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
Camphire International Horse Trials and Country Fair is best-known for the Castleacre Insurance Brokers and Chubb Insurance CIC***, but in 2014 the event is running a number of other international and national classes to allow developing combinations an opportunity to compete at the top-knotch venue, set around the historic Camphire House on the banks of the stunning Blackwater River in Co. Waterford, Ireland. This year, Camphire has a bumper entry
THE Cork Autograss Racing Club are holding the thirrd round of the All Ireland Autograss Series in Castletown Kenneigh, Enniskeane on July 19th and 20th.
The West Cork Trec Group are holding their midsummer competition on 14th and 15th June in Balleydehob and Bantry. TREC is a three phase equestrian discipline, that is suitable for all types of horses and riders. TREC is fun, challenging and above all, a great way to spend time with your horse. It combines three phases; POR (Orienteering), MA (Control of Paces) and PTV (Obstacle & Skills Test).
Irish Selection Goleen were celebrating once again with the success of one of their own with local girl Mair Kelly who received a call up to represent Ireland at the International Senior Schools in Cardiff at the end of this month. Mair is currently West Cork No.1 and a member of the Goleen Table Tennis Club which is based in their local community centre. 15 year old Mair is
The Final West Cork Rankings took place at the Goleen Sports Centre on Sunday 11th May. This was the culmination of a series of 4 events played throughout the season. Over 70 players took part with 11 towns and clubs represented from all over West Cork. 20 women, 7 seniors, 4 parents and with the youngest player 7yrs old the rankings give players of all ages, ability and experience a
This year, for the first time since 1995 Clonakilty will host a Stage-end Finish of the 2014 An Post Rás 8 Day International Cycle Race. The Rás is included on the prestigious Union Cycliste Internationale Calendar of Cycle races. As such it is eligible to award world ranking points required by National Federations to qualify for participation in the Olympic Games and World Cycling Championships. On Thursday 22nd May starting
Following on from Beara’s first small team of 6 swimmers in 2013 this year the area entered a team of 18. Children qualified for their places at the trials held in early February. For the majority of the children taking part this was their first swimming competition and, for some, their first time in a 25m pool.
THE Bantry Salmon & Trout Anglers Club held its AGM on March 26th in the Bantry Boys Club.?Following officers were elected;?Chairman Mr Con O’Leary, Treasurer Mr Eric Dukelow, Secretary Mr Alec O’Donovan.
by Striker The pace at the business end of the Premiership is really hotting up, with the higher rated teams gradually opening up a reasonable gap between their erstwhile rivals and themselves.
FOR 25 year old Cal McCarthy and Carbery Plastics employee, 21 year old Conor McCarthy, it was an excellent weekend’s rallying on their home event the Quality Hotel West Cork Rally. Cal and Eamonn Dullea in their newly built class 11 Honda Civic finished a fine 8th overall and first in class, an ideal start to their Irish Tarmac Championship Modified campaign, whilst Conor secured second place in the
JOHN Reihill, Manager of the Castle Hotel Leisure Centre, Macroom, sponsors a one year free membership each to Blaithin Casey (17), Macroom and Christina Desmond (17), Macroom.