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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.

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