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Schull Silent Art AuctionSchull Silent Art Auction will be held on          Holistic Health GuideSaturday August 18th at 7...
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  1. 1. 2 1 0 /0 7 /2 WEST CORK LOCAL vents 6 2 www.localcampus.com 26/07/2012 - 02/08/2012 | walter@localcampus.com E loves the recording and says Kieran Skibbereen Arts Festival Kennedy, Maria’s partner in all aspects of Now - July 30th. For further details go to: life, is a miracle man for his recording and www.skibbereenartsfestival.com production techniques. The intimate setting of Grove House, John Doherty - Marine Objects Art Men! Schull, was the venue for the Kennedys’ Exhibition concert on Wednesday of this week. We Now - Aug 8th at the Warren Gallery in Ireland’s Top crammed into the dining room and Mary Ann’s, Castletownshend. Katarina’s new conservatory to savour a couple of hours of some of the finest and Ballinspittle Festival most moving words and music from a pair of musicians who are well within their Now - July 29th. comfort zone. Atlantic Challenge, Bantry Bay Gig Maria says she still gets nervous, even World Championships more so in this cosiest of venues, than Now - July 29th. For further details go to: performing before 10,000 but, if she was IRELAND’S TOP MEN! last night, it didn’t show. There are more www.bantry2012.com. West Cork dates coming up, De Barras, Clonakilty tonight, (Thursday 26th), the Bantry House Craft & Design Fair Islanders Rest, Sherkin Island, on August Now - Aug 2nd. For further info see HERE. 11th and then Bere Island Heritage Centre M ar i a D o yl e K e n n e d y B y Ca rol Gi lbert on August 12th. You’ll find a full list of West Cork Fit Up Theatre FestivalIf you’re a mum, have you ever been in Will,’ and says that as soon as she concert dates around the country on Maria’s facebook page with details of her Now - Aug 19th. For further information see:the supermarket with a trolley full of finished it she could hear Prine singing album launch event in Vicars Street, www.westcorkfit-upfestival.com.shopping, your children jumping up and the song in her head. She sent it to himdown waving bars full of e numbers in and that initial call was John Prine September 29th.front of you that they must have, and in confirming he loved it. Damhsafest - International Folkthe middle of it all, the phone rings. As We are so lucky to live here and share Dance Festivalthe children ding dong merrily away, you Since then Prine has recorded ‘Yes, We these experiences which make up the Now - Jul 29th. Performances throughout Corktry to catch who’s speaking to you above Will’ for Maria’s new cd ‘Sing.’ In fact the good memories in life. I am so lucky in C i t y & C o u n t y. Fo r f u r t h e r i n f o s e ethe din and realise it’s that most cd is so hot off the press, Maria received what I do, sharing the thrill of the Sherkin www.damhsafest.ie.important call you’ve been waiting for. a call from Prine, on Tuesday of this Island national schoolchildren last Sunday week, whilst on the train down to Cork, when Brendan O’Connor raised theirThis is how Maria Doyle Kennedy again with her two youngest children in second Green Flag, then I was off to a Castletownshend Festival Ofdescribes answering a call from the great tow. different kind of celebration. The official Classical MusicAmerican country folk singer, John Prine. opening of the memorial garden in Union July 26th. For more info CLICK HERE.Maria had composed a song, ‘Yes, We Prine had just received a copy of the cd, Continues Next Page 1
  2. 2. Continued From Previous Page Lisavaird Festival Of The BardHall, to all those lost at sea, was a more July 27th - July 29th. For further info contactsombre occasion and there were tears shed FOR  THE  PRICE  OF  YOUR  LINE  RENTAL  WE  OFFER  A  LOT  MORE Finbarr O’Donovan on 085 146 3712.during the ceremonies. But Kathleen Hayes,widow of Michael Hayes, skipper of Tit Upgrade  to  our  €49.99  PHONE  AND  BROADBAND  DEAL Courtmacsherry FestivalBonhomme, summed it all up when shelooked around at the gathered crowds and YOU  GET July 27th - Aug 6threflected, ‘The only positive thing is that the 30GB  USAGE  ALLOWANCEpeople here have been so good. That’s Bantry Lifeboat Open Daysomething positive for my children to know.’ UP  TO  4MB  DOWNLOAD  SPEED July 28th from 2pm - 5pm.So many people had contributed to the dayfrom all walks of life and like most West Cork FREE  EQUIPMENT  AND  INSTALLATION Baltimore Junior Triathlonoccasions music was an integral part of theevent with the Myross singers and St 1000  MIN  OF  UK  AND  IRISH  CALLS July 28th. Registration opens at 8.30am. Event begins 9.30am. For further info call 028Fachtna’s Silver Band. KEEP  YOUR  PHONE  NUMBER 20622 or email info@baltimorepool.ie.There’s a wealth of music coming up all NO  INTERRUPTION  IN  SERVICEaround West Cork. From the Skibbereen Arts Skibbereen BeatsFestival, Lissavaird Festival of the Bard, Liss WE  DO  ALL  THE  PAPERWORK Ju l y 2 8 t h - 2 9 t h . Fo r f u r t h e r i n f o s e e :Ard and the Waterfront Festival next weekend www.skibbbeats.com.and music wall to wall wherever you go. Isthere anywhere in the world where there is Bantry Festival Of Foodmore music and more festivals? Then there’s July 29th from 11am to 4.30pm at the Sea-the Masters of Tradition in Bantry! side car park, BantryYou can tell where I will be over the next fewweeks. In the meantime I’m enjoying my Drimoleague Harness Racing -advance copy of ‘Sing’, memories of great Family Fun Dayfood courtesy of the Oh So talented Nico at July 29th, 2.30pm.Grove House, and the company and love andaffection of friends I shared the experience Glandore Auctionwith. Couldn’t get much better could it? July 31st, 8pm at the Rectory, Glandore. Your Comments Cape Clear Regatta Aug 1st. For more info CLICK HERE. Please send your letters, comments Castletownshend Maritime Week or ideas for publication to: Aug 1st - 5th walter@localcampus.com Castletownshend Festival Of Classical Music West Cork Local Archive Aug 2nd. For more info CLICK HERE. For previous issues CLICK HERE Clonakilty Waterfront Festival Aug 2nd-5th. For more info CLICK HERE. 2
  3. 3. Roy Heyland - A BAFTA TV Society, Sounds Amazing, Ballydehob Hobby Horse by Rob Heyland Writer’s Guild & Critics Award Winner Aug 3rd-6th. For more info CLICK HERE. Castletownbere Festival Of The SeaAs I hope a few of you will have noticed I have been away for the last couple of weeks. Au g 3 rd - 1 2 t h . Fo r f u r t h e r i n f o s e e :Off the other Auld Country for weddings, and family gatherings and the continuing www.castletownbere.ie.desperate search for paid work. The gatherings were wonderful, the seeking for workwas not. Liss Ard 2012 - A Music, Food & Literary FestivalAs I settle in front of my computer to write this piece for Walter and the rest of you I Aug 4th - 5th Liss Ard Estate, Skibbereen.find myself moved to reflect why I do it. For further info see: www.lissardfestival.comFirstly because I like Walter and what he does. Secondly it is a great opportunity to test Goleen Festivaland hone my abilities as a journalist with a weekly column. Thirdly it is, when possible Aug 5th - 12thto amuse, inform and entertain. Baltimore RegattaBut mostly it is because I have a view on the state of the world. Aug 6th. For more info CLICK HERE. Calves Week, SchullSimply put I believe our political, and more importantly our economic system, is destroying the