June 2020

  • Suspension of Pay Parking will be welcomed

    It never made sense to have pay parking in Bandon and no pay parking in the nearby Clonakilty. No matter what excuses Cork County Council came up with, there was no logic in the situation. Now Bandon and Kinsale are being treated more fairly, with the suspension of pay parking for at least three months. Business owners and their employees should respect the fact that this gesture is for the benefit of shoppers and not for them.

    We are delighted to announce that Wills Bros, the Bandon River Flood Relief contractors, are back in town to complete the works.

    In this issue we strive to keep it as Covid-19 free as possible, but it’s not possible to completely ignore the frightening virus in our midst. We carry a shocking report on the huge increase in deaths in West Cork during April, not by any manner or means all Covid related; we feature Ballinhassig-born undertaker Clive Anderson who runs a funeral home in Covid-ridden New York; Octogenarian Mary McLernon exalts the virtues of the elderly during this crisis and we wonder will things ever be the same again; our politicians are becoming one big joke in their inability to form a government after a February election; However it mightn’t be any laughing matter for rural Ireland if the Greens get their way. St. Brogan’s College, Bandon received very good news this month and the Courtmacsherry-Timoleague area should also be more than happy with the completion of their sewerage scheme. John Murphy, the brilliant young golfer from Kinsale also had reason to celebrate, as had the recipients of free pianos on loan from Jeffers Music, Bandon. Ardfield singer/songwriter and musician Alan Tobin also had reason to open the bubbly, as had Agricultural Contractor Mark Troy, who took possession of the first Claas Jaguar 990 machine in Ireland. Lainey England has been busy during her cocooning, knitting a wonderful colourful blanket and well done to all the GAA clubs that have undertaken fundraisers for Pieta House, Clonakilty Community Hospital and other worthy causes. Schull’s own Ayoola Smart is niching a fine reputation for herself as an actress in Killing Eve and we salute Shane Creagh Piper for his honesty in relating a medical condition, which should be of benefit to other sufferers. Cllr Paul Hayes tells us the real reason why he resigned from the Sinn Féin party and we also speak to Ships Officer Kieran Boyle who continues to be marooned on a cruise ship, now in the Philippines. Tricia Tyson brings our readers a fascinating story on Kinsale Rocks, brainchild of Maeve Edwards. Skibbereen personality Garry Minihane is featured in ‘In My Opinion.’ We are delighted to announce a new amenity area for Bandon’s town centre, brainchild of Cllr Sean O’Donovan and we welcome the recommencement of works on the Bandon Drainage & Sewage Network Upgrade Project. Clonakilty’s support for its local hospital through Cairde, continues to be spectacular with a recent fundraiser exceeding €30,000 in the first 24 hours.

    Covid-19 may have put a stop to many activities but it created a whole new interest in cycling and 89 year old cycle dealer Joe O’Brien, Bandon created his own record this month. It’s always pleasing to compile the June issue, with all the festivals, shows and music events planned for this time of year. Alas, we have no such attractions this year and not even a pub in which to discuss our sorrows and disappointments. However we live in hope and look found to the next two re-openings under Phase 2 and 3 in June. In the meantime as a follow-up to our photo collage of Kilmacsimon last month, we feature Calm Coolmain on the back cover – so sit back, admire and relax. Nature is still at its wonderful best, virus or no virus and thank God for that.


    Until next issue


    Eddie Goggin




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