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The BIG SING returns to Bantry

The West Cork BIG SING community organisation will once again be bringing a BIG SING event to Bantry for the FeelGood Festival on Saturday 15th October and YOU are invited to take part!

Paula Gomez and Stephen Housden @ The High Tide Club Fri Sept 2nd

PAULA GOMEZ is a singer-songwriter who has spent some years living in West Cork but now resides in Madrid. Paula will make a welcome return to The High Tide Club along with the very talented guitarist/singer/songwriter Stephen Housden. Paula’s sound is influenced by blues, folk and rock and her compositions have been noted as highly original, with a strong melodic sensibility. Her sound combined with her wide vocal range and

Emily Mae Winters : Foreign  Waters New EP out now

Anchor, as heard on Mark Radcliffe’s BBCR2 Folk Show, BBCScotland and Folk Is Not a Rude Word in May/June Born in England, raised in and around the rugged coasts of southern Ireland, Emily Mae Winters’ haunting folk songs are quickly permeating the folk and song writing scene. Her formative years were spent living in Clonakilty, Co. Cork where she immersed herself in a local music scene. Influenced by the sounds

Niall Connolly set for Bantry gig in September

Cork-born, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Niall Connolly brings the urgency to folk and the finely-crafted story to indie rock. Born in 1977, alongside the birth of punk, his work bears evidence of the roots and influences that made him a songwriter: early years listening to Nirvana on the Walkman, Leonard Cohen on his sister’s stereo, and the steady stream of bands and songwriters emerging from the 1990’s Cork music scene. He blends

Tasty island dressing adds to the flavour of A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 9-18th September

The annual A Taste of West Cork Food Festival takes place from 9th-18th September 2016 and in addition to a jam packed programme of events on the mainland, it uniquely offers a chance to soak up the sights on the Islands off the West Cork Coast. The combination of land and sea, town, village and islands within this vibrant festival highlights the pre-eminent position of West Cork for food and fun along the popular

Pauline Scanlon & Band play The White Horse Ballincollig on Thursday 8th September

This summer saw the release of her first solo album in ten years since Red Colour Sun with Gossamer, reminding fans why Lumiere member Pauline Scanlon is a force within Irish music. Creating a bridge between the traditional while also acknowledging shifts in contemporary music, Scanlon has her finger on the pulse of the Irish music scene. She brings her beguiling sound to The White Horse, Ballincollig, September 8th. Gossamer, produced with long time collaborator John Reynolds, continues the folk tradition

The Redneck Manifesto added to Clonakilty International Guitar Festival line-up – Only show this year

Other new additions to this year’s festival include Adrian Crowley | The Vespertine Quintet | Steve ‘Smiley’ Barnard Spook of the Thirteenth Lock   Clonakilty International Guitar Festival is delighted to announce THE REDNECK MANIFESTO will be bringing their impassioned live show to this year’s festival which takes place 15th-18th September.  The quintet of Mervyn Craig, Matthew Bolger, Richie Egan, Niall Byrne and Neil O’Connor will be performing new material

Making Ireland Modern 1916-2016

St. Peter’s Commemorative Centre 8 Sept – 1 October Making Ireland Modern is a touring Project in ART for the 1916-2016 commemorations and will explore the relationship between architecture, infrastructure and technology in the building of a new nation spanning a period of one hundred years from 1916-2016.     Constructed as an open matrix of drawings, photographs, models and other artefacts, the exhibition presents ten infrastructural episodes – Negation, Electricity, Health, Transportation, Television,

Comedy Weekend at The Maritime Hotel, Bantry

Banish the winter blues and laugh yourself silly at The Maritime Hotel in Bantry this November as Tommy Tiernan and comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog take to the stage across one hilarious weekend of comedy. Tommy Tiernan performs his show, Under the Influence, on Friday, November 11. One of Ireland’s most popular comedians, Tiernan is currently winding up his month long residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Tiernan takes

Clonakilty Camera Club news

Clonakilty Camera Club will be returning after the summer break on Wednesday 7th September at O’Donovan’s Hotel, Clonakilty at 8pm, with a full programme of events for the next term. 

The Great Irish Beer Festival in Cork City Hall Launches!

The Great Irish Beer Festival is an Irish craft beer festival that will be held in Cork City Hall from Thursday 22nd to Saturday the 24th of September 2016. The event is open to the public from 5pm-10pm on Thursday and 2pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday. It is a ticketed event with prices ranging between €11 and €15 for day tickets, and €22-€25 for weekend passes. Capacity of the venue

Greenshine with Hank Wedel @ The High Tide Club Fri Aug 19th 8:30

GREENSHINE are a family trio comprising of Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear.

Print, painting & photography at Blue House Gallery, Schull

Four of Ireland’s most well known print artists, Yoko Akino, Jean Bardon, James McCreary and Ruth O’Donnell are showing at Blue house Gallery (26 August — 08 September) with an exhibition of remarkable skill and artistry in the realm of etching, monoprint and mezzotint, skills that have been honed to a high degree of perfection by the dedication of consummate professionals. All the artists are members of Graphic Studio Dublin, the oldest and

Declan O’Rourke plays The White Horse, Ballincollig on August 21st

Described as one of the finest songwriters on the planet Declan O’Rourke finds himself held in the esteem of the likes of Ronnie Wood, Chris Rea, Eddi Reader and Paul Brady. Having performed beside Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Planxty and Snow Patrol as well as being only one of a few solo performers to make a repeat appearance on the Other Voices show Declan O’Rourke brings his compelling songwriting to

Crosshaven Foxy Fest Aims for World REDcord!

