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Trump on the stump – candidate playing to a “shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate”

by Stephen Johnson Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past week was aimed at his supporters, who constitute a shrinking minority of the increasingly-diverse American electorate. His speech, on the final night of the convention, focused on the supposed dangers posed by illegal immigrants, the rise in domestic violence, trade deals that harm mostly-white, older blue-collar American workers, and the threat posed by foreign-based

Swinging Back to the 60s – All You Need is LOVE in Skibbereen & 60s Home Decor

With Lauraine Farley On Friday 22nd July The whole town of Skibbereen will reverberate to the sounds of the 60s for the day with shops displaying posters and artefacts from the period and staff dressed in period costume. it will be Great fun for locals and visitors alike. Perfect timing for the opening of the fabulous New Vintage shop ‘Liberty & Jasmine’ on Bridge Street where not only will you

An emigrant’s diary – A tribute to Nana Phil

As some of you may now be aware of, my plans changed quite unexpectedly during the last few weeks due to the death of my beautiful grandmother. Nana Phil passed away in her sleep on the morning of June 29, and we were all obviously devastated by her passing. Nana’s health had unfortunately been deteriorating in recent months, but her passing was still sudden and heart-breaking for us all. It’s

Penny’s Ex Libris – Remembering the Somme

by Penelope Thoms Last week the poppies were out all over the Somme. Nature’s own commemoration were everywhere on roadsides, roundabouts and in the fields.  Every year during planting season the earth dislodges its relics and the past returns.  A boot half eaten by time, a bayonet  rusted and blunt, the cap badge of a soldier who died too young and too soon when he marched to his doom on

New look for stunning boutique B&B and cafe, Castletownshend Castle, West Cork

Fresh new look for West Cork gem FOR location alone, The Castle, Castletownshend must be among one of the most picturesque settings in all of West Cork. The stunning heritage property looks out onto the tranquil waters of Castlehaven, while boats bob in the water and on a summer’s day it really is like a slice of heaven. A local landmark for centuries, The Castle has operated as a B&B

Letters – Brexit

Dear Sir, The UK’s upcoming referendum on 23 June on its continued membership of the EU has implications for all of Europe, but especially for Ireland.  European Movement Ireland is not telling people how to vote but we are encouraging people to have their say on this important issue.  We are strongly of the view that an EU without the UK would be bad for Europe, bad for the UK

Letters – anti-Catholic bandwagon

Dear Editor, This is a first for me, writing to a magazine. I just want to say that I am in complete agreement with Sekeeta Crowley’s letter. Anne Crossey’s article was nothing more than a rant against the Catholic church.

Letters – Penalty points for the fishing industry

Dear Sirs, The fishing industry has been dealt a destructive blow with the reintroduction of penalty points by Minister Simon Coveney. This has been done in recent days via the signing of a statutory instrument by the Minister . This comes in the wake of a number of successful challenges in the Irish Courts against the penal system enforced by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority . The penalty points system

Letters – WCDP respond to LEADER criticism

Dear Sirs, One might have expected that Finbarr Harrington’s recent letter to be informed by some basic facts That this wasn’t the case is perhaps of little surprise. Finbarr Harrington appears unaware that the selection of Local Action Groups to implement the LEADER programme, in West Cork as elsewhere, is subject to an “open, fair and transparent” process – a requirement clearly stated by the EU Commission and the Department

Letters – Relgion in education

Dear Editor, Perhaps I should clarify in respect to Ms Crowley’s letter that it is not only the Catholic Church that I believe should be kept well away from the Irish education system but indeed any pushers of totalitarian doctrine at all. I would be equally concerned if schools had a Nazi or Stalinist ethos so it is not simply about religion. It is about the indoctrination of children with

Letters – Rant against Christian belief

Dear Editor, I would like to comment on Anne Crossey’s article. I have read and reread it and all I find is a rant against Christian belief in general and the Catholic church in particular. I would be the first to agree that religion in all its many forms has been responsible for divisions and atrocities in the world. As an aside, there have also been many atrocities which have

The Cloud of Unknowing – Buckyballs

by Anne Crossey   ‘The dark ages still reign over all humanity, and the depth and persistence of this domination are only now becoming clear. This Dark Ages prison has no steel bars, chains, or locks. Instead, it is locked by misorientation and built of misinformation. Caught up in a plethora of conditioned reflexes and driven by the human ego, both warden and prisoner attempt meagerly to compete with God.

Anam Cara helping bereaved parents across West Cork

by John Bohane ANAM Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, are hosting a Bereavement Information Evening in the Clayton Hotel, Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This event presents parents with an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges families may face after the death of their son or daughter. Peter Hanlon,

Rural focus – Caheragh village changing with the times

LIKE most smaller West Cork communities, Caheragh, located between Skibbereen, Drimoleague and Bantry has experienced the threat of rural decline in recent years with the closure of two local shops and economic emigration. With a strong community spirit and enterprising local businesses, the village is fighting back however as Sinead Hegarty discovered.