planet. Extreme weather events,melting ice pack, despoliation of forests, destruction of bees, dramatically accelerating extinction of species - all the above in our Aug 7th - 10thmedia this week - are clearly attributable to greed, money and the growth obsession. Durrus Fete Aug 8th from 12 noon at Durrus Rectory. ForIt is clear to me that our way of living has to change - but how? more info see: www.durrusfete.com.The answer lies in the hopeless failure of the financial system itself. It is now a fantasy, with paper and electronic money increasing Castletownshend Festival Ofas if by magic with every passing week. No silver bullet exists to fix it. Classical Music Aug 9th. For more info CLICK HERE.The answer therefore is not to fix it but to let it die and replace it with a system that is about making things and giving value to ourcommunity and is not growth obsessed. This can be done by eradicating debt and removing all the elements of casino capitalism Masters Of Tradition, Bantrythat have brought us to edge of this barely imaginable abyss. Aug 15th to 19th. For further details go to: www.westcorkmusic.ie.This can only be achieved by bringing together the increasing numbers of us who feel this way. Private endeavours to clean up the Heir Island Regattaway we live are commendable, but the only real solution lies through mass action and politics. Aug 16th. For more info CLICK HERE.We need to acknowledge the state we are in, accept that it is the result of our political and economic system and to form political Timoleague Harvest Festivalparties that can work to change the world. Aug 17th - 26th. For tickets call 086 169 7628We are guardians of this planet for future generations and are patently failing in that responsibility. Amnesty Flag Day Amnesty Flag Day in Clonakilty and Bandon on Aug 17th, and Skibbereen on Aug 18th.That is why I throw my small voice into the ether every week. I have to do something. 3
  4. 4. Silent Art AuctionAug 18th, Sailing Centre, Schull.Baltimore Deep Sea Angling FestivalAu g 2 3 rd - 2 6 t h . Fo r m o r e i n f o s e ewww.baltimoreseaangling.com.Cape Clear International StoryTelling FestivalAug 31st to Sept 2nd. For further details go to:www.capeclearstorytelling.com.Harvest Moon Music Festival, SchullSept 7th - 9th, Schull. For further details go to:www.harvestmoonmusicfestival.com.A Taste Of West Cork Food FestivalSept 10th - 16th, Skibbereen. For furtherdetails go to: www.atasteofwestcork.com.Baltimore Walking WeekendSept 29th - 30th. For more info CLICK HERE. Extensive 3 Course Set Dinner Menu Only €25 For reservations call: 028 28067 Email: info@grovehouseschull.com 4
  5. 5. Gabriel Rangers L.F.C Live Theatre On Bere Island Ne w Inter national Summertime Discos Bere Island Theatre Troupe are proud to be one of the hosts for the Summer CampEvery Wednesday Evening in the Parish Hall, Schull. 2012 West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival.   Blood in the Alley Theatre   (alongside Church) Company will tour West Cork with a series of plays during July and Atlantic School of English is running an August. International Summer Camp for 3 to 8 year AUGUST 1st – UNDER 12s - 8 till 10 olds with games, sports, beach fun, arts and AUGUST 8th – OVER 12s - 8.30 till 11 On Saturday 28th July a double bill of "Baglady" by Frank McGuinness crafts, dance etc in Schull, West Cork 9am to AUGUST 15th – UNDER 12s - 8 till 10 and  "Wheelchair on My Face"  by Sonya Kelly will be performed at the 2pm daily Monday to Friday. Based  at Schull AUGUST 22nd – OVER 12s - 8.30 till 11 Lecture Theatre, Rerrin,  Bere Island at 8pm. Admission is €10, Community College. Organised by Atlantic   concessions €8.  Family ticket €30 (2 adults and 2 teens).  Please note School of English and Active Leisure. Irish kids All Discos supervised and everyone welcome. the plays are not suitable for under 14s.  join similar aged children from all over the world! Maximum 10 per group however - limited See posters displayed for more info. Murphys Ferry will leave the Pontoon at 7pm, returning  by special spaces now available. Children can start next ferry at 10.30pm.  €8 per person return. week on a week by week booking basis. EndsCork LETS (Local Exchange For further details please call Helen on 027 75099. the last week of August. Fully qualified and experienced staff. No less than two leaders inTr a d i n g S y s t e m ) J U LY Further details on the plays can be found in the links below. supervision at any one time. Email your interest on : info@atlantic-english.comMEETING Baglady http://www.westcorkfit-upfestival.com/plays/bagladyTrade, chat, question, sip, learn  and laugh.... Wheelchair On My FaceThe LETS space belongs to everyone! Call in and say http://www.westcorkfit-upfestival.com/plays/wheelchair-my-facehello. Further performances on Bere Island will take place on:Friday July 27, 7.30 - 9.00pm Saturday 11th August - "Mimic"at "We Made This" South Pres. Evergreen St. Cork Saturday 25th August - "The Ghost Show"Google Map link (A):http://goo.gl/maps/rIC3  Advertisement RatesTime to be grateful, join the new flow, and share /exchange what we have to get what we need. Standard Ad - 1 Week - €20Info: Maire 021 4357249 / 087 6420135LETS is a not-for-profit grassroots community banking Standard Ad - 10 Weeks - €150initiative. You can help promote LETS by * telling your Medium Ad (A6)- 1 Week - €40friends * forwarding this email * updating Offers andWants on www.LetsTrade.ie * use your stress-free, Large Ad (A5)- 1 Week - €80interest-free overdraft * * visit a Lets meeting or market* sponsor a new-members Starter Pack * Like LETS Full Page Ad - 1 Week - €150Trade (Cork) on FaceBook * Tell your Club /Group /Project /Organisation about Lets for grants and For more info see: www.localcampus.com/ad.htmlfundraising * Buy something for using Credits today! 5
  6. 6. RESPONSIBLE ENERGY FOR A Video 5 Tel +353 (0)28 27606 SUSTAINABLE PLANET Email: info@whytebooks.com Web: www.whytebooks.com Our vision is that through by deploying tailored technology solutions to harness specific renewable energy resources, on Prof. Austin Darragh a profitable project by project basis, humanity can enjoy sustainable use of energy decoupled from effects on climate Tel: +353 (0) 28 51951 Farewell Petroleum, Email: info@organicpower.ie Web: www.organicpower.ie Hail Carboleum.To View CLICK HERE 6
  7. 7. Although electromagnetism was the key element in the development of man’sThe Facts Of Light - Electromagnetism civilisation, it has now become a primary factor in his increasing pathological fragility manifested, in the developed world, by epidemics of obesity, type-two diabetes, cardio-(Chapter From the Book by Austin Darragh) vascular diseases and pandemics of animal derived viral infections due to impairment of human natural immunity. ELECTROMAGNETISM FRIEND OR FOE? Electricity, since it first became a practical alternative to sunlight has progressively4.6 Billion years ago, about 9 billion years after the Big Bang, it is conceivable now that altered diurnal distribution of waking hours between work and leisure time in a day. Thisanother ‘Bang’ heralded the fragmentation of a singularity in a black hole, a remnant of a blending of AM and PM hours had apparent industrial benefits. However, it also haddying star in another galaxy. At that instant the four forces which hold our world together subtle but devastating pathological societal consequences in terms of the three majoremerged. Electromagnetism joined