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Kinsale RNLI raft race this August Bank Holiday

CELEBRITY chef Martin Shanahan is promising a ‘party on the pier’ in Kinsale this Bank Holiday Saturday 1st August for the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race.  Up to 30 rafts will take part in the race, starting at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 5pm and finishing at the main slip by Kinsale pier between 5.30pm and 6pm.

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

West Cork homes receive new postcodes

THERE has been a mixed response to the new Eircode postcodes that have been arriving through the post at homes and businesses across West Cork recently. Some 44 per cent of all premises in West Cork have the same address as at least one other but the new Eircodes will give each of the 36, 934 homes and businesses in West Cork a unique identifying code.

Shock at robberies and vandalism in the Rossmore area

WIDESPREAD feelings of shock, disbelief and disappointment were felt by the people of Kilmeen and Castleventry Parish when they discovered one morning recently that thieves had stolen several baskets of flowers which were on public display in their community. Sixteen baskets of flowers which were bolted on to strong specially crafted metal frames secured to four bridges in the parish disappeared overnight. In each case the metal fittings were thrown

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.

€7 million upgrades to Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant nearing completion

IRISH Water welcomed members of the local community to view upgrades to the value of €7 million at Clonakilty, Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project, which is in the final stages of construction, will provide four times the capacity of the existing wastewater treatment plant in Clonakilty using state of the art technology.

Cork County Mayor Alan Coleman leaves Fianna Fáil with parting shot – announces independent bid

THE outgoing County Mayor, Alan Coleman has resigned from Fianna Fáil and announced that he will stand as an independent candidate at the next General Election. Coleman was highly critical of the party which just last week selected Bandon town councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony as its only General Election candidate in Cork South West. Coleman had withdrawn from the selection process as had veteran Bantry-based senator Denis O’Donovan leaving a

Air India Flight 182 remembered 30 years on

FOR the families of those who died it seems incredible that 30 years have now passed since Air India Flight 182 was blown out of the sky 30,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of West Cork. The aircraft, en-route from Canada to India was destroyed by a terrorist bomb on June 23, 1985 killing all of the 329 men, women and children on board. It was the