IF YOU’VE rediscovered the joys of knitting or the delicate art of crocheting and would like to learn more than Munster’s first Yarn Festival is the place for you.
Set against the rugged beauty of the aptly named Sheep’s Head Peninsula, the Yarn Festival which gets underway on Saturday May 16 will see knitters and yarn crafters from across the country gathering for a weekend of workshops at various locations from Durrus to Ahakista and Kilcrohane on the Peninsula.
“We will have something for everybody at every level. From beginners knitting workshops or crochet to felt making, if its got yarn in it we’ve got it,” the Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival organiser Niamh Egerton said.
With classes for beginners to the more confident, the two day festival will also include workshops for those interested in Tunisian lace crochet as well as the Japanese art of knitting, Amigurumi, and closer to home there will be a workshop where you can learn about Carrickmacross lace making.
“We will also have very special felt making classes and hand spinning workshops. The festival will see classes dotted across the Peninsula taking in the wonderful landscape and the welcoming community spirit here on the Sheep’s Head. We are all looking forward to a great weekend,” Niamh added.
Workshop places start at €20 and for more information or to book a workshop log on to www.sheepsheadyarnfestival.weebly.com or by email at email@example.com.
“We’ve had a lot of enquires and bookings for the festival ready and with the number of knitters and crafters here on the Peninsula we are all looking forward to a very enjoyable weekend of creativity, design and learning,” Niamh concluded.
KENMARE Fianna Fail Sen. Mark Daly says he will seek his party’s nomination for a seat in the Dail Éireann in the next general election.
Daly’s announcement comes ahead of next month’s party in convention in Killarney, which is expected to attract some 1,900 delegates.
Daly told the West Cork Times that if nominated he will focus on issues of importance to Kerry residents like the crisis in ambulance service, the need for more jobs in the country, the challenges facing home-buyers and the threats to small communities and rural areas in the wake of government budget cutbacks.
Daly was elected as one of the youngest members of the 23rd Irish Senate in the 2007 election, beating three incumbent party senators on the first count.
Before being elected a senator, Daly worked on election campaigns to the European Parliament for Brian Crowley MEP in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 as a member of Crowley’s strategy committee.
At the age of 26, Daly became the chairman of his local GAA club, the Kenmare Shamrock Hurling and Gaelic Football Club. On being made chairman, Daly led a redevelopment programme which transformed the club’s facilities to include a 32,000 square-foot flood-lit grass pitch with a sports complex, a basketball court, gym and dressing rooms.
Daly is facing a hard fight to secure support among the party’s members as Kerry enters a new period as a single Dail constituency.
Daly is expected to face competition for the seat from John Brassil, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, as well as county councillors Norma Foley, Thomas McEllistrim and Michael O’Shea.
Only one candidate for the election will be selected at the convention.
On Sunday, Febuary 1st the girls and boys round of the Carbery five-a-side took place in place in Rosscarbery Hall.
It was a very fun-filled morning and a lot of skills were displayed from all players. Congratatulations to Ballinscarty girls and CrossMahon boys who won the Carbery round and will now go on to the All Ireland Macra five-a-side soccer final.
On January, 30th and Febuary 1st our very own Sarah Hayes did a brilliant performace with the Arkearra Drama group for there production of Love Thy Neighbour. Well done and good luck from all in Kilmeen with the rest of your shows Sarah!
On Febuary 6th Bantry Macra held a dinner dance in the Westlodge Hotel, where a great night was had by everyone.
On Febuary 14th the Carbery round of the Titles Night will be held in Tots Pub, Ballygurteen; it will be a great night where we will decide who will be representing Carbery in the Ms Macra, Ms Blue Jeans, Ms Queen of the Land and Mr Personality round to the net stages.
Good luck to all who will be taking part. For more information check out our Facebook page.
FOLLOWING the success of last year’s inaugural Clonakilty Games Festival the event returns this month also incorporating the the spin-off Cork Open BackgammonTournament.
The streets and venues of Clonakilty will become a playground for all ages between February 20th and 22nd with participating venues in the town dedicating their premises to unfamiliar board games such as the Dutch game Sjoelen (Dutch Shuffleboard) and lesser-known games like Dominion and Netrunner along with familiar favourites such as Scrabble, Monopoly and Backgammon.
The Festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 20th in O’Donovans Hotel when Tony Baloney presents ‘”The Best Magic and Puppet Show in Cork”. Kids love Tony along with Leroy, his talking dog, Eric the rabbit who think’s he’s a Viking and Magoufis the Space Worm. Tony has performed throughout Ireland on ferries and cruises, in holiday resorts, schools and hotels and at all the main festivals and fairs.
From 12pm onwards on Saturday and Sunday drop into a participating venue of your choice to learn, play or watch you favourite game. Or show what you can build from Lego: bring your creation to the Lego Exhibition in The Arts Centre.
