THE first collection of poetry from West Cork woman Margaret O’Driscoll entitled, “The Best Things In Life Are Free” is now available from bookshops.
AS a result of the Speaking Up For A Change project 270 people over the age of 55 across the country are producing radio that makes a difference.
TUESDAY 21st June marked the first official day of operations for Bandon Credit Union under Skibbereen Credit Union. The merger, which was the culmination of many months of planning and negotiation sees Bandon members become part of Skibbereen CU which now has the largest common bond area of any other Credit Union in Ireland, spanning from the Mizen peninsula to Innishannon.
Pictured at the launch of the Mart Modernisation Scheme which was launched by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed TD at Bandon Mart was Donal Kelly, Bandon Mart; Andrew Cromie, ICBF; Minister Creed; Sean O’Sullivan, CEO Cork Marts; Sean Coughlan, CEO ICBF; Neil O’Riordan, Cork Marts and Farmer Paul Hurley, Innishannon.
RECENTLY Patricia Messenger on C103’s Cork Today programme spoke with teacher Gemma Magner along with students Katie Walsh Murphy, Ruth Crowley and Sarah Murphy from Colaiste na Toirbhirte in Bandon. They wowed their audience at a school ceremony by performing the song Tell Me It’s Not True from the musical Blood Brothers and a parent recording of the performance went viral. The folks at C103 decided to invite them to
Students from Hamiliton High School Bandon who gave their time to raise funds to support Lisheens House Free counselling service to help those in crisis in their community. Bag packing at Caufields Supervalue Bandon. Thanks to all who generously donated.
CURVES – the 30-minute full body workout designed for women – opens in Old Chapel, Bandon on Monday 16th May. Curves has helped over 10million women of all different shapes, sizes and fitness levels get fit, gain strength and lose weight, as the Curves circuit works every major muscle group and can burn up to 500 calories in half an hour.
Ibane Gaels captain Daniel Hurley is presented the U21 B football trophy (Matt and Margaret O’Sullivan Cup) following their win against Bandon.
BANDON native Laura Hicks is one of four finalists in Budweiser’s Dream Big competition for a €50,000 “American Dream” prize. Laura has been dancing all her life and her big American dream is to visit the home of swing dancing in Harlem. She dreams of dancing with some of America’s best dancers, joined by her best bud Norah.
Redmayne Bentley Stockbrokers will host a free seminar on investment options at Bandon’s Munster Arms Hotel on Wednesday, May11th next at 8pm. Topics covered will include:
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 BANDON Grammar secondary school student James French enjoyed an exceptional year representing his province in U18 rugby, and representing his country with great distinction in shot put. James, who is in fifth year in the prestigious West Cork secondary school, won the All-Ireland intermediate title in shot put, while he represented the Munster U18 side in the Inter-Pro’s last season.
UPWARDS of 550 people at this year’s West Cork Community Awards ceremony held in Bandon gave a standing ovation to the members of the emergency services and the many volunteers who came to the rescue of Bandon town during the devastating flooding episodes on December 5th and 29th last, caused by Storms Desmond and Frank respectively.
FIANNA Fáil is calling for a group to be established to monitor the roll out of a flood insurance scheme in the UK which delivers cover for people who are unable to get insurance after being flooded. Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony said people in west Cork who are not able to get flood insurance cover need protection. “Flood defences are an important part of the solution here
THE West Cork Dyslexia Branch will hold an information evening on Dyslexia in Bandon Grammar School (The lecture theatre) at 7.30pm on Thursday 14th April 2016.
THE many volunteers and members of the emergency services who came to the rescue of Bandon during its double flooding episodes last December, are to be honoured at the 27th Annual West Cork Community Awards ceremony to be held in Bandon on Friday 8th April.
YOUNG people from the Bandon Youth Project recently participated in a rap workshop in the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon. This project is a Garda Youth Diversion Project that seeks to divert young people from anti-social behaviour and from criminal activity.
ON Friday 19h February 2016, a very pleasant function was held in the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon, where 16 young people were honoured. All of them had been nominated for the West Cork Garda Youth Awards (in association with SuperValu) 2015.
THE Family Support & Community Wellbeing Bandon and Bandon Adult Education (CETB) are running a free seven-week Family Learning Course starting in April running for two hours on Thursday mornings.
by John Bohane TALENTED Bandon soccer star Peter Callanan has signed for the Cobh Rangers U17 side ahead of the domestic underage league which is due to resume in early March. The West Cork soccer ace represented their local rivals Cork City in the Youths League last season. Peter, however made the decision to switch to their near neighbours after being impressed by their ambitious plans for the future.
GENERAL election candidate and former Mayor of Cork Alan Coleman has committed to retaining two five-day-a-week offices in Bandon and Skibbereen if elected to Dáil Eireann this Friday.
FOLLOWING a successful year for the St Patricks Youth Pipe Band the talented young group was awarded the prestigious title of “Champion of Champions” by the Irish Pipe Band Association at the AGM held in Killeshin, Co. Carlow recently.
THE road between Bandon and Kilbrittain reopened to traffic ton Feruary 12th last following severe flood damage that forced its closure in the aftermath of Storm Frank, the road was one of the worst hit in West Cork by the recent bad weather.
MORE than 300 people packed into the Munster Arms Hotel in Bandon recently to attend a General Election debate among the 11 candidates seeking election to the 32nd Dáil for the Cork South West constituency. The event was organised by The Opinion magazine and moderated by editor Eddie Goggin. All of the 11 candidates were gathered together for the first time in the campaign, giving West Cork voters their first
CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.
A LAND zoning submission has been lodged with Cork County Council aimed at paving the way for a major €40m tourism and commercial development on lands next to the N71 at Castlebernard near Bandon.
Pictured at the offices of the Bandon Opinion recently where he discussed flood alleviation measures was Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin with Eddie Goggin, Editor of the Opinion; Michael McCarthy TD and flood campaigners Maria McLaughlin and Mary McSweeney.
WEST Cork Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has called for a break from rates payments for traders in Bandon who had their businesses flooded for the second time in a month. Speaking after surveying the scene in the town, Jim Daly said that Bandon’s South Main Street was destroyed as several feet of flood waters poured through the town centre just three weeks after the most recent flood event.
FIANNA Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has criticised what she called the Government’s “lacklustre response” to the latest flooding to hit large parts of West Cork. Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said that people “feel completely let down” by the Government as they are forced to fend for themselves against the latest storm.?