County Mayor Cllr Barbara Murray with members of Crux Dance Company launches Culture Night at County Hall. Pic: Darragh Kane

ON Friday, September 21st people across West Cork can enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a night of free entertainment, discovery and adventure. Cork County has an enormous range of events, countywide.


“County Cork’s Night is a night not to be missed” says Cork County Mayor, Barbara Murray “check out what’s on in your local area because there is something on everywhere”.


On Culture Night, museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their delights for FREE. Here is just a taster of what’s planned for West Cork:


Sophie Hayes leads the Crux Dance Company at County Hall. Pic: Darragh Kane

Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhúirne, oíche filíochta le béim speisialta ar fhilíocht Sheáin Ó Ríordáin agus filí ó Ghaeltacht Mhuscraí. Ina measc siúd a bheidh páirteach beidh Liam Ó Muirthile agus Seán Ó Muimhneacháin. Poetry evening featuring Liam Ó Muirthile and Seán Ó Muimhneacháin, with special attention given to the work of Seán Ó Riordáin.


In Ballydehob, there will be a night of international folk songs and tunes n Levis’ Bar, featuring acclaimed singer and concertina player, Dick Miles, and popular folk duo Free Spirit. All singers and musicians welcome while in Rosie’s Bar, Ballydehob Feile Atha de Chab will host an evening of Traditional music.


In BandonEmbrace the Fire” in Howard’s Court, as this show rewrites the conventional fire show, employing unique fire techniques and a fantastic soundscape. A combination of circus skills, theatre, live music, and dance, combine to create an amazing fire spectacle.


St Patrick’s Youth Pipe Band is proud to host a Parade through the town of Bandon, entertaining the crowd with a selection of well loved pipe band classics and there will also be a Brass Band Performance at Riverview Shopping Centre as Blarney Brass & Reed Band and Clonakilty Brass Band, both under the baton of Gerrard Condon, will perform on Culture Night.


Bantry will see Open air Platform Dancing at The Ó Neill Monument in Tralibane, Bantry with music by Tim Joe & Anne Riordan; Denis Lucey’s Bar will host an evening of music performed by the Bantry Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann for all ages to enjoy.


In Bantry Library, Glengarriff author, Fred Caruso, will hold a book reading and public discussion of an air crash which occurred on September 23rd, 1962 (50th anniversary) off the south west Irish coast. Fred survived this crash and wrote a book, “Born Again Irish”.


There will be a concert and art Exhibition at the Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, where singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy will hold an intimate concert alongside a Culture Night Group Art exhibition.


Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat in Eyeries will become a Rambling House for Culture night, featuring Seanchai, Teddy Black.


Clonakilty Readers and Rhymers and Kilmeen Drama Group will gather at An Teach Beag, Clonakilty to present a nautical evening of readings, soliloquies, and music at An Teach Beag, O’Donovan’s Hotel. There will be a traditional music session to wrap up the night. Alsom as part of the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival, The Acoustic Forum at The Venue, O’Donovan’s Hotel


Grace Dooley from Crux Dance Company at County Hall for the launch of Culture Night. Pic: Darragh Kane

The Newly established Clonakilty Working Artists studio will host an evening of art and music. There will be an exhibition of their resident artists with a tour of the studios and an artist talk on “the role and benefits of art in the public domain”. This will all be complimented with some traditional Irish music.


There will be a Traditional Music Session in the Sam Maguire Homestead, Dunmanway, as Comhaltas Craobh Dúnmaonmhuí present Oiche Cheoil / Irish Night, a night of traditional music, song, dance and story telling, with audience participation strongly encouraged.


In the Briery Gap, Sulán film group will present screenings of recent productions by short film makers and “A Day In The Life Of Macroom”, the much loved short film by the award winning Macroom film-maker, the late Johnny Creedon. Also in the Briery Gap, Carnovee ICA Art Group will exhibit some of their recent work


Aghinagh Comhaltas, Macroom will host a Trad Session in Castle Hotel, Macroom while Bernice Corcoran will be exhibiting a selection of her own work, including drawings and pigment paintings, in The Hawthorn Gallery.


There will be Song & Dance in the Michael Collins Café in Newscestown where Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will host an evening of Music, Song & Dance from 5pm.


In Schull Parish Hall,  Schull Drama Group will perform a short play called ‘I Hear You’, written and directed by Terri Leiber.


In Goleen Community Centre Goleen & District Community Council are delighted to host a Variety Night of Music, Song, Dance, Storytelling, Card Playing and Table Tennis and a butter making demonstration. There will also be an “Archiving Party” – bring along a collection of your treasured old photographs where we will scan them to create a community based archive of “Goleen of Old”. There will also be a DVD Screening of past events on Mizen and refreshments with home baking.


In Skibbereen the Working Artist Studios will host an acoustic session with a blend of jazz and folk music. All original songs by “Disappearing Shoes” with Paul Ó Colmáin on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Liam Kenneally on fiddle and Tim Abbott on guitar. Kathy O’ Leary will present “Open book; Leabhar oscailte” a solo exhibition of her work.


West Cork Arts Centre will be exhibiting Dermot Seymour’s Selected Paintings 1987 -2012.


Baltimore Community Choirs will host a performance in Abbeystrewry Church of popular, uplifting music by Baltimore’s own community choirs: The Baltimore Singers & The Baltimore Bluebirds (children’s choir) 6pm – 6.45pm


Skibbereen Silver Band will host a concert of contemporary brass band music including marches and popular classics at the Town Square Skibbereen while in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen Comhaltas present an evening of traditional Irish Music.


Culture Night brings together a unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free.


Culture Night is an initiative coordinated by Temple Bar Cultural Trust and supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in partnership with Cork County Council. Proudly supported by C103, Friday September 21st is Culture Night in Cork County. The complete Culture Night programme is available online from