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. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:23:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Unfolding B at Doswell Galleryhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32689 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32689#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:50:47 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32689 doswell-galleryUnfolding B is the second exhibition in the summer series of contemporary art at Doswell Gallery, Rosscarbery, West Cork.   Opening on Saturday 8th August, it features the work of Tom Climent, Don Cronin, Donna McNamara and Cóilín Murray.  Unfolding B is showing recent paintings, prints and sculpture from these well-known established artists.

Tom Climent’s paintings, sensually coloured shapes and structures; Don Cronin, a sculptor from Bandon who would be known for his public art will be showing smaller sculptures; Cóilín Murray, a well-known painter and printmaker from Ballydehob, with his fine art prints demonstrating that he is a real master of printing; and Donna McNamara with paintings and mixed media pieces recalling the colours and shapes of her sojourns in Greece.

Guest speaker at the opening on Saturday 8th August at 7pm will be art collector, Una Doyle.   The gallery is open daily from 11am until 6pm and the exhibition continues until 7th September at the Doswell Gallery, West Square, Rosscarbery: www.doswellgallery.com www.facebook.com/DoswellGallery

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Bandon water infrastructure projects finally to go aheadhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32686 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32686#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32686 Work on the scheme is currently suspended.

Work on the scheme is currently suspended.

IRISH Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council are set to progress the Bandon Water Main and Sewer Network projects it has been announced.

The project represents an investment of €7 million and is a merger of the previously named Bandon Sewerage Collection Scheme and the new Bandon Water Main Rehabilitation project. It will also allow for the provision of storm water network in areas of overlap with the proposed works.

The proposed works to the sewer network will increase flow capacity in the system, reduce sewage discharges to the Bandon River and will assist in alleviating sewer flooding currently being experienced in the town. The proposed water main works will improve water network performance and levels of customer service in terms of water quality, security of supply, improved operational pressure and fire flow capacity, reduced leakage as well as allowing for increased future capacity.

Local TD Michael McCarthy said, “I am delighted that this project is now underway to replace these sections of watermains which are in a poor condition and failing to meet the needs of residents and businesses throughout Bandon. This investment will result in significant improvements to both the water and wastewater networks in the town.

“I also welcome confirmation that the OPW are currently progressing a Flood Relief Scheme in Bandon town. Irish Water is liaising with the scheme designers to ensure that a holistic approach is adopted between the Flood Relief Scheme and the Bandon Watermain and Sewer Network Upgrade Project.”

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Kinsale RNLI raft race this August Bank Holidayhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32683 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32683#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:23:46 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32683 gangplank 1CELEBRITY chef Martin Shanahan is promising a ‘party on the pier’ in Kinsale this Bank Holiday Saturday 1st August for the Kinsale RNLI Raft Race.  Up to 30 rafts will take part in the race, starting at the Bulman Bar in Summercove at 5pm and finishing at the main slip by Kinsale pier between 5.30pm and 6pm.

Martin says:  ‘Everyone in Kinsale appreciates the work of the RNLI, from swimmers and sailors to the deep-sea fishing community.  The Kinsale RNLI raft race is a great way to support the charity that saves lives at sea so we invite everyone to join us from 5pm on Bank Holiday Saturday for a party on the pier with race commentary, great craic and live music by DJ Mark.  As a thank you to the RNLI, local fishermen will give everyone a ‘Taste of the Sea’ with free fish & chips, crab claws, mussels, oysters and smoked fish and they only ask in return that people donate generously to the RNLI.’


Roni Kermode of www.wellnessclub.ie, independent distributor of Herbalife Nutrition products, is this year’s race sponsor and will be providing all race participants with a nutritious goody bag while her team members will be on hand offering a free ‘wellness check’.  Levente and Attila Magyar of Mamukko, Ireland’s leading designer and maker of up-cycled sailcloth bags, have kindly donated crew bags for the winning raft.  Kinsale Good Food Circle has donated prizes worth €300 and 1601 Off Licence has also given generous prize. Victoria Fine Diamonds of Cork are offering a €300 voucher for the winner of the race sweepstake.  Prizes will be awarded to the fastest raft, best fancy dress and to the crew that raises the greatest amount of sponsorship for the RNLI.  Registration takes place in The Dock pub – winner of the 2014 race – on Friday 31st August between 6 and 8pm with a free glass of Guinness for all rafters who collect their race number, course map and give in their sponsorship money.  Otherwise, it can be done from 2pm on Saturday outside the Bulman Bar.


