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Clonakilty Shakespeare Festival

TO celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday, Clonakilty will treat West Cork to a full-blown five-day festival from 23rd -27th of April boasting a wonderful programme sure to catch the interest of old and young, with fantastic main events, lots of kids activities and some funny ones, too.

Reenascreena’s electric hen stars on RTÉ

THERE was great egg-citement in Reenascreena recently as RTE paid the local national school a visit to check out the new Easter chicks hatched thanks to the school’s “electric hen”.   Reporter Jim Wilson from Mooney Goes Wild on RTE Radio 1 filed the report on the chicks hatched thanks to the school’s own incubator for Easter.

Make Your Claim guide launched in Clonakilty

John McCarthy author of “Make Your Claim”, a new consumer guide to help accident victims facing claims for personal injuries deal with the Injuries Board, pictured at the launch of the book with local TD Jim Daly in Clonakilty. Make Your Claim: A Consumer’s Guide to the Injuries Board costs €14.97 and is available directly from or on and from selected bookshops.

Clonakilty Camera Club notes

THE camera club meeting of wednesday April 2nd in O’Donovan’s Hotel, which was a practical session, was a most successful and informative evening. Many thanks must be extended to Joe Quinn, Geoff Greenham, Melanie Black and Charles Lee for all their helpful advice and tips to members  on how to use their cameras in the various scenarios that were presented. Thanks also to Tadgh Spillane who supplied the lighting and

Bateman gathering in Clonakilty

A GROUP has come together to organise a Bateman Gathering in Clonakilty from 24th to 27th May 2014.   Bateman families have been associated with Clonakilty since its foundation circa 1600 and there are some 10 Bateman families in Cork city and county today, down from about 60 in 1850 after the Great Famine. The rest are scattered to other parts of Ireland, Britain, America and elsewhere.

Darkness Into Light walk coming to Clonakilty

PIETA House Darkness Into Light Walk will take place in Clonakilty for the first time this year, on May 10th at 4 am. Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of self harm or suicide, recently opened in Bishopstown in Cork city. Pieta offer free counselling to people who suffer with self harm and or suicidal thoughts. Pieta House now has a staff of 170 and the demand for our

West Cork businesses brush up on their pitch

  ON a sunny Spring morning at Inchydoney Lodge & Spa Hotel, 85 business owners gathered to network and listen to top tips from RTE’s Dragon’s Den’s Pitch Coach, Catherine Moonan. Businesses ranged from local services, hotels, online businesses, retail and food. Clients came from far and near to attend this much anticipated event.   As part of the West Cork Enterprise Board’s ongoing commitment to the micro-enterprise sector in