West Cork Arts Centre (North Street, Skibbereen) High quality, innovative changing exhibitions. Video, installations, photography, paintings, sculpture, craft and children’s art. Active art centre. (Tel: 028-22090)
Catherine Hammond Gallery (Main Street, Glengarriff) Evocative landscape paintings bordering on the abstract by artists living in Ireland - highly recommended. Check opening times. (Tel: 027-67971)
Doswell Gallery (West Square, Rosscarbery) Paintings, ceramics. The owner has a keen eye for discovering new talent. Check opening times. (Tel: 023-48137 Mobile: 087-7478713)
Mill Cove Gallery (Castletownbere, Beara Peninsular) Paintings by living artists mostly Ireland based and bronzes. One- person and mixed shows. (Tel: 027-70393 for opening times)
Mill Cove Gallery (Main Street, Kenmare) (Tel: 064-40717 for opening times)
Warren Gallery (above Mary Ann's restaurant, Castletownshend) Exhibits the work of artists including William Scott, Tony O'Malley, William Crozier. (Tel: 028-36146 for opening times)
Kinsale Arts Week (KAW) lst week of July. Other festivals include Kilkenny, Galway, and EV+A Limerick.
West Cork Chamber Music Festival (end of June/beginning of July) mostly held at the beautiful Bantry House (first historic house to be open to the public). First class young internationl musicians. Early to modern classical music. Performances throughout the day ending with a magical candlelight concert at 11.30 pm. (recorded on RTV radio)
Masters of Tradition (August) held at Bantry House. Traditional music from all over Ireland - some master classes. Excellent. (www.westcorkmusic.ie)
Young Masters of Tradition (mid-October) at Bantry House. An opportunity for extremely talented young traditional Irish musicians to display their talents. (www.westcorkmusic.ie)
West Cork Music organise concerts throughout the winter and at Easter, see their website for details.
St. Barrahane's Festival of Music Castletownsend. Last two Thursday evenings in July and first three evenings in August. All concerts begin at 8.30 pm. Contact Mrs. Angela Eborall (Tel: 028-36193) or Mrs. Jacqueline Weij
(Tel: 028-33752) for reservations and further information.
Afterwards have dinner at Mary Ann's. (Trish O'Mahony)
(Tel: 028-36146 Open: 12 noon/2.30 pm 6/9,00 pm Mon/Sun) Closed Mondays off season.
Music In Kilcrohane
Ceol on the Coast (Easter) Sessions throughout the day in the pubs, Fitzpatrick’s (Eileen’s) and The Bay View. Free (a community project). Traditional music and folk.
Music in Kilcrohane throughout the year:
The Bay View Every Saturday evening - more in the high season.
Fitzpatrick's Early evening Sundays - more in the high season.
West Cork Literary Festival (July - various venues in Bantry) Well known writers and poets read their work, give lectures, seminars and workshops. See website for details.
National Heritage Week (August - various locations) National Heritage Week is a unique opportunity for families and everyone to get involved in Ireland's heritage, learn more about it, and preserve it for future generations.
Gougane Barra Hotel
Touring plays held in the community hall, Fitzpatrick's, or The Bay View.
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Irish plays are performed from 15 July to 20 August (4/5 weeks) in a marquee in the grounds of the hotel, which also offers an excellent pre-theatre dinner.
The hotel overlooks the lake and island on which St. Finbarre's Chapel is situated on the site of his 6th century hermitage.
A beautiful, spiritual place. Booking for dinner & theatre essential.