In this week's Southern Star

19:40 Wed 02 Sep 2015

Horror attack on puppy shocks Skibbereen,

Bandon teenagers protest at shopping centre, AND

Brothers 'on cusp' of getting to Rio among stories in this week's Star.

Published: 11:50 Thu 03 Sep 2015
Jamie Searls is still 'Zayn Malik' in the 1D tribute band

WITH One Direction fans still reeling from the news that their favourite band is expected to take an extended break from March next year, the show will most definitely go on for Kinsale's Jamie Searls.

Published: 17:10 Wed 02 Sep 2015
Gearing up for the Taste of West Cork festival were chefs Tessa Perry, Glebe Gardens; Rachel Dare, Organico; Christian Pozimski, West Cork Hotel; Luke Matthews, The Mews; Youen Jacob, The Lookout; Mario Chevez, An Sugán; Luca Boggieni, Arís, Richy Virahsa

BOOKINGS for various events in the Taste of West Cork Food Festival are well up on last year, with some venues considering additional events to meet demand.

Published: 07:10 Wed 02 Sep 2015
Macra Girl's 'crime family', from left: Michael Linehan; Ann Gries; Denis Keily; Rebecca Munnelly, and Senan Byrne.

WEST Cork locals are the eal stars of Ireland's newest comedy movie, which was filmed in Dunmanway, Ballingurteen and Timoleague.

Published: 17:05 Tue 01 Sep 2015
Fr Chris O'Donovan cutting the tape to officially open the new Rath National School Playground funded by the Parents Association. Included in the photo are principal Maura Collins and Ruth Field, chairperson, Parents Association

BSOME primary school students may be dreading returning to school on Monday, August 31st next, but not the 98 pupils attending Rath National School.

Published: 07:20 Tue 01 Sep 2015

THERE will be a strong flavour of West Cork at this year's Electric Picnic festival in Co Laois.

Published: 12:10 Mon 31 Aug 2015
Cllr Coleman(right): wants school holidays standardised

FORMER County Mayor Alan Coleman says that all schools should return for the new academic year, on September 1st.

Published: 09:35 Mon 31 Aug 2015

A SELF-EVIDENT truth is seeping into the collective brain of the Cloth Cap Brigade and Fine Gael. Poll after poll is confirming that the Labour Party is b..lixed - a phrase congenial to the taste of the

Published: 22:05 Sun 30 Aug 2015
Jeremy Irons

WEST Cork resident, actor Jeremy Irons has narrated a new film which documents the impact of mathematician George Boole on modern computing.

Published: 13:05 Sun 30 Aug 2015
Tricia Lyne, ARC co-ordinator for West Cork, chatting to Graham Norton, guest of honour, at the official opening of the ARC Cancer Care Centre in Bantry on Thursday of last week.

New cancer support service launched in Bantry.

Published: 07:15 Sun 30 Aug 2015
Joe's Bottle even has its own trolley

THE people of Kilbrittain are to continue the active fundraising of the late Joe Lynch, who passed away in 2012 of a brain tumour.

Published: 07:15 Thu 03 Sep 2015
Participants in this year's Macroom Food Festival gathered for the recent launch at the Riverside Park Hotel. (Photo: Emma Jervis Photography)

MACROOM is gearing up for its fourth food festival, which takes place at the end of September.

Published: 11:50 Wed 02 Sep 2015
Rachel McCarthy

SINN Fin's general election candidate for Cork South West has criticised news that PPS numbers will be required by Irish Water for customers to receive the so-called 'conservation grant'.

Published: 22:05 Tue 01 Sep 2015
This photo, right, of Colm, was taken by a friend, just minutes before a wave washed him in.

COLM Plunkett from Birr in Co Offaly found himself in the middle of a dramatic sea rescue in Beara last Sunday after he was swept into the sea by a freak wave while fishing off the Dursey

Published: 11:55 Tue 01 Sep 2015
Saoirse Hayes and her mum Mary. Saoirse has designed a sensory room for her school. (Photo: John Allen)

IT might be back to school this week for eight-year-old Saoirse Hayes from Kinsale, but the third class pupil at Scoil Naomh Eltin is celebrating great news with her school.

Published: 17:05 Mon 31 Aug 2015
Irish Water says supplies are 'safe' despite delays

DELAYS in improving three public water supplies in West Cork, including one in Schull which caters for 2,000 residents, are causing 'concern' to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Published: 11:50 Mon 31 Aug 2015
Elmarie Kelleher, AIB's regional business banking manager, with Helen Wycherley, Network Cork president, at the launch of the Network Cork event which will take place in AIB's iconic building on 66 South Mall on September 2nd.

NETWORK Ireland's Cork branch is partnering with AIB to host their next event in the bank's iconic 100-year-old building at 66 South Mall in Cork city.

Published: 07:20 Mon 31 Aug 2015
Brian Galvin

THE FBD Young Farmer of the Year competition will come to a close on September 1st when the 2015 winner will be announced at a banquet in the Twin Trees Hotel, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Published: 16:55 Sun 30 Aug 2015
Adam Shorten of Murragh, Enniskeane.

Kieran O'Mahony meets AI technician Adam Shorten (23), who also runs a farm.

Published: 10:50 Sun 30 Aug 2015
The waterfall at Leap

DRIVING through the quaint village of Leap (pronounced 'Lep'), one would never suspect that a beautiful and historical landmark lies hidden nearby.

Published: 22:05 Sat 29 Aug 2015
Tim Crowley, author with Clíodhna O'Leary, editor of In Search Of Michael Collins.

MORE than 100 people turned up for a special double launch of a new book on Michael Collins and a very old journal which, it was revealed, lies at the heart of a secret family tragedy.