SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada today highlighted the need for a bottom-up approach to local economic development with a focus on supporting indigenous enterprise and rural diversification. Liadh Ní Riada was speaking at the West Cork Development Partnership’s economic forum in held in Kilmacsimon. The event brought together key stakeholders to discuss and debate innovation, employment and economic development on the periphery and in the regions,
Charity walk ‘Makes its Mark on Cancer’ and raises over €51K in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation
IN July over 630 walkers took to the road and participated in the second annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ charity walk, raising a phenomenal €51,500 in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancer Appeal. The 22km sponsored walk took place on Sunday 13th July from The Viaduct to Bandon, with funds raised going to the planned Mercy Cancer Care Centre at Sheares Street; as well as supporting the Rapid
THE inaugural “Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition opened at Cork Airport recently. The exhibition by Cork Craft & Design, which showcases the best of locally produced craft, was opened by the Mayor of County Cork Cllr Alan Coleman and will run for two weeks until the 28th October. Cork Craft & Design is a social enterprise supporting over 120 craftspeople living and working in Cork city and county.
by Colm Power ON Friday, October 10th the Bandon Community Radio fundraising evening of music and song took place in the Brog Inn in Bandon. The aim of the fundraiser was to support the opening of Bandon’s very own local radio station. The event featured local artists of all ages, and was a true success thanks to the fantastic backing from those involved. Many businesses of Bandon also got behind
€150,000 investment fund allocated as Local Enterprise Offices announce Cork’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year
NINE of Cork’s ‘Best Young Entrepreneurs’ were officially announced at an awards ceremony hosted by Cork’s three Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) on Thursday, 9th October in Vertigo, County Hall. The nine winners were chosen from almost 40 young entrepreneurs who were shortlisted from almost 150 applicants in the competition launched this summer by the LEOs in Cork, as part of a nationwide search to find ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’.
TWENTY five Junior athletes from Bandon AC travelled to Leiria in Portugal to compete in the European Junior Club Track & Field Competition in September. The womens team consisted of Laura McSweeney (captain), Helena Murphy, Fiona Duggan, Aisling Everard, Emma Young, Sinead Caulfield, Erin Kingston, Ella Nicholson, Aisling Kelly and Fiona Everard. The mens team consisted of Colin Kingston (captain), Thomas McCarthy, Jake Inglis, Promise Okafor, Davide Mazzali, Scott Gibson, James
TWO of Ireland’s finest young percussionists, Clare O’Keeffe and Alex Petcu, travel to two schools in West Cork this week with their Bangers and Crash Percussion workshop. Lucky students at schools in Bandon and Dunmanway will be entertained and educated as the musicians showcase the incredibly vast and rich world of percussion.
A FORUM organized by West Cork Development Partnership, will take an in-depth look at employment, economic development and innovation in West Cork at Kilmacsimon on 17th October 2014. The impact of the contraction of the economy, increase in emigration, the return to high unemployment, broadband connectivity and the business proposition of the Region will be closely reviewed by participants as well as expert speakers.
THE latest Live Register figures from the CSO reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork with unemployment contining to fall nationally with the rate dropping to 11.1% in September, down from 12.6% in the same month last year. Across Cork, there were 39,512 on the Live Register in September 2013 and 34,973 people on the Live Register in September of this year, a drop of 11.49%.Local Labour
FOLLOWING a meeting with Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW), re-assurance was given, that all three West Cork Flood Relief Schemes, Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen, were being advanced under the Arterial Drainage Act.