THE current fishing quota system needs a radical overhaul to attract more young people into the industry and make fishing communities along the West Cork coast viable into the future, that’s according to the Beara branch if Young Fine Gael. Chairman of the group Wayne O Sullivan said that the current system which uses a monthly fishing quota simply does not work.
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CORK County Council’s Beacon Retail Programme for 15 Dunmanway retailers was completed in the town recently. The programme commenced in early March this year and following an onsite meeting with the business owners in the town, a strategic working document was tailor made for each individual outlet. This document was designed by an external expert team who specialise in the retail industry and for the duration of the programme,
DUNMANWAY Library’s “Knit & Natter” Summer Exhibition 2014 has gone on display in Dunmanway Library for the summer months. For those of you who haven’t seen the extraordinary knitted artworks created by the group, the library exhibition should be on your list of things to see this summer.
BANDON’S Old Market Shopping Centre, the former home of Caulfields SuperValu before their move to the Riverview Shopping Centre is on the market with agents Downing Commercial.
WHIDDY Island plays host to an exciting food festival this weekend (July 18th – 20th) as the Bank House on Whiddy joins forces with the Frank Moynihan cookery school to celebrate local food at the inaugural “Symphony of the Sea” festival. Frank is well-known from his practical and tasty tips about cookery on Gay Byrne’s RTÉ Radio One, and has a passion for sharing his cookery skills with others.
THE Jack Lynch Open Week committee is proud to announce that Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club will be supporting the Irish Cancer Society. West Cork’s biggest open golf event, the Jack Lynch Open Week takes place from Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th July with open golf competitions throughout the week for men, seniors, juniors, mixed teams and ladies. Visitors are very welcome.
EIGHTY SEVEN vacant units in County Cork are set to be re-furbished into family homes following the allocation of the second round of funding to support the vacant unit programme. Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan has allocated €1,181,000 in funding to bring back into use the 87 vacant local authority units. The funding is part of a year-long campaign that will see €30m invested and close to 2,000 vacant
More than €600,000 has been approved for clubs across West Cork in funding under the 2014 Sports Capital grants which were announced recently. Among the successful clubs in West Cork were The Sáile project in Kinsale and Timoleague Community Association who were each awarded €150,000. Other big winners in West Cork were Castlehaven GAA club was awarded €141,000 and Kilbrittain GAA which was granted €120,000.
STUDENTS from the Youthreach Macroom Centre for Education took home the best overall and best online award for their video ‘Nicotine Nation’ at the 2014 Irish Cancer Society X-Hale Youth Awards held in Dublin this week. More than 47 youth groups from across Ireland participated in the Irish Cancer Society X Hale competition this year which encourages youth groups and youth organisations to play their part in helping to
A pet blessing service was held recently in St Peter’s Bandon. Many parishioners attended with their pets as well as volunteers from Irish Dogs for the Disabled. Two trained assistance dogs and two pups in preparation for training were also there. Marnie from the charity spoke about the work of the dogs and how they improve the quality of life of people with disability. The only non-canine pet