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Social protection system must be focused on getting people back to work or into education says TD

Fianna Fáil’s Cork North West TD, Aindrias Moynihan has said that the entire social protection system needs to re-focus itself on providing opportunities rather than putting barriers in front of people. “To my mind, every scheme that the DSP offers to those who are unemployed must have, as one of its primary outcomes, an objective of moving people into further education, training and ultimately paid employment.”

Shawn Cuddy & Friends in Concert

Saturday 8th October at 8:30pm The cream of Irish Country is coming to Macroom with Shawn Cuddy, Kathy Durkin and Richie Kavanagh performing all of their hits for one night only in Cork as part of their nationwide tour. Shawn and his band, known as one of the most hardworking in the business, have been performing for over 25 years with numerous awards and hit singles to their name. Joining

Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation awarded €500 by Aldi’s Macroom store staff

Macroom charity benefits from new Aldi community support fund ALDI is delighted to announce that the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s new community support fund.  Aldi’s Macroom store staff have awarded the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services.

Patrick Bergin to star in ‘Murder at Shandy Hall- the Musical’

BIG screen legend Patrick Bergin is set to star in Ireland’s first musical murder mystery and an adaptation of a best-selling book written by Michael Sheridan. ‘Murder at Shandy Hall’ is the first major production to be hosted by The Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom, County Cork, since the building was damaged by fire in May. The musical opens in the company’s temporary home, The Riverside Park Hotel in the

Creed announces €12m basic payment refund to 104,000 farmers

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that the payment of €12.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers has commenced.  This money was deducted from their 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule.

German version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ films in Coolea

THE German version of the popular reality TV show Come Dine With Me is filming in Coolea, West Cork. Called Das Perfekte Dinner (meaning ‘The Perfect Dinner’), five amateur German chefs are taking part in an ‘Ireland special’, which is airing to almost 1.4 million viewers at primetime every evening this week on VOX (German nationwide TV channel). Filming for the episode in Coolea took place on 9th September.

Conal Gallen returns to the Briery Gap

Saturday 24th September at 8:30pm – Tickets €25 Ireland’s Ambassador of Comedy Conal Gallen is returning to Macroom with his hilarious new one man stand up show, Only Joking, which is jam-packed with hilarious jokes, stories and songs which will have you in stitches from start to finish! Conal has been writing a whole set of brand new material along with some firm fan favourites to give his audience, what

Reform needed to ensure carers can access full state pension says Moynihan

Fianna Fáil Cork North West TD Aindrias Moynihan says reform is needed to ensure people who take time out of the workforce to care for children or an elderly relative are not subsequently denied access to a full pension. “The Government should address this issue and ensure that a person who has taken time out of the workforce to care for children or an elderly relative is not unfairly disadvantaged.

Macroom Food Festival 2016 – Food, glorious food and lots of fun in store this September!  

When: Thursday 22nd Friday 23rd Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 Where: Food, drink and entertainment events will take place at a number of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the Main Square, the Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés and restaurants, Town Hall, Leisure Centre and Riverside Park Hotel. What: Food, glorious food, music and fun for all the family: a vintage tea dance, a tasting

Frankie Gavin & De Danann to open Briery Gap Programme!

After a turbulent number of months, the outlook is now brighter for Briery Gap as a bumper Autumn/Winter programme will begin shortly. We would like to sincerely thank the whole community and local businesses for their help, encouragement and assistance during this time. This help has enabled us to continue our cinema programme at the Castle Hotel, open a new Box Office just four doors up from the Briery Gap

There Is No Upside For The Agri-Food Sector Post Brexit conference hears

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, spoke at a recent discussion on the impact of Brexit on Irish Agriculture in Macroom. There is nothing positive about Brexit for the agri-food sector according to Agriculture Minister Michael Creed. He was speaking at a Macra na Feirme Brexit forum in Macroom, Co. Cork. The Minister also said there is an over reliance on the United Kingdom market for our

Briery Gap Box Office Now Open

THE Briery Gap is delighted to announce that our new Box Office is now open at South Square Macroom, four doors up from the Briery Gap Building. We have an exciting array of shows lined up for the coming months ranging from the musical genius of Frankie Gavin & De Danann to the Theatrical event of the year, Murder at Shandy Hall, Ireland’s first Musical Murder Mystery starring screen legend

County Cork ramping up for Heritage Week 2016

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.

