Jan 232014

Kinsale Sáile Projects set for massive cash boost

an artist’s impression of what the phase 2 indoor sports and leisure building might look like.

An artist’s impression of what the phase 2 indoor sports and leisure building might look like.

BY LEO McMAHON of The Southern StarSÁILE Sports and Community Centre Project could be in line for a massive €300,000 cash boost from the coffers of Kinsale Town Council.

Subject to a satisfactory presentation by Sáile at the February meeting of the local authority and safeguards to ensure best use of the public money through the establishment of a trust, councillors at their 2014 Budget meeting on Monday expressed their willingness to allocate the money towards the centrepiece of the second phase of the project, the long sought after community sports and community centre building costing around €650,000.

‘This could be the foundation stone for the Sáile centre,’ said a delighted Mayor Tony Cierans.

Noting that Sáile itself had already raised €150,000, he added: ‘it’s now up to secret millionaires to come out of the woodwork’ when referring to the need to make an all-out bid to fund raise for the remaining sum, if the Sáile presentation is accepted and the council’s funding proposal is formally adopted at the council’s next monthly meeting.

Phase one of Sáile at Ballinacubby opened by then President Mary McAleese in 2010, includes five floodlit pay-as-you-play all-weather five-a-side football pitches, basketball and tennis courts, a community garden and orchard.

The facilities are used by many clubs and organisations in Kinsale and its rural catchment area, but an indoor centre is badly needed.

Despite various fund raising events which have been organised by the voluntary committee and the support of the county and town councils and various bodies in the locality, it has not been possible during recessionary times to obtain the necessary funding or grants to progress the second phase as quickly as it was intended.

Members of Kinsale TC, which is due to be abolished in May, were approached by the Sáile committee and town manager, Mr Andrew Hind, in his budget report said: ‘This is a very worthwhile project and one which should be supported where at all possible.

‘I have included an amount of €100,000 to be raised from the revenue budget and a further €200,000 which can be raised in the capital account which can be placed in a trust for the project.

As this is a large sum of public money, which it is proposed to give to what is essentially a private body, it is vital that certain safeguards are put in place to protect it.’

At a minimum, he advised the trust should: (1) have two signatories, one a sitting Councillor and the other from administration (manager or town clerk); (2) the money should only be paid over to a contractor for work done on construction only and not for exploratory work or professional fees; (3) the money be placed in trust for three years on the understanding construction has commenced by that time and (4) if the project hasn’t started by then, the money would revert to Cork County Council.

Mr Hind stressed that no decision could be taken nor commitment be given by the council until there was a presentation by Saile to a meeting of the local authority where the committee would outline its plans and ongoing funding proposals. Members fully agreed with this. ‘This is just the kick start it needs’, said Cllr Dermot Collins, who – along with other members – paid tribute to the mayor, the manager and acting town clerk Mr Stephen Murphy for delivering such a worthwhile proposal on a project which would be of great benefit to the community.  He particularly welcomed the idea of a trust, bearing in mind it was public money, and the conditions attached.

Mayor Cierans said it was important to stress that the money it was proposed to allocate would be for bricks and mortar and thanking fellow members, officials and Sáile, added it was a great team effort.

All other members concurred, but Cllrs Fred Treacy and Tomas O’Brien urged that some money be found from the council’s funds to assist Kinsale Lions Club in its bid to proceed with a ready-to-go project for a full playground and adult exercise area at Commogue. The town clerk undertook to come back to the members on this.


Dec 122013

Hi All,

We are celebrating our 1st ‘Appie Birthday’ this week and would like to thank all our Customers and followers. We would like to wish them all a very Happy Christmas and a very prosperous New Year for 2014.hb1 Happy Birthday to us! We are ONE this week and have had an amazing first year with #KinsaleApp We are taking listings now for 2014. With almost 2,000 downloads of our FREE smartphone app to date – And over 1200 Twitter & Facebook follows we are delighted with the local and international response to date.

Why not check it out – for only €100 per year you have access to highlight your business to a global audience via the FREE Kinsale App, Twitter and Facebook and the best thing is all the proceeds go to the Saile fund to build a new purpose built Community & Sports Centre for Kinsale located next to the existing all weather pitches which were built in phase 1 of the project.hp3

Many thanks to Siobhán, Donna, Ken and the Saile fundraising team!


