THE RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently where the charity presented 55 awards to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country that have made a significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland. Six of those awards were made to West Cork volunteers from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Union Hall.
On Friday 19th June the annual “Battle of the Big Cross” commemoration was held at Asna Square, Clonakilty at the statue to the United Irishmen leader Tadhg Ó Donnabháin Asna. Organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, (who took over the commemoration after the abolition of the Town Council), it’s Cathaoirleach John Loughnan chaired proceedings.
THE Baltimore Secret Gardens Weekend is the brainchild of Jean Perry from the Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, who has persuaded her friends and neighbours to open their gardens on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. Now in its third year, the aim of the weekend is to encourage interest in gardening locally, to attract gardening enthusiasts from further afield to the pretty seaside village and to raise funds for charity.
A simple unveiling by Mayor of Clonakilty Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin of a plaque on the entrance wall to the former Convent of Mercy and Sacred Heart Secondary School on 18th June will at last see artist Alfred Elmore remembered publicly in his own town. The 18th June marked the 200 anniversary of his birth at nearby Scartagh Cottage, where the old convent now stands. Following the unveiling, a lecture on the artist by Caoimhín de Bhailís of UCC was held