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Islands to benefit from Rural Development Programme

WEST Cork’s islands are set to benefit from a €4 billion draft Rural Development Programme which has just been submitted to the European Commission.   West Corn Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “For a long time now I have been calling for greater supports for the islands and in particular the introduction of a top up payment for island farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

Rosari’s island teas raise funds for RNLI

Rosari O’Neill of Eyeries sold teas, coffees and home made cakes at her house The Dursey Cottage on Dursey Island over the West Cork Islands Weekend and raised €706 for the RNLI. Here she is presenting Sheila O’Driscoll of Castletownbere RNLI with the cheque. Also in the picture is Anne Finch and coxswain Brian O’Driscoll. Pic: John Eagle

Surge – BA Visual Art on Sherkin Island, Final Year Exhibition

In the summer of 2012, over the course of a single weekend, 1000 people visited Sherkin Island. With an average population of 100, this was a significant influx to the island and a boon to the local economy.   What inspired the arrival of so many visitors to this bijou Atlantic island off the Southwest coast of Ireland?  One word – art. The graduate exhibition of the BA Visual Art

Islander’s anger at healthcare cuts

COMHDHÁIL Oileán na hÉireann are urgently seeking a meeting with HSE officials to discuss the serious concerns of islanders about the provision of healthcare on the offshore islands. Islanders who have been fighting to maintain medical cover in the face of proposed cutbacks are seeking to clarify the provision of nurse, doctor and emergency cover for islanders.  

Documenting Ireland’s islands

by Dolly O’ Reilly   The 2011 census puts the number of island dwellers off the Irish coast at 2,896. The Comhar na nOileán website provides a map of these islands and the number of inhabitants on each. Out of a total of 32 islands, five are now listed an uninhabited (these five islands each had one person living on them according to the 2006 census).