Activities at the Carraig Centre

Alpha Course

Next course :

Starts Thursday September 19, 2023, 730pm in person at the Church of the Resurrection, Blarney

Most of us have asked “What is life all about?” at some time or other!  Start to find some answers with us on our next Alpha course!  Alpha is an 11-week course that creates a space, online or in person, where people have a time of learning, laughter and discussion about life, faith and Jesus.  It is based on hospitality, sharing and open conversation, where no questions are wrong and all perspectives can be discussed. The same Alpha content is run all over the world by Christians of all traditions and provides a common expression of faith.  Last year alone, more than 5,000 people in Ireland experienced Alpha, and millions more have attended Alpha in over 100 countries and over 100 languages around the globe. People of all faiths and none have enjoyed the course and all are welcome!

Check out for more detailed information or call the Carraig Centre office to find out more.  Our next Alpha course will start in the autumn at the end of September and will run in-person.  Register your interest at, more details to follow.

Contact Info:

021 487 7260

Or email:

A/B Pilates

I created AB Pilates in Ballincollig 3 years ago because of my great interest in helping people to improve their functional movement and well-being. I bring my 30 years experience in fitness, and my life experience to all my classes.  Have a look at my Facebook page for more information!

Contact Info:

Attracta Morin on or 087 721 6493

Amanda O’Callaghan Pilates

Longer, leaner, fitter to the core

Contact Info:

Amanda on or 087 9582243

Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory is an award winning baby development class.  Each class is a new experience for you and your baby with a wide range of activities to stimulate your baby’s senses, and with lots of new ideas for play at home.  Blocks of classes are available to book through the website

Contact Info:

Kate on

Birthday Parties/Private Events

We have several possibilities for birthday parties and private events.  

We offer our playroom (30 people max) together with the outdoor play areas and a kitchen space as well and col-located toilet.  In the winter a larger indoor space (50 people max) may be available as well.  In addition the Mezzanine room is available (30 people max) with its own kitchenette and toilet for medium sized parties which do not require access to the outdoor play areas.

Rates for these spaces range from €30-€50/hour, depending on which spaces are booked.

Call the office at 021 487 7260 or email to book. Leave a message if no one answers and we will get back to you.

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Contact Info:

Call the office at 021 487 7260

Buzzi Bounce Box 

Fun, sociable and entertaining parent and pre-schooler exercise classes.

Contact Info:

Niamh at 086 0654199

Enable Ireland (Adult Day Services Community Hub)

Enable Ireland provides adult day services for service owners in the area from the Carraig Centre.

Contact Info:

Every Day Wellness


Everyday Wellness provide professional and proven solutions in Nutrition, Fitness & Wellbeing to Companies, Individuals, Clubs & Athletes.

Sessions on Tuesday mornings

Contact Info:

Jennifer at

Growth Group: a midweek Bible study and discipleship group.

We have a dynamic and interesting group of learners and seekers who aim to grow in faith, love and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  After taking the Alpha course many want to continue on in discussion, action and learning and Growth Group offers a way to do this together.  The members of Growth Group and others from the wider congregation and other friends are often the leaders and hosts on the next or subsequent Alpha courses.  We are meeting in person this year (2023/24).  The group has a changing membership and always welcomes new members who have either completed an Alpha course or equivalent or are willing to try out the next one!

There are several other mid-week Bible study groups at varying dates, times and places around the Parish.  Contact the office 021 487 7260 for more information on these.

Contact Info:

Bill Lane 087 951 7463 or

Guitar Lessons and Workshops

Aengus Kirakowski provides guitar lessons, workshops and camps for a variety of ages, skill levels and styles.  He is a classically trained musician who teaches at Lee Valley Academy of Music. Contact him for information.

Contact Info:

Aengus at 087 914 0019

Irish Countrywomen’s Association Ballincollig/Inniscarra Branch

Join with old friends and make new ones at our weekly meetings.  New members always welcome.  We meet every Wednesday evening, 730-930PM, from September 1, 2021 (call to confirm) in the Mezzanine room of the Carraig Centre, Ballincollig.

Contact Info:

Breda at 087 688 3998

Irish Countrywomen’s Association – Regional Association

The regional meeting of ICA in the Carraig Centre, Monday evenings at 730pm in the Mezzanine room (contact Ena for exact dates).

Contact Info:

Ena at 087 806 0538 or

Little Fine Artists: Art Workshops and Camps

Little Fine Artists is an art workshop programme for primary school children, run by Artist and Art Therapist Hilary O’ Mahony. The programme is about embracing imagination and play and encouraging confident creativity.

