The arrival of St. Brigid’s Day was never so welcome!
February 1st, the Feast of St. Brigid usually heralds the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring in the garden. After the cloudy, wet and windy cold winter we have had to endure, Lá Fhéile Bríde was seldom so welcome as this year. We experienced ‘Dana like’ weather in January – ‘All kinds of Everything.’ Storm Eleanor visited us in early January and caused flood damage in Bantry, torrential rain on Friday 12th caused widespread flooding of land adjoining the Ilen and Bandon rivers and brought Bandon within a whisker of another devastating flooding episode. A few days later Storm Fionn dropped in to say hello, and on the morning of January 19th, we saw the worst black ice on our roads in 12 months . Liquorice allsorts, one could call it.
West Cork schools were well represented at this year’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition and we are delighted to give the event generous photographic coverage. Indeed between festive swims, hunts, tractor runs, dinner dances, Strictly launches and various functions, our photographers had a busy few weeks, the fruits of which are to be seen in these pages. We carry a fascinating interview with the one and only Francis Brennan: Dave McCarthy, Clonakilty tells us of his leisure plans having closed his newsagency and Grainne Dwyer, Skibbereen outlines details of her fledgling business. We salute our fellow Awards organiser Manus O’Callaghan on reaching the 25th anniversary of the Cork Person of the Year Awards and indeed the good people of Enniskeane and Desertserges did likewise to Fr Tom Hayes for his trojan efforts in restoring St. Joseph’s Church in Castletown-Kinneigh. A young Bandon Marine Biologist, Kate Mahony, made a shocking discovery in Garrettstown in relation to plastic and in Skibbereen there are growing objections to the location of a plastic factory in the town.
On a sad note, we remember in this issue the late Peter Sutherland who was a regular visitor to Goleen, Sean Ward who, as Community Manager of Schering Plough, was a great friend to Bandon and Innishannon, and nearer home Clonakilty lost one of its most colourful and popular female characters with the passing of Pauline Lowney. Apart from the weather and the untimely and sad death of Dolores O’Riordan, the main talking point in recent weeks has been the condition of our roads. We ‘look’ into some of the potholes! In Business, we highlight the continuing success of Coolmore Cakes and in our Wildlife & Heritage series, we welcome back the small Water Rail bird to West Cork.
This month we bring you our exciting new feature on Weddings titled Love & Marriage. We are indebted to wedding expert Peter Kelly aka Franc, our Fashion writer Emma Connolly and our Features Editor Tricia Tyson for their input. We trust for all those love birds contemplating marriage in 2018/19, you will find it most valuable and helpful.
Until next month