SEAFEST and Cork Harbour Festival are coming together for Ireland’s biggest maritime celebration which will take place in Cork this June. Seafest – a national free and family friendly maritime festival – will take place at the Port of Cork from June 7th to 9th. This will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration as the Cork Harbour Festival runs from June 1st to 9th. Cork City Council and MCG will now present SeaFest from 2019 to 2021. More than 100,000 are expected to attend the national annual festival on Cork city’s quays, celebrating what the ocean has to offer. ‘June will be a fantastic celebration of all things maritime, with Cork Harbour Festival returning with another jam-packed programme and SeaFest docking at the city’s quayside for the next three years,’ said Joya Kuin, Cork Harbour Festival manager. See seafest.ie and corkharbourfestival.com
Mizen cycle for charity
THE Minihan’s to Mizen Fun Cycle will take place on Saturday April 27th with funds raised going towards Aughadown Community Council and Brú Columbanus. The event is aimed at seasoned cyclists and pleasure seekers alike who want to experience some West Cork wind in their helmets and the beautiful scenery of the Mizen Peninsula along the way. The cycle will consist of a novice (40km) and expert (90km) which will start at Ilen Rovers GAA pitch, Church Cross at 10am. The route will take in Aughadown, Ballydehob, Schull and Goleen before reaching the Mizen Head. Registration is €45 on the day or €35 plus fees by booking online at Eventbrite.ie. There will be a party and presentations at Minihan’s Bar from 4.30pm til late.
Local writer launches book
WEST Cork journalist David Forsythe will launch his new book What Have the Irish Ever Done for Us? later this month. The book is an illustrated collection of the wonderful ways the Irish have contributed to the world, both at home and abroad. Filled with quirky illustrations by Alba Esteban, the book recounts some of the hundreds of ways the Irish, and their descendants across the globe, have made their mark throughout history with stories of courage, ingenuity, perseverance and selflessness. It will be launched by filmmaker, musician and artist David Bickley at Bandon Books Plus in the Riverview Shopping Centre in Bandon on Saturday April 27th at 12.30pm. All welcome.
Waiting list ‘fiddle’ slammed
A CORK Sinn Fein TD has blasted the HSE for engaging in what he described as a ‘disgraceful numbers fiddle’ in order to cut waiting list for appointments in Cork. Deputy Pat Buckley was responding to news that 8,000 people had been cut from waiting lists in Cork by the HSE after they failed to return a confirm that they still required an appointment within just seven days. ‘This is utterly unethical and unacceptable,’ he said. ‘Here we have a service, which is supposed to be providing healthcare to the people, is seeking to cut waiting lists without any improvement to access is a disgrace. If a year ago you were deemed to require an appointment for orthopedics, dermatology, pain relief, and plastic surgery, then there is no reason to believe a year of waiting has cured you of that need.’