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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.

Adrigole all set for packed 2015 festival

Adrigole GAA are once again running their popular Duck Race Festival this year. It will take place over the August bank holiday weekend 2015. The event will be held at the base of the beautiful Hungry Hill on the grounds of Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site where there will be a fully licenced Marquee. A varied programme of events will run right through from Thursday July 30th starting with

The summer starts here on Bere Island

THE weekend of 13th-14th June kicks off the start of summer on the West Cork Islands, with a whole range of activities planned for Bere Island. An all-inclusive walking event will allow visitors to explore this unique island located at the farthest reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. Bere Island, which was once a former military base during WW1.  Many of the original fortifications still remain, along with fortifications from

White-tailed eagle chicks hatch successfully in Glengarriff

WHITE-tailed Eagles have successfully hatched chicks across four counties in Ireland including a pair in Glengarriff in West Cork. Eight pairs of White-tailed Eagles have nested and laid eggs with five nests successfully hatching chicks in Glengarriff and also in Clare, Galway and Kerry.

Museum of Miniature touring West Cork Islands

WEST Cork Arts Centre presents the ‘Museum of Miniature: The Islands’, a portable museum curated by artists Marie Brett and Tess Leak which is touring to the West Cork Islands of Sherkin, Heir and Bere this summer. This ‘pop-up and wondrous’ museum of tiny artworks that ‘fit in the palm of your hand’ includes work from artists based on Irish off-shore Islands plus those on European and international islands including

Cyclists bask in the beauty of Beara

THE first Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare was held on the peninsula recently. This much anticipated event had sold out two months in advance and attracted more than 2,000 cycling enthusiasts from all over the world.