Wild Atlantic Way inspired crafts on display at Cork Airport

Wild Atlantic Way inspired crafts on display at Cork Airport

Jewellery designer Colin Johnson with pieces from his Lough Hyne Collection . Pic: Diane Cusack

Jewellery designer Colin Johnson with pieces from his Lough Hyne Collection . Pic: Diane Cusack

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.

Stone carver Tom Little from Inishannon pictured at the official opening of the "Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition . Pic: Diane Cusack

Stone carver Tom Little from Inishannon pictured at the official opening of the “Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition . Pic: Diane Cusack

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


Fibre artist Anne Harrington-Rees from Rossmore pictured at the official opening of the "Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition by Cork Craft & Design at Cork Airport. Pic: Diane Cusack

Fibre artist Anne Harrington-Rees from Rossmore pictured at the official opening of the “Crafts from the Wild Atlantic Way” exhibition by Cork Craft & Design at Cork Airport.
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West Cork artist exhibits at show in New York

West Cork artist exhibits at show in New York

Hozier opening the exhibition in New York.

Hozier opening the exhibition in New York.

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

London Chamber Brass Quintet present A Day at the Circus Workshops to schools in West Cork as part of Cork County Council’s Tuning Up programme

London Chamber Brass Quintet present A Day at the Circus Workshops to schools in West Cork as part of Cork County Council’s Tuning Up programme

Sebastian Philpott, trumpeter

Sebastian Philpott, trumpeter

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.

Multicultural festival takes off in West Cork this autumn

Multicultural festival takes off in West Cork this autumn

multi-festTHERE’S no need for you to catch a plane this autumn to discover culture from around the world. Instead get your first class (free!) ticket to The West Cork Multicultural Festival 2014.

Running throughout West Cork from October 17th-19th the Multicultural Festival will host a multitude of free activities and workshops including children’s events and an exciting family fun day.

This inaugural festival will take flight in Bantry Square on the 17th October 6.30pm – 9.30pm with ‘Joanne Barry’s Dance to Destiny Academy’, an amazingly talented group of dancers that have appeared on a number of television shows including the Late Late Toy Show, BBC & Nationwide. Following this is the fantastic act ‘The Bang On Drummers’ a mix of ethno ambient compositions and improvisations, with influences from many different cultures. To round off the evening you will be treated to a performance from the ‘Suadela Bellydancers’ with a blend of Tribal Fusion and Improvisational Tribal Style.

The Family Fun Day lands on the 18th October at 2.30pm in Skibbereen playground and promises to be an entertaining day filled with activities, workshops, puppetry, loom band competitions and an international picnic. There will be something for all ages and even the adults will have great fun. Don’t worry too much about the weather, we will have a marquee.

The focus will be on international food in Clonakilty on the 19th  with an ‘International Autumn Brunch’  at 12.30pm in O’ Donovan’s Hotel. Bring something for the table and sample the wonderful delights that will awaken your taste buds to cultural cuisine. The Brunch will also include children’s entertainment, with puppetry from the wonderful Terry Dineen, circus acts, facepainting and international games. A ‘Cultural Bamboo Bonanza’ will be performed by people who use the services of the Rosmini Resource Centre. To top it all off there will be music from talented musicians Paula Gómez and Hugh Courtney.

Ballydehob Art & Culture weekend is running from the 17th – 19th October is a new and exciting happening where budding and seasoned participants share their talents with the whole community. Come and enjoy a colourful palette of visual, literary and performance art, exhibitions, and a broad range of multi-disciplinary workshops in different venues around the village. Involving young adults upwards, it’s going to be fun, informative, and entertaining.

By bringing artists, businesses, and the community together, and creating a rich and shared experience, we hope the Art & Culture Weekend will become another great addition to Ballydehob’s annual calendar. We would also like to thank all who are so generously committing their time, energy and passion, as well as the local venues for their invaluable and enthusiastic support. It is a particularly special event and we hope you enjoy it as much as we will. See Art & Culture weekend website for full programme and exhibition details –

Remember to take a journey to the Multi-Cultural Food Trail running in Restaurants and Hotels the length and breadth of West Cork from the 16th – 19th October. The Food Trail will feature cuisine as far afield as Malaysia to Lithuania, from Portuguese cakes to Irish Stew. Full travel details for the Food Trail on facebook –

The West Cork Multicultural Festival 2014 is brought to you by the West Cork Development Partnership, celebrating the cultures and diversity of West Cork. All Welcome.

