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County Mayor welcomes Cityjet Cork to London City flights that commence this week  

THE Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr John Paul O’Shea has this week welcomed the commencement of the CityJet Cork-London City flights from Cork Airport. Welcoming the Cork to London City service, Mayor O’ Shea said, “This new service which commences this Thursday from Cork Airport offers the people of Cork a direct flight into the heart of London city within one hour.

Funding approved for Macroom Bypass

by Stephen Johnson   FUNDING has been approved for the long-awaited bypass on the N22 Ballyvourney to Macroom road.   This comes as part of a €6bn investment in the road network over the next seven years announced by the Government this week in its €42bn capital investment plan for the country.

Region cleans up again at Tidy Towns awards

WEST Cork and South Kerry have once again proved to be one of the tidiest regions of the country at the national SuperValu Tidy Towns awards held at Dublin’s Helix theatre. No less than 14 medals were picked up by towns ans villages in the West Cork Times area with four gold medal winners, five silver medal winners and five bronze medal winners from the area.

Cork’s American dream takes off

AFTER years of trying, false dawns, set backs and disappointments, the nation’s second busiest airport is finally set to see direct, scheduled flights to the USA. Cork Airport has warmly welcomed the announcement from low cost carrier Norwegian that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017. A Cork-Barcelona service is also planned

Major cigarette seizure in Skibbereen

REVENUE officers, with assistance from An Garda Síochana have seized 403,000 cigarettes in Skibbereen with a retail value of approximately €222,500. Following an indication by Harvey, Revenue’s sniffer dog, approximately 42,000 unstamped “NZ Slim” cigarettes were seized at a commercial premises in Cork city by Revenue officers. The cigarettes were concealed inside several mannequins.

St Patrick’s Pipe band put West Cork on the map in Moscow

MEMBERS of the St Patrick’s youth pipe band from West Cork have just returned from a 14-day trip to Russia. They band were invited guests of the Spasskaya Tower Military Tattoo where they played in front of audiences of up to 8,000 people each night, including Vladimir Putin. The show was filmed for live television and also streamed online. The prestigious festival consisted of many other acts from around the

Planning permission granted for Bandon Hospital upgrade

PLANNERS at Cork County Council have given the green light to the planned upgrade of Bandon Community Hospital with construction on the new state of the art facility due to begin in the coming months. The new facility will be built on the existing site and will see the bed capacity at the hospital increase to 25 beds. Construction is expected to be completed within 12 months of work beginning.

Businesses asked for input on future of tourism in Sheep’s Head

THE award-winning Sheep’s Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative is inviting businesses along the Sheep’s Head Way to attend its AGM at the Philip Green Centre in Durrus on September 28th to help build plans for the area’s future. The non-profit tourism co-op has been successfully promoting the area around the walking route since it was launched in September 2013, and its work has been recognised as outstanding at the Irish

Housing protest called for West Cork

ON September 22nd the Dáil returns after its summer break and a protest is planned to take place outside Leinster House that evening to highlight the housing crisis and to force the government to take action immediately to alleviate the hardship faced by many families. Locally, a protest will be held at 6.30pm outside the Cork County Council administrative centre for housing in West Cork at Kent Street, Clonakilty. People