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Séisiún Summer Irish Nights in Skibbereen!

Skibbereen Comhaltas summer Irish nights return to the West Cork Hotel this summer on each Wednesday night starting Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm.

Séisiún presents an authentic show of Irish traditional music, song, dance, stories and more, bringing our Irish cultural traditions to life. Each Seisiún show offers a unique audience experience for Irish locals and visitors – a real taste of our cultural talent.  The first part of the night promises a show with depth but variety as the various aspects of Irish dancing, solo and group instrumental music and singing in both Irish and English are illustrated by the talented Skibbereen Séisiún group. The evening concludes with an informal session where we welcome our audiences to take to the floor for a Seige of Ennis or The Walls of Limerick.  Join in a song or if you play an instrument please bring it along! Refreshments are served during the interval.

A special welcome is extended to all overseas visitors and you are promised an evening of traditional Irish entertainment and an opportunity for you to join in the night’s events.

Tickets are €10 for adults. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. €5 tickets are available when you dine in the hotel restaurant or bar before the show and to hotel guests. Group concessions also available.

For more information on the Skibbereen Seisiún show,  Contact (028) 22739 or email


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Skibbereen Arts Festival: Friday July 25th to Saturday August 2nd


If you have a love for art, film, comedy and music you will find plenty to see and do during this year’s Skibbereen Arts Festival, which runs from Friday, July 25th, to Saturday August 2nd. This year there is an excellent programme of events with many world-class national and international acts coming to town. For the most up to date information follow the festival on Facebook or on Twitter @Skibbartsfest. For the full programme of events please see or pop into the tourist office in Skibbereen for a paper copy.

For further information about this event please contact;

Skibbereen Arts Festival Box Office: 087 1260327
Town Hall, Skibbereen

Open on Friday 18th and Sat 19th July and then from Thursday July 24th until August 2nd.

Please note tickets are already on sale and are selling quite fast:



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60+ Discount Card Scheme for Skibbereen

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The Skibbereen 60+ Discount Card Scheme was launched this week by Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce to a very enthusiastic audience at Cara House, Skibbereen.  Already over 30 people have signed up to avail of a 10% discount, exclusively for the over 60s,  in participating Chamber retailers in Skibbereen every Tuesday (Terms and Conditions apply and are printed on the reverse of the card).

Eligible persons can sign up for a membership card at O’Sullivan’s Toymaster in Skibbereen or alternatively the form  can be downloaded here, printed, completed  and returned to Eileen O’Sullivan and the membership card collected (a €2 annual administration fee applies).

Participating retailers will display a sign on their door/window, including solicitors Wolfe & Co. who are offering 10% off the drawing up of wills for the over 60s on Tuesdays.

Download Form Here

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Shiny Happy Skibbereen :-)

Check out the Shiny Happy Skibbereen video below, created by Sana Govender, which showcases the brilliant community effort and hard work undertaken by an energetic group of locals to “ spruce up” Bridge St in Skibbereen.

Congratulations to all the organisers and volunteers involved in the makeover which makes Skibbereen even more attractive and a better place to do business for both tourists and locals alike.

The Group are still looking for volunteers with some free time to participate in a rota so that the flower baskes on Bridge St can be maintained.  If you are interested in getting involved please contact Rita O’Connell, Debbie @ Hair Heaven, Colin @ Cahalanes or Gina @ Clara’s Closet.

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Shiny Happy Skibbereen!

Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce and Skibbereen Tidy Towns are delighted to support the “SHINY HAPPY SKIBBEREEN” project which takes place this May

Bridge St will be getting a “Spring Clean” on Sunday 25th May as part of a  pilot project, with more areas to follow, all helping Skibbereen look its best for visitors and locals alike

Preparations for the event will start on Saturday evening the 24th and the project would love your help over the 2 days!

Don’t worry all work and no play can be very dull so there will be music, street entertainment, balloons and face painters to help brighten the day.

The premises to be painted & “spruced up” include The Favourite, ACC Bank, Old Health Shop, Patrick McCarthy’s, Donal O’Donovan’s and Marie Walsh (Bus Stop)

Let’s get together and see what we can do!


The Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce are celebrating the County Fleadh Cheoil coming to Skibbereen over the weekend May 8th – 11th, with their sponsorship of prizes for a “Shop Window Competition” in the town.  This is your chance to get those creative juices flowing and show off the best of Skibbereen to our visitors and remember this is a great way to promote your own business too!  Judging will take place over the Fleadh weekend.

