Derry Mc Carthy of Castletreasure was declared the winner of the Carrigaline heat of the Over 60's talent contest which was held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Friday last March 1st. Local organiser, Kevin Meaney, welcomed the contestants and the gathering and then introduced the Over 60's organiser Paddy O'Brien. Paddy introduced and interviewed the contestants, twelve in all. The adjudicators were Humphrey O'Callaghan and Charlie McAlister. It prooved to be a highly entertaining night with songs from Mick Fitzsimons, Francis McCarthy, Allie Duke, Tony Bransfield, Packie Jones, Mick Allen, Susan McSweeney, Derry McCarthy (winner) PAt Byrne, Eleanor Walsh and Michael O'Sullivan alongside a beautiful recitation from Helen Brennan. The Credit Union, main sponsors. All contestants were presented with special mementoes designed by Peter Lee Crystal. The semi-final of the over 60s takes place in City Hall on Tuesday MAy 7th and the final on Sunday June 16th. Winner of the Best Dressed LAdy was Margaret Healy from ROchestown. Music for the dance was provided by Johnny & Pat.
Great progress is being made on the construstion of the Carrigaline Men's Shed new 4,000sq ft building at Waterpark. Everything is now going to plan with a date of May 31st for occupation. However a lot of work still remains to be done, it is hoped all the blockwork will be completed within weeks, followed by fitting the windows and doors .All interior work will take another six weeks to two months. Meanwhile all regualr activities continue in the temporary prefab. The men sill meet every day Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 4.00pm working on a variety of projects. Bird boxes and feeders are still popular requests from callers, the men also make self-standing planters of various sizes to order. The Men's Shed are still promoting their 'Sponsor a €5 Block' campaign with a target of €25,000 to meet an estimated shortfall in funding. The Men's Shed will parade in the St Patrick's Day Parade. New members welcome, enquiries Francis O'Brien 0872306640, Barry Cogan 0878137990 or Roger Morrissey 0872203547.
Annual Variety Concert
The Carrigaline Men's Shed has a fabulous programme in place for the annual Variety Concert in Carragine Court Hotel on Sunday March 24th at 7.30pm and promises a feast of comedy, music, singing ans dancing. Heading up the programme are renowed tenor Dan Twomey, champion story teller Paddy O'Brien, champion Kiely Walsh Academy of Irish Dance, Comhaltas, Carrigaline Pipe Band, the Musical Society and many other singers ans musicians. The Men's Shed choir are practicing every Tuesday morning and are looking forward to perfroming in front of a home audience. Tickets at €10 will be on sale in the Supervalu all this friday March 8th and Saturday MArch 9th or from shed members, Carrigaline Court Hotel or on the door on the night. Enquiries Martin Parfrey 0871611876 or Barry Cogan 0878137990.
St Patrick's Day Parade
Carrigaline St Patrick's Day Parade organising committee are looking for extra stewards this year. A hige crowd is expected for this year's spectacular event which will set off from Dairygold Co Op Stores at 1.30pm. You can contact them on their Facebook page, email [email protected] or call in to the Carrigdhoun office on the Main Street.
Comhgraideachas le Sinéad Ní Rinn won the Scealaíocht 11-14 in the Munster Final of Ceol An Geimhridh in Dromcollogher last Sunday. Douglas Comghaltas weekly traditional music classes in Gaelscoil na Dúglaise are taking a break this week for the midterm. All will resume again next week February 27th. Craobh an Dúglaise will be busy for Seachtain naGaeilge. They are preparing for Feis Maitiú. Members who want to enter for the Fleadh Cheoil will have to have the entreies in before March 8th. The County Fleadh takes place in Dunmanway this year on the weekend od April 26/27/28 April, the weekend after Easter.
The Carrigaline Active Retirement Association took 36 members on a day trip to Tralee on Thursday last. The bus left CArrigaline at 10 o'clock. Their first stop was the Mills in Ballyvourney for refreshments and then on to Tralee for lunch. They explored the town of Tralee and did a bit of shopping after which it was back to the Mills again for dinner that everyone enjoyed . Next Thursday February 28th it is back to the Parish Centre for a game of whist at 2.30pm. Anyone who is over 55 years of age and is retired is invited and welcome to join Carrigaline Active Retirement Association. It meets every Thursday afternoon in the Parish Centre from 2.30 to 4.30pm except when they go on outings. New members and new ideas always welcome. Contact Pat Sheridan 0863871108.
