‘Here Comes Summer’
After the toughest winter in living memory, we are reminded, as June arrives, of the Jerry Keller hit song of 1958 – exactly 60 years ago – titled ‘Here Comes Summer.’ How delightful to even read the lyrics: ‘Here comes summer, school is out, oh happy days.’
If the fine weather we experienced recently, continues, we won’t be long forgetting Ophelia, Emma, the Big Snow and the Scairbhín. We get into the spirit of the season with the first of our three part series, ‘Summer ’18… West Cork.’ You will find details of all the festivals, art exhibitions, concerts and carnivals that are being staged in West Cork this month, starting off with a host of attractions this Bank Holiday Weekend: Bandon Music Festival, Kinsale Point to Point, Belgooly Show and Innishannon Steam Rally being the top ones.
There were four highly successful festive events held in these parts in May, coverage of which appears in this issue as well as Bandon Show, which despite threatening rain, proved a great day.
The Bank Holiday Weekend in Bandon is assuming special significance this year with the opening of the attractive new footbridge. An evening of fun and festivities is planned from 4pm on Friday June 1st so get out and enjoy the occasion. ‘In My Opinion’ this month goes down Courtmacsherry way to meet Billy Adams and reflects on the input of the Adams family on the village’s iconic hotel over the years. We talk to Brendan Hayes who produced the newly released film Inlaws & Outlaws and the strong Dunmanway connection. Indeed the town gets prominence in this issue as we also highlight the official opening of its exciting new Brookpark, by Minister Breen, as well as other activities in the town. Skibbereen also enjoyed a visit from the Minister this month where he lauded newly-developed enterprises. Clonakilty is preparing for two huge festivals in the coming weeks – the 3rd Annual Street Carnival and the 39th South of Ireland Band Championships. Bantry and Schull saw the first cruise ships of the season enter their harbours and there was great excitement in Sam’s Cross for the visit of the Chinese Ambassador.
We carry two pages relating to the Tidy Towns competition and related matters and we give you a glimpse of what the new roundabout at the Halfway is going to look like when completed. Senator Tim Lombard has announced his intention to seek a nomination to run for Fine Gael in the next general election. The Darkness into Light walks reflected the wonderful generosity of spirit and concern for those in a dark place, as thousands participated throughout West Cork. The recent Operation Thor proved most successful for An Garda Siochána and the community at large. Minister Shane Ross continues to prove how little he knows about rural Ireland, this time proposing a bus link that borders on being ludicrous. We once again applaud the huge voluntary work being undertaken to raise funds for a host of worthy causes and charities: much of our photographic coverage this month reflects a truly caring community. Finally our young people continue to achieve success in academic, sporting, social and cultural activities and it is always a pleasure to recognise them in the pages of The Opinion.
Until next month