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Muintir Bháire Newsletter

             Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter         

    Issue 25                 www.                Autumn 2011











Alice West’s @ the Black Gate opened in July with tearoom, gallery of Alice’s paintings and local arts and craft sales.

There was also an exhibition of pictures from the participants who took a digital photography course in Kilcrohane.

Muintir Bháire Community Council would like to say a special thank you to all those who helped out and volunteered during the first season of this community project.





Muintir Bháire Foróige Club

The Muintir Bháire Community Council is delighted to announce that we have recruited a sufficient number of young people from the Muintir Bháire Parish to start the Muintir Bháire Foróige Club. Eight Club Leaders have been trained and more volunteer Leaders have come forward.

The Club will provide a safe place for the members to hang out, meet new friends and have a voice. The club will be run by the young people themselves and will be supported by Club Leaders.

The first club night will take place on Friday, 7th of October from 8pm to 9.30pm (Venue to be confirmed). We hope that the Youth Club will be a welcome addition to the area and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far.

If you were unable to attend one of the registration mornings in early September, you can still sign up to join our youth club. Registration forms are available from Michael O’Regan – 087 221 0040 or Annette Logan – 086 191 0908 or alternatively you can sign up on the first club night on 7th of October.

Members must be aged between 12 and 18 years of age. (6th Class to 6th Year Pupils) Club nights will run each Friday night between 8pm & 9.30pm. Affiliation Fee - €15 per child or €25 per family. Further information on Foróige can be found on their website



Muintir Bháire Community Council Social Centre update

After a break during August, the next monthly lunch is planned for the 28th September. It will be held in Kilcrohane Community Hall at 12.30pm. The cost is €10.00 and all are welcome to come along. If you already attend regularly, please bring a friend or neighbour along. After lunch we will have an information talk on "Rights and Entitlements for Older People" given by West Cork Citizens Information Service

The Tuesday morning Womens’ Group continues to meet every Tuesday morning at 10.30am in Kilcrohane Hall. They would love to see new faces for the autumn. It is hoped that we will have six weeks of classes on painting/arts and crafts starting in October, watch out for posters. There will also be gentle exercise classes in the Hall followed by a cuppa so do come along any Tuesday morning that you are free.

A trip to Cork Opera house is planned for Tuesday 18th of October to see Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.  Please contact Julie on 027 70832 by 28th September if you are interested in going.

New Kitchen in Kilcrohane Hall During the summer a new kitchen was installed in Kilcrohane Hall. This work was carried out by the Community Council and the Development Association. The equipment was purchased by Muintir Bhaire Community Council through the grant received to run the Social Centre. This enables all future Social Centre Meals to be held in Kilcrohane Hall as the new kitchen meets the required food safety standards.

It is hoped that the improved facilities will also be of benefit for other community events in the coming years.








November - Muintir Bháire’s Got Talent

Can you dance, sing or play a musical instrument? Do you want an opportunity to show case your talents at a talent show?

Please forward your details (name, age and title of your act) to or text Anne on 086 6017648, Annette on 086 1910908 or Mick on 087 2210040 by 31st October.




Defibrillator Group

The next meeting is scheduled for 8.30pm, Tuesday 4th October in Alice West's at The Black Gate.


Rusnacahara National School is having a collection.

The items that can be given include clothes (clean), shoes, belts, handbags, ties, linens, household textiles, stuffed toys and old mobile phones. These can be dropped at the school in black plastic bags at anytime before Friday 23rd September.



Ahakista Community Association

Would like to thank the local community for all the support it received in the run up to and during the annual festival & regatta. The association would especially like to thank the ticket sellers, sandwich makers, other local groups, the stewards and of course our sponsors without whom, the festival would not be possible.

In an exciting development the association has purchased a prefab building and intend the have it on site in Ahakista in the coming weeks.  It is hoped it will be used as a meeting point for local groups and support the use of the site whilst the building committee continue to progress the plans for the activity centre.

To keep updated on the Ahakista Community Association log on to our website




National Trails Day 2011

Will be held on 2nd October.  There will be guided walks held on trails all over the country on that date.  The Sheeps Head Way will offer a choice of two guided walks on trails day, the Cahir Loop for the shorter option and Cahergal Loop for longer more challenging walk. 

The Cahergal Loop climbs to the ridge with great views of Dunmanus and Bantry Bays, trail then descends to the Crimea and Copper Mines and returns to the Black Gate via the Cove (approx 3 hour walk).  The Cahir Loop walk begins as a descent to the strand and then follows the coast for a while before ascending to the hill and loops back downhill to the Black Gate (approx 2 hours walk).

