West Cork Times | West Cork's daily, online newspaper, news, sport, opinion, entertainment, listings http://westcorktimes.com/home West Cork's daily online Newspaper. The latest news, reviews and information from West Cork, Ireland. Mon, 25 May 2015 19:06:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Kellehers Topline Hardware Bandon wins at national awardshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32135 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32135#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 19:01:19 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32135

Ronan and Bill Kelleher, Kellehers Topline Hardware, Bandon receiving the award from Tadhg Donohoe, Chairman, Octabuild (left) and Hugh O’Donnell, President, Hardware Association Ireland.

KELLEHER’S  Topline Hardware, Bandon, has won the Munster category at the national Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards 2015.

Ronan Kelleher, branch manager, said: “Were delighted to bring home an award from tonight’s ceremony. It’s a great honour to be chosen by Octabuild and it’s something we wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for our great staff and loyal customers.”

The other nominees in the category were Chadwicks, Midleton and McMahons, Dunmanway.

The award winners were announced at a presentation dinner on Thursday last (May 21st) in the Round Room of the Mansion House in Dublin.

This was the 19th Octabuild Builders Merchant Awards. The companies who organise the awards as Octabuild are; Gyproc, Glennon Brothers, Dulux Paints, Irish Cement, Kingspan Insulation, Sanbra Fyffe, Tegral and Wavin.

Between them the Octabuild companies have over 650 years manufacturing experience in Ireland, directly employ over 1,200 people here and have over 20,000 quality products available every day for Irish builders merchants.

Speaking at the awards the newly elected Chairman of Octabuild, Kilkenny man Tadhg Donohoe, said, “All of the companies who were nominated for these awards are among the best in the business. They have been judged in these awards by independent retail expert James Burke on their customer service, business focus, management and premises.”

This year 12 category awards were presented. A Lifetime Achievement award was also made on the night to Eddie Kelly, Managing Director, Grafton Merchanting ROI.

Introducing the awards Taoiseach Enda Kenny said; “Employment in the construction sector is up nearly 20,000 in the year reflecting a return to more sustainable levels. The Government is supporting a recovery in the construction industry but only if it is based on the highest international standards in quality, excellence and trust.”

He congratulated the Octabuild members who he said, “Make a significant contribution to the Irish building and construction industry, and will continue to contribute to its growth and to its strength.”

The President of Hardware Association Ireland, Hugh O’Donnell, also congratulated the Octabuild companies for organizing the awards. “Our industry needs a strong, vibrant, robust supply chain and each of you has been at the forefront of that supply chain for many years.” he said.

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Briery Gap nominated for County Mayors Community Awardshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32131 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32131#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 14:50:49 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32131 Macroom Youth Theatre1Briery Gap Community Group Events have been shortlisted for an award at the County Cork Mayor’s Community & Voluntary Awards on June 3rd 2015. The groups collectively include Youth Theatre, Christmas Pantomime and the annual Musical.

Briery Gap’s Youth Theatre was established to develop the creative talents of teenagers around Macroom and surrounding areas and to promote their artistic talents through theatre performance and production. The Youth Theatre meet Monday’s at 7.00pm in Briery Gap. All youths aged 12 – 21 are welcome. The group includes many talented actors and musicians, but members are also involved in set designn, costumes, lighting, dancing and all aspects of the performing arts.

Briery Gap celebrates 16 years of Pantomime this year, with a dedicated cast of up to 150 performers, the annual production has gained a reputation as one of the best Panto’s in the country. This year’s show promises to be even bigger and better than before – oh no it isn’t – oh yes it is!

 

Briery Gap Player’s most recent production “Oliver!” was it’s sixth Spring Musical and the most successful to date, having already presented classics such as Oklahoma, Calamity Jane, Showboat, South Pacific and The Sound of Music. As a testament to the reputation and success of the productions, the group have been invited to perform at Cork’s iconic Everyman Theatre for the past two years running. The wonderfully talented RTE Director, Kevin Hough has been with the group since the beginning, working alongside Briery Gap Manager & Musical Director Ann Dunne, Ann Egan, Costume Designer Rita O’Brien, Set Designer Denis Coleman, not to mention an enthusiastic cast and crew of talented Macrompian’s who work hard to put the “razzle dazzle” on for appreciative audiences year after year.

