Three art pieces will be on display in Skibbereen Library from Wednesday 8th July which were produced by local children at Easter workshops in Skibbereen, Clonakilty and Dunmanway libraries this year, facilitated by three artists. The display of these pieces is part of Cork County Library and Arts Service’s O’Donovan Rossa centenary commemorations.
The theme of these commissioned workshops was The Phoenix. Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa founded the Phoenix National and Literary Society in 1856 in Skibbereen to help foster and discuss literary, nationalist and Fenian issues. The three artists developed ways of looking both at the legacy of Rossa and his memory and the broader theme of the ancient Phoenix bird, rising from the ashes and symbolising rebirth, regeneration and resilience. All of these broader themes fitted well with Rossa’s life and struggles.
The children used source materials from the library in the workshops to produce three unique pieces which were finished by the artists. The artists Alison Cronin, Susan Montgomery and Caroline Byrne had varied approaches and the results are both bold and subtle.
The three pieces will be on display from Wednesday 8th July. The Dunmanway and Clonakilty pieces will transfer back to their home branches at the end of July.
Full details of all the O’Donovan Rossa Commemoration events during the month of July are available on the commemoration website at http://odonovanrossacentenary.com
With Facilitators Karen Minihan, Rónán MacRaois.
This week will be a fun fusion of dynamic theatre workshops. The week provides not only acting and theatre training, but also a unique space for young people to create their own original scenes. We aim to build confidence, creativity and communication skills and have fun while doing it! No experience is necessary.
Both Rónán and Karen enjoy working with children and young adults and are looking forward to facilitating this week-long project.
Workshop 1 from 10am – 1pm each day is for 9-13 years. Workshop 2 from 2pm – 5pm for teenagers aged 13-18years. The cost is € 80 per participant / €70 for siblings and bookings can be made at 028 22090. Deposit €20.
LIAM Quirke (8) currently holds the top spot in the Golfer of the Year competition with 184 points, ahead of Brendan O’Rourke (14) steady in second place with 132 points and Jerome O’Driscoll (9) who jumps third with 126 points. Denis O’Donovan (19) moves down to fourth place with 123 points, Frank Ryan (11) fifth with 116 points, John McNamara (7) sixth with 111 points, just 1 point in front of Seamus O’Reilly (7) in seventh place on 110 points. Alan Byrne (8) is best of the rest with 94 points. Sponsored by Baby Hannah’s Bar, the Golfer of the Year is calculated on the Order of Merit of all men’s competitions during the year.
Winners earn 25 points for 1st, 20 points for 2nd, down to 1 point for 15th. Major wins are double points. Check your score…http://wp.me/P15Ddj-2Bx?Thursday 25th June sponsored by Noel Kearney Builders was won by Pat Dwyer (16) 42 points, 2nd Tim Collins (11) 40 points and 3rd John Collins (17) 40 points.?VW Masters Men’s Qualifiers sponsored by Blackwater Motors Skibbereen – Sat 27th- Sun 28th June was won by Henry Ross (10) 43 points, 2nd Pat Dwyer (15) 41 points and 3rd John Collins (17) 41 points.?In men’s golf fixtures this week, Men’s Open Singles this Thursday 2nd July is sponsored by Sean O’Driscoll Carpets. Invite your friends! The weekend competition on Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th July is sponsored by Kearney’s Well. Looking ahead, the Jack Lynch Open Week timesheets are now open for 12th-19th July: men’s fourball, juvenile singles, senior men’s team event, men’s singles and 3BBB team classic. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com.?Interested in playing mixed foursomes? Please arrange your partner and book your tee times online now at www.skibbgolf.com for Tuesdays 6-7pm. ?Golf gear to sell or swap? Unwanted golf prizes? Post a free ad in our members’ forum. Shopping for golf equipment, clothing or accessories? Browse member posts for free. Visit www.skibbgolf.com and click on Members.
Irish Mixed Foursomes
Congratulations were extended to the Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Mixed Foursomes team and managers on their triumph over Mahon Golf Club in the area final of the Mixed Foursomes at Bandon Golf Club last Wednesday. With Skibbereen pairings of Darren O’Brien & Bernie Ryan and Liam Quirke & Maura Dwyer having won the first two matches and Mary Crowley & Jerome O’Driscoll having lost on the 13th, Donald McCarthy & Hilda Hegarty took their match to the 17th losing out 2&1.
