• Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Council

    Welcome to our beautiful part of East Cork

    Serving the communities of Ballymacoda, Ladysbridge, Garryvoe and Knockadoon

    Ironman is Coming!

     

    Sign in for volunteers at Ballymacoda Hall Friday evening between 7.00.pm and 8.30 for Ironman if you can't attend somebody else can sign you in.

     

    A special call out for volunteers for two junctions on Sunday for Ironman at 7.00

     

    1: Patrick O'Neill Junction Warren

     

    2: Ballycrenane Beach Junction

     

     

    Sustainable Ladysbridge

     

    Ladysbridge Tidy Towns have developed an Instagram page called Sustainable Ladysbridge to offer advice and share knowledge on living life a little more sustainably. If you’re interested in finding out more, do head over to Instagram and follow them.

     

     

    IPB PRIDE OF PLACE

     

    We were delighted to be awarded runner up prize in our category at the IPB Pride of Place awards in Letterkenny. It was a long wait from August 15th, the judgement day, to finding out how we did but we were very pleased to come home with this prestigious award. Congratulations also to Carrigtwohill and Clonakilty who won their categories.

     

    LADYSBRIDGE TIDY TOWNS EXPERIMENT

     

    Ladysbridge Tidy Towns recently ran a 'Clean like your Granny did' experiment with 10 volunteers who were provided with a kit containing environmentally kind ingredients such as vinegar, bread soda, soda crystals, salt and lemons. For 3 weeks they substituted these for their normal cleaners and contrasted and compared the results. For anyone interested in trying this at home, the cheat sheet full of tips, tricks and recipes can be downloaded here.

    Serving the communities of Ballymacoda, Ladysbridge, Garryvoe and Knockadoon

    BLCC enters Bank of Ireland NETA competition

     

    Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards (NETA) competition aims to promote enterprise by bringing business and community groups together, in villages/towns, to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

     

     

    IPB PRIDE OF PLACE

     

    We were delighted to be awarded runner up prize in our category at the IPB Pride of Place awards in Letterkenny. It was a long wait from August 15th, the judgement day, to finding out how we did but we were very pleased to come home with this prestigious award. Congratulations also to Carrigtwohill and Clonakilty who won their categories.

     

    LADYSBRIDGE TIDY TOWNS EXPERIMENT

     

    Ladysbridge Tidy Towns recently ran a 'Clean like your Granny did' experiment with 10 volunteers who were provided with a kit containing environmentally kind ingredients such as vinegar, bread soda, soda crystals, salt and lemons. For 3 weeks they substituted these for their normal cleaners and contrasted and compared the results. For anyone interested in trying this at home, the cheat sheet full of tips, tricks and recipes can be downloaded here.

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  • About us

    Chairperson's Address

    Aidan Healy

    BLCC Chairman

    Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Council has been in existence for over 20 years and serves a wide area including Garryvoe, Ladysbridge, Ballymacoda and Knockadoon. Through our sub-committees we provide a variety of services for the wider community.

     

    The community council is affiliated to Muintir na Tire, the national organisation promoting community development in Ireland and is part of a national network of community groups dedicated to promoting and supporting local development within their communities.Through its core principles of neighbourliness, self-help and self-reliance, Muintir na Tíre has promoted and supported the concept of active community participation and championed the idea of community development in both Ireland and Europe. Muintir na Tíre’s approach is based around “the whole community” as a unit of organisation through which social, economic, cultural and environmental development can take place.

     

    The Community Council meets monthly as a unit while additionally sub committees hold their own individual meetings on a regular basis.

     

    Councillors for each constituency are elected every two years with the next election being held in the autumn of 2017. Our mission is to enhance the capacities of people in our community to become involved in local social, economic, cultural and environmental development.

     

    We can be contacted via the Contact Us section of the website. Your local councillor makes door to door visits at least once per year so please do make contact with them if there's anything you want to highlight in your constituency. We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

     

    We are also on facebook so please check out our page at https://www.facebook.com/BLCConline

  • Constituencies

    We have a thriving and vibrant community stretching from Garryvoe, through Ladysbridge, Ballymacoda and all the way to Knockadoon. The area is divided into constituencies and there is always something happening.

    Constituency A ( West): Rathcallan Woods

    This constituency includes the following townlands: Bridgetown, Blossom Park, Dromada Beg Urban, Rathcallan Urban, Ladysbridge and Rathcallan Wood.

     

    30 years ago or more this area had 15 homes. Blossom Park and Rathcallan Wood did not exist and in their place was a field on my family’s farm that we know as the bridge field. Half of the homes were also businesses. This included 2 pubs, 4 shops, a Post office and shop and a blacksmiths forge. Bridgetown had one home (Bob Lees), Ladysbridge had one home known to us then as Scullys, Dromada Beg Urban had 9 homes and Rathcallan Urban had 4 homes one of which had a Pub and the National School.

     

    For the children growing up in the village and surrounding area the shops in this part of the village were known as Statia’s, Tilly’s , Woods (Aunty Mae’s to me as Mrs Woods was my grand-aunt), Lees and the Post office which was run by a man called Dick White. John Joe Cahill and his wife Maureen had the Thatch pub then and the O'Neills also had a pub. John Joe was a blacksmith and had his forge at the side of the Thatch just opposite Motherway’s on the Bohillane road.

