by Carol Gilbert THE future of Ballydehob is bright thanks to the vision and courage of two local people, Maura O’Brien and William Swanton. The ‘unsung heroes’ signed a loan agreement with Skibbereen Credit Union, on behalf of Ballydehob Community Council to purchase the former AIB Bank building which stands central in the West Cork village. At the Community Council’s public meeting held on May 25th, details were outlined for
ELSEWHERE in West Cork it might be years since you’ve seen an old bedstead as part of a fence, but at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob such bygones have been reassembled into cheerful caricatures pointing out the route of The 2015 Sculpture Trail. A huge willow dragon has recently emerged from her nest and is now sunning herself in a nearby meadow; the Nessie like monster is 40 foot long and woven
by John Bohane BALLYDEHOB native Stephen O’Mahony can offer a detailed insight into the psyche of Scottish politics having played an active role in the UK General Election which was held recently. Stephen, son of Michael and Noreen, Fort View Farmhouse, is currently in the third year of his Government degree course in UCC. As part of his college studies he recently began a 14 week internship placement with Labour
Thanks Granny! – Proud Ellen wears granny’s Communion Dress 48 years on and it looks as good as new!
by Carol Gilbert THERE was no contest when Ellen O’Donovan was offered the choice of a brand new Holy Communion dress or of wearing her grandmother’s Holy Communion dress, first worn 48 years ago.
A CALL for volunteers to join Ireland’s largest coastal cleanup was made today by Clean Coasts ambassador and pro surfer Easkey Britton. Coca-Cola Clean Coasts Week 2015 takes place from May 8th to May 17th and everybody is invited to get involved in protecting and celebrating a beach they love.
FOLK music fans are in for a treat this June, as legendary English musician and singer Martin Carthy tops the bill at the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival in Ballydehob. Martin Carthy, who was awarded an MBE in 1998 for his contribution to folk music, is highly respected as an innovative and influential guitarist, singer and interpreter of traditional and newly composed songs.
THE Ballydehob Jazz Festival, the Boutique Festival in the Back of Beyond is back for its 9th year from the 1st to the 4th May. This year will see an array of talent landing into the creative hub of Ballydehob from local to international ; from Skibbereen to New Orleans. The highlight of the Jazz Festival 2015 will be Saturday night’s Prohibition,Rum Running, Speakeasy Party in the secret Shebeen (aka the local community hall ). The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece brass band will
THE Ballydehob 10k has become a fixed event on the West Cork running calendar, coinciding with St Patrick’s weekend. The fifth running of this event takes place on Sunday, March 15th at 11am with another great turnout expected.
Ballydehob Art & Culture Weekend: 17th – 19th October 2014 Ballydehob, Co.Cork, Ireland – Comprising a colourful palette of visual, literary and performance art, numerous exhibitions, and a range of multi-disciplinary workshops, Ballydehob Art & Culture Weekend is a fantastic new event where budding and seasoned participants get the opportunity to share their talents with the whole community. All participants have equal billing and everyone is free to participate.
A seahorse in the trees, a hill figure maze, and a dragon at additional open day of The Sculpture Trail Walk
THERE will be an additional open day of The Sculpture Trail walk on Saturday August 2nd, the trail is just under a mile long, a walk through the nature reserve at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob, and, as many have discovered, is a great way to get off the beaten track and right out into some stunning West Cork nature and scenery. Sculpture and installation work by local artist Wendy Miles is
It’s festival time again and Original Reggae & Hip Hop Music Festival Mid-Summer Mango is gearing up for its third year with two weekends of gigs across two towns and six venues in West Cork. Ballydehob 25-27th July This year, the good vibes festival kicks off in Ballydehob where Local Reggae DJ Neisha starts the party in Rosie’s Bar with a free gig at 10pm on Fri 25th
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).
RESIDENTS of Ballydehob may have been surprised to see a huge dragon slowly lumbering down their high Street recently, but the twelve foot high willow dragon sculpture was on a trailer, and was the first work to be installed on The Sculpture Trail, at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob. The Sculpture Trail is a 12-month project by local artist Wendy Miles, the actual making of the trail being part of the
COMEDIAN Breda Larkin will be embarking on a new 32 county tour of Ireland from right here in West Cork. The first show in her #bredaspilgrimage tour where she will visit 32 towns, one in each county takes place at the Social Club in Ballydehob on Tuesday, June 3rd . Tickets are priced at €5 and doors open at 8.45pm.