Crosshaven is the land of a thousand gingers this weekend for the annual Irish Redhead Convention. Redheads of all shades from strawberry blonde to titian and from all corners of the world are expected to descend on Crosshaven, Co. Cork this weekend, 19-21 August for the 7th annual Irish Redhead Convention. The fun family festival of ginger-loving madness is a celebration of all things to do with having fabulous red

Chief O’Neill Festival Fri. 9th Sept to Sun. 11th Sept.

The Festival organised by Bantry Development & Tourism commemorates the life and work of Captain Francis O’Neill, music collector, Tralibane, Bantry will be be officially opened at 6.30pm on Friday 9th September in Bantry Community Tourist Office by the Mayor of Cork County Cllr Seamus McGrath. That will be followed by a concert in St. Brendan’s Church at 8pm featuring Frankie Gavin and Dé Danann. A very special feature of

This Week: Masters of Tradition in Bantry

Bantry, West Cork Wednesday 17th – Sunday 21st August 2016  Masters of Tradition, taking place in Bantry, until this Sunday, 21st August, continues to celebrate traditional music in its purest form.

Briery Gap Box Office Now Open

THE Briery Gap is delighted to announce that our new Box Office is now open at South Square Macroom, four doors up from the Briery Gap Building. We have an exciting array of shows lined up for the coming months ranging from the musical genius of Frankie Gavin & De Danann to the Theatrical event of the year, Murder at Shandy Hall, Ireland’s first Musical Murder Mystery starring screen legend

Fit men and brave women wanted in Coachford

The organisers of the Coachford Autumn Festival are putting together the final preparations for this year’s four day event (Aug 18-21). This is a community festival whose sole purpose is to have ‘Something for Everyone’. It caters for Children, Young People, Parents and Grandparents. It is about bringing people together, to have a bit of fun, to enjoy a local community based event and have something in the area that

Monday Movie Nights in Bandon returns 19th September

Monday 19th September kicks off the Autumn Schedule at Monday Movie Nights. A Bigger Splash Director: Luca Guadagnino Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton FILM INFO:120 minutes, Italy / France, 2015, 15A In this loose remake of the 1969 drama La Piscine, director Luca Guadagnino reunites with I Am Love muse Tilda Swinton (here playing recuperating rock star Marianne), who is joined by Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes

History comes alive as Mary’s Odyssey pays a visit to Bantry

by Jeremy Jagusch All the way from Canada, Live History will be showcasing their highly sought after inte ractive show, Mary’s Odyssey at Bantry House. This one woman experience has traveled extensively for the past 2 years, taking audiences on a journey through time.

Molly-Kate Sloyan meets idol Daniel O’Donnell in Killarney

THE internet sensation Molly-Kate Sloyan from Kinsale finally met her idol the “real” Daniel O’Donnell who invited her to his sold out gig in the INEC, Killarney. A video of the 23-year-old super fan went viral in February as it showed her reaction to Mario Rosenstock impersonating her idol Daniel, during the The Late Late Show Valentines special.

Fantastic Mr Fox up for auction at Irish Redhead Convention

From one fox to another! Redheads Pepi Mara and Paul Mulcahy check out Fantastic Mr Fox in Crosshaven. This handmade 2.3m steel fox sculpture created by artist Lynn Kirkham will be auctioned off during the Irish Redhead Convention which takes place in Crosshaven from August 19-21. More info on www.redheadconvention.ie Pic: Joleen Cronin

Exciting local events announced for Culture Night in West Cork

Culture Night, the annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts, takes place this year on Friday, 16th September. On Culture Night, arts and cultural organisations, and venues of all types and sizes, extend their opening hours to allow increased access. Events are specifically programmed at participating locations and everything is available Free of Charge.  

Upcoming barn dance at Coppeen

There is barn dance on Saturday 3rd of September in Coppeen Village. This year’s event is being organised as a Country & Irish gala night out with lots of entertainment, including a ‘Wife Carrying’ contest of wives /husbands/partners in a novel dance floor race. The wife/partner must weigh a minimum of (45kg) and be 18 years or older. Dropping your wife/partner will incur a serious time penalty and perhaps additional

Dylan Tighe @ The High Tide Club Sat 13th 8pm

Dylan Tighe is a Dublin musician and actor and is returning to Castletownbere to play his second show at The High Tide Club this August. He has recently released his second album Wabi Sabi Soul, which is a collection of songs “embracing his own imperfections”. This album follows his first album Record which was released in 2014 and was described as “searingly honest”. 

John Kelly: A Group Show at the West Cork Arts Centre

FREE EVENT Ongoing event | 11:00 daily until 31 August, 2016 Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, West Cork A solo exhibition of painting, sculpture and print by Irish/English/Australian artist, John Kelly, known for his iconic Cow Up A Tree, has opened at Uilinn Arts Centre, Skibbereen in West Cork. The exhibition includes a series of paintings produced in Antarctica, and on board the icebreaker Aurora Australis, as well as a series

Bandon Walled Town Festival brings out the stars August 26th-28th

WITH a deep history reaching back to the 1600’s, Bandon celebrates its star filled heritage with the Bandon Walled Town Festival from Friday August 26th to Sunday August 28th, 2016. Focusing on a theme of Stars, Navigation, Exploration and Trade, the Festival delivers some enchanting events to cater to all tastes.

Contemporary design at the Blue House Gallery

Wood is central to the work of both Kieran Higgins and Alison Ospina in this, the second annual Blue House Gallery Design exhibition, 12 August — 25 August. However, their individual treatment of this most primary of all materials could not be more different. Fundamentally, Alison’s work is based on the living tree, while Kieran’s utilises dead or damaged woods for many sources. Alison Ospina’s contribution to the exhibition consists