Covid Closes Businesses
As we say goodbye to August and welcome September, we reflect on what was a very different type of summer… a summer of rain, cloud, flooding and Storm Ellen, yet a summer when sun, sea and sand were enjoyed throughout West Cork; a summer when you could drink a pint with a bag of chips or a slice of pizza, but couldn’t with a bag of crisps or a packet of peanuts; a summer when queues became the new normal and the playing of GAA matches became surreal, to say the least. We lost a great character in August with the death of PJ Sheehan, former Fine Gael TD, who died within a week of the passing of his beloved wife Frances. Covid-19 continued to focus the minds of people, particularly from the middle of the month when numbers rose to a critical level. Rosscarbery made the national news with its flooding episodes and in Skibbereen, Bridge Street was badly affected as a result of flooding during Storm Ellen. Ludgate welcomed Grainne O’Keeffe as its new CEO, as the founders John Field and Sean O’Driscoll scooped the August Cork Persons of the Month Award.
We carry on eye-opening article on the scale of online deliveries in West Cork and we interview Bandon businesswoman Hilary O’Farrell. We look at the impact Covid-19 has had in hastening the closure of some businesses and we bring you details of the continuing Drainage & Sewer Works in Bandon. Ballinascarthy GAA is celebrating its 75th anniversary in September and the people of Gaggin are happy that at long last they have 4G reception. We congratulate Mons Aidan O’Driscoll and Fr Tom Hayes PP on being appointed Vicars General in the Cork & Ross Diocese and we wish former Vicar General Mons Kevin O’Callaghan a happy retirement. We salute the efforts of Cork County Council in giving towns and villages a welcome boost under the Project ACT initiative. We get no pleasure in highlighting the unruly behaviour in Schull during August and the unfortunate listing of Kinsale, which showed the biggest increase in criminal activity in 2019.
Embarrassed at being put on a pedestal during the Covid crisis, the doctors, nurses and staff of Cork University Hospital ICU are undertaking a charity cycle on September 3rd and 4th to aid four charities, as a recognition of the Covid-19 patients and their families, all those who had to cocoon and everyone who found Covid-19 challenging. We carry an Education/Back to School feature, which I trust will be of benefit to students and their parents. Michael McCarthy remembers the late Bob Kearney, a splendid musician and Alison Kingston provides our readers with some timely bits of advice on health and nutrition. We regret to announce the impending retirement of one of Bandon’s leading businesswomen Del O’Sullivan of Garbo’s and finally we must admit that we failed to discover the identity of the new millionaire who purchased the €1m Euromillions ticket in Bandon Books Plus.
Until next month,