Imagine a summer’s evening. The twelve arch bridge silhouetted by the sun. Picture elegant dancers traversing the bridge while aerial performers dressed in blazing red suspend from bright yellow silks to the river below. Bridge is a dance piece by West Cork Inclusive Dance. Taking place on and around the Twelve Arch Bridge and pier in Ballydehob on Saturday, May 31st, this is an incredible display of integration and
THE West Cork Development Partnership have been given the green light to provide funding of €200,000 to Skeaghanore Duck to develop of a processing plant for farm fresh Duck at Ballydehob, West Cork.
THE village of Ballydehob in West Cork can look forward to a bumper weekend of traditional Irish music, song, dance and entertainment as part of the 2014 Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival which will take place in the village on the weekend of Friday, April 4th – Sunday, April 6th. Headlining this year’s festival line-up is one of Ireland’s finest traditional groups Four Men and a Dog.
EXCLUSIVE A MAN who has admitted to photographing young girls in their school uniforms at a playground in Ballydehob and masturbating has had his sentencing postponed while a report is completed by the Probation Services. Judge James McNulty, sitting at a District Court hearing in Bantry this week, told Petras Petrikauskas (36) from Chapel Lane Skibbereen that while the charges were indeed very serious he was referring
THE 2014 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob from June 13th to 15th this year with a huge range of performers already confirmed to take part.
AN upcoming family gathering event, The Coughlans of Ballydehob, will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The gathering is for all the descendants and relations of Daniel Coughlan and Bridget Reilly who were married on the February 11th 1870 from Ballydehob North, Ballydehob.
NATIONAL Bike Week runs from June 15th to 23rd and there are a number of free events on in West Cork with Cycle Sense in Skibbereen and Ballydehob. Dig out a bike, pump the tyres, tweak the brakes, oil the chain and bring a helmet and hi-viz.
THE Baltimore RNLI lifeboats responded to an emergency in the Ballydehob area on Wednesday evening. The alarm was raised at 17.45 and both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats responded immediately. A kayaker had reported persons in the water between Horse Island and Audley Cove.
THE 2013 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob from June14-16 this year with a huge range of performers already confirmed to take part. Among those appearing this year will be Jimmy Crowley, Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Baggyrinkle Swansea Shantymen, Jim Mageaan, Dick Miles, Jim Bainbridge Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton, Rubicon,Lands End Bluegrass band, the Cork Singers’ Club and many many more.
ONCE again this unlikely West Cork village has planned an outstanding programme of live jazz performance and complimentary fringe events over the May Bank Holiday weekend. In its usual bid to book the best, the Ballydehob Jazz Festival has bagged the Neil Cowley Trio for this year’s headline slot on Sunday 5th May, Cowley’s only scheduled appearance in Republic of Ireland this spring.
JOCKEY Deirdre Goggin hit a rich vein of form when recording a treble at the annual Easter Sunday road trotting meeting in Ballydehob on a cold and wet renewal of this traditional event. Conway Tiger was the third leg of her wins in the feature Grade A trot. Matts Romeo a winner in Baltimore was the market leader despite a twenty yard handicap. Conway Tiger led from the start
by Brian Moore THE village of Schull came to a stand still as mourners gathered to say farewell to little Clarrisa McCarthy and her father Martin. As the bell tolled at St Mary’s Church in Schull, the single coffin was carried past the many relatives, neighbours and friends of the deceased, who stood, still in shock, at the recent tragic events.
Tragedy at Audley Cove – Father and three-year-old daughter’s bodies recovered from water near Ballydehob
By Brian Moore THE residents of Ballydehob were left reeling in shock after the recovery of two bodies from the secluded Audley Cove just outside the village in the town land of Foilnamuck. The two bodies, that of a 5o-year-old male and his three-year-old daughter were discovered in the early hours of last Wednesday morning after Gardaí were alerted to a hand written note discovered at a
Two bodies recovered from shoreline near Ballydehob GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of two bodies at Audley Cove near Ballydehob. The bodies are believed to be those of a father in his 50s and his three-year-old daughter.
THE village of Ballydehob can look forward to a bumper weekend of traditional Irish music, song, dance and entertainment as part of the 2013 Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival which will take place in the village on the weekend of Friday, March 22nd – Sunday, March 24th. Headlining this year’s festival line-up is one of Ireland’s finest traditional groups The Raw Bar Collective.
THE West Cork Development Partnership is hosting a “night for parents” in Ballydehob Community Hall at 7pm on Wednesday, February 27th.