Looking at Heritage through a visitor’s eye, West Cork’s first ever heritage and tourism conference

Looking at Heritage through a visitor’s eye, West Cork’s first ever heritage and tourism conference

Jean O’Sullivan and Lisa Cashman from the West Cork Development Partnership, join Conference Chairperson, Terri Kearney, Skibbereen Heritage Centre, to announce details of West Cork’s first ever Heritage and Tourism Conference. Pic: Emma Jervis

Jean O’Sullivan and Lisa Cashman from the West Cork Development Partnership, join Conference Chairperson, Terri Kearney, Skibbereen Heritage Centre, to announce details of West Cork’s first ever Heritage and Tourism Conference. Pic: Emma Jervis

WEST Cork Development Partnership will host West Cork’s first ever Heritage and Tourism Conference, titled ‘Looking at Heritage through a Visitor’s Eye’ at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre in Drimoleague on Friday 12th September from 9am to 4.30pm.


Local and regional tourism and heritage stakeholders in West Cork will come together at the recently opened, unique venue, to focus on how the distinctive West Cork Heritage can be sensitively harnessed as a magnet for visitors.


Popular Irish storyteller Eddie Lenihan will give the opening address, followed by a series of presentations from national and international heritage and tourism professionals, followed by a brainstorming session.


The day-long conference, which is free to attend, will culminate with a field trip along St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Way, led by David Ross.


Speaking about the importance of the upcoming conference, Ian Dempsey, CEO, West Cork Development Partnership said, Heritage and culture gives meaning to West Cork’s past, makes relevant it’s present, and ultimately shapes the future. It provides an understanding of the history, the environment, and the people, as well as the influences and traditions that combine to make West Cork – A Place Apart.”

Conference Chairperson, Terri Kearney, Manager, Skibbereen Heritage Centre said,We have a really strong line-up of speakers who will share their thoughts with us on the role that heritage has to play in the tourism experience, with a particular focus on West Cork. We invite conference delegates to play an active part in the discussions and brainstorming session, with the hope that the feedback which emerges from the conference will inform and shape the role of heritage in tourism development in the region.”


She added “This will be a valuable event at the end of the 2014 season as we plan ahead for 2015.”


To register to attend, visit, or call Jean or Lisa at the West Cork Development Partnership on (023) 8834035.

Crafty fun events and workshops in West Cork for Cork Craft Month

Crafty fun events and workshops in West Cork for Cork Craft Month

craft-monthCORK Craft Month is in full swing until September 5th, and offers the perfect opportunity for you to explore your crafty side.


“Woodspun” takes place in the James O’Neill Building (formerly the Old Mill) in Kinsale until Tuesday August 26th from 10am-5pm daily. This exhibition and pop up craft shop features hand turned craft pieces by members of the Cork Chapter of the Irish Woodturning Guild. Saturday 23rd August is designated ‘Meet the Makers Day’, which offers a perfect opportunity to discuss technique, finishes, and wood types or just to chat and admire.

The ‘Home’ exhibition will follow on from ‘Woodspun’ opening on the 28th August and running until September 4th offering an eclectic mix of work by a selection of Cork Craft & Designs members. This is an ideal opportunity to see or buy a locally made craft item for your home.


West Cork Creates is an exhibition of handmade craft, paintings and photography, all created in the region, which takes place in the O’Driscoll Building off Main Street in Skibbereen until September 14, Monday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm daily. The exhibition brings together a blend of contemporary craft, fine art and photography inspired by the West Cork landscape. It features work by the region’s leading artists and includes ceramics, textiles, wood turning, furniture, metal work and jewellery.


Or why not learn a new craft yourself?

· Woodcarving Workshop: A three-day ‘Woodcarving with Ben Russell’ workshop takes place in Kealkil, Bantry from 29th to 31st August. This is suitable for beginners and experienced carvers. For bookings contact Ben on 02766133.

