Its election year this March! The Community Council hold elections every 3 years. This year the election papers will be handed out to the houses during the week of 23rd March. We ask that people return these forms to the ballot boxes that will be available after Ahakista mass on 28th March and Gortalassa mass on 4th April. Ballot boxes will be in Kilcrohane Church on both the 29th March and 5th April. Also a box will be in the producers shop and at the notice board in Ahakista. Also the option of posting back your paper is available to Secretary Annette Nicholas, Ahakista, Bantry.
Further details are given on the last page of this newsletter. If anyone has any questions be sure to contact a member of the Committee, or e-mail Annette on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Durrus Craft Market
The Durrus Craft Market will be returning to Phillips Green on Sunday March 29th, and on the last Sunday of every month until July, from 11am-3pm offering a wide range of local handmade crafts. You can also meet the creators have a chat and a cuppa. All stalls are inside unless we have good weather. Free admission and parking to all visitors. If you would like to book a stall please contact Niamh at email@example.com or 087 1491549 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt
The MBCC Easter egg hunt will be held on Easter Sunday 12th April, at 12.30pm in the Kilcrohane Community Field, weather permitting. This event is for children under 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
A Public meeting to inform the public of the results of the Feasibility study completed recently about the Bardic School, this will take place in Kilcrohane Hall, on Wednesday 11th March at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
Are you interested in volunteering with a Park Run? If so contact Michael O’Brien, Kilcrohane on 087 2263274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ahakista Rowing Club
The Ahakista Rowing Club season went under way in the turn of the new year, with our senior crew starting their pre-season with indoor training and the junior crews following shortly. As ever the aim is to get on the water as early as possible.
Our Annual Easter Run is taking place on Saturday the 11th of April. Our season will culminate with the club hosting an off shore regatta on the 13th of September.
As ever the club is always looking for new members for their senior and junior crew and volunteers to grow the club and make those local events a success.
Carrigboy NS and St James' NS were delighted to help Durrus Cheese celebrate 40 years of cheese making in Coomkeen. Both schools put on an exhibition about life in Durrus and further afield 40 years ago on the 12th February last.
The school also had a visit from author Olive Mooney. The children really enjoyed the book reading and appreciated the great tips Olive gave to the future writers in Carrigboy.
It will be a busy time for the pupils in the next few weeks. On the sporting front the pupils will be taking part in the FAI 5 a side soccer tournament. The school is also taking part in a sciath na scol hurling competition for the first time and football training will be starting shortly. There are also big plans for seachtain na gaeilge and the school's science week in the next few weeks.
Enrolment Day is on Friday the 20th March from 2-3pm.
The pupils of the school are enjoying the many extra-curricular activities at the school such as Tag Rugby and Basketball lessons. Gaelic Football lessons will begin shortly as the pupils will be preparing for the Cumman na mBunscoil football competitions which take place in May.
They really enjoyed a recent drumming workshop in the school and look forward to their swimming lessons which commence after Easter at the Water School, Kealkill.
Pupils in 5th and 6th class will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Sacred Heart Church, Durrus on Thursday 14th May along with pupils from Carrigboy N.S. and Kilcrohane N.S. In preparation for this Canon Martin O’Driscoll from Bantry has organised a Retreat Day for the children of the three schools at Myross Woods, Leap.
We are currently working on our fourth Green Flag on Travel, having already received our flags for Litter and Waste, Energy and Water.
There will be a clothes collection at the school on Friday 13th March, funds raised will be used to alleviate the cost of school activities for the pupils. If you have unwanted clothes or pairs of shoes you can drop them inside the school wall any day before then.
The school Enrolment Day is on Wednesday 25th March from 1 to 2pm. Even if you have not already decided on a school for your child you are very welcome to come along on the day to view the school and meet the staff.
St. James' N.S.
The children of St. James' National had great fun learning with the Bee-Bot’s which were loaned from the West Cork Education Centre. The children had great fun programming the ‘’bots’’ to complete mazes, climb the number line and navigate a busy street
We all learned about Durrus 40 years ago and imagined what life would be like in 40 years as part of the Durrus Cheese Anniversary celebrations. We had a lovely day up at Durrus Cheese discovering how cheese is made and even made some cheese of our own! (Thanks Sarah and Jeffa).
Senior pupils visited Carrigboy NS to hear author Olive Mooney talk about her book trilogy "Chronicles of Cadaver College".