 

Briery Gap is delighted to be nominated for this special honour and very proud of all of the dedicated individuals that come together to make these groups so successful.

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Shape Art Studio, Skibbereen launches new websitehttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32128 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32128#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 14:44:02 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32128 Cheers Miroslav by Rebecca Keyser

Cheers Miroslav by Rebecca Keyser

Shape Art Studio will be launching their new website, www.shapeartstudio.com with an open studio day on Saturday 30 May at 2pm at the old Masonic hall, Mardyke Street, Skibbereen.

 

Shape Art Studio is an artist’s collective based in West Cork producing affordable, accessible contemporary artwork. The Shape artists Alison Cronin, Paul Forde Cialis and Rebecca Keyser work in the atmospheric environs of the Masonic hall, a building dating back to the 19th century.

Each artist has their own unique art practice, brought together by a shared belief in trusting where their creative instincts take them, a fascination with visual language, and parallel careers in sharing their artistic passion with the community through classes, workshops and other events.

 

The new Shape website showcases their work, with a blog keeping you up to date with their own, and other, artistic happenings, and links to buy original artworks online.

 

All are welcome to join the artists in their studio on Saturday 30 May, from 2pm, for light refreshments, a chance to meet the artists, see the studio, view finished artwork, and works in progress, and celebrate the launch of their new website

www.shapeartstudio.com.

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Dragons nesting in Ballydehob!http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32123 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32123#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 13:09:27 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32123 dragons1ELSEWHERE in West Cork it might be years since you’ve seen an old bedstead as part of a fence, but at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob such bygones have been reassembled into cheerful caricatures pointing out the route of The 2015 Sculpture Trail.

A huge willow dragon has recently emerged from her nest and is now sunning herself in a nearby meadow; the Nessie like monster is 40 foot long and woven from willows, hazels and dogwood harvested at An Sanctoir. Nests of all shapes and sizes adorn the trees, and a 10-foot high delicately moving mirrored seahorse ‘swims’ gracefully through the treetops.

 

Elsewhere on the walk a prehistoric looking giant maze figure, white against the spring grass, is being made ready to be to be walked into and out of when the trail opens in June.

dragons2The sculptures emerging from the hedgerows are in preparation for the 2015 Sculpture Trail getting underway at An Sanctoir, Ballydehob.

The Sculpture Trail was hugely popular last year with people of all ages and walks of life, is a great feature for Ballydehob on the Wild Atlantic Way and is created by local artist Wendy Miles, whose varied and quirky art work is found throughout the trail. The walk also exhibits work by other West Cork artists such as Paul Lidbetter, whose carved wooden dragonfly overlooks a lake famous locally for its dragonfly population.

 

The meandering trail is just under a mile long, through the 20 year old nature reserve of An Sanctoir, ancient old farmyard tracks lead down to Dragonfly Lake, a riverside woodland walk, mountain path, tiny fields and meadows, all surrounded by stunning views of the surrounding West Cork countryside, as well as unusual distant views of the village of Ballydehob.

 

 

 

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Obsolete, Looking out at the 21st Century A motley assembly of old farmyard detritus- pans, fire grates, kettle lids, mangle springs, an inverted teapot and shoe horn- make up two strange figures quizzically looking out at the 21st century, wondering whatever happened to the old ways?

The Sculpture Trail opens on 13th and 14th June, €5 admittance, children free, 12 till 7 pm, with a cafe and home baked refreshments available on the day. Last years trail was a really popular family day out, with walkers and picnickers of all ages eagerly looking for and discovering sculptures and installations en route. An Sanctoir is 1 mile from Ballydehob, on the main N71 Bantry Road, all welcome, waterproof footwear is recommended

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Blackwater treads the boards againhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32120 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32120#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 13:00:20 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32120 Danny & Davy as Jerome & Thady Jack. Pic: Mary O'Neill

Danny & Davy as Jerome & Thady Jack. Pic: Mary O’Neill

IT is that time of year, the June Bank Holiday (Whit Weekend) is fast approaching and that means it is time for the Blackwater Drama Group to present their annual original production.

