SIX popular West Cork pubs have retained their listing in the new-look 2015 Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide just published.
They are Mary Ann’s (Castletownshend), Poacher’s Inn (Bandon), An Súgan and Deasy’s (Clonakilty), Cronin’s (Crosshaven) and Toddies at The Bulman (Kinsale).
Both Deasy’s and Toddies at The Bulman have also secured an Inspector’s Favourite commendation. Twenty-one other pubs from the Republic of Ireland and seven from Northern Ireland also feature in the publication.
In overall terms, counties Cork and Down share the honours with six listings each followed by Clare, with four listings, and Mayo with three. Galway, Kerry and Kildare each received two listings with Dublin, Leitrim, Louth, Sligo, Tipperary, Westmeath, Wexford, Antrim and Wicklow each having one listing.
Produced by leading tyre manufacturer Michelin – the only remaining tyre manufacturer still operating in Ireland – this year’s Guide recommends some 590 pubs spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland of which 70 are new entries and all of which are selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food.
Noting that pubs are a quintessential part of Irish life and often the hub of the community, Guide editor Rebecca Burr (who also edits the famed Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland) commented that: “the standard of food being served in Irish pubs continues to reach new heights.”
With more pictures and a simplified layout designed to make it easier to use, this year’s new-look Michelin ‘Eating Out In Pubs’ Guide features colour photographs, an in-depth description of each listing with prices and directions for each entry. It is now available in bookshops and online priced at €14.99.
The Sherkin Island community is preparing for an influx of visitors this coming week as the conferring of awards for the Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) BA in Visual Art Graduation ceremony takes place on Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 1.30pm. Family and friends of the 18 graduating students will make their way to the island for this special occasion and to celebrate with the students and the island community at Sherkin Island Community Hall, which also serves as the students’ campus on the island.
Sherkin Island Development Society, the Dublin Institute of Technology and West Cork Arts Centre are pleased to announce that the final year students from the BA in Visual Art Programme will be conferred with their degrees by Dr. Michael Mulvey, Director of Academic Affairs and Registrar, DIT. The event will also be attended by various local community and governmental representatives, including special guest Alan Coleman, Mayor of Cork County.
Speaking in advance of the conferring ceremony Cllr Coleman said, “It is a great privilege to participate in this graduation ceremony. I know from the success of the graduate exhibition held on the island in May just what a talented bunch of people have participated in this course over the last 4 years. I want to wish all the graduates continued success as they now branch out and build on their personal achievement of receiving their BA in Visual Art.”
The funding support of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht and Cork County Council is hugely significant for this third level arts education course and is instrumental in the programme being able to progress. It has enabled a further group of students to begin their 4 year degree on Sherkin Island in September this year. This Programme is specifically tailored to allow access to third level education to geographically disadvantaged, mature students who would otherwise have to leave their local community. It brings social, economic and cultural benefits to Sherkin Island. It sustains and nurtures a rural community and paves the way for genuine access and participation to lifelong education. It contributes to sustaining livelihoods and to building living and vibrant communities in the immediate locality and beyond. It is vital to the quality of life of the island residents and to the island economy during the traditionally quiet winter months.
BAVA Programme Chair, John Mayock says, “This year’s cohort of graduates is unique. Over a thousand visitors from all over the West Cork region came to admire the artworks created by the students for their graduate exhibition Surge in May this year”.
The 18 graduands are: Finola Cooney, Sue Crellin Mc Carthy, Edwin Cridland, Timothy Davis, Mary Finn, Barbara Hopkins Reen, Josephine Jefferies, Mary Jordan, Nicola Kelly, Christine McAuliffe, Etaoin Melville, Robert Monaghan, Tara O’Donoghue, Mona O’Driscoll, Rita O’Driscoll, Caoimhe Pendred, Nina Sanctuary, Geraldine Woolf.
BA Visual Art is a community-based, four year, honours degree, visual art programme. It is fully accredited, managed and delivered by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), School of Art, Design and Printing,
http://www.dit.ie/artdesignprinting in partnership with Sherkin Island Development Society (SIDS). West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) are also key partners in the planning and implementation of the programme. It is supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and from Cork County Council.
Myross Rowing Club were thanked for organising rowers to take part in two rows, namely Ocean to City and around the island row in aid of Union Hall Lifeboat Station They raised a massive €2,500 which was recently presented by Myross Rowing Club chairman, Anthony Glanton.
Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, Castletownshend, who is very well travelled, said her experience in her recent visit to the Lebanon, was an experience like no other she has had. The time she spent in the Green Zone – no man’s land – where food visionary, Kamal Mouzawak has set up state of the art kitchens for his project, was scary.
The area showed signs of recent conflict and access.
Mouzawak believes that people who cook together and for each other is a first step towards peace.
During her time in the Lebanon Sally demonstrated the best methods of smoking fish.
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Jim Daly has received confirmation from the National Roads Authority that a safety report is to be carried out in relation to the condition of the popular walkway located on the Schull Road, Skibbereen. The NRA has requested Cork County Council to investigate and report to their office as soon as possible in relation to the safety standards for pedestrian users.
Jim Daly said he has been making on-going efforts and representations for the past three years at a local level and he was disappointed to see the very obvious threats to the safety of walkers using the path remain unattended to. He said that he referred the matter to the NRA in recent weeks and he was glad they were taking the concerns of the local people seriously.
“I visited the area recently and it was most disappointing to see that no work had been carried out. Many locals have contacted my office about this issue and after inspecting the path myself I can fully understand their worries. After making enquiries I understand as little as €3,500 would upgrade the low parts of the path and bring them to a safe standard. It is unacceptable that this level of funding could not have been afforded to such a popular walking route in any of the past three years” said Deputy Daly.
The National Roads Authority has committed to consider the matter further following receipt of the report by Cork County Council.
CORK Southwest Fine Gael TD has confirmed that the Courts Service has been summoned to appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee in relation to the proposed closure of Skibbereen Courthouse.
Deputy Daly confirmed that he has lobbied his party colleague and chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice David Stanton TD to invite the Irish Courts Service to appear before the committee to answer questions relating to their intention to close the courthouse in Skibbereen.
Jim Daly says he does not believe that the proposed savings reported to be in the region of €12,000 per year associated with the closing of the courthouse will materialise as such a move will inevitably lead to increased costs for solicitors acting for clients on free legal aid and for costs involved in requiring gardaí to attend sittings of courts in other towns across West Cork.
“I am not at all convinced that there are any savings to be achieved by closing Skibbereen Courthouse when the additional costs to the state for solicitors andgGardaí to travel longer distances for court cases are factored in to the equation.
“There is also the social cost to Skibbereen town resulting from such a short sighted move. Gardaí from Skibbereen will now have to appear in court in other towns which will leave the town of Skibbereen with reduced garda resources for extended periods of time. The savings of €1,000 per month disappear very quickly. It might save the Courts Service some money in the short term but ultimately society and the tax payer will end up sharing an increased cost as a result of such an ill advised move,” he said.
Deputy Daly said he has expressed his views on the matter to the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald TD and the Irish Courts Service and hoped that as the economy begins to recover, a broader view of such matters would be taken by the relevant decision makers to include the wider interests of society.
THE Toe Head and Glandore Coastguard are being hailed as heroes after a dramatic two-day rescue operation to save four dogs who had fallen down a disused mineshaft near Glandore came to a successful conclusion.
The four young dogs, three beagles and a terrier got trapped at the bottom of the 30-metre mineshaft after running off from owners Patrick O’Sullivan and Graham Curley who eventually found where they were by following the howls of the trapped canines.
A Coastguard operation swung into operation and three of the dogs were successfully rescued by personnel who were winched down into the mineshaft.
The fourth dog named Taylor proved evasive however and ran off when rescuers tried to encourage him.
The team returned the next day and owner Graham was winched down to try to entice Taylor and this time the familiar face made the difference and all four dogs were happily reunited with their owners.
THE inaugural “Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition opened at Cork Airport recently. The exhibition by Cork Craft & Design, which showcases the best of locally produced craft, was opened by the Mayor of County Cork Cllr Alan Coleman and will run for two weeks until the 28th October.
Cork Craft & Design is a social enterprise supporting over 120 craftspeople living and working in Cork city and county. Its members draw inspiration from nature along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, informing the selection of works for this very special multi-disciplinary exhibition.
