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.

Shop Local and discover all there is to see and do in Skibbereen this Christmas

There will lots for shoppers and their little helpers, to enjoy in Skibbereen in the run up to Christmas this year.

New this year on Saturday December 15 the Animal Roadshow and Mobile Zoo will take up residence in Skibbereen Tourist Office from 1-4pm!

The Animal Roadshow is an educational service dedicated to introducing the natural world and its creatures to people in a fun and respectful way. This is an interactive experience with snakes, lizards. cuddly mammals, an owl, tortoises, creepy crawlies and more to see and touch. The people behind the Roadshow have 14 years experience dealing with animals – and people – and were shortlisted for the Corkman/ Duhallow business awards in 2018. Roadshow staff will be on hand to assist with handling and answer any questions so go along to meet them and their creatures and to learn about nature in all its glory.

A Skibbereen tradition that returns this year is the Christmas Concert in Abbeystrewery Church on Sunday December 16. Audiences will enjoy carols and Christmas music with Camilla Griehsel, Ilen Vibe Choir, Skibbereen Youth Choir and other special guests. Proceeds to Skibbereen Christmas Lights.

Shopping locally this Christmas will keep Skibbereen the lively, bustling, community-led town that we all know and love. There is fantastic choice and value available locally and shops will offer further special festive discounts on December 8. Remember there is free parking and when you shop in Skibbereen this Christmas you could be in with a chance of winning one of several Christmas Hampers stuffed with fabulous prizes in the Skibbereen Hamper Draw.

You can solve all your Christmas shopping dilemmas by keeping an eye out for Skibbereen’s Facebook Competition – with lots of vouchers to be won over the festive period there is something for everyone.

Don’t forget too to keep a look out for Santa’s elves in Skibbereen’s shop windows; they were helping Santa shop for Christmas but with so many bargains to be had in Skibbereen 10 of them have gone missing! Find all the elves, submit your entry and you could win a prize.

Finally, the Skibbereen Remembrance Tree returns to the Square where from mid December you can purchase a ribbon to be tied on the tree in memory of your loved ones.


Please follow facebook @Skibbereen for all the latest updates and news.

Don’t miss Christmas Lights in Skibbereen

Festive fun launches in Skibbereen on Friday 30th November when the annual Christmas Parade welcomes Santa and Mrs. Claus into town where they will be joined by Skibbereen Fire Service, West Cork Civil Defence and a few other familiar faces who will be there to join in the fun too!

This year Santa will switch on Skibbereen’s Christmas lights along with 2 lucky winners from local national schools so make sure you complete your entry which can be downloaded from Kids Comp Entry 2018 and drop off to Apple Betty’s in the Square or O’Sullivan Toymaster at the Bridge before the 26th November to be in with a chance of winning.

As well as the parade, street entertainment will be adding to the Christmas Carnival atmosphere in town on the evening along with festive stalls serving hot drinks and Christmas treats.

Blueprint Financial Planning launches in Skibbereen

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.


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

New Look Afternoon Tea at the West Cork Hotel

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

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.

Skibb is getting ready for GDPR….

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

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen… courtesy of Anne Minihane

St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen – Saturday 17th March at 4.30pm

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!

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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

Upcoming Events not to be missed at the Celtic Ross Hotel this September

Pitmaster Masterclass Sunday 10th September 3-7pm Celtic Ross HotelDecky Walsh
Kate Ryan of 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 or email PH: 086 205936

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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!

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.

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Annual Skibbereen Arts Festival kicks off this weekend

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.

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Not to be missed the first West Cork History Festival

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 or on Thursday 27th July and Friday 28th July from the Skibbereen Arts Festival Box Office in Skibbereen Town Hall.

Public meeting to discuss draft River Basin Management Plan taking place in Skibbereen

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