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Lisheen NS get seal of approval from US music star

Lisheen NS get seal of approval from US music star

Recording the album in Lisheens Church.

Recording the album in Lisheens Church.

THE children of Lisheens National School got a welcome endorsement from American music star Mary Chapin Carpenter via Twitter recently following the release of their charity Christmas album, Little Voices, Songs From a School.

The album of carols and Christmas songs was recorded at Lisheens Church in October with proceeds going to Cancer Connect the voluntary service that transports West Cork cancer patients to Cork city for treatment.

Among the songs recorded was the five-time Grammy winning star’s “Come Darkness, Come Light” which was put up on youtube to help promote the album. RTÉ’s Nationwide programme also visited the school to report on their efforts.

Now the school have the ultimate endorsement for their album with Mary Chapin Carpenter herself tweeting a link to the youtube video with the comment “Best early xmas gift…children of Lisheen Nat’l School (West Cork) performing “Come Darkness, Come Light”.

Mary Chapin Carpenter-tweet

 

 

 

 

Other tracks on the CD include Silent Night, Little Donkey, The Little Drummer Boy and many more Christmas favourites. The CD us available from local retailers in Skibbereen with all proceeds going to Cancer Connect.

Donate and decorate the biggest gingerbread house in Ireland

Donate and decorate the biggest gingerbread house in Ireland

Pictured at the West Cork Hotel launching the upcoming Gingerbread family fun day on Sunday 21st December were two year old twins Jesse Best & Theo Best with head chef Christian Pozimski. Pic: Emma Jervis

Pictured at the West Cork Hotel launching the upcoming Gingerbread family fun day on Sunday 21st December were two year old twins Jesse Best & Theo Best with head chef Christian Pozimski. Pic: Emma Jervis

IN celebration of Christmas, the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen will be hosting a Family Fun Day on Sunday 2st December where there will be fun activities guaranteed to entertain all members of the family.

As a spectacular charity fundraiser, Head Chef Christian Pozimski has created a gingerbread house masterpiece, with each panel waiting to be decorated.

Your child can participate in this centuries old tradition and decorate a panel of the gingerbread house using supplied ingredients; all contributions will be donated to local charities.

Christian said, “This ginger bread house is the biggest in Ireland and we at the West Cork Hotel have had a great deal of fun, and some headaches, in its creation. We look forward to seeing the panels decorated by the children of West Cork and beyond. Christmas is a special time of giving, and we are delighted to be able to contribute to those less fortunate by hosting this fun fundraising event.”

The West Cork Hotel Family Fun Day starts at 2pm on Sunday 2st December, for queries and bookings phone 028 21277.

West Cork brew is ready for market

West Cork brew is ready for market

Dominic Casey, Kevin Waugh and Henry Thornhill of the West Cork Brewing Company showcase their basement nano-brewery at the launch their two new beers, Sherkin Lass and Roaring Ruby at Casey's Hotel in Baltimore on Saturday night. Pic: Davin Whooley

Dominic Casey, Kevin Waugh and Henry Thornhill of the West Cork Brewing Company showcase their basement nano-brewery at the launch their two new beers, Sherkin Lass and Roaring Ruby at Casey’s Hotel in Baltimore on Saturday night. Pic: Davin Whooley

A NEW brewing enterprise involving a trio of childhood friends is set to quench the country’s growing thirst for craft beers.

Established by a trio with business, bar and food culture backgrounds and brewed in a Baltimore basement, the West Cork Brewing Company has perfected two brand new beers.

The new brews, one pale and dark, were revealed at the company’s launch on Saturday night.

The titles, Sherkin Lass and Roaring Ruby were inspired by the region’s coastal setting.

The 200 litre nano-brewery is situated in the basement of Casey’s Hotel in Baltimore and evolved as part of a growing national interest in locally produced craft beers.

CEO Henry Thornhill and Chairman Dominic Casey spotted a gap in the market for quality locally produced local beers and brought in brewer Kevin Waugh to develop the product.

Casey, who has spent ten years working full time in the family business, Casey’s Hotel, served up his own beer to customers for the first time on Saturday following a 12 month development process.

“We tried and tested a good few brews, but in fairness to Kevin, he has a science background and is very thorough in what he does so we knew he was going to get it right. And we got there in the end and the reaction’s been great tonight,” he said.

CEO Henry Thornhill said they decided to start small with an initial €10,000 investment but have set 2016 as a target to develop into a ‘much bigger operation.’

“We didn’t have any brewing experience so that was probably the biggest challenge,” he said.

The two brought childhood school friend Kevin Waugh into the mix as chief brewer to utilise his chemistry and food culture skills.

“My background working in farmer’s markets with the Real Olive Company exposed me to the craft food culture in west Cork. There seemed to be a lack of craft beer in west Cork when it was exploding in other parts of the country, so why not down here?” he said.

The enterprise is more than just a brewing business, he said.

“It’s about building on childhood friendships and doing something positive in the community… and it’s nice to drink beer too.”

