Skibbereen’s Local Heroes – Living the Olympic Dream

Fantastic atmosphere in Skibb today as the community cheered on Gary and Paul O’Donovan in their Olympic Semi-Final.  Congratulations to the O’Donovan brothers who qualified for the final and who have really put Skibb on the map not only with their rowing prowess but also with their post match interviews!  Skibbereen is very proud of you!!

Skibbereen Credit Union will be showing the final tomorrow at 14:44 and everyone is welcome to come along again to cheer the lads on.

 

Ilen River Blue Way launched

The Ilen River Blue Way has been launched and is a fantastic addition to the many activities to take part in in West Cork.

A Blueway is a recreational activity trail that is developed for use by non-motorised activity enthusiasts and the Ilen River trail comprises of 3 sections:

  1. Skibbereen to Deelish Pier – 2.7km Beginner Trail
  2. Deelish Pier to Glebe Graveyard – 6km Intermediate Trail
  3. Glebe Graveyard to Baltimore – 8.6km Advanced Trail

To find out more about the Ilen River Blue Way please download the brochure here

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Book Yourself Solid® Live Mentoring Event – West Cork Hotel 21 – 23 September

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Grow Your Business Exponentially…….Come to the Book Yourself Solid® Live Mentoring Event at the West Cork Hotel from 21 to 23 September.

° Take your business to the next level.
° Grow your client & customer base.
° Learn cutting edge business practices.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, service provider, coach, consultant, retailer or business professional, Book Yourself Solid® is the fastest, easiest and most reliable system for getting more clients and customers than you can handle, even if you hate marketing and selling!

Three powerful days: Workshops, seminars, coaching and collaboration.

To find out more follow link https://summitsuccess.leadpages.co/bys-in-ireland/

Chamber members receive a €90 preferred member discount. Go here to register today. Enter Promo Code: Skib. and follow link https://summitsuccess.leadpages.co/bys-in-ireland/

Skibbereen Arts Festival 2016

The 8th Skibbereen Arts Festival has something for everyone with music, film, theatre and poetry. Literature, exhibitions, symposiums and installations. Walks, talks and workshops. Family fun days and a spectacular 1960’s street party.

No matter your age, there truly is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy.

Don’t miss out – book your favourite events now on  www.skibbereenartsfestival.com

Skibb Arts Festival 2016

Skibbereen featuring in Find Your Family Free documentary feature by Mary McEwan

Please click on link to see part 1 of a 2 part special on Ireland and Irish research shown on TCTV Channel 22, Olympia, Washington.

Find Your Family Free featuring Skibbereen

Skibbereen features in this episode with part 2 due later this month and includes interviews with residents of Skibbereen with some very interesting facts about the town and neighbouring areas.

You can check out more of Mary McEwan’s videos on YouTube by clicking the link here – Mary McEwan YouTube

Skibbereen BNS Bingo Fundraiser

The Parent’s Association of St Patrick’s Boys National School are hosting a Monster €1,000 Bingo, in the West Cork Hotel on Sunday 17 April.  All are invited to come along and join in the fun and help raise funds for the School Garden.

New School Garden planned for St Patrick’s BNS, Skibbereen

St. Patrick’s BNS Parents’ Association are currently fundraising for a new school garden project and are holding a Monster Bingo Night on March 22 in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway with a free bus leaving Skibbereen at 7.45pm

The new garden will consist of Geodome, Willow Tunnel and Dome, Amphitheatre, Raised Beds, Wormery, Composting Area, Insect Hotel, Observation Areas of Orchards, Mixed Native Hedge, Mini Forest and a Wild Nature Trial.

School Garden Plan

In St. Patrick’s Boy’s National School there are 3 Autism (ASD) Classrooms and in the garden we are incorporating a Sensory Garden which includes a Sensory Path, Planted Areas based on our five senses, a Zen Garden and a Herb Wheel.  Everyone is so excited for this project to be completed so that all of the children in the school can enjoy their Garden.

Other fundraising events are also planned in the near future so please check out their Facebook page – Skibbereen St. Patrick’s BNS Parents’ Association which has all the information about the project and fundraising events.

Skibbereen celebrates the centenary in 2016 by commemorating 1916 on St Patrick’s Day.

All roads lead to Skibbereen in 2016 for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade which this year is themed “Celebrating 1916 – Our Centenary Year”.  All local businesses, schools, clubs and groups have been encouraged to participate in the ever popular family event and a bumper entry of floats is expected on the day.

