Skibbereen Christmas Parade

The Annual Skibbereen Christmas Parade takes place Friday 2nd December. The parade leaves the West Cork Hotel at 5pm and Santa Claus will be brought by the Fire Brigade to the Square. Comhaltas Ceoltoiri will perform and Santa Claus will turn on the lights in the Square with the Lord Mayor. He will then offically open Winter Wonderland – disco afterwards, weather permitting. All are welcome to attend this fun parade.

Let Them Eat Cake!

The town of Skibbereen in West Cork is taking the advice of Marie Antoinette this Budget  Day with a unique “Let them Eat Cake” event. The feel good day is an attempt to banish all thoughts of the gloomy budget with a host of free special talks taking place in the Town Hall from 3pm. Local café and restaurant owners will also take to the streets to hand out free cakes to shoppers while more than 20 businesses will offer 10% discounts on all purchases between 3pm and 6pm. Many bars will also have live music to ensure a long night of revelry!

The idea for the event came to local acupuncturist Anne Crossey of The White Door Clinic after hearing many of her clients speak so fearfully of the impending  budget. Anne set in to motion the special Town Hall event while Skibbereen Business Association got behind the idea and encouraged all businesses in the town to offer special deals from 3-6pm to banish the negativity which will be transmitted to screens and radio waves all over the country during that time.

The town hall event will open with a special address from Councillor Frank Fahy, Mayor of Skibbereen followed by free talks on a range of inspirational and feelgood topics by Anne Crossey (acupuncturist) , Micheál Hurley (West Cork Employability Service), Brendan Leahy (local councillor and paramedic), Rob Heyland (actor, writer and activist) and Matt Mills (WCDP, Sheep’s Head Co-Op, Transition Ireland). The event will finish at 6pm with a performance from West Cork Pipes and Drums.

Speaking of the event, Sean Murray, Chairperson of Skibbereen Business Association said “This year’s budget will be a memorable one for all the right reasons in Skibbereen thanks to this positive event. It is too easy to be negative about what is going on around us but events like this can and will bring businesses and locals together. Undoubtedly there are more tough times ahead but if we work together then we have the power to change things for the better and that’s what this event will be about. I would also like to thank Skibbereen Town Council for the use of the Town Hall for the event and for their support”.

Also speaking of the “Let them Eat Cake” event, Anne Crossey said “West Cork is full of kind, generous and  imaginative people. If we can pull together as a country in the way that the people of Skibbereen have pulled together to make this event happen then we can do anything. This is a day for everyone to come into town, have a piece of cake, listen to some new ideas, get a few bargains in the shops and for one day forget the economy, forget the budget, and forget the  politicians. “Let Them Eat Cake” is about family, community and fun. It’s been great fun to organise and it’s going to be a great fun day”.

More than 20 businesses are also offering 10% discounts to shoppers between 3pm and 6pm as well  as lunch deals in cafes while the local Youth Café will also  give free cake to all who attend the special Town Hall talks. Kalbo’s Café, North St. will also offer customer a special €5 lunch deal on the day.

Elves from Winter Wonderland Skibbereen will also take to the streets  at intervals from this Thursday December 1st up until December 24th to reward shoppers in the town with gifts and vouchers from  local shops and businesses “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness”  in the town.

Town Hall Events
3pm – Mayor of Skibbereen, Councillor Frank Fahy
3.30pm – Anne Crossey – The Case for Happiness
4.00pm – Micheal Hurley and Stephanie Hayes – The  Employability Service, West Cork
4.30pm – Brendan Leahy – A Day in the Life of a West Cork Paramedic
5.00pm – Rob Heyland – Why the Economic Crisis is a Good Thing
5.30pm – Matt Mills – Co-Operate to Regenerate
6.00pm – West Cork Pipes and Drums

Participating Businesses include (look out for posters in windows):

Fiona’s Fashions, Sean Murray Fashions, Wish Gift Shop, Cleary’s Pharmacy, Horgan’s Pharmacy, The Chop Shop Barbers, Hourihane Sports, Kids2Teens, Riverside Café, Caring Hands Therapies, The Beauty Spot Beauticians, Sassy Fashions, Designs  Gift Shop, Kalbo’s Café, Annie Mays Bar and Restaurant, O’Sullivan’s Toy Shop, Field’s SuperValu, Seymour Jewellers, Roycroft Cycles, Baby Hannah’s  Pub, Newman Signs, West Cork Hotel and Apple Betty’s Café.

Lapland comes to Skibbereen!

Santa’s Elves Descend on West Cork Town for Christmas Work!

Lapland has moved to Skibbereen, West Cork this year with an influx of elves applying for work at Winter Wonderland in the town. Over 200 elves applied for seasonal work at what is being pitched as the ultimate Christmas experience for children and adults alike.

Winter Wonderland which has become a popular attraction in the town for the past number of years is under new management and promises to be bigger and better than previous years with new interactive ideas and special effects to make the visit a truly festive experience.

Speaking of recruitment drive and upcoming launch of Winter Wonderland, Owen O’Driscoll said “We have been busy extending and revamping the entire structure of Winter Wonderland to make it a really special experience for families this year.  The venture will also create more than 65 jobs in the run up to Christmas which is a great boost for the area. If the children enjoy the Winter Wonderland experience as much as we have putting it all together then they will leave with fantastic memories of a completely unique    visit to Santa.”

