The principal of Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa was recently thanked and praised for his services to the school during his tenure. Dr Paul Stevens came to the school in 1995 as a special needs teacher. After four years he was promoted to the position of principal.
The staff and pupils said: ‘Master Stevens has been an inspiration with his boundless energy and unwavering guidance, he has fostered a spirit of cooperation and hard work in the daily running of the school. His ability to be approachable, understanding, good humoured while, at the same time, remaining the steady hand on the wheel is quite extraordinary. He has always taken a personal interest in any work done to improve the facilities within the building and its grounds which, very often, went above and beyond the call of duty and involved him spending many hours of his own personal time in the school. He has taught us that it is possible to have a school where values of high standards, dedication and compassion can live together in harmony.
We thank Master Stevens for his constant support, his sure guidance and his infinite good humour, all qualities which have made Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa such a vibrant and positive school to work in, whether as a staff member or a pupil in class. We are all very proud of our school and the legacy he has left behind, and will endeavour to keep up the good work!’
In 2009 Dr Stevens co-authored the first comprehensive nationwide study of national and special needs schools; in 2010 he carried out the first comprehensive nationwide study of workplace bullying among primary school principals. He continues to serve as deputy coxswain and press officer of the Castletownbere RNLI lifeboat.
Dr Stevens and his family are wished all the best for the future.

Cancer research walk
Once again Betty O’Shea of Castletownbere will be taking on the Kerry Way walk to raise money for cancer research. The walk will take place on July 20th, 21st and 22nd. Please look out for sponsorship forms in the Post Office and other outlets around town and help Betty exceed her fundraising of previous years.

Village artwork
As part of the Eyeries Family Festival (July 20th to 22nd), all windows in the village will be filled with artwork created by people living in the Eyeries parish. Last year’s exhibition featured 144 works of art; this year promises an even larger showing. Take a stroll through the village to enjoy the ‘Windows of Eyeries’ from July 13th to August 19th. For all those creators from the parish who would like to be part of the exhibtion, please bring your pieces, mounted on a sturdy piece of board or framed, to Evie’s Hall on Monday July 9th between 2pm and 10pm.

Historical Society
The cable car was unusually busy for a Sunday afternoon for the Beara Historical Society’s recent outing to Dursey Island. It was a memorable day with sun shining and a captivating guided tour of the island by historian and author Penepole Durell.
The large group visited the remains of the three villages of Kilmichael, Ballynacallagh and Tilickafinna. Penelope, author of Discover Dursey, recounted the history of the monastery, the signal tower, the ancient church at Kilmichael, Carew’s massacre of the islanders after the fall on Dunboy in 1602, and much more. The site of the O’Sullivan Bere fortress at Oileán Beag was pointed out, as well as the birth place of Michael O’Shea, the hero of the Calf Rock lighthouse rescue of 1881. Welcome refreshments were provided by Ann Finch and assistants at her house, with donations to the local RNLI.

Church renovation
Monthly contributions to the Renovation Fund of the Church of The Sacred Heart during June amounted to €4,875. Fr Gearóid Walsh, PP, expressed his sincere thanks to all contributors.

Best Kept Town
Fine Gael councillor, Jerry Sullivan, was delighted to learn that the picturesque village of Eyeries was the overall winner of the Best Kept Town in Ireland 2012 and the winner of the Best Kept Village category. Cllr Sullivan congratulated the Eyeries Tidy Town chairman Hugh O’Neill and the committee for ‘their trojan work over the years. Today, they have achieved the ultimate, being selected as overall winner for 2012, an accolade that is truly deserved for the unstinting work they carry out on a daily basis.’ He added his thanks to the FÁS and council workers for their part in this achievement.

Art exhibition
‘Intra Extra’ is an exhibition taking place at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, of four emerging artists: Niall Dooley, Sinéad Fagan, Nedyalka Panova and Sylvia Krieg.

Beara-built vessel
A significant event in recent Irish maritime history took place in Castletownbere recently when Marine Harvest Ireland accepted delivery of its new work vessel Orchid from Beara Iron Works. What made the event so significant is that it is the first vessel of this nature ever to be built in Castletownbere. The 15.6 metre work vessel will be used to service MHI’s aquaculture facilities in the south west. Beara Iron Works significantly extended its capabilities and market offering by constructing a boat from start to finish for the first time.

Hospital award
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, Noel Harrington, warmly welcomed the news that Bantry General Hospital was a recipient of the Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Awards at a special reception held in Dublin Castle last week. The hospital received the award for the delivery of a high quality acute stroke service in West Cork and South Kerry. He commented: ‘This achievement is richly deserved to all involved, especially to Dr Brian Carey, geriatrician, and to general manager Teresa O’Donovan, for the wonderful work they carry out at Bantry General.’

Thank you
Thanks was extended to everybody who contributed so generously to Niall John L’s recent fundraiser for the summer school project in Ethiopia on which he is volunteering. A total of €3,985 was raised and will be put to good use in Mekele. A huge thanks to everybody who donated raffle prizes and BBQ food and to everybody who helped with the fundraiser itself. Thanks also to Brendan Dudley for kindly donating the use of the bouncy castle for the evening.