Tá clár comórtha ag an gcoiste eagrúchain I gCúirt Mhic Shéafraidh a thugann cuireadh do chách páirt a ghlacadh I raon ilchineálach de ghníomhaíochtaí stairiúla, cultúrtha, agus ealaíonta a spreagfaidh machnamh, céiliúradh agus díospóireacht, ní hamháin ar ócáid mhórchúiseach stairiúil ach mar a mhúnlaigh an eachtra sin a forbairt ár dtíre agus a bhuil I ndán dúinn don todhchaí, le tuiscint a léiriú do gach traidisiún ar an oileán seo.
by Sinead Hegarty THE West Cork Arts Centre who celebrated their first year anniversary in the new landmark Uillinn building in Skibbereen in January attracted double the number of expected visitors in its first year of opening. The arts centre has gone from strength-to-strength in its first year since being officially opened by President Michael D Higgins with 38,000 visitors attending the in the first 12 months.
BEARA writer Geoff Ward is founding and hosting the West Cork Literary Society, the inaugural meeting of which takes place on Thursday, February 25th, at 7.30pm in the meeting room at MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere. The society will provide a monthly meeting point for talks, discussions, readings and other literary events and activities, as well as for the sharing of ideas and works.
THE Carnegie Arts Centre in Kenmare will screen a new film about the 1916 Easter Rising on Thursday evening, March 3rd. “A Terrible Beauty” is the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising, Irish and British, caught up in a conflict many did not understand, and of the innocent men and boys, executed because of what transpired in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
THIS summer’s West Cork Literary Festival runs from 17th – 23rd July and booking for the programme of workshops is now open. Songwriting with Jack L is the latest workshop to be announced. He invites participants to come on a journey with him that will be thought-provoking , educational, insightful, personal and fun. Jack will also take them step by step, through the entire songwriting process, integrating the craft’s many
THE streets and venues of Clonakilty once again become a playground for all ages between 19th and 21st February at the third Clonakilty Games Festival. The Festival begins 7pm Friday 19th in O’Donovan’s Hotel when Pirate Pete presents his Magic and Puppet Show. Pirate Pete sailed up the Lee fifteen years ago, and quickly became Cork’s favorite family entertainer. A skilled magician and a puppet master, his show both entertains
HAVING recently launched their programme for 2016, the Cork Orchestral Society is delighted to host its second concert of the season with the Irish premier of Mr McFall’s Chamber’s Island Life performing at CIT School of Music, on Thursday 11th February.
THE Carnegie Players will present “Big Maggie,” one of John B. Keane’s most popular plays from Friday, March 11th through Monday, March 14th, at the Carnegie Arts Centre.
THE three-day Townlands music and arts festival in Macroom has announced the first acts of its diverse line up this year.
HAVING announced their Final Year Tour, Irish Band Bagatelle can certainly look back with pride on a lifetime of Achievements. Multi Platinum Album sales, six number-one singles and worldwide tours in the US, China, Saudia Arabia and Europe.
West Cork Music is delighted to announce the programme 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.
George O’Neill & Mary O’Neill star in “On the Sideline” one of the short plays featured in Drama in the Tavern.
GLANDORE resident John Riordan has published his first collection of poems titled “After the Storm”, prepared for publication by Maurice Sweeney of Drombeg Books, based in Leap. John Riordan, his wife Gill and daughter Laurie moved from Dublin to Reenogrena in 2008 after John’s retirement from a career in communications. His poems reflect “his love of nature, the people and landscape of West Cork and the challenges of making the
Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre is delighted to present an exhibition of photographs of the highly successful Skibbereen Rowing Club by Debbie Heaphy. Debbie has been recording the activities of Skibbereen Rowing Club for the past four years, often accompanying coach Dominic Casey in his launch on early morning training sessions.
TRAD superstar Sharon Shannon will be the star attraction at a special fundraising concert in Allihies on Saturday, February 6th next in aid of Cahermore National School.
