1_Opinion_MARCH_2017---Front-CoverFebruary 2017 Edition
  • Daffodils, Shamrock and much more in MarchFlowers for mother, daffodils to aid cancer research and shamrock to honour St. Patrick, are all associated with March and we give them generous coverage in this issue, particularly the Patrick’s Day parades planned for West Cork. In Bantry, July can’t come half fast enough as the month marks the estimated completion time of the ambitious Inner Harbour Project, which hopefully will herald the arrival of super yachts and cruse liners, expected to give the town a major and much-needed boost. Do you know that Irish rugby star Tadhg Furlong has strong family roots in Whiddy Island? Well you’ll find full details of that and many new facts about soccer stars Alan Shearer and Conor Hourihane and recently appointed  Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan in extensive interviews carried out this month by John Bohane and the editor. As The Opinion/Bandon Co-op West Cork Community Awards ceremony approaches, we were present for the Garda Coiste Siamsa Sports Star Awards in Oriel House, Ballincollig, which saw achievements by many members of the force recognised and honoured.

    We examine the possibility of two major solar panels being built in the Bandon area; we bring you good news about proposed water treatment schemes in Rosscarbery, Timoleague and Courtmacsherry, as well as other villages in West Cork. In Bandon as the food relief scheme continues, local man Dan Holland writes a most nostalgic piece on the footbridge, which is soon to be replaced by a single span bridge. Once again, it gives us great pleasure to highlight the many fundraisers for local causes and charities throughout West Cork, reflecting once again the great generosity of people. With a touch of spring in the air the thoughts of many, particularly ladies, turn to new style and fashion and in the regard we welcome Emma Connolly on board as a Fashion contributor, her first offering appearing in this month’s Fashion Feature. Has Sean Spicer Kinsale connections as has been stated – we don’t think so! The seaside town is also preparing for the upcoming Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí, which was launched this month in Actons Hotel. Still with entertainment, the dancing couples of Kinsale and Innishannon are getting the steps right for their respective Strictly Come Dancing events. We carry some good news stories about young rising sports people and of course we set the scene for the Bandon Point to Point meeting in Kilpatrick. The Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, visited four schools in Bandon and Clonakilty this month and February saw the final celebrations by a number of GAA clubs in the area. On a sad note, there was no let up in February in the huge number of deaths in West Cork, as we have been witnessing since early December. Many families and communities have been plunged into deep grief and sorrow as loved ones have been taken from them. In Bandon the town lost one of its best known and much loved character in the person of Dan O’Donovan, renowned for his love of music, friendship and generosity. We felt it appropriate to honour his memory in a fitting manner this month on pages 2 and 3, complemented by an insightful song by Michael O’Brien, Butlerstown. To all families bereaved in recent times, our prayers and our thoughts are with you.


    Until next month


    Eddie Goggin




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