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2016 Heineken Kinsale 7s kicks off

THE Heineken Kinsale 7s takes place in Kinsale over the May Bank Holiday weekend, 30th April & 1st May and is always a popular festival for players and supporters with thousands of visitors expected in the seaside town. Now in its 28th year, the Heineken Kinsale 7s is Ireland’s largest rugby 7s tournament and builds on its success each year. It promises to be an action-packed weekend of competitive men

Workshops at the West Cork Literary Festival 2016

TAKING place in an inspiring setting on the Wild Atlantic Way, the West Cork Literary Festival will host a series of workshops, from song writing to playwriting, memoirs to travel writing, where experts in their field will share their knowledge. One-on-one and group workshops will be filled with lively discussions writers can use as jumping off points to spark fresh, passionate work. These workshops offer the opportunity to share work

Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic screening in Macroom and Bantry

FILMED over four years among coastal communities in Norway, Newfoundland and Ireland, Richie O’Donnell’s Atlantic documentary focuses on the lives of fishermen facing down the big-money interests of oil and gas explorers. The competition on the open ocean is fierce and potentially lethal to the sustainability of coastal communities. From the maker of The Pipe, Risteard Ó Domhnaill’s new film Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean

Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival fast approaching

THE second Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival is now fast approaching during the weekend of May 21st and 22nd with over 20 workshops planned for all skill levels and ages and will be held in many of the wonderful businesses from Ahakista to Kilcrohane and beyond to the Black Gate at Letter West.

Cormac Boydell exhibition at the Catherine Hammond Gallery

ONE of Ireland’s most respected ceramicists, Cormac Boydell, has created over 25 large new wall pieces and sculpture for his solo show at the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Skibbereen, Co. Cork running from April 28th to June 2nd. On the centenary of the Easter Uprising, these new works are based on the artist’s personal experience of Irishness and they use as their starting point explorations of the elemental landscape, the

New exhibitions at the West Cork Arts Centre

Tomasz Madajczak Neomorph Gallery II 30 April to 21 May 2016 Opening Friday 29 April at 7.00pm Beginning with his four month residency at Uillinn in the winter of 2015, West Cork-based artist Tomasz Madajczak has created a body of work for exhibition entitled Neomorph. This series of photoworks and animations observe Uillinn both as a vantage point from which the town of Skibbereen and its environs can be observed

Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld Exhibition at Organico

The next art exhibition at Organico, from 3 May until 11 June, involves two artists who are close to home; Marta Swierad and Catherine Weld both work in Organico, Marta baking delicious cakes and snacks for the café and shop, and Catherine preparing the newsletter and working on the online shop behind the scenes.

Thomas Kent – 1916 Rebel at the Briery Gap Theatre

On May 9th 1916 Thomas Kent became the only man outside of Dublin to be executed on Irish soil in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising. This forgotten story is brought to you by Cork Theatre Company Lantern Productions at Briery Gap Theatre as part of the 1916 centenary celebrations.

All in an April Evening at St Mary’s Church, Dunmanway

Traditional musicians Tom and Geertien O’Leary are playing at St Mary’s Church, Main Street, Dunmanway in the ” All in An April Evening ” concert on Friday 22 April at 8pm. Well known for their wide range of Irish folk music and traditional tunes, these Irish Music teachers of Dunmanway are part of a programme of musical variety.

2016 programme announced for West Cork Literary Festival

ZADIE Smith, John Banville, Christina Lamb and Louis de Bernières are just some of the guests expected at the renowned West Cork Literary Festival which runs at various venues in Bantry, West Cork, from July 17th to 23rd. Poetry is also well represented this year with T.S. Eliot prize-winner Sarah Howe, as well as Nick Laird, Theo Dorgan and Jo Shapcott.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival celebrates 10 years in style

THE Ballydehob Jazz Festival is 10 Years old and we are celebrating in style! Since its inception the festival’s programme has grown in standard and stature and every May Bank Holiday Weekend, the West Cork Village has hosted a string of extraordinary musicians and eclectic events.

Booking opens for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival

WEST Cork Music is delighted to announce that booking has now opened for the 21st West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs from 1 – 9 July. There will be concerts in Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church from morning to late night as well as young musician masterclasses, artist interviews and Ireland’s only instrument exhibition.

