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Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards winners announced

A TASTE of West Cork Food Festival, which runs annually in September, has announced the winners of the prestigious Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards, held at Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen recently, and which recognises excellence in artisan food production.  The awards went to Caherbeg Free Range Pork  (Rosscarbery, Co. Cork) and Toonsbridge Dairy (Macroom) which produces Mozarella cheese.  Other finalists short-listed for awards included Claire’s Homemade Hummus (Union Hall),

Top travel blogger completes Wild Atlantic Way cycle challenge in Kinsale

FINNISH travel blogger Satu Va?nska?-Westgarth received a warm Kinsale welcome as she completed the “challenge of her lifetime,” cycling the entire 2,500km coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way over the past five weeks. She was welcomed by Cllr Alan Coleman, Mayor of Cork County, Hal McElroy of Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business and Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy Cafe? who presented Satu with a delicious seafood platter and

Earn your SCARs on the Wild Atlantic Way

IRELAND’S only adventure race which gives 100 per cent of the proceeds to charity, will take place along part of the spectacular West Cork leg of the Wild Atlantic Way, this October. ‘SCAR’ – the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race – has already signed up a number of top Irish adventure athletes, including Jerry O’Sullivan (2012 Adventure Race National Series sport category winner), Chris Caulfield (National Adventure Race Champion 2013-Men’s Expert),

Union Hall’s new RNLI lifeboat station is ready for action

  THE RNLI’s 45th lifeboat station in Ireland has officially been put on service at Union Hall for a trial period of two years. The station boat is now a declared search and rescue asset based at Keelbeg Pier in Union Hall. The RNLI will operate a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat from temporary station facilities and launching from a slipway adjacent to the pier. The station’s lifeboat Maritime Nation

High Court action threatened over Bantry Bay fish farm escape report

WEST Cork based environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment have threatened High Court action in their attempts to obtain the report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February.   The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies in Bantry Bay. The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney refused to release the report