All (yellow brick) roads lead to Coachford this weekend!

The Yellow Brick Road is ready to welcome everyone to Coachford for the Coachford Players production of the Wizard of Oz. This will be the groups biggest and most ambitious musical that this most talented bunch of experienced actors and musicians have ever brought to the stage. The colourful and gorgeous musical is a must see and is one suitable for all the family.  The show will be performed for only four nights; Saturday December 9th, Sunday 10th, Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th. Curtain opens each night at 8pm.The musical tells the story of Dorothy who is transported by a tornado to the land of Oz and has to travel along the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard to try and get back home. On her way Dorothy meets up with the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Lion and a really really nasty witch. The show is packed with wonderful characters such as the adorable Munchkins and the good witch Glinda.. Karolyne Dineen, director said, “We are all really looking forward to performing this fantastic musical. It is one we always wanted to put on and we are delighted that rehearsals have gone so well. It is a great musical with some gorgeous scenes and fantastic songs. I am thrilled the way the main characters have worked so hard to get this to stage. The little Munchkins are adorable and Collette Hogan as Dorothy is simply superb.” The musical is well known for its main song,  ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ but the show has an abundance of other gorgeous musical numbers such as ‘Ding Dong the witch is dead’, Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, ‘ Merry old Land of Oz’ ‘If I were King of the Forest’ The Lollipop Guild and ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’ and many more. Don’t miss this magical musical, it looks like being one of the best around and is a great family night out and a wonderful way to start off the Christmas season. There are family ticket rates available at the door. Student and OAPs tickets cost €12 with adults €15. There is no pre booking available, just turn up on the night, sit back and enjoy the show.

The Broomhill Vintage Club Ladies Tractor Building team, the Socket Rockettes held a very successful fund raising event in O Riordan’s Bar in Coachford on Saturday. The eight girls decided to build their Ferguson 20 tractor inside the pub to help raise money for the Rickie Healy fund. Considering the very tight space they had to build in, the girls constructed the tractor from pieces on the ground to a fully functioning tractor in under 10 minutes. While this was a serious fundraiser it was also an opportunity for the ladies and men’s tractor builders to celebrate what was a hugely successful year for both teams as they brought their unique sport to the attention of hundreds of people around Munster during the year. The night was completed by a great music session with the wonderful Tim O Riordan belting out the tunes and songs which included one specially written in honour of the Socket Rockettes. Over €1,000 was raised for the fund.

Coachford Festival donates €15,000 to charity. Congratulations to the organizers and everyone involved with the Coachford Family Festival. A huge amount of money was handed over to a number of charities and local groups at a function in O’Riordsn’s Bar in Coachford last Saturday night.. A total of  €15,000 was raised at this year’s  festival. The organisers have now raised almost €100,000 for charity since the festival began only eight years ago. “This was our best year yet, the weather was very kind to us and the sponsors were extremely generous. We had a great festival which was full of fun for everyone who came to it and enjoyed all of the events. We are delighted that we can give away so much again this year and once again we have increased the amount that we are able to donate to charities and a few local groups and schools,” said Jerh O’Sullivan, Festival Chairman. .Presentations were given to: CUH Children’s Charity (€4,000), Friends of Marymount Hospice (€4,000), Friends of Macroom Community Hospital (€1,700) (included €200 donation from Coachford Active Retirement), Sullane Haven Macroom (€1,000), Pieta House (€1,000), West Muskerry Athletic Club (€500), Aghabullogue Camogie club (€500), Canovee National School Parents Association (€400), Rylane National Schools Parents Association (€400), Aghabullogue National School Parents Association (€400), Coachford National Schools Parents Association (€400), Coachford Lights (€500) and Coachford Flower Club (€200).