Save Our Skibbereen gives back to their community

Save Our Skibbereen gives back to their community

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Two years ago, Save Our Skibbereen (SOS) started fundraising for their campaign to overturn the planning permission for a Thermoplastic Production Facility in Skibbereen. Having won their case in the High Court, they now have started to redistribute their funds to community organisations in Skibbereen and West Cork.


“Having been awarded costs by the court following our successful campaign to protect the environment in and around Roaring Water Bay from water and air pollution,” Fiona Hayes, SOS Director, said,  “SOS has been able to support a large number of community projects.”


“We publicised the fund in October  and we received a large number of applications by community projects, for a total amount requested of more than €50,000.00,” said Brendan McCarthy, SOS Chairperson. “All of which were for excellent causes and were very well presented. This left us the challenging task of allocating the current tranche amount of €20,000.00.”


After a difficult process of assessing the applications, the four SOS directors, Brendan McCarthy, Brendan McCormack, Fiona Hayes, and Harry Sexton, made the decision to provide grants to 12 recipients – Skibbereen Tidy Towns, West Cork Choral Singers, Skibbereen Wave Makers, Sustainable Skibbereen, Skibbereen Historical Society, West Cork Atlantic Plastic Project, Baltimore Tidy Towns, West Cork Kayaking Club, Growing Together, Baltimore Sea Memorial, Hairy Henry Care Farm and Bantry Bay Protect Our Native Kelp Campaign.


“It is an absolute delight to be in a position to use these funds, raised by the community for the good of the community and to see such an amazing range of excellent community projects being carried out here.

Our only regret is that we are not able to fund them all.” Said Brendan McCormack.


“This is a massive testament to what we can achieve when we all work together.” Added Harry Sexton. “We would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters and donors who made this possible.”


To date, SOS have distributed over €25,000 in 2020 to community groups with earlier grants having been allocated to Green Skibbereen and the Skibbereen Geriatric Society Luncheon Club.


“It has been a tough year for everyone in West Cork but out of original adversity, we have been able to plant the seeds for a much better 2021,” said Brendan McCormack. “It will be great to see the legacy of our campaign continued on by all these brilliant groups.”



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SOS 2020 Fund – Initial allocation €20,000

The Directors of Save our Skibbereen CLG invite applications from Community Organisations seeking financial assistance for worthy projects in Skibbereen and its environs.

All projects should demonstrate their value to the community or environment in Skibbereen and surroundings areas.

Grants will be allocated for a minimum of €500 and a maximum of €5000 per project.

Total allocation of funds will not exceed €20,000.

Applications should be made between Friday, September 18th and Friday, October 30th.

Decisions on grants will be announced on this website and on social media on Friday, December 11th, 2020. 


The following terms and conditions will apply:

  1. Applications should be made by e-mail and attachment to
  2. Each application will be acknowledged by e-mail.
  3. The Directors will objectively consider and adjudicate on each application having regard to its objective merits.
  4. If the total value of application requests exceeds €20,000, the Directors, at their absolute discretion, may reduce by way of abatement the individual amounts or reject one or more applications.
  5. Reasons for abatement or rejection will not be given.
  6. The decisions of the Directors will be final and there will be no appeal mechanism.
  7. David Puttnam has kindly offered to act as an independent assessor if this becomes necessary.

Here is the information you will need to apply :

  1. Details about your organisation :
    • The legal name or otherwise of your organisation as applicable
    • Your organisation’s address
    • What type of organisation it is (for example, a registered charity or not-for-profit company)
    • Details of your contact person (name, address, tel no, email)


  1. Details about your project:
    • Describe the project and say what it is about
    • What would you like to do
    • Set out exactly what you will spend the money on
    • What difference will your project make
    • How will people benefit from your project
    • How will you make sure people know about it


Please send your application by email with attached word document to by October 31st, 2020.


We look forward to hearing from you.




Brendan McCarthy, Chairman

17th September 2020



RTP Company withdraw their planning application

RTP Company withdraw their planning application

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An Bord Pleanála sent notification on September 16th 2019 to our Chairperson Brendan McCarthy that RTP Company T/A Daly Products Ltd. have withdrawn their application for the plastic factory and that there is no ‘live’ planning application now.
This case is now closed.
Our campaign has been successful in ways we could never have imagined when we started. This has been a brilliant example of ‘People Power’.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!!

Thank you everyone for your support!!!


Campaigners welcome news that Skibbereen plastics factory plan is withdrawn

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High Court Order : 30th July 2019

High Court Order : 30th July 2019

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Save our Skibbereen : Press Release – 29th July 2019


In the High Court on 30th July 2019, An Bord Pleanala consented to the Court granting an Order of Certiorari quashing the decision of the Bord dated 29th November 2018 which had permitted the construction of a thermoplastic compounds production facility at Poundlick, Baltimore Road, Skibbereen, Co. Cork.

And it is ordered that the subject matter of the said decision be remitted to An Bord Pleanala to be decided in accordance with law.

As is normal in cases of this kind, the subject matter of the decision will be remitted by the High Court to the Bord for further consideration which may result in a request to Daly Products Limited for a Natura Impact Statement. We will be a copy party to communications between the Bord and Daly Products Limited and to any NIS and will have opportunity to challenge or object.

We are advised that it will take a year to 18 months for procedures between the Bord and Daly Products Limited to play out and that no development can be commenced in that period.

Unusually, Daly Products Limited has not engaged in any way in the current process.

An Bord Pleanala has agreed to pay our legal costs.

We remain vigilant and ready to do whatever it takes to ensure that this development will never proceed. We also take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters from Skibbereen, West Cork and beyond, who have donated to our campaign, fundraised for our campaign and helped raise awareness of our campaign in local, national and international circles.

If you have questions about this decision, please contact us as per details below and we will endeavour to respond promptly.

For more information on our campaign :

Website :

Facebook :

Email :


For Press Contacts :

SOS Chairperson : Brendan McCarthy – 086 8617605

SOS Communications : Brendan McCormack – 083 4859058

SOS Legal Communications : Harry Sexton – 086 2407384

SOS Coordinator : Fiona Hayes – 087 9256029

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