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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.

Courtmacsherry St. Patrick’s Festival March 13th to 20th

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.

West Cork Arts Centre sees double the number of expected visitors in first year

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 to host new West Cork Literary Society

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.

Carnegie Arts Centre to screen “A Terrible Beauty”

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.

West Cork Literary Festival announces its workshop programme

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

Clonakilty ready for 2016 Games Festival

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