Locals urged to make “convincing case” for reopening of Leap Post Office

Locals urged to make “convincing case” for reopening of Leap Post Office

Leap-post-officeLOCAL people in Leap and surrounding areas are being asked to come together to make a convincing case for the reopening of the local Post Office.

The Post Office closed at the beginning of the year following what was described as a “contractual dispute” between An Post and the contactor.

At the time An Post said it would review the situation and that there was a possibility the post office would not reopen.

Now, following enquires from local TD Jim Daly An Post has confirmed that a public consultation process is to be undertaken in advance of any potential reopening of services at Leap.


The move comes following the decision by An Post to formally terminate the contract with the previous operator of the service.

The consultation process will last for three weeks and interested parties who wish to make a submission are invited to submit their views on the matter to Frank Curtin, Retail Operations Manager, An Post, Oliver Plunkett Street, Cork no later than Friday, October 24th.


Deputy Daly said an An Post spokesperson has confirmed to him that Network coverage needs, the level of business at the office, customer access to service elsewhere e.g. travel distances and capacity of neighbouring offices to handle business while the office has been closed will all be considered.

Jim Daly said, “I am confident judging from the many concerned local people I have spoken with about this issue that a convincing case can be made to An Post to merit the reopening of services in the Village.


“I will be meeting with the interested parties in the coming weeks to ensure the stakeholders put forward the best possible submission that will demand reinstatement of the Post Office. On this note I will be making myself available at a Public Meeting to be held in Leap Community Hall on Monday, October 13th at 8pm to assist with this process.

“I am urging the entire community to get behind this consultation process which will be of vital importance to Leap village and the surrounding area to ensure the local Post Office is reopened,” he concluded.

West Cork foodies are Beirut bound

West Cork foodies are Beirut bound

marketby Carol Gilbert

CON McLoughlin and Karen Austin from Lettercollum Kitchen Project in Clonakilty, together with Sally Barnes, of Woodcock Smokery, Castletownshend, are travelling to the Lebanon this week to work with Syrian refugee women and war widows.

They are travelling at the invitation of Kamal Mouzawak, leading Arab world social innovator, who created the first farmers’ market in Beirut, Souk el-Tayeb, ten years ago. Souk el-Tayeb preserves food traditions and the culture of sustainable agriculture in Lebanon. It has expanded its operation to include educational programmes in local schools and food festivals across the country to celebrate Lebanon’s culinary heritage.

“Make food, not war” is the mantra of Souk el Tayeb. More recently Mouzawak has turned his attention to helping Syrian refugees by providing kitchen space for women to feed their communities. Food visionary, Mouzawak, has visited West Cork several times, including during the 2010 A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.

The West Cork contingent will give cooking demonstrations, cook in the Souk, and traditional Irish stews, seafood chowders and brown cake are amongst the foods on the menu.

They will also take their expertise to the Empowerment for Women Project Mouzawak has set up in Tripoli.   There they will work with ten Syrian women and ten war widows, teaching them about food preparation. When they have finished their initial training course the women will go on to train in commercial food production.

Contractors information event for new Skibbereen school

Contractors information event for new Skibbereen school

The proposed new school. Pic: Mullarkey Pedersen Architects

The proposed new school. Pic: Mullarkey Pedersen Architects

Meet BAM – preferred bidder on Schools PPP Bundle 4 programme

National Development Finance Agency partners with Enterprise Ireland for construction sector information event

Thursday 16th October from 4pm to 7.30pm ?Charleville Park Hotel, Charleville, Co. Cork.

The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) in partnership with Enterprise Ireland & BAM PPP will host an information and networking event connecting local suppliers to opportunities in the construction sector under the Schools Public Private Partnership (PPP) Bundle 4 programme. The event takes place on Thursday 16th October in Charleville Park Hotel in Charleville, Co Cork, commencing at 4pm.

Th event will highlight supply chain opportunities for SMEs and microbusinesses with BAM PPP as they advance their work on four post primary schools in Clare, Tipperary, Cork and Louth including the new post primary school in Skibbereen.

Attendees will find out how to become a sub supplier to the projects and have speed meetings with a team of specialists from BAM PPP.

Registration is free and interested companies can register tat

Or contact Jane Watson on 01 668 9887 or email

West Cork properties sold by Dublin auctioneer

West Cork properties sold by Dublin auctioneer

propertyby Eoghan O’Connell

A number of West Cork properties have been sold at by Dublin based auctioneers Allsop Space.