     

    Just behind the Thatch Pub was the School and that was in use until 1972 when it was closed and the Kilcredan School was opened amalgamating the 3 schools in the parish. The school had 2 teachers. The master, who had classes from 3rd to 6th class and the Mistress, who had the infants to 2nd class. At that time when preparing for Communion and Confirmation is was just a case of going across the road to the church. The master lived in the house beside the school. The school was built in 1891 and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1991. Many of the former teachers and pupils gathered on that occasion for tea and to reminisce about times past. Besides the Master's house were two adjoined cottages. After that there were no other houses.

     

    As the years passed an additional house was built in Bridgetown and 3 were built in Rathcallan Urban. In 1993 Blossom Park was built with the addition of 5 houses and in 2000 building started in Rathcallan Wood . When complete there were 32 houses in the estate.

     

    So, big changes have happened over the years. The original Thatch pub burned down in the mid-nineties and was rebuilt. This is the existing pub in Ladysbridge. The 5 shops are gone but we have the garage and post office run by the O’ Flynn family who had a shop originally on the Ballymacoda road opposite the church car park. John Joe had retired but there is a DVD video on his work as a blacksmith. There are now 56 houses in this constituency. Some families have lived here all their lives, some grew up in this area, had moved away and have moved back and some are families new to this area.

     

    By Rosemarie Motherway.

    Councillors for this area: Rosemarie Motherway and Margaret Motherway

    Constituency B: Ightermurragh and Rathaha

    The townland of Ightermurragh is nestled between Ladysbridge and Ballymacoda. The story of how Ightermurragh got its name is a very interesting one. In the early 17th century, the then Seneschal of Imokilly was dying and had no male heir. He gathered his three daughters and allowed them to choose which of his lands they wanted to inherit in order of seniority. The eldest daughter chose 'The Wheaten Inch', the area now known as Castlerichard and built her homestead there. The middle daughter requested and was granted the green hill - now known as Knockglass. The youngest then declared 'Agus an t-iochtar mo rogha' - the lower (land) is my choice - and from that time on Ightermurragh was named.

     

    The youngest daughter was named Margaret Fitzgerald and her ambition was to build a castle far superior both in dimensions and comfort to that of her sisters. She married Edmund Supple and in 1641 they built Ightermurragh Castle near the southern bank of the river Womanagh. Although now a ruin, it is still an impressive sight standing four storeys tall with a cross-shaped plan. The main building runs east and west and measures 72 feet long by 32 feet wide. The walls are 5 feet thick and the castle originally was 5 stories in height. The castle had tall chimney stacks and mullioned windows and must have looked quite impressive. The main entrance is on the first storey. On the second storey, a lintel over the fireplace bears an inscription in Latin which includes their names and the date of construction. The castle had an amazing 12 fireplaces and 44 windows. They didn't have much opportunity to enjoy the comforts of their castle however, as it was captured soon after completion. The young couple had to flee with their baby daughter during the rebellion of 1641. When their daughter grew up, she married a Killeagh gentleman named Capel. In the time of Cromwell, the castle was confiscated and given to Boyle, in whose family it remained for generations.

     

    Another area of note well worth a visit is the old graveyard in Ightermurragh. It was the site of an original Church of Ireland church but only a tiny section of a gable wall of this structure remains today. The grounds are very well kept. There is a Chest and a Table Tomb, along with iron-railing surround for several headstones. The Earl of Shannon buried three of his servants here and erected a headstone in their memory. On the external wall a plaque has been erected to commemorate Michael O'Brien of this townland, who was one of the Manchester Martyrs. There is also a monument to the Manchester Martyrs in the centre of the village in Ladysbridge. The graveyard has been painstakingly mapped by members of the Community Council historic committee. See http://historicgraves.com/graveyard/ightermurragh/co-igma for more information.

     

    The councillors for this area are Sandra Burfield and Suzanne O'Sullivan.
     

    Constituency D - Kilcreheen

    This constituency consists of 5 townlands , Kilcraheen, Ballyfleming , Gortcorcoran , Curraghlea and Gortavella.

     

    The Population is 80 approx over 18's. A derelict building which was an old school still stands in the townland of Ballyfleming. This school was was active from 1842 to 1887 when Kilcredan old school opened. The building measured 38ft x 18 x 10. About 100 children were on the roll and the teacher's salary was £8 per year.

     

    The current councillors are Denis Collins and Liz Lynch.

    Constituency E: Kilcredan - Barnfield - Ballydaniel

    The townland of Kilcredan has a long history with education in the parish. It goes back to a hedge school being on a board of education file in 1826 and after that the old Kilcredan school was in place from the last decade of the 1800s up to 1972 when the present school was opened.
     
    Kilcredan church and graveyard can be traced back to records of 1244. Historic Graves | The on-line graves and graveyards finder is a great website to get a lot of information on this and other graveyards in the parish.
     
    Ballydaniel is another townland with a lot of links with local history, the most famous link being Fr. Peter O'Neill whose history goes back to the time of the United Irishmen. From Ballydaniel there are stunning views over Youghal bay.
     
    BLCC councillors for this area are Denis McCarthy and Tracy O'Mahony.

    Constituency F: Curraheen, Shanakiel, Yellowford and Fanisk

    This contituency contains the townlands of Curraheen, Shanakiel, Yellowford and Fanisk and has 34 houses.

