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Former Gangster to Speak in Bandon

John Pridmore, the former London gangster will be sharing his amazing story in Bandon Parish Church on Monday the 3rd of October at 7.30pm as part of a Parish Mission running from Monday the 3rd – Friday the 7th of October.Evening sessions: Monday to Friday 7.30pm.Everyone Welcome. John has recently returned from Washington and Canada after speaking at international conferences and speaking to thousands of young people in schools and prisons.Fifty two year old Pridmore

Crosshaven goes wild for Gemma’s art!

IRISH wildlife artist Gemma Best presents an exhibition of pastel drawings in Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven. Her highly detailed and realistic drawings include squirrels, foxes, puffins and badgers and other animals that can been seen in the Irish countryside.

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup @CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers in 91 from the world’s oceans.   Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and

Cork Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Teams severely understaffed

Cork South West TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, has said that A Vision for Change, the counry’s flagship mental health strategy, is at risk of failure if staffing levels do not rise to meet staffing targets in Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Teams. Nationally, just 51% of the staffing levels recommended in A Vision for Change have been delivered. In counties Cork and Kerry, the corresponding figure is just 50.2%,

Interim river cleaning works to begin in Bandon

Cork County Council are undertaking Interim River Cleaning (Gravel Removal) at Bandon Bridge in September 2016.   The works will include: The removal of gravel and debris deposits to a depth of 300mm below the waterline. Work extents – 15m upstream to 25m downstream of the Bandon Bridge. Works undertaken within IFI seasonal constraints period (to be finished by 30th September).  

Kilmacsimon Rowing Club 7 Mile Run

The 2nd Annual Kilmacsimon Rowing Club “Knocknacurra 7 Mile Road Race” will take place on Sunday, 9th October at 12 noon, commencing from Kilmacsimon Community Centre. This Race is in memory of three local & International athletes of Courceys Parish – Patsy O’Flynn, Bob Hales & Bill Nolan. Perpetual for Overall Winner + Age Category Prizes.  Entry Fee = €10. This is a timed event. Complimentary post race refreshments &

Minister Harris to turn the sod on the Bandon Community Hospital

CORK South West, Fine Gael, Dáil Deputy Jim Daly has confirmed the news that Minister Simon Harris will officially turn the sod on the works beginning in Bandon Community Hospital on Monday the 26th September at 4.00 PM. This build was promised for many years, however it was not until 2011, when Deputy Daly arranged for the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital to meet with the then Minister for Health James

Free Diabetes Screening at O’ Riordan’s Pharmacy in Enniskeane, on Friday, 23rd September: All welcome to come along

Diabetes Ireland, in partnership with healthcare company MSD, is hosting a free diabetes awareness day at O’ Riordan’s Pharmacy in Enniskeane, Cork, on Friday, 23rd September, as part of its national ‘Diabetes Roadshow’ initiative, taking place in 20 locations across the country. The day is open to all adults and especially if they have diabetes or a family member with diabetes. Now in its third year, this hugely successful free

Lessons must be learned from Áras Attracta report

Responding to the publication of the report on Áras Attracta, the Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says that “lessons must be learned and that there must be a fundamental change in approach to people with intellectual disabilities.” “We were all appalled and shocked by the revelations at Aras Attracta. It’s crucial that the HSE ensures a situation like this is never repeated. This report clearly highlights the

Concern at fall in number of Intellectual Disability Nurses

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Disability, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has expressed her concern at the decrease in the number of intellectual disability nurse positions over the past two years. Speaking on figures obtained by Fianna Fail, Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “Information provided my party by the HSE shows that the total number of intellectual disability nurses employed by the HSE at June 2016 was 1,211, a decrease of 49.” “This

47% cut in Workplace Safety Funding a recipe for disaster

Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says that Government decision to cut the funding for workplace safety initiatives through the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) by 47% is shocking, short sighted and dangerous. “A recent parliamentary question to the Minister confirms that the estimated spends on Safety Initiatives has been cut from €1.77 million in 2015 to €957,000 in 2016. This 47% cut makes no sense,” said the Cork South

West Cork schools face chaos due to ballot for industrial action

CORK South West Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is calling for the Minister for Education and the ASTI to come together and reach an agreement to avoid the closure of West Cork schools as a result of planned industrial action. “The decision at the weekend by the ASTI to vote in favour of industrial action is deeply worrying. There are thousands of students in West Cork starting off the

