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Niall Connolly set for Bantry gig in September

Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk, his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo, and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. He blends

Comedy Weekend at The Maritime Hotel, Bantry

Banish the winter blues and laugh yourself silly at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry this November as Tommy Tiernan and comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog take to the stage across one hilarious weekend of comedy. Tommy Tiernan performs his show, Under the Influence, on Friday, November 11. One of Ireland’s most popular comedians, Tiernan is currently winding up his month long residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiernan takes

Chief O’Neill Festival Fri. 9th Sept to Sun. 11th Sept.

The Festival organised by Bantry Development & Tourism commemorates the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, music collector, Tralibane, Bantry will be be officially opened at 6.30pm on Friday 9th September in Bantry Community Tourist Office by the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Seamus McGrath. That will be followed by a concert in St. Brendan’s Church at 8pm featuring Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann. A very special feature of

This Week: Masters of Tradition in Bantry

Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016  Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry, until this Sunday, 21st August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form.

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.

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary – August 2016

The Bantry Bay Lions Club attended the Glengarriff Fun Day on August 7. A paint ball shooting game was introduced for the first time at Fun Day and proved to be very popular, attracting all age groups. Sharpshooter Saoirse McCarthy, aged 8, was the top scorer with a perfect 5 and then later shot a 6. An amazing display of accuracy by Saoirse, pictured receiving the gold medal. There were

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ Visits Bantry Port

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port on Friday afternoon on a rare visit to the southwest, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden. This magnificent schooner will be tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry for the weekend and will be open to the public from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday morning August 13th, and people are invited to drop

History comes alive as Mary’s Odyssey pays a visit to Bantry

by Jeremy Jagusch All the way from Canada, Live History will be showcasing their highly sought after inte ractive show, Mary’s Odyssey at Bantry House. This one woman experience has traveled extensively for the past 2 years, taking audiences on a journey through time.

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.

Eugene Croning Memorial Walk

NINETY-seven family and friends braved the rain on the August bank holiday Monday for the annual Walk with all the proceeds going to Bantry Hospice. Despite the weather everyone enjoyed the walk and the get together at the Quays bar for the BBQ which was served up by Richard Harrington, Debbie Delaney, Kate and Eugene O’Brien.  

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

Bantry Bay Adventure Race Set to Make a Splash this August

Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula

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:

11 Million Tonnes of Trade Flowed through Ports of Cork and Bantry in 2015

2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries. The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6%. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8% following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21%, trade car imports increased by 48% and 56 cruise

Zorro coming to West Cork this August!

Join Off the Ground in West Cork this summer as they transport you to New Mexico in 1821 with their swashbuckling presentation of ‘Zorro’. On the brink of Mexican Independence, the Viceroy of New Spain, aided by the evil Ramón family, has turned New Mexico into a tyrannical, poverty-stricken wasteland for the townspeople.

Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016

The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and

Celebrating Traditional Music in its Purest Form “Masters of Tradition” Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016

Now in its 14th year, Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry from 17 – 21 August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form. Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the renowned fiddler from County Clare, will once again open and close this year’s Masters of Tradition. Joining him in the opening concert will be guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddler Liz Knowles and New York clarinettist Doug Wieselman. Also appearing throughout

Gloria Steinem draws overflow crowd at West Cork Literary Festival

by Penelope Thoms Famed American author, feminist, editor and political activist Gloria Steinem filled the Windward Room of the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Saturday, 23rd July, to talk to more than 400 women – and about a dozen men – about her new book MY LIFE ON THE ROAD as part of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival. Steinem’s probably could have filled Croke Park; her event was sold

Outdoor theatre returns to West Cork with Zorro

The Viceroy of New Spain, aided by the evil Ramón family, has turned New Spain into a tyrannical, poverty-stricken wasteland for the townspeople. Their legendary hero, Zorro, is their only hope of relief and resolution. As the rebel group The Alliance attempt to fight back, Zorro must be smarter than he has ever been to stop the Ramóns from turning his beloved people against him. Can he change his ways

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary – July 2016

Jerry Desmond completed his one year term as President of the Bantry Bay Lions Club in June. Eileen O’Shea assumed the role of President for the coming twelve months. Jerry thanked the members for their contribution and support during his term of office and wished Eileen a successful and fulfilling year ahead. Jerry would also like to thank the local community for their tremendous support for all the Lions activities

Comhaltas Glengarriff news

A lovely night was had by all at the celebrations of 40 years of Comhaltas in Glengarriff Community Hall on the 24th of June. Thanks to Seàn Ò Sè for running the night so well with his story telling and singing. A BIG THANK YOU to all the performers on the night, to their families for helping out and for being so patient with the extra practises. A special thanks