Gardaí in Bantry are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision in Durrus on January 30th.
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.
Carrigboy welcomes our new Junior Infant class of Fionn O Connor, Charlie O Connor, Nathan Mallon, Michaela Johnston Kelleher, Liam Horstmanshoff, Danny O Sullivan, Bill O Donovan, Gearoid Cronin, Eoghan Hickey, Cillian O Shea and Fionn Wiseman. Also joining the school to other classes are Daniel and Kieren Coughlan. We welcome Ms. Karen Buckley and Mrs. Máiréad O’Connor to the staff of the school.
PICTURED are inaugural members of the newly formed Muintir Bhaire Men’s Group outside their weekly meeting home in the new hall, Philip’s Green, Durrus. Membership of the group, which is open to males resident within and around the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, is focused on getting men out into the community to exchange their past and current skills and experience through the promotion of comradeship, cross communication and social inclusion. The
IF YOU’VE rediscovered the joys of knitting or the delicate art of crocheting and would like to learn more than Munster’s first Yarn Festival is the place for you. Set against the rugged beauty of the aptly named Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the Yarn Festival which gets underway on Saturday May 16 will see knitters and yarn crafters from across the country gathering for a weekend of workshops at various locations
Thanks to a generous donation from Durrus Charity Shop, three local national schools have been able to sign up for the music-in-schools workshops led by Cork-born soprano Kim Sheehan and Dublin guitarist Redmond O’Toole. On Friday at 10am, the children of St James NS, Durrus and Rusnacahara NS will be involved in an interactive workshop in St James Church, Durrus. The musicians will then move on to Kilcrohane NS at
Carrigboy NS is holding its annual Christmas Craft Fair on Monday, December 1st from 7 to 9pm in Durrus and District Community Hall. All welcome to what promises to be a wonderful night with wheel of fortune raffles, lucky dip, raffles and much more. Our Christmas Concert is scheduled for Friday December 12th at 7pm in the Hall. All classes are busy practising for their big night on stage.
Carrigboy mini sevens had a very enjoyable outing against Kealkill NS and Adrigole NS in Kealkill last week. The boys’ team lost out to Kealkill after a great game. The girls’ team qualified for the next round of the competition after two great performances. Thanks to Darren Stock and Joe O’Driscoll for training our teams.
Pictured At the Muintir Bhaire Community Playschool in Durrus were children Cillian O’Shea, Micheala Johnson Kelleher, Tom Daly, Grace O’Brien and Fion Wiseman donning their denims for the inaugural Jeans4Genes Day organised by the Mercy Hospital Foundation. Picture: Denis Boyle courtesy of Mercy Hospital Foundation.
MORE than €200,000 from a national funding allocation of €2.99 million has been allocated for West Cork piers and harbours under the 2014 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Capital Programme A total of €241,750 total funding is to be allocated to West Cork for its piers and harbours. The money will be used to boost marine and leisure tourism and/or for the ongoing maintenance and development of piers and harbours.
THE driver of the car that crashed in Bantry in October last year resulting in the death of well-known local musician Taidhg Burke (32) has been jailed for three years at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. Twenty nine-year-old teacher Aidan McCarthy from Ballycomane, Durrus had admitted dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol at Bridge Street in October 2013.
THE body of a 72-year-old local man has been recovered from the water in Dunmanus Bay, near Ahakista. The discovery was made at around lunchtime on Wednesday, June 25th and follows an extensive search for the man who was reported missing on Tuesday. The search resumed for the man early on Wednesday morning with coastguard members joined by local volunteers and search dogs.
THE staff and pupils of Carrigboy National School received the good news recently that the school has been awarded a Discovery Primary Science and Maths Excellence Award for 2013 – 2014. This is a wonderful achievement for the school and recognition for the fantastic work being done in Science and Maths throughout the school. The School Science Fair was singled out for special mention especially the variety of the projects
Durrus and District Community Council will hold their annual family fun day on Sunday 13th July starting with a fancy dress meeting at Wiseman’s at 1.15 p.m. and parading up through the village to Carrigboy National School Field (adjacent to the Community Hall). A day of fun, obstacles courses, races, bouncy castles and games with lots of new events from 2pm – 5.30pm.
