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Steve Coogan and Stephen Frears confirmed for Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival in Schull this May

A LITTLE bit of Hollywood stardust will be sprinkled on the upcoming Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival it was announced at the launch party for the festival held in Cork’s Bodega recently.   Speakers at the event included Chair of the festival Helen Wells and Cinematographer Chris O’Dell. Also in attendance to celebrate the huge success of the festival were John Kelleher former Film Classifier, Carlos Garcia de Alba Mexican

Official launch for Clon’s Mayoral bid

by Louise Roseingrave   WEST Cork voters plan to keep a 400 year tradition alive by implementing a new people powered mayoral initiative to be launched tomorrow night, (Thursday). Utilising a clause in the government’s Putting People First document outlining democratic changes arising from the abolition of town councils nationwide, the people of Clonakilty will directly elect their own mayor for the first time in history.

RNLI Baltimore rescue yacht aground at Heir Island

ON a sunny Easter Sunday Morning both the Valtimore all weather and inshore lifeboats were called upon to give assistance to a yacht had grounded on rocks at a treacherous stretch between Cunnamore Pier and Heir Island on a falling tide. The 35ft yacht had four people on board at the time. The yacht was well aground when the lifeboats arrived.

Bobby’s back to finish the race – Clon man returns to run Boston Marathon a year on from bombing atrocity

CLON man Bobby Hilliard was one of those caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing last year but that hasn’t stopped him returning along with thousands of others to take part in this year’s event on April 21st. Three people were killed and more than 250 injured when two bombs were set off along the course of last year’s marathon as thousands of spectators cheered on the athletes taking part.

Housing in crisis – houses lie vacant across West Cork while hundreds are in need of accommodation

FAMILIES across West Cork are being forced to move in with relatives or face homelessness due to a chronic lack of affordable housing both locally and nationally and it is a situation that is only likely to get worse according to one local election candidate.   Sinn Féin’s Paul Hayes who is standing in the West Cork electoral area said, “A young family with a new born baby were forced

Islander’s anger at healthcare cuts

COMHDHÁIL Oileán na hÉireann are urgently seeking a meeting with HSE officials to discuss the serious concerns of islanders about the provision of healthcare on the offshore islands. Islanders who have been fighting to maintain medical cover in the face of proposed cutbacks are seeking to clarify the provision of nurse, doctor and emergency cover for islanders.  

Louise O’Keeffe scoops the West Cork Person of the Year Award

THE Bandon lady who took on the state and won a landmark decision at the Court of Human Rights has been named the ‘West Cork Person of the Year.’ Louise O’Keeffe received a standing ovation from a 500-strong attendance at the Opinion / Bandon Co-op Awards Ceremony held in the Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon. The longest established community awards scheme in Munster was marking a significant milestone, being its 25th