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Kinsale Credit Union merges with First South Credit Union

Kinsale Credit Union is merging with First South Credit Union Ballyphehane Kinsale Credit Union is merging with First South Credit Union Ballyphehane and will be known as First South Kinsale Credit Union Ltd. Pictured at the last meeting of board members and supervisors are L to R: Eoin O’ Neill, Tony Cierans, Charles Henderson, Margaret Canty, John Bateman, Seamus McCarthy, Eileen Mangan, Carmel Murphy, Oisin Humphreys, Margaret McGrane Chairperson and

Lorge Chocolatier opens shop in Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson Lorge Chocolatier, located in Bonane on the main road from Glengarriff to Kenmare, has opened a new chocolate shop on Henry Street in Kenmare. Owner Benoit Lorge, an award-winning chocolatier, says he takes his inspiration from the stunning countryside of the Caha Mountains and the lakes, rivers and bays that surround him.

Support Your Local campaign launches employment trail map

The Support Your Local campaign has today launched an employment trail map, which seeks to highlight the job and wage contribution of the drinks and hospitality industry in Ireland. More than 204,000 people rely on the drinks and hospitality sector for direct employment.

Kinsale’s Old Bank House is awarded 5 Star Status

The Boutique Georgian Old Bank House in the heart of Kinsale town is today celebrating their 5 star status which has been awarded by the AA. Uncovering excellence is the mainstay of Hospitality at the AA that is now recognized all over the world. Every hotel in the AA accreditation scheme has been personally visited by the Inspectors because they know that the Members trust their word. Old Bank House

Clune rejects  “flag of convenience” claim re Norwegian Airlines Ireland

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has rejected claims made by US Congressman Peter De Fazio that Norwegian Airlines Ireland is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared opposition to Norwegian flying from Cork and Shannon airports to the United States as the same kind of negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a license to fly to the UK in 1986.   “I utterly refute the

Colm O’Driscoll opens new fitness centre in Drimoleague

Cork footballer Colm O’Driscoll pictured at his new business venture in Drimoleague, ‘Colm O’Driscoll Fitness’ situated at An Muileann which is a multi-functioning training centre, offering fitness classes of people of all fitness levels. Picture: Emma Jervis

11 Million Tonnes of Trade Flowed through Ports of Cork and Bantry in 2015

2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries. The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6%. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8% following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21%, trade car imports increased by 48% and 56 cruise

Halewood Group strengthens partnership with West Cork Distillers

HALEWOOD Wines & Spirits has purchased a significant stake in West Cork Distillers to further strengthen its partnership in jointly developing and distributing the innovative Irish whiskey portfolio throughout international markets. Halewood already distributes West Cork’s products in eight markets and plans to jointly expand its global reach. The West Cork range has achieved acclaim with its West Cork Blended Whiskey, comprised of 25% Single Malt Irish Whiskey and 75%

The Gourmet Capital claims another title

Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The

West Cork Development Partnership to appeal LEADER funding decision

THE West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) is set to appeal the decisoon to grant the adminstration of the new LEADER rural development programme to the new County Council backed Local Community Development Committee (LDC). In an open letter, WCDP Chief Executive Officer Ian Dempsey said that the WCDP board had met to discuss the situation and had decided to lodge a formal appeal.

Global Startup Gathering 2016 launches in Cork

Minister for European Affairs launches a celebration of the global startup community which takes place in Cork from 18th – 20th November 2016 THE arrival of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Startup Nations Summit to Cork later this year will further solidify Ireland’s reputation as a nation that is committed to supporting, growing and driving entrepreneurship and innovation, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Wayne Lloyd sweeps the board at national hairdressing awards

WAYNE Lloyd Hair founder and owner, Wayne Lloyd swept the board at the ‘BEST of the BEST Irish Photographic Hair Awards’ held on Sunday, June 26th at the Mansion House in Dublin, picking up a phenomenal six awards, including the title of ‘Ireland’s BEST Hairdresser 2016’. Now in their 19th year, these annual awards encompass all that is the best in Irish hairdressing, giving stylists and salons nationwide an opportunity

Local Businesses put together a “Welcome Pack” to support and welcome the Ludgate Hub tenants

Many of Skibbereen’s local businesses joined forces, with the Ludgate Hub, to welcome the new tenants to Skibbereen & surrounds by donating, generous offers encouraging them to sample what the area has to offer. The vouchers consisted of a range of offerings including; 10-30% off products & services, a free ‘welcome to town’ pint, free coffees and lite bites, free car washes and beauty treatments.

