Activities at the Carraig Centre
Next course :
Starts Thursday September 22, 2022, 730pm in person at The Carraig Centre
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 https://www.alphaireland.org 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 cupcork.ie/alpha-course, more details to follow.
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!
Amanda O’Callaghan Pilates
Longer, leaner, fitter to the core
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 www.babysensory.ie/county-cork but better to call Erin directly given the Covid uncertainties!
Erin: 088 373 6085
Birthday Parties/Private Events
We have several possibilities for birthday parties and private events. During COVID restricted periods where outdoor gatherings are allowed you may rent our outdoor areas (Ball playing area, playground and patio garden). The garden patio can have a shower proof canopy over it to give a measure of rain proofing! A toilet is available in the adjacent playroom.
When restrictions are eased (as now) we offer our playroom (20-25 people max) together with the outdoor play areas and a kitchen space as well. In the winter a larger indoor space (50 people max or more by special arrangement) 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 to book. Leave a message if no one answers and we will get back to you.
Buzzi Bounce Box
Fun, sociable and entertaining parent and pre-schooler exercise classes.
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.
Every Day Wellness
Everyday Wellness provide professional and proven solutions in Nutrition, Fitness & Wellbeing to Companies, Individuals, Clubs & Athletes.
Sessions on Tuesday mornings
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 (2022/23). 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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Art with Anne
Art classes for kids after school.
Anne O’Halloran at
Art-Hub is West Cork’s newest creative centre. We aim to provide quality artistic courses, classes & workshops for both adults & children with invited artists & future residencies. Set up by qualified art teachers. Joanne O’Brien & Eilbhe Donovan. Classes on Thursday afternoons in the CArraig Centre Ballincollig.
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.
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 aims are:
Science fun for kids
Donal or Karen:
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 http://www.montfortcollege.com. Your child may not be a Montfort yet, but given the opportunity they’ll develop that much loved Montfort enthusiasm in no time!!
Mother’s Union is a worldwide organsation concerned with supporting and encouraging families and women. For more information see http://mothersunion.ie
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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.
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.
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Children’s sunday school run during most Sunday services at The Carraig Centre 11AM weekly. Suitable for primary school age children.
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Young peoples activities and support, generally in the pre-teen and early teen age groups. Art therapy classes with a trainee facilitator.