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Muintir Bhaire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 7 June/July/August 2008


World Series Adventure Race in Kilcrohane on 17th June

Kilcrohane is the place to be on 17th June from 5pm-10pm as a stage of the first ever World Series Adventure Race to be held in Ireland passes through the Sheep's Head Peninsula. The event is taking place from 14th -21st June and the route will bring the contestants through the five peninsulas of West Cork and Kerry. Kilcrohane is one of the transition points.

The race is an epic multi-day, multi-sport adventure race, which will push adventure athletes to their limits and test their endurance. The approximately 600km course is one third mountain biking; one quarter mountain trekking, running and sprinting; and one quarter paddling. Athletes, who hail from thirteen countries including the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Italy, can also count on sea swimming, rope work, orienteering and horse riding to name just a few of the disciplines.

Kilcrohane is one of the few points along the race route where competitors will be stopping off to change from one activity to another. To mark the event there will be a food and craft fair in Kilcrohane from 5pm-10pm on Tuesday, 17th June. Everybody is invited to come and see the competitors as the arrive in the village carrying the kayaks in which they have crossed Dunmanus Bay and then going orienteering in the area. They will return to the village to collect their mountain bikes to set off on the next stage of the race.

There will be a seafood barbeque, stands with locally produced food products as well as craft stands on display. Music will start at 5pm and will continue all evening. There will be set dancing on a platform and everybody can join in as Vincent Crowley and Autumn Gold perform. In addition there will be displays of traditional crafts such as butter making, basket weaving and much more. There will also be entertainment for children with a bouncy castle, face painting etc.
It promises to be a fantastic evening of fun and an opportunity to give the competitors a good send off as they embark on the next stage of this gruelling event.

If you would like to have a food or craft stand at the event or you would like to help with the event, please contact Anne on 086 601 7648 or Annette at 086 3206046


National Water Safety Courses at Kilcrohane Pier on 28th July - 2nd August 2008

These courses have been running for 12 years with the exception of last year when only 2 participants turned up, which unfortunately resulted in the course being cancelled. As we live in a coastal community
swimming is an essential skill for our young people.
We strongly encourage parents to support these courses as without good participation levels it may be discontinued. We believe this would be a big loss to our community.
Cost is €20 for first child and family rates will apply where more than one child participating.
Contact Ann McCarthy at 027 67035 to book place.

Up-Coming Summer Events

22nd June: Open day at Eugene & Hazel Wiseman's Garden in Durrus

29th June: Open day at Bob & Mary Walsh's Garden, Cois Cuain, Kilcrohane in aid of Cork Simon Community for their work with homeless people.

11th -13th July : Durrus Carnival

17th - 20th July: Kilcrohane Carnival

31st July-4th August: Ahakista Festival

13th August: Garden Fete at St James Rectory


Defibrillator Training

A training course on the use of a defibrillator will take place in Kilcrohane Hall on Saturday, 28th June. It will commence at 9am.
The Bantry branch of the Irish Red Cross will run the course. The fee will be €50 per person.
Once there are a number of locally based people who have completed the training, it should be possible to get a community defibrillator for Kilcrohane and to have the one already purchased for Ahakista, commissioned. Contact Mary O'Mahony for further information: Tel 027 67060


Historical Talk

The Muintir Bhaire Community Council organised a talk in Kilcrohane Hall on Thursday 24th of April.
Fr. Pat Hickey from Timoleague gave an excellent presentation on the topic of The Famine in West Cork. We were delighted to have a turnout of forty people and they thoroughly enjoyed listening to and discussing this very interesting subject.


Ahakista Festival

The Festival Committee are holding a coffee morning & cake sale in Arundel's Bar on Saturday, 23rd July at 11am. Baking welcome.
Stalls are available in the Marquee on Regatta Sunday, 3rd August. Cost is €20 for a 6ft Space. Contact Deirdre O'Brien at 086 863 0624 for further information.


Computer Classes

The very successful spring computer classes are coming to an end in June. These were organised by the Community Council sub-committee responsible for Adult Education.

The feedback from participants was very positive. They were hugely appreciative of their tutor Bernie Whooley from Bantry.

The Community Council would also like to thank Teresa O' Sullivan from the VEC who helped organise the course.