One of these properties is situated in North Street, Skibbereen and sold for €145,000 at their latest auction. This mid terrace mixed use building has two residential units at first and second floor and a ground floor office unit.

O’Connell’s Shoe Shop on Market Square in Dumanway sold for €115,000. The central location is an ideal location for setting up a new business and the property is arranged over ground and two upper floors to provide a ground floor retail unit with storage accommodation.

Eight apartments and The Carberry Arms were also sold in the small coastal village of Rosscarberry for €325,000. This premises is a mid terrace building with three seperate apartment blocks, parking to the rear, and two upper floors beneath pitched roofs.

West Cork Tourism Assembly

West Cork Tourism Assembly

tourism-assemblyPEOPLE of West Cork with an interest in tourism will have the opportunity to join a new West Cork Tourism Association at the first ever West Cork Tourism Assembly. This meeting will take place on Monday 13th of October 7-9pm in Skibbereen. The aim of the meeting is to form collaboration between: accommodation providers, heritage groups, restaurant and bar owners, activity and food tourism providers, festival organisers or persons with a general interest in tourism development for West Cork. This type of ‘regional’ approach is already successful in Mayo, the Dingle Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, Copper Coast in Waterford and the Duhallow region.

West Cork Tourism Assembly organizer Gráinne Dwyer surveyed over 2,240 visitors that came to the West Cork area this summer. Over 42% stated they found it difficult to find comprehensive information about tourism in the area before they visited. This result illustrates that there is a significant need for all stakeholders of tourism in West Cork to come together to enhance our marketing and development of tourism in the area.


The success of the Wild Atlantic Way in 2014 led to an increase of overall tourism numbers this year by more than 10%. This initiative will be officially marketed in 2015 and is a ten-year project. In order to be prepared for the incoming tourist season in 2015 a collaborative approach is needed to promote West Cork as a progressive tourist destination. Following the success of West Cork’s first ever Heritage & Tourism conference that took place in Drimoleague in September, this event aspires to build on the previous conference by reaching out to all persons with an interest or stake in tourism, and furthermore fulfill the below aims.


Aims of the assembly

  1. A selection of invited speakers will be present discussing regional tourism followed by a constructive workshopand input from you the people of West Cork.
  2. We aim to set up a West Cork Tourism Associationby the end of the assembly with representatives from all over West Cork.
  3. Website Development:The West Cork Holidaymaker Study 2013 – revealed that 82% of visitors sourced information on the Internet before traveling. No active, comprehensive website exists promoting West Cork as a tourist destination. Solution: Create a comprehensive website and print literature listing all facilities available for activity tourism in West Cork. If you would like your business, service or enterprise listed on this website then this assembly is for you. As this is a community run initiative your support and input is needed.

You can register for this event by clicking here: REGISTER NOW

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Further enquiries can be made to or contact (086) 0839550.

Tragumna Threshing this weekend

Tragumna Threshing this weekend

tragumnaTHE popular Tragumna Threshing returns this Sunday the 28th of September. The annual event which is in its 14th year raises huge amounts of money for local charities and the ACT fund at Cork University Hospital.

The small community has done an outstanding job in raising in excess of €220,000 over the years and local charities such as, Skibbereen Palliative Care Unit, Day Care Centre , Co-Action, West Cork Alzheimers Group, Cope, Perrot House and Cancer Connect have all received generous funds. This years threshing will take place from 2.30pm on at the Skibbereen Eagle Tragumna.

The event has lots in store for both young and old including vintage displays, puppet shows,wheel of fortune, bouncing castle, welly tossing, churn racing, cake sale, bric a brac, dog show, butter making, demonstration by Bowen Blacksmiths, bouncing castles and much more and promises to be an exciting day for all. The threshing will be in full swing and the oats and straw will be auctioned later that evening.

Following the events in the car park its up to the bar for live music with Micheal Ronan. The auction will take place at 7.30pm followed by the raffle. Donations for cake sale, etc can be handed into the Skibbereen Eagle or contact 028 21186 or 028 22148 for collection.

Gaza Day in Skibbereen

Gaza Day in Skibbereen

farmers-marketA stall in support of the Children of Gaza will feature at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market this Saturday 27th September. Some 500 children were killed in Gaza this summer and over 2,500 injured.

Palestinian olive oil, dates, stuffed vine leaves and the very versatile spice mixture za’atar will be on sale, along with other donated items. It promises to be a happy outing, with music and dancing, useful background information – and an opportunity to sample Palestinian hospitality in the form of baklava and Turkish delight with your coffee!

