coláiste Choilm whilst Bandon accounted for Charleville en route to the final, with Coachford coming from a twelve point deficit in Bandon GAA before the mid term to draw the match. The home team started well with a converted free from Cliona Healy after good approach work from Julie Tarrant and Captain Marie O’ Reilly. Bandon responded immediately when Chloe O’ Leary delivered a long pass to Maedhbh O’ Donovan who pointed from the wing. Maeve Lynch then converted a free, having been unceremoniously stopped bearing down on goal by the resilient Ciara Ring. Zerica Griffin gained possession from the resultant puck out and Ciara O’ Sullivan dispatched the ball past Ciara Twomey to put 4 points between the sides. Donovan added another and the warning bells were ringing for the Muskerry school. Rachel McElroy was being dominated by impressive Bandon full Back Sarah O’ Sullivan but an astute switch to the corner yielded a better return for the Muskerry side. Coachford responded with Lauren Moynihan latching onto a Ciara Sheehan clearance and, leaving Keelin Barrett in her wake, scored a valuable point. McElroy caught the resultant puck out and was fouled en route to goal, Cliona Healy converting the point to leave two points the deficit.
Katie McCarthy, easily the best player on view, was a dominant force at the back for Coachford and found wing forward Jenny Burke in irrepressible form with accurate clearances to that wing. Corner back Leah Dineen found herself following corner forward Niamh Collins outfield which left space behind, exploited by Kate Wall when she scored from a difficult angle. Lynch converted a 45 with Chloe O’ Leary, Sinead O’ Sullivan and Aoife O’ Sullivan beginning to contribute to the Carberry school’s dominance. Tara Clifford won possession on the forty and deftly released Ciara McCarthy who flicked the sliotar over the bar, Ellen Tarrant hooked Bandon defender Siobhán Kelleher and Lauren Moynihan snapped up another point. Referee Andy Larkin last action of the half was to award a free to Cliona Healy, on the receiving end of some persistent fouling when running at the Bandon defence; a booking for a Bandon defender and converted point for Coachford the outcome to leavethe score 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of Coach Sinead White’s Bandon side.
At the resumption, Coachford midfielder Marie O’ Reilly gained possession and delivered a cross field pass to McCarthy who eluded two defenders before clattering into Aoife Buckley – referee Larkin correctly awarding a free for the barging infringement. Indeed, a feature of the game was the manner in which the Referee consistently explained all fouls to players from both sides which made for a fabulous contest. Sarah O’ Sullivan scored two frees for Bandon with Ciara McCarthy reciprocating with a long range strike on the run to put a goal between the sides. Katie McCarthy, Ella Foley and Marguerite Lyons all applied pressure on the Bandon puck out and when McCarthy delivered yet another incisive pass to Moynihan, the Cork U14 star floated past two defenders to bury the ball past Orla Dineen. Bandon responded immediately when Niamh Collins found Sarah O’ Sullivan who finished well to the Coachford net. Cliona Healy converted a 45 and, with six minutes remaining, elected to take a point from a close in free when Jenny Burke had been upended.
Both teams were displaying great determination but the Bandon girls spurned two opportunities to finish the game when Sarah O’ Sullivan, on the fourteen having rounded her defender, had her point blank shot stopped by brave keeper Ciara Twomey. Sullivan gathered the rebound but the next shot was blocked by Miriam Cotter in a magnificent piece of skill and anticipation. Bandon missed the 45 with four minutes to play, Twomey found Healy with the puck out but she was fouled on her 65m line. A quick thinking Katie McCarthy delivery found the injured Ciara McCarthy goal side of her marker and her ferocious ground pull rattled the Bandon net for a match winning score. Coachford held out to gain victory in what all agreed was a spectacular contest. Coachford seniors have also qualified for the Cork Colleges final and anticipate a physical encounter with favourites St. Mary’s Charleville.
Coachford: Ciara Twomey, Leah Dineen, Ciara Ring, Miriam Cotter, Julie Tarrant, Katie McCarthy, Ciara Sheehan, Cliona Healy [0-5], Marie O’ Reilly [C], Jenny Burke, Tara Clifford, Ciara McCarthy [0-2], Rachel McElroy, Ellen Tarrant, Lauren Moynihan [1-2], Ella Browne, Julie Verling, Karen Dennehy, Sophie McCarthy, Callie McCarthy, Ella Foley, Marguerite Lyons, Kate Sheehan, Laura Barrett, Aideen Buckley.
Bandon: Orla Dineen, Siobhan Kelleher, Leah Cullinane, Keelin Barrett, Sinead O’ Sullivan, Aoife Buckley, Chloe O’ Leary, Kate Wall [C][0-1], Maeve Lynch [0-2], Zerica Griffin, Maebh O’ Donovan [0-2], Sarah O’ Sullivan [1-2], Sinead Hurley, Niamh Collins, Ciara O’ Sullivan [1-0].
Aghabullogue NS has received funding under the Summer Works Scheme for Insulation and Ventilation work to be carried out this summer. They are seeking tenders before Wednesday 13th of May for a Consultant to oversee the work.
This must be a Registered Architect, Registered Building Surveyor or Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer.
Contact the school for further information 021-7334727 if interested.
Aghabullogue GAA are about to embark on another significant development at their grounds in Coachford. The progressive club will unveil its plans for the construction of an Astroturf Pitch with Floodlights. The Aghabullogue GAA development plan 2014 -2024 is an ambitious project but one well worth supporting.
All The Ways You Wander
It’s great seeing so many people who live and work overseas home for Christmas. The village is buzzing with the excitement of the holidays and with so many people returning home for a few weeks it adds to the whole atmosphere. But for all those that are home there are still many more of you that remain away from home and you are missed.
