The Clonakilty Special Olympics Club invites everyone to their “street party” at Asna Square on Saturday 10th September from 2-3.30pm to celebrate it’s first 10 years in existence. While the event is not expected to attract the thousands who thronged Skibbereen recently for their Olympians, it is hoped that the people of Clonakilty will come out to meet and greet the athletes and volunteers on the day and celebrate this
To celebrate the Dunmanway Boxing Club being awarded €10,000 through the Capital Sport Funding we are having an open day to showcase our talented young boxers and our fabulous new equipment. Come and find out more about the club and the activities on offer for all ages this season. The open day is on Saturday 10th September from 1 – 3 in the Dunmanway Boxing Club (up-stairs in the Dunmanway
Pictured are children from Bantry Community Games who took part in the Swimming competitions at the recent Community Games National Finals in Athlone. L-R Aysia Murphy, Ella Downey, Ellen Collins, Aisling Stock & Eoin Stock.
The first ever Inchydoney Summer Swim was held the Sunday the 7th of August 7th at 2pm. Due to a 6ft swell and 25knots winds the swim had to be moved to Duneen Beach (just beyond Dunmore Hotel.) The event was organised by and in aid of the Cork Surf Lifesaving club. The club together with the Inchydoney Inshore Rescue Rib provided safety on the day. Water temp was 12.5C
Bantry will be making a splash this August with the launch of the inaugural Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 27th! The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula
THE well-known owner of Lynch’s Centra in Crosshaven, Bernard Lynch will be attempting the cross-Channel solo swim this August in aid of Aware. Bernard has been undertaking gruelling training over the last two years in advance of this ultimate long-distance challenge. This challenge is no easy fact – incredibly, more people have climbed Mount Everest than have successfully swum the English Channel.
by John Bohane Three West Cork men had the proud distinction of representing their county in championship pool action recently when the All-Ireland pool championships were held in Ennis.
Hockey players David and Conor Harte from Kinsale who are representing Ireland in the Olympics pictured during a visit to J&P Motors at Mahon Point with Peter Russell, (Selling dealer principal Mahon Point), Stephen Teap (Volvo Ireland) and Ian Dockrell (Volvo Brand Manager). Volvo and Johnson & Perrott are proudly sponsoring a Volvo V60 for the twins in the lead up to the Olympics. Pic: Billy MacGill.
Munster’s biggest open golfing event – the “Jack Lynch Week” at Skibbereen Golf Club – was officially launched by former All-Ireland winning Cork hurler Tomás Mulcahy who is a member of Jack Lynch’s home club, Glen Rovers GAA club in Blackpool. Tomás also unveiled the Lynch Legacy corner in the golf club in conjunction with Maeve O’Regan, who recalled the importance of Jack Lynch and his wife Mairín to the
THE Sport of Life Saving which has Olympic Category 2 standing is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and the World Sport Federation. Life Saving Sport is quite distinct in that it teaches participants the skills necessary to rescue someone in distress in water through events that are varied and challenging.
DUNMANWAY Boxing Club have organised a special boxing tournament night which will be held in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway on Friday evening, May 20th. The progressive boxing club with the help of Andy Kearns (Bantry Boxing Club) have combined to serve up an attractive fight card which is sure to enthrall and entertain. Doors are due to open at 7.30pm.
COUNTY Mayor Cllr John Paul O’Shea recently held a Civic Reception for the Irish Road Bowling Association (Bol Chumann na hÉireann) in recognition of their work over their 62 year history.
by John Bohane BANDON ladies senior hockey team made history recently when they captured the Irish Hockey title for the first time in their proud history. This historic capturing of the national championship title represented the first time a national title was brought back to the Bandon Hockey Club.
by John Bohane Ronan McCarthy Skibbereen native Ronan McCarthy recently became the first West Cork youth to capture Munster and All-Ireland honours in darts. Ronan, who is a pupil in the St Fachtna’s De La Salle, Skibbereen, played a key role on the Cork U18 team which won the All-Ireland Youth Inter-counties Cup and Shield double in Ennis recently. Their heroic achievements represented a proud moment for the talented teenager,
by John Bohane World kickboxing champion Lily de la Cour was crowned the Bantry Sports Person of the Year following a gala celebration night held at the Westlodge Hotel last Friday evening. The world champion held off stiff competition from other local sporting stars to capture the much coveted Bantry Sports Person of the Year. Lily was deservedly recognised for her dedication and expertise in her craft which has inspired
by John Bohane A Boston teenager with very strong West Cork connections has been drafted by acclaimed NHL outfit Chicago Blackhawks, once he concludes his third level studies at Northeastern University.
THE two-day National Life Saving Championships took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool on February 13th and 14th and gave 310 of the best Life Savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations. The sport of Life Saving promotes fitness and teaches participants the key skills necessary to rescue people in distress in water.
