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Frankie Gavin & De Danann to open Briery Gap Programme!

After a turbulent number of months, the outlook is now brighter for Briery Gap as a bumper Autumn/Winter programme will begin shortly. We would like to sincerely thank the whole community and local businesses for their help, encouragement and assistance during this time. This help has enabled us to continue our cinema programme at the Castle Hotel, open a new Box Office just four doors up from the Briery Gap

Home the Heroes – Skibbereen and West Cork celebrates Olympic heroes Paul and Gary O’Donovan

Some turnout in skibb for @gary_o_donovan & @PaulO_Donovan . Lovely to be part of such a special night. pic.twitter.com/xpq29zRKkJ — Jacqui Hurley (@jacquihurley) August 29, 2016 Phenomemal crowds in Skibb as we welcome home the O'Donovan brothers #PullLikeADog pic.twitter.com/D8Av0NxANM — Cork's RedFM (@CorksRedFM) August 29, 2016 You never know who you’d bump into in Skibb this evening @skibbrowing pic.twitter.com/Dl1R9JDI9Q — paul colton (@b2dac) August 29, 2016 And they are off!

There Is No Upside For The Agri-Food Sector Post Brexit conference hears

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, spoke at a recent discussion on the impact of Brexit on Irish Agriculture in Macroom. There is nothing positive about Brexit for the agri-food sector according to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed. He was speaking at a Macra na Feirme Brexit forum in Macroom, Co. Cork. The Minister also said there is an over reliance on the United Kingdom market for our

Music and Silence Festival on Bere Island

This September a unique festival celebrating the power of music and silence will take place on West Cork’s Bere Island. Music and meditation are combined in the Music and Silence festival programme (16-18 September) to give visitors a chance to reflect, contemplate, and refresh their senses in the company of one of the world’s leading experts on mindfulness and meditation. The festival programme is led by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB,

Ring Rowing Club news

Ring Rowing club had the pleasure of hosting the mayor of Clonakilty Anthony McDermott on Saturday 27th August at Ring pier Clonakilty to honour the recent rowing achievements of Paul and Gary O’Donovan in Rio and Rotterdam . The mayor was photographed with club members including our own u12 ladies all Ireland silver medalist, Orlaith Deasy, Allanah O Brien , Kelly Oforgi and Sarah Coakley. The mayor decided to take

Health service continues to fail people with disabilities says TD

Government must ensure that people with disabilities are protected while in care Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has reacted with severe disappointment to the publication of 11 Health Information and Quality Authority reports which have shown that once again the health service is failing people with disabilities. “Non compliance in the correct administration of medicine, poor or inadequate food and nutrition and accusations of abuse not being

Kilmeen & Kilbree GAA notes

Junior A Hurling Championship Semi-final Kilbree Junior A hurlers qualified for the West Cork Final V St Colums on Sunday evening. They were comfortable winners over Doheny’s. A terrific first half performance by Kilbree made this a great victory. Darragh Coakley opened Kilbree’s scoring account with two fine frees. Oige Scannell scored a powerful goal to give Kilbree a dream start. Doheny’s accuracy from frees was a problem throughout this

Drew Holcomb at The White Horse Ballincollig, Saturday 3rd September

Drew Holcomb brings his solo show The White Horse, Ballincollig, September 3rd with support from The White Horse Guitar club. “Music is medicine” according to Drew Holcomb and he has used it to find hope and meaning in the sorrow and confusion of life. Starting out as a solo artist he later created Drew Holcomb and the Neighbours which includes his wife Ellie and their music has been featured on

Crowds turn out for successful Adrigole Tag Rugby Blitz

by John Bohane PLAYED under the glorious West Cork sunshine it was Cork based team “Balls Deep” that emerged victorious in the 2nd annual Adrigole Tag rugby blitz played on the August bank holiday weekend as part of the Adrigole festival.

O’Donovan victory the icing on the cake for proud West Cork supporters 

West Cork man wins gold at World Rowing Championships  Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has congratulated Olympic silver medallist Paul O’Donovan following his gold medal win at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam this morning.  The Lisheen man swept to victory in the Light Weight Single Sculls, finishing in a time of 7:32.84.

Kinsale Credit Union merges with First South Credit Union

Kinsale Credit Union is merging with First South Credit Union Ballyphehane Kinsale Credit Union is merging with First South Credit Union Ballyphehane and will be known as First South Kinsale Credit Union Ltd. Pictured at the last meeting of board members and supervisors are L to R: Eoin O’ Neill, Tony Cierans, Charles Henderson, Margaret Canty, John Bateman, Seamus McCarthy, Eileen Mangan, Carmel Murphy, Oisin Humphreys, Margaret McGrane Chairperson and

The BIG SING returns to Bantry

The West Cork BIG SING community organisation will once again be bringing a BIG SING event to Bantry for the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October and YOU are invited to take part!