The meeting point for the walk will be at the Alice West @ The Black Gate at 1pm on October 2nd. For more info please see


The Sheep’s Head Co-operative – Organic Vegetable Box Scheme

Trial for Sheep's Head area. Ready now! We have enough locally produced fresh vegetables to provide a limited number of customers with a weekly vegetable box into the winter.

Your box will be available for pick up in either Durrus or Kilcrohane, Thursday evenings or by other arrangement. Choose a €10, 20 or 30 box size and expect a selection of fresh in-season produce. To guarantee your box please make a monthly commitment. In addition, the co-operative has had some enquiries from businesses who are seeking vegetable suppliers. For more information log on to our website on: or e mail






Set Dancing Classes

With Noel Burke on Tuesdays from 8.30pm to 10.30pm in Alice West’s @ The Black Gate.

Classes will start on 11th October and will run ten weeks. Cost €80.

For further information please contact Roger on 027 67940






Black & White Photography Class

Documentary photographer Eileen O’Leary will hold six sessions on Black & White photography at Alice West’s @ The Blackgate in October/November.

There is a maximum of 10 places on the course and the cost per person is €120

An information evening will be held for those who book a place on the course at the Blackgate on Tuesday, 27th September at 8.30pm. At that session participants can discuss what they would like from the course and whether they wish to meet on a Saturday morning or on a weekday evening.

Please give your name to Anne at 086 6017648 by 25th September if you wish to reserve a place on the course.






Halloween Party

Monday, 31st October at 6pm in Kilcrohane Hall.

Trick or Treating! Fancy Dress Halloween Party. Fun for all the family




Mental Health First Aid Course

The Community Council is organising a 2 day mental health first aid course. (20 places available)

The aim of the course is:

The course provided by Rehabcare is a certified course and each person will receive a certificate upon completion.

The cost of this course is €15 per person covering both days. (The cost of this course is being subsidised by the Community Council)

Please email or contact Annette on 086 1910908 or Michelle on 086 1012150 to reserve a place on the course.





Sheep’s Head Summer Camp

The summer camp was a huge success this Summer!

The Community Council would like to thank Miriam Burke for facilitating the camp and all the parents and children for their support.



Ahakista Rowing Club & The Maritime Challenge – 24th September

The Maritime Challenge which is organised by Ahakista Rowing Club was due to have taken place on Sunday 11th September but was postponed due to inclement weather and water conditions.  The event will now be held on Saturday 24th September with a scheduled start of 3.30pm.  Crews will race over a distance of 4.5 miles from Ahakista Pier to Durrus Pier (and vice versa for some crews).  In the past the race was confined to Ahakista crews only, but this year, crews from Castletownshend, Bantry and Kilmacsimon Rowing Clubs have also been invited to participate.

The Maritime Hotel in Bantry have kindly sponsored a prize of dinner for four in their Ocean Restaurant and this will be awarded to the person who guesses the time it will take the fastest crew to complete the course. Sponsorship cards are available from any club member and the proceeds of the event will be used to fund the everyday running costs of the club.  This race will be the final rowing event of the season for the members of Ahakista Rowing Club and the oars people will take a break before the winter training resumes again.





Face painting and Ballooning Workshop

Half day workshop (date & venue to be confirmed) on face painting and ballooning provided by Sheila and Rob.

Children (minimum 12 years of age) and adults welcome to attend.

Each participant will receive a face painting / ballooning starter kit. €25 per person.

Contact Sheila on 086 830 2887 to book a place.




Results of the Tidy Towns Competition 2011

Ahakista entered the competition for the first time this year and was awarded 245 points. The following are some of the judges comments:

The Air Disaster Memorial Garden is an excellent albeit poignant introduction to your centre. The selections of shrubs made for the garden are very appropriate, providing year round colour, coupled with an acceptable requirement in respect of frequent maintenance.’ ‘The entry to the village from both directions was appropriately marked by splendid village nameplates. These serve to give the settlement cohesion and an identity which is highly desirable. Road verges were suitable maintained and were admired as mentioned elsewhere. The perfusion of solid local stone walls does so much to provide a special and agreeable character to your village’ ‘The amenity area opposite Arundel’s Bar was very well presented and inviting with picnic tables and charming views over the sea.’ The Church was very neatly painted in white and grey. The traditional farmstead beside the Church was a fine example of its type and period.