It was all to play for in the final match, with Rhona O’Donoghue & John McNamara having retained their advantage from early on, securing their 2&1 win with a spectacular birdie on the 17th. The result was 3 matches to 2 and Skibbereen South Munster finalists go on to play West Munster finalists date and venue TBA. Meanwhile, over in West Munster, Kanturk Golf Club played Dooks in Beaufort Golf Club on Thursday 25th June in the Mixed Foursomes West Munster quarter final. However, Kanturk was disqualified as a result of a player having only 2 cards in where 4 are required. This means that all the matches Kanturk won in order to reach the final are now being replayed in July in Castleisland on Friday 10th July at 3pm: Castlegregory -v- Ceann Sibeal and the winners will play Ballybunion on the 13th, 14th or 15th July at Castleisland. Dooks will play the overall winner of that group at Beaufort Golf Club date TBA.
There was a great 2/1 win for the Skibbereen & West Carbery Golf Club Junior Foursomes ladies over Muskerry in very blustery conditions at Dunmore Golf Club last Sunday. The ladies gave the spectators a fantastic display of patience, perseverance, determination and great golf. The team were: Leah O’Regan & Eileen O’Regan, Bernie O’Regan & Teresa O’Sullivan and June Ring & Helen Quirke. ?Bernie Ryan is leading the way in the Lady Golfer of the Year competition with 172pts, 2nd Leah O’Regan 109pts and 3rd June Ring 107pts. In other results, VW Masters Ladies’ Qualifiers held on Saturday 27th June was won by Rhona O’Donoghue (21) on the count back with 39 points, 2nd Anne Price (23) 39pts, 3rd Margaret Foley (25) 37pts. Teresa O’Sullivan’s 18 Hole Stableford: 1st Eileen O’Regan (22) 39 Points, 2nd Carmel O’Driscoll (26) 36 pts, 3rd Anne Price (23) 34 pts, 4th June Ring (21) 34pts. Cleary’s Pharmacy: 1st Leah O’Regan (20) 44 Points, 2nd Nancy Quinn (28) 39pts, 3rd Mary Crowley (14) 36pts, 4th Margaret Foley (25) 35pts and 5th Bernie O’Sullivan (34) 35pts.?Ladies’ fixtures this week: Friday 3rd July Essential Beauty 18 Hole Stableford competition, Judy Burke’s 18 Hole Stableford re-entry competition and Margaret O’Donovan’s 9 Hole Stroke re-entry competition. Wednesdays timesheets, Fridays draws 9.30am, 11.30am, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5pm. Ladies’ beginner scramble Fridays at 6pm.
Looking ahead, the Jack Lynch Open Week timesheets are now open: ladies’ champagne scramble 15th July and ladies’ 3BBB team classic 18th-19th July. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com.?Interested in playing mixed foursomes? Please arrange your partner and book your tee times online now at www.skibbgolf.com for Tuesdays 6-7pm. ?Golf gear to sell or swap? Unwanted golf prizes? Post a free ad in our members’ forum. Shopping for golf equipment, clothing or accessories? Browse member posts for free. Visit www.skibbgolf.com and click on Members.
The Jack Lynch Open Week timesheets are now open: book now for the juvenile singles 13th July. Book your tee times online at www.skibbgolf.com.
TWO people have died following a tragic accident in Baltimore and a third is currently missing.
A man and a woman who were part of a group that were walking along the headland near the Baltimore Beacon are understood to have drowned.
One of them is believed to have fallen or been swept into the water near the Beacon and two others went in to try to help but also got into difficulty.
The third person, understood to be a male, is still missing. The alarm was raised by a fourth member of the group at around 6pm.
The Baltimore Lifeboat was on the scene quickly and recovered two people from the water but they were both later pronounced dead.
The two dead were named locally as Barry Ryan in his 50s from Baltimore and his son’s girlfriend Niamh O’Connor in her 20s from Cork city. The person still missing is understood to be the man’s son, Barry Davis Ryan in his 20s, also from Baltimore. The fourth member of the group who raised the alarm is understood to be Mr Ryan’s daughter.
A huge search operation is now underway with local lifeboat crews joined by a two coastguard helicopters, civil defence units and local boats as the search continues.
THE RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin recently where the charity presented 55 awards to volunteers, groups and businesses from across the country that have made a significant contribution to the RNLI in Ireland. Six of those awards were made to West Cork volunteers from Baltimore, Courtmacsherry, Kinsale and Union Hall.
Guest of honour at the ceremony was Leesa Harwood, RNLI Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising. Also present was David Delamer, Chairperson of the RNLI Council in Ireland, who welcomed the volunteers and their supporters to the ceremony. RNLI Irish Council members Terence Johnson and Peter Killen were also in attendance and the citations for each awardee were read by Emma Gibson RNLI Area Manager and Owen Medland RNLI Divisional Operations Manager for Ireland central.
