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.


St Fachtna’s Silver Band to play in Skibb this Saturday, 27th May

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

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Skibbereen’s Super Six!

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?

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Another Rowing first!!

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 Rowers on top of the world!

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 U16’s complete a historic treble for Skibbereen RFC!!

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! 

West Cork Flag Day Collections in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s annual West Cork Flag Day collections are set to take place in Bandon on Friday 21st April and in Castletownbere, Bantry, Ballylickey, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Macroom on Thursday 27th April, 2017.

Hilary Sullivan, Head of Fundraising / Corporate Affairs at Cork ARC Cancer Support House says: “Please remember on our annual Flag Day collection that all our collectors are volunteers, giving their time freely to raise funds and increase awareness about our cancer support services at our West Cork centre.” Acknowledging the ethos of volunteering being the driving force behind the charity’s work in the community, Hilary also says, “As all of the services at Cork ARC Cancer Support House in West Cork are supported by a large volunteer base, we hope that our volunteer collectors’ generosity of spirit will be rewarded by a warm reception from the public despite the difficult financial conditions experienced by so many people.”

Since 2015, with the assistance of Bantry Hospice, Cork ARC Cancer Support House have been providing cancer patients and their families in the communities of West Cork and South Kerry with support, information and practical advice, free of charge at their centre near Bantry. Cork ARC West Cork is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm, and welcome anyone affected by cancer (patient or family member) to drop in or telephone without an appointment, to talk in confidence with a trained volunteer listener. Their West Cork centre also offers therapeutic massage, reflexology and counselling as well as a drop-in guided ‘Hour of Calm’ each Tuesday at 11:00am.

Cork ARC Cancer Support House also offer those affected by a cancer diagnosis tranquil, safe spaces in non-clinical environments from their centre at Cliffdale, 5 O’Donovan Rossa Road in Cork city as well as drop in open mornings at the NICHE Community Health Project on Harbour View Road in Cork every Friday. This May, they will also open a cancer support centre in Youghal to serve the communities of East Cork and West Waterford this May.

Don’t miss West Side Saga presented by Skibbereen Community School TY

Skibbereen Community School’s TYs present West Side Saga, a musical taking place this Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th May at 8pm in the School.

Tickets can be purchased from the school office  – 028 51172 or from Cathal O’Donovan’s Skibbereen Bookshop.

Tickets going fast so don’t miss out!



New National Cultural Day comes to Skibbereen at Uillinn

Crinniú na Cascá at Uillinn – a feast of free family events

 ‘Made in County Cork’

A Day of FREE Family Activities at Uillinn – Easter Monday 17 April, 11.00am to 4.00pm

If you’re a regular visitor or you’ve never been here at all, this is your chance to come and see what’s happening at Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen. Our doors are open from 11.00am to 4.00pm for Cruinniú na Cásca, a new national day of cultural celebration, taking place on Easter Monday 17 April.

A day packed with free family activities including the charming Listen Janey Mac, a puppet show from the acclaimed Cork-based Dowtcha Puppets at 11.00am and 2.00pm; Curiosity Art Workshops for children from 12 noon to 2.00pm; Tea Tasting with artist in residence Róisín Foley at 1.30pm; informative family friendly Gallery Tours at 12 noon and 2.00pm of Landmarks and Lifeforms, our current exhibition by Frieda Meaney and Danny Osborne; Discovery Box Playtime in the gallery for younger children at 3.00pm and  if you feel like treating yourself, there is some beautiful, affordable art by artists from the Bantry region in the Foyer.

Or just roam freely around the galleries, café and studios, meet the artists, view the artworks and explore local culture, all ‘Made in County Cork’! and free of charge. Kalbos will be open, serving delicious lunches and of course, wonderful coffee and home-made cakes – if the sun shines, the Courtyard’s the place to be.

11.00am – 11.45am          Puppet Show
11.00am – 1.00pm            Drop by and Meet the Artist
12 noon – 2.00pm             Drop-in Curiosity Art Workshops
12 noon – 12.45pm           Gallery Tour
1.30pm – 2.30pm              Tea Tasting
2.00pm – 2.45pm              Gallery Tour
2.00pm – 2.45pm              Puppet Show
2.30pm – 3.30pm              Drop by and Meet the Artist
3.00pm – 3.45pm              Discovery Box Playtime

Listen Janey Mac is a charming and fun exploration of the history of Cork City and Ireland through puppetry and song. A mild cautionary tale, it reminds us all how lucky we are to live in the 21st century!
Ideally for ages 6 and up and the show runs for 45 mins – http://www.dowtcha.com/

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Darkness Into Light in Skibbereen for the 1st time – Saturday 6th May

Darkness into Light – Skibbereen, Saturday 6th May

Darkness Into Light (DIL), Pieta House’s flagship annual fundraising and awareness event, started with approximately 400 people in the now iconic yellow DIL T-shirts walking the 5km course in Dublin’s Phoenix Park in 2009. This year there will be 150 DIL venues across Ireland and worldwide including Skibbereen on 6th May.

