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Councillor calls for emergency flooding legislation

DUNMANWAY based independent county councillor Declan Hurley has called on the Government to introduce emergency legislation to deal with the flooding crisis, which has ravaged the county in recent weeks. Cllr Hurley said, “The Government needs to introduce emergency legislation immediately to facilitate the cleaning, dredging and maintenance of rivers and waterways, which would override obstacles that are in place, which currently hinders or prevents this type of work.

Tourism Ireland launches worldwide promotional video for Skellig Michael

by Stephen Johnson TOURISM Ireland is predicting that the appearance of Skellig Michael in Star Wars: the Force Awakens will attract a whole new set of visitors to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and they’ve launched a marketing video to prove the real-life island is just as fantastic as it appears in the film. The video speaks with the film’s producers about the perfection of the island as a Star

Timmy’s betting shop in Kenmare closes after 43-years in business

by Stephen Johnson TIMMY and Kathleen O’Leary have closed their betting shop on Main Street, Kenmare after 43 years in business. The couple closed their doors on New Year’s Eve after spending a busy afternoon treating their many loyal customers to a light snack and a glass of Prosecco.

Commitment to Macroom bypass called into question as N22 funding cut

FIANNA Fáil General Election candidate for Cork North-West Cllr Aindrias Moynihan has revealed that the Government has allocated less money to the Macroom Bypass for next year.??When the Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocations were announced just before Christmas the Macroom Bypass was allocated €3.8m for 2016. This is a reduction on what was allocated for the bypass in 2014 and 2015 and it casts doubt on the Government’s commitment to the

Double lung transplant survivor from West Cork raises €8,500

MICHAEL Miles and his family, from Union Hall, West Cork, have raised over €8,500 in aid of the Mater Hospital Foundation and the IHLTA through hosting a Monster Bingo night, in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen. Over €7,100 of the money is for the Mater Hospital’s Heart & Lung Unit and €1,500 is for the IHLTA.

Report on Bantry Bay fish escape due on New Year’s Eve

THE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries has informed West Cork based campaign group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) that a report on storm damage leading to the loss of 230,000 adult salmon in February 2014 at Gerahies in Bantry Bay is due to be completed on December 31st next.

Castletownbere Christmas Newsletter 2015

THE Castletownbere Development Assoc (CDA) will launch the 2015 Castletownbere Christmas Newsletter & Calendar on Sat 28th Nov @ 8:30pm in Twomey’s Ivy Bar. I know your next issue is not out until the 1st December so perhaps you could give this a mention on your website or Facebook page. The CDA wishes to acknowledge and thank Sandra O’Shea, Dorothy Brophy and Michael Downey who, each year, put in a colossal effort