The chaps at the Carrigaline Men's Shed continue to be very active and involved in many endeavours. Last weekend saw many of their members involved in th eCarrigaline OsKaRs especially "The field" which was produced by Aidan Winters, for which he won Best Producer, and starred Best Actor Kevin Meaney as Bull McCabe. Most of the extras in that film were Shedders. More members were involved with some of the other films. THe development of the new Shed is progressing with the first of the walls being built. The fundraising "Sponsor a Block" project is ongoing and sponsors are welcome. The Men's Shed choir have gained another few members recently recently, they practice every Tuesday morning at 11.00am in theLions youth Centre. On Tuesday afternoon they entertained at Haven Bay Nursing Home, Kinsale. The Men's Shed annual Variety Concert will take place on Sunday March 24th in the Carrigaline Court Hotel at 7.30pm. As you'd expect, work continues in the Shed on many interesting projects.
St Patrick's Day Parade
The St. Parick's Day Parade Committee is delighted to announce that this year's Grand Marshall will be Finbarr Spillane, founder of the Homeless Drive, a tean of volunteers that work tirelessly to provide food and comfort to the homeless people of cork. You can find them in thier unity in the Donnybrook Industrial Extate in Douglas or on the Homeless Drive Facebook page. The Master of Ceremonies for the day and voice of the parade will be Willie Walsh, Chairman of Carriglaine United AFC and also a volunteer wit hthe CArrigaline Family support Centre for which he was shortlisted for the Volunteer Ireland Award. Willie is also involved in many other organisations in Carrigaline. More volunteers are needed by the St Patrick's Day parade committee to help out at the parade if it is to continue every year. If you will be attending the parade anyway you may as well help out. You can conact them on their Facebook page, email [email protected]
The Carrigaline Active Retirement Association held their annual general meeting Thursday last. All were welcomed by Chariperson Marian Lynch who spoke on the past year's AGM and read the Secretary's report. Noreen Lawlor, Hon Treasurer gave a detailed financial reprot. Officers elected were: Chariperson , Pat Sheridan; Vice Chairperson and Social Secretary Freda O'Connor; Minute Secretary Nellie Mcginty;Hon Treasurer Noreen Lawlor; Assistant Treasurer Phil Cooper; PRO Noreen O'Reilly. CARA have a busy and varied programme arranged for the year ahead. This Thursday they meet as usual in the Parish Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm when all can enjoy "Go for Life" exercises, a chat and tea and cakes. Anyone who is over 55 years of age and is retired is invited and i welcome to join Carrigaline Active Retirement Association that meets every Thursday afternoon in the Parish centre from 2.30 to 4.30pm. New members and new ideas always welcome.
The steel frame and roof of the 4,000ft Carrigaline Men's Shed was erected by Gleeson's Steel last week. The crew arrived on Monday morning and had the job completed by Thursday evening. The next part of the €200,000 project is the building of the block walls, and the fitting of doors and windows. The interior of the finished building will include the Men's Shed club house with assembly room, a modern fully fitted kitchen, meeting room, office, wood workshop, metal/mechanical workshop, a museum and storage space. The centrally located site which is adjoined by woodland and a freshwater pond will have curtilage, polytunnel, storage and parking area at waterpark off the Church Road. The Carrigaline Men's Sed is involved in many projects including restoring old farm machinery and furniture and making planters and window boxes, bird boxes and feeders. New members are always welcome at Shed which is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Saturday. The Men's Shed AGM is fixed for Wedensday February 13th at 11.00am at the Lions Youth centre. Enquiries Francis O'Brien 0872306640, Barry Cogan 0878137990 or Roger Morrissey 0872203547.
The Carrigaline and district Lions Club are working flat out organising two major events in aid of local charites. The OsKaRs is a big challenge and experience for them, most of the production work is done with the showing awards nights fixed for the Friday February 22nd and Saturday February 23rd at Carrigaline Court Hotel. Tickets €30 may be had at Carrigaline Court Hotel. The beneficiaries will be the Lions Youth Centre, Camden Fort Meagher, Sonas School and the Carrigaline Men's Shed. Their next event is the annual Great Railway Run and comes with encouragement to participate and register early.
