Festivals/Events Blogs

Healthy Body…Healthy Mind…  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 14. In this edition I speak with Rob Krawczyk, proprietor & head chef of The Chestnut restaurant in Ballydehob & Nuala Kenny, a qualified Nutritional Therapist + a Mental Health Recovery Support Worker & Open Dialogue Facilitator with the HSE in Bantry. Every New Year, […]

Ride On to Clon…  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 13. In this, the first edition for 2023, I have an In-depth conversation with Graeme Ghillie from the Clonakilty Bike Circus. Established in 2019, Graeme talks about all of the services & membership benefits that they have to offer. He also explains how the project […]

New Year…New Beginnings…  

If you have not already kick-started 2023, then checkout the festivals/events guide. As well as a whole series of events taking place throughout the month of January, there is also a series of online services to avail of and if you are looking for something to get stuck into, why not take advantage of one […]

Round Up! Round Up!!  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast series will be returning next Friday, continuing to produce In-depth interviews with Community, Not-for-Profit & Social groups based in West Cork. If your group would like to take part & share your story about all of the amazing & vital work that your services provide within the community, then […]

In Loving Memory…  

“In Loving Memory…” I want to dedicate this Post to my dear friend – Bev Cotton, who sadly passed away on New Year’s Day. If it was not for Bev, westcorkCommunity.ie would not exist. He taught me, not only how to build my own website, but also, how to keep it maintained…& if I ever […]

Happy New Year!!  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wishing each & everyone, a very Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2023… westcorkCommunity.ie will continue to provide updated listings of all Community, Not-for-Profit & Social groups based in West Cork. The Festivals & Events guide will keep you informed on all festivals, events, online services & workshops organised by West Cork groups, happening […]

Xmas Playlist ’22  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Christmas Playlist ’22 Firstly, I want to extend a massive thank you to everyone that has given their time to both podcast series to date. I equally want to say, thank you to everyone that has followed the westcorkcommunity.ie Facebook page & website. This episode is […]

Cork Simon Appeal…  

‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 11 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL APPEAL!! Cork Simon is celebrating 51 years of service, providing shelter & support for people experiencing Homelessness & Trauma throughout Cork City & County. In this Special Episode, I have an in-depth conversation with Paul Sheehan – Campaigns & Communications Manager, who outlines […]

Fairytale of…  

West Cork… Due to the recent Icy weather, I was sad to see that a whole rake of local events had to be cancelled. For many Community groups & Charities, Christmas really is the ‘last throw of the dice’ as a means of raising much needed funds, so that they can continue with all of […]

Feel Good: Part 2…  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 10b. As promised, here are just some of the highlights from Week 2 of the Feel Good Festival Pt:2, held throughout West Cork between 1st – 19th October 2022. Once again, there was the perfect blend of music, poetry, workshops & interviews, including singer/songwriter, Ger […]

Two Sides to…  

Every Coin… Whilst yes, I am dedicating the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast series for the month of December to Mental Health, Homelessness & Local Artists, it is also important not to loose sight of the Fun & Joy that Christmas brings. Personally, I love giving & receiving presents, Indulging in my favourite treats & […]

Feeling Good…Again!  

The ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 10a. The 1st of a 2-part series, featuring music, poetry & interviews recorded during Week 1 of the ‘Feel Good Festival – Pt:2’, held between the 1st – 19th October ’22, throughout West Cork. There is music & interviews with Luka Bloom & Jinx Lennon, […]

A Time for Giving…  

Christmas is a time for sharing, receiving…& giving! This year, it’s more important than ever to shop local & support West Cork traders. From arts & crafts, fine foods & one off unique gifts, give those special people in your life a present to remember & cherish. Throughout West Cork there is a host of […]

Ho! Ho! Oh No…  

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s fair to say, that for the majority of us, Christmas is the happiest time of the year…It certainly is for me! Families come together, presents are placed under the tree & we eat, drink & be merry… However, there are many others for whom Christmas is the actual opposite. Stress, anxiety, […]