Letters – LEADER programme funding

Dear sirs, Communities across Cork are battling challenging times and have been ravaged by cuts to essential funding. The commencement of the new LEADER programme is anxiously awaited. Its been two or more years since LEADER grants have last been allocated, and I know of community groups across the length and breadth of West Cork who have exciting and worthwhile projects in the pipeline and who have been denied the

Cork’s new Commemoration Centre officially opens in historic St Peter’s Church

CORK’S Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris O’Leary, officially opened the Commemoration Centre at St Peter’s Church on North Main Street in Cork city recently. One of the city centre’s most iconic and historic buildings, the Commemoration Centre will host a wide range of exhibitions and cultural events during 2016 to mark Cork City Council’s Centenary Programme, celebrating 100 years since the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Letters – why can’t we dredge our rivers?

Letters to the Editor – email your letters to: editor@westcorktimes.com Dear Editor, The Seine is a 776 kilometre (482ml) long river which rises in North Eastern France and flows through Paris into the English Channel at Le Harve and it is being constantly dredged and kept clear for all water activities. I ask the simple question why cannot we do the same to our rivers? It is nothing short of a

Cork Surf Life Saving goes from strength to strength in 2015

BUILDING on national success in 2014, Cork Surf Life Saving has gone from strength to strength in 2015. Firstly, at Indoor Competition in February, Cork’s Masters took the All Ireland title and Cork Senior Girls finished second overall. At Nipper Level Cork Nippers won the Munster Title and went on to win the All Ireland Indoor Life Saving title in Galway for the first time in their history!   In Outdoor

Five Reasons London should be top of your city break list

The Head Concierge at Corus Hotel Hyde Park tells us why London should be top of your list if you’re planning a holiday, and shares his tips for how to make the most of the city.   He says: “London really is the perfect place to visit for a city break. It’s not so big as to be completely overwhelming for a first time visit, yet there is so much

Letters – against austerity

Dear Editor, Most economists believe austerity is the opposite from what is needed for a depressed economy because it strangles activity at the very point it is needed. The Banks that caused the Global Financial crisis in 2008 were the only ones to be bailed out and now they are stronger than ever. This has all been done on the backs of the people, the ordinary citizens who now appear

Letters – savage cuts on lone parent families

Dear Sir/Madam, This week we have seen how equal and fair Irish society really is. The department of social protection headed up by a “Labour Party” minister, forced another savage and grotesque cut on lone parent families, the Tánaiste literally added insult to injury by insisting it was to assist families to avoid long term unemployment.

Caheragh’s Brain all set for the Rose of Tralee

by John Bohane CAHERAGH native Brian McCarthy has been selected to serve as an escort at the forthcoming Rose of Tralee Festival. Brian, who currently works as an auctioneer with Bohan, Hyland and Associates in Dublin, has expressed his delighted at being picked for this most auspicious of occasions. “It is great to be selected for such a household event. It is very much part of who we are as

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony relishing electoral challenge

by John Bohane MARGARET Murphy O’Mahony who successfully secured the Fianna Fáil nomination to run in the next general election in the Cork South West constituency is still basking in her recent success secured at the party’s convention. The county councillor successfully held off a valiant fight from Gillian Coughlan, which propels the Bandon native firmly into contention to win a seat at the next general election.

Letters – Legislators decimated our fishing industry

Dear Sirs, We in Ireland are very fortunate. We have a fantastic natural resource in the oceans surrounding our island nation. However our indigenous fishing industry has been decimated by appalling decisions taken by both Irish and European legislators . We have a very valuable asset that is not full filling it’s potential and obviously our nation is failing to capitalize on a huge economical opportunity . Our country is

Letters – Aer Lingus sale an opportunity for Cork?

Could the sale of Aer Lingus offer an opportunity or provide more challenges to  Cork Airport ? I hope that the new owners of Aer Lingus view Cork as an opportunity to capitalise on Cork’s fantastic regional hinterland . Areas like West Cork and other scenic tourist destinations can only benefit from an outlook from IAG that Cork as a hub is not full filling it’s vast potential .?More International

West Cork man has ringside seat at landmark election in Scotland

by John Bohane BALLYDEHOB native Stephen O’Mahony can offer a detailed insight into the psyche of Scottish politics having played an active role in the UK General Election which was held recently. Stephen, son of Michael and Noreen, Fort View Farmhouse, is currently in the third year of his Government degree course in UCC. As part of his college studies he recently began a 14 week internship placement with Labour

Joan Sexton – a tribute from Clonakilty Access Group

IT was with deep sadness that friends and colleagues in Clonakilty and surrounding areas heard of the death of Joan Sexton on April 17th last. Joan  will be remembered for a myriad of reasons, both personal and professional, was well recognised as a valued employee of Collins Brooke’s and Associates, and for her voluntary work within her community in addition to her many contributions to community projects.