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.