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West Cork students win Texaco Children’s Art Awards

TWO West Cork students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 61st Texaco Children’s Art Competition. Pictured is Pippa McIntosh (7), a pupil at Kinsale Art Academy, who won a second prize in the 7-8 years age category of the Competition. Presenting her with the award is Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD and James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero.

New Chain of Office presented to Clonakilty Mayor

WHEN town councils were abolished last year the people of Clonakilty led by a sub-committee of the local Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage group, organised a special election so that the people could directly elect five people to hold the position of Mayor of Clonakilty on a rotation basis over the following five years.

Colette Twomey finishes her year as Clon’s town mayor

A YEAR on since Colette Twomey became Ireland’s first ever directly-elected Mayor, she will conclude her term on Thursday 4th June and her successor will be installed. When the Government announced they were going to abolish all Town Councils in May 2014, the people of Clonakilty, led by the local Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage group, initiated a campaign to retain the position of “Mayor of Clonakilty” after the council went.

Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way

Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale at the weekend as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point. Porsche Club Ireland teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to design the special weeklong itinerary that brought the car enthusiast club the length of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stopped off at all 15

Diarmuid Gavin to Launch The 2015 West Cork Garden Trail

Internationally reknowned garden designer Diarmuid Gavin is launching The 2015 West Cork Garden Trail by visiting two very different gardens. His visit highlights the diverse range of gardens to be enjoyed on the trail, which runs from the 13th to the 28th of June and features gardens from Beara to Bandon.

Cork and Kerry Food Forum will be a “foodie heaven”

IF you happen to be strolling the streets of Cork City on the 28th of June then make your way over to City Hall as you’re in for a gastronomic Feast! Cork Kerry Food Forum returns this summer celebrating the culinary spirit of both counties. Drop in and support your local artisan producers from Cork and Kerry. \Cork City Hall will be transformed into a foodie heaven as the City

Big turnout for O’Donovan Rossa lecture in Clonakilty

A LARGE crowd attended the recent illustrated lecture on Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa by Gabriel Doherty of UCC and organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage at the Parish Centre. In his talk, Mr Doherty traced the life of the patriot from his birth “in Rosscarbery Parish!” in 1831, the influence the death of his father had on him during the Great Hunger and subsequent emigration of his family to America to his

West Cork house is RTÉ One’s Home of the Year

AN eco-friendly, split-level house in Castletownbere, West Cork, which combines comfort, clever design and functionality, has won RTÉ One’s Home of the Year. Owned by retired couple Ita Molloy and Andrew Harvey, the house was designed and built by Ita’s architect son, Donn Ponnighaus. Over the past seven weeks, TV viewers were welcomed across the threshold of 21 houses as expert judges Declan O’Donnell, Hugh Wallace and Helen James debated the

Gardaí, youth and the law – a booklet for young people to understand the law

THE launch of the booklet, titled Gardai, Youth and the Law, was attended by parents, youth leaders teachers and young people from secondary schools, and community and voluntary organisations, from across the Cork West Garda Division. Judge James McNulty, District Court Judge for West Cork, and Councillor Alan Coleman, Mayor of County Cork, and Councillor Michael Collins were also present on the evening. Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes officially launched the