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All To Play For…  

Whether you are simply out for a bit of fun or, looking for something with a little bit more meaning, then once again, there is plenty on offer. Ranging from family festivals, live gigs, book fairs, opera, & garden fetes, etc, etc…there really is something for everyone, happening here in West Cork over the coming […]

The World Is…  

…Apparently your oyster? Debateable for sure, however, one thing I do know for certain, over the coming 7 days, West Cork most definitely has plenty to offer. Once again, ranging from week(end) festivals, live music, theatre, summere camps, retreats, agricultural shows, social clubs & of course, bingo…the choice is yours. Here are just a few […]

Striking A Chord…  

Today sees the beginning of the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, which runs until 7th July & promises to provide a diverse range of music for all ears. That said, once again, there are an equal number of diverse festivals & events taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. Here are just […]

Let’s Get Talking…  

Our mental health & wellbeing are rightly so at the forefront of many a conversation. In this one-off special episode of the ‘Voice of West Cork’ podcast series, I am talking with Alan Cooke – Poet, who has spent the last year on a personal journey, across Ireland, of self-discovery following the death of his […]

Morning Has Broken…  

Yes, believe it or not, today is the 1st official day of summer. It is also World Music Day, so suffice to say, there are plenty of events taking place to celebrate both. As ever, if neither of these occasions are to your liking, then there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Here are […]

What’s Up…  

If you are looking for something to do over the summer months, then look no further. I have taken the liberty to do a quick scan for the months of June, July & August and to date, there are currently; 89 Summer Camps, 23 Festivals & 11 Retreats – not to mention the usual mix […]

Happy Father’s Day…  

This Sunday is all about the Dad’s. I can’t guarantee the weather, but as per usual, there are a whole host of festivals & events taking place over the weekend & coming 7 days. Here are just a few suggestions. 14-16   BEDA Summer Festival   Ballineen 14-16   Skibbereen Music Festival   Skibbereen 15   Kinsale Voices Concert   Kinsale […]

Who Cares Less…  

…or indeed more? This week coming is National Carers Week & to celebrate all of the magnificent work that they do, there are a series of events taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. As ever, there is the usual mix of festivals, retreats, live theatre, music gigs, bingo, social clubs & […]

Feel the Force…  

It’s Bank Holiday Weekend…& with a guaranteed sunny spell forecast, there is absolutely no reason not to get out & about & take part in one of the many festivals & events taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. This may be the last day of May, yet there are 15 events […]

If It’s Not Broken…  

No worries…However, if you do have something that needs fixing, then pop over to Ballydehob this afternoon for the Repair ‘Pop-Up’ Shop (3-6pm). As ever, this is just one of the many community/social events taking place throughout West Cork over the next 7 days. Ranging from; coffee mornings, afternoon clubs, evening races, weekend festivals & […]

On Yer Bike…  

Today sees the beginning of 2 week long festivals – National Bike Week & National Biodiversity Week. There are also several shorter festivals, as well as the usual mix of live music, theatre, social gatherings, public talks, sporting events, walks & community bingo to name but a few. So if you are looking for something […]

Morning Has Broken…  

This weekend is all about setting your alarm clock for an early morning rise. On Saturday, the annual Darkness Into Light campaign will be taking place throughout West Cork. In addition, on Sunday morning, you can join in with the Dawn Chorus in Glengarriff. That said, there are plenty of festivals & events, ranging from […]

Ship Ahoy…  

There are many shipwrecks along the West Cork Coastline & perhaps none more so infamous, than the Luisitania. That said, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on solid ground, then worry not, because once again there is something for everyone taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. Here are just […]

Best Foot Forward…  

Once again, we are on the cusp of one month going into another…& correct me if I’m wrong, but the weather is definitely getting better? Regardless, there are plenty of festivals, events, online services & workshops taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. Here are just a few suggestions. 26   Rhob Cunningham(Gig)   […]

