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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

Danny Vincent Smith exhibition in Kenmare

THE Purcell Gallery, Kenmare, Co Kerry is holding an exhibition of new work by Bantry artist Danny Vincent Smith from 8 July 2016 to 30 August 2016. The exhibition opening is on Friday 8th July 6- 8 pm  

When Nathan met Mary

Mary Collins, Drimoleague meeting Nathan Carter before he went on stage at his show at Live At The Marquee Cork. Pic: Darragh Kane

Top German media on gardening leave in West Cork

WEST Cork will take centre stage this week as a group of top German journalists who have a combined circulation and online readership of over 6 million will get to see for themselves what the south west has to offer.   The press trip, South West Gardens, was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and provides a great opportunity to highlight a number of Cork’s amazing gardens and

Bord Iascaigh Mhara to maximise the value of Ireland’s €1 billion seafood industry

IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.

What a tee shot!

Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton, a regular visitor to the South West Of Ireland is pictured teeing off from the Fastnet Lighthouse to promote the The Wild Atlantic Way Golf Pass. The pass allows golfers to play four stunning Wild Atlantic courses, Kenmare, Bantry Bay, Skibbereen and Kinsale for just €99. For further information contact: Skibbereen Golf Club 028 21227 www.skibbgolf.com Bantry Golf Club 027 50579 www.bantrygolf.com Kenmare Golf Club

Minister Creed officially launches Local Link Cork

LOCAL Link Cork is officially launched by the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine Deputy Michael Creed TD. Local Link Cork provides rural and community transport throughout County Cork. It follows on from a restructuring of the rural transport groups in Cork under the new branding of Local Link. It is under the auspices of the National Transport Authority both at local county level and nationally.

Great support for Lisheens House from EMC

There was one final surprise from the 38 EMC heroes who transformed Lisheens House new centre in Skibbereen in just one day. Lisheens were invited to EMC in Ovens on and were presented with a cheque for €1,480 the proceeds of a raffle held amongst the workers in EMC.

A night of story, song, poetry and whatever else you bring along yourself

THE newly formed Bantry Yarnspinners invite you to come along and spend some time with us; time in a traditional way; time where people entertain people just for the fun and pleasure of doing so. So, if you have a song to sing, a poem to recite, a story to tell or a yarn to spin then this is the place for you.

Packed programme of concerts at West Cork Chamber Music Festival

THE West Cork Chamber Music Festival will soon open its doors, celebrating its 21st anniversary, it runs from 1st – 9th July with a packed programme of concerts. Tickets have been selling more quickly than ever before and a number of concerts are now sold out. However the good news for those who have yet to book, is that there are still some tickets left for other concerts in St

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary – June 2016

Mary O’Regan-Barsum organized two church gate collections of used spectacles. These collections together with those deposited in the regular locations at the hospital, library and opticians shop resulted in over 600 pairs of spectacles being amassed.

A feast on the streets of Bantry

BANTRY joined in with the other 1,163 hosts of “Street Feast” nationwide recently. Street Feast- a national day of non-profit community lunch is an incentive to build stronger community networks over the simple principle of sharing food and conversations.

Fatal motorcycle accident at Cousane

GARDAÍ in Dunmanway are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision that occurred at Cousane, on the Kealkil to Coppeen road (R585) also known as the Bantry Line, on Thursday, June 9th.

Special events for children at West Cork Literary Festival

Children, from tots to teens, are the focus for a number of events this July, as part of the 2016 West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, West Cork. There will be readings and workshops, a visit from The Book Clinic, poetry, illustration, music and games. The West Cork Literary Festival Children’s Festival runs from Monday, July 18th to Saturday, July 23rd with many free events – see www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie for full