Bord Iascaigh Mhara to maximise the value of Ireland’s €1 billion seafood industry

IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.

LCDC selected to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork

It has been announced that the West Cork Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) – a Committee of Cork County Council – has been selected by an Independent Selection Committee to become the LEADER Local Action Group (LAG) for West Cork. This means that the West Cork LCDC is the preferred applicant for managing and administering LEADER funding under the upcoming LEADER programme 2016-2020.

Cork Hotels invest €27 million collectively

CORK Hotels have invested heavily in the last 12 months and continue to invest in 2016 with up to €27m being spent on refurbishments, underlining their commitment to Cork’s conference & meetings industry.

Clune calls for the EU Medicines Agency to relocate from London to Cork

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune will lobby for the European Medicines Agency, currently based in London, to be relocated to Cork after Britain last week decided to leave the EU. “The BrExit vote last week means that the European Medicines Agency cannot continue to be located in London. Cork is perfectly placed as a new location for the agency. We have an international airport on our doorstep and a top

25,000 Members Given Real Alternative to Traditional Banking with Stronger Skibbereen CU

TUESDAY 21st June marked the first official day of operations for Bandon Credit Union under Skibbereen Credit Union. The merger, which was the culmination of many months of planning and negotiation sees Bandon members become part of Skibbereen CU which now has the largest common bond area of any other Credit Union in Ireland, spanning from the Mizen peninsula to Innishannon.

Sean Murray Fashions rows in behind Ireland’s rowing brothers

SEAN Murray Fashions, Skibbereen, has come on board with Ireland’s rowing brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan as their official dresser. Murray who is well known in West Cork as the man who holds the world record for opening the most bras in 60 seconds for charity got in to the Ilen River in Skibbereen yesterday to measure the brothers as they got in another training spin after their return Poznan

New leaves sprouting in Greenshoots programme

THIS year, 11 new businesses are participating in the Greenshoots emerging entrepreneurs programme in Macroom E Enterprise Centre in Macroom, Co. Cork. The programme is supported by Cork County Council and the Local Enterprise Offices in Cork. Now in its sixth year, Greenshoots works closely with selected entrepreneurs and helps them to prepare their businesses for the commercial world. The programme supports entrepreneurs through the initial stages of setting up

Twomey Jewellers 40th anniversary

At the launch of the 40th anniversary celebrations for Twomey Jewellers in Dunmanway were: Caroline Crowley, Veronica Twomey, Ciara Burke and Rita O’Connell (West Cork Times).

Volvo sponsor Kinsale’s Harte brothers

Hockey players David and Conor Harte from Kinsale who are representing Ireland in the Olympics pictured during a visit to J&P Motors at Mahon Point with Peter Russell, (Selling dealer principal Mahon Point), Stephen Teap (Volvo Ireland) and Ian Dockrell (Volvo Brand Manager). Volvo and Johnson & Perrott are proudly sponsoring a Volvo V60 for the twins in the lead up to the Olympics. Pic: Billy MacGill.

Decision by Drinagh to hold May milk price to year end a welcome signal all other co-ops must heed – O’Leary

IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary has welcomed the decision by Drinagh Co-op, which have been consistently among the top payers in a particularly difficult year, to not only hold their May milk price in the face of a 0.5c/l Carbery cut, but to commit to this price to year end. This is the type of signal which, as markets have begun to recover, dairy farmers need to restore

Bord Iascaigh Mhara launch inaugural Seafood Sector Awards to celebrate the best in the Irish seafood sector

BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the seafood development agency recently announced the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The awards are open for entrants and the winners will be announced at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. 

Strategy for the future for Cork food launched

A COUNTYWIDE food strategy for Cork was launched at County Hall recently. “Taste Cork” is a unique initiative which aims to create a thriving food network for the region by linking and promoting producers, retailers, foodservice operators, and distributors. The launch of the strategy marks the beginning of a five year working plan to guide all food related projects throughout Cork.