Raft Race T-shirts, sponsored by www.wellnessclub.ie, will be on sale for just €10 – with every € taken going to the RNLI.


Rules & regulations and sponsorship forms can be downloaded from www.kyc.ie or email kinsalernli@gmail.com

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Kilmeen & Kilbree GAA Noteshttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32677 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32677#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:25:56 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32677 Kilmeen JBFC Winners 2015Junior Footballers are County Champions!

After a thirty one year wait, Kilmeen’s junior footballers were crowned county champions! It was third time lucky for this team. This was their third final in the last four years. The result of this match was never in doubt. Kilmeen’s young guns ran at the Grange defence from the throw-in and they completely outclassed Grange from this point. Within ten minutes, Kilmeen lead by 1-3 to no score. By half time Kilmeen lead by 3-7 to 0-2. In the second half, a defensive Grange could not stop the blue tide. Goals by Shane O’Donovan and James Clancy ensured that Kilmeen would retain their dominance and lift the silverware on this occasion. Captain Ray Collins was delighted to accept that silverware on behalf of his team. Kilmeen have exorcised past demons and the there were jubilant celebrations in the Kilmeen camp. Many of the young guns on this team now look forward to an U21 football county final in Pairc Ui Rinn in mid-August.

Kilmeen’s U10 and U12 footballers took part in a mini-football blitz at the half time interval in Pairc Ui Rinn. Twenty eight children participated in this blitz and this is a night they will truly never forget. Thanks to Rory Brimble and Cian Murphy, the young whistlers for this blitz.

U12 & U10 panel:

Cillian Twohig, Micheal Keohane, Shane Keohane, Oisin O’Sullivan, Conor O’Sullivan, Ethan Jennings, Brian Carmody, Darragh Dullea, Eoin O’Sullivan, Darren McCarthy, Ryan Jennings, Gene O’Donovan, Orlaith Kirby, Caoimhe Murphy, Rachel Deasy, Kate O’Donovan, Mary Murphy, Mark Collins, Jack Hehir, Olan Murphy, Joe Barry, Peter O’Sullivan, Darragh Clancy, Daniel McCarthy, Colum Kennefick, Ruairi O’Sullivan, Jason Murray and Oisin Harrington.


U10 & U12 boys with Brian O'Driscoll at Kilmeen Cul CampCul Camp 2015

The ever-successful Cul Camp ran last week in Rossmore. Luck was on our side when it came to weather. A hundred children did the camp which focusses on hurling/camogie and football through fun activities and drills. The camp is organised by Deirdre O’Leary, Marie Dorgan and Claire Collins. We were fortunate to have amazing coaches – Beulah McManus, James Desmond, Paudie Crowley, David O’Mahony and Luke Meade. Our own coaches Kevin Keohane, Fionan McCarthy, Rory Brimble, Annie Blewitt, Cathriona Farrell and Ruth O’Driscoll. Thanks to all the parents and club members who helped supervising the camp.

The children were lucky to have visits from Thomas Clancy (Cork footballer), James McCarthy (GDA) and Brian O’Driscoll (Cork footballer). All the children were presented with medals on the last day. There really enjoyed having an ice-cream van and the most importantly the “water fight” on the last day.


U8 Hurling Blitz

Following Friday night’s celebrations, the brave U8 hurlers took to the field in Enniskeane in an U8 blitz. They played Newcestown, Barryoe and Kilbrittain. They played really well in glorious sunny conditions.

Team: Rory McCarthy, Patrick O’Donovan, Oisin Harrington, Jason Murray, Ruairi O’Sullivan, William Young, Tadhg Callanan, Olan Murphy, Rory Twohig, Shane Clancy and Tadhg O’Brian.


U12 FB V Bandon in Rossmore 210715U12 Football

Kilmeen U12’s welcomed Bandon to Rossmore last Tuesday night to continue their U12 football league campaign. Bandon were much the stronger of the two sides in the first half. Kilmeen fought back in the second half. The final score was Bandon 5-11 to Kilmeen’s 5-5.

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


U12 Camogie

The U12 camogie team continued their Carbery league campaign against St Colums in Kealkil, last Monday evening. The Kilbree girls were the stronger side on the night and were particularly dominant in the first half. The final score was Kilbree 5-01 to St Colum’s 0-01. Thanks to everyone at St Colums for the refreshments afterwards.

