LOCAL TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that repairs have been completed on the submarine telecommunications cable to Sherkin Island following his representations to senior management in Eircom. This has been a challenging task for Eircom and their contractors waiting for the right combination of weather tides and wind to restore a full capacity service to all the islanders.
THE weekend of 13th-14th June kicks off the start of summer on the West Cork Islands, with a whole range of activities planned for Bere Island. An all-inclusive walking event will allow visitors to explore this unique island located at the farthest reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. Bere Island, which was once a former military base during WW1. Many of the original fortifications still remain, along with fortifications from
Dock Pier Sherkin Island is to receive €15,000 and Hare Island a further €15,000 in funding as part of a national programme for the repair and development of piers and harbours.
AS part of this year’s West Cork Islands Festival, residents and holiday home owners of Sherkin Island are planning an exhibition on 13th and 14th June to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island. “Creative Diversity” opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 13th June. Curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby, the exhibition will include a wide variety of arts and crafts by
WEST Cork Arts Centre presents the ‘Museum of Miniature: The Islands’, a portable museum curated by artists Marie Brett and Tess Leak which is touring to the West Cork Islands of Sherkin, Heir and Bere this summer. This ‘pop-up and wondrous’ museum of tiny artworks that ‘fit in the palm of your hand’ includes work from artists based on Irish off-shore Islands plus those on European and international islands including
THE Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has confirmed that funding of more than €300,000 has been confirmed for non-gaeltacht islands to the end of this year. There was an outcry from islanders late last year when it was announced that funding was due to be cut off this year with many claiming it could spell the end for viable communities on the islands in question.
THE Three Heads Tourism Development Association is a new grouping of West Cork Community Groups, Tourist Associations and individuals from the three West Cork peninsulas of Mizen, Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula, who have come together to develop the potential of The Three Heads of West Cork as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking about the formation of the new association, Chairman Dr Denis Cotter said, “I
THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has announced the full details of a €17.8m Capital Investment Package for the ongoing development of Ireland’s publicly owned fishery harbours and local harbour network . In announcing the initiative the Minister said, “I am delighted to announce the full details of my Departments €17.8m Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme for 2015. I have set aside €14.9m
RESIDENTS of Cape Clear Island say they are outraged that a planning application for remedial works to a dangerous pier are being held up due to concerns that pile driving for the project may have an adverse affect on seal colonies in the vicinity. Séamus Ó Drisceoil from the Cape Clear ferry said, “The Carthys and Calf Island are over two miles from North Harbour; even more ridiculous is the
TEN events and fesivals in West Cork are set to benefit from €30,000 in funding as part of a national allocation of €564,000 made through Failte Ireland.