Monday, 23 February 2015

News from Walter Ryan Purcell in West Cork

Ballydehob: An Sanctoir's AGM : Friday 20th March at 7 pm.

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club

Celebrating 10 Years. Wednesday 4th of March

Club Meeting, Mary O'Connor's Bar, Ballincollig at 9:00pm

Sunday 8th of March

Cars and Coffee Morning, in the Covered Car Park @ Tesco, Ballincollig from 10:30am.

Bring your Vintage/Classic Car or just call in to meet up!

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club List of Events for 2015:
Sunday 12th of April - Run to Gouganebarra
Sunday 17th of May - Charity Run
Sunday 21st of June - Atlantic Way Run
Friday 24th - Sunday 26th of July - Annual Show @ Ballincollig Shopping Centre
Sunday 13th of September - Run
Sunday 18th of October - West Cork Run

Scoil Mhuire NS, Schull, will hold an open day for the parents of all prospective Junior Infants on Thursday 26th February. It will begin at 1:30 with a tour of the school followed by teas and coffee and a brief address from the Principal. Enrolment forms will be available for collection on the day and in the meantime be sure to check out our website

Kinsale, Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS)

On Wednesday 25th February 2015, at 8pm, in the Carlton Hotel in Kinsale, Kinsale Youth Support Services (KYSS) are hosting one of their monthly awareness talks, and they are delighted to confirm that Liam Doocey will be the keynote speaker on the night. He will be giving a presentation on ‘You Don’t Have to Know it All – Parenting in the Modern Era’.

Liam Doocey is a qualified Life Coach and is accredited with the International Institute of Coaching AWC. He is also registered on the International Coaching Register ICR. Liam has worked as a professional youth worker since 1991, and he holds a BA Hons Degree in Sociology as well as qualifications in Drugs Counselling, Intervention Skills and Youth and Community Work.

Liam has facilitated drugs awareness programmes in various secondary schools in Cork over the last 10 years, which are designed to stimulate debate and inform both young people and their parents. His philosophy when working with young people and their parents is to keep it simple and direct. Liam has a relaxed, common sense, and down to earth approach, which will both challenge and encourage all those attending.

Admission to the event is free.

The host KYSS was formed in 2010 and consists of a group of people, drawn from local Doctors, Gardai, Counsellors, Teachers, HSE, Youth Club Leaders and Workers, and Community Volunteers, who have come together to support young people, and to promote positive mental health in the wider Kinsale area. KYSS serves a catchment area of 10,000 people, covering Ballygarvan, Ballinhassig, Ballinspittle (Courceys Parish), Belgooly, Innishannon, Kilmacsimon, Kinsale, Riverstick and Tracton.


The annual Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from February 23rd to 8th March and as always, Clonakilty - Ireland's first FT Town, has organised a number of events to celebrate. This years FT Fortnight theme is - "The Power is in your Pocket".

On Thursday 5th March at 8pm there will be a Chocolate Tasting and Tapas Evening again hosted by Clonakilty Chocolate at Molly's Café as an introduction to Fairtrade chocolate. There will be tastings, live music and plenty of sweet and savoury recipes to sample made by local chefs. Tickets for sale at O' Donovan's Hotel Desk or by phoning Allison on 085 757 4338.

Check out the Clonakilty Fairtrade Facebook and Twitter pages regularly for updates.

Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin,086-2202029
Trevor Kingston on 086-3384863. Join us on Facebook:

West Cork Wine Society: An Evening of Wine and Food Pairing

Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery
7pm, Thursday 5 March
The Celtic Ross Hotel in association with Christys Wines & Spirits is proud to present an evening of fine dining with select wines from Rutherford Ranch, California. Our presenter on the night, Dick Wallingford, will showcase delectable wines from California paired with an inspired 4 course menu from our Executive Head Chef Graeme Campbell. This will be a most enjoyable and educational evening where you will experience the art of wine and food pairing; wines from the Rutherford Ranch Winery set in the Napa Valley's scenic Silverado Trail on the west coast of America paired with a menu suffused with the famous artisan food produce of West Cork.
€35 per person (This will be an intimate evening with limited numbers. Please book to avoid disappointment.)
To book call Celtic Ross Events on (023) 8848722

The West Cork Fit Up Theatre Festival in association with Cork County Council, will hold a Spring Fit Up Theatre Festival on Bere Island in 2015.

The following plays will be performed at the Bere Island Heritage Centre in March:

Saturday 7th March: Underneath written and performed by Pat Kinevane.

Saturday 14th March: Postscript by Noelle Brown and Michelle Forbes.

Both performances will be at 7.30pm, admission is €12, concessions €10. A family ticket is €36 (2 adults and 2 teens). Please note the performances are not suitable for audiences under 14. A ferry will leave Castletownbere at 6.30pm and will return after the performances.

Dates of the Summer West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival on Bere Island will be announced within in the next few weeks.

If you require further details, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards



Development Worker

Bere Island Conservation Plan, Community Centre, Ballinakilla, Bere Island, Co Cork. Tel: 027 75099

Swing Dance Workshop with Tom and Rachel

Saturday, March 21 at 12:00pm

Westlodge Hotel Bantry. in Bantry

West Cork French Conversation

Wednesday, March 11 at 4:00pm

The Black Sheep

A Free Guide to Vegetable Growing – just email for one. Lovely booklet!

