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Welcome to West Cork Connection!

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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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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Fish Publishing

Fish Publishing

Writing Courses Online   Improve your writing with a tailored online course The courses offer both new and experienced writers an extensive range of creative ideas and activities to help develop their craft. The tuition is one-to-one...

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Levis's Corner House, Ballydehob

Levis's Corner House, Ballydehob

Gig Listings October 2014 Here's some of the line up for October: Saturday 18 October The Hard Ground are Marlene Enright, Pat Carey, Dave Duffy, Davy Ryan and Hugh Dillon. Described as musically "brooding and...

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One Day 'Make a Shoe' Course

One Day 'Make a Shoe' Course

At Bantry House - One Day 'Make a Shoe' Course - leave at the end of the day with shoes you have made yourself! Participants on our One Day Course get to make a simple...

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Ballydehob Culture Rocks!

Ballydehob Culture Rocks!

Ballydehob Art & Culture Weekend: 17 – 19 October 2014 Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland - Comprising a colourful palette of visual, literary and performance art, numerous exhibitions, and a range of multi-disciplinary workshops, Ballydehob Art...

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Kinsale Arts Festival

Kinsale Arts Festival

Thank You! A big thank you is due to all those who made the tenth Kinsale Arts Festival happen - the artists, audiences, volunteers and friends. For those who didn't make it this year...

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SCAR 2014

SCAR 2014

Welcome to SCAR SCAR stands for Skibbereen Charity Adventure Race Saturday 18 October 2014 9.00 AM Our Multi-discipline adventure race takes place in and around the breath taking beauty and rugged environs of Skibbereen, Castletownshend...

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Chief O’Neill Remembered

Chief O’Neill Remembered

2014 - Programme Thursday 13 November Oíche CheoilBantry Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóití Éireann, a night of music, songs and local sets with Fear an Tí Seán Ó SéVenue - The Ouvane, BallylickeyTime - Junior Session at...

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The Howling Gales

The Howling Gales

@ The High Tide Club Castletownbere Friday 10 October @ 8 PM  THE HOWLING GALES came together when four singer songwriters from Bantry met for a casual jam. Darragh had been asked to cover a gig...

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Gubbeen The Book

Gubbeen The Book

Gubbeen The Story of a Working Farm and its Foods by Giana Ferguson Foreword by Darina Allen With recipes from the Dairy, Smokehouse and Kitchen Garden Published on 16 October 2014 Hardback Published by Kyle Books Photography by Andy...

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Free Community Festival Glengarriff 2014

Free Community Festival Glengarriff 2014

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. Bernard Harrington’s Bar Glengarriff FREE SPIRIT friendly and inclusive music festival Friday 17...

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Nigel Mooney Band - High Tide Club

Nigel Mooney Band - High Tide Club

Nigel Mooney & his Band at The High Tide Club, Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere on Sat the 27th of September at 8pm. We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming gig this Sat 27th Sept with Nigel...

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Dylan Tighe - The High Tide Club

Dylan Tighe - The High Tide Club

Dylan Tighe @ The High Tide Club, Saturday 20th Sept @ 8pm.  ADMISSION: €12 Dylan Tighe’s debut album Record was released in February 2014 to widespread acclaim in Ireland. The Sunday Times declared Dylan an “exquisite...

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Crow Head An Investigation - Free Event

Crow Head An Investigation - Free Event

Mary graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering from CIT in 2003 and worked as an engineer with a multi-national company designing electronic devices. Moving to Beara in 2008, she came to know the great...

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Ikarumba

Ikarumba

At The High Tide Club The High Tide Club @ The Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere, will host the wonderfully infectious band IKARUMBA on Saturday 13 September @ 8 PM Ikarumba consists of Simon Crockett (Spanish Guitar)...

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Food Events and More

Food Events and More

At Kinsale Arts Festival From The Domestic Godless’ sewage-duct sushi bar, to Breaking Bad inspired chicken in TV Dinner’s feast for the eyes and tongues, there’s something to cater for every appetite in this year’s...

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A Culinary Tribute to The Titanic

A Culinary Tribute to The Titanic

At the West Cork Hotel A Culinary Tribute to The Titanic at the West Cork Hotel – Edwardian StyleSlip back to an era of fine dining, elegance and style at the West Cork Hotel on...

