Ciara’s memory is at centre of Boher community

The late Ciara McCarthy
THE OLD train station in Boher will be the first stop for locals this weekend.

THE OLD train station in Boher will be the first stop for locals this weekend.

Thanks to €75,000 funding from Ballyhoura and €25,000 raised by Boher Community Development Association the building has gone from being a vandalised blackspot to a centre for all.

At 7pm this Friday, May 31, the opening of the newly refurbished community centre takes place. Afterwards the development association and Murroe-Boher GAA Club will mark Boher’s victory in the 1973 Junior Hurling Championship 40 years on.

On Saturday, a 33km charity cycle in memory of seven year-old Ciara McCarthy, and in aid of Cliona’s Foundation, leaves the community centre at 7pm. Tragically Ciara was taken from her loving parents, James and Aoife, and brother, Thomas in March.

Chairman of Boher Community Development Association, Pat O’Connell, said the committee wanted to do something for the McCarthy family.

“The McCarthy family are very popular in the locality. When James and Aoife were approached they both said to do it for Cliona’s Foundation,” said Pat. Sponsorship cards are available from any committee members or donate on the night. Pat stresses you don’t have to be Stephen Roche as there are turn-offs to reduce the cycle to 7, 10 or 15kms. On Sunday, Murroe Boher Camogie Club will hold a coffee morning in aid of Feile at the centre at 10.30am. Then, the annual Boher fun day is on in the GAA pitch near Beary’s Cross from 2pm.

“It is to give something back to the community. There is no charge and there will be medals and goodie bags for children. It is just to say thanks to the community who have supported us. People say you have a great job done but it is not our community centre it is their community centre. I always thought if we renovate it and refurbish it the people will come and that is what happened,” said Pat.

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