The full programme of events is available at

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Cork County Fleadh Cheoil 2014 – UPDATE

There is now just over a week to go to the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil here in Skibbereen.

A  new competition has been included at the last minute. It will be the Sean Nós Dancing Competition (newly included in the Fleadhanna) and it will take place on Sunday 11th May from 1pm on the stage in Skibbereen Town Hall. Everyone is very welcome to come to see this very exciting and entertaining competition, entry is free so please come along.

This competition will be followed later in the day by the Open Air Céilí on Sunday afternoon at the Bridge from 3-6pm.

And finally the winners of the Senior Céilí Band Competition will perform their winning tunes on the Gig Rig between 5 and 6pm, followed by the Official Closing of the weekend.


2014 County Cork Fleadh Cheoil comes to Skibbereen

Officers of the Cork County Board of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann met last autumn with the organisation’s Skibbereen branch, Craobh an Sciobairín, which is to host the Cork County Fleadh Cheoil next May 8th to 11th.  The annual festival of music, song and Irish language is to take place in Skibbereen with up to 1,500 competitors set to take part in more than 40 categories and thousands more visitors expected to throng the town over the Fleadh weekend.

The Fleadh Cheoil is a weekend festival comprised of céilí dancing, music sessions, street entertainment and competitions in music, singing, comhrá and storytelling. Under 12 and 12/15 competitions will take place on Saturday May 10th, while 15/18 and Senior competitions will take place in Sunday, May 11th. Two qualifiers from each competition will go forward to represent Cork in the Munster Fleadh Cheoil in Killarney in July 2014.

The local branch aims to promote the Irish language and our traditions during the Fleadh and lectures, sessions and Céilí planned, as well as an outdoor traditional music ‘gig rig’ with an Open Air Céilí on Sunday afternoon at the Bridge in the centre of town.
Con McCarthy, chairman of the Cork County Board of Comhaltas and vice-chairman of the Skibbereen branch, warmly welcomes the decision to hold the Fleadh in Skibbereen for the 8th time. Skibbereen Branch is an extremely active Branch, with over 400 members, with a great tradition of song, music and dance and of course the Irish language. There is a growing interest in all aspects of our tradition.  Nuala Ní Bhriain, chairperson of Skibbereen’s Fleadh committee, says that this will be a shop window for Skibbereen and for our culture. A lot of hard work will be involved but it is a golden opportunity to showcase the locality. As a Branch it’s also an opportunity to promote what is done, and hopefully it will inspire local people to get involved in Comhaltas.

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Skibbereen Heritage Centre Opens for 2014 Season

Skibbereen Heritage Centre is pleased to open its doors for the 2014 season and its current opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday inclusive 10am to 6pm

The Skibbereen Heritage Centre grew from strength to strength in 2013, with a significant increase in visitor numbers and a high level of satisfaction and hopes to build on this again in 2014.

NEW FOR 2014 – ‘Atlas of the Great Irish Famine’ panels, based on the best-selling book by UCC.

An all indoor activity that has a comprehensive Famine and Lough Hyne exhibitions, a genealogy service and much more and always with a great welcome for visitors to Skibbereen!

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Skibbereen Comhaltas

Skibbereen Comhaltas Annual Branch Féile Cheoil will take place on Sunday, March 16th in Rossa College.  Our competitions are open to everyone Under 16 so please spread the word to all your music friends!

As Skibbereen Comhaltas are also hosting the County Fleadh in Skibbereen from May 8-11th this year, our Féile Cheoil is the perfect place to get some competition practice in ahead of the competition.

Download information brochure with full details of the different competitions/age groups and entry details below.

Best of luck to everyone!



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Join us and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen!

Plans are well underway for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen.

Events start on Sunday 16th March when Skibbereen Comhaltas host their Annual Branch Féile Cheoil in Rossa College.  Competitions are open to everyone Under 16 and what a great way to start our annual feast day with traditional music, song and dance.  Please see the seperate Féile Cheoil post for further details.

St Patrick’s Day Church services take place in Abbestrewery at 10 am and in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9 am and 11:30 am.

The Parade in Skibbereen will start at 2:30pm on Monday March 17 from the Children’s Playground on the Cork Road.  It will continue along North St, turning right at the Square into Main St, past the viewing stage at the Bridge and finishing in the Fairfield.

