by John Bohane Scoil Phobail Bheara captured the Munster Boys Championship Football Final for the first time in their history recently after they defeated their Limerick opponents Newcastle West by four points following their Munster final clash played in Killarney. The Beara secondary school now progress to a semi-final showdown against the Leinster champions which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, March 5th. Their team manager Alan Sheehy was
TELECOM provider Eir have confirmed that work is set to commence on bringing fibre broadband to Schull, Baltimore and Union Hall and also upgrading of equipment in the Durrus and Leap exchanges. Cable is also now being put through the pipes to bring fibre broadband to Beara after many obstacles (outside of Eir’s control) have been resolved. Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington who was involved in securing that work could
THE Route for the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season which will take place over the four days of Easter weekend 2016 has been announced. Stage details announced will see the climbs of the Healy Pass and Coom an Easpaig retained for the 2016 edition of the race. The format of the race will remain the same with four road stages.
THE West Cork BIG SING! Project gains momentum with more events for 2016. The project that promotes community well-being through singing kicks off this year with “A Little BIG SING!” event in the Bantry Christian Fellowship Hall on Saturday 13th February from 11am – 4.30pm.
by Cleo Murphy BEARA-based rider Cleo Murphy send this report from thre recent Woodlands dressage league held in Killarney I took part in a four week dressage league taking place in Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Killarney, Co Kerry. It began on January 10th and finished on January 31st.
FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17
SEVEN Community Hospitals in West Cork – Castletownbere, Dunmanway, Bandon, Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Kinsale and Bantry are to receive €17.87m in funding for upgrades and refurbishment it has been announced.
TRAD superstar Sharon Shannon will be the star attraction at a special fundraising concert in Allihies on Saturday, February 6th next in aid of Cahermore National School.
THE Bantry Bay Lions held their annual food appeal at SuperValu in Bantry on December 11, 12 and 13. Non-perishable food items and money were donated to give a total value of €3720, a superb response from the community.
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.
WEST Cork TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that €2.53m fundinghas been approved for Castletownbere and Cape Clear Harbours. Further additional funding of €2m nationally, was also allocated towards storm damage repairs for the various harbours in West Cork.
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.
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.
Council seeks public’s views in preparing new local area plans for Bandon-Kinsale and West Cork municipal districts
CORK County Council is preparing new Local Area Plans for the Bandon-Kinsale and West Cork municipal districts. The new plans will replace the plans adopted in 2011. It is also the Council’s intention that the new plans will replace the existing Kinsale, Clonakilty and Skibbereen Town Development Plans, 2009, adopted by the former town councils.
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.
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
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.
100 Years of Hope is a book of stories of strength, courage and resilience through the years in Beara edited by Linda Stevens.
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
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.
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”.
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
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
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
by Stephen Johnson “The Doctor’s Sword”, a new film about Aidan MacCarthy, a doctor from Castletownbere who survived his brutal captivity by the Japanese in World War II, , was screened at Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.