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€440,000 investment in Cork seafood processing

THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).

New figures show Live Register down for 31 months in a row

THE Latest Central Statistics Office figures show that unemployment has dropped for 31 months in a row and that in Cork County, there has been a fall of 23.44% over that period. In Cork the number of people on the Live Register has fallen from 43,941 to 33,641 while nationally the percentage signing on has dropped from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today.

West Cork employees honoured at national Centra awards ceremony

TWO Centra employees from West Cork were recently honoured at the inaugural Pride of Centra Awards 2015. Eoin Hurley (Kevin O’Leary’s Centra Bandon) and Bernadette O’Regan (Fuller’s Centra Union Hall) attended the special awards ceremony in Croke Park. The Pride of Centra Awards were developed to recognise Centra employees for their commitment and dedication shown in the workplace. The awards were established to acknowledge the Centra employees who consistently live

Kinsale launches 2015 calendar of events

KINSALE Chamber of Tourism & Business launched its schedule of headline events for 2015 and new website www.kinsale.ie at a reception at Ballinacurra House sponsored by The Kinsale Gourmet Academy and Private Label Wines. As the start / finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale has a lot to celebrate as it was recently awarded Failte Ireland’s “Best Small Tourism Town 2014” and was shortlisted “Top Irish Foodie Town

Tractors from all over Cork attend Halfway tractor run for autism

SEVENTY-three tractors came from all over Cork to take part in the Halfway Tractor Run recently in aid of the Cork Association for Autism. There was great excitement at the start line as the engines fired up and the procession of tractors were waved off on their journey.   Twenty three-year-old Alex Kingston who organised the fundraiser has turned his passion for tractors into a popular charity fundraising event. Last

Fairtrade Fortnight in Clonakilty

FAIRTRADE Fortnight continues until March 8th with this year’s theme being – “The Power is in your Pocket”. Clonakilty was Ireland’s first Fairtrade town and the local committee is appealing to the local businesses to promote Fairtrade items in their premises during Fairtrade Fortnight, by displaying them more prominently, and ensuring that stock doesn’t run out!