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ButterRoad Bridge 2015

ButterRoad Bridge  completed over a two day period on 1st, 2nd April 2015.  

Schull District Community Council ( Tom McCarthy ) wish special thanks to:
Patricia Bevan (West Cork Development Partnership) for providing the financial support and to
Padraig Whelton, (Whelton Stone), Donnie Bowen, (Bowen’s Forge),
Fergus Hurley, (Gloun Stone Quarries), John McSweeny Plant Hire,
Phil Shanahan, Jack Murphy, Pierce O’Driscoll, Denis Quinlan, Kevin Kelleher,
Thomas Roycroft, Stephen O’Brien, Finbarr O’Callaghan,
for their help and expertise in assembling the bridge next to the original stepping stones crossing on the Butter Road. Base material  flag stones , telephone poles,  timber,  galvanized pipe , concrete.   See slideshow for more details how it was done.

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St Patrick’s Day 2015

Weather conditions developed perfect for the parade on a theme of “Wild Athlantic Way” – sunshine evident in many of following photos of  floats, vintage cars / tractors .    Prize winners as follows….

Best Parade entry ________ “The Lowertown Boys”
Best Costume _____________ Sinead O’Driscoll
Best Head Dress __________ Dorothy-Ann van der Vlugt
Best Face Paint ___________ Leah Pyburn
Best Dressed Window ____ Ann Murphy “Classic Touch”
 View also  more photos  Thomas Newman  and  Discover Schull


Draft Flood Mapping

A Public Consultation Day occurred on Tuesday 17th February 2015.   If you missed this meeting or wish more information visit >> .

A draft flood map of Schull shown at the public consultation day  is now available to view/download.

Flood Map Questionnaire  Please download  questionnaire and return to a member of the Study Team. Alternatively, completed questionnaires can be returned to Mott MacDonald at 5 Eastgate Avenue, Eastgate, Little Island, Co. Cork.

Schull Defibrillator Group

On Monday 9th February at 9pm in the Parish Hall, a follow-up meeting on the formation of Defibrillator Action Group. Purpose of meeting to complete the formation of the Defibrillator Group.


A public meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Sat 24th Jan @ 9.00pm – to re-form the Schull Defibrillator Group.  This is open to all previous members of the initial group, and any new personnel who wish to be involved in training in the use of a defibrillator.



CCTV – Schull

SDCC chairman chaired the CCTV public information meeting which occurred on 20th November in the parish hall. The Garda Crime Prevention Officer explained the benefits of CCTV if setup in Schull.  He explained that access to the video images, must adhere to a strict and rigorous protocol.  To prevent misuse there is a very thorough and lengthy application procedure and ultimately   approval for any Community based CCTV must be given by the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana. It is anticipated that this approval will be given in the near future.

Cork Council commissioned independent security experts to advise on the nature ​and extent of the CCTV system and the specific locations where the cameras ​should​ be located. SDCC will apply for ​ ​Community funding to help with cost of this proposed project. Current proposal by the security experts is for approximately ​ 17 cameras – wirelessly linked to Schull ​ Garda Station, ​where the recording equipment will be securely located.

Attendance included representatives of Local Community Alert, members of ​ the ​business community and residents of Schull and Goleen. ​The audience were very appreciative of the information provided by the ​Garda​ Crime Prevention Officer, based on feedback where CCTV is active in Bantry and Clonakilty.  A short Q+A ​followed the briefing. ​Those in attendance were overwhelmingly supportive of the proposal to install a CCTV System for Schull. ​

If/When Garda Commissioner grants permission – more details of proposed CCTV will be available on this web page.

Lesotho Links – Walk on Butter Road

On Friday 11th October 2014  Schull Community College – Staff and Students – completed a 9 km walk – part of which was along the Butter Road,  in aid of their ongoing link with Holy Names High School in Leotho.  Weather condition was perfect, plus the depth of the local stream had dropped below the level of the stepping stone, however a temporary board-plank was provided as seen in pictures below. DSCF0431 DSCF0432 DSCF0433 DSCF0438 DSCF0439 DSCF0441 DSCF0442

Visit to Finland


Representatives of Schull -2, Ballydehob -2, & Goleen Community Councils -5, have returned from Finland after a short visit (22nd <> 25th Sept 2014). Many hours of shared discussions on what the communities wish to achieve was very informative. The Finnish hosts were extremely hospitable & made their stay a memorable one. The three Community Councils are planning to work together on projects that will benefit the Mizen area.

More info see   -Visit By The Fins

East-End Car Park – upgrade 2014

Car Park (“East End”)  Now opened on 31st October 2014 –  48 car slots including 4 wheelchair spaces –  Note    direction of movement , also parking is at 45 degree angle, except for 3 spaces in 2nd level.

 1 Entrance 1st Level 2nd Level 3rd Levedl 4th-Level 5th Level


 Work commenced mid February 2014 –  most of  major works  completed by end June 2014 – regret new car park area not available for the summer season.

Various minor cosmetic adjustments occurred over the summer months – including the planting of plants/shrubs – etc, .

Mid August – ESB installed two galvanized poles.

 Early September more progress made with completion of footpath towards the children playground, note also access from car park restored, which resulted in some negative comments in local paper recently !, when access to playground was restricted.

17/18th Sept – ESB activity of 2 days –  removal of wires on the pole closest to the playground –  appropriate rewiring  to ensure local houses maintained their ESB supply. –  Still to do! – removal of this pole – also change over of wiring from the timber poles on the roadside  to the new galvanized poles.

20th Oct – ESB transferred cables points  onto new galvanized poles – Old poles removed.

21/24 Oct – Contractor  modified street-side footpath  to include ramps at each ends. Fitted height barriers  at entrances.

28/30 Oct – Car Park CLOSED for paint  lining.