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Irish storyteller Jack Lynch will perform at the Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival 2014
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Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival 5th - 7th September 2014

(West Cork)

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This renowned annual festival, now in its twentieth year, is one of the highlights of the world storytelling calendar. The island of Cape Clear in West Cork, with its wild romantic scenery, is the perfect setting for the...

image of a food market stall for the A Taste of West Cork Food Festival Skibbereen

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 5th - 14th September

(Skibbereen)

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In the heart of picturesque West Cork lies the market town of Skibbereen, with unfortunately strong historic ties to the great food disaster of the famine, now it is tied to a festival which celebrates the range of great artisan...

Docking of the German Cruise Liner Amadea in Bantry Bay and the welcome of the passengers to Glengariff.

Cruise Business Review get a Taste of West Cork

(West Cork)

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When the German cruise ship Amadea docked in Bantry Bay its 600 passengers and 300 crew found musicians and tourism ambassadors waiting on the pier in Glengariff to welcome them. Their enthusiastic welcome to the West Cork...

Images of the Rosscarbery Horse Fair held annually in Rosscarbery Town in August.

The Rosscarbery Horse Fair 26th August

(West Cork)

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The pretty little town of Rosscarbery comes to life tomorrow, the 26th of August, with the arrival of numerous stalls and dozens of horses, ponies and donkeys to its streets. The Rosscarbery Horse Fair has been taking place for...

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The Sherkin Responsibilities Music Festival 15th - 17th August

(West Cork)

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Tired of the responsibilities bogging you down in life? Get on a boat and get yourself over to Sherkin Island this weekend to let your hair down at the Sherkin Responsibilities Music Festival. This unique festival brings you to...

West Cork tops Ireland

(West Cork)

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If you

An image of people on the warren beach in Rosscarbery with the caption Live from Warren Beach - great crowd for the sandcastle competition! found on the Rosscarbery Family Festival facebook page

Rosscarbery Family Festival 8th - 17th August

(West Cork)

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With over forty events taking place during the eleven days of the festival there is bound to be something to keep you and your family entertained whether you

Castletownbere Festival 2014 events.

Castletownbere Festival of the Sea 1st - 8th of August

(West Cork)

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This annual festival in the coastal fishing village of West Cork has, naturally, a great variety of marine themed activities, as well as some linked to their agricultural background and some that are just plain wacky. Pint...

Skibbereen Arts Festival 25th July - 2nd August

(Skibbereen)

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Skibbereen Arts festival is in its sixth year, and despite being in its youth it quickly became

Clonakilty Random Acts of Kindness Festival 19th - 20th July

(Clonakilty)

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The inhabitants of one of the friendliest towns in West Cork are coming together to celebrate a unique festival that is all about putting a smile on people

Union Hall Festival By The Sea 18th - 27th July

(West Cork)

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Down in the the small West Cork fishing village of Union Hall, the locals are preparing to entertain their guests and themselves for the ten days of the Festival By The Sea. The actress who plays Winnie on the popular Tv show

Castletownshend Classical Music Festival 17th July - 14th August

(West Cork)

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Now in its 34th year, this event, held in Castletownshend, West Cork, runs every Thursday from the 17th of July to the 14th of August and brings talented and respected classical musicians to the intimate setting of St. Barrahane

West Cork Literary Festival 6th July - 12th July

(Bantry)

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As a book-lover, I can safely assert that for all of us readers, writers and lovers of good books The West Cork Literary Festival is one of the main highlights of the many festivals held in West Cork. Held in Bantry for the past...

West Cork Chamber Music Festival 27th June - 5th July

(Bantry)

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West Cork carries on the tradition that began in the palace chambers of England in Medieval times. Chamber music is seen as an intimate performance, traditionally involving a small number of players and instruments (just enough...

top of the rock pod pairc, drimoleaugue accommodation and walking centre, west cork, Ireland

Top of the Rock Pod P

(West Cork)

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The weather decided to be gracious and shine down on the newly constructed Top Of The Rock Pod P

Carringanass Midsummer Festival 21st - 23rd June

(Bantry)

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In Carringanass Castle, Kealkil, West Cork a celebration of Midsummer will be taking place. Midsummer festival is centered upon the summer solstice, the longest day and the shortest night. There have been many myths and legends...

