Bantry

Bantry in the December edition of The Opinion

Eve Murphy and Rachel Murphy, Bantry and Cork Minor Footballers shares her Christmas memories

Bantry-based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally

West Cork’s small businesses ‘Meet the USA Buyers’ at pop-up trade expo

Emma Connolly catches up with some well known West Cork ladies to find out how they’ll style themselves this Christmas

‘Strictly’ takes over West Cork

118 Nominations for West Cork Garda Youth Awards

New poetry collection in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support

Anam Cara Meeting in Bantry

Festive events from all over the area

Exclusive photos from social events in the area

Everyone should have an Opinion

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Best in the west John Caulfield with Connor Ellis from Bantry at the SSE League Trophy presentation in Turners cross pic George Hatchell

Best in the west John Caulfield with Connor Ellis from Bantry at the SSE League Trophy presentation in Turners cross pic George Hatchell

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Winners of the Bantry based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally, the final round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, Midleton's Daragh O'Riordan (right) and Wexford's Andy Hayes pictured with Katie Murphy, Miss Bantry. Photo: Martin Walsh.

Winners of the Bantry based Westlodge Hotel Fastnet Rally, the final round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship, Midleton’s Daragh O’Riordan (right) and Wexford’s Andy Hayes pictured with Katie Murphy, Miss Bantry. Photo: Martin Walsh.