Man recovering in hospital following Skibbereen stabbing

Man recovering in hospital following Skibbereen stabbing

Pic: informatique via Flickr

Pic: informatique via Flickr

A 49-year-old man is recovering in Cork University Hospital (CUH) following a stabbing incident that occurred in Skibbereen at around 11pm on Friday night.

The man suffered several stab wounds but they are understood to be non-life threatening. The victim approached a group of friends who were out walking alomg Noerth Street and then collapsed and the bystanders raised the alarm and emergency services were quickly in attendance.

He was described as being in a critical but stable condition at CUH and is likely to remain in hospital for several days. It is currently unknown how the man came to be stabbed and gardaí in Skibbereen are investigating. The man is Lithuanian and has been living in the SKibbereen areafor several years. Those with any information should contact Clonakilty Garda Station  on 023 882 1570.

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Baltimore Lifeboat assists medical evacuation in Roaring Water Bay

Baltimore Lifeboat assists medical evacuation in Roaring Water Bay

An RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat. Pic: RNLI

An RNLI Atlantic 75 Inshore Lifeboat. Pic: RNLI

THE inshore lifeboat was called to give assistance when a medical emergency occurred on board a 75ft fishing vessel in Roaring Water Bay on 11th December. The two crew on board had been pumping the vessel bilges with a petrol pump when one of them became overcome with fumes and collapsed. The boat which services mussel rafts in the bay was at her moorings at the time.  The casualty was a young man in his late twenties. His fellow crew called for assistance and managed to get him above decks.

The call for assistance was received at Baltimore lifeboat station at 18:51. Weather conditions were very poor at the time, with winds of Force 6 gusting to Force 7 and a sea swell of 1.5 metres. The inshore lifeboat was tasked into service because it could more easily negotiate the mussel rafts strung out along the bay.

Helm Jerry Smith with crew Tadhg Collins and Colin Rochford proceeded through the islands of Roaring Water Bay in pitch darkness in the twin engined Atlantic 75 RIB. When they arrived on scene at 19:30, Schull Community Rescue were already providing medical assistance. The Baltimore lifeboat were able to support efforts to revive the casualty providing essential oxygen.

A Coast Guard helicopter was dispatched to evacuate the young man.  He was winched off the deck of the fishing boat at 20:15 and taken to Cork University Hospital.

The inshore lifeboat then returned in worsening weather conditions to the lifeboat station arriving back at 21:30. Crewman Tadhg Collins said, “It was good to see rescue services working together in a coordinated fashion to ensure the safety of life at sea”.

Caheragh Vintage Threshing raise €59,000 for good causes

Caheragh Vintage Threshing raise €59,000 for good causes

Front (l-r):Tess Healy, Coaction, Bantry, DJ Dinneen Chairperson, Dr. Declan Soden of Breakthrough Cancer Research Cork, John Scully Treasurer, Pat Gregory P.R.O, Sheila Derham & Kathleen Kirby Secretary. Centre (l-r): Rev. Fr. D. Pyburn PP Caheragh, Shane Scully, Orla O'Sullivan Dolan CCRC,  Len Gregory, Catherine Kingston Chairperson Bright Beginnings, Tim McCarthy & Eileen Scully. Back (l-r): Bernard O'Donovan Parents Assoc. Dreeny N.S, Kieran O'Sullivan, Sean O'Sullivan, Pat J. Hourihane, Sean Collins, Christy Keohane & Tim O'Sullivan.  Missing from photo Teresa Keohane.

Front (l-r):Tess Healy, Coaction, Bantry, DJ Dinneen Chairperson, Dr. Declan Soden of Breakthrough Cancer Research Cork, John Scully Treasurer, Pat Gregory P.R.O, Sheila Derham & Kathleen Kirby Secretary.
Centre (l-r): Rev. Fr. D. Pyburn PP Caheragh, Shane Scully, Orla O’Sullivan Dolan CCRC,  Len Gregory, Catherine Kingston Chairperson Bright Beginnings, Tim McCarthy & Eileen Scully.
Back (l-r): Bernard O’Donovan Parents Assoc. Dreeny N.S, Kieran O’Sullivan, Sean O’Sullivan, Pat J. Hourihane, Sean Collins, Christy Keohane & Tim O’Sullivan.  Missing from photo Teresa Keohane.

A large crowd gathered recently in the Traveller’s Rest, Caheragh to help the Vintage Threshing Committee celebrate, with a presentation evening, another successful fund-raising year.

The committee were justifiably proud of their efforts when €59,000 was presented to Cork Cancer Research and other local groups.

In true tradition the main beneficiary was Cork Cancer Research, Dr Declan Soden in accepting the cheque on their behalf, stressed the importance of research – the key to success. At the end of the presentation the chairperson D.J. Dinneen thanked all concerned for their unstinting efforts, the evening continued with dancing to Gerry McCarthy and Autumn Gold.

In conclusion the committee would like to express their sincere thanks to all volunteers, sponsors and those who helped in any way, however small, to contribute to its success.

€8,300 in National Lottery Grants awarded in West Cork

€8,300 in National Lottery Grants awarded in West Cork

Noel Harrington

Noel Harrington

Young people in West Cork are set to benefit from €8,300 in National Lottery Grants which have been awarded to a number of groups and organisations says Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington for Cork South West after the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, James Reilly TD announced the allocation of National Lottery funding for 2014.