     

    The poet Pádraig Piaris Condúin was born in this area. He emigrated to America. He wrote poetry which appeared in national school books. His plaque can be seen on the wall of Ballymacoda Community Hall.

     

    The River Womanagh, the longest river in East Cork, flows along the border of this constituency. It is a renowned river for trout fishing.

     

    The house that is now occupied by Cormac Lynch was once a police R.I.C. barracks between 1850 and 1900.

     

    The councillors for this area are James O'Keeffe and Mary Rohan.

    Constituency G: Aghavine, Gortavadda

    Situated at the eastern end of the parish Aghavine townland (meaning arable land) is beside the Womanagh River which separates our parish from Youghal. The river runs into the sea at Ring point. The townland is roughly 500 acres of arable land but nearer the river marsh land. Currently there are 22 houses in Aghavine stretching from Bainin's cross at one end to the ScrathRook bend on the Killeagh road to the Crompaun Bridge crossing the Womanagh river on the Youghal road. The constituency ends at the stream on the Ballymacoda road after the O'Donoghue homestead. It has many Irish placenames such as Pairc Na Cruaithe, Rathard, Pairc Dhala. As with all townlands of the parish emigration over the years has played a part in everyone's life.Each house has seen someone emigrate since the 1800s.

     

    Fr O Neill's Sportsfield complex was developed in 1984 but prior to this the sportsfield was a mile or so from where you see it now , also in Aghavine but nearer to the village of Ballymacoda and near where the McCarthys are living now. From a historical view Peter O Neill Crowley was born in Aghavine in what is now the home of the Rooney family. He fought in the uprising in 1867, was shot in Kilclooney Wood and is buried in Ballymacoda Churchyard.

     

    Gortavadda (meaning long field) is a small townland between Aghavine and Ballydaniel. It has a little river or stream running through it and is a natural habitat for wild life. It consists of only a few houses and the land is the same as Aghavine both arable and marshland.

     

    The councillors for this area are Anne Griffin and Ellen Jackson.
     

    Constituency K: Knockadoon, Ballyskibole and Ring

    Constituency K is made up of the townlands of Knockadoon, Ballyskibole and Ring. It is bounded by the Ballymacoda Bay Special Protection Area to the North West and Capel Island and Knockadoon Head Nature Reserve to the East.

     

    Other notable points of interest are the old signal tower in Knockadoon alongside the World War 2 lookout post and the old Coastguard station in Ring. The view East from Knockadoon is dominated largely by Capel Island. Originally a lighthouse was to be erected on the island but it was never finished as it was deemed that the lighthouses in Youghal and Ballycotton were sufficient. The building was capped off and the result is the magnificent tower we see there today.

     

    Farming and fishing are the dominant forms of commercial activity in the constituency with other commercial endeavours including a caravan park, a horse training facility and also some Arts and Crafts activities.

     

    Wildlife is mainly of the avian variety with a diverse range including Peregrines, Chough, Little Egrets, Oystercatchers, Cormorants, etc. Otters and Seals are some of the more unusual mammals in the parish.

     

    The currently elected councillors are Mike Walsh, John V O’Brien and Aidan Healy.

    Constituency Q: Bohillane, Gortstoke, Parknahyla, Glenagare, Dromada

    Constituency Q is made up of the town lands of Bohillane, Gortstoke, Parknahyla, Glenagare East, Dromada Beg, Dromada Mor and Glenagare West.

     

    Bohillane is an area which exhibits the remains of an ancient church and graveyard. The ruins of Bohillane Church are situated within the grounds of Bohillane Graveyard. The churchyard of Bohillane or Boughellane which is only about 50 feet square, lies on the top of a hill about five miles to the north-east of Cloyne.

     

    The earliest inscribed headstones within the graveyard date back to 1704. The graveyard and the ancient remains which it encases are enclosed by a stonewall, erected in 1831 by the last rector of Bohillane, Rev. William Chatterton as is recorded upon a plaque placed near the entrance gate of the graveyard.

     

    Councillors for this area are Rita Law and Sheila Hayes.

    Constituency R: Garranassig, Rathcallan, and Part of Knockglass

    Constituency R is made up of the townslands of Garranassig, Rathcallan, and Part of Knockglass.
     
    The current 2015 BLCC Councilors are Martina Joyce and Paul Fearon.
     
    Garranassig House was formerly a Landlords house by the name of Bartrum. One notable site in the area is Bohillane Churchyard which borders Garranassig and is worth a visit:
     
    BOHILLANE CHURCHYARD - James Coleman in ‘Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland, Vol. VII, 1907-08.´ Transcribed by Anita Sheahan Coraluzzi -The little churchyard of Bohillane, or Boughellane, which is only about 50 feet square, lies on the top of a hill about five miles to the north-east of Cloyne, and possesses the rather unique character of being walled in by a stone wall. This wall was due to a Protestant clergyman, as shown by the tablet inserted in the pillar of the gateway leading into it on the roadside, there being an unused space intervening between the outer gateway and the churchyard proper. The inscription on the gateway is as follows:- ‘The Rev. William Chatterton has caused this churchyard of Boughlaune to be enclosed at his own expense July 1881.´ The walls of the old church here can still be traced, being about 33 feet long by 12 wide, and less than 2 feet high, and running from north to south. The graveyard is kept quite free from weeds. There are only two modern headstones, and not more than fourteen or fifteen in all. The following are the inscriptions on the older ones:-
     