Kilcrohane was awarded 275 points up from 272 in 2010. The following comments were made by the judges:

The Pier is a gem, the low level safety railing is an improvement. The seat and the picnic table were pleasant additions’ ‘The Church grounds were impeccable and compliments to all involved’. ‘The former Creamery, Garage has been improved and painted in part. Eileen’s Bar was colourful and we admired the different coloured churns, a lovely and novel recycling success. The Community Hall was exceptional in white and pale green, the Church looked imposing. Bridge View House Restaurant looked well and the School was very well presented. We admired the clock and especially, something we hadn’t seen before, notification of the tides, well done on this. J. F O’Mahony’s premise was neat and orderly and the Bay View Inn was well presented. The Post Office was charming while the Health Centre would be benefited if the grass to the foreground was cut more frequently. The Ancient Church in your Graveyard is of considerable interest.’

Durrus increased its points from 220 in 2010 to 224 in 2011. The judges stated that: ‘Durrus projects had quite an agreeable air of neatness and order to the visitor’ To view the full report log onto





Dance Class

The Community Council have located a Dance Instructor and Drama Teacher who are interested in forming a drama and dance group in the Muintir Bháire Parish.

If you are interested in joining the group, please e mail or contact Anne on 086 6017648 or Annette on 086 1910908 by 1st October.

An information morning will be arranged for you to meet with the instructors so that you can discuss what you would like from the course.




What’s on Sheep’s Head - Facebook Page

If you want to check out what is on, on the peninsula or if you are planning an event, why not check out or post the details on the What’s on Sheep’s Head facebook page.



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Sheep’s Head Camp

Calling all local primary school children!! Or perhaps you have friends or family visiting the area who might be interested in finding activities for their children.  

Muintir Bháire Community Council has located Miriam Burke B.Ed. to coordinate an adventure camp for 5 to 12 year olds which will run from Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th.  

The camp will be held in Kilcrohane Hall and the Community Field.  Each day will run from

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and activities will include:

Soccer, football, baseball, rounders, basketball, pitch n putt, unihoc, indoor bowling, hopscotch, relays, scoopball, arts and crafts.

  Children should bring a packed lunch each day and plenty of water. Don’t forget to wear sun screen!                                                       

The camp costs:    €55 – 1 child, €105 – 2 children,    €150 – 3 children (It costs an additional €45 for every subsequent child.)

 The cost is being subsidised by Muintir Bháire Community Council.

A deposit of €30 per child is required to secure the place.

Please contact Annette Logan on 086 1910908 for further information.

National Water Safety Courses at Kilcrohane Pier

If you are interested in learning to swim or in learning life saving skills you should sign up for the National Water Safety Course which will take place in Kilcrohane from 25th to 29th July.

This year the New York Friends of Ireland have generously agreed to sponsor free lessons for children of the parish.

Anybody interested in booking one of the free places should contact Ann McCarthy at 027 67035 by 1st July.

There will be a barbeque on 29th July at 2pm to mark the end of the course for all participants and their parents.



Photography Exhibition      

Since January, there has been a photography course running monthly in Kilcrohane.

This was an initiative of Muintir Bhaire Community Council.

To mark the end of the 6 month course there will be an exhibition of the photographs taken by participants.

The exhibition will take place in Kilcrohane hall on Sunday, 7th August and will commence at 3pm.

There will be refreshments and it will also be possible to purchase copies of the photographs in the exhibition.




Volunteers Needed for Alice West's @ The Black Gate        

 Muintir Bhaire Community Council plan to have the Alice West’s at Blackgate open to the public in early July.

Volunteers are sought to help run the coffee shop, and to show visitors around the museum and gallery.

If you would be available for 3-4 hours per week during the summer months (or perhaps for longer) please give your name to Eileen O’Mahony 027 67004

Summer Music School                                                                                                                                           

Wayne Sheehy will hold his Summer Music School again this year from July 18th until  Friday, 22nd July in Kilcrohane Hall.

The cost will be €95 per person with concessions for two or more children. He intends to hold a concert at the end of it.

To book a place please contact Wayne Sheehy at 087 2885830 or email

Muintir Bhaire Foróige Club            

The Muintir Bháire Community Council proposes to form a youth group for children living in the Muintir Bhaire Parish aged 12 to 18 years of age.

 This group will be affiliated to Foróige which is the leading youth organisation in Ireland, working with approximately 50,000 young people aged 10-18 every year through volunteer-led clubs and staff-led youth projects.

Further information on Foróige can be found on their website

The Muintir Bháire Foróige Club will provide a safe place for young people to hang out, meet new friends and have a voice.   

