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Two-day workshop on filmmaking with Cork Young Filmmakers at the Skibbereen Arts Festival

This intensive practical two-day workshop is geared towards aspiring young people, aged from 13 to 21, with a strong interest in enhancing their film making skills. Young filmmakers working as a group will learn film making techniques. You will script your own drama, shoot the scenes, act, direct, crew and edit a short film under the guidance of professional filmmakers from Cork Film Centre.

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

Kilcoe National School take top prize at Irish Aid Our World Awards

Kilcoe National School took the top prize at the 2016 Irish Aid Our World Awards final held in Dublin Castle recently. The students of Kilcoe NS were delighted to receive the winners’ trophy from Minister of State for Diaspora and Overseas Aid Joe McHugh. Their project – entitled “One World Our Future There is No Planet B” really impressed the judges. They completed a full project book on the Global

On your bike for 5,000 students – Bike Week celebrations take place in schools

Schools across West Cork have been taking part in National C.O.W Day (Cycle on Wednesday/Weekdays) as part of Bike Week 2016. This is the eighth annual national celebration of cycling and, as a key partner of Bike Week, An Taisce Green-Schools Travel is encouraging all schools to get on their bikes and get mooving to school as part of our popular COW initiative. This year Green-Schools hopes to achieve the

Dararra National School pupils plant 250 native Irish trees

by Fionn Magee, 6th Class, Darrara National School IT has been an exciting year for Dararra National School. Between trips to the Young Scientist exhibition in Dublin, visits from bird experts and receiving its fifth Green Flag, the students in Darrara National School have truly been busy.

CEIA launches new app development competition

THE CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – has launched a new App development competition for transition year students based on the logic of George Boole. SySTEM, a team-based competition that will run over a 12-week period starting in September 2016, will require teams of up to 8 students to establish a mini-technology company and develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic.

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.