gravity, plus the weak and the strong nuclear forces, epidemic diseases which impact negatively on national economies.to provide the ‘glue’ joining quarks, protons, neutrons and the ‘master organisers’ of allmatter, electrons, present in a cloud of inter- galactic dust, to assemble the atoms and Less obviously it may also be a significant factor in the decay of social consciencemolecules which form our material world; the forces holding all its parts in place in resulting, with other evidence of a damaged society, in marriage-breakdown, extra-space and time (temporarily), and forming our planet earth, which circled around an also marital sex and premature sexuality. There is also an associated loss of other civilisednewly formed star, the sun. behavioural constraints resulting in the pandemic of gratuitous violence manifested by teenage mass shootings of teachers and fellow students, the nightly scourge ofHowever it is to that vital force, electromagnetism (EM), which fuels the miracle of stabbings, road-rage and rapes, self-mutilation and suicides.photosynthesis, that every living thing on this planet owes existence. All of which are, arguably aetiologically causally related to what may be best defined inParadoxically by its own immense power, it also seems on first thought to threaten the an explanatory functional description as ‘psycho-pathology induced by dysfunction ofvery survival of this planet. (Lightning igniting forests fires which are a major contributor the pineal, pituitary, adrenal, light and work entrained cycles’, due to excessive exposureto climate change.) Such a thought ignores the very purpose of that phenomenon before to light, wakefulness and stress.Homo sapiens complicated the master-plan. The intention was to yield from the ashes ofthe burnt forests fertilisers to enhance the regeneration of bigger and more photo- These hormonally induced behavioural disturbances may be seen to be involved in thesynthetically responsive vegetation for the intended bio-diversity of life, and to re-cycle, genesis of the social cancers which now threaten to destroy the last vestiges of whatproductively, carbon dioxide. The fertility of the Amazon basin’s black earth is a lasting was once called ‘civilisation’.testimony to Natures innate prudence in relying on providence to provide! The evidence of the role that endocrine factors can have in social pathology can beAs with so many others of nature’s gifts which bestow great benefits, it is man’s abuse of extrapolated from information found in text- books of psycho-neuro-endocrinology. IfEM’s phenomenal utility, releasing carbon dioxide, CO2, in excess, which may bring interested one should examine the evidence in relation to pycho-endocrine-pathology inabout the fate we deserve. The burning of the rain-forests to plant short-term crops for the context of the role of melatonin, ACTH, cortisol, growth hormone and stage foureconomic gain for others rather than for the production of essential food for the native sleep for memory acquisition, consolidation and retrieval, which are fundamental to thepopulation is a typical example of the greed which is heading this whole planet to development of an awareness of acceptable social constraints.potential destruction. The instantaneous retrieval of these social behaviour constraints is essential toExcessive unnatural uses of EM, such as using it to provide domestic and industrial determine normal civilised intelligent behaviour in responding to a stimulus orelectricity, generated by the combustion of fossil fuels, oil and gas, are also major provocation, as this process, functioning efficiently, is also critical for the ability to learnproducers of CO2 as a greenhouse gas. all new information and to retrieve it on demand. Hormone related ‘sleep poverty’ and excessive cortisol secretion induced by stress by frustrating this key process, forWithout EM ignition systems volatile fuels can not be utilised as sources of energy to be acquiring information of an educational nature, while also causing obesity, may beused to drive internal combustion engines, or to produce other propellants such as responsible for the poor examination results produced by recent generations of obesehydrogen. Again unnatural inappropriate use of EM causing pollutants associated with school children explaining why they accumulate FAT more readily than they assimilateclimate change! and recall FACTS! 7
  8. 8. Schull Silent Art AuctionSchull Silent Art Auction will be held on Holistic Health GuideSaturday August 18th at 7pm at the Sailing Upcoming EventsCentre in Schull to raise funds for the ScoilMhuire National School Extension Fund, CLICK HERESchull Inshore Rescue, and Schull Hospital.The auction will feature work from many ofWest Cork’s wonderful artists, including JohnKingerlee, Brian Lalor, Pat Connor, JohannaConnor, Majella O’Neill Collins, HammondJourneaux, Percy hall, Ingrid Haire Seivers,Alyn Fenn, Rhoda Taylor, etc (more names tobe added as catalogued). The venue will befilled with an exciting selection of paintings,sculpture, photographs, prints and crafts. Theorganizing committee would like to thank allthe contributing artists for their kindness andgenerosity. WestCorkCampus.comIn addition to the work donated byprofessional artists, the pupils of Scoil MhuireNational School have made some fabulous For All That’s Good Inpaintings for the auction, themed ‘Summer inSchull’. West Cork!The doors to the auction at the SailingCentre will open at 7pm on SaturdayAugust 18th and the silent bidding will West Cork Links www.ballydehob.iecontinue until 9pm. The auction will beofficially opened by special guest, David www.baltimore.iePuttnam, independent producer of many www.bandon.ieaward winning films. This will certainly be an www.bantry.ieevening to remember, its all for good causesand there is also the chance of finding a www.castletownbere.ieunique piece of artwork for your home or for a www.clonakilty.iegift for someone else. Come along and make www.dunmanway.iea bid! Further information available from www.drimoleague.comMartina McCarthy: 028 28404 ormarcemartina@gmail.com www.glengarriff.ie www.goleen.infoFurther information and images available on www.kinsale.ierequest: www.macroom.ieContact: Alyn Fenn www.rosscarbery.iePublicity and Auction Co-ordinator www.schull.ieTel: 028 28255 or 086 8785304sstone@iol.ie www.skibbereen.ie 8