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A Taste of West Cork Festival

A Taste of West Cork Festival

A premier showcase event which encompasses the entire food producing community in West Cork Friday 5 – Sunday 14 September 2014 Skibbereen West Cork is traditionally a farming and fishing community dotted with small market towns...

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West Cork Inclusive Dance

West Cork Inclusive Dance

Inclusive Dance is an exciting new way to for everybody to explore and enjoy movement. Developed through the partnership of COPE Foundation, Co-Action, Croi Glan Integrated Dance and West Cork Art Centre, Inclusive Dance is...

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Symphony of the Sea

Symphony of the Sea

Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork A recent collaboration between musician and composer Justin Grounds, visual artist Tess Leak and participants of Clonakilty Community Hospital, as part of the West Cork Arts Centre-managed Arts...

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Harvest Moon Festival 2014

Harvest Moon Festival 2014

Schull Village West Cork - 5 and 6 September The Harvest Moon Music Festival is all about great music!   Staying true to its core, this year’s line-up, yet again, promises a wonderful weekend of fabulous...

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€1200 Prize for Traditional Musicians

€1200 Prize for Traditional Musicians

Competition Announced for Chief O’Neill Music Festival in West Cork The aim of this competition is to encourage musicians to delve into O’ Neill’s publications. Therefore, credit will be given for evidence of research and...

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West Cork's Culture Night 2014

West Cork's Culture Night 2014

EXPLORE – EXPERIENCE – ENJOY From art to poetry, early music to a specially commissioned soundscape on the 17th floor of Cork County Hall, there is a wide and wonderful programme for Cork County’s Culture Night...

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Chief O’Neill Festival Workshops

Chief O’Neill Festival Workshops

Flute with Ciarán Somers Uilleann Pipes with David Power Saturday 15 November 10 AM -12 Noon These workshops are primarily aimed at intermediate and more advanced young musicians and so are not suitable for...

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How These Desperate Men Talk

How These Desperate Men Talk

At Kinsale Arts Festival Actors Announced and Trailer Released Actors David Pearse and Tadhg Murphy have been confirmed for the Irish premiere of Enda Walsh's How These Desperate Men Talk. Award-winning actor David Pearse's theatre appearances...

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Sheep's Head Hike

Sheep's Head Hike

When: Saturday 6 September 2014 Where: Sheep's Head Way, West Cork Registration: Community Hall, Kilcrohane Village, Cork Distance: Route 1: 11km, Route 2: 5.6km Explore the heights and beautiful scenery of the Sheep's Head Way...

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The Driftwood Manor at The High Tide Club

The Driftwood Manor at The High Tide Club

The Driftwood Manor @at The High Tide Club, Castletownbere Saturday 23rd August @ 9p.m.  Formed in 2007, The Driftwood Manor are an Irish Folk band taking in a wide range of influences from Traditional Irish to...

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Heritage Week in Skibbereen

Heritage Week in Skibbereen

Heritage Week 2014 is being celebrated in Skibbereen with a series of events organised by Skibbereen Heritage Centre in conjunction with Skibbereen Credit Union. All of the events are free of charge and open to...

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Bantry Show 2014

Bantry Show 2014

Sunday 7 September -  you can’t afford to miss it – at the stunning location of “The Beaches” As always, there is a huge range of attractions and events including classes for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep...

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National Heritage Week at Bantry House

National Heritage Week at Bantry House

Ye Old Bantry House Saturday 23 August 10 AM to 5 PM In conjunction with National Heritage week Bantry House and Garden will be offering free entry to the Garden on Saturday 23 August.  The...

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Hothouse Flowers in West Cork

Hothouse Flowers in West Cork

Band to gig at Glebe Gardens, Baltimore, West Cork on Sunday 17 August at 8.00 PM in the Amphitheatre – a fantastic evening of music in store with the Dublin based band – who could...

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West Cork Antique and Art Fair

West Cork Antique and Art Fair

Sunday 17 August in the Celtic Ross Hotel  Hibernian Antique and Art Fairs are very proud to have been invited once again to organise The West Cork Antique and Art Fair on Sunday 17 August 2014...

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Under Milk Wood

Under Milk Wood

Part of the Fit-Up Theatre Festival Blood in the Alley Presents  Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas August 12th - August 17th  Performed by: Fiona Condon, Rowan Finken, Andrew Musselman Directed by: Geoff Gould A stunning new...

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Goleen Festival 2014

Goleen Festival 2014

Plenty to do in the next week or two.  The Mizen peninsula is the place to be for entertainment and craic!   Tuesday 5 August – Friday 8 August 10.30am-3.30pm Table Tennis Summer Camp at Goleen...

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Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival 2014

Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival 2014

The Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival in West Cork, is now in its 20th year, and has become one of the most renowned festivals in the world storytelling calendar. Each year some of the...

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Explore West Cork in Knitting!

Explore West Cork in Knitting!

"Knit & Natter” Summer Exhibition 2014 at Dunmanway Library until the end of August For those of you who haven’t seen the extraordinary knitted artworks created by the group, the library’s exhibition should be on...

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Ceramic Masters

Ceramic Masters

At Mill Cove Gallery, Beara - 3 August to 28 September 2014 Pat Connor and Jim Turner have over 80 years collective experience of working in clay. These Ceramic Masters possess the highest technical skill...

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Kinsale Arts Festival Programme Announced

Kinsale Arts Festival Programme Announced

Ten oak letters ignite the night sky, as a fleet of boats take to the water. On 19 September, a fiery international premiere will announce the opening of the tenth Kinsale Arts Festival in spectacular...

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September 19 is Culture Night in Cork County

September 19 is Culture Night in Cork County

A Date for Your Diary  As the summer speeds by we head once more towards one of the finest cultural events in the calendar, Culture Night Cork County. This year’s event takes place on Friday, 19...

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Sam Evans The High Tide Club Castletownbere

Sam Evans The High Tide Club Castletownbere

For those of you who heard Sam last year (and those who didnt) Sam & his band  have been invited back after a thoroughly fantastic gig at The High Tide Club last year & Following...

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Glandore Art Exhibition

Glandore Art Exhibition

On Wednesday 30 July Dr. Edward M Walsh, the Founding President of the University of Limerick, will open an Exhibition of 25 paintings of the Old Pier in Union Hall in Christ Church, Kilfaughnabeg, Glandore. ...

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Schull Revival Regatta 2014

Schull Revival Regatta 2014

The Schull Regatta has its roots in Schull history and tradition. It all began in 1884 when 26.5 ft sailing yawls raced each other between Schull and Crookhaven and around the harbour. This year’s Schull...

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Sean Nós at the Abbeystrewry Church

Sean Nós at the Abbeystrewry Church

A night of traditional Sean Nós music at the Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen A night of traditional Irish song and dance is set to bring Skibbereen alive, with a Sean Nós session on Friday 1 August...

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Birdwatch Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland

West Cork Branch Programme of Events Autumn 2014 Except where indicated, all events are free and non-Members are very welcome. Sunday 24 August 2014 Galley Head with IWDG for National Whale-watching day 2:00pm Meet at...

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Jezebel

Jezebel

Part of the Fit-Up Theatre Festival Rough Magic Theatre Company Presents  Jezebel by Mark Cantan August 5th - August 10th  Age suitability: 16+  Performed by: Peter Daly, Margaret McAuliffe & Valerie O'Connor. Directed by: Lynne Parker A clever...

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Martin Stephenson

Martin Stephenson

At Baby Hannah's, Skibbereen  31 July  9.00 PM Tickets: €10.00 Martin is an outstanding singer and songwriter, whose career in music now stretches back over thirty years of critical acclaim and relentless touring. New album California...

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Starling Song Project

Starling Song Project

Featuring Liz Clark 31 July 7.30 PM at the West Cork Hotel Tickets: € 5.00 Starling Song is a song-writing project investigating locality and connecting older people across West Cork. The project was developed by...

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Rosscarbery Family Festival 2014

Rosscarbery Family Festival 2014

A ten-day annual event with a jam packed programme of events, with activities to entertain all the family from grandparents to toddlers. Friday 8 – Sunday 17 August 2014Events include a teen UV disco, a...