Town Councils can breathe life back into West Cork communities says TD

Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South West Margaret Murphy O’Mahony says Town Councils should be re-established in towns with a population of over 7,000.  She wants to see measures introduced to revitalise towns across the county. Deputy Murphy O’Mahony explained, “Local Government is the driving force behind towns, cities and communities right across this country.  It is at the heart of job creation, democratic representation, civic participation and local service

West Cork planning news

A new caravan park in Eyeries and the divison of the Toymaster store in Bandon into three units are among this week’s applications. Planning news File Reference 16/00418 Applicant: Patrick Hill Development Address: Dromilihy, Leap, Co Cork Development Description  Construction of a single dormer type dwelling house with a sunroom to the side and all associated site development works including installation of a septic tank and percolation area Application Type:

News from the Briery Gap

Announcement of production of Murder At Shandy Hall-The Musical. The Briery Gap is proud to announce that the original musical will open on Thursday 13th October at Riverside Park Hotel and will star Patrick Bergin in the role of Dr Philip Cross and involve director Michael Sheridan, musical director Alan Kiely and produced by Briery Gap.

A sneak peek, behind the scenes of Townlands Carnival

WITH less than 24 hours until gates open, TOWNLANDS CARNIVAL is adding the final touches to what is set to be a spectacle of Music, Arts and performance and offered us a glimpse into the action ahead of throwing the gates open to thousands of revelers this weekend.

Daniel Kingston Memorial Run in Macroom

Ulster Bank staff from Cork, pictured at the Daniel Kingston Memorial Run in Macroom, Cork. Staff from Ulster Bank Cork took part in the run as part of their One Week in June activity. One Week in June encourages fundraising activity in branches around the country for 46 local charities. For the month of June, staff and customers will raise money and awareness for Irish cancer charities, to help make

New leaves sprouting in Greenshoots programme

THIS year, 11 new businesses are participating in the Greenshoots emerging entrepreneurs programme in Macroom E Enterprise Centre in Macroom, Co. Cork. The programme is supported by Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork. Now in its sixth year, Greenshoots works closely with selected entrepreneurs and helps them to prepare their businesses for the commercial world. The programme supports entrepreneurs through the initial stages of setting up

A new future for the Briery Gap

THE show will go on as they say! Thanks to the speedy and generous help from our community, the Briery Gap Theatre is looking forward to a bright new future.

Townlands Carnival announces comedy stage and stellar line up

THE Macroom weekender announces its Comedy line up. New to Townlands Carnival in 2016, the programme is set to have festival goers crying joyful tears, sending the sound of laughter through the twelve themed arenas, adding to an already bumper three days of entertainment.

Briery Gap shifts programme to alternative venues following fire

FOLLOWING a damaging fire at Macroom’s Briery Gap Theatre, the much loved institution that has strong community support across mid and west Cork has issued a statement thanking the local community and emergency services and has stated that the cultural programme will continue at alternative venues while repairs are carried out.

Celebrating Irish Culture at Briery Gap Theatre

Oiche Dramaíochta le Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha Thursday May 19th at 8:30pm – Tickets €8 Briery Gap Theatre is celebrating Irish Culture this May with two special events, the first being an evening of dramaíocht as Gaeilge with Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha who have been performing annual productions for many years.

Macroom’s Michael Creed is new Minister for Agriculture

MACROOM-based TD Michael Creed has been named as the new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. On accepting the post, Deputy Creed said, “It was an immense honour and privilege to be appointed by An Taoiseach on Friday last and to be subsequently endorsed by the Dáil to serve as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Fatal House Fire in Macroom

TWO men have died following a house fire in Macroom. Gardaí and fire services attended the scene of a house fire in St Coleman’s Park, Macroom, at 4am on the morning the May 2nd last.

Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic screening in Macroom and Bantry

FILMED over four years among coastal communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Ireland, Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic documentary focuses on the lives of fishermen facing down the big-money interests of oil and gas explorers. The competition on the open ocean is fierce and potentially lethal to the sustainability of coastal communities. From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean