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Corcaigh, Ireland


Mixed reaction to County Council budget

THERE was a mixed reaction from various political parties to the Cork County Council budget agreed recently. Fianna Fáil, now the largest grouping on the council were keen to promote the budget as “pro-community and pro-business”. The Fianna Fáil Group on Cork County Council has today supported the Council’s budget which is aimed at supporting small businesses in the district, enabling community development and helping families under pressure.

West Cork Garda Youth Awards ceremony held in Kinsale

THE Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald was the guest of honour at the West Cork Garda Youth Awards Ceremony, in association with SuperValu, held in Actons Hotel in Kinsale. Minister Fitzgerald paid tribute to the award winners, and declared that she was delighted to be able to attend such a positive event, which celebrated young people in an important positive manner.

Maebh Daly wins Bantry Credit Union Scholarship 2014

MAEBH Daly from Coorloum West, Ballylickey, Bantry, has been awarded the Bantry Credit Union Third-Level Education Scholarship for 2014. Maebh is the 12th winner of the scholarship, which is worth up to €6,000 over four years.   The daughter of Pat Joe and Noreen Daly, Maebh sat the Leaving Cert in June at Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí. All her hard work was rewarded when she got excellent exam results and was

Temporary funding lifeline secured for non-Gaeltacht islands

IRELAND’S non-Gaeltacht islands which include six of West Cork’s seven inhabited islands have had assurances that funding for community development offices on the islands will be put in place as far as March 2015. There was uproar from islanders when it appeared that state funding would be cut off completely in January with islanders claiming the move would see the end of viable communities on the islands.

West Cork young scientists are Cork Persons of the Month

SCIENTIFIC hat-trick winners Sophie Healy-Thow, Ciara Judge and Emer Hickey have been chosen Cork Persons of the Month. Their names now also go forward, with the other Persons of Month chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Persons of the Year at a gala awards lunch on January 16th next. The Kinsale Community School pupils won this year’s BT Young Scientist, EU Young Scientist and the top prize at

Skibb Credit Union launches West Cork Wild Atlantic Year photo competition

MICHAEL Minihane, veteran photographer and a lifelong member of Skibbereen Credit Union was on hand to launch the Credit Union’s West Cork Wild Atlantic Year (West Cork WAY) photo competition. Michael, well know and well-loved in the West Cork area said he was delighted to be involved in such a project. “Capturing a beautiful scene and sharing that gift is a joyous thing and we are blessed to have such

Death of the Islands? – Funding cuts announcement threatens very existence of offshore communities claim islanders

ISLAND communities across West Cork as well as along the entire West Coast say that cuts to core funding allocations to non – Gaeltacht Islands will lead to the islands becoming unviable as permanent communities.   The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government has announced that it is to terminate funding to their five Community Development Companies Offices from December 31st, 2014.

Water Service vans burned out in Bantry

A GARDA investigation is underway following an arson attack on two Cork County Council water service vans at a depot in Bantry over the weekend. The attack occurred at the depot in Newtown in the early hours of Sunday morning and is being treated as malicious by gardaí.

One killed in Crookstown accident

ONE person has died and another has been seriously injured following a road traffic accident at the Crookstown junction of the N22 Cork – Macroom Road.   The collision between a car and a truck happened just after 1.15pm. The deceased is understood to be a 74-year-old woman who was travelling in a Toyota Avensis car with her husband. He has been taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment. The