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Legendary Ricky Scaggs Headlines at Masters of Tradition

Legendary Ricky Scaggs Headlines at Masters of Tradition

American musician Ricky Scaggs to lead the line up for the 2014 Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry Legendary American musician, Ricky Skaggs, leads the line-up for the 2014 Masters of Tradition Festival in Bantry, Co...

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The Cujo Family | High Tide Club | Castletownbere

The Cujo Family | High Tide Club | Castletownbere

THE CUJO FAMILY SAT 12TH JULY @ 9pm ~ THE HIGH TIDE CLUB, SARAH WALKER GALLERY, CASTLETOWNBERE The High Tide Club is delighted to announce the forthcoming acoustic gig with two of the band members Gavin...

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Seisiún Summer Irish Nights Skibbereen

Seisiún Summer Irish Nights Skibbereen

Skibbereen Comhaltas summer Irish nights will return to the West Cork Hotel this summer on each Wednesday night starting on this coming Wednesday, July 9th at 9pm. Séisiún presents an authentic show of Irish traditional...

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Family Funday on Whiddy

Family Funday on Whiddy

Enjoy a great day out Sunday 29 June with all the family and friends on Whiddy Island at the Atlantic Challenge Family Funday The day will start with a FUN Run at 1:30 (registration 1pm -...

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Special Events for Children

Special Events for Children

At the West Cork Literary Festival - Children, from tots to teens, are the focus for a number of events this July as part of the 2014 West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork...

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Roaringwater Bay Weekend

Roaringwater Bay Weekend

With Sea Shepherd Ireland Friday 11 – Sunday 13 July 2014 Come along to the Sea Shepherd Ireland's Roaringwater Bay Weekend in partnership with Whale Watch, Baltimore, West Cork.Connect with nature and explore Roaringwater Bay...

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Goleen is Cork's Entry for Pride of Place Competition

Goleen is Cork's Entry for Pride of Place Competition

IPB Insurance Pride of Place Competition 2014 in association with Co-operation Ireland Cork County Council has chosen Goleen Parish to be their 2014 entry for  the IPB Pride of Place  competition that acknowledges the work...

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Jon Kenny

Jon Kenny

At The High Tide Club, Castletownbere Saturday 14 June 9.00 PM Jon Kenny is one of Ireland’s premier Actors/Comedians. Jon’s career in entertainment started at the age of sixteen as lead singer in the glam...

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The American Tapestry Chorus, Acapellabella, Kinsale Voices

The American Tapestry Chorus, Acapellabella, Kinsale Voices

Perform together at Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Bishop Street, Cork 2 July 2014 at 8 PMThe American Tapestry Chorus is comprised of choristers from throughout the United States. As members of church and community choirs, they...

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Barenboim and Brahms in Berlin

Barenboim and Brahms in Berlin

And streamed live in Cork  Wednesday 18 June 2014, 6.30 PM Live streaming in HD at the Omniplex, Mahon Point Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto no. 1 in...

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The Events Year in Bantry

The Events Year in Bantry

An overview of the events and festivals happening in and around Bantry for 2014 More information will be on Bantry Development and Tourism Association's web site in advance of each event so please bookmark their web...

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Spirit of the Sea Exhibition

Spirit of the Sea Exhibition

The Spirit of the Sea will take place for the first time in association with the Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival Thursday 12 June in Levis’s Bar, Ballydehob On display there will be works of art...

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2014 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival

2014 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival

2014 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob from June 13 - 15 this year with a huge range of performers already confirmed to take part. The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Fest is...

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2014 West Cork Cycle 200

2014 West Cork Cycle 200

Rolling out at 07.00 AM from The Maritime Hotel in Bantry... Our aim is to promote the sport of Cycling and Beautiful Scenic West Cork through the annual sportive West Cork 200 Cycle. For 2014...

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Mill Cove Garden Party

Mill Cove Garden Party

Mill Cove Garden Party in aid of Dogs Trust Ireland Sunday 1st June 2014 from 2pm to 6pm At  Mill Cove Gallery   Mill Cove House   Castletownbere   County Cork The Garden Party celebrates the opening of the Sculpture Gardens Mill...

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The Bandon Music Festival

The Bandon Music Festival

Friday 30 May – Sunday 2 June 2014 The Bandon Music Festival has grown organically into one of Ireland's leading independent music events by attracting big name artists year after year... And 2014 is no exception...

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