Stephen Alexander
Vegetable Crops Adviser
Kinsealy Research Centre
Malahide Rd
Dublin 17

Baltimore Lifeboat Dinner and Disco on Saturday 28th February at 8.00 p.m. in Casey’s hotel.

This is a very popular event and tickets will sell out fast. You can reserve tickets by emailing me on or by purchasing them directly from Bushes Baltimore.

Spring Fit-up Theatre Festival from the 4th - 15th of March, this is in addition to the main summer event.

The festival opens with hugely popular Pat Kinevane in his new show ‘Underneath’. West Corkaudiences will remember Pat, who seems to have an almost cult-like following in the area, for his stunning performances in ‘Silent’ ( Edinburgh Fringe First) and ‘Forgotten’.

Following the runaway international success of Forgotten and Silent, Fishamble presents Pat Kinevane’s third solo play, Underneath, directed by Jim Culleton. This stunning new play is a blackly comic, rich and vivid tale of a life lived in secret, a testament to the people who live on the fringes, under the nose of everyday life. It explores the surface, and what lies underneath and promises to provide audiences with another captivating, moving and unforgettable theatrical journey in the hands of a master.

The second week of the festival opens on March 11th in Glengariff Community Hall with ‘Postscript’ by Noelle Brown and Michelle Forbes. The play is performed by Noelle Brown and Brid Ni Neachtain, two superb actors who have both worked with Blood in the Alley in the past. Noelle Brown was adopted at birth and her play is based on her real search for her identity which provides a gentle, sad, funny and delightful evening of theatre.

The plays will be performed in Ballydehob, Heir Island, Bere Island, Kilcrohane, Glengariff and Lisavard during the Festival so check the website for details of when they are coming to a venue near you on Blood in the Alley are the company who bring top class professional productions to places that other companies can’t reach and no doubt the Festival will continue to do so for some time. Tickets are 10/12 euro are only available at the door. Please check ferry times for island shows.

Geoff Gould Jessica Finken
Artistic Director Company Manager
0860454458 0861549981

Blood in the Alley Theatre Co.
Co. Cork
/Blood-in-the-Alley-Theatre-Company facebook link

Up and coming event

Fit-up Theatre Festival West Cork

Wed March 4th - Sun March 15th

Welsh TV to Feature Cape Clear Island

Welsh Language TV Program to be broadcast shortly to feature sailing in in West Cork including Cape Clear Island.

During last Summer ( 2014) a number of programs of Codi Hwyl ( Raise the Sail) were recorded in the West Cork area and these will be broadcast shortly as follows.
Codi Hwyl (Raise the Sail)
S4C Sianel Pedwar Cymru
Programme 1 (13/2)
Intrepid sailors John Pierce Jones and Dilwyn Morgan sail from Wales to Ireland for new adventures in the Emerald Isles – but stormy weather threatens their journey before they even leave Welsh waters.
Programme 2 (20/2)
Actor John Pierce Jones and comedian Dilwyn Morgan head for the stunning island of Cape Clear on the 27 foot boat the Mistress Wilful – will engine trouble maroon them on the island?
Programme 3 (27/2)
Their boat crippled by engine troubles, John Pierce Jones and Dilwyn Morgan head for Baltimore, a town in West Cork renowned for its beautiful harbour, where the boys try their hand at sailing a traditional wooden lobster boat and a luxury yacht. But will the Mistress wilful be ready to carry on the journey?
Programme 4 (6/3)
Actor John Pierce Jones and Dilwyn Morgan set sail for Courtmacsherry, a town known for offering sailors a warm Irish welcome but the harbour is tricky to sail, demanding all of Dilwyn’s sailing expertise. But is John ready for the challenge?
Programme 5 (13/3)
John Pierce Jones and Dilwyn Morgan steer the Mistress Wilfull towards Kinsale – where they take some time off their boat to play at one of the world’s most exclusive golf clubs and explore life under the waves on a scuba expedition. They head for Cobh, where John has family connections.
Programme 6 (20/3)
On the final leg of their Irish journey, John Piece Jones and Dilwyn Morgan travel to Dungarvan and the Irish Gaeltacht An Rinn, where they meet up with actor and singer Ryland Teifi for a night of music.

Muddy Paws dog groomer Schull, washing, clipping de-matting de-shedding and more.ALL dog types and ALL dog temperaments welcome

FULL GROOM: Small and toy €25, Medium €35, Large €50

WASH, BRUSH AND DRY: Small €15, Medium €20, Large €30

Contact: Marion Lannin, Gubbeen, Schull 028 28013 / 086-7719345

Chimney Sweep
Have your chimney swept this winter .
Providing a stove and chimney cleaning service in West Cork.

For cleaner, safer, and more efficient chimneys!
Contact Tomas Lannin
0868226007 / 028 28013

Warm up for the winter! have all your seasoned hardwood delivered to your house from Connadh Fuels in Schull. Ash and Beech (under 20% moisture). Eco-briquettes, coal and turf. Excellent value. See their new website for details Tel Aidan or Goretti on 086 386 3506. Delivery throughout West Cork and Cork City.

(apologies for the different print sizes, I haven't a clue why it happens or how to rectify it)



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