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Bantry

Take part in Bantry’s first yoga festival this October 7th-9th

Set amongst the stunning Atlantic coast and taking place in iconic locations around Bantry town, this three day festival offers a unique, honest and diverse collection of yoga forms for all to experience. Showcasing some of the country’s top yoga teachers along with an eclectic selection of eastern dance, music, martial arts, meditation and laughter, this is a festival designed for those who want relax, re-connect and embrace the good life.

Kealkill N.S. welcome new pupils

It has been a busy start to our first term of the school year. We extend a warm welcome to our Junior Infants who are starting their primary school journey. We wish them many happy days in Kealkill N.S. September 2016 marks a new beginning and a new look for Kealkill N.S. as the pupils are dressed in the new school uniform. We have received a lot of positive feedback

West Cork local tourism heroes honoured with awards by cottages.com at the National Ploughing Championships 

There were smiles all around at the Ploughing Championships today, as the quiet heroes of the Irish tourism industry were honored for their long term commitment to Irish tourism, by cottages.com. The company is part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, one of the largest holiday letting agencies in Europe, and is responsible for bringing tourists from Britain and further afield to Ireland for the past 25 years.  Working with just over

Island photographer Robbie Murphy brings Sherkin to Organico, Bantry

Robbie Murphy has lived on Sherkin Island, West Cork, since he moved there with his family shortly after he was born. As well as working on the island, farming oysters, he photographs it, and it is fair to say that Robbie really knows his subject and captures his stunning images with an unerring eye. To view these large prints is to be transported to Sherkin, to feel the weather, hear

Bantry Bay RFC notes

On Sunday 18th our Ladies team made their debut in the Munster Division 1 Qualifying League. They took on near rivals and also newly promoted Bandon Ladies RFC. Bandon took an early lead 3-0 through a converted penalty. This did not deter the BBRFC ladies as they have often been on the back foot. Through a lot of phases the Bay ladies found themselves on Bandon 5m line with a

Bric-a-brac sale for Syria & Lesotho

A big bric-a-brac and craft sale is taking place in the Old Cinema, The Square, Bantry, Weds 5th to Sat 8th October (10am-6pm daily). A massive range of items will be on sale, including second hand goods and new crafts. 100% of the funds raised will go to two charities, Together for Better Days and Action Lesotho. The sale is being organised by two West Cork-based women, Christine Brewer and

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup @CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers in 91 from the world’s oceans.   Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and

Anam Cara West Cork Bereavement Information Evening

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 27th of September from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork.   ”I have been to two Information Evenings. Both speakers were exceptionally good. I received very valuable nuggets of information and I got great comfort from speaking to the other parents afterwards,” said one bereaved mother.  

In Pictures – Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge Awards 2016

THE Anti Litter Challenge Awards Night was held in County Hall on Thursday 8th of September. West Cork was well represented among the 114 communities that took part in this year’s competition, and Thursday was the occasion when the winners of the towns categories were announced, as well as best improvers in the villages category, and the county final winners in the villages category. The Council’s annual Anti Litter Challenge

The BIG SING returns to Bantry

The West Cork BIG SING community organisation will once again be bringing a BIG SING event to Bantry for the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October and YOU are invited to take part!

Niall Connolly set for Bantry gig in September

Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk, his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo, and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. He blends

Comedy Weekend at The Maritime Hotel, Bantry

Banish the winter blues and laugh yourself silly at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry this November as Tommy Tiernan and comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog take to the stage across one hilarious weekend of comedy. Tommy Tiernan performs his show, Under the Influence, on Friday, November 11. One of Ireland’s most popular comedians, Tiernan is currently winding up his month long residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiernan takes

Chief O’Neill Festival Fri. 9th Sept to Sun. 11th Sept.

The Festival organised by Bantry Development & Tourism commemorates the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, music collector, Tralibane, Bantry will be be officially opened at 6.30pm on Friday 9th September in Bantry Community Tourist Office by the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Seamus McGrath. That will be followed by a concert in St. Brendan’s Church at 8pm featuring Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann. A very special feature of

This Week: Masters of Tradition in Bantry

Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016  Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry, until this Sunday, 21st August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form.

Fundraising for Lisheens House

Pictured are Tracy White with her dad Patsy, sisters Pamela, Maire and Linda who held a fundraiser Poc Fada at The Crossroads Bar Knockavilla, Upton to raise funds to support Lisheens House free counselling service.

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary – August 2016

The Bantry Bay Lions Club attended the Glengarriff Fun Day on August 7. A paint ball shooting game was introduced for the first time at Fun Day and proved to be very popular, attracting all age groups. Sharpshooter Saoirse McCarthy, aged 8, was the top scorer with a perfect 5 and then later shot a 6. An amazing display of accuracy by Saoirse, pictured receiving the gold medal. There were

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ Visits Bantry Port

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port on Friday afternoon on a rare visit to the southwest, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden. This magnificent schooner will be tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry for the weekend and will be open to the public from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday morning August 13th, and people are invited to drop

History comes alive as Mary’s Odyssey pays a visit to Bantry

by Jeremy Jagusch All the way from Canada, Live History will be showcasing their highly sought after inte ractive show, Mary’s Odyssey at Bantry House. This one woman experience has traveled extensively for the past 2 years, taking audiences on a journey through time.

County Cork ramping up for Heritage Week 2016

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.

Eugene Croning Memorial Walk

NINETY-seven family and friends braved the rain on the August bank holiday Monday for the annual Walk with all the proceeds going to Bantry Hospice. Despite the weather everyone enjoyed the walk and the get together at the Quays bar for the BBQ which was served up by Richard Harrington, Debbie Delaney, Kate and Eugene O’Brien.  

Town Councils can breathe life back into West Cork communities says TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Town Councils should be re-established in towns with a population of over 7,000.  She wants to see measures introduced to revitalise towns across the county. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “Local Government is the driving force behind towns, cities and communities right across this country.  It is at the heart of job creation, democratic representation, civic participation and local service

Bantry Bay Adventure Race Set to Make a Splash this August

Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula