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Calling all canines – the biggest paw show in town is back

THE biggest paw show in town is back, and it wants your canine! The Cork Summer Show Pet Dog Show, is calling on all pooches and pedigree owners to participate in this year’s competition. The Cork Summer Show Pet Dog Show is one of the biggest dog shows in Munster and is open to pet and pedigree dogs.

Colin Deady and Paula K. O’Brien at The High Tide, Castletownbere

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

Joe Wilson exhibition Caha at the Catherine Hammond Gallery, Skibbereen

ONE of Europe’s last remaining natural wilderness areas, the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula, are rugged and remote. They are at once elemental and shamelessly romantic. Characterised by terraced, deep pleats and folds of old red sandstone, these are challenging mountains to climb.

400 older people in West Cork hospitals send each other mail

ARTISTS, residents and day visitors of eleven community hospitals and day care centres throughout West Cork will display the work of their “Envelope” project at the Uillinn Centre in Skibbereen until June 6th 2016. During a nine month period over 400 people in hospitals and day centres in West Cork connected with one another by writing letters, drawing pictures or sharing poems and memories and putting them in envelopes and these

A summer tradition returns bigger and better than ever

EVERY summer for the past 200 years the Munster Agricultural Society has put on a very special show in Cork. Now a family tradition, the Cork Summer Show is back and this year it promises to be the biggest and best show yet. With a family-friendly mix of agriculture, food, music, home, garden, crafts, equipment and entertainment for all ages the show will take place from 9am to 6pm each

Witness the perfect crime in Blackwater

WHAT constitutes the perfect crime? Some people suggest that it is a clever ploy that takes everybody by surprise; others would say it is one with a moral justification, while most would agree that the perfect crime is the one where you do not get caught!

Allihies’ Michael Dwyer Festival celebrates 18th year this June

THIS will be the 18th year of the Michael Dwyer Festival in Allihies. We promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances at the Mine Museum, the Village Hostel and the Village Hall, alongside the three village pubs – Jimmy’s, The Lighthouse and O’Neill’s. Highlights include:

Jim Dowling Festival comes to Glengarriff this June

GLENGARRIFF is delighted to announce the line-up for the 2016 Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, which takes place from 16th to 19th June. The festival has grown from small beginnings in 2013 to become one of the highlights on Ireland’s festival map, attracting the country’s top trad musicians and ever bigger audiences.

Summer Songbook singing workshops in Courtmacsherry

COURTMACSHERRY is the location of the 4th Annual Summer Songbook weekend workshops, taking place from Friday July 1st to Sunday July 3rd. What started off four years ago as a new initiative for The Year of The Gathering has grown into an amazing weekend of choral music in all its facets; from modern choral work, to liturgical work, ensemble workshops, solo singing workshops and singing technique. 3 local professional singing

Monday Movies Bandon, Next Screening Monday 16th May

BROOKLYN Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) moves from 1950s Ireland to Brooklyn, NY where there are better opportunities for her future. As Eilis adjusts to her new life, she finds love with handsome Italian-American Tony. But when a family tragedy sees her return to Ireland, she attracts attention from local bachelor Jim (Domhnall Gleeson). Faced with a fresh perspective and increasing pressure from those close to her, Eilis must decide where her

Bandon Show 2016

Caroline Crowley and Damut launching the Bandon Show 2016 which takes place in Bandon Show Grounds on Sunday May 22nd. Fantastic Prizes on the day for best dressed lady, gent, family and teenager. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Uncover – BA visual art degree Art Trail on Sherkin Island

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

Rossa College’s year end art exhibition

A year of exploration and study of specific themes culminates with this year-end exhibition by students attending the Rossa College Professional Arts Practice. The exhibition is held at The O’Driscoll Buildings, on the Quay in Skibbereen and opened on May 13th.

Celebrating Irish Culture at Briery Gap Theatre

Oiche Dramaíochta le Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha Thursday May 19th at 8:30pm – Tickets €8 Briery Gap Theatre is celebrating Irish Culture this May with two special events, the first being an evening of dramaíocht as Gaeilge with Aisteoirí Chúil Aodha who have been performing annual productions for many years.

County Mayor’s Hooley

BBQ and bands will feature at The County Mayor’s Hooley in The Hall at County Hall on Friday 17th June. In aid of Mercy University Hospital Foundation and Pieta House, the event is sponsored by The Fota Collection/Kingsley Hotel with The Irish Examiner as media sponsors, party-goers from all over Cork county are expected to attend and raise funds for these deserving charities.

A Rose Upon the Blood on Bere Island

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.

Exciting opportunities for West Cork-based artists

TWO exciting opportunities for West Cork-based artists have just been announced by Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre. The first is the call for artist members to submit work for Uillinn’s Members’ Exhibition 2016. Last year, the first Members’ Exhibition in the new building attracted five and a half thousand visitors in three weeks to view more than 300 artworks by 134 artists.

West Cork Ceramics & Still Life at the Blue House Gallery, Schull

SHOWING from May 6th – 19th at the Blue House Gallery, Schull, is an exhibition of distinguished locally-based ceramists, combined with one of the most time-honoured of art forms, still life painting. Among the ceramicists are Kathleen Standen who shows a group of robust globular forms broken open to reveal glinting glass-like deposits. These pieces are geological in feeling and might be the product of a volcanic eruption, so elemental

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.