Let’s Go To The Show
The annual North Clare Show takes place at Corofin on this Saturday July 25th and promises to be a great occasion for the entire community. The organisers have spent many weeks preparing for this major event which presents many logistical problems for the local committee as a number of different venues are required to facilitate all of the various indoor and outdoor activities taking place. The show society is delighted to have the use of the new facilities offered by the redeveloped Corofin Hall, adjacent to the local sportsfield where all of the jumping competitions traditionally take place, while all of the other outdoor classes, dog show and hurdy-gurdy activities will be held in the nearby Edwards’ Field at Kilvoydane. There is something of interest for all of the family at the Corofin Show and the organising committee is hoping that the weather will be kind on Saturday and ensure a bumper crowd will be able to enjoy all that show day has to offer.
A general meeting of Corofin Development Association will be held at Corofin Hall on Wednesday night next July 29th commencing at 8.30pm. It is hoped that some local councillors will attend where issues of local importance can be brought to their attention. All local groups are invited to outline progress on their activities while it is also planned to hold a development workshop which will examine potential private and community projects that can form part of a local development plan over the next few years. This meeting is also open to all members of the public who might wish to attend. This meeting was given additional importance following a gathering last week with representatives of Clare Local Development Company who are currently undertaking community consultations around Co. Clare trying to identify potential LEADER type projects which could be pursued under the next programme, expected to commence shortly.
Locals and visitors enjoyed a rather unusual form of entertainment in Corofin village on Monday of this week when a troupe of Morris Dancers, The Ancient Men, performed outside Bofey Quinn’s bar and restaurant. Morris dancing is a form of traditional English folk dance, usually accompanied by music. The dancers wear traditional costumes and usually wear bell-pads on their shins. They also use sticks, swords and handkerchiefs as part of their performance. The group from the Cotswold Hills area of England are visiting a number of locations in West Clare and had arranged this performance in Corofin for some time with proprietor Trish Cleary. After the public performance they adjourned to Bofey Quinns where an impromptu cultural exchange took place with dancers and musicians from the Corofin locality.
Art In The Park
As part of its ongoing programme of activities the Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin will hold a children’s art event on Wednesday next July 29th at 10.30am. The event is suitable for children aged 5 to 10 who should be accompanied by an adult. All art materials will be supplied at the Corofin venue. The office is also organising two free guided walks in the Park over the next week.
On Sunday July 26th the walk will be on the Orange Trail at 2.15pm. This 1.3km looped walk is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels and walkers should meet at Gortlecka Crossroads or take the free bus from Corofin at 2.00pm. On Wednesday July 29th the walk will be along the Mullaghmore Base and is a 2km walk along the shores of Lough Gealáin. This is a slightly more difficult walk with some loose limestone and suitable footware should be worn. It could take up to 2.5 hrs to complete. The meeting point for this walk is at the Crag Road at 2.20pm.
Corofin u-14 footballers have qualified for the final of the u-14 A competition for the first time and will meet neighbours Ennistymon in the final on this week-end. The local side already defeated Ennistymon in the qualifying rounds which also included victories over Eire Óg and Doora-Barefield. The club is asking the community to come along and support the team in the final.
The Corofin Intermediate Footballers kick-off their 2015 football championship campaign this Saturday evening when they face Naomh Eoin in the first round. They have already secured promotion to League Division 2 by going through the entire Division 3 League campaign unbeaten. They won seven games and drew one and in so doing also qualified for the Division 3 League Final.