Local Clubs, Schools and Businesses will be taking part and it promises to be a fun-filled afternoon for all the family!

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Memoir Writing Workshop – Lis Ard Country Estate 21st – 23rd March

Irene Graham Creativ#2CB72EIrene Graham, Author of The Memoir Writing Workbook, facilitates a Memoir Writing Workshop at Lis Ard Estate Fri 21 to Sun 23 March. Her workshops, renowned internationally, use right-brain/left-brain learning techniques that show the writer how to translate their life experiences into engaging stories.

Starting with dinner at 6pm Fri evening, this workshop provides exercises that tap into creativity and trigger life experiences. Participants also learn how to weave family history into memoir and story.  The workshop also provides writer with a bedrock of material that can be used in fiction writing.

Throughout the weekend participant’s focus, develop and structure a short memoir. Workshops participants are also welcome to develop a memoir they are currently working on.

Open to writers at any stage of the writing process.

Enjoy this special space in the heart of Lis Ard County Estate, Skibbereen and write your memoirs overlooking the serenity of the lake!

Weekend includes:

  • Workshop – Fri to Sun
  • Non-Residential: €325 includes Dinner Fri to Lunch Sun
  • Residential: 2 x nights private room en suite: €200




Tel: 353 (0)86 2523428

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Skibb’s Monster Free Draw, 1st- 14th Dec – The Winners!

Drum roll please……the winners are in!  14 hamper winners & 5 Finalists to be entered into the €5,000 draw which will take place Thurs 19th, 6.30pm at Apple Betty’s, The Square, all welcome!

Congratulations to our hamper winners & finalists! 

The 5 finalists for the €5,000 in Skibbereen vouchers are:
Kathleen Courtney (Skibb), Catherine (Kitty) Hourihane (Skibb), Mary O’Sullivan, Tim O’Donovan (Leap), Nora Fahy (Skibb)
The winner will be drawn next Thursday 19th Dec, 6.30pm at Apple Bettys, The Square, everyone welcome!

The 14 Hamper winners are: Fiona Claffey (Co. Offaly), Rose Hurley (Drinagh), John Quin (Co. Wicklow), John Burchill (Gortbrack), Sheila Pearce (Union Hall), Hannah O’Driscoll (Goleen), Sheila O’Connor (Drinagh), Margaret Waring (Skibb), Eileen Hourihane (Skibb), Mark Ronan (Leap), Caroline Duggan (Dunmanway), Rena Hayes (Skibb), Valerie O’Brien (Skibb), Kay O’Sullivan (Skibb)

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The 5 finalists for the €5,000 in Skibbereen vouchers are:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Kathleen Courtney (Skibb), Catherine (Kitty) Hourihane (Skibb), Mary O'Sullivan, Tim O'Donovan (Leap), Nora Fahy (Skibb)<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
The winner will be drawn next Thursday 19th Dec, 6.30pm at Apple Bettys, The Square, everyone welcome!</p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>The 14 Hamper winners are:  Fional Claffey (Co. Offaly), Rose Hurley (Drinagh), John Gunn, John Burchill (Gortbrack), Sheila Pearce (Union Hall), Hannah O'Driscoll (Goleen), Sheila O'Connor (Drinagh), Margaret Waring (Skibb), Eileen Hourihane (Skibb), Mark Ronan (Leap), Caroline Duggan (Dunmanway), Rena Hayes (Skibb), Valerie O'Brien (Skibb), Kay O'Sullivan (Skibb)

WIN €5,000 in shopping vouchers AND be in with a chance to win a hamper everyday! Visit Santa, Shop, Eat & Stay in Skibbereen this Christmas.

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Visit The Magical Winter Wonderland! 1st – 23rd Dec

Great effort and imagination has gone into ensuring the different features of Winter Wonderland are unique and great fun for both children and adults. Some of the creative elements include – the Amazing Interactive Naughty & Nice Machine, Elves Tattoo Parlour, Candy Land and Elves-World Workshop. 

The elves will take you on a journey through Winter Wonderland. See the polar bears, penguins, reindeer & lots more… There are lots of sweets and goodies to choose from at Candyland. Write your letter to Santa Claus and post it in Santa’s Mailroom. Pick your own Christmas tattoo in the Tattoo Parlour. Try your luck at the Naughty or Nice machine and see if you have been good for Santa! Then help out the elves in the workshop where they are very busy preparing for Santa’s trip around the world this Christmas.