  9. 9. Goleen Arts and crafts workshop Aug 6th to 9th redfeatherdesign@eircom.net Summer Camps in West Cork 2012 Goleen Mizen Rovers Cúl Camp July 30th to Aug 3rd 086 738 9567Ardfield Irish Water Safety 7th - 12th August Hilary Bennett - 023 8857337 Heir Island Sailing Courses John 086 8192342 www.www.heirislandsailingschool.comBallincollig Rugby Camp Aug 6th to 10th 021 4323563 Age 6 to 13 Kinsale Oysterhaven Centre -Watersports Multi-Activity Camp ( Age 4-17), Youth SailingBallineen (Manch) Junior Forest Ranger Aug 13th – 17th 023 8822823 enquiries@inff.ie or Windsurfing (Age 11-17) July 30th–Aug 3rd , Aug 6-10, 13 -17, 20-24, 27 -31. 021www.inff.ie 4770738 info@oysterhaven.com www.oysterhaven.com     Ballinhassig Cúl Camp August 20th to 24th 087 6738745 Kinsale Art Camp Aug 13th to 18th 021 4777758 Kinsale 1 day Kids arts and crafts classes Aug. 13th 14th 15th 16th 17th 021 4777758Ballyanly Muskerry Rugby July 30th to August 3rd 021 4323563 Age 6 to 13 Kinsale Cúl Camp Aug 13th to 17th 086 124 1822 Kinsale Morning Madness & Arty Afternoon July 30th-Aug 3rd, Aug 7th-10th Age 4-12Ballydehob / Schull Gabriel Rangers Cúl Camp Aug 13th to 17th 086 1018020 085 146 2676 s.daunt@hotmail.com Kinsale Tennis July 30th- Aug 3rd 021 477 7777/086 2573289 & club houseBaltimore - Splash Mania, July & Aug Weekly Tues, Wed & Thurs.5 - 12 year olds www.kinsaletennisclub.comBaltimore Ilen Rovers Cúl Camp July 30th to Aug 3rd 086 1605835 Kinsale Equestrian 086-8530894 info@kinsale-equestrian.com www.kinsale- equestrian.com Age 6+Bandon Laser Combat  info@lasercombat.ie  023 8843998  www.lasercombat.ieBandon St. Brogan’s Cúl Camp August 13th to 17th 086 8342614 Rosscarbery Carbery Rangers Cúl Camp August 7th to 10th 087 2036871Bantry ‘The Mighty Ducks’ July 30th/August 6th/ August 13th/ August 20th 027 50557 Schull Sailing July 30th to August 3rd , Aug 6th -10th, 13th -17th, 20th -24threservations@westlodgehotel.ie Ages 2 to 12. www.schullsailing.ieB a n t r y P o n y Tr e k k i n g 0 2 7  5 1 4 1 2 w w w . b a n t r y p o n y t r e k k i n g . c o m Schull ‘International Summer Camp’ Each week in Aug info@atlantic-english.com Agebantryponytrekking@gmail.com 3-8Bantry ‘Own a Pony Day’ July 31st Aug 15th 027 51412 www.bantryponytrekking.com Schull/Mizen Fitbones Aug 7 th - 10 th and Aug 13 th - 17 th 086 2404709bantryponytrekking@gmail.com Deirdre@fitbones.ie Age 6- 13Bantry Beauty Camp for girls July 31st /Aug 1st Every Tues and Wed in Aug 087 9446773 Schull Irish Water Safety 7th - 12th August Fiona Malone 086 1691717Age 12 to 16 Schull Kayaking Every week July and August 028-28554 Schull Equestrian Centre Aug 7 th -9 th , 14 th -16 th 028 28346 087 4163563B a r l e y c o v e S u r f C a m p 0 8 7 1 5 3 2 2 4 8 w w w. b a r l e y c o v e s u r f c a m p . c o m schullec@gmail.combarleycovesurfcamp@gmail.com Sherkin Irish Water Safety 7th - 12th August Carrie Holland - 028 20224Barryroe Cúl Camp Aug 6th to 10th 085 713 9951 Skibbereen Rugby Summer Skills Development Aug 21st to 24th 021 4323563 Age 14 –Cahermore Garnish Cúl Camp Aug 13 th to 17th 086 8524803 15 Skibbereen Rugby Camp Aug 20th to 24th 021 4323563 Age 6 to 13Carrigaline Soccer Camps Aug 13 th to 17th 1800 653 653 Skibbereen Basketball August 9th 086 2307951 Skibbereen Sports Centre 028 22624Castlehaven Cúl Camp Aug 7th to 10th 086 2521099 Skibbereen Greenwood Chair making 1 & 3 day courses throughout Aug 087 635 8086 All ages.Castletownbere Cúl Camp Aug 7th to 10th 086 8882397 Timoleague Argideen Rangers Cúl Camp Aug 20th to 24th 086 0819551Clonakilty Computer Camp August 7 th to 14th 086 8512358 or 023 8833756 orangela@wcbct.ie Union Hall Reen Pier Kayaking July 30th to Aug 3rd info@atlanticseakayaking.com 028Clonakilty Rugby Aug 7 th to 10th 087 8361995 or mauriceshanley@iol.ie Ages 7 to 13. 21058Goleen Multi Sports July 26th, 27th, 30th & Aug 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th. 083 1372013 Groups everywhere Drumbash/Samba workshop available to all pete@beatz.iewww.goleen.info 9
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  11. 11. their attention wander. With sheer force of vocal power and well chosen material there Events At An Sanctóir was not much chance of that. Alan Bennet shows us the power of monologue, how it can take us into the heart of  the character. I felt by the end I really met Mark Twain. It was a  performance  without gimmicks, a deeply expressive passionate and lovingTuesday July 31st, 8pm: Voice Discovery workshop with Daniel Foley recreation of a surprising and fascinating man. In all too short a time I was back on the- Tickets €15/Concession €10 dusty streets of Kathmandu, filled with the sense of a man who travelled the world andA great practical session for any and everyone who uses the voice. Release tension, had enormous appetite for all its wonders and curiosities. It was due to such aexpand the breath, open the voice thats waiting to be discovered. Based on the reflective performance that I came away understanding that Mark Twain was in the veryListening In and Whispered Ah techniques. Taught by Daniel Foley of Performance best sense a simple man who drank in the world as he found it and never it seemed toExchange, London. lose his sense of wonder.     For more info call: 028 37155 or see www.ansanctoir.ie James Oglethorpe Wednesday August 1st, 8pm: One man August 3rd - 6th: Sounds Amazing, An Sanctóir, Ballydehobperformance: An Evening with Mark A 4 day camp of sound, music, voice and movementTwain - Tickets €10/Concession €8 We summon those souls who realise that the time to change is now and invite you toA one man show with Daniel Foley of Performance share your beauty, your eloquence and your joy in the wonderful surroundings of AnExchange, http://performance-exchange.com/ Sanctoir, near Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland.  For more info call: 028 37155 or see It is our intention to provide the environment in which we may become the butterflies www.ansanctoir.ie whose fluttering wings will resonate harmoniously together, producing galluptuous changes in the world. Gather together in remembrance of our long lost power, so that wePerformance Exchange,  a   London and Tokyo may once more light the way.based touring company, is an independent  theatrecompany touring thought provoking Some might think this is an impossible task: however, please come and fail as well asp r e s e n t a t i o n s  t o s o m e o f t h e m o r e you can.remote  destinations around the world.    Thecompany has toured to 35 countries. Unless we try we will never know………….. Review: (Mark Twain In Kathmandu, Sunday http://irishbliss.com/soundsamazing/matinee) I went to see Mark Twain in the form of actor Daniel Foley at the Globe Theatreat Lincoln School. I was one of the first in the auditorium and found myself sharing thespace with Mark Twain who  was sitting behind a desk covered in papers and props. Isettled down with some P.G. Woodhouse as the audience drifted in. Finally my attention Bantry Festival Of Foodwas broken by the sound from the stage of a pencil dropping on the floor. I looked up Sunday July 29th 2012 (11am - 4.30pm)and Mr. Foley had me from the get go. Producing 4 watches from his waistcoat he said The Sea-side Car Park, Bantry, Co Cork.he never knew what the time was as each told a different story. My father used to wear 2watches, one fifteen minutes fast and  )the other 5 minutes slow so it really tickled me Fancy a day of indulgent culinary delights in Bantry? Come and join us! The Bantry Bayand got my attention. Festival of Food will celebrate the wonderful food culture of the Bantry Bay area, with  cookery demonstrations from local chefs, fresh seafood, spit-roast lamb and pork and aIt was a subtle, nuanced and utterly loving recreation of this reticent modest man of variety of food stalls. You will find a huge selection of delicious foods to enjoy on thedeep passions. When he told us of arriving in Erie Pa. and stepping from the train and spot or to take home. From approximately 11am to 4pm on the 29th of July. The festivalfinding six hundred, yes 600 people waiting to meet him. I was moved by his being so will coincide with culmination of the Bantry 2012 - Atlantic Challenge where 16awestruck and baffled by his popularity. He was moved as I was. international longboat crews will take part in a week-long rowing competition, so there will be plenty of entertainment for all the family!It is a high wire act to be alone on stage for an hour in character and stop people having 11
