Carrigaline News

28 January 2020
By Mary Bermingham

Historic file photo of Carrigaline Train Station
Historic file photo of looking down Church Hill towards Carrigaline

Pioneer 120 Year Celebrations

A bus from Carrigaline is travelling this Saturday February 1st to the special Mass of Thanksgiving in St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, Dublin.

The Mass of Thanksgiving for closing the 120-year anniversary of the Pioneer Association, and for the support of the Society of Jesus to the Pioneers takes place this Saturday, 1st February at 3.00pm. Most Rev Dr Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin will celebrate the Mass. The Mass will be followed by dinner in the Skylon Hotel. The Bus leaves Carrigaline at 10.00am and will travel via City Hall. Enquiries Aislinn Cogan 087 9699 488 or Sorcha Uí Laoghaire 086 364 2619.


Canvassing in Carrigaline for the general election continues with volunteers calling to all doors in the built up areas and travelling the highways and the byways seeking of support. Candidates Gerry Buttimer and Michael Mc Grath canvassed Mass goers in Carrigaline at the weekend.

Men’s Shed

The Men’s Shed choir sang for the residents, visitors and staff of St Luke’s home on Monday afternoon last and had most enjoyable few hours. They have a few more engagements in the weeks ahead practicing hard and looking forward to performing at the Men’s Shed Variety concert in the Carrigaline Court Hotel on Sunday March 22nd. Work continues in completing their purpose built 4,000 sq ft Shed. While the planning and the work to complete the Shed continues so does the fundraising. The ‘Sponsor a €5 Block’ project continues to generate funding while the woodwork section continues to make bird nest boxes and feeders and bat boxes. Bags of kindling are available at the Men’s Shed in Waterpark, Church Road. New members are always welcome at the Shed contact Francis O’Brien 087 230 6640, Barry Cogan 087 813 7990 or Roger Morrissey 087 2203547

Bus Service

The 225 bus connecting Ringaskiddy to Cork Airport via Shanbally, Carrigaline and Ballygarvan is running every 30 minutes from 4.00am to 1.00am. The service connects with the 220 route to Crosshaven, Fountainstown, Cork City and Ballincollig. Travellers going to or coming from Kinsale are also connected at the airport. It provides great public transport service and needs to be supported. The main bus service to the City leaves a lot to be desired at times. When the service runs every 15 minutes it is brilliant but when buses get delayed it causes major problems. Last Thursday morning passengers were late for work and appointments due to a no show for almost an hour.

Arts Centre

The need for an Art Centre in Carrigaline is becoming more evident and a topic for debate. In the SECAD ‘My Town My Plan’ development programme for Carrigaline it has come up as the preferred project. The town and environs abound in art groups many of them seeking places to rehearse and perform. The Carrigaline Musical Society are preparing for an ambitious production of the ‘Sound of Music’ at Halloween weekend.

Cór Gailge Practice

Beidh cleachtadh don Cór Gaeilge oiche Dé Máirt seo chughainn 4ú Feabhra san Ionad Paróiste ar 7.30 i.n. Beidh fáilte roimh amhránaithe go dtí an Cór. Gach eolas 087 9699 488.

Beidh Aifreann trí Gaeilge á chéiliuradh an Domhanach an 9ú lá Feabhra ar a 10.00 a.m.

Pipe Band

Carrigaline Pipe Band was well supported at the annual flag day in Wilton and Douglas Court shopping centres on Saturday January 19th. The Band continues to practice every Monday and Thursday nights in the Band Hall. The Band has three engagements on the Calendar for St Patrick’s week. Enquiries Paddy O’Connell 087 968 5833.


A bunch of daffodils in full bloom started the flowering season in Carrigaline early. Most daffodils around the town have strong shoots and should be in flower soon.

Dance Classes for all ages.

Adults of all ages come along every week to the Céilí and Set dance classes in Cork City Centre to St. Aloysius school on Tuesdays from 8pm. For some it’s a fun way to exercise, others come to meet new people, more come for the craic and stay for the night out dancing. Those not from Ireland find it a nice introduction to Irish culture and get to meet the locals in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a bit of learning goes on as well under the watchful eye of tutor Fionán Cogan. Enquires to or phone/text 087 818 5111

2020 Pre-Marriage Courses

There are three upcoming Pre-Marriage Courses available to couples in the Parish Centre, Carrigaline. The dates are as follows Saturday 29th February, Saturday 18th April and on Saturday 6 June

There are limited places with a maximum of 10 couples for each course. You can also find out more about planning and booking a marriage ceremony on our Carrigaline Parish website.

For more information on cost or to book contact the Parish Centre by phone 021 4371109 or email

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