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Small schools issue may be revisted – Minister

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

Major new tourism initiative for the Beara Peninsula

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.

West Cork / South Kerry shellfish industry facing crisis

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.

Volunteer now for CoAction Summer Camps

THE CoAction children’s summer camps will again be held in Bantry, Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen in July.   Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.

Funding allocation announced for regional and local roads

REGIONAL and local roads across West Cork are set to received a badly-needed investment following the announcement of funding road infrastructure in Cork by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A total of €32.2 million has been allcated for regional and local roads in County Cork, part of a national investment programme of €294 million which will allow approximately 2,000km of regional and local road to be maintained and strengthened in

Collins walks out over civic amenity site cut backs

INDEPENDENT councillor Michael Collins walked out from the recent West Cork Municipal District meeting in Dunmanway’s Methodist Hall in protest at cuts to civic amenity site opening times. Cllr Collins said that recent reduced hours brought in at the Derryconnell (Mizen) and Castletownbere recycling sites were a major inconvenience for local people and said that local councillors had not been consulted in any way about the move.

Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail walk

THE fourth annual Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail community challenge and charity walk?(the walk from A to B) takes place this year from August 15th to 22nd. The walk follows in the footsteps of our copper mining ancestors? through an eight-day, 250 km walk from the copper miming heartland of Beara to Waterford’s Copper Coast.

TD wants Top Gear show to drive the Wild Atlantic Way

WEST Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy has invited the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear to tour the Wild Atlantic Way and “experience the untamed South Western coastline of Ireland”. The TD has written to the shows producers inviting them to tour what he called “this captivating coastal route” as part of their programme.

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.