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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.

Big turn out for innaugural Tourism Assembly

by Colm Power THERE was a big turnout recently at the West Cork Hotel which hosted the first gathering of the West Cork Tourism Assembly. At least 125 tourism leaders and interested parties were in attendance, including Ian Dempsey from the west Cork Development Partnership; Siobhán Burke, Marketing co-ordinator for the Sheep’s Head and Bantry Tourism Co-Operative and Finbarr Harrington chair of the Cork Community & Voluntary Forum.

More than half of foreign visitors to Cork come from UK

MORE than half of foreign visitors to Cork come from the UK according to statistics just published by hotel comparison website www.trivago.ie. Trivago has revealed a list of the top nine visiting nationalities to Cork over the last year based on user searches on the site, which receives over 80 million visitors per month worldwide.

Global travel experts descend on South West

MORE than 650 global influencers from the fast-growing activity travel sector, representing 62 different countries arrived in the South West of Ireland to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit which took place for four days in Killarney. In the growing adventure tourism sector, which is worth in the region of €773m to the Irish economy and brings almost 1 million international tourists to Ireland each year, this event is giving

Five lesser-known West Cork beauty spots

WITH outstanding natural beauty all around sometimes it’s easy to miss those little gems right under your nose in West Cork; what may seem “ordinary” in this majestic landscape would often be exceptional elsewhere.   With that in mind we’ve complied a list of five lesser-known beautiful locations in West Cork that the casual visitor may not be aware of. Of course all these locations are well known to many