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West Cork News

An Bord Pleanála grants planning permission for new Aldi store in Skibbereen

An Bord Pleanála have given the green light to German supermarket giant Aldi for a new store in Skibbereen.   The proposed store has divided opinion in the town which is already home to discount rival Lidl.   There were 19 submissions received in relation to the original proposal 18 of which were against the development. It is believed the application from Shead Properties Ltd has been earmarked the German discount giant for a new 1,400 sq m superstore in

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Legendary “Top of Coom” Pub Rises from the Ashes

by Stephen Johnson   On May 21, 2012, the legendary “Top of Coom” pub was destroyed by fire.  Now, two years later, owners Tim and Eileen Creedon are preparing to reopen the pub this coming Friday, April 25.   Officially Ireland’s highest pub at 1,045ft above sea level, it had been famed for its traditional music sessions, the Irish language, sheep shearing and the proud tradition of supporting GAA either side of the county boundry.   Now those traditions are set

The Jig - Entertainment & Arts

Feile Neidin returns to Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson   AFTER a successful first year in 2013, Feile Neidin returns to Kenmare April 25-27 with what promises to be another celebration of the best in Irish music. The positive response from musicians and festival goers at last years festival was amazing. This years festival promises to be a fantastic weekend also. This year’s Feile Neidin features concerts with Breanndan O Beaglaoich; Liam O O’Maonlai; a ceili  with the Shannon Vale Ceili Band; an instrument makers exhibition, and

Community News

Style afternoon for Bantry Hospice Project

Sola Boutique recently hosted a very stylish afternoon tea and fashion show event. The event took place in the beautiful setting of the Seaveiw House Hotel. There was a great buzz in the lead up to the event with the tickets selling out two weeks before the show. Thanks to the wonderful staff in the Seaveiw the afternoon tea was done to the highest standard. Local girls modelled for Marie and the clothes shown on the day were just a