Congratulations to John O’Driscoll who recently launched Blueprint Financial Planning at the West Cork Hotel.
Based in Skibbereen, West Cork, Blueprint Financial Planning serves its clients nationwide and is a client-focused, impartial and informed financial advisory firm.
The event launch was hosted by Jonathan Healy, MC on the evening and included an Entrepreneur Roundtable as well as a presentation from Guest Speaker, Pat Divilly, one of Ireland’s best known motivational speakers.
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
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
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 – www.westcorkhistoryfestival.org
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
If you enjoy a taste for our culinary creations, why not join us for Afternoon Tea at only €12.50 per person?
Our dedicated team will serve an elegant and sumptuous afternoon tea complete with something sweet, something savoury, why not add some Sparkle to your afternoon with a choice of Prosecco or Champagne!
Pre Booking Essential +35 (28) 21277
Served Daily from 1pm to 4pm
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.
GDPR is new EU legislation coming into effect on 25th May and significantly increases the obligations and responsibilities for organisations and businesses in how they collect, use and protect personal data. At the centre of the new law is the requirement for organisations and businesses to be fully transparent about how they are using and safeguarding personal data, and to be able to demonstrate accountability for their data processing activities.
Spearline Risk & Compliance in conjunction with Skibbereen and District Chamber of Commerce are running a free GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Workshop at the West Cork Hotel on Tuesday 17th April at 6.30pm
Find out more about what GDPR means for you and your business. Don’t delay, let’s get Skibb ready for GDPR and book your free place by contacting Tina Darb on firstname.lastname@example.org
Plans are underway for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen, which takes place on Saturday 17th March at 4.30 pm.
The route starts at the Children’s Playground on the Cork Road, along North Street, then turning right into Main St, past the viewing platform on the Bridge and finishing in the Fairfield / Old Mart Car Park.
The parade continues to be a popular family event every year and this year’s theme is “Celebrating Skibbereen as a Multi-Cultural Town and District” and we look forward to celebrating the wide diversity of cultures we have among our participating groups, organisations, schools etc. with a rich, colourful parade of national flags, costumes etc. Please spread the word!
It is always fantastic to see so many people getting involved every year in their local Parade which guarantees fun for all the family and as in previous years one overall entrant on the day will receive the Julia Hickey Memorial Trophy with cash prizes for best community group, best fun group and best theme with spot prizes on the day too!
Don’t forget you can finish off your evening in Skibbereen with traditional music in local bars to enjoy or a tasty snack in any of the local cafés too!
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.
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
Pitmaster Masterclass Sunday 10th September 3-7pm Celtic Ross Hotel
Kate Ryan of Flavour.ie presents a Masterclass with Decky Walsh, one of Ireland’s most foremost Pitmasters and expert in cooking low and slow over smoke and fire – the most elemental cookery method that is literally as old as time. During this 4-hour long Masterclass, learn all about creating brines and rubs; how to get flavour into charcoal, and the difference between smoking, grilling, pit roasting and many other methods of cooking with fire. All the food that Decky will cook, will be served as an epic feast to finish off the day!
Booking is essential, tickets are €75pp. Book on www.flavour.ie or email email@example.com PH: 086 205936
Cooking Demonstration Monday 11th September 7pm Celtic Ross Hotel
Derry Clarke, Michelin Starred Chef and owner of award winning L’Ecrivian and Barry McLaughlin, owner and chef at Poachers, Bandon will be doing a cooking demo in the Ardagh Suite. Each will be presented with a “mystery box” filled with West Cork produce and side by side they will come up with their own unique creations. Three lucky guests will get to taste the three dishes made on the evening. Peter Shanahan of Rosscarbery Fish Deli will start the evening off with a fish filleting demo and will also prepare an easy fish dish to whet the appetites. Guaranteed to be a night of fun, arrive to a welcome drink and canapés.
