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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

Fundraising for Lisheens House

Pictured are Tracy White with her dad Patsy, sisters Pamela, Maire and Linda who held a fundraiser Poc Fada at The Crossroads Bar Knockavilla, Upton to raise funds to support Lisheens House free counselling service.

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’ Visits Bantry Port

The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port on Friday afternoon on a rare visit to the southwest, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden. This magnificent schooner will be tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry for the weekend and will be open to the public from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday morning August 13th, and people are invited to drop

Molly-Kate Sloyan meets idol Daniel O’Donnell in Killarney

THE internet sensation Molly-Kate Sloyan from Kinsale finally met her idol the “real” Daniel O’Donnell who invited her to his sold out gig in the INEC, Killarney. A video of the 23-year-old super fan went viral in February as it showed her reaction to Mario Rosenstock impersonating her idol Daniel, during the The Late Late Show Valentines special.

County Cork ramping up for Heritage Week 2016

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Seamus McGrath joined Cork County Council Heritage Officer Conor Nelligan to launch Heritage Week 2016 outside County Hall. Heritage Week, which is coordinated by the Heritage Council and forms part of the wider European Heritage Days Programme, takes place from August 20th to 28th 2016 and in this, our centenary year, it promises to be the best yet.

Hooley in the Hall raises over €22k for Cork charities

The County Mayor’s charity event, the ‘Hooley in the Hall’ was a roaring success raising a grand total of €22,524.48 which will be now shared between two very worthy Cork charities, the Mercy Hospital Foundation Cancel Appeal and Pieta House, Cork. Speaking at the presentation, former Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. John Paul O’Shea commented “I am thrilled to be in such a position as to have held

De Courcey Harvest Working Day 2016 – Event Report

The 6th Annual Harvest Day on Sunday 7th August, celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the Ferguson Brown tractor, the first of the Ferguson range, and there were many example of that line both working and displayed at the event which was held in glorious sunshine. The official opening was performed by Andrew Pollack, editor of the Irish Vintage Scene magazine.

Red heads head for Crosshaven

Queen of last years Red Heads Grainne Keena and Michael O’Sullivan, Kanturk getting red-y for the new Best Red Pet category in this years Irish Redhead Convention in Rumleys Open Farm.

Innishannon House Hotel Vintage Wedding Fair

THIS Sunday 4th September Innishannon House Hotel and Gardens will host the next Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair from 12pm to 5pm. Dubbed the Wedding Fair with a difference, this quirky wedding planning event will feature a hub of original, local and bespoke vendors for those looking for something a little different for their wedding day.

Bantry Bay Adventure Race Set to Make a Splash this August

Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula

Celebrity Chef Derry Clarke launches A Taste of West Cork’s most ambitious Food Festival to date.

It’s all about the chefs this year as celebrity Chef Derry Clarke, (of Michelin Star L’Ecrivan restaurant fame) today launches the popular long-running A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.   The festival takes place this year from 9th-18th September, with over 170 culinary and adventure events taking place across the region’s 32 towns and villages and 8 islands.    Hailed as its ‘most ambitious food festival to date’ the 10-day event welcomes visitors

Remembering Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin in Skibbereen, the man who raised the flag at the GPO in 1916

Skibbereen Heritage Centre hosted a wonderful evening of reminiscence, nostalgia and chat when relatives of the 1916 patriot Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin gathered there last Friday, July 15th. The get-together was organised to coincide with a visit to West Cork by the Skibbereen man’s grandson, Peter McCourt, from Canada. The evening was an unqualified success and was greatly appreciated by all those who attended, some of whom had travelled quite a

The Gourmet Capital claims another title

Kinsale, well known for being the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, has now earned the title as the Wedding Capital of Ireland. Five of Kinsale’s most prestigious venues opened their doors recently for the official launch. The venues came together under the banner of ‘Love Kinsale’ to showcase Ireland’s most popular wedding destination. With the support of the Kinsale Chamber of Tourism, the venues, which include Acton’s Hotel, the Trident Hotel, The