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Kelly baby drama By ANN MURPHY THE 9RLFH 2I ,UHODQG finalist Kelly Mongan was this morning on tenterhooks after her baby bump dropped. The 18-year-old Fermoy singer (above) is one of four who will battle it out in the show’s final next Sunday — along with two others from Cork. But today she is resting, awaiting the birth of her first baby — due tomorrow. Rumour went out last night that she had gone into labour, she said. “My bump has dropped alright though and tomorrow is my due date. But I feel good, thank God.” She thanked her legion of supporters for voting her into the final, along with Shannon Murphy and Keith Hanley of Cork, and Shane McLaughlin, Donegal. ● See Page 3.


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WATER access for visitors to Fota Wildlife Park is just one element of plans to develop Cork Harbour as major tourism and leisure amenity. Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said one of his top priorities for his time as a minister was to spearhead the development of the harbour. “I see Cork Harbour as Ireland’s greatest marine asset, as a natural harbour, and we have never used it to its full benefit, and we’re going to start doing that now,” he said, adding that people will be “blown away” by what would be delivered in the harbour area in the next three years. “We are going to have an active harbour, which will be about more than angling and sailing out of places like Crosshaven. It is going to have other nodes of significant development, which everybody can buy into, which will be publicly owned, and that’s what I want to create,” he said. Minister Coveney listed harbour development including the rehabilitation of the East Tip site on Haulbowline into a public park, the development

Coveney backs harbour plan

U14 rowers Daniel Redmond, Robbie Stephens, Michael McEnery and Peter Redmond from Blackrock Coastal Rowing Club making good use of Cork harbour on Saturday. Picture: Larry Cummins

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Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) campus planned for Haulbowline as reasons he was positive about the future of the harbour

“You would create nodes of activity around the harbour, when we bring in cruise liners into Cork harbour, as well as ● Continued on Page 2.

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