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Heritage Week puts West Cork towns on the map

AS part of National Heritage Week, Cork County Council has begun an initiative to produce a series of maps for the seven historic towns in the West Cork region. Launching the Dunmanway Historic Town Map in Dunmanway recently. Chairman of the Western Division councillor Declan Hurley said, “It is hoped these maps will encourage an appreciation of the rich heritage of the seven towns in the region both for locals

Inchydoney wins Beachguard Team Award

COUNTY Mayor, Cllr John Paul O’ Shea was on hand recently to award the authority’s annual beachguard team award with this year’s award going to the well deserving Inchydoney Beachguard Team. In 2014, Cork County Council introduced a new initiative under the Cork County Council Beach Service, that of an award recognising and acknowledging the Beachguard Team which has excelled during the season. The award is given for a number

€2 at the ready as Cork brews up for Marymount

Did you know that last year €2 stretched across two counties, provided Community Palliative Care for 1,529 patients and that’s not all it even enabled the admission of 564 people to the inpatient unit of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. This September you can become part of the 2015 story simply by handing over your €2 on the 17th in exchange for a steaming cup of freshly brewed Bewley’s coffee.

FIVE rescued from speedboat off Old Head of Kinsale

THE Courtmacsherry all weather RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 6.40 pm yesterday evening (Monday) to go to the immediate aid of a 22 ft speedboat that got into difficulties and was taking in water off the Inner Barrell Rocks near the Old Head of Kinsale.

Bantry Bay Port Company launches Bantry Blueway

MUNSTER’S first ever Blueway has been launched in Bantry. The Bantry Blueway will take paddlers on a 2km, 6km or 9km water trail in the picturesque Bantry Harbour in West Cork and encompasses up to seven different points, starting at Abbey Slipway and taking in Whiddy Island before moving across to Reenbeg Point and back via Railway Pier.  

Digital hub to create 500 jobs

THE Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD o­fficially launched a new Digital Hub for Skibbereen on Friday. Ludgate@Skibbereen is an initiative that aims to create an entrepreneurial “ecosystem” in the region and seeks to create 500 jobs in five years with an initial 75 plus jobs in the start-up phase. The refurbished Old Bakery building which will be renamed “The Ludgate Hub” was made available for

Charities benefit from Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare

CANCER Connect and SouthWest Counselling Centre were the real winners, from the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare. Over €30,000 was raised for these deserving charities. Cancer Connect Service is a free and flexible transport service to Cork Hospitals, from West Cork for people receiving radiotherapy, chemotherapy and related treatments.

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