According to the Lonely Planet’s latest Ireland edition, “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork”. Truth or just wishful thinking? We sent, an American living in deepest West Cork, out to play tourist for a day and give his verdict.
A West Cork man who denied fracturing his best friend’s cheekbone with a punch to the face on a night out in Union Hall sent a text saying: “Hey lad, sorry about last night. I don’t know what happened. I’ll pay your hospital bill. Sorry.”
Rapidly growing West Cork Distillers, which was set up by local Union Hall ex-trawlermen and who now export to over 35 countries, have paid c€1.5 million for a former fish-processing plant on Skibbereen’s Marsh Road to allow them to continue their spirit-based business growth trajectory.
John Kelly is an artist. His father is from Cork, and mother from Bristol. The family emigrated to Australia in 1965, the year of John’s birth. Kelly has lived in all three countries and for the past decade has resided in West Cork. This week, his exhibition, John Kelly: A Group Show, will open at Uillinn in Skibbereen.
A community rocked by one of the worst trawler tragedies in recent times will host a novel fundraiser today as it continues to await news from the RNLI as to whether a lifeboat station, established in the wake of five deaths, will become a permanent fixture in the area.