“The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has a National Lottery Discretionary fund which provides once-off grants to community groups and voluntary organisations involved in providing services for children and young people. In West Cork, two organisations and group will receive €8,300 which will go towards a range of very worthwhile projects.

“The funding announced today is part of a national programme which will see €910,000 allocated towards providing services for young people. This year the scheme is particularly targeting small scale projects and it focuses on activities that involve culture and play, young people led initiatives, healthy lifestyle and those that provide access for marginal groups to extra circular activities.

“In West Cork some of the organisations who have secured funding this year include:

  • Skibbereen Community Family Resource Centre will receive €6,500 and will use the money for Musical Equipment, Workshops and DJ Equipment
  • Allihies Community Centre will receive €1,500 and use the money for Child Programmes.

“The National Lottery Grants provide vital funding to extremely worthwhile groups and organisations that do very good work in West Cork. I would like to congratulate those who were successful in securing funding and encourage other organisations to consider applying for this once off grant in 2015.”

Labour TD Michael McCarthy also welcomed the announcement of lottery funds, “The National Lottery grants scheme is aimed at projects involved in the provision of children’s and youth services which focus on culture, play and recreation and projects that focus on children’s and youth health issues.

“This source of funding is extremely valuable as it allows both these projects to make a real difference and provide a positive impact locally. I welcome the allocation of this funding to these excellent groups in West Cork, “ he said.

Kilcoe National School News

Kilcoe National School News

kilcoeNSKilcoe National School recently held its first Christmas Bazaar. It was a huge success and the school would like to thank all the people who turned up in their droves for supporting it and all those who helped out on the night. The school would also like to thank all the people who kindly sponsored the raffle prizes, Biggs of Bantry, Carbery oils, Annie may’s bar, Skibbereen Sports centre, Drinagh, Fields, Baltimore swimming pool, the Westlodge Hotel, O ‘Sullivan buses and The West Cork Hotel.

The school recently entered the ” Rí-Rá” le Hector Irish song competition organised by Conrádh na Gaeilge and are delighted to announce that the school was selected as one of the three national winners at primary school level. This is a huge achievement for our school. We are very proud of this achievement. The school will hold its annual school play on the 16th of December at 7pm in the school. Pictures of Bazaar night and all our school activities please visit www.kilcoens.ie or our Facebook page.

Local live register shows further fall in unemployment

Local live register shows further fall in unemployment

dole-queueCSO figures just released show the number of people in Cork signing on has fallen by over 11%. According to local TD Michael McCarthy this shows the job-led economic recovery is starting to be felt locally.

 

“Nationally the figures from the Central Statistics Office show that there were 352,647 people on the Live Register in November, a reduction of 38,860 or 10% on the same month in 2013. Unemployment now stands at 10.7%, down from a crisis peak of 15.1%. This time last year there were 37,603 people on the Live Register in Cork and that figure now stands at 33,344, down by 11.3%.

 

“A key aim for the Labour Party in government is to ensure that the benefits of the economic recovery are felt in every community across the country. I am particularly pleased that Cork is bucking the national trend,” said Deputy McCarthy.

 

“The figures show that the economic recovery taking place is delivering jobs. The Labour Party’s number one priority in government is job creation, and over 100,000 jobs have been created since this government took office. It is encouraging that the majority of jobs being created are full time jobs.

 

“The Labour Party has made job creation a number one priority for the government and we are committed to getting unemployment down further, and continuing to support local communities and employers to create jobs in Cork,” he added,

 

 

Area Nov 2013 Nov 2014 Percentage fall
State 391,507 352,647 9.93
Cork Total 37,603 33,344 11.33
Bandon 1,296 1,111 14.27
Bantry 1,043 989 5.18
Clonakilty 1,176 1,082 7.99
Kinsale 1,234 1,085 12.07
Macroom 1,440 1,223 15.07
Skibbereen 1,264 1,140 9.81

 

Leap Post Office to remain closed permanently

Leap Post Office to remain closed permanently

Leap-post-officeAN Post have confirmed that Leap Post Office will not reopen following it’s sudden closure at the beginning of the year following what was described as a “contractual dispute” between An Post and the contractor.

A number of local meetings have been held in the village with the aim of galvanising support for the reopening of the post office but An Post have now confirmed that following local consultation the decision has been taken to close the post office permanently. The nearest post offices to Leap are now Rosscarbery and Skibbereen about five miles away.

At the time of the closure An Post said it would review the situation and that there was a possibility the post office would not reopen after it formally terminated the contract with the previous operator of the service.

Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “This is very disappointing news. Leap needs a Post Office to serve its customers in the area and to draw business into the village. If it is lost, it would be a huge blow to the village and the businesses and jobs it supports.

“I would like to acknowledge the local community who played a pivotal role in the public consultation. I had the pleasure of working with the Leap and Glandore Community Council over the last number of months and have seen first hand the commitment and energy each and everyone put in to this campaign.

“I am calling on An Post to review this decision given the strength of feeling about the importance of the Post Office to the area.”