Due to weather conditions the Carrigaline Tidy Towns team took a welcome break from litter picking last Saturday morning. However some civic volunteers did the weekly clean-up of their own immediate area. Despite all the publicity litter continues to be a national problem.
Owenabue Garden and Flower Club
The Owenabue Garden and Flower Club Carrigaline will hold their next meeting on Monday 25th Febuary at 8.00pm in the C or I school hall. Liam Grainger will give a talk on "The joys of spring". New members and visitors welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615.
The Carrigdhoun Scór Sinsear final in the Marion hall,Ballinhassig on Sunday last proved to be a night of great entertainment provided by a small number of contestnts to a small number audience. The results are a follows: Reciatation 1st Elaine Lombard Ballinhassig, 2nd Pat O'Leary Kinsale. Solo singing 1st Aisling Allan Carrigaline, 2nd Richard Murphy Ballinhassig. Instrumental Music Group 1st Ballinhassig, 2nd Carrigaine. Ballad group 1st Carrigaline. The winners compete next in the County semi-final on Saturday February 2nd. The Kinsale table quiz team were placed third in the County Final of Scór Quiz on Saturday last at Éire Óg hall in Ovens.
The Soth East semi-finals of Scór na bPáistí will take place in Ballinspittle on Friday February 8th at 7.00pm and in Marian Hall Ballinhassig on Saturday February 9th at 2.30pm. Children from all National Schools in the division are eligible to participate. Enquiries Sheila Murphy 087768 6112 / (021)4888103, BarryCogan 0878137990 or John Newman (021) 4775263.
Tickets for the OsKaRs, a series of locally produced films and organised as a fundraiser by the Carrigaline and District Lions Club, will be on sale to the public shortly. Seven short films will be shot and edited in the weeks ahead. The films will be shown in Carrigaline Court Hotel in a glitering extravaganza on Saturday February 23rd and on Sunday February 24th. The beneficiaries of the fundraising are the Lions Youth Centre, Camden Fort Meagher, Sonas school and Carrigaline Men's Shed. Enquiries 0872307144.
Pipers from the Carrigaline Pipe Band played at the opening of the Douglas independence Park on Saturday morning last. The gathering was addressed by republican historian Sean Kelleher. The Independence Park was officially opened by minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD. Meanwhile the full band continues to practice every Monday and Thursday in the Bandroom. Their first engagemens of 2019 are the Carrigaline St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Crosshaven Parade the following day and the Carrigaline Men's Shed Concert on Sunday March 24th. Enquiries Paddy O'Connell 087 968 8533.
Carrigaline Community School is open for adult education calsss in computers, cookery, dressmaking, childcare, languages, digital photography, pilates and yoga among other courses on Monday and Tuesday nights and on Wednesday afternoons. They offer tennis coaching and golf on Thursday mornings. Information on www.carrigcs.ie/adult enrol online.
The Carrigaline Tidy towns litter picking continued again at 9.30am last Saturday morning. Bags were collected in the Waterpark woodland area, filling 16 bags, and also on the Cork Road approach road. Many other volunteers worked in thier own ousing estates and on adjoining roadsides. A job well done and a credit to all who take such pride in our town. The litter picking campaign contines next Saturday morning, volunteers meet at 9.30am by the Tidy Towns headquarters in the Owenbue car park.
New Year Resolutions
Every club and organisation in Carrigaline offer a new year resolution opportunity to all in the parish to join them. The sports clubs, Leisure clubs and all the choirs extend a warm welcome to new members for the New Year.
Mens Shed Table Quiz
The Carrigaline Men's Shed annual Table Quiz takes place on saturday next January 19th at 7.30pm in the GAA Pavilion. Tables of four €40. This Quiz has proved to be a great fun night with lots of prizes. All are welcome. Enquiries Martin Parfrey 0872688637, Barry Cogan 0878137990 or Roger Morrissey 0872203547.