And finally you will visit Santa’s Grotto where Santa Claus and his elves will be waiting with a special present for all the good boys and girls. 

Early booking is recommended especially as the ‘adventure duration time’ for each family has been increased in order to provide a high quality and value for money experience. 

15% discount by booking your family visit Mon-Thurs plus opening weekend up to 6th of December. 

Winter Wonderland Skibbereen can be found at or via the booking hotline 028 23288.

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Skibb’s visiting Marching Band – Rebel Week winners!

Also a big congratulations to the Skibbereen Rebel Week Committee who brought this wonderful band to Skibbereen!

If you missed the parade, well you missed a real treat, but the photo’s might give you a taste!

(Visiting German Marching Band, St. Fachtna’s Silver Band & Skibb Rebel Week Committee Members at Cork Rebel Week Parade, Cork City 19/10/13 – well done to all!)


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Creating a winning formula for Christmas 2013 – James Burke

The focus will be on ‘Creating a Winning Formula for Christmas 2013’ which will be delivered by James Burke. The format will be a presentation by James, followed by Q&A followed by free networking.

The event will be free and open to all businesses in West Cork.

James Burke has over 23 years experience in the retail & FMCG market. He has also worked as a business consultant on Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy programme on RTE and has delivered numerous retail development programmes across Ireland, inlcuding Skibbereen this year.

In his current role as a business consultant, James provides strategic advice and business planning for some of Irelands best known companies. He will be speaking on the night about how local businesses can create a winning business formula for Christmas 2013.

To register for the event online go to

or for further details

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Bra Wars! Skibb retailer aiming to break world record!

Main photo – Denis Minihane Photographer

Irish businessman tries to break bra opening world record

Sean Murray of Sean Murray Fashions has been practising for months to break the existing record to raise much needed funds for Get the Girls, the Irish Cancer Society’s breast cancer campaign throughout October. Each year more than 2,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Photograph – Jean Luc Morales

Sean Murrays which is home to West Cork’s largest lingerie department will add to the record attempt on Saturday 26th October by fitting more than 500 women for bras in eight hours while fitting another 500 men and women for jeans in eight hours to enter the record books on the treble.

The retailer will give the customer €2.50 discount from the sale of each bra sold throughout October and he will match this to give €2.50 to the Irish Cancer Society. He will also give a €5.00 donation to the charity for every pair of jeans sold for the month of October.

The record attempts come two years after Murray hosted Ireland’s first bra tug of war in aid of the Irish Cancer Society which raised thousands of euro for the charity.

Speaking of his impending record attempt Sean said, “Now that word is out, the pressure is on to break the record which will be tough but I am ready to give it a go. I have a few more weeks of practising and honing the technique but I am getting there. The guidelines are quite strict so we must adhere to certain criteria.

“We really want to do something different to raise awareness for the charity and although the events themselves will be fun they will raise money for a very serious cause that affects too many women in Ireland. We also hope to attract a mix of 500 women to be fitted for bras and 500 men to be fitted for jeans by our trained staff in our lingerie and denim departments on Saturday 26th.”

Eileen Kearney of The Irish Cancer Society added, “It is great to have businesses like Sean Murrays in Skibbereen get behind our Get the Girls campaign by doing something really different and fun.

“One exciting project that Get the Girls will help fund is the new Collaborative Cancer Research Centre – Breast-Predict, this new research project will deliver excellent research for the benefit of patients.

“We hope that everyone will lend their support to the cause throughout the month of October and get behind Sean’s record attempt and help raise vital funds for women all over Ireland who find themselves affected by breast cancer,” she said.


‘The Centre for Active Empowerment’ – Open Day

The Centre supports new thinking and coming together to create powerful new solutions to the challenges of our time.

It was founded by Gillian Riordan, a psychotherapist and coach based in Glandore. The Centre is running a range of personal and professional development courses – from Living Abundantly to FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer.

Course presenters and Centre members will be there on Saturday at 57c, Townshend Street, all are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat!


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‘A Taste of West Cork’ Food Festival, 6th – 15th September

Festival Brochure (PDF Version)



A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is much more than a festival which happens to be about food. Food ,in itself, carries an inherent feeling of nurture, comfort and gratification. Healthy, naturally produced, fresh tasting and beautifully prepared food further enhances our feeling of wellbeing.

