Watergrasshill (Irish: Cnocan na Biolrai) is a small town in County Cork, Province of Munster, Ireland. The 2011 census recorded a population of 1,319. The Watergrasshill Community Association was founded in 1980. It is a non-denominational registered charity with all the people of Watergrasshill at its heart.
The Association is broken up into the following sub-committees:
- Community Care
- Tidy Towns
- Community Hall
- First Fruits Arts Centre
- Finance & Entertainment
Full association meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month where progress reports and discussions take place.
The association is not just another club separated from non-members, but instead is here to act as a facilitator for all of the locality’s clubs, associations and individuals. We are here to ensure that our sub-committees are able to carry out their roles to the best of their abilities, and to be a first port of call for any member of the community who has any suggestions for, or possible concerns about, Watergrasshill
Our Success Stories
We are a small village, but we have a lot to be proud of. The most ambitious projects we have undertaken to date have included:
- The construction of a Community Hall/Sports Centre on the site of the old national School.
- The restauration, and conversion, of the Church of Ireland church to a theatre.
- A free to use children’s playground in front of the national school.
- Lobbied for a new footpath to be included with the motorway bypass links.
- Created the Moanbaun Wood nature trail in a joint venture with Coillte.
All these projects were funded by generous local collections, grants, loans of machinery by local business people and many hours of voluntary labour which saved the community hundreds of thousands of euro.
A year in the Association
Our year AGM is held each November and right away the (new) association sets up the various subcommittees who are to work independently.
Immediately the finance committee plans the Bazaar which is held in mid December. They also plan potential fund-raising concerts for the coming year.
Next is the Race Night in April which is always vey generously supported by both local people and businesses. This takes a phenomenal amount of work by a lot of people without whom it would not be the great success it has become.
Our tidy towns sub-committee is then in full swing for the spring/summer period. This is one group that could certainly do with an influx of new volunteers to help out, so perhaps you’re keen gardener or just happy yo wield a broom for the good of area, then we’d be delighted to welcome you on board.
The halls are always in need of care so both of their committees regularly meet to decide which repairs to tackle, or which improvements to be proposed at the next full council meeting.
Elections are held every three years and the aim is to get each area of Watergrasshill represented. The last council elections took place in November 2013. Candidates of choice can be picked from anyone who lives in Watergrasshill village or town lands and who is over 18 years of age.
Clubs and Associations
These are just some of the groups that currently make use of community facilities:
- Watergrasshill United
- Zumba Dance
- Keep Fit
- Boy Scouts
- Girl Guides
- Watergrasshill GAA
- Wednesday Club
- Community Care
- Watergrasshill Gun Club
- Irish Dancing
- Watergrasshill Bowls Club
- Riverstown Badminton Club
- Watergrasshill Play School
- Mother and Toddlers Club
- Hip Hop
- Over the hill, Cycling Club
- Watergrasshill National School
As you can see, there are quite a lot of clubs and associations dependent on the facilities offered by the association.
The success of any village like ours is completely dependent on the participation of local people. Whether or not you are an active member of ny of the clubs or associations of Watergrasshill, you are still a member of the community and so we urge everyone to get involved in any way they can.