September 2019
  •  Youth must have its fling… but please be aware of the dangers of drugs

    This month we give priority to our young people and in particular those who collected their Leaving Certificate results, who attended gala debs and grads functions and who are now about to start a new chapter in their lives. We have given generous coverage to all of these happy occasions for the most part, but on a cautionary note, we carry a very enlightening piece featuring Dr Jason van der Velde, who informs us that West Cork is awash with drugs. A number of Irish families are suffering real heartbreak at present as a result of losing teenage sons and daughters after ingesting dangerous substances. It is inconceivable to imagine any of the beautiful young people featured in our debs/grads photos from Bandon, Clonakilty, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, Bandon and Kinsale lying on a hospital bed fighting for his/her life. We would exhort all our youth to exercise extreme caution at house parties, clubs, festivals and other social venues, as they leave home and head for college.

    Such was the diverse and extensive number of sporting, leisure and social events held throughout West Cork in August, that The Opinion has had to increase the number of pages to try and cope with the volume of photographs. From Courtmacsherry to Crookstown, Kinsale to Schull and including Ardfield, Bandon Ahiohill, Ballinspittle, Skibbereen and many more places, we provide the perfect shop window for their regattas, vintage days, festivals and agricultural shows. We look forward to the many events being planned for September, including the new Marvel Marquee in Bandon, Songs & Stories in Courtmacsherry, Clonakilty Guitar Festival and A Taste of West Cork Food Festival.

    A group from Clonakilty enjoyed a 30th anniversary celebration with a trip to its twin town Waldaschaff. We bring you welcome news this month of a new local transport link between Bandon and Kinsale. We salute Debbie Delaney from Bantry on her caring work and Louise O’Keeffe, Bandon on her prestigious accolade. Spearline, Skibbereen continues to make the headlines and is a source of pride not only to the town but also to all of West Cork. A most unique achievement involves a husband and wife team – Brian and Olive Murphy, Bandon, both of whom are holders of a Bravery Certificate for their heroic deeds.

    The indefatigable Eileen Kingston, Inchydoney is featured in ‘In My Opinion’ and we bring you an extensive report on the state of Tourism in West Cork this summer. Ryan Tubridy did the area no bad service when he broadcast his radio show from Schull as part of ‘Embrace The Wild Atlantic Way’ initiative.

    It was a month dominated by the three B’s – Boris, Brexit and Beef. Whatever about the first two, we are delighted, as we go to press, that a possible solution has been found in the Beef Talks. To add two other B’s – Bandon Business – its re-established Association is making great strides, and long may it continue as the town confronts the challenges of major infrastructural works.

     

    Until next month

     

    Eddie Goggin

    Editor

     

     

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