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Hillary Clinton Makes History in Philadelphia

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”.

Colm O’Driscoll opens new fitness centre in Drimoleague

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

Irish Coast Guard and RNLI urge people to ‘Respect the Water’ this Bank Holiday weekend

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

11 Million Tonnes of Trade Flowed through Ports of Cork and Bantry in 2015

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

RNLI Sea Sunday in aid of Union Hall RNLI Life Boat

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.

All set for the St Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music

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.

Zorro coming to West Cork this August!

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.

EU Commission move to begin arbitration over Norwegian Air license

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

Failure to address child poverty entrenching a two-tier society says TD

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

Bandon’s Conor Hourihane’s football successes honoured

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

Celebrate Lughnasadh on Bere Island this August

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 Group strengthens partnership with West Cork Distillers

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%

Michelle Obama steals the show in Philadelphia

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 set for DeBarra’s gig in August

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

French Fine Wine & Dining Experience at Sheen Falls Lodge

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

Kilmeen & Kilbree GAA Notes 25/07/16

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

Inchydoney Summer Swim, August 7th at 2pm

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

“Desert to Sea” art exhibition at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

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.’ 

Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016

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

Ilen River Blueway officially launched

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