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Bantry House artefacts to be restored by German University

Bantry House are delighted to announce a partnership with a German conservation university. The Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (www.abk-Stuttgart.de) is the oldest university in Germany to offer exceptional high and academic training in the field of conservation of artefacts. The Academy offers four specialised consecutive BA/MA courses

Cancer Connect golf fundraiser

THE Skibbereen and West Carbery Golf Club in conjunction with Cancer Connect, held their annual Cancer Connect Classic on Saturday, May 7th.

Laura needs your votes to fulfil American dream

BANDON native Laura Hicks is one of four finalists in Budweiser’s Dream Big competition for a €50,000 “American Dream” prize. Laura has been dancing all her life and her big American dream is to visit the home of swing dancing in Harlem. She dreams of dancing with some of America’s best dancers, joined by her best bud Norah.

2016 Heineken Kinsale 7s kicks off

THE Heineken Kinsale 7s takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 30th April & 1st May and is always a popular festival for players and supporters with thousands of visitors expected in the seaside town. Now in its 28th year, the Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of competitive men

Skibb students get a lesson in road safety

MORE than 120 students observed a simulated road traffic accident exercise at Skibbereen Fire Station on Tuesday. The Students from the three secondary schools in Skibbereen were met with a typical scene which is often witnessed by the emergency services on a regular basis.

Clonakilty 1916 Garden and Memorial to be unveiled on May Bank Holiday

AFTER months of planning, the official opening of “Gáirdín Cuimhneacháin Chloch na gCoillte” (Clonakilty Remembrance Garden), and the unveiling of a 1916 memorial will be held on this Bank Holiday Monday at 3pm at the West Cork Model Railway Village site. The memorial will be a seven foot high Easter Proclamation made of metal.

Powerful song from West Cork singers highlights bullying issues

by John Bohane WEST Cork singing stars Claire Hayden and Becky Phillips have taken the singing world by storm since they released their debut single, ‘Goodnight’, a beautifully haunting and poignant song which deals with the effects bullying has on young people in modern society.

Eilish Collins Tribute Day

On Sunday June 5th?, the 3rd Annual Eilish Collins Tribute Day will take place in Tragumna.  The 6k coastal walk/run is in aid of Marymount Hospice & Arc House Bantry/Cork. Eilish used these facilities during her illness & to date over €32, 500 has been raised in the area towards these charities.

Sacred Heart School in mini company national final

THE Transition Year “Get Up And Go Mini Company 2016” national final is on in The Osprey Hotel, Nass in Dublin on Tuesday next 3rd May and Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are delighted to be represented by the “Picture Perfect” team, who got through the West Cork finals in Skibbereen and the regional finals in Vienna Woods Hotel recently.

Carmel returning to Greece with truckload of aid for refugees

Carmel Nic Airt, from Clonakilty, who spent a month on the Greek island of Leros in March, plans to return there next week for another month. This time she will be arriving with a 40 foot truck hopefully packed with items that are badly needed by the unfortunate refugees, donated by the people of West Cork and further afield.

Bealtaine on Bere Island

Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Bealtaine on Bere Island over the May Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Bealtaine.

Ludgate puts Skibbereen on the digital map

Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has praised the efforts of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship in the community.  The centre, which is seeking to create 500 new jobs over the next five years, is supporting an initial 75 or more jobs in the start-up phase.

Tourism VIPs Enjoy Wild Atlantic Way showcase

TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,

Countdown is on for the Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk 2016

THE countdown is on for the 2016 Kinsale Pink Ribbon Walk that takes place next Sunday 17th April at 12noon. This is the fifth sponsored 10k walk/run in Kinsale to benefit Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society.

Kinsale Graduate creates the first national campaign of its kind to help youth homelessness

MAX Doyle from, Kinsale, Co. Cork has founded the first campaign of its kind in Ireland to tackle youth homelessness entitled ‘One for Ireland’. Supported by pro-golfer Shane Lowry (pictured), The Trinity College graduate has come up with a simple mechanic that will see retailers nationwide ask customers to add €1 to their bill when they pay at the till for youth homelessness. The campaign hopes to raise one million

Need for flood relief and insurance cover must not be forgotten says TD

FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection.  “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here

Ludgate Hub calls for expressions of interest for share of a €300,000 ‘Ludgate Seed Capital Fund’

A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and

Woman dies following Bantry accident

GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Wolfe Tone Square at midday on Saturday, April 2nd. A truck collided with a female pedestrian resulting in her death. The 73-year-old woman is understood to be from Castletownbere. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.

Bank of Ireland Clonakilty Enterprise Town launch

BANK of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas.

Dancing at the Crossroads in Baltimore

As the clouds gathered momentum over Baltimore Bay on Good Friday it seamed as if the Happy In Baltimore Community would have to postpone the Dancing at the Crossroad, but faith on the day kept the rain clouds out over the bay. Hundreds of people gathered to watch and dance in commemoration of 1916. Local children presented traditional Irish dancing and the many set dancers from around the region joined

Glow Fun Run a resounding success

by John Bohane THE recent Glow Fun Run held in Skibbereen, proved a resounding success with a substantial amount of money raised for deserving local charities. The Glow Fun Run which is now in its third year, once again attracted a massive entry of adults and kids, with most entrants bedecked in fancy dress attire which helped to make it a unique, novel and family orientated event which families can

New Clon enterprise gets tails wagging

A NEW Irish brand aimed at the canine gift sector ‘Little Hound’ has been shortlisted for a major craft design award. The new range of dog neckerchiefs are designed and hand made in Clonakilty by the people behind ‘Little Green Dot’.

Raising of the Flag Heralds a New Era for Kealkil N.S.

IN a time when much is written about the decline in rural services it was very apt that on Proclamation Day held on 15th March last Kealkil N.S. marked the occasion not just with the raising of the Irish Flag to commemorate the 1916 Rising but also took the opportunity to officially open their modern three classroom extension. This is a new chapter for the school as it responds to

Sheep’s Head Producers Market AGM

ON Tuesday 15th March the AGM for the Sheep’s Head Producers Market was held at The Old Creamery Café, Kilcrohane. The current SHPM Steering Group, consisting of Lorna Finnegan, Gill Baggot, Jemima Wallis-Eade, Corina Thornton and David Johnson are joined by re-elected members Marilyn Wallis- Eade and Janette Armstrong, returning members Matt Mills and Niamh Egerton and new to the Steering Group Patrick Neill, all of whom were elected unopposed.

Soap stars in the making at CoAction Beara

IT has been a case of “lights, camera, action” at CoAction Beara since the writing filming and producing of their very own Soap Opera “The North Roaders” began back in November 2014. Since the launch of their new show, The North Roaders has now reached the 10th episode. You will find all the usual characters from any popular soap in The North Roaders, including bad boy John Bower, who amongst

Skibbereen school runners-up in All-Ireland debating final

THE senior debating team from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen ( left to right ) Máire Treas Ní Chochláin, Helen Ní Chochláin and Aisling Nic Gearailt (captain ), runners-up at the All-Ireland Final of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh 2016, pictured along with their teachers, Áine Ní Ghlinn, writer and guest speaker, and Antoine Ó Coileáin, Gael Linn CEO. This annual debating competition, organised by Gael Linn for second level schools