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Carrigaline notes and news

Welcome to Barry Cogan's weekly column with all the news and happenings going on across Carrigaline.

St Patrick’s Day Parade Cancelled

The organising Committee of the Carrigaline St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 has decided to cancel the Carrigaline parade that was due to be held on March 17th due to the evolving circumstances around the Covid-19 Virus. The Committee had been monitoring Guidelines from Government and Public Health Authorities. The committee would like to thank all the community in Carrigaline and surrounding areas who have supported their efforts to run the parade this year and to all the local groups who had committed to taking part. They hope to have a bigger and better parade next year. “The safety and health of our local community is paramount and this decision is taken with that in mind” the committee said.

Over 60s

Paddy O’Brien organiser of the Over 60s talent competition officially launched the Carrigaline heat at the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Monday last. Paddy said it is the 43rd year of the Over 60s which started as a small event and has grown over the years to become a major competition culminating in the final in Cork City Hall. David Mulcahy on behalf of the Crosshaven Carrigaline Credit Union presented a sponsorship cheque. Also present were Francis Lennox, Dafydd Lewis, Marketing Manager, Carrigaline Court Hotel and Kevin Meaney of the organising committee.

At the time of going to press, the programme for the Carrigaline heat promises to be a great night of entertainment in the Carrigaline Court Hotel this Friday March 13th at 8pm. The event features 12 contestants and a number of guest appearances and dancing to the music of Pat and Johnny. This year there will be a Best Dressed Lady competition sponsored by Francis Lennox, Lennox Hearing. Compere on the night is Over 60s organiser Paddy O’Brien. Enquiries Kevin Meaney

Fort To Fort

The annual Fort to Fort cycle rally, organised by the Carrigaline Lions Club in association with Cork City Lions Club and other Lions clubs enroute, takes place on Saturday April 4th.

The Fort to Fort Charity Cycle Sportive is a unique challenge for all levels of cycling enthusiasts and is aiming once again to raise vital funds for the Mercy University Hospital Foundation, four Lions Clubs in Cork City and County and Camden Fort Meagher Restoration Committee. The four designated routes of 40km, 65km, 85km and 120km will all start and finish in Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven, each with stunning views of Cork Harbour.

As an extra encouragement to join in the fun, the good folks organising the Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle will provide refreshments along the way on each route. Now in its 9th year, the Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle Sportive has firmly established itself in the calendar of Cork’s cycling enthusiasts of all abilities, offering a choice of distances. In 2019, the Fort 2 Fort cycle raised a phenomenal €42,000.


Three classes from Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin will be confirmed in the Church of Our Lady and St John on Monday March 23rd. This is the second Confirmation Day in Carrigaline with a third Confirmation Day fixed for Tuesday March 31st when two classes from St John’s Girl’s School and the CREID group will be confirmed.

Men’s Shed Choir

The Carrigaline Men’s Shed choir visited the Gaelscoil on Tuesday last where they sang a few songs for the pupils and their teachers.

Choir practice continues every Tuesday morning at 10.30 am in the Lions Youth Centre. They are looking forward to performing at the Men’s Shed annual Variety Concert in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Sunday March 22nd.

Pipe Band

The Carrigaline Pipe Band’s annual Mass for the deceased members will be celebrated at 10am in the Church of Our Lady and St John on St. Patrick’s morning March 17th.

Flower Club

Owenabue garden and flower club, Carrigaline, will hold their spring Show on Monday March 23rd at 8.30pm in the Church of Ireland school hall. A floral demonstration entitled "Inspired by Nature" will be given by Nora Gallagher. Visitors and new members welcome. Enquiries to 0863222615

Knock Pilgrimage

The Annual Carrigaline Pioneer Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th. The bus leaves Carrigaline on Saturday morning 18th at 8.30am, the group will overnight in Knock House Hotel and return to Carrigaline on Sunday night before 11pm. The cost is €145 per person sharing including meals. Contact Aislinn 021 437 2035/ 087 9699 488, Mary 021 437 1025 or Mary 021 437 3316.

Scór na bPáistí

Gaelscoil Charraig Uí Leighin fared well at the Carrigdhoun final of Scór na bPáistí which was held in the Marian Hall on Sunday last. Róisín Ní Nuanáin got 2nd place in Solo singing, as did the Ballad Group with Ava Nic Eochaidh, Kate Ní Mhathúna, Tara Ní Sheannacháin, Rebecca Ní Challanáin and Róisín Ní Nuanáin. The Nuachleas (Novelty Act) with Harry Ó Dhonnabháin, Rebecca Ní Challanáin, Ava Nic Eochaidh, Kate Ní Mhathúna, Tara Ní Sheannacháin, Ben O’Connell, Jeaic Ó Creimin and Eadaoin Ní Chonaill also got 2nd place. Their musicians Harry Ó Donnabháin, Róisín Ni Nuanáin, Rebecca Ní Challanáin, Ava Nic Eochaidh and Kate Ní Mhathúna performed very well in the Ceol Úirlise.


