Araglen Carnival Committee, Co. Cork

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Hidden within the borders of three counties, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford. Araglen comprises of three electoral districts and a population of about 400 hundred people

Established in 1957.

In the peaceful community of Araglen, the annual Carnival which has been running for 54 years, stirs pride in the local community. The very fact Araglen Carnival has been around for fifty four years is a true reflection of the community spirit that exists amongst the people of Araglen. It runs for 10 days, this year it runs from Friday the 15th of July to Sunday the 24th of July.

Achievements to date:

  • To celebrate our 50th anniversary we published a book, looking back moving forward a historic account of 50 years of Araglen carnival
  • Redevelopment and refurbishment of Community Centre
    Araglen community hall was first built back in the winter of 1968 but in recent years it was felt that the community centre could do with a little revamp. We drew up a plan and costing of €313,000 and we approached Avondhu Blackwater leader partnership for a grant and thankfully we were successful. We received €189,000 of a grant and in addition to a bridging loan of €220,000 from Clann Credo the remainder of funds were raised through our annual carnival. The redevelopment and refurbishment employed a total of 45 local tradesmen. It was official opened by minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney TD
  • Construction and financing of the sports complex (the racquetball court) began in the mid 80’s. AnCo (now FAS) were involved – Together with proceeds from the Araglen Carnival and a Members 500 Club Draw the complex was paid for. It was officially opened in 1986.

Clubs and associations in Araglen

Araglen is fortunate to have so many excellent clubs and associations. While they all perform different functions, they have one thing in common – voluntary effort. Running a club doesn’t happen by accident, it takes time and energy.

  • Araglen Gaa was first affiliated in the mid 1940s and won their first title in 1948
  • Araglen hunt club was formed in 1924 and the oldest club in Araglen. The hunt club promotes a charity fun ride, annual fun raising dance, a mounted drag hunt, gymkhana, dog show, as well as helping in organising of the Kilworth and Araglen point to point.
  • The pony club: was formed in 1993 and helps children to have a greater understanding of the horse and pony welfare, horsemanship and sportsmanship.
  • Araglen Youth Club – A lot of those who now hold officer positions within their own clubs are former members of Araglen Youth Club.
  • Araglen Ladies Club are carrying on a proud tradition of community service started by the ICA. The club as we know it today came into existence in 1989. An active organisation, they meet regularly and have strong membership.

Araglen Community Council is democratically elected and comprising representatives from every townland in Araglen, the community council can lay claim to being at the heart of community activity.