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Major new tourism initiative for the Beara Peninsula

PROMOTION Beara is the new title of the original Kenmare Beara Tourism Cluster that was established in 2010, under the Collabor8 Programme. At that time the cluster was made up of the local tourism, community and development groups of Kenmare Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Glengarriff Tourism & Development Association, Castletownbere Tourism, Bonane Community Council, Eyeries Tidy Towns and Allihies.

West Cork Centra stores clean up at Quality Awards

FOUR West Cork Centra stores scooped the much coveted Excellence Ireland Supreme National Hygiene Award recently. The accolade identifies and reward retailers who have maintained the highest standards of food safety, quality, and hygiene in their stores over a three year period. The stores were O’Donovan’s Centra Enniskeane; Fuller’s Centra Union Hall; Galvin’s Centra Dunmanway and Andrew’s Centra, Bantry.

Kinsale set for town centre makeover

KINSALE town centre is set for major improvements with the news that plans are being finalised for Cork County Council to purchase the car park between Pier Road and Long Quay. It has been a long-term aim for the council to purchase the underdeveloped car park in the heart of the town centre that is currently owned by NAMA, and West Cork Times understands that plans for the purchase are

Tractor run for Cork autism

INSPIRED by the success of last year’s event, 23-year-old Alex Kingston from Cork is organising a tractor run in aid of the Cork Association for Autism (CAA) on Sunday March 1st. It will start at 12pm from the Ramble Inn, Halfway, Ballinhassig and with 87 tractors taking part in the run last year, the organisers hope to have an even bigger turnout this year.

Spinning a yarn or two on the Sheep’s Head

IF YOU’VE rediscovered the joys of knitting or the delicate art of crocheting and would like to learn more than Munster’s first Yarn Festival is the place for you. Set against the rugged beauty of the aptly named Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the Yarn Festival which gets underway on Saturday May 16 will see knitters and yarn crafters from across the country gathering for a weekend of workshops at various locations

West Cork market trader offering silver coins as alternative currency

A WEST Cork market trader is taking an novel approach to avoiding future currency problems by offering customers the option of taking change in real silver coins. Well-known trader Walter Ryan Purcell who runs Loughbeg Farm near Schull has a regular pitch at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market and is offering customers silver coins to the value of €20 and €10 and copper coins worth €1 each as an alternative to euro

Funding allocation announced for regional and local roads

REGIONAL and local roads across West Cork are set to received a badly-needed investment following the announcement of funding road infrastructure in Cork by Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe. A total of €32.2 million has been allcated for regional and local roads in County Cork, part of a national investment programme of €294 million which will allow approximately 2,000km of regional and local road to be maintained and strengthened in