Letter from the Editor
Bars still barred!
Pub owners were treated despicably this month, being kept in the dark until the very last minute about re-opening their bars. More and more inconsistencies are emerging on how NPHET and the government are handling the re-opening of the economy. Ireland was a different place 30 years ago when pubs were jammed with fans shouting on Jack Charlton’s Irish team in Italy. We remember the two visits Jack made to Bandon in 1991 and 1995. Since our last issue, we got a new Taoiseach in the person of Micheál Martin, whom we treat as one of our own, having a holiday home in Courtmacsherry – we wish him luck. Innishvilla FC has a magnificent new astro-turf training pitch; Skibbereen Rugby Club continues to see young talent shining through and the town is looking its best with some new Public Realm and Tidy Towns initiatives. Bandon, too, has a fine new amenity area at Bridge Lane, which is very welcome, even if some people have reservations about its effects on traffic. Talking about this area, we feature Fish Merchant Julie Buttimer who continues a long family tradition at the ‘Fish Corner’. Bishop of Cork & Ross Fintan Gavin visited Bandon parish this month and broadcaster and entertainer Aonghus McAnally may have more time to visit his house in the town, since his recent retirement. We met Dr Paddy Crowley this month and the Newcestown man revealed his serious brush with Covid. We also interviewed Padraig O’Reilly, the newly-elected Mayor of Clonakilty. We speak to Elma Casey and Anthony Forde, respective managers of Access (Skibbereen & Bandon) and Clonakilty Credit Unions about recent challenges over lockdown.
In our 14 page ‘Rediscover West Cork’ feature, we offer a guide to enjoying a staycation. Local craft and art people are making their mark in Dunmanway and Ballineen & Enniskeane Pitch & Putt Club continues to maintain its high standards. Kate Ryan gives a fascinating account of places in West Cork that serve the best coffee; Tricia Tyson provides timely advice to students and parents about ‘Back to School’ and entering college for the first time. Auto dealer Dan Seaman celebrates his 50th anniversary in the business this August Weekend and we carry some very interesting articles by writers Adrienne Acton, John Bohane, Mary McLernon and Mary Rose McCarthy. While Bandon continues to see works on the Drainage & Sewage Scheme, the Flood Relief Scheme is nearing its end date. We started with the pubs and we will finish with them. Three enterprising young men from Ahiohill used their ingenuity and skill to create a mobile pub during lockdown and which is for hire. It’s called ‘One for the Road.’ God knows we could all do with one for the road, or even one for no reason at all!!
Until next month,