Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Lughnasadh on Bere Island over the weekend of Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August as part of the island’s celebrations for Heritage Week 2016. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Lughnasadh which traditionally marked the beginning of the harvest season.
The Ellen Hutchins Festival is taking place again in West Cork during Heritage Week (20-28 August). Ellen, who was born in 1785 in Ballylickey was Ireland’s first female botanist and was also an accomplished botanical artist. The festival will celebrate her life and work through walks, talks, workshops and exhibitions. The festival kicks off with a seaweed event by Dr Susan Steele on Whiddy island (11am Sunday 21st August) and
Ana Gog are a five-piece band based in Dublin, Ireland. Their sound is an eclectic mix of folk, post/prog rock and electronica with contemporary influences. To date the band have had two official releases, the album ‘Making Trails’ in 2013 and the EP ‘Resemblance’ which was released in 2014. After touring in India and Europe and after a period of writing and rehearsing the band returned to the studio in
Jerry Desmond completed his one year term as President of the Bantry Bay Lions Club in June. Eileen O’Shea assumed the role of President for the coming twelve months. Jerry thanked the members for their contribution and support during his term of office and wished Eileen a successful and fulfilling year ahead. Jerry would also like to thank the local community for their tremendous support for all the Lions activities
A lovely night was had by all at the celebrations of 40 years of Comhaltas in Glengarriff Community Hall on the 24th of June. Thanks to Seàn Ò Sè for running the night so well with his story telling and singing. A BIG THANK YOU to all the performers on the night, to their families for helping out and for being so patient with the extra practises. A special thanks
ISLAND – OILEÁN: Exhibiton opening Saturday July 9th 6 to 8pm, all welcome. July 9th to August 7th.
Adrigole GAA Club are once again running their annual Duck Race Festival this year. The much anticipated event will take place over the August bank holiday weekend. The club are delighted to once again host the event at the base of the beautiful Hungry Hill on the grounds of Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site where there will be a fully licensed Marquee.
WEST Cork will take centre stage this week as a group of top German journalists who have a combined circulation and online readership of over 6 million will get to see for themselves what the south west has to offer. The press trip, South West Gardens, was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and provides a great opportunity to highlight a number of Cork’s amazing gardens and
IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.
Liam O Maonlai in concert Venue: Allihies Community Hall, Saturday 23th july Doors opening 7:30 PM
THE High Tide Club @ Sarah Walker Gallery Castletownbere has something different going on! For those of you who have an interest in playing/learning the blues our workshops hosted by Randall ‘Big Daddy’ Webster from the USA and Patrick Horgan from Cork for two evenings will surely interest you.
THE West Cork Arts Centre presents Museum of Miniature: The Islands, a portable museum which is touring to the West Cork Islands. This pop-up and wondrous museum of tiny artworks that fit in the palm of your hand includes work from artists based on Irish off-shore Islands plus those on European and international islands including Fejoe (Denmark) Saltspring (Canada) Fogo (Newfoundland) and Honolulu (Hawaii).
THE Eyeries Family Festival festival is growing from strength to strength with more than 5,000 people visiting last years’ events. This year there are even more FREE daytime activities for children and adults alike ranging from Falconry Displays to Animal Roadshows, Guided Boat Tours, Guided Walks, Strand Adventures, Shore Explorations, Bubble Soccer, Athlethics, Zumba and a Ceili!
More than two million Britons see stunning image of Beara Peninsula in new Tourism Ireland promotion
Tourism Ireland’s latest campaign to promote the island of Ireland in Britain sees the organisation team up with Secret Escapes, an exclusive members-only travel club. It includes a two-page article, with a stunning image of the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula, in the June edition of National Geographic magazine (1.7 million readers).
Exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptural ceramics opens 9th July A MULTI-FACETED art project inspired by journeys to selected islands along the Irish coast, and featuring three leading Irish artists, launches in July at the renowned Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere, Co Cork.
THE Castletownbere RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel in the early hours of Thursday morning (9 June). The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4.45am to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which was reported sinking 11 miles south west of Dursey Island on the Beara Peninsula.
Well known Cork City Artist and now resident of Allihies, Bill Griffin will be exhibiting some of his recent work at the Allihies Copper Mine Museum over the next number of weeks.
WEST Cork has retained five Blue Flag Beaches in the An Taisce International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Awards for 2016, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove and Tragumna but Garretstown beach has lost its status.
Paula Kingston O’Brien is an Irish singer songwriter who mixes a natural flair for simple, evocative writing with a voice which dips and dives between a soulful sound and a modern country lilt. Paula K O’Brien, aka Paula K, is a singer songwriter from West Cork, Ireland and has been writing songs ever since she was an angst ridden teen. Over time, and with the addition of children, marriage and a
THE Ewe Experience gardens in Glengarriff are having the annual charity tea party on Saturday June 11th from 1 to 5 PM. The proceeds from the tea party and the entrance fees all day will go to CoAction.