 

This will be the fifth year that the amateur group have written and produced a play that has been conceived over the winter months as the group meet to discuss ideas, plots and characters. Last year’s production involved a murder mystery and previous plays have been based around the coming of electricity, match-making, and the Station tradition. There will be no spoilers for the 2015 play except to mention that it involves Love, Money and a famous Blackwater personality!

The play opens on Friday 29th, with performances also on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May. Tickets are again priced at €10 and can be purchased at The Blackwater Tavern on 064-6682003. Advance booking is essential as productions generally get booked out in advance. The Old Dance Hall adjacent to the Blackwater Tavern is once again the venue for the drama, which promises to amuse and surprise the audience with an entertaining local emphasis.

 

The Drama Group would like to thank Kerry Education & Training Board for their on-going support of this community initiative and Kerry County Council for awarding an Arts Grant. The group are always very appreciative of the support and encouragement of these bodies and of the whole community. So do come along and see your neighbours as you have never seen them before and enjoy a great night out.

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Kilmeen GAA noteshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32114 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32114#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:22:10 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32114 JAHC Kilmeen 0-08 Bandon 0-15 in Barryroe

JAHC Kilmeen 0-08 Bandon 0-15 in Barryroe

Junior Hurlers fall at first hurdle

Bandon hurlers made a much smarter start on Saturday evening in the first round of the Junior A hurling championship.  This would stand to them throughout the entire match with the Kilbree lads struggling to keep up.  Bandon lead by three points at half time.  While the Kilbree performance was much improved in the second half, Bandon finished the stronger side to consolidate their win.  The final score was Bandon 0-15 to Kilbree’s 0-08.

 

Team: Denis Dullea, Davy O’Donovan, Liam O’Brien, Brian Keohane, Danny Kelly, Brian O’Donovan, Brian McSweeney, Don McCarthy (0-1), Ray Collins, Darragh Coakley (0-6), Jack Coffey, Shane O’Donovan, Jonathan Deasy, John Clancy and Kevin O’Donovan (0-1).

U12 Football

Kilmeen U12 footballers had a significant win over Carbery Rangers last Monday evening in Rosscarbery.  The Kilmeen team took hold of this fixture early on and the result was never really in doubt.  The final score was Kilmeen 6-08 to Carbery Rangers 0-06.  This cohort of players now turn their attention to the small ball and play St Colums at home in the hurling league this coming week.

Team: Joe Bailey, Eoin O’Sullivan, Darren McCarthy, Ethan Buttimer, Bryan Buttimer, Gene O’Donovan, Caoimhe Murphy, Brian Carmody, Rachel Deasy, Darragh Dullea, Kate O’Donovan, Oisin O’Sullivan, Mary Murphy, Ryan Jennings, Orlaith Kirby, Ethan Jennings and Conor O’Sullivan.

 

U12 FB Kilmeen V Ross

U12 FB Kilmeen V Ross

U8 Hurling Blitz

The U8 hurlers played Barryroe, St James and Dohenys in Enniskeane on Saturday morning.  This enthusiastic bunch of young players relished the opportunity to spend a morning playing hurling against three different teams.  Every member of the team played exceptionally well and they won two of their three matches.

Team:  Mark Collins, Shane Clancy, Olan Murphy, Tadhg Callanan, Joe Barry, James Scannell, Oisin Harrington, William Young, Donnacha Keohane and Tadhg O’Brien.

 

U6 and U8 Camogie

The youngest stars for Kilbree and St Colums played in Rossmore, last Thursday evening.  Both sides fielded an U6 and an U8 team.  Both groups of girls performed really well but most important of all they had great fun!

