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Take part in Bantry’s first yoga festival this October 7th-9th

Set amongst the stunning Atlantic coast and taking place in iconic locations around Bantry town, this three day festival offers a unique, honest and diverse collection of yoga forms for all to experience. Showcasing some of the country’s top yoga teachers along with an eclectic selection of eastern dance, music, martial arts, meditation and laughter, this is a festival designed for those who want relax, re-connect and embrace the good life.

Former Gangster to Speak in Bandon

John Pridmore, the former London gangster will be sharing his amazing story in Bandon Parish Church on Monday the 3rd of October at 7.30pm as part of a Parish Mission running from Monday the 3rd – Friday the 7th of October.Evening sessions: Monday to Friday 7.30pm.Everyone Welcome. John has recently returned from Washington and Canada after speaking at international conferences and speaking to thousands of young people in schools and prisons.Fifty two year old Pridmore

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. Last year more than 18 million pounds of trash was collected by nearly 800,000 volunteers in 91 from the world’s oceans.   Each year millions of tonnes of marine litter enter our seas and

Sixth Annual ‘Rosscarbery Steam Engine’ 5km Fun Run on October 1st

Now in it’s sixth year, the Annual Rosscarbery Steam Engine 5km Fun Run will take place on Saturday October 1st at 5pm. The run is named in honour of the one-time Irish and USA Champion 400-metres champion runner T.J. O’Mahony and is a 5km (3.1 miles in total) double circuit of the scenic lagoon in Rosscarbery. The race has full AAI Permit. Every year a different local charity is chosen

Lisheens House Official Opening

John Lonergan, former governor of Mountjoy Prison, cuts the ribbon at the launch of Lisheens House new premises in Skibbereen, watched by Ray Cullen (‘Talk to Tom’ Wexford), Jim Daly TD, Noreen Murphy Founder of Lisheens House, Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD, Michael Collins TD and Mick Kearns Manager of Lisheens House. The centre, which will house counselling, education, training and support services, is located in the former print room of

Successful Heritage Week in Clonakilty

The recent Heritage Week programme organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage was attended by large crowds at all the events – all of which were free of charge. Throughout the week, local children participated in a Historical Treasure Hunt around the town in association with the Michael Collins House Museum. Thanks was expressed to the speakers at the other Heritage Week walks and talks who gave their time free including Seán

German version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ films in Coolea

THE German version of the popular reality TV show Come Dine With Me is filming in Coolea, West Cork. Called Das Perfekte Dinner (meaning ‘The Perfect Dinner’), five amateur German chefs are taking part in an ‘Ireland special’, which is airing to almost 1.4 million viewers at primetime every evening this week on VOX (German nationwide TV channel). Filming for the episode in Coolea took place on 9th September.

In Pictures – Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge Awards 2016

THE Anti Litter Challenge Awards Night was held in County Hall on Thursday 8th of September. West Cork was well represented among the 114 communities that took part in this year’s competition, and Thursday was the occasion when the winners of the towns categories were announced, as well as best improvers in the villages category, and the county final winners in the villages category. The Council’s annual Anti Litter Challenge

18 companies shortlisted for inaugural ILDN Local Development Enterprise Awards 2016

Inspirational entrepreneurs are to be recognised by the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) Inaugural Enterprise Awards at the Gibson Hotel on 15 September 2016.  Some of the entrepreneurs shortlisted were made redundant or lost their jobs during the recession.  All of the entrepreneurs have now created their own jobs and are supporting others in employment as a result of the support they received from the local development companies, the Back

Food, Fiction, Fads & Phonies talk in Clonakilty

As part of A Taste of West Cork, award winning food producer Avril Allshire-Howe and her committee of fellow food lovers are hosting ‘Food, Fiction, Fads & Phonies’ on Thursday, 15thSeptember, 9am. The event will take place in the National  Seafood Centre (NSC) Auditorium which is located at Clogheen, Clonakilty. The conference will focus on several aspects of myths & facts and the importance to make educated decisions. Outspoken and a strong supporter of the artisan movement, Avril

Macroom Food Festival 2016 – Food, glorious food and lots of fun in store this September!  

When: Thursday 22nd Friday 23rd Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2016 Where: Food, drink and entertainment events will take place at a number of indoor and outdoor venues across the town centre, including the Main Square, the Castle Hotel, various pubs, cafés and restaurants, Town Hall, Leisure Centre and Riverside Park Hotel. What: Food, glorious food, music and fun for all the family: a vintage tea dance, a tasting

The White Room re-opens in Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson Kenmare’s renowned White Room re-opened on Thursday, 1 September, six months after a devastating destroyed its shop at 50 Henry Street. 

Carbery Macra News

ON Sunday the 28th of August Bantry Macra held their Know your Neighbours Macra Na Feirme day. A great day was had with music and fun on the day. On the day the Carbery round of stock judging took place well done to James Murphy who came first and Linda Harrington who came second.