In many local west Cork households there are medals, pictures, and memorabilia that we would welcome as part of the Skibbereen 2016 parade and businesses can start to mark the centenary, by decorating their windows with items and memorabilia from the period.  Remember everyone is encouraged to celebrate 1916 in 2016 so come along in dress from the era on the day as we remember our local and national heroes and heroines.

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The annual parade starts on Thursday March 17th at 4pm from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Car Par on the bypass and then makes its way down Ilen Street then Bridge St past the judges and viewing platform on the Bridge before continuing along Main St and Market St with floats and trailers finishing in the Fairfield.  This year we are delighted to announce that the parade will be led by relatives of Skibbereen native, Gearóid O’Sullivan, who we particularly remember in this centenary year as we honour his role in proudly raising the Irish flag over the GPO on Easter 1916.

The Julia Hickey Memorial Shield will be presented to the overall winning entry on the day along with cash prizes for best community float, best novel/fun group, best themed group, best junior award and best themed window and the parade finishes with the 1916 proclamation read by a volunteer from the viewing platform

The fun continues after the parade as the Gaelscoil are hosting a fundraiser in Abbeystrewery Hall with teas and coffees, face painting and many more fun activities for all with festivities finishing up for the day as fireworks light up the town at 7pm and music on in the local bars until late.  Remember to look out for local buildings turning green on the day too!

Don’t miss celebrating the centenary on Thursday March 17th and help the next generation develop their understanding of their heritage by sharing your knowledge of the past.   Be part of the wonderful opportunity to remember our ancestors and the events that have brought us to 2016 by either taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen or support the day on the street from 3.40pm on Thursday March 17th.

Tourism, Hospitality & Culinary Roadshow – Celtic Ross Hotel Tuesday 23 Feb

An exciting event is coming to West Cork and takes place in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery on Tuesday 23rd February.

If you are considering a career in tourism, hospitality, hotels, events, catering, restaurant or bar management then this event is for you.  Run by CIT, the roadshow aims to encourage secondary students into the hospitality/ tourism and culinary sectors. It is a great opportunity for the students in Transition Year, 5th Year or 6th Year to ask questions about possibilities for their futures and is a great opportunity for us to keep the talented youth we have in the country and most importantly in Cork!

Please come along to the Celtic Ross Hotel on Tuesday 23 February to this free event which is on from 7pm to 8:30pm to find out more.

 

West Cork estate agents win Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year 2015

The winner of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year Award 2015 was announced at the company’s annual Countrywide Conference which was held recently in Killashee Hotel, Naas Co. Kildare on the 29th January. Fighting off stiff competition from 67 franchised offices, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, with branches in Clonakilty and Skibbereen emerged victorious, a reflection of their excellent standard of service, business acumen and professionalism.

Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill are long established in West Cork, the business having been founded by Ray O’Neill’s grandfather in 1930. Ray O’Neill and his wife Mary O’Neill were one of the first estate agents to join the Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide network in 1999 and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. They are a business that are continually striving to improve the customer service experience and are particularly strong in their use of marketing and technology to do so.

Commenting on the award Ray O’Neill said “We are thrilled and honoured to be the recipients of the Sherry FitzGerald Franchise of the Year 2015 award. Our partnership with Sherry FitzGerald began in 1999 and we have been delighted to be working with this progressive company ever since. Our innovative systems ensure that our service as an estate agent in the West Cork market is the best it can be. Our intention is to continue to lead the market in West Cork and provide a quality service to vendors and purchasers alike”

Mary Dillon, Managing Director, Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide, said “Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill in Clonakilty and Skibbereen represents all that is best about our franchise members. Their outstanding customer care, professionalism, and innovative approach to marketing to ensure they always achieve the best price are some of the qualities that make them an outstanding member of our Franchise team.”

picture from left to right – Philip Sherry (Sherry FitzGerald), Caroline Herlihy, Tina Foley, Frank O’Driscoll, Ray O’Neill, Orla Healy, Michéal Duggan & Mary Dillon (Sherry FitzGerald Countrywide)

Skibbereen Flood Relief Update

Minister Howlin T.D. confirmed last Friday, 22nd Jan, that the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme is ready to proceed once again.  This was followed by a letter from the OPW complying with the terms of the Confirmation on Tuesday, 26th January.  This then allowed Minister Howlin to sign a Government Order for the Scheme on the same day.

Officially Government have now allowed the Scheme to go ahead.

It is now over to Cork Co. Co. and the OPW to complete the tendering process. Tenders are due back to Cork Co. Co. in the first week in Feb.

