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Clonakilty’s Mary Jane Irwin remembered on centenary of her death

On Wednesday evening 17th August 2016, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, remembered Mary Jane Irwin on the centenary of her death. Mary Jane was from Clonakilty and was the third wife of the great Fenian, Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa, who hailed from the Reenascreena/Rosscarbery area about seven miles out of town. The centenary remembrance evening was held at “Strand House” (next to An Súgán), which was the family home of the Irwin

Castletownbere RNLI Lifeboat rescues lone yachtsman in storm

Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat spends over 12 hours at sea rescuing a yacht  which had become demasted in storm force conditions.   The Castletownbere lifeboat, the Annette Hutton, was launched early this morning (Saturday 20th August 2016) when Valentia Coastguard Radio requested assistance to a yacht in difficulties forty five miles south of Mizen head in West Cork. The eight metre yacht, with one person on board, had left the Azores

New ginger royalty crowned as thousands of redheads gather in Crosshaven

Andy O’Neill from Kilkenny and Emma Ni Chearuil from Galway have been crowned the new King and Queen of Gingerdom at the 7th Annual Redhead Convention which is in full swing in Crosshaven, Co. Cork this weekend.   The fun, family festival of ginger-loving madness is a celebration of all things to do with having fabulous red hair, the rarest hair colour in the world.   Accepting her award, the incoming

The Great Irish Beer Festival in Cork City Hall Launches!

The Great Irish Beer Festival is an Irish craft beer festival that will be held in Cork City Hall from Thursday 22nd to Saturday the 24th of September 2016. The event is open to the public from 5pm-10pm on Thursday and 2pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. It is a ticketed event with prices ranging between €11 and €15 for day tickets, and €22-€25 for weekend passes. Capacity of the venue

Cork Adult Education & Training Exhibition 2016 at Cork City Hall

THE Adult Education & Training Exhibition takes place in City Hall on Wednesday 31 August and Thursday 1 September. It is open to the public from 1-8 p.m. each day and admission is free. The exhibition is open to any group or organisation offering classes or courses or activities for adults.

State-of-the-art new fire engine for Cork Airport

Crew Commander Ted Brady, Fire Fighter Alan Crowley, Chief Fire Officer Jim Johnson, Fire Fighter Michael Hegarty and Fire Fighter Stephen O’Mahony introducing the latest Fire Engine to their fleet. As part of its ongoing commitment to be at the forefront of safety, Cork Airport has added a modern, next generation fire fighting vehicle to its fleet. The vehicle, known as an Avenger, will replace an older machine that has

Limited edition Olympic T-Shirts to help Skibbereen Rowing Club produce the next Olympians

#Pulllikeadog for Skibbereen Rowing Club Wednesday 17th August; Skibbereen Rowing Club have launched their official O’Donovan Brothers limited edition #Pulllikeadog t-shirts in aid of the club which has produced two of Ireland’s top sportspeople and Olympic Silver medalists. Gary and Paul O’Donovan stormed in to the hearts of the nation on Friday last when they claimed Silver in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls while also creating TV gold with their witty interviews.

The Donkey Sanctuary and the ISPCA collaborate to offer lifelong care for neglected donkey ‘Walshie’

The ISPCA responded to reports of a neglected donkey in a farm in Co. Limerick at the beginning of August. The donkey was rescued with severely overgrown hooves; he has since been transferred into the care of The Donkey Sanctuary.   The ISPCA received a report from a concerned member of the public regarding the neglect of a donkey in Limerick. On arrival ISPCA Inspector Walsh discovered a grey middle

O’ Donovan Rossa’s widow to be remembered in Clonakilty this Wednesday evening

Mary Jane Irwin, the third wife of Fenian Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa, died in New York on 17th August 1916, and will be remembered at a special centenary remembrance evening in her native Clonakilty tomorrow evening Wednesday 17th August – exactly 100 years after her passing. The event will be held at “Strand House”, Sand Quay, the former Irwin family home where Mary Jane would have lived for some time,

Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O’Donovan are the talk of the county and the country!

