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.
BEARA Community Games Committee is holding an information meeting om Monday, December 1st at 8pm in Twomeys, Castletownbere. Community groups, sports people, artists, writers, chess players, parents, teachers and any interested parties are invited to attend.
THE Bantry Bay Lions hosted a dinner celebration for the winners of the All-Ireland 2014 Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation competition. The Beara Community School in Castletownbere, represented by Daniel O’Neill, John O’Donoghue, Nicole Elphick, Caitriona Anne Nee, Jayden Murphy and David O’Driscoll.
KERRY Mountain Rescue Team in conjunction with Castletownbere Coast Guard, Castletownbere RNLI and Lehanmore Centre will attempt subject to the weather, to recreate the first ever cable car from Beara peninsula mainland to one of the islands on Saturday 6th September. This will provide an opportunity for a joint training exercise between the Kerry mountain rescue team and Castletownbere coast guard.
THE board of the Bantry Credit Union have confirmed that they will commence to provide Credit Union services for the people of the Beara Peninsula. The decision was made at their recent board meeting where it was also agreed to open the office on Friday August 1st for the purpose of opening accounts; it was also confirmed that they will operate from the existing premises in Castletownbere.
LIFEBOAT crew with Castletownbere RNLI launched yesterday (30 July 2014) to help a couple who had become injured when the 40 ft yacht they were sailing on, at Laurence’s Cove, got into difficultly. On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew had to board the vessel and treat the injured woman before bringing the couple to safety at Castletownbere harbour in Cork.
THE current fishing quota system needs a radical overhaul to attract more young people into the industry and make fishing communities along the West Cork coast viable into the future, that’s according to the Beara branch if Young Fine Gael. Chairman of the group Wayne O Sullivan said that the current system which uses a monthly fishing quota simply does not work.
THE High Court in Dublin has ordered that the Berehaven Credit Union, based in Castletownbere be wound up following an application from the Central Bank. President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns granted the application which will see the credit union, which has more than 3,500 members, cease to exist.
THE 2014 Castletownbere Festival of the Sea looks set to be the best yet with a host of entertainment and activities for young and old throughout the first week in August. This year’s festival runs from Friday, August 1st to Friday, August 8th inclusive and is organised by the Castletownbere Development Association (CDA) who are an entirely voluntary and non-profit organisation made up of members of our local community.
Chris Downey, Noel Sheehan and Adrian O Sullivan, Super Valu, Castletownbere, Finalists in Best in Fresh Awards, Seafood Counter. Pic: Niall Duffy