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Please Sir…  

Can I have some more?? Yes you can!! The August Bank Holiday may well be over, but there are still plenty of Festivals, Events, Online Services & Workshops happening throughout West Cork this month…& beyond. 5th–7th: West Cork History Festival, Skibbereen. 6th-7th: Schull Regatta. 6th-8th: Bantry BBQ Festival. 7th: Classic Car, Truck & Tractor Show, […]

Hooray! Hooray! It’s a…  

Bank Holiday!! Once again it’s time to take a break & have some fun in the sun. As ever, there are plenty of activities taking place right here in West Cork. Regardless of what interests you, your family & your friends, with the wide variety of choice to hand, there is definitely something, somewhere happening […]

‘Mind’ how you go…  

‘Mind’ how you go… From 23rd – 29th July, the Skibbereen Feel Good Festival will be in full swing. Many of the events are free & any donations made will go to the HOPE Foundation so that they can continue to provide the vital services they provide. As well as addressing the issues surrounding mental health […]

Sing Your Hearts Out…  

Sing Your Hearts Out! Welcome to the latest ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast. In this, Episode 13, I am talking with Isla Jeffers about the joys, jubilations & benefits of being a member of a group choir. The Glaslinn Choir, based in Bandon, 1st formed in 1969 & in recent years has gone from strength to […]

Busy! Busy! Busy!  

Busy! Busy! Busy! Wow…it’s almost July already…where does the time go? Happy to say though, we still have one week of June ’22 to see out, so here are just a few idea’s for things to do: 24th – Pro Darts Exhibition, Dunmanway. 25th – Kupala Festival, Bantry. 26th – Family Fun Day, Newcestown. 26th […]

Housing for Everyone…  

The “Not So” Dirty Dozen… Yes…I am of course referring to Episode 12 of the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast series. In this episode, I am speaking with Jose Osprina, secretary with The Carbery Housing Association. We discuss the ‘When’ & ‘Why’ the Association set-up, the work they have carried out to date & their […]

In This Together…  

In Episode 11 of ‘The Voice of West Cork’ I have an in-depth conversation with Roos Demol from Recruit Refugees Ireland. She talks about the plight of refugees attempting to settle down & make Ireland their home.  It is not just about fitting in & making new friends, but also the trauma & devastation that […]

Happy 30th Anniversary!  

Happy 30th Birthday!! On 15th May 1992, Skibbereen Sports Centre opened its doors to the people of Skibbereen & surrounding hinterlands…& has been proudly serving the community ever since. In this, Episode 10 of ‘The Voice of West Cork’, I have an In-depth interview with Niall McCarthy, current Manager. Niall 1st started working at the […]

Wellness Month Festival  

Come & join us for a bit of Craic! Running from 9th – 31st May, the “Wellness Month” festival organised bt the Clonakilty Comunity Resource Centre is now in full swing. There are a whole range of events & workshops from Boxing, Foraging, Knitting, Meditation, Zumba & so, so much more. All events & workshops […]

Caha Centre Podcast  

As promised…the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast is now coming to you once every fortnight! In this, Episode 8 – an In-depth interview with Jennifer Riney, a Social Prescribing Link Worker – we will find out about all of the amazing work that she is doing. Although based in the Caha Family Resource Centre in […]

Competition Winner!  

Congratulations to Orla Tighe from Mallow on winning the €100 SuperValu Shopping Voucher courtesy of She simply listened to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast & answered correctly the competition question based on Episode 6: An In depth interview with Sandy McGroarty of the Cork County PPN & Jose Ospina of The Carbery Housing […]

Website Official Launch  

Wow…What a day! Today, we finally, ‘Officially Launched’ the website & podcast service. Attendees included Cllr. Gillian Coughlan (County Mayor), Michael Collins TD, Christopher O’Sullivan TD, Cllr. Danny Collins & Cllr. Patrick Murphy as well as guest speakers, Claire Cronin (Bantry NLN), Kathryn Kingston (WCDP) & Sandy McGroarty (CCPPN). Also in attendance were 50 […]

CCPPN Podcast  

Apologies for the delay! However, the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Episode 6 is now available. In this episode we have an In depth interview with Sandy McGroarty, Resource Worker with the County Cork PPN. She is joined by Jose Ospina, a CCPPN member & Founder member of the Carbery Housing Association. There are many […]

Oceans Plastic Project Podcast  

West Cork has one of the most spectacular coastlines in Ireland…From a distance at least that is! Unfortunately however, at a closer inspection, what is becoming ever more present is the waste that is getting washed up on our beaches & waterways. Thankfully ‘The Oceans Plastic Project’, ran by local activist Rory Jackson, is on […]

Hi Ho!, Hi Ho!, It’s off to…  

work we went. Yesterday afternoon myself & a few members of the CECAS Community Garden Volunteers met up at Reen Pier & collected 2 tonnes of fresh seaweed to put on to our soon to marked out ‘No Dig’ veg beds. The job in hand took roughly 1hour, but the benefits for the soil will […]

Happy hOUR Time!  

Time on your hands? Feeling isolated & useless? Know that you have something to give! If any of these 3 statements apply to you, then I seriously recommend that you listen to ‘Voice of West Cork’ Episode 4: hOUR Timebank. This in depth interview with @Steven Kelly & @Mary Casey, Directors & Trustees of hOUR […]

Visual Artists Wanted!  

Have you ever dreamed of being part of a national Art exhibition? Would you like to participate in an online programme, working alongside your peers to develop your Artwork? Connecting Artists 2022 is looking for 10 Visual Artists from all over Ireland who live with an intellectual disability. The programme will conclude with an exhibition […]

Community Spirit  

If it’s good enough for me…then it’s good enough for ye! I just signed up as a volunteer group member with the CECAS project ‘Community Garden’, as it’s a great way to learn a new skill (or two) & to make some new friends. Our 1st meeting was yesterday (Sunday 16th) & between us, we […]

Community Tree Planting  

11th December 2021: The weather was against us, but the spirits were high! A great day & the perfect example of a Community coming together & working together. The groups involved were; Sustainable Skibbereen, Growing Together, Macra Na Feirme (Caheragh), Mizen Scouts & the Wellbeing Network. The initiative was supported by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare […]

Win a €100 Shopping Voucher!  

It’s Christmas & we at simply want to share a bit of that Christmas joy with you. For your chance to win a €100 Supervalu shopping voucher, redeemable at a store of your choice, simply listen to Christmas Special podcast – Episode 3.  As part of our in depth interview with Pat Murphy from […]

Christmas Special Podcast  

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here is the Christmas Special Edition of the ‘Voice of West Cork’. It’s special because there is an In depth interview with the Bantry National Learning Network, the guys who basically made all of this possible! So I just want to send out a massive Thank You for all of their assistance […]

Time To Pull Together  

I received an email this morning informing me that due to the worsening COVID situation, ‘The Wheel’ has cancelled their in-person ceremony of the Charity Impact Awards 2021…although happy to say that it will proceed online. It’s fair to say that the past 20+ months has affected so many lives in so many different ways […]

‘Soft Launch’ at Bantry NLN  

Official ‘Soft Launch’ of a great success!! On Friday 22nd October, officially opened for business.  In attendance was Kathryn Kingston – West Cork Development Partnership, Claire Cronin – Bantry National Learning Network, Robert Hurden – Founder + CEO & Sandy McGroarty – Cork County Public Participation Network.  So if you are a […]