While we are almost halfway through National Heritage Week already, in Clonakilty and surrounding areas there are still plenty of things to do up to this weekend, thanks to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, other organisations and various volunteers. As always, all events listed are free of charge to attend and unless stated, do not require advance booking. All week there is a Children’s Historical Treasure Hunt of Clonakilty town. Participants from
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean 2016 – Join the world’s largest coastal cleanup – @CleanCoasts #BigBeachClean
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean is taking place on the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th of September all over Ireland. Clean Coasts is once again teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Join us by registering your beach clean on Clean Coasts website, and receive your free Beach Clean pack! www.cleancoasts.org
KINSALE RIB Tours is delighted to announce details of its Corporate Group Tours and special rates for Summer 2016 on its fast and purpose built boats, complete with skipper and all safety equipment. The Corporate package includes a 2 hour RIB trip for 7 people to see all the sights Kinsale has to offer including the picturesque old head of Kinsale and stopover in a waterfront pub or restaurant €290.
The Boutique Georgian Old Bank House in the heart of Kinsale town is today celebrating their 5 star status which has been awarded by the AA. Uncovering excellence is the mainstay of Hospitality at the AA that is now recognized all over the world. Every hotel in the AA accreditation scheme has been personally visited by the Inspectors because they know that the Members trust their word. Old Bank House
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.
Queen of last years Red Heads Grainne Keena and Michael O’Sullivan, Kanturk getting red-y for the new Best Red Pet category in this years Irish Redhead Convention in Rumleys Open Farm.
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has rejected claims made by US Congressman Peter De Fazio that Norwegian Airlines Ireland is merely a flag of convenience. She has compared opposition to Norwegian flying from Cork and Shannon airports to the United States as the same kind of negativity and opposition that faced Ryanair when it sought out a license to fly to the UK in 1986. “I utterly refute the
Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has welcomed moves by the EU Commission to launch an arbitration procedure over the failure of the US authorities to grant Norwegian Air Ireland a license to fly between Cork and Shannon to the United States. Speaking after she recently called on the Commissioner to begin arbitration, the Ireland South MEP and EU Transport Committee member Deirdre Clune said the move is unprecedented but necessary
Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh on Bere Island over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August as part of the island’s celebrations for Heritage Week 2016. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Lughnasadh which traditionally marked the beginning of the harvest season.
Tucked away in Kenmare Bay, and perfectly situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Sheen Falls Lodge is a five-star luxury destination that specialises in experiences with a difference. Those in search of an autumnal escape need look no further than Sheen Falls Lodge’s exclusive French Fine Wine & Dining evening taking place on Saturday, September 24th. Sure to impress even the world’s most established food and wine connoisseurs, this special
Cllr Joe Carroll, deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork officially launched the Ilen River Blue Way, which stretches from Baltimore to Skibbereen on Friday, July 22nd from Baltimore Harbour. This is the first Blueway developed by Cork County Council and is a relatively new concept in Ireland. Cork County Council will also manage, maintain and carry out a local inspection regime on the Ilen River Blueway, ensuring
Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The
THE Clonakilty Bike Scheme (the only such one in Ireland in a town of Clonakilty’s size) has decided to organise free guided cycle tours. People may participate on their own bicycle or if they don’t have one, hire one from the scheme at any of the local hotels or the Model Village.
WITH three new events announced, there will be plenty more for West Cork Literary Festival attendees to enjoy over the week. Multi-award winning author of Cloud Atlas, The Bone Clocks, Ghostwritten and Number9dream, David Mitchell, has just been announced to read from his new novel Slade House and will discuss his work at 9.45pm in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry.
FOLLOWING a meeting between Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune and the European Low Fares Airline Association in Brussels last night, the MEP has called on the European Commission to immediately exhaust all avenues, including legal arbitration, to put political pressure on the US authorities to grant a license to Norwegian Airlines to fly from Cork and Shannon to Boston.
IT was a hectic schedule on Monday and Tuesday 4th and 5th July for visiting American Bob Bateman and his wife Camille as they undertook a number of engagements locally in memory of his great-granduncle, famous Fenian, American civil war fighter, politician, policeman and businessman Captain Timothy Deasy who hailed from Farran, South Ring in the 1830’s. The couple had made contact initially four months ago with the then Clonakilty
Kerry’s newest interactive tourist attraction, a 12ft Druid, carved from the trunk of a large Monterey Cypress tree and cloaked in copper has been welcomed to its new home; the aptly named Druid’s View at Molly Gallivans Cottage and Traditional Farm in Bonane Co Kerry.
A GROUP of Spanish journalists, accompanied by a representative from Iberia Express will touch down in Cork Airport from Madrid today to find out what Cork can offer Spanish visitors when they arrive at the gateway to the South of Ireland. It is hoped that the new summer service from Madrid to Cork will open up opportunities for Spanish tourists to see for themselves what the Wild Atlantic Way and
WEST Cork will take centre stage this week as a group of top German journalists who have a combined circulation and online readership of over 6 million will get to see for themselves what the south west has to offer. The press trip, South West Gardens, was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and provides a great opportunity to highlight a number of Cork’s amazing gardens and
Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton, a regular visitor to the South West Of Ireland is pictured teeing off from the Fastnet Lighthouse to promote the The Wild Atlantic Way Golf Pass. The pass allows golfers to play four stunning Wild Atlantic courses, Kenmare, Bantry Bay, Skibbereen and Kinsale for just €99. For further information contact: Skibbereen Golf Club 028 21227 www.skibbgolf.com Bantry Golf Club 027 50579 www.bantrygolf.com Kenmare Golf Club
CORK Hotels have invested heavily in the last 12 months and continue to invest in 2016 with up to €27m being spent on refurbishments, underlining their commitment to Cork’s conference & meetings industry.
More than two million Britons see stunning image of Beara Peninsula in new Tourism Ireland promotion
Tourism Ireland’s latest campaign to promote the island of Ireland in Britain sees the organisation team up with Secret Escapes, an exclusive members-only travel club. It includes a two-page article, with a stunning image of the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula, in the June edition of National Geographic magazine (1.7 million readers).
THE Cork County Beach Lifeguard Service came into effect on June 4th for the 2016 Season. The Beach lifeguards will be on patrol at the following beaches: The Warren, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Tragumna, Barleycove, Garrylucas, Garretsown, Garryvoe, Front Strand, Claycastle and Redbarn.
THE new Aer Lingus service between Cork and Düsseldorf is now underway with the official launch taking place at Cork Airport. The German Ambassador to Ireland H.E Matthias Höpfner officially launched the new service and was one of the first passengers to fly to Düsseldorf. He was joined by a delegation of Cork representatives which included Lord Mayor of Cork, Chris O’Leary and Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr
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
County Mayor says it’s “insulting to the people of Cork” as US congressmen attempt to block Cork – Boston flights
THE Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea has outlined his disappointment and wholeheartedly rejects a proposed US Bill which is to be put forward by four US Representatives to block the first US Flights to Cork from Boston by Norwegian Air International.