Sheep’s Head Mother and Baby Toddler Group is delighted to welcome Amy O Sullivan CEO of Mad for Kids ,connecting children through Music and Drama. Amy will be holding her class during Toddler Group at 11 am for 30 minutes it involves a short , highly engaging music workshop aimed at fostering early literacy skills in under 5s.
Sheep’s Head Sea Scouts would like to thank everyone who took part in the Ahakista Christmas Day Swim, conditions were idyllic with the sun shining and a blue sky enticing a huge crowd to take part. The youngest to take part was Sheep’s Head Beaver Niamh Wiseman aged 7. The weather on St Stephens Day was not as idyllic but this did not deter the walkers of all ages
THE Muntir Bhaire Community Preschool was recently badly damaged due to flooding of the premises and grounds. The group are holding a Monster €1,000 bingo in order to raise funds to help cover the costs of replacing the heating system.
THE school has produced a 2014 Calendar which can be purchased from the school or in Ryan’s and Wiseman’s shops for €10. A big thank you to the local businesses for their support in making our calendar possible. Our Christmas Shoe Box appeal was a great success again this year with the school community contributing 82 shoeboxes to children less fortunate than ourselves this Christmas. Your efforts are greatly
A FORMER boxer who had recently been sentenced for his part in an assault in the village of Durrus near Bantry has been found dead at his home. William “Billy” Isaac (45) who was originally from Manchester was found dead at his secluded house at Dromreagh near Durrus on Tuesday just after 11.30am.
AN ex-boxer received a prison sentence after a West Cork court heard how he encouraged his fiancée to beat up a petite waitress whom he believed had “disrespected” him. William “Billy” Isaac, from Manchester who has faced several criminal trials, was acquitted of the murder of an Englishwoman in the 1990s, convicted of serious assaults and possession of live bullets and acquitted of threatening to kill a businessman’s wife
A PROPOSED multi-purpose community facility at Durrus has been granted €186,180 in funding under the Rural Development Programme it has been confirmed. The funding is to be made available through the West Cork Development Partnership to Durrus & District Community Council under the Basic Services for the Economy and Rural Polulation and Village Renewal and Development measures of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013.
A WEST Cork writer has scooped the prestigious J G Farrell Award for emerging novelists at this year’s West Cork Literary Festival currently being held in Bantry. Journalist Brian Moore who lives in Durrus submitted the first chapter of his historical novel Yellow Jessamine after seeing an advert for the competition on the festival’s website.
A GREAT crowd turned up at Carrigboy N.S. Recently to see Sheelagh Broderick from the HSE present the school their HPS plaque and certificates of achievement to Joe O’Driscoll and the Health Promoting School (HPS) committee.
Bantry Sports Congratulations to all our competitors who took part in Bantry Sports recently. We had a very successful day especially for our middle relay teams.
Congratulations to all the competitors of Carrigboy NS who took part in Cork City Sports recently.
THIS year marks the 10th anniversary West Cork emergency services charity cycle that to date has raised more than €330,000 for various charities. This year’s cycle takes place on Saturday, July 13th and will begin as usual at Skibbereen Fire Station and will then head towards Bantry for its first official stop. On leaving Bantry cyclists will travel to Durrus and enjoy the breathtaking views of Dunmanus Bay
IN beautiful sunshine Carrigboy National School Durrus had the official raising of their Active School Flag recently. This was performed by five time All-Ireland medal winner Rhona Ní Bhuachalla. Rhona also had the Brendan Martin cup with her which was very popular with all the classes.
THE children at Carrigboy National School, Durrus, had a nice surprise recently when their new playground was installed. They are having great fun on the double seesaw, crazy daisy and playhouse and all classes are really enjoying the new equipment which is all surrounded by soft surface for the children’s safety.
THE school recently had a visit from West Cork Music percussion group Alex Petcu and Clare O’Keefe. The children learned about some very unusual instruments from all around the world.
CARRIGBOY National School, Durrus held their Christmas Concert in the local Community Hall on Friday, December 14th last. The audience witnessed some wonderful performances from all the classes from Junior Infants to sicth class.