In this week's Southern Star...

20:34 Wed 26 Nov 2014

Christmas shopping features - Bandon, Dunmanway and Kinsale; Anger as Bantry's Youth Caf set to close; Whale watching under threat in West Cork; Campaign to Save Cork Airport garners support; Mixed reaction to broadband plan's timescale; Jules Thomas gives evidence in Ian Bailey case; Kinsale organises water protest this weekend; Dunmanway's Veronica is Operation Transformation leader; Bantry Hospital's skin machine is back in action; Clann na nGael not happy with investigation into racist remarks; Double joy for Ilen Rovers minor footballers; Kilmeen win West Cork Junior B football title; Valley Rovers in search of Munster final success; West Cork companies seeking to sponsor Munster team for a day; Bandon athlete receives Cork City Sports Person of the Month award; The verdict on the International Rules series; Your chance to win a copy of Tommy Tiernan's new DVD filmed in Baltimore during the summer...and much more!

ALONE, the charity that supports older people in need, has launched a Christmas campaign highlighting the isolation and loneliness of older people around Christmastime.

Published: 11:50 Fri 28 Nov 2014
Clonakilty's choo choo train has to dodge hanging hedges.

PASSENGERS on the Clonakilty Model Railway's 'choo choo train' are finding that overhanging trees and hedges are a hazard, a Council meeting was told this week.

Published: 07:30 Fri 28 Nov 2014
Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD, confirmed that the balancing payments under the 2014 Single Farm Payment scheme will commence on target on 1st December.

Published: 20:05 Thu 27 Nov 2014
Aine, the first novel by Tricia Murphy was inspired by stories of West Cork

THEY say that good stories should always have an element of truth hidden somewhere with the pages and it was a glance at the 1881 census that fuelled the story of West Cork woman 'Aine'.

Published: 14:42 Thu 27 Nov 2014
Louise O' Keeffe

ABUSE survivor Louise O' Keeffe, from West Cork, has urged the Taoiseach to stop fighting other victims of abuse in their pursuit of justice.

Published: 14:49 Wed 26 Nov 2014
Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec; and Kate O'Flaherty, Director, Health and Wellbeing Programme, Department of Health

CORK workforce wants to get healthier and they believe their employers can play a role in helping them, according to new national research commissioned by the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF).

Published: 20:55 Tue 25 Nov 2014
A still from the video of Nizlopi's smash hit 'JCB' song, which topped the Irish and UK charts this time nine years ago. Since then, children have been banned from the cabs of tractors and other machinery.

THE National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) has welcomed the Health and Safety Authority's (HSA) decision to prosecute farmers for carrying children in the cab of tractors and farm machinery.

Published: 12:30 Tue 25 Nov 2014
Some of the plaques for the history trail

THE picturesque village of Courtmacsherry once boasted 17 shops, its own railway station, a dance-hall, cinema and petrol stations - now a special history trail is being planned to recall

Published: 21:10 Mon 24 Nov 2014
Engineer Kieran Coffey with his KazeCar (see, right) which he is looking to manufacture in West Cork

A RATHBARRY-based design engineer who has created a unique extreme sports product called KazeCar is looking to manufacture the product in West Cork.

Published: 12:15 Mon 24 Nov 2014
Michael Minihane. centre, with Skibbereen Credit Union Staff, with cameras to hand, (from left), James Daly, Majella O' Donovan, Donal O' Driscoll. Stephen O' Sullivan, Tara Lynch, Walter Power, Elma Casey and Valerie O' Driscoll

Michael Minihane, veteran photographer and a lifelong member of Skibbereen Credit Union was on hand last week to launch the Credit Unions West Cork Wild Atlantic Year (West Cork WAY) photo competition.

Published: 21:05 Sun 23 Nov 2014
Failte Ireland

TWO West Cork towns are vying for the title of 2014 Filte Ireland Tourism Town, with eight other towns from around the country.

Published: 08:05 Fri 28 Nov 2014
Right 2 water

KINSALE became the latest town to register its opposition to the proposed water charges, at a public meeting held in the seaside town, when a day of protest was organised for this weekend.

Published: 23:45 Thu 27 Nov 2014
At the entrance to Ger O' Sullivan's 'Leap land' getting ready for the launch this weekend were Ger O' Sullivan, owner, and Kathleen Woumans, (event co-ordinator).

LEAP businessman Ger O'Sullivan has transformed his local village into a heaven for Santa fans, with the arrival of 'Leapland' this year.

Published: 17:27 Thu 27 Nov 2014

KINSALE is this evening celebrating being crowned the 2014 National Small Tourism Town.

Published: 09:37 Thu 27 Nov 2014
Ilen River: Search continuing

GARDAI in Skibbereen, members of the Coast Guard and the ambulance service carried out a search of the Ilen River last night after receiving a 999 call.

Published: 07:15 Wed 26 Nov 2014
West Cork artists Claire Halliday and Claire Lambert will exhibit at L'Attitude on Union Quay

Two West Cork artists are taking the landscape to the city.

Published: 16:30 Tue 25 Nov 2014
At the launch of Drinagh Co-op's new website, in the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen last week, were John McNamara, Teagasc; Richard Murphy, Drinagh; Damien O'Donovan, Castlehaven; Donal O'Connor, Drinagh, and Neil Collins, Dunmanway.

AN agricultural workshop at the West Cork Hotel last Thursday was the perfect occasion for Drinagh Co-Operative to launch its brand new website.

Published: 07:30 Tue 25 Nov 2014
Retired Garda Brendan O' Dwyer and his wife Margaret with Annette Nicholas and Eleanor Macri at the party held in Durrus for Brendan's retirement recently.

THE people of the Sheep's Head turned out in force to show their appreciation and to offer their best wishes to former local Garda Brendan O'Dwyer who retired recently.

Published: 16:05 Mon 24 Nov 2014
Cormac Fitzgerald signnig and MRA (mutual recognition agreement) recently with Alex Malley, chief excecutive. CPA Australia in the HQ of the Italian Institute at the World Congress of Accountants in Rome

Legacy debt, cost competitiveness and access to finance are just some of the challenges for small and medium-sized firms in Ireland today, writes Cormac Fitzgerald

Published: 07:40 Mon 24 Nov 2014
World Winner: Quinlan Steele of Milleens Cheese

MILLEENS Cheese secured its highest ever accolade on Friday when the West Cork company was honoured with a Gold in the World Cheese Awards.

Published: 17:35 Sun 23 Nov 2014
Leap PO

A DECISION on the future of Leap Post Office will be announced on Friday, November 21.