March 2019
  • Residents and traders of blocked-off Bandon street have had enough

    March is always an action-packed month in West Cork as, apart from St. Patrick’s Day parades and Daffodil Day events that happen nationwide, this area also boasts the Clonakilty Park Hotel West Cork Rally and West Cork Drama Festival – two premier attractions. Add in Carbery Point to Point, Rugby Internationals, Cheltenham, Euro Qualifiers, Mother’s Day and you get the drift….

    Flood relief works continued in Skibbereen and Clonakilty this month, while Ward and Burke began to make their presence felt in Bandon with the Watermain & Sewerage Upgrade Project. The level of infrastructural works and investment in West Cork at present is unprecedented – we bring you updates on each. Patience is running thin for the traders and residents of Oliver Plunkett Street in Bandon, which has been closed on the town side for almost three months. An injunction may be applied for in March to get the footpath re-opened if the relevant parties don’t start demolition work. Bantry is set to see 7,500 cruise liner visitors in 2019, which is good news for that town, while Clonakilty has been earmarked as a key town for development under the government’s New Ireland 2040 plan. Many people in Kinsale are up in arms over plans to install a mussel farm in the harbour and many Cork GAA followers are throwing their arms up in the air at what’s happening on and off the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch. With Brexit looming, The Opinion interviewed Cork MEP Deirdre Clune during the month; Joe O’Callaghan, a former Lord Mayor of Cork and proprietor of The Old Market in Bandon features in our popular ‘In My Opinion.’ We bring you news on Bandon’s proposed Northern Relief Road and work has commenced in demolishing part of the old Bandon Shopping Centre in preparation for the new Primary Care development. Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan made a number of announcements in West Cork this month but his presence didn’t deter car thieves, particularly in Clonakilty and Belgooly. Lipsync and Strictly Dancing are still going strong in West Cork and now Bandon Rugby Club is set to hold Bandon Rugby on Broadway.’

    One of West Cork’s greatest charity fundraisers Ted Hayes, Rosscarbery passed away recently and we also remember Caroline McCarthy who lost her fight against Cystic Fibrosis.

    The first of our three part series on the Local and European Elections 2019 is published in this issue.

    Finally, the 30th Anniversary of The Opinion Awards, sponsored by Bandon Co-op is scheduled to take place on April 5th. The adjudicating panel has made its decision from hundreds of nominations; we will bring you further news on this in our next issue.


    Until next month


    Eddie Goggin












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