The Kinsale App – Explore our town the smart way!


Oct 242013

Guiness Kinsale Jazz Fringe festival hits the high notes

Final preparations are underway for the Guinness Kinsale Jazz Fringe Festival that takes place from 24th-28th October throughout a number of venues in Kinsale.

Kinsale Jazz Fringe Map


The line up kicks off with Busquitos on Thursday 24th October at 9.30pm at The Folk House, with the Fringe Festival getting into full swing on Friday 25th from 3pm until late. Some of the bands to look out for include the Dizzy Blues Band, Chris Hayward and Gadjo Jazz, Kevin Mc & The Vintage Boys, Crazy Chester and the inimitable Sharon Crosbie who will be playing in The Blue Haven, The Folk House, The White House and Hamlets throughout the weekend.

On Saturday 26th October, Cadillac Cats, 20 Fingers 2 Hands, Jamie Nanci & the Blue Boys, Two Time Polka and King K will be playing from lunchtime through the late evening. Look out for Johnny Fean & the Blues Train, featuring Horselips guitar legend Johnny Fean who makes his debut at the festival in the Wharf Tavern at The Trident Hotel at 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. Loose Change play the Blue Haven at 10.30pm, Nigel Mooney plays a late gig in the Seanachai at 11.30pm and for those with plenty of stamina, the White Lady hosts the Jazz Weekend Club Night every night from 11pm.


Sunday 27th October commences with a Jazz Brunch with Billy Crosbie & Sons with guest Jimmy O’Byrne in the Carlton Hotel as Stringfellows and the Hepburns play in the Folk House and Seanachi respectively. Local band, Cadillac Cats are sure to entertain at 2.30pm at the Silent Banjo and 6pm in Actons, as The Aristocrats play Hamlets at 7.30pm.

One of the Fringe Festival highlights is the Special Lunch Show on Monday 28th October at The Trident Hotel – The Tony Bennett Tribute, with The Billy Crosbie Trio, Jimmy O’Byrne and special guest Lucy O’Byrne from ‘The Voice’ TV show. Lunch & Entertainment €30 and booking is essential (021) 4779300.


Other gigs on Bank Holiday Monday include Loose Change in Oscar Madisons, Barefoot Gypsies, in the Blue Haven, Tuxedo Jazz in the Armada Bar and Gadjo Jazz in The Spaniard draw the weekend’s festivities to a close.

On behalf of the Kinsale Vintners, Anthony Collins said “We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Kinsale for the Guinness Kinsale Jazz Fringe Weekend and hope that our extensive programme has something to suit all tastes of jazz and blues.”


Kinsale will continue the buzz during half term holidays with a number of Hallow’een activites, highlighting with the Annual Children’s Parade in Kinsale Town Centre at 4pm on Thursday 31st October that is a huge attraction for all. See www.kinsale.ie

Oct 212013

Priscilla Pilon is a travel blogger who jetsets travels the world, but is an admitted Paris addict, hence her blog, Weekend in Paris. She is also the travel editor for the online lifestyle magazine, The Daily Basics. She recently traveled to one of Newport’s sister cities, Kinsale, Ireland, and quickly learned why these two historic port cities are forever linked.

downtown kinsaleThe sailing capital of the world, Newport, shares the love of splicing the main brace and racing the rhumline from one port to another with Kinsale, Ireland. What most people don’t know is that Kinsale and Newport have many other commonalities. Newport and Kinsale, Ireland are sister cities, or twin cities as the Irish call them. The twinning experience means that members from both cities visit each other and help promote their destinations via cultural and educational exchanges. The similarities are uncanny – food and wine, sailing and leisure, landscape, fashion and décor. How successful has the “twinning” connection been and how we were received in Kinsale? Fabulously I say!