  12. 12. Family & Kids Activities At Goleen Community CentreJulyThurs 26th - 5.30-7.30pm (U16)Traditional Games - €5 entry fee - Board Games including Cards, Chess, Draughts,Jenga, Monopoly ……etc.Fri 27th - 7.00-9.00pm (all ages & standards)Goleen Table Tennis Club - €3 entry fee - 12 Tables, all equipment provided.Mon 30th – 3.30-4.30pm (all ages)Multi Sports Session - €3 entry fee.AugustWed 1st – 4.30-5.30pm (over 10)Indoor Cricket - €3 entry feeThurs 2nd – 5.30-7.30pm (U16)Traditional Games - €5 entry fee - Board Games including Cards, Chess, Draughts,Jenga, Monopoly ……etc.Fri 3rd – 7.00-9.00pm (all ages & standards)Goleen Table Tennis Club - €3 entry fee - 12 Tables, all equipment provided.Sat 4th – 12 noonFamily Festival Table Tennis TournamentMon 6th – 3.30-4.30pm (all ages)Multi Sports Session - €3 entry feeTea, Coffee & Snacks also available at the Community Centre on these days!West Cork Table Tennis CampAugust 13th - 16th. €45Contact Owen Kelly 028-35371 or 083 1372013Check us out on www.goleen.infowww.facebook.com/pages/Goleen-Village 12
  13. 13. West Cork Music Maire Ní Chéileachair [singer],  Carmen Ibánez-Berbel [singer], Séamus Connolly [fiddle], Geraldine Cotter [piano], The Teetotallers left [Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford & John Doyle]   10.30pm Níos Deanaí Masters of Tradition 2012 Bantry House   Tulla Céilí Band & Stephanie Keane [resident dancer]Wednesday 15 August7.30pm Ceolchoirm Saturday 18 AugustSt Brendans Church 10am Masterclass Mizen Beara Room, Maritime Hotel - tutoredMartin Hayes [fiddle], Dennis Cahill [guitar], Len by Séamus Connolly [fiddle]Graham [singer], Toner Quinn [fiddle] & Malachy 11.30am Coffee ConcertBourke [fiddle] St Brendans Church Kevin Crawford [flute] 7.30pm CeolchoirmThursday 16 August Bantry House10am Masterclass Moya  Brennan  [singer], Carmen Ibánez- Berbel [singer], Cormac DeBarra [harp], Väsen [nyckelharpa, viola & guitar]Mizen Beara Room, Maritime Hotel- tutored by  Toner Quinn [fiddle] 10.30pm Níos Deanaí Bantry House11.30am Coffee Concert Cormac Debarra [harp], Tríona Marshall [harp] & Michael Rooney [harp]   St Brendans Church June McCormack & Michael Rooney,leftMaire Ní Chéileachair, Carmen Ibánez-Berbel,  John Flanagan & Len Graham [singers] Sunday 19 August7.30pm Ceolchoirm 10am MasterclassSt Brendans Church Mizen Beara Room, Maritime Hotel - tutoredJohn Flanagan [singer], Michael Rooney [harp], by Moya Brennan [singer]June McCormack [flute], Liam OFlynn [uilleann 7.30pm Ceolchoirmpipes, left] & Steve Cooney [guitar] Bantry House  Martin Hayes [fiddle], Dennis Cahill [guitar] &Friday 17 August friends10am Masterclass   Mizen Beara Room, Maritime Hotel - tutored byKevin Crawford [flute]11.30am Coffee Concert To book tickets, go online at www.westcorkmusic.ie or ring the West Cork MusicSt Brendans Church office on 027 52788.John Doyle [guitar & singer] The Masters of Tradition is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland and7.30pm Ceolchoirm Failte Ireland.Bantry House 13
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  15. 15. West Cork Horseback ArchersThe military technique of horseback archerywas practised by many, including theRomans, the Parthians and most famously,the Huns, who galloped out of the eastspreading terror across 5th century Europe. Renowned for their speed, maneuverabilityand the deadly accuracy of their arrows,Atilas horsemen ushered in the Dark Ages. Sixteen hundred years later, horsebackarchery is an international sport with athrilling allure of speed, derring-do, and aterrific sense of achievement on masteringthe co-ordination of hand and eye.Based in Ballydehob, the West Cork Horseback Archers are a group of friends who pickup each others arrows, bows, and even, on sad occasions, each other. We are putthrough our paces by Zoltan Gere who trained and competed in Hungary under worldchampion Kassai Lajos. Being a mobile sport, horseback archery technique differs fromthat of target or field archery.  We use traditional horseback bows without arrow rests orsights, and shoot from the chest rather than the face. Our training is a mixture of volleys,timed shots, target practice and speed with movement. This involves shooting whilerunning, firing in a sequence of front, side and back, and shooting at targets placedsucceedingly at 5 metre distances. We also learn how to blind nock, that is, load our arrows while staying focused on our target, and to hold our arrows in our bow hand, not in a quiver.  We  finish our training sessions with meditation shots, where we close our eyes when firing.   This is very important for muscle memory so that our arms always come to the same position for shooting. It is important to train your horse slowly and thoroughly, as the unaccustomed shock of a fired arrow can send the untrained horse into orbit. This involves getting your horse to stand patient and unflinching as you twangyour bow and drop arrows all over the place. We string up loads of bunting to get themused to ignoring flickering distractions and play catch with a rugby ball while ridingaround the arena. You must be a confident rider, as you will be riding without reins, whichcan be unnerving.  For the non-riders there is an option of learning chariot archery withthe pony and trap.So finally, after months of training, comes that moment to bring all the practice together,as you nock, aim and shoot a target which whizzes past faster than you would thinkpossible. The sensation is incredible. Come find us on Facebook or contact Siobhan 086193 0199 if you would like to know more about our training schedule. 15
  16. 16. Skibbereen Arts Week Special events at West Cork Crafts, 61 Townsend Street, SkibbereenFree exhibition and demonstration of Art by celebrated local artist MartinStone to coincide with Skib Arts Festival at - The Studio @ West Cork Crafts (offTownsend Street, Skib)Art Exhibition runs from 23rd July - 4th August - 11am - 5:30pmArts Demos most days.Also FREE Digital Camera Clinics - with renowned local nature & landscape photographerCharlie Lee - Fri 27th July and Friday 3rd August - 10:30am - 1:30pm.(drop in to the shop to pre-book), bring your digital camera for a free clinic - learn how touse your camera to the best potential and create amazing photographs.Additionally - FREE - The Art & Craft of Stained GlassSaturday 28th July for one day only - 10:30am - 5pmAdrian Brentnall - local stained-glass artisan (Inspired-glass), will be talking about stainedglass and demonstrating the techniques involved in this ancient craft, while making avariety of attractive items. Drop in and see how its done!All events are completely free - when youve visited the exhibitions call in to our shop at61 Townsend Street to see work by Martin, Charlie and Adrian, and 12 other West Corkartists and crafters.Everything in the shop is direct from local artisans at great prices!www.westcorkcrafts.ie for details To view Skibbereen Arts Festival Program CLICK HERE 16