The club will be run by the young people themselves and will be supported by Club Leaders.  

What next?        We need Leaders!                                         

As a Foróige club leader you will support the members of your club to run the club on a weekly basis.

Your job will be to facilitate the members to run the club and get involved in projects and other developmental activities.

Leaders are supported by a regional youth officer who will assist in setting up the club, deliver training to the leaders and committee members and support us throughout the year as necessary.                                                                                                                                                

 If you are interested in becoming a Foróige Club Leader please contact Michael O’Regan on 087 2210040 or Annette Logan on 086 1910908                     

We need members!                                                                                                                                         

All children aged 12 to 18 years living in the Muintir Bháire Parish are invited to join the Muintir Bháire Foróige Club.

 An information evening will be arranged for children interested in becoming members of the club during the summer followed by an official registration evening in early September 2011.                                          

More details will be announced closer to the time!


The Environment sub committee of the Muintir Bháire Community Council are seeking a

suitable location for public toilets in Kilcrohane Village.  Any suggestions to





Muintir Bháire Community Council youth sub committee /Muintir Bháire Foróige Club will host a Fund Raising BBQ on the Saturday, 25th June  @ 5pm in the Tin Pub in Ahakista to raise funds for the upcoming youth group and youth events.

The BBQ will be kindly sponsored by the Tin Pub. There will be a special guest appearance by Harry Marquat, recent winner of the TV3 Head Chef television series.

An evening of food & music for all the family.



Clean Coast award/An Gradam Costa Glas

The Sheep's head Coast recently won An Taisce's Clean Coast award/An Gradam Costa Glas, Dooneen Pier got special recognition for clean water.                                                                               

Many thanks to local County Council staff for their involvement.

Ahakista Community Association

Will hold its annual coffee morning & cake sale on Saturday the 2nd July from 11.30 – 2pm in Arundel’s Bar in Ahakista.

This year to add to the event The Sheep’s Head Producers Market will also be held at this time. Any baking to be handed into the bar on the morning of the sale and all are welcome.

The Association is also in the process of updating their website and if any local business, service or club would like to be mentioned on the website, contact Michelle on the number below.  

The programme for the Ahakista Festival & Regatta  scheduled for the August Bank Holiday Weekend is coming together nicely with some new editions this year including A Doggy Day Out & a kiddies climbing wall along with the return of all the favorites.

It's the place to be over the August Bank Holiday.

Any queries contact Michelle on 086-1012150 or checkout




Sheep’s Head Producers Market

The first Sheep’s Head Producers Market held on 5th June was a great success with 17 stalls and a good crowd attending.  

This was the launch of what is hoped to become a regular community event on the peninsula.

The Sheep’s Head Producers Market is an outlet for food, crafts or any other product which is grown, produced or made within the Sheep’s Head community. The feedback so far has been very positive.                                                                   

The next Sunday market will take place on 19th June in Kilcrohane and then every Sunday during the summer.     

For further information log onto

The West Cork 200K Cycle takes place on Sunday, 19th June.   

The cycle begins in Baltimore, the route takes in the Mizen and Sheeps Head Peninsula's continues on to Bantry via the Goats path, from Bantry on to Castledonovan, then Drinagh and ends in Baltimore.  

Locally, there will be a time check/food stop at Durrus Community Field and a water and time check point in Kilcrohane Village. 

The first cyclists are expected in Durrus at 9.30am and Kilcrohane at 10am approx.   Drivers please drive with care on the day.


Kilcrohane Carnival – events will include

12th July, 45 Progressive Card Game in the Hall                                                                            

15th July, Children’s sports event in the Community Field                                                                      

16th July, Road Bowling & Duck Race                           

17th July, Fancy Dress Parade followed by events for all the family in the Community Field.



Social Centre Update             

Muintir Bhaire Community Council Social Centre will hold a number of events over the summer:

Over the summer the women's group will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am outside Kilcrohane hall and will either walk locally or drive to visit local gardens.

The group would welcome any women who have free time to come and join them.

A day trip to Ballyvourney /Killarney, with dinner in Kenmare, is planned for Tuesday,12th of July. This day trip is open to anyone who would like to come along. For more details on any of the above please call Julie on 027 70832.          

As a consequence of the funding received to run the Social Centre, Muintir Bhaire Community Council is in a position to purchase kitchen equipment for Kilcrohane Hall. In co-operation with the Kilcrohane Development Association it is planned to have the new kitchen in place for the autumn.



