FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Magaret Murphy O’Mahony says farmers in her constituency will be disproportionately affected in trying to access the Low Input Permanent Pasture (LIPP) measure within the GLAS scheme, due to the presence of heather on their land.
COUNTY Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea recently held a Civic Reception for the Irish Road Bowling Association (Bol Chumann na hÉireann) in recognition of their work over their 62 year history.
Promotion Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday May 3rd at 8pm.
FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Michael Moynihan TD says he is appalled following the revelation that some 750,000 homes and businesses will have to wait until 2022 before they get access to high speed broadband under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP).
The 13th Caheragh Scouting Ireland Group are hosting the 11th West Cork County Shield event at Skibbereen over this May Bank Holiday weekend.
MORE than 120 students observed a simulated road traffic accident exercise at Skibbereen Fire Station on Tuesday. The Students from the three secondary schools in Skibbereen were met with a typical scene which is often witnessed by the emergency services on a regular basis.
TAKING place in an inspiring setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, the West Cork Literary Festival will host a series of workshops, from song writing to playwriting, memoirs to travel writing, where experts in their field will share their knowledge. One-on-one and group workshops will be filled with lively discussions writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. These workshops offer the opportunity to share work
Great numbers turned out for the first regatta of the 2016 Coastal Rowing season to the Kilmacsimon Head of the River. Rowers from both East Cork and West Cork Clubs competed in the event which was held on a sunny Sunday, the 17th of April.
AFTER months of planning, the official opening of “Gáirdín Cuimhneacháin Chloch na gCoillte” (Clonakilty Remembrance Garden), and the unveiling of a 1916 memorial will be held on this Bank Holiday Monday at 3pm at the West Cork Model Railway Village site. The memorial will be a seven foot high Easter Proclamation made of metal.
FILMED over four years among coastal communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Ireland, Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic documentary focuses on the lives of fishermen facing down the big-money interests of oil and gas explorers. The competition on the open ocean is fierce and potentially lethal to the sustainability of coastal communities. From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean
CORK ARC Cancer Support House’s annual Flag Day collections are taking place in the West Cork towns of Bantry, Ballylickey, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Macroom on Thursday 28th April, 2016.
MAYOR of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea, warmly welcomed Canadian Ambassador, Mr Kevin Vickers, to County Hall on Tuesday, April 26th. Ambassador Vickers made the special visit to present Cork County Council with €5,000, monies to contribute toward the upkeep of the Air India Memorial in Ahakista, West Cork.
IRELAND South MEP and member of the EU Transport Committee Deirdre Clune has met with CEO of Norwegian Airlines Bjørn Kjos in Brussels to discuss transatlantic flights from Cork to the US.
THE Irish Elderly Advice Network, a London-based charity for older Irish people, is bringing a delegation of 32 older Irish emigrants to West Cork between the 10th and the 14th of May.
The Clonakilty Easter Commemoration Committee will mark the centenaries of the executions of the 1916 leaders who have streets named after them in Clonakilty, with simple remembrance ceremonies in their honour on those streets, starting next week.
Bealtaine is the national festival which celebrates creativity in older age. Cork County Library and Arts Service have been involved with the movement for years offering an array of workshops, events and classes in all sorts of artistic endeavours and always of free of charge to the public.
A UK Agricultural Engineering lecturer is to travel to Union Hall, Cork this July to undertake a challenge to rebuild a Massey Ferguson tractor in 24-hours, with a little help from colleagues and friends. The tractor will then be raffled off to raise funds for Union Hall RNLI.
RTÉ broadcaster, psychoanalyst and author, Michael Murphy has lent his support to the Mercy Hospital Foundation’s latest campaign to raise awareness for Bowel Cancer, having himself been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2007.
by John Bohane BANDON ladies senior hockey team made history recently when they captured the Irish Hockey title for the first time in their proud history. This historic capturing of the national championship title represented the first time a national title was brought back to the Bandon Hockey Club.
by John Bohane BANDON Grammar secondary school student James French enjoyed an exceptional year representing his province in U18 rugby, and representing his country with great distinction in shot put. James, who is in fifth year in the prestigious West Cork secondary school, won the All-Ireland intermediate title in shot put, while he represented the Munster U18 side in the Inter-Pro’s last season.
by John Bohane Ronan McCarthy Skibbereen native Ronan McCarthy recently became the first West Cork youth to capture Munster and All-Ireland honours in darts. Ronan, who is a pupil in the St Fachtna’s De La Salle, Skibbereen, played a key role on the Cork U18 team which won the All-Ireland Youth Inter-counties Cup and Shield double in Ennis recently. Their heroic achievements represented a proud moment for the talented teenager,
by John Bohane Talented Skibbereen rugby star Liam Coombes recently helped Christian Brothers College win their 29th Munster Schools Senior Cup following their dramatic one point win achieved against Crescent Comprehensive in Irish Independent Park.
by John Bohane CASTLETOWNBERE forward Liam Hanley is thrilled to have been appointed as their captain this season. The Magpies begin their PIFC campaign with a first round game against Naomh Aban, scheduled to be played in Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry, on Saturday, May 14th (6.45pm throw-in).
by John Bohane Adrigole selector Darragh Carey will begin life on the sideline this Saturday, May 14th, when his beloved side play Ballydesmond in a first round intermediate football county championship clash. Darragh, who enjoyed a brilliant and distinguished playing career with Adrigole, was forced to retire at the end of last year following a catalogue of injuries sustained in recent years. How is he finding his new role on
by John Bohane DOHENYS preparations for their forthcoming first round senior football championship tie against Douglas, have been besieged by a plethora of injuries, retirements and emigration issues affecting nine members of their panel who played Aghada in a first round tie last year. Five players (Tom Collins, David Collins, Johnny Kelly, Pat Collins and Niall Hurley) have moved away through work or are currently travelling. Long serving stalwarts Timmy
by John Bohane WEST Cork singing stars Claire Hayden and Becky Phillips have taken the singing world by storm since they released their debut single, ‘Goodnight’, a beautifully haunting and poignant song which deals with the effects bullying has on young people in modern society.
by John Bohane THE Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea officially opened the Michael Collins House which is located in Emmet Square, Clonakilty before a large crowd recently. The Georgian house, which was restored by Cork County Council includes a new museum which is dedicated to the life of Michael Collins and charts Ireland’s struggle for independence from the 1798 rebellion onwards. The beautifully restored house includes archive pictures,
Bantry native Conor O’Mahony took part in the recent Macra Mr Personality Festival in Kilkenny representing Carbery.
On Sunday June 5th?, the 3rd Annual Eilish Collins Tribute Day will take place in Tragumna. The 6k coastal walk/run is in aid of Marymount Hospice & Arc House Bantry/Cork. Eilish used these facilities during her illness & to date over €32, 500 has been raised in the area towards these charities.