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Youthreach Macroom Open Day

ON Thursday December 11th 2014 Youthreach Macroom, Centre for Education under the auspices of Cork Education and Training Board hosted an Open Day to celebrate their achievements for the year to date. The event was a great success and was well supported by parents, local employers and local School principals. Cork County Mayor, Councillor Alan Coleman officially opened the event and Ger Canning Adult Education Officer with Cork ETB also attended.

Local live register shows further fall in unemployment

CSO figures just released show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by over 11%. According to local TD Michael McCarthy this shows the job-led economic recovery is starting to be felt locally.   “Nationally the figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were 352,647 people on the Live Register in November, a reduction of 38,860 or 10% on the same month in 2013. Unemployment

Fifteen years of tradition continues at Briery Gap this Christmas with Pantomime 2014: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs

MACROOM’S Briery Gap celebrates 15 years of Panto this month with their first ever production of the much loved fairy tale “Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs”. With a cast of over 150 this annual Christmas experience is sure to entertain all ages in the true spirit of Panto with all the characters from the story.  From the beautiful Snow White to the Cruel Stepmother, Seven Dwarfs, The Dame, Fairy

Taoiseach launches national phase of Macroom’s SMILE Resource Exchange

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD,  this week attended the national launch of Macroom-based environmental organisation SMILE Resource Exchange.   SMILE Resource Exchange is an innovative initiative, established in Cork in 2011, aimed at fostering economic development while adhering to best waste management practices. The launch also coincided with European Waste Reduction Week 2014.

Macroom Business After-Hours event with a difference

THE team at Macroom E Enterprise Centre is busy decorating and preparing for a very different kind of networking event to usual on Wednesday 3rd December next. In contrast to the typical monthly morning business get togethers hosted at the centre, this time around the focus is on ringing in the festive season and rounding out a hectic year, saying a huge thank you to all the local businesses and

Creed welcomes Justice Minister to Macroom in push for new garda station

CORK North West TD, Michael Creed welcomed his colleague the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD, to Macroom on Saturday recently to discuss the urgent need for a new Garda station in the town. Commenting on the meeting Deputy Creed said, “I was pleased to get the opportunity to show the Minister first- hand the poor facilities Gardaí are working with in the Macroom station, in order to underline the

Gold Star Award for West Cork Citizens Information Service

At a ceremony held in Bantry this week, West Cork Citizens Information Service was awarded an EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) Gold Star Service Excellence Award. The award is formal recognition of the high standards of customer service present across the Citizens Information Service in West Cork and also acknowledges the huge commitment and dedication of the staff and volunteers working with the service. In fact the validation report

One killed in Crookstown accident

ONE person has died and another has been seriously injured following a road traffic accident at the Crookstown junction of the N22 Cork – Macroom Road.   The collision between a car and a truck happened just after 1.15pm. The deceased is understood to be a 74-year-old woman who was travelling in a Toyota Avensis car with her husband. He has been taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. The

Liam O’Connor to play the Briery Gap, Macroom

“From a very young age, I wanted to be a performer,” says accordion legend and multi-instrumentalist Liam O’Connor. Born in Newmarket, Co. Cork, Liam O’Connor was raised in a family where music was not just a hobby, but a way of life. Cutting his musical teeth at the tender age of four, Liam excelled early and went on to join the family band, The O’Connor Family, at the age of

West Cork live register numbers continue to decline

NEW figures show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by 4,298 year-on-year.There were 34,151 people on the Live Register in Cork in October, compared to 38,449 in October of last year. A further breakdown of local figures reveals that things are moving in the right direction in West Cork. There was a 12.11% decrease recorded in live register figures in Bandon, a 11.46% decrease in Skibbereen,