Bandon Updates July 30

Bandon News:

In this edition:

  • Thank you to The Opinion magazine
  • Bandon Medieval Festival
  • Bandon Community Hospital
  • Nyhan Motors
  • National Pitch and Putt winner
  • Bandon Flood Emergency Plan
  • Patrick Keohane Memorial Project
  • Courtmacsherry dates for your diary
  • Bandon Gaelscoil Open Day
  • Bandon SummerFest – Miss & Mr Bandon
  • Kilmacsimon Rowing Club
  • Google Apps for Bandon

Opinion Magazine

Thank you to Eddie Goggin and Jacinta O’Donovan for giving these activities a mention in the recent edition of The Opinion magazine. It is great to see voluntary work getting such positive support.


Bandon Medieval Festival: Aug 25 & 26

A note from one of the organisers:

Bandon was a Walled Town – it was built very late Medieval, 1620′s, and we’re really more of an Early Modern Walled Town – but it was also very decorative in style unlike many other Irish walled towns.  We’ve recently applied to join the Irish Walled Town Network and as a way to raise awareness we decided to have a Bandon Walled Town & Medieval Festival during Heritage Week which is shaping up rather nicely.








On Saturday 25th August we’re hoping to have a street Barbeque from Martin Carey our local award winning butcher, later a Medieval Harp Concert, a Ghost Walk and a Tavern trail. (check out the Harpist on: )

However it’s the following day Sunday 26th is the big Family Day – it’s all happening in and around the Town Hall (lots of activities at the back of the Town Hall), Courthouse, Shambles and the West Cork Heritage Centre.

We will be encouraging everyone to wear medieval dress and we’ll be making lots of costumes, swords and shields for the kids to be handed out on the day.  We’ll probably expect adults to do their own thing but we’ll supply ideas for costumes and hopefully clever ways to cut down on costs.  Costume advice will be available from Hickey’s, O’Farrells, La Modelista, Bandon Craft Centre, the Arts & Crafts Shop on South Main St and a few other places yet to be confirmed.  The idea is to make the whole thing as colourful as possible.


There will be workshops held every Wednesday at the Town Hall at 7pm every Wednesday from now until the Festival to make Battle Costumes, Shields, Head Wear, Ladies and Girls costumes, Swords etc. etc.  Children on the day should turn up in their hoodies and we’ll be handing out the costumes, shields and swords.

We’ll be having a Best Dressed Medieval Lady, Gent, Family etc. and also a Best Dressed Medieval Window or Shop Signage.

The kids Battle Re-enactment will be organised by professional re-enactors Bran Dubh, there’s a Longbow Display and demonstration, a Ye Olde Zumba(!) display – 3 Pipe Bands, Spiro Gentlemans’ and Glasslyn Ladies’ choir, young local violinists and a Renaissance Harpist.

We’ll be having various workshops including Felting, Spinning, Blacksmith, Coin Making, Stonemason and others yet to be confirmed

A Food Fayre will take place on the Shambles, the site of a very busy market in the 19thC, which includes a Pig on the Spit, Katies Chocolates, Organic Hot Dogs, Bushby’s Rosscarbery Strawberries, Heavens’ Cakes, Ballinascarthy Ladies Cakes, McCarthy’s organic beef, Clonakilty Ice Cream, Mo’s Cheese and Hot Dogs, Nathan’s Organic Hot Dogs, Caroline’s Crepes and more.  Anthony Cresswell of Ummera Smoked Salmon fame is investigating smoking methods that might work on the day.  We’ll also have people selling crafts including Cerri’s Pencil Portraits and Greeting Cards.

Eric Hickey & Barry O’Farrell (the newsagents of the town!) are doing the honours as Town Criers for the day.  We’re also having a Grim Reaper and a Rat Catcher walking around.  We’re hoping to have a number of Irish Wolfhounds walking around on the day.  Honor Lee is going to do side saddle (not Lady Godiva because it’ll be too cold!) along the lines of Catherine of Aragon.

A decorative Maypole will be put up in the Shambles near the Food Fayre.
There’s a juggler and escapologist and lots of children’s entertainment, workshops etc.