West Cork 200 Cycle 21st June

(West Cork)

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This event is for those of you serious cyclists who want to test yourself on a 200 km ride against the backdrop of the beautiful West Cork scenery. Established in 2009 in order to promote the sport and the scenic beauty of West...

Baltimore Pirate Festival 20th - 22nd June

(West Cork)

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Ahoy, me Hearties! Weigh Anchor and hoist the mizzen! Set your course for Baltimore, West Cork. Calling all ye Seadogs and Landlubbers to the event remembering the Sack of Baltimore by those scurvy dogs - the Barbary Corsairs....

Wild Atlantic Way Three Bay Cruise 17th - 19th June

(West Cork)

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The sun shining down on the sea around you, the views of the impressive Irish coastline, the sounds of waves slapping gently up against your boat and sea birds calling to each other overhead. This is what one would hope for...

West Cork Garden Trail 14th - 29th June

(West Cork)

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West Cork welcomes all avid gardeners, photographers or seekers of beauty to the 20th West Cork Garden Trail. The trail involves sixteen diverse and beautiful gardens, some available to the public only during the garden trail....

The West Cork Islands Festival 14th - 15th June

(West Cork)

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The West Cork Islands Festival invites you to

Michael Dwyer Music Festival Allihies 6th - 8th June

(Beara)

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From June 6th to June 8th the people living in Allihies in the Beara peninsula will be celebrating the life of Michael Dwyer, the gifted composer and performer of traditional Irish music. Over the three days of the festival...

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Clonakilty Bicycle Festival 4th - 8th June

(Clonakilty)

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Calling all bicycle owners and cycling enthusiasts! Bring your bike down to Clonakilty and take part in some of the numerous events Clonakilty Bicycle Festival are running to entertain cyclists of all ages. If you don

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Bantry Walking Festival

(Bantry)

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Get your hiking boots ready for the 31 May and enjoy the comfort of the car ride to Bantry because it

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Bandon Music Festival

(Bandon)

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The town of Bandon in West Cork will be hopping from Friday 30th of May to Sunday 1st June, with the Bandon Music Festival lining up big-name acts to bring out music lovers of all ages. The two big nights of the festival,...

Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival and Baltimore Seafood Festival

(West Cork)

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On the weekend beginning Friday the 23rd of May, Baltimore in West Cork is preparing to be swarmed by families, food-lovers and boating enthusiasts. With the Baltimore Wooden Boat Festival and the Baltimore Seafood Festival both...

Ballydehob Country Music Festival

(Schull)

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On the June bank holiday weekend, beginning the 30th of May, the first ever Ballydehob Country Music Festival will be kicking off and it

The 6th Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival Comes to West Cork

(Schull)

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From Wednesday 21st May to Sunday 25th May the scenic village of Schull, located in West Cork, will be transformed into a vast cinema with the coming of the 2014 Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival. The films entered in the...

From Top of Coom to the BBC for Viral Sensations

(Macroom)

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Three Irish farmers who have become internet sensations after a video of them celebrating the reopening of their local pub went viral are set to open one of the BBC

OntheQT.ie highlights Gougane Barra

(West Cork)

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Gougane Barra is the subject of the most recent post on popular travel blog On The QT. Here's a taste of the article and a link to the full piece.

Yoko Ono receives bogwood sculpture by Kieran Higgins 2012

(Bandon)

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Yoko Ono recently accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award for her art from Dublin Biennial.The award was a traditional Irish bogwood sculpture by Kieran Higgins.It was officially presented to Yoko Ono by the Lord Mayor of...

Sheep's Head - 'The Best!' 2012

By:Arran O'Driscoll (Bandon)

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Whilst out downloading information from the trail counters on the Sheep's Head last month I came across two walkers and got talking to them. Before we parted I took their photograph, promising to send it on to them when I was...

