Community Council

POSITION NAME PHONE EMAIL
Chairperson  Seamus Geary  086-2619121  gearys@iol.ie
Secretary  Catherine Murphy  087-4104730  
Treasurer  James Parker  087-2051780  
P.R.O.  James Ronayne / Ann Hegarty  086-8237538 / 086-8754992  bridesbridge@eircom.net

History:

Castlelyons Community Council, initially known as Muintir na Tire was founded on April 3rd 1962. Dr. Seán O’ Flynn and Mr. Liam Foley organisers with Muintir na Tire along with Mr. Cashman & Mr Power of the Conna branch addressed the meeting of approx 17 persons, with a view to forming a branch in Castlelyons.

  

The following committee were elected:
President Fr. Seamus Corkery C.C.
Vice President Fr. J. Terry C.C.
Chairman Tom O’ Donnell
V. Chairman John Fouhy
Treasurer Ned Smith
Hon. Sec. Cecil Roddy
Asst. Sec. Tom Barry
P.R.O. Joe Spillane.
In June of that year Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald was welcomed as P.P. of Castlelyons. They also thanked Fr. Terry for his great work and wished him well with his appointment as Dean of St. Colmans College.


 

A fund raising bazaar was held in November of that year and £130 was realised. Their first purchase was twelve dozen lombardy Poplar trees at 36 shillings a dozen. These were planted from Stables Cross to the creamery.


 In 1964 Fr. Corkery was transferred to Mallow and a presentation was made to him. He was replaced by Fr. Andrew Wilson, at that time also Douglas Burgoyne took over as Hon. Sec.  In 1975 the first election for a Community Council took place. The first Chairman was Douglas Burgoyne, joint treasurers John O’ Brien & Ann Hegarty, Treasurer Sheila Cantillon. This Community Council hosted 17 ‘Cork Makes It’ exhibitions.

 

Douglas Burgoyne & Jim Fleming were responsible for the founding of the Pitch & Putt Club, which is still going strong today. We annually enter the Tidy Towns Competition. The picnic park in the village was made possible through Anco (now Fas) in 1981. The new cemetery was opened in 1983. A heritage scheme took place on the cemetery, recording all headstones & its history.

 

Current Elected Members:

Abina Murphy

Seamus Geary

Michael Greaney

Catherine Murphy

Anne Hegarty

James Parker

Garret Verling

James Ronayne

Donal o’ Callaghan

Donal Sheehan

Nelius Flynn

Bridie Milward

Pat Collins

Donal Quirke

Mark O’ Flynn

Joe Barry

Martin Dorgan

Nelius O’ Brien

Paul O’ Shea

Gerard Broderick

Elish O’ Brien

 

 

Current Projects:

The Community Council has been involved in numerous worthwhile projects down through the years & will continue to do so in the future. Currrently our main goal is to raising much needed funds to finance the recent projects carried out in the community over the last number of years, such as the Childrens Playground and the Fr Ferris Community Field.  You will find much more information about our activities under sub-committee headings.

 

  

About Us:

The sub-committees associated with our Community Council are:


• Castlelyons & Bridesbridge Tidy towns & Heritage Group

• Newsletter & Website Committee

• Fr Ferris Park Group

• Community Care & Alert Group

• Meal on Wheels

• Barrymore Players Drama Group

• Flower and Garden Club

• Coolagown Development Group

Information on all these individual groups can be seen in the “Clubs & Organisations” tab above.