  17. 17. established businesses. They are critical in€20m Fo r Co- helping to bridge the funding gap for Irish Splash Mania Summer Camps companies and ensuring that theseInvestment In Seed & companies can continue to grow and create Baltimore Community Leisure Centre jobs in Ireland. The Government isVenture Capital Funds determined to support the development of aThe Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and more dynamic venture capital industry in Phone (028) 20622 info@baltimorepool.ieInnovation, Richard Bruton TD, has today Ireland and the Action Plan for Jobs(Wednesday) announced that €20m is commits to delivering a number of key ♣ Swimming lessons for all levelsavailable for co-investment in seed and measures to step up our performance in this ♣ Snorkelingventure capital funds, and issued a call to area’. ♣ Fun & Gamesfund managers to signal their interest insetting up funds.   This €20m comes under ‘Enterprise Ireland’s Seed and Venture ♣ Water Inflatablesthe Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital Programme has been extremelyC a p i t a l P r o g r a m m e 2 0 0 7 – 2 0 1 2 .  successful in raising finance for investment Time Of Camps Age CostEnterprise Ireland is now inviting applicants in Irish companies at all stages of 11.30am - 1.00pm 5 - 12 year olds Mem: €20 | Non Mem: €30for the remaining €20m in this fund and is development. Today’s announcement that aseeking co-investors who have the ability to further €20million of Government funds isaccess private sector and institutional being made available for investment is a Dates Of Campscapital in Ireland and overseas to support great boost to the venture capital industry in 31st July - 2nd AugustIrish innovative companies focussed on ‘go Ireland and to the high-growth early-stage 7th August - 9th Augustfast to market’ strategies. c o m p a n i e s w h i c h w i l l b e n e fi t f ro m 14th August - 16th August investments as a result of this initiative. ”.   21st August - 23rd AugustAdvertisements will appear in nationalnewspapers this week seeking co-investors Niall O’Donnellan, Head of Investment Baltimore Junior Triathlonfor this funding. Services at Enterprise Ireland, commented:  Saturday 28th July 2012 ‘The Seed and Venture Capital sector plays Registration @ 8.30am and Triathlon commencing @ 9.30amTo date close to €155m of the total €175m a vital role in supporting and increasing •  8 years -Swim 50m, Cycle 1.5km & Run 600munder the Seed and Venture Capital employment in innovative businesses by • 9 & 10 years - Swim 150m, cycle 3 km & Run 1.2 kmProgramme 2007 – 2012 has been providing essential risk equity to enable • 11 & 12 years - Swim 200m, Cycle 4 km & Run 1.8 kmcommitted to 11 Seed and Venture Funds.  many of our clients to realise growth • 13 & 14 years - Swim 300m, Cycle 8 km & Run 2.4kmIn total these 11 funds have in excess of opportunities. The recently published€630m under management for investment in Enterprise Ireland Seed and Venture Capital For More Information Please Contact the Leisure Centre on (028) 20622early stage and growing companies. Programme Report 2011 showed that IrishApproximately €20m is remaining and this venture capital firms supported bythird call for expressions of interest is being Enterprise Ireland made 131 investments inissued with the objective of Enterprise 93 companies with a value of €60 million inIreland making a number of commitments to 2011. This marks a 43% increase on thefund managers focussed on assisting value of investments in 2010. Thisinvestee companies to ‘go fast to market’ represents a significant result, mirroring theand assisting in attracting international strong performance by Irish exporters insyndicates of investors. 2011 and the increase in the number of innovative start up enterprises supported byMaking the announcement Minister Bruton Enterprise Ireland during the year’.said: ‘Venture capital funds provide crucial July 25th - August 5thfunding, advice and networks both to early- Further details are available at:stage high-potential companies in key high- www.enterprise-ireland.com/svcapital Bookings 026 47069growth sectors and to expanding For more info see: www.gouganebarrahotel.com 17
  18. 18. Summer Agricultural Shows  ‘Not A Mistake: NASA In DisbeliefSchull Agricultural Show Over Rate Of Melting IceCANCELLED DUE TO ATROCIOUS GROUND CONDITIONS  Greenland ice sheet melted at unprecedented rate during July 2012Inniscarra Agricultural Show & Vintage Rally  Sun 26th August 2012 Contact: Eileen Collins Rea Bearings Co. Cork Phone021-7332076 inniscarraagricuturalshow@yahoo.co.uk  Ballingeary ShowSun 26th August 2012 Contact: Ann Lucey Cahir Ballingeary Co. Cork Phone 026-47182 Bantry Agricultural ShowSunday 2nd September 2012 Contact: Martina Hamilton Dromacussane Bantry Co. CorkTel: 027-52117 Mobile 087-9371572 Email: bantryagrishow@eircom.net  http://www.bantryshow.com West Cork Horse BreedersSun 9th September 2012 Contact: Rosemarie Deasy Kilbeg Bandon Co. Cork Mobile086-1689536 E-Mail: rojvdeasy@gmail.com www.irishqualityhorses.com The Greenland ice sheet on July 8, left, and four days later on the right. An estimated 97% of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting. The ice melted so fast that scientists at NASA first thought it was a computer error or some other malfunction. 18
  19. 19. Summer Camp Listing Bere Island Golf Classic Bere Island GAA Club and Bere IslandSchull, Mizen Peninsula Heritage Centre are once again holding our annual fundraising Golf Classic in Adventure and outdoor activities Berehaven Golf Club. Ages 6-13   It will run over 3 days; Friday 17th,Explore the nooks and crannies of West Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August 2012.Cork – Schull, Ballydehob and environs.  Are you a muck monster? Climb a Teams of 3 mixed or otherwise, €60 permountain and explore old tunnels – bring team.a torch; take a ferry to an island and have  a bbq; orienteering; slacklining; bike/hike/ If you are interested in entering a teamkite; go on a sweet hunt! please contact Una Kingston on 087 2660668.August 7-10 (4 day); August 13-17; Singledays also possible Email:  biheritage@gmail.com Web Site:  CLICK HERESchull & Fitbones+353 (0)86 2404709 An Installation -deirdre@fitbones.iewww.fitbones.ie ExhibitionFACEBOOK (and one last interactive performance) lastminuteproductionsireland.blogspot.ie Adjacent to An Sanctóir Ballydehob. SUMMER SAILING Break in to the hide out of Esus (an COURSES unknown shape shifter artist) in the Wild Fastnet Marine Outdoor West of Cork. The artist discovers self through the imagination. Exploring the Education Centre Artist as a magician and shape-shifter. How gender effects the way we behaveInformation and Booking Forms for and how we respond. Celebrating the2012 now available from FMOEC office, divine feminine. Questioning the worldSchull Community College and on and creating a new one.www.schullsailing.ie Created by Susy Freelove Cremers SAILING COURSE DATES – 2012 July 23rd - Aug 2nd. ON daily 2pm-5pm Course Number 6 - 30 July – 3 Aug or by appointment ring 028-37792 (tea Course Number 7 - 6 Aug – 10 Aug and coffee and REAL biscuits on offer.) Course Number 8 - 13 Aug – 17 Aug Sat 10pm to 12am a night time viewing Course Number 9 - 20 Aug – 24 Aug without characters and THE FINAL EVENING with characters: WED AUG 1st €295 PER WEEK (5 full days) 8pm to 10pm wine for sale on both nights. OPEN TO EVERYONE! Bring a Prices Frozen since 2009! friend. Share. Support by telling others! 19