The much loved country sensation “Crystal Swing” will visit Briery Gap, Macroom on Friday 22nd January, along with Special Guest PJ Murrihy.
THE search for Ireland’s greatest cover version begins afresh on January 17 with the return of the hugely popular Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest. Super healthy apple brand Le Crunch from France have teamed up with JOE.ie to launch a nationwide search for Ireland’s best undiscovered musical talent.
Approaching its 80th anniversary, Cork Orchestral Society has brought a wealth of distinguished international and Irish classical music to the city since 1937. Its 2016 programme continues in this exemplary vein with a diverse schedule of performances set to take place in venues throughout Cork during the year.
UNFOLD is an exhibition featuring new artworks by six artists; Johnny Bugler, Rosie Cleary, Simon English, Dominic Fee, Rob Monaghan and Sarah O’ Brien which opens at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, on Friday 15th January, 2016, at 7pm. Unfold is a Cork County Arts Office Professional Development Project in partnership with Cork Printmakers and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre.
Inspiration from New York’s Museum of Modern Art comes to Skibbereen BANTRY woman Sheila Goggin who was 89-years-old on December 26th last has recently visited Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre as part of its new In the Picture programme. The programme offers opportunities for older people – living in residential settings or being cared for in their own homes in the West Cork area – to participate in bespoke facilitated
by Stephen Johnson CHRITSMAS is coming early to movie fans in South Kerry as there will be a special lunchtime screening of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in Killarney. The movie will be shown on Thursday, December 17th in Killarney Cineplex, a day before it goes on general release across Ireland.
LOUISE Morrissey has long been regarded as one of Ireland’s greatest interpreters of song. In this acoustic concert at Briery Gap, Macroom on Monday 28th December, Louise will journey back in time and recall many memories from her many successful years with the highly acclaimed Folk Group The Morrisseys up to her present day repertoire.
LAUNCHED this week, Pure Cork is the new smartphone app from Murphy’s which celebrates the humour, spirit and uniqueness of Cork. Each week, through the app, Murphy’s will showcase the best ‘Pure Cork’ moments that will bring a smile to your face. If that wasn’t enough, they’ll also give you the chance to enjoy a free pint of Murphy’s via the app.
Inchigeela-based singer / songwriter Olive De Ville has just released her new Christmas single ‘A Father’s Prayer’ which is available to download from iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, Rhapsody and WiMp.
THIS Sunday December the 13th at 8pm, Bantry Lifeboat will again be hosting their very popular Carol Concert in the Library of Bantry House. This annual event is a great way to get the whole family in the Christmas spirit. An opportunity to sing your favourite carols accompanied by Grand Piano. Mince pies, mulled wine and refreshments for the kids will be served in the interval.
THE Briery Gap are delighted to announce Christmas Pantomime 2015 “The Sleeping Beauty” from Saturday, December 12th. This is the first time this well-loved fairy-tale has been staged at Briery Gap and celebrates their 16th Panto Production with a cast and chorus of over 120 talented adults and children.
RENOWNED Cork singer songwriter Mick Flannery plays a festive gig at The High Tide Club, The Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on Friday, December 18th at 8.30pm, admission is €15.
Bach, Baroque cello, captivating contemporary dance – A weekend of performance at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
THERE is a treat in store for lovers of classical music and contemporary dance at Uillinn this coming weekend. At 8pm on Friday 27th November, Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites become the subject of Soliloquy, a collaboration between acclaimed cellist Eimear Reidy and contemporary dancer Inma Pavon, in a performance spanning composed score to spontaneous improvisation. Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites can be imagined as a musical soliloquy, like those of Shakespeare,
FOLLOWING the release of his hugely-anticipated third album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, and following on from his back to back sold out shows in Dublin last week, John Grant returns to Cork Opera House on January 28th as part of an extensive UK and Ireland tour for early 2016.
SEVERAL West Cork beaches feature in At Swim is a new book about the sea and our relationship to it. Written by Brendan MacEvilly and based on an idea by Brendan and Michael O’Leary, the book is part guidebook, part travelogue and part analysis of our relationship to the sea.