Bhí Aifreann trí Gaeilge á chéiliuradh ag an tAth Pat Fogarty, Sagart Paróiste, ar an Domhnach seo chaite 8ú Márta agus pobal mór i láthair. Léathóir Adam Ó Floinn, chan Chloe an Psalm agus dhein daltaí ón nGaelscoil Guí an Phobal. Bhí bileoga Aifrinn ar fáil ag na dóirse. The Gaelscoil Choir and Banna Ceoil joined the Cór Gaeilge to make the Aifreann a wonderful celebration coming up to our national feast day of St Patrick. The next Aifreann Gaeilge will be on the second Sunday in April 12th, beidh an Cór Gaeilge ag canadh in áiléar na hEaglaise. Beidh cleachta ar an Máirt 7ú Aibrean ar 7.30 i.n. san Ionad Paróiste. Beidh fáilte roimh amhránaithe go dtí an Cór Gaeilge. Eolas ó Aislinn 021 437 2035.

Quiz Night Cancelled

The Parents Association of the Girls National School have decided to postpone the Family Quiz Night which was due to take place this Thursday March 12th. The Parents Association are organising refunds and they will reschedule when it is safer to hold such an event.

Carrigdhoun Scór na bPáistí Final

There was a capacity crowd at the Carrigdhoun final of Scór na bPáistí on Sunday March 1st in the Marian Hall in Ballinhassig. The following are the results:

Rince Fóirne (Figure Dance): 1st Dunderrow Team 2: Luca Dalton, Makenzie O’Connell, Gavin Hayes, Sarah Thullier, Cian O’Driscoll, Olivia Woods, Ethan Griffin and Claire Boyle.

2nd Kinsale Summercove Team A: Holly McCoy, Sally O’Connor, Emma Fitzgerald, Aoife Collins, Donal Barry, Cathal Walsh, Adam Coughlan and Donal Fox.

Rince Aonair (Solo Reel): 1st Belgooly Georgia Cippolone, 2nd Kinsale (Summercove) Sally O’Connor.

Amhranaíocht Aonair ( Solo Singing): 1st Belgooly Aoibhinn Whyte, 2nd Carrigaline (Gaelscoil), Róisín Ní Nuanáin.

Athriseoireacht (Recitation): 1st Valley Rovers (Scoil Eoin): Calum O’Driscoll, 2nd Valley Rover (Scoil Eoin) Millie Slyne.

Bailéad Grupa (Ballad Group): 1st Valley Rovers (Scoil Eoin): Fia Callanan, Ruth Motherway, Kate Connolly, Sorcha Kiely and Kate Morrissey. 2nd Valley Rovers (Knockavilla): Lucy O’Shea, Ronan O’Leary, Rebecca Sheehan, Caoimhe Ryan and Leah O’Sullivan.

Nuacleas (Novelty Act): 1st Belgooly: Kate O’Callaghan, Cathal Dineen, Grace Kelleher, Lucy Foster, David Tobin, Liam Buckley, Billy Cronin and Erin Ridgeway.

Ceol Aonair (Solo Music): 1st Valley Rovers (Knockavilla): Aoife Dullea, 2nd Kinsale (Gaelscoil) Eimear Ní Chearnaigh.

Ceol Úirlise (Instrumental Music): 1st Valley Rovers (Knockavilla): Aoife and Colm Dullea.

2nd Valley Rovers (Scoil Eoin): Sorcha Kiely, Nicholas Curtin, Clare Curtin and Emer McElwaine.

Rince Seit (Set Dancing): 1st Kinsale (Summercove) Orna Gibson, Sally O’Connor, Freya Wallace, Chloe Bollard, Rian Boulton, Daniel Fox, Cathal Walsh and David Bebb. 2nd Valley Rovers (Scoil Eoin): Calum O’Driscoll, Chloe Kelly, Donagh Shiels, Amy Barry, Adam O’Sullivan, Croiona Murphy, Conor Quinn and Ellie Keane.

Tráth na gCeist (Quiz): 1st Belgooly Team A: Holly Murphy, Hannah McCarthy, Ben O’Callaghan and Cathal Dineen. 2nd Belgooly Team B: David Tobin, Caoimhe O’Connell, Danielle McCarthy and Taylor Armstrong. Well done to all.

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