This week we received an impassioned appeal from a man who wants to find a permanent home for his local rugby club.

Just recently, we were delighted to be able to announce a new home for Kilworth Celtic Soccer Club after many years of campaigning and maybe, just maybe, there is a landowner out there who could offer the Mitchelstown club a plot of land, preferably one close to the town, that would suit their needs.

They are not looking for a handout, just an opportunity to be able to purchase a place where they can establish a few playing pitches with the necessary facilities. What a leg up this would be for a club that has made massive strides in its short lifetime.

Maybe then, just maybe, you can help?

The club has been attracting a lot of young people to their ranks in recent times at mini and juvenile level, but they need more help.

So, for others of you who may be interested, the club they would also welcome you as a volunteer to help with fundraising and other associated club activities.

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A photographic book from Kilfinane is now being shipped to diaspora around the world, just in time for Christmas. Pictorial Memories of Kilfinane Volume III was launched last Saturday night at the Church of Ireland in Kilfinane to large crowds.

The book was officially launched by Margaret Burke, formerly of Lower Main Street. Great interest has been shown in the photographic book by local people and also by those who have moved abroad and to different parts of Ireland.

“The book is currently being sent to people in New York, Cardiff, Canada, London and Australia,” said Hugh Murphy, secretary of Kilfinane Photographic Society.

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21-year-old Kieran Colgan will be laid to rest this Thursday after losing his life in a road traffic accident along the N72 at Castleyhde between Fermoy and Ballyhooly on Monday morning.

Originally from Prosperous, Co Kildare and living in Pairc na gCapall, Kilworth, Kieran had been on his way to work at Dairygold in Mallow when he was involved in a crash with a 4X4 vehicle shortly after 8am.

He was the only occupant of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the 4X4 vehicle and two young passengers were taken to Cork University Hospital with injuries. The road was closed for a time as Garda Forensic Collision Investigators carried out their investigations of the scene.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who were travelling the N72 on Monday morning are asked to contact Fermoy Garda Station on 025-82100, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111, or any Garda station.

Kieran was a keen sports fan and had made many friends since moving to the area. We extend our deepest sympathy to his mum Karen and John, his dad Pat and Anne, sister Olivia, brother Darragh, Shauna, Ashley and Heather, grandmother Angela, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

This incident followed a number of road traffic accidents over the weekend, including an horrific accident along the N72 near Dungarvan in Waterford that resulted in the deaths of three people, two of them from the Dungarvan area.

Eamon Dixon and Mikey Tobin, both 21, along with a third young man yet to be identified were killed in the accident, while the occupants of a people carrier were taken to local hospitals for treatment. A total of six people have been killed on Irish roads, and 12 injured, in a five day spell. 175 people have lost their lives on Irish roads to date in 2016, 32 more than the same period last year.

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The transformation of Forrest Hall in Mitchelstown from a derelict building to a modern community amenity, came full circle last week, when it was officially opened to the public.

The building in New Square which has undergone extensive repairs under Mitchelstown Community Council (MCC), was officially opened by Cork County Mayor Seamus McGrath, last Thursday.

The Mayor, speaking at the opening, said a tremendous turn around has happened to bring the building to the point where it is now and commended all involved, especially Mitchelstown Community Council and their chairperson, Sean Finn.

“I have only gotten to know him earlier, but he certainly strikes me as a man, that if you want to get the job done, he is the man to give it to, so you very fortunate to have such active and vibrant volunteers here,” he said.

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