by Stephen Johnson and David Forsythe
KENMARE has been named as Ireland’s tidiest small town at the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition scoring an impressive 312 out of a possible 400 points, one point ahead of Clonakilty on 311.
The overall national winner was Moynalty in Co. Meath who scored 316 points beating Killarney, Co. Kerry, winner of the large town category who scored 315 points.
A 41-year-old male was fatally injured following a single vehicle road traffic accident which occurred at Adrigole Bridge, Beara, on the R572, Bantry to Castletownbere road, in the ealry hours of Saturday morning.
It is understood the crash scene may have been undiscovered for up to 10 hours.
The father of two, John Foran with an address at Sleepy Hollow, Skeagh, Skibbereen was the sole occupant and was fatally injured when the vehicle he was driving collided with a wall.
CAROL Cashell, an open-water swimmer whose mother hails from the Beara Peninsula has become the first person to swim around Bere Island
Carol, from Cork city, having already completed the Cork to Cobh swim, the Lake Zurich marathon and the around Manhattan swim added swimming around Bere Island to her open-water swimming achievements.
FROM September 12th-15th, Allihies on the Beara Peninsula will host one of the three flagship Gathering events for Cork this year.
Events lined up for the weekend include Frances Black who is officially opening the festival and performing a gig on September 12th.
RESIDENTS on Bere Island have been enjoying the success of the newly crowned 2013 Rose of Tralee, 25 year-old Texas Rose Haley O’Sullivan.
Dáithí Ó Sé announced the outcome in the Festival Dome where the 2012 Rose, Nicola McEvoy presented Haley – the first Texas Rose to take the crown – with her sash, Newbridge Silverware tiara and perpetual trophy in front of nearly 810,000 TV viewers.
THE West Cork Village of Eyeries on the Beara Peninsula hosted its annual Family Festival this past weekend (19th – 21st July).
Drawn by the warm, sunny weather, the popular event attracted large crowds, highlighted by a live concert by Irish singer and songwriter Damien Dempsey. more »
SAVE Bantry Bay have claimed that the recently announced new five-year BIM plan for Irish aquaculture is environmentally and economically unsustainable.
The plan hopes to deliver €1billion of seafood sales through the development of aquaculture along the coast.
THE body has been recovered of a man in his early 20s off the coast of the Beara Peninsula.
The man was reported missing on Sunday night and the body was discovered at 3pm on Monday afternoon.
THIS year’s Castletownbere Festival of the Sea will begin on Friday 2nd August at 7.30 pm in the town Square, with a night of fun and entertainment including open air music, pint-drinking-whilst-wheel barrow-racing and ‘air rugby’, to kick start what is sure to be a week of enjoyment for family and friends of Beara.
THE Lake House on the Cloonee Lakes in Tuosist is hosting a “Ballroom of Romance Weekend” over the upcoming August Bank Holiday Weekend, in conjunction with the Tuosist Dance Club.
Mary O’Shea, who manages the Lake House, says she’s inviting all those who remember the dances at the Lake House, especially those who met their partners there.