The Fureys West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen – Sunday 27th January

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

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.

2018 Skibbereen Walking Festival 28th- 30th September

All roads lead to and from Skibbereen this September when the second Walking Festival takes place on the 28th 29th and 30th September with guided walks through quiet country roads (with some off-road sections) for walkers of all abilities.

The meeting point for all walks is Skibbereen Heritage Centre with bus transport provided to and from out of town walks (except WALK 4 at Lough Hyne).

For full details of all WALKS please  Download the brochure here

WALK 1,  3, 5 & 7 cost just €10 which includes bus transfer and complimentary tea or coffee

WALK 2 and 6  (to Heir Island and Long Island) cost €15 which includes bus transfer, ferry to the island and tea or coffee

WALK 4 is free.

Please note that pre-registering is essential.

Sorry, no dogs allowed on the walks.

Please contact local accommodation providers below to avail of special offers:

  • The West Cork Hotel offering 10% Discount on their Best Available B&B Rate for anyone partaking in the festival.
  • Annie Mays Bar, Restaurant and B&B offering special accommodation deals for the Walking Festival – contact 028 22930

Book tickets here

Glandore Classic Boat Summer School – July 21st / 22nd

This year the Glandore Classic Boat Summer school will be opened by the author and explorer Tim Severin author of the best selling book The Brendan Voyage, his account of his Voyage to Canada in a Currach in the spirit of St. Brendan the Navigator.

The first Summer school was hosted in 1992 and this event has been running biennially since then. This year promises another programme of fascinating speakers, including Críostóir MacCártaigh of the Traditional Boats of Ireland Project, Graham Bailey of the Lugger Peel Castle. Gary McMahon will speak in on the completion of the AK Ilen Project of Limerick, Hal Sisk on the re-launch of the Dublin Bay 21’s, Simon O’Keeffe and Tiernan Roe bringing us up to date on the Lady Min, Pat Ruane and Martin O ’Donoghue on the recent evolution and future developments of the Currach, Denis Horgan sharing aerial views of West Cork, and a presentation from John Hegarty of Save Cork City group, on the Heritage, Tidal Barriers and Flood Protection options for Cork city.

On Saturday evening there is a film presentation ‘The Camino Voyage’ an epic 2,500 modern day Celtic Odyssey from Ireland to northern Spain, presented by Padraig O ’Duinnin and filmmaker Donal O Céilleachair.  Also a very interesting item by Karl Brady of the underwater archaeology unit of the National Monuments service on the recently created Irish Wreck Viewer, that documents the many thousands of wrecks in our coastal area.

To find out more please check out their website here 

Make sure you don’t miss the West Cork History Festival – 16th to 19th August

Find out more about the upcoming West Cork History Festival which following the success of last year’s inaugural festival promises to be as diverse as engaging again in 2018.

As you would expect a wide range of topics and periods are being covered along with field trips to places of historical and archaeological interest in West Cork with full details available on their website –

You can also download and learn more about the full programme of events here and remember that all tickets can be bought via the website and are also on sale in the Time Travellers Bookshop on Bridge Street

Unique opportunity to view poignant exhibition in Skibbereen from 20th July

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger – Skibbereen – 20 July to 13 October 2018

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is an exhibition of artwork from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, USA (IGHM), which has the largest collection of Great Hunger-related art in the world.

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will be shown in three locations in Ireland only – at Dublin Castle (March -June 2018), at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen from 20 July to 13 October 2018 and finally at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry (January-March 2019).

Find out more by clicking through here to the Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre website which has full details of this important event which should not be missed.

Poignant New Exhibition for Skibbereen – Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University (IGHM) intends to send its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in 2018. As the largest Famine-related art collection in the world, it is fitting that it be shown in Ireland – in Dublin Castle and Skibbereen – diametric epicentres of the Great Hunger.

The impact of the Great Hunger (1845-52) is still with us. It has shaped our history, our landscape, our politics, our culture and our character. And our diaspora defines Ireland’s place in the world. For these reasons, each new generation should know the scale of the Famine, the horror of it, and how it permeated everything.

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger

20 July to 13 October 2018
Opening on Thursday 19 July
The exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is selected from the collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, US (IGHM), the largest Famine-related art collection in the world, including work by American and Irish artists – Daniel Macdonald, James Mahony, Lilian Davidson, Margaret Allen, Howard Helmick, James Brenan, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Brian Maguire, Micheal Farrell, Glenna Goodacre, Rowan Gillespie, Alanna O’Kelly and Dorothy Cross.

It will be shown in two locations in the Republic of Ireland only – at Dublin Castle and at Uillinn from July to October. The exhibition at Uillinn will be accompanied by a programme of education and community events for Skibbereen and West Cork as well as tourists and visitors to the region. These will resonate with the history and legacy of the Famine and also amplify the contemporary themes explored in the exhibition.

The programme includes a West Cork-wide Schools Programme; a series of Artists Residencies in association with the Crawford Art Gallery and UCC; a series of lectures and seminars in partnership with UCC and IGHM; a unique Performance Event by acclaimed Irish artist Alanna O’Kelly; and an Arts for Health project celebrating the legacy of the 110 Skibbereen girls who emigrated to Australia after the Famine.

Don’t miss the inaugural Skibbereen Walking Festival September 23rd and 24th

All roads lead to and from Skibbereen this September when the first Walking Festival takes place on the 23rd and 24th September with guided walks through quiet country roads (with some off-road sections) for walkers of all abilities.

The meeting point for all walks is Skibbereen Heritage Centre with bus transport provided to and from out of town walks (except WALK 3 at Lough Hyne).

For full details of all WALKS please download the brochure here

WALK 1, and 2 cost just €10 which includes bus transfer and complimentary tea or coffee

WALK 5 to Heir Island costs €15 which includes bus transfer, ferry to the island and tea or coffee

WALK 3, 4, 6  & 7 are free. Including Lough Hyne, Rossbrin, Skibbereen town and Liss Ard.


Please contact the following accommodation providers and mention “Skibbereen Walking Festival” to avail of a discounted rate:

  • Annie May’s B&B, Skibbereen – 028 22930
  • Russagh Mill Hostel, Skibbereen –  028 22451 (limited availability)
  • West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen – 028 21277

Book tickets here

Skibbereen Arts Festival 2016

The 8th Skibbereen Arts Festival has something for everyone with music, film, theatre and poetry. Literature, exhibitions, symposiums and installations. Walks, talks and workshops. Family fun days and a spectacular 1960’s street party.

No matter your age, there truly is something for everyone. We hope you enjoy.

Don’t miss out – book your favourite events now on

Skibb Arts Festival 2016

Skibbereen celebrates the centenary in 2016 by commemorating 1916 on St Patrick’s Day.

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.

Skibb 1916

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.