The Carrigaline Gospel Choir is holding auditions during the month of January. The choir currently has spaces in their Alto part. Of you or someone you know, loves to sing and would enjoy being part of their uplifting choir, please contact Keren on 0876598721 or private message the choir on their Facebook page to arrange a very simple auditon. The Gospel choir are delighted to welcome anyone aged 18 and over. The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings in Carrigaline from September until May/June.
Carrigaline Tidy Towns were off to an early start in the New Year last Saturday morning January 5th. In answer to the call that went out inviting volunteers to go litter picking, fifteen turned up at HQ in the Owebabue Car park. They split up and cleared differnet sections of the town and collected a total of 17 bage of litter. Many other volunteers pick litter and clean up other people's mess on a regualr basis. Tidy Towns volunteers will be in action each Saturday morning at 10.30am.
School Garden Shortlisted
The Butterfly garden "Tír na bhFéileacáin" created at Gaelscoil Charrig Uí Leighin has been shortlisted in the school category of the national "Learning Together for Biodiversity Awards" - Irish Wildlife Trust in Project C - leading on biodiversity through education. Voting on Facebook is part of this and Carrigaline are leading at the moment. Well done Múinteói Clár, the pupils and all involved!
Carrigaline Active Retirement Association return after the Christmas break back to the Parish Centre. Anyone who is over 55years of age and is retired is invited and welcome to join Carrigaline Active Retirement Association that meets every Thursday afternoon in the Parish Centre from 2.30 to 4.30pm. New members and new ideas always welcome.
The Carrigaline Pipe Band meet every Monday and Thursday for practise at 7.00pm. New members most welcome to call in any night. Enquiries Paddy O'Connell 0879685833.
Carrigdhoun Cycling Club
THe Carrigaline cycling club welcomes new members, they have an open evening in the Carrigaline Lions youth Centre on Church Road on Thursday January 31st at 8.00pm - sign up on the night. Carrigdhoun Cycling club is a leisure cycling club that caters for all levels of cyclist in a sociable and friendly environment. The club will give lost of advice and guidance on the night to all levels of cyclist on bike mechanics, bike fit physio expert advice on all things cycling.
the Wren Boys
All roads lead to Carrigaline on St Stephen's morning for the annual Wren Boys Street Festival and the South Union Hunt Meet. The Main Street will be closed to traffic from the Bridge to the corner house from 11.00am to 1.00pm. The Wren Boyys play traditional music on the Gid Rig by Phelan's Pharmacy and the dancers will invite the public to join them for a few steps on the Main Street. It promises to be great craic again this year and more people are invited to dress up and join in the fun. A collection will be taken up on the day in aid of Marymount and Motor Neuron Disease Association all car parks will be accessibile. At 1.00pm when the roads re-open the Wren boys will visit all the pubs and the hotel playing and singing as they go. Enquiries 087 813 7990.
South Union Hunt Meet
For over 200 years the South Union hunt meet on Main Street in Carrigaline on St Stephen's Day. This years they meet at 12 noon outside Rosies where they will be treated to the traditional hot toddies by Brendan and staff. With the sound of the hunting horn the horses, riders and the hounds make a colourful spectacle as they head off south through crowded Main Street for a gallop in the countryside.
The Carrigaline Men's Shed choir were disapointed that their performance in aid of Penny Dinners at the Glow Christmas Festival in Cork City last Saturday was cancelled due to stormy weather. The Men's Shed held a two day bag-packing fundraiser last Friday and Saturday in Dunnes Stores. Thanks to shoppers for their generous support. The Men's Shed are making trophies for the Carrigaline Runners race which will take place on the Carrigaline Crosshaven walkway after Christmas. The Men's Shed will be helping with stewarding at the Wren of St Stephan's Day and also at the road race. The members of the Shed held their Christmas party in the GAA pavillion on Thursday last. The Men's Shed wish all their members, supporters and friends a happy and a holy Christmas and a healthy New Year.
Orgainised swims are taking place in Myrtleville and Roberscove on Christmas Morning. Some 60 to 100 enthusiasts swim all year round on Myrtleville beach. For those who wish to support deserving causes sponsorship cards are available. The DAny Crowley swim in aid of the Mercy Hospital Children's Leukaemia Unit is at 10.30am. Sponsorship cards for that swim can be got at Mano Mano 0863739135
The final of Cork County Scór na nÓg is fixed for Ovens Hall on Friday December 28th at 5.00pm. CArrigdhoun will have two teams competing in the final, the Kinsale Ceol Úirlise and Carrigaline in the Rince Fóirne. Other qualifiers from Carrigaline were unavailable due to holidays and family commitments.
