Jim Daly’s ‘Shocker’
The news of Jim Daly’s impending resignation from politics shocked West Cork this month and illustrated the huge price individuals have to pay where family is concerned, to serve as a full-time politician. The area was a hive of activity in September between A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, the re-opening of the refurbished community hall in Ballinadee, the 25th anniversary celebration of O’Donovan’s Hotel music sessions, the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, Vintage Days, cultural and sporting events.
Both Bandon and Clonakilty continued to witness major works and developments this month: Clonakilty lost an historical building with the demolition of the old town hall and a public meeting in Bandon heard residents of the north side object to a planned northern relief road. Many in Skibbereen celebrated the decision of Daly Products Limited to abandon plans for a plastics factory and Bantry’s future as a port looks secure with the news of a huge increase in visiting cruise ships for 2020. Dunmanway has launched a Community First Responders Group and is looking for volunteers.
Farmers were never far from the news in recent weeks, between the beef crisis, the possible effects of Brexit and of course the National Ploughing Championships, held this year during our Indian Summer. On the commercial front – The Grey Heron in Bandon has been named among Ireland’s 100 top shops, Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon announced exciting promotions, but there was disappointment at the news that Deasy’s Restaurant in Ring is to close at the end of the year. Singer/songwriter Mary Desmond revealed good news this month to The Opinion and Rosscarbery was en fête for the official opening of Star Garden, its new homes for the elderly. Still on housing, Courtmacsherry and Clonakilty are set to see the construction of new homes shortly. Bandon Tennis Club received a prestigious accolade and Alice Taylor at 80 continues to pen her thoughts in As Time Goes By. ‘In My Opinion’ features the energetic Liz Bryan from Bandon who is one of the town’s most proactive young ladies – Marvel at the Marquee being a brainchild of hers. The High Kings are coming to Dunmanway, which should also be a bit attraction. We carry two features this month – one on West Cork Style & Beauty and the other on Christmas Party Venues. As always, we exhort our readers to shop local and support our advertisers. We congratulate St. James’ GAA Club in Ardfield on their fairy-tale victory.
Finally, on a sad note, West Cork lost two of its famous sons this month with the passing of Greg Coughlan, Ballydehob and Brendan O’Donoghue, late of Bandon. We carry appreciations on both of these two fine gentlemen.
Until next month