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).
FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, has welcomed measures contained in the the new Rural Development Programme (RDP), 2014-2020 announcement by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD. Deputy Harrington said that farmerson islands off the Cork coast are set to benefit from the RDP.
VISIT the farthest reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way with a walking weekend on Bere Island, Beara. Over the weekend of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th June 2014, explore the length and breadth of this historic island, which was once a former strategic military base during WW1.
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
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.
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).
by Lousie Roseingrave AN ISLAND goat farmer running in the local elections says it’s not too late to abolish Irish Water. Ed Harper, a resident of Cape Clear off the coast of Co Cork, said the water utilities company could be dismantled following a change of government.