Glandore Church ready for summer season of musical events

Posted on: 6th July, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

In 2012, the Glandore Church of Ireland Restoration Committee was formed, and with huge support from the general public and state agencies the tower and stonework has been restored and new gutters, drains and electricity installed. “We are delighted to be able to announce that the painting of the interior and the windows has just been completed in time for the summer season,” says Averil Cooke, chairperson of the Restoration Committee.

The opening event on Saturday, July 11 is an evening of traditional music and sees the return of Jim Murray, the acclaimed Irish guitarist -—Sharon Shannon’s ‘right hand man’. Jim, who was married in the church, has faithfully supported the restoration each year and his concerts are always very special. This year he is joined by Clonakilty singer Deirdre Archbold (finalist in RTE’s You’re A Star) who fronts the group Ré Nua, and Richard Lucey from Ballingeary in West Cork, who is one of the most talented accordionists in the country and has performed and toured throughout Ireland and internationally.

Then, considering that the church is perched on a rocky ledge overlooking Glandore Harbour, the programme, fittingly, takes a more nautical turn. During the Glandore Classic Boat Regatta, a Model Boat Exhibition — in aid of the RNLI — will take place in the church from Saturday, July 18 to Monday, July 20 (inclusive) 11am -5pm each day.

The next event on Tuesday, July 21 is an illustrated talk on The Glandore U-boat by Brendan Cahill. This German submarine (U260) was struck by a mine off the fastnet Rock on the 12 March, 1945. Badly damaged it headed for the coast but eventually the order was given to scuttle it. The Courtmacsherry Lifeboat rescued the crew, who were arrested and interned for the remainder of the war, on getting ashore.  The wreck of the U-boat was discovered by a diver 4.5 miles south of Glandore in 1975.

The final July event is an exhibition of Appliqué Pictures by the Liberty Stitch Textile Art Group. Susannah Sindall, an appliqué artist living near Skibbereen, who has shared her love and skill of working with fabrics through regular workshops and courses, leads this group.  The pictures they have created, using very fine fabrics like paints to create images of the natural world, will be on display and for sale from Tuesday, July 28 until Sunday, August 9. The exhibition is open daily from 11am-5pm with free admission.

The church is open every day and wall panels outlining the history of local buildings, monuments and events are on display — except during scheduled exhibitions.

Sunday service is at 10am during July and August and everyone is welcome to attend.

All evening events begin at 8pm and can be booked online at or by emailing

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The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

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