Summer Theatre in Kilcrohane  

It’s the time of year again for the Kilcrohane leg of the 2011 West Cork Fit-up Festival Tour. The dates and shows are as follows :

Wednesday August 3rd  'Catalpa'  By Donal O'Kelly Performed by  Andrew Musselman Directed by Blood in The Alley's Geoff Gould. (Back by popular demand)         

Wednesday August 17th SHOW TO BE CONFIRMED

Wednesday August 24th 'Silent'  - Written & Performed by Pat Kinevane.  This is Pat Kinevane's new show coming directly from the Edinburgh Festival

News from Ahakista Rowing Club

Congratulations from all the Rowing Club to Carmel and Michael Nash on their new baby girl Aoife.

Ahakista Rowing Club successfully competed in the 27km Ocean to City race and defended its title to win in the Invitational Outriggers Class.  

The crew of John O Mahony in stroke and Brian Cronin steering in bow, left Crosshaven along with 150 other crews, conditions were good as the crews rowed along the course through Cobh, Monkstown, Passage West, Blackrock and finally reaching the finishing line at Lapp's Quay.

The next racing events for the club members will be the regatta season which begins in July. 

If you are interested in becoming a new member of the club please contact 086-1552589

Sponsored Walk

The new Parents Association of Kilcrohane National School have organised a sponsored walk on 29th June.

 The pupils will walk to the White House and back to raise money for the school funds.

There will be a BBQ afterwards at the school.


Durrus Garden Fete

Will take place once again this year at the Rectory on Wednesday, August 10th from noon.

There will be the usual stalls. Lunches and Afternoon Teas will also be served and Father Galvin will be joining Canon Paul on the Barbecue!!!

There will be live music to suit all tastes in various locations.

We will also be having our usual fabulous children's play area with lots of inflatable fun and games. Entry to the play area is €5 but if you cut this piece out of the newsletter you can have one free entry.

For more information check out the website on



Congratulations to Kilcrohane National School        

On receiving it's 3rd Green flag from An Taisce.  The children achieved this award for monitoring and reducing the amount of water being used at their school.

The school has previously achieved Green Flags for litter reduction and energy conservation.

                         The Green Flag will be raised at the School on Friday, 24th June.





Muintir Bháire Community Council are seeking suggestions  for any part time evening courses, talks or events etc. to commence in the autumn.
If you have any ideas please contact one of the following:
Anne on 086 6017648             Annette on 086 1910908          Dervla on 086 0752787                                  Michelle on 086 1012150                    Rose on 085 1091512                    



The Sheeps Head Way

In association with Durrus and District Community Council will open the Durrus South - Mount Corrin Walk on July 3rd, this is a new, recently developed section of the walk. 

It goes from the N71 Barnageehy to Dunbeacon taking in spectacular views of Ballydehob and Schull, Roaring Water Bay and Dunmanus Bay.  The walk passes the 4000 year old Mount Corrin archeological burial.

The walk will be officially opened by Arran O Driscoll, WCDP on July 3rd, the route will be walked and refereshments will be served afterwards. 

Registration for the walk will take place in Durrus Hall from 12- .30pm.                                                                  

Inquiries to Pat 086-1909716 or Helen 087-9722065



Muintir Bháire Newsletter

Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 23 April/May 2011


Easter Egg Hunt

The Community Council Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for 11.15am (after 10.30am Mass) on Easter Sunday, 24th April has been postponed.

The Egg Hunt will take place on Sunday, 1st May after 11.30am Mass (12.15pm approx) instead. It will be held in the Community Field..

The Community Council would like to thank Muintir Bhaire Óg GAA for sponsoring the eggs.

Annual Beach Clean-Up

Muintir Bhaire Community Council & Ahakista Tidy Towns Committee will hold a beach clean up on Saturday, 23rd April.

It is planned to run it as part of the National Spring Clean, which is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign and runs throughout April. Everybody is invited to help with the cleanup. We hope that adults and children will join so that we all take responsibility for the protection of our local environment.

The meeting points will be at Ahakista Pier & Kilcrohane Hall at 11am. Collection bags will be provided. Please bring gloves.

Up-Coming Social Centre Dates

Due to the Easter activities the next Social Centre Monthly Meal will take place on Wednesday, 4th May, a weekly later than usual. The meal will be held in Bay View, Kilcrohane and will commence at 12.30pm.

As part of the National Bealtaine Festival which takes place annually to promote positive ageing, the Social Centre will host a Tea Dance in Kilcrohane Community Hall on Wednesday, 25th May with music by James Kelleher.

