West Cork Comes Alive in August
Forget your Canaries, Costa Del Sol or Algarve, when it’s August in West Cork, the area comes alive with regattas, festivals, vintage rallies and concerts. In relation to the latter alone, music lovers may see and hear on their own doorsteps Nathan Carter, The Paddies, Mike Denver and many more top acts in Timoleague or Mike English in Rosscarbery. Kinsale, Baltimore, Courtmacsherry and Schull are the main regatta venues this month, with Calves Week being the major sailing event. Bandon Walled Town Festival continues to grow in popularity and you can enjoy the Arts in Skibbereen, a Harvest Day in Ahiohill, DeCourcey Working Day in Harbour View, a Vintage Festival in Roberts Cove and a Fit-up Festival at various locations. Add Ballabuidhe, Rosscarbery Fair and many more events and you get the picture: It’s all happening in West Cork this month so get out and enjoy yourself.
This jam-packed issue reflects the time of year, summertime – when the living is easy. We try not to get too involved in serious issues, instead we highlight what’s taking place on the social scene You will find a great mix of photographs reflecting West Cork activities in July.
Meet Paudie Palmer on the double this month as, apart from pondering on the GAA scene, he is Emma Connolly’s subject for ‘In My Opinion.’ We publish the second part of the Tara McCarthy, CEO Bord Bia interview and on a relevant subject we cover the launch of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival. We continue our extensive coverage of the Bandon Food Relief Scheme, bringing you details of archaeological finds. John Bohane tells us about some splendid achievements by various sportspeople both at home and abroad. The CEO of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey, lived up to his promise regarding funding for Bandon roads and in Bantry there is much agitation for the appointment of an architect to oversee their streetscape improvements. People of Seven Heads rightly continue to request inclusion in the Wild Atlantic Way and Pat McCarthy, former Manager of Bandon Mart, is the new President of Irish Hereford Breed Society. There is no doubt but the most important visitor to West Cork this month was Pippa Middleton – we carry photos of her in Glengarriff. The most revealing story of the month was the revelation that Justin Trudeau has Bandon roots. We take a tongue-in-cheek look at the possible benefits for Bandon.
It is that time of year when thoughts turn to Leaving Cert, Back to School and going to college. Hopefully our Education Feature will shed light on important dates and the challenges that lay ahead for students and parents. It is also of course debs/grads time as well and we start our pictorial coverage featuring the students of Coláiste Phobail Bheanntraí, with more to follow next month. Do consult our Food & Fest feature for details of all that is happening in wonderful West Cork this August
Until next month