It has been a busy start to our first term of the school year. We extend a warm welcome to our Junior Infants who are starting their primary school journey. We wish them many happy days in Kealkill N.S. September 2016 marks a new beginning and a new look for Kealkill N.S. as the pupils are dressed in the new school uniform. We have received a lot of positive feedback
West Cork local tourism heroes honoured with awards by cottages.com at the National Ploughing Championships
There were smiles all around at the Ploughing Championships today, as the quiet heroes of the Irish tourism industry were honored for their long term commitment to Irish tourism, by cottages.com. The company is part of Wyndham Vacation Rentals, one of the largest holiday letting agencies in Europe, and is responsible for bringing tourists from Britain and further afield to Ireland for the past 25 years. Working with just over
Robbie Murphy has lived on Sherkin Island, West Cork, since he moved there with his family shortly after he was born. As well as working on the island, farming oysters, he photographs it, and it is fair to say that Robbie really knows his subject and captures his stunning images with an unerring eye. To view these large prints is to be transported to Sherkin, to feel the weather, hear
THOUSANDS of nominations flooded in from across Ireland, with the public voting for their favorites to be crowned the best, in the hair and beauty industry. The Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport will play host to the inaugural Irish Hair and Beauty Awards which will take place on Sunday September 4.
The West Cork BIG SING community organisation will once again be bringing a BIG SING event to Bantry for the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October and YOU are invited to take part!
Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk, his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo, and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. He blends
Banish the winter blues and laugh yourself silly at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry this November as Tommy Tiernan and comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog take to the stage across one hilarious weekend of comedy. Tommy Tiernan performs his show, Under the Influence, on Friday, November 11. One of Ireland’s most popular comedians, Tiernan is currently winding up his month long residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiernan takes
The Festival organised by Bantry Development & Tourism commemorates the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, music collector, Tralibane, Bantry will be be officially opened at 6.30pm on Friday 9th September in Bantry Community Tourist Office by the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Seamus McGrath. That will be followed by a concert in St. Brendan’s Church at 8pm featuring Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann. A very special feature of
Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016 Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry, until this Sunday, 21st August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form.
The schooner ‘Spirit of Oysterhaven’, currently Ireland’s national sail training vessel, arrived in Bantry Port on Friday afternoon on a rare visit to the southwest, skippered by local Coomhola man Owen Boyden. This magnificent schooner will be tied up at the Railway Pier in Bantry for the weekend and will be open to the public from 10:30 to 12:30 on Saturday morning August 13th, and people are invited to drop
2015 was a very good year for the Port of Cork and subsidiaries. The combined traffic amounted to 11.02 million tonnes compared to 10.15 million tonnes in 2015 which represented an increase of 871,713 million tonnes or 8.6%. Container traffic at the Tivoli Container Terminal increased by a further 8% following a 13% increase in 2014, oil traffic increased by 21%, trade car imports increased by 48% and 56 cruise
Bantry Friends of Lesotho is holding their annual book sale from Friday 5th August to Saturday 20th August, 10am-6pm daily (except Sundays).
Celebrating Traditional Music in its Purest Form “Masters of Tradition” Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016
Now in its 14th year, Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry from 17 – 21 August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form. Artistic Director Martin Hayes, the renowned fiddler from County Clare, will once again open and close this year’s Masters of Tradition. Joining him in the opening concert will be guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddler Liz Knowles and New York clarinettist Doug Wieselman. Also appearing throughout
by Penelope Thoms Famed American author, feminist, editor and political activist Gloria Steinem filled the Windward Room of the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on Saturday, 23rd July, to talk to more than 400 women – and about a dozen men – about her new book MY LIFE ON THE ROAD as part of this year’s West Cork Literary Festival. Steinem’s probably could have filled Croke Park; her event was sold
CELEBRATING it’s 21st anniversary this year, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which takes place from 1st to 9th of July, has a wonderful programme of concerts from world class musicians.
