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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. 

De Courcey Harvest Working Day 2016 – Event Report

The 6th Annual Harvest Day on Sunday 7th August, celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the Ferguson Brown tractor, the first of the Ferguson range, and there were many example of that line both working and displayed at the event which was held in glorious sunshine. The official opening was performed by Andrew Pollack, editor of the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

Where’s the beef?

Bandon Beef Farmers Discussion Group were on hand at Chanelle’s head office in Loughrea last week after a plant tour to officially launch Chanelle’s new Oxyclozanide fluke dose, Rumenil, with Howard Pearson of Chanelle and Michael H. Burke, Managing Director of Chanelle.

Red heads head for Crosshaven

Queen of last years Red Heads Grainne Keena and Michael O’Sullivan, Kanturk getting red-y for the new Best Red Pet category in this years Irish Redhead Convention in Rumleys Open Farm.

Bandon Walled Town Festival brings out the stars August 26th-28th

WITH a deep history reaching back to the 1600’s, Bandon celebrates its star filled heritage with the Bandon Walled Town Festival from Friday August 26th to Sunday August 28th, 2016. Focusing on a theme of Stars, Navigation, Exploration and Trade, the Festival delivers some enchanting events to cater to all tastes.

Waiting lists for Speech and Language Therapy on the rise says TD

NEW figures obtained by Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Disability Margaret Murphy O’Mahony show that the waiting lists for Speech and Language Therapy have risen in 2016. The latest figures made available by the HSE show that 14,047 people were waiting for a first assessment in March, up from 13,545 in June of last year. The numbers waiting for treatment have also increased from 8,326 to 8,974 over the same timeframe.

Innishannon House Hotel Vintage Wedding Fair

THIS Sunday 4th September Innishannon House Hotel and Gardens will host the next Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair from 12pm to 5pm. Dubbed the Wedding Fair with a difference, this quirky wedding planning event will feature a hub of original, local and bespoke vendors for those looking for something a little different for their wedding day.

Town Councils can breathe life back into West Cork communities says TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Town Councils should be re-established in towns with a population of over 7,000.  She wants to see measures introduced to revitalise towns across the county. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “Local Government is the driving force behind towns, cities and communities right across this country.  It is at the heart of job creation, democratic representation, civic participation and local service

Kilmacsimon Rowing Club notes

2016 County Final Championship, Cuskinny This year’s Cork County Final was hosted by Rushbrook Rowing Club Cobh. A great day of races kicked off at 10am on Sunday 31st July in Cuskinny. Kilmacsimon had a successful day with a total of 19 crews entered in the 25 races and bringing home 3 Gold Medals, 4 Silver Medals and 4 Bronze Medals. The first Gold of the day was brought home

Jimmy Buckley Plays Bandon GAA Pavilion

Jimmy Buckley, Ireland’s favourite country singer, will be appearing live at Bandon GAA Pavilion on Friday, 26th August 2016. Music kicking off at 9pm, with Jimmy taking the stage at 10pm and a disco to follow. Tickets are €15 and will be sold at the door on the night. For more information see: http://www.jimmy-buckley.com/events/bandon-gaa-centre-bandon-cork/  

Cork farmers losing out as Farm Assist payments continue to fall claims TD

FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West says fewer farmers in Cork are qualifying for the Farm Assist Scheme.  New figures released to Fianna Fáil reveal that the number of farmers receiving funding under the scheme has fallen steadily every year since 2012. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony commented, “Family farmers in Cork have come through a very difficult few years and many have struggled to ensure their farms remain viable.  Despite

West Cork planning news

A new caravan park in Eyeries and the divison of the Toymaster store in Bandon into three units are among this week’s applications. Planning news File Reference 16/00418 Applicant: Patrick Hill Development Address: Dromilihy, Leap, Co Cork Development Description  Construction of a single dormer type dwelling house with a sunroom to the side and all associated site development works including installation of a septic tank and percolation area Application Type:

Failure to address child poverty entrenching a two-tier society says TD

FIANNA Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony is calling on the Government to take urgent action to address child poverty.  She has warned that unless the issue is addressed, child poverty will further entrench the existing two-tier society and blight children’s’ lives into the future. Commenting on the issue Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “The number of children experiencing poverty and social exclusion is appalling and it is

Bandon’s Conor Hourihane’s football successes honoured

THIS year Conor Hourihane became the first West Cork man to captain an English professional soccer team to their first Cup Final victory at Wembley Stadium. Conor captained the Barnsley side to their very first League One Cup victory, making history for himself and his club. Barnsley are now also promoted to the Championship, achieved after they defeated Millwall in the play-off final at Wembley on May 29th last. Conor’s