Great numbers turned out for the first regatta of the 2016 Coastal Rowing season to the Kilmacsimon Head of the River. Rowers from both East Cork and West Cork Clubs competed in the event which was held on a sunny Sunday, the 17th of April.
by John Bohane BANDON ladies senior hockey team made history recently when they captured the Irish Hockey title for the first time in their proud history. This historic capturing of the national championship title represented the first time a national title was brought back to the Bandon Hockey Club.
by John Bohane BANDON Grammar secondary school student James French enjoyed an exceptional year representing his province in U18 rugby, and representing his country with great distinction in shot put. James, who is in fifth year in the prestigious West Cork secondary school, won the All-Ireland intermediate title in shot put, while he represented the Munster U18 side in the Inter-Pro’s last season.
HUNDREDS of people retraced the footsteps of more than 350 Irish Volunteers through mid-Cork on the same date 100 years ago – Easter Sunday, 1916. They assembled from various parts of Co. Cork in Kilmurry, just as happened a century earlier. The arrival of hundreds of armed men in the small village in 1916 was part of the largest mobilisation of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, in what
THE Bandon branch of The Irish Red Cross is pleased to announce the opening of the nomination period for the Eileen Hayes Carer of the Year Award.
IT was a good hair day for the Mercy University Hospital as leading Cork salon, Wayne Lloyd Hair, announced details of a partnership that will see stylists visit the hospital on a regular basis to treat patients to a “new do”.
DECOURCEY Classic and Vintage Club will host a Historical talk at the Kilmacsimon Community Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork at 8PM Monday the 2nd of May. The talk will be presented by Mr Eugene Furlong who has himself travelled to Antarctica in recent times. The talk will cover many Corkmen who although not as famous as Tom Crean still contributed to the great South Pole expeditions of the early 19th and
UPWARDS of 550 people at this year’s West Cork Community Awards ceremony held in Bandon gave a standing ovation to the members of the emergency services and the many volunteers who came to the rescue of Bandon town during the devastating flooding episodes on December 5th and 29th last, caused by Storms Desmond and Frank respectively.
FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection. “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here
THE West Cork Dyslexia Branch will hold an information evening on Dyslexia in Bandon Grammar School (The lecture theatre) at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th April 2016.
THE many volunteers and members of the emergency services who came to the rescue of Bandon during its double flooding episodes last December, are to be honoured at the 27th Annual West Cork Community Awards ceremony to be held in Bandon on Friday 8th April.
YOUNG people from the Bandon Youth Project recently participated in a rap workshop in the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon. This project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project that seeks to divert young people from anti-social behaviour and from criminal activity.
STYLIST Aaron Healy from Wayne Lloyd Hair has been crowned ‘Irish Hairdresser of the Year’ following the coveted Irish Hairdressing Championships 2016, coined the Oscars of Irish Hairdressing.
Ballydehob Beautiful Ballydehob once again hosts one of the friendliest annual St Patrick’s Day Parades around. The parade starts at 12 noon followed by complimentary refreshments in the Old Bank. The organisers promise a great day of fun and spectacle for all the family. Bandon St Patrick’s Day in Bandon is shaping up to be another great event for young and old. The parade will begin promptly at 2.30pm in
ON Friday 19h February 2016, a very pleasant function was held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon, where 16 young people were honoured. All of them had been nominated for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards (in association with SuperValu) 2015.
CORK South-West Fianna Fáil TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Fianna Fáil will ensure that rural Ireland is given the same employment and economic opportunities as urban areas, and that the imbalance that has been enforced by Fine Gael and Labour is halted.
THE Family Support & Community Wellbeing Bandon and Bandon Adult Education (CETB) are running a free seven-week Family Learning Course starting in April running for two hours on Thursday mornings.
by John Bohane TALENTED Bandon soccer star Peter Callanan has signed for the Cobh Rangers U17 side ahead of the domestic underage league which is due to resume in early March. The West Cork soccer ace represented their local rivals Cork City in the Youths League last season. Peter, however made the decision to switch to their near neighbours after being impressed by their ambitious plans for the future.
GENERAL election candidate and former Mayor of Cork Alan Coleman has committed to retaining two five-day-a-week offices in Bandon and Skibbereen if elected to Dáil Eireann this Friday.
FOLLOWING a successful year for the St Patricks Youth Pipe Band the talented young group was awarded the prestigious title of “Champion of Champions” by the Irish Pipe Band Association at the AGM held in Killeshin, Co. Carlow recently.
The Kilmacsimon Rowing Club 7km/10km Fun Run is coming up on Sunday the 28th of February at 11.30AM. Participants are welcome to walk the 7km route or run either of the 7km or 10km routes.
THE road between Bandon and Kilbrittain reopened to traffic ton Feruary 12th last following severe flood damage that forced its closure in the aftermath of Storm Frank, the road was one of the worst hit in West Cork by the recent bad weather.
HIGH achieving Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students from 23 schools across Cork City and County were honoured for their hard work and outstanding results by Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) at a recent awards ceremony held on 11 Feb in the Rochestown Park Hotel.
MORE than 300 people packed into the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon recently to attend a General Election debate among the 11 candidates seeking election to the 32nd Dáil for the Cork South West constituency. The event was organised by The Opinion magazine and moderated by editor Eddie Goggin. All of the 11 candidates were gathered together for the first time in the campaign, giving West Cork voters their first
CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.
A LAND zoning submission has been lodged with Cork County Council aimed at paving the way for a major €40m tourism and commercial development on lands next to the N71 at Castlebernard near Bandon.
SEVEN Community Hospitals in West Cork – Castletownbere, Dunmanway, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Kinsale and Bantry are to receive €17.87m in funding for upgrades and refurbishment it has been announced.
Pictured at the offices of the Bandon Opinion recently where he discussed flood alleviation measures was Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin with Eddie Goggin, Editor of the Opinion; Michael McCarthy TD and flood campaigners Maria McLaughlin and Mary McSweeney.
CORK South-West election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has expressed serious concern about the possible delay to the introduction of Cork-to-Boston flights under the 2007 ‘Open Skies’ agreement. A low-cost airline is due to operate flights from Cork to the US from May but now the deal in jeopardy.
WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has called for a break from rates payments for traders in Bandon who had their businesses flooded for the second time in a month. Speaking after surveying the scene in the town, Jim Daly said that Bandon’s South Main Street was destroyed as several feet of flood waters poured through the town centre just three weeks after the most recent flood event.