U21s prepare for historic final
Meanwhile, plenty happening in our area during St Patrick's weekend
THE Coachford Local Market takes place next Saturday, March 16, from 10.30am to 1pm. You'll find fresh local produce, arts and crafts, gorgeous cakes, unusual chesses, excellent coffee and a place to meet friends and neighbours.
The market continues to grow in popularity. February's Market was a great success with many people coming to sample a market where locals sell what they have grown, baked or made to locals.
Martha McCaffery said: "We are delighted that more and more people are discovering our little market. It's a real community effort. I think people are becoming very aware of supporting local initiatives, local food and local people. The market also offers great coffee, a place where people can sit down and chat, a children's activity table and a great second hand book stall."
The Aghabullogue under-21 footballers will play Ballincollig in the final of the Macroom Motors Mid-Cork A championship on St. Patrick's Day at 4.30pm in Ovens.
This is the first time in 28 years that the Coachford-based club have reached the A final. Club treasurer, John Tarrant said: "This is a great achievement by the lads, they've worked hard to get to this final and we hope that they can now go the final step and secure this trophy for our club for the first time."
The footballers, captained by Mark Long defeated Ballingeary, Iveleary and Kilmurry on the way to the final but now face the overwhelming favourites, Ballincollig. The club are appealing for a large crowd to turn up and support the boys in their quest to make club history.
Major land sale In Coachford
Some of the land along the old School road has been sold within the last week. We wish the purchasers of the farm land, house and sites the very best of luck with their new acquisitions.
Coachford National School decided to apply for the active school flag awarded to schools by the Department of Education earlier this year. The school has been promoting physical activity for all the pupils with special emphasis on non-competitive sports.
The teachers were promoting and encouraging Active Travel to school and participating in a range of sports during the last few months. They hope to submit their projects to the department shortly and to receive the flag in the not too distant future.
Grow it Yourself
The Coachford branch of 'Grow It Yourself' together with the Coachford Flower and Garden club hosted a hugely successful evening with renowned gardener, Caroline Robinson.
This information evening on 'How to grow your own food' provided all those present with excellent advice on how to start, improve and get the most from your garden. The organizers now plan for even more talks as the growing season progresses so keep an eye out for more events.
Soccer club auction
Bicycles, baby buggies and bedroom furniture were just some of the many items that were auctioned off at the Coachford AFC monster auction last Sunday. Great bargains were had by those in attendance.
Bidding was brisk and everyone left wioth something they had their eye on for a price they could well afford. The bargain of the day went to the almost new mountain bike for €10 and a 1797 English coin for €25. Those who couldn't make it will be kicking themselves.
The Coachford AFC lotto jackpot has reached €5,200 just in time for Easter. Tickets can be purchased in all the shops and pubs in the village and from many of the members.
The numbers drawn this week were 11, 21 and 22. The lucky dip winners were Mary Roche (€40), Pat Griffin, Nicola Moynihan, Eamon Murphy and Tim Griffin (€20) each. Breathnach's Bar is the venue for next week's draw.
Get your ticket early and you could be the lucky person to receive the call next Tuesday night telling you that you are €5,200 richer.
Macroom entertain the Coachford premier team in the league on Saturday, March 16, at 2.30pm. The Under-13s have a league game against Youghal at 10.30am in Carrigadrohid also on Saturday. This match is followed by the Under 15s who play Churchvilla at 11.45am also in the league.