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.?
THE Minister of State at the OPW, Simon Harris has approved funding of €72,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for Skibbereen. Local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “The funding is to replace the 36m of culvert in private lands by the River Ilen, in Skibbereen and I am pleased to have invited Minister Harris to Skibbereen last Monday, to witness first-hand the situation there.
A FORMER Fianna Fáil mayor of Bandon has been threatened with expulsion from the party even though he is no longer a member. Sean O’Donovan, a former town councillor, who was mayor of Bandon from 2011 to 2012 received a text message from the local cumann secretary stating, “As cumann secretary, FF HQ has requested me to confirm that the sanction for any member who canvasses for, or openly
THE community in Bandon has come together in a remarkable show of solidarity and defiance in the face of last week’s fl ooding that threatened to derail the town’s Christmas celebrations before they had even begun. Despite more than 50 businesses being flooded as a result of Storm Desmond, the wider community in Bandon has responded in emphatic fashion with all traders back in business within a couple of
CORK ETB adult education centres provide a wide range of educational opportunities. Those who attend the centres can be self-referrals or may have been referred by any one of a wide range of agencies that promote lifelong learning.
UP to 2,000 people turned out in Bandon last Monday evening to protest the lack of progress on flood prevention and drainage works that were promised after the last devastating flood in the town in 2009.
BUSINESS people and residents in Bandon have expressed outrage at the lack of action to tackle flooding in the town following the second devastating flood in the town centre in six years. The cleanup bill from the damage caused by Storm Desmond is already expected to run into millions as more than 50 premises on Main Street and Oliver Plunkett Street suffered flood damage when the River Bandon once
BANDON South Main Street will host the Official Lighting Ceremony and a day of Festive Fun on Sunday November 29th. Organised by a small committee of Traders and Interested Parties trojan work has been done to ensure that Bandon twinkles this Christmas.
FIVE lucky school children from Bandon were selected to represent Ireland in an international soccer match at the Universal Exhibition (EXPO) in Milan as part of the Ferrero’s Kinder + Sport programme in Ireland. To celebrate the international reach of Kinder + Sport, a global responsible project developed by Ferrero aimed at supporting physical activity among children, Ferrero invited a squad of five twelve year olds from Scoil Phádraig Naofa
A ROAD safety information event, and cycle workshop was held at the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon recently. This event was organised by Garda Damian White, Community Garda Bandon, with assistance from Niamh Sammon, Operations Manager, Riverview Shopping Centre, Karen McCarthy the Road Safety Authority Education Officer, and Ruth Bullough and Katie Mann from Cycle Sense.
BANDON woman Bernie O’Reilly, nominated by Bandon branch has been named as the Cork Carer of the Year, and was awarded the 2015 Eileen Hayes Perpetual Memorial Trophy. Bernie has been a full time carer for her 28-year-old son Brendan for many years. Brendan is wheelchair bound, and is unable to do anything for himself.
Band Promoted – Following a successful season in the competition arena, Band gets promoted in Competition Gradings to Grade 3B. This is a great achievement for young band members and all are delighted at the accomplishment. As well as many prestigious titles throughout the year, the band were placed 2nd in the World Pipe Band Championships which were held in Glasgow last August. After their return the band were jetted