    BURKE - Erected by Patrick Burke of/ Ballybimikin in memory/ of his Father David Burke (remainder covered up)
    COLBERT - Erected/ by William Colbert in Memory/ of his Father Patrick Colbert/ late of Ballybraher who dep/ this life 31 May 1815 aged 55 years/ his Sister Bridget died Dec 1833/ aged 30 years/ Also his Mother Bridget Colbert/ died 3 May 1835 aged 58 years. May they rest in peace Amen
    DALY/GUIRY - Erected by/ John Daly/ in memory of his wife Johanna Guiry/ who depd this life Sept the 5th 1813 Aged 57 years. May she &c.
    DONOVAN - Here/ lyeth the Body of/ William Donovan who departed this Life January the 18th 1772 Aged 55/ years Also his Wife/ Anne Fitzgerald who deceased the 8th of December 1791/ Aged 62 years
    KINELEY - Here/ lyeth the body of/ William Kineley who died January the 7th, 1788/ Aged 27 years
    LINAHAN - Here/ lies the Body of/ Edmund Linahan/ who deceased March 14th 1769/ Aged 58 years
    MEHIGAN - Erected by David/ Mehigan in memory/ of his Father John Me/ higan who died the 28 of June 1794(? poss 1704) Aged/ 66 years/ May he &c.
    O BRYAN - Erected/ By Jeremiah O´Bryan in Memory of his Father John O´Bryan who died the May/ 1788 Aged 77 years. His Mother Margaret (remainder covered up)
     

  • Sub Committees

    BLCC is made up of a number of sub committees

    Coast Care

    Looking after our many miles of coastline

    The Coast Care sub committee cares for our coast. Committee volunteers identify local environmental problems and work together to achieve practical solutions. We tackle problems like litter control, erosion, loss of native plants , water pollution, weeds and control of human access to sensitive areas. The committee provides opportunities for the community to become actively involved in works to protect and manage our coastal and marine environments.

    Community Alert

    Looking after our older and vulnerable people

    Community Alert is a community safety programme for rural areas with an emphasis on older and vulnerable people. It operates as a partnership between the community, An Garda Síochána and Muintir na Tíre. It works on the principle of shared responsibility for crime prevention and reduction. The aims of the Community Alert Programme are to foster the process of community development, to reduce opportunities for crimes to occur, to unite communities in a spirit of neighbourliness and community service and to devise programmes to improve the quality of life for all in rural communities.
     

    Community Care

    Engaging with all our community

    Our aim is to engage with all members of the community. To host varied interest events in the hope of attracting as many people as possible. However, we have a particular interest in the older person. We wish to support the older person by arranging various activities, of interest to them, throughout the year. We offer a safe and secure environment allowing them to meet and chat with friends and neighbours, young and old. Our objective is to increase the number of people, male and female, using the service and to again broaden the service offering.
     

    Committee members are Lorna Rice Davis from BLCC; Mary Lee and Mary Colbert are volunteers.

    Defibrillator Committee

    First responder training

    Five Defibriillators have been placed at different locations in the Parish since September 2011.

     

    The Committee maintain and keep these AEDs up to date, keep our Volunteers Certification up to date, provide practises during the year and train as many people as possible who wish to know how to perform CPR.

     

    In 2016 practise sessions have been held in February, April, June and there are two more planned for September and November.

     

    The Defibrillator committee members are Margaret Hyde and Stephen Belton.

    Historical Committee

    Remembering the past in our present

    The parish of Ballymacoda and Ladysbridge is rich in history and culture and studying it is like opening a door into our past. Local history and folklore was something not learned at school and can be forgotten and lost if not written down by local people in their own area.


    The Historial Committee of Ballymacoda/Ladysbridge Community Council Ltd look forward - to looking back, preserving and promoting our past.

    Knockadoon Enhancement Project

    Development of the Knockadoon peninsula

    The Knockadoon Enhancement Project was set up in 2014 to act as a ‘Tidy Towns’ for the area around Knockadoon. This area, known as the Knockadoon Peninsula comprises of Knockadoon, Ballyskibole and parts of Ring and Glenawilling. Activities include (but are not limited to) the installation and maintenance of street furniture and signage in the area, the reopening and upkeep of old walkways and the general improvement in appearance of the area.

    Website: www.knockadoon.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/KnockadoonPeninsula

    Social Committee

    Keeping us connected

    Whenever there's a BLCC event you'll generally find the social committee in the kitchen providing teas, coffees and refreshments.

     

    In addition the Social Committee run the very successful 'Night by the Fire' events twice annually. This is a complimentary event for all our community held in Ballymacoda Hall and is an evening of music (our hosts are the ever popular local group, Na Cairde), song, stories, recitations and good old fashioned catching up with our neighbours.

    Tidy Towns Ballymacoda

    Keeping Ballymacoda tidy

    The Tidy Towns Committee for Ballymacoda aims to help keep the village tidy and to help with village enhancements and improvements. Litter picking and general village maintenance remains our focus.

     

    The chairperson of this committee is Ger Finn.

    Tidy Towns Ladysbridge

    Helping Ladysbridge to stay lovely!

