FINE Gael West Cork TD Noel Harrington, has says that funding for the Development Offices on non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the future. The news will allay fears that funding for the islands, which include six of West Cork’s inhabited islands, could have been permanently cut. There was an outcry from islanders late last year when it was announced that funding was due to be cut off this year
by Carina McNally Naming Baby – a play written by Jennifer Russell and directed by Julie Aldridge – was performed at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on three nights – the 6th 7th and 8th February 2015. The ensemble of actors – Marie-Noel Colman, Ann O’Carroll, Mary Maddison, and Margaret Hardiman – was supported by Ciannat Walker and Tade O’Sullivan. With excellent lighting and sound presented in this lovely Castletownbere
AFTER capturing the imagination of Irish viewers and grabbing headlines for her powerful pop vocals and edgy stage performances on 2014’s Voice of Ireland series, followed up with a number of eye opening rounds in the UK Xfactor as part of a Louis Walsh backed pop group, West Cork’s Danica Holland decided to go against the grain and do things on her terms.
AT the official launch on recently in the Brook Lane Hotel members of the Kenmare Marketing and Events Group – KMEG, launched the new, responsive www.kenmare.ie website and outlined plans for a new event The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare. Sarah Durkin, Chairperson of KMEG urged those who were not members to become members. Thousands of cyclists from Ireland and around the globe are excited about the news of the
by Stephen Johnson THE Lauragh National School, which was facing the loss of a teacher and possible closure, has been handed a reprieve following the introduction of new rules surrounding pupil numbers. The Lauragh school, one of the smallest in the country, currently has 17 students and two teachers. The Department of Education this week reduced the threshold levels that determine the number of teachers allocated to each school, a move that will halt
THE spirit of collaboration is alive and well in West Cork as is proven by the new exciting project that West Cork Carers Support Group have undertaken. “We pride ourselves on being a Carer led Support Group and many of our Carers had expressed the desire to do a collaborative crafts project, so the West Cork Carers Crochet Project was born” said Lorna Harte, Support Worker in West Cork Carers
SINN Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada recently welcomed a delegation of Irish Fishermen to Brussels to meet with key policy makers on the difficulties that they face in making a sustainable living and on other issues impacting the industry. The delegation included fishermen from all around the Irish Coast including from Dunmore East, the Waterford Estuary, Kilmore Quay, Youghal, Union Hall, Castletownbere, Fenit and Arklow.
THE Minister for Education has said that the whole issue of small rural schools may be reviewed in response to concerns raised by rural communities across the country. A delegation from West Cork, facilitated by local TD Michael McCarthy met the minister in Dublin recently to once again outline the case for small rural schools. Among the group representing Cahermore NS on the Beara Peninsula, the most distant school from
PROMOTION Beara is the new title of the original Kenmare Beara Tourism Cluster that was established in 2010, under the Collabor8 Programme. At that time the cluster was made up of the local tourism, community and development groups of Kenmare Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Glengarriff Tourism & Development Association, Castletownbere Tourism, Bonane Community Council, Eyeries Tidy Towns and Allihies.
IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has submitted a parliamentary question to the European Commission on the possibility of European aid for shellfish famers in West Cork and Kerry. High temperatures last summer resulted in a late and extensive autumn bloom of the most common naturally occurring marine biotoxin, dynophysis – commonly known as Red Tide.