West Cork! What initiative and success in our midst!
‘Variety’ best sums up this issue : from human interest stories to hard news, entertainment to food and much more, this November 2018 issue has something for everyone.
Let us start by congratulating two of West Cork’s senior citizens : Jack Hedigan, Clonakilty on reaching 100 and Eileen Crean, Bandon on reaching 90 – both hale and hearty. Plaudits must go to novelist Louise O’Neill on her continued success; Alice Taylor on yet another new book and Clonakilty native Niamh Ahern on her entry into the world of children’s books : Trainer John Murphy and his team on his €100,000 successful Irish Cesarewitch win – deserves our congratulations, as does Carbery on a brilliant Open Week; Bandon Co-op who, with the National Dairy Council, organised a most successful Health & Wellness Evening and West Cork farmers who won all around them at the Quality Milk Awards. The accolades don’t stop there: West Cork Restaurants were in the winners enclosure in the prestigious Michelin Guide awards, including Dillon’s Restaurant, Chestnut, Ballydehob, Mews, Baltimore and Bastion, Kinsale and some of our leading food producers were successful at the Blas na hEireann Annual Awards in Dingle. West Cork, with Clonakilty leading the field, excelled in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition and down Skibb way, O’Donovan Rossa GAA Club is set to launch impressive new plans in early November. In sport, Ballinascarthy camogie Junior B team deserve great praise on their County win, as do Kilmacabea in the Cork County Junior A Football Quarter Final.
Major infrastructural works continue in Clonakilty, Skibbereen and Bandon, while the latter is close to saying goodbye to Wills Bros, the flood relief contractors, they welcome Ward and Burke, the contractors who will undertake the upgrade of the Drainage & Sewer Network. It has come as very welcome news that South Main Street will not be impacted by these works, much to the relief of traders and shoppers.
Martin Quirke’s photographs in our Wildlife & Heritage series dispels the notion that the river works affected the fish life. It was a sad day in Ballineen recently to witness the closure of their post office. Many in Bandon were sorry to hear of the unexpected passing of former Church of Ireland Canon in the town, Patrick Hewitt. As jazz takes hold in Cork, Kinsale and Shanley’s Clonakilty this weekend, we bid farewell to a really wonderful autumn as clocks are put back. But the good news, the festive season is approaching and Nathan Carter is coming to Bandon for a Christmas concert and ‘Strictly‘ is back in town. Indeed a new re-energised attitude in Bandon seems set to prosper the town, with a lots of events over the coming weeks. In Courtmacsherry the inaugural Máire Ní Síthigh Autumn School is a novel and admirable addition to social life in the village.
This month, we introduce our new series ‘Wedding of the Month’ which we hope to run occasionally. We carry a lovely story on our back page about the birth of fifth generation twins – all alive and kicking. Finally, on a very serious note, it gives us much pleasure to highlight the work of volunteers and two members of the Bandon Fire Service who, through CPR and defibrillation, saved the life of Paul Harrington, Kilbrittain, recently. While we salute many successful people and organisations in this issue, those involved in this life-saving task are true heroes.
Until next month