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Region cleans up again at Tidy Towns awards

WEST Cork and South Kerry have once again proved to be one of the tidiest regions of the country at the national SuperValu Tidy Towns awards held at Dublin’s Helix theatre. No less than 14 medals were picked up by towns ans villages in the West Cork Times area with four gold medal winners, five silver medal winners and five bronze medal winners from the area.

Project launched to restore mussel population in South Kerry

by Stephen Johnson A project aimed at restoring the population of critically endangered freshwater pearl mussels has been launched in Blackwater area of South Kerry. The Kerry/LIFE project will focus on sustainable land use management programs and will work closely with the local farming and forestry sectors in the Blackwater area.

West Cork flood damage bill will be up to €3 million says council

Flood damage in Goleen. Pic: Cllr Michael Collins THE spectre of flooding has already impacted on communities across West Cork and Kerry with the south west of the country enduring sustained heavy rain in the second week of September that led to spot flooding and damage in several locations. The worst affected areas where the Beara, Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas and Ballineen and Dunamanway areas where roads were impassable

Delays to Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme “an absolute disgrace”

INDEPENDENT General Election candidate Cllr Alan Coleman has described a further Government delay to Skibbereen’s flood relief scheme as “shambolic and an absolute disgrace”. The proposed major flood relief scheme is funded by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the lead agency is Cork County Council. Having completed the tender process Cork County Council sent the details of the recommended tender to the OPW for their approval on July

Ireland’s biggest windfarm planned for Cork-Kerry border

by Stephen Johnson IRELAND’S biggest windfarm is being planned for the Cork-Kerry border. ESB Wind Development Ltd. says that the 38 giant wind turbines — each measuring 126 metres in height — will generate 115MW of energy — enough to supply 75,000 homes.

Bandon water infrastructure projects finally to go ahead

IRISH Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council are set to progress the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network projects it has been announced. The project represents an investment of €7 million and is a merger of the previously named Bandon Sewerage Collection Scheme and the new Bandon Water Main Rehabilitation project. It will also allow for the provision of storm water network in areas of overlap with the

Fastnet Trails launched at Kilcoe

“The future of communities, rural communities in particular, is communal effort… This (project) is a benefit to your community, to West Cork and to the country . . . to whom you are an example.’ These true words were spoken by former TD Jim O’Keeffe during the recent launch of the Fastnet Trails, a system of way-marked walking (and cycling) routes aimed to promote the local natural and historical heritage.

Irish Water is good for West Cork says Jim Daly

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has claimed that West Cork is reaping significant rewards as a result of setting up a single utility company to manage and improve water services across Ireland. The local TD was speaking following confirmation he received from Irish Water that they intend to invest €400,000 in the water network of Dunmanway. Mr Daly said, “This is another great news story for

€7 million upgrades to Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant nearing completion

IRISH Water welcomed members of the local community to view upgrades to the value of €7 million at Clonakilty, Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project, which is in the final stages of construction, will provide four times the capacity of the existing wastewater treatment plant in Clonakilty using state of the art technology.