The yoga classes have ended on Tuesday mornings, however as they were enjoyed by all who participated, it is planned to hold them again in Autumn. The Tuesday group is now focusing on preparing window boxes and hanging baskets for Kilcrohane and Ahakista. Hopefully these will be welcome additions in the quest for points in the up-coming Tidy Towns Competition.

New members are always welcome to join either the monthly gathering or the weekly Tuesday morning group.

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, and Bay View are on the Community Notice Boar .

Happy to Easter to All from Muintir Bhaire Community Council



New Community Council Members

Elections were held in February to elect the new Community Council for the period from 2011 to 2014.

The new members & officers are as follows:

Chairperson; Patrick O’Donovan

Vice-Chair; Michelle O’Brien

Secretary: Síle O’Leary

Treasurer: Steve Marchet

Assistant Secretary: Annette Logan

Assistant Treasurer: Michael O’Regan

PRO: Rose O’Donovan

Other Members:

Ciarán Connolly

Tony Cooper

Eugene Daly

Roger Goss

Aidan Levis

Dearbhla O’Donovan

Brendan O’Mahony

Gareth O’Mahony

Andrew O’Sullivan

Richard Tobin

Peter McDonald

Patrick O’Brien

The following members from the out-going Community Council were co-opted back on for continuity:

Anne O’Donovan & Eileen O’Mahony


Rowing Club Update

This year has started off well for the members of Ahakista Rowing Club who have already participated in the both the Cork and Kerry Heads of the River Competitions. 

Busy times lay ahead for crews as they now prepare for their next event which will be the Charity Row in Schull, taking place on Easter Sunday.  The following event will be Kilmacsimon Rowing Club's 3 Km Head of the River on Saturday 30th April, while the Charity Row in Baltimore takes place on the May Bank Holiday Monday and the Ocean to City Race in Cork takes place on Saturday 4th June. 

Ahakista Rowing Club would very much like to thank the people of Muintir Bhaire for their kind generosity towards their recent Church Gate Collection, the proceeds of which will help fund the everyday running expenses of the Club.  


Save Our School Petition

Parents & children of Kilcrohane National School will be outside Church on Easter Sunday morning gathering signatures to protest against threatened closure of the local school. Please support



News from Ahakista Community Association

Earlier this year the AGM was held, officers were elected as the following

Chairperson: Michelle O’ Brien,

Vice Chair: Kieran Connolly

Secretary: Eric Kirby,

Treasurer: Martin O’ Brien,

PRO: Sheila Ellis,

Sponsorship Co-ordinators: Marian O’ Brien, Kevin Barry & Mary Castle.

The building sub-committee has launched a search for architectural services for the activity centre, and there has been an extremely positive response. Another sub-committee has been formed to look at the possibility of entering Ahakista in the Tidy Towns Competition. It will be looking for ideas & assistance from all residents of Ahakista and if you are interested in getting involved, further information is available from Ciaran on 086-6007980.

Preparations have already begun for the Annual Festival & Regatta. You can keep up to date with what will be happening over the August bank holiday weekend on . New members are always needed so if you would be available to help come to the next meeting on 6th of May at 9pm in Rusnacahara NS. Further info from Michelle on 086-1012150


Sheep’s Head Way Walk

The Community Council will hold a guided walk on the Sheep’s Head Way on Sunday, 5th June 2011. Walking boots and rain wear are essential. .Proceeds from the walk will go to Muintir Bhaire Community Council to help with on-going running costs. There will be more details available nearer the time.

Proposed Sheeps Head Cooperative

Local Food and Transport were two subjects that captured the imagination and the drive of the participants of the recently completed Community Powerdown Course in Kilcrohane which bought into focus the need for our Community to become more resilient by creating local sustainable employment. Members of the group, joined by others have been meeting on Tuesday nights to look at the opportunities. There is a strong tradition of innovation on Sheep's Head from the original Co-operative producing potatoes, onions and daffodils through to the Sheep's Head Way with the most popular loop walks and the first official way marked cycle route in the country. The group would like to carry on that tradition through promoting the idea of a new Sheep's Head Co-operative with sub groups for Food & Produce, Transport, Tourism and Energy.

