Spend an action packed weekend island hopping

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Posted on: 4th June, 2014

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

This month, the West Cork Islands Festival, a unique event taking place on all eight of offshore islands (Bere, Cape Clear, Dursey, Garnish, Whiddy, Heir, Long and Sherkin), takes place on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday, June 15. The Islands community council has worked hard to put together a programme that promises an action-packed weekend where you can learn all about the heritage and history of these magical Islands.

The West Cork Islands Festival was first launched in 2011 with the aim of showcasing the islands of West Cork, as not only somewhere to visit, but also to encourage people to relocate and set up home on the islands. Cork is one of only six counties in the country to have permanent island communities; seven are inhabited; Garnish Island is the only uninhabited one.

Visitors attending the festival are encouraged to ‘be an islander’ for the weekend. Reduced prices will be available on the ferries and at all events being staged on the islands, along with many free activities. A wide variety of activities and events will be on offer throughout the islands, including guided walks, historical talks, lace making, holistic treatments, art exhibitions, juggling workshops and water based activities. Evening events will include live music, sampling fresh local seafood in island restaurants, and enjoying the craic, and maybe a singsong in the local pubs.

Islanders themselves are organising and participating in many of the events throughout the weekend, and will be on hand to discuss their experiences of island life with visitors.

Check individual island pages for information on events, ferry and cable car times or see westcorkislands.com.

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11th October, 2017  ·  

Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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11th October, 2017  ·  

Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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26th September, 2017  ·  

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