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Place this in a geographical area of wild and wonderful natural beauty, layered with ancient spirituality and human tragedy and liberally sprinkled with a purity of culture, art and craft and the result is “West Cork a State of Mind–West Cork a place apart!”

It is this “State of Mind” that draws so many artists, writers, craft people and food producers to West Cork.
A Tast of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators of this very special place. It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tasting and cookery compititions, special dinners, brunches,and banquets, talks and exhibits, children’s events, adventures and more.

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A Taste of West Cork which is now in its tenth year is Irelands longest running food festival and is the best opportunity very many local producers and chefs have to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.
The Festival understands how important local food is to our economy and with our wealth of artisan food producers, supportive retailers and markets, talented chefs and award winning restaurants we shall continue to attract visitors to West Cork. Our world renowned food combined with the most idyllic part of Ireland makes A Taste of West Cork the perfect festival for all the family. The festival is also hightlighting West Cork as a top choice of holiday destination to the Irish abroad for The Gathering 2013.

The 2013 Festival is set to be bigger and better and to include the much loved traditional open air food and craft market; food demonstrations and tastings;  themed nights in restaurants in Skibbereen and beyond; the already famous Celtic Cook off; blogging workshops amongst others; cookery compititions; traditional music nights; walks and talks and special events.

Plans are afoot to expand and strengthen our connection with our Celtic brethren, not just in the cooking and enjoyment of food but also in the coming together to explore our deep musical connections and to play music together.
There is something to tempt every palate and many events throughout the festival week are free or minimum charges apply so there is also something to suit everyones pocket.

Discover West Cork—Taste West Cork—do join us at the Taste of West Cork Food Festival on the 6th to 15th September 2013.

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Harvest Moon Music Festival, 6th – 8th September

There are ticketed and non-ticketed gigs in various locations around the village – Just follow the pints….and the music!

Line -up  includes:

The Saxy Lady Boys; The Ceili Allstars; John Walsh; Mongoose ; Seany K and friends; Wiggle;  the Eskies; Paul Tiernan and Tony Davis; JoJaris; Jim Murray and Richard Lucey; Rag Order; Camilla Griehsel Vearncombe and Maurize Seezer; Gypsy Rebel Rabble; SpeedKlunge; Moon Coin; Mick Callaghan; Dott;  Schullduggery;  Him and Me , Gik and Shane, Wan Pablo and others…..

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The Marquee @ Mixen Market Headline event

Music from 3pm until midnight!  Bands include Wiggle, The Saxy Lady Boys, The Eskies, Gypsy Rebel Rabble, Mick O Callaghan , Crayonsmith and SpeedKlunge. 

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Beer and Wine Bar on-site together with food and coffee stalls and facepainting and Hoola Hooping for kids. 

Tickets €25 if bought online, €35 if bought on the day   (Children under 12 go free)

 For more information/to buy tickets just go to:
Phone: 085/218 0484 0r 086/059 3248

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Backstage Performing Arts Adacemy for Skibbereen!



Backstage has been in existence for fifteen years and has a number of Performing Arts Academies throughout the country. The staff are a unique combination of teacher and performing arts practicioner, all well known in the industry and of the highest quality-as demonstrated to parents and students at the recent Summer Camps.

Backstage is open to 7-18 year olds, grouped by age. Students will come together for two and a half hours each week and during that time they will undertake three workshops on a variety of subjects ranging from Drama, Musical Theatre and Mime to Singing,Dance,Comedy and Production. There is an emphasis on teaching students core performing arts skills and the work encourages self confidence, critical thinking and fluency of speech.

Production work is also undertaken from plays to flash-mobbing,musicals,stand-up comedy and site specific work with always the emphasis on the different experiences for the student rather than just ‘putting on a show’. At present a team of Backstage students are performing at the Edinburgh Festival and students are sent for auditions and castings as appropriate. Students can be seen in a variety of productions from the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Moone Boy’ to the recent production of ‘Grease’ at the Cork Opera House.

Backstage West Cork will have three locations-

St.Josephs School in Skibbereen on Friday evenings from 6pm-8.30pm beginning on Friday, 30th August,

Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom on Saturdays from 10am-12.30pm beginning on Saturday, 21st September 

Clonakilty Parish Centre on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm-5pm beginning on Saturday, 28th September.

Fees are 15 Euro per weekly, two and a half hour session, paid weekly.

For further information and application form, contact Backstage-Ireland on 091-590706 or e-mail