Launch of Message in a Bottle Collection

Well known Cork ladies Siobhain Steele and Mai Manning are this week celebrating the launch of their new keepsake ceramic giftware, Message in a Bottle.

Each bottle comes beautifully presented in a gift box with a scroll to write a personal message which can be placed inside the bottle and kept as a treasured keepsake until the ‘to open’ date.  A message that lasts, isn’t that refreshing?!

One of the bespoke bottles in the collection, nostalgically titled First Day at Big School, offers the opportunity to capture those treasured emotions of sending that special little one in your life off to ‘Big School’ and has generated huge interest since it was launched.

Message in a Bottle is an Irish handmade product with each piece individually designed and carefully crafted by ceramic artist Siobhain Steele in her North Cork Studio.  Siobhain is well known within the Irish craft industry for her unique pieces which evoke a sense of simplicity and connection.

Mai Manning, a Cork entrepreneur, is the vision behind the Message in a Bottle journey. Explaining the concept, Mai says: “First Day at Big School offers the opportunity to gift a more personal and lasting keepsake.  In this digital age there is something refreshing about taking pen to paper and leaving a lasting mark for the little one in your life to look back on.”

Mai and Siobhain will launch further bottles to the range in the coming months to commemorate milestones right up to starting ‘Big School’.  “The idea of Message in a Bottle is to offer the opportunity to build a unique collection of keepsake bottles that can be added to over the years” says Mai.

The Message in a Bottle collection is available to buy online at or in Cork Craft & Design Centre, Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork.  Prices start at €29.50.

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Fermoy Area Sports & Community Awards 2016

Nominations are now officially open for the Fermoy Area Sports and Community Awards 2015/2016 which will be held on Saturday 12th November in the Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy.

The awards, which were resurrected following a few years hiatus in 2014, offer the community the opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements of various clubs, individuals and community groups in the locality.

There will be seven sports and three community categories awarded on the night including Sports Team/Club of the Year, Sports Club Person of the Year, Special Needs Category, Young Sports Person of the Year, Female & Male Sports Person of the Year, Hall of Fame Award, Community Group/Organisation of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and a Special Merit Award.

A number of nominations have already been received across the categories and all clubs, committees and individuals are welcome to enter any of the categories.  The awards offer a great occasion to acknowledge the impact that such groups and people have had on the quality of life in the Fermoy area.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 30th September and the winners will be announced on Thursday 13th October.  Nomination forms are available from Barnes Jewellers and Slattery Travel or online from the Fermoy Credit Union website and McCarthy Insurances website.  Completed forms should be returned to Hanley’s Newsagents or emailed to

The winners will be presented with their awards at the Gala Dinner on 12th November where renowned actor and comedian Alan Shortt will act as MC.  The event promises to provide an excellent night’s entertainment with a pre-dinner wine reception, photography exhibition, superb spot prizes and a variety of live music scheduled.

Tickets for the Fermoy Area Sports and Community Awards 2016 are €45.00 and available to purchase from Barnes Jewellers and Slattery Travel.  Further details on the event can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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