· Ceramics Workshop: For those who have little or no experience of pottery, a two-day introductory course in Ballinacurra Kinsale will teach you all the basics on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August. You will learn to coil, slab and throw pots and to sculpt in clay. For bookings contact Adrian on 021 477 7758.

· Lace Making Workshop: A free Lace-making workshop will take place with Fiona Harrington in Castletownbere library on August 22nd from 11-1pm. You will see Fiona demonstrate Irish handmade lace techniques which date back almost 200 years, including Kenmare Needlepoint and Carrickmacross Lace. Adults and children are welcome and everyone will be encouraged to try their hand at these beautiful stitches.


With almost 50 individual events and over 100 craftspeople participating in Cork Craft Month, there is no better time to experience the best of craft in Cork. For a full schedule of events, dates and times for Cork Craft Month see, or follow Facebook or Twitter @corkcraftdesign.

Cape Clear islanders seek long-term solution to water supply problems

Cape Clear islanders seek long-term solution to water supply problems

Cape Clear Harbour

Cape Clear Harbour

RESIDENTS on Cape Clear are asking Cork County Council to put in place a long-term plan to deal with water supply problems that have repeatedly occurred on the island in recent summers, with this year appearing to be the worst yet.


According to Ed Harper, People Before Profit representative and a 35-year resident who runs a goat farm on the island, “normal life and business are grinding to a halt in the face of the current water shortage”.

“The wells are almost dry and Irish Water says they don’t know what to do, which isn’t surprising since the only thing they are fitted for is collecting money. Fortunately for the islanders the County Council is still there doing the job it has always done, but now with the added obstruction of the IW bureaucracy to complicate matters,” he said.


The County Council has sent tankers to the island to meet basic minimum needs but a desalination plant set up as support to the island’s boreholes currently is not working and is awaiting repair.


“Cork County Council has known and battled the problems for years, but has been starved of resources by the Dublin government,” said Mr Harper, “International experience shows that the introduction of water meters achieves in the region of a 10% saving on water use, whereas rainwater harvesting measures on buildings gives between 30% and 80% savings in demand on the piped water system. We could reasonably expect to be near the top of the range”.


Around five years or so ago it was resolved in discussions between islanders and the County Council on the Islands Advisory Committee that, the relevant Minister should be asked to designate Cape Clear a “Rainwater Harvesting Island”, in similar fashion to the creation of an “Energy Island” off the west coast.


“The idea was simple, all encouragements and facilities should be given to promote rainwater collection and use, including grant aid, planning conditions, training and expertise, to create both a solution to the islands persistent water shortages and to provide a model for other parts of the country. Nothing Happened!”


Sinn Féin county councillor Paul Hayes has been in regular contact with council officials seeking a solution for the island.


“There is a big problem with the public water supply on the island, with reservoirs very low due to the lack of rainfall recently. As this is the busiest time of the year on the Island, many small businesses and residents are suffering due to very strict water restrictions and poor quality water.


“I’ve been in touch with Irish Water on several occasions but they haven’t been able to offer me any specifics apart from giving me a prepared piece about times of water restrictions etc.


“We need to know has the Council, in partnership with Irish Water, plans to fix the previously used desalination equipment or what is the status with previous plans to use rain harvesting equipment to solve this annual water shortage on the Island.”


Is response to queries from Cllr Hayes, County Engineer David Keane said that tankering from the mainland would continue, weather permitting with supplies being used to fill resevrvoirs and also available from tankers in situ, however no details were given on what, if any long term plans are in place to solve the problem.

Plans unveiled for Skibbereen public realm improvements

Plans unveiled for Skibbereen public realm improvements

skibbereenTHE West Cork Municipal District of Cork County Council has released the plans for the long-awaited public realm improvements proposed for Skibbereen.


The works will be carried out under the Part 8 planning process which are subject to a public consultation process.


The proposed works include a new raised traffic table with pedestrian crossings at the access junctions of High Street, Market Street, Main Street and North Street. The area will be level with stone paving, other selected finishes and stone drainage channels. The entire Square area will be in stone with the access ramps.