Let’s Go Wild…  

The days are certainly getting longer, somewhat warmer & even a little bit drier. So now is definitely the time to start thinking about swapping the winter woollies & wellies for sun cream & shorts…ish? So whether you are looking for a great outdoor adventure, an intimate venue or a social gathering, once again, there […]

Happy Daze…  

Once again, we are spoilt for choice, here in West Cork, when it comes to deciding what to do over the coming 7 days. From community cafes, bingo nights, vintage runs, theatre, historical talks, weekend retreats & so much more, there really is something for everyone…young & old. Here are just a few suggestions 12   […]

Spring Gleam…  

If March wasn’t busy enough, bring on April. Once again, we have the perfect mix of festivals & events taking place throughout West Cork over the next coming 7 days, ranging from live music, public talks, community events, fundraisers & so much more. Here are just a few suggestions. 05   Fashion+ Fundraiser   Skibbereen   8pm 06   […]

Tell A Friend…  

westcorkcorkcommunity.ie will be celebrating its 2nd birthday on 8th April. So join in with the celebrations & help a friend to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. Each week, I aim to bring you the most comprehensive listings for all festivals, events, workshops & online services taking place throughout West Cork over the next coming 7 […]

Happy Good Friday…  

Easter is a time of year that has many different meanings. So, regardless of your faith, I hope that you all agree, it’s a time to come together. Here are just a few suggestions. 29(03)-01   Rising Tide Festival   Bantry 30   Holy Saturday Walk   Timoleague 31   Clay Shoot   Dunmanway 01   RNLI Fundraiser   Union Hall 02-05   Easter […]

Easter Eggtravaganza…  

I have just come back from my holiday in Malta & they too are gearing up for the Easter Festivities. This is indeed an important time of the year & is rightly celebrated all over the world…& none less so than here in West Cork. So between now & Friday, I intend to promote as […]

What A Week Ahead…  

I’m off on my holiday next week, but worry not, as there are plenty of festivals & events taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days. In fact, there are 74 festivals/events listed, ranging from live music, bingo nights, theatre, AGM’s, film clubs, cake sales & of course…St. Patrick’s Day. Because I am […]

Communities Working Together…  

The original concept behind westcorkcommunity.ie, was to create a one-stop-shop for all Community, Not-for-Profit & Social groups based in West Cork. The aim is to; * Heighten your profile. * Increase your income. * Improve your access to available resources: This is achieved via the various categories, but what I want to emphasis today is, […]

All About The Ladies…  

Today is International Women’s Day & this Sunday is Mother’s Day & I’ve no doubt that there will be much joyous celebration throughout West Cork to mark both occasions. There are several fundraising events taking place, so please support if you can. That said, over the next coming 7 days, there is the usual mix […]

It’s Child’s Play…  

It’s Child’s Play… With the Easter break just around the corner, now is the time to make a plan, for the younger family members. Between now & then, I will be listing as many ‘activity camps’ for the kids, so keep an eye on the festivals/events guide, as placements are snapped up. Here are just […]

Time To Plough On…  

Meteorologically, today is the 1st day of Spring. So, given that the sun is shining, it’s fair to say that there is an equal spring in my step today, as I look forward to another variety packed  week of events. Festivals/events range from retreats, live music, ploughing competitions, comedy night, bingo, talks & so much […]

A Place Apart…  

I think it’s fair to say that, West Cork is undoubtedly, the most scenic region in Ireland! The West Cork Photo Gallery, therefore, exists simply because I just feel that you cannot but appreciate the beauty of West Cork. This category purely aims to show off West Cork in all of its magnificence & diversity. […]

Time To Play…  

Or should I say, it’s time to go and watch a “Play”…& this week, there are 3 to choose from, performing throughout West Cork. That said, if the theatre is not your thing, worry not, as there are a total of 54 events taking place over the coming 7 days. Ranging from live gigs, bingo, […]

It’s All Around You…  

I want to take this opportunity to promote, what I believe, to be the most ‘accessible-to-all’ category on the westcorkcommunity.ie website – Online Services. Why? Because regardless of your geographical position, you can avail of all of the online services…& some will also work around your busy schedule. As with workshops, some online services run […]