St Patricks Day in West Cork

Ballydehob Beautiful Ballydehob once again hosts one of the friendliest annual St Patrick’s Day Parades around. The parade starts at 12 noon followed by complimentary refreshments in the Old Bank. The organisers promise a great day of fun and spectacle for all the family. Bandon St Patrick’s Day in Bandon is shaping up to be another great event for young and old. The parade will begin promptly at 2.30pm in

New season at Schull’s Blue House Gallery

THE Blue House Gallery, Schull, the leading gallery of contemporary art in the region, opens its 2016 season with a month-long (March 25 – April 21) blockbuster of an exhibition, The History Show.

West Cork woman sings herself sane

by Sarah Canty “I need to do this as part of my recovery,” says Gráinne Quick-Humphrys about her return to music after a nearly twenty-year hiatus. In 1998 Gráinne collapsed from a nervous breakdown brought on by unresolved childhood issues. As a young adult she had thrown herself into a burgeoning music career and the lifestyle that went with it. Just as top London record labels were beginning to notice

Amanda Coogan at the West Cork Arts Centre

WEST Cork Arts Centre is pleased to bring a manifestation of Amanda Coogan’s recent, highly acclaimed exhibition at the RHA, Dublin with a series of performances to Uillinn. A joint publication between RHA, West Cork Arts Centre and Limerick City Gallery of Art will be launched at the opening of the exhibition at Uillinn on 12th March 2016. Also at the opening Amanda Coogan will perform ‘You told me to

Catherine Hammond Gallery comes to Skibbereen

SKIBBEREEN is getting a new gallery! After twelve seasons in Glengarriff, the Catherine Hammond Gallery reopens in Skibbereen, West Cork on March 17th. To celebrate its new location and its thirteenth year, the inaugural 12 Now 13 show will feature work by some of the most prominent artists shown at the gallery in the past.

Briery Gap Theatre celebrates Seachtain na Gaeilge

TO celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2016 Briery Gap Theatre will be screening the Oscar nominated Amhrán na Mara (Song of the Sea) on March 14th at 10:30am for school groups, and at 8:30pm later that day for the general public.

Ballydehob Jazz Festival confirms major headliners for 2016

THE 2016 Ballydehob Jazz Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet with confirmation of two major international acts as headliners for this years festival, Meschiya Lake and the Lil Big Horns from New Orleans and US compatriots Lake Street Dive.

Nirvana tribute night at DeBarra’s

CORK-based alternative rockers Paradox and Screenreader, fronted by DeBarra’s regular Brian Casey are back at DeBarra’s in Clonakilty for a third year-in-a-row celebrating the music of Nirvana on the very day and date Kurt Cobain was found, Friday, April 8th. What started as a once off event in 2014 to mark the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain has now turned into a yearly event due to the success and popularity

“Don’t Tell The Wife” in Macroom this March!

THE Ahakeera Drama Group from near Dunmanway have has been on the go for over thirty years now. They present a three act play without fail every year and always entertain their audience with a good comedy. They achieve this with their mix of new young talent and the much experienced members of the cast.

Catherine Hammond Gallery moves to Skibbereen

ONE of West Cork’s best-knowm galleries is on the move; after 12 seasons in Glengarriff, the Catherine Hammond Gallery reopens in Skibbereen on March 17th. To celebrate its new location and its 13th year, the inaugural show 12 Now 13 will feature work by some of the most prominent artists shown at the gallery in the past.

Album review – Pa Curran- Poor Man’s Clothes

by Tim Coakley THIS month’s release of Bantry man Pa Curran’s album Poor Man’s Clothes marks a milestone in the ever increasing number and quality of recorded works being produced by West Cork based musicians. Coming in at 11 tracks in total the album is an impressive production that features tremendous songwriting and musicianship coupled with slick production by Wayne Sheehy’s Ocean Studios in Kilcrohane.

Cork’s Kellie makes final ten of national song contest

CORK’S public and music lovers have been asked to vote for rising Leeside songwriter Kellie Lewis as she is one of ten final contestants of the Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest. The online competition has been running for several weeks with hundreds of entries from around the country, before it was whittled down to the final ten, with Kellie as Cork’s sole representative at the finals stage.