Main Street will have new stone footpaths at existing level with kerbside drains. The road and paving on Main Street will be realigned to improve the pedestrian movement and to allow for parking.

The bridge area will have a new raised traffic table area that will be level with stone paving and stone drainage channels and there will be a sculpture added in the future.


The Arts Centre Plaza and entrance from the public road to Main Street car park will include a continuation of the raised traffic table from Bridge Street leading to a stone paved area in front of new Arts Centre, with stone drainage channels on either side as The plaza area then has a ramp to the parking area, new stone footpaths at existing level with kerbside drains


The Junction of Bridge Street, Mardyke Street and Townsend Street will have a colour resin finish and continuation of the stone slab paving along the area. Existing levels of footpath and roadway will be retained and all overhead wiring will be relocated underground, with new street furniture to be installed in locations to be selected and new LED street lighting to be installed.


The entire works will see resurfacing of the road and pavement with high quality materials along this entire area to create an aesthetically improved streetscape with a pedestrian priority. New street furniture in the form of seating, planters, light standards etc are also proposed.


The proposed works are located within an Architectural Conservation Area and the plans are available for inspection and/or purchase at the Cork County Council, West Cork Municipal District Offices, Library Building, North Street, Skibbereen from 9am to 5pm working days until Friday, September 12th.


Submissions and observations may be made in writing to Justin England, Municipal Officer (West),Town Hall, Kent Street, Clonakilty, on or before Friday, September 26th.


One dead, two found alive in major search operation off West Cork coast

One dead, two found alive in major search operation off West Cork coast


The deceased is brought into Baltimore. Pic thanks to Best Photos of Baltimore Facebook page

The deceased is brought into Baltimore. Pic thanks to Best Photos of Baltimore Facebook page

THE body of a 66-year-old man has been recovered from the water off the West Cork Coast after two other people were rescued  alive as part of a major search and rescue operation.

He was named as Douglas Perrin, a retired teacher from Oxfordshire in England who had moved to West Cork three years ago.


The major air and sea search was initiated at 9pm when a Drascombe Lugger, small open sailing boat The Zillah that left Schull on Wednesday afternoon, August 13th, had not arrived back in port as expected at 7pm.

Rescue services including the Shannon coastguard helicopter, Baltimore lifeboat and Toe Head coastguard were involved in the operation.


The two rescued, a 75-year-old man and a 66-year-old woman husband and wife who were on holiday from the UK  were found on Castle Island near Long Island where they had managed to swim to safety and had spent the night, by the Schull community rescue boat at around 6.15am on Thursday morning.

They were taken to Baltimore and then on to hospital where they were understood to be suffering from hypothermia.

The upturned boat was found aground on the nearby Carthy Islands.

Several hours later Baltimore inshore lifeboat Helm Youen Jacob with crew John Kearney and Ryan O’Mahony spotted a life jacket in the water North of Sherkin Island. The body of the missing man was recovered at 8:15am. The man was taken to the station at Bullpoint where he was pronounced dead by RNLI Medical Advisor Dr Don Creagh. Sergeant Tony McCarthy and Garda Mairtín Ashe attended the scene and supervised removal to CUH for post mortem.

The Zillah ran aground on the Carthy Islands near Long Island in Roaringwater Bay. It was later towed into Schull where it will be examined by the Marine Casualty Investigation Board.

Obituary – Tim Cadogan

Obituary – Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan

Tim Cadogan passed away on 1 August 2014 after a long illness. Tim spent most of his working life as an Executive Librarian at Cork County Library, specialising in local history. His mastery of this area of scholarship, I believe, was attained not only by his natural interest in the subject, but also spurred on by his desire to satisfy those who called to the Library to look for assistance.

Reminiscing on his career in the County Library service a few years ago, Tim recounted a number of stages in his development as a local historian.  In the mid-1970s when he first started handling queries on family history, he said that he found the expectations of the enquirer were low and easily satisfied.

The main difficulty at that time was the ever increasing volume of inquiries. In the 1980s he had to cope with a new phenomenon, the overseas visitors who had done their homework. Of this period Tim said, “For the first time, the exchange of information became two way and researchers made a greater contribution in the course of the 1980s to my education in genealogy and emigration patterns than I made to theirs.”


The 1980s was also a time when the public library’s reference services came increasingly under greater demands in other information areas such as academic studies and business information.Tim had to widen the scope of his interests and worked hard to get on top of these areas as well.

By the advent of the 1990s, after his demanding apprenticeship, Tim emerged as the undisputed master of Cork historical records. His phenomenal knowledge of the county was widely recognised. A 1994 magazine article on the resources of Cork County Library stated: ‘The chief source of genealogical information [at Cork County Library] is Tim Cadogan himself.  He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Geography and history of Cork and has a reputation for being able to dig up something new for most of the many researchers who call in to him. ‘

Through the 1990s and into the Third Millennium, Tim’s reputation travelled far and wide.  Family history researchers, from Britain, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, indeed from most parts of the world, had a path worn to the County Library to pick his brains on their particular research interest. Tim made the following comment on one such incident, “Contacts with the roots phenomenon has been the source of some happy and memorable moments for me. I recall, from many such occasions, an afternoon when I helped an Irish-American Jesuit priest to locate his ancestral family in the tithe books for Bere Island. When success came, he gave an unclerical whoop of joy and danced a jig round the microfilm viewer.”


As well as dealing with those who called in to him, Tim also kept up a huge correspondence in his neat, legible handwriting, with those who mailed queries to him. Though much of his work was done at the Library, Tim normally carried a briefcase back and forth from work to home with him and I suspect that he spent much of his spare time on research queries.

From the early 1990s, half the books published about Cork included in the acknowledgements section the sentence: “I would also like to thank Tim Cadogan…” The following sentence from Seán Beecher’s A Dictionary of Cork Slang is typical: “I could not have completed the book without the help and co-operation of Tim Cadogan of the Cork County Library.  He provided me with books, suggested many sources, and was always patient and courteous.” With regard to the Cork books in which Tim’s help was not acknowledged, it was often the case that the authors had simply forgotten to thank him: “he weighed so lightly what he gave.”


Despite the huge amount of time Tim dedicated to other people’s research, he managed to give talks to historical societies throughout Cork, to produce articles, and to co-found and remain a pillar of the Cork Genealogical Society.  Tim also wrote and co-wrote books, notably, A Biographical Dictionary of Cork (with Jeremiah Falvey).


Tom Crowley, one of Tim’s old friends from the USA, commented when he heard the news of Tim’s death: “My thought this morning: that he passed away without the several books that were in his being, that we will never see.” I’m sure those who knew Tim would concur. But, perhaps on second thoughts, if Tim had spent more of his time writing books, it would have meant rowing back on the help he dispensed so freely to all those who asked. Essentially, Tim was an inspirational research facilitator and that is what set him apart from all others in the field of local history where an obsession, often selfish, with a narrow topic is the norm.


My abiding memory of Tim is chatting to him in the local history room of the old County Library while he sits at his large wooden desk, covered, of course, with an array of books, maps, letters and papers of all kinds. Several people are loitering near the bookshelves or seated at the tables, pretending an interest in various publications but really waiting for an opportunity to talk to Tim. More often than not, I am one of the pretenders myself waiting for my chance. During my many periods of waiting, I’ve had ample opportunity to observe Tim engaged in his work. Whether it was a ten year old primary school pupil doing a project for her teacher, or an academic trying to access some obscure historical data, Tim gave the same politeness, the same respect, the same undivided attention. He gave as much time as each person required (much to the annoyance of those waiting!).  Often, before concluding, he would rush off to ransack some library shelves and hand over some books, periodicals or photocopies before concluding and moving on to the next person.

