Vote Wisely – We need effective local representatives
This is our last issue before the Local & European Elections and as a consequence we conclude our election coverage with a special 12-page feature, with a profile on all the candidates. Don’t forget, you get the politician you deserve, so vote wisely. With the arrival of May, the first of the summer festivities get under way and no better way to start than with Bandon Agricultural Show – a great day out for both urban and rural dweller. Bandon Rugby on Broadway, the Fastnet Film Festival, Ballydehob Jazz Festival, Kinsale Vintage Rally and a host of concerts are planned throughout the month with Bandon Music Festival and Kinsale Point to Point not too far behind, in early June.
Since our last issue, the flood relief schemes in Bandon, Clonakilty and Skibbereen were well tested with torrential and incessant rainfall and strong winds over a three-day period in mid-April. Thankfully the works stood up well. Parking problems continue to cause havoc in Bandon and Clonakilty in particular, as both public and private developments reduce parking spaces temporarily.
The biggest social event of the year in West Cork – The Opinion/Bandon Co-op West Cork Community Awards took place early in the month and once again some wonderful individuals and organisations were honoured for their contribution to the social, cultural, community and sporting life of West Cork on this, the 30th Anniversary of the awards. We profile champion jockey Noel Fehily this month; we thank Bishop John Buckley for his untiring pastoral role over the last two decades and we welcome bishop-elect Fr Fintan Gavin, his successor. We remind our readers of the Darkness into Light walks throughout the area in aid of Pieta House and the people of Clonakilty to nominate individuals for the role of honorary Mayor. Strictly Bantry was a huge success for the local school and thankfully demolition work took place on the collapsed buildings in Bandon to enable pedestrian access once again. John Bohane highlights a new book A Sacrifice of the Heart: The Biography of Irish Patriot Gearoid O’Sullivan on the famous Skibbereen 1916 patriot.
We interview the affable Derek Burke of Crystal Swing and we salute Dr Michael Cunneen, Timoleague who has retired. Clonakilty GAA Club celebrates 10 years at Ahamilla and also initiates a Critical Incident Plan. Both Bandon and Skibbereen Rugby Clubs experienced victory this month, with the former enjoying one of its greatest years of success. Paudie Palmer puts on his prediction hat as the games really heat up in West Cork and we bring you details of new services being included by Skibbereen and Bandon Credit Union. Kate Ryan extols the virtues and advantages of purchasing meat from your local butcher and sit back and have a good laugh at Michael O’Brien’s very humorous verse titled Patsy Vegan. Finally, we regret that our coverage of Easter weekend events including a number of important GAA matches are affected, due to earlier deadlines than usual because of the timing of Easter.
Until next month