by Stephen Johnson A TWO-YEAR, 4-million euro project designed to improve safety on a 1.6-kilometre stretch of N71 in Bonane is finally underway. A spokesman for the National Roads Authority (NRA) told the West Cork Times this week that the project will involve the removal of more than 11,000 cubic metres of rock, which will widen the narrow road and improve safety.
THE children of Lisheens National School got a welcome endorsement from American music star Mary Chapin Carpenter via Twitter recently following the release of their charity Christmas album, Little Voices, Songs From a School. The album of carols and Christmas songs was recorded at Lisheens Church in October with proceeds going to Cancer Connect the voluntary service that transports West Cork cancer patients to Cork city for treatment.
IN celebration of Christmas, the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen will be hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday 2st December where there will be fun activities guaranteed to entertain all members of the family. As a spectacular charity fundraiser, Head Chef Christian Pozimski has created a gingerbread house masterpiece, with each panel waiting to be decorated.
by Stephen Johnson TRAVEL writer Rick Steves, one of the most influential travel writers in the US, has rubbished Killarney in a recent article in the newspaper “USA Today”. Steves calls Killarney one of “the top ten tourist traps in Europe, that are best avoided by American visitors.
WORK on Clonakilty’s flood defence plan is set to begin in Autumn 2015, that’s according to the Minister for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris who visited the town recently to launch a public consultation on the €12 million scheme. The plan includes defences against both tidal and river flooding both of which have caused problems for Clonakilty in recent years. The plan envisages flood walls, embankments, retention ponds
The 45th traditional SHARE Christmas campaign is launched, as students from 20 of Cork’s schools fast and fundraise for Cork’s elderly. SHARE (Students Harness Aid for the Relief of the Elderly), the organisation for the care of Cork’s elderly, launched its traditional fast and fundraising campaign at the SHARE Crib, Daunt’s Square, Cork, (near Grand Parade) yesterday. The event saw an impressive turnout for its 45th year, in which almost 1,800 fourth
A 49-year-old man is recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a stabbing incident that occurred in Skibbereen at around 11pm on Friday night. The man suffered several stab wounds but they are understood to be non-life threatening. The victim approached a group of friends who were out walking alomg Noerth Street and then collapsed and the bystanders raised the alarm and emergency services were quickly in attendance.
THE Clonakilty Mayoral Council is encouraging the people of Clonakilty to attend next Mondays (15th December), OPW public exhibition and consultation process for the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme. The opening will take place in O’Donovan’s Hotel at 2.00pm and continue until 8.00pm that evening, when personnel from the OPW study team will be available to answer questions.
A large crowd gathered recently in the Traveller’s Rest, Caheragh to help the Vintage Threshing Committee celebrate, with a presentation evening, another successful fund-raising year. The committee were justifiably proud of their efforts when €59,000 was presented to Cork Cancer Research and other local groups.
A SPECIAL fundraising Christmas song “Home” recored by the pupis and staff of Scoil na mBuachailli in Clonakilty has received nearly 10,000 youtube hits and is climbing up the iTunes charts. Home, The Clonakilty Christmas Song is a heartwarming ode to the importance of home to Irish people everyhere and the pain of having to leave as an emigrant.