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Michelle Obama steals the show in Philadelphia

by Stephen Johnson FIRST Lady Michelle Obama stole the show on the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Her 15-minute speech provided the most powerful, emotionally-charged moment of the evening.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.  

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.

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

Poetry – My Mother Speaks to me of Suicide by Dave Lordan

The poetry/film My Mother Speaks to me of Suicide is a collaboration between Clonakilty native Dave Lordan and Padraig Burke of www.runawaypenguin.com. The text of the poem, previously broadcast on RTE Arena, can be found in Lordan’s latest acclaimed collection, Lost Tribe of The Wicklow Mountains. Lordan’s new project is the popular and iconoclastic website www.bogmanscannon.com.

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

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

Obituary – Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan passed away on 1 August 2014 after a long illness. Tim spent most of his working life as an Executive Librarian at Cork County Library, specialising in local history. His mastery of this area of scholarship, I believe, was attained not only by his natural interest in the subject, but also spurred on by his desire to satisfy those who called to the Library to look for assistance.

Make a difference in West Cork – Lisheens House, Therapy and Counselling Centre

A 39 year old man took his life in 2007, a family man, he got depressed and could not cope with life, his head became fried and after one suicide attempt he eventually succeeded and ended his own life. That man left his wife, his children and let me tell you, the tsunami it left behind was incomprehensible and unimaginable. That man was the husband of the founder of Lisheens

Features – She ‘found’ Jesus

by Elizabeth Hitchcock   I travel to India quite a lot and over 15 years from 1999 we built a large school and revamped a group of six  villages.    I also personally accompany Tours to India.   India is a magical, spiritual country and there is always room for surprises, smiles, bright colours and sunshine!

Walking from Malin to Mizen for a worthy cause

This July a group of four friends from across the country are taking on a challenge like no other.   Over a 20 day period they plan on walking from Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head (Donegal) to Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head (Cork).   This walk is in memory of two late friends of there’s, the late well renowned Irish mountaineer Ian McKeever and their late friend William