Team: Heather Brimble, Kate O’Donovan, Alice Twomey, Emily O’Donovan, Maeve O’Neill, Emma O’Driscoll, Rebecca Hurley, Rachel Deasy, Mary Murphy, Alison Collins, Caoimhe Murphy, Orlaith Kirby, Sinead O’Sullivan, Roisin O’Carroll, Aife O’Neill, Margaret Collins, Cara Collins and Orla Kennefick.


U10 Camogie

Kilbree U10s were delighted to be invited to Ahamilla on Tuesday to play Clonakilty. They displayed some lovely teamwork and skills are improving with everyone game.


U8 Camogie

The U8 camogie team travelled to Ballinascarthy on Saturday morning to take part in a fun blitz. In beautiful sunny conditions these girls played extremely well.

Team: Ella Burke, Isla McCarthy, Katie O’Donovan, Ciara O’Driscoll, Eabha O’Driscoll, Lucy O’Donovan, Roisin O’Donovan, Ellie Collins, Sinead Bennett, Lucy Medcalf, Leah McCarthy, Rosie O’Donovan, Nicola Nyhan and Siog O’Donovan.
Team: Emer O’Connell, Emma Keohane, Ava Murray, Megan McCarthy, Ally O’Donovan, Aoibhí Collins, Orla O’Donovan, Ciara O’Driscoll, Orla O’Neill Callanan and Niamh McCarthy.





There was no winner of this week’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 6, 9 and 14. The luck dip winners were John & Aidan O’Shea, Ger Harte and Daniel O’Leary. Next week’s jackpot will be €6,600.


Charity Cycle

The annual fundraising cycle will take place on Monday next 3rd August. Registration may be completed at 12 noon sharp at Tots bar. The proceeds of this cycle will be divided between Kilmeen & Kilbree GAA Club, Kilbree Camogie Club and the Kilmeen Community Development Association. Please support this event!



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Clonakility in the running for top tourism townhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32675 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32675#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:20:59 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32675 clonakilty-mainstreetClonakility has been named on the shortlist for the Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Awards.

The competition, in place since 2012, is designed to recognise Irish towns and villages where the local community have worked hard to enhance their appeal to tourists. As part of their shortlisting, the selected towns will be subject to a series of unannounced inspections from a team of “secret shoppers” who will visit the towns and assess it from the point of view of a visiting tourist. They will look at the quality of its attractions and sites of interest, and examine how the town promotes what they have to offer.

Local TD Michael McCarthy said, “This is wonderful news. The tourism and the hospitality industry is a major employer in West Cork and is a major source of revenue for the County. Many families and businesses including restaurants, retail outlets, accommodation, leisure centres and specialist tourist attractions are highly dependent on tourism.

“Having the title of Irelands best Tourism Town can be a major asset for a community to attract additional spend from tourists. I want to commend all involved in the local community for their hard work, seizing the opportunity and really building local tourism.  It is their hard work and endeavour which ensures that all visitors to Clonakility and West Cork experience the wonderful welcome it has to offer.”

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Release ordered of Bantry Bay salmon farm accident reporthttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32673 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32673#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 19:17:14 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32673 salmon-farmTHE Department of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries’ refusal to release the accident report on the loss of 230,000 salmon in a February 2014 storm has been annulled by the Information Commission, Peter Tyndal.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney’s Department had refused to release the report on the grounds that it was an “internal communication” and that the public interest would “not be served by the disclosure”.

In its appeal to the Information Commissioner, West Cork based lobby group Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE) claimed the release is “a matter of extreme public importance not only in the light of the circumstances of the Gerahies incident, but also because of the failure of the Department to carry out its regulatory functions properly in ensuring compliance with aquaculture licensing conditions aimed at preventing the escape of fish.”

In response to a case taken by FIE to the High Court after a year’s delay, the Information Commissioner gave an undertaking on July 6th to the court to rule on the case “within a week”.

The Department was “strongly of the view” that the release of any parts of the deliberative process of advising the Minister what action to take “would be premature and would unduly constrain the Minister in respect of any action which he might deem appropriate.”

However, at a meeting in June 2015, the Department told the Information Commissioner that it was “not in a position to make a specific recommendation to the Minister and, at present, no proposal for action is under consideration”.