Together Is Better…  

‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast – Series 2, Episode 9. In this episode, I have an In-depth conversation with Suzi Chan from the iCommunity  – shared practice lab. We discuss their past, present & future projects & why NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action & The Wheel, the National Association of Community & […]

West Cork Wonder…  

West Cork has award-winning Towns & Villages, Stunning Landscapes & Historical Sites of interest, but as I have also discovered, it has plenty of activity too. Since the official launch of westcorkcommunity.ie, not only have I been pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming number of worthy Community & Voluntary groups, providing vital services & outlets, but […]

Your Voice Matters…  

I recently attended the Cork County PPN “Wellbeing Community” workshop in Leap & I’m so glad that I did. It was an opportunity, for me & all those present, to have a say in which direction we want to develop the Strategic Plan for all Community & Voluntary groups based in County Cork & City. […]

Going for Gold  

‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 8. In this Episode, I have an In-depth conversation with Margaret O’Donovan from the Ballineen & Enniskeane Tidy Towns Group. We discuss their much deserved coveted overall ‘Pride of County Cork’ Award 2022, as well as their many other projects – past, present & future. Margaret […]

It’s Official…  

Well done to all West Cork Tidy Towns… It is official…Not only do we have the best Community in Ireland, but we also have the most beautiful! That’s according to the SuperValu Tidy Towns Awards 2022. The West Cork Towns & Villages once again walked away with a whole series of winning awards & from […]

Poetry In Motion  

‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 7. In this episode, I have an In-depth conversation with Catherine Ronan, a West Cork born & bred poet. By day, Catherine works in finance, as well as running her own jewellery & card making business. She also has a degree in French & Applied Psychology, […]

Music to the Ear…  

Hello & welcome to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 6. In this Special Edition, we listen back to a beautiful fusion of music & poetry recorded last weekend as part of the ‘Feel Good Festival’ Pt:2. The venue was Levis Corner Bar in Ballydehob, so a massive thank you to […]

World Mental Health Day!!  

“Shout Loud & Shout Proud…” This Post is in honour of the “3 Dads”, who today, completed their 600 mile walk to the 4 Parliaments of the UK. This was a very personal journey for the 3 Dads, having each lost a young daughter suicide. But it was also a continuing  mission to encourage society […]

‘We Act’ Campaign  

Hello & welcome to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 5. In this episode, I have an In-depth conversation with Emily Bourke, Communications & Advocacy Officer with The Wheel, all about the ‘We Act’ campaign. Launched in October 2021, the campaign is all about promoting & celebrating the work, efforts & […]

Funding Opportunities  

Funding Opportunities & Roadshow Welcome to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 4. In this episode I have an In-depth & very lengthy conversation with Hugh O’Reilly, Director of Business Development with The Wheel – the national agency for the Community/Voluntary Sector in Ireland. Because of the length of the interview, […]

Food for Thought…  

Hello & welcome to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 3. In this edition, I have an In-depth conversation with Moze Jacobs from Ballydehob & Alice Glendenning from Clonakilty about the work they are doing under the umbrella of the West Cork Doughnut Economy Network…& no, it’s got absolutely nothing to […]

Time For Something New…  

Whilst there are still plenty of Festivals & Events happening throughout West Cork this September & in particular, Culture Night, with the days getting colder & the nights getting longer, now is perhaps the time to settle into the Autumn & Winter months that lay ahead. Whether you want to take up a new hobby […]

Time To Feel Good…  

Hello & welcome to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, Series 2 – Episode 2. The Feel Good Festival (Pt:1), ran in collaboration with the Skibbereen Arts Festival, between the 23rd – 29th July 2022. The aim of the festival was to promote mental health & wellbeing, as well as to engage creatively in the […]

Finance Solutions…  

Welcome back to the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast, series 2 – Episode 1. In this episode I share an in-depth conversation with Sarah Leahy, Social Financial Executive (Munster Region) with Clann Credo. Many Community, Not-for-Profit & Social groups will unhappily agree, funding is all too often the biggest sticking point & even when money […]

