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Ellen Hutchins Festival 2016

The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and

Ilen River Blueway officially launched

Cllr Joe Carroll, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork officially launched the Ilen River Blue Way, which stretches from Baltimore to Skibbereen on Friday, July 22nd from Baltimore Harbour. This is the first Blueway developed by Cork County Council and is a relatively new concept in Ireland. Cork County Council will also manage, maintain and carry out a local inspection regime on the Ilen River Blueway, ensuring

Glandore Classic Boat Summer School

The Glandore Classic Boat Summer School will take place on the weekend of the 16th and 17th of July.  Glandore is well known for its Classic Regatta that occurs every two years attracting beautiful boats from Ireland and abroad to its picturesque harbour.  GHYC have organised this biennial summer school since 1992 and this is the 11th edition.   

Bord Iascaigh Mhara to maximise the value of Ireland’s €1 billion seafood industry

IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.

Kilmacsimon win Ocean to City – An Rás Mór

On June 4th last Kilmacsimon Rowing Club took the 1st Veteran ICRF title in the 12th Ocean to City – An Rás Mór. For three consecutive years now a record number of entries took part. Over 200 craft competed on the day including currachs, longboats, skiffs, cutters, sloeps, kayaks, dragon boats, SUPs and many more! Kilmacsimon Rowing Club are extremely proud of our team who completed the course in 2

Ní Riada makes pilot project submission for the creation of a Single Boat Payment Plan

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has made a pilot project submission to the EU Commission for the creation and implementation of a Single Boat Payment Plan for the fishing industry. A member of the European Fisheries Committee, Ms Ní Riada said, “In my pilot project proposal for a Single Boat Payment Plan, I highlighted the disadvantage fishermen face in comparison in terms of fishing opportunities, geography, enforcement and climatic

Bord Iascaigh Mhara launch inaugural Seafood Sector Awards to celebrate the best in the Irish seafood sector

BORD Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the seafood development agency recently announced the inaugural BIM Seafood Sector Awards. The BIM Awards will seek to find the finest fishermen, fish farmers, processors and retailers in Ireland’s renowned seafood sector. The awards are open for entrants and the winners will be announced at a gala evening on November 17th in the Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. 

Courtmacsherry RNLI Lifeboat rescues French yacht in difficulty off the Old Head of Kinsale

THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 9.05pm on Thursday night to go to the aid of a 35ft French yacht that had got into difficulty one mile off the Old Head of Kinsale in West Cork. The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat under Coxswain Sean O’Farrell and a crew of six launched immediately and reached the stricken vessel at 9.26pm and succeeded in quickly getting a tow rope on

Castletownbere RNLI rescue two fishermen from sinking boat on Beara Peninsula

THE Castletownbere RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel in the early hours of Thursday morning (9 June). The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4.45am to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which was reported sinking 11 miles south west of Dursey Island on the Beara Peninsula.

RNLI Respect the Water campaign targets accidental drowning along the coast as 23 people a year lose their lives

The RNLI today launches its annual national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, and this year the charity is warning the public to watch out for key dangers that can catch people out in or near water. The campaign which will run throughout the summer months comes a week after the RNLI, the Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety issued a joint statement advising caution to those engaged in recreational

Lifeguards patrolling Cork beaches for the summer

THE Cork County Beach Lifeguard Service came into effect on June 4th for the 2016 Season. The Beach lifeguards will be on patrol at the following beaches: The Warren, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Barleycove, Garrylucas, Garretsown, Garryvoe, Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn.

A stolen ringbuoy can mean a stolen life

CORK County Council and Irish Water Safety are asking members of the public to safeguard our Ringbuoys and ensure that they are not interfered with, or damaged, in order to help reduce the number of drowning incidents.

Funding announced for pier and harbour repairs in West Cork

by Stephen Johnson   MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

Harbour development in Schull not delivered says candidate

GENERAL Election Candidate and former Mayor of Cork Cllr Alan Coleman has claimed that funding to get the marina and pier extension project in Schull up and running must be a priority for the next government with the West Cork town having been let down by the present government despite three government TDs in West Cork.

West Cork RNLI lifeboats launched more than 100 times in 2015

FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17

€240m development programme launched for seafood sector

THE Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney has launched eight schemes to commence implementation of Ireland’s new €240 million EMFF Seafood Development Programme for the period up to 2020 and beyond, co-funded by the Exchequer and European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This announcement follows approval of the Programme in December by Government and the European Commission.

Bantry Bay Port traffic falls by 200,000 tonnes in 2015

TOTAL traffic through the Bantry Bay Port Company in 2015 decreased by 200,000 tonnes in 2015 compared to the previous year according to an end of year statement by the port’s parent company the Port of Cork. Traffic from the Bantry Bay Oil Storage Terminal is operated by Zenith Energy, which accounts for 100% of the commercial traffic through Bantry Bay Port.