Booking is Essential, tickets are €20 available from reception PH: 023 8848722
“Vintage West Cork Afternoon Tea” Wednesday 13th September 3-5pm Celtic Ross Hotel
Relax in the stunning surrounds of The Tower and enjoy a magnificent “Vintage West Cork Afternoon Tea” all while listening to Terrie Mae McNulty of Songbird and her repertoire of “old time” music – swing, jazz, music hall and showtunes. With tasty treats featuring produce from the very best local artisan producers, this splendid spread encapsulates all that is delicious about West Cork produce – freshly baked breads, West Cork cheeses, smoked fish, charcuterie and delicate cakes and pastries.
Booking is Essential, tickets are €20 available from Reception PH: 023 8848722
Elvis Lives! But for 1 night only in Skibbereen on Saturday 26th August.
All our very welcome to come along and join in the fun in Skibb as local Elvis’s compete to be crowned “The King”. There will be music celebrating Elvis on the Bridge and Main Street that evening from 5pm as well as other amusements and activities for all.
Certainly not to be missed is the chance to see some of our local Elvis ‘s who will be competing on the evening for a cash prize and more importantly to be crowned the ultimate “King”. If you want to show off your “Shake, Rattle and Roll” it’s not too late to participate in the fun just register your Elvis by texting or calling 086 2388300.
Even if you’re not competing you can still participate and join in the fun by channeling your own inner Elvis, donning your quiff and sideburns and dressing up as we remember Elvis.
Check out Skibbereen’s Facebook page for all the up to date information.
The 2017 Skibbereen Arts Festival kicks off in West Cork on Friday 28th July with yet another jam-packed programme of music, film, theatre, exhibitions, poetry, installations, workshops, walks, talks and we’re certainly not forgetting the spectacular 1970s street disco “Friday Night Fever“.
Skibbereen Arts Festival opens with a tribute to the 1977 classic movie Saturday Night Fever on Friday, July 28th when the whole town will reverberate to the sounds of the ’70s for the day followed that evening by music, street theatre, children’s games, arts & crafts stalls, graffiti artists, free vintage hair styling and food stalls as well as a special performance of the greatest movie soundtrack of all time by Cork group She Said at 9pm.
For the most up to date information and to find out more about what is happening on a daily basis as well as to book tickets check out the Skibbereen Arts Festival website here or call to the Skibbereen Arts Festival Box Office in Skibbereen Town Hall on Thursday 27th July and Friday 28th July – make sure you don’t miss out as no matter your age, there truly is something for everyone.
The West Cork History Festival will take place from 28th-30th July near Skibbereen.
The programme will span a diverse set of places, historical subjects and periods, from the local to the international, ranging from the medieval Knights Templar to pirates off the Cork coast to the First World War and the events of the Irish revolutionary period in West Cork.
Speakers include Ireland’s leading historian Roy Foster and House of Cards creator Michael Dobbs, along with other historians, journalists and senior diplomats. While much of their focus will be on Irish themes, the perspective will be international. The festival will be informal and participatory.
The Festival Dinner on Saturday night will be provided by the renowned Good Things Café from Skibbereen, who are closing specially for the night to provide our food. Good Things recently won Restaurant of the Year 2017 from Georgina Campbell’s Ireland. Tickets for the dinner – which includes food, wine and the chance to meet many of our speakers – are still available.
Tickets for the dinner and all the sessions can be bought via our website www.westcorkhistoryfestival.org or on Thursday 27th July and Friday 28th July from the Skibbereen Arts Festival Box Office in Skibbereen Town Hall.
The new Local Authority Waters and Communities Office (LAWCO) are hosting a series of public meetings over the coming weeks to discuss the water bodies of County Cork in the context of the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018 – 2021.
The meetings will outline the contents of the draft River Basin Management Plan along with details on how the public can input into the final plan.
The Waters & Communities Office aims to get local communities more involved in protecting and enhancing local water bodies for the benefit of everyone.
Kieran Murphy, Community Water Officer based in Inniscarra will present this information and facilitate discussion on the interests and issues that emerge.
