THE Latest Central Statistics Office figures show that unemployment has dropped for 31 months in a row and that in Cork County, there has been a fall of 23.44% over that period. In Cork the number of people on the Live Register has fallen from 43,941 to 33,641 while nationally the percentage signing on has dropped from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today.
TWO Centra employees from West Cork were recently honoured at the inaugural Pride of Centra Awards 2015. Eoin Hurley (Kevin O’Leary’s Centra Bandon) and Bernadette O’Regan (Fuller’s Centra Union Hall) attended the special awards ceremony in Croke Park. The Pride of Centra Awards were developed to recognise Centra employees for their commitment and dedication shown in the workplace. The awards were established to acknowledge the Centra employees who consistently live
AN amateur singer and barman from West Cork is set for musical stardom after being snapped up by a recording studio after they heard him on local C103 radio. John Horgan was famously recorded singing Jimmy McCarthy’s song ‘Bright Blue Rose’, while tending the Crossroads Bar in Knockavilla, near Innishannon last month.
THIS year’s St Patrick’s Day Festival at Coppeen will be launched by members of the Crowley family Moneynacrohy Enniskeane, who recently won the top award in the TG4 Clann Feirm Factor awards program. The four member family group fought off stiff competion from a number of other family groups around the country to win the top award and €20,000. The award winning group consist of John, Helena, James and Tim
The Home Economics Department in Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, a girls’ secondary school in Bandon, is hosting a day-long food forum and farmers market on Monday, 9th March. This innovative, one-day event aims to enhance learning in the classroom and show students how the knowledge and skills they acquire at school can connect and transfer to careers in the thriving Irish food sector.
SEVENTY-three tractors came from all over Cork to take part in the Halfway Tractor Run recently in aid of the Cork Association for Autism. There was great excitement at the start line as the engines fired up and the procession of tractors were waved off on their journey. Twenty three-year-old Alex Kingston who organised the fundraiser has turned his passion for tractors into a popular charity fundraising event. Last
A REPORT this week on the allocation of funding for roadworks in the county for the coming year was issued to the councillors on Cork County Council at their forthnightly meeting. The omission of any funding for the N71,the scene of many fatalities over recent years,has been met with condemnation by Bandon based Cllr Rachel McCarthy. The Sinn Féin councillor has said that it was “a disgrace” that the N71
THE Bandon Men’s Shed have recently undertaken a renovation of the garden at the rear of the mens shed and St Michaels Centre at Weir Street, Bandon.
EFFORTS to progress the flood scheme for Bandon town have moved forward with confirmation that the legal challenge to the tendering process has been resolved and tenders for the scheme will issue in the next two to three weeks. Speaking from his Constituency Office in Bandon, local Fine Gael TD Jim Daly confirmed that he has been informed by his colleague Minister Simon Harris that the tenders for the Bandon
A VERY pleasant function was held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon recently, where 11 young people were honoured. All of them had been nominated for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards (in association with SuperValu) 2014.