Spend an action packed weekend island hopping

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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Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

For more information please contact hilary.mccarthy6@gmail.com
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