Carrigaline GAA hold their long puc competition on Sunday December 30th from 12 non to 2.00pm. Adults €5 Under-16 €3. Carrig Social hurling for over 30's every Monday night in the all weather pitch. Open to all over 30's, €5 per person. Contact 0851182551
Children's Christmas Mass
The Children's Mass will be celbrated on Christmas eve December 24th at 4.30pm which is a very suitable time for families with small children. The later Masses will be at 6.00pm, 8.00pm and 10.00pm. Masses on Christmas Day will be at 8.30am, 10.00am and 12.30pm.
Three new schools are to be built by the Crok education and Traning Board on a 22 acre site beyond Carrigcourt on the Ballinrea Road within the next two years. The building of the school campus includes a 500 pupil Gaelcholáiste and the relocation of the Gaelscoil and Sonas. The €20 million project was held up for a number of years to allow for an archaeological study to be carrie out. Tenders for the ultra-modern school campus development have been recieved, the enabling work is completed and the planned date to commence construction is early in the New Year.
Carrigaline traffic is increasing in volume and continues to be a topic of conversation. Consultants have produced a report to improve traffic from the Crosshaven Road via Bothar Guidel to church Road. Most people agree with lengthening of the lanes serving left for the Church and the holding lane turning right for Church Road. However most would oppose replacing the roundabout by Lidl with traffic lights. In fact many suggest a roundabout on the Church Road and the replacing of the lights on he main approach road from Cork by Janeville with a roundabout.
Carrigaline Active Retirement Association continue to meet every Thursday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in the Parish Centre. One of the exceptions is Thursday 29th of November when CARA pay their annual Christmas visit to Griffin's Garden Centre in Dripsey. A few members are heading to Killarney to join in the Christmas Crackers. Last week 36 members enjoyed a game of bingo. New me,bers and new ideas are always welcome.
Fine Gael Nomination
The Carrigaline Fine Gael organisation has recommended Liam O'Connor to contest the convention of the newly drawn Carrigaline electoral area in the next year's County Council elections. Liam, a scientist working in Jansen, is best known in the localoty as Chairman of Carrigaline Tidy Towns.
The members of the Carrigaline Men's Shed are anxiously waiting for the commencement of the construction of the new Shed. The foundation of the 20' x 18' building is laid and ready to take the building. The block layers are due on site early December with a target date of end of year to complete the building. Fundraising continues with the 'sponsor €5 a block' campaign. Businesses and the public at large are vey generous in their support. Meannwhile many activites continue in the temporary prefab with the woodwork shop making bird boxes, including owl boxes, bird feeders, fairy doors and repairing various household and garden furniture. Kindling at €5 a bag is available at the shed. The mechaincal section continues to renovate engines and old farm machinery. The Men's Shed choir continue to practice in the Lions Youth Centre every Tuesday morning at 11.00am. They have a number of engagements during the month of December. New members of engagements during the month of December. New members are always welcome in the Men's Shed. For information contact Francis O'Brien 0872306640, Roger Morrissey 0872203547 or Barry Cogan 0878137990.
The Carrigaline Pioneers are offering a short term pledge for Advent on Sunday December 2nd after all Masses. Make enquiries at the back of the Church on your departure.
Carrigaline Tidy Towns have a number of major projects in the pipeline for the coming year. Having gained an extra eight marks in this year's National Tidy Towns competition and haing won their second Gold Medal the committee are hungry for success and continue to plan ahead. Meetings were held recently with the sculptor, the committee and former employees of the pottery to plan a suitable monument to commemmorate the Carrigaline Pottery which was central to the life of the parish in the last century. A train with carriages full of flowers to mark the train running through Carrigaline in the early part of the last century is due to be placed on the green by BothairGuidel. The pond area of Waterpark will be landscaped over the winter months with the adjoining woodland area planned to be developed as a community park in the next phase. A new bird watching platform, grant aided by Cork County Council, is being installed in the Sail garden. The committee are in discussion with Bird Watch Ireland. A project is being planned on the history, wildlife and biodiversity of the Owenabue river. A wild life garden is planned for an area in Mount Rivers near the new relief road. A meeting to discuss further projects was held on Tuesday November 6th in the Community Complex, anyone else with ideas or proposals get in touch with any member or call to Tidy towns HQ in the Car park any Wednesday evening.