Having been immersed in the Irish memorabilia at Newport’s La Forge Casino for over 30 years, and having heard about Kinsale from the Irish summer employees that work there, I decided Kinsale was a must see city.  Not leaving hotel accommodations up to chance, I used the hotel finder app, Trivago to locate a hotel in Kinsale with local charm that was close to the water. Cynthia Bogart, editor of The Daily Basics magazine, is based out of Portsmouth, and accompanied me on this twinning trip to Ireland that Trivago sponsored.

Food and Wine

Throughout the years,  top Newport chefs have been hosting their counterparts from Kinsale, and vice versa, for a few special events. It’s a grand culinary exchange that benefits both destinations. Lord Kingsale

It is no wonder that Kinsale is considered the gourmet capital of Ireland; the food was every bit as fabulous as its twin city. The first stop along our culinary escapades was the The Lord Kingsale Bar and Guesthouse, where we found exactly we were looking for: an authentic Irish Pub experience. Low ceilings, beams, fireplaces, and a huge bar with a dozen draft pulls of beer–it was all there. What we didn’t expect was the fantastic level of “pub” cooking. We ordered two appetizers: a baked brie and a smoked salmon salad that were out of this world. Their wine selection was quite nice so we ordered a glass each of a fruity Sauvignon Blanc. After our food had been polished off, Mrs. Mortimer, the owner, sat down with us for a brief chat because her daughter had told her that we were from Newport! She bent over backwards to sing the praises of what the connection has done for tourism in Kinsale. She insisted our next stop had to be The White House because there we would find a grand surprise. She was grinning from ear to ear. We paid the bill and off we went on the treasure hunt.The white house

The White House Bar and Bistro is a member of the Kinsale Good Food Circle guaranteeing a great meal with fresh ingredients, but what we didn’t expect was that we would walk in and feel totally at “home.” The ambiance embodies Newport and the ample sailing memorabilia made us feel as if we were in the Clarke Cooke House. The bartender asked us where we were from and when we chimed in, “Newport!” he insisted we sign the guest book and head towards the outdoor patio to check out the “shrine” to Newport, and in particular, to Paul Crowley. Mr. Crowley, our deceased RI State Representative from Newport and co-owner of La Forge, was a driving force behind the Newport/Kinsale twinning. Beside photos of Mr. Crowley  was a Newport Yacht Club burgee, a RI license plate and artwork depicting the life of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis on the walls.

After our trip down memory lane, we settled down at the bar and ordered some garlic and green onion steamed mussels with heavy brown bread and two glasses of white wine. The delicious pile of mussels we were served could feed an army, but guess what? There was nothing but a mountain of empty shells left behind.klinslwe

Day two we visited the Bullman Pub in the Summercove section of Kinsale. In nicer weather, tables and chairs are set waterside where patrons enjoy a pint or a gourmet meal. Imagining the crowds, the scene must be reminiscent of summertime at Newport’s Black Pearl. It was lovely to view the Kinsale from the other side of the harbor, similar to Newport from Goat Island. Man Fridays’s was our next stop for a quick pick me up—crab au gratin. We loved the dining room with  windows overlooking the harbor, reminding us of the breakfast room at Castle Hill Inn.

Full entry at: http://blog.discovernewport.org/2013/10/21/two-newport-based-travel-bloggers-explore-our-sister-city-of-kinsale-ireland-part-1

Sep 082013

Kinsale Tweetup V

twitter-bird-blue-on-whiteHi All, the next Kinsale Tweetup is not scheduled as yet but we would like to get your feedback for the next one.

Start again in September or October? What times suit you? (A consensus for the same time and date will win out!)

What topics would you like to focus on?

Hope to see you there and don’t forget our twitter handle is @KinsaleApp and our hashtag for the event is as always #KinsaleTweetup

Check out our page on the last Kinsale Tweetup IV


The Kinsale App can help local businesses grow their online followers and assist with promotion of your business – Do come talk with us and see what we can offer you with online marketing and promotion. Remember you need to work on your business as well as work with other businesses, not just work in your business.

And as I’ve always mentioned, a rising tide lifts all boats! We hope you are enjoying The Kinsale App and thanks again for all the Support from the local and surrounding businesses!

Guest Bloggers

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Sep 082013

Hi Kinsale,


We have a concept to open up our Kinsale App Blog to local people and folks with a general interest or link in Kinsale itself.

