October 2018
  •  Letter from the Editor 

    Ploughing, Pulling, Praying, Parading…..

    No doubt you are wondering what the above heading is leading to? Well since or last issue, thousands went to the ploughing championships – wind and all; the O’Donovan rowers won gold, pulling like a dog in Bulgaria, devout Catholics made their way to the Phoenix Park and Knock, praying with the Pope and pretty Ballinadee beauty Aoife O’Sullivan was parading her way to win the Miss Ireland contest.

    We bring you interviews with celebratory chef Martin Shanahan and Fr Kamil Bachara, the Polish-born curate in Clonakilty; we give you the update on the recent dramatic events surrounding the Bandon Relief Scheme and we bring you the news of the €28 million investment to be made in the drainage, sewer network and wastewater infrastructure in Bandon. The town’s Business Association has also been reactivated, which is most welcome and timely.

    Castlehaven welcomed Sean Kelly MEP to open the magnificent new stand at their GAA grounds, Clonakilty organised a most successful charity cycle; ‘Sam Maguire’ returned home to Dunmanway and the Canadian Ambassador opened Drimoleague Threshing. Skibbereen, the hub of A Taste of West Cork witnessed yet another hugely successful festival. As post office closures continue to affect rural areas, we highlight the life and times of Hannie Crowley, who has retired as postmistress of Desertserges. The fabulous Avenue Grove housing development in Bandon was officially opened, as was the Ballymoney National School extension. Bantry Show was held in atrocious weather conditions and we bring you photographs of this and other social events, from vintage runs to debs.

    Bandon and the surrounding area witnessed many business closures and changes in recent weeks, details of which are in this issue. Young up-coming golfer John Murphy had a summer on golf courses that he will never forget and music lovers enjoyed a unique event in the Fig & Olive, Clonakilty with good food and excellent acapella singing from the fledgling Munster Mix. Bandon bride Abby Ho said Yes to the Dress to Franc and enterprising Karen O’Reilly has won a place on Google start-up programme with her company Employmum.

    We carry a lovely feature on a musical school reunion in Castletown Kenneigh and we bring you information on the upcoming Health & Wellbeing seminar being organised by Bandon Co-op. We carry features on Christmas Party venues, Fashion & Beauty in West Cork, Autumn breaks in Kerry, and our Arts & Entertainment section extends to three pages.

    Finally enjoy Martin Quirke’s magnificent photos of swallows as they bid farewell to Ireland and head south to Africa. Their departure is sad, but as the darkness of winter descends on us, we can look forward to the return of the little birds in April.

    Until next month,

    Eddie Goggin





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