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€228 million investment in Cork’s water infrastructure

IRISH Water has revealed that more than €228 million will be invested in Cork’s water infrastructure in a major programme of work to upgrade water and wastewater infastructure. Irish Water confirmed that they have developed and prioritised a major programme of work which will address the serious deficiencies that exist across Cork’s water supply schemes. They say this investment is key to supporting continued social and economic development across Cork.

West Cork schools get boost in new school capital plan

FIVE major school investment projects in West Cork have been given the green light by the new School Buildings Plan announced recently. Welcoming the news, Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “I am extremely pleased that West Cork has featured so strongly in the much-anticipated School Capital Plan today, and that Minister Jan O’Sullivan has prioritised a number of critical projects.

Paschal Sheehy launches 2015 Christmas Cracker charity cycle

RTE’s Southern Editor Paschal Sheehy unveiled details of the 2015 edition of the annual Christmas Cracker Charity Cycle at the Friends of Marymount shop recently. The event is a great source of support for Marymount Hospice, last year’s edition raised more than €13,000.

Lighting up the gateway to West Cork

BANDON South Main Street will host the Official Lighting Ceremony and a day of Festive Fun on Sunday November 29th. Organised by a small committee of Traders and Interested Parties trojan work has been done to ensure that Bandon twinkles this Christmas.

Bandon kids win international soccer game at EXPO Milan

FIVE lucky school children from Bandon were selected to represent Ireland in an international soccer match at the Universal Exhibition (EXPO) in Milan as part of the Ferrero’s Kinder + Sport programme in Ireland. To celebrate the international reach of Kinder + Sport, a global responsible project developed by Ferrero aimed at supporting physical activity among children, Ferrero invited a squad of five twelve year olds from Scoil Phádraig Naofa

Bandon event highlights importance of cycle safety

A ROAD safety information event, and cycle workshop was held at the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon recently. This event was organised by Garda Damian White, Community Garda Bandon, with assistance from Niamh Sammon, Operations Manager, Riverview Shopping Centre, Karen McCarthy the Road Safety Authority Education Officer, and Ruth Bullough and Katie Mann from Cycle Sense.

FOI Material reveals Cork lost out twice over on LEADER funding says councillor

MATERIAL released under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act to Fianna Fáil general election candidate for Cork South-West Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has revealed that Cork has been double hit by cuts to the Leader programme. County Cork received around €54m from 2007-2014 but this was cut by 74% to €13.9m.

Bandon woman is named as Cork Carer of the Year

BANDON woman Bernie O’Reilly, nominated by Bandon branch has been named as the Cork Carer of the Year, and was awarded the 2015 Eileen Hayes Perpetual Memorial Trophy. Bernie has been a full time carer for her 28-year-old son Brendan for many years. Brendan is wheelchair bound, and is unable to do anything for himself.

St Patrick’s Youth Pipeband news

Band Promoted – Following a successful season in the competition arena, Band gets promoted in Competition Gradings to Grade 3B. This is a great achievement for young band members and all are delighted at the accomplishment. As well as many prestigious titles throughout the year, the band were placed 2nd in the World Pipe Band Championships which were held in Glasgow last August. After their return the band were jetted