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West Cork Carers Support Group wins ‘Better Together’ Award

THE West Cork Carers Support Group was delighted to receive an award and a cheque for €1,000 at the Better Together Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle recently. The Better Together campaign is organised by The Wheel, a support and representative body for the Irish community and voluntary sector to help raise public awareness and support for the work being done by charities, community groups, clubs and associations up and down

West Cork author delves into the complexity of nightmares in newly published children’s picture book

The Dream Catcher was officially launched recently by local author Caroline Twomey. The launch took place in the award winning bookshop Whyte Books owned by Sheila Whyte, Main Street Schull. The Dream Catcher is a beautifully illustrated picture book aimed at children between 3-8 years of age. The book deals with the issue of childhood nightmares and fears of the dark, a subject matter that is realistic and relatable to

West Cork brew is ready for market

A NEW brewing enterprise involving a trio of childhood friends is set to quench the country’s growing thirst for craft beers. Established by a trio with business, bar and food culture backgrounds and brewed in a Baltimore basement, the West Cork Brewing Company has perfected two brand new beers. The new brews, one pale and dark, were revealed at the company’s launch on Saturday night. The titles, Sherkin Lass and

Baltimore Lifeboat assists medical evacuation in Roaring Water Bay

THE inshore lifeboat was called to give assistance when a medical emergency occurred on board a 75ft fishing vessel in Roaring Water Bay on 11th December. The two crew on board had been pumping the vessel bilges with a petrol pump when one of them became overcome with fumes and collapsed. The boat which services mussel rafts in the bay was at her moorings at the time.  The casualty was

Double wedding award for Fernhill

STAFF at Fernhill House Hotel & Gardens are celebrating after the well know hotel recently brought two Wedding awards home to West Cork. Fernhill has won ‘Best country house Wedding Venue in Cork’ from Southern Brides which are Munster’s leading Wedding Show organisers. To add to this prestigious accolade, Fernhill has also been named among the 50 top Wedding hotels nationally by Confetti magazine.

West Cork businesses will soon be literally on top of the world

TRANSITION year students, Sana Gordon and Fia Kelly, are heading to Nepal with leading volunteer organisation Projects Abroad to work in schools and orphanages during the summer of 2015. As part of their fundraising drive, the enterprising pair will be photographed wearing West Cork business’s branded t-shirts while working in Kathmandu and the images will be sent back to the various companies to be used to used in promotional activities.

Survey reveals best performing tourism websites in West Cork

SÉAMUS Ó Drisceoil of Cailin Óir Ferry Service carried out a web survey of West Cork Tourism related websites recently, the purpose of which was to obtain some baseline data on general interest websites promoting tourism in the area. While the work was carried out to support the efforts of the newly formed West Cork Tourism Group, the author accepts complete responsibility.

Rosscarbery Steam Engine Run cheque presentation

Pictured at the recent handing over of the €1,500 proceeds of the fourth annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5km Fun Run to its two nominated charities, Concern Worldwide and the Irish Guide Dogs Association were: Denis McSweeney (race committee),  Neil Grant (Celtic Ross Hotel),  Fiona Calnan (race committee),  Gary Howarth (Carbery Rangers), Michael O’Sullivan (Rosscarbery Community Council), Alex O’Shea (for Irish Guide Dogs Association),  Denis Calnan (race committee), Geoff Wycherley (Rosscarbery

Taoiseach launches national phase of Macroom’s SMILE Resource Exchange

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD,  this week attended the national launch of Macroom-based environmental organisation SMILE Resource Exchange.   SMILE Resource Exchange is an innovative initiative, established in Cork in 2011, aimed at fostering economic development while adhering to best waste management practices. The launch also coincided with European Waste Reduction Week 2014.

Kenmare will unveil a new website in December

by Stephen Johnson   KENMARE will unveil a new business and tourism web site in December.   The project has been developed by the 46-member Kenmare Marketing & Events Group (KMEG). A KMEG spokesperson told West Cork Times that web design experts at Tourism Ireland in Killarney and Dublin have vetted the new web site and given it their strong approval.