by Stephen Johnson On Thursday night, the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clint6on declared that the U.S. is at “a moment of reckoning,” Last night, Clinton made history as the first woman to ever receive a major U.S. party’s Presidential nomination. She portrayed Donald Trump, her Republican opponent in the November election, as someone who would usher in “midnight in America”.
THE Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has officially opened a 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) digital hub in Skibbereen. The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which originally served as the local cinema from 1941 – 1981 and then a bakery, has been transformed into a 10,000 sq. ft digital hub which is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland.
Cork footballer Colm O’Driscoll pictured at his new business venture in Drimoleague, ‘Colm O’Driscoll Fitness’ situated at An Muileann which is a multi-functioning training centre, offering fitness classes of people of all fitness levels. Picture: Emma Jervis
THE Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this bank holiday weekend. With the school holidays and good weather it has been a busy time for the search and rescue agencies and this bank holiday weekend, the two organisations have cautioned people
2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries. The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6%. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8% following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21%, trade car imports increased by 48% and 56 cruise
THE third annual RNLI Sea Sunday in aid of Union Hall Life Boat will take place on Sunday 31st July. There will be family fun from 2.30 till 5.30 on Union Hall pier. Mike O’Sullivan will be joining us to talk about the recent rebuild of our Massey Ferguson 135 tractor. Mike will also be available for questions throughout the afternoon.
THREE delightful concerts remain for this Festival of Music, now in its 36th year, held in the beautiful setting of St. Barrahane’s Church in Castletownshend. The church, well-known for its’ Harry Clarke stained-glass windows, boasts exceptional acoustics which makes it a very special musical venue. Proceeds from the Concert series help to contribute to the upkeep of this historic church.
Join Off the Ground in West Cork this summer as they transport you to New Mexico in 1821 with their swashbuckling presentation of ‘Zorro’. On the brink of Mexican Independence, the Viceroy of New Spain, aided by the evil Ramón family, has turned New Mexico into a tyrannical, poverty-stricken wasteland for the townspeople.
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has welcomed moves by the EU Commission to launch an arbitration procedure over the failure of the US authorities to grant Norwegian Air Ireland a license to fly between Cork and Shannon to the United States. Speaking after she recently called on the Commissioner to begin arbitration, the Ireland South MEP and EU Transport Committee member Deirdre Clune said the move is unprecedented but necessary
FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is calling on the Government to take urgent action to address child poverty. She has warned that unless the issue is addressed, child poverty will further entrench the existing two-tier society and blight children’s’ lives into the future. Commenting on the issue Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “The number of children experiencing poverty and social exclusion is appalling and it is
The exhibition will be in the Community Hall, Sherkin Island, from Saturday 30th July to Friday 5th August, 2016 – open from midday to 5.30 pm each day. The exhibition will showcase the stunning scenery and natural beauty on and around Sherkin Island – its landscapes, the changing weather and its flora and fauna.
THIS year Conor Hourihane became the first West Cork man to captain an English professional soccer team to their first Cup Final victory at Wembley Stadium. Conor captained the Barnsley side to their very first League One Cup victory, making history for himself and his club. Barnsley are now also promoted to the Championship, achieved after they defeated Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley on May 29th last. Conor’s
Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh on Bere Island over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August as part of the island’s celebrations for Heritage Week 2016. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Lughnasadh which traditionally marked the beginning of the harvest season.
HALEWOOD Wines & Spirits has purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers to further strengthen its partnership in jointly developing and distributing the innovative Irish whiskey portfolio throughout international markets. Halewood already distributes West Cork’s products in eight markets and plans to jointly expand its global reach. The West Cork range has achieved acclaim with its West Cork Blended Whiskey, comprised of 25% Single Malt Irish Whiskey and 75%
by Stephen Johnson FIRST Lady Michelle Obama stole the show on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Her 15-minute speech provided the most powerful, emotionally-charged moment of the evening.
DUBLAB are a live A/V show based around seriously dubbed up live electronic grooves and will perform a rare gig on the 5th of August in DeBarras. The core members are – David Bickley, a producer and video artist who cut his teeth with the seminal dance fusionists Hyper[borea,] & Rob McKahey, drummer with post punk pioneers Stump who brings powerful pace and sweat to the rhythm section. In this
Tucked away in Kenmare Bay, and perfectly situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheen Falls Lodge is a five-star luxury destination that specialises in experiences with a difference. Those in search of an autumnal escape need look no further than Sheen Falls Lodge’s exclusive French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24th. Sure to impress even the world’s most established food and wine connoisseurs, this special
Juniors bow out to stronger team! Kilmeen juniors bowed out to Kilmacabea, a more experienced side in the junior A football championship on Sunday evening. This third round tie was played in perfect conditions in Drimoleague. Don McCarthy got the first point for Kilmeen, followed quickly by a Kilmacabea point. The Leap side had a series of wides before converting a number of chances. Some exciting attacking play by Oige
For the first time an organised swim is held at Inchydoney beach and will take place on Sunday 7th August. This is a fundraising event, all proceeds go to Cork Surf Lifesaving which provide valuable lifesaving training to all ages. The community at Cork Surf Lifesaving host children’s summer camps as well as pool and ocean training in lifesaving skills and promote water safety throughout the year. For more info
Artists Majella O’ Neill Collins and Joan Maureen Collins take you from ‘Desert to Sea’ through an exhibition of new paintings on display at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Co. Cork Overlooking two magnificent stretches of Blue Flag beach, just outside the pretty heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is the perfect setting to feature an exhibition of new paintings titled ‘Desert to Sea.’
The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and
Cllr Joe Carroll, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork officially launched the Ilen River Blue Way, which stretches from Baltimore to Skibbereen on Friday, July 22nd from Baltimore Harbour. This is the first Blueway developed by Cork County Council and is a relatively new concept in Ireland. Cork County Council will also manage, maintain and carry out a local inspection regime on the Ilen River Blueway, ensuring
Bantry Friends of Lesotho is holding their annual book sale from Friday 5th August to Saturday 20th August, 10am-6pm daily (except Sundays).
More than 2,100 people submitted stories to the Florida Keys Flash Fiction Contest, competing to work in Ernest Hemingway’s former Key West writing studio, but none could outshine ‘Wallpaper’ by Ireland’s Denyse Woods, a former director of the West Cork Literary Festival.