Witches and wizards at the Clonakilty Games Festival

Witches and wizards out in force for the Clonakilty Games Festival, which runs from February 10-12
Pic: Melanie Black

Posted on: 17th January, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The streets and venues of Clonakilty once again become a playground for all ages from February 10-12, 2017 at the fourth Clonakilty Games Festival.

The festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 10 in O’Donovan’s Hotel with the return of Pirate Pete and his Magic and Puppet Show. Pirate Pete sailed up the Lee 15 years ago and quickly became Cork’s favourite family entertainer. A skilled magician and a puppet master, his show both entertains and mystifies, mixing classic magic with comedy and slapstick.

New for 2017 is Games School: where you can learn to play Backgammon, Tara and Shuffleboard in just one hour. Joining the festival this year is Tabletop Cork – Ireland’s first dedicated late night board game café. Tabletop will host a four-player Team Tournament including the games of Sequence, Codenames: Pictures, Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 Team Asia and 30 Seconds. Meanwhile ‘Paper Pet Shop’ returns with an owl mask-making workshop.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday February 11, drop in to a participating venue and play a game; O’Donovan’s Hotel will have Mind Sports Chