January  2020

  •  Poor planning and empty promises turns second level schooling in Bandon into a fiasco

    ‘Disgraceful’ is the only word to describe the debacle which is arising in second level schools in Bandon as 12 year old students, some living across the road from St. Brogan’s College, were being told to go to Cork to be educated, until intervention by Independent TD Michael Collins. It’s all down to poor planning and empty promises with no fault at all to St. Brogan’s College. A similar situation is arising in Hamilton High School and while temporary measures are to be welcomed, a proper long-term solution must be found.

    The weather proved the spoilsport for many of the outdoor festivities leading up to Christmas; however there were many indoor events, which we cover in this issue. November 19th last was the 10th anniversary of Bandon’s devastating 2009 flood and we carry a special 4 page pictorial feature, to mark the occasion. Anti-social behaviour is alive and well in Bandon with the sixth shop window broken in the past 12 months. A trader calls for the immediate introduction of CCTV.

    We carry a number of interesting personality features; Orla O’Donovan, Chairperson of Clonakilty Chamber and owner of The Fig & Olive is featured in ‘In My Opinion’; also Darren Priest of Employability West Cork, the Dare sisters in Organico, Bantry and Caroline Murphy, the newly-elected President of Women’s Network West Cork all feature. We publish a most fascinating food piece by Kate Ryan on Niamh Condon, who is spearheading dishes for older people who find it difficult to eat. One of the world’s youngest diplomats, Joe Kennedy hails from Bandon and is currently serving in Palestine and one of our longest established readers in the USA David MacCabe from Texas returned to Bandon recently. Adrienne Acton, in her first airing in The Opinion, writes a piece titled ‘The Rant Before the Storm.’ Carbery signed an important financial contract with European Investment Bank (EIB); and we announce the opening of nominations for the 2020 Opinion/Bandon Co-op Awards. John Bohane brings you some sporting stories from West Cork and we once again highlight various academic, sporting and commercial achievement in this area.

    This, the first issue of 2020… the start of a new decade… is full of interesting stories and features, which we trust you enjoy over the New Year. We were thrilled with the positive response we received for our December issue, which was a sell out in many stores and of course the Annual, which remains a firm favourite at Christmas. I would like to thank you for your continued support for our magazine and to wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2020.

    Until next month,


    Eddie Goggin




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