Team: Tarah O’Donovan, Sephie Edwards, Leah McCarthy, Eabha O’Driscoll, Clodagh O’Keeffe, Ella Burke, Siog O’Donovan, Nell Harrington, Nicola Nyhan, Katie O’Donovan, Katie O’Mahony, Sinead Bennett, Ciara O’Driscoll, Lucy Medcalf, Isla McCarthy and Roisin O’Donovan.

 

U8 Camogie V St Colums in Rossmore

U8 Camogie V St Colums in Rossmore

National School Hurling Skills Competition

Well done to Jack Murphy, Paul Lyons and Cian Murphy who represented Kilmeen National School in the National Schools Hurling Skills Competition in Dunmanway last Wednesday.  These competitions are a wonderful opportunity for primary school children to fine tune their skills in competition against other West Cork schools.

 

Lotto

There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot.  The numbers drawn were 5, 21 and 23.  The lucky dip winners were Davy O’Donovan, Tara Murphy and Mark Jennings.  Next week’s jackpot will be €5,700.

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Ballinascarthy crowned Cork Féile C Championshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32111 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32111#comments Mon, 25 May 2015 12:10:05 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32111 Pictured front (l-r): Zoe Fitzpatrick, Erica Fitzgerald, Rachel Cahalane, Maeve Kingston, Anna Flynn, Annie Condon, Marie Phayer. Midde (l-r): Cara Deasy, Saoirse Holland, Sorcha McCarthy, Denise O'Driscoll( captain), Áine Crowley, Ciara Murphy, Sinéad McCarthy. Back (l-r): Emily Symighton, Anna Cullinane, Claire Kingston, Hannah O'Donovan, Sarah Cahalane, Niamh Sugrue, Kaela O'Driscoll.

Pictured front (l-r): Zoe Fitzpatrick, Erica Fitzgerald, Rachel Cahalane, Maeve Kingston, Anna Flynn, Annie Condon, Marie Phayer.
Midde (l-r): Cara Deasy, Saoirse Holland, Sorcha McCarthy, Denise O’Driscoll( captain), Áine Crowley, Ciara Murphy, Sinéad McCarthy.
Back (l-r): Emily Symighton, Anna Cullinane, Claire Kingston, Hannah O’Donovan, Sarah Cahalane, Niamh Sugrue, Kaela O’Driscoll.

Ballinascarthy U14 camogie girls have alot to celebrate already this year as they won their Féile in style.

In the first round encounter in Inniscarra they kept their opponents Castlelyons, Brian Dillons and St Fanahans scoreless, with the help of goalie Maeve Kingston and some great team displays.

The semi-final was v Newtownshandrum and again the Ballinascarthy girls outscored the opposition 8-05 to 3-00 so it was on to the final, played in Castle Road and against Grenagh, which proved to be a tougher test but the girls stood up to the challenge.

After a good start by Bal, Grenagh came back and took the lead, but without making any changes from the sideline, these girls turned it around themselves and went in a point up at half time. This really showed their exceptional character and effective team work.

When they came out for the second half, there was only going to be one winner. Team captain, Denise O’Driscoll accepted the Féile trophy and what a gloriously proud moment for this fantastic team, whose trainers are William McCarthy, Francis O’Driscoll and Aidan Cahalane. In being crowned Cork Féile C champions, the team qualified for the Ulster Féile in June but with the huge distrances to travel around Northern Ireland it was decided not to take part.

Even though the girls were upset and disappointed at the news last Thursday, they parked their feelings to go out on the pitch that evening and give their all to win a challenge match v Kilbrittan/Timoleague; everyone has the upmost admiration for these sporty, talented and fun-loving bunch of girls.

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Two-year-old boy killed in farm accidenthttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32101 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32101#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 07:00:53 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32101 coastguard3A TWO-year-old boy died in hospital yesterday after a heavy horsebox gate fell on top him as he played in a farm yard.

The toddler was critically injured in the horrific accident at his parent’s equestrian centre near Schull.

His parents Debbie and Roy O’Regan rushed to help him and the alarm was raised.

When paramedics arrived at the scene they immediately realised the seriousness of the injuries.

