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Workshops at the West Cork Literary Festival 2016

TAKING place in an inspiring setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, the West Cork Literary Festival will host a series of workshops, from song writing to playwriting, memoirs to travel writing, where experts in their field will share their knowledge. One-on-one and group workshops will be filled with lively discussions writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. These workshops offer the opportunity to share work

Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic screening in Macroom and Bantry

FILMED over four years among coastal communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Ireland, Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic documentary focuses on the lives of fishermen facing down the big-money interests of oil and gas explorers. The competition on the open ocean is fierce and potentially lethal to the sustainability of coastal communities. From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean

Coombes makes his mark in Munster Schools Senior Cup

by John Bohane Talented Skibbereen rugby star Liam Coombes recently helped Christian Brothers College win their 29th Munster Schools Senior Cup following their dramatic one point win achieved against Crescent Comprehensive in Irish Independent Park.

Powerful song from West Cork singers highlights bullying issues

by John Bohane WEST Cork singing stars Claire Hayden and Becky Phillips have taken the singing world by storm since they released their debut single, ‘Goodnight’, a beautifully haunting and poignant song which deals with the effects bullying has on young people in modern society.

Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival fast approaching

THE second Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival is now fast approaching during the weekend of May 21st and 22nd with over 20 workshops planned for all skill levels and ages and will be held in many of the wonderful businesses from Ahakista to Kilcrohane and beyond to the Black Gate at Letter West.

Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld Exhibition at Organico

The next art exhibition at Organico, from 3 May until 11 June, involves two artists who are close to home; Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld both work in Organico, Marta baking delicious cakes and snacks for the café and shop, and Catherine preparing the newsletter and working on the online shop behind the scenes.

Tourism VIPs Enjoy Wild Atlantic Way showcase

TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,

2016 programme announced for West Cork Literary Festival

ZADIE Smith, John Banville, Christina Lamb and Louis de Bernières are just some of the guests expected at the renowned West Cork Literary Festival which runs at various venues in Bantry, West Cork, from July 17th to 23rd. Poetry is also well represented this year with T.S. Eliot prize-winner Sarah Howe, as well as Nick Laird, Theo Dorgan and Jo Shapcott.

Woman dies following Bantry accident

GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Wolfe Tone Square at midday on Saturday, April 2nd. A truck collided with a female pedestrian resulting in her death. The 73-year-old woman is understood to be from Castletownbere. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.

Cork ARC in West Cork supported by Bay Run 2016

To benefit the work carried out at the West Cork centre of the Cork ARC Cancer Support House, the first 20 participants to sign up for the Bantry Bay Run 2016 and fundraise for funds to aid Cork ARC at www.corkcancersupport.ie will have their entry fees generously sponsored by race organisers.

Here’s Danny! Collins set to continue brother’s work at County Council

by John Bohane NEWLY elected Independent Councillor Danny Collins was elated to be co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of his brother Michael to represent Cork South West following the recent general election. The Bantry based publican is hoping to carry on the good work his brother has achieved within the council chambers over the last two years before his subsequent election to the Dail.

Raising of the Flag Heralds a New Era for Kealkil N.S.

IN a time when much is written about the decline in rural services it was very apt that on Proclamation Day held on 15th March last Kealkil N.S. marked the occasion not just with the raising of the Irish Flag to commemorate the 1916 Rising but also took the opportunity to officially open their modern three classroom extension. This is a new chapter for the school as it responds to

Sheep’s Head Producers Market AGM

ON Tuesday 15th March the AGM for the Sheep’s Head Producers Market was held at The Old Creamery Café, Kilcrohane. The current SHPM Steering Group, consisting of Lorna Finnegan, Gill Baggot, Jemima Wallis-Eade, Corina Thornton and David Johnson are joined by re-elected members Marilyn Wallis- Eade and Janette Armstrong, returning members Matt Mills and Niamh Egerton and new to the Steering Group Patrick Neill, all of whom were elected unopposed.

Booking opens for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival

WEST Cork Music is delighted to announce that booking has now opened for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from 1 – 9 July. There will be concerts in Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church from morning to late night as well as young musician masterclasses, artist interviews and Ireland’s only instrument exhibition.

Lily de la Cour is Bantry Sports Person of the Year

by John Bohane World kickboxing champion Lily de la Cour was crowned the Bantry Sports Person of the Year following a gala celebration night held at the Westlodge Hotel last Friday evening. The world champion held off stiff competition from other local sporting stars to capture the much coveted Bantry Sports Person of the Year. Lily was deservedly recognised for her dedication and expertise in her craft which has inspired

St Patricks Day in West Cork

Ballydehob Beautiful Ballydehob once again hosts one of the friendliest annual St Patrick’s Day Parades around. The parade starts at 12 noon followed by complimentary refreshments in the Old Bank. The organisers promise a great day of fun and spectacle for all the family. Bandon St Patrick’s Day in Bandon is shaping up to be another great event for young and old. The parade will begin promptly at 2.30pm in

Letters – Penalty points for the fishing industry

Dear Sirs, The fishing industry has been dealt a destructive blow with the reintroduction of penalty points by Minister Simon Coveney. This has been done in recent days via the signing of a statutory instrument by the Minister . This comes in the wake of a number of successful challenges in the Irish Courts against the penal system enforced by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority . The penalty points system

Sadness in West Cork as second road accident victim dies this week

A MAN involved in a road traffic accident on the Bantry line on Wednesday, March 9th last has died at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Thirty four-year-old John Strahan who was the branch manager of the Bank of Ireland in Bantry was airlifted to CUH following the accident at Togher on the R585 north of Dunmanway. Mr Strahan was described as being is a critical condition on arrival at hospital.

Carrigboy National School Diary

March 4th: Junior Entrepreneur programme open day. Fifth and Sixth classes will launch their product. More details to follow. March 11th: As you know Maureen O’Donovan has been preparing the children for a music performance which will take place on Friday 11th of March in Rusnachara Church at 7p.m. We hope to have a practice at 1.30 on that day and if anyone is free to transport pupils to Ahakista

Bantry Bay Port Company launches primary schools initiative

BANTRY Bay Port Company is delighted to launch their first Schools Initiative for 2016 aimed at 5th class primary schools. The initiative theme ‘A Day in the Life of a Cruise Passenger Visiting Bantry Harbour’ is aimed at encouraging school children to explore the tourism aspect of Bantry harbour and all the wonderful visitor attractions to see and enjoy in the West Cork region.

Race night for Ray Murnane in Bantry

A REHABILITATION fund set up to support local man Ray Murnane has announced a Race Night to take place on Saturday March 26th at 8.30pm in The Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Tickets will be sold in shops locally and more information may be found on https://www.facebook.com/RayMurnaneRehabFund/ or https://www.gofundme.com/RayRehabFund. In September last year Ray Murnane’s life changed dramatically. While travelling from his home in Letterlickey, Bantry, to University College Cork, to attend

Funding announced for pier and harbour repairs in West Cork

by Stephen Johnson   MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

Annual Bantry cancer fundraiser appeal

THE annual fundraiser will be held in the “Timberland Shop”, Bantry (next to Bantry Book Shop, William Street) from Saturday March 26th to Monday April 04th inclusive (9.30am to 5.30pm) Donations: any items surplus to requirements welcome – unwanted gifts, unused purchases, jewellery, bags, ornaments, bric –a- brac, household and nursery items, arts and crafts, pictures, paintings, glass, ware and china, good toys and games, exercise equipment, radios, music centres,