‘That Old September Feeling’
‘That Old September Feeling’ is here… schools have re-opened, holidays are over, there’s a sting in the air, the evenings are drawing in fast and the leaves are changing colour… welcome autumn! Each year young people take centre stage in our September issue – they celebrate the end of secondary school at their debs and grads, they go through an anxious time awaiting their Leaving Cert results and CAO places… it’s a time characterised by change and challenges for them and a time when they need and deserve support and advice. We give generous pictorial coverage to the student bashes and our Education Feature will hopefully be helpful for both students and parents.
A Taste of West Cork is the premier festival in these parts this month; Kate Ryan gives us a comprehensive review of the salient events on the programme. Bandon hosts a Culture Trail and Bengour’s Harvest Festival continues to raise generous funds for cancer research and treatment. Many Catholic parishes this month will say goodbye to their priest and welcome a new one as extensive diocesan changes have been announced. Margaret Murphy O’Mahony TD has got the official nod from her party to contest the next general election and Emma Connolly chooses Fianna Fáil Councillor Christopher O’Sullivan for ‘In My Opinion’ this month. August was an action-packed month even if the weather wasn’t the best. Festivals and regattas were held all over West Cork; Nathan Carter and Mike Denver were some of the many stars who performed in the Timoleague dome, De Courcey and Ahiohill Harvest Working Days drew the crowds, Ruth Hurley was selected the Belle of Ballabuidhe; Katie Murphy was crowned Miss Bantry 2017; Niamh O’Sullivan acquitted herself very well as the New Zealand Rose in Tralee; Ford 100 celebrations in Ballinascarthy proved a big attraction, as did Bandon Walled Town Festival. One of our oldest regattas – Schull didn’t let the inclement weather dampen their spirits. The village, while hosting a most successful Calves Week, was in the news for all the wrong reasons when its iconic nautical sculpture was vandalised. We asked Emma Connolly to gauge the feelings of the tourism sector about the season and thankfully the response was most positive. Shane Ross TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport visited West Cork this month to meet various committees involved in community projects. John Bohane tells us about a U.S. golf prodigy with strong West Cork connections and he also highlights the new GAA development at Rossa Park, Skibbereen. Cllr Rachel McCarthy was elected Chair of the Bandon/Kinsale Municipal District, a mighty personal honour for the popular lady and Bandon’s Conor Hourihane made the headlines when he scored three magnificent goals for Aston Villa. In business, Global Shares announced 80 new jobs at the Technology Park in Clonakilty, Ludgate continues to flourish in Skibbereen, Peter Fleming took over as Chairman of Carbery and Christine Heffernan from the Local Enterprise Office profiles Riona Flood, Ballinspittle. And so to an issue that is never too far away from the editor’s desk – Bandon Flood Relief Scheme. There’s a race against time to have the new footbridge in place before September 30th… we appeal for common sense to prevail with Inland Fisheries if a short extension in time is required to complete the project. Finally a most successful fashion event held in Timoleague in late August raised much-needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. The event was held in memory of one of the founders of the event – Audrey Carey. Events like these reflect all that is good and admirable about the people of West Cork and are a reminder to all of us that we are all only passing through, so be nice on the way, as Audrey was!
Until next month,