Lectures by archaeologists:

  • Maurice Hurley (Archaeological Consultant, former Cork City Archaeologist)
  • Claire McCutcheon (Archaeologist, Medieval Pottery Specialist)
  • Catryn Power (Archaeological Consultant, Bone Analysis Specialist, formerly Cork County Archaeologist)
  • Mary Sleeman (Archaeologist, Cork Co. Council)

A Walled Town Walk pointing out where the wall, towers and gates once stood and where it still stands.
We’re hoping that with the help of John Seaman and Gaggin Dramatic Society we’ll do a re-enactment of the first Town Commissioners meeting this will take place aptly in the current Town Council meeting room at the Town Hall.

Hope this gives you an idea of how things are shaping up and you’ll give us great coverage.  By the way we’re on Facebook!  Please encourage people to “Like” us!

Thanks a million for covering this – it would be nice to have a few more people attend the workshops and of course we’re hoping to have a good crowd over the 2 days – fingers crossed the weather will be OK.

Kind regards

Maria – 087 310 4354


Bandon Community Hospital

Have you a couple of hours to spare on Saturday 11th August ?

We really need your help! The friends of Bandon Community Hospital in conjunction with Bandon Tidy Towns want to enhance the garden in the hospital for the benefit of the patients, so if you can cut grass, paint, weed, trim hedges, plant and move shrubbery then please give us a welcomed hand.

Bring along your own gardening tools and meet us in the hospital grounds at 9.30am, refreshments will be provided and together I am sure we can make the garden a much nicer place for all residents of the hospital. Should you have any questions or need more information then please contact Rose Holland @ 0868786375

“Too often we under-estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around and make a difference”.

Nyhan Motors:

We can now reveal that Nyhan Motors of the bypass has now added the Kia label of vehicles to its range. This adds to a wide range of high quality, value for money cars that are available from the various Bandon dealerships.

Between car dealerships winning awards for their service, the quality and range of cars available and the support that these dealerships give the local community …. we are truly lucky to be based in Bandon.

Kevin O’Leary Group:

Congrats to David O’Mahony of Kevin O’Leary group on winning the PPUI Gents Junior Scratch Strokeplay Championship of Ireland recently.

Bandon Flood Emergency Plan:

I’d be interested in any comments / opinions that readers would have about the creation of a formal Bandon Flood Emergency Plan which dovetails with the County Emergency Plan but would be specific to the needs of our town.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no formal plan outlining how a flood emergency will be highlighted or the roles and responsibilities of the various groups. We have had a few scares since Nov 2009 and we need this done as a matter of urgency.

This plan has been mentioned time and time again but without success. Is it not time to just get it completed ensuring that we have something to fall back on so that everyone knows what to do. Can we afford not to have it done?

Patrick Keohane Memorial Project:

A date for your diary is Sunday, 19th August. A statue will be unveiled to commemorate the exploits of one of the hidden giants of Irish adventurers. Patrick Keohane was born by  Barry’s Point, Courtmacsherry and was on the ill-fated Antarctic expedition by Scott in 1910-1913.

Further details are available on



Dates for your diary:

Sat Aug 4: Coastal Rowing Regatta

Aug 24-26: All-Ireland Rowing Championship


Bandon Gaelscoil Open Day:

Gaelscoil Droichead na Banndan will give the public an opportunity to visit and see Bandon’s newest school to add to the fine quality of local schools in the area. (Sun Aug 12: 2.00pm to 6.00pm)


Miss & Mr Bandon

And finally congratulations and well done to the organisers of the recent Bandon SummerFest. Great credit is due to both organisers and participants alike. Special congrats to Lynda O’Donovan and PJ Hegarty on become Miss Bandon and Mr Bandon 2012.


Kilmacsimon Rowing Club:

Well done to all at Kilmacsimon RC on winning five county championships yesterday in Haulbowline, Cork harbour.


Google App’s for Bandon

Just a quick note on a suggestion to improve communication between businesses in the Bandon area. The proposal is to create a business to business email network for local firms using Google App’s. The problem is that Google charges c.€5 per business per month for this service. I was hoping that someone local would know someone high up in Google so that we could put together a bit of a business proposal. The suggestion is to use Bandon as a trial run and example for showing how well Google App’s can help a town. Any suggestions / comments would be greatly appreciated to or


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