Open Invitation to Walking Study Launch

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A modest investment could increase the value of walking tourism to West Cork by nearly €8 million to €22 million a new study has revealed.

Pentecost Short Film

Fastnet Short Film Winner up for an Oscar

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Winner at the Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival up for an Oscar

A Brief Drive in West Cork - 1962

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Here is a very short video we found online. It is shot using an 8mm cine camera strapped to the bonnet of a VW Beetle and driven around Galley Head, outside Rosscarbery, County Cork in 1962. Take a look...

Fuchsia Craft Make Strong Presence at RDS Craft Fair

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This years National Craft & Design Fair in the RDS was the most successful to date and West Cork Fuchsia Craft members were drawing a crowd.

Mizen Footbridge wins Engineering Excellence Award!

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Mizen Head Footbridge wins the 2011 Engineers Ireland Engineering Project of the Year Excllence Award!

Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards

Belling Awards for West Cork Artisan Food

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This November, the inaugural Belling West Cork Artisan Food Awards will celebrate all that is great about artisan food produced in West Cork. Acknowledging the unique place held by West Cork in the landscape of Irish food...

Jim Kennedy invited to Japan

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Fresh from his presentations at the Electric Picnic global paddler Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking has been invited to travel to Japan to promote Ireland as a tourism destination. Jim has been selling Ireland, and in...

West Cork Pilgrim Walking Trail

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Taking in some of the most breathtaking views in West Cork and steeped in local history, the new Pilgrim Walking Trail is already proving a success. Taking in Drimoleague, Gougane Barra and, for the seasoned walker, the rugged...

National Heritage Week 2011, 20-28 August

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Whether it is nature and wildlife, folklore, or built heritage, National Heritage Week aims to deliver messages and events that are positive, engaging and relevant in people

National Trails Day 2011

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National Trails Day 2011 is going to be run on Sunday, 2nd of October which means it

Bantry House Craft Fair 31 July-7 Aug

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Bantry House craft fair takes place 31st July

Southern Star West Cork Food Feature

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On 25th June 2011, The Southern Star, in association with West Cork Development Partnership, are running a West Cork Food Feature highlighting quality West Cork food and the individuals behind it.

West Cork Produce Make it to the Queens Banquet table

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At the banquet in Dublin Castle the Queen was treated to a wide selection of quality Irish produce.  Carrageen-set West Cork cream and Milleens cheese gave her Majesty a taste of West Cork ahead of her visit to Cork today...

'West Cork Inspires' book is being presented to Her Majesty the Queen

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'West Cork Inspires'  book is being presented to Her Majesty the Queen today along with an invitation to visit the exhibition that accompanies the book launch. Curator Etain Hickey and the editor, Alison Ospina, were asked...

How to know you're in West Cork!!

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Schtop. Schtart. Schtall on...the Peoples' Republic of Cork on that intangible something that makes West Cork so very...unique?!?!

Collection of Irish Cheeses

Telegraph recommend West Cork produce for Queens Dublin Castle Banquet

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West Cork produce features heavily in this mouthwatering article in the Telegraph. With the menu for the banquet at Dublin Castle as yet a mystery, columnist Rose Prince takes a whirlwind tour through some of Ireland's...

Irish Trails Adventure Weekend May 20-22 RDS

(Bandon)

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All you need to know about Ireland's outdoor scene at the RDS this May

Inspiring Kinsale outfit Oceanaddicts scoop top prize in JFC Innovation Awards

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Congratulations to Graham and Anne Ferguson whose cruise-dive business Oceanaddicts scooped a prize fund in the region of €40,000 in the JFC Innovation Awards. This inspiring couple were both made redundant within months...

Atlantic Sea Kayaking in Trip Advisor World Top 10 most exciting alternative holiday

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The accolades continue for Jim Kennedy and his team at Atlantic Sea Kayaking. Trip Advisor, the world

West Cork Cheeses feature strongly at the British Cheese Awards

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Congratulations are once again due to our local cheese makers who have brought 3 gold medals (Durrus, Gubbeen and Carrigaline Smoked) and 1 silver (Milleens) back to West Cork from the British Cheese Awards in Cardiff....