Honey Bee Project
Carrigaline Tidy Towns installed three Beehives of honey bees at Shannon Park on Saturday morning. The project was sponsored by Adrian Keane Landscape Services Ltd. Adrian is a Carrigaline based landscaper.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Scór GAA, clubs in the Carrigdhoun division are responding to request and are encouraging participation in the cultural competitions in the season ahead. The final of Scór na nÓg will take place in the Marian Hall, Ballinhassig on Sunday Febuary 24th at Riverstick Hall. All interested contact your local club or Sheila Murphy 0877686112 / (021)4888103, Barry Cogan 0878137990 or John Newman (021)4775263.
Over 40 attended the Active Retirement Association musical afternoon in the Carrigaline Library on Thursday last. They were greeted on arrival by library staff who treated them to tea and biscuits. Musical entertainment headed upby Tim O'Leary, Eileen Desmond and Peter Rooney had the crowd singing along to the golden oldies. Several CARA members did their party pieces which added to the entertainment and enjoyment of all. This Thursday it's back to the Parish Centre for Line Dancing with Frankie and card playing in the small room. CARA meet every Thursday in the Parish Centre from 2.30om to 4.30pm. New members and ideas always welcome.
Carrigaline Tidy Towns continue working to make Carrigaline a cleaner, nicer more presentable place to work, to visit and to live in. Last Saturday October 20th was Carrigaline daffodil bulb planting day because due to the weather firecast for last weekend they postponed the event by one week. Volunteers met at Tidy Towns headquarters at the front of the Owenabue car park at 10.30am. Planning for the purposed sculpture to the memory of the Carrigaline Pottery is progressing. A preliminary meeting re the project was fixed for Tuesday October 16th in the Community Complex. Former employees were invited. Any ideas please contect Tidy Towns. Tidy Towns were invited to the Muintir na Tíre 'Pride of the community' awards on Wednesday October 24th at 7.30pm in the Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig.
The Carrigaline Tidy Towns Awards was held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on thursday October 25th at 8.00pm. This is always a great community occasion when awards for the best estates, business premises, shop fronts and best roadside gardens are presented. The programme included an overview of this year's progress, successes and challenges. The annual community awards were also presented.
The South East board of the GAA are heading up the revival of Scór in the division. The cultural aspect of the GAA Scór continues to be an important item on the agenda. Another special meeing of club officials including cultural officers was held in Riverstiack on Tuesday October 23rd. The Carrigdoun final of Scór na nÓg(U17) is fixed for Sunday December 2nd in Ballinhassig at 7.00pm.
The next big fundraiser being orgainised by the Lions Club is the 'Oskars' which is a follow on from Strickly. Some eight short films will be made over the wnter months culminating in a 'Oskars' night in February. Watch this space.
Bhí Aifreann Gaelach á chéiliúradh ag an tAth Charle Nyhan at an Domhnack seo caite 14ú Deireadh Fomhair agus pobal mór i láthair. Nóirin Ní Shúilleabhain did the first reading, Aisling Allan sang the Psalm and Aoife Nic Pháidín did the second reading. Páistí ón nGaelscoil read GUí an Phobal. The Cór Gaeilge was conducted by Siobhán de Cógáin, accompanied by Séan Pól ó Taitín and music group played by grupa cheol tradisiúnta. Bhí cleachta gear ag an Cór tar éis Aifreann chun iomann nua a fhoghlaim. The next Aifreann Gaelige will be on Sunday November 11th at 10.00am. Beidh cleachta don Cór Gaelge san Ionad Paróiste ar an Mairt 6ú Samhain ar 8.00i.n. Beidh failte roimh amhranathe go dtí an Cór Gaelige. The Aifreanna Gaelach takes place on the second Sunday of every month at 10.00 am. Eolas ó Aislinn 0879699488.