The meetings for the West Cork Municipal District are as follows:
- Dunmanway, Parkway Hotel Tues, 20th June 7.30 – 8.30pm
- Clonakilty, Clonakilty Hotel Tues, 27th June 7.30 – 8.30pm
- Skibbereen, West Cork Hotel Thurs, 29th June 7.30 – 8.30pm
Cork County Council are once again sponsoring special music events in 2017 with local musicians lined up to provide recitals in towns across West Cork during the summer months.
The scheme is designed to enable local voluntary music groups to work with local business groups to organise music events to be played on the town streets to attract visitors and increase economic development in West Cork towns.
This Saturday, 27th May, sees Skibbereen’s own, St. Fachtna’s Silver Band kick off the inaugural event in town with a recital at 2pm on the Bridge in Skibbereen.
Please come along and lend your support and join in the fun.
with thanks to Cork County Council – Special Music Scheme Events 2017
Skibbereen celebrates another historic rowing achievement with their “Super Six” arriving home to West Cork with medals galore!
Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan led the day with the first medal for Skibbereen – a gold! and no doubt inspiring the success that was to come.
Denise Walsh kept the medals coming with a super race to finish in silver position topped with a fantastic surge at the end to secure a well deserved first European Championship medal.
Our Olympic heroes Gary and Paul O’Donovan certainly didn’t rest on their laurels with another fantastic performance and nail biting finish securing another silver for Skibbereen.
So what it is that makes this little corner of West Cork such a hotbed for rowing talent – steak, spuds, a drop of whiskey or lucky Penney’s socks? Or is it the dedicated coaching teams down through the years, the Ilen river on the doorstep, a super club set up that drives a great attitude and determined, hard working rowers who want to achieve of their best?
At one stage yesterday Skibbereen led the medals table at the European Championship and ended by finishing 6th ahead of GB and Russia – what an achievement! and all led by Ireland rowing coach, our own Dominic Casey.
Mark O’Donovan certainly summed it up as he put it, “ah Jesus Christ, we’re a great club altogether” and who are we to disagree?
Huge congratulations to Ireland’s women’s double of Margaret Cremen and our own Aoife Casey on winning silver at the European Rowing Junior Championships in Germany this weekend, the first time Ireland has ever medalled in the competition.
Aofie who is part of the successful Skibbereen Rowing Club, is the daughter of Eleanor and Dominic Casey, Ireland Coach and we congratulate them all from a very proud Skibbereen.
Attention now turns to the senior European Championships which start later this week in the Czech Republic and we wish Ireland (and Skibbereen!) the best of luck.
Skibbereen rowing is celebrating world success with super results at the World Rowing Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
Four Irish teams competed and all reached A finals – a great result so early in the season.
Skibbereen Rowing Club’s Shane O’Driscoll and Mark O’Donovan won gold medals in the men’s lightweight leading from halfway before crossing the line in first place.
It was then the turn of Skibbereen’s Denise Walsh who rowed a fabulous race which saw her moving up from fifth at the halfway mark in the race to finish in silver medal position.
Gary and Paul O’Donovan were next in the men’s lightweight double sculls and although they moved into third place with 500 metres to go they unfortunately couldn’t match the strong finishes of Great Britain, Czech Republic and Poland, who finished ahead of them.
All in all a fantastic day’s rowing from the Skibbereen Club.
Skibbereen Rugby’s U16’s have now added the South Munster A league and the South Munster A Cup to the Bank of Ireland Munster U16 Cup which they won last month. This means the team are now the reigning Munster U16 Champions, South Munster A League Champions and the South Munster A Cup Champions completing a historic treble for Skibbereen RFC.
The young team have played 26 competitive matches since the beginning of the season and won 24 of them – what an achievement! And they have also made history for the club by being the first team in Skibb RFC’s history to make it beyond the Pan Munster quarter finals, before they went onto win the final.
Well done to all involved in the club – players, coaches, family, friends and supporters – SKIBB ABU!