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Creed announces commencement of fisheries local development strategies

THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD met representatives of the seven new Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty today. €12m is available to the FLAGS under Ireland’s Operational Programme for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Each FLAG will now receive technical support to prepare a Local Development Strategy, in consultation with local communities, setting out the FLAG

Tasty island dressing adds to the flavour of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 9-18th September

The annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival takes place from 9th-18th September 2016 and in addition to a jam packed programme of events on the mainland, it uniquely offers a chance to soak up the sights on the Islands off the West Cork Coast. The combination of land and sea, town, village and islands within this vibrant festival highlights the pre-eminent position of West Cork for food and fun along the popular

The Great Irish Beer Festival in Cork City Hall Launches!

The Great Irish Beer Festival is an Irish craft beer festival that will be held in Cork City Hall from Thursday 22nd to Saturday the 24th of September 2016. The event is open to the public from 5pm-10pm on Thursday and 2pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. It is a ticketed event with prices ranging between €11 and €15 for day tickets, and €22-€25 for weekend passes. Capacity of the venue

Celebrity Chef Derry Clarke launches A Taste of West Cork’s most ambitious Food Festival to date.

It’s all about the chefs this year as celebrity Chef Derry Clarke, (of Michelin Star L’Ecrivan restaurant fame) today launches the popular long-running A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.   The festival takes place this year from 9th-18th September, with over 170 culinary and adventure events taking place across the region’s 32 towns and villages and 8 islands.    Hailed as its ‘most ambitious food festival to date’ the 10-day event welcomes visitors

Tourism strategy targets extra 525,000 visitors to Cork by 2020

GROWING Tourism in Cork – A Collective Strategy, an ambitious new tourism strategy for Cork was launched at the Cork International Airport recently and intends to make Cork a “must see” destination in Ireland for domestic and international visitors.

Brendan Howlin launches Michael McCarthy’s re-election campaign

SPEAKING at the launch of his forthcoming 2016 General Election campaign, Michael McCarthy TD spoke about the need to keep a strong West Cork voice in Government. The event was launched by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD, who also delivered good news and confirmed that he had officially approved the long-awaited Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme.

Mizen Community Partnership website to be launched

The Mizen Community Partnership (MCP) is delighted to announce the launch of their new website ‘www.ourmizen.com’ on the 3rd January at 3pm in the Harbour Hotel, Schull.  Aimed at communicating events throughout the peninsula as well as promoting the area to a national and international audience. The website,  ‘ourmizen.com’ provides a platform for links and information about all things ‘Mizen’. MCP Development Officer, David Precious says the objective of the

Clonakilty Heritage Week launched

THE Clonakilty 2015 Heritage Week programme of events, organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage and Cumann Seanchais Chloch na gCoillte was launched at the Clonakilty (West Cork Regional) Museum by Mayor of Clonakilty, Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin. The combined efforts of both organisations will see no less than nine events – all free of charge to the public, taking place between this Saturday 22nd and Saturday 29th August. A number of items which

Fifth annual Tour de Munster Charity Cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland officially launched

LISMORE Castle Gardens & Gallery was the stunning venue for the official launch of the 15th Annual Tour de Munster cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). The four-day charity cycle, which was launched by cycling legend Sean Kelly, takes place from Thursday 6th to Sunday 9th August, and will see 100 amateur cyclists cycle over 600km around the six counties of Munster, raising funds for the Munster branches

Gardaí, youth and the law – a booklet for young people to understand the law

THE launch of the booklet, titled Gardai, Youth and the Law, was attended by parents, youth leaders teachers and young people from secondary schools, and community and voluntary organisations, from across the Cork West Garda Division. Judge James McNulty, District Court Judge for West Cork, and Councillor Alan Coleman, Mayor of County Cork, and Councillor Michael Collins were also present on the evening. Chief Superintendent Tom Hayes officially launched the

Glandore set for landmark Classic Regatta

by Cormac O’Carroll HEINEKEN Ireland recently hosted the launch of the 2015 Glandore Classic Regatta at their brewery in Cork. The event was well attended by members of the press, as well as invited members from south coast sailing clubs. Jim Cashman of Heineken welcomed the Commodore and Classic committee members, sponsors and invited guests present. Following this introduction Nick Bendon of CH Marine spoke of his company’s involvement in