In her address to the guests Ms Harwood said that the awards were a “celebration of the difference that the volunteers and supporters had all made to the lives of others.
She added, “Our charity made an extraordinary difference in 2014. I am very proud to tell you that last year, together, we saved 460 lives. Today we celebrate not just those whose lives we saved, but the people who made this incredible number possible. We celebrate remarkable fundraising feats and decades of lifesaving service given by volunteers. And we say thank you.”
The West Cork winners were: Margo O’Flynn, Baltimore, Gold Badge; Michele O’Dwyer, Courtmacsherry, Gold Badge; Ewen Tubridy, Kinsale, Gold Badge; Peter Deasy, Union Hall, Silver Badge; Ros Rourke, Baltimore, Bronze Badge and Frank O’Connor, Courtmacsherry, Bronze Badge.
LOCAL TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that repairs have been completed on the submarine telecommunications cable to Sherkin Island following his representations to senior management in Eircom.
This has been a challenging task for Eircom and their contractors waiting for the right combination of weather tides and wind to restore a full capacity service to all the islanders.
Deputy Harrington said he was well aware that this is a vital link to all the islanders and also the weather station on the Island which provides such vital information on the Atlantic weather conditions in assisting Met Eireann in forecasting the weather for all the islanders on the whole island of Ireland.
“There are many more challenges for those living on our off shore islands and with the full restoration of this service it means that at least one aspect of their lives is the same as everyone on the mainland,” he said.
Deputy Harrington also thanked Eircom and their staff along with the contractors for completing this task as soon as it was safe to do so.
A WEST CORK business, Ireland’s premier Bitcoin exchange, Bitcove has received the accolade of Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year Award 2015. Bitcove, along with 10 other enterprising young businesses, was recognised at the IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme Awards and Showcase held at the Aula Maxima in UCC on Wednesday 24th June.
The top award, the Bank of Ireland/ IGNITE Business of the Year Award 2015, was presented to Bitcove founders, UCC graduates and brothers James and Peter Nagle from Rosscarbery. Following deliberation, the judges agreed that James and Peter best demonstrated the potential to build a business that can achieve growth and create sustainable employment.
Bitcove is an online crypto currency broker that provides a simple avenue for customers to acquire, maintain and transact with their Bitcoins instantly. The business developed as James became interested in crypto currencies after briefly studying cryptography in a Network Security module in college.
Bitcove has become an ambassador for Bitcoin in Ireland and the team is available to promote and discuss Bitcoin at any Bitcoin related conferences or discussion groups. They are also supportive of the larger Bitcoin community and can provide guidance to merchants who are considering adopting Bitcoin as a method of payment.
One of the two other main awards on the night also went to a West Cork winner. The EY/ IGNITE Business Plan Award was presented to Cape Clear resident Dr Eileen Weadick, founder of <eXtensicon>. Eileen, a UCD PhD graduate, is developing online Competency Based Education (CBE) programmes in technical communications.
Diarmuid Lynch from Bank of Ireland who chaired the judging panel said, “The calibre of the business presentations was very high. It is incredible how far each of the business has progressed over the past nine months on the IGNITE Programme. Each of the start-ups that presented to the judging panel demonstrated true entrepreneurial spirit and steadfast determination; and each has the potential to develop successful businesses.”
This year’s IGNITE Awards and Showcase celebrated the progress and achievements to date of the 16 recent graduates, working on 11 business start-ups, who participated in the 2014/15, nine month business incubation programme, marking an important milestone with the completion of the fifth phase of the successful entrepreneurial programme.
The IGNITE Graduate Business Innovation Programme is a business incubation programme, based at UCC, aimed at nurturing, developing and strengthening entrepreneurial potential. The Programme is funded by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Offices of Cork City and County, and Bank of Ireland. More information is available at http://ignite.ucc.ie.
THE Baltimore Secret Gardens Weekend is the brainchild of Jean Perry from the Glebe Gardens in Baltimore, who has persuaded her friends and neighbours to open their gardens on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July. Now in its third year, the aim of the weekend is to encourage interest in gardening locally, to attract gardening enthusiasts from further afield to the pretty seaside village and to raise funds for charity.
This is an opportunity to visit some inspiring private gardens, many of which do not regularly open to the public. There are 8 gardens participating this year – some new as well as some old favourites and the knowledgeable owners are on hand to chat and guide.