Caheragh Vintage Threshing Day on October 12th

Caheragh Vintage Threshing Day on October 12th

Caheragh Threshing Photos.msgThroughout the summer the committee have been busy, organising and manning flag days in various towns, proceeds in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research at the Cork Cancer Research Centre in University College, Cork and local hospitals.


Now gearing up in preparation for the Big Day on Saturday, October 12th the Vintage Threshing Day.

Over the years this day has evolved, adding fresh attractions year on year, into the day that provides something for everyone, young and old. The opening parade led by a lone piper will commence at 1.30 p.m. It provides a platform for vintage enthusiasts to meet, discuss and compare pros and cons of the huge rally of tractors and motorcars.


The various country crafts are a magnet for many while the tried and true favourites the wheel of fortune, dog show and pig roast are only a few of the many attractions, while the thresher itself, the centrepiece of the day invokes marvel at its working and reminisces of bygone days.

The younger generation are not forgotten provision of suitable activities such as the bungee trampoline, bouncy castle, face painting and much more to enliven the day. Always a good family day out.


This is a day when old friends meet and new friendships are forged over a cup of tea and delicious homemade food. Whoever you are you are assured of a warm welcome, once visited you will want to come back again and again. All are welcome and your support much appreciated.

Flags fly high in Lisheen

Flags fly high in Lisheen

Flags-46A wonderful occasion took place at Lisheen NS to raise the Junior Entrepreneur and Active Schools flags. On a day blessed with brilliant sunshine, staff, pupils, families and friends gathered to celebrate the rewards of a challenging and inspiring school year, when the school were also awarded a plaque for excellence in Primary Maths and Science and were finalists in the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition.

The Junior Entrepreneur Programme was founded in 2010 and consists of a ten week, integrated teaching and project-based approach to the primary school curriculum. It introduces the pupils to the joys of entrepreneurship at a time in their lives when they are full of imagination and open to new possibilities. The children in the senior room developed a series of ‘Recipe Postcards’, as this was the project selected in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ type competition between teams in the class. The cards were then marketed, with the profits being donated to the Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin. The children worked together to create a superb end-product, whilst developing personal skills, confidence and self-esteem as well as having a lot of fun.

Flags-30The Department of Education and Skills launched the Active Schools Programme in 2009, to recognise and encourage schools striving to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. In addition to enhancing the timetabled PE sessions in school, with new ideas and equipment, a committee of pupils in the school contributed to developing a programme of games at break times, fitness sessions such as ‘Drop everything and dance’, ‘Wake up and shake up’ and ‘Walk a mile with a smile’. The programme culminated with the fun of ‘Active School Week’ in June, when the children tried everything from team games like football and basketball, to Zumba and céili dancing and a fun sports day. We had a lot of fun getting fitter and there was something for everyone.

Discover Primary Science and Maths was launched ten years ago by Science Foundation Ireland. Although science is an integral part of the school curriculum, registering for the DPSM Award expanded our horizons in this area. The children took part in the national Greenwave project, looking for the first signs of Spring in our locality. They carried out science experiments within the categories of ‘energy and forces’ and ‘materials’, recording their results mathematically using Microsoft Excel. Weather readings were taken using a variety of instruments, by children throughout the school. During ‘Maths Week’ we set up ‘estimation stations’, encouraging children to estimate in the areas of number and measures. Then ‘Science Week’ found us demonstrating science experiments in the hall; exploding volcanoes and the incredible strength of an egg shell. The senior class visited the Lifetime Lab in Cork and took part in the ‘Ilen River Streamscapes’ biodiversity project and we all got to look at the minibeasts which can be found in a clean river. Finally, on a baking hot day in June, our school tour to Killarney National Park provided opportunities for scavenger hunts, pond dipping, catching and releasing insects and getting up close to wood mice and voles! It was a busy year and again, lots of fun, learning about the extraordinary processes which are part of our ordinary lives.

Flags-15So, once the flags were flapping against a bright blue sky, everyone returned to the hall to launch our new school website at and to enjoy the wonderful refreshments brought in by the ever-supportive parents of our school. Thanks to all who came to celebrate this milestone in our school and the talents and skills of all our children.

