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Former mayor calls on government to take action to lengthen tourist season

FORMER County Mayor, Cllr Alan Coleman has called on the Minister for Education to make September 1st the standard day for schools to return . Coleman, an independent candidate in the upcoming general election feels ” that a growing trend has emerged in recent years where schools are returning earlier in August and this is hampering Tourism in Ireland. “

Councillor calls on West Cork to join water protest

WEST Cork Sinn Féin County Councillor Paul Hayes has called on people from all communities across the country to “come out and demand their right to water” next Saturday in Dublin. Cllr Hayes said, “It’s clear that the Government strategy on water provision is floundering. Their approach from the outset has been completely shambolic and would almost be laughable if it weren’t for the millions of euros that have been

More food, glorious food in store for Macroom this September

THE team at Macroom Food Festival HQ are getting excited, since its beginnings in 2012, this year’s festival looks set to be the biggest and best to date. The old favourites are still in the mix but there are a few new additions this year to maximise taste, fun and gastronomic exploration. The event is due to take place over three days from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September 2015.

Clonakilty Heritage Week launched

THE Clonakilty 2015 Heritage Week programme of events, organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and Cumann Seanchais Chloch na gCoillte was launched at the Clonakilty (West Cork Regional) Museum by Mayor of Clonakilty, Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin. The combined efforts of both organisations will see no less than nine events – all free of charge to the public, taking place between this Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th August. A number of items which

Halfway roudabout to be upgraded

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has received confirmation from Cork County Council that a “long term sustainable solution” is to be put in place to enhance the appearance of the “Halfway” roundabout. The news comes about twelve months on since Deputy Daly first raised the issue with Council Management and since then Mr. Daly says he has received ongoing correspondence from constituents seeking updates and requesting

Riverstick pedestrian crossing to go ahead

FINE Gael TD, Jim Daly has said he has received confirmation from the Cork County Council that a pedestrian crossing will be constructed in Riverstick Village. Earlier this year Deputy Daly took the time to visit a number of housing estates in the local village. During the course of his visit he heard many concerns from the residents about the absence of a pedestrian crossing on the main road which

Local breeders enjoy success in record year for Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show

TWO West Cork Breeders celebrated success at this year’s AIB National Livestock Show, Ireland’s premier Livestock and Bloodstock competition which took place on Sunday, August 9th at Tullamore. The Show is Ireland’s largest annual one-day agricultural show and on Sunday approximately 65,000 people attended to enjoy both the Livestock Competition and the 700 trade stands on display, showcasing the best in rural enterprise, food, music and sustainability.

Bandon water infrastructure projects finally to go ahead

IRISH Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council are set to progress the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network projects it has been announced. The project represents an investment of €7 million and is a merger of the previously named Bandon Sewerage Collection Scheme and the new Bandon Water Main Rehabilitation project. It will also allow for the provision of storm water network in areas of overlap with the

Clonakility in the running for top tourism town

Clonakility has been named on the shortlist for the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards. The competition, in place since 2012, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community have worked hard to enhance their appeal to tourists. As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns will be subject to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of “secret shoppers” who will visit the towns and

New magazine Clonakilty Living portrays the cosmopolitan town of Clonakilty in West Cork

CLONAKILTY Living, a new magazine born in the cosmopolitan West Cork town of Clonakilty, has launched its first edition. The twice yearly publication reflects the unique vibe that attracts people to Clonakilty; from its people, vibrant culture and inclusiveness, to the food, music and beaches. The magazine is aimed at a wide audience of people locally, nationally and around the globe where a small town’s stories may resonate with people