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Scór na bPáistí

The Carrigdhoun final of Scór na bPáistí takes place at 1.30pm in the Marian Hall, Ballinhassig this Sunday March 1st. Qualifiers from the two semi-finals will compete in the final. The winners go on to compete in County semi-final. Enquiries Sheila Murphy 087-7686112/021-4888103,

Barry Cogan 087-8137990 or John Newman 021-4775263.

Tidy Towns

Carrigaline Tidy Towns have a busy programme of activities for the month of March. The annual poster competition is being promoted in all the primary and secondary schools of the parish, the theme this year is “No to Plastic”. Maura Allen will collect entries this weekend. Tidy Towns have a family tree planting day organised for National Tree Week at the end of March, anyone interested contact Betty 085 1444 206. Tidy Towns are planning a spectacular entry for this year’s St Patrick’s Day parade in Carrigaline. Meanwhile the day to day activities go on with litter picking and spring planting. Volunteers always welcome, meet at HQ in Owenabue car park Saturday mornings at 9.30am 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.

Pipe Band

Pipers from the Carrigaline Pipe Band will play at procession in the church on the occasion of the Parish Confirmations. Carrigaline are looking forward to the Pipe Band playing at the 10am Mass on St. Patrick’s morning and leading the parade in the afternoon. The Band continues to practice every Monday and Thursday nights in the Band Hall. Enquiries Paddy O’Connell 087 968 5833.

St Patrick’s Day Parade

The organising committee are working hard organising this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Carrigaline. They are also fundraising. Last weekend volunteers did bag packing in Dunnes Stores and this weekend they hold a cake sale after masses from 9.30am until 1.30pm in the Band Hall. Enquiries Adrian O’Herlihy 087 231 2798 or check their Facebook page.

Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland

The Traditional Lacemakers of Ireland are celebrating Irish lacemaking in the Trident Hotel in Kinsale from March 9thto March 13th. Classes for beginners and advanced students. They will have two guest speakers during the festival. Lace shop suppliers, Manly Lace, will attend on Tuesday. There will be classes with qualified teachers in Carrickmacross, Limerick, Bandon Mountmellick, Irish Crochet, Youghal needlepoint and many more, for information email

Over 60s

In the lead up to this year’s Over 60s talent competition Chief Organiser Paddy O’Brien will hold an official launch of the Carrigaline heat. The local event takes place in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Friday March 13th. Enquiries Kevin Meaney 087 943 0600.

Men’s Shed

Work is continuing in the completion of the Carrigaline Men’s Shed new building. A lot of work still remains to be done some of which can be done by the men themselves and the major works by contractors. Fundraising continues to be high on the agenda with the ‘Sponsor a €5 Block’ proving to be successful. The annual variety concert on Sunday March 22nd is another important date on the Mens’s Shed calendar. The Men’s Shed Choir continues to practice every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am in the Lions Youth Centre. They will perform in their own upcoming concert and also have been invited back to entertain in Cork Airport on Saturday March 14th. They have also been invited back to sing at a number of retirement homes. At the Shed bird boxes and feeders and kindling can be bought. New members are always welcome at the Shed contact Francis O’Brien 087 230 6640, Barry Cogan087 813 7990 or Roger Morrissey 087 2203547.


Carrigaline Active Retirement Association took 37 members on a day trip to Waterford on Thursday last. They left Carrigaline at 9.30am took a stop at The Park Hotel in Dungarvan for refreshments before continuing on to Waterford. Everyone was free to do what they wanted; some went walking and visited the Waterford Crystal showrooms and had lunch there while others went shopping, Shaws is very popular with CARA members as they don’t have one in Cork. They headed back for dinner in the Park Hotel again, which was enjoyed by all, before heading home. They arrived back in Carrigaline at 8.30pm after a very pleasant day. On Thursday next February 27th Eleanor Lehane from Cork County Council will give a talk on Waste Management which should be very interesting. Anyone who is over 55 years 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 2.30pm to 4.30pm except when they go on outings. New members and new ideas always welcome.


A large contingent from Comhaltas na Dúglaise took part in Scoil Cheoil an Earraigh in Ballyferriter, Co Kerry last week. The spring Traditional Music School attracts musical families from all over Ireland who came for the midterm holiday break to learn new tunes and brush up on their Gaeilge. Music sessions were held in the Hotel and bars in the village every night. All participants in individual classes played their newly acquired tunes in the church on Saturday afternoon concluding with all playing together for the grand finale. The Douglas branch classes resume this Wednesday and continue until May with a break for the Easter holidays. The branch has been invited to play at Mass in a number of Churches on St Patrick’s Day. They have also been invited to play at the Tomás Mac Curtáin commemoration concert on Friday March 20th in Cork City Hall. Douglas groups have also been invited to perform at a concert in Carrigaline for the Men’s Shed variety concert and at the annual Douglas ICA concert in the ICA Hall. Entries are being accepted for the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil in Dunmanway on the weekend of April 17th to 19th on the next two Wednesdays. Enquiries

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