Tim’s requiem mass was held in the magnificent St Coleman’s Cathedral in Cobh: how appropriate.  From the Great Famine to the mid-twentieth century, Cobh was the main point of departure for the tens of thousands forced by economic reasons to emigrate from Ireland.  As they sailed out of Cork Harbour, the spire of St Coleman’s was the last piece of Ireland most of them ever saw.  Many of those who came to Tim for help were the descendants of such emigrants, yearning to reconnect to their Irish roots.  Tim was the man who helped them make the link.  He provided them with their Irish credentials.  He will be missed.


Tim, originally from Glebe Marsh, Skibbereen was residing with his family in Lissaniskey, Cobh at the time of his death.  He is survived by his wife Helen (nee Hyde), children Brian, Ross and Stephanie, sisters Marian and Margaret (Coombes) brother Stephen, mother-in- law Gladys (Leach), sisters-in-law, brothers-in- law, nephews, nieces, aunt Mildred, uncle Stephen, relatives, kind neighbours, Cork County Library colleagues and a wide circle of friends.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Tony McCarthy

Thieves target boat owners in West Cork

Thieves target boat owners in West Cork

Aghadown Pier

Aghadown Pier

GARDAÍ are asking boat owners in West Cork to be extra vigilant following a spate of robberies of outboard motors from boats moored at different locations in West Cork.


Two similar incidents have occurred at Aughadown Pier, last Tuesday, August 5th and at Crookhaven on Thursday, August 7th.

The incident at Aughadown near Church Cross, Skibbereen, saw two boats that were moored near the pier robbed of their outboard motors. The motors were the more expensive and powerful four-stroke types and once removed the vessels that they were stolen from were cut adrift.


The second incident occurred at Crookhaven on the Mizen Peninsula last Thursday and followed a similar pattern but on this occasion five motors were stolen and well as a dinghy.


Local councillor Michael Collins from Schull told West Cork Times, “These thefts are going for what they see as a soft target and people need to be aware that this is happening. Of course we don’t want to be alarmist but at the same time people need to know that this is going on.


“There are lots of visitors and locals alike enjoying the water at this time of year and it’s up to us all to keep an eye-out for any suspicious activity and to contact the gardaí if we have any doubts,” he said.


A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána confirmed to West Cork Times that investigations were ongoing into the thefts and asked anyone with any information to contact gardaí at Schull (028 28111) or Bantry (027 20860) garda stations.

Body found floating in Roaringwater Bay

Body found floating in Roaringwater Bay

Pic: Google

Pic: Google

THE body of a man understood to be originally from Caheragh and in his 60s has been found in the water in Roaringwater bay by a member of the public.

The body was spotted on Wednesday afternoon, August 6th and emergency services were alerted soon afterwards.

Reports suggest he went for a swim from Aughadown pier close to where he owned a holiday home and was understood to be a strong swimmer.

The body was recovered  by Schull Coastguard and gardaí and the deceased was brought to CUH for a post-mortem , Gardaí have launched an investigation.


Union Hall’s new lifeboat is welcomed home

Union Hall’s new lifeboat is welcomed home

RNLI Union Hall Glandore swim_13_1Pictured at the Union Hall and Glandore Charity swim and launch of the new RNLI boat in aid of the RNLI were Anthony Welsh, Johnny McKenna & Richard Browne.

Pic: Emma Jervis

Youth Song Camp in Skibbereen

Youth Song Camp in Skibbereen

singThree day Song Camp for youth aged 12 -16 years from the Family Resource Centre, Skibbereen on Weds 20th to Friday 22nd August, dedicated to singing and exploring contemporary songs.

Led by Community Musician Caz Jeffreys participants will look at the differing aspects and roles within the songs, and create their own versions of them by replicating instruments through the use of voices only.

There will be the option to perform them at the end of the three days. The sessions will include learning basic skills in vocal health care and voice use, improvisation, song writing, and group singing skills. Places are limited so book early. Those booked in by Friday August 8th will get to put forward their suggestion of a song, of which a selection will be used to work with over the three days.

A new weekly singing group for youth led by Caz is due to start in September. For more information and to book your place call Caz on 083 1425599 or email her at