The 2019 West Cork History Festival will take place from 8-11 August 2019.
In the meantime, you can listen to many of the talks from their 2018 Festival on our website by clicking on this link
Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc will perform in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen on Sunday 27th January 2019.
Tickets €30 on Sale at Hotel Phone: 028 – 21277 also Ticketmaster.ie
The FUREYS have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 41 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is the FUREYS “Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.
Inevitably changes have occurred over the years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ‘The Fureys…40 years on…to be continued’
The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 with his brother Finbar, he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. In 1971 he moved to mainland Europe where he toured for seven years, building up a huge following particularly in Germany. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.
The FUREYS are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.
Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.
A FUREYS concert is always a night to remember.
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Skibbereen Arts Festival takes place this year between
July 22nd – 30th 2016
with Music, Theatre, Film, Poetry, Visual Arts Trail, Sound Art, Walks, Talks and much much more.
The detailed programme of events will be up on the festival website skibbereenartsfestival.com on 13th June… but you can check their Facebook and Twitter between now and then for updates so ……. stay tuned!
All roads lead to Skibbereen in 2016 for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade which this year is themed “Celebrating 1916 – Our Centenary Year”. All local businesses, schools, clubs and groups have been encouraged to participate in the ever popular family event and a bumper entry of floats is expected on the day.
In many local west Cork households there are medals, pictures, and memorabilia that we would welcome as part of the Skibbereen 2016 parade and businesses can start to mark the centenary, by decorating their windows with items and memorabilia from the period. Remember everyone is encouraged to celebrate 1916 in 2016 so come along in dress from the era on the day as we remember our local and national heroes and heroines.
The annual parade starts on Thursday March 17th at 4pm from Morgan O’Driscoll’s Car Par on the bypass and then makes its way down Ilen Street then Bridge St past the judges and viewing platform on the Bridge before continuing along Main St and Market St with floats and trailers finishing in the Fairfield. This year we are delighted to announce that the parade will be led by relatives of Skibbereen native, Gearóid O’Sullivan, who we particularly remember in this centenary year as we honour his role in proudly raising the Irish flag over the GPO on Easter 1916.
The Julia Hickey Memorial Shield will be presented to the overall winning entry on the day along with cash prizes for best community float, best novel/fun group, best themed group, best junior award and best themed window and the parade finishes with the 1916 proclamation read by a volunteer from the viewing platform
The fun continues after the parade as the Gaelscoil are hosting a fundraiser in Abbeystrewery Hall with teas and coffees, face painting and many more fun activities for all with festivities finishing up for the day as fireworks light up the town at 7pm and music on in the local bars until late. Remember to look out for local buildings turning green on the day too!
Don’t miss celebrating the centenary on Thursday March 17th and help the next generation develop their understanding of their heritage by sharing your knowledge of the past. Be part of the wonderful opportunity to remember our ancestors and the events that have brought us to 2016 by either taking part in the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen or support the day on the street from 3.40pm on Thursday March 17th.
Please join Skibbereen Comhaltas as they host their “Irish Night” – a celebration of the 1916 Easter Rising on Friday March 11 at 8pm in the West Cork Hotel.
The Skibbereen Féile Cheoil also takes place that weekend on Sunday March 13th in Rossa College at 10:30am.
All are welcome and the brochure and entry form can be downloaded here Feile Cheoil Brochure
Backstage Academy of Performing Arts are holding a “Frozen Summer Camp” in St Joseph’s National School, Skibbereen from Mon 6th to Friday 10th July.
For more details please contact Backstage – 091 590706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can also be found on the registration form which can be downloaded here Backstage Summer Camp Form
REMINDER that the Southern Star are hosting a Business Breakfast in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen on Friday, May 1st at 7:30 am.
The Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be in partnership with the Southern Star for this event as they look on it as an excellent opportunity for business in the area to network and catch up.
If you are interested in attending please email email@example.com or call 028 21200
Cycle Against Suicide is an annual 1,400km cycle over 14 days which this year begins this year on Monday April 27th in Belfast and finishes in Dublin on Sunday May 10th. The cycle aims to raise awareness of the help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.
This year Skibbereen has been chosen as one of the fourteen overnight stops on Tuesday 5th May, which gives everyone an opportunity to be part of this fantastic awareness event.
Central to the success of Cycle Against Suicide is the “Homestay Programme”. People from across the island of Ireland open their homes to the cycle participants and provide them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night.
If you would like to get involved and if you are in a position to offer accommodation to cyclists please download and complete the Cycle Against Suicide HomeStay Brochure or pick a brochure up in Sean Murray’s, Annie May’s or Designs. When completed please return to Richie Keating in St Fachtna’s school or alternatively to Sean Murray in the shop or Annie Mays.