Ballincurrig, Tidy Village Committee held a coffee morning on Friday June 28th at Smarts Bar, Ballincurrig to help raise funds for projects that are going to be undertaken as part of the continued improvements to the village that has a great local history. The local committee in conjunction with the Tús initiative supported by SECAD in Midleton are undertaking small but important projects to help restore the village to its former glory.
The latest project will be the refurbishment of St John’s Well, Templeboden, that will be undertaken over the Summer months. Local committee members were on hand at the well supported coffee morning as the local community came out to support this worthwhile event.
A huge amount of work has already been undertaken and the village is looking resplendent and is a credit to the hard working local committee who are making great progress on a shoestring budget, proving once again that where there is a will, that a way will be found. Some of the local places of interest that have been brought to attention are.
Kevin O’Riordan (Tús) Eilish Hurley (Tús Supervisor) with Marie Smart,
Peggy Ryan, Mary O’Shea, Kitty O’Sullivan (Secretary of the Ballincurrig
Tidy Villages Group) and Michael Mulcahy (Tús)
The Forge and the Post Office.
The area is mainly agricultural. Up until the 50’s there was a forge in the village where Dan Fitgerald was the blacksmith and his family also ran the Post Office, next door.Mrs. Eily Ryan was Postmistress later at a different venue.
Ballincurrig Woollen Mill.
The area’s largest employer, Ballincurrig Woollen Mills ceased manufacturing in the early 70’s. They had been manufacturing high quality blankets and rugs since the 1920’s, which were sold nationwide. Step ladders are made on the site today.
Ballincurrig Marian Grotto
In 1954, the Marian Year, the workers of Ballincurrig Mill got together and raised funds to build a Grotto. It was a completely voluntary operation by all the mill workers. It was blessed and opened in May 1954.
Smart’s Bar continues to operate as a licensed premises since the early 19th century. The building which contained a pub, shop, post office and tea-rooms was also a stagecoach Inn on the Midleton/Fermoy route along the Owenacurra valley. Smart’s loft was used by visiting theatre “fit-ups”, for films and for local dances
Up to the time of the “Black and Tans” Ballincurrig had a Fife and Drum Band which practised in the Band room next to the forge. Unfortunately the aforementioned destroyed the instruments in one of their raids and sadly the band ceased to function as through lack of funds were unable to replace the instruments.
The parish boasts a very progressive Community Council with two Community Centres which are used by the many clubs in the locality.
There are two Catholic churches in the Parish as well as two National Schools.
Two Nursing Homes in the area complete the facilities that cater for all ages.
The area is renowned for its horse breeding and training. A Point to Point meeting is held annually and the United Hunt meet on a regular basis. The Ballincurrig Bowling Club host the annual “King of the Roads” competitions which attract competitors from as far away as Armagh, Germany and the Netherlands.
The GAA’s “Páirc Lios gCul continues to be a popular venue for important matches
Projects Undertaken Locally include
Hand Made Heritage Board
Cleaning and refurbishment of wall opposite school
The refurbishment of St John’s Holy Well, Templeboden.
SECAD Business Training Starting in July 2013
- 1. Start Your Own Business –
One day per week for four weeks 9.30am – 4.30pm
- 2. Grow Your Business –
One half day per week for six weeks 9.30am – 12.30pm
- 3. Business Skills for Crafts People –
One half day or evening per week for four weeks 9.30am – 12.30pm or 6.30pm – 9.30pm
- 4. Increase Sales and Profit –
One half day or evening per week for three weeks 2pm- 5pm or 6.30pm – 9.30pm
- 5. Develop and Test Your New Business Idea
Three half day or evening sessions over an eight week period 2pm – 5pm or 6.30pm- 9.30pm
- 6. Express Audit Your Business –
One half day or evening per week for three weeks 2pm – 5pm or 6.30pm- 9.30pm
- 7. Social Media and Online Marketing
One half day per week for three weeks 2pm – 5pm
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All of the above programmes will run in the following towns subject to demand
For full information on the options available for each programme and for an application form, please visit www.secad.ie or contact SECAD at 021 4613432. Programme will start week commencing July 15th.