REPRO FREE Michael and Judy Siegert from Shamrock Imports in Iowa pictured with Pat and Paul Connolly from Paul Connolly Jewellery on the Beara Peninsula at ÒMeet the USA BuyerÓ in the McDonald Hotel Kinsale where Giftware Designers Featured in a Pop-Up Trade Show in partnership with The North American Celtic Trade Association. Picture. John Allen ÒMeet the USA BuyerÓ - Giftware Designers Featured in Pop-Up Trade Show in partnership with The North American Celtic Trade Association. On Saturday 4th November 2017, Cork County CouncilÕs Local Enterprise Offices in collaboration with the North American Celtic Trade Association (NACTA) created a trade show ÒPop-upÓ featuring 13 Cork businesses targeting the USA gift market. This dynamic trade event ÒMeet the USA BuyersÓ offered visiting American retailers the chance to meet and review gift, craft, design and food products. This was a unique opportunity for local businesses to meet International gift buyers in person in Kinsale. Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise with LEO West Cork commented: ÒWe have a track record of preparing our businesses to sell into trade and export with mentoring and training. We are lucky to have such as wealth of designer, makers and artisan food companies here in West Cork. The North American Celtic Trade Association is an established and prestigious group of over 100 retailers from the USA who retail iconic Irish brands in their shops. We are delighted work with this group of USA buyers and to organise this innovative pop-up trade event to showcase our talented brands.Ó As part of their ÒPreparing for BrexitÓ programme of events, Local Enterprise Office North and West Cork has partnered with these leading US retailers to create this trade event. Hosted in Kinsale Macdonalds Hotel, 23 retail trade buyers meet with 13 Cork gift businesses to share insights and guides on how to export into the USA gift and retail market. Speaking in advance of the Cork event in Kinsale on 4th November, Tom McGrath of Tipperary at Tara Ltd, and NACTA board member noted ÒI know we do business because of it. Some orders are placed at the event but more importantly contacts are made. Craftpersons and makers can meet a group of stores they otherwise may have no shot at. We love meeting makers and designer and like to give feedback and insight about the products they are creating for the USA market.Ó This is the first time NACTA retailers have been hosted by the Local Enterprise Offices and Cork is the only ÒPop Up Trade ShowÓ in their itinerary.Ê The NACTA co-sponsor the ÒUSA Gift Suppliers of the YearÓ with Enterprise Ireland and are a key overseas buying group for Showcase, Ireland leading creative expo. Deirdre OÕMahony from LEO North and West noted: ÒPresenting Cork craft and gifts to an international audience such as ÒMeet the USA BuyerÓ is instrumental in growing the export market for our local businesses. We are delighted to be supporting these designers and makers in showcasing their products to these renowned Celtic retailers. This is a valuable route to the US retail market. We look forward to seeing commercial opportunities unfold for these Cork brands each of which has the ambition and capability to export and have a strong product offering for international buyers.Ó END. Further Information & Contact: MŽabh Ring, tel: 087 6711147 & meabhring@gmail.com On behalf of Local Enterprise Offices, North and West Cork, ÒMeet the USA BuyersÓ 4th November, 2017. Brexit Event The Cork Business exhibiting include: ¥ Siobhan Steele Ceramics, this artisan pottery studio producing beautiful, understated, functional ceramics in natural colours, inspired by the nature and her North Cork landscape, Siobhain also incorporates Ireland literary greats with her ÒMessage on a BottleÓ collection. ¥ Milse‡n is a delicious and awarding wining chocolate, based in Bandon. Milse‡n chocolatiers have combined age old techniques and skills with quality ingredients to create Irish chocolates that are unique and delicious. ¥ Giles Norman remains one of IrelandÕs leading photographers, featuring over a thousand timeless images from traditional landscapes to bold abstract pieces. His photography collection is a key favourite with overseas tourists and buyers. ¥ Alan Horgan Studio is a contemporary furniture designer, his Studio nestled within the former grounds of Mogeely Castle in the Blackwater Valley. Alan Horgan Studio creates timeless design led furniture, lighting and bespoke furniture. ¥ Loominations Irish Custom Throw Blankets is a home wares gift company creating cotton throws and blanket for the tourism and gift sector. Jamie Monagan designs exciting throws, inspired by our stunning landscape and rich heritage. Irish icons and landmarks such as Blarney Castle, Fastnet and the Old Head of Kinsale are woven into full-colour cotton blankets with a crisp and contemporary graphic design. ¥ West Cork Biscuit Co are based in Dunmanway, their biscuits, cookies and crackers are individually hand-made using fine Irish butter and no artificial ingredients whatsoever. The original Irish Pure Butter Shortbread has only three ingredients and 38% butter, and must be tasted to be believed! ¥ Sue Gifford Design collection of products includes a range of luxurious products include cushions, pocket squares, handkerchiefs scarves and Greetings Cards. Her beautiful handpainted Rosetta design, featuring flamboyant, rambling Roses, is featured throughout The Rose Hotel, Tralee, and is the main design in her scarves and gentlemen's pocket squares ¥ CROP Irish Candle collection from Kinsale is the creative passion of Lucy Hagerty, previously having an illustrious career as a chef in the UK to the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Lucy now has an equally colourful one as an expert perfumer with La Bougie.Ê Her new candle brand CROP celebrates Ireland's produce with seasonal fragrances and is perfect for the Celtic market. ¥ PNJC is a Celtic Jewellery designer and maker nestled in the Beara Peninsula. The Connolly family of makers celebrate all things Celtic and nature with their hand crafted etched brass collection of earrings, pendants and necklaces. A perfect stylish gift for export and tourists to remember their Wild Atlantic Way experience ¥ Badly Made Books journals are Ireland's low tech, high quality means of recording and organising all those troublesome thoughts and exciting ideas. Badly Made Book celebrate the quirkiness, differences and variations of the book making creative process. Match with iconic artistic, Celtic and heritage prints this new gift company is creating a buzz with overseas buyers. ¥ w a t e r s + w i l d create perfumes using natures palette in their Union Hall Perfumery. Certified organic perfumes made in small batches, hand blended and poured in an ancient stone barn in West Cork using the age-old traditions of perfume-making with a 21st century twist. ¥ Azure Jewellery is Ireland leading bridal and accessory jeweller celebrating style and fashion. This award winning design company are stocked throughout Ireland and overseas. Azure jewellery product collection merge classic, heritage and contemporary theme to create jewellery that is timeless. ¥ Bantry based, Annabel Langrish is a renowned artist, her Heron Gallery brand creates traditional prints that have a timeless appeal captured in her tablemats, coasters, farmyard mugs and cushions. Her new contemporary animal inspired artwork is a favourite with Irish and overseas consumers alike. The North American Celtic Trade Association. The North American Celtic Trade Association (NACTA) is the trade association for the Celtic market in North America and is often referred to as ÒThe Celtic BuyersÓ. With over 100 members representing retailers and distributors working in the USA Celtic marketplace. Retailer Membership is open to storefront retailers who sell predominantly Celtic products, while Vendor Membership is open to non-retailing entities interested in doing business in the Celtic market in North America. NACTA co-sponsor the ÒGift Exporter of the YearÓ with Enterprise Ireland and are a key buyer group attending Showcase, Ireland leading Creative Expo each year. http://www.celticbuyers.com/about.htm

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Michael and Judy Siegert from Shamrock Imports in Iowa pictured with Pat and Paul Connolly from Paul Connolly Jewellery on the Beara Peninsula at ÒMeet the USA BuyerÓ in the McDonald Hotel Kinsale where Giftware Designers Featured in a Pop-Up Trade Show in partnership with The North American Celtic Trade Association.
Picture. John Allen

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