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Coastguard rescue four daring doggies from disused mineshaft

THE Toe Head and Glandore Coastguard are being hailed as heroes after a dramatic two-day rescue operation to save four dogs who had fallen down a disused mineshaft near Glandore came to a successful conclusion. The four young dogs, three beagles and a terrier got trapped at the bottom of the 30-metre mineshaft after running off from owners Patrick O’Sullivan and Graham Curley who eventually found where they were by

Armed incident in Crookstown

GARDAÍ were involved in a protracted standoff in Crookstown for several hours on Monday (October 20th). Gardaí from Macroom are investigating the incident which occurred in Crookstown where a firearm was discharged from a house during the incident. Armed Gardaí, attended the scene and a media blackout was put in place at the farm located between Crookstown and Beal na Blath.

Jack & Jill Foundation launch Little Ones appeal

MasterChef presenter Nick Munier with Orlaith O’Sullivan from Montforts College at the launch of The Little Ones Appeal 2014 at The River Lee Hotel, Cork. The Jack & Jill Foundation are calling on restaurants nationwide to participate in the Little Ones scheme throughout November and December whereby diners are encouraged to add a voluntary donation of just €1 to their bill at the end of their meal. Picture: Emma Jervis

Foot in the Door jobseeker’s event comes to Clonakilty

FOOT in The Door – an Irish co-operative industry initiative targeting potential new employees for the agri-food sector is coming to Clonakilty at the Fernhill House Hotel from 9am – 1pm on Thursday, October 23rd. Foot in The Door is a training and advisory event for currently unemployed job seekers. It was launched in May by ICOS Skillnets and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine, Simon Coveney. The initiative

Huge turnout for West Cork “surviving or thriving” conference in Kilmacsimon

JOB creation, developing enterprises and improving the economic landscape of West Cork were some of the main topics discussed at the West Cork Development Partnership (WCDP) forum entitled “West Cork: Surviving of Thriving?” at Kilmacsimon. The forum took an in-depth look at the current trends and statistics for West Cork and how the Region can progress.

Student teachers facing hardship following withdrawal of Gaeltacht grants

STUDENT teachers are facing severe financial hardship as a result of the withdrawal of grants previously issued to them to undertake mandatory Gaeltacht placements. In 2012 the Department of Education abolished the grants for the mandatory three-week placements for primary teachers and following a report on the placements by a working group revised the timetable up to four weeks to be taken in two blocks of two weeks.

Charity walk ‘Makes its Mark on Cancer’ and raises over €51K in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation

IN July over 630 walkers took to the road and participated in the second annual ‘Make Your Mark on Cancer’ charity walk, raising a phenomenal €51,500 in aid of the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancer Appeal. The 22km sponsored walk took place on Sunday 13th July from The Viaduct to Bandon, with funds raised going to the planned Mercy Cancer Care Centre at Sheares Street; as well as supporting the Rapid

Big Fella’s Clon home to become museum

by Colm Power THE former home of West Cork’s “Big Fella” in Clonakilty is set to be converted into a museum dedicated to the life of Michael Collins. The building, located in Emmet’s Square, will tell the life story and struggle for Independence of this national icon. The project is part of the €1m being pumped into urban renewal projects in Clonakilty, with an estimated €500,000 going towards the museum.

Kerry Council seeks legal advice on Kenmare market trading rights

by Stephen Johnson KERRY County Council said this week that it is seeking legal advice from senior counsel in an effort to resolve the long-standing dispute over market trading rights in Kenmare. The Council withdrew a set of draft bye-laws on the matter earlier this year following after objections from both the Kenmare Chamber of Commerce and Tourism and representatives of the market traders.