Our Village is improving every day, it is a vibrant, hard working place full of proud people with great traditions in sport and business. We continue to face what life throws at us and we are determined to keep going and to make sure Coachford grows, but you are missed.
When the pubs bustle with people at this and other times of the year, you are missed. When the matches are played and we win or lose, you are missed. At the Autumn Festival Weekend, you are missed. When the Corpus Christie Procession takes place, you are missed. At weddings, Christenings and even funerals ,you are missed.
You see, although all of us here get on with life there is a little bit of the heart of the village that remains overseas with you. Our village, like many others around the country is emptier, bleaker, quieter without you. . We miss seeing you, talking with you, having the craic, finding out how things are going with you , learning more about the new people in your life. Facebook, Skype and all the other stuff is great but it will never make up for you being here.
No matter how long ago you left the area and how long you remain away we think of you often and look forward to seeing you again. We wait to see you coming in the door of the pub, to see you on the street or turning up to a local wedding. We know that it is not easy for you to come home but when you get here you will be welcomed back with open arms and until that day please know that you are thought of often and remembered especially at this time of year.
The Community Council is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of the Village Design Statements for Aghabullogue, Coachford and Rylane. These will be available for public viewing on Tuesday 4 March 2014, at 7.30pm, in Aghabullogue Hall. Please do come along and all are welcome.
Village Design Statements (VDS) are used to empower local communities throughout the island of Ireland to become involved in shaping their local environments. It is also hoped that they will become a useful tool for our community in planning and shaping its future.
In preparation for the VDS local schools, organisations, businesses and the wider community were invited to complete questionnaires and to take part in open workshops in each village. The Community Council, in partnership with Consultants URS, West Cork Development Partnership, and other various project Partners, then worked on drawing up plans over many months.
This is a unique venture in mid-Cork, where a blueprint has been set out for a community, its three villages and environs, intended to last well into the future, and coinciding with the upcoming Cork County Development Plan. It will also assist the Community Council in the furtherance of its many aims as;
It describes what is special about the area and sets out visions for its future.
Highlights opportunities for business creation and enhancement, recreation, tourism, heritage and the improvement of rural services.
Identifies short, medium and long term projects and proposals.
The Community Council is delighted that so many people became involved and made this a community effort. Over €20,000 was invested in these blueprints, along with countless hours and months of effort, but it has certainly been rewarding and we are very much looking forward to unveiling these plans at the launch next month. See you there!
Walking made safer for Coachford residents
Cork County Council has announced the development of a footpath from Beechville and Fr. Patrick Sheehan housing estates to join with the one from the national school and on to the village. The cost of the development is estimated at €22,000 and will be over 130 meters in length. Chairperson of the Community Council, Deirdre O’Donovan welcomed the announcement and said, “This new footpath is a great addition and will certainly help in making sure that the people who live in the area and those who use the sporting facilities and schools will be able to walk the roads in a safer way. The recent footpath repairs near Dairygold have made a huge difference but there remains a lot of work to be carried out by the council on footpaths in other areas of the village. The footpath by the GAA pitch is in a terrible condition and is now at the same level as the road in many areas and is very unsafe for walkers and impassable when the road is flooded.”
Improvements for Community House
Coachford Community House has been allocated a Cork County Council amenity grant of €6,000 towards updating internal doors, signage, wiring and windows. The committee running the house is also looking at installing a new fire alarm system and carrying out painting of the interior. The full cost of the works is estimated to be €15,000. Coachford Community House was developed by the Community Council on the site of the old Courthouse on the Main Streetin the 1980s. The upper floor of the building is occupied by the Community Playgroup. The ground floor was rented to the Southern Health Board and latterly the HSE as an office space and waiting room for the Public Health Nurse and Community Welfare Officer. In 2004 the HSE decided that they were no longer going to offer a service in one of the largest villages in Mid Cork. The Ground floor rooms are used by various groups in the area for meetings and Aghinagh Comhaltas holds music lessons there each week. The exterior of the Community House was repainted in 2013, adding to the recently enhanced appearance of Coachford Village. Rooms on the ground floor continue to be available for rental at very reasonable rates. Bookings can be made by ringing the secretary on 085 1594263
Proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Calendars featuring paintings by local artists and sponsored by Aghinagh Comhaltas will be presented to Marymount Hospice by Aghinagh Comhaltas this Friday night, January 31st in Breathnachs Bar Coachford. The regular monthly sessiún will follow the presentation and everyone is invited to the presentation.
Sunday Evening Music
O’Riordan’s Bar will host music on the first Sunday of every month from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The every popular, Kieran and Jim will entertain on this Sunday, February 2nd.
The Aghabullogue Camogie club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Saturday February 1st at 7.00pm
Foróige starts in Coachford
Over 40 young people have started their own Foróige club in Coachford. The group meets every Wednesday night in the GAA complex from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. At the groups first meeting they decided on the rules of their club and what they wanted to get involved in over the coming months. The teenagers are supported by eight leaders at present with more being trained over the next few weeks. Foróige is the leading and most successful youth organisation inIreland.
The Coachford AFC Lotto is on the rise and now stands at a very tidy sum of €2,600. Tickets can be purchased for the next draw in the shops and pubs in the village and are only €2 each. The funds raised from the lotto go to the grounds development at Coachford AFC . Next week’s draw will take place in O’Callaghan’s Bar on Monday night.
Killanardrish/Coachford under 13s will play Avondale in the league on Saturday at 10.30am. The under 14s entertain Blarney on Sunday at 12 .45pm in Carrigadrohid.