Brothers Gary and Paul O’Donovan from Skibbereen in West Cork have created Irish sporting history by winning a silver medal in the lightweight double sculls at the Olympic Games in Rio. It is the first ever Olympic medal for Irish rowing. After a dramatic final the Irish boat finished less than a second behind the new Olympic champions France with Norway in third place. It was a heroic and historic performance

Heir Island Plans First 5k Run for Annual Regatta Day

A fun day out for all the family is planned for Heir Island on August 18th, as the traditional island regatta on Roaringwater Bay takes place. This year, there’ll be extra excitement on regatta day as the West Cork island holds its first ever 5k run as part of the West Cork Island Run series. The route around the unspoilt island is sure to delight the participants, and it is

Booking essential for Mary Jane Irwin evening in Clonakilty on 17th August

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage advises that people need to book by email asap at DuchasLecturesAndFieldTrips@gmail if they wish to attend the Mary Jane Irwin Centenary Remembrance evening next Wednesday 17th August.  Mary Jane Irwin was a native of Clonakilty, a poetess, Fenian and Republican campaigner from the time she married fellow-local Fenian patriot, Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa.  As well as that, she was a devoted mother of 13 of her own

Clune rejects  “flag of convenience” claim re Norwegian Airlines Ireland

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has rejected claims made by US Congressman Peter De Fazio that Norwegian Airlines Ireland is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared opposition to Norwegian flying from Cork and Shannon airports to the United States as the same kind of negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a license to fly to the UK in 1986.   “I utterly refute the

West Cork planning news

A new caravan park in Eyeries and the divison of the Toymaster store in Bandon into three units are among this week’s applications. Planning news File Reference 16/00418 Applicant: Patrick Hill Development Address: Dromilihy, Leap, Co Cork Development Description  Construction of a single dormer type dwelling house with a sunroom to the side and all associated site development works including installation of a septic tank and percolation area Application Type:

Irish Coast Guard and RNLI urge people to ‘Respect the Water’ this Bank Holiday weekend

THE Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, have issued a joint call urging people to be vigilant and take care in and on the water or along the coastline this bank holiday weekend.  With the school holidays and good weather it has been a busy time for the search and rescue agencies and this bank holiday weekend, the two organisations have cautioned people

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

IFA launches National Farm Safety Awareness Day – Thursday 21st July

IFA President, Joe Healy said that farming can be a dangerous occupation, and that is why it is so important that farmers take a proactive approach to farm safety. IFA National Farm Safety Awareness Day (July 21st) is about encouraging farm families to take time to review their Farm Safety Risk Assessment document to make their farms a safer place to work and live.

Remembering Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin in Skibbereen, the man who raised the flag at the GPO in 1916

Skibbereen Heritage Centre hosted a wonderful evening of reminiscence, nostalgia and chat when relatives of the 1916 patriot Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin gathered there last Friday, July 15th. The get-together was organised to coincide with a visit to West Cork by the Skibbereen man’s grandson, Peter McCourt, from Canada. The evening was an unqualified success and was greatly appreciated by all those who attended, some of whom had travelled quite a

Jumbo sidecar run for special needs and complex needs children

Jumbo Ireland together with CoAction and the West Cork Child Development Service will provide a day of fun for very special children in the Clonakilty area while raising much needed funds for CoAction. We intend to give the children a spin in a motorbike sidecar and bring them from Clonakilty via Courtmacsherry to the West Cork Secret near Timoleague. At the West Cork Secret there will be games, slides, bouncy

Free bike tours in Clonakilty

THE Clonakilty Bike Scheme (the only such one in Ireland in a town of Clonakilty’s size) has decided to organise free guided cycle tours. People may participate on their own bicycle or if they don’t have one, hire one from the scheme at any of the local hotels or the Model Village.