WEST Cork has retained five Blue Flag Beaches in the An Taisce International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Awards for 2016, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove and Tragumna but Garretstown beach has lost its status.
Kealkill National School Wins Best Overall Project in Bantry Bay Port Company’s Primary Schools Initiative
BANTRY Bay Port Company has announced Kealkill National School as winners of Best Overall Project in this year’s primary schools initiative. Local 5th class primary schools were invited to take part and submit a project based on the theme “A Day in the Life of a Cruise Liner Visiting Bantry Bay”. Dromore National School won a prize for Best Artwork.
THE Ewe Experience gardens in Glengarriff are having the annual charity tea party on Saturday June 11th from 1 to 5 PM. The proceeds from the tea party and the entrance fees all day will go to CoAction.
ONE of Europe’s last remaining natural wilderness areas, the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula, are rugged and remote. They are at once elemental and shamelessly romantic. Characterised by terraced, deep pleats and folds of old red sandstone, these are challenging mountains to climb.
THE Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is run by the Emergency Services in West Cork to raise funds for local charities. This year’s cycle is based in Bantry and takes place on Saturday 9th July.
ALTHOUGH the numbers may have been smaller, C.C.E. Gleann Garbh still had a very successful day at the County Fleadh Cheoil held in the Eccles Hotel Glengarriff, on Monday May 2nd. Well done to the U12s Lisa Harrington, Caoimhe O’Hanlon, Emma Osbourne, Caoimhe O’Shea, Anna O Shea, Molly Harrington, Chloe Coppinger, Lucy and Abbey Connolly.
ON Saturday 11th June, just like the TV Game Show, THE CUBE will be hosted at The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry. The MC for the night will be Cork native, Alan Shortt. With a prize fund of €2,000 this is a great opportunity to raise funds for local charities and clubs.
THE people of Ahakista on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula are celebrating the news that their adopted son and celebrity neighbour, Graham Norton, has agreed to be quizmaster at their annual fund raising table quiz again this year.
EAGLE-eyed reader Ernie Lewis snapped this rare sighting of a Sparrow Hawk resting on his garden fence at Seskinm Bantry. “It is most unsual to ever see this bird perched – as they are normally only seen in flight. Initially I thought a Kestrel but a member of Birdwatch Ireland assured me that it is a much rarer bird – The Sparrow Hawk. ‘I was lucky enough to have my
GLENGARRIFF is delighted to announce the line-up for the 2016 Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, which takes place from 16th to 19th June. The festival has grown from small beginnings in 2013 to become one of the highlights on Ireland’s festival map, attracting the country’s top trad musicians and ever bigger audiences.
Bantry House are delighted to announce a partnership with a German conservation university. The Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (www.abk-Stuttgart.de) is the oldest university in Germany to offer exceptional high and academic training in the field of conservation of artefacts. The Academy offers four specialised consecutive BA/MA courses
BANTRY students have come together to raise funds for a disadvantaged school for mentally and physically challenged children in a rural part of India. The idea came about as a result of the ongoing relationship between the people of West Cork and India following the Air India crash, which saw over 300 people – including 80 children – perish off the Irish coast in 1985.
TAKING place in an inspiring setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, the West Cork Literary Festival will host a series of workshops, from song writing to playwriting, memoirs to travel writing, where experts in their field will share their knowledge. One-on-one and group workshops will be filled with lively discussions writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. These workshops offer the opportunity to share work
FILMED over four years among coastal communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Ireland, Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic documentary focuses on the lives of fishermen facing down the big-money interests of oil and gas explorers. The competition on the open ocean is fierce and potentially lethal to the sustainability of coastal communities. From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean
CORK ARC Cancer Support House’s annual Flag Day collections are taking place in the West Cork towns of Bantry, Ballylickey, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Macroom on Thursday 28th April, 2016.
MAYOR of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea, warmly welcomed Canadian Ambassador, Mr Kevin Vickers, to County Hall on Tuesday, April 26th. Ambassador Vickers made the special visit to present Cork County Council with €5,000, monies to contribute toward the upkeep of the Air India Memorial in Ahakista, West Cork.
by John Bohane Talented Skibbereen rugby star Liam Coombes recently helped Christian Brothers College win their 29th Munster Schools Senior Cup following their dramatic one point win achieved against Crescent Comprehensive in Irish Independent Park.
by John Bohane WEST Cork singing stars Claire Hayden and Becky Phillips have taken the singing world by storm since they released their debut single, ‘Goodnight’, a beautifully haunting and poignant song which deals with the effects bullying has on young people in modern society.
Bantry native Conor O’Mahony took part in the recent Macra Mr Personality Festival in Kilkenny representing Carbery.
A GROUP of international media including representatives from Germany and Belgium are pictured with Jane Stokes, Fáilte Ireland, at Sheep’s Head enjoying all that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
THE second Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival is now fast approaching during the weekend of May 21st and 22nd with over 20 workshops planned for all skill levels and ages and will be held in many of the wonderful businesses from Ahakista to Kilcrohane and beyond to the Black Gate at Letter West.
The next art exhibition at Organico, from 3 May until 11 June, involves two artists who are close to home; Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld both work in Organico, Marta baking delicious cakes and snacks for the café and shop, and Catherine preparing the newsletter and working on the online shop behind the scenes.
CONOR O’Mahony from Bantry will represent Carbery at the 11th annual Mr Personality festival being organised by Kilkenny Macra na Feirme from the 22nd to the 24th of April in the Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny.
TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,
ZADIE Smith, John Banville, Christina Lamb and Louis de Bernières are just some of the guests expected at the renowned West Cork Literary Festival which runs at various venues in Bantry, West Cork, from July 17th to 23rd. Poetry is also well represented this year with T.S. Eliot prize-winner Sarah Howe, as well as Nick Laird, Theo Dorgan and Jo Shapcott.
GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Wolfe Tone Square at midday on Saturday, April 2nd. A truck collided with a female pedestrian resulting in her death. The 73-year-old woman is understood to be from Castletownbere. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.
To benefit the work carried out at the West Cork centre of the Cork ARC Cancer Support House, the first 20 participants to sign up for the Bantry Bay Run 2016 and fundraise for funds to aid Cork ARC at www.corkcancersupport.ie will have their entry fees generously sponsored by race organisers.
by John Bohane NEWLY elected Independent Councillor Danny Collins was elated to be co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of his brother Michael to represent Cork South West following the recent general election. The Bantry based publican is hoping to carry on the good work his brother has achieved within the council chambers over the last two years before his subsequent election to the Dail.
ÁINE Florence Crowley a primary school teacher at Kealkil National School in West Cork is exhibiting her artwork for the first time upstairs at Organico in her hometown of Bantry.
IN a time when much is written about the decline in rural services it was very apt that on Proclamation Day held on 15th March last Kealkil N.S. marked the occasion not just with the raising of the Irish Flag to commemorate the 1916 Rising but also took the opportunity to officially open their modern three classroom extension. This is a new chapter for the school as it responds to