Niall Mellon Township Trust

Our long-standing Community Council member, Eileen O'Mahony is one of the four volunteers from the Muintir Bhaire peninsula who are going to South Africa to build houses in impoverished communities. She will be joined by Gerard Burke, Cathal Daly and Joe O' Driscoll.

One of their summer fundraisers will be the open day at Eugene and Hazel Wiseman's garden, Cois Abhainn on Sunday, the 22nd of June. Refreshments will be served.


Air India Memorial

This year will be the twenty-third anniversary of the Air India air disaster, which occurred off the South West Coast in 1985.
The annual commemoration will take place at the Air India Memorial in Ahakista at 8am on 23rd June 2008.
The ceremony will be followed by refreshments.


Beach Clean-Up

Muintir Bhaire Community Council would like to thank everybody who came out on 26th April to assist with the Community Beach Clean-Up. Twenty adults and children turned up between Ahakista & Kilcrohane.
Thanks is also due to Cork County Council who collected all the bags and other debris gathered by the beach cleaners promptly on the following Monday morning,


Sheep's Head Way News

West Cork LEADER ltd have said that they are currently processing the applications under the programme to provide payments for access to walkways. Applicants should hear shortly from them


Are You Interested in Becoming More Eco-friendly & Saving Money?

The Global Action Plan (GAP) EcoSaver Programme helps householders investigate and implement changes to their lives that will save them money and reduce some of the negative effects that a modern lifestyle can have upon the environment. The programme consists of 6 meetings that cover the topics of waste, water, energy, transport, consumerism and community.

During the course of the programme participants identify money saving, eco friendly actions and try the actions out at home. The meetings are lively and enjoyable and the actions are all simple, GAP just helps participants get into the routine of doing them. By coming on a GAP programme they discover that eco friendly is also economical and that it is easy and fun.

It is planned to run the course in Kilcrohane in the autumn. The course will be once a fortnight for 6 weeks. Each meeting will be for an hour and a half. There will be 16 places on it. Contact Anne at 086 6017648 for further information.


Newsletter Contact Details

Annette Nicholas Tel:086 3206046
Anne O'Donovan Tel:086 6017648
Mary O'Mahony Tel: 086 129 8913
Deirdre Towns Tel: 087 7940860



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June/July/August 2008

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Issue 6

March/April 2008


Muintir Bhaire Community Council Ltd Annual General Meeting

Muintir Bhaire Community Council held its 2007 AGM on 13th March 2008.

At the meeting a report of the main activities of 2007 was presented.

Local Improvements:

The Community Council carried on its work in improving the local infrastructure during 2007- 2008.

o The Roads & Services Sub-Committee continued their efforts to improve the condition of roads in the locality.
o The stone wall was completed between the Community Hall and Fitzpatrick's Pub in Kilcrohane
o New notice boards were erected in Ahakista and Kilcrohane to replace the existing ones.

Muintir Bhaire undertook a number of initiatives during 2007-2008:

o In March 2007 the Environment Sub- Group organised a beach clean up.
A total of 200 bags of rubbish were collected at those five locations. The Rural Social Scheme workers have been carrying out further beach clean-ups since then.

o There was liaison with West Cork Rural Transport re the provision of evening transport service in the area;

o A contribution of €500 was made towards the running of a Summer Camp for younger children in Kilcrohane during July;

o The old burial ground in Rosskerrig was cleaned up and the walls repaired. A community prayer service was held there in May. The Community Council were grateful to the Hegarty family for their assistance with this project.

o Five editions of the Muintir Bhaire Newsletter were produced during the year. It has been circulated through local shops, pubs and in the Churches. An average of 250 copies of each edition have been circulated.

o The website was revived during 2007 and is updated regularly. The Community Council is grateful to Roger Goss for carrying out this work for us.

o Three information talks were organised on varying themes.

o An eight-week First Aid course run by the Irish Red Cross was organised in Kilcrohane. 12 people completed the course.

o Work was undertaken to organise computer classes locally. These commenced in Kilcrohane at the beginning of March. There are 10 people doing beginners classes and 12 people have signed up for the improver's class. These classes are provided by the VEC.

o The Alice West Project was open to the public on a number of occasions during 2007. An open day was held at the beginning of June to allow people view the work that had taken place to date.

o The downstairs room was painted and the paintings were taken out of storage and hung back in the centre in the autumn. The project was open to the public on three Sundays in late October/early November.


