- Costa Del West Cork!
What a month! To paraphrase the words of a song ‘The Heat was on” in West Cork and how young and old enjoyed the sizzling temperatures at our wonderful Blue Flag Beaches. We conclude our Summer Series this month, highlighting all the events and festivals to be staged in August. One has to spare a thought for the farming community who have found the heatwave more challenging than any other sector. But they are not alone – while we welcomed the hot weather after the horrid winter we experienced, it certainly had a negative effect on some businesses. We salute athlete Phil Healy this month, who set a new Irish record and Liam O’Driscoll, the ploughmn who tasted success in Russia. We congratulate Fr Eddie Collins CC on celebrating his Golden Jubilee and indeed Drinagh Co-op for their major investment in their new Mill, officially opened by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Kinsale RNLI is to get a magnificent new lifeboat and Schull is seeing its brand new pontoon being erected. Uillinn Arts Centre in Skibbereen is to host the world’s largest collection of famine-related art and it gives us pleasure to highlight a cafe with a difference at Colla, Schull. We feature an interview with former TD Paddy Sheehan and we put Cllr Danny Collins in the hot seat with Emma Connolly in the popular ‘In My Opinion.’ The residents and farmers in Kilbrittain are up in arms about Cork County Council’s plans for the junction near the church. Questions have been asked about the cost of the new roundabout at the Half Way and a new park and ride facility is being proposed for Inchydoney during the sumMer months. Meanwhile the controversy relating to the proposed Ring road closure and the restricted traffic flow in Clonakilty itself due to the flood relief works, continues to be contentious. We take a look at the monstrous fish pass at the weir on the Bandon River and examine a much cheaper and less obtrusive weir in Leon in Spain. Kate Ryan sets the scene for the forthcoming A Taste of West Cork Food Festival and we question Mary Lou McDonald’s decision to run a candidate in the Presidential Election. It’s that time of year again when we bring you an Education Feature and our first Deb/Grads photographs appear in this issue, featuring the students from Bantry who got the balls off to an early start. Finally we would exhort our readers to get out and enjoy the festivities in these parts throughout August, September and the darker evenings aren’t far away.
Until next month,