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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.

Hugh takes on “Mindful Walk” from Mizen to Malin

STARTING on May 30th , psychologist Hugh O’Donovan begins a charity walk at Mizen Head which in following for the most part the Beara-Briefne Way will walk in the footsteps of Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beara, (Taoiseach) Chieftain of the O’Sullivan Beara Clan. This famous march got underway in December 1602 after the Battle of Kinsale which saw the Irish and Spanish forces defeated by a crown army.

Concern Worldwide’s Nepal Emergency Appeal Reaches €250,000 in first five days as agency’s disaster response underway

“Amazing Irish public response” says Concern CEO as business and Nepalese community also rally to help earthquake response. Role of Irish business support also vital to overall response.     With Concern Worldwide’s Emergency Response Team on the ground in Nepal and now helping in the relief effort following last Saturday’s massive earthquake in the country, the agency’s CEO has praised the Irish public’s response to its emergency appeal.  

Letters – West Cork Tourism is continuing to show signs of recovery and growth 

Green shoots began to appear last summer coupled with the positive inaugural year of the Wild Atlantic Way . In addition hundreds of tourism businesses from Kinsale stretching to Beara have combined to form Tourism West Cork , an initiative established to build cooperation throughout the region while growing the West Cork brand to increase tourist visitors.

West Cork Lives – Brendan Molloy

Durrus man building community links with Russia FOR Durrus resident Brendan Molloy, there is no substitute for meeting face to face to build bridges between communities and in particular between Ireland and Russia. Brendan is a graduate of UCC with a Masters in Sociology of Globalisation & Development and has a particular interest in Eastern European culture, especially Russia.

The power of the stories we tell ourselves

by Gillian Riordan Many of us can feel we are unsupported, or no one listens to us or left out.  These can be some of the stories we live by and so we interpret life through the lens of these stories. This means I expect no support or not to be listened to or to be left out or whatever the story is that I tell myself. I see these

Destruction on a Himalayan scale…

Clonakilty-man Declan Murphy, who founded the just-one charity (www.just-one.org), 11 years ago that works to promote educational opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalised children in Nepal has expressed his shock and sadness at the devastation caused by the earthquake there at the weekend.   by Declan Murphy   It’s not yet 24 hours since a massive earthquake rattled the Himalayas and brought destruction upon the entire region. With the epicentre of

Cork Airport supporting the local economy

by Carol Gilbert The impact of Cork airport on local jobs and economy was clearly stated in a new economic impact study released during April.  This showed that over 10,700 jobs are supported by Cork Airport as well as €727 million contributed to GDP. The report, which was carried out by InterVISTAS Consulting, highlighted that Cork Airport is an important and vital contributor to the regional economy in Munster. The

An Emigrant’s Diary – Waiting for permanent residency

THE warm weather is starting to show here in Calgary – we’ve had a couple of gorgeous days recently where temperatures were 20 degrees, so it just makes us wish that summer was here already! Only another short while to go and we should definitely see temperatures rise higher again. Work has been very busy for us both recently – it’s approaching tax deadlines for my company so it’s going

Letters – Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge

Disadvantaged Farmers Legal Challenge group are challenging the Department of Agriculture against cuts and penalties imposed on farmers in Ireland: 33,000 farmers in marginal and disadvantaged areas across rural Ireland have been hit by cuts and penalties to their Single Farm Payment, imposed on farm land which had been actively farmed and properly maintained for generations but was deemed ineligible and not fit for farming in 2013. Small farms in

Quality Products, Great Prices, Excellent Advice – Bandon Co Op Garden Centres at Bandon, Kinsale and Enniskeane

Advertorial At our three Bandon Co Op Garden Centres, not only are you guaranteed a huge range of gardening products  at great prices, but also excellent gardening advice from our three in-house experts! Ask the experts… At Bandon Co Op we are lucky enough to have three gardening experts with tons of experience and knowledge between them! In Bandon we have Sean Browne who has built up a large customer

Letters – exporting education

Dear Editor, In this country we have a population of 4.8 million in that we have 1,365,000 people in education. These are extremely well educated people thanks to our educators the larger portion of which we are exporting. I think this is very very wrong and something has to be done about it. I can never get to grips with the idea that the educated people of Ireland allowed any

Letters – A myopic view

Dear Sir, It has become very clear to me in the early weeks of 2015 that the Fine Gael deputies in West Cork have decided to step up their denial and continue to gloss over the real problems facing the people of West Cork. This week I heard two West Cork deputies speaking on the radio, one was going around West Cork holding public meetings to consult about the different

