Skaggs for west Cork
THE Masters of Tradition Festival in west Cork has been boosted with the confirmation that acclaimed American musician Ricky Skaggs will lead the programme of events.
Skaggs, a multiple Grammy winner, will play a sold-out gig at the event which runs in Bantry from August 20 to 24.
The festival, aimed at celebrating all aspects of traditional music, will also feature Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Mary Bergin, Ghost Trio, Cleek Schrey and Muireann nic Amhlaoibh.
Several of the concerts will be staged in the historic Bantry House.
THREE Cork schools are to get new classrooms to cope with spiralling student numbers.
Funding has been sanctioned by the Department of Education for new classrooms for Scoil Naomh Laichtin in Donoughmore, Charleville CBS secondary school and Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh in Ballingeary.
Works on developing the new classrooms is expected to get underway immediately.
AMERICAN literary star Richard Blanco will be in Limerick next week as writer-in-residence for Limerick City of Culture.
Mr Blanco, who was selected by Barack Obama to read at his 2012 inauguration, will be in Limerick from August 25 until September 8.
The poet is the first Latino to be given the honour, previously given to by Maya Angelou and Robert Frost.
He was the personal choice of President Obama, who said his "deeply personal poems are rooted in the idea of what it means to be an American."
Blanco wrote a poem for the occasion, entitled 'One Today', which he read at the ceremony in Washington DC in January 2013.
CORK entrepreneur Dee O'Leary has won the chance to travel to the US to attend a prestigious business leaders seminar.
Ms O'Leary of IDME was selected by Cork Foundation and Cork Innovates to travel to the US as part of a major link-up between Irish and American business leaders.
A number of American business leaders attended an event in Cork last month to help female executives enhance both their own careers and the prospects of their firms with the offer of a US visit for the best participant.
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