Coachford & Dripsey
Coachford (Irish: Áth an Chóist]) is a village west of Cork City, County Cork, Ireland. It is located on the north side of the River Lee. Coachford got its name from Áth an Chóiste (Ford of the Coaches) as there used to be a narrow ford across a stream (which is now part of the River Lee). The Lee was flooded for a hydroelectric power plant and farmland including many houses were flooded by the newly formed lake.
Coachford is located around a crossroads where the R618 and R619 regional roads intersect. Mallow is 20 miles (32 km) north of the village, Macroom is 9 miles (14 km) west, Cork City is 15 miles (24 km) east and Bandon is 20 miles (32 km) south.
Close to Coachford is Mullanhassig Waterfall. It is about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Coachford just off the Macroom Road. Close to the schools is a medieval church surrounded by a cemetery of centuries old graves. Just about 1-mile (1.6 km) south of Coachford on the road to Bandon is Rooves Bridge, which was constructed over the River Lee in the 1950s to replace the old bridge which was submerged due to the building of the hydroelectric dam at Inniscarra about 6 miles (9.7 km) down river. Rooves Bridge is the longest bridge spanning the River Lee.
Coachford is a tightly knit community comprising of the local public houses and food houses and for the hungry person after a long day look no further than Mags Takeaway, fast food at its very best. Whether it's coming from the bingo in O'Riordans every Tuesday night or taking part in one of the many sporting activities in the village, a visit to Mags is a must. Treat yourself to a Full Irish in O'Riordans on Sunday morning and be ready for that hectic day ahead. If passing through or enjoying the local fishing experience a call to O'Callaghans is a must. B&B, all the angling needs and first class beverages await you.
The village is the home of Aghabullogue GAA, the club remembered for capturing Cork's first hurling All-Ireland title in 1890 when they defeated Castlebridge, Wexford in the final. Other sporting clubs in the area are, Coachford soccer club whose home ground is at The Glebe, and two local horse and dog hunts. Olive Loughnane who won a silver medal in the women's 20 km walk in the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August 2009 is a resident of Coachford
The local drama group, Coachford Players, is an amateur Drama Group established in 1987 and performs a full length play each year. Mary Lynch of Coachford exhibits her work on a regular basis in the Village and in Macroom
The village and its environs are served by Coachford National School and Coachford College. The College has a catchment area spread towards Macroom and Ballincollig, Bandon and Kanturk, taking a large rural area near Cork City. There are roughly 600 students. An extension was completed in 2002 and provides the college with a sports hall.
Coachford was formerly connected by railway to Cork City with a narrow gauge railway, opened in 1888 by the Cork and Muskerry Light Railway. The line was closed in 1934 by theGSR. Coachford railway station opened on 19 March 1888, but finally closed on 31 December 1934
Pride in Donoughmore
Donoughmore will represent Cork in the All Ireland final of the Muintir na Tíre Pride of Place Awards in Derry on Saturday 16th November. Biddy Barrett, Noreen O'Regan, Mary & Marie Wallace will represent the parish at the Awards. A 2014 calendar, with splendid photographs of the 2013 Pride of Place presentation in the parish, will go on sale at the end of November, price €10. This is an essential for every local home and a most suitable gift for Donoughmore people who have left the parish.
Meanwhile, Donoughmore was again to the fore at the 9th annual Muintir na Tíre 'Pride in Our Community' awards. It won the Social Inclusion Award and, for the second consecutive year, got the overall Pride of the County award. Carrigaline scooped the Best Large Town Award. Rostellan got first place in The Best Maintained Project award. Tracton, Minane Bridge scooped 1st place for Best Creative Project. Carrigadrohid received a highly Commended Award. This competition recognises and rewards community groups who develop new or existing locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to the local community'. The competition also seeks to make people conscious of their environment and promotes litter free communities. The projects highlight the important link between our surroundings and our quality of life. Beautiful scenery lifts spirits and hearts. These projects brighten up communities and enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings in which we live as well as attracting tourists.
Bingo will be held in Stuake Community Centre every Saturday night from now till Christmas, at 8pm - Jackpot €160.