Medical Aid for Palestine will also benefit. So do drop by the stall, enjoy, and be generous.

Active ageing event in Skibbereen

Active ageing event in Skibbereen

west-cork-hotel-1West Cork Older People’s Network is hosting an active ageing event for over 55s on Tuesday, 21st October 2014 at the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen from 2:30pm to 5pm.

The event features GAA commentator and inspirational speaker Micheal O’Muircheartaigh and in addition there will be information and short talks on local services including: HSE addiction counsellor, HSE public health nursing, HSE physiotherapy service, swimming / leisure facilities and carering and warmer homes from the West Cork Development Partnership.

Tea and Coffee will be provided and entry is free, all are welcome, For further information call 087 225 9935.

Earn your SCARs on the Wild Atlantic Way

Earn your SCARs on the Wild Atlantic Way

SCAR PS1IRELAND’S only adventure race which gives 100pc of the proceeds to charity, will take place along part of the spectacular West Cork leg of the Wild Atlantic Way, this October.

‘SCAR’ – the Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race – has already signed up a number of top Irish adventure athletes, including Fiona Meade, Chris Caulfield and Jerry O’Sullivan.

Irish adventure racing has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years, but what makes Skibbereen’s three-course offering unique is the volunteer organisation behind it. This will allow the total funds raised to be donated to charity – 50pc to Cork Association for Autism, and the remainder to nominated local organisations, through Skibbereen Lions Club.

The SCAR race, which takes place on Saturday October 18, will offer Taster, Sport and Expert options, ranging from an entry level 17km to a thigh-busting 76km.

Catering for everyone from the beginner adventure racer, to the elite athlete, SCAR will involve a mix of running, cycling and (in the Sport and Expert courses) kayaking.

The route will comprise the stunning coastal scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way – following a course which hugs the sea from Skibbereen, through Castletownshend, Union Hall, Tragumna, and finishing in the stunning Liss Ard Country House estate, near Skibbereen.

The kayaking stages will take place in the largest saltwater lake in Europe – Lough Hyne, near Baltimore.

The race will be organised and run by a 100pc volunteer committeee, from the Skibbereen & District Lions Club. ‘In the Skibbereen club, there are several members who are regular adventure racers, so we thought why not create our own race event as a fundraiser, where every cent of a participant’s entry fee will go to charity,’ said organiser Ciaran Dillane. ‘The Sport and Expert courses are designed to attract the more serious racers from around the country, with several racers joining us from the UK. They will get to pit themselves against some of the country’s top adventure racers and tri-atheletes on the day.’

The club’s chosen beneficiary is Cork Association for Autism – a charity that provides support services to adults on the autistic spectrum in Cork city and county. Services include residential care, day service, respite, home support and an Asperger Syndrome support service.

The event is hoping to raise €12,500 for charity – with a target of 300 participants. Already, over 150 have signed up.

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World Mental Health Day events in West Cork

World Mental Health Day events in West Cork

The Bantry Community Choir will perform at the Live Life & Sing event at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on October 8th.

The Bantry Community Choir will perform at the Live Life & Sing event at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry on October 8th.

AND here it is, a celebration of the arts and wellbeing for everyone to share in West Cork’s contribution to World Mental Health Day and there’s so much going on it will be a “Week like this”.

Inspirational speakers, drama performances, music, visual art, creative writing and drama workshops are all part of the region’s very own ‘Week like this’. West Cork Mental Health Forum has joined forces with the HSE and Clonakilty’s Wellness Committee to provide this festival of the arts and wellbeing – which is open to all the community from Monday the 6th to Sunday the 12th of October.

World Mental Health Day is not an international gathering of the planet’s politicians, movers and shakers. It is a celebration and examination of what affects everyone in every community everywhere – and that includes West Cork.