The focus is on food at present with plans for a Country Market on alternate weekends in Durrus & Kilcrohane selling anything produced on the peninsula from paintings to potatoes, a lot of residents grow their own fruit & veg and often have excess of a particular crop, the market will offer an outlet for that. We have a very strong brand with the Sheep's Head Way logo which is recognised all over the world and is often assumed to be the identity for the peninsula, now with the kind permission of the company the logo will be adapted as our regional brand which can be used for anything produced on the Peninsula, honey, ham, fish, flowers, beef and beetroot could all carry the logo which will help promote Sheep's Head further. The Transport group plans will look at the potential of a Car Pooling web site and West Cork Rural Transport have expressed their willingness to work with us looking into ways to transport goods from Bantry etc. The Tourism group will look at planning Sustainable Environmentally Friendly Tourism and recognises the vulnerability of relying in the main on walking, which in itself is vulnerable, relying on payments coming from the Government. The Energy group will look at the strong potential for renewables such as wave and Anaerobic Digestion.

We have a tremendous amount of natural resources in our area coupled with the knowledge, creativity and injenuity of the people we can harness these assets to strengthen our local economy, bring back some level of control over our future as a community and have some craic doing it.

The group plans to have a public meeting on Tuesday 17th May at 8pm in Kilcrohane Hall with film clips and discussions all are welcome.
Bring any spare seedlings you may have.

For further information visit the web site

Know Your Rights

What can consumers do to protect themselves from being affected by a company's closure? Here are a few tips:

If you have paid money over to a trader who goes out of business before your goods are delivered, what can you do?

Information on the liquidator/examiner/receiver for the company can be obtained by contacting the Companies Registration Office (CRO) on 01 804 5200/1, or lo-call 1890 220 226.

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Muintir Bháire Newsletter Issue 23

Produced by Muintir Bháire Community Council Ltd



Muintir Bháire Newsletter

Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 21 February/March 2011


Muintir Bhaire Community Council Elections

The term for the current Community Council ends in March 2011 so it is time to elect new members. The Community Council is a voluntary body made up of local residents working together to develop and improve local amenities. It operates under the umbrella of Muintir na Tíre.

The area being served by the Muintir Bháire Community Council spans from Tooreen to Kealties and also includes the North Side as far east as Glanlough. This broad area is divided into several smaller voting areas each of which has two representatives elected to serve on the Community Council.

Being a member of the Community Council provides an opportunity to get involved in your community and to contribute to the development of your local area particularly at a time when communities have to work together and be resourceful. Members identify and address local priorities. A commitment to attend monthly meetings is required and each elected council operates for a three year period.

A number of the members who are currently serving are willing to remain on the Community Council for the next three year term. This is important so that there can be a sense of continuity particularly with ongoing projects and also so that relevant information can be passed on.

Current members will distribute nomination papers after February 11th. They will be collected by February 20th.

You will receive a list of residents in your voting area from which you will choose a nominee. In the event that some areas have more nominations than places available a second round of papers may have to be distributed.

It is intended to have all new members in place in time for our A.G.M. which will be held in Kilcrohane Hall on Thursday, March 10th at 8pm.

The first meeting of the new Community Council will take place on Thursday, March 24th at 9 p.m. in Kilcrohane Hall.

If you are nominated in your electoral area, we encourage you to join as this is your chance to make a contribution to the area. It is important to have new energy and ideas but we also hope that those previously involved would consider returning as members as the experience is invaluable.


Key Achievements of the Current Community Council


Ahakista Community Association

Ahakista Community Association will hold its A.G.M. on Friday, February 11th at 9 p.m. in Rusnacahara National School. New members are needed to increase committee numbers in order that the annual regatta – which is such an important part of our community and so enjoyed by all- can continue for the foreseeable future.

Please come along as you can be assured of a very warm welcome.



Defibrillator Group Meeting

As you may have seen, a defibrillator has been put up on the wall outside Kilcrohane School. A meeting will be held for those who have received defibrillator training and for anybody who might be interested in receiving training.

The meeting will take place on Monday, February 7th in Kilcrohane Hall at 8 o’clock. It is important that the group meet to organise the operation of the machines in Ahakista and Kilcrohane.

People power is essential in ensuring that lives are saved.


Muintir Bháire Community Playschool Ltd.

The preschool staff, parents, children and Board of Management will have an extremely busy and exciting few weeks ahead as they work towards their High Scope Accreditation. March has been designated as the month for assessment though no specific date has been set.

As part of the High Scope assessment process, Imelda Madigan will hold another workshop on Wednesday night, February 16th, the topic being ‘Conflict Resolution’ or ‘Problem Solving’. All are welcome. Please notify staff in the preschool if you would like to attend.



