CLONAKILTY will host a street carnival, on Saturday June 11th, to unveil the beautiful new streetscape, with activities running from 9am until 9pm. After 18 months of major works in a €12 million road resurfacing and drainage project, the town is ready to celebrate, and locals and visitors are invited to join the community for a day of free entertainment and fun.
The Clonakilty Easter Commemoration Committee will mark the centenaries of the executions of the 1916 leaders who have streets named after them in Clonakilty, with simple remembrance ceremonies in their honour on those streets, starting next week.
by John Bohane THE Mayor of Cork County John Paul O’Shea officially opened the Michael Collins House which is located in Emmet Square, Clonakilty before a large crowd recently. The Georgian house, which was restored by Cork County Council includes a new museum which is dedicated to the life of Michael Collins and charts Ireland’s struggle for independence from the 1798 rebellion onwards. The beautifully restored house includes archive pictures,
A GROUP of international media including representatives from Germany and Belgium are pictured with Jane Stokes, Fáilte Ireland, at Sheep’s Head enjoying all that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.
THE Transition Year “Get Up And Go Mini Company 2016” national final is on in The Osprey Hotel, Nass in Dublin on Tuesday next 3rd May and Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty are delighted to be represented by the “Picture Perfect” team, who got through the West Cork finals in Skibbereen and the regional finals in Vienna Woods Hotel recently.
Pictured at the Opening of the new Michael Collins Museum at Emmet Square, Clonakilty where Michael Collins once worked on the local newspaper was Great grandniece Emer O’Sullivan from Inniscarra posing with the Bust of her Grand Uncle General Michael Collins. Pic: Denis Boyle
CLONAKILTY Tidy Towns volunteers are back in action for the 2016 season. On Good Friday, a number of them were delighted to welcome members of the junior Rugby Clubs who did a clean-up of the town centre area. Several volunteers did a cleanup on the N71 to Lisavaird as part of the recent KWD County Cleanup.
The Darkness Into Light 5km Walk/Run is taking place in GAA Grounds, Ahamilla, Clonakilty, County Cork on the 7th May 2016 at 4.15am for the third year.
BANK of Ireland recently hosted a Town Hall meeting in Clonakilty to announce its Enterprise Town initiative in partnership with the local community. The Bank has taken a three-pillar approach to this initiative whereby the Bank of Ireland Branch Manager Geraldine Galvin will work closely with the business community, the wider sports and social community and the schools in the town and surrounding areas.
A NEW Irish brand aimed at the canine gift sector ‘Little Hound’ has been shortlisted for a major craft design award. The new range of dog neckerchiefs are designed and hand made in Clonakilty by the people behind ‘Little Green Dot’.
Mayor of Clonakilty Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin officially launched “World Autism Day Clonakilty” which will take place on Saturday 2nd April with from left: Séamus O’ Donovan with his son Ryan’s service dog “Chloe”; Patricia O’ Leary, co-ordinator of World Autism Day Clonakilty; Adrian Hayes, with “Ookie”, his son Logan’s service dog and Fiona Kennedy with “Max”, her daughter Aobhinn’s service dog. Pic: Édaín O’ Donnell
THE project that promotes community well-being through singing will be holding an ‘en mass’ singing event in Emmett Square on Saturday 7th May from 3-5pm where singers and members of the public are invited to join together to sing a collection of uplifting songs.
International Fairtrade Fortnight begins this Monday 29th February and communities all over the world will be concentrating on promoting and purchasing FT produce in their local stores and cafés. Clonakilty is Ireland’s first Fairtrade town (2003) and once again the local committee has organised a number of events for the fortnight which ends on 13th March.
Pictured on a return visit to Global Shares in Clonakilty, where he met Emma Ross is General Election candidate Cllr Alan Coleman who first attended the opening of the premises as County Mayor.