“I do not accept”, the Information Commissioner wrote in the ruling on July 13th, “that the connection between the requested information and an ongoing, seemingly indefinite deliberative process provides an adequate basis for refusal.”

As to the public interest, the Commissioner wrote that “it is not enough to interpret AIE by national law alone but must be interpreted in the light of the Directive and indirectly the Aaarhus Convention.

“I also consider that there is a very strong public interest in maximising openness and accountability in relation to how the Department of Marine and the Marine Institute carry out their functions under the relevant legislation governing the aquaculture industry.”

A note by an Assistant Secretary on the Report states, “This Report clearly points to the fact that adequate systems in relation to certification, maintenance, inspection, repairs and records need to be in place for this type of installation”.

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Skibbereen golf reporthttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32669 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32669#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:33:26 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32669 skibb-golf1Jack Lynch Golf Classic 2015

Thanks were expressed by the Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Jack Lynch Committee Chair Hilda Hegarty at Sunday’s prizegiving night to the Jack Lynch 2015 committee, club captains Frank Ryan and Una Murray, competition secretaries Nuala Lupton & Liam Weadick, vice captains Liam Ennis & Maureen O’Regan, Bernie Ryan, Mary Crowley, Maura Dwyer, John McNamara, Charles McCarthy, John Field and all club volunteers for their hard work and participation. The Jack Lynch committee expressed thanks especially to all the Jack Lynch 2015 prize, tee box and team sponsors whose generosity and support made this year’s event an outstanding success as well as all the players in the open events throughout the week.

The Jack Lynch Men’s Fourball sponsored by O‘Regan Stone Quarry on Sunday 12th July was won by Andrew Whelton and Paul Corcoran of Lisselan with 49pts, 2nd Tim Joe O’Regan, James Hicks 44pts, 3rd Jerome O’Driscoll, Brian Fitzsimons 43pts. Tim Joe O’Regan had hole-in-one on 2nd hole! On Monday 13th July, the Jack Lynch Juveniles Singles sponsored by Hourihane Sports was won by Darren Hayes (28) with 46pts, 2nd Diarmuid Kerr (21) 44pts and 3rd Aidan Pearce (6) 40pts.

The Jack Lynch Seniors 3-Man Team sponsored by Kevin O’Flynn held on Tuesday 14th July winners were Harry Jones, James De Courcey & Geoffrey Wycherley with 51pts, 2nd Tom Ryan, Dan McCarthy & John McDonnell 49pts and 3rd Frank O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Mahony & Bernard O’Mahony 49pts.

On Wednesday 15th July, the Ladies’ Champagne Scramble sponsored by Western Beverages & Drinagh Pharmacy had a huge turnout with over 90 ladies taking part. First were the visiting team of Catherine Bird, Anna O’Donoghue & Denise Murray with 53pts, 2nd Annette Lombard, Carmel O’Driscoll & Maria Kennedy 52pts, 3rd Jill Fitzgerald, Marie O’Raghallaigh & Helen Burke 49pts and 4th Marie Kerr, Brenda O’Driscoll & Pauline O’Sullivan 48pts.

The weather took a turn for the worse on Thursday so the Jack Lynch Men’s Singles sponsored by Designs was postponed due to heavy rain. This competition will be played on Thursday 6th August. Timesheet online at www.skibbgolf.com.

Sponsors Peter & Diney Costello’s coveted golf prizes were on offer during the Jack Lynch Scotch Mixed Foursomes on Friday 17th July. The winners were visiting pair Declan Canavan & Claire Caffrey with 29&3/4 nett, 2nd Darren O’Brien & Catherine Werner 30 nett, 3rd Jerome O’Driscoll & Teresa O’Sullivan 30&1/4 nett, 4th Frank & Dolores O’Sullivan 30&1/2 nett and 5th David Quirke & Catherine Moloney 30&3/4 nett.