In recent weeks, much time and effort has gone into the election of members for the new Community Council for 2008- 2011. Thanks to all who assisted with this and who participated in the process.


Community Council Members 2008-2011

Andrew O'Sullivan, and Eileen O'Mahony, representing Tooreen,Balleragh,Laherndota Ballyroon, Lettereast, Letterwest, Clash, Eskeraha, Rhea.
Dolores Talty, Liz Daly and Dermot Daly representing Ardahill, Ahileague Beg, Ahileague Mor, Killeen south, Knockroe, Dooneen, Caher, Letter Lower.
John Desmond and Richard Tobin,representing the Kilcrohane village area.
Anne O'Donovan, and Patrick O'Donovan,representing Faramanagh, Derrycluvane, Fawnmore, Raferigeen.
Pat Daly, represents Glanruin, Glaun, Gortnakilla, Gouladoo, Dunoir.
Annette Nicholas and Anthony Nicholas representing Droumnea, Roskerrig,Ardaneanig.
Mary O'Mahony and Sheila Ellis, representing Gorteanish, Knockeens, Maulnaskeha.
Patrick O'Brien, Martin O'Sullivan and Teddy Arundel, representing Reenacappul, Rusnacahara, Tullig
Michelle Griffin and Mike Holden, representing Glenlough
Suzanne Whitty and Deidre Townes, representing Kealties.



Ahakista Rowing Club Update

Members of Ahakista Rowing Club recently competed in the Kerry Head of the River which was held on the River Laune in Killorlgin.

This was the first time the Club athletes competed in their new quad scull and double scull. These boats differ from the traditional Gig boat in that they have sliding seats and each oarsperson has two oars.

A very enjoyable and successful day was had in Killorglin and the Club is now preparing for the Skibbereen Head of the Ilen River on Sunday 30th March where it is hoped to compete in the quad, double and single sculls.
Spectators are advised that the best vantage points for this event are along the Schull Road.

Beach Clean-Up
26th April 2008

The Community Council plans to organise a beach clean up on Saturday, 26th April.

It is planned to have it run as part of the National Spring Clean, which is Ireland's biggest anti-litter campaign and runs throughout April.

Everybody is invited to assist with this important venture. Gloves and collection bags will be provided.

This event was very successful last year and we hope that more people will come and help this year. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Further details will be announced shortly


Music & Craic

There will be music and dancing in the local pubs in Kilcrohane over the Easter Week-end.

Programmes for the schedules in Eileen's, Bay View, and the White House are on the Community Notice Board.


Carol Singers collected €550

The Kilcrohane Choir would like to thank everyone who contributed to them when they went Carol singing from house to house on 19th December .

They collected €550 and this was presented to Fr Liam Crowley on Christmas Eve.

They were sorry that they did not get around to every house in the Kilcrohane & Ahakista area, however they ran out of time.

They hope to do it again next Christmas and plan to get around to more houses next time!!!!

Defibrillation Group for Ahakista & Kilcrohane

Would you be interested in training and helping to establish a local defibrillation group? Training will be provided by the Irish Red Cross.

If so, please contact Mary O'Mahony, Tel: 027 67060 to register your interest.

We need a minimum of 12 people to run the course.


Useful Contact Numbers for Services

Bantry General Hospital 027 50133

Citizens Information Service 027 52100

MABS Money Advice & Budgeting 023 55155

Southdoc 1850 335 999

West Cork Women Against Violence Project 1800 203 136

West Cork Carers Support Group 027 53848

West Cork Rural Transport 02752727


Happy Easter to all from Muintir Bháire Community Council Ltd

Muintir Bhaire Newsletter Issue 6
Produced by Muintir Bhaire Community Council March/April 2008


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Muintir Bhaire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 8 September/October 2008


Are You Interested in Becoming More Eco-friendly & Saving Money?


The Global Action Plan (GAP) EcoSaver Programme helps householders identify money saving, eco-friendly actions and try the actions out at home. The meetings are lively and enjoyable and the actions are all simple, GAP just helps participants get into the routine of doing them.

The programme, which is organised by Muintir Bháire Community Council in conjunction with West Cork Community Partnership, covers the topics of waste, water, energy, transport, consumerism and community.

