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
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
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.
West Cork RNLI lifeboat crews to battle it out with emergency services for the inaugural Beaufort Cup
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew are used to working together in challenging conditions out on the water but a major event during Volvo Cork week will see them pitted against each other along with their colleagues in the emergency services to take home the prize in the Beaufort Cup Regatta 2016.
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.
?THE RNLI held its annual presentation of awards at the Guinness Storehouse recently where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country. Six of the awardees were from West Cork RNLI stations and branches.
THE Courtmacsherry RNLI all weather lifeboat was called out at 2pm last Saturday (June 18th) to go to the aid of a 36 foot fishing vessel that had gotten into difficulty just 300 meters off the rocks at Dunworley Point in West Cork.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Kealkill National School Wins Best Overall Project in Bantry Bay Port Company’s Primary Schools Initiative
BANTRY Bay Port Company has announced Kealkill National School as winners of Best Overall Project in this year’s primary schools initiative. Local 5th class primary schools were invited to take part and submit a project based on the theme “A Day in the Life of a Cruise Liner Visiting Bantry Bay”. Dromore National School won a prize for Best Artwork.
THE new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard recently.
A UK Agricultural Engineering lecturer is to travel to Union Hall, Cork this July to undertake a challenge to rebuild a Massey Ferguson tractor in 24-hours, with a little help from colleagues and friends. The tractor will then be raffled off to raise funds for Union Hall RNLI.
THREE fishermen were rescued on Sunday night (April 10th) in gale force conditions by volunteer lifeboat crew from Kinsale RNLI. The 20 metre beam trawler was forced onto the rocks at Moneypoint, at the entrance to Kinsale harbour, around 1800hrs this evening.
RNLI representatives from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry and Union Hall RNLI took part in the Easter Sunday 1916 centenary commemoration which saw over seven hundred members of the Irish emergency services taking part in a national parade on the streets of Dublin.
THE latest figures from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) indicate 31,500 female lobsters were returned to sea in 2015 to breed as part of the Lobster V-notching Conservation Scheme. This is over double the number of female lobsters that were returned to sea in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
GENERAL Election candidate, and former Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman has strongly criticised what he says is the priority by the Irish Government to police fishermen over drug importers.
CORK South-West election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has claimed the Government is under-utilising the economic capacity of Cork’s fishing and coastal communities. Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said that Fianna Fáil’s proposals would deliver a strong, sustainable and profitable seafood industry.
FOLLOWING a public tender process BAM Civil Ltd has been appointed as the main contractor by Bantry Bay Port Company to undertake the new Bantry Inner Harbour Development.
by Stephen Johnson KENMARE is mourning the tragic drowning death over the weekend of a popular local man, Bill Topham. From nearby Templenoe, Mr Topham was an electrician in his 50s, married and the father of three.
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
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.
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.