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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.

Colourful Street Carnival to unveil new Clonakilty townscape

CLONAKILTY will host a street carnival, on Saturday June 11th, to unveil the beautiful new streetscape, with activities running from 9am until 9pm. After 18 months of major works in a €12 million road resurfacing and drainage project, the town is ready to celebrate, and locals and visitors are invited to join the community for a day of free entertainment and fun.

New HR opportunities for West Cork

AN HR professional with 35 years of corporate experience has set up his own company offering advice and support to small and medium-sized businesses. Gordon Teasdale has launched the HR Dept in South Cork and County Kerry, providing affordable outsourced HR advice and support to SMEs around the region.

Curves Bandon opening soon

CURVES – the 30-minute full body workout designed for women – opens in Old Chapel, Bandon on Monday 16th May. Curves has helped over 10million women of all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels get fit, gain strength and lose weight, as the Curves circuit works every major muscle group and can burn up to 500 calories in half an hour.

Seattle’s Best Coffee comes to Clonakilty

HARTE’S Spar in Clonakilty has become the 100th store to offer the “Seattle’s Best Coffee” concept, developed in the Irish convenience market by working in close partnership with BWG and their group retailers in order to give their customers a consistently quality tasting coffee on every occasion.

Carbery Partners with XL Tank to grow Scandinavian presence

WEST Cork-based Storage Tank and Re-Fuelling Systems manufacturer specialist Carbery Plastics has confirmed the appointment of XL Tank as its fuel tank distributor for Norway from April 2016. Plastic heating and fuel oil tank and re-fuelling systems specialist Carbery Plastics has confirmed the appointment of XL Tanks, as the company’s fuel tank distributor for Norway. Carbery’s Cal McCarthy says, “The appointment of XL Tank as our fuel tank distributor is the

Ludgate Hub calls for expressions of interest for share of a €300,000 ‘Ludgate Seed Capital Fund’

A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and

Bank of Ireland Clonakilty Enterprise Town launch

BANK of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas.

New Clon enterprise gets tails wagging

A NEW Irish brand aimed at the canine gift sector ‘Little Hound’ has been shortlisted for a major craft design award. The new range of dog neckerchiefs are designed and hand made in Clonakilty by the people behind ‘Little Green Dot’.

Kalbos named best cafe in Cork

by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.

Kinsale Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme

DEPUTY Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman, presented a number of Kinsale Businesses with Age Friendly Charters detailing specific actions to benefit older people and Age Friendly stickers recently in Acton’s Hotel, Kinsale, following training last November. As part of Kinsale becoming an Age Friendly Town, local business owners, managers and staff took part in the Age Friendly Business Recognition Programme to look at ways businesses in Kinsale can

“Well seasoned” event is highlight of Local Enterprise Week in West Cork

THE Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West has announced its programme of events for Local Enterprise Week which runs from 7th – 11th March. Local Enterprise Week is a national event across all 31 LEO’s and is aimed at anyone thinking of starting a business, new start-ups and growing SMEs, and a week-long schedule of events will include workshops, seminars, networking evenings and business advice clinics.

SouthWestern’s new leaders graduate at Ross ceremony

THE West Cork-based business process services company SouthWestern recently celebrated the graduation of its leaders from the “Making it Happen Leadership Development Programme” with a ceremony at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery. At the event that was attended by programme participants and the company’s senior leadership team, the graduates were recognised for their achievement in completing the year-long course and were presented with awards by SouthWestern’s Managing Director, Paddy

All smiles as Bantry Dental win national award

STAFF at local dental practise Bantry Dental are celebrating after being named as Best Dental Team at the 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards. Bantry Dental were also highly commended in Practice of the Year Munster category at the awards ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House recently. The awards reward excellence in dentistry throughout the island of Ireland. More than 50 Dental practices were nominated for what has become the blue riband event