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Minister must address serious crisis on tillage farms

FA President Joe Healy has welcomed Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed’s announcement that he is act on IFA’s call to convene a forum of tillage stakeholders. Joe Healy said the forum is an opportunity for key stakeholders to devise a plan and take actions that will address the serious and deepening income crisis in the tillage farming sector.

Three children airlifted to CUH following incident in Drinagh

THREE small children were airlifted to CUH this evening (Tuesday) for treatment for serious burns following an incident at the family home. The three are said to have sustained serious but not life-threatening burns after what was described as a domestic incident at the family home in Knockmore, understood to involve an exploding petrol container. The three children’s ages have not been officially confirmed but local sources say they are

October is festival month in Kinsale!

WHAT’S ON IN KINSALE IN OCTOBER October is festival month in Kinsale with three major events taking place: Kinsale Gourmet Festival – 7th-9th October Kinsale Walking Festival – 15th & 16th October Guinness Kinsale Fringe Jazz Festival – 28th-31st October

Bric-a-brac sale for Syria & Lesotho

A big bric-a-brac and craft sale is taking place in the Old Cinema, The Square, Bantry, Weds 5th to Sat 8th October (10am-6pm daily). A massive range of items will be on sale, including second hand goods and new crafts. 100% of the funds raised will go to two charities, Together for Better Days and Action Lesotho. The sale is being organised by two West Cork-based women, Christine Brewer and

Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation awarded €500 by Aldi’s Macroom store staff

Macroom charity benefits from new Aldi community support fund ALDI is delighted to announce that the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation is the latest charity to benefit from Aldi’s new community support fund.  Aldi’s Macroom store staff have awarded the Macroom branch of the Cope Foundation a €500 grant in recognition of its tremendous work within the local community and to help support its vital services.

All aboard the Model T – Announcing the premiere of the West Cork film ‘The Fordes of Ballinascarthy – Freedom From Famine’

A NEW movie made by the Ballinascarthy Foro?ige Youth Group, The Fordes of Ballinascarthy – Freedom From Famine premieres on October 15th at 8pm in Ballinascarthy Hall with special guest Maurice O’Callaghan, well known West Cork director of Broken Harvest. The idea of making a film to document the Fordes emigrating to America from Ballinascarthy in West Cork in 1847 was made possible by Cork film maker Tim McCoy but

West Cork Women Against Violence Project to launch ‘Someone to Turn To, Somewhere to Go’ report in Skibbereen

IN 2015 over 1,200 calls were made to a West Cork domestic violence crisis helpline by women in the area seeking help. Following the recent murders of Clodagh Hawe and her sons in Cavan, there has been a further spike in the numbers of women contacting West Cork Women Against Violence Project based in Bantry. Earlier this year the Project commissioned an evaluation of the impact and importance of domestic

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup @CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean

Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers in 91 from the world’s oceans.   Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and

Rathbarry and District Vintage Club annual show

THE Rathbarry and District Vintage Club will be holding their annual tractor, car and motorcycle run and field day on Sunday, 25th September in aid of Cope Foundation, Clonakilty and Galleyflash Rowing Club. Sign in will take place in Rathbarry Hall from 11am with the run starting at 12 noon. Field events will start from 2pm onwards. There will be an army vechicle display amongst the attractions.

Interim river cleaning works to begin in Bandon

Cork County Council are undertaking Interim River Cleaning (Gravel Removal) at Bandon Bridge in September 2016.   The works will include: The removal of gravel and debris deposits to a depth of 300mm below the waterline. Work extents – 15m upstream to 25m downstream of the Bandon Bridge. Works undertaken within IFI seasonal constraints period (to be finished by 30th September).  

Sixth Annual ‘Rosscarbery Steam Engine’ 5km Fun Run on October 1st

Now in it’s sixth year, the Annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5km Fun Run will take place on Saturday October 1st at 5pm. The run is named in honour of the one-time Irish and USA Champion 400-metres champion runner T.J. O’Mahony and is a 5km (3.1 miles in total) double circuit of the scenic lagoon in Rosscarbery. The race has full AAI Permit. Every year a different local charity is chosen

Bandon man killed in industrial accident in Cork

A 35-year-old man understood to be from Bandon has died following a workplace accident at a factory in Cork. The incident occurred at around 1.30am at the AMS Architectural & Metal Systems plant in Little Island that manufactures aluminium curtain walling for the building trade.

Minister Harris to turn the sod on the Bandon Community Hospital

CORK South West, Fine Gael, Dáil Deputy Jim Daly has confirmed the news that Minister Simon Harris will officially turn the sod on the works beginning in Bandon Community Hospital on Monday the 26th September at 4.00 PM. This build was promised for many years, however it was not until 2011, when Deputy Daly arranged for the Friends of Bandon Community Hospital to meet with the then Minister for Health James

Clon Special Olympics celebrates first 10 years

The Clonakilty Special Olympics Club members and the general public enjoyed the street party at Asna Square last Saturday 10th September in what turned out to be the only dry day of the weekend! The “SO Saturday Street Party” was organised to celebrate the clubs first 10 years in existence. A great atmosphere prevailed as the 20 athletes and family members arrived on the Choo Choo with Mayor Anthony McDermott

The Dementia Roadshow: awareness, skills, education – coming to Kinsale

Cork County Council is pleased to announce details of the DCU/HSE “Elevator Roadshow” which will be coming to Kinsale Town on Wednesday afternoon the 21st September. On the day it will be calling at the Kinsale College of Further Education from 3-4 pm and will be in the Methodist Church, Kinsale from 2-5pm. The Roadshow, which is supported by the Kinsale Age Friendly Town Programme and the Kinsale College of

Creed announces €12m basic payment refund to 104,000 farmers

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today announced that the payment of €12.4 million to approximately 98,000 farmers has commenced.  This money was deducted from their 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments under the Financial Discipline rule.