From 10am Sunday morning to midday, there’s an adventure for all the family, with the Pirate Treasure Hunt. Loosely based on the classic adventure story Treasure Island, Squire and Mrs Trelawney, Captain Smollett and Dr Livesey are enjoying their morning tea at The Admiral Benbow Inn, newly-opened by Mrs Hawkins and her son Jim.
Unfortunately, the arrival of a rough-looking character by the name of Billy Bones, attracts the attention of sea-faring man with one leg. Come dressed as a pirate and help piece together the map to find the Treasure. The fun starts promptly at 10am in Asna Square.
See www.clonakiltygamesfestival.com for more.
by Stephen Johnson
FOR Robert and Andrea Whyte, owners of the Kenmare Centra convenience store, 2014 was a record year.
Andrea says the store greatly expanded its offerings of new healthier food ranges, boosted sales of its “own brand” range of products, and saw a sharp rise in pizza sales after introducing a pizza delivery service last spring.
Robert and Andrea have owned the Kenmare store for 20 years. The store employees 23 people, a major employment boost for a small town like Kenmare.
Andrea says that the Kenmare store has a loyal customer base, and does a brisk business from travellers and tourists, thanks to its location at the busy intersection of the Sneem and Molls Gap Roads. The store is a popular stop for cyclists touring the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.
“Our hard-working, dedicated employees are a big reason for our success,” Andrea says.
Andrea, Robert and their employees are active in the community, donating thousands of euros each year to charities like the St. Vincent de Paul Society, KLAWs, local GAA teams and the Kenmare and Templenoe Rowing Clubs.
The success of the Kenmare store mirrors the success of the Centra chain nationwide. The company had record sales in 2014, taking in more than €1.5 billion – up 3 percent on the previous year.
Robert and Andrea attended this week’s annual conference in Killarney of Centra’s more than 460 franchisees, where Centra’s Managing Director Martin Kelleher announced plans to open 16 new stores in 2015, creating 380 additional jobs. Centra currently employs almost 11,000 people and serves over three million customers each week.
The chain sells more than €1.1 billion of Irish goods, with 7 per cent of all products sold in store produced or sourced in Ireland. An additional €60 million worth of products are sourced by stores locally from over 1,400 small local suppliers.
The Centra chain is run by Musgrave, the Irish food wholesaler, but the stores are all owned by individual franchisees like Robert and Andrea.
NEW figures from the CSO confirm the number of people in the Cork area signing on has fallen by 4,337 in the past year indicating that the recovery is slowly starting to be felt locally.
The Central Statistics Office figures show that the unemployment rate fell once again in January to 10.5%. This is down almost two thirds since the crisis peak of 15.1% three years ago. There are now 358,672 people on the Live Register nationally. This represents a 10% year-on-year decrease.
A further breakdown of local figures in West Cork reveals that things are moving in the right direction as Bandon recorded an decrease of 191, Kinsale 132, Skibbereen 122 and Clonakilty 110.
Local Labour TD Michael McCarthy said, “It’s encouraging to see that the numbers on the Live Register are down on last years figures and they clearly show the progress we are making in getting people off the Live Register and into work.
“Unemployment does not fall without a concerted effort by government and local organisations. Through programmes such as JobBridge, Tús and Springboard we are ensuring that jobseekers have access to training and work experience, that helps boost their job skills and their chances of gaining employment.
“Supporting the creation of jobs and the building of a sustainable economy has been a key priority for me and this Government since day one,” he said.
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Well-known trader Walter Ryan Purcell who runs Loughbeg Farm near Schull has a regular pitch at Skibbereen Farmer’s Market and is offering customers silver coins to the value of €20 and €10 and copper coins worth €1 each as an alternative to euro currency.
Walter said, “When you buy some food products you can get your change if you like in real money with a value, silver. It’s while stocks last as I have a limited supply, but I can get more on a weekly basis”.
Walter said that he came up with the idea because he has little confidence in the future of the euro and he believes that local currencies are the best way to offset future disaster.
“Silver has a real value. The euro is on the brink and currencies internationally are under serious pressure. Quantitative easing‚ or simply printing money with no real value has been going on in the US over the last few years and is about to start in the EU in the next few weeks,” he said.
He added, “On the 23rd of December recently the Irish government created and destroyed half a billion euros. However this has to be paid back‚ by future generations between the years 2038 and 2053. Another €24.5 billion is going to be created and destroyed during the next decade, which again has to be paid back.
“In the meantime we also have to pay the interest on this €25 billion. It doesn’t make the news but this is what is actually being quietly organised by our government these days. Wouldn’t it be great to have a local or national currency, maybe as well as an international currency. The silver and copper coins are the next best thing, or even better! The price of silver can fall and rise on the international markets. It’s pretty low at the moment.
“If the international monetary bubble bursts at least we would have a real currency of silver and copper coins to work with in West Cork. Little by little we all could build up a pot of real money in many households,” he said.
