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Photos of the participants in the Great Railway Run are now available to view here.

To order print copies, please contact the Photo Department at Phelans Pharmacy, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. Phone 021 4376144. Please quote the file name when ordering. (File names can be found by holding the mouse over the thumbnail of the photo.  They have the form DSCFxxxx.jpg).

This years Great Railway Run takes place on Sunday 10th November and now there are three distance options providing even more choice for would-be participants. The 5 km option will be particularly attractive to all those following the Couch-to-5K programme. The 25 km run starts at 9:30 am in Centre Park Road in Cork City. The 10 km event starts at 10:15 am in Monkstown while the new 5 km  run starts in Shanbally at 11:15 am. All three events finish in Carrigaline on the Crosshaven Road between Catalyst Gym and the GAA Club. Full details can be found at


Photos of the 2013 Cycle Classic

The 2013 Cycle Classic was held on Saturday 12th October.

See photos of the event here.


2013 Cycle Classic


This year’s Annual Cycle Classic takes place on Saturday 12th October and we are returning to one of our most popular destinations, Killarney in Co Kerry. The route from Carrigaline to Killarney is a very good challenge for the enthusiastic cyclist and we will also cater for the fun cyclist. It is hoped that this years’ event will be bigger and better than ever. This is the 22nd year of the cycle which started in 1991 with 18 cyclists who raised €2,500. Since then, we have raised over €600,000 for various charities including €300,000 for Marymount Hospice.


For further information or contact Mark Ginn, Station Road, Carrigaline.

Phone: 021 4373088 | Email:

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Read about the 2012 event here.




Liam Lyons, Vice District Governor, Lions Clubs of Ireland pictured with Tom Leahy, Ulster Bank and The Minister for Agriculture & The Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D. at the presentation of proceeds of the recent Fort2Fort Cycle around Cork Harbour organised by local Lions Clubs. Included at rear from left are, Kenneth Kling, Cork Lions Club ; Gerry Owens, Douglas Lions Club ; Micheal Sheridan, Mercy Hospital Foundation ; Colm O’Rourke, Carrigaline Lions Club ; Michael Ryan, Midleton Lions Club ; Eileen Murphy, Camden Fort Meagher and Sam Beamish, Fort2Fort Committee Chairman.

(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)


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Pictured at the presentation of cheques from the proceeds of the recent Fort2Fort Cycle around Cork Harbour, were members of Carrigaline & District Lions Club with Brian Keating, Ulster Bank Carrigaline and Sam Beamish, Fort2Fort Cycle Committee Chairman.

(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)



Scarsdale High School Concert

Last Monday evening, students from the choir and orchestra of Scarsdale High School in New York gave a concert in Carrigaline. The students are touring Ireland and are also giving a concert the Cork School of Music and in Dublin. Carrigaline was very fortunate to receive such a wonderful group of talented musicians. The concert took place in the Church of Our Lady and St. John and all contributions on the night will go to local Lions Club charities. The Lions Club and the citizens of Carrigaline are very grateful to the students and their conductors who gave of their time and their talents entirely free of charge.



Carrigaline & District Lions Club are delighted to present a concert given by the visiting Scarsdale High School Orchestra and Choir from New York with guest performers the Carrigaline Singers, which will take place on Monday 18th February, 2013 at 8:15 pm in the Church of our Lady & St. John.

The students from Scarsdale, New York are on a whirlwind tour of Ireland and will also perform in the Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music on Tuesday afternoon February 19th and will travel to sing in the Church of the Guardian Angels, Blackrock, Dublin on Thursday 21st February.

The Scarsdale High School has an outstanding music program which was started in 1936 and is one of the oldest music faculties in the United States. The school offers three orchestral ensembles, and comprises of students who are pre-enrolled in the music programme at the prestigious Julliard School of Music in Manhattan. The Orchestra is conducted by Amédée Williams, who is a professional violinist, conductor and writer. The Choir is conducted by John Cuk, who has been the Director of Choirs at Scarsdale for the past 11 years. John holds a Masters in Piano from the Manhattan School of Music so the audience will be in good company as the Musical Director of the Carrigaline Singers, Brian MacNamara, also holds a Degree in Piano from the Conservatoire National Superieur De Musique in Paris.

