• by the Owenabue River
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Welcome to the official website of Carrigaline, the thriving town in south Cork, Ireland
History.
OF THE ASSOCIATION

Carrigaline was designated in the late sixties as an area of growth and development by Cork County Council and became what was then known as a Satellite town in 1970 along with Ballincollig and later Glanmire/Riverstown. Estate such as Glenwood and Old Waterpark were built in the early seventies followed by Seaview, Hillview, Liosbourne and Hillcrest.
Carrigaline being a village when Town Councils were set up. In the 1899 Act had no central authority or local Government and facilities were to say the least basic. In 1973 a group of residents decided to form an Association know as the Community Association to act on behalf of all the residents in the area. The first Chairman was Sean O’Mahony. The idea was that the Association would be a central unifying body for all clubs and groups and a place where people could come to air their views.
The first meetings took place at the Old Parish Hall which was sited where Forde’s Funeral home now stands. The Hall was actually the old Crystal Ballroom run for many years by one of the great Cork characters John W. Reidy. The Hall was acquired by the Catholic Church in the late sixties. The hall served for several years as the Headquarters of the Association and Junior discos and concerts were held regularly.
The Hall began to fall into disrepair and it was generally agreed that the building would need to be replaced. During that time the Association held their meetings in the old Church of Ireland School which stood where the Irish Permanent now stands. Negotiations with Catholic Church authorities for the new hall were complex and eventually broke down over ownership and control of the building.
Approaches were made to Cork County Council by the Association, Youth Club and Scout Association for the provision of a site and eventually the council agreed to lease land where the present complex stands. Funding came from the department of Education youth employment scheme which was a fore runner of Fas. Local funding of more and €100,000 was raised through numerous events but the main contribution came from a weekly draw collected by different people in almost every estate in Carrigaline. The Hall was designed and supervised by local Engineer, Michael Heffernan recently deceased.
The Complex was opened in 1984 and officially opened in September 1985 by the then President of Ireland, Dr. Patrick J. Hillary – the first visit of a President to the Carrigaline area. The Complex was extended in 1988. The Hall consists of one large area for sports activities, four meeting rooms and an exclusive area for the Youth club whose committee helped in the building and collections.
In 1985 a constitution was prepared and adopted and served until 2008 when some amendments were adopted to meet changing times.

The Complex has served the people of Carrigaline well, it is used extensively for sports training, meetings, pre-school, scouting, Youth club and numerous other activities. Many important meetings have been held, local television, political and items of important to local people and was the site of several community awareness forums.


Objects.
OF THE ASSOCIATION
1. To constitute and organise any or all of the people living within the greater Carrigaline area.
2. To encourage all the residents of the area in the promotion of social, cultural and economic activities. To evaluate existing amenities and services, to determine future requirements and to pursue their implementation.
3. To monitor, as far as possible, developments affecting the environment and living conditions of the people in the area.
4. To encourage general cleanliness of the area, highlighting the problems of untidiness, litter and dereliction and promoting a cleaner and better environment.
5. To promote or provide buildings and places for general recreation and to permit the same or any part thereof to be used on such terms as the Association shall think fit for any purposes.
6. To encourage employment in the area.
7. To promote and encourage relations with other towns and communities at home and abroad.
8. To encourage the development of clubs and associations in the area, by providing a central unifying framework for maximum co-operation, one with another and the community at large and also Association participation in statutory bodies