Full details of participating gardens are available on baltimoresecretgardens.com and most will be open 12pm – 5pm both days. Baltimore Secret Gardens Weekend supports a number of different charities – each garden has nominated their own. A €10 ticket covers entry to all gardens (purchase at first garden visited) or else choose the gardens you would like to visit and make a donation at each. Jean hopes you will be inspired by these gardens, lovingly tended by their owners. In association with Baltimore Secret Gardens Weekend, Deelish Garden Centre on River Road, Skibbereen is holding a charity day on Saturday 4th July with all profits going to Medecins Sans Frontieres. Happy Gardening!
More information see www.baltimoresecretgardens.com and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BaltimoreSecretGardensWeekend
SKIBBEREEN is set to be transformed into a 19th Century town July 24th as part of a host of local events that will be celebrating the life of Irish Patriot Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.
The event will begin at 7pm and to truly create the 1800s aesthetic and atmosphere, a torchlit parade will take place, with all participants to be dressed in 1800s attire.
The parade will march from The Heritage Centre to The Maid of Eireann, and back to the Bridge. The local town businesses will display photos and artefacts from the period; the staff of each business will also dress in 19th Century costume. The streets will be closed off to any traffic with the exception of ponies and traps.
The event will host pop-up history talks, pipe bands, and children’s games of the time, to all participants and spectators. Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa was a local man to West Cork, and is noted as a remarkable Irish patriot and Fenian. In March 1863, O’Donovan Rossa organised a march through Skibbereen town in support of the Polish uprising against Russia. The Polish ambassador will be present at the event, as well as representatives of the Irish government. This year also marks the centenary of O’Donovan Rossa’s death.
This special event will also mark the opening of this year’s Skibbereen Arts Festival, which will run from July 24th to August 2nd. The popular festival will offer a variety of music, theatre, film, and kids events and activities, including Rock n’ Roll Camp for kids, Kayak by Starlight, Four Plays in a Day, James Yorkston and Alasdair Roberts performing at the Abbeystrewry and much more.
President Michael D. Higgins recently visited Skibbereen town to unveil the O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Garden. The event was seen as a huge success. The President also attended various other events that celebrated the patriot’s life and the remarkable efforts he made to society.
by John Bohane
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins paid tribute to the outstanding legacy Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa created following a memorable commemoration held to honour the great Fenian leader in O’Donovan Rossa Memorial Garden in Skibbereen recently.
The President was speaking at the unveiling of a monument to the West Cork native in the newly renovated and resplendent O’Donovan Rosa Memorial Garden. O’Donovan Rossa was a founder member of the Phoenix National and Literary Society in Skibbereen in 1856. An an embryonic revolutionary organisation it contributed significantly to the creation of the IRB of which he was a prominent member. This year marks the centenary of the death of a proud Irish man, rebel and fenian.
President Michael D Higgins waxed lyrical on the impact Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa had on Irish politics. “It is appropriate to recognise the contribution he made on the movement towards freedom. He was an inspirational man in the sense that he represents the great anger that followed the Famine, also the experiences of exile and imprisonment. His support of the Polish people for independence also showcased his awareness of politics on an international level.”
O’Donovan Rossa’s funeral in Glasnevin Cemetery on August 1st, 1915 remains to this day one of the biggest funeral corteges held in Ireland. The funeral also prompted a famous graveyard oration by Padraig Pearse which many neutral observers felt lit the flames for the Rising the following Easter. The huge attendance was testimony to the esteem in which this great Irishman was held by his countrymen and the Irish Disapora. It provided the initiative for the 1916 Rising. The President is emphatic in his belief that Rossa’s burial in Dublin, acted as a growing mechanism ahead of the Easter Rising the following year.
The President added, “The great Fenian leader Tom Clarke saw the significance of the returning of Rossa’s body to Ireland following his death which attracted half a million people who lined the streets of Dublin. This mass turnout and Padraig Pearse’s famous speech have ensured Rossa has a great symbolic figure. Pearse’s speech was one of the great events which precedes what is a founding moment for the State.
“Ireland has moved on significantly in the last century with the peace process firmly bedded down on the island, while relations with the UK have significantly improved with the recent visit of Prince Charles further evidence of a growing friendship between the neighbouring countries.The President revealed his delight with the developing relationships.
“We have realised that whatever achievements will be in the future will be in the space of democratic discourse. What was important with the recent visit of Prince Charles is that it helps to create a relationship between equal soverign people. Because we respect and support each others independence we don’t require of each other that either of us forget terrible events that occur in parts of our history,” he said.