    The aim of the Ladysbridge Tidy Towns sub-committee is to make Ladysbridge an even nicer place to live in and to visit.

     

    We care about the local environment and our community and the character of Ladysbridge village.

     

    We can be contacted by email at tidytowns@ladysbridge.com and would love to hear from you.

    Ladysbridge Trail

    Connection to Castlemartyr

    The idea of getting pedestrian access to Castlemartyr Wood (Mitchell's Wood) from the village of Ladysbridge was first mentioned in the Summer of 2005. At that time SECAD ran a course on Project Planning over four Saturdays in Ladysbridge. The 'Walk in the Wood' was termed a 'long term project' - something for the future, but.. The seed was sown!

     

    In 2011 news came of funding available through SECAD for Trail Development and this is where the present drive to achieve our goal started in earnest. The main stumbling blocks for any Trail Development in Ireland are usually the Stakeholders & money. We are lucky in that our Landowner is very happy to be involved and that once we do everything according to the terms laid down by the National Trails Office (NTO) our trail will be covered by their insurance.
     
    We are gone beyond the planning stage now and are presently carrying out the work. We have applied for grant funding and have had some success in this regard. Our main cost is building the bridge over the Womanagh River to gain access to the wood and this is currently underway. Ten years on we're 'fingers crossed' that we'll get there soon.

  • Sustainable Ladysbridge

    Ladysbridge Tidy Towns page dedicated to living life more sustainably

     

    Meat Free Mondays

     

    Eating less meat actually helps us be more sustainable. Just a little bit less can really make a difference. Join us in having a Meat Free Monday and try out one of the lovely recipes below

    Peri-Peri Rice

     

    This is a great supper dish that can be used as a salad if you have leftovers. But I wouldn't count on having leftovers! This recipe serves 4 and can be served on its own or, as we did, with some tasty vegetarian sausages.

     

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • 200g long grain rice, rinsed
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
    • salt and black pepper
    • 1/2 a red pepper, finely diced
    • 1/2 a green pepper, finely diced
    • 1 tomato, finely chopped
    • 450ml of vegetable stock
    • 1 red chilli, de-seeded
    • 1.5 tsp of paprika
    • 1/2 tsp of cumin
    • 1/2 tsp of oregano
    • handful of parsley
    • handful of coriander
    • juice and zest of a small lime
    • Fresh coriander to serve

    Method

    • Add the onion, garlic, chilli, paprika, cumin, oregano, coriander, parsley, salt, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of oil to a mini blender (or a mortar and pestle) and grind to a paste. 
    • Heat the remaining olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onions and fry gently until softened.
    • Add the peppers and fry for another few minutes.
    • Add the rice, tomato and the blended paste and stir to combine and to coat the rice.
    • Pour the stock into the pan, bring to a boil and simmer until the stock is almost absorbed. 
    • Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and let sit for 10 minutes. 
    • Stir through some fresh coriander and serve. 

    One Pot Pasta

    This one pot pasta dish was a big hit in our house when we tried it on the family. Who doesn't love a dish where you can just toss everything in and only have one pot to wash and can be on the table in half an hour?

    Ingredients:


    1 onion, diced

    2 cloves of garlic, crushed
    2 carrots, grated

    1 courgette, grated

    handful of frozen peas

    250ml of passata

    2 tablespoons of tomato puree

    1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

    2 teaspoons of Italian herbs

    300g of uncooked pasta shapes

    960ml vegetable stock

    2 teaspoons of sugar

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Freshly chopped parsley

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    Fresh Parmesan style cheese to serve


    Method:

    1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat.
    2. Add the onion and carrot and gently fry for 5 minutes to soften
    3. Add the courgette, garlic and herbs and fry for a further 2 minutes
    4. Stir in the pasta, stock, passata, tomato puree, balsamic vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil.
    5. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until the stock has reduced and the pasta is cooked.
    6. Almost at the end of cooking, stir in the frozen peas and heat until cooked. At this stage the sauce should be nice and velvety. 
    7. Season with salt and black pepper and sprinkle with some freshly chopped parsley. 
    8. Serve topped with Parmesan style cheese and some crusty bread - delish! 

    Vegetarian Sausage and Bean Stew

    This hearty dish makes a perfect warming supper. We used Linda McCartney's vegetarian sausages to test drive this recipe but you could use any variety you like. The test drive was super successful by the way - the whole family loved it. This serves 4 easily and only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

     

    Ingredients:

     

    1 tablespoon of olive oil

    3 red peppers, chopped

    1 onion, chopped

    1 clove of garlic, crushed

    12 vegetarian sausages

    1 tsp of chilli powder

    2 tsp of smoked paprika

    1 tsp of mustard powder

    1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

    500g passata

    200 ml veg stock

    400g can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

    400g red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

    handful of spring onions, sliced

    handful of chopped fresh parsley

     

    Method:

    1. Cook the sausages as per the packet directions until browned all over. Set aside.
    2. Heat the oil over a moderate heat.Add the chopped peppers, onion and garlic and cook until softened.
    3. Add the chili powder, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and mustard powder to the vegetables. Stir, then add the passata, stock and beans.  Season lightly and bring to a boil over a high heat. 
    4. Cut each sausage into 3 pieces and stir into the stew along with half the spring onions. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
    5. Scatter over the parsley and remaining spring onions and serve hot with mashed potato and green veg. Enjoy!