There are broken people in our society and they need help, acceptance, understanding and love. The programme assembled is for everyone to share:
At the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty on Friday the 10th of October starting at 11.00am leading authors Louise O’ Neill and Fionnbar Walsh will talk powerfully about their work.
Louise’ debut novel ‘Only Ever Yours’ has been described by Marian Keyes as “utterly magnificent”.
Louise said writing the book was cathartic: “ The process of going back to it day after day, working through it and letting it come, forced me to face my greatest fears of not being good enough, or not doing something perfectly.
“I am delighted to be part of this event, which celebrates inclusion and community. If I could change anything in our society, it would be inequality — in sex, gender, race, age — everything. If only we could let go of trying to focus on our differences and allow others to be who they want to be and appreciate them for who they are.”
Fionnbar Walsh is the proud father of Donal Walsh. He has only just written a book about his late son Donal and his extraordinary journey: Donal’s Mountain – How One Son Inspired a Nation.  In it, Fionnbar reflects on how Donal came to terms with his illness and how he spent his last week’s making as much of a difference to other people’s lives as he could.
Shortly before he passed away in May 2013, Donal wrote: “I’ve climbed God’s mountains, faced many struggles for my life and dealt with so much loss. And as much as I’d love to go around to every fool on this planet and open their eyes to the mountains that surround them in life, I can’t. But maybe if I shout from mine they’ll pay attention.” Fionnbar will read from the book and talk about how he has dealt with the last year since Donal’s passing.
As well as guest speakers, the event will celebrate the connection between creative expression and wellbeing. Adding in Song, Poetry, Live Music, Drama and a few Special Surprises it promises to be an event not to be missed!

There will also be an exhibition of artwork produced from an arts project supported by the Cork Education and Training Board. The event will be officially opened by HSE business manager Priscilla Lynch.
Light refreshments will be served, because sometimes we can all do with ‘Days like this.’

West Cork Mental Health Forum spokesman Martin Mulchrone said, “Participation in the arts, whether it’s singing, painting, writing or simply watching and listening, helps us – like Kipling’s bear Balou in the Disney cartoon of the Jungle Book,  to ‘forget about our worries and our strife’ for a while.
“But the arts are also a potentially important tool for the expression of the range of feelings that we experience and help us to create something beautiful and to nurture hope for the future.”

Other events scheduled for the week include an Official Launch of the week at the Cumasu Bus which will be in Bantry Square on Monday the 6th of October at 1pm where Dr Pat Bracken and Mr Rory Doody will officiate. An ‘Open Door music session will be followed by a performance of ‘Eileen’ written and performed by Karen Minihan.

On Tuesday the 7th of October Schools throughout the region will be attending West Cork Youth Mental Health Day at the Maritime Hotel in Bantry. Tuesday evening promises to be a night to remember when the intereactive “Sing –Along-A-Grease” will take place at a pop up cinema venue. Keep an eye on the facebook page for further detail.

Wednesday the 8th sees the Cumasu Bus in Dunmanway in association with the Dunmanway Family Resource Centre the fun starts at 10.00am with Music at 11.00am, a Men’s Shed demonstration at 12.15, ‘Open Door Music Session’ at 1.30pm. This will be followed by Creative writing and Haikus with Tess Leak at 3pm and closes after a performance of ‘Eileen’ by Karen Minihane at 4pm.

The Maritme Hotel in Bantry is the venue for the “Live life and Sing “event on the 8th in the Maritime Hotel at 8pm. This event will mark the official launch of the Bantry Community Choir and will also feature Baltimore Singers, St Mary’s Gospel Choir and West Cork Choral Singers. The event is also a celebration of community and life, inspired by the message and legacy of the late Donal Walsh. Musician and broadcaster, Evelyn Grant will be the host for what promises to be a special evening of song. Tickets are €10 and are available from The Maritime Hotel and Hickeys Music, Bantry. Proceeds from the event will go to local charities, including SVP Bantry and The Live Life Foundation.

Perrot House in Skibbereen will host a “Laughing Yoga and Music Session” on Thursday the 9th of October at 11.00am to 12.30pm.Whilst there will be an Interactive Cinema Night at the Park Cinema with “Sing-Along-A-Grease” starting at 7.30pm with a Cheese and Wine reception. Get out the hair gel and leather jacket, be prepared!

The Cumasu Bus will be in Skibbereen Car Park at the back of Field’s Super Valu on Saturday the 11th of October in association with the Family Resource Centre. Events start at 10am with Tea and Coffee followed at 11.00am by a Haiku work shop with Tess Leak and the launch of a Creative Writing Group with Tess and Francesco Biondina. At 12.30 to 1.30pm there will be a selection of Short films presented by The Skibb Scenes Youth Project. An “Open Door” Music Session with Liz Clarke and Skibb Smiles Youth Project will commence at 1.30pm.

On Sunday the 12th of October it is hoped that if West Cork has any energy left there will be a Walk in Loch Hyne. Details still to be confirmed. The complete schedule of events for the week will be available shortly at