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Collins promises to continue to lobby for rural Ireland

WEST Cork TD Michael Collins has welcomed the formation of a new Government, although he says it has taken far too long. Deputy Collins, said there was an onus on each and every member of Dáil Eireann to work towards forming that Government. Together with other rural Independent TDs, he called for the two largest parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to come together and negotiate a Programme for Government.

West Cork darts players enjoy national success

by John Bohane Ronan McCarthy Skibbereen native Ronan McCarthy recently became the first West Cork youth to capture Munster and All-Ireland honours in darts. Ronan, who is a pupil in the St Fachtna’s De La Salle, Skibbereen, played a key role on the Cork U18 team which won the All-Ireland Youth Inter-counties Cup and Shield double in Ennis recently. Their heroic achievements represented a proud moment for the talented teenager,

Ludgate puts Skibbereen on the digital map

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.

St Patricks Day in West Cork

Ballydehob Beautiful Ballydehob once again hosts one of the friendliest annual St Patrick’s Day Parades around. The parade starts at 12 noon followed by complimentary refreshments in the Old Bank. The organisers promise a great day of fun and spectacle for all the family. Bandon St Patrick’s Day in Bandon is shaping up to be another great event for young and old. The parade will begin promptly at 2.30pm in

Letters – WCDP respond to LEADER criticism

Dear Sirs, One might have expected that Finbarr Harrington’s recent letter to be informed by some basic facts That this wasn’t the case is perhaps of little surprise. Finbarr Harrington appears unaware that the selection of Local Action Groups to implement the LEADER programme, in West Cork as elsewhere, is subject to an “open, fair and transparent” process – a requirement clearly stated by the EU Commission and the Department

Sadness in West Cork as second road accident victim dies this week

A MAN involved in a road traffic accident on the Bantry line on Wednesday, March 9th last has died at Cork University Hospital (CUH). Thirty four-year-old John Strahan who was the branch manager of the Bank of Ireland in Bantry was airlifted to CUH following the accident at Togher on the R585 north of Dunmanway. Mr Strahan was described as being is a critical condition on arrival at hospital.

Funding announced for pier and harbour repairs in West Cork

by Stephen Johnson   MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.

€13,000 cheque presented to Cope Foundation.

A cheque of €13,000 was presented to John Clifford, head of Fundraising in Cope Foundation. This money was made possible through fundraising including Ceili’s in Inchigeela Parish Hall and donations from local businesses. Fundraising in Dunmanway included card games, whist drives flowers of hope and bingo. Also special thanks to ESB Dunmanway for their generous donations to Cope throughout the past number of years. Pictured are (l-r): Marie O’Riordan, Kathleen

“Well seasoned” event is highlight of Local Enterprise Week in West Cork

THE Local Enterprise Office Cork North and West has announced its programme of events for Local Enterprise Week which runs from 7th – 11th March. Local Enterprise Week is a national event across all 31 LEO’s and is aimed at anyone thinking of starting a business, new start-ups and growing SMEs, and a week-long schedule of events will include workshops, seminars, networking evenings and business advice clinics.

Authorities “utterly delusional” on mess of mobile phone coverage in rural Ireland

CORK South-West general election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for an independent expert audit of Ireland’s phone coverage which would include regional mapping, and grading of coverage to identify levels of patchy coverage.  The Bandon based candidate says it’s needed because of a high volume of dropped calls and bad 3G coverage in large parts of rural Ireland.

White-Tailed Sea Eagles on Beara hatched and fledged chicks last year

by Stephen Johnson THE Golden Eagle Trust reported last week that 13 pairs of White-Tailed Sea Eagles nested in Ireland in 2015. At least nine pairs built nests and eight pairs laid eggs. A pair of Sea Eagles on the Beara Peninsula near Tuosist successfully hatched and fledged chicks last year for the first time. The Beara pair became the first Irish nesting pair to fledge a chick on its

Rural focus – Caheragh village changing with the times

LIKE most smaller West Cork communities, Caheragh, located between Skibbereen, Drimoleague and Bantry has experienced the threat of rural decline in recent years with the closure of two local shops and economic emigration. With a strong community spirit and enterprising local businesses, the village is fighting back however as Sinead Hegarty discovered.

Success for West Cork at National Life Saving Championships

THE two-day National Life Saving Championships took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool on February 13th and 14th and gave 310 of the best Life Savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations.  The sport of Life Saving promotes fitness and teaches participants the key skills necessary to rescue people in distress in water. 

Ambulance Service considering industrial action

Claims under-resourced service is under huge strain by David Forsythe AMBULANCE crews in West Cork are seriously considering taking industrial action to highlight what they say is an under-resourced and underinvested service, the West Cork Times has learned. Emergency crews who belong to the SIPTU union have already met to discuss ongoing problems in the service both in West Cork and in other parts of the county and country.

Join the West Cork Big Sing 2016!

THE West Cork BIG SING! Project gains momentum with more events for 2016. The project that promotes community well-being through singing kicks off this year with “A Little BIG SING!” event in the Bantry Christian Fellowship Hall on Saturday 13th February from 11am – 4.30pm.

West Cork poetry collection published

GLANDORE resident John Riordan has published his first collection of poems titled “After the Storm”, prepared for publication by Maurice Sweeney of Drombeg Books, based in Leap. John Riordan, his wife Gill and daughter Laurie moved from Dublin to Reenogrena in 2008 after John’s retirement from a career in communications. His poems reflect “his love of nature, the people and landscape of West Cork  and the challenges of making the

West Cork RNLI lifeboats launched more than 100 times in 2015

FIGURES just released by the RNLI show that West Cork’s six RNLI lifeboats were launched 104 times in 2015 assisting and rescuing 125 people in the process. In what was a very busy year the Baltimore all-weather lifeboat saw the most launches with a total of 25 while the new Union Hall inshore lifeboat which is currently under assessment by the RNLI proved to be a valuable asset launching 17

Singer Colin Vearncombe has died in hospital

SCHULL-based singer/songwriter Colin Vearncombe, better known to many fans as Black, has died in Cork University Hospital as a result of serious head injuries he suffered following a road traffic accident. Mr Vearncombe (53) was travelling early in the morning of Sunday, January 10th to Cork Airport from his home near Schull when it is understood his vehicle hit black ice at Ownahincha Cross near Rosscarbery.

Outrage in Bandon as town is flooded again, Skibbereen also hit

BUSINESS people and residents in Bandon have expressed outrage at the lack of action to tackle flooding in the town following the second devastating flood in the town centre in six years.   The cleanup bill from the damage caused by Storm Desmond is already expected to run into millions as more than 50 premises on Main Street and Oliver Plunkett Street suffered flood damage when the River Bandon once

Donkey Sanctuary responds to call for help from West Cork couple

AT the beginning of November The Donkey Sanctuary in Cork responded with urgency to a cry for help for seven donkeys and a mule in West Cork. Due to the owners ill-health and desperation, The Donkey Sanctuary were contacted to help with the care of eight animals. Donkey Welfare Adviser Katie Reed visited the home and was greeted by seven beautiful donkeys and a mule.

€228 million investment in Cork’s water infrastructure

IRISH Water has revealed that more than €228 million will be invested in Cork’s water infrastructure in a major programme of work to upgrade water and wastewater infastructure. Irish Water confirmed that they have developed and prioritised a major programme of work which will address the serious deficiencies that exist across Cork’s water supply schemes. They say this investment is key to supporting continued social and economic development across Cork.