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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

Christmas bonus to benefit 128,589 Cork people says TD

AT least 128,589 people across Cork will begin to receive the Christmas bonus payment for the second time since 2009. This includes 48,762 people on the State Pension, 19,284 Jobseekers, 14,380 Disability Allowance and 7,288 Carers allowance.

Shoppers urged to buy Irish this Black Friday weekend

LOCAL Labour TD Michael McCarthy is urging local shoppers to but Irish this Black Friday weekend. Black Friday has a reputation of being the biggest shopping day of the year.  Stores have traditionally offered incredible bargains to lure shoppers into stores and, while the phenomenon started in the US, Irish shoppers have started to avail of the deals available in Irish stores and online.

UCC connects startups to free legal advice

UCC has become the first university in Ireland to offer free legal information to startups with the launch of its new IT Law Clinic. Twelve postgraduate law students work together with academic staff and established law firms including McCullagh Wall, Ronan Daly Jermyn and O’Dowd Solicitors, responding to legal questions from startups, from protecting copyright to ensuring websites comply with data protection law.

First Irish-American couple choose Ballinacurra House and Kinsale to Host Ireland’s 1st Humanist Same Sex Wedding

AFTER the initial euphoria and groundbreaking Marriage Equality Referendum in May this year – the rush was on this week as couples exchanged vows after the equality laws became legal. Ireland’s first humanist (non-religious) same sex wedding took place in Kinsale at Ballinacurra House on Saturday, 21st November; the award winning private estate – where Raymond Davidson and Daryl Gunning completed the legalities.

The Model School, Dunmanway “Digital School of Distinction” Award

TWO hundred years ago a man called George Boole, now hailed as a forefather of the Computer era, was born. He became professor of Maths at UCC in the year The Model School was built and set about changing the way people thought about thinking. He believed that there was logic to everything and he led the way to the development of a logical computer language. In 2013 the “Digital

€228 million investment in Cork’s water infrastructure

IRISH Water has revealed that more than €228 million will be invested in Cork’s water infrastructure in a major programme of work to upgrade water and wastewater infastructure. Irish Water confirmed that they have developed and prioritised a major programme of work which will address the serious deficiencies that exist across Cork’s water supply schemes. They say this investment is key to supporting continued social and economic development across Cork.

Ciaran makes the cut at Hair Stylists Awards

CIARÁN O’Sullivan, Droumgarriff, Glengarriff (KiwiCutz) entered the, “Ireland Alfaparf Fantastic Gents Hair Stylists Awards 2015” in the Double Tree Hotel Dublin recently. This category required a stylist to “produce a high fashion look suitable for the cover of a magazine”.

Gateway employment scheme has proven successful says TD

CORK South West Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has welcomed the progress made to date on his employment initiative entitled the Gateway Scheme which was introduced in 2013. The Gateway Scheme is a local authority managed project that offers short-term work and training opportunities for long-term unemployed people who have been on the live register for more than two years. The works carried out by the participants of the scheme

West Cork schools get boost in new school capital plan

FIVE major school investment projects in West Cork have been given the green light by the new School Buildings Plan announced recently. Welcoming the news, Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “I am extremely pleased that West Cork has featured so strongly in the much-anticipated School Capital Plan today, and that Minister Jan O’Sullivan has prioritised a number of critical projects.