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RSA and IFA issue joint road safety appeal

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) have urged road users to take extra care as the number of tractors, trailers and other farm machinery using the roads increases. The appeal comes as farmers around the country avail of the improved weather conditions to bring in the first cut of silage in 2016.

Mart Modernisation Scheme launched in Bandon

Pictured at the launch of the Mart Modernisation Scheme which was launched by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD at Bandon Mart was Donal Kelly, Bandon Mart; Andrew Cromie, ICBF; Minister Creed; Sean O’Sullivan, CEO Cork Marts; Sean Coughlan, CEO ICBF; Neil O’Riordan, Cork Marts and Farmer Paul Hurley, Innishannon.

Jacob Goode is flying the flag in Schull!

JACOB Goode, a fifth year student from Schull Community College has turned creativity into an accomplishment on a national scale. Jacob was tasked with filming his school’s preparation for Proclamation Week (March 10th-17th) and the flag raising ceremony held at the school.

Bandon school girls become online singing sensations

RECENTLY Patricia Messenger on C103’s Cork Today programme spoke with teacher Gemma Magner along with students Katie Walsh Murphy, Ruth Crowley and Sarah Murphy from Colaiste na Toirbhirte in Bandon. They wowed their audience at a school ceremony by performing the song Tell Me It’s Not True from the musical Blood Brothers and a parent recording of the performance went viral. The folks at C103 decided to invite them to

Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle this July

THE Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is run by the Emergency Services in West Cork to raise funds for local charities. This year’s cycle is based in Bantry and takes place on Saturday 9th July.

Clonakilty Agricultural Show to celebrate the role of women in the 1916 Rising

THE Clonakilty Agricultural Show on Sunday, 12th June as part of the 1916 commemoration are planning to celebrate the role of women in the Easter Rising of 1916 with a Mná na hEireann Commemorative Tea Party bringing the women and tastes of 1916 to life through stories, poems, song and costume while enjoying beautiful cakes from the era organized by the Cobh Animation Team.

Micheal Hurley “deeply humbled” by award win

Skibbereen/ Castlehaven man Micheal Hurley won the individual award for the Western Division at the County Mayor’s Community Awards Ceremony at County Hall. Micheal was nominated by P.P.N. representative Eleanor Calnan and was commended for his community efforts over his 28 years volunteering.

Kilcoe NS is a Digital School of Distinction

“IT was with great pride and delight that Kilcoe NS was awarded the status of Digital School of Distinction becoming only one of 150 schools in Ireland to hold this prestigious award,” said Principal Michelle Griffin at the award ceremony recently.

Bantry House artefacts to be restored by German University

Bantry House are delighted to announce a partnership with a German conservation university. The Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (www.abk-Stuttgart.de) is the oldest university in Germany to offer exceptional high and academic training in the field of conservation of artefacts. The Academy offers four specialised consecutive BA/MA courses

Cancer Connect golf fundraiser

THE Skibbereen and West Carbery Golf Club in conjunction with Cancer Connect, held their annual Cancer Connect Classic on Saturday, May 7th.

Laura needs your votes to fulfil American dream

BANDON native Laura Hicks is one of four finalists in Budweiser’s Dream Big competition for a €50,000 “American Dream” prize. Laura has been dancing all her life and her big American dream is to visit the home of swing dancing in Harlem. She dreams of dancing with some of America’s best dancers, joined by her best bud Norah.

2016 Heineken Kinsale 7s kicks off

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

Skibb students get a lesson in road safety

MORE than 120 students observed a simulated road traffic accident exercise at Skibbereen Fire Station on Tuesday. The Students from the three secondary schools in Skibbereen were met with a typical scene which is often witnessed by the emergency services on a regular basis.

Clonakilty 1916 Garden and Memorial to be unveiled on May Bank Holiday

AFTER months of planning, the official opening of “Gáirdín Cuimhneacháin Chloch na gCoillte” (Clonakilty Remembrance Garden), and the unveiling of a 1916 memorial will be held on this Bank Holiday Monday at 3pm at the West Cork Model Railway Village site. The memorial will be a seven foot high Easter Proclamation made of metal.

Powerful song from West Cork singers highlights bullying issues

by John Bohane WEST Cork singing stars Claire Hayden and Becky Phillips have taken the singing world by storm since they released their debut single, ‘Goodnight’, a beautifully haunting and poignant song which deals with the effects bullying has on young people in modern society.

Eilish Collins Tribute Day

On Sunday June 5th?, the 3rd Annual Eilish Collins Tribute Day will take place in Tragumna.  The 6k coastal walk/run is in aid of Marymount Hospice & Arc House Bantry/Cork. Eilish used these facilities during her illness & to date over €32, 500 has been raised in the area towards these charities.

Sacred Heart School in mini company national final

THE Transition Year “Get Up And Go Mini Company 2016” national final is on in The Osprey Hotel, Nass in Dublin on Tuesday next 3rd May and Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are delighted to be represented by the “Picture Perfect” team, who got through the West Cork finals in Skibbereen and the regional finals in Vienna Woods Hotel recently.

Carmel returning to Greece with truckload of aid for refugees

Carmel Nic Airt, from Clonakilty, who spent a month on the Greek island of Leros in March, plans to return there next week for another month. This time she will be arriving with a 40 foot truck hopefully packed with items that are badly needed by the unfortunate refugees, donated by the people of West Cork and further afield.

Bealtaine on Bere Island

Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Bealtaine on Bere Island over the May Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. 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 Bealtaine.

Ludgate puts Skibbereen on the digital map

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has praised the efforts of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship in the community.  The centre, which is seeking to create 500 new jobs over the next five years, is supporting an initial 75 or more jobs in the start-up phase.

Tourism VIPs Enjoy Wild Atlantic Way showcase

TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,

Countdown is on for the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk 2016

THE countdown is on for the 2016 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk that takes place next Sunday 17th April at 12noon. This is the fifth sponsored 10k walk/run in Kinsale to benefit Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.

Kinsale Graduate creates the first national campaign of its kind to help youth homelessness

MAX Doyle from, Kinsale, Co. Cork has founded the first campaign of its kind in Ireland to tackle youth homelessness entitled ‘One for Ireland’. Supported by pro-golfer Shane Lowry (pictured), The Trinity College graduate has come up with a simple mechanic that will see retailers nationwide ask customers to add €1 to their bill when they pay at the till for youth homelessness. The campaign hopes to raise one million

Need for flood relief and insurance cover must not be forgotten says TD

FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection.  “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here

Ludgate Hub calls for expressions of interest for share of a €300,000 ‘Ludgate Seed Capital Fund’

A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and

Woman dies following Bantry accident

GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Wolfe Tone Square at midday on Saturday, April 2nd. A truck collided with a female pedestrian resulting in her death. The 73-year-old woman is understood to be from Castletownbere. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.