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!

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: 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.

Published: 10:27 Sun 23 Nov 2014

Southern Star November 22 2014

Published: 19:55 Sat 22 Nov 2014
Diarmuid Cronin, Muintir na Tire Community Development Officer for Cork, Limerick and Kerry.

COMMUNITY alert alarms for the elderly are likely to jump in price, along with the cost of monitoring them, a community worker has warned.

Published: 16:05 Sat 22 Nov 2014
Dariana Allen receives her award from Gillian Keating, president, Cork Chamber; John Higgins, partner, EY and Conor Healy, CEO, Cork Chamber.

DARINA Allen, owner of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, was presented with an Outstanding Achievement in Business Award at Cork Chamber's Dublin Dinner.

Published: 07:40 Sat 22 Nov 2014
Marion Creedon-Hegarty

Put Wednesday, November 26th in your diary because on that date there will be a unique Winter Fashion and Beauty Extravaganza at The Church restaurant in Skibbereen.

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: 12:10 Sun 23 Nov 2014
In happier times: Carolyn and Maureen hold hands at a function at the Eccles hotel in Glengariff, just two years ago.

'This is my local paper. This counts,' Carolyn Murphy said after she succeeded in taking a defamation action against Charles FitzSimons, the nephew of the Hollywood icon, Maureen O'Hara.

Published: 07:30 Sun 23 Nov 2014
Operation Transformation presenters and candidates, including Veronica Horgan from Dunmanway, far left.

The people of West Cork may have the opportunity to cheer on Dunmanway's Veronica Horgan who has put herself forward to take part in the eighth series of RTE's Operation Transformation.

Published: 16:35 Sat 22 Nov 2014
Bere Island: concerns as funding to be withdrawn

THERE are fears for the future of several services on five West Cork islands, following the axing of government funding for their Community Development offices from next March.

Published: 12:30 Sat 22 Nov 2014
Brendan Lyons, Des Redmond, Adrian O'Brien, Florrie and Claire McCarthy, Johnny and Margaret Maloney, Lauren O'Brien, Gloria Greenwood and Heidi Redmond sit at the rowdy table during the Cambodian Mission Dinners.

A Cambodian Mission Dinner held at the community hall in Union Hall on Saturday, November 8 last was an unlikely smash.

Published: 21:45 Fri 21 Nov 2014
At BIM's Seaweed Conference were, from left: Amarjit Sahota, Michael Keatinge, BIM; Dr Michele O' Dwyer, UL, and Donal Maguire BIM

THERE could be a major opportunity for jobs in West Cork as Ireland aims for a slice of a rapidly-expanding global market for seaweed.