Wednesday 24 January 2018

Proposed city limit boundary changes outlined at meeting

Ned O'Keeffe, Cllr Ian Doyle, Cllr Deirdre O'Brien and Tom Maguire of Doneraile Development Association at the meeting on the Cork City boundary extension at Charleville
Ned O'Keeffe, Cllr Ian Doyle, Cllr Deirdre O'Brien and Tom Maguire of Doneraile Development Association at the meeting on the Cork City boundary extension at Charleville
Sr Bernadette Maria and Sr. Regina with Cllr Ian Doyle at the meeting to discuss the Cork City boundary extension at the Charleville Park Hotel

Mike McGrath’s Charleville

The implications for rural towns in Cork county of Cork City Council's proposition to implement the findings of the recently published McKinnor Report to extend the city limits to include major areas of the county such as Ballincollig, Glanmire and Blarney, were starkly outlined at a meeting in the Charleville Park Hotel last week.

The meeting was chaired by Cllr Ian Doyle, Charleville and attended by councillors from the Fermoy Municipal area and Michael Moynihan, T.D., who heard Alf Smiddy, the author of the rejected Statutory Report commissioned by the government, which recommended the integration of Cork City and Cork County Councils into one administrative body, say that it would cost the county in the region of €87million in lost rates.

Mr. Smiddy said that this would have a devastating effect on towns in North, East and West Cork, which would suffer a reduction in the services they currently enjoy and into the future, and roads, footpaths, children's playgrounds, lighting, security cameras and other services would suffer due to the lack of funding. If the boundary extension goes ahead the €87million would be diverted by the City Council to shore up services in Cork City centre and it amounts to a land and rates grab by the City Council.

"There are major issues in Cork city centre as people are no longer going in there to shop with the resultant fall-off in revenue and they are looking to use the rates base to sort out the city problems. This plan has been approved both by Fine Gael Minister, Simon Coveney and Fianna Fail Leader, Miceál Martin. There has been no consultation with the people or with councillors to discuss the implications for the region and the author of the report Mr. McKinnon is nowhere to be seen," he said.

"But towns like Charleville, Fermoy, Youghal, Mallow, Mitchelstown, Millstreet, Newmarket, Kanturk and those in west Cork will be badly affected and people should contact their public representatives and make their feelings known as a matter of urgency," said Mr. Smiddy.

The chairman of the North Cork IFA committee Billy Cotter said that farmers of the region were opposed to the boundary extension, a view endorsed by other councillors present.


Say cheese: High accolades at awards

There were further accolades for cheese products produced by the Old Irish Creamery cheese facility in Effin, Kilmallock, when they won gold, silver and bronze awards at the 2017 Nantwich International Cheese Show in Cheshire in the U.K., which is the biggest international cheese event in the world.

The Co. Limerick factory won a gold award for their Oak Smoked Cheddar variety, a silver award for their Cheddar with Pumpkin Seeds honey and cinnamon, silver for their Cheddar with Walnuts and a bronze award for their Extra Mature Cheddar.

Their Cheddar Cheese with Mango and Ginger received a very highly commended award to crown a great show for the O'Doherty's Jim and his wife Lulu and son James, who run the factory.

These latest awards brings their total number of awards to 97 achieved at home and abroad since they started entering their products in national and international competitions in 2008. "We are continually looking at ways to improve the quality and variety of our products and researching various flavours to complement our cheddar cheeses, which can compete with the best in the world," said Master Cheese maker Jim O'Doherty, who also paid tribute to his staff in their production plant located in the heart of the Golden Vale just over the Limerick border from Charleville.

The innovative Old Irish Products are highly popular with Irish consumers and are now on all major Irish supermarket shelves. "We are also exporting to the lucrative food markets across Europe, the United States and Hong Kong," said marketing manager James O'Doherty.

A huge well done to all of those involved in the award ceremony.


All set for Festival of History 2017!

The all-conquering Shandrum Ceili Band will be playing for a ceili at the Charleville Park Hotel on this Saturday night, while on the same night and in the same venue, local actor William Lyons will be reprising his award-winning performance in the one-man play, 'A Night in November' by Marie Jones.

These are just part of the weekend programme for Charleville Heritage Society's Festival of History, for which, all is in readiness for the sixth annual event.

The weekend has the theme Éigse Seán Clárach Mac Domhnaill, and will be opened at the Charleville Park Hotel on this Thursday September 7 by Kerry poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice, who will deliver a short lecture on the Jacobite poet.

The opening will be followed by a night of spoken word, music and craic featuring local poets Sr. Bernadette Marie, Fiona Fitzpatrick, , to kick off a terrific weekend of entertainment, which sees a gala concert on Friday night which features former RTE television presenter Bibi Baskin, TG4's Glór Tíre finalist, top musician, Dermot Lyons, the Cahirmee Singers from Buttevant, story teller Jim Barry, Charleville Folk Group, Musica Fusion's junior orchestra, the musicians of Craobh An Rath Comhaltas, singers Billy O'Brien and John Murphy, harpist Rachel O'Connor and dancer Kelley Hartnett.

Members of the Charleville Library Writer's Group will perform readings at the local library on Friday morning at 11am and this will be followed by a discussion on creative writing I n the community led by Denyse Woods the Writer in Residence at Cork County Library and Arts Service.

This is a free event so everybody is invited to come along for great stories, great writing and brilliant fun. Then on the following morning at 9.30am poet Noel King from Tralee will deliver a poetry workshop at the Provincial Heritage Centre at the Convent of Mercy, and admission to this event is free.

A delegation from Croesgoch Heritage Society in Wales will be attending the weekend at which the twinning arrangement between them and the Charleville Heritage Society will be signed. A walking tour to places of historical interest will take place on Sunday afternoon to bring the weekend to a close.

Certainly, this is not a weekend that you will want to miss out on.


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