Start Date: Weds, 1st October 2008

Venue: Kilcrohane Community Hall

Time: 8.30pm

Duration of Course: 6 meetings

Cost €20.00 (subsidised by WCCP)

Please contact: Anne (Muintir Bhaire C.C.) on 086 601 7648 or Kathryn (WCCP) at 027 52266 for an application form and further information before Tuesday, 30th September.

2008 Tidy Towns Competition Results


Kilcrohane scored a total of 263 points in Category A of the Tidy Towns Competition. The judges made very favourable comments about the village.

The result for 2008 compares with 259 points in 2007 and 243 in 2006. Congratulations to all involved.


Fitness Classes


 If you are interested in improving your fitness you may be interested in the fitness classes currently taking place in Kilcrohane Hall. The class involves a full body workout to music. All Fitness levels welcome.

They take place on Thursday nights at 7.30pm.

Cost: €8 per class & €6 for students.

For further information contact Damian on 087 9112148.



Citizens Information Mobile Unit in Kilcrohane & Durrus


West Cork Citizens Information Service will have its Mobile Information Unit in Kilcrohane on Tuesday, 21st October from 10am –12.30pm and in Durrus from 2pm 4.30pm.

Staff on the Mobile Information Unit will be available to provide information and advice on a variety of topics including:

Anybody interested in the service can drop-in to the Mobile Unit. No appointment is necessary. The service is free and confidential.

West Cork Citizens Information Service has a full-time centre at Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry The help-line number for West Cork Citizens Information Service is 027 52100.


Sheep’s Head Way Walk


To mark National Trails Day the Sheep’s Head Way is organising walks on Sunday, 28th September 2008.

The meeting place is the Blackgate Centre at 11am. There will be three walks, which will cater for all fitness levels.

Walking boots and rain gear are essential. Walks will last between 1 and 4 hours.

For further information telephone 027 67136

Defibrillator Training

A training course on the use of a community defibrillator will take place in Kilcrohane Hall on Saturday, 18th October. It will commence at 9.30am

The Bantry branch of the Irish Red Cross will run the course. The fee will be €50 per person.

Once there are a number of locally based people who have completed the training, it should be possible to get a community defibrillator for Kilcrohane and to have the one already purchased for Ahakista, commissioned.

Contact Mary O’Mahony for further information: Tel 027 67060 or Annette on 086 3206046


Community Day Out


Kilcrohane Development Association are pleased to remind everybody that their Annual Community Outing will be coming up shortly.

Anybody interested should contact Marion O’Sullivan or Mary O’Donovan, Kilcrohane Development Association


Warmer Homes Scheme in Bantry Area


Bantry Energy Trust, which has been set up under the auspices of West Cork Community Partnership, has commenced its Warmer Home Scheme.

The service which includes the provision of attic insulation, draught proofing, lagging jackets, energy efficient lighting, cavity wall insulation and energy advice is aimed primarily at senior citizens and people in receipt of social welfare. However over time it will also be available to private households at a reduced rate.

For further information contact Finbarr O’Sullivan at West Cork Community Partnership, The Enterprise Centre, The Rope Walk, Bantry, Tel: 027 52266 or email him at



Evening Classes

Muintir Bhaire Community Council has been in contact with Cork County VEC about the provision of evening classes.

Earlier this year, computer classes were organised and the feedback was very positive from those who participated. If there is enough interest and if we are able to get a tutor it may be possible to have computer classes run again this autumn/ winter.

In addition, it may be possible to run Art classes. Again this will be dependant on numbers interested.

If you are interested in either Computer classes and/or Art classes please contact Anne O’Donovan, Tel: 086 6017648 or Annette Nicholas, Tel: 086 3206040 to register your interest as soon as possible.

For those who completed the Computer Classes run earlier this year, it is planned to hold an evening where certificates will be presented, in January/February. The delay is due to the fact that it will be November before FETAC will assess the course work already submitted.

Church-gate Collection


It is planned to hold a Church Gate collection in aid of Muintir Bháire Community Council in October

We would appreciate your support. Proceeds will go towards sundry costs incurred by the Community Council in producing this Newsletter, organising the talks and classes as well as covering insurance and other running costs.

Up-coming Pioneer Mass & Social


Muintir Bháire Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will hold a special Mass in Kilcrohane Church on Thursday, 30th October 2008 at 8pm to enrol new members and to present silver & gold Pioneer Pens to those who have been members for 25 and 50 years.

