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Release ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident report

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal. Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an “internal communication” and that the public interest would “not be served by the disclosure”.

Major Castletownbere pier investment announced

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the

RNLI “Hope in the Great War” exhibition visits Cork

Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven is proud to have been chosen as the only location in Ireland to host the RNLI “Hope in the Great War” exhibition in 2015! The exhibit is an ideal way for families and young children to learn about the astounding work of RNLI volunteers during the First World War and is open to the public each Saturday & Sunday throughout the month of July.

Tragedy in Baltimore – three lives lost in drowning

THREE people have died following a tragic accident in Baltimore. The bodies of Barry Ryan (51) and his son’s girlfriend Niamh O’Connor (20) were both recovered from the water while Mr Ryan’s son, Barry Davis Ryan (20) is still missing despite extensive searches by divers in the area. The three were out walking along the shore near the Baltimore Beacon with Mr Ryan’s daughter Charlotte (13) on Tuesday evening (June

RNLI honours contribution of West Cork volunteers at annual awards

THE RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently where the charity presented 55 awards to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country that have made a significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland. Six of those awards were made to West Cork volunteers from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Union Hall.

Humpback whale wows onlookers at Inchydoney

by Calvin Jones via www.irelandswildlife.com INCHYDONEY beach is one of the undisputed jewels along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This outstanding blue flag beach draws visitors from far and wide, but earlier this week it was a visitor of a different kind that was getting all the attention. The sandy bottom in the bay off Inchydoney is perfect for small fish called sand eels — and earlier this week they accumulated

Three in a row for Union Hall RNLI as they bring 44ft yacht with two onboard to safety

THE volunteer lifeboat crew with Union Hall RNLI had their third callout in a week when launched last Saturday to bring a 44 ft yacht with two crew onboard to safety after it reported engine problems off Galley Head. The crew onboard the yacht raised the alarm with Valentia Coast Guard after they realised they were expiring severe engine trouble and they feared they would not be able to bring

The Port of Cork Maritime Collection opens at Bantry House

BANTRY Bay Port Company is delighted to announce that the Port of Cork Maritime Collection, an exhibition of maritime themed paintings and models is now open at Bantry House, West Cork. The exhibition, which will run until 28th June, will showcase a selection of the Port’s historic maritime art pieces dating back from the 1800s. Highlights of the collection include a number of paintings by marine artist George Mounsey Wheatley