Reap What You Sow…  

Once again, we are spoilt for choice, when deciding which of the many festivals/events taking place throughout West Cork over the coming 7 days, we choose to attend. From community cafes, bingo nights, social dances, live gigs, historical talks & so much more, there really is something for everyone…young & old. Here are just a […]

Workshop Wonder…  

Happy Pancake Day… This Tuesday, I want to delve into the world of ‘Workshops’. There are currently 62 all year round workshops taking place throughout West Cork. These workshops range from aqua aerobics to zumba & suitable for toddlers up to senior citizens. They also run from morning through to night, so there really is […]

anseo táimid ag dul  

As I write this, the sun is shining…finally, & I am so looking forward to the weekend, because once again, there is a whole host of festivals/events taking place throughout West Cork. Here are just a few suggestions. 09   Monster Virtual Auction   Bandon 10   Niamh Regan(Gig)   Ballydehob 10   RosSync   Rosscarbery 11   Scór Na bPáistí(Semi-Final)   Lisavaird […]

So, What’s New…  

Welcome to the Tuesday Post, dedicated to promoting all of the other categories on the westcorkcommunity.ie website, other than Festivals/Events. To kick us off, I want to talk about the ‘Links’ category. There is a total of 7 sub-categories; Courses/Training, Employment, Funding/Grants, Handbooks, Insurance, Legal & Resources. There are currently 137 listings available, ranging from […]

Thank God It’s Friday…  

Finally, the 75 weeks of January are over! February on the other hand, is definitely a month to be looking forward to. There are currently 116 festivals/events to date taking place throughout West Cork. Here are just a few suggestions. 01-05   Brigid’s Festival   Bandon 02-05   Trad Fest   Skibbereen 03   God Rest His Soul(Play)   Ballinadee 04-05   […]

A Star Is Born…  

Although the holiday for St. Brigid will be celebrated on Monday 5th February, February 1st 2024 marks the 1500th anniversary of the saint’s death & I will be promoting events surrounding her life next week. Fortunately, between now & then, there are plenty of activities, online services & workshops taking place throughout West Cork. Listed […]

Guess Who’s Back…  

Finally, the Festivals/Events 2024 Calendar is up & running, so if you are looking for something to do this week in & around West Cork, then look no further. From live music, film clubs, social dances, coffee mornings, car boot sales, pub quiz's, blood clinics & so much more. There is also a whole new […]

Onwards & Upwards…  

As stated in my last Post, there are going to be a few changes at westcorkcommunity.ie as we head into 2024. Initially, please bear with me, whilst I construct the Festivals/Events Calendar 2024 & following on from there, I will be introducing the all new ‘Stay & Eat’ guide. I will also be focusing on […]

Happy New Year!!  

I would like to thank you, on behalf of westcorkcommunity.ie, for all of the support, encouragement & continued belief in the services provided. There are a few changes planned for 2024, however, the objective remains the same & that is to keep you informed of all the services, activities & events organised by all Community, […]

Ho! Ho! Ho! Here we go…  

The tree & decorations are up, so all that is required now…are the pressies! Which is why you will be delighted to know that over the coming 7 days, there are a whole host of Christmas events taking place throughout West Cork. In addition, there is also your usual run of live music gigs, local […]

It’s Beginning To…  

Feel a lot like…You know what… In total, there are 38 events taking place over the coming 7 days, with the word Xmas in the title. Ranging from carol services, jumper parties, craft fairs, foraging walks, tractor run fundraiser, fun run, Santa drive-thru & so much more! There’s also another 22 events taking place, ranging […]

No Time For Sherkin…  

Never mind Ho! Ho! Ho! How about…Wow! Wow! Wow! It’s December already!! The good news is that the Christmas Markets, Fairs & Fundraisers will all be taking place throughout West Cork over the coming weeks, including a first-ever market on Sherkin. So, whether you support a local community group or individual craftsperson, wrap up warm […]