As the event will be taking place in Skibb for the first time the Chamber are asking that all businesses decorate their windows yellow the week before from Friday 28th April to raise awareness not only of the cause but the event in Skibbereen so please take time to turn the town yellow!

If you are available to help out with stewarding or with any other aspect of the event please contact Helen Dempsey on 086 8696128 – Thank You.

Last year 130,000 people shared the light and helped to promote suicide prevention and to tackle the stigma that leads people to the doors of Pieta House centres.

See you on May 6th!

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St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen

Plans are taking shape for this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen, which takes place on Friday 17th March at 4 pm.

The route will start at the Children’s Playground on the Cork Road, move along North Street before turning right into Main St, past the viewing platform on the Bridge and finish in the Fairfield / Old Mart Car Park.

Every year the parade is always a popular family event and this year’s theme is  “Celebrating our Local Heroes” and we have so many to choose from – your local heroes can be inspirational, historical, musical or even sporting!

It is great to see so many people getting involved every year in their local Parade which guarantees fun for all the family.  As in  previous years the Julia Hickey Memorial Trophy will be presented to the overall winner on the day with cash prizes for best community group, best fun group and best theme with spot prizes on the day too!

To finish off the evening in Skibbereen there will be an organised Fireworks Display at 7.30pm in the town, which will be visible from Kennedy Bridge and music in local bars to enjoy too.

We would be delighted to see as many clubs and local community organisations getting involves on the day so please confirm if you are participating, so that we can gauge numbers on the day by sending an email to chamber@skibbereen.ie or text 086 2388300.

St Patrick's Day Poster 2017

Harness the internet: Increase your bed bookings

An essential guide for accommodation providers in West Cork, Harnessing the power of the internet, a workshop for all Bed & Breakfasts, Guest Houses, Hotels & Tourist Attractions takes place on Wed 1st March in the Ludgate Centre Skibbereen and aims to promote your accommodation and sell bed-nights using the internet.

Please click on the link here to find out more

St Patrick BNS host Monster Bingo, Sunday 29th January at 6pm in West Cork Hotel

St. Patrick’s BNS Parents’ Association are hosting their annual family Monster €1,000 bingo on Sunday 29th January at 6pm in The West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen.

Come along for a great evening of Monster Bingo with lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs. Children’s raffle also available.

For more information please contact Noeleen on  086 3254214.


Revisit Newstalk “Down to Business Roadshow” from Skibbereen

Newstalk’s Down to Business roadshow was broadcast live from the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen on Saturday 12th November during National Digital Week.

If you missed the show you can listen below to local business owners John Field, Field’s Supervalu, Cathal Wilson Chairman of Skibbereen Chamber of Commerce and Director of Ceramicx in Ballydehob and Cathal O’Donovan of the Skibbereen Bookshop.

Christmas is coming to the Celtic Ross Hotel

Don’t miss the exciting Christmas Events coming to the Celtic Ross Hotel this festive season:

  • On the Friday 2nd December Christmas Party Night kicks off festivities and launches the party season with a bang!
  • the inaugural Christmas Charity Ball –  a night of glamour and sparkle is not to be missed on Friday 16th December and this year the children’s charity BUMBLEance, The Children’s National Ambulance Service, are the nominated charity partner to benefit from the event.
  • Santa’s Grotto arrives at the Celtic Ross on the 4th & 11th December 10am – 4pm.  Don’t be disappointed – book your Santa Experience and be treated to an unforgettable festive experience.All this and the ever popular Active Retirement Christmas Luncheon, Festive Afternoon Tea and lots more for you to enjoy – check out http://www.celticrosshotel.com/christmas-at-celtic-ross.html or glance through the Christmas Brochure to discover more about the festive cheer at the Celtic Ross Hotel or contact the Christmas Coordinators on (023) 8848722

Skibbereen’s Christmas Lights being switched on Saturday 26th November

We’ve had a great year in Skibb! and have been well and truly in the public eye with our Olympic Rowers, homecoming celebrations, Tidy Towns’ successes and all things digital!