     

    Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce

    Pasta is a great option for weeknights and this recipe is one you can make in advance and have in your freezer for emergencies. Just gently heat, add to dried pasta with some sauteed mushrooms and a handful of frozen peas for a quick and tasty supper all the family will love.

    Ingredients:

     

    Dash of olive oil,
    1 onion, finely chopped
    1 carrot, chopped
    2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
    3 cloves of garlic, crushed
    250ml of passata
    A tin of chopped tomatoes
    2 tablespoons of tomato puree
    350ml of vegetable stock
    dash of Balsamic vinegar
    fresh basil chopped
     

    Method:

    • Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and drizzle with olive oil.
    • Add the chopped onions, celery and garlic and cook until softened.
    • Add the chopped carrot and cook for a further 5 minutes.
    • Add all of the remaining ingredients, then bring to the boil and cover.
    • Simmer for approx 1 hour until the sauce reduces. If it starts to reduce too much, simply add a little more stock.
    • Allow to cool a little then blend until smooth.

    I usually store this sauce in a sealed jar in the fridge and use the next day but you can also freeze the sauce to use later on. And did you know you can freeze food in glass jars? you just need to make sure you allow some space for expansion. It's a win-win!
     

    Margarita Pizza

    Everyone loves pizza and this recipe makes 2 very decent sized ones - just double if you want to make more. This is a basic margarita but of course the choice of toppings is limitless so you can really make this your own.

     

    For the base

    • 300g strong white flour
    • 200ml tepid water
    • 1 tsp instant yeast
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

    For the tomato sauce

    • 100ml passata
    • handful fresh basil or 1 tsp dried
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed

    For the topping

    • 125g grated mozzarella
    • handful cherry tomatoes, halved

    A handful of basil to finish.

     

    Method:

     

    Make the base: Put the flour into a large bowl then stir in the yeast and salt. Make a well in the centre, pour in 200ml tepid water and the olive oil and bring together with a wooden spoon until you have a soft, fairly wet dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until smooth. Cover with a tea towel and set aside. You can leave the dough to rise if you like, but it’s not essential for a thin crust.

     

    Make the sauce: Mix the passata, basil and crushed garlic together, then leave to stand at room temperature while you get on with the base.

     

    Shaping the dough: If you’ve let the dough rise, give it a quick knead to knock it back, then divide into two balls. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into large rounds, about 25cm across, using a rolling pin. The dough needs to be very thin as it will rise in the oven. Lift the rounds onto two floured baking sheets.

     

    Heat the oven to 240C/fan 220C /gas 8. Smooth sauce over the two bases with the back of a spoon. Scatter the cheese and tomatoes on top, drizzle with olive oil and season. Bake for 8-10 mins until crisp. Serve with a little more olive oil, and basil leaves if using.

     

      Mighty Minestrone Soup

       

      There are times when a comforting bowl of chunky, veg-filled, minestrone soup deserves more than a lunchtime nod. This recipe serves 6 mains sized hearty portions and served with crusty bread hits the spot every time.

      1 tablespoon rapeseed oil

      2 onions, peeled and chopped
      3 carrots, chopped

      1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

      3 cloves of garlic, chopped

      6 mushrooms, sliced

      1 courgette, diced

      handful of frozen peas

      2 potatoes, peeled and diced

      1 stick of celery, chopped

      2 tines of chopped tomatoes

      2 tablespoons of tomato puree

      2 vegetable stock cubes

      50g of pasta (any shape will do)

      1 tin of cannellini beans

      dash of Italian herbs

      Pinch of fresh basil

      grated Parmesan cheese to serve

      Salt and freshly ground pepper

      Method:

      1. Add the oil to a large saucepan then add the onions and garlic. Cook on a gentle heat until softened.
      2. Add all the other ingredients, with the exception of he pasta, the beans and the salt and pepper.  Stir well then add sufficient water to cover all the vegetables.
      3. Bring to the boil and simmer for half an hour.
      4. At this stage, you can remove some of the soup mix and use a stick blender to blend the remainder. Once done, add back the removed soup mix and add the pasta and cannelloni beans
      5. Simmer gently for another 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
      6. Once the pasta is cooked, check your seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed. 
      7. Serve piping hot with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Don't forget some crusty bread on the side - delish!

      Mushroom Stroganoff

       

      For those evenings when you’re on your on your own and fancy something quick but satisfying, a mustardy, creamy mushroom stroganoff has just what it takes.

      1 small onion
      150ml vegetable stock
      150g of chopped mixed mushrooms
      1 garlic clove, crushed
      I teaspoon of wholegrain mustard
      1/2 teaspoon of tomato purée
      1 tablespoon of creme fraiche
      Salt and freshly ground black pepper
      Chopped fresh parsley

      Method:

      Cook the onion in a covered saucepan with a little of the stock for about 4 to 5 minutes until the onions have softened and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Stir in the mushrooms, seasoning and garlic, and add the remaining stock, mustard and tomato purée.

      Cook uncovered for 3 minutes then remove the lid and turning up the heat cook rapidly for another 2 minutes. This liquid will reduce and become syrupy. Stir in the creme fraiche and parsley and serve with rice.

       

      This is a delicious dish perfect for those cold days when you’re home alone and want something quick and tasty!

