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Cork Harbour Cycle

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Rosie Woods & Jack O’Connell enjoying the cycle on Coca Cola City Bikes
Rosie Woods & Jack O’Connell enjoying the cycle on Coca Cola City Bikes

It will soon be time to get your bicycle out again and what a fabulous amenity we have around Cork’s great harbour for cycling. Many harbours including Cork claim to be the second largest ( after Sydney) in the world. Which one is true depends on definitions (what factors are measured ). But when measured by waterfront access and paths, Cork Harbour is largest. The paths and roads along the waterfront make for a beautiful cycle and not too hilly. But this great harbour, with its coastal hills south of Carrigaline, also provides challenging hills to test the hardiest cyclist.

Spring is already in the air and by March winter should be well past, a good time to get back on the bike. On Sunday 3rd March the Cork Harbour Cycle will provide two options. One is a 40 Km. circuit taking in the waterfront paths in a circuit from the city to Passage, the ferry to Cobh and back along Cobh and Fota islands returning to the city. This cycle is suitable for all and hopefully our long standing supporter, Mary Murphy, will dust down her High Nelly to cycle again this year. The 100Km. option, not for the faint hearted, takes in a further 60Km. between Carrigaline, Tracton and Crosshaven, where their Rugby Club kindly provide facilities for a food station.

It’s all in aid of Africa Direct, a small all voluntary Cork based charity. Register on www.africadirect.ie and your donation will go to help fund schools and slum communities. Money goes a long way in Africa, as little as €25,000 will build a school, €600 a house and a teacher’s annual salary €1,500. If cycling is not taking up all your time you’re welcome to become a member.

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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