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The Cottage Community Cafe

The wait is finally over, Thank you to all our loyal customers for your remarkable patience; it was very much appreciated. The Cottage Community Cafe, Mahon Community Centre under the management of the Rainbow Club, opened for business on Monday 4th March 2019. The opening of the cafe had a huge response from the local community as well as beyond with a full house on its opening day. Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 8.00 pm and Saturdays from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. The Rainbow Club has invested heavily in the vital and necessary upgrading of the community cafe. This project needed huge financial investment and significant planning solutions to create a friendly, healthy and clean environment. Great credit is due to John and Karen O' Mahony, and everyone concerned. They have created a place where people can feel welcome, where delicious cuisine along with wonderful and creative home cooked dishes are served at affordable prices, and where community is at the heart of things. The cafe has provided space for all community groups; especially retired residents and people with mobility difficulties and learning disabilities. They have also created full-time employment and will also provide work placement for young people. A warm welcome awaits you at the Cottage Community Cafe. Best wishes go to Karen and John from Denis Coffey, manager of Mahon Community Centre,.

Holy Cross Boys & Girls School

Holy Cross Boys & Girls School are having their very own Open Dafor new Junior Infants on Wednesday 20th March from 1:30 pm. You’re very welcome to come and see us and we look forward to clarifying everything about your young ones coming here.

Splash of Colour Art Group

Splash of Colour Art Group based at the Mahon Community Centre are putting the finishing touches to their St. Patrick's Day collection. When finished, some of these pieces of art will go on display at the reception desk at Mahon Community Centre. The students have completed some incredible works of art over the past few years so we are really looking forward to the St. Patrick's Day collection.

Wheelie Bins

It’s come to our attention at Mahon Community Centre that a number of blue wheelie bins belonging to residents in the community of Mahon, have been stolen. We call on those who are doing this to think twice. This is a criminal offence and the people you’re taking the bins from in some cases are elderly and they are left badly devastated by your thievery. We would appeal to those involved; have a conscience and stop this immediately. If you are in a position to return those bins, please return them to Mahon Community Centre any night and we will make sure that they are given back to the people that they belong to. The Gardai are keeping an eye out for those involved in this senseless crime.

Over 60s Talent Competition at Mahon Community Centre

A heat of the Over 60's Talent Competition will be held at Mahon Community Centre on Wednesday 20th March @ 8.00pm. If you can sing, dance, play an instument or tell a funny story you will be welcome to participate on the night. For more details, pease contact Eileen Bolster at 0877845482

Mahon Community Centre Café

The Mahon Community Centre Cottage Café will be open from March 1st.

Holly Minihane

Holly Minihane, from Mahon is a very brave young lady. Holly suffers from Scolisos yet Holly shows huge resilience in reaching out to embrace whatever life offers. In her darkest days she finds the light and her story printed recently in the Evening Echo is inspirational. Holly's relationship to her family is remarkable and hugely special. We at the MAhon Community Centre wish Holly every success in the future and thank her for sharing her exceptionally moving story.

Denis Coffey

Denis Coffey, Manager Mahon Community Centre with Sean O Donovan a student at Nagle Community College who is doing a research project on how the Community Centre operates from Monday through to Saturday and has been taking notes about the history of the centre since it opened in December 2003. Sean has been excellent and has great prospects for the future. Well done Sean, from all of us at Mahon Community Centre.

Over 60s Competition

The Over 60s Competition is commencing soon. We are currently looking for people aged 60 and over to represent Mahon in year's local heat. The late Paddy O' Driscoll once said that: "It was a great honour to be a participant in the Over 60's Competition and if one is lucky enough to wni the heat, it's a remarkable and unforgettable experience to represnt your parish in the final held at the Cork City Hall" If you would like to be a participant in the Over 60's Competition 2019, please contact organisers; Eileen Bolster at 0877845482 or John O'Mahony at 0892380838. We also appeal to family members to encourage parents or grandparents to enter the competition because we're very aware there's a lot of hidden talent in Mahon area.

Cork blademasters based at Mahon community Centre are now recruiting new members. If you would like to be a member of one of the most exciting martial arts groups in the country, please all to Mahon Community Centre on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays after 8:00pm. Alternatively, contact Andrew on 0851614515 or email:[email protected] if that's more convenient.

Eilish McCarthy School Of Dance based at Mahon Community Centre have recently returned from the UK with a treasure chest of trophies. We take this opportunity to congratulate Eilish McCarthy and all the members of the group who performed brilliantly. They are a credit to their club and their community and we wish them every success for the future.

The Girl Guides are based at Mahon Community Centre. They are recruiting new members for 2019 in these age groups;Cygnets (ages 5-6 years), Brigins (ages 6/7 - 11 years) and the Guides (ages 10/11 - 17 years). The groups meet every Thursday night. The Cygnets from 5:00pm - 6:15pm, the Brigins from 6:30pm - 7:45pm and the Guides from 6:30pm - 8:00pm). A warm welcome is always assured.

