July 2020

  •  Please Spend Your Time And Money in West CorkIn the issue, as businesses all over West Cork struggle with the ‘new normal’ we are appealing to our readers to spend their time and their money in West Cork this summer and beyond. Please think twice before buying online – the person whose job may be affected could be a family member, a neighbour or a friend. West Cork is a place apart, with vibrant towns possessing fabulous shops, restaurants and bars, and there was never a greater need than now to ensure their survival. In an effort to kickstart businesses that are reopening again, we have compiled a short account of those who participated and the invitation is there for other businesses to accept our free offer next month.

    In this issue, we exclusively reveal the Covid-19 figures for West Cork and we highlight the memorial services held at various garda stations in honour of Detective Garda Colm Horkan.

    Deputy Christopher O’Sullivan has proposed a new greenway between Bandon and Innishannon that deserves serious consideration. 24 year old teacher Chris Prout recycled scrap during the lockdown to create a mini zoo in Crossbarry.

    Bandon Community Hospital was honoured by locals during the month for their trojan efforts in their fight against Covid-19 and the eldest resident, 103 years young Sr Alphonsus was presented with a bouquet. Clonakilty has an energetic new Mayor in the person of Padraig O’Reilly and the reopening of the Farmers Market in Skibbereen was the catalyst for the town getting back to some form of normality. Dunmanway, Clonakilty, Timoleague and Tidy Towns volunteers from many other places were back on the streets this month beautifying their localities. Adrienne Acton, Tricia Tyson and Mary McLernon all contribute to our Covid-19 coverage. As we embrace summer more and more, the lifeguards are back full time on our beaches, Kate Ryan offers timely advice on what to cook on your barbecue and wildlife photographer Martin Quirke observes birds nesting. The lockdown has created huge interest in wildlife all over the country, which in these parts is reflected in the number of photographs reaching the editor’s desk. We publish some of them this month and we welcome more for future issues. Bandon Tennis Club witnessed the installation of three magnificent new courts this month and continuing our new photographic series, we focus on Kilbrittain and Harbour View in this issue.

    Normal People may have left our screens, but it’s still a topic of conversation. We try to strip off the reasons for the fascination with the TV romantic drama. Clonakilty’s Kevin O’Regan goes under the microscope in this month’s ‘In My Opinion’ and Michael O’Brien, Butlerstown echoes the feelings of many who have got to enjoy the art of conversation and storytelling again as Covid puts a brake on our hectic lifestyles. For those contemplating buying a new car, we carry a 202 reg plate feature to help you make the right choice. Great credit must go to the GAA Clubs all over West Cork for showing tremendous spirit of generosity for worthy and charitable causes during the lockdown, some of which we highlight this month, with more to come next month. We were delighted for 89 years old Joe O’Brien, on whom our article last month attracted the attention of Ryan Tubridy, who gave the cycle dealer, The Opinion and Bandon positive coverage on his radio show.

    Finally with all safety regulations adhered to, we in The Opinion – having worked behind closed doors to bring you a monthly issue right through the pandemic – have now reopened our offices at 76 South Main Street, Bandon, for notices, stories, adverts and payment of accounts. We look forward to seeing you again.


    Until next month


    Eddie Goggin




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