Passengers travelling through Cork Airport along with their friends and family have the opportunity to meet with the craftspeople and talk about their work and inspiration noon until 6pm each day. Exhibitors include basketry pieces from Anne Harrington-Rees, pottery from Sara Roberts and Siobhain Steele and furniture by Pa?draig Hyde, Victoria Breathnach and Fergal O’Leary. . Textiles feature strongly in this show with pieces from five local textile artists including work from Fiona Harrington and Mary Palmer.
The skills and craftsmanship of some of Cork’s jewellers will delight visitors, including the first viewing of Colin Johnson’s new range entitled ‘The Lough Hyne Collection’. The more weighty crafts of stone sculpture and carving are represented by the talents of Crawford College of Art graduate Christine Byrne and Innishannon resident Tom Little. A selection of work by fine artist Valerie Walsh Jolley will also be on display. .
Exhibiting his fine woodturning skills, Cork Craft & Designs Chairman, Tony Farrell said, “We are simply delighted to have been given this opportunity to exhibit here at Cork Airport, one of Cork’s most iconic buildings. Over one hundred thousand visitors will pass through the airport over the next two weeks and we are thrilled that many of them will have a chance to see the high level of craft being produced right here in the Cork region and all along Ireland Wild Atlantic Way’.” .
Kevin Cullinane, Head of Communications at Cork Airport said, “The Wild Atlantic Way, which officially starts right here on our doorstep at Cork Airport, provides a wealth of inspiration. The route around West Cork has some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere in the world so it’s easy to see how its beauty inspired so much creativity,” he added. .
For more information on Cork Craft & Design, visit www.corkcraftdesign.com.
WEST Cork Times contributor and artist Anne Crossey from Skibbereen was in New York recently as part of a group of Irish artists exhibiting in Brooklyn
Last October Anne attended an artist’s bootcamp at the in Dublin where she met a group of mostly Dublin based artists.
As a result of that meeting they formed an artists collective called “Idir”, Irish for “between us” and were subsequently invited by the prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to hold their first international exhibition at their gallery in New York.
Culture Ireland also came on board as one of the main sponsors and the 16 artists travelled to New York for the opening of the show.
The opening event was attended by a host of gallery owners, art aficionados and dignitaries of New York including the Irish ambassador and his wife. The event caused a great sensation among the New York art scene- not least because it was opened by music sensation Hozier whose new album has shot to number two in the US charts.
Anne said, “He opened the event for us and gave us an impromptu performance much to everyone’s delight as his mother designs his album covers and she is a co-member of our Idir collective. We have certainly put our stamp on New York.”
The exhibition will run for three months at 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn. See www.idirart.com.
THE London Chamber Brass Quintet will be making its first visit to West Cork this week through Cork County Council’s Tuning Up Programme. This dynamic quintet will be holding workshops in Gaelscoil Mhichil Uí Choileain, Clonakilty; Drimoleague Junior School, Kilcoe National School near Skibbereen; and Derryclough National School near Drinagh.
Made up of professional brass musicians based in London including trumpet player Sebastian Philpott, the quintet has played with English National Opera, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra amongst many and also in the West End in shows such as Phantom of the Opera.
The workshops will be informal and educational and the various instruments within the brass quintet will be demonstrated. Among the music played during the workshop will be Julius Fucik’s Entry of the Gladiators, J A Greenwood’s The Acrobat, Jan Koetsier’s Clownerie II and Trick Cyclists from Music Hall Suite by Joseph Horovitz. In keeping with the circus theme, Camille Saint Saens’ The Elephant will be played before the session is rounded off by Circus March from Jan Koetsier’s Kinderzirkus.
The history of each instrument will be discussed and a musical battle between the trumpet players will ensue, with the students deciding the victor. Students will also participate through rhythm games and exercises, creating their own unique piece of music at the end of the workshop.
Tuning-Up enables schools to apply for a workshop visit by a professional music ensemble such as a string quartet, brass or wind Quintet, baroque ensemble or traditional music group. Tuning-Up gives young people an opportunity to experience live music performance first hand and in the classroom, to learn about the various elements of music and how these combine to create a musical composition, to engage in discussion with musicians and to actively participate in a music performance. Other Tuning-Up projects which will take place in County Cork in coming months will be workshops by the Benyounes Quartet; Jean Kelly (harp) and Evelyn Grant (flute); and Redmond O’Toole ( guitar) and soprano Kim Sheehan.
Tuning-Up is Cork County Council’s Music in Schools programme and is organised and managed by West Cork Music.