Funding Roadshow…  

11th & 12th October 2022 The Wheel – Ireland’s national association of Community & Voluntary Organisations, Charities & Social Enterprises have organised their first ‘Funding Roadshow’. Cork City (venue to be announced) – Tuesday 11th October. West Cork – Brookpark Business Centre, Dunmanway – Wednesday 12th October. If you are a Community, Not-for-Profit or Social […]

Gather Around, It’s Story Time…  

Summer has officially turned to autumn, the kids have gone back to school & the weather is about to take a turn…but the festive fun is far from over. September is a month that still has plenty of festivals, events, online service& workshops to offer & to attend throughout West Cork. Here are just a […]

Let There Be Fire…  

It may well be the last weekend of August, but it is not the last chance to get out there & have some craic. Once again, there are an abundance of festivals, events, online services & workshops taking place throughout our beautiful West Cork & the only thing that is missing…is you! Here are just […]

What’s To Do…To Do?  

The weekend is upon us & once again there are plenty of options & opportunities to get out & about & soak up all that West Cork has to offer. With Festivals, Events, Online Services & Workshops in abundance happening from Bandon To Beara, there really is something for everyone…young, old & in between. Here […]

The Sun Is Shining…  

The weather is sweet…& there are plenty of reasons for…Dancing Feet! Once again, there are festivals, events, online services & workshops happening throughout West Cork this sunny, summertime weekend, so get on those dancing shoes & go have yourself a whole of fun. Events this weekend include: 12-14: Skibbereen Soul & Blues Festival. 12-14: Dunmanway […]

Please Sir…  

Can I have some more?? Yes you can!! The August Bank Holiday may well be over, but there are still plenty of Festivals, Events, Online Services & Workshops happening throughout West Cork this month…& beyond. 5th–7th: West Cork History Festival, Skibbereen. 6th-7th: Schull Regatta. 6th-8th: Bantry BBQ Festival. 7th: Classic Car, Truck & Tractor Show, […]

Hooray! Hooray! It’s a…  

Bank Holiday!! Once again it’s time to take a break & have some fun in the sun. As ever, there are plenty of activities taking place right here in West Cork. Regardless of what interests you, your family & your friends, with the wide variety of choice to hand, there is definitely something, somewhere happening […]

‘Mind’ how you go…  

‘Mind’ how you go… From 23rd – 29th July, the Skibbereen Feel Good Festival will be in full swing. Many of the events are free & any donations made will go to the HOPE Foundation so that they can continue to provide the vital services they provide. As well as addressing the issues surrounding mental health […]

Wot…No podcast…  

Wot…No podcast… Apologies, but unfortunately the ‘Voice of West Cork’ episode 14 has been put on the back-boiler due to a family gathering. This is completely understandable, because the summer is here & it is indeed that time of year when family & friends get together & create happy memories. It’s also when many community […]

RCNI Training Course:  

RCNI Training Course Are you a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist who is fully accredited or working towards accreditation…then this is the course for you! West Cork Women Against Violence (WCWAV’s) in association with Rape Crisis Mid-West will be running a ‘Sexual Violence Specialisation Training Course’ from October ’22 – April ’23 in Leap. On completion, […]

Sing Your Hearts Out…  

Sing Your Hearts Out! Welcome to the latest ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast. In this, Episode 13, I am talking with Isla Jeffers about the joys, jubilations & benefits of being a member of a group choir. The Glaslinn Choir, based in Bandon, 1st formed in 1969 & in recent years has gone from strength to […]

Busy! Busy! Busy!  

Busy! Busy! Busy! Wow…it’s almost July already…where does the time go? Happy to say though, we still have one week of June ’22 to see out, so here are just a few idea’s for things to do: 24th – Pro Darts Exhibition, Dunmanway. 25th – Kupala Festival, Bantry. 26th – Family Fun Day, Newcestown. 26th […]