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Scór Sinsear

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.

Scór nabPaisti

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.

The OsKaRs

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.

Pipe Band

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.

Lifelong Learning

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 enrol online.

Tidy Towns

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.

Gospel Choir

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.

Tidy Towns

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!

Active Retired

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.

Pipe Band

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.

Mens Shed

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.

Christmas Swims

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

Scór Final

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.

Long Puc

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.

New Schools

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.

Active Retired

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.

Mens Shed

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.

Tidy Towns

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.

Scór Calendar

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.

Active Retired

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.

Tidy Towns

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.

Awards Night

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.

Lions Club

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.