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  21. 21. The Willis Clan... for Bantry: Sunday 12th AugustThis family of 12 children with their parents Toby and Brenda Willis of Nashville,Tennessee, have been making waves in the USA where they are greatly appreciated fortheir Irish music and dancing talent. With real family charm, they blend Irish, Bluegrassand much more to produce a fresh, exciting 21st century music experience.On their way to the Fleadh Ceoil in Cavan, they have kindly volunteered to do threeconcerts in aid of Focus on the Family Ireland, in Bray, Bantry and Limerick. Theconcerts are unusual in that they are FREE of charge. If you enjoy it there will be anopportunity at the end to contribute to Focus on the Family Ireland.The Willis Clan come to Bantry at the invitation of the Bantry Christian Fellowship,and will be welcomed in the Square by Mayor Kathleen Tessyman and members ofBantry Town Council. Weather permitting, they will do a warm-up open-air gig on theSquare at 3.30pm on Sunday 12th August. Glenilen Farm will be there to support thegig, providing complimentary Glenilen refreshments for everybody who comes out tohear the Willis Clan in the afternoon.Later at 7.30pm the Maritime Hotel will be the venue for the two hour concert whichpromises to be a wonderful evening for all the family. It’s not to be missed!Reservations can be made on the website http://www.family.ie/thewillisclan a n dfurther information can be had by contacting David Ross 086 1735134. Loughbeg Farm B&B and Self Catering Now For Sale At Loughbeg Farm Goats Milk | Soft Cream Cheese | Yoghurt Schull, West Cork, Ireland. Open farm, large vegetable garden, and hill farm walk. Own fresh produce. Enquiries +353 (0)28 27783 or +353 (0)86 1597744. see facebook Loughbeg Farm, www.localcampus.com, and www.schull.ie 21
  22. 22. John Doherty - Marine Objects ExhibitionNow until Aug 8th - The Warren Gallery, Mary Ann’s, Castletownshend 22
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  24. 24. About 30 percent of the soybean crop was in poor-to-very-poor condition, whichThe Price Of Corn Hits A Record High compared with 10 percent a year ago.As A Global Food Crisis Looms Conditions for both crops are expected to worsen in Monday’s agriculture agency report. More than half of the country is experiencing drought conditions right now, and this is devastating both ranchers and farmers.  Right now, ranchers all over the western United Are you ready for the next major global food States are slaughtering their herds early as feed prices rise.  It is being projected that the crisis? The price of corn hit an all-time record price of meat will rise substantially later this year. high on Thursday. So did the price of soybeans. The price of corn is up about 50 The following is from a recent MSNBC article.... percent since the middle of last month, and the price of wheat has risen by about 50 For example, you may want to make room in your freezer for meat because prices for percent over the past five weeks. On beef and pork are expected to drop in the next few months as farmers slaughter herds to Thursday, corn for September delivery deal with the high cost of grains that are used as livestock feed, said Shawn Hackett of reached $8.166 per bushel, and many the agricultural commodities firm Hackett Financial Advisors in Boynton Beach, Fla. But, analysts believe that it could hit $10 a bushel he added, everything from milk to salad dressing is going to cost more in the near term, before this crisis is over. The worst drought in and eventually the meat deals will evaporate as demand outstrips supply.the United States in more than 50 years is projected to continue well into August, andmore than 1,300 counties in the United States have been declared to be official natural So there may be some deals on meat in the short-term as all of these animals aredisaster areas. So how is this crisis going to affect the average person on the street? slaughtered, but in the long-term we can expect prices to go up quite a bit.Well, most Americans and most Europeans are going to notice their grocery bills go upsignificantly over the coming months. That will not be pleasant.  But in other areas of the But it isnt as if food is not already expensive enough.  The price of food rose muchworld this crisis could mean the difference between life and death for some people. You faster than the overall rate of inflation last year.see, half of all global corn exports come from the United States. So what happens if theU.S. does not have any corn to export?  About a billion people around the world live on As I wrote about  yesterday, American families found their grocery budgets stretchedthe edge of starvation, and today the Financial Times ran a front page story with the very thin during 2011.  Just check out these food inflation rates from last year....following headline: "World braced for new food crisis". Millions upon millions offamilies in poor countries are barely able to feed themselves right now. So what happens • Beef: +10.2%if the price of the food that they buy goes up dramatically? • Pork: +8.5% • Fish: +7.1%You may not think that you eat much corn, but the truth is that it is in most of the things • Eggs: +9.2%that we buy at the grocery store. In fact, corn is found in  about 74 percent  of the • Dairy: +6.8%products we buy in the supermarket and it is used in more than 3,500 ways. • Oils and Fats: +9.3%Americans consume  approximately one-third  of all the corn grown in the world each If prices rose that fast last year, what will those statistics look like at the end of this yearyear, and we export massive amounts of corn to the rest of the world. Unfortunately, if this drought continues?thanks to the drought of 2012 farmers are watching their  corn dieright in front of theireyes all over the United States. Sadly, America is not alone.  According to Bloomberg, the U.S. is not the only place that is having problems with crops right now....The following is from a Washington Post article that was posted on Thursday.... Dry weather in the U.S., as well as the Black Sea region; a poor start to the IndianNearly 40 percent of the corn crop was in poor-to-very-poor condition as of Sunday, monsoon and the possibility of emerging El Nino conditions suggest agriculturalaccording to the U.S. Agriculture Department. That compared with just 11 percent a year products may rally, Barclays said in a report e-mailed yesterday.ago. And all of this is very bad news for a world that is really struggling to feed itself.“The crop, if you look going south from Illinois and Indiana, is damaged and a lot of it isdamaged hopelessly and beyond repair now,” said Sterling Smith, a Citibank Institutional Continues Next PageClient Group vice president who specializes in commodities. 24
  25. 25. Continued From Previous Page Fifty miles from the sea, 1.5 miles south of the Mexican border, I saw a river evaporate into a scum of phosphates and discarded water bottles. This dirty water sent me homeIn many countries around the globe, the poor spend up to 75 percent of their incomes with feet so badly infected that I couldn’t walk for a week. And a delta once renownedon food. Just a 10 percent increase in the price of basic food staples can be absolutely for its wildlife and wetlands is now all but part of the surrounding and parched Sonorandevastating for impoverished families that are living right on the edge. Desert. According to Mexican scientists whom I met with, the river has not flowed to the sea since 1998. If the Endangered Species Act had any teeth in Mexico, we might have aYou may not have ever known what it is like to wonder where your next meal is going to chance to save the giant sea bass (totoaba), clams, the Sea of Cortez shrimp fishery thatcome from, but in many areas around the world that is a daily reality for many families. depends upon freshwater returns, and dozens of bird species.Just check out what is happening in Yemen.... So let this stand as an open invitation to the former Secretary of the Interior