February 2017 Edition
  • With Valentine’s on the way… there’s love in the West Cork airWith Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there is love in the air. However for sisters Lily McCarthy and Mary O’Mahony love is in the air 365 days of the year where Daniel O’Donnell is concerned. Read all about this unique ‘love affair’ which has been going on for 31 years, ever since they laid their eyes on wee Daniel in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway.

    Judging from the extensive coverage we are affording all the GAA victory dinners in West Cork this month, there must have been many an amorous moment as the footballers and hurlers hung up their boots for their dancing shoes. Yes, Bandon, Carbery Rangers, Gabriel Rangers, Kilmeen/Kilbree, Clonakilty and other clubs enjoyed well-deserved celebrations in January, even if it was a little blue for business and for those who were struck down with influenza. Talking about dancing, Skibbereen is still on a high after its second staging of Strictly O’Donovan Rossas – which proved yet another fabulous success. The town was also in celebratory mood for the visit of the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown, who officially launched a magnificent new visitor’s guide to their splendid cathedral. Skibbereen, like Bandon is beginning to show the ugly signs of their respective flood relief schemes, but it will be all for the better in the long run. However, we highlight the state of the roads in Bandon, which in all fairness cannot be allowed to deteriorate any further on health and safety grounds. Michael Collins TD went one step further, to his credit, and organised a delegation to go to Dublin to meet Transport Minister Shane Ross, to advise him of the horrific state of some of the West Cork roads.

    We bring you the latest in the Bandon Playground saga, with positive news from Cork County Council. There is much happening in the entertainment world at present – Laura McNamara continues to make strides with her single Emerald, featuring in the RTE drama series Striking Out. Accomplished Clonakilty guitarists Bill Shanley and John Fitzgerald will be part of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s band at his Valentines’ night performance in Cork Opera House and the Ballinspittle/Kinsale region is busy preparing for Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí which will take place in Kinsale on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd. We cannot mention entertainment without remembering the legendary Jimmy Hayes, who moved up to a higher stage this month.

    Still in Clonakilty, Inchydoney Beach was voted No 1 Beach in Ireland in the Independent.ie Readers Travel Survey and the local Credit Union in the town buried a Time Capsule to mark its 50th Anniversary. Bandon lost one of its oldest gentlemen with the passing of Jimmy Galvin; the town’s Farmer’s Market received a wonderful accolade and thankfully local jockey Stella McGrath is making good progress after her tragic accident some months ago.

    Lidl has got the green light in Bantry, after a long struggle and Kinsale Lions once again showed how effective and generous they are as a voluntary organisation. As the O’Donovan brothers are selected Cork Persons of the Year at a gala ceremony in Rochestown Park Hotel, preparation for the West Cork’s Community Awards is progressing well as The Opinion and Bandon Co-op plan to honour West Cork’s local heroes for the 28th annual occasion. This issue is jam-packed with news, features and photographs and we trust you enjoy it, as we welcome Lá Fhéile Bride on February 1st. Let Spring roll on..

    Until next issue

    Eddie Goggin





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