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Castletownbere and Skibbereen get €100k under rural REDZ plan

ALMOST €100,000 has been awarded to two West Cork towns in a bid to help them become Regional Economic Development Zones (REDZ). It was confirmed today that Castletownbere and Skibbereen are receiving €44,500 and €50,000 each as part of their selection as one of 26 new REDZ pilot projects around the country.

Region cleans up again at Tidy Towns awards

WEST Cork and South Kerry have once again proved to be one of the tidiest regions of the country at the national SuperValu Tidy Towns awards held at Dublin’s Helix theatre. No less than 14 medals were picked up by towns ans villages in the West Cork Times area with four gold medal winners, five silver medal winners and five bronze medal winners from the area.

Kilmackilloge Wild Atlantic Way discovery point to be refurbished

THE Kilmackillogue “Discovery Point” on the Wild Atlantic Way is set for a refurbishment as part of the ongoing development of the popular tourism route. The refurbishment is part of a €3.5 million investment plan for the development of the 2,000km route, which stretches from Donegal to Cork.

Cork County Council Big Bike Ride 2015

MAYOR of the County of Cork, Cllr John Paul O’Shea and Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey, will be leading the way and showing how everyone can take part in the 2015 Big Bike Ride.

Public lighting motion passed by Cork County Council

WEST Cork Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Hayes had a motion passed at the recrent meeting of Cork County Council calling on the public lighting instalment scheme to be rolled out without further delay. Stating that the council had allowed €400,000 in this years budget towards the instalment of public lighting, Cllr Hayes pointed out that it had been over five years since the council had last initiated such as scheme.

West Cork flood damage bill will be up to €3 million says council

Flood damage in Goleen. Pic: Cllr Michael Collins THE spectre of flooding has already impacted on communities across West Cork and Kerry with the south west of the country enduring sustained heavy rain in the second week of September that led to spot flooding and damage in several locations. The worst affected areas where the Beara, Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and Ballineen and Dunamanway areas where roads were impassable

Bryce House officially opened to the public for the first time

Pictured at the opening, Noel Harrington TD; Minister Michael Ring; Cllr Mary Hegarty and Michael McCarthy TD. MINISTER of State for Tourism and Sport, Michael Ring TD, performed the official opening of Bryce House on Garnish Island recently. Mrs Annan Bryce’s cottage has been restored to its original character by a project funded by Fáilte Ireland and the OPW. The work commenced in January and was completed in August 2015.

Christmas lights funding for West Cork towns

THE West Cork Municipal District has agreed to set aside a fund of €60,000 for six West Cork towns to purchase Christmas Lights. Welcoming the funding Dunmanway based independent councillor. Declan Hurley said, “The six towns listed in the County Development Plan, Bantry, Castletownbere Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen and Schull will benefit to the tune of €10,000 each to upgrade or purchase new Christmas Lights for the 2015 festive season.”

Ireland’s biggest windfarm planned for Cork-Kerry border

by Stephen Johnson IRELAND’S biggest windfarm is being planned for the Cork-Kerry border. ESB Wind Development Ltd. says that the 38 giant wind turbines — each measuring 126 metres in height — will generate 115MW of energy — enough to supply 75,000 homes.

Heritage week on the West Cork islands

Ireland’s Heritage Week is being marked on the West Cork Islands by a series of events which draw attention to their untold stories. Throughout the week (22nd-30th August) local historians and guides will help visitors to learn more about the islands’ pasts, debunking any notions that the islands were cut off from the broader strands of Ireland’s history.