Table Quiz

The Community Council will hold a table quiz on Friday, March 18th in Fitzpatrick’s Bar, Kilcrohane. The quiz will start at 9pm. The cost is €20.00 per table of four. Your support would be appreciated. It promises to be an enjoyable night out.

Classes for Adults

Computer classes for advanced learners are ongoing and are now taking place in Kilcrohane School in order to facilitate the internet component. Beginner classes also took place but were terminated in January due to low attendance.

Art classes have begun on Wednesday nights with instructor Fiona Power in Kilcrohane Hall. They will run for eight weeks. There are still a few places left if anyone is interested in joining.

The first digital photography class was held on January 22nd with a very large attendance. The classes will be held once a month for six months and the teacher is photographer Eileen O’Leary. It is hoped that the photos taken will be displayed publicly in the summer.



Social Centre Update

The Muintir Bhaire Social Activities group is going well, with an average of 26 people attending our regular monthly lunch. The Community Council is currently working on the grant application, which will be submitted to the HSE to enable it to continue for 2011 – 2012.

There was a great turn out at the Christmas meal held in Bay View in December. Following the meal there was music from James Kelleher. There was a raffle and a big thanks to those generous people who donated prizes.

The January lunch was held in the hall and was catered for by Bridge View.  After the meal there was bingo.

Feedback from those attending is that the hall is the most suitable venue for the monthly meal as there is plenty of space for everyone to move around and chat. Therefore the February and March meetings will be held in hall.

The dates will be as follows: Wednesday, 23rd February and Wednesday, 23rd March. It was fantastic to see new faces at the December and January gatherings and as always please do feel free to come and join us.

The gentle exercise group has developed nicely into a very positive women's group. The group meet every Tuesday at 10.30am at the hall.  Some of the participants describe the group as a coffee morning with a difference.  There is now a core group of about twelve women attending.  The group does regular gentle exercise led by Margaret McCarthy.

Funding was received from the VEC for basket making classes before Christmas and the result was that everyone made a beautiful basket for themselves, well done to all and thanks to the tutor Martin who was very patient and helpful.

As there are a number of keen gardeners in the group, there will be a focus on gardening over the next few weeks. Each participant will bring a different packet of seed and share the seedling plants.

Also the group will be doing five or six weeks of yoga classes commencing on the 8th of March. If you would be interested in taking part in any of the above activities you would be welcome to come along on Tuesday mornings to Kilcrohane Hall. The group commences at 10.30am each week.

If you would like any further information about any of the Social Centre Activities, please contact the Social Centre Co-ordinator, Julie O’Neill on 027 70832.

The Social Centre is open to all older people in Kilcrohane, Ahakista, Durrus & the Northside. If you would like to attend but do not have any transport, please contact the Co-ordinator and it may be possible to arrange transport for you.



Know Your Rights:

Question: I want to make sure that I can vote in the upcoming general election – how do I do this?

Answer: Every local authority in Ireland is responsible for compiling and publishing a list of voters in its area. This is called the Register of Electors or the Electoral Register. Anyone can inspect this Register and it is available in all local authority offices, post offices, Garda stations and public libraries. You can also check the Electoral Register online at

The published Register contains voters’ names, addresses, polling stations and category of voter*. A new draft Register is compiled each year and is published on 1 November. To be eligible for inclusion in the Register of Electors, you must:

If your name is not on the published Register of Electors, you can still apply to be included in a supplement to the Register using form RFA2. Forms are available online at and from local authorities, post offices and public libraries.

You can make this application at any time. However, to be included in the supplement used in a forthcoming election, your application must be received by your local authority at least 15 days before polling day (Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday are not counted as days for this purpose).

If you are on the register but have moved address from one Dáil constituency, or local electoral area, to another you must complete a Change of Address form (RFA3). This will also remove you from the register for your previous address.

Closing date for inclusion on the supplementary register for this election is Tuesday, 8th February 2011

*Your right to vote in Ireland depends on your citizenship:

Further information is available from Bantry Citizens Information Centre below.

Know Your Rights has been compiled by West Cork Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public. Address: Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry Helpline: 027 52100




Dispose Unused Medicines Properly (DUMP) is a free service to dispose of unused/out of date medicines safely.

You can bring the medicines to local pharmacies in Bantry from 14th February to 28th March 2011



Coffee Morning for Family Carers

West Cork Carers Support Group will host an open coffee morning at their centre in Bridge Street, Bantry on Tuesday, 8th February from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

All Carers are warmly invited to attend.

Tel: 027 53847 for more information



Muintir Bháire Newsletter Issue 21

Produced by Muintir Bháire Community Council December 2011