The weekend competition was the Jack Lynch Classic held over two days in glorious weather on Saturday 18th-Sunday 19th July. The Ladies’ 3 Ball Better Ball winning team was Mary Crowley (14), Helen Quirke (20) & June Ring (21) with 50 Points, 2nd Bernie Ryan (14), June Ring (21) & Teresa O’Sullivan 49 Pts on the count back, 3rd Marie Kerr (20), Bernie O’Sullivan (34) & Margaret O’Donovan 49 Pts and 4th Catherine Connolly (11), Ester Walsh (20) & Ger Touhy (30) 48 Pts. The longest drive on the 18th was won by Marie Kerr. The winning Men’s 3 Ball Better Ball team were Joseph Joe O’Sullivan, Seamus O’Reilly & Edmund Ring with 53pts, 2nd Sean Conmy, John Sheehan & Tim Coakley 51pts, 3rd Michael Sweeney, Pat Dwyer & Denis O’Donovan 51pts, 4th Frank Ryan, Fergal Morgan & Joe Geoghegan 50pts and Non-handicap Alan Foley, Tom Foley & Colin Johnson 50pts. The longest drive on the 5th was won by Timmy O’Donoghue and nearest the pin on the 14th by Tim Collins 24’’, with thanks to sponsor Jason Field of Blackwater Motors Skibbereen.

A special mention was given to the Paragon Bar who sponsored the BBQ and West Cork Distillers who provided Drombeg whiskey to participants on the 17th tee.



Una Murray’s Lady Captain’s Prize to the Men will be held on Thursday 23rd July and the men’s weekend competition is kindly sponsored by Peter Neumann. Looking ahead, the late Dr. Bernard McNicholas’ Patron’s Prize will be held on Saturday 1st-Sunday 2nd August. The men’s Hi-Lo competition continues on Monday evenings and Mixed Foursomes on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm. For ladies, Una Murray’s Lady Captain’s day will take place this Sunday 26th July with a draw for partners Friday evening. Please add your name to the list in the ladies’ locker room. Next week’s sponsored competition is the Blue Shop on Wednesday 29th July and the late Dr. Bernard McNicholas’ Patron’s Prize to the Ladies will be held on Friday 31st July. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com or call the clubhouse on 028 21227.

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Old time threshing in Ardfieldhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32666 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32666#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:05:19 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32666 ardfield-threshingIt’s that time of year again when modern day life comes together with the days of old to celebrate the hugely popular Ardfield/Rathbarry Old-Time Threshing.This year the Threshing takes place on Saturday, 8th August at 2pm at O’Sullivan’s Mountain House, Ardfield Village.

The Old-Time Threshing is one of the main social events of the calendar. The event is in aid of St. James’ Underage GAA, a truly worthy cause as the club supports the development and growth of the youth of the parish. While it is still the primary fundraising event for the underage GAA club, it is also a day of great family entertainment for locals and visitors alike.

Traditional customs and activities form the basis of the threshing. Some of the highlights will include the Threshing of the Corn, butter making and horse shoe throwing.

The Threshing guarantees a day of fantastic family entertainment especially for the younger family members.

To keep them occupied there is a vast variety of fun-filled activities including a bouncy castle, samba soccer, penalty shoot-out, basketball, golf putting, to name but a few. You will be lucky to get your children home; there will also be a cake stall and bric-a-brac stall, you never know what you might find there.

Other highlights on the day include a cow bingo and a dog show. So start beautifying your pooch now!

Also not to be missed is the incredible sporting event of bale racing. It has to be seen to be believed, or how about check your throwing skills at the horse show throwing and bowl pitching side shows.

For the taste buds there will be an endless choice and variety of foods available. Whether you feel like freshly roasted bacon from the pig on the spit, sausages or burgers from the BBQ there is something to suit all palates. Or perhaps you would like something more savoury with, crepes, teas and coffees available all day. Be sure to bring your appetites, the choice is yours!

There is a Threshing Draw with amazing prizes. Remember if you aren’t in, you can’t win!

To top the day of there will be a Fr Teds Lovely Lady Competition. It is a guaranteed great day of fun and laughs to entertain all ages.

All are most welcome to relive the days of old and have a truly enjoyable, traditional family day out filled with entertainment, craic and lots of memories.

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Major Castletownbere pier investment announcedhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32663 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32663#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:49:26 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32663 Pictured (l-r): Noel Harrington TD; Minister Simon Coveney; Noel Clancy and Tony O'Sullivan Dept of Marine and Harbour Master, Captain Cormac McGinley.

Pictured (l-r): Noel Harrington TD; Minister Simon Coveney; Noel Clancy and Tony O’Sullivan Dept of Marine and Harbour Master, Captain Cormac McGinley.

THE Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveney has announced that he was moving ahead with detailed design of a major pier extension and an upgrade of the shipyard facilities on Dinish Island, Castletownbere.

