Clonakilty Chamber Director appointed to new Board to oversee growth at Cork Airport

Posted on: 10th March, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Solicitor Emma O’Brien, a Director of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to a new development board for Cork Airport. The appointment of Emma by Minister Leo Varadkar has come about as a result of lobbying by Fine Gael TD Jim Daly to have a Development Council formed to support the growth of Cork Airport and to include a representative from the West Cork region on the Council.

The purpose of the Development Council is to ensure strong engagement and alignment with key stakeholders in the region ensuring common understanding of the issues, opportunities and operating performance of the airport and to drive coordinated action to further develop Cork airport.

The Council will provide a forum for its members to be informed of Cork Airport activities and for its members to provide timely policy level feedback and advice on matters relating to community and the growth and development of Cork Airport, helping to drive more traffic through Cork Airport on a sustained basis for the benefit of the region as a whole.

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Mary Jane Irwin Centenary Remembrance evening

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage advises that people need to book by email asap at DuchasLecturesAndFieldTrips@gmail if they wish to attend the Mary Jane Irwin Centenary Remembrance evening next Wednesday 17th August.

Mary Jane Irwin was a native of Clonakilty, a poetess, Fenian and Republican campaigner from the time she married fellow-local Fenian patriot, Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa. As well as that, she was a devoted mother of 13 of her own children with Rossa, and also took on his older ones whom he had with his previous two wives when she married him at just 19 years of age in 1864.

When he died at the end of June 1916, Mary Jane and Rossa had been married for over 52 years. Even though she was in good health herself and was 14 years younger than her late husband, Mary Jane died suddenly in New York just over 13 months after Rossa himself and was buried in New York.

On Wednesday 17th August exactly 100 years after her passing, she will be remembered at “Strand House”, Sand Quay, Clonakilty – the Irwin family home.

An informal reception will be hosted by Sinéad O’ Crowley (An Súgán), current owner of "Strand House" at 8.30pm which is optional to attend.

Official proceedings will commence at 9pm sharp with a floral tribute being laid at the entrance to the house by the Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott, followed by an historical account of Mary Jane's life portrayed in drama and narration inside the house.

Michael O’ Mahony of Dúchas as narrator will give an account of the main aspects of Mary Jane’s life, and this will be interspersed with Rossmore award-wining actress Nora Scannell, reading poetry, speeches and passages written by her.

Much of what will be delivered will be based on research by Maria Young, who wrote the sell out play, "Rossa" last year which was staged in Skibbereen and Rossmore and in which Nora Scannell played Mary Jane Irwin and Michael O' Mahony also had a number of acting roles.

The evening will conclude with appropriate songs from the era sung by Deirdre Archbold.

It has to be stressed that due to restrictions of space, entry is limited and anyone wishing to attend, MUST pre-book by e-mailing:

Priority will be given to current paid up members of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, followed by friends of the organisation and the general public.

(In the event of not being able to facilitate everyone who emails, the format of the evening will be repeated again at a later date for a wider audience).

People should keep an eye on the Dúchas Facebook and Twitter pages and local press for further information.

Pictured: Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage organising committee and participants. L-R John Loughnan, (Vice Chair Dúchas); Sinéad O' Crowley, proprietor of "Strand House"; Michael O' Mahony, who will be narrator on the night; Nora Scannell, actress who will play Mary Jane on the night; Clonakilty Mayor Anthony McDermott; Tim Feen, (Cathaoirleach Dúchas) and Cionnaith Ó Súilleabháin, (PRO)
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Ireland’s newest period instrument ensemble, Ensemble Dagda return once again to West Cork on 14 August as part of the renowned Music Under Mosaics series at Church of the Ascension, Timoleague.

Step into the 17th Century with the sound of the most exciting, evocative and emotional instrumental and vocal music from Europe in the 1600s, brought to life on authentic instruments.

Music by: Buxtehude | Purcell | Corelli | Leonarda | Uccellini

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Jimmy Buckley, Ireland’s favourite county singer, will be appearing live at Bandon GAA Pavilion on Friday, 26th August 2016. Music kicking off at 9pm, with Jimmy taking the stage at 10pm and a disco to follow.

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