Shrove Tuesday was celebrated in style as the pupils made pancakes from scratch, cooking then tossing before devouring them. We all made Lenten Promises with some of us giving up sugary treats and others taking on new challenges.
We are looking forward to World Book Day when we will welcome local author Lydia Little and hope we don't frighten her away with our MAD HAIR!
We have just completed our swimming lessons in The Maritime and are looking forward to starting GAA with Jason on Monday mornings.
Are you a Farmer or Fisherperson living in West Cork?
Are you seeking part-time work?
· The Rural Social Scheme provides community-based work on a part-time basis to farmers and fisherpersons. (their spouses/partners/siblings)
· Participants work 19.5 hours per week and these hours are based on a farmer/fisherperson-friendly schedule
· To qualify for the RSS you must be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment and be aged between 25 and 66.
If you wish to seek further information, please contact:
Arran O Driscoll
West Cork Development Partnership
Credit Union Building
0238834035 or email@example.com
Muintir Bháire Community Council needs you to help keep our peninsula beautiful. We would really appreciate if you could spare an hour or two to join us for a Beach and Roadside Clean up on Saturday, March 14th, beginning at 11 a.m. at the following meeting points - Kilcrohane Hall, Gortnakilla Pier and The Cabin at Ahakista.
We ask that any children be accompanied by an adult and it is also important that people cleaning on the roadside wear reflective jackets. Bags, pickers and gloves will be provided.
If you cannot make it on that particular day, it would be great if you were willing to 'Adopt a Mile' of roadside close to your home to remove litter from the verges. You can contact Deirdre Towns on 087-7940860 to organise bringing the rubbish to an agreed collection point on that particular weekend. We really appreciate your help and every little bit can make a difference.
Muintir Bhaire Community Council Elections
The tenure of the current Muintir Bhaire Community Council ends in March 2020 and preparations are currently underway to elect the new Community Council which will take up the baton for the next three years. 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.
Opportunity to get involved
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. 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.
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. You will receive the opportunity to nominate people who you believe would have an interest in getting involved when the elections take place in March.
It is intended to have all new members in place in time for our A.G.M. which will be held at the end of March. The date will be announced.
Key Activities of Muintir Bhaire Community Council
Ø It runs the Social Activities Club for older residents and employs the Coordinator, Julie O’Neill. The monthly lunches, outings, the Tuesday group and other activities have been extremely well supported and hugely successful.
Ø A number of annual activities for younger residents have been established – the Easter Egg Hunt and Hallowe’en Party are both very popular events with local children.
Ø Road improvements and increased signage have been put in place.
Ø Annual beach clean-ups are held
Ø It runs the Blackgate Centre, which provides a venue for holding meetings and also a number of social events have been held over the years. It also acts as a trail head for the Sheep’s Head Way
Ø It coordinates the opening and the maintenance of the toilets in Tooreen which are a great resource for walkers and visitors to the area. These are the only public toilets on the peninsula.
Ø It is responsible for the organisation and running of the very successful Christmas@ the Blackgate which has run for the past nine years. Santa. Mrs Claus and the Elves are hosted in the Blackgate for a weekend in December each year and approximately 200 children and their families get to meet them as well as visiting the live Crib and meeting a local blacksmith
Ø It also organises the Christmas Tree Lighting event in Kilcrohane every year and hosts the community get together with mulled wine/ hot chocolate and mince pies that follows it.
Ø It successfully applied for LEADER funding to carry out a feasibility study to explore ways of telling the areas unique bardic story in a way that is sustainable and would benefit the local area. The feasibility study was completed at the end of 2019 and the work in implementing the recommendations will be the focus of the new Community Council in 2020 – 2023.
Ø It has organised a number of talks in Kilcrohane Hall on a wide range of topics including First Aid and Promoting Positive Mental Health.
Ø It has contributed to the cost of Hedge Cutting along the roads in various location by co-funding the cost with local residents
Ø It maintains the Defibrillators in Ahakista and Kilcrohane, which are an essential community resource
As you can see, the Muintir Bháire Community Council plays a vital part in promoting and developing the area and raising community spirit. By joining the Community Council you have the ability to enhance our community which like all rural areas has undergone unprecedented and dramatic change. At a time when rural communities are under threat, please consider volunteering for a term as your community needs you.