BANTRY joined in with the other 1,163 hosts of “Street Feast” nationwide recently. Street Feast- a national day of non-profit community lunch is an incentive to build stronger community networks over the simple principle of sharing food and conversations.
THE Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is run by the Emergency Services in West Cork to raise funds for local charities. This year’s cycle is based in Bantry and takes place on Saturday 9th July.
ON Saturday 11th June, just like the TV Game Show, THE CUBE will be hosted at The Westlodge Hotel, Bantry. The MC for the night will be Cork native, Alan Shortt. With a prize fund of €2,000 this is a great opportunity to raise funds for local charities and clubs.
EAGLE-eyed reader Ernie Lewis snapped this rare sighting of a Sparrow Hawk resting on his garden fence at Seskinm Bantry. “It is most unsual to ever see this bird perched – as they are normally only seen in flight. Initially I thought a Kestrel but a member of Birdwatch Ireland assured me that it is a much rarer bird – The Sparrow Hawk. ‘I was lucky enough to have my
BANTRY students have come together to raise funds for a disadvantaged school for mentally and physically challenged children in a rural part of India. The idea came about as a result of the ongoing relationship between the people of West Cork and India following the Air India crash, which saw over 300 people – including 80 children – perish off the Irish coast in 1985.
TAKING place in an inspiring setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, the West Cork Literary Festival will host a series of workshops, from song writing to playwriting, memoirs to travel writing, where experts in their field will share their knowledge. One-on-one and group workshops will be filled with lively discussions writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. These workshops offer the opportunity to share work
The next art exhibition at Organico, from 3 May until 11 June, involves two artists who are close to home; Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld both work in Organico, Marta baking delicious cakes and snacks for the café and shop, and Catherine preparing the newsletter and working on the online shop behind the scenes.
CONOR O’Mahony from Bantry will represent Carbery at the 11th annual Mr Personality festival being organised by Kilkenny Macra na Feirme from the 22nd to the 24th of April in the Springhill Court Hotel Kilkenny.
GARDAÍ in Bantry are investigating a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Wolfe Tone Square at midday on Saturday, April 2nd. A truck collided with a female pedestrian resulting in her death. The 73-year-old woman is understood to be from Castletownbere. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Her body was removed to Cork University Hospital where a post mortem examination was carried out.
ÁINE Florence Crowley a primary school teacher at Kealkil National School in West Cork is exhibiting her artwork for the first time upstairs at Organico in her hometown of Bantry.
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
A MAN involved in a road traffic accident on the Bantry line on Wednesday, March 9th last has died at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Thirty four-year-old John Strahan who was the branch manager of the Bank of Ireland in Bantry was airlifted to CUH following the accident at Togher on the R585 north of Dunmanway. Mr Strahan was described as being is a critical condition on arrival at hospital.
A REHABILITATION fund set up to support local man Ray Murnane has announced a Race Night to take place on Saturday March 26th at 8.30pm in The Maritime Hotel, Bantry. Tickets will be sold in shops locally and more information may be found on https://www.facebook.com/RayMurnaneRehabFund/ or https://www.gofundme.com/RayRehabFund. In September last year Ray Murnane’s life changed dramatically. While travelling from his home in Letterlickey, Bantry, to University College Cork, to attend
THE annual fundraiser will be held in the “Timberland Shop”, Bantry (next to Bantry Book Shop, William Street) from Saturday March 26th to Monday April 04th inclusive (9.30am to 5.30pm) Donations: any items surplus to requirements welcome – unwanted gifts, unused purchases, jewellery, bags, ornaments, bric –a- brac, household and nursery items, arts and crafts, pictures, paintings, glass, ware and china, good toys and games, exercise equipment, radios, music centres,
THE Irish Heart Foundation in conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership and HSE Health Promotion will run a Community Walking Leader Training Course, February 27th-28th in the West Lodge Hotel, Bantry. The training is primarily aimed at those wishing to lead a local walking group or promote walking in their community or workplace. The course comprises of a weekend of training and a follow up four-week leader task to try out