Sport, School & Success
It can truthfully be said that West Cork has just experienced its best summer weathewise and busiest touristwise, in decades. In this issue many in the hospitality and services sectors reveal to Emma Connolly where their tourists came from and how successful the season was, despite the big reduction in visitors from the UK. There are still festivities to be enjoyed in September which you can get details of in the final part of our Summer Food & Fest series. However at this time of year, thoughts turn to the start of the new school and college term and we carry an extensive feature on courses, finance, nutrition and reopening dates in this issue penned by Tricia Tyson and Kate Ryan. Closely related to this is of course the Leaving Cert results and the debs/grads and we also give these generous coverage. Sport concentrated the minds of people in August and nowhere more than the All-Ireland hurling final. We highlight the dual association between the victors, Limerick and the town of Bandon. Our editorial delves into the reason for the untimely retirement of Kerry Football Manager, Éamonn Fitzmaurice and we highlight the continuing success of the O’Donovan rowing brothers and others from the Skibbereen club as well as Bandon athlete Phil Healy who did herself proud on the European track.
Other success stories we are delighted to bring you include the recognition of Sean Lynch, Innishvilla FC with an FAI Services to Football award; the other soccer clubs also in the region that were visited by John Delaney, CEO and the FAI party. Bandon Rugby Club is enjoying a new sense of vibrancy and we publish details of their developments as they welcome André Human, the new Director of Rugby, to the club; At this time of year Skibbereen becomes the focal point for A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and its dynamic Chair, Helen Collins is in the hot seat for ‘In My Opinion.’ Amateur rider Graham Atkinson tasted sweet victory on the saddle in August and we congratulate Eileen O’Donovan who was selected Bandon Red Cross Carer of the Year; Bandon music teacher Gemma Magner continues to niche a reputation for herself as a performer.
While Bandon, Skibbereen and Clonakilty continue to witness major flood relief works, Bandon faces an uphill battle to get works completed by the September 30th deadline. A Ballineen mother, Pamela Daly, describes to Mary Rose McCarthy the journey the family have been on, with a child born with four serious heart defects. All eyes will be on TV on Wednesday 5th September when Dunmanway and its association with Sam Maguire is featured.
Down Skibbereen way, the Famine Art Exhibition in Uillinn is drawing record attendances and the town sees a full programme of events in September in both the Arts Centre and Skibbereen Heritage Centre. Schull had a double reason to celebrate this month with the opening of a new pontoon and the arrival of a fast ferry to Cape Clear Island. While farmers are in the midst of challenging times, we congratulate Carbery on their most recent haul of accolades for their quality cheeses and we bring you an interesting insight into Donncha O’Callaghan, the agri-man. Meet Kevin Curran Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Cork North & West and Ger Seaman, Bandon who is seeking a nomination from the Fine Gael party to stand in the next local election
Due to the fact that it’s been a long few weeks since our last issue, we have unfortunately had to hold over material and debs photographs until the next issue
Until next month