Robbie Murphy has lived on Sherkin Island, West Cork, since he moved there with his family shortly after he was born. As well as working on the island, farming oysters, he photographs it, and it is fair to say that Robbie really knows his subject and captures his stunning images with an unerring eye. To view these large prints is to be transported to Sherkin, to feel the weather, hear
A number of off shore Islands along the coast of West Cork move a step closer to securing permanent helicopter landing sites which will greatly increase connectivity with the mainland and ensure a safer living environment for the Islands’ residents particularly during medical emergencies. Cork Southwest, Fine Gael TD, Jim Daly has confirmed that a grant of up to €5,500 has been made available by the Department of Arts, Heritage,
Uncover: an exhibition by graduates of the BA Visual Art Degree Programme Sherkin Island 2016 at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Following a hugely successful art-trail on Sherkin Island, the graduates of the Sherkin Island BA Visual Art Degree Programme are bringing their work to the mainland. Uncover will launch at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre on Friday 9 September at 7.00pm. Over 1000 visitors flocked to the island to see the graduates’ exhibition. Uncover at Uillinn is another opportunity to enjoy the work of these new emerging talents and preview
This September a unique festival celebrating the power of music and silence will take place on West Cork’s Bere Island. Music and meditation are combined in the Music and Silence festival programme (16-18 September) to give visitors a chance to reflect, contemplate, and refresh their senses in the company of one of the world’s leading experts on mindfulness and meditation. The festival programme is led by Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB,
SEVERAL well known West Cork gardeners will feature on the popular Sodshow gardening podcast with landscape gardener Peter Donegan in the coming weeks. First up is Tony O’Mahony, Head Gardener at Inish Beg Estate, his interview is available online now and he is set to be followed by Serge and Claudine de Thibault from the Bamboo Park in Glengarriff and David and Mary Tanner from Glenview Gardens. The three shows
A fun day out for all the family is planned for Heir Island on August 18th, as the traditional island regatta on Roaringwater Bay takes place. This year, there’ll be extra excitement on regatta day as the West Cork island holds its first ever 5k run as part of the West Cork Island Run series. The route around the unspoilt island is sure to delight the participants, and it is
The exhibition will be in the Community Hall, Sherkin Island, from Saturday 30th July to Friday 5th August, 2016 – open from midday to 5.30 pm each day. The exhibition will showcase the stunning scenery and natural beauty on and around Sherkin Island – its landscapes, the changing weather and its flora and fauna.
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.
Two artists from Sherkin Island will hold a joint exhibition of paintings at the Community Hall on Sherkin Island from 7th August until 20th August. ‘Beneath & Beyond’ is the second two-person show by artists, Jo Ashby and Majella O’Neill Collins, both of whom paint seascapes from their Sherkin Island studios.
Long Island Sunday 17 July, 10.00am – 4.00pm Ferries from Colla Pier at 10.30am, 12.45pm, and 3pm Uillinn: 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
JUST over 100 competitors completed the third annual Do Run Run on Sherkin Island recently. A fun non competitive event where 100% of peoples entry fees are donated to Cancer Connect, West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue and The Wild Atlantic Community Swimming Pool was enjoyed by everyone. The route took in the spectacular coastline of Sherkin Island and participants enjoyed the open air music at The Islanders Rest after
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).
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 third annual Do Run Run charity event takes place on July 2nd. next on the beautiful Sherkin Island. Once again there will be two routes, a 6k which takes in breathtaking views of the island and is over grass, road and beach while the 4 k route is on road surface and is buggy friendly so all the family can enjoy the event.
A COMMUNITY exhibition on Sherkin Island is set to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island. ‘Sherkin Creates’ opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 18th June. Part of the West Cork Islands Festival, the exhibition will be curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby. It will include a wide variety of arts and crafts, ranging from drawings, paintings and sculpture to photography, basket-weaving,
THE new Minister for the Marine, Michael Creed TD, must ensure swift and measurable action to review procedures, reduce red tape and encourage development of the indigenous Irish shellfish sector, a conference in Athlone heard recently.
IN the summers of 2012 and 2014, over the course of a single weekend, over 1000 people visited Sherkin Island. With an average population of 100, this was a significant influx to the island and a boon to the local economy. What inspired the arrival of so many visitors to this small island off the southwest coast of Ireland? One word – art. The graduate exhibition of the BA Visual
CANADIAN based theatre company, Flush Ink Productions will perform A Rose Upon the Blood by Paddy Gillard-Bentley on Monday May 16th at 7.30pm at the Bere Island Heritage Centre. The play tells the story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford, who were married hours before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol following the 1916 Easter Rising.
WEST Cork TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that €2.53m fundinghas been approved for Castletownbere and Cape Clear Harbours. Further additional funding of €2m nationally, was also allocated towards storm damage repairs for the various harbours in West Cork.
CORK County Council has instructed its public lighting maintenance contractor, Airtricity, to upgrade the public lighting on the seven inhabited islands within the greater Cork area to Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which are the most up to date technology in Public Lighting. Cape Clear Island, Heir Island, Long Island, Sherkin Island, Dursey Island, Whiddy Island and Bere Island will all undergo this upgrade.
BALTIMORE RNLI received an an alert from Valentia Coastguard at 09:29 on Wednesday morning last, when a young boy in urgent need of medical attention required immediate evacuation from Cape Clear Island.
THE island co-op on Cape Clear (Comharchumann Cléire Teo) has lodged a planning application to construct a new whiskey distillery and visitor centre on the island.
THE Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has announced that payments for island farmers under the new Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) Scheme have started issuing. “I am particularly pleased to see that these payments, worth some €1 million, are issuing on target, particularly given the significance of these payments to individual island farmers ”, the Minister said.
Ireland’s Heritage Week is being marked on the West Cork Islands by a series of events which draw attention to their untold stories. Throughout the week (22nd-30th August) local historians and guides will help visitors to learn more about the islands’ pasts, debunking any notions that the islands were cut off from the broader strands of Ireland’s history.
Due to the success of last years “ Do Run Run” on Sherkin Island the organisers have set Saturday August 8th for this year’s event, which promises to be bigger and better. This is a fun, non competitive run, walk, with two options open to participants – a 4 k which is buggy friendly and an 8 k which takes in off road route.
Whiddy islanders are inviting visitors to celebrate the island’s past with a weekend of activities at the island’s Olden Ways Festival (11th-12th July). Whiddy gained national coverage this year with the broadcast of TV3’s acclaimed Islanders series. The show, which gained nationwide acclaim, focused on a year in the life of islanders Tim and Danny O’Leary, and generated a lot of interest in island life today and its links to