Latest Live Register figures reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork

Latest Live Register figures reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork

dole-queueTHE latest Live Register figures from the CSO reveal further decline in local unemployment figures in West Cork with unemployment contining to fall nationally with the rate dropping to 11.1% in September, down from 12.6% in the same month last year.

Across Cork, there were 39,512 on the Live Register in September 2013 and 34,973 people on the Live Register in September of this year, a drop of 11.49%.Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said the figures show continued improvement from last month’s figures and demonstrates that economic improvement is bedding in.

“While the national economy is showing signs of recovery, I am determined to see that this trend translates into real jobs across West Cork. This area was badly hit during the recession and the reality is that many young people have emigrated,” he said.

“As things turn around, targeted action is particularly needed to encourage young jobseekers to take up the many career-focused training schemes on offer, so that they can acquire the skills they need to get the jobs they want. We also need to make sure that there are jobs on offer to those who are ready and able to take them up, and jobs for people who have already completed training schemes.”


“The key challenge is to ensure that West Cork benefits from the recovery, and that we continue to create good jobs for people throughout area,” he concluded.


01/09/13 01/09/14 %fall
Bandon 1383 1200 13.23
Bantry 1027 966 5.94
Bantry (SWLO) 257 245 4.67
Clonakilty 1181 1108 6.18
Kinsale 1172 1059 9.64
Macroom 1583 1292 18.38
Skibbereen 1273 1152 9.51


Skibbereen, Bandon and Clonakilty Flood Relief Schemes at advanced stage

Skibbereen, Bandon and Clonakilty Flood Relief Schemes at advanced stage

The recent flood relief meeting including Noel Harrington, Jim Daly and Simon Harris.

The recent flood relief meeting including Noel Harrington, Jim Daly and Simon Harris.

FOLLOWING a meeting with Minister of State at the Department of Finance, Simon Harris and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW), re-assurance was given, that all three West Cork Flood Relief Schemes, Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen, were being advanced under the Arterial Drainage Act.

Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington wh was at the meeting said, “I am delighted to get confirmation from Minister Simon Harris that all three schemes are going ahead and that the procurement of Civil Works Contractors for Skibbereen is advancing satisfactorily.

“Minister Harris also re-assured me that there is full funding in place for this scheme. The OPW are hoping to appoint the Contractors early in 2015, with works to commence later in March/April”. Skibbereen has been inundated with flood waters many times over the years, especially in 2009. The local community have been quite worried since then and thankfully have avoided the devastation that was caused in 2009 with some recent ‘near misses’, which have kept everyone in a state of heightened alert”.

“I will continue to work with all concerned, the local Skibbereen Flood Relief Committee, the OPW and the Minister, to ensure that this scheme will commence early in 2015. I am told that it could take up to two years to complete, but when done, will give the peace of mind to businesses and residents who have been affected,” he said.

Castlehaven Ladies GAA step out at Croke Park

Castlehaven Ladies GAA step out at Croke Park

castlehaven-ladiesCASTLEHAVEN Ladies GAA club were honoured to have been selected through a national competion to play an under 10 exhibition match during the ladies All Ireland football finals.

We met a well established Raheny GAA club which had a much larger selection in the under 10 age group. Some remarkable football was played by both sides in an evenly matched game with the young Cork side winning by two points in a game that had everybody on the edge of their seats.

The team: Aine McCarthy (Maultrahane NS) Ave Connolly (Castlehaven NS) Carla Sheehy (Castlehaven NS) Claire O’Mahony (Castlehaven NS) Orla Crowley ( Union Hall NS) Aoibhean Cahalane (Castlehaven NS) Liadhain Hogan (Union Hall NS) Aoibhinn O’Connell (Castlehaven NS) Moya McCarthy (Castlehaven NS) Laura O’Donoghue (Castlehaven NS) Hannah Connolly (Union Hall NS) Ellie McCarthy (Union Hall NS). Mentors: Eimear Hogan and Carmel Connolly. Coaches: Mark Hogan, Lisa Deasy and Brendan O’Donovan.

Eighty five people travelled up to Croke Park from the club leaving at 5am and had without doubt the best day ever!

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.