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Scenically breath-taking, West Cork is clean and green, peaceful and restful, yet the landscape never reveals all its secrets at once, that is why it is so fascinating, that is why there is always more to discover. It takes time to do that, time to stop and relax, West Cork time. How can you experience all this? Well, it's only our advice, but don't try too hard, sometimes when you focus too hard on something you miss what really matters. As the New York Times put it: Ireland can be that place you missed as you travelled around Ireland, looking for Ireland.

We know that essence can be found here in West Cork, along with the best in food, drink, heritage, music and company. Allow plenty of time, there's no rush; this is a place of pleasant, accidental discoveries, a place where you never know what's waiting round the bend or down the street. And be prepared to get side-tracked, that's another of the delights of being in West Cork...

Here are some of our latest and up-coming events

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BirdWatch Ireland in March

BirdWatch Ireland in March

Three "must-go-to" talks throughout March in County Cork  There are three fascinating talks that will be well worth going to in March: The Birds of Cork by Jim Wilson on Tuesday 10 March at Corrin Event...

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Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival

Ballydehob Traditional Music Festival

27 – 29 March 2015  The ninth annual Ballydehob Trad Festival will be held in the village of Ballydehob, West Cork from 27-29 March 2015. A feast of traditional Irish music and dance is promised, featuring...

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Cars and Coffee Morning

Cars and Coffee Morning

Ballincollig & District Vintage and Classic Car Club Celebrating 10 Years  Wednesday 4 March Club Meeting, Mary O'Connor's Bar, Ballincollig at 9:00pm Sunday 8 MarchCars and Coffee Morning, in the Covered Car Park @ Tesco, Ballincollig from...

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West Cork Wine Society

West Cork Wine Society

An Evening of Wine and Food Pairing Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery 7.00 PM Thursday 5 March  The Celtic Ross Hotel in association with Christy's Wines & Spirits is proud to present an evening of fine...

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Vikesh Kapoor

Vikesh Kapoor

At Levis Corner House  Saturday 21 February 8 PM  US songwriter Vikesh Kapur comes to Levis to perform The Ballad of Willy Robbins, his highly acclaimed debut album. Cited to channel Woodie Gutherie and Bob Dylan…Vikesh's songs tell...

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Saint Patricks Day Parade

Saint Patricks Day Parade

Bantry Saint Patricks Day Fancy Dress Parade This March 17th @ 12.30 PM! The Parade will be led by Ballingeary Pipe Band with prizes for best categories on the day   Live Music on the Square after...

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Spring Fit-Up Theatre Festival

Spring Fit-Up Theatre Festival

4 - 15 March Blood in the Alley Theatre Company in association with Cork County Council are pleased to announce the first ever Spring Fit-up Theatre Festival in West Cork from 4 - 15 March inclusive.While...

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A Night of Fashion and Tips

A Night of Fashion and Tips

At the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery “Are you looking for a change in style? Do you want to discover what suits your body shape and colour?” asks Mags O’Donoghue, fundraising coordinator for the Rosscarbery Ladies...

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Rachel Sermanni and Tom Terrell

Rachel Sermanni and Tom Terrell

At Levis’ Corner House Ballydehob Thursday 12 February 7.30 PM Canadian folk musician and singer Tom Terrell makes a welcome return to Levis Bar after a fantastic sold out gig last November. Accompanied by a different...

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West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 26 June to 4 July and welcomes a star-studded cast of international musicians to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Concerts take place from morning to late night in...

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Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival 2015

Sheep’s Head Yarn Festival 2015

The chance to learn new skills or improve in other areas of yarn craft Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May 2015 In early 2014, after hearing stories from friends and family overseas and reveling in...

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Stone-Carving Workshop

Stone-Carving Workshop

Learn Traditional Skills in a Stone-Carving Workshop on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula Join stone carver Victor Daly on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork to learn traditional skills in his stone carving workshop.Saturday 31...