Let us know if you have a story or something else to share and you may well get it published here.

Normal blogging conditions will apply where content must be original and not already copyrighted but that’s just the small stuff!

Let us know by e-mail if interested  info@kinsaleapp.com

We also have a healthy Twitter account: @KinsaleApp – Do include us on your Kinsale related tweets for more exposure!

So, all that remaions is who wants to publish the first guest post?

Aug 092013

@TweetingGoddess & @Oysterhavensail
are delighted to invite you to


The First
Tweet-Up & BBQ
Wednesday 15th August 7.30pm
@ The Oysterhaven Centre, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Cost : €15 per person for
Sizzling Summer BBQ & Dessert


Fun, Food & Friendly Networking in a beautiful location….
get to know the human beings behind the businesses !
Pre-Booking Essential!

email: sinead@oysterhaven.com

tel: 021-4770738

List of local accommodation can be provided for those of you travelling !

And don’t forget to download the #KinsaleApp before you arrive! Over 1500+ downloads so far and counting!

Aug 042013

Alterations to Route 226, Kent Station – Cork City Centre – Cork Airport – Kinsale, from 28 July

Bus Eireann wishes to advise customers that from Sunday, 28 July until Sunday, 25 August inclusive (except Sunday, 4 August and Monday, 5 August) a summer service will operate from Kinsale via Ballinspittal to Garretstown and return from Garretstown to Kinsale.

This service will connect with Sunday services from Cork to Kinsale and from Kinsale to Cork on Route 226, Kent Station – Cork City Centre – Cork Airport – Kinsale.

  • Passengers taking the 14:00 service from Cork to Kinsale will now be able to connect with the 14:55 to Garretstown.
  • Passengers taking the 15:00 service from Cork to Kinsale will now be able to connect with the 15:55 to Garretstown
  • Passengers will be able to return from Garretstown to Kinsale at 15:20, to connect with the 16:00 service from Kinsale to Cork
  • Passengers will be able to return from Garretstown to Kinsale at 18:20, to connect with the 19:00 service from Kinsale to Cork
Jun 302013

‘Explore our town the smart way!’

Hi All, we are currently reviewing all the stats and downloads for the first 6 months of The Kinsale App but you can help us even further.

The Kinsale App is aimed at all businesses and local groups in The Kinsale and surrounding areas, such as Nohoval, Oysterhaven, Belgooly, Riverstick, Ballygarvan, Ballinspittle, Ballinadee, Garretstown, Kilbrittain, Dunderrow, Inishannon, etc. You can get more information on downloading your FREE copy of The Kinsale App here


It’s been over a year since this community project started. We wanted to give something back to all the Supporters of Sáile’s dream of building a top class community sports centre here in Kinsale. So far, phase 1 we have built a floodlit all weather pitch which has had fantastic use over the last 18 months. Next up is to design and build an indoor hall and changing facilities that will suit all members of the community from dancers to indoor soccer.

Easy, eh? Well not quite as we have not received any further funding for phase 2 to date so we sat down and threw about lots of ideas and one that we thought we could use was The Kinsale App (it wasn’t called that at the start but we needed to build a brand name and we simply thought ‘Kinsale’). So here we are after more than a year of design, development and marketing, etc.!

The Kinsale App has proven very popular with local businesses and tourists alike but we need your help to build this brand to a larger national and international market, so don’t forget to mention your business and The Kinsale App. i.e.: We are listed on The Kinsale App, Find us on The Kinsale App, etc. and why not add one of our logo’s and link to our website with the use of our ready to go code.

Let us know how you get the best use from The Kinsale App – email us at info@kinsaleapp.com

Some brief stats to date:

Launched: December 2012

Directory listings to date: 132

Downloads to date: 1372

  • iPhone/iOS: 987
  • Android: 385

Don’t forget to connect with us on Social Media:

630 Twitter followers: @KinsaleApp

169 Facebook ‘Likes’ : facebook.com/kinsaleapp

or copy and paste our ready to go code to insert our logo on your website and give us a direct mention!

We hope you are getting some benefit from the use of The Kinsale App and we are always open to feedback to improve the content on the App.

‘Explore our town the smart way!’