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
STUDENTS from the West Cork Gaelscoileanna of Bantry and Skibbereen starred at the annual Coirm Gael Linn festival held in Fermoy recently. They were among almost 350 exuberant young performers from primary schools in Counties Cork and Tipperary who treaded the boards of the Palace Theatre in Fermoy Youth Centre during the day. Pupils from first to sixth classes staged variety shows that incorporated music, singing, dancing, story-telling and acting
West Cork Music is delighted to announce the programme for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from 1 – 9 July. There will be concerts in Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church from morning to late night as well as young musician masterclasses, artist interviews and Ireland’s only instrument exhibition.
Gardaí in Bantry are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Durrus on January 30th.
GERMAN discount retailer Lidl has lodged a planning application to develop a new supermarket in the town at a site in Newtown.
SCENES from a major Belgian thriller called Broer (meaning ‘Brother’) were premiered in Bantry House recently. Starring Alison Doody, the film was shot on location in Bantry and West Cork during 2015 and went on release in Belgium on 20th January.
THE Minister for Tourism Michael Ring has announced that €50,000 has been allocated for the West Cork Chamber Music and Literary Festivals in 2016. This is part of Fáilte Ireland‘s national funding of just over €1.8 million for 23 key national festivals and events.
WEST Cork Sinn Fein councillor Paul Hayes has welcomed plans from Cork County Council to develop a number of serviced sites for social housing. Sites around West Cork, including in Courtmacsherry, Schull, Skibbereen, Durrus and Bantry, had been bought by the Council at the height of the boom, and were intended to be sold as serviced sites to housing applicants looking to build their own homes.
CORK ARC’s Diet in Cancer information evening will take place in Bantry at “The Bungalow” in Gories on Wednesday, January 20th from 7pm-9pm. The free session will be facilitated by registered dietician, Diarmuid Duggan and is aimed at helping cancer patients and their families understand more about diet and nutrition during and after a cancer diagnosis. While free, places are very limited, and must be booked in advance.
DRIVEN by Bantry Athletic Club and The Westlodge Hotel Leisure Centre and supported by Bantry businesses and the whole community, Bantry Operation Transformation will have something for everyone, there will be nowhere to hide! The town is smothered in posters the Facebook page is hopping with activity.
OCTOBER 9th and 10th saw Bantry celebrate the first ‘West Cork Feel Good Festival’ in support of World Mental Health Day 2015. Giving and sharing were at the heart of the festival which welcomed people to ‘come and try’ at a sports morning in Coláiste Pobail and at a ‘Big Sing’ on Bantry Square.
BANTRY Community Choir hosted a fabulous evening of song and music at the Maritime Hotel Bantry recently. The concert, Live Life and Sing, was a part of the West Cork Feel Good Festival that was such a huge success in Bantry throughout the weekend. The Live Life and Sing concert featured some amazing local talent who performed some wonderful music. The concert included hosts Bantry Community Choir, Caoimhe Conlon a flautist who is a music
Kealkill National School, Bantry and Togher National School, Dunmanway, nominated for short film award at the 11th FÍS Film Festival
KEALKILL National School, Bantry and Togher National School, Dunmanway have both been nominated for an award at the upcoming FÍS Film Festival. Kealkill N.S. have been nominated for their film “Sammy’s Salmon Survival” alongside Togher N.S who are nominated for their film “Day Dreamers”. The West Cork based schools are among 22 other schools that have been chosen from over 100 entries received from all over the country. The event
As the ‘LittleThings’ mental health campaign has highlighted, it’s the little things that can make a big difference to how we feel on an everyday basis. From healthy eating and exercise to social interaction and creative activities; these are just some of the things that can help us all cope better with life’s ups and downs. Depression affects one in ten people in Ireland at any one time.
Together with the support of the West Cork Mental Health Services the seeds are being sown for a West Cork Big Sing! which will take place on Wolfetone Square in Bantry at 4pm on Saturday 10th October, World Mental Health Day.
Bantry town will be alive with Irish traditional music and singing on Friday, September 11th to Sunday, September 13th. The Festival will commemorate the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, Music collector, Tralibane, Bantry and what better way to do it than by bringing his music out of the pages of his books and bringing it to life by having a junior (under 18) and senior competition for recitals
AN Occurrence of Diverse Elements, a collage exhibition curated by local artist Alison Cronin is to take place in Organico Cafe in Bantry from 17 August – 19 September. Featuring six Cork county and city based artists, Neisha Azzopardi, Paul Forde Cialis, Edwin Cridland, Alison Cronin, Tom Doig and Susan Montgomery, the exhibition explores the wide variety of approaches to collage that are taking place amongst contemporary artists in the