Bandon Updates & Message Board

Promoting Bandon - Your opportunity to participate

posted 20 Jul 2017, 12:48 by Bandon Website

A copy of an email sent earlier this evening looking for feedback and volunteers to help promote our town:

Hi Folks.

Apologies in advance if it is being sent to old or redundant email address. Please email me on if you would prefer to be removed from this mailing list.

I've been in contact with a few local business people recently and old ideas of 'joined -up-thinking' to help promote Bandon came to the fore. 

The purpose of this email is to inform you that we hope to undertake activities to improve communication between the different stakeholders in Bandon over the coming months. The long term plan is to promote Bandon as a place to shop, work and live in.

These activities may include brainstorming on promoting Bandon and the many events that take place locally.

This may also include the following:
  1. Creating a business to business communication system. (Develop stronger links between the many local businesses.)
  2. Developing activities to promote Bandon. (Imagine if we had a Bandon Car Show or a Bandon Comedy Festival????)
  3. Supporting local community initiatives.
  4. Promoting local businesses.
We would encourage all business users to review the website and look up their business listing, address and location on the interactive map. (As before, please email me with any updates / corrections)

We are also using the Bandon Town Facebook ( as a way of promoting what is happening.

Both of the above are available to highlight the many activities that take place in Bandon. (Priority is to promote voluntary, sporting and charitable activities) We shall however develop stronger business links with both the website and Facebook page over the coming months.

A key point to note is that all of the promotional work is done on a voluntary basis. As firms are still recovering from tough times, all of the work done is being completed without any charge.

If you have any ideas or suggestions ..... please get in contact. Various initiatives have taken place over the years and we hope to take the best of these and improve upon them.

Bandon Walled Town Festival

posted 20 Jul 2017, 11:08 by Trevor Collins

Canadian Prime Minister's links to Bandon:

posted 20 Jul 2017, 11:03 by Trevor Collins

Canadian Prime Minister's links to Bandon:

Maybe you know this already, but just in case, Canada had a federal election last October and the new Prime Minister's maternal grandmother Kathleen Sinclair's maiden name was Bernard. 

She was a direct-line descendant of Arthur Bernard of Palace Anne, son of Francis Bernard and Elizabeth Freke, mentioned on the Bandon Genealogy website. 

Arthur's brother Francis was politician and the ancestor to the Earls of Bandon.

Perhaps we might be able to invite him (and his family) to Bandon on his next visit to Ireland!

Video on Bandon

posted 20 Jul 2017, 11:01 by Trevor Collins

Well done to McEvoy Productions on a piece of magic...... Enjoy!!!

Photos of the 2017 Make Your Mark On Cancer walk

posted 20 Jul 2017, 11:00 by Trevor Collins

Bandon video - Aerial views

posted 20 Jul 2017, 10:58 by Trevor Collins

Check this out:

Congratulations to to Fernando Fernandes Fánan on his efforts in producing this piece

Happy New Year 2017

posted 31 Dec 2016, 09:27 by Trevor Collins   [ updated 31 Dec 2016, 09:33 ]

On behalf of the website, I'd like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.
Best wishes for 2017.
(Double click image to view animation)

Fashion Show in aid of Breast Cancer

posted 10 Oct 2016, 06:25 by Trevor Collins

We are organising our annual fashion show in aid of Breast Cancer at Kevin O' Leary's Centra. It will be held in the Munster Arms hotel in Bandon, on Wednesday 19th October at 8pm. Tickets are €14 each and are available from our two Centra stores in Bandon, or on the door on the night.

This year is our sixth year holding the event, and so far we have raised in excess of 22,000 euro. The event is becoming very well known in the town and we are lucky to get such great support from local and not so local businesses and people.

The event is not only supporting this worthy cause, but it also supports the local businesses/ owners who were devastated in the floodings in recent years.

There will be many great spot prizes available on the night, thanks to the massive amount of support we have received, and it promises to be a greatly entertaining night.

Kind Regards
Marretta Atkinson
New Road

Developing Bandon - Initiatives in the pipeline

posted 7 Oct 2016, 14:05 by Bandon Website

Check out the following two initiatives that you are invited to participate in 2 initiatives:

Flood Related:

National Flood Conference

Gullane’s Hotel


October 15th 2016

10am -4pm

To whom it concerns

Irish National Flood Forum (INFF) is hosting the National Flood Conference in Gullanes Hotel, Ballinasloe on Saturday October 15th 2016. It’s been a few years since the last national conference and with the increase in the frequency of flooding in recent years it is important that we renew our efforts to host this event.


Conferences of this nature are a vital tool in communicating with all the stakeholders of the progress made by the OPW and other state/voluntary agencies in flood alleviation measures.  Keynote Speakers on the day include the following:

·        Minister Sean Canney OPW

·        Paul Cobbing- CEO of National Flood Forum UK

·        Mark Adamson OPW

·        Liesbeth Van Paap- Director of Rijkswaterstat in Holland

·        Monica Lee- Principal Geologist GIS

We are delighted to have a very distinguished line up of speakers who will no doubt update our knowledge in each of their specialist areas. The conference is scheduled to start at 10am and will be chaired by Jack Murray


Ballinasloe is on the motorway and is a town that has had repeated serious flooding in 2009 and 2015 and has also seen the benefit of investment in flood protection measures in some parts of the town. There is ample free car parking to the rear of Gullane’s Hotel.


We sincerely hope that will be able to attend. Your presence will add much to what we expect to be a very worthwhile and informative conference. 


Please forward the brochure to any relevant people in your community that may benefit from attending.



Michael Tully



2. Planning ahead: RSVP by 20th Oct:

Bandon Enterprise Town event takes place today:

posted 7 Oct 2016, 08:15 by Trevor Collins

Do your best to make it to the Riverview Shopping Centre where Bank of Ireland are hosting the Enterprise Town initiative.

This is for business people, customers and sportspeople where firms and activities undertaken will be featured.
Check out the following video:

Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town initiative

October 2016: Bank of Ireland has announced that Enterprise Town will be coming to Bandon on Friday, 7 th October from 5pm-8pm and Saturday, 8th October from 10am-1pm in the Riverview Shopping Centre, Bandon, Co. Cork. The events will feature a Business, Community and Sports Expo as well as plenty of family friendly activities. The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event has been organised by the Bank in partnership with the local community. The initiative aims to promote enterprise and drive business momentum for local businesses and the wider sports and social community in Bandon and surrounding areas by connecting with the communities in these areas to showcase what the area has to offer. Events are free to attend for all the family and are open to both customers and non-customers of Bank of Ireland.

Over 70 exhibitors are already registered with more expected. A Business Expo will take place on Friday, with Gavin Duffy of Dragons Den hosting a panel discussion. Participants include Gerard Brickley, CEO Bandon Co-op, Micheal Brennan from SMBCLIX and Kate Ryan from

On Saturday, at the Sports and Community Expo, a panel discussion is being chaired by Liam Sheedy, All Ireland Winning Hurling Manager. Other participants include Deirdre Hosford of Operation Transformation, Brian O Driscoll, Cork Senior Footballer and Laura McSweeney, European Champion Athlete. Other clubs and organisations getting involved include 
Athletics, GAA, Karate and Martial Arts, the Rotary Club, Mens Shed, Scouts, Tidy Towns, the Walking Club, RNLI and West Cork MABS.

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