West Cork Arts and Wellness

Posted on: 20th January, 2015

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The positive ways that involvement in the arts can contribute in the area of mental health is being increasingly recognised across Ireland and, indeed, the wider world. A visit to www.artsandhealth.ie; the national website providing resources and current research for the field of arts and health in Ireland highlights the variety of arts activities and associated benefits to health and well being.

2014 was a busy year, in terms of collaboration between mental health providers and the artistic community in West Cork. The Skibbereen Arts Festival in July had a dedicated mental health theme. The Wellness Week in Clonakilty in May featured a significant contribution from the arts community. In the lead up to World Mental Health Day on October 10, a whole week of mostly free events, open to all the community, met with an enthusiastic response in towns around West Cork.

Over the coming year, a wide-ranging programme of arts based initiatives will take place in various locations around West Cork. All of these programmes are open to adults in the community and many are free of charge. Some of these programmes include:

Bantry community choir: Weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings at The Maritime Hotel.  No musical experience necessary

The Friday Club: Weekly meetings at the Town Hall, Skibbereen. This is an informal meeting place, providing complimentary tea/coffee and a wide range of arts and leisure activities

The Happiness Ensemble: Open to musicians of all levels of expertise and experience, facilitated in Clonakilty by Peter Fitzpatrick.

The Open Door music sessions, which take place at the West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen on the first Thursday evening of every month.

‘The North Street Poetry Group: Facilitated by Tess Leak on Thursday mornings at the Working Artists Studios, North Street, Skibbereen. This group will re-commence in February 2015.

Look out also for the Cumasú/Wellness bus, which will continue to partner with local groups around West Cork to provide physical, mental and social well being services for the entire community. For further details about West Cork Arts and Wellness initiatives contact Kevin O’Shanahan at 086 7872481 or visit:

www.facebook.com/westcorkartsandwellness.

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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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