Explore West Cork Mobile App launches with fantastic family fun competition
West Cork People has launched a new mobile phone app with a huge competition to encourage the people of West Cork to get out and explore their environs. The Explore West Cork FREE app is available for iPhone and Android and allows users to immediately access up-to-date maps and information for all towns and villages in the area – from history and bio-diversity to activities and services.
Explore West Cork and find some of its hidden gems to be in with a chance of winning one of many amazing prizes. For full competition details visit www.explorewestcork.ie
West Cork firefighters qualify for World Rescue Challenge in Florida
The Cork County Extrication and Trauma team, a group of West Cork firefighters, have qualified to compete at the 2013 World Rescue Challenge, which will be held in Clearwater, Florida from October 27 to November 2.
The team of firefighters from Schull, Skibbereen, and Clonakilty, who train and compete to best international standards in vehicle crash rescue, took first place in the ‘Trauma Challenge’ and second place in the ‘Extrication Challenge’ at the National World Rescue event in Monaghan in April, qualifying for the International event in Florida.
Take a walk in West Cork at the Bantry Walking Festival
West Cork has long been a destination for Ireland’s walkers, hikers and tourists. Now Bantry is inviting people to sample the delights of local walking routes during a dedicated walking festival to be held this June bank holiday weekend (June 1 and 2, 2013).
The bustling market town of Bantry is already home to a successful literary festival, as well as major traditional and classical music events. Now the new walking festival is likely to join this list of successful initiatives: the town is the ideal place to set out from if you want to make the most of some of the most exciting and unspoilt hiking trails the country has to offer.
Time stands still at The Ewe Experience
Formerly known as The Ewe Sculpture Gardens, The Ewe Experience in Glengarriff is celebrating 20 years in business in West Cork.
“Because sculpture gardens are often rather formal outdoor galleries with manicured gardens, many visitors said, that The Ewe was different from what they had expected,” says artist Sheena Wood, founder of the garden with her writer husband, Kurt Lyndorff.
New film on Lough Hyne launched by David Puttnam
A new film on Lough Hyne was officially launched at Skibbereen Heritage Centre recently by David Puttnam who said it was “very good” and that it offered “a fresh perspective” of the area.
The short film covers many different aspects of Lough Hyne including its archaeology, folklore and history as well as its long association with marine research. This small salt-water lough, 5km south-west of Skibbereen, was first 'discovered' by science in 1886. The film covers the long history of marine research carried out at the lough and includes ciné-film footage of scientists at work there in the 1950s.