Everybody interested in participating in camp or any other form of volunteering within the organization must have full Garda clearance. Many applicants were disappointed last year with late applications resulting in not having time to process their Garda clearance.
Volunteering in camps such as CoAction’s summer camp or Saturday Club (one Saturday per month September-May) can be very beneficial to second and third level students contemplating a career in nursing, teaching, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social studies, etc.
Adults are also most welcome.
Minimum age for applicants is 16 years old by January 2015. Completed application, reference forms and Garda clearance forms must be returned to the volunteer coordinator by February 27th.
If you require further information contact the volunteer coordinator in the Bantry centre on 027 54027 / 027 50114 / 086 043 0310 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh from West Cork resumes from this Friday with a lovely new stall at the wonderful Bradley’s Artisan Food Shop & Off Licence, North Main Street, Cork. They will be selling more than 80 delicious food products from more than 40 West Cork food producers.
Last year Fresh from West Cork spent more than 10 months with a stall at the English Market, Cork, and sold €100,000 of West Cork food.
Organiser Walter Ryan Purcell said, “It was hard going, hopefully Fresh from West Cork food products in shops will greatly increase sales and returns to West Cork. I will be there this week setting it up, promoting, doing tastings etc. so there wont be a Loughbeg Farm stall at Skibbereen Market this Saturday”.
“Are you looking for a change in style? Do you want to discover what suits your body shape and colour?” asks Mags O’Donoghue, fundraising coordinator for the Rosscarbery Ladies Football Club; “what better time to start thinking of this with confirmations and communions fast approaching,”.
The event takes place at Rosscarbery’s Celtic Ross Hotel on Thursday February 26th at 8pm.
Now is the time to put yourself in the hands of the renowned expert, Joan Cashman. “Joan is our host at the Ladies night of Fashion and Tips who will talk to us about clothes and jewellery and how to create the image we desire while considering our lifestyle, body shape, colouring and personality,” Mags continued.
Joan Cashman is the inspiration behind the company, Colour and Image Academy, a unique centre that specialises in all aspects of makeup and image consultancy training. Joan has used her extensive experience in teaching makeup and image to leading consultants throughout Europe, Ireland and the UK and this is what led her to set up this landmark academy.
Joan has had a long and distinguished career being head of Colour Me Beautiful in Ireland, where she built a reputation for developing a highly motivated team – her high standard of work earning her the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ in 2004 and she proudly continues to hold her record as one of Europe’s leading award winning image consultants. She is in constant demand and is a favourite with Irish modelling agencies and VIPs to do styling and photocalls. She works with TV3, Off the Rails and gives advice on radio chat shows.
“We are delighted and honoured to have secured a booking with Joan who is extremely busy,” said Mags “and equally delighted to have an array of fashions on display on the night from our very own Nora Hubbert, Vintage Dress 2 Impress consignment store, Rosscarbery, who offers her customers an unbelievable range of new and nearly new designer clothes at a fraction of the original cost whose designer brands includes labels such as Coast, Karen Millen, John Boldwin,
Joseph Ribcoff, Rino Stone, Max Mara, Louis Vuitton and countless others.”
Marion McCarthy’s “Style 2 U” French fashion from the Captain Tortue Group UK & Ireland clothing company, offers shopping with a difference, she claims to have the easy relaxed route for the customer allowing you the opportunity to shop in the comfort of her living room or yours, hassle free shopping. Marion’s customers love the exclusive designs of casual wear, contemporary free forms using flexible and comfortable materials and vibrant, of-the-moment colours. Marion is also looking for consultants locally and will be on hand to discuss this and offer full training to anyone who is interested.
Oonagh Crooke O’Donoghue, owner of Bella Donna, 15 Ashe Street Clonakilty will have some stunning fashions on display. Oonagh stocks a large selection of trendy affordable clothing and provide contemporary and also smart casual day wear and also do an extensive range of occasion wear for all events. Oonagh also provides an excellent personal shopping assistance.
Fiona Hayes, owner of Fiona’s – Two floors of Fab Fashion, a unique and colourful shop, with an abundant selection of affordable lively clothes. Situated on North Street this store has a fantastic selection of Funky Casuals, Occasion Wear, Bags and Accessories. Stockists of Dept, Skunkfunk, Desigual, Derty, Nts, Rouge, Arruba, Fiorelli Bags and many more.
Cathy O’Brien, Stella & Dot designs, an irresistible line of fashion jewellery and fashion accessories that can be purchased exclusively at home jewellery parties or online. Cathy has a collection of women’s jewellery, including fashion necklaces, fashion bracelets, fashion earrings and fashion rings. You can become a Stylist and have your own jewellery party selling jewellery, handbags, and other accessories – it’s like having your own jewellery company. If this is of interest, you can talk to Cathy on the night to discuss same.
Admission to this event is €15 and you will have the chance to browse and shop afterwards.
A raffle will also be held on the night.
First start: 2015-01-02 GMT
Event Status: confirmed