Carrigaline Community News

Tidy Towns

To mark National Tree Week the Tidy Towns Tree Planting in Carrigaline took place at the Junior Boys National School across from the Bandroom on Saturday morning last.  They planted 30/40 Beech trees, Mountain Ash, Rowan and Whitethorn. More trees will be planted by the boat on the Crosshaven Road and on the Cork Road by Carrig na Curra next week.  Also apple trees will be presented to schools again this year and an eatable garden will be created in Carrigcourt.  All the schools have been visited promoting the annual Tidy Towns Poster competition; the closing date is at the end of the month.  

All the shops and businesses will be visited during the week promoting the hanging basket project

Plans are in progress to power wash the riverside of the bridge on the Main Street and gum busting on the footpaths.  The development of a biodiversity garden will take place behind the Community Complex.  A mobile watering system is proposed.  The Tidy Towns committee has acquired the old tourist information office and it will be the new headquarters.  By the way they are looking for 6 stacking chairs to help furnish it. Four new bins are planned for Main Street.  The committee is meeting with the Business Association to discuss items of mutual interest including a proposal to get an overall plan to coordinate the painting of the buildings on the Main Street.  Other items on the Tidy Town agenda are improvements to the appearance of the junction towards Forest Hill from the Crosshaven Road and the garden by the bus stop by Carrig na Curra.  However Carrigaline Tidy Towns need funding and more volunteers to implement their plans.  All fundraising options are being looked at.  They are seeking grants but need to raise quite a lot of money themselves.

The Tidy Towns campaign will be officially launched at 7pm on Monday April 3rd at the entrance to the Owenabue car park followed by refreshments sponsored by Collins SuperValu.  New members, new ideas and new volunteers are always welcome contact Chairman, Liam O’Connor, 087 781 7857, Hon Secretary Ger O’Hara 086 166 1049 or email or Maura Allen 086 867 0222 or facebook .


Band Drummers Excel

Carrigaline Pipe Band drummers had a successful day at the Munster Solo drumming championships in Newcastlewest on Sunday March 5th.  Last year U14 champion Daniel Mulcahy won the U16, Denis Lane came 1st in Junior and John Murphy had a double, winning the Intermediate and the Open.  On St Patrick’s morning the 10am mass will be celebrated for the deceased members of the band.  After mass the Pipe Band will give a recital in the Church Grounds. The band has practice every Monday and Thursday nights.  


Mens Shed

The Carrigaline Mens Shed continue to make bird boxes and feeders, timber wheelbarrows and window boxes at the wood workshop on their new site on the Church Road.  Another product they have been encouraged to make and decorate is   ‘fairy doors’.  Work on the development of their site will continue when weather permits.  They are still on the lookout for another prefab or container for storage in the short term.  Enquiries Roger Morrissey 087 2203547.



Bhí Aifreann Gaeilge á chéiliuradh ag an tAth Aiden Cremen ar an Domhnach seo chaite 12ú Márta.  There was an extra large congregation who participated fully in the Liturgy.  Aodán ÓMuirthile did the readings and Lauren Ní Fhloinn sang the Psalm.  Peadar Ó Dúill, Adam O Floinn, Eoin Ó Caoimh, Ewan Mac Mullán, Aoife Nic Pháidín, Ciarán Ó Dubhgháin, Billy Ó Crónín agus Caitríona de Cógáin  ón nGaelscoil a léigh Guí an Phobal.  Bhí bileoga Aifrinn ar fáil ag na dóirse. The Cór Gaeilge was conducted by Siobhán de Cógáin, accompanied by Hugh Courtney.  Music played by Tomás Walsh, Clár Uí Mhaoláin, Aisling Allan agus Siobhán de Cógáin..  The next Aifreann Gaeilge will be on the second Sunday in April 9th, beidh an Cór Gaeilge ag canadh in áiléar na hEaglaise. There will be practice for An Cór Gaeilge on the previous Tuesday 4ú Aibreán at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre. Beidh fáilte roimh amhránaithe go dtí an Cór Gaeilge. Eolas ó Aislinn 021 437 2035.


Active Retired

26 members of the Carrigaline Active Retirement Association were on the road again on Thursday March 2nd when they traveled by bus to Collins Barracks for a tour, which they found to be a very interesting trip and was enjoyed by all; something different for a Thursday afternoon. They were back at the Parish Centre again on Thursday last March 9th with 37 members for their monthly session of Line Dancing with Frankie & Card Playing in the other room with Kaye finishing up with the usual cuppa & cakes thanks to the tea ladies.  Next Thursday 16th they have a St Patrick’s Day party at which Pete Duffy will be joining them for a bit of music & singing.  Anyone who is over 55 years of age and is retired is invited and welcome to join Carrigaline Active Retirement Association.  New members and new ideas always welcome.  For further information please contact Kaye Jeffords 086 057 6110 or Pat Sheridan 086 387 1108

Pioneer Dinner

The Cork City Regional dinner will take place in the Oriel Hotel, Ballincollig on Sunday April 2nd at 1.30pm.  Members from the Carrigaline Centre are looking forward to the occasion.


Matt Talbot Novena

Cork Regional Council is holding the annual Matt Talbot Mass and Novena on the Mondays of Lent.  It started on Monday night 7th March at 7.30pm with Fr Seán O’Leary C.C.Sp. from the Missions in Taiwan, this Monday March 14th the preacher was Very Rev Canon Michael Fitzgerald P.P. V.F. from Mitchelstown Parish and next Monday night it will be Fr Robert Young P.P Kinsale Parish.  It can be viewed online at


Comhaltas na Dúglaise

Comhaltas na Dúglaise has a busy week ahead.  This Wednesday they compete in the traditional music competitions in Feis Maitiú while at the same time the regular classes continue in the Gelscoil.  On St Patrick’s morning branch members play at mass in Mahon and Turner Cross, later a large contingent take part in the St Patrick’s Day parade at 1.00pm.  More play later at Marymount Hospice and later in the Orchard Bar from 5pm until 7pm.  On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19th the branch holds church gate collections.  Branch members also play for Seachtain na Gaeilge in schools.  The branch holds a table quiz in Douglas GAA hall on Friday March 31st as a fundraiser for the Munster Fleadh Cheoil being held in Cork City from July 18th to 23rd.  Enquiries

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