Our 40th Anniversary this month
It’s hard to believe that exactly 40 years ago, the first copy of the then Bandon Opinion rolled off the presses of Walsh Printers, Clonakilty. During the four decades we have recorded many highs and lows, always striving to be positive and in general a good news magazine. We are delighted to mark the occasion by producing a free commemorative supplement which will be incorporated in our Bumper Christmas Annual, in the shops on Thursday December 7th.
As West Cork’s towns and villages prepare for the Christmas season with major promotions, entertainment and the switch-on of the festive lighting, we exhort everyone to support their local shops at this, the busiest shopping time of the year. November has seen Strictly Dancing fever in many places, as thousands of people were entertained while raising valuable funds for worthy causes. November also saw tremendous success for West Cork sports people, many former recipients of Opinion/Bandon Co-op Awards, including Darren Sweetnam and Conor Hourihane who donned Irish jerseys in their respective codes, John Caulfield who, as Manager of Cork City FC, brought off the double and former students of Coláiste na Toirbhirte who played a key role in the Cork City Ladies success. Internationally renowned hockey goalkeeper David Harte was elected Secretary to the European Olympic Committee (EOC) athletes commission.
Ladies feature prominently in this issue. ‘In My Opinion’ focuses on Catherine Field, Skibbereen in conversation with Emma Connolly and in our Fashion Series, Emma discovers what some well known West Cork ladies are donning for Christmas. We look at the success of Bandon twins – Mary and Margaret McNamara in their fashion boutique in Galway and in our ‘West Cork Food for Thought’ series, Kate Ryan gives some timely advice on how to cut down on wasting food this Christmas. We also highlight the great work being carried out by the Bandon Women’s Group. We carry generous photographic coverage of St. Joseph’s National School, Clonakilty’s 50th Anniversary celebrations, the Kevin O’Leary Centra Fashion Show in aid of ABC, the Fashion Event in memory of Audrey Carey, Bandon Lady Captain’s Golf Dinner, the Clonakilty and Union Hall Pink Ribbon events and the Bandon Flower Club function.
This month promises to be a historic one for Bandon as the new footbridge over the Bandon River is to be installed. We also carry positive news on two other developments in the town: the proposed Water Scheme and the Regeneration of St. Finbarr’s Place, which includes an exciting sculpture to remember those who fought and died for Ireland.
But back to the festive season and John Bohane meets some well known West Cork sports people to find out their thoughts on Christmas. We carry nine pages in our Christmas Festivities, highlighting new book launches, pantos, school shows, plays, concerts, carol singing and other happenings associated with this time of year. Look out for the Newcestown Comhaltas group who will feature on the Late Late Toy Show on Friday December 1st.
Finally, on behalf of everyone on The Opinion team, I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and good health in 2018