THE Route for the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season which will take place over the four days of Easter weekend 2016 has been announced. Stage details announced will see the climbs of the Healy Pass and Coom an Easpaig retained for the 2016 edition of the race. The format of the race will remain the same with four road stages.
by Cleo Murphy BEARA-based rider Cleo Murphy send this report from thre recent Woodlands dressage league held in Killarney I took part in a four week dressage league taking place in Woodlands Equestrian Centre, Killarney, Co Kerry. It began on January 10th and finished on January 31st.
THE first annual Castlefreke Dressage Festival was held on Sunday, October 11th on the grounds of Castlefreke in Rathbarry. Organised by South Munster Dressage, the first annual Castlefreke Dressage Festival featured a new perpetual Leading Rider Cup and €1,000 in prize money sponsored by Stephen Evans-Freke of Castlefreke in memory of his late mother Joyzelle Lady Carberry, herself a dressage enthusiast. The show was oversubscribed, attracting nearly 40 entries from
WITH the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry set to move up a gear with its new owners planning extensive refurbishments, it has also underlined its commitment to the Fastnet Rally that takes place in the maritime town on the final weekend of October next.
Jack Lynch Golf Classic 2015 Thanks were expressed by the Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Jack Lynch Committee Chair Hilda Hegarty at Sunday’s prizegiving night to the Jack Lynch 2015 committee, club captains Frank Ryan and Una Murray, competition secretaries Nuala Lupton & Liam Weadick, vice captains Liam Ennis & Maureen O’Regan, Bernie Ryan, Mary Crowley, Maura Dwyer, John McNamara, Charles McCarthy, John Field and all club volunteers for
The Jack Lynch Open Week timesheets are now open for 12th-19th July: men’s fourball, juvenile singles, senior men’s team event, men’s singles and 3BBB team classic. There are great prizes to be won. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com.?In mixed foursomes results, 9 Hole Mixed Foursomes Tuesday 30th July: 1st Maura Dwyer (11) & Donald McCarthy (14) 29.75, 2nd Mary Crowley (14) & Tom Foley (9) 31.25, 3rd Eileen
Skibbereen, 6 July 2015 – The Jack Lynch Open Week committee is proud to announce that Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club will be supporting the Irish Cancer Society again this year. West Cork’s biggest open golf event, the Jack Lynch Open Week takes place from Sunday 12th to Sunday 19th July 2015 with open golf competitions throughout the week for men, seniors, juniors, mixed teams and ladies. Visitors are
LIAM Quirke (8) currently holds the top spot in the Golfer of the Year competition with 184 points, ahead of Brendan O’Rourke (14) steady in second place with 132 points and Jerome O’Driscoll (9) who jumps third with 126 points. Denis O’Donovan (19) moves down to fourth place with 123 points, Frank Ryan (11) fifth with 116 points, John McNamara (7) sixth with 111 points, just 1 point in front of
A TEAM of 40 “Nippers”, who recently qualified at the Munster Final in Fermoy, represented Cork at the All Ireland Life Saving Championships at Leisure Land, Galway recently. Competition was strong with more than 200 competitors from counties Cork, Clare, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Dublin, Louth, Kilkenny, Donegal, Sligo and Mayo taking part.
SKIBBEREEN & West Carbery Golf Club celebrates its 80th Birthday in 2015. Working closely with the Confederation of Golf Ireland, the umbrella body of the GUI, ILGU and the PGA, the club has developed new strategies to showcase its fantastic playing facilities and to attract new members of all ages to the club.
WEST Cork was well represented on the Cork Surf Life Saving team at the National Stillwater Championships 2015 in Limerick with representatives from Dunmanway and Clonakilty taking part. Cork Surf Life Saving finished second overall behind Co. Clare beating off still competition from Donegal, Wicklow and Waterford at the National Stillwater Championships held at the University of Limerick 50m Pool on Valentine’s Day. A team of 39 Junior, Senior and
The Captains’ Drive in on Sunday was a great success, with a large crowd turning out to wish the new captains and presidents well for the coming year (L-R): President Brendan Hamilton, Lady President Margaret Foley, Juvenile Captain Paudie Nolan, Lady Captain Una Murray and Captain Frank Ryan. Following a mulled wine reception, there was draw for a fun 9-hole mixed scramble.
Thirteen girls from the Beara Peninsula made history recently by being the first ever team from Beara to compete in the Cork Ladies Basketball League. The under 16 girls team are entered in the C league and played their first match against Bantry in the local Castletownbere Community Hall. The girls looked particularly smart in their uniforms sponsored by the Creperie and Marine Harvest. As Katie Waschkowitz said “It’s great