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West Cork Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle

NOW in it’s 11th year and the West Cork Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday, July 12th next. The cycle will begin as usual in Skibbereen Fire Station and will then head towards the town of Bantry for its first official stop. On leaving Bantry cyclists will travel to Durrus and enjoy the breathtaking views of Dunmanus Bay before heading up over Mount Gabriel and

Legendary “Top of Coom” Pub Rises from the Ashes

by Stephen Johnson   On May 21, 2012, the legendary “Top of Coom” pub was destroyed by fire.  Now, two years later, owners Tim and Eileen Creedon are preparing to reopen the pub this coming Friday, April 25.   Officially Ireland’s highest pub at 1,045ft above sea level, it had been famed for its traditional music sessions, the Irish language, sheep shearing and the proud tradition of supporting GAA either side

First Garda text alert system planned for West Cork

CHIEF Supt Tom Hayes of Cork West Garda Division hosted an innovative conference involving all 70 Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch groups in the Division in the Riverside Park Hotel in Macroom recently. The event which was organised by Crime Prevention Officer for the region Sgt Ian O’ Callaghan had a twin objective. Firstly to explain about the roll out of the new Text Alert system for West Cork and

Action needed on rural crime – alarming rise in certain offences says senator

FIANNA Fáil senator Denis O’Donovan says he’s extremely concerned about increases in certain crimes in the West Cork region. According to Senator O’Donovan, the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal startling rises in assaults, theft, fraud and deception cases.   “These figures show a worrying rise in assaults and thefts in the third quarter of 2013. According to the CSO crime statistics there were 199 theft and related

“Sing-along-a-Sound of Music” in Courtmacsherry

FOLLOWING the very successful inaugural Summer Songbook in 2013, the organising team is busy putting the finishing touches to the 2014 edition. This will take place from Friday July 11th to Sunday July 13th and application forms for participation will be available shortly. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the “making of” The Sound of Music (released in 1965), the organising team would like to invite the local community and

Extension to Clon Community College to start next year

THE Department of Education has confirmed that a design team has been appointed to progress the extension to Clonakilty Community College some 12 years after first being promised by then Minister Michael Woods TD in 2002. The School which was built in 1980 to cater for 400 students was included in the current five year building plan announced by Minister Ruairí Quinn in 2011.