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Sherkin Islanders get creative for West Cork Islands Festival

A COMMUNITY exhibition on Sherkin Island is set to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island. ‘Sherkin Creates’ opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 18th June. Part of the West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition will be curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby. It will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings and sculpture to  photography, basket-weaving,

Uncover – BA visual art degree Art Trail on Sherkin Island

IN the summers of 2012 and 2014, over the course of a single weekend, over 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 small island off the southwest coast of Ireland? One word – art. The graduate exhibition of the BA Visual

A Rose Upon the Blood on Bere Island

CANADIAN based theatre company, Flush Ink Productions will perform A Rose Upon the Blood by Paddy Gillard-Bentley on Monday May 16th at 7.30pm at the Bere Island Heritage Centre. The play tells the story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford, who were married hours before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol following the 1916 Easter Rising.

Cork County Council is changing the lights on the Islands

CORK County Council has instructed its public lighting maintenance contractor, Airtricity, to upgrade the public lighting on the seven inhabited islands within the greater Cork area to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which are the most up to date technology in Public Lighting. Cape Clear Island, Heir Island, Long Island, Sherkin Island, Dursey Island, Whiddy Island and Bere Island will all undergo this upgrade.

Coveney announces the commencement of payment for island farming scheme

THE Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced that payments for island farmers under the new Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme have started issuing. “I am particularly pleased to see that these payments, worth some €1 million, are issuing on target, particularly given the significance of these payments to individual island farmers ”, the Minister said.

Heritage week on the West Cork islands

Ireland’s Heritage Week is being marked on the West Cork Islands by a series of events which draw attention to their untold stories. Throughout the week (22nd-30th August) local historians and guides will help visitors to learn more about the islands’ pasts, debunking any notions that the islands were cut off from the broader strands of Ireland’s history.

Do Run Run on Sherkin this August

Due to the success of last years “ Do Run Run” on Sherkin Island the organisers have set Saturday August 8th for this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better. This is a fun, non competitive run, walk, with two options open to participants – a 4 k which is buggy friendly and an 8 k which takes in off road route.

Olden Ways Festival on Whiddy Island

Whiddy islanders are inviting visitors to celebrate the island’s past with a weekend of activities at the island’s Olden Ways Festival (11th-12th July). Whiddy gained national coverage this year with the broadcast of TV3’s acclaimed Islanders series. The show, which gained nationwide acclaim, focused on a year in the life of islanders Tim and Danny O’Leary, and generated a lot of interest in island life today and its links to

Full telecommunications service restored to Sherkin Island

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 summer starts here on Bere Island

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

Sherkin Islanders prepare for “Creative Diversity” exhibition

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

Museum of Miniature touring West Cork Islands

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

Non-gaeltacht island funding restored

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.

Exploring the Three Heads of West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way

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

West Cork to benefit from the €17.8, Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme

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

Seals hold up dangerous pier

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

Future funding for non-Gaeltacht islands secured says TD

FINE Gael West Cork TD Noel Harrington, has says that funding for the Development Offices on non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the future. The news will allay fears that funding for the islands, which include six of West Cork’s inhabited islands, could have been permanently cut. There was an outcry from islanders late last year when it was announced that funding was due to be cut off this year

Minister Coveney inspects storm gates installation on Cape Clear

MINISTER for the Marine Simon Coveney visited Cape Clear Island recently to see the progress of the new storm gates being installed to protect the island’s North Harbour from storm damage.   The €4.3 million project will see the automatic gates installed that will be able to close at the touch of a button and protect the harbour’s interior from storm surges and waves. It is expected that the gates

Islands funding confirmed for the rest of 2015

THE Minister of State for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh has confirmed that funding for the non-Gaeltacht islands has been secured for the remainder of 2015. As reported in West Cork Times, the non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands were granted assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands would be in place as far as March 2015.

Temporary funding lifeline secured for non-Gaeltacht islands

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.

Conferring of BA (Hons) in Visual Art on Sherkin Island

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

Walking weekend on Bere Island

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

Cape Clear islanders seek long-term solution to water supply problems

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