Tourist family rescued from Hungry Hill

A FAMILY of German holiday makers were rescued from Hungry Hill on the Beara Peninsula overnight after getting into difficulties and becoming separated from one and other. The family of five, three boys aged eight, 10 and 14-years-old, their sister and father were walking on the mountain when the three boys became trapped on a high ledge.

Kenmare scores big PR coup with Washington Post story

by Stephen Johnson Washington Post writer Anne Calcagno and her husband  returned to Ireland recently to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and reported on the magical time they spent in Kenmare. They flew into Dublin and drove five hours down to Kenmare, “brushing hills smooth as brushed velvet, dotted with cattle.  We catch sight of ewes and bleating lambs, their fleeces dabbed with blue, red or orange dye, indicating their

Daly Confirms Grant Aid for West Cork Islands

A number of off shore Islands along the coast of West Cork move a step closer to securing permanent helicopter landing sites which will greatly increase connectivity with the mainland and ensure a safer living environment for the Islands’ residents particularly during medical emergencies. Cork Southwest, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly has confirmed that a grant of up to €5,500 has been made available by the Department of Arts, Heritage,

Clune calls on President Juncker to intervene directly with the White House in the ongoing Norwegian airlines issue

Clune also asks the European Commission to set out exactly how long the arbitration process in the Norwegian license case will take and to outline the exact procedure that will be followed to get the NAI license to fly from Cork and Shannon approved.  Ireland South MEP and member of the EU Transport committee Deirdre Clune has called on the President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker to intervene

OPW finally comes up with plan to protect Kenmare from flooding

by Stephen Johnson  Eight years after Kenmare suffered its worst flood in living history, the government has finally come up with a plan to protect the town from future disasters. Twenty businesses and 20 homes in the town were affected by the 2008 flash flood when the River Finnihy burst its banks. Cars were left under four feet of water as river water and sewerage gushed along Bridge Street into The Square at Quills Corner, while approach

Tom Crean family expedition set to follow in his footsteps

by Stephen Johnson AILEEN Crean O’Brien, the granddaughter of iconic Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, has long been fascinated by a man she knew little of growing up. Aileen opened Tom Crean Fish & Wine & Accommodation in Kenmare in 1992 as a tribute to her grandfather.The restaurant and guest bedrooms are filled with Tom Crean photographs and memorabilia. 

In Pictures – Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge Awards 2016

THE Anti Litter Challenge Awards Night was held in County Hall on Thursday 8th of September. West Cork was well represented among the 114 communities that took part in this year’s competition, and Thursday was the occasion when the winners of the towns categories were announced, as well as best improvers in the villages category, and the county final winners in the villages category. The Council’s annual Anti Litter Challenge

White-tailed eagle chicks fly the nest in West Cork

WHITE-tailed Eagle chicks have fledged from nests in West Cork, Kerry and Galway in 2016. A total of six chicks fledged at five nests in counties Kerry, Cork and Galway making 2016 the most successful year to date for the reintroduction of this iconic but once extinct eagle. In total eight pairs nested and laid eggs in 2016 with five of these pairs rearing chicks.

Major works to upgrade N71 surface

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has confirmed that a major upgrade of the road surface is to take place at both Lisavaird and Leap on the N71. The upgrade at Lisavaird will commence at the Curragh west of Clonakilty, and continue through Lisavaird until it ties in to a previously resurfaced section at Newmills, Rosscarbery. A contractor, Priority Conctruction Ltd., has been appointed to carry out

Schull Committee seek Minister’s assistance to progress harbour development

A meeting recently took place between members of the Schull Community Council, The Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed and management of Cork County Council. The meeting took place at the Department of the Marine Clonakilty and was facilitated by Cork South West TD Jim Daly (FG) who has been assisting the committee over the past while.

Commissioner Hogan Visits Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen

Prior to opening a major EU conference on the future of European Rural Development policy, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, today visited the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Recalling the essential support that rural development policy provides for supporting rural areas throughout the EU, Commissioner Hogan said “today’s visit to the Ludgate Hub is a perfect illustration of how a group of forward-thinking people

Lessons must be learned from Áras Attracta report

Responding to the publication of the report on Áras Attracta, the Fianna Fáil Disability Spokesperson Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD says that “lessons must be learned and that there must be a fundamental change in approach to people with intellectual disabilities.” “We were all appalled and shocked by the revelations at Aras Attracta. It’s crucial that the HSE ensures a situation like this is never repeated. This report clearly highlights the