An Bord Pleanála have given the green light to German supermarket giant Aldi for a new store in Skibbereen. The proposed store has divided opinion in the town which is already home to discount rival Lidl. There were 19 submissions received in relation to the original proposal 18 of which were against the development.
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.
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
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.
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
A Gas leak at Maria Immaculata Community College in Dunmanway resulted in one pupil being admitted to hospital. The leak is understood to have occurred in a science lab where pupils complained of feeling unwell – one was referred to a local GP and from there sent to CUH.
FORMER Irish International Captain and Manager of the Irish and British & Irish Lions rugby teams and renowned rugby journalist and broadcaster, Donal Lenihan, launched the 2014 Heineken Kinsale 7s that takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday (3rd & 4th May). Now in its 26th year, The Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest Rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. As always, it
TWO young Waterford men who died in Kinsale in September 2012 died as a result of a lethal concoction of MDMA, better known as ecstasy, and its slower acting variant PMMA an inquest in Bandon has heard. West Cork Coroner Frank O’Connell said that the deaths of Liam Coffey(22) and Michael Coleman (22) at Mandeville Terrace on September 9th 2012 were a “terrible tragedy”.
TRANSITION Year students from Beara Community School, Castletownbere, claimed second place in the National Student Enterprise Awards held in Croke Park recently. The five member team (Sadhbh Sullivan, Eoghan Coleman, Orlaith Carroll, Kevin Elphick and Danny O’Neill) produced an illustrated children’s book which allows the child to write their own story to accompany the pictures.
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.