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Bantry woman settles defamation case with Maureen O’Hara’s nephew

THE Bantry woman who was formerly PA to Hollywood star Maureen O’Hara during her time spent living in West Cork has settled a defamation action she brought against Ms O’Hara’s nephew Charlie FitzSimons. In the High Court lawyers for Mr FitzSimons with an address at Kinna, Sweden read out a personal apology to Carolyn Murphy from Bantry relating to a number of statements made by Mr FitzSimons about Carolyn Murphy.

Death of the Islands? – Funding cuts announcement threatens very existence of offshore communities claim islanders

ISLAND communities across West Cork as well as along the entire West Coast say that cuts to core funding allocations to non – Gaeltacht Islands will lead to the islands becoming unviable as permanent communities.   The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced that it is to terminate funding to their five Community Development Companies Offices from December 31st, 2014.

Water Service vans burned out in Bantry

A GARDA investigation is underway following an arson attack on two Cork County Council water service vans at a depot in Bantry over the weekend. The attack occurred at the depot in Newtown in the early hours of Sunday morning and is being treated as malicious by gardaí.

Whiddy Island disaster’s last survivor tells his story in new book

THIS month next sees the launch of a new book that gives a vivid and fascinating first-hand account of Ireland’s worst ever maritime disaster when 50 people lost their lives in the early morning of January 8, 1979, after a fire broke out aboard the Betelgeuse, a French owned oil tanker, at the Gulf Oil Terminal in Bantry Bay. The fire small at first but then spread rapidly to erupt

Gold Star Award for West Cork Citizens Information Service

At a ceremony held in Bantry this week, West Cork Citizens Information Service was awarded an EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Gold Star Service Excellence Award. The award is formal recognition of the high standards of customer service present across the Citizens Information Service in West Cork and also acknowledges the huge commitment and dedication of the staff and volunteers working with the service. In fact the validation report

Centra Ballylickey sponsors new energy technologies at St Colums GAA Club

ST Colums GAA club has benefited from €8,000 worth of energy upgrades, thanks to a donation from Cronin’s Centra Ballylickey coupled with an SEAI energy grant. The funding, which was invested in the installation of a new boiler and internal lighting, will improve their energy efficiency, and the energy savings made can be redirected elsewhere into club development. This is part of a nationwide scheme by Musgrave and the SEAI

West Cork live register numbers continue to decline

NEW figures show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by 4,298 year-on-year.There were 34,151 people on the Live Register in Cork in October, compared to 38,449 in October of last year. A further breakdown of local figures reveals that things are moving in the right direction in West Cork. There was a 12.11% decrease recorded in live register figures in Bandon, a 11.46% decrease in Skibbereen,

Stroke support group launches in West Cork

A STROKE Support Group for adults living with the experience of stroke and their carers is being launched in West Cork in the West Lodge Hotel in Bantry on November 6th, 7.00pm -9.00pm. The event is open to all those affected by stroke. The launch event, hosted by the multidisciplinary therapy team at Bantry General Hospital and the Irish Heart Foundation, will be informative and of interest to patients, relatives,

St Colum’s underage GAA notes

St Colums U12 footballers finished off their season with a hard fought victory over Ballinascarthy in their final last Monday. Playing with the elements in the first half Colums led 1 – 9 to 1 – 1. Against the wind in the second half Ballinascarthy quickly took control with a goal and three well taken points. Colums however began to get the upper hand again and finished the game strongly.