Creed welcomes agreement on €500m EU aid package for farmers

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has welcomed agreement at the EU Commission’s Management Committee today on proposals to give effect to the aid package for farmers agreed at the July Council. The package is designed to support market stabilisation across the EU’s dairy sector. Today’s agreement puts in place the legal framework for the exceptional adjustment aid to milk producers and a package for the

Students losing out on bus places as school transport scheme remains up in the air

Families fear they’ll lose the service as a result of changes to the scheme  Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Aindrias Moynihan has called on the Education Minister to urgently clarify the situation regarding the school transport scheme.  A review of the scheme has been ongoing for a number of months, and parents are worried that their children will miss out on places as a result of new changes.

Crookstown watermain replacement works to begin

In response to representations from local Fianna Fáil TD Aindrias Moynihan, Irish Water has confirmed that Crookstown watermain replacement works are to get underway next week. These works will be an ease to Crookstown residents who have endured an unreliable supply with low pressure and repeated breaks.

West Cork gardeners feature on Sodshow podcast

SEVERAL well known West Cork gardeners will feature on the popular Sodshow gardening podcast with landscape gardener Peter Donegan in the coming weeks. First up is Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, his interview is available online now and he is set to be followed by Serge and Claudine de Thibault from the Bamboo Park in Glengarriff and David and Mary Tanner from Glenview Gardens. The three shows

Paula Gomez and Stephen Housden @ The High Tide Club Fri Sept 2nd

PAULA GOMEZ is a singer-songwriter who has spent some years living in West Cork but now resides in Madrid. Paula will make a welcome return to The High Tide Club along with the very talented guitarist/singer/songwriter Stephen Housden. Paula’s sound is influenced by blues, folk and rock and her compositions have been noted as highly original, with a strong melodic sensibility. Her sound combined with her wide vocal range and

Ring Rowing Club News

All Ireland Rowing The weekend of August 12th to August 14th was truly a weekend for rowing. All eyes were on the O’Donovan brothers in Rio de Janeiro who showcased not only their exquisite sporting abilities but also showed the world the true spirit of Irish rowing. Ring Rowing Club headed on the long road to Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal with 17 crews, 48 rowers, 5 coxes and 1 boat. All

Emily Mae Winters : Foreign  Waters New EP out now

Anchor, as heard on Mark Radcliffe’s BBCR2 Folk Show, BBCScotland and Folk Is Not a Rude Word in May/June Born in England, raised in and around the rugged coasts of southern Ireland, Emily Mae Winters’ haunting folk songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene. Her formative years were spent living in Clonakilty, Co. Cork where she immersed herself in a local music scene. Influenced by the sounds

Meet the West Cork Ten, 1916’s Forgotten Men

Everyone knows Cork missed the 1916 Rising, but what if everyone was wrong? ‘The West Cork Ten’ is a five episode series of 10 minute radio documentaries on ten West Cork men who were in Dublin for 1916, some famed for later achievements and others forgotten by history. This documentary series will play from Monday 12th – Friday 16th of September, a new episode each day playing at 8:40am, 12:20pm and 16:20pm on 93.1

Open Day for the Dunmanway Boxing Club

To celebrate the Dunmanway Boxing Club being awarded €10,000 through the Capital Sport Funding we are having an open day to showcase our talented young boxers and our fabulous new equipment.  Come and find out more about the club and the activities on offer for all ages this season.  The open day is on Saturday 10th September from 1 – 3 in the Dunmanway Boxing Club (up-stairs in the Dunmanway

Niall Connolly set for Bantry gig in September

Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk, his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo, and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. He blends

Home Help hours failing to keep up with targets and demand in West Cork

Elderly, and people with disabilities, suffering because of government funding delays   Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called on Minister for Health Simon Harris to ensure that the HSE in West Cork gets the funding needed to ensure older people, and people with disabilities, have access to home help hours. According to a recent Parliamentary Reply, there is a 1048 hour gap, as of

Tasty island dressing adds to the flavour of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 9-18th September

The annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival takes place from 9th-18th September 2016 and in addition to a jam packed programme of events on the mainland, it uniquely offers a chance to soak up the sights on the Islands off the West Cork Coast. The combination of land and sea, town, village and islands within this vibrant festival highlights the pre-eminent position of West Cork for food and fun along the popular