Letters – Donkeys Suffer Greatly in our Wet Climate

Dear Editor, Donkeys come from Asia and Africa and have only been in Ireland for a few hundred years – not long enough for them to adapt to our wet climate. Unlike horses, donkeys do not have waterproof coats, and therefore suffer greatly when it is wet and windy. It can severely damage their health and shorten their life. It is therefore absolutely essential to provide a shelter all year

Letters – Dear Santy

Dear Santy, I’m so delighted to write to you again and warn you as you head south for Ireland to bear in mind that here in Ireland the clocks have been turned back by 167 years and not just one hour for winter time. It is now very similar to the dark days of 1847 when boat loads of grain left our country to pay the oppressors while thousands died

Bandon Schools ICT Initiative

The idea of asking local firms and individuals for their old PC’s and laptops came from a shortage of ICT equipment in our local schools. As a local secondary school teacher who teaches computers and as a parent to kids in a local primary school… it is obvious that the best way to teach young people about the strengths and advantages of computers is to get young people familiar with

Letters – Call for General Election

The next General Election will be about the direction our society takes. Will it be more austerity and bad politics by the conservative parties ? Or do we grasp the opportunity for new politics, for real change and a more transparent and accountable system of government? I believe that people want a change from the conservative austerity politicies of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour and are open to voting

Letters – Ballymurphy families still waiting

Dear Sir, I am and have always been a man who finds injustice abhorrent, in life we all see injustice and are confronted with the choice to act of remain silent. Sometimes there is very little we can do to combat these injustices but it is my belief that I must do what I can. It is in this regard I require your assistance. I would like to highlight for

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Wintery Predictions

Winter weather predictions have been flying about of late. There have been various warnings: warnings that winter will involve copious amounts of snow and ice, or not much snow at all, that there will be more gales and rain than usual, or on the other hand, normal amounts of rain will soak the land. The boogie monster sounding Beast from the East, presumably some kind of fearsome Siberian wind, will

Letters – Irish Water another quango

Dear Editor, Every town and village in Ireland you go into Irish Water dominate the scene with posters and marches and with very very good reason when you realize that, €500 million out of the State Pension Fund, €600 million from our car tax, our property tax is also gone to Irish Water, it is apparently heading for €2 billion invested in Irish Water. Borrowing off the balance sheet my

Letters – thank you from Friends of Marymount Hospice

On behalf of the Friends of Marymount Hospice / West Cork we would like to thank you sincerely for the recent donation of €2,250.92 A ‘BIG’ thanks to all the sponsors; to those who gave raffle prizes and to all those who donated directly into the collection box. Thank you to the many people who helped in so many ways, making the evening such a huge success! A list of

Letters – Palestine and Israel

Sir, Sandra O Gorman’s letter, September 25, refers to Palestinians as “indigenous”. Anyone who has studied middle eastern history would know that this is absolutely not correct. The indigenous people are the Jewish people. Jewish people are indigenous to what is called Israel, Judea and Samaria (West Bank) and have had continuous presence that dates back to between 1250 to 1300 B.C.E, which is between 3,264 to 3,314 years ago.

The Cloud of Unknowing – Hail Eris!

                ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”     One of the central events in Greek mythology was the Trojan War, waged by the Greeks against the city of Troy when Paris of Troy abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus, King of Sparta. Most people know something about that. What is less well known is how the

An Emigrant’s Diary – time flies!

It was fantastic to have Mom and Dad here in Calgary for two weeks – the time absolutely flew because we packed so much in during their stay. Since Mike and I worked for most of the first week, we didn’t get a huge amount of sightseeing done during the week but Mom and Dad did their own thing during the day, and then we did lots of different activities

Confessions of a Learner Gardener – Lazy Beds and Strawberry Runners

Schools are back, September’s started and leaves are crisping. Which can only mean that summer is over. It seems unfair that summer time, even with all that extra daylight, runs at the speed of a shooting star while winter time trundles and sputters along like a vintage tractor with a wheel missing. I know I’m getting ahead of myself, that autumn is lovely with leaves ablaze with the colours of

Rural Eye – Badger Culling Continues to be Divisive

The badger is one of our most distinctive and best loved animals, possible because of their shy and harmless demeanour, which is probable why badger culling is so vehemently opposed. Badgers are heavy, thick-set mammals with powerful limbs. Easily recognisable, the head is white with two vertical black stripes from ears to below the nostrils. The rest of the body is grey/black which may also include some variations.