It’s June… Let the Festivities Begin
As you opened the early pages of this issue, you will have noticed a distinct equine feel about the contents: our Wedding of the Month features the lovely Annie Prendergast and Ciaran Brickley, whose love of horses proved a major attraction for the Rosscarbery couple. Then you will have seen the launch of the James Dullea Racing Club in Bandon, which is indeed exciting news for those interested in horse ownership. However, pride of place in this issue goes to our extensive Summer Food & Fest feature which gives you, our valued reader, a most comprehensive account of what’s happening throughout West Cork in June. The festivities begin in earnest this June Bank Holiday Weekend with Bandon Music Festival set to attract thousands to the town for The Riptide Movement and Mundy concerts. Innishannon will be letting off steam at its Vintage Rally and Kinsale will bring the Point to Point season to a close. Belgooly’s popular annual Show is being held, as are a host of other festivals in Ballydehob and other venues.
As the month progresses, there will be no let-up, between Clonakilty Show and Clonakilty Street Carnival with of course the South of Ireland Band Championships in early July.
Bandon witnessed its biggest ever demolition works this month in the Market Street/New Road area in advance of the building of a new development. As progress continues with the Waterman and Sewerage Scheme, the closure of North Main Street in mid-June is bound to cause major traffic problems, but efforts are being made to minimize the effect. Clonakilty, too, is badly affected with the closure of Kent Street and its car park, and Bantry has also seen disruption as necessary infrastructural improvements take place. Both Catholic churches in Clonakilty and Castletown Kinneigh saw attractive developments in recent times and Bandon saw the erection of a new memorial at St. Finbarr’s Place. Thousands got out of their beds in the early hours to participate in the Darkness into Light walks and Dunmanway launched its unique Sam Maguire Passports. As rugby continues to thrive in West Cork, we highlight the recent prestigious fixture held at Skibbereen RFC and the continued success of Dave McCarthy, Union Hall, among other sporting stories.
Gaggin, a small community with a big heart, is set to see the creation of a new car park adjacent to its hall and we continue to highlight the achievements of West Cork people in the commercial, sporting and social life of the area. Finally, at this stage you have cast your ballot and got what you voted for. Let’s hope the newly-elected politicians will play a pro-active role in promoting their communities. We congratulate the winners and commiserate with those who didn’t make it on this occasion.
Until next month