Summer gets into full swing… despite the weather
No doubt, it will be a quiz question in years to come: ‘Name the brother and sister from West Cork who stood for two different parties in the 2019 Local Election.’ Well, we reveal all in this issue as Mayors and Chairpersons are elected to lead the way on local issues over the next few years. Clonakilty saw two locally-born Mayors attend many functions during the month: Mayor of Clonakilty Michael O’Neill and Cork County Mayor Christopher O’Sullivan were more than thrilled with the success of the town’s 4th Annual Street Carnival, which attracted thousands to the town. It wasn’t the only successful event: Bandon Music Festival, Clonakilty and Belgooly Shows, Kinsale Point to Point and many concerts and garden events attracted fine crowds and were enjoyed by all. As July lifts it head, we look forward to Dunmanway, Carbery and Barryroe Shows, musical events in Clonakilty and Courtmacsherry, Vintage Day in Ahiohill, an exciting ensemble in Bandon with a famous conductor and last but by no means least, the 40th Anniversary South of Ireland Band Championships in Clonakilty, as well as an Old Time Fair. Yes, nearly every village and town in West Cork is planning summer festivals of some type over the coming weeks.
Despite the unseasonal weather, most social and sporting events were unaffected this year, but let us hope that the sun will start shinning a little more often, having said goodbye to the longest day of the year. We carry some wonderful nautical photographs in this issue, taken in Bantry and Kinsale. John Field, Skibbereen features in ‘In My Opinion’ and we carry an extensive interview with retiring CEO of Cork University Hospital, Tony McNamara, a Clonakilty native who looked after a €1million budget a day in his job. Bandon in West Cork is twinning with Bandon in Oregon and we bring you some fascinating features on Generation Games in Bandon, the Age Friendly initiative in the town, rising jockey Adam Farragher from Skibbereen and John ‘Bobs’ Daly from Ballineen, a sporting success in New Zealand. We take a look, after three years, at the progress of Courtmacsherry’s Community Shop and Kate Ryan highlights her favourite Food Trucks throughout West Cork. Paudie Palmer keeps us abreast of GAA developments and we publish a spectacular array of butterflies, photographed by Martin Quirke. David Forsythe visits Michael Collins House in Clonakilty to see the War of Independence exhibition and our photographers were out and about throughout West Cork for all the main June actives. We remind you of the annual Make Your Mark on Cancer walk on July 21st from the Viaduct to Bandon and a shorter one from Innishannon to Bandon, in aid of a great cause. Motorists should find our 192 reg plate feature beneficial and there is no excuse for missing out on festivities in July, as we carry a 17 page feature. Finally, thanks to Cork International Hotel, we are featuring a most generous free competition for two adults and two children, which is worth entering.
Until next month