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Heritage Week puts West Cork towns on the map

AS part of National Heritage Week, Cork County Council has begun an initiative to produce a series of maps for the seven historic towns in the West Cork region. Launching the Dunmanway Historic Town Map in Dunmanway recently. Chairman of the Western Division councillor Declan Hurley said, “It is hoped these maps will encourage an appreciation of the rich heritage of the seven towns in the region both for locals

Bantry Community Choir News

September marks the new season for Bantry Community Choir and after a short summer break we are now meeting weekly every Thursday evening 7.30pm to 9pm at the Maritime Hotel. Bantry Community Choir enjoyed a successful year with many new members joining. As a group of people who love to sing, they have built on and developed a wide and varied repertoire of lovely songs that they have really enjoyed

Chief O’Neill Festival coming to Bantry this September

Bantry town will be alive with Irish traditional music and singing on Friday, September 11th to Sunday, September 13th. The Festival will commemorate the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, Music collector, Tralibane, Bantry and what better way to do it than by bringing his music out of the pages of his books and bringing it to life by having a junior (under 18) and senior competition for recitals

Heritage week on the West Cork islands

Ireland’s Heritage Week is being marked on the West Cork Islands by a series of events which draw attention to their untold stories. Throughout the week (22nd-30th August) local historians and guides will help visitors to learn more about the islands’ pasts, debunking any notions that the islands were cut off from the broader strands of Ireland’s history.

Collage exhibition by local artists at Organico Cafe, Bantry

AN Occurrence of Diverse Elements, a collage exhibition curated by local artist Alison Cronin is to take place in Organico Cafe in Bantry from 17 August – 19 September. Featuring six Cork county and city based artists, Neisha Azzopardi, Paul Forde Cialis, Edwin Cridland, Alison Cronin, Tom Doig and Susan Montgomery, the exhibition explores the wide variety of approaches to collage that are taking place amongst contemporary artists in the

Bantry Bay Port Company launches Bantry Blueway

MUNSTER’S first ever Blueway has been launched in Bantry. The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier.  

Westlodge Hotel underlines support for Fastnet Rally

WITH the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry set to move up a gear with its new owners planning extensive refurbishments, it has also underlined its commitment to the Fastnet Rally that takes place in the maritime town on the final weekend of October next.

Book Sale for Bantry Friends of Lesotho

BANTRY Friends of Lesotho is holding their annual book sale from Friday 7th August to Saturday 22nd August, 10am-6pm daily (except Sundays)..The sale will be located in the former McCarthy’s Butchers shop on the corner of Main Street and Barrack Street, Bantry.  There will be wide range of books including non-fiction, romance, modern literature, classics, crime, children’s and Irish interest.

Release ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an “internal communication” and that the public interest would “not be served by the disclosure”.