Pictured at the turning on of the Christmas Lights and launch of the 'Christmas Card from Kinsale Campaign' were Rachel, Donal and Rory Barry from Summercove. Picture. John Allen

Pictured at the turning on of the Christmas Lights and launch of the ‘Christmas Card from Kinsale Campaign’ were Rachel, Donal and Rory Barry from Summercove.
Picture. John Allen

IT’S going to be a fantastic West Cork Christmas as the local businesses prepare for the festive season with a positive outlook for 2014.

Across the region businesses from Kinsale to the peninsulas are reporting an upbeat atmosphere as customers look forward to the best Christmas in years.

In Bantry the business association has been working hard to ensure that their many loyal customers and visitors will have something to celebrate this Christmas season.

“This is going to be great Christmas”, Gearoid O’Leary, Chairman of the Bantry Business Association (BBA) told West Cork Times.

“We are having some very special 12 days of Christmas discount sales in most of the shops and businesses and there will be plenty of free hot chocolate and mince pies to go around as well,’”Gearoid said.

In Dumanway the Christmas season is in full swing with Martina Healy of SuperValu reporting a very good start.

“There is a great atmosphere in Dunmanway as we look forward to a fantastic Christmas season. Business is good and we are looking forward to a bright 2014”, Martina Healy said.

Clonakilty is gearing up for the festive season with plans for a Christmas to remember. “There is an air of positivity out there that was missing last year”, Kevin O’Regan of Fuchsia Footwear said.

“We are all looking forward to a bumper season and the town has never looked so well”, Kevin continued.

After a strong summer and end to 2013, Skibbereen looks forward to ending 2013 with a bang, 50 businesses have come together to stage the Monster Draw for the second year running and the wonderful winter wonderland is back again, now a fixture for some 15 years.


“These are 2 wonderful reasons to be in Skibbereen this festive period”, said Neil Grant, board member for Skibbereen Chamber of Commerce.


“In addition we have the amazing lights on living trees project so Skibbereen really is ending this year of economic recovery on a high!


“We are all very optimistic with what 2014 will bring, collaboration and teamwork are the key”.

Over in Kenmare, Christmas is all about celebrating in the community and Andrea Whyte of Whyte’s Centra is looking forward to 2014.

“The weather this year has been great and I think that this is having a very positive effect on our customers and visitors. There is a great buzz around the town and we are all looking to a great Christmas and a much brighter 2014”, Andrea said.

There is a festive air in Bandon as the town looks forward to Christmas and a new year. “There is a very positive vide and a great buzz in the town and this has been thee case for the last six months or so. We have new businesses in the own and we are all looking forward to a great Christmas and a very good 2014”, Mayor Deidre Lane told West Cork Times.

Out at the tip of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the community market is looking forward to the festive season as they stock up with fantastic locally produced crafts.

“We’re really looking forward to Christmas on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and we hope to see a lot of faces, both old and new, at our outdoor Christmas Market in Kilcrohane Village next Sunday”, Niamh Egerton of the Sheep’s Head Producers Market said.