Skibbereen Area Beaches (Not To Miss)

Please note that while all beaches listed are generally considered safe for swimming, conditions permitting, lifeguards are on duty only at Tragumna. Please swim responsibly- never alone or in rough conditions. Remember to always respect the water. Some access road to these beaches are narrow, so drive with care.

Tragumna

A Blue Flag beach with toilet and parking facilities, Tragumna is a lovely beach for families of all ages. Just 6km from Skibbereen, Tragumna has lifeguards during bathing season (weekends in June and September, daily in July and August), and lifesaving equipment available off-season.

 

Lough Ine (Hyne)

Lough Ine (5km from Skibbereen) is Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve and the only inland saltwater lake in Northern Europe. Lough Ine boasts a lovely woodland nature trail and stunning views of Castle Island, and is ideal for kayaking, swimming and nature walks.

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Sherkin Island

Cow Strand

Accessible via a ten minute ferry ride from Baltimore, Sherkin Island is home to two beautiful sandy beaches, Silver Strand and Cow Strand, and lovely views.

Silver Strand

Sandycove

Sandycove is situated on the coast road between Castletownshend and Tragumna. The beach is very small and sandy, and can be accessed by steps. Sandycove can be very busy during the summer, but is worth the visit.

 

Tralispean

A ten minute drive from Skibbereen along the R595, this small but picturesque beach can only be described as a hidden gem (no facilities, however). Tralispean is a beautiful sandy beach, and popular with families.

 

Squince Harbour

Squince Harbour Beach is located in Myross Island (access via causeway), Union Hall, and is a gravel beach boasting several rock pools. With a lovely view of nearby Rabbit Island, Squince Harbour Beach is an excellent location for both kayaking and swimming.

 

Ballyalla

Ballyalla hosts a small quiet stony beach with a pier, about three miles from Skibbereen. Beautiful when the tide is in, and ideal for the adventurous swimmer willing to take the plunge (literally!). Ballyalla is a very safe beach, with life buoys provided.

 

Carrigillihy

Located in Myross Island, Union Hall, Carrigillihy is a small stony beach with a beautiful view of Rabbit Island, and in the summer, of the many small boats that moor there. Carrigillihy is excellent for those who enjoy seaside walks.

 

Cape Clear

Located 13 km off the coast of West Cork and accessible by regular ferry from Baltimore (year round) and Schull (summer only), Cape Clear (a Gaeltacht region) is a remote but beautiful island. Full of scenic harbours and gorgeous pebble beaches, Cape Clear is ideal for nature and seaside walks.

 

My Town My Plan: Skibbereen 27th May

West Cork Hotel 7.00 til 9.00 pm on Mon 27th May  FREE

This is an open meeting for anyone interested in the future of the town. SECAD are providing supports and training to work with individuals and groups from across the town on a whole range of projects designed to improve the town and the networks and collaborations within it.  

See details here from SECAD and follow the link below to book your place.

To reserve a place, please call Nuala at SECAD on 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie

INFORMATION HERE: TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

“Would you like the chance participate in the process of planning for your local community? Join SECAD for the free My Town, My Plan training programme, funded through the LEADER programme and aimed at community group members and individuals who are interested in planning for their own town and surrounding areas.  It will run from Autumn 2019 in your town and will allow neighboring community members to discuss the future of their own area.  Groups can choose four of the topics listed below

Theme A: Enterprise and Asset Management:

Developing Community / Social Enterprise

Owning and managing community assets

Incubating and supporting the development of local business and trade

Future opportunities for retail and developing a retail strategy

Communities and Renewable Energy Production

Theme B: Social: Community & Volunteer Supports:

Designing an Age Friendly Town

Developing A Healthy Town Programme

Community financing for development of community services

Social inclusion in our town

Integration of new communities

Mental Health

Theme C: Environment:

Climate Change – How we can make a difference at a community / town level

Eco-Aware Town Design

Creating our Town Biodiversity Development Plan

The first meeting in May 2019 will be critical as it will allow SECAD & trainers from Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT’s) Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence to shape your specific training programme to be delivered from September 2019.

We need as many people from different backgrounds, interests, ages and cultures to participate.  Please take this opportunity to become part of this important process aimed at sustaining your community’s vibrancy and resilience”

THE SECAD  MEETING WILL BE AT THE WEST CORK HOTEL SKIBBEREEN MONDAY 27TH MAY 7.00 PM

To reserve a place, please call Nuala at SECAD on 021 4613432 or email noconnell@secad.ie

INFORMATION HERE: TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

“The Future of Skibbereen” May 16th

An open discussion about Skibbereen and its future

The Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to an open discussion about our town at the

Eldon Hotel

Thursday 16th May

7.30 pm

Candidates invited

All West Cork candidates standing for the County Council elections next week have been invited to participate.

Come along and meet the candidates for the local elections and discuss their VISION for the Future of Skibbereen.
This will be an opportunity to think about what you want for the future and to start a discussion with those who would be our elected councillors.

Speakers and Topics

Invited speakers will introduce various aspects of Skibbereen and its future.  Tourism, jobs, the environment and the public realm.

Candidates will be asked to respond and answer questions from the floor.

Please come, all are welcome.

This is a chance to discuss our town and its future with our prospective County Council representatives.

SECAD training

This meeting will be a forerunner of the planned training in Skibbereen by SECAD

“Would you like the chance participate in the process of planning for your local community? Join SECAD for the free My Town, My Plan training programme, funded through the LEADER programme and aimed at community group members and individuals who are interested in planning for their own town and surrounding areas.  It will run from Autumn 2019 in your town and will allow neighboring community members to discuss the future of their own area.  Groups can choose four of the topics listed below

Theme A: Enterprise and Asset Management:

Developing Community / Social Enterprise

Owning and managing community assets

Incubating and supporting the development of local business and trade

Future opportunities for retail and developing a retail strategy

Communities and Renewable Energy Production

Theme B: Social: Community & Volunteer Supports:

Designing an Age Friendly Town

Developing A Healthy Town Programme

Community financing for development of community services

Social inclusion in our town

Integration of new communities

Mental Health

Theme C: Environment:

Climate Change – How we can make a difference at a community / town level

Eco-Aware Town Design

Creating our Town Biodiversity Development Plan

The first meeting in May 2019 will be critical as it will allow SECAD & trainers from Cork Institute of Technology’s (CIT’s) Hincks Centre for Entrepreneurship Excellence to shape your specific training programme to be delivered from September 2019.

We need as many people from different backgrounds, interests, ages and cultures to participate.  Please take this opportunity to become part of this important process aimed at sustaining your community’s vibrancy and resilience”

THE SECAD  MEETING WILL BE AT THE WEST CORK HOTEL SKIBBEREEN MONDAY 27TH MAY 7.00 PM

APPLY TO SECAD TO ATTEND.

TRAINING EVENTS PAGE SECAD

 

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.

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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 tina.darb@spearline.com

GDPR Workshop Invite

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen…..photos 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.
https://www.artandthegreathunger.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ComingHomeIGHM/
https://twitter.com/ComingHome_IGHM

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 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 kate@flavour.ie 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

 

 

 

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“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 www.westcorkhistoryfestival.org 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

Irish Blood Transfusion Service in Skibbereen this week

Wednesday 14th  June is World Blood Donor Day and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service will be in the West Cork area in both Skibbereen and Bantry all week.

If you are available please pop into the West Cork Hotel at the times indicated on the poster below.

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