IRELAND’S non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands have had assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands will be put in place as far as March 2015. There was uproar from islanders when it appeared that state funding would be cut off completely in January with islanders claiming the move would see the end of viable communities on the islands.
Death of the Islands? – Funding cuts announcement threatens very existence of offshore communities claim islanders
ISLAND communities across West Cork as well as along the entire West Coast say that cuts to core funding allocations to non – Gaeltacht Islands will lead to the islands becoming unviable as permanent communities. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced that it is to terminate funding to their five Community Development Companies Offices from December 31st, 2014.
The Sherkin Island community is preparing for an influx of visitors this coming week as the conferring of awards for the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) BA in Visual Art Graduation ceremony takes place on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 1.30pm. Family and friends of the 18 graduating students will make their way to the island for this special occasion and to celebrate with the students and the island community
BERE Island is holding a series of walking weekends throughout 2014, the next one will be held on saturday 20th and sunday 21st september 2014. On a mellow September afternoon, there’s no better place to be than walking the hills of Bere Island. Explore the length and breadth of this historic island, which was once a former strategic military base during WW1, and lies at the southern most reaches of
RESIDENTS on Cape Clear are asking Cork County Council to put in place a long-term plan to deal with water supply problems that have repeatedly occurred on the island in recent summers, with this year appearing to be the worst yet. According to Ed Harper, People Before Profit representative and a 35-year resident who runs a goat farm on the island, “normal life and business are grinding to a
THE Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has confirmed hat the funding for the Visual Arts BA (Hons) Degree Programme on Sherkin Island in conjunction with the Dublin Institute of technology (DIT) has again been awarded for the coming year.
THE Bere Island Midsummer Run will take place on Bere Island next Saturday July 12th at 1pm. There is something for everyone with a 5 & 10K run, a 5K walk and a children’s run around the island GAA pitch.
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 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
LOCALS are well aware that West Cork is the best place in Ireland to observe marine life from whales and sharks to dolphins and seals but even the locals were surprised when a huge basking shark joined a group of visitors for a swim in Cape Clear Harbour today (Tuesday 17th June).