      Smoky Beans

       

      Beans are a firm favourite with all the family and we promise you, this recipe will be a winner with everyone.

      1 tablespoon olive oil

      1 red onion, peeled and chopped
      2 carrots, chopped

      3 sticks of celery, chopped

      3 tbsp of water

      200ml of vegetable stock

      1 tsp smoked paprika

      500g of passata

      1 tin of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

      1 tin of mixed beans, drained and rinsed

      1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

      Chopped parsley to serve


      Method:

      1. Add the oil to a large saucepan then add the onion, carrot, celery and 3 tbsp of water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables have softened.
      2. Add the paprika, passata, stock and Worcestershire sauce. 
      3. Simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce has reduced and thickened..
      4. Stir the beans into the pot, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
      5. Scatter over the parsley and season.
      6. Serve piping hot with crusty bread.

       

      Broc-Cauli Macaroni Cheese

       

      This veg packed take on traditional Mac n Cheese makes a nice change. It serves 4 anode you definitely won’t miss the meat from this one!

      1 Head of broccoli

      1 head of cauliflower
      200g dried macaroni

      2 tablespoons of cornflour

      6 eggs

      100g fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

      250g cream cheese

      600ml vegetable stock

      3 garlic cloves, crushed


      Method:

      1. Preheat the oven to 140 degrees C or gas mark 2. Slice the broccoli and cauliflower into small florets. 
      2. Cook the macaroni until it is al dente. 
      3. Steam the broccoli and cauliflower florets for 3 minutes.
      4. Drain the macaroni and veg in a colander until no trace of water remains.
      5. Add the cornflour to a large mixing bowl and gradually beat in the eggs with a whisk until smooth.
      6. Stir 80g of the Parmesan into the egg mixture and add the cream cheese. Then whisk in the stock until smooth. Season and add the garlic.
      7. Tip the macaroni, broccoli and cauliflower into a large baking dish and pour over the cheese sauce. Top with the remaining Parmesan.
      8. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Preheat the grill to high and place the dish under the grill for a few minutes until the top is golden.
      9. Serve with a green salad or jacket potato and enjoy!

      Lentil 'Shepherd's' Pie with Champ

      serves 4-6

       

      For the lentil mix:

      Olive oil/butter

      1 red onion - finely chopped

      1 garlic clove - grated

      2 Carrots - finely chopped

      1 celery stalk - finely chopped

      1 bay leaf

      90 ml red wine

      100 ml veg stock

      1 tin of tomatoes

      a splash of balsamic vinegar

      a pinch of smoked paprika

      1 sprig rosemary

      1 tin green/puy lentils

       

      For the champ:

      500g potatoes

      200g frozen peas

      butter

      milk

      cheddar

       

      Boil potatoes and add frozen peas to the pan near end of cooking.

      Strain and mash with butter and milk.

      Heat oil and butter gently and sweat the veg and garlic until softened.

      Add all remaining lentil mix ingredients except lentils and bring to boil.

      Simmer until reduced and veg tender.

      Add lentils and simmer for further 10 mins.

      Add the mix to a casserole dish and top with champ.

      Top with grated cheese.

      Bake until hot through and golden.

      Oven Baked Risotto 

       

      Ingredients

      • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
      • 250 g peas (fresh or frozen)
      • 100 g spinach
      • 950 ml vegetable or chicken stock
      • 1 onion (peeled and finely chopped)
      • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and crushed)
      • salt and pepper
      • 350 g risotto rice, eg Arborio
      • 150 ml white wine
      • 100 g finely grated parmesan cheese
      • 12 stalks of asparagus (ends trimmed and cut in half lengthways)

      Method

      • Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof saucepan.
      • Add the peas and spinach and cook, stirring all the time, for 2 minutes, until the spinach wilts.
      • Add about 50ml of the stock and puree in a blender or food processor.
      • Set aside.
      • In the same saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil, add the onion and garlic and season with salt and pepper.
      • Cover with a lid and sweat over a gentle heat until soft but not coloured.
      • Add the risotto rice and stir it around in the saucepan for a minute, then add the remaining stock and the wine.
      • Stir and bring it up to the boil, cover with the lid and place in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is just cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed.
      • Stir in the vegetable puree and set aside.
      • Bring a saucepan of water up to the boil; add a good pinch of salt and the asparagus.
      • Boil for 2-3 minutes or until it is just tender, then drain.
      • Serve the risotto into warm bowls with the asparagus arranged on top and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan.

      Lentil Dhal

       

      A warming lentil dhal that serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side dish.

       

      Ingredients

      • 1 medium onion, finely chopped 
      • 10g fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
      • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped
      • ½ tbsp ground cumin 
      • ½ tbsp ground coriander
      • ½ tsp turmeric 
      • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 
      • Half a can of chopped tomatoes
      • 125g dried red lentils
      • 1 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
      • 100g butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and grated
      • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

      Method

      • Put all the ingredients apart from the coriander in a large saucepan over a high heat. Add 500ml boiling water and bring to a simmer. 
      • Cover, reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 20-25 minutes or until the lentils are cooked through.
      • Stir through the coriander, season lightly and serve hot.

