August 2019
  • Works are welcome but life must go on!

    Some Bandon traders are at breaking point

    It gives us no pleasure this month to point a finger at the contractors and associated Bodies in charge of the Bandon Watermain & Sewer Network Project with regard to their lack of proper communication and inadequate road signage that is causing huge frustration among business people, residents, motorists and visitors. On a more serious note, many businesses are suffering badly as shoppers experience difficulty accessing the town centre, as well as the northern part of Bandon. Confusion reigns over road closure deadlines that seem to change like the wind. While everyone welcomes the investment by the OPW, Irish Water and Cork County Council and understand the huge challenges posed by a scheme of this magnitude, more common sense, consideration and understanding of the public’s plight, wouldn’t go astray.

    Works in Clonakilty are also causing problems, in particular lack of adequate parking but, in fairness, signage there is much better than in Bandon and the local Chamber of Commerce has introduced a Park & Ride system to alleviate the parking shortage.

    Whilst we in The Opinion always like to accentuate the positives, we cannot ignore the number of business closures in Bandon in recent weeks and months. Let us hope that the building of the new Primary Health Centre in the town centre will be the catalyst for a new beginning which, combined with the post-works public realm and transportation improvements, will hopefully place Bandon on a solid footing for the future.

    ‘Mercosur’ has become a dreaded word, like Brexit, and The Opinion visited Bandon Mart to see what the farmers thought of it … ‘A Disaster!’ Carbery and its associates held a demonstration day in Shinagh Estate recently and also hosted its annual Quality Milk Awards. It also has a new Chairman in the person of TJ Sullivan.

    Local Councillor John O’Sullivan has called for the selling of County Hall and to decentralise its services to Bandon. July proved an outstanding month for festivals and shows and we now  look forward to August: an exciting new festival in Bandon – Bailiú na Banndan kicks off over the Bank Holiday Weekend and deserves your support. Enjoy our extensive West Cork Food & Fest series listing all the festive events in this area over the coming weeks. Skibbereen was in celebratory mood for the newly-ordained Bishop of Cork who celebrated two masses in the Cathedral. Courtmacsherry is getting ready to launch its new Lusitania model, and Timoleague is getting the stage ready for an extravaganza of music. The region as a whole is looking forward to A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and Bantry has reason to celebrate, having won Ireland’s Best Kept Town accolade. Our extensive Education feature will hopefully signpost the way forward to students and parents in the coming weeks. We bring you news of the planned demolition of the former Clonakilty Town Hall. We always love to salute individuals who contribute to their communities and to organisations. This month we highlight the incredible input of Eileen Kingston, Inchydoney into the 40th Annual Band Championships Commemorative Brochure; we admire the challenge that jockey Mary Tyner has set herself in the coming months; we salute Caheragh man Michael Keane who has been elected President of Munster Rugby and a next door neighbour Dr Seán McCarthy from Drimoleague on his appointment as Adjunct Professor in UCC. We can’t omit the great work being carried out by Tidy Towns groups all over West Cork and in this regard, we congratulate the Halfway Association on their trojan work for the village and surrounding area.

     

    Until next month

     

    Eddie Goggin

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