Goleen Festival 2019 will be held on Aug16 17 & 18th with activities for all around the village during the preceding week. Route2Crook date is to be finalised. Watch this space!.
The Community Council Lotto has been in place since August 2002
Most of you will have played at some stage over that time. We are, of course aware that we are not reaching all of you and we are now hoping
to make it easier for everyone to buy their tickets. Along with selling in the local pubs and shops, in future, it will be possible to purchase 4 week/ 13 week/ 26 week or 52 week blocks of tickets
We feel this might be a more suitable option for those who don’t call to the village venues on a regular basis, or don’t want the inconvenience of writing out tickets every week. For more info on options for buying your lotto tickets or to register your interest, contact Bob on: 087-968-5344 or Tom on: 086-356-7771 and we can discuss your options and payment methods
If you’re reading this in the Newsletter online, chances are you may not be living in the Goleen area. Don’t feel left out as we have not forgotten you! There is also a dedicated email address, you can write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We can organize any combination of ticket sales so please get in touch, we appreciate your support now, or in the future and we’ll be delighted to see you the next time you visit us in Goleen.
Be assured that all proceeds from the Lotto are used locally,
for ongoing projects such as maintenance of the Community Centre
and the pitch, the very popular Meals on Wheels service and the Monday Social Centre, the important job of strimming and the upkeep of our graveyards and the annual cutting of the hedges, an absolute necessity for road safety.
We also provide Christmas trees for the village, and beautiful hanging baskets and flower barrels in the summer months, along with our very popular summer festival. Lotto funds also go towards loan repayments for land that has been recently purchased for future projects.
We would like to thank you for supporting the Lotto all through the years and we wish you luck, but remember – if you’re not in you can’t win!
I write a personal blog about my life and garden and I recently posted one about the garden and a fellow garden blogger Judy from the US (New England Garden And Thread) just got in touch and made a donation towards a bench for our garden, hands across the ocean it is an amazing world we live in these days!
On last Wednesday evening outside Norma’s Corner House Bar in Goleen the Irish Tricolour and the US Star Spangled Banner hung side by side as inside a warm welcome was being made for a Delegation from the Government of Maine led by Commissioner for Economics Ms Denise Garland.
Earlier a very important agreement had been signed between Co Cork and the State of Maine at County Hall. Here in Goleen two communities met to celebrate the ancient bond between neighbours an ocean apart. We proudly call ourselves the last Parish before America and on this evening two neighbours Goleen and Maine came together with the hospitality we in West Cork are so proud of.
There is a closeness brought about through our collective histories and Michael Kingston Director of the Irish Cultural Centre in London and Special Advisor on Shipping, a son of this Parish and force behind this coming together addressed a full house of smiling faces behind the bar of his Aunt’s Pub. There were eloquent stories told from both sides of the water of emigration and the past, ambitions for the future and hopes of closer ties between us all, songs were sung, poems read, toasts held and friends made long into the evening. It was a truly very special night and so generously hosted.
The Goleen Summer Festival is delighted to announce that Singer/Songwriter and Story Teller Catherine Cunningham will open this year’s festival with a special concert at the Barleycove Hotel on Thursday 9th August at 8.30pm. Catherine is originally from Athea in West Limerick, she developed her sound while travelling in North America and finally returned to Ireland and discovered the delights of West Cork where she is now based.
She has been described as being as unpredictable as the roads she has travelled, her songs twist and unravel through the most unexpected of landscapes, to paint pictures and stories full of longing, humour and power. Mischievious and highly irreverent, her performances are intimate affairs, where the audience is regaled with songs and stories of the road.
Catherine will be performing material from her new show and 4th album “Bothering the Dead.”
Tickets will be available on the door or pre-booked from your local Community Councillor (€12)
Our roving reporters Liam & Brandy were out again with their camera on the front line braving the freezing conditions down at Stoney Beach
It’s a rare occurance but there was snow today, not enough to build a snowman but enough to get a few young at heart excited
A couple of us braved the weather and collected some manure for the Community Garden from Mary and her donkeys, with the snow not so much laying soft, crisp and even but hitting us horizontally in the face a top the mountain overlooking Crookhaven.
The Fastnet Lighthouse is simply an icon of this area. My daughter used to call it the “Happy Cake” as to her it looked like a birthday cake with one candle. To many it is known as the Teardrop of Ireland as it was the last view of Ireland as they sailed away to a new life.
We got sent this wonderful photo from Eileen who was dropping her kids off at the school bus yesterday morning. Red sky in the morning shepherd’s warning? The day was beautiful up to around 5 o’clock when the rain returned.