They contacted the Coastguard who immediately sent a rescue helicopter to the scene located between Goleen and Schull.

 

The little lad was airlifted to Cork University Hospital where he died shortly after admission.

A local said, “Everyone is stunned and in shock. The O’Regan’s are a lovely couple. They are quiet and just run their small business which is located beside the child’s grandparent’s farm.

“They were always happy out doing their bits and pieces and have a great love for horses and animals.

“They don’t deserve this. It has left those who know them absolutely heartbroken and numbed”.

 

Last night gardaí were treating it as a tragic accident.

There will also be a probe by the Health and Safety Authority into the circumstances surrounding the incident

 

Farm associations have been calling for greater care to be taken on Irish farms following the deaths of 25 people including five children who have died in farm related accidents in 2014.

The average for any year is 18 and the high number in the past 12 months is a cause for concern among farming groups, organisations and the HSA.

Machinery and tractors account for more than half of all the deaths.

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West Cork says Yeshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32107 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32107#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 21:54:07 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32107 The Polling station at North Main Street, Bandon.

The Polling station at North Main Street, Bandon.

WEST Cork along with every constituency in the country except one, has backed the same sex marriage referendum by a considerable margin.

 

The final vote in the Cork South West constituency was 56% Yes, 44% No the turnout was 61.7%. In actual numbers there were 37,107 votes cast in the constituency with 20,627 voting Yes, 16,225 voting No and 255 spoiled papers giving the Yes side a winning margin of 4,402 votes.

West Cork actually had the lowest percentage of Yes voters in the county with Cork North West voting 57.9% Yes, Cork East 60.9% Yes, Cork North Central 63.8% Yes and Cork South Central, 63.9% Yes. Nationally the vote was 62.1% Yes on a turnout of 60.5%.

The only constituency to vote No was Roscommon / South Leitrim where the No vote had 51.4% of the vote to give a narrow winning margin of 1,029 votes.

 

West Cork Labour TD Michael McCarthy who campaigned for a Yes vote said, “Today’s result is a significant milestone in our history and I am delighted that so many people, both near and far, voted overwhelmingly for equality. Today is a very proud day.”

 

Meanwhile the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin said the result showed the Catholic Church in Ireland needed a reality check, “I think really that the church needs to do a reality check, to look at the things it’s doing well, to look at the areas where we have to start and say, ‘Look, have we drifted away completely from young people?’”

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Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Wayhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32103 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32103#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 20:57:32 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32103 Porsche Club Ireland members Mel Nolan, Neil Allen , Alan Coleman Mayor of Cork County ,Vinvent Daly , Josephine O’Driscoll Failte Ireland and Kieran Twomey  pictured as a Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head ,Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale  as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discover Point.  Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Porsche Club Ireland members Mel Nolan, Neil Allen , Alan Coleman Mayor of Cork County ,Vinvent Daly , Josephine O’Driscoll Failte Ireland and Kieran Twomey pictured as a Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head ,Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discover Point.
Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale at the weekend as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point.

Porsche Club Ireland teamed up with Fáilte Ireland to design the special weeklong itinerary that brought the car enthusiast club the length of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stopped off at all 15 Signature Discovery Points along the way – making it the longest ever ‘run’ undertaken by Porsche enthusiast’s club. The fleet of cars took in much of the West Coast’s breath-taking beauty including Dursey Island and Mizen Head in West Cork.

 

Kieran Twomey from Porsche Club said, “The hospitality we experienced over the past week has been indescribable and I think it’s fair to say that every mile of our Wild Atlantic Run gave us a new smile and every gear change brought something new and exciting!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drivers and Cars near the end of there 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour pictured as a Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head ,Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale  as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discover Point.  Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Drivers and Cars near the end of there 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour pictured as a Convoy of Porsches arrive in Kinsale after travelling the length of the Wild Atlantic Way from Malin Head ,Almost 50 Porsches descended on Kinsale as Porsche Club Ireland, with the support of Fáilte Ireland, complete their 2,000km Wild Atlantic Way driving tour at the Old Head Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discover Point.
Pic: Gerard McCarthy

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