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Glengarriff parkrun up and running

THE Glengarriff Nature Reserve will be the venue for West Cork’s newest parkrun which is launching just in time for Operation Transformation 2016! Glengarriff has joined the growing list of Cork locations where people can take part in weekly timed parkruns since the event was launched on January 2nd. Runners, joggers, and walkers are all welcome to participate in the parkruns which will take place each Saturday morning at 9:30am.

West Cork fishermen welcome anti-litter initiative

FACILITATED by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), local industry groups in Castletownbere and Union Hall recently met with Tom Piper of KIMO UK to hear what the UK ‘Fishing for Litter’ programme has achieved and what lessons can be learnt to ensure the programme gains traction in Ireland.

Report on Bantry Bay fish escape due on New Year’s Eve

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries has informed West Cork based campaign group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) that a report on storm damage leading to the loss of 230,000 adult salmon in February 2014 at Gerahies in Bantry Bay is due to be completed on December 31st next.

Castletownbere Christmas Newsletter 2015

THE Castletownbere Development Assoc (CDA) will launch the 2015 Castletownbere Christmas Newsletter & Calendar on Sat 28th Nov @ 8:30pm in Twomey’s Ivy Bar. I know your next issue is not out until the 1st December so perhaps you could give this a mention on your website or Facebook page. The CDA wishes to acknowledge and thank Sandra O’Shea, Dorothy Brophy and Michael Downey who, each year, put in a colossal effort

Mick Flannery at The High Tide Club

RENOWNED Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery plays a festive gig at The High Tide Club, The Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on Friday, December 18th at 8.30pm, admission is €15.

CoAction Beara Christmas Fair

THE committee of Coaction Beara would like to invite people to the annual CoAction Christmas Fair. The event has been a success for a number of years and the committee hope to build on that success this year by the creation of a Winter Wonderland in the Polytunnel at the centre on the north road. This has been developed by everyone in the centre with generous assistance from local businesses. The

€228 million investment in Cork’s water infrastructure

IRISH Water has revealed that more than €228 million will be invested in Cork’s water infrastructure in a major programme of work to upgrade water and wastewater infastructure. Irish Water confirmed that they have developed and prioritised a major programme of work which will address the serious deficiencies that exist across Cork’s water supply schemes. They say this investment is key to supporting continued social and economic development across Cork.

Ciaran makes the cut at Hair Stylists Awards

CIARÁN O’Sullivan, Droumgarriff, Glengarriff (KiwiCutz) entered the, “Ireland Alfaparf Fantastic Gents Hair Stylists Awards 2015” in the Double Tree Hotel Dublin recently. This category required a stylist to “produce a high fashion look suitable for the cover of a magazine”.

Bantry Bay Lions Club Diary

THE Bantry Bay Lions  hosted a successful fund-raising dinner at the Mariner in Bantry on Friday, October 30th. Lion’s members and guests enjoyed a Prosecco reception followed by a lovely buffet meal. A total of €330 was raised for contribution to the Trobolgan respite holiday project. This project allows Carers to take a respite vacation for one week, subsidised by the Lions Clubs of Ireland. The Bantry Bay Lions would

West Cork environmental projects get funding thumbs up

CORK County Mayor Cllr John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the allocation of financial assistance to community and voluntary groups within County Cork as part of the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme. The Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level.  These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups

Eyeries features in UK advertising campaign

THE picturesque West Cork village of Eyeries has been selected to feature on posters and adverts in Tourism Ireland’s latest UK advertising campaign highlighting the Wild Atlantic Way. Tourism Ireland in Britain is partnering with Aer Lingus this month, to promote flights to Cork Airport and the adverts are highlighting the “colourful towns, lush landscapes, deserted beaches and jutting peninsulas” of County Cork and Cork city “known as Ireland’s culinary

German Instagrammers share their West Cork experience with 440,000+ followers

TOURISM Ireland teamed up with Samsung Germany, to bring a group of leading German Instagrammers to West Cork recently. The Instagrammers, all specialists in landscape photography, have been visiting West Cork’s Wild Atlantic Way – capturing lots of great photos and then posting them to their Instagram accounts, which collectively have more than 440,000 followers.

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.

Charities benefit from Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare

CANCER Connect and SouthWest Counselling Centre were the real winners, from the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare. Over €30,000 was raised for these deserving charities. Cancer Connect Service is a free and flexible transport service to Cork Hospitals, from West Cork for people receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy and related treatments.

Release ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an “internal communication” and that the public interest would “not be served by the disclosure”.

Major Castletownbere pier investment announced

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the

Beara looking forward to Skibb clash

by John Bohane BEARA selector Finbarr Harrington has wecomed the draw for the fourth round of the Cork SFC which pairs the divisional side with O’Donovan Rossa. The last time the two sides met in 2000, O’Donovan Rossa emerged victorious following a replay in the quarter-final stages of the championship. Finbarr is anticipating another tight affair when the two sides meet in the imminent future.

Ewe Experience fundraiser for Bantry Care For The Aged

THE Ewe Experience annual charity tea party raised €900 for Bantry Care For The Aged. On a lovely June day visitors from a wide area contributed to a great tea party in Glengarriff. Among the supporters was Jim O’Sullivan, one of the original founders of the voluntary organisation in Bantry back in 1967, and still very much active.