Please give your name to either Andrew O’Sullivan, Tel: 086 376 1446 or Gerard Burke, Tel: 027 61097 if you wish to be enrolled as a member or if you are eligible for a silver or gold Pioneer Pen.

The Mass will be followed by a Social in Kilcrohane Hall afterwards where there will be music & refreshments

All are welcome



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Muintir Bhaire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 9 December 2008

Preparing for the Yuletide Season

The Community Council would like to invite you to an evening with a seasonal theme to get you in the Christmas mood. It will be held in Kilcrohane Hall on Wednesday, 3rd December at 8pm

It will include demonstrations of the following:

There will be refreshments & a chance to taste the results of the cookery demonstration!!!

Muintir Bhaire Community Council wish everyone a Happy and Peaceful Christmas & Prosperous New Year 2009.


Meridian Theatre Company in Kilcrohane

On Saturday, 6th December there will be a performance of two short plays, Raccoon & The Exit Wound, in Kilcrohane Hall at 7:30 p.m. Everybody is invited to come and enjoy the performance and join in a banquet. Tickets are €10.00.

Christmas Bazaar

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Kilcrohane Hall on Sunday, 14th December, commencing at 2.30pm. Santa will arrive at 3p.m.

Carol Service

A Carol Service to mark the festive season will be held on Sunday, 21st December in Kilcrohane Church at 4pm. The lighting of the Christmas tree in the churchyard will follow.

Mince pies, non-alcoholic punch, mulled wine and minerals will be served in Bay View afterwards courtesy of Kilcrohane Choir!!!


Carol Singing

The Kilcrohane Choir will go carol singing from house to house on Tuesday, 16th & Wednesday, 17th December.

There will be choir practice in Kilcrohane church at 11am on Saturday, 13th December.

New choir members are welcome.


Christmas Fair

Carrigbuí National School will hold their annual Christmas Fair in Durrus Community Hall on Monday, 17th December at 7pm.


Kilcrohane Playground

The new equipment has been put in place in the playground. Congrats to all involved in the Development Association who organised it. It is a great addition and will provide hours of fun.


Christmas Day Swim

The Annual Christmas Day swim will take place at Ahakista Pier. This year it is in aid of the Bantry Hospice. Participants should be ready to swim at 1p.m.


St Stephen’s Day Walk

Everybody is invited to join the walk on 26th December in aid of Friends of Lesotho. Registration is at 12noon at the Blackgate Centre.

There will be refreshments afterwards. All levels of walkers welcome.

Please bring appropriate boots & rain gear.


School Christmas Play

The pupils of Kilcrohane N.S. will perform their Christmas play on Friday, 19th December in Kilcrohane Hall. It commences at 8p.m.


Charity Shop News

The Charity Shop in Durrus will be open on Mondays from now until Christmas from 11am – 4pm

Christmas cards in aid of the Irish Cancer Society are on sale there, 6 for €5 & 18 for €8.50.

They also have Christmas wreaths on sale.


Table Quiz

The Community Council will hold a table quiz on Monday, December 29th in Bay View, Kilcrohane. It will start at and the entry cost is €20.00 per table of four. Your support would be appreciated. It promises to be an enjoyable night out.


Durrus Bingo

1,000 Bingo will be held on Friday, 19th December in Durrus Community Hall. It commences at 8.30 p.m.


Church Gate Collection

Muintir Bháire Community Council would like to thank everybody who contributed to the church gate collection held recently. The collection amounted to €601.46.

Community Council Update


Scoraíocht in Kilcrohane

Bob Jennings of 103fm will be in Bay View, Kilcrohane on Saturday, 6th December at 4 p.m. recording a scoraíocht It will be broadcast in January 2009.

If you can sing, play or perform a recitation and are interested in taking part, you should contact Mary Daly, Bay View as soon as possible


Durrus Folk Choir Launch CD

Durrus Folk Choir will launch a CD entitled Amazing Love in Durrus Hall at 3 p.m. on Sunday November 30th. Country Pride will play at the launch and refreshments will be served. The CD comes with a DVD and costs €20. Proceeds are shared between the Niall Mellon Foundation and the Choir’s fund for new equipment.

Preschool Pens for Sale

Muintir Bháire Community Preschool have their own custom made pens complete with the school logo on them. They cost €5 and are available from parents or by contacting 027 61990.

Muintir Bhaire Newsletter Issue 9

Produced by Muintir Bhaire Community Council December 2008