and all waterCrying and staring at his distended belly, 6-year-old Warood cannot walk on his spindly buffalos who insist upon telling us that there is no scarcity of water here or in thelegs. "We become so familiar with sickness," said his mother, who according to social Mexican Delta. Leave the sprinklered green lawns outside the Aspen conferences, comenorms here does not give her name to outsiders. She says she has watched two of her with me, and I’ll show you a Colorado River running dry from its headwaters to the sea. Itchildren die. "I have to decide: Do I buy rice or medicine?" The United Nations estimates is polluted and compromised by industry and agriculture. It is overallocated, droughtthat 267,000 Yemeni children are facing life-threatening levels of malnutrition. In the stricken, and soon to suffer greatly from population growth. If other leaders in ourMiddle Easts poorest country hunger has doubled since 2009. More than 10 million administration continue the whitewash, the scarcity of knowledge and lack ofpeople — 44% of the population — do not have enough food to eat, according to the conservation measures will cripple a western civilization built upon water. “You can eitherUnited Nations World Food Program. do it in crisis mode,” Pat Mulroy said at this conference, “or you can start educating now.”In the United States, we arent going to see starvation even if nearly the entire corn cropfails.  Our grocery bills might be more painful, but there is still going to be plenty of food People need to wake up because we have some very serious water issues in thisfor everyone. In other areas of the world, a bad year for global crops can mean the country.difference between life and death. Sadly, it is being projected that the current drought inthe United States will last well into August at least. In the heartland of America, farmers pump water from a massive underground lake known as the Ogallala Aquifer to irrigate their fields.But even when this current drought ends, our problems will not be over.  The truth is thatwe are facing a very severe long-term water crisis in the western United States. The problem is that the Ogallala Aquifer is rapidly being pumped dry. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, "a volume equivalent to two-thirds of the water in Lake Erie"Just check out the following facts from foodandwaterwatch.org.... has been permanently drained from the Ogallala Aquifer since 1940.• California has a 20-year supply of freshwater left Once upon a time, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of about 240 feet.• New Mexico has only a ten-year supply of freshwater left Today, the average depth of the Ogallala Aquifer is  just 80 feet, and in some parts of Texas the water is totally gone.• The U.S. interior west is probably the driest it has been in 500 years, according to the National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Geological Survey Right now, the Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately  800 gallons per minute. Once that water is gone it will not be replaced.• Lake Mead, the vast reservoir of the Colorado River, has a 50 percent chance of running dry by 2021 So what will the "breadbasket of America" do then?Most Americans do not realize this, but we are facing some major, major water problems.The 1,450 mile long Colorado River is probably the most important body of water in thesouthwestern United States. Let us pray that this current drought ends and let us pray that everyone around the world will have enough to eat.Unfortunately, the Colorado River is rapidly dying. But even if we get through this year okay by some miracle, that doesnt mean that ourThe following is from a recent article by Jonathan Waterman about how the once might problems are over.Colorado River is running dry... 25
  26. 26. Green Drinks Wed. 8th August from 7pm @ Tom Barry’s Pub, Barrack Street If you have an interest in the environment or are just curious, this is an informal opportunity to discuss issues with like-minded people and socialise with friends old and new. All welcome. Irish Wildlife TrustThe Cork Branch of IWT would like to highlight Fish Month, 20th July – 27th August, with abeach clean-up and some information. Do you know of any beach in need of cleaningwhich might benefit from such an event, if so, let us know and we will pass it on to IWT orcontact Jill Weyman directly at corkbranch@gmail.com.Aarhus ConventionThe long awaited ratification by Ireland of the Aarhus Convention finally took place inJune this year. The Aarhus Convention recognises every person’s right to a healthyenvironment – as well as the duty to protect it. It is a legally binding instrument whichpromotes access to information, puboic participation in decision-making and access tojustice in environmental matters. More details are available through this link.Ireland’s Environment, An Assessment 2012This important publication by the EPA is well worth a read as it gives an up to dateassessment of the critical challenges and priorities in respect of our environment. It isavailable to download from their website at the following link.New UCC Masters Degree in Organic HorticultureThe aim of this programme is to provide students with both the scientific principles andthe practical applications of organic horticulture, the growing of vegetable, fruit, herb andflower crops in a sustainable environmentally protective manner. More details here.National Journey PlannerThe National Transport Authority’s new National Journey Planner has gone live. Theservice helps people plan personal journeys, door-to-door, anywhere in Ireland, usingpublic transport and / or walking.  There is also an App available for Android now, withthe iPhone App coming very soon. See here for details. 26
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  28. 28. Your ViewsHello WalterI dont know if this story would be of any interest to poultry keepers.One of my hens had , what i diagnosed, as a skin infection (with mites I believe) thefeathers in the affected areas had fallen out and refused to grow back and thesurrounding skin red and inflamed.So I made an infused herbal oil using 3 herbs, Wormwood (Artemesia absinthum),Marigold flowers (Calendula officinalis) and Garlic (Allium sativum).When finished I made the oil into an ointment by using beeswax and proceeded to treatmy hen, daily, applying the ointment to the affected areas... mainly on the chest.Within a few days the red inflamed skin cleared and now 8 days later her feathers onchest have grown back thickly..What a pleasure to see!Jacqueline Kilbryde-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------I would like to do this to let the folk in West Cork know how much of a gem the place is. Ihave no affiliation to anyone down there. ‘Me and my young family went down to Skibbereen for a weekend break recently, and tosay that we had a great time would be a huge understatement. We stayed at a fantasticold mill outside the town, and the hospitality shown to us was superb.We spent half a day at the market in town, (the best Market I have seen in this country)where we bought a superb hand crafted wand, and this was followed by tastingKangaroo kebabs, and chatting away to the friendly locals.The remainder of the day was spent on Tragumna, which is an incredibly well kept beach.Saturday morning was spent having an archery lesson, which was awesome I would like to thank all that we met for making the trip a complete joy. Pete 28