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All smiles as Bantry Dental win national award

STAFF at local dental practise Bantry Dental are celebrating after being named as Best Dental Team at the 2016 Irish Dentistry Awards. Bantry Dental were also highly commended in Practice of the Year Munster category at the awards ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House recently. The awards reward excellence in dentistry throughout the island of Ireland. More than 50 Dental practices were nominated for what has become the blue riband event

Bandon remedial flood works set to start

CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.

Fianna Fáil pledge to increase the state pension by €30

FIANNA Fáil Cork South-West general election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has said that in Government Fianna Fáil will raise the State Pension, both the Contributory & Non-Contributory, by €30 over the lifetime of the Government.

West Cork estate agents win Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year 2015

THE winner of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year Award 2015 was announced at the company’s annual Countrywide Conference which was held recently in Killashee Hotel, Naas Co. Kildare recently. Fighting off stiff competition from 67 franchised offices, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, with branches in Clonakilty and Skibbereen emerged victorious, a reflection of their excellent standard of service, business acumen and professionalism.

West Cork IFA debate set for February 9th

THE West Cork debate in the IFA national election campaign will take place at the Parway Hotel, Dunmanway on Tuesday, February 9th. Three candidates are running for President, IFA Livestock Chairman Henry Burns from County Laois; IFA Farm Business rep from Galway Joe Healy and IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy from Kenmare. The IFA Executive Council has agreed a number of rule changes ahead of the national elections that

Funding announced for road projects in Kenmare

ALMOST €13 million will be invested in Kerry’s regional and local road networks under a national tranche of €298 million for 2016. The announcement of the funding allocation by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, will allow Kerry County Council to plan its work programme for the year.

Davitt’s in Kenmare wins CIE Tours award

DAVITT’S Restaurant & Bar in Kenmare has won a prestigious CIE Tours International Award of Excellence for 2015 for its lunches. The CIE Tours awards, which are in their 26th year, were announced at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently.

Welcome for proposed new road safety measures in Timoleague

AT the January meeting of the Cork County Council Western Committee, councillors supported a call to improve pedestrian safety near Timoleague national school. The motion, proposed by Sinn Fein Cllr Paul Hayes, called for a pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures to be installed on the public road outside of the school.

Clonakilty to get a new fire station

CLONAKILTY is among several towns across the country set to benefit from investment in a new fire station. The announcement is part of a new €40m programme of construction and refurbishment of 26 fire stations for the five year period 2016 – 2020. The programme will see 16 new fire station construction projects initiated between now and 2020, along with 10 fire station upgrades / refurbishments. The new Clonakilty fire

Tourism strategy targets extra 525,000 visitors to Cork by 2020

GROWING Tourism in Cork – A Collective Strategy, an ambitious new tourism strategy for Cork was launched at the Cork International Airport recently and intends to make Cork a “must see” destination in Ireland for domestic and international visitors.

Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme back on track says TD

FINE Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington TD has welcomed the confirmation made today by Minister Brendan Howlin, when he visited West Cork, that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is firmly back on track. “I was notified by Minister of State (OPW) Simon Harris on Friday last, that this scheme was now ready to proceed once again”, Deputy Harrington said.

Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen

THE Local Enterprise Office are holding a Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen, this week; Thursday, 28th January, 2016. Anyone wishing to launch, upgrade their own site or participate in Skibbereen’s eStreet.ie collaborative will need to attend, or send a representative.

Hedge-cutting and burning season extended

WEST Cork independent county councillor Declan Hurley has welcomed the extension to the hedge-cutting and burning season saying, “Finally a common sense response to the current deadlines, which were not practical.” According to Cllr Hurley, “The periods for hedge-cutting and burning of hill vegetation are to be extended by one month on a trial basis to make land management more practical. The easing of the deadlines comes after years of

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