March 2018
  • Many events to look forward to in March*Mother’s Day * St. Patrick’s Day  * Time Change  * Daffodil Day
  • There are many events and occasions to look forward to in March. Don’t forget Mammy on Sunday 11th. We in The Opinion are providing ideas on how to celebrate Mother’s Day, with the most important lady in your lives. Only six days later, on Saturday 17th, towns and villages throughout West Cork will be awash with green, white and gold caps, hats, scarves and of course shamrock as we honour our national saint on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s falling nicely for families as they can look forward to a long weekend, Monday 19th being a bank holiday. Two popular annual events take place in these parts at this time of year: the West Cork Drama Festival in Rossmore, celebrating its 57th anniversary and the West Cork Rally which is reaching its 40th birthday. Daffodil Day 2018 blooms on Friday 23rd. The following Sunday is Palm Sunday, which also heralds in the time change, so don’t forget to put your clocks and watches forward on Saturday night, 24th before you hit the sack. And this nicely brings us into Easter Week with Holy Thursday on the 29th, Good Friday on the 30th with Easter Eggs galore to be bought for Easter Sunday on April 1st. Go on fool the children on April Fool’s Day .. tell them you forgot the Easter Eggs! Joking of course!

    Bantry Harbour, one of the finest natural harbours in the world, is to witness quite a number of cruise ships this summer, which is good news for the local economy. Meanwhile on the Mizen peninsula, progress is being made with the Schull Harbour development project. Bandon witnessed some major advances in healthcare recently: At long last the new Community Hospital opened its doors to residents; the proposed adjoining new Dayroom facility moved a step further and St. Michael’s new houses at Avenue Grove are looking most attractive as a day is announced for public viewing. Meanwhile Dr. Jason van der Velde has commenced phase 2 of his mission to save lives in the area. Storm Ophelia may have done huge damage to trees, but a gifted tree sculptor has made excellent use of fallen trees in Shannonvale. The size of the proposed new fish pass at the weir on the Bandon River continues to attract comment and the adjoining new footbridge is nearing completion but pedestrians will have to wait another few weeks for its opening. On the commercial scene, Bandon witnessed a number of accolades won by business people including the awarding of the Ford Chairman’s Award to Bandon Motors – no small achievement. O’Donovan’s Off Licence won the Munster Off Licence of the Year Award. A restructuring of PJ O’Driscolls Solicitors has seen a new firm, Hallissey & Partners established in the existing premises and the relocation of PJ O’Driscoll’s to Kilbrogan Hill by Maeve O’Driscoll. We wish both of them well. Brendan Bowe is celebrating 21 years in Bandon in the auctioneering business and both Tria West Cork Oil and Kevin O’Leary Motor Group have made new appointments to their teams. In Pearse Street Gordon Treacy has opened a new business in the former Jeffersports premises, called eSmoke Store and major work is being undertaken in The Old Market Bar by father and son Joe and Dáire O’Callaghan in advance of its opening in the coming weeks. Helen McCarthy from Kealkill is the new Territory Sales Manager for permanent tsb. We congratulate Dan MacSweeney on his appointment as Chairman of An Bord Bia and young Abbie Sweetnam for her continued success in the equestrian world. On a serious and worrying note, we learn that over €1m worth of drugs have been seized in West Cork since last September. We carry an extensive Spring Summer Fashion & Beauty feature in this issue, and our photographers were busy at various sporting and social functions in the area. Mayor of Clonakilty John Loughnan is the chosen one for Emma Connolly’s column ‘In My Opinion’ this month. West Cork witnessed snow falls in February and our good friend Michael O’Brien brings us down Memory Lane as he recalls the Big Snow of 1947. We are in the shops early this month as the last Thursday on February falls on the 22nd. So enjoy the issue as our readers will have a longer than usual wait for the next edition, out on March 29th.

    Until next month,

    Eddie Goggin


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