Music and Silence Festival on Bere Island

This September a unique festival celebrating the power of music and silence will take place on West Cork’s Bere Island. Music and meditation are combined in the Music and Silence festival programme (16-18 September) to give visitors a chance to reflect, contemplate, and refresh their senses in the company of one of the world’s leading experts on mindfulness and meditation. The festival programme is led by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB,

West Cork gardeners feature on Sodshow podcast

SEVERAL well known West Cork gardeners will feature on the popular Sodshow gardening podcast with landscape gardener Peter Donegan in the coming weeks. First up is Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, his interview is available online now and he is set to be followed by Serge and Claudine de Thibault from the Bamboo Park in Glengarriff and David and Mary Tanner from Glenview Gardens. The three shows

Open Day for the Dunmanway Boxing Club

To celebrate the Dunmanway Boxing Club being awarded €10,000 through the Capital Sport Funding we are having an open day to showcase our talented young boxers and our fabulous new equipment.  Come and find out more about the club and the activities on offer for all ages this season.  The open day is on Saturday 10th September from 1 – 3 in the Dunmanway Boxing Club (up-stairs in the Dunmanway

Clonakilty’s Mary Jane Irwin remembered on centenary of her death

On Wednesday evening 17th August 2016, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, remembered Mary Jane Irwin on the centenary of her death. Mary Jane was from Clonakilty and was the third wife of the great Fenian, Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa, who hailed from the Reenascreena/Rosscarbery area about seven miles out of town. The centenary remembrance evening was held at “Strand House” (next to An Súgán), which was the family home of the Irwin

Caheragh scouting news

A team of 8 scouts from the 13th Caheragh Scout Group took part in the 12th National Phoenix event starting this Wednesday at the Mount Mellery Scout Center in County Waterford, and in terrible weather conditions competed against over 90 other troops from both North and South for the Phoenix Challenge http://www.scouts.ie/scouts/what_we_do/the_phoenix_challenge-28.html The teams are tested over 4 days camping on scouting skills, Team work, First aid, Cooking. and various

New ginger royalty crowned as thousands of redheads gather in Crosshaven

Andy O’Neill from Kilkenny and Emma Ni Chearuil from Galway have been crowned the new King and Queen of Gingerdom at the 7th Annual Redhead Convention which is in full swing in Crosshaven, Co. Cork this weekend.   The fun, family festival of ginger-loving madness is a celebration of all things to do with having fabulous red hair, the rarest hair colour in the world.   Accepting her award, the incoming

Lorge Chocolatier opens shop in Kenmare

by Stephen Johnson Lorge Chocolatier, located in Bonane on the main road from Glengarriff to Kenmare, has opened a new chocolate shop on Henry Street in Kenmare. Owner Benoit Lorge, an award-winning chocolatier, says he takes his inspiration from the stunning countryside of the Caha Mountains and the lakes, rivers and bays that surround him.

CoAction Volunteers needed

Now that summer holidays are almost over and autumn activities are being planned, perhaps you may consider volunteering a little of your time with CoAction. Being a “Buddy” to one of the people in their service is a very social type of volunteering, engaging in activities that both you and the person in CoAction enjoy.

Limited edition Olympic T-Shirts to help Skibbereen Rowing Club produce the next Olympians

#Pulllikeadog for Skibbereen Rowing Club Wednesday 17th August; Skibbereen Rowing Club have launched their official O’Donovan Brothers limited edition #Pulllikeadog t-shirts in aid of the club which has produced two of Ireland’s top sportspeople and Olympic Silver medalists. Gary and Paul O’Donovan stormed in to the hearts of the nation on Friday last when they claimed Silver in the Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls while also creating TV gold with their witty interviews.

Support Your Local campaign launches employment trail map

The Support Your Local campaign has today launched an employment trail map, which seeks to highlight the job and wage contribution of the drinks and hospitality industry in Ireland. More than 204,000 people rely on the drinks and hospitality sector for direct employment.

Vote for Freya the Clon Dog in the Nose of Tralee

Sarah Clifford, originally from Dublin is a young lady now living in Clonakilty.  She became disabled just over a year ago as a result of a freak accident in her home. She has entered her dog Freya in an All Ireland online competition, and the dog is now representing Cork in it. You can vote for the pooch by clicking here……. https://www.wishpond.com/lp/1756154/entries/124510490 The competition runs until midnight next Monday 22nd

O’ Donovan Rossa’s widow to be remembered in Clonakilty this Wednesday evening

Mary Jane Irwin, the third wife of Fenian Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa, died in New York on 17th August 1916, and will be remembered at a special centenary remembrance evening in her native Clonakilty tomorrow evening Wednesday 17th August – exactly 100 years after her passing. The event will be held at “Strand House”, Sand Quay, the former Irwin family home where Mary Jane would have lived for some time,

RAWR animal welfare news

Microchipping-Show Day Special Offer By law From March 31st 2016 all dogs MUST be microchipped and owners must be able to produce a certificate to show that the dog has been chipped.Owners who fail to microchip their dogs can face fines from €5,000 or imprisonment for up to six months or both, while owners convicted on indictment could face a fine of up to €250,000 or five years imprisonment or