Amber targets bright future in West Cork with Bandon Co-op 

Amber, one of Munster’s largest fuel retailers, today announced the opening of its new un-manned outlet at Bandon Co-op Enniskeane, Co. Cork. The site is part of a €3million investment project by Amber and its partner sites across the West Cork region.    Amber’s significant growth plans have supported in the development of 60 full and part-time positions across four sites in Bishopstown, Kilbrittain, Crossbarry and Enniskeane.   The company’s

Housing Assistance Payment Scheme requires reform – TD

Cork South West Fianna Fáil TD, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for reform of the Housing Assistant Payment (HAP) Scheme. The scheme is a form of social housing support for people who have a long-term housing need. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “There has been much discussion in recent days regarding the HAP scheme and who should have access to it. However what has been missed in this debate is the

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

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.

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

New ginger royalty crowned as thousands of redheads gather in Crosshaven

Andy O’Neill from Kilkenny and Emma Ni Chearuil from Galway have been crowned the new King and Queen of Gingerdom at the 7th Annual Redhead Convention which is in full swing in Crosshaven, Co. Cork this weekend.   The fun, family festival of ginger-loving madness is a celebration of all things to do with having fabulous red hair, the rarest hair colour in the world.   Accepting her award, the incoming

Kilmacsimon Rowing Club notes

2016 All – Ireland Champtionships August 12th to 15th saw the 2016 All – Ireland Championships in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal. A total of 47 clubs from all over the country travelled to battle it out and for the Kilmacsimon club it was quite a long distance from home yet despite the distance family and friends travelled in force. Saturday saw a day of heats, with the Vet Ladies, Pre Vet

Fit men and brave women wanted in Coachford

The organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are putting together the final preparations for this year’s four day event (Aug 18-21). This is a community festival whose sole purpose is to have ‘Something for Everyone’. It caters for Children, Young People, Parents and Grandparents. It is about bringing people together, to have a bit of fun, to enjoy a local community based event and have something in the area that

Fundraising for Lisheens House

Pictured are Tracy White with her dad Patsy, sisters Pamela, Maire and Linda who held a fundraiser Poc Fada at The Crossroads Bar Knockavilla, Upton to raise funds to support Lisheens House free counselling service.

Monday Movie Nights in Bandon returns 19th September

Monday 19th September kicks off the Autumn Schedule at Monday Movie Nights. A Bigger Splash Director: Luca Guadagnino Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton FILM INFO:120 minutes, Italy / France, 2015, 15A In this loose remake of the 1969 drama La Piscine, director Luca Guadagnino reunites with I Am Love muse Tilda Swinton (here playing recuperating rock star Marianne), who is joined by Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes

West Cork clubs “Pull like a dog” at All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships

“Pull like a Dog”…The infamous words by Olympian Silver Medalists, O’ Donovan Brothers, Gary and Paul were roared out by all counties over the weekend, at the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships 2016, held at Ballyshannon Lakeland Centre, Co.Donegal, hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club.   2700 Rowers descended on Ballyshannon, Ireland’s oldest town for the annual All Ireland Coastal Championships. Set against Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, the rowing course

County Cork ramping up for Heritage Week 2016

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.

Upcoming barn dance at Coppeen

There is barn dance on Saturday 3rd of September in Coppeen Village. This year’s event is being organised as a Country & Irish gala night out with lots of entertainment, including a ‘Wife Carrying’ contest of wives /husbands/partners in a novel dance floor race. The wife/partner must weigh a minimum of (45kg) and be 18 years or older. Dropping your wife/partner will incur a serious time penalty and perhaps additional

Lack of strategy hampers refurbishment of 433 vacant housing units in Cork says West Cork TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says new figures obtained by Fianna Fáil show that the Department of Housing has failed to approve funding to refurbish 433 housing units that are currently vacant throughout Cork. Commenting on the figures, Deputy Murphy O’Mahony said, “New information obtained by my party through a number of Freedom of Information requests to Local Authorities, show a serious lack of progress in refurbishing vacant social housing units.

Kilmacsimon Rowing Club Notes

This year’s fifth & final SWYCRA Championship was held on Sunday, 7th August, in Schull. A fabulous day of sunshine reigned over Schull with some choppy waters in the mix. Kilmacsimon crews had a successful day, bringing home 2 Gold Medals; 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.