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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

Cork Orchestral Society launches a diverse programme for 2016

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.

Clonakilty Heritage Week programme launched

Clonakilty is participating as usual in National Heritage Week from this Saturday 23rd to next Saturday 31st August. Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has put an interesting programme together with a mix of indoor and outdoor events which was launched at the Museum on Monday evening last by Mayor Colette Twomey. All events during the week are completely free, although voluntary donations will be accepted at some.

West Cork Literary Festival announces 2014 programme

BEN Okri, Jonathan Miller, Blake Morrison, Karen Joy Fowler and Jennifer Johnston are just some of the guests announced for the renowned West Cork Literary Festival this July. The programme also features Anne Michaels, Paula Meehan, Philip Hoare, Eimear McBride, Alberto Manguel, Carmen Bugan, a Literary Brunch with John Kelly, and many other special events. Alexandra Pringle, Group Editor-in-Chief of Bloomsbury Publishing, will be Editor in Residence at the Festival

Inclusive Dance West Cork programme

THE first of a series of outdoor dance performances took place recently in the Ballydehob Playground. It forms part of West Cork Inclusive Dance’s (WCID) programme of events coming to various locations all around West Cork this spring and summer.   WCID is a ground breaking new dance form where people with and without disabilities dance together in an enjoyable, playful and creative environment. Developed through the partnership of COPE

Dunmanway to be a retail beacon in West Cork

DUNMANWAY has been chosen as the first town in West Cork to benefit from the innovative Beacon Retail Programme which has run successfully in Charleville, Youghal, Ballincollig and Millstreet.   The Beacon Initiative is a joint initiative between Cork Institute of Technology, Cork County Council and the Enterprise Boards and is designed to help businesses in the Cork County region in a number of practical ways through coaching, advice and

West Cork pubs to lead responsible drinking programme

PUBS in West Cork and Kerry will be the first to pilot a new programme from the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) which it hopes will teach young people how to drink responsibly in a “traditional” way.   The move from the body which represents publicans outside of Dublin is aimed at creating an inclusive programme in pubs to help combat the impact of emigration, lifestyle changes ans the impact

Last minute programme changes before the West Cork Chamber Music Festival opens on Friday 28th June

West Cork Music is very disappointed to have to announce that Nicola Benedetti will not be appearing at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival which opens on Friday 28 June. Due to ill health, the Scottish violinist has had to pull out of this year’s event.   An announcement will be made as soon as possible regarding who will be replacing her in the two concerts she was due to

Extra events added to West Cork Literary Festival programme

TWO additional events have been announced for the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry next month – a free reading from poet Ken Taylor and, due to exceptional demand, a second reading from author Deborah Levy – who has recently been shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, the richest award in the world for a single short-story collection. The West Cork Literary Festival runs from July 7th to

West Cork Arts Centre Autumn Programme

West Cork Arts Centre is delighted to announce details of its comprehensive Autumn programme of classes and workshops for children, teenagers and adults.  There are many opportunities for taking on and trying out new interests and activities at the Arts Centre in Skibbereen.   Children from the ages of  7 to 11 years are invited to come along to the Drama Club on Tuesdays after school starting on 18 September.

Culture night 2012 in West Cork

AN intimate concert performance from award-winning Irish actress and singer Maria Doyle Kennedy is just one of the many, many highlights of the Culture Night celebrations in West Cork which will take place on Friday, September 21st next. For one special night, everyone can enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a night of FREE entertainment, discovery and adventure.

News from the West Cork Arts Centre

Time…and Again and The Dance of Making | Mary Wycherley | Gallery 1 | Sat 21 July – Sat 11 August | 10.00am – 5.00pm | Free Time…and Again was shot in 2009 on a farm near Skibbereen and is a precursor and conceptually linked work to The Dance of Making, 2012. The use of slow motion cinematography and the deliberate indeterminate time period of the footage, alter our sense

Festival of the Sea programme released

DETAILS for this year’s Castletownbere Festival of the Sea have been officially announced. The festival runs from Friday, August 3rd to Thursday, August 9th this year and the committee are looking for volunteers to be stewards throughout the August Bank Holiday.