by Stephen Johnson ILLEGAL gorse fires continued to rage across South Kerry this week, damaging oak woods in Killarney National Park and scorching neighbouring grass lands, foot hills and mountain sides, and threatening nearby homes. There were no reported injuries. Last weekend, the Kerry Fire Service was called to extinguish gorse fires in Kenmare and Tuosist.
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FIVE SuperValu stores in West Cork were awarded with the highest accolade of food quality, ‘The Supreme National Hygiene and Food Safety Award’, at the recent 2015 SuperValu Quality Awards in Killarney. The awards are accredited by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) and identify retailers throughout the country who have gone above and beyond in maintaining the highest quality standards for more than a three year period.
CONGRATULATIONS to the first winners of our Wild Atlantic Year Photo Competition, Ellen Logan and Carla Sheehy seen here at the recent presentation of their prizes, a canvas print of their photo. Ellen, from Schull is an avid photographer and Carla who is only 10-years-old shows a skill beyond her years. Both photos captured the beauty and ruggedness of our local coastline. We were thrilled with the response to the
The Bantry Development & Tourism held their AGM last Tuesday, 24th March. The Chairman outlined the work done during the year including developing the new website www.VisitBantry.ie and managing the www.bantry.ie website. With the support of Cork County Council and Failte Ireland they managed the Bantry Tourist Office from May to October with 20,000 visitors.
THE long wait for Dunmanway’s new swimming pool is finally at an end. Dunmanway based independent county councillor, Mr Declan Hurley is delighted to confirm, that contracts have been signed this week by the chief executive of Cork County Council and the contractor’s MMD for the construction of the new Swimming Pool in Dunmanway. According to councillor Hurley, “Construction is expected to commence in early April and consists of the
THERE was good news for the seafood sector this week with news that €440,000 in grants from the Seafood Processing Business Investment Scheme have been allocated to Cork based companies. The grants approved include €51,132.00 for Ballycotton Seafoods; €118,500 for Good Fish Processing (Carrigaline) Ltd.; €198,032.10 for Keohane Seafood Ltd. (Bantry) and €71,896.80 for Shellfish De La Mer (Castletownbere).
THE Latest Central Statistics Office figures show that unemployment has dropped for 31 months in a row and that in Cork County, there has been a fall of 23.44% over that period. In Cork the number of people on the Live Register has fallen from 43,941 to 33,641 while nationally the percentage signing on has dropped from 15.2% in 2012 to 10.5% today.
TWO Centra employees from West Cork were recently honoured at the inaugural Pride of Centra Awards 2015. Eoin Hurley (Kevin O’Leary’s Centra Bandon) and Bernadette O’Regan (Fuller’s Centra Union Hall) attended the special awards ceremony in Croke Park. The Pride of Centra Awards were developed to recognise Centra employees for their commitment and dedication shown in the workplace. The awards were established to acknowledge the Centra employees who consistently live
KINSALE Chamber of Tourism & Business launched its schedule of headline events for 2015 and new website www.kinsale.ie at a reception at Ballinacurra House sponsored by The Kinsale Gourmet Academy and Private Label Wines. As the start / finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale has a lot to celebrate as it was recently awarded Failte Ireland’s “Best Small Tourism Town 2014” and was shortlisted “Top Irish Foodie Town
This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen is themed – “The Wild Atlantic Way” and schools, clubs and businesses throughout the community are encouraged to participate in this ever popular family event. Businesses can get involved straight away by dressing their windows and turning Skibbereen “green” for the festival of events.