We hope that the residents of Carrigaline will come out in force to support this unique event and to welcome these talented students together with their teachers and mentors to our town. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Carrigaline & District Lions Club charities and audiences can be promised a variety of music such as popular lilting Irish airs performed by our guests from the “Big Apple” and modern favourites sung by our very own Carrigaline Singers.

Pictured at the launch of the Lions Club Fort 2 Fort Cycle were Cork Hurlers John Gardiner & Sean Og O’hAlpin with Lions Club Mascot, Leo the Lion. Included at rear, from left, are Brid Ryan, Cork Rose of Tralee; Brian Thoma, Lions Club Zone Chairman; John O’Connor, Victoria Cycles; Stephen McCarthy, Ulster Bank and Rosemary O’Leary, Mercy Hospital Foundation.
(Picture: Adrian O’Herlihy)

Cork sporting stars Seán Óg Ó hAilpín and John Gardiner kitted up today with the Cork Rose, Bríd Ryan and Leo the Lion at Fort Camden to launch the Fort 2 Fort Cycling event. The event, on March 24th, will raise funds for the Lions Clubs of Cork, the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and the Rescue Camden initiative.

The exciting Fort 2 Fort Challenge has improved this year, offering an option of cycling 60km or a 112km loop of a spectacular route around Cork Harbour, the second largest natural navigable harbour in the world!

Cork Harbour is well known for its Importance to industry and Commerce and it’s fabulous forts are a testament to the Harbour’s former strategic glory. Cork Harbour deserves a lot more credit for its natural beauty and it is time to take advantage of the Harbours often overlooked recreational importance.

“The industrial performance of the harbour is healthy and it’s a chance to show that the inhabitants of the harbour are healthy too” Roared Leo the Lion.

The Fort 2 Fort Challenge is bringing cyclists on a spectacular route from Fort Carlisle to Fort Camden and back, starting at 10am on Sunday 24th March 2013 at Trabolgan Holiday Village.

Last years event was a huge succecss, when over 400 cyclists gave over €21,000 to charity, this year promises to be even better. “Every cyclist makes a huge difference and has something to be proud of. We have listened to the feed back from last year to make the experience even better” said Leo with a smile.

The Fort to Fort Cycle committee are very grateful to its sponsors for their generosity: Ulster Bank, Victoria Cycles, Fachtna O’Driscoll Solicitors, Butlers Transport and Arachas without whom, the event simply could never happen in the first place.

To partake in this great day out sign up online at registration costs €45, with a further discount of €39 before 1st Feb, and thanks to the very generous support of Ulster Bank and Victoria Cross Cycles ALL of the funds raised will benefit both Lions Clubs of Cork projects, the Mercy Foundation and the Rescue Camden initiative.


Cycle alongside Cork Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world whilst raising funds for the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and the Lions Club of Cork. To register click here.

The Cycle

The Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle will take place on Sunday 24th March, 2013. Beginning at Trabolgan Holiday Village and finishing at Fort Camden, Crosshaven, this exciting challenge gives cyclists of all abilities the option of takeing a 60km or 112km( (loop) route. To view maps of the two cycle routes click here.

Both routes pass through Whitegate and Saleen, where the 60km will take the spectacular loop around East Ferry, with both continuing on to Middleton for a refreshment stop at Barryscourt Castle. Cyclists will then make their way to Fota Island. At Belvelly the 112km route will again split from the 60km route, with the 60km continuing along the Coast Road and the 112km taking a more challenging loop to Rossleague and onto the Strand Road. At Cross River Ferry both routes will again converge.Cyclists will continue on to Monkstown, Shanbally, Ringaskiddy and Carrigaline before taking in the beautiful scenery on the road into Crosshaven. At Ford Camden, the 60km comes to an end and all participants can enjoy refreshments while gazing upon the majesty of one of the deepest natural harbours in the world.

