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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Village life

Dromahane offers the best of both worlds, providing a hive of activity within an idyllic, gentle rural setting.

The village's Development and Tidy Towns As sociation , Community Alert and Community Centre Committee all participate to village life. Meanwhile the village's famous PointtoPoint races, the Tennis Club, Kilshannig GAA club and Thomas Russell Juvenile Club – named in honour of the village's most famous son and Irish patriot - ensure that sporting interests are well represented. The GAA club boasts an impressive sports complex with a publically accessible gym, four large dressing rooms, a conference room and a large indoor astroturf arena.

The heartbeat of the village is driven by a supermarket, pubs, fast food outlet and the local national school, which is well attended, with over 200 pupils enrolled. The community's tireless determination to have the area well represented in Cork County Council's annual litter challenge and the Tidy Towns competition is reflected in the pristine condition in which Dromahane is kept. This a reflection on a village that nurtures a strong, closeknit community and in turn benefits as a result of this community's proud work.

Nowhere in Cork offers as varied a range of leisure interests than the North Cork village of

Bweeng. Be it the traditional favourites such as soccer football and hurling, or the more niche interests like darts, Taekwondo, tugof-war or road bowling, Bweeng has it all.

The latter sport is a particular crowd-puller to the village, and the long established road bowling draws large attendances to witness the very best Cork bowlers show their stuff.

The Community Centre has proved to be a focal point for many clubs, both social and sporting while the village's new playground takes pride of place as an example of what the community can achieve through working together.

Lombardstown is a community steeped in history. Earlier this month the Community Council brought the people of the parish and surrounding communities to the official unveiling of the Lombardstown Railway Crash Commemorative Stone. The stone marks the 100th anniversary of a dark day in the village's history. On August 5, 1912, a Killarney to Dublin train, packed with more than 250 English holidaymakers, crashed as it entered Lombardstown Railway Station, leaving one man dead and 90 others injured, as detailed in the book ' The History of Lombardstown Railway Station' by local historian Donie O'Sullivan.

History goes hand in hand with tradition, and

Lombardstown reflects the importance of preserving cultural tradition through its resurrection of the ageold crossroad dancing. Every Sunday throughout the summer, the community comes together to take part in age- old cross roads dancing to traditional music. Visitors to the village are invited to the dance via a sign that reads

"In a corner by a roadside

A platform was laid down

And they'd converge there on a Sunday

From country and from town

A neighbour with a melodeon

Would play for every set

And then the cap was passed around

A few pounds paid our debt."

The village and its cross roads dancing is now famous nationwide following John Creedon's visit to the dance, filmed for his RTÉ show.

Lombardstown is synonymous with its close neighbour,

Glantane, where locals like to meet for a pint at the Junction bar or at the Dairygold Co- Op.

All in all, this North Cork region has it all from a sporting, social and amenity perspective.

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