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€228 million investment in Cork’s water infrastructure

IRISH Water has revealed that more than €228 million will be invested in Cork’s water infrastructure in a major programme of work to upgrade water and wastewater infastructure. Irish Water confirmed that they have developed and prioritised a major programme of work which will address the serious deficiencies that exist across Cork’s water supply schemes. They say this investment is key to supporting continued social and economic development across Cork.

Free event to help West Cork businesses go green

WEST Cork business owners are being encouraged to attend a free event to learn how they can make significant savings for their company through resource efficiencies. The morning seminar will take place on November 18th in the conference hall of the Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty and business owners are urged to book their place soon due to the high demand.

Turning the tide on marine litter

Macroom E joins forces with new EU marine project CORK organisation, Macroom E, is set to work on a new European project to tackle the increasing problem of marine pollution. The €1.5 million ‘Circular Ocean’ project will encourage the ‘upcycling’ and ‘repurposing’ of plastic litter and in particular fishing nets.  Led by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) of the North Highland College UHI, the project aims to turn waste plastic from the

New study documents threat to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks

by Stephen Johnson THE thousands of walkers on the pathways along with climate change and huge numbers of sheep driving out the deer, are contributing to the deterioration of the MacGillicuddy Reeks. Each month, thousands of people climb the pathways on the Reeks, the home of Ireland’s highest peaks.

West Cork councillor to address high level covenant of mayors

IN recognition of his efforts in highlighting the energy agenda at the highest political level, Cllr Alan Coleman has been honoured by being chosen to make a political statement at the upcoming launch event of The Integrated Covenant of Mayors for 2030. Belgooly-based Cllr Coleman will share the stage with the President of the European Parliament, President of the Committee of the Regions and European Commission President Mr Jean-Claude Juncker.

Sustainable Clonakilty completes multiple building upgrades to deliver energy savings for locals

CLONAKILTY is making strong inroads towards becoming a sustainable energy community according to Brian Motherway, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who visited the town recently to see first-hand its multiple building energy upgrades which are nearing completion. Sustainable Clonakilty, the charitable organisation driving the low-carbon vision for the environs of Clonakilty, hosted an event highlighting the benefits to the local community from the projects being completed

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.