The 112k (route is blue and red on map) will continue on from Fort Camden, along the coast and travel through Myrtleville, Fountainstown and Carrigaline before cycling back to the Cross River Ferry. On exiting the ferry, cyclists will take the Coast Road back to Fota Island and continue towards Midleton. Passing once again through Saleen and Whitegate, the 112km cycle will finish back at Trabolgan Holiday Village.

If desired, transport will be available for the 60km cyclist and their bikes back to Trabolgan Holiday Village.

An early bird rate of €39* per cyclist is available up to and including Friday 1st February. After this date registration will be €45. Minimum age requirement is 18 years.

* Includes souvenir gift/Registration fee is non refundable

The Details

Sign in and registration will take place from 8:30am at Trabolgan Holiday Villge. The cycle will begin at 10am. If desired, transport will be available for cyclist and their bikes back to Trabolgan Holiday Village.

It is essential that each cyclist has the following:

  • Cycling helmet (Compulsory)
  • A good quality bike in perfect working order
  • Some spare tubes
  • A rain jacket
Carrigaline Road Runner Club members Anita Reidy, Maria Gleeson, Mark McGarry and Catherine O’Callaghan with Munster Rugby star James Coughlan, sponsor Conor Phelan and Colm O’Rourke, President of Carrigaline Lions Club in Kent Station , Cork last night for the launch of the First Great Railway Run to be held on Sunday 11th November.
Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Cork’s historic old railway line linking the city with the lower harbour will form the route for a charity run to raise funds for vital local services.

Organised by Carrigaline and District Lions Club, supported by Carrigaline Road Runners AC and sponsored by Phelans Pharmacies, the Great Railway Run will raise monies for the Heart Safe Project which will deliver and maintain a multiplicity of defibrillators in locations in and around the town. The town’s Youth Centre Project will also be a beneficiary.

The first Great Railway Run will take place on Sunday, 11th November 2012 and will follow the scenic old railway line along the shores of Cork Harbour passing through Blackrock, Mahon, Rochestown, Passage, Monkstown, Raffeen and finishing in Carrigaline.

Carrigaline and District Lions Club President Colm O’Rourke, said he was confident that the event would generate support from across the local community and beyond. “The event features 10K, 15K and 25K distances and relay/walk to accommodate a wide range of participants. It’s going to be a well organised, enjoyable day out for everyone taking part, from the serious and not-so-serious runners to those who simply want to walk on a lovely route to support important community projects”.

Pharmacist, Conor Phelan, whose company, Phelans Pharmacies, is the event sponsor, said the event was a very important public health initiative. Supporting an event that keeps people fit and healthy is in line with our policy of not only helping people who are ill but in helping to prevent illness- physical fitness is a most effective way of preventing the onset of many illnesses including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease and cancers. We also strongly support the beneficiary of the event, Carrigaline Lions club, who will use the funds to help develop a youth centre and to maintain the defribillators in Carrigaline. “Everyone knows how important defibrillators can be in responding to cardiac emergencies including Sudden Adult Death Syndrome . There are six locations in Carragaline, including the GAA club and several hundred people have been trained in their use. Our intention is that no-one in Carrigaline will be more than a few minutes away from this life-saving equipment.”

The run will start at 12:30pm from the Albert Road area of Cork city which was the site of the original railway terminus. For a large part of the run, the route will follow the old railway line that skirts the shores of Cork Harbour. The total distance is 25 km and it can be run by an individual or a relay team of two; one doing 15K and one doing 10K. The relay handover point will be in Monkstown. The race will finish at Carrigaline GAA Club. Water stations will be provided en route at intervals of approximately 5K. Shower facilities and refreshments will be available in the GAA Club after the race.

A 10K run/walk will be held on the same day along the latter part of the same route with a separate start in Monkstown at 1pm and also finishing at Carrigaline GAA Club.

Entries will be limited for safety reasons so make sure to register early. As an extra incentive to register early, the first 500 entrants will receive a technical T-shirt and a medal on completion of the race. The entry fee is €45 for the 25K (individual or relay) and €15 for the 10K. Transport will be provided for runners from Carrigaline to Cork before and after the race. Further information from



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