The Minister said, “In April 2012 I officially opened the first phase of the pier development on Dinish. This development has been very successful in facilitating the growth of the Castletownbere based fishing fleet and underpinning the Governments strategy to attract increasing numbers of landings from other EU fishing fleets into Castletownbere. It has surpassed my expectations”.

The total tonnage of fish landed into Castletownbere has increased by 38% from 25,427 tonnes in 2011 to 35,004 tonnes in 2014. In addition the number of landings of fish from vessels of other EU Fleets into Castletownbere has increased by 272 % between 2011 and 2014, from 442 to 1,207.  In 2015 up to the end of June there were 671 landings from other EU fleets compared to 573 for the same period in 2014. (See note to Editors attached).

The Minister added, “On foot of the overall increase in the tonnage of fish being landed into Castletownbere and the unprecedented success in increasing not only the foreign landings but also landings from our own fleet, I am making a commitment to finalise  design of and seek planning permission for major development works in Castletownbere. These works will double the size of Dinish Wharf, through a 200 metre extension to the existing pier facility. The works will include dredging, a reconfiguration and upgrade of the boat yard and replacement of the syncrolift with an improved modern mobile boat hoist; the Preliminary Estimate for the works is between €15 and €20m subject to detailed Design and tender.

“When completed the new facilities for the fishing industry and the wider seafood sector will be on a par with the best in Europe and will allow for a major expansion of the seafood and other marine industries in the South West,” he said.

The Minister also announced increased funding of €5m for a package of projects under the 2015 Fishery Harbours Capital Investment Programme. This brings the total capital investment under this programme in 2015 to €22.9m.

The additional €5m includes €3.9m for works at the six Fishery Harbour Centres, Cape Clear and other marine infrastructures owned by the Department and includes an additional €1.1m for 17 Local Authority projects.

As part of his visit to Castletownbere, Minister Coveney also met with the local fishing industry to discuss the introduction of the first phase of the new landing obligation or “discards ban” for the demersal fleet.

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New magazine Clonakilty Living portrays the cosmopolitan town of Clonakilty in West Corkhttp://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32658 http://westcorktimes.com/home/archives/32658#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:15:14 +0000 http://westcorktimes.com/home/?p=32658 Left to right: Karen Lubbock, Michelle Mitton and Sara Haggerty. Creators of Clonakilty Living Magazine

Left to right: Karen Lubbock, Michelle Mitton and Sara Haggerty. Creators of Clonakilty Living Magazine. Pic: Dermot Sullivan

CLONAKILTY Living, a new magazine born in the cosmopolitan West Cork town of Clonakilty, has launched its first edition. The twice yearly publication reflects the unique vibe that attracts people to Clonakilty; from its people, vibrant culture and inclusiveness, to the food, music and beaches. The magazine is aimed at a wide audience of people locally, nationally and around the globe where a small town’s stories may resonate with people beyond its borders.

Local businesswomen and friends, Michelle Mitton, Karen Lubbock and Sara Jane Haggerty are the editorial team behind Clonakilty Living with combined experience in design, journalism, editorial and fashion. Michelle owns and runs Michelle Mitton Design Gallery, Sara Jane is an experienced magazine designer, having worked in London on many high end publications, prior to moving to West Cork. Karen is an independent publisher and an artist.

The three committed to creating and designing a magazine that conveys all that makes Clonakilty a special place to live and visit, sharing this in a way that speaks to a diverse audience within the town and beyond. The editorial content features everything local; local writers, photographers, artists, chefs and even the fashion models are local people.

Clonakilty Living is published independently and printed locally at Walsh’s Printers.


Clonakilty Living will be distributed nationally in select outlets, and internationally as from this week via an International distribution company based in London that specialises in distributing independently published books and magazines.

The first edition of Clonakilty Living features a wide variety of subjects. The conversational tone throughout the publication sets it apart, making the look and feel of the magazine ivery unique.

According to Editor Karen, “Our hope is that readers will identify, and empathise with themes or characters from within their own lives. We would like the reader to perceive the concepts treated within this magazine as universal. We want to celebrate life in our town, from the everyday and the mundane, to the unique. The aim was to produce a magazine that through design and selection of content embodies these intentions. We hope what shines through is the warmth we feel to our contributors.”

See www.clonakiltyliving.ie for more.

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