Assessments of tenders are scheduled for the end of March when a contractor will then be appointed. There will be a lead-in period during which loose ends, notification to property owners, contractor arriving on site and other preparations will be completed so hopefully we should see construction in mid-2016.

Minister Howlin re-iterated that the Skibbereen flood Relief Scheme will take 3 years to complete at a cost of €30 million.

update from Skibbereen Floods Committee

Skibbereen welcomes Down and Dirty competitors

Welcome to Skibbereen and the very best of luck to the 1000 participants who have signed up for the 6k Down and Dirty Adventure Challenge.

The organisers have been working hard on the course for the last number of weeks and there will no doubt be a few surprises for you to enjoy this year!

Don’t forget to pop into Skibbereen where you can pick up some unique Xmas gifts or why not enjoy a well deserved treat in one of the many cafés or restaurants in the town.

Good Luck!

Countdown to National Digital Week

Please click image to get a glimpse of what’s happening in Skibbereen this week……

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and if that has whetted your appetite you can preview the full schedule here: Digital Week Full Schedule

Remember you can keep fully up to date with what’s happening in Skibbereen during National Digital Week by checking the following links too:

 

Skibbereen hosts Ireland’s first ever National Digital Week, Nov 3 – 8

4 days, 60 Speakers, 3000 attendees, 1 inspirational location

This exciting initiative takes place in Skibb from Nov 3 – 8 and showcases how one small group of people is building Ireland’s most high tech town – read more about what all the buzz is about here!

The early bird offer for the event finishes this Wednesday, 21st October, so make sure you book you tickets today here

Speaking sessions and workshops are tailored to cater for all interests and age groups.

–          Farming 2030

–          Digital Future of Education & STEM

–          Empowering a Billion Women 2020 & Social Entrepreneurship

–          Digital Revolution of retail and services

–          The Digital and Industry Fusion

–          Energise Enterprise Workshop

–          The Story of Entrepreneurship & the Internet of Things: Re-Imaging a connected world.

For a summary of the schedule click here and for details of the amazing speakers you can expect to hear from click here

Don’t forget if you are interested in helping out during the week the Ludgate Skibbereen group needs volunteers urgently and would appreciate your support. The team are looking for a range of volunteers – you do not need to be digitally minded! Please email hello@digitalweek.ie and pledge your support.

 

Ilen Swim & Kayak this Sunday 27 September in Skibbereen

This inaugural event takes place along the River Ilen from 4-7pm and promises to be a fun family afternoon with Paddle Boarding and Kayaking along the river as well as feature swim races for the mores serious competitor over 1.5km and 3km and to top it all the weather forecast looks like it will be favourable too!

Many Thanks to our sponsors on the day – Ilen Sports Injury Clinic, Russagh Mill Hostel & Adventure Centre, Kalbo’s Café, The Edge Sports, Cork and GSUP Paddle Boarding  – please find out more about each business by clicking on their image below.

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All proceeds raised will go toward the new Christmas Lights for Skibbereen Fund, which the Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce is actively fundraising for.  The town would really appreciate your support in lighting up Skibbereen this Christmas, so join us for a fun afternoon in Skibb this Sunday!

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“March Back in Time: Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa Torchlit Parade.”

Well done to all involved in the March Back in Time event last Friday night.  Fantastic atmosphere and great crowds in Skibbereen to commemorate the centenary of O’Donovan Rossa’s death in 1915 and to mark the opening of Skibbereen Arts Festival with a parade like no other  – click here to sample the atmosphere on the evening, March Back in Time – Skibbereen 24th July 2015

photo : Ian Flavin Photography

video: Ludgate Skibbereen

 

 

AUDITIONS AND CASTING FOR A MODERN YOUTH PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE’S “THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”

OPEN TO ALL 14-19 YEAR OLDS

-NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY- 

AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST.JOSEPHS NATIONAL SCHOOL, SKIBBEREEN ON FRIDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER FROM 7.30PM-8.30PM.

THOSE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING  SHOULD CONTACT

BACKSTAGE-IRELAND 091-590706/e-mail backstageireland@eircom.net

This September, Backstage Academy of Performing Arts-Skibbereen, will hold auditions for a youth production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’.   This will be a modern production of the play and as the play deals with money lending, debt, interest, mercy and forgiveness, it should prove very topical.

Auditions will be open to 14-19 year olds and no previous acting experience is required as the cast will be put through their paces by the teaching staff at Backstage, which is based at St. Josephs National School and begins its third year in Skibbereen this September.