Denis Murphy

Denis murphy died suddenly on Thursday 10th January 2019. Denis was well known in the community of Mahon and especially at his workplace, Mahon CDP. Denis was extremely popular and very passionate about his work when it came to cooking and as a result, he encouraged the youth and senior citizens alike to participate in his wonderful cooking classes. Denis also travelled abroad with some of the youth from Mahon and as a result, they experienced the culinary traditions of other cultures. Denis Coffey, Manager and staff of the Mahon Community Centre and John O' Mahony, Chairman on behalf of the Mahon Community Association wish to send our sincere condolences to his wife Claire, his son Donnacha and daughter Teagan as well as familly and friends. As a mark of respect, the flag will fly at half-mast at Mahon Community Centre on Monday. R.I.P Denis, gone, but never forgotten.

2018 A Year in Review

20218 was an exceptional year for the majority of clubs at the Centre. A number of clubs that represent us abroad have done extremely well and won a treasure chest of trophies. Clubs closer to homw performed at the highest level which was very encouraging. All this led to a huge influx of new members and as a result, the clubs went from strength to strength. Manager of the Centre, Denis Coffey would also like to point that the Rainbow Club, a voluntary organisation at the Centre that provides a service for children with autism and their parents won numerous prestigious awards. It's of great importnace that we acknowledge the extraordinary and remarkable work being done by the clubs and the groups over the years. We hope to continue this great work in 2019 and once again we would like to encourage people to check out what is on offer at Mahon Community Centre for their child. We also like to point out to the senior citizens in our community and beyond that there a range of different activities that go in the Centre on a daily basis. A warm welcome awaits you and we look forward to seeing some new as well as familiar faces in 2019.

Peace Garden

The Peace Garden at Mahon Community Centre celebrated its tenth anniversary on Monday 14th January 2019. Manager of Mahon Community Centre, Denis Coffey, is organising a special mass and a coffee morning to commemorate the building of the Peace Garden. On August 15th 2008, the name of the Peace Garden was changed to the Omagh Peace Garden to makr the tenth anniversary of the Omagh Bomb, remembering and honouring those who were killed and injured in the 1998 atrocity. The garden was officialy opened by Professer Paddy Grey of Ulster University along with oher dignitaries. A large number of residents from Mahon and Blackrock attended this historical event. The Omagh Peace Garden in Mahon is the only of its kind in the Republic of Ireland and Michael Gallagher, spokesperson fot the Omagh Support & Self Help Group were delighted with the kind gesture and thanked all those concerned. For the past twenty years, a group from Mahon Community Centre have been going to Omagh to pay thier respects to all those who died in the 1998 atrocity and also remembering all the victims of terrorism, both at home and worldwide.

Rainbow Club

The Rainbow Clubs is a Cork Charity based at Mahon Community Centre. Manager Denis Coffey launched the cycle Saftey Awareness Month recently. Booklets are available from Mahon Community Centre. Many children will recieve bicycles as Christmas presents and we strongly advise parents to pick up this booklet which is free of charge. It's imperative that everyone be aware of the dangers when cycling and especially at Christmas time. young children are often inclined to take off and not be fully aware of the dangers. Always wear a helmet and make sure your bike is properly lit up and in good working condition. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Mercedes O' Callaghan

The emerging rap artist recently talked about life, art and rap with Manager, Denis Coffey. Denis said "Mercedes comes from a childhood in Mahon where a career was born. Hers is truly astonishing story, a dream come true from Mercedes, a student emerging from the Cork Academy of Music." Mercedes gained recognition nationwide recently after appearing on the 6.01 RTE News with Pascal Sheehy, Munster correspondent. She tells us she totally enjoyed singing her song live on RTÉ One. Further, as she totally enjoyed singing her song live on RTÉ One. Further, as she makes her way professionally, she also guested on Cork's 96FM flagship PJ Coogan show. Mercedes plans a full time singing career. Denis continues "Mercedes plans a full time singing career. Denis continues, "Mercedes has an extrordinary career ahead of her. Within a short period of time Mercedes will become a household name, especially when she releases her new CD which will gon on sale in 2019." As one might expect from a fully committed creative force and refreshingly authentic young woman, Mercedes concluded the conversation with Dennis, attesting, "I have the unfailing support of family and friends." It's onwards and upward from here on out for Mercedes whose association with the Community Centre has been constant since she was a young child.

Momentous Day

The Angles and Shepherds magical wonderland extravaganza was a remarkable success. The host venue for this annual Christmas event was Mahon Community Centre. Children from all the local crechres in Mahon and Blackrock were accompanied by their parents, grandparents, family members and friends. They waitted in anticipation for Santa's arrival and were not disappointed when he arrived with his bagful of gifts. This day provided long life memories to take home which will make for great conversation into the season and beyond. The Manager of Mahon Community Centre, Denis Coffey wished to take this opportunity to thank John O' Mahony and the volunteers with the creshes, the teachers and the many others who put in a huge effort year in, year out to make this wonderful event possible. Then he thanked Maria Brothers of Maria's Community Cafe who' "did an excellent job with catering." Everyone worked together in a communal atmosphere of great spirit. Last, but not least, Denis thanked Santa J who carried out such a magnificent job. Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to all concerned.

