Ahakista is hotting up again for their second annual Aloha Ahakista Regatta and Festival and what better way to kick it all off then with a sell out quiz with the amazing Graham Norton on Friday 31st July!
LEGENDARY American musician, Ricky Skaggs, leads the line-up for the 2014 Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. Credited with ‘single-handedly saving country music’ he will be performing in a very special concert with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Curated, once again, by Martin Hayes, the Festival also features tin whistle player Mary Bergin, singer Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Ghost Trio featuring Iarla Ó Lionáird, Ivan Goff and Cleek Schrey
Met Eireann has issued a weather alert covering West Cork. The following Weather Advisory was issued by Met Eireann at 07:00 hours Thursday, 17-Jul-2014: Warm and very humid weather with possible heavy showers/ thunder storms/ hail may lead to local flooding/ disruption/ damage tonight, Friday and Saturday. Valid from 21:00 hours Thu, 17-Jul-2014 Valid until 21:00 hours Sat, 19-Jul-2014.
WHIDDY Island plays host to an exciting food festival this weekend (July 18th – 20th) as the Bank House on Whiddy joins forces with the Frank Moynihan cookery school to celebrate local food at the inaugural “Symphony of the Sea” festival. Frank is well-known from his practical and tasty tips about cookery on Gay Byrne’s RTÉ Radio One, and has a passion for sharing his cookery skills with others.
The Bantry Bay Lions collected over 400 sets of used spectacles, which were donated by members of the local community. Pictured are members of the Lions who took part in counting the spectacles and packaging them for distribution to third world countries. These spectacles can be of extreme importance to the people they help.
ANTI fish farm campaigners have accused Minster Simon Coveney of refusing to release the Department’s Report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. The decision they say, claims that the work is not completed and that the public interest would not be served by the disclosure of the Department of Marine’s Engineering Division report.
THE number of people signing on in West Cork has fallen by more than 9% year-on-year according to the latest figures released for June 2014. The drop of 9.31% in West Cork is slightly lower than the drop for the whole of Cork which was recorded at 11.15%.
CHAT show star Graham Norton gave his neighbour’s house sale a bit of boost recently by tweeting the details of the property to his more than 800,000 twitter followers. Graham, who spends his summers at his idyllic waterside residence in Ahakista on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula tweeted a link to agent Charles McCarthy’s site extolling the virtues of his neighbour’s Kitchen Cove property which is on the market.
THE Bantry Active Retirement Association Camera Club bring you their eleventh annual calendar, the aim of which is to raise much needed funds for local charities; to date the group has raised over fifty five thousand euro. This year the members wish to support the free transportation services provided by Cancer Connect for people living in West Cork and accessing cancer treatments at hospitals in Cork city.
JOIN Karen Joy Fowler, best-selling author of “The Jane Austen Book Club” as she reads from “We Are Completely Beside Ourselves”, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Prize for best American novel 2014, at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry this Friday night. Other highlights for the weekend include Rupert Isaacson who will talk about his new book, “The Long Ride Home” at 2.30pm on Friday, July 11th, There will