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Free Spirit St Patrick’s Weekend Festival 2015

Free Spirit St Patrick’s Weekend Festival 2015

Music and Craic in the Glen All events free to attend, international artists. Ceol and craic in abundance! All welcome, hope to see you there. FREE SPIRIT - Bernard Harrington’s Bar Glengarriff friendly and inclusive Music...

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2015 West Cork Literary Festival Workshops

2015 West Cork Literary Festival Workshops

Booking now open! Just before Christmas, we announced the programme of workshops for the 2015 West Cork Literary Festival. Phone booking has now opened as well as online booking and so if you would like to...

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Rhythm of Fierce

Rhythm of Fierce

CROI GLAN present…Rhythm of Fierce  Rhythm is a dancer. It's a soul's companion. You can feel it everywhere. Lift your hands and voices. Free your mind and join us. You can feel it in the...

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Liam Ó Maonlaí New Years Eve at The High Tide Club

Liam Ó Maonlaí New Years Eve at The High Tide Club

Last April Liam Ó Maonlaí played for us at The High Tide Club to a sell out show. We shared a magical evening with Liam and had a sell out gig. It was one of...

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Goleen Christmas Fair

Goleen Christmas Fair

Sunday 7 December from 2 – 5 PM in the Community Centre, admission free This is one of West Cork’s largest indoor fairs and we have over 50 stands again this year. There will something...

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Santa’s Secret Garden

Santa’s Secret Garden

In Skibbereen Visit Santa in a Christmas Experience Like No Other...  Christmas is just around the corner, and the team at Albergo, creators of the hugely successful ‘Room 28 at The Haunted Hotel’, have a very...

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John Blek at Levis’ Corner House

John Blek at Levis’ Corner House

We are delighted to welcome back John Blek to Levis Corner House. John has dropped in to us before in various guises…not least accompanying the beautiful Anna Mitchell at the last Ballydehob Arts and Culture...

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Ballydehob Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Ballydehob Christmas Craft and Food Fair

Sunday 30 November  Ballydehob Community Hall Midday to 5.00 PM Free admission on the day On the day: •    Local crafts  •    Arts  •    Food  •    Café  •    Children’s Puppet Show  •    Outdoor Barbecue  For more information contact:...

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Turn on Skibbereen's Christmas Lights!

Turn on Skibbereen's Christmas Lights!

  Turn on the Skibbereen Christmas lights with Santa and Mrs Claus! Open to all West Cork children – a competition to turn on the Skibbereen Christmas lights on Friday 5 December 2014, and see the...

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 Enter The 2015 Junior Painter Of The Year Awards

Enter The 2015 Junior Painter Of The Year Awards

Sightsavers Calls On Ireland’s Youngest Da Vincis, Kahlos, Laverys and Ballaghs To Enter The 2015 Junior Painter Of The Year Awards Illustrator Alan Nolan and visually impaired artist Padraig Naughton were joined recently by a...

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The Seven Heads Walk

The Seven Heads Walk

Date: 29 November Time: 10 AM to 2 PM Location: Starting point - Courtmacsherry In its 11th year running, a group of at least 20 individuals, led by a local volunteer, will walk from Courtmacsherry...

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Session Trail

Session Trail

For the 2014 Chief O'Neill Traditional Music Festival Don't miss it! Full details on the Festival Web Site: www.chiefoneillfestival.com Thursday 13 November Ouvane Falls: Seán Ó Sé will present a night of music, song and dance featuring...

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The 3 Day Practical Pig Class

The 3 Day Practical Pig Class

At The Good Things Café With Fingal Ferguson and Rebeca Domingo Hands on Class - No more than 10 peopleBack by popular demand!  This year we are going to rear 2 pigs and have them...

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BirdWatch Ireland Winter 2014

BirdWatch Ireland Winter 2014

West Cork Branch Winter Programme of Events Here is our winter programme of events.  We have had three excellent outings to witness the autumn migration on Cape Clear and at The Mizen.  Now we can...

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October Bank Holiday

October Bank Holiday

At The Good Things Café Open for dinner Saturday night (6:30-9:00) Open for Sunday Lunch (12:30 - 3:00) We also have 2 places on our Practical Pig Course on the 7th-9th of November as well...

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