      Chickpea Curry

       

      Ingredients:

       

      Thumbsize piece of Fresh Ginger

      A small chilli

      1 Aubergine

      1 tbsp Olive oil

      2 tbsp Soy sauce

      5 tbsp Water

      150 g Tin of Chickpeas

      250 g of Mushrooms

      2 tbsp medium Curry Powder

      Small bunch of fresh coriander

      160g of Tinned Coconut Milk

      400g of Tinned Tomatoes

      ½ Juice of Lemon

      Black Pepper

       

      Method:

      1. Peel and finely chop the ginger and finely chop the chilli but remove the seeds if you don’t want it too spicy.

      2. Finely chop the aubergine into small diced pieces.

      3. Finely chop the mushrooms.

      4. Put a large saucepan on a high heat and add the oil. Once hot, add the chilli and the ginger and cook for 2 minutes, stirring regularly.

      5. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes.

      6. Add the aubergines and cook for 2 minutes stirring regularly.

      7. Add the soy sauce and cook for a further 2 minutes, continuing to stir well.

      8. Add the 5 tablespoons of water and cook stirring regularly until the aubergine becomes soft and cooked.

      9. In the meantime, drain and rinse the chickpeas thoroughly. Roughly chop the coriander and set aside.

      10. Add all the remaining ingredients into the pan and cook for 5 minutes, when it boils, reduce to a simmer.

      11. Remove from the heat, taste and adjust the seasoning. 

      Mexican Eggs

       

      Ingredients:

       

      Dash of olive oil

      1 red onion, chopped

      1 red and 1 yellow pepper, chopped

      1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

      1 tsp smoked paprika

      1 tsp ground cumin

      1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

      2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes

      1 tsp dried mixed herbs

      4 eggs

      Freshly chopped flat leaf parsley to serve

       

      Method:

      1. Drizzle olive oil into a large, lidded non stick frying pan and place over a medium heat. Add the onions, peppers and chilli and fry for about 4 minutes until softened.

      2. Stir in the paprika, cumin cinnamon, tomatoes and herbs.

      3. Simmer for 10 minutes adding salt and pepper.

      4. Make 4 wells in the mixture with a wooden spoon and break an egg into each.

      5. Cover and simmer for another 5 minutes until the eggs are just set.

      6.

    1. Trails

      We've got a host of great trails in our area

      The Mitchell Trail

      The walk through the woods from Ladysbridge to Castlemartyr

      The trail from Ladysbridge to Castlemartyr via Mitchell's Wood opened in 2017. This trail connects Ladysbridge with Mitchel's Wood in Castlemartyr crossing the Womanagh River.

       

      See https://www.irishtrails.ie/Trail/Ladysbridge-Loop-Trail/978/ for more information.

      Knockadoon Looped Walk

      The walk around Knockadoon Head is getting better all the time

      A dedicated team of volunteers on the Knockadoon Enhancement Project continue to develop this looped walk to a high standard. This is a moderate walk featuring cliffs, beach and roadway.

    2. BLCC Councillors

      The most recent election to the council was held in 2017. The following councillors were elected.

      Constituency A (East)

      Ladysbridge/Willowfields

      The councillors for this area are Helen Treacy, Willowfields and Kathleen Bailey, Knockglass.

      Constituency A (West)

      Rathcallan

      The councillors for this area are Margaret Motherway and Patrick Relihan.

      Constituency B

      Ightermurragh/ Rathaha

      There is currently no councillor for this area.

      Constituency C

      Lisquinlan

      We currently have no councillors for this area. If you live in this area and would like to volunteer, please contact any member of the Community Council.

      Constituency D

      Curraghlea

      The councillor for this area is Liz Lynch.

      Constituency E

      Ballydaniel

      The councillors for this area are Denis McCarthy and Leigh Millar.

      Constituency F

      Shanakiel/Yellowford/Fanisk/Curaheen

      The councillor for this area is Mary Rohan.

      Constituency G

      Aghavine

      The councillors for this area are Anne Marie Griffin and Ellen Jackson.

      Constituency H

      Ballykenneally

      The councillors for this area are Margaret Hyde and Pat Smiddy.

      Constituency I

      Ballymacoda

      The councillors for this area are Ger Finn and Kristin Murray.

      Constituency J

      Glenawilling

      The councillors for this area are Catherine Lane, Carmel Harrington and Thomas Harrington.

      Constituency K

      Knockadoon/Ring

      The councillors for this area are Mike Walsh, John V. O'Brien and Aidan Healy

      Constituency L

      Ballyferode

      The councillors for this area are Ann McHugh and Jean Hennessy.

      Constituency M

      Ballycrennane

      The councillor for this area is Mary McCarthy.

      Constituency N

      Garryvoe Lower

      The councillors for this area are Thelma Crotty and Pauline O'Connor.

      Constituency O

      Garryvoe Upper/Oxmarsh

      The councillors for this area are James Rochford and Christine Conway

      Constituency P

      Ballyhimikin

      The councillors for this area are Johnnie Dunne and Jenny Whelehan.

      Constituency Q

      Dromada Beg

      The councillor for this area is Sheila Hayes.

      Constituency R

      Knockglass/Garranassig

      The councillor for this area is Rosemarie Motherway.

      Officers

      Elected officers are as follows:

      Chair: Aidan Healy

      Secretary: Kristin Murray

      Asst Secretary: Helen Treacy

      Treasurer: Christine Conway

      Asst Treasurer: Ann McHugh

      PRO: Doreen O'Mahony

       

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