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West Cork Carers Support Group wins ‘Better Together’ Award

THE West Cork Carers Support Group was delighted to receive an award and a cheque for €1,000 at the Better Together Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle recently. The Better Together campaign is organised by The Wheel, a support and representative body for the Irish community and voluntary sector to help raise public awareness and support for the work being done by charities, community groups, clubs and associations up and down

Registration for Cycle Against Suicide Opens – route to include West Cork in 2015

REGISTRATION for the 2015 Cycle Against Suicide is now open at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com and follows an incredibly successful 2014 cycle, which saw thousands of cyclists take to the roads in April and May of last year. In 2015, the cycle route will start in Northern Ireland, with cyclists departing Belfast on Monday, April 27th and finishing in Dublin on Sunday, May 10th. Over a two-week period, participants completing the entire route

Local live register shows further fall in unemployment

CSO figures just released show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by over 11%. According to local TD Michael McCarthy this shows the job-led economic recovery is starting to be felt locally.   “Nationally the figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were 352,647 people on the Live Register in November, a reduction of 38,860 or 10% on the same month in 2013. Unemployment

High Court Order sought for Bantry Bay salmon farm escape report

THE High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. West Cork based lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have asked the Court for an ‘Order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary

The Bantry Bay Lions Club has sponsored the Lions Peace Poster competition again this year. They wish to thank the Teachers and students from all the local schools for their cooperation in making it a successful event. Students aged 11 – 13 years from Gael Scoil, St. Finbarr’s Boys School, St. Brendan’s, Our Lady of Mercy, Coláiste Phobail Beanntraí, Kealkil and Dromclough schools were honoured for their participation and the

Bantry Hospital is top of the list

THE chairman of the Friends of Bantry General Hospital, Declan Hurley has welcomed the findings of a recent report showing, Bantry General hospital is the only hospital in Ireland where every patient is assessed by a consultant within a year. Mr Hurley said, “The total number of attendances at outpatient departments this year has been 2.14 million despite Government commitments that nobody would be on a waiting list for more

Cheque presented to Ronald McDonald House

A cheque of €1,400 was recently presented to Sheena Dalton, Assistant Manager, Ronald McDonald house, Crumlin Hospital, in memory of baby Stephen Nicholas. Rachel Moriarty, along with her aunt Irene Sheehan and two cousins Carol and Ciara Buckley, would like to sincerely thank to communities of Muintir Bhaire, Castletownbere, Bantry and all their relatives and friends in Kerry who generously sponsored them for running the Cork Women’s mini marathon on

Sheep’s head kids raise funds during festive season

THE CHILDREN on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula have been hard fundraising in the lead up to the festive season. At Rusnacahara NS, Ahakista the pupils and staff have been very busy over the last few weeks. “Well, the school held a Halloween ‘Trick or Treat’ party for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The children wore some wonderful Halloween costumes to school on the day and raised €60,” Principal Noreen Tobin told

Lisheens House suicide prevention service West Cork

Since the launch of its free counselling service on the 27th October last Lisheens House West Cork Suicide Prevention Service has been very busy fielding calls on its helpline number 023 888 8888. Although its founder Noreen Murphy realised the need for such a service when she founded the charity the volume of the calls it has received since its launch has surprised her.

Maebh Daly wins Bantry Credit Union Scholarship 2014

MAEBH Daly from Coorloum West, Ballylickey, Bantry, has been awarded the Bantry Credit Union Third-Level Education Scholarship for 2014. Maebh is the 12th winner of the scholarship, which is worth up to €6,000 over four years.   The daughter of Pat Joe and Noreen Daly, Maebh sat the Leaving Cert in June at Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí. All her hard work was rewarded when she got excellent exam results and was