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Islands funding confirmed for the rest of 2015

THE Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has confirmed that funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the remainder of 2015. As reported in West Cork Times, the non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands were granted assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands would be in place as far as March 2015.

Eyeries stars in Tourism Ireland’s UK campaign reaching 1.2 million people

TOURISM Ireland kicks off its promotional drive for 2015 this week – with an end-of-year campaign which includes ‘wrapping’ the Daily Telegraph with images of Ireland, including a wonderful image of the picturesque village of Eyeries in West Cork. The wrap was seen by more than 1.2 million ‘culturally curious’ readers, or potential holidaymakers for Ireland, across Britain.

Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare set for 23rd May

by Stephen Johnson The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare will take place on Saturday 23rd of May 2015. Participants will cycle Ireland’s most spectacular peninsula and experience the unspoiled beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way. There is a route to suit all levels of fitness from the seasoned cyclist to the day tripper. Choose from the 140km or the shorter 100km route.

€4 million road works on N71 in Bonane underway

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.

€8,300 in National Lottery Grants awarded in West Cork

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

High Court Order sought for Bantry Bay salmon farm escape report

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.

Crawford Gallery acquires Michael Sheehan painting

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.

West Cork book venture aims to nurture comic writing

“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.