This year Christmas festivities get under way in Skibbereen with the annual tradition of the Christmas Parade which this year takes place on Saturday November 26th and everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun in the town.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to oversee operations as the Christmas Parade gets underway leaving the bridge on Ilen Street, near the West Cork Hotel at 4.30pm sharp, before making its way down Bridge St and Main St to the Square.

This year the parade is bigger and better than ever with our Fire Service leading the way, joined by the Civil Defence (and a few surprises) as well as elves galore taking part hoping to win Best Elf prizes on offer.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be travelling in style this year on a horse drawn carriage, complete with Silver Bells and will be greeted in the Square by Skibbereen Comhaltas playing much loved, Christmas tunes.

This year lucky winners from a competition run in local primary schools will have the unique opportunity to switch on the new Christmas Town Lights together with Santa, as Skibbereen lights up for Christmas 2016.

Remember you can keep up to date with what’s happening in Skibbereen by checking the Facebook page or www.skibbereen.ie.

West Cork Estate Agent Sherry Fitzgerald O’Neill shortlisted for National Award

Congratulations to  Sherry FitzGerald Franchise Of The Year winners, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill, who have been shortlisted as one of four firms nominated in the upcoming Property Industry Excellence Awards in the Regional Excellence category. This prestigious event which will take place on 10th November at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Sherry FitzGerald have been shortlisted in 3 categories in total and are defending their crown as Residential Agency of the Year, Cushman & Wakefield are shortlisted in Commercial Agency of the Year along with SFO’Neill, the reigning Franchise of the Year for the Regional Excellence Category.

Comment from Ray O’Neill – ‘We are both honoured and delighted to be finalists in the Property Industry Excellence Awards 2016. We are the longest established estate agency practices in West Cork. We started back in the 1930’s when West Cork would have been a rather insignificant place on the map of Ireland. Since then we have been through many booms and busts, emerging each time with lessons learned and a strong focus on what we need to do to ensure we succeed for the next eighty years, or more.

West Cork has changed dramatically in the eighty years we have been in business, once a quiet backwater with a predominantly agricultural background it is now a vibrant, multi-faceted place where people from all walks of life and new business ventures are welcomed with open arms. We are proud of our West Cork heritage and endeavor to employ the best characteristics of West Cork, friendliness and straightforwardness, in our day to day dealings with our clients and the greater community.

Our business is extremely customer centric and we are constantly striving to come up with ways of improving the experience for both sellers and buyers alike. We are firm believers in the benefits of using technology to improve our service but we are always keenly aware that there is no substitute for the personal touch.

Our two offices in Clonakilty and Skibbereen service a territory of some 1,300 square miles, from the rugged beauty of the Beara Peninsula to the fertile heartlands of Timoleague, and everything in between. We have sold every conceivable type of property from cottages to castles and, although vast, we have an intimate knowledge of our territory with connections in every town and village.

We are of West Cork and are immensely proud that. Some would consider us to be a relatively small outfit but with our connections to the Sherry FitzGerald network and our global reach we certainly pack a punch’

Winners will be announced on November 10th and further information on the awards can be found at http://www.propertyexcellenceawards.com/

For further information please contact Tina Foley or Ray O’Neill, Sherry FitzGerald O’Neill at 023 8833995 or info@sfon.ie

“People of the Wild Atlantic Way Photography Project” comes to Skibbereen

Photographer Shay Hunston invites the people of Skibbereen to take part in his photography project “People of the Wild Atlantic Way“.

Shay is following the the route of the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Donegal, taking portrait photographs of the people living in the towns, villages and remote locations along the West Coast of Ireland and in each town and village he stages an exhibition of photograph.  Starting on Monday 24th October, he will be taking photographs of local people for an exhibition to take place in the shop windows around the town, turning the streets into an open gallery.

Upon completion of the project a book of photographs will be published and all the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the RNLI – Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  Cork Airport will also stage an exhibition of the photographs taken in West Cork.  Online and print media in Ireland and abroad will also have access to the photographs.

Shay has recently completed successful exhibitions of the people of Kinsale, Timoleague, Courtmacsherry and Clonakilty which you may have already seen and would now like to include as many of the Skibbereen business community in the project as possible.

Please view the following link to an article about the project, published yesterday in the Irish American website IrishCentral –


You can also find out more by logging onto Shay’s website www.shayhunstonphotography.com or contact Shay on  info@shayhunstonphotography.com or 087-6507077.