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY native Maurice Shanley completed a gruelling Ironman challenge in Kalmar, Sweden last year. His preparations for this physically arduous challenge were immense as he and his colleagues physically pushed their bodies to the ultimate limit in a punishing training regime as they pursued a lifelong ambition to accomplish their objective of completing the challenge.
by John Bohane CLONAKILTY GAA star Mark White joined a very distinguished list in Carbery GAA circles when he played a starring role on the the Clonakilty hurling team which captured the South West junior A hurling championship last season. The successful capture of the Flyer Nyhan Cup ensured the talented goalkeeper joined a select few of local sporting GAA stars who have captured South West championship medals in both
by John Bohane FORMER Clonakilty rugby star Michael O’Hea has carved out a new life working as a quantity surveyor in Sydney, Australia, but the towering second row still retains a firm love and deep affection for his native town and rugby club as he recalls with great nostalgia. Michael continues to play club rugby to a very high standard in Sydney, but the memories and friendships he formed with
CLONAKILTY-based Global Shares has announced that it has reached a key milestone in servicing more than a million users on their new equity plan management software platform.
FOUR West Cork primary schools took part in a creative competition recently organised by Anna Machura from the Park Cinema, The competition saw 108 pupils from St. Joseph’s Girls N.S. Clonakilty, Kilgarriffe N.S., Lisavaird N.S. and Timoleague N.S. prepare projects, stories, poems, collages, drawings, paintings on the theme of “The Power of Emotions”.
CLONAKILTY is among several towns across the country set to benefit from investment in a new fire station. The announcement is part of a new €40m programme of construction and refurbishment of 26 fire stations for the five year period 2016 – 2020. The programme will see 16 new fire station construction projects initiated between now and 2020, along with 10 fire station upgrades / refurbishments. The new Clonakilty fire
WEST Cork projects won four awards at the 2016 Community and Council Awards hosted by ipb Insurance and LAMA at a gala awards night in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin recently.
A series of free education sessions for people with diabetes are planned for Clonakilty and Skibbereen this Spring 2016. The award winning X-PERT programme is being organised by HSE Community Dietitians Bernie Dennehy and Melissa Byrne, in conjunction with local general practitioners.
CARMEL Nic Airt, currently Príomhoide on leave from Gaelscoil Mhichíl Uí Choileáin, Clonakilty, is going to Leros Refugee Camp in Greece where scores of Syrian men, women and children cross land from rubber dingies they have crossed from Turkey daily.
Pictured at the St Fachtna’s Centre recently, friends Daniel O’Donovan, Sinead Murphy, Fergal Murphy and Michael Deegan who presented €265.41 to Mr Pat Finn of Meals on Wheels. The group raised the money busking in Clonakilty during Christmas.
LOCAL community environmental group Sustainable Clonakilty is inviting local businesses to contact them if they are interested in being part of the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) Better Energy Communities (BEC) grant scheme application for Clonakilty for 2016. The scheme will be launched in early January with applications to be submitted in February. Any business in the Clonakilty area considering carrying out energy efficiency work, a renewable project or
IRISH Water recently officially opened the upgraded wastewater treatment plant in Clonakilty. The project, completed in partnership with Cork County Council, primarily upgraded the Clonakilty Wastewater Treatment Plant as well as 13 other plants around the County, to the value of €7 million. The plant now has four times its previous capacity and uses brand-new, state-of-the-art Nereda wastewater technology.
FAILTE Ireland has honoured Clonakilty for the town’s impressive performance in reaching out to visitors and creating the best possible tourism experience at the fourth annual Tourism Towns Awards which took place in The Morrison Hotel, in Dublin recently.
THE ceremony of switching on the Christmas lights in Clonakilty is due to take place this Saturday evening, 28th November, with very special guests from the Everyman Theatre’s Pantomine, Aladdin, at the helm.
A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Clonakilty this Friday, November 20th and will focus on the need for greater community care for older people, the future of nursing homes and district hospital and Home Care support. Councillor Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, the Fianna Fáil Dáil candidate in Cork South West, is hosting the meeting at the Fernhill House Hotel from 8pm.
THE organisers of the recent fundraising coffee day and cake sale at the Parish Centre, Clonakilty in aid of the three ASD classes at the local Gaelscoil have expressed their heartfelt thanks to all who made the day such a success. €4,300 was raised, with other donations coming in since.