Minister for Justice launches new book by West Cork solictor

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald recently launched a new book by Clonakilty solicitor Flor McCarthy on business for solicitors The Solicitor’s Guide to Marketing and Growing a Business: How to Turn Your Legal Practice into a Financial Success. The Minister said, “This book gives you a short-hand for running a modern legal practice so you don’t have to go out and invent the concepts yourself. Flor has captured all of

Kinsale launches 2015 calendar of events

KINSALE Chamber of Tourism & Business launched its schedule of headline events for 2015 and new website www.kinsale.ie at a reception at Ballinacurra House sponsored by The Kinsale Gourmet Academy and Private Label Wines. As the start / finish point of the Wild Atlantic Way, Kinsale has a lot to celebrate as it was recently awarded Failte Ireland’s “Best Small Tourism Town 2014” and was shortlisted “Top Irish Foodie Town

Seán Óg Ó hAilpín launches Just One Trek to Nepal

ONE of Cork’s best-known sportspeople has thrown his support behind a charity founded by a Clonakilty man that provides education opportunities for disadvantaged, homeless and street children in Nepal. Former Cork dual star Seán Óg Ó hAilpín launched the “just-one” Trek to Nepal yesterday in Clonakilty, praising the work of the organisation, and encouraging people to support the trip which takes place next November.

West Cork author delves into the complexity of nightmares in newly published children’s picture book

The Dream Catcher was officially launched recently by local author Caroline Twomey. The launch took place in the award winning bookshop Whyte Books owned by Sheila Whyte, Main Street Schull. The Dream Catcher is a beautifully illustrated picture book aimed at children between 3-8 years of age. The book deals with the issue of childhood nightmares and fears of the dark, a subject matter that is realistic and relatable to

Taoiseach launches national phase of Macroom’s SMILE Resource Exchange

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD,  this week attended the national launch of Macroom-based environmental organisation SMILE Resource Exchange.   SMILE Resource Exchange is an innovative initiative, established in Cork in 2011, aimed at fostering economic development while adhering to best waste management practices. The launch also coincided with European Waste Reduction Week 2014.

Feeling under the weather? Online help is at hand

THE Under the Weather campaign and new online support was launched by the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar recently. We all need sound advice to give us the confidence and skill we need to take care of ourselves and our families; www.undertheweather.ie aims to give you that advice. Undertheweather.ie, developed by the HSE in partnership with GPs and pharmacists, offers straightforward advice on how to get through common illnesses without

Jack & Jill Foundation launch Little Ones appeal

MasterChef presenter Nick Munier with Orlaith O’Sullivan from Montforts College at the launch of The Little Ones Appeal 2014 at The River Lee Hotel, Cork. The Jack & Jill Foundation are calling on restaurants nationwide to participate in the Little Ones scheme throughout November and December whereby diners are encouraged to add a voluntary donation of just €1 to their bill at the end of their meal. Picture: Emma Jervis

The Flour of Macroom cookbook launched

THE Macroom Youthreach Centre for Education launched their cookbook The Flour of Macroom at the launch night of the Macroom Food Festival in the Riverside Park Hotel recently. The cookbook was devised by students as part of their enterprise project and includes recipes contributed by students as well as community chefs. Local businesses kindly contributed tasty recipes for readers to enjoy as it was all in aid of a very

Launch of The Flour of Macroom cookbook

THE Macroom Youthreach Centre for Education launched their cookbook The Flour of Macroom at the launch night of the Macroom Food Festival in the Riverside Park Hotel recently. The cookbook was devised by students as part of their enterprise project and includes recipes contributed by students as well as community chefs. Local businesses kindly contributed tasty recipes for readers to enjoy as it was all in aid of a very

Kenmare parish history book launch

ON Friday September 5th, Canon Tom Looney will launch Holy Cross Church Kenmare 150 (1864 – 2014) A Social and Local History in Holy Cross Church, Kenmare at 8pm. All welcome.   This book celebrates the 150th anniversary of the consecration of Kenmare’s Holy Cross Church which has been at the heart of parish and community life since 1864; renowned as “the loveliest ornament in the diocese”.

Inishannon Steam Rally launched

Pictured at the launch of the annual Innishannon Steam and Vintage Rally that takes place over the June bank holiday weekend were committee members and volunteers with including third from left Mary Desmond with Siobhan McSweeney, Jim Finn, Martin Desmond, Chairman, Sean Kelleher PRO, Barry O’Sullivan Centra Innishannon main sponsor and Eileen Kearney (ICS Munster Co-ordinator). Pic: Denis Boyle