Splash of Colour Art Group

Splash of Colour Art Group based in Mahon Community Centre continue to display their magnificent works of completed recently. Some of the students' artwork can be seen at Maria's Community Cafe. A visit is highly recommended. We wish to congratulate all the art students who have completed such extraordinary and remarkable paintings in these past few months. They are presently working on a Christmas collection which we are all looking forward to seeing.

Shotokan Karate Club

Let 2019 be a New-Beginning for your Child. A number of clubs are looking to recruit new members at the moment at the Mahon Community Centre. The Shotokan Karate Club with trainer extraordinare Boby George is a superb club that virtues of which we cant' extol enough. It provides great training for athleticism and for the rest of life too. The Shotokan Karate club meets ever Monday from 5.00-6.00pm and Wednesday from 6-7pm. A warm welcome awaits you.

The Eilish McCarthy School Of Dance

The Eilish McCarthy School Of Dance in #mahon Community Centre have had an exceptional and extraordinary year. The club has won numerous prestigious awards at home and abroad. the club meets every Tuesday from 4-6.30 pm and Fridays from 3.30 - 6.30 pm. New members are always welcome tp this extraordinary club. They are the pride of the community and great credit is due to everybody concerned.


It's time again for all of us at the Mahon Community Centre to put up the Christmas decorations and tree. We've decided that next week will be the right time. Pictured are tow members of the cygnets helping to decorate the tree at the Centre in 2017. Hopefully, they will help us again this year as they did an excellent job last year.

Splash of Colour Art Academy

Students from the Splash of Colour Art Academy based at the Mahon Community Centre are putting on a display of their magnificent and remarkable paintings which were completed last Tuesday 6th November 2018. Great credit is due to all concerned. Some of the paintings can be seen on display at Maria's Community Cafe in Mahon Community Centre. A visit could not be more highly recommended.

"This year's Autumn Art Competition 2018 sponsored by the Mahon Community Centre has been one of the biggest ever" says Manager, Denis Coffey. The number of pictures recieved was enormous and the magnificant quality something to behold. It will be difficult this year to pick a winner. In saying that, every participant is a winner. We take this opportunity to thank those who took part and espically the parents who helped and supported their children. A lot of the art work was carried out during the mid-term break which kept the children really busy.

Girl Guides

The Girl Guides have been based at the Mahon Community Centre for over ten years and in that time, dozens of young girls have joined and some have become leaders. It's a fantastic orgainistaion and has an awful lot to offer young girls. Not only is it a great place for them to meet new friends in a safe and healthy environment where the youth leaders take personal interest in every individual but every week there are differnet skills to be learned. The guides at this present moment are recruiting new members. They meet every Thursday night at Mahon Community Centre. the cygnets meet from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. The brigins meet from 6.15pm to 7.45pm and the guides meet from 6.15pm to 8.00pm. A very warm welcome awaits everyone. For further onformation, call to Mahon Community Centre any Thursday night from 5.15pm to 8.00pm.

Mahon christmas Tree Lightning and Remembrance Ceremony

Will take place on friday 7th December 2018 at 6.30pm at Holy Cross Church, Mahon. The attendance last year of residents from Mahon, Blackrock and the wider community was remarkable. There is also enormous credit due to all of those who put in a huge effort to make this a very special annual event.

The tree symbolises the true meaning of Christmas and especially, remembering all those who are no longer with us. It is a wonderful time to come together as a community and share in this very special experience

The Walking Group

The walking group based at Mahon Community Centre. They meet every Thursday morning around 9.45am. First, the walk, then back for tea, snacks and friendly chat, is the brilliant or what!?The walking group;active retired men and women, have been based at the Centre for around ten years. The members are very passionate about the group and that is so visible. To exercise regularly keeps one resonably in good helth. This is not a fitness programme. You walk at your own pace. If you would like to be part of this rematkable group of people who are not clannish, just friendly call on Thursday mornings to Mahon Community Centre around 9.45 am. A warm welcome awaits you. Wear clothing appropriate to weather conditions.

Ringmahon Rangers AFC

Ringmahon Rangers AFC, one of the fastest growing soccer clubs in the city and county with over 600 members, are going from strength to strength. They are at present running a soccer academy on saturday mornings from 10.30am .boys and girls are welcome. There is great credit due to Chairman Vincent Noonan, Secretary Sean Fitzgerald, Treasurer Paul Higgins and other members of board plus volunteers, parents and especially all those who play with this fantastic club. They are the pride of the community and beyond and we at Mahon Community Centre would like to wish them every success for the future.