ONE of Europe’s last remaining natural wilderness areas, the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula, are rugged and remote. They are at once elemental and shamelessly romantic. Characterised by terraced, deep pleats and folds of old red sandstone, these are challenging mountains to climb.
ARTISTS, residents and day visitors of eleven community hospitals and day care centres throughout West Cork will display the work of their “Envelope” project at the Uillinn Centre in Skibbereen until June 6th 2016. During a nine month period over 400 people in hospitals and day centres in West Cork connected with one another by writing letters, drawing pictures or sharing poems and memories and putting them in envelopes and these
THE Skibbereen branch of CoderDojo have found a new home in the Ludgate Hub, at the Old Bakery Building in Townshend Street, Skibbereen. The street was once home to Percy Ludgate who is famed for deigning the first portable computer.
Caheragh scouts members pictures at the recent County Shield event held in Skibbereen. Pic: Rory Jackson
The 13th Caheragh Scouting Ireland Group are hosting the 11th West Cork County Shield event at Skibbereen over this May Bank Holiday weekend.
by John Bohane Talented Skibbereen rugby star Liam Coombes recently helped Christian Brothers College win their 29th Munster Schools Senior Cup following their dramatic one point win achieved against Crescent Comprehensive in Irish Independent Park.
ONE of Ireland’s most respected ceramicists, Cormac Boydell, has created over 25 large new wall pieces and sculpture for his solo show at the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Skibbereen, Co. Cork running from April 28th to June 2nd. On the centenary of the Easter Uprising, these new works are based on the artist’s personal experience of Irishness and they use as their starting point explorations of the elemental landscape, the
Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune has praised the efforts of the Ludgate digital hub in Skibbereen for encouraging enterprise and entrepreneurship in the community. The centre, which is seeking to create 500 new jobs over the next five years, is supporting an initial 75 or more jobs in the start-up phase.
A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and
by John Bohane THE recent Glow Fun Run held in Skibbereen, proved a resounding success with a substantial amount of money raised for deserving local charities. The Glow Fun Run which is now in its third year, once again attracted a massive entry of adults and kids, with most entrants bedecked in fancy dress attire which helped to make it a unique, novel and family orientated event which families can
by John Bohane Kalbos Cafe in Skibbereen town was recently crowned Best Cafe in Cork at the Irish Restaurant awards which were held in the Malton Hotel, Killarney. Kalbos Cafe were recognised for their beautiful produce and maintaining their consistently high standards which ensures they were deservedly crowned the Best Cafe in Cork. Siobhan Boyle, who is the proprietor at Kalbos Cafe was thrilled with their award.
THE senior debating team from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen ( left to right ) Máire Treas Ní Chochláin, Helen Ní Chochláin and Aisling Nic Gearailt (captain ), runners-up at the All-Ireland Final of Comórtas Díospóireachta an Phiarsaigh 2016, pictured along with their teachers, Áine Ní Ghlinn, writer and guest speaker, and Antoine Ó Coileáin, Gael Linn CEO. This annual debating competition, organised by Gael Linn for second level schools
by John Bohane THE Mercy Heights Secondary School Skibbereen held their school awards for 2015 in the West Cork Hotel last Friday evening. A large crowd turned out for what represented the last ever such event held by the illustrious girls’ secondary school before they join forces with the pupils from the St Fachtna’s De La Salle and the Rossa College, when the new community secondary school is opened this
ROSSA College, Skibbereen were announced as the the runners up at the 2016 CEIA (www.ceia.ie) Schools Robot Competition held at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) recently.
SKIBBEREEN is getting a new gallery! After twelve seasons in Glengarriff, the Catherine Hammond Gallery reopens in Skibbereen, West Cork on March 17th. To celebrate its new location and its thirteenth year, the inaugural 12 Now 13 show will feature work by some of the most prominent artists shown at the gallery in the past.
GENERAL election candidate and former Mayor of Cork Alan Coleman has committed to retaining two five-day-a-week offices in Bandon and Skibbereen if elected to Dáil Eireann this Friday.
SIX transition year students from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Skibbereen recently set up a school bank called Keeping Up With The Bankers.
ONE of West Cork’s best-knowm galleries is on the move; after 12 seasons in Glengarriff, the Catherine Hammond Gallery reopens in Skibbereen on March 17th. To celebrate its new location and its 13th year, the inaugural show 12 Now 13 will feature work by some of the most prominent artists shown at the gallery in the past.
CORK County Council has confirmed that 14 houses located at Coronea, Skibbereen are to be finally offered connection to the public sewage collection system in Skibbereen. The move follows years of ongoing requests from the residents of the area and stems back to a shortfall of funding to complete the new state-of-the-art collection system in the town.
ONE of West Cork’s most iconic properties has been put up for sale and if you have a cool €7.5 million to spare it could be yours!
STUDENTS from the West Cork Gaelscoileanna of Bantry and Skibbereen starred at the annual Coirm Gael Linn festival held in Fermoy recently. They were among almost 350 exuberant young performers from primary schools in Counties Cork and Tipperary who treaded the boards of the Palace Theatre in Fermoy Youth Centre during the day. Pupils from first to sixth classes staged variety shows that incorporated music, singing, dancing, story-telling and acting
FINE Gael candidate in Cork South West, Noel Harrington has highlighted Fine Gael’s plans to “support older people in West Cork and ensure that older years are better years”. The plan will safeguard and improve State entitlements for older people, and will provide enhanced supports for older people to live independently in their homes amongst their own communities in West Cork.
CORK County Council CEO Tim Lucey has confirmed that remedial flood relief works in Bandon will commence this week. The works will include the instillation of non-return valves at all entry points from the river and extending the defensive banks along the River Bandon adjacent to the Lidl store in the town.
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.
THE Local Enterprise Office are holding a Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen, this week; Thursday, 28th January, 2016. Anyone wishing to launch, upgrade their own site or participate in Skibbereen’s eStreet.ie collaborative will need to attend, or send a representative.
UNFOLD is an exhibition featuring new artworks by six artists; Johnny Bugler, Rosie Cleary, Simon English, Dominic Fee, Rob Monaghan and Sarah O’ Brien which opens at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, on Friday 15th January, 2016, at 7pm. Unfold is a Cork County Arts Office Professional Development Project in partnership with Cork Printmakers and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.
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.
FIANNA Fáil’s Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has criticised what she called the Government’s “lacklustre response” to the latest flooding to hit large parts of West Cork. Cllr Murphy O’Mahony said that people “feel completely let down” by the Government as they are forced to fend for themselves against the latest storm.?
THE Minister of State at the OPW, Simon Harris has approved funding of €72,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for Skibbereen. Local Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “The funding is to replace the 36m of culvert in private lands by the River Ilen, in Skibbereen and I am pleased to have invited Minister Harris to Skibbereen last Monday, to witness first-hand the situation there.
AFTER a very busy and successful autumn period the club has seen many new and old face’s return to complete and start new projects, we had a fantastic time at the first National Digital Week in Skibbereen, and the coders met with some of the guest speakers including Microsoft’s Steve Howell, Laurence O’Rourke from the European Space agency and Dee Forbes from the Discovery Network.