This year’s Winter Wonderland will feature many never before seen elements including – New Interactive Naughty & Nice Machine, Elves Tattoo Parlour, Candy Land and much more.

Winter Wonderland will officially open on December 1st  with many exciting new surprises which will be completely unique to Skibbereen to make this year’s visit to Santa a truly unforgettable occasion for all the family. Tickets are €15 per child and €5 per adult with discounts for families and a 15% price reduction midweek (Mon-Thurs) up to December 15th.

Visit for further details.

Skibbereen Lions Club Santa Run

Skibbereen Lions Club is organising a 5K Santa Run on Sunday 4th December from the GAA grounds Skibbereen at 2 p.m.

€3/child. €5/adult. €10/family. Dressing rooms will be available and refreshments will be supplied afterwards.

All proceeds shared between 4 national schools in Skibbereen.

For more information contact Don Davis. 087/0601723

Skibbereen Fashion Show Fri 4th November

Skibbereen Business Association in association with sixth years from Mercy Heights, Skibbereen will host a one off fashion extravangaza in the West Cork Hotel on Friday 4th November at 8pm.

The “Be Fashion Fabulous” event will exhibit the very best of local fashion, supported by Skibbereen’s local fashion stores, hairdressers and beauticians. The night will include performances from sixth year pupils as well as a special Christmas style makeover slot with a local personality.

The event will focus on key trends in fashion for the coming months for men and women with practical tips on how to wear them. There will also be a prize for the best dressed lady and man on the night as well as a host of special prize giveaways and an exclusive goodie bag for the first 150 people on the night.

There will be a host of fabulous prizes to be won on the night.  Tickets for the special fashion event are just €10 and will be available on the night at The West Cork Hotel.

Skibb Beer Fest – Bank Holiday Weekend

Join the trail and win 3,000 Euro!

  • Live Music
  • Street Entertainment
  • Fancy Dress Parade
  • Halloween Parties
  • Inter Pub Fancy Dress
  • Vintage Day Monday
  • Loads of Prizes!!!!


October Bank Holiday – Friday 28th – Monday 31st

Pub Trail Friday: 7pm-11pm, Saturday: 6pm-10pm

Register before 7pm Friday/6pm Saturday at any of the following bars:

  • Kearney’s Well
  • Cotter’s Bar
  • Fairfield Bar
  • Cahalane’s
  • Corner Bar
  • McCarthy’s Bar
  • Baby Hannah’s
  • Eldon Hotel
  • Annie May’s
  • Horse and Hound
  • The Paragon


How To Win:

  • Max of 40 points can be scored!
  • 2 points for fancy dress costume.
  • Max 10 points at each of 4 trail pubs.
  • Each pub will set out puzzles/games/questions, etc.
  • Winner of €1,000 Announced at Cotter’s Bar Bar 11.30pm Friday.
  • Winner of €1,000 Announced 10.30pm Saturday.



  • Over 18’s only
  • Free entry
  • Teams of 2
  • Follow trial set out by registered pub!



  • Fancy Dress Parade
  • Fancy Dress Parade will run from Hurley’s Garage to church car park 4pm
  • Face Painting for families at Ilen Street from 2.30pm



  • Vintage Day at Ilen Street
  • Fun Day Guaranteed


Live Music

  • Live music at participating bars throughout the weekend
  • Friday – Take That Tribute Band at Club Dakota
  • Saturday – Chasers
  • Sunday – Chasers/Club Dakota


Enjoy Alcohol Sensibly, Visit


Business Spotlight: Wish

Tell us about your business

Wish is an accessories and gift shop on North Street in Skibbereen. We stock a marvellous range of handbags, jewellery, scarves, belts and other interesting pieces with the emphasis on quality and value for money. We’ve been here 4 years now – we started with the recession!

What do you feel is unique about business in Skibbereen?

Skibbereen is a combination of a vibrant local town and a busy tourist town. So we have loyal local customers year round as well as visiting tourists at holiday times. The best of both worlds.

What do you feel is key to business success in Skibbereen?

For us, it is constantly sourcing new and different products for our customers and offering a high standard of customer service. The business community is important too – supporting each other, promoting Skibbereen together.

What is your opinion on using the internet to bring in more business?

We currently use our website to showcase our range of accessories but we do not sell online yet. The website is a work in progress… It is essential to have an online presence though – even if it only gives a flavour of the business. `

Are you using social media to market your business?

We send promotional emails to customers on our mailing list but we have not yet embraced Facebook or Twitter. The to-do list is getting longer…


North Street
Emer Olsen/Catherine Roantree
Phone: 028 40321
Email: Click Here
Website: Click Here

South Coast Adventure Race

The date for this years event is now fixed for Saturday the 22nd October so you can pencil it into your diary. Hopefully we will have another Indian Summer’s day like last year which helped everyone along the course. The course will follow the same route as last year and will finish with an all new purpose-built assault course at the finish line. This is guaranteed to be both challenging and fun….!!

Visit the South Coast Endurance Website for full details.

A Taste of West Cork 2011

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival, which takes place in and around Skibbereen, West Cork, brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events, guided walks, boat tours and some great live music!

A Taste of West Cork 2011 runs from 9 – 18 September.

Visit the official website