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
LOCAL TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that repairs have been completed on the submarine telecommunications cable to Sherkin Island following his representations to senior management in Eircom. This has been a challenging task for Eircom and their contractors waiting for the right combination of weather tides and wind to restore a full capacity service to all the islanders.
THE weekend of 13th-14th June kicks off the start of summer on the West Cork Islands, with a whole range of activities planned for Bere Island. An all-inclusive walking event will allow visitors to explore this unique island located at the farthest reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way. Bere Island, which was once a former military base during WW1. Many of the original fortifications still remain, along with fortifications from
Dock Pier Sherkin Island is to receive €15,000 and Hare Island a further €15,000 in funding as part of a national programme for the repair and development of piers and harbours.
AS part of this year’s West Cork Islands Festival, residents and holiday home owners of Sherkin Island are planning an exhibition on 13th and 14th June to showcase the wonderful creative talent on the island. “Creative Diversity” opens in the Community Hall on Sherkin Island at 2:30pm on Saturday 13th June. Curated by Sherkin Island painter, Jo Ashby, the exhibition will include a wide variety of arts and crafts by
WEST Cork Arts Centre presents the ‘Museum of Miniature: The Islands’, a portable museum curated by artists Marie Brett and Tess Leak which is touring to the West Cork Islands of Sherkin, Heir and Bere this summer. 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