The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and
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
ON May 20th Cork County Council, acting as agents of the OPW, signed a contract with Jons Civil Engineering Ltd for the construction of the River Ilen (Skibbereen) Drainage Scheme. On Tuesday, June 7th the Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Joe Carroll, Minister of State with the responsibility for the OPW Deputy Sean Canney, Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey and members of the Council
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.
WEST Cork has retained five Blue Flag Beaches in the An Taisce International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Awards for 2016, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove and Tragumna but Garretstown beach has lost its status.
A major spring clean took place in Coolkelure area Dunmanway recently, supported by An Taisce National Spring Clean, County and Community Council.
Enjoy your beach, enjoy your beach clean! 6th – 15th May 2016 A call for new recruits to join the Island of Ireland’s Largest Coastal Clean Up Almost 3,000 volunteers took to beaches around the country during Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2015 to remove a staggering 10 tonnes of marine litre from the coastline. With a target to remove a further 11 tonnes from Irish beaches this year, Coca-Cola Clean
FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection. “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here
by Stephen Johnson THE Golden Eagle Trust reported last week that 13 pairs of White-Tailed Sea Eagles nested in Ireland in 2015. At least nine pairs built nests and eight pairs laid eggs. A pair of Sea Eagles on the Beara Peninsula near Tuosist successfully hatched and fledged chicks last year for the first time. The Beara pair became the first Irish nesting pair to fledge a chick on its
A KENMARE group is working toward gaining “Fair Trade” status for the town. A Fair Trade Town is any community in which people and organisations use their everyday choices to increase sales of Fair Trade products like cotton, coffee, tea and bananas and bring about positive change for farmers and workers in developing countries.
CORK County Council has confirmed that 14 houses located at Coronea, Skibbereen are to be finally offered connection to the public sewage collection system in Skibbereen. The move follows years of ongoing requests from the residents of the area and stems back to a shortfall of funding to complete the new state-of-the-art collection system in the town.
CORK Nature Network are holding an event on the 13th March at Blue Pool Park – Poulgorm, Glengarriff. Meeting at 2pm in the car park at Quills Woollen Market. This is a beautiful public area in the heart of the Village.
CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.
SINN Féin General Election candidate Cllr Rachel McCarthy has criticised the Government’s plans to introduce a new recycling charge, as “yet another flat rate, stealth tax”.
LOCAL TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed an announcement today that the criteria for the emergency humanitarian support scheme administered by the Irish Red Cross will be expanded to small businesses affected by recent flooding.
LABOUR TD for Cork South West, Michael McCarthy has welcomed news that the end is now finally in sight for the water issues in Belgooly.
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington TD has welcomed the confirmation made today by Minister Brendan Howlin, when he visited West Cork, that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is firmly back on track. “I was notified by Minister of State (OPW) Simon Harris on Friday last, that this scheme was now ready to proceed once again”, Deputy Harrington said.
Pictured at the offices of the Bandon Opinion recently where he discussed flood alleviation measures was Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin with Eddie Goggin, Editor of the Opinion; Michael McCarthy TD and flood campaigners Maria McLaughlin and Mary McSweeney.
THE recent White Paper on Energy Policy published by the Department of Energy, Communications and Natural Resources acknowledged that Solar photovoltaic (PV) is part of the solution for the generation of zero-carbon electricity in Ireland. Energy Cork, on January 29th, will host Ireland’s first major conference on solar power in Ireland to discuss the development of Solar PV, as well as the potential challenges and opportunities it presents.
INDEPENDENT Cork South West Dáil candidate Cllr Alan Coleman has called for the Government to use an existing model to force Insurance companies to offer flood insurance cover to those that are refused such cover. Cllr Coleman said, “We already have the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) which was established in 1967. This was set up to compensate victims of road traffic accidents caused by uninsured and unidentified vehicles.
WEST Cork independent county councillor Declan Hurley has welcomed the extension to the hedge-cutting and burning season saying, “Finally a common sense response to the current deadlines, which were not practical.” According to Cllr Hurley, “The periods for hedge-cutting and burning of hill vegetation are to be extended by one month on a trial basis to make land management more practical. The easing of the deadlines comes after years of
WEST Cork TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that €2.53m fundinghas been approved for Castletownbere and Cape Clear Harbours. Further additional funding of €2m nationally, was also allocated towards storm damage repairs for the various harbours in West Cork.
DUNMANWAY based independent county councillor Declan Hurley has called on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to deal with the flooding crisis, which has ravaged the county in recent weeks. Cllr Hurley said, “The Government needs to introduce emergency legislation immediately to facilitate the cleaning, dredging and maintenance of rivers and waterways, which would override obstacles that are in place, which currently hinders or prevents this type of work.
Blame for failure to dredge rivers and streams rests squarely with the Government says MEP Liadh Ní Riada
SINN Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has welcomed clarification from the European Commission that it is the government’s responsibility to dredge rivers and streams.
CORK South-West Dáil candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for a significant repair fund to be put in place to fix damaged roads affected by the recent adverse weather. The Bandon-based councillor said roads all across West Cork have suffered damage, some very serious damage.
WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has called for a break from rates payments for traders in Bandon who had their businesses flooded for the second time in a month. Speaking after surveying the scene in the town, Jim Daly said that Bandon’s South Main Street was destroyed as several feet of flood waters poured through the town centre just three weeks after the most recent flood event.
FIANNA Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has criticised what she called the Government’s “lacklustre response” to the latest flooding to hit large parts of West Cork. Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said that people “feel completely let down” by the Government as they are forced to fend for themselves against the latest storm.?
THE Minister of State at the OPW, Simon Harris has approved funding of €72,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for Skibbereen. Local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “The funding is to replace the 36m of culvert in private lands by the River Ilen, in Skibbereen and I am pleased to have invited Minister Harris to Skibbereen last Monday, to witness first-hand the situation there.
LOCAL community environmental group Sustainable Clonakilty is inviting local businesses to contact them if they are interested in being part of the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant scheme application for Clonakilty for 2016. The scheme will be launched in early January with applications to be submitted in February. Any business in the Clonakilty area considering carrying out energy efficiency work, a renewable project or
THE community in Bandon has come together in a remarkable show of solidarity and defiance in the face of last week’s fl ooding that threatened to derail the town’s Christmas celebrations before they had even begun. Despite more than 50 businesses being flooded as a result of Storm Desmond, the wider community in Bandon has responded in emphatic fashion with all traders back in business within a couple of