Art Galleries

West Cork Arts Centre Uilinn (Skibbereen) Innovative, changing exhibitions in 'state-of-the-art' new building. Video, installations, photography, paintings, sculpture, craft and children's art. Active art centre. (Tel: 028-22090)

Catherine Hammond Gallery (Skibbereen) Now in its 12th season, the gallery is proud of its association with some of Ireland's most outstanding established and emerging artists. It was was founded by Catherine Hammond after working for more than 20 years with major U.S cultural organizations, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, the MacArthur Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. 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)

Arts Festivals

Kinsale Arts Week (KAW) lst week of July. Other festivals include Kilkenny, Galway, and EV+A Limerick.

Music Festivals

West Cork Chamber Music Festival (end of June/beginning of July) mostly held at the beautiful Bantry House. First class young international musicians. Early to modern classical music. Performances throughout the day ending with a magical candlelight concert at 11.30 pm. (recorded on RTE radio)

Masters of Tradition (August) held at Bantry House. Traditional music from all over Ireland - some master classes. Excellent.

Young Masters of Tradition (mid-October) at Bantry House. An opportunity for extremely talented young traditional Irish musicians to display their talents.

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.

The Bay View: Every Saturday evening - more in the high season.

Fitzpatrick’s (Eileen’s): Early evening Sundays - more in the high season.


West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival
Kilcrohane (August). Touring plays held in the community hall, Fitzpatrick's, or The Bay View and the islands.

Literary Festival

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.

Heritage Week

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.


The County Cork Craft Guide Published by Cork County Development Board

West Cork Craft & Design Guild Published by Cork County Development Board

Hands On Creative Workshops in West Cork

Cork Craft Month - August