Letter from the Editor
Heroes at Ballinacarriga Test Centre
It’s still hard to get away from Covid-19, a topic that has concentrated all our minds since March. While we may question some of the restrictions and the inconsistencies that exist, there is one thing that we are all agreed on – the wonderful effort and dedication of our frontline workers. This month we focus on a group of people who are very special to West Cork – the cohort of healthcare and ancillary workers in Ballinacarriga Covid-19 Test Centre. We interview Dr Emer Shanley, whose leadership role is indeed exemplary but who, in her humility, stresses that she is just a small cog in the outstanding wheel. We salute Emer and all the staff at this challenging time in West Cork with the spread of the virus and we say simply ‘Thank you.’
As we go to press, Bandon received good news that planning permission has been approved for the exciting new play park.
Our regular Arts & Entertainment series in this issue includes an interview with Clonakilty author Louise O’Neill. Another Clonakilty author, Seán Dineen, retired Head of Mathematics in UCD has launched a fascinating new book titled ‘The Texture of West Cork’. So too has Alice Taylor, who climbed up into her attic for inspiration for her latest offering. Tricia Tyson remembers fellow Kinsale resident and renowned poet Derek Mahon who sadly passed away during the month and we look at the new documentary to mark the centenary of the Kilmichael Ambush.
Strictly Bantry may have been postponed this year, but it didn’t stop them selecting a winner based on the semi-final video footage. The Late Late Show was enlivened during the month with a brilliant performance by West Cork singer Lyra.
The benign autumn weather has been welcomed by everyone who has enjoyed visits to popular seaside resorts and participated in marine leisure activities.
We look at the changing channel in Coolmain Beach and we examine the unique work being undertaken by Bandon scientist Kate Mahony and her team at UCC on the humble Cockle. We carry a fascinating article on Pigeon Racing. We talk to Anthony Creswell, Ummera Smoked Products Ltd about his most recent accolade and Kate Ryan gives some timely tips about Halloween. Deirdre Clune MEP talks about the implication of a hard Brexit. Recent weeks have seen a host of West Cork teams – both men’s and ladies – claim silverware and it is our pleasure to highlight many of them. In a very moving and honest interview, Mary O’Neill Molloy speaks to John Bohane about her traumatic struggle with cancer in recent years and which is hopefully finished. Tricia Tyson looks at the chances of Joe Biden making it to the White House and the final part of our extensive interview with Tim Lucey, CEO Cork County Council is published.
A Challenging Few Weeks Ahead
We are entering a month that many people do not like – November. With the threat of Covid hanging over us, lockdowns, restrictions, business closures and dark evenings, it has never been more important for us, as a community, to look out for one another. With Christmas on the horizon, it is absolutely vital that we support our local towns, stop shopping online and play our part to prove that West Cork is a place apart.
Until next month