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2016 Heineken Kinsale 7s kicks off

THE Heineken Kinsale 7s takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 30th April & 1st May and is always a popular festival for players and supporters with thousands of visitors expected in the seaside town. Now in its 28th year, the Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of competitive men

Cork – US flights could begin in August

IRELAND South MEP and member of the EU Transport Committee Deirdre Clune has met with CEO of Norwegian Airlines Bjørn Kjos in Brussels to discuss transatlantic flights from Cork to the US.

Remembering the 1916 executions in Clonakilty

The Clonakilty Easter Commemoration Committee will mark the centenaries of the executions of the 1916 leaders who have streets named after them in Clonakilty, with simple remembrance ceremonies in their honour on those streets, starting next week.

Michael Collins House officially opened in Clonakilty

by John Bohane THE Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea officially opened the Michael Collins House which is located in Emmet Square, Clonakilty before a large crowd recently. The Georgian house, which was restored by Cork County Council includes a new museum which is dedicated to the life of Michael Collins and charts Ireland’s struggle for independence from the 1798 rebellion onwards. The beautifully restored house includes archive pictures,

Walking in the footsteps of Cork’s 1916 Volunteers – 100 years later

HUNDREDS of people retraced the footsteps of more than 350 Irish Volunteers through mid-Cork on the same date 100 years ago – Easter Sunday, 1916. They assembled from various parts of Co. Cork in Kilmurry, just as happened a century earlier. The arrival of hundreds of armed men in the small village in 1916 was part of the largest mobilisation of the Cork Brigade of the Irish Volunteers, in what

Michael Collins Museum opening in Clonakilty

Pictured at the Opening of the new Michael Collins Museum at Emmet Square, Clonakilty where Michael Collins once worked on the local newspaper was Great grandniece Emer O’Sullivan from Inniscarra posing with the Bust of her Grand Uncle General Michael Collins. Pic: Denis Boyle

Kinsale revs up for 2016 vintage rally

ONE the most exciting and spectacular weekends on the Kinsale events is The Blue Haven Kinsale Vintage Rally, taking place 6th to 9th of May. With over 120 amazing Vintage cars on display in Kinsale over the weekend, it really is a fun filled family weekend worth seeing.

Clonakilty 2016 Tidy Towns campaign underway

CLONAKILTY Tidy Towns volunteers are back in action for the 2016 season. On Good Friday, a number of them were delighted to welcome members of the junior Rugby Clubs who did a clean-up of the town centre area. Several volunteers did a cleanup on the N71 to Lisavaird as part of the recent KWD County Cleanup.

Government support for community shops, such as the one in Courtmacsherry, is a good first step

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has praised the Courtmacsherry Community Shop Committee members when she visited the premises on Friday last, April 8th. Many shops in rural areas and small villages have closed due to intensive price competition from large multiples and dwindling population bases. Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune says that government led incentives should be put in place to allow communities to reopen those shops.

Bandon flood heroes honoured at West Cork Community Awards ceremony

UPWARDS of 550 people at this year’s West Cork Community Awards ceremony held in Bandon gave a standing ovation to the members of the emergency services and the many volunteers who came to the rescue of Bandon town during the devastating flooding episodes on December 5th and 29th last, caused by Storms Desmond and Frank respectively.

Awards ceremony to salute Bandon’s local flood heroes

THE many volunteers and members of the emergency services who came to the rescue of Bandon during its double flooding episodes last December, are to be honoured at the 27th Annual West Cork Community Awards ceremony to be held in Bandon on Friday 8th April.

Drimoleague woman Dee Forbes appointed next RTE Director General

RTÉ has appointed Drimoleague native Dee Forbes as Director General following a recruitment process overseen by its board. Ms Forbes is currently President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Northern Europe, and will leave the role to become Director General of Ireland’s national public service media organisation. Raised in Drimoleague and schooled in Clonakilty Ms Forbes parents ran the East End Bar in Drimolegaue where she worked during her college

Here’s Danny! Collins set to continue brother’s work at County Council

by John Bohane NEWLY elected Independent Councillor Danny Collins was elated to be co-opted onto Cork County Council following the election of his brother Michael to represent Cork South West following the recent general election. The Bantry based publican is hoping to carry on the good work his brother has achieved within the council chambers over the last two years before his subsequent election to the Dail.

State Ceremonial Event on Grand Parade, Cork Easter Monday, March 28

Cork City and County Mayors to lay wreaths at National Monument The Lord Mayor of Cork and the Mayor of County Cork will join together on Easter Monday, March 28, to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Monument on Grand Parade, Cork City. The ceremony will be one of nine such synchronised ceremonies taking place at locations around the country at 1.15pm, the time that the first shots

Kalbos named best cafe in Cork

by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.