by Stephen Johnson A TWO-YEAR, 4-million euro project designed to improve safety on a 1.6-kilometre stretch of N71 in Bonane is finally underway. A spokesman for the National Roads Authority (NRA) told the West Cork Times this week that the project will involve the removal of more than 11,000 cubic metres of rock, which will widen the narrow road and improve safety.
Young people in West Cork are set to benefit from €8,300 in National Lottery Grants which have been awarded to a number of groups and organisations says Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington for Cork South West after the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD announced the allocation of National Lottery funding for 2014. “The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which
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.
The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork has acquired a painting by Michael Sheehan, the west cork artist who died in 1996. The 1993 oil painting entitled ‘Eskivaude’, on a small rough octagonal board, depicts a clachan or cluster of dwellings perched on the edge of the Cod’s Head on the extreme end of the Beara peninsula. Its vivid colours and intense brush strokes are characteristic of the artist’s naive works.
“MANY things should be taken seriously – but thankfully life is not one of them” – so says Glengarriff-based website publisher, Brian Wall of Bibliovista.com. He is promoting Old Sod’s Big Book of New Irish Comedy – a compilation of new Irish comic writing and cartoons which has a foreword by the multi-talented actor and writer, Frank Kelly, better known to many as Fr. Jack.
by Stephen Johnson THE December issue of Lonely Plant Traveller magazine is touting Ireland as “one of the world’s hottest destinations for 2015″ and spotlights the Wild Atlantic Way. Lonely Planet Traveller was launched in 2008 and is the UK’s largest travel magazine, with a circulation of more than 60,000, and has been named Travel Publication of the Year. It’s feature article on the Wild Atlantic Way is certain to
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
IRELAND’S non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands have had assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands will be put in place as far as March 2015. There was uproar from islanders when it appeared that state funding would be cut off completely in January with islanders claiming the move would see the end of viable communities on the islands.
FOLLOWING on from the success of last year’s Christmas Fair, Lauragh Community Centre Group are holding their 2014 Christmas Fair on Sunday 7th December starting at 12pm and running until 4pm. Local artists and producers will again be heavily involved , showcasing the great talent that is to be drawn from nearby. If you want a truly unique gift for a loved one for Christmas then Lauragh is the place
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.