February 2019
  • Vegans and Shane Ross show that common sense is seeping out of this country

    Welcome to the 1st of February … the Vegans have arrived,,, this new puritanical breed of people want us all to live on rabbit food mixed with lentils and beans. No more eggs, fish, meat, milk…and what’s more, they are pushing their stupid agenda down our throats on billboards, radio and television. Then, we had the distressing sight of law-abiding individuals being stopped in the morning by Gardaí over Christmas and into the New Year – going to Mass, work and shops – respected individuals who never broke the law in their lives and who were left traumatised by their unwelcome experience. Where was the sense of fairness! Tell me any other country in the world that witnesses such a nanny state mentality. This was all caused by the pomposity and arrogance of Shane Ross who has reduced rural Ireland to a lonely and isolated wasteland devoid of camaraderie, fun and conversation. Where is common sense gone? Certainly not to Skibbereen, where efforts are being made to build a plastics factory on the Wild Atlantic Way, when most of the world is anti-plastic. Yes there are many more examples of lack of common sense, to be seen on a daily basis.

    The good people of Union Hall are trying to get the village included on the Wild Atlantic Way just like Glandore, across the water, and rightly so. The past month saw young scientists to the fore at not only the BT Young Scientist of the Year competition, but at the Cork Person of the Year Awards. Brian Crowley MEP announced his retirement from European politics from May 1st and the official opening of Bandon’s newly refurbished Community Hospital took place, Rosscarbery’s Helen Wycherley was elected President of Network Ireland and Doheny GAA Club in Dunmanway made history with three progressive ladies taking over the top positions. There were tractor, truck and vintage car runs galore these past few weeks for worthy charities and West Cork saw a host of social functions held by various clubs and organisations, to which we give generous photographic coverage including Kilmeen/Kilbree GAA Club, St. James’ Flash Dance, Carbery Hunt Ball and West Cork Ladies Simon Lunch. Two of the world’s most iconic snooker players – Jimmy White and Steve Davis battled it out in Skibbereen recently and Economist Jim Power gave his audience in Kinsale something to think about when he spoke about challenges to the economy in 2019.

    Bandon followed Clonakilty this month in experiencing huge traffic tailbacks as a result of the infrastructural works going on in both towns. It gives us great pleasure to highlight the prestigious diplomatic position which 25 year old Bandon man Joe Kennedy occupies at present in Nigeria. Kate Ryan of Flavour.ie writes a fascinating piece on emotional eating in this issue and we bring you details of the forthcoming forum titled ‘Women in Agriculture’, in Skibbereen. Our Women in Business feature sees Christine Heffernan interview Naomi Sheehy of Ireland Luxury Travel, and for all those thinking of taking the plunge into marriage in the year ahead, Tricia Tyson will guide you through what’s on offer, in our extensive Wedding Feature.

    Finally as we celebrate the Feast of St Brigid, let us reflect on how this lady made such an impact throughout her life, as we still remember her on what is officially the first day of Spring, despite her being born a very long 1,569 years ago.


    Until next month,


    Eddie Goggin












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