Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat spends over 12 hours at sea rescuing a yacht which had become demasted in storm force conditions. The Castletownbere lifeboat, the Annette Hutton, was launched early this morning (Saturday 20th August 2016) when Valentia Coastguard Radio requested assistance to a yacht in difficulties forty five miles south of Mizen head in West Cork. The eight metre yacht, with one person on board, had left the Azores
GREENSHINE are a family trio comprising of Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.
All Star Colm O’ Neill Presented ‘Kit for Kids’ to Beara girls & boys in Murphy’s SuperValu, Castletownbere
SuperValu Teams Up With GAA Stars for 2016 ‘Kits for Kids’ Initiative Colm O’ Neill, has teamed up with SuperValu to present Beara underage teams with their 2016 ‘Kit for Kids’ packages. The Cork star appeared in Murphy’s SuperValu in Castletownbere on Tuesday 16th of August to present young players from Beara with juvenile O’Neills kit including playing gear and training equipment as part of SuperValu’slong standing support as sponsor
Dylan Tighe is a Dublin musician and actor and is returning to Castletownbere to play his second show at The High Tide Club this August. He has recently released his second album Wabi Sabi Soul, which is a collection of songs “embracing his own imperfections”. This album follows his first album Record which was released in 2014 and was described as “searingly honest”.
ISLAND – OILEÁN: Exhibiton opening Saturday July 9th 6 to 8pm, all welcome. July 9th to August 7th.
THE High Tide Club @ Sarah Walker Gallery Castletownbere has something different going on! For those of you who have an interest in playing/learning the blues our workshops hosted by Randall ‘Big Daddy’ Webster from the USA and Patrick Horgan from Cork for two evenings will surely interest you.
Exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptural ceramics opens 9th July A MULTI-FACETED art project inspired by journeys to selected islands along the Irish coast, and featuring three leading Irish artists, launches in July at the renowned Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere, Co Cork.
Paula Kingston O’Brien is an Irish singer songwriter who mixes a natural flair for simple, evocative writing with a voice which dips and dives between a soulful sound and a modern country lilt. Paula K O’Brien, aka Paula K, is a singer songwriter from West Cork, Ireland and has been writing songs ever since she was an angst ridden teen. Over time, and with the addition of children, marriage and a
Promotion Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday May 3rd at 8pm.
by John Bohane CASTLETOWNBERE forward Liam Hanley is thrilled to have been appointed as their captain this season. The Magpies begin their PIFC campaign with a first round game against Naomh Aban, scheduled to be played in Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry, on Saturday, May 14th (6.45pm throw-in).
THERE was a large turnout at the Kingsley Hotel in Cork recently as Pieta House launched Cork’s Darkness Into Light event in association with Electric Ireland. Founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman was joined by Deputy City Mayor Thomas Gould, County Mayor John Paul O’Shea, members of local organisations and volunteers from across the county to launch the event which is now in its eighth year.
BEARA writer Geoff Ward is founding and hosting the West Cork Literary Society, the inaugural meeting of which takes place on Thursday, February 25th, at 7.30pm in the meeting room at MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere. The society will provide a monthly meeting point for talks, discussions, readings and other literary events and activities, as well as for the sharing of ideas and works.
FACILITATED by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), local industry groups in Castletownbere and Union Hall recently met with Tom Piper of KIMO UK to hear what the UK ‘Fishing for Litter’ programme has achieved and what lessons can be learnt to ensure the programme gains traction in Ireland.
RENOWNED Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery plays a festive gig at The High Tide Club, The Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on Friday, December 18th at 8.30pm, admission is €15.
ALMOST €100,000 has been awarded to two West Cork towns in a bid to help them become Regional Economic Development Zones (REDZ). It was confirmed today that Castletownbere and Skibbereen are receiving €44,500 and €50,000 each as part of their selection as one of 26 new REDZ pilot projects around the country.
THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere. The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the
ON May 6th Disability Accessibility, a group of Transition Year students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara won the Young Social Innovator Making our World More Inclusive and Poverty Free Award at the Young Social Innovators showcase in Citywest, Dublin. The group has worked really hard all year raising awareness about disabled parking and the access to facilities for people with disabilities. Disability Accessibility decided to tackle the problem of the abuse
AN eco-friendly, split-level house in Castletownbere, West Cork, which combines comfort, clever design and functionality, has won RTÉ One’s Home of the Year. Owned by retired couple Ita Molloy and Andrew Harvey, the house was designed and built by Ita’s architect son, Donn Ponnighaus. Over the past seven weeks, TV viewers were welcomed across the threshold of 21 houses as expert judges Declan O’Donnell, Hugh Wallace and Helen James debated the
A TRANSITION year group from Scoil Phobail Bheara, Castletownbere were recently named winners of the “Making our World Healthier” category in the Physical Well Being Award at the Young Social Innovator Showcase at Citywest, in Dublin. The team, named “Are you my Type?” are a group of 11 transition year students who set out to learn about blood donation in Ireland and around the world, to change attitudes to blood
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.
Following a spring tour of the US, The Henry Girls are set for a number of Irish dates including two in West Cork before embarking on a tour of Austria and Italy, before returning to play the Folk & Bluegrass Festival in Westport on June 12th.
‘Disability Accessibility’ is a Young Social Innovators Project from Scoil Phobail Bhéara in Castletownbere. The project group consists of Daragh Crowley, Ciara Crowley, Eimear O’ Neill, Simon Harrison, Brian Collins, Tommy O’ Sullivan, Ciara O’Sullivan, Matthew Martin Sullivan and Conor McQuaid. Disability Accessibility set out to raise awareness about the lack of facilities for people with disabilities and to improve the facilities already available. They also wanted to research and
FOURTEEN students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara attended the launch of Southern Words – Go West in the West Cork Education Centre in Dunmanway on March 6th. Vikki O’Sullivan, Killian Power, Katie McCarthy, Finbarr O’Donovan, Dominic Kjelsen, Michael Murphy, Ciarán Murphy, Rachel O’Shea, Owen Power, Niamh Doherty, Ultan O’Shea, Olivia Harrington, Renee Waschkowitz and Michael O’Sullivan- are all third year students.
by Carina McNally Naming Baby – a play written by Jennifer Russell and directed by Julie Aldridge – was performed at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on three nights – the 6th 7th and 8th February 2015. The ensemble of actors – Marie-Noel Colman, Ann O’Carroll, Mary Maddison, and Margaret Hardiman – was supported by Ciannat Walker and Tade O’Sullivan. With excellent lighting and sound presented in this lovely Castletownbere
THE CoAction children’s summer camps will again be held in Bantry, Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen in July. Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.
INDEPENDENT councillor Michael Collins walked out from the recent West Cork Municipal District meeting in Dunmanway’s Methodist Hall in protest at cuts to civic amenity site opening times. Cllr Collins said that recent reduced hours brought in at the Derryconnell (Mizen) and Castletownbere recycling sites were a major inconvenience for local people and said that local councillors had not been consulted in any way about the move.
We are starting into a new year and in the process of planning for exciting things happening in July, namely our CoAction Children’s Summer Camp. Camps will again be held in Bantry, Castletownbere, Clonakilty, Dunmanway and Skibbereen.
PROPOSALS to reduce opening times at two recycling “transfer stations” operated by Cork County Council have been met with opposition from local people. The plans to reduce the opening times at the stations at Castletownbere and Derryconnell between Schull and Ballydehob by more than 50% to two days-a-week plus Saturday mornings have been described as “potentially damaging” to communities across the Mizen and Beara peninsulas.