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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 (, 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