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There was a great turn out at Goleen Community Hall for the visit of Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton this morning Friday January 11th.  Minister Burton kindly answered the invite which had been issued to her by Goleen and District Community Council to open the new extension to the Community Hall.  The sun shone as she arrived to a very warm Goleen welcome.  Chairman of Goleen and District Community Council Michael Collins introduced the Minister to all of the Community Service Programme, Rural Social Scheme, Tús workers, community council members and volunteers who all play a huge role in the success of the community centre and playing fields. Grant aid of €150,000 from the Rural Development Programme delivered by West Cork Development Partnership has been paid in respect of completed works at the community centre.  West Cork Development Partnership wish everyone involved in the Community Centre all the very best for the future.

 

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Catherine Mack shares with us her refreshing and positive experiene, following her recent visit to walk the Sheep’s Head Way. Click on the following link to find out more about who she met, where she visited and what she thought………..

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2012/1229/1224328248730.html

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Best of luck to Geoff Wycherly and all involved with Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf Course in Rosscarbery which officially opens tomorrow Saturday December 1st.  Located adjacent to the Driving Range in Rosscarbery.  This project was supported by West Cork Development Partnership.

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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Any sale of Coillte’s forest crop WILL threaten recreation and the forest environment (29th November 2012

The organisations below, who altogether represent many thousands of recreational users and environmentalists, wish to express their deep concern at the proposed sale of the Coillte forest crop. The Coillte estate, much of which is on remote and sensitive natural habitats, represents more than 7% of Ireland’s landmass; it includes 11 Forest Parks and more than 150 recreation sites. It is one of Ireland’s most significant recreational and environmental resources – this is borne out by the fact that each year over 18 million individual visits are made to the estate. These visits are made, not only by specific interest groups such as orienteers, hillwalkers, runners and birdwatchers but, most importantly, by local people and family groups.

This use of the Coillte estate, by the people of Ireland has been made possible by the open access policy that has existed for almost fifty years. Additionally, as a semi-state body, Coillte has put recreational amenities in place and has managed sensitive areas from a recreational and environmental perspective.

The current proposal to sell the forest assets owned by Coillte presents a severe threat to the use of these forests by the people of Ireland and by visitors to the country. Private enterprise owners will have a solely commercial focus in the management of the estate.

In saying that the sale of land will be excluded from any possible deal, the Government is overlooking the fact that it is not just the ownership but also the management of the estate that is critical. The proposed sale will threaten the current open access policy; it will also lead to a slow decline in the current recreational amenities as these will no longer be maintained as they should be. Additionally private enterprise management would pose a great threat to the natural environments in and around Coillte forests.

Coillte’s estate is publicly owned land; it should be managed and maintained for the benefit of current and future generations of Irish people. We call upon the government to immediately abandon any plans to sell off this state asset.

This statement has been issued jointly by the following organisations (each of whom may also issue their own specific statement on the issue):-

 

Mountaineering Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

CELT

Just Forests

Irish Mountain Running Association

Irish Orienteering Association

Irish Wildlife Trust

Irish Natural Forestry Foundation

National Association of Regional Game Councils

An Oige

An Taisce

VOICE

Zero Waste Alliance Ireland

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