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Corcaigh, Ireland

Beara

High Court Order sought for Bantry Bay salmon farm escape report

THE High Court has been asked to require the Information Commissioner, Peter Tyndall, to rule on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s refusal to release the accident report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. West Cork based lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) have asked the Court for an ‘Order of Mandamus’ requiring the Commissioner to hear an appeal of the Minister’s refusal.

Crawford Gallery acquires Michael Sheehan painting

The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork has acquired a painting by Michael Sheehan, the west cork artist who died in 1996. The 1993 oil painting entitled ‘Eskivaude’, on a small rough octagonal board, depicts a clachan or cluster of dwellings perched on the edge of the Cod’s Head on the extreme end of the Beara peninsula. Its vivid colours and intense brush strokes are characteristic of the artist’s naive works.

West Cork book venture aims to nurture comic writing

“MANY things should be taken seriously – but thankfully life is not one of them” – so says Glengarriff-based website publisher, Brian Wall of Bibliovista.com. He is promoting Old Sod’s Big Book of New Irish Comedy – a compilation of new Irish comic writing and cartoons which has a foreword by the multi-talented actor and writer, Frank Kelly, better known to many as Fr. Jack.

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine spotlights Kinsale, Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula

by Stephen Johnson THE December issue of Lonely Plant Traveller magazine is touting Ireland as “one of the world’s hottest destinations for 2015″ and spotlights the Wild Atlantic Way. Lonely Planet Traveller was launched in 2008 and is the UK’s largest travel magazine, with a circulation of more than 60,000, and has been named Travel Publication of the Year. It’s feature article on the Wild Atlantic Way is certain to

Cheque presented to Ronald McDonald House

A cheque of €1,400 was recently presented to Sheena Dalton, Assistant Manager, Ronald McDonald house, Crumlin Hospital, in memory of baby Stephen Nicholas. Rachel Moriarty, along with her aunt Irene Sheehan and two cousins Carol and Ciara Buckley, would like to sincerely thank to communities of Muintir Bhaire, Castletownbere, Bantry and all their relatives and friends in Kerry who generously sponsored them for running the Cork Women’s mini marathon on

Temporary funding lifeline secured for non-Gaeltacht islands

IRELAND’S non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands have had assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands will be put in place as far as March 2015. There was uproar from islanders when it appeared that state funding would be cut off completely in January with islanders claiming the move would see the end of viable communities on the islands.

Christmas Fair in Lauragh, 7th December

FOLLOWING on from the success of last year’s Christmas Fair, Lauragh Community Centre Group are holding their 2014 Christmas Fair on Sunday 7th December starting at 12pm and running until 4pm. Local artists and producers will again be heavily involved , showcasing the great talent that is to be drawn from nearby. If you want a truly unique gift for a loved one for Christmas then Lauragh is the place

Death of the Islands? – Funding cuts announcement threatens very existence of offshore communities claim islanders

ISLAND communities across West Cork as well as along the entire West Coast say that cuts to core funding allocations to non – Gaeltacht Islands will lead to the islands becoming unviable as permanent communities.   The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced that it is to terminate funding to their five Community Development Companies Offices from December 31st, 2014.

Basketball in West Cork becomes Bearable

Thirteen girls from the Beara Peninsula made history recently by being the first ever team from Beara to compete in the Cork Ladies Basketball League. The under 16 girls team are entered in the C league and played their first match against Bantry in the local Castletownbere Community Hall. The girls looked particularly smart in their uniforms sponsored by the Creperie and Marine Harvest. As Katie Waschkowitz said “It’s great