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Sherkin Islanders get creative for West Cork Islands Festival

A COMMUNITY exhibition on Sherkin Island is set to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island. ‘Sherkin Creates’ opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 18th June. Part of the West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition will be curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby. It will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings and sculpture to  photography, basket-weaving,

Skibbereen CoderDojo club relocate to the Ludgate Hub

THE Skibbereen branch of CoderDojo have found a new home in the Ludgate Hub, at the Old Bakery Building in Townshend Street, Skibbereen. The street was once home to Percy Ludgate who is famed for deigning the first portable computer.

Kilcoe NS is a Digital School of Distinction

“IT was with great pride and delight that Kilcoe NS was awarded the status of Digital School of Distinction becoming only one of 150 schools in Ireland to hold this prestigious award,” said Principal Michelle Griffin at the award ceremony recently.

Rossa College’s year end art exhibition

A year of exploration and study of specific themes culminates with this year-end exhibition by students attending the Rossa College Professional Arts Practice. The exhibition is held at The O’Driscoll Buildings, on the Quay in Skibbereen and opened on May 13th.

MICC students take part in Sky Sports project

THIRTY transition year students from Maria Immaculata Community College in Dunmanway participated in the Sky Sports Living for Sport Project this year. It is the first year MICC has undertaken the Living for Sport initiative which aims to develop leadership skills and foster healthy attitudes towards participation in physical activity.

Bantry children raise much-needed funds for Indian school

BANTRY students have come together to raise funds for a disadvantaged school for mentally and physically challenged children in a rural part of India. The idea came about as a result of the ongoing relationship between the people of West Cork and India following the Air India crash, which saw over 300 people – including 80 children – perish off the Irish coast in 1985.

Skibb students get a lesson in road safety

MORE than 120 students observed a simulated road traffic accident exercise at Skibbereen Fire Station on Tuesday. The Students from the three secondary schools in Skibbereen were met with a typical scene which is often witnessed by the emergency services on a regular basis.

Sacred Heart School in mini company national final

THE Transition Year “Get Up And Go Mini Company 2016” national final is on in The Osprey Hotel, Nass in Dublin on Tuesday next 3rd May and Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are delighted to be represented by the “Picture Perfect” team, who got through the West Cork finals in Skibbereen and the regional finals in Vienna Woods Hotel recently.

Rosscarbery school bank through to national finals

MOUNT Saint Michael’s School Bank, ‘Clash of Coins’ have made it through to the AIB build a bank national finals. For the past 13 years AIB have been running a competition for students to build their own bank. This year six transition year students were picked by student officer Jane O’ Regan and bank manager Catherine O’Connor from the Clonakilty branch, to represent Mt St Michael in the AIB build

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

Former gangster to speak in All Saints Church, Drimoleague

JOHN Pridmore, the former London gangster will be sharing his amazing story in All Saints Church, Drimoleague on Monday the 11th of April at 7.30pm as part of a Parish Mission running from Monday the 11th – Friday the 15th of April. Evening sessions: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Drimoleague Church. Thursday and Friday, Drinagh Church.

Raising of the Flag Heralds a New Era for Kealkil N.S.

IN a time when much is written about the decline in rural services it was very apt that on Proclamation Day held on 15th March last Kealkil N.S. marked the occasion not just with the raising of the Irish Flag to commemorate the 1916 Rising but also took the opportunity to officially open their modern three classroom extension. This is a new chapter for the school as it responds to

Life drawing classes at the West Cork Arts Centre

LIFE drawing is a wonderful thing to do, and it isn’t just for “artists”. Anyone can get increased focus through the exercise of close observation and practising hand to eye co-ordination, whilst in a friendly group with different levels of experience.

Skibbereen school runners-up in All-Ireland debating final

THE senior debating team from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen ( left to right ) Máire Treas Ní Chochláin, Helen Ní Chochláin and Aisling Nic Gearailt (captain ), runners-up at the All-Ireland Final of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh 2016, pictured along with their teachers, Áine Ní Ghlinn, writer and guest speaker, and Antoine Ó Coileáin, Gael Linn CEO. This annual debating competition, organised by Gael Linn for second level schools

Carrigboy National School Diary

March 4th: Junior Entrepreneur programme open day. Fifth and Sixth classes will launch their product. More details to follow. March 11th: As you know Maureen O’Donovan has been preparing the children for a music performance which will take place on Friday 11th of March in Rusnachara Church at 7p.m. We hope to have a practice at 1.30 on that day and if anyone is free to transport pupils to Ahakista

Mercy Heights Skibbereen hosts its final awards night

by John Bohane THE Mercy Heights Secondary School Skibbereen held their school awards for 2015 in the West Cork Hotel last Friday evening. A large crowd turned out for what represented the last ever such event held by the illustrious girls’ secondary school before they join forces with the pupils from the St Fachtna’s De La Salle and the Rossa College, when the new community secondary school is opened this

Schools make the grade at UCC in the  regional finals of the South Cork Schools Enterprise Programme

The Devere Hall at UCC was a hub of entrepreneurial activity when thirty three mini companies, from nine schools in the South Cork region, showcased their businesses on Thursday March 3.    ‘Creative Crayon Co’ from Colaiste Choilm in Ballincollig walked away with the Best Overall prize in the junior category and will go on to represent South Cork at the National Final, taking place in Croke Park on April 20 The student company up-cycles old and broken crayons by

Bantry Bay Port Company launches primary schools initiative

BANTRY Bay Port Company is delighted to launch their first Schools Initiative for 2016 aimed at 5th class primary schools. The initiative theme ‘A Day in the Life of a Cruise Passenger Visiting Bantry Harbour’ is aimed at encouraging school children to explore the tourism aspect of Bantry harbour and all the wonderful visitor attractions to see and enjoy in the West Cork region.

It’s all about safety at Scoil Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne

SCOIL Náisiúnta Rae na Scríne near Rosscarbery invites people from the community into our school to share their experiences and knowledge with the students. Monday 25th January, John Kearney from the Baltimore RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Ann Deasy from Union Hall RNLI came to visit us.

Family learning course in Bandon

THE Family Support & Community Wellbeing Bandon and Bandon Adult Education (CETB) are running a free seven-week Family Learning Course starting in April running for two hours on Thursday mornings.

West Cork students bidding for “Junk Kouture” success

Bank of Ireland has announced the regional finalists for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016. Now in its sixth year Ireland’s leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk.

Terelton parent and toddler group news

PARETNS and carers gathered in Tarelton Community Centre for the first two parts of the Tarelton Parent & Toddler Group Parenting Evening Education Series. The first two evenings of the series  concentrated on  Paediatric First Aid and were designed to give people the skills and confidence necessary to deal with  paediatric medical emergencies, including  a demonstration on  common emergencies. The  next event in the Evening Parenting Education Series takes place