12:00 – 13:00: 5-7 yrs
13:30 – 14:30: 8-12 yrs



Contact Info:

Hilary on 085 144 2823 or at

Art with Anne

Art classes for kids after school.

Thursdays 15:15-16:15

Contact info:

Anne O’Halloran at

Bricks4Kidz: Lego Camps and Workshops

Fun, creative and educational camps using Lego.  These usually run during summer holidays and school breaks at the Carraig Centre.

Contact Info:

Simon O’Hara

083 076 0775

Brickx Club

The Brickx Club is a creative brick building and social activity club for girls and boys aged 4-12 Yrs The Brickx Club has locations throughout Ireland.

Our Motto – Take the LEGO® off the shelf – break it up – build your OWN
The Brickx Club has been developed to help your child get a good start in learning through FUN!

Our aims are:

Developing the imagination. Creativity. Social Skills.
Putting ideas into reality. Achievement.
Problem Solving. Sharing. Turn-Taking.
Teamwork. Sociability. Self-esteem.
Learning to follow instructions.
What happens
In each club, we have a list of Themes, Challenges and Games which children can choose for themselves to build.
Saturday afternoons at the Carraig Centre, various sessions between 1pm and 5pm.

Contact Info:

Laura O’Keefe

085 150 3726

Montfort College of Performing Arts

The Montfort College of Performing Arts offers fresh, innovative teaching and follows a syllabus of work which offers optional exam work in all disciplines in order for parents to see development and progression in their child each year. Offering exceptional training in dance, drama, musical theatre and singing together with exciting opportunities to perform, the Montfort’s curriculum is a treasure trove of exceptional training. In addition they also offer optional dance, drama and singing exams with accredited colleges in the UK and Ireland.   

Whether your child has lots of experience, or wants to discover hidden talents, these classes will give your children the opportunity to develop amazing friendships and to perform to the best of their abilities. Places are filling up fast so book early to avoid disappointment! Book online at Your child may not be a Montfort yet, but given the opportunity they’ll develop that much loved Montfort enthusiasm in no time!!

Contact Info:

For more information on classes and registration visit or contact the office at:

021 4501412 or


Mother’s Union

Mother’s Union is a worldwide organsation concerned with supporting and encouraging families and women.  For more information see

Contact Info:

Piano Cello and Theory Lessons

Piano, Cello and music theory lessons/grinds available to all ages and levels at the Carraig Centre, Ballincollig; online lessons available also Prepare for exams or learn for fun in a variety of styles from an experienced teacher, with 9 years of music teaching experience and an honours degree from the Cork School of Music. My students have achieved excellent marks with ABRSM and RIAM grade and theory exams, junior cert/leaving cert music practicals, as well as third level music degree entrance exams.


Contact Info:

Lydia Thorpe on

087 946 8603 and

Growing Leaders

Our leadership development course which is run periodically.  While most often run for young adults, it has also been used for a wider range of adults as well, encouraing personal development and building self-confidence and leadership skills.

Contact Info:


Glow: Evening of activities for primary school aged children in 4th-6th class. Come along for sports, crafts, games and to hangout with friends. During the evening we also have a short talk where we take some time to slow down and think about how God and everyday life can connect- you don’t have to be a member of our church (or any church) to join in- all are welcome!
 If you have any queries, or would like to be sent a registration form (filled out once a school term) please contact Sarah Louise (

Contact Info: Sarah Louise at


Children’s sunday school run during most Sunday services at The Carraig Centre 11AM weekly.  Suitable for primary school age children.

Contact Info:

Glow Max

Glow Max: Evening of activities for secondary school aged children. Come along for sports, crafts, games and to hangout with friends. During the evening we also have a short talk where we take some time to slow down and think about how God and everyday life can connect- you don’t have to be a member of our church (or any church) to join in- all are welcome!
If you have any queries, or would like to be sent a registration form (filled out once a school term) please contact Sarah Louise (

Contact Info:

Sarah-Louise at

Zumba with Nina


Young peoples activities and support, generally in the pre-teen and early teen age groups.  

Contact Info:

Michelle Duffy at

Contact Us

Get in touch:

Tel: 021 4877260

The Carraig Parish and Community Centre CLG, Trading as:
The Carraig Centre
CHY - 22951
CRO - 675363
RCN - 20206415

Find us at:

The Carraig Centre
Old Fort Rd.
Ballincollig, Cork,
P31 PV20