Corofin and Kilnaboy Notes 20/08/2015

National Heritage Week in the Park

A number of events are happening in the Burren National Park over the coming days included in the free activities people can enjoy nationwide as part of Heritage Week. On this Saturday August 22nd a Bird Watch walk will set out from Gortalecka Crossroads at 9.00am. Numbers on this walk are limited and booking through the National Park Information Point in Corofin is essential. This is an easy walk which should take around two hours to complete. Participants will be searching hedgerows and wetlands for warblers, sandpipers, egrets and more as well as finding out more about common bird calls. There will be the usual Sunday afternoon walk in the Park on this Sunday at 2.20pm. This 2km walk along the base of Mullaghmore will take walkers along the shores of Lough Gealáin, exploring the geology, flora and fauna found in the Park. The meeting point for this walk is on the Crag Road. On Wednesday evening August 26th a Bat Talk and Walk will also take place along one of the walks in the Park. Walkers are advised to bring a torch as this walk won’t finish until around 10.00pm.

Cillian’s Gold

Corofin Kilnaboy Community Games collected a gold medal at the national Championships at the weekend in the person of Cillian McGroary of Laghtagoona. Cillian was a member of the Clare u13 cross country team which took first prize in this event. The local club also wishes Conor Farrell all the best on Saturday next as he represents Clare at u-13 level at the national gymnastics finals.

Rome Wedding

The wedding took place recently in Rome of Kathleen Lahiffe daughter of Jimmy and Mena Lahiffe of Kells, Corofin to Italian native Maurizio Grimaldi. Family and friends travelled out to Rome to celebrate the joyous occasion. The happy couple will reside in Brechiano.

Creative Writing

Brenda O’Reilly of Baunkyle, Corofin, plans to run a series of writing workshops in Corofin commencing in September. Under the banner of Burren Creative Writing the classes will be held at the Red Gates Centre in Killeen. The workshops hope to inspire the creative and artistic talents which many people have when it comes to writing. Further information on what’s available can be viewed on

Hall Appeal

With the official opening of the Corofin Community Centre scheduled to take place on Friday September 11th CHAF volunteers are busy at present putting the finishing touches to some of the areas yet to be completed. The fit-out of the community CAFÉ is currently under way and the local group is looking for a donation of old bar stools which are suitable for upcycling and would like to hear from anyone who knows where some might be sourced. CHAF has also sent out a request for assistance in providing the catering for the large crowd which are expected to attend on the evening.

Duck Derby

Corofin Camogie Club will hold fundraising Duck Races on the River Fergus on Sunday next August 23rd. The venue will be the stretch of river immediately behind the Pairc Finne GAA complex. Cards are on display in all local businesses where the public can purchase paddlers in each of the races but contributions will also be taken on the day so the club is hoping for strong support for this event.

Season Opens

The Clare soccer season for 2015-16 gets under way and a programme of games is down for the Premier Division with Corofin Harps A involved. The A’s will travel to Shannon where they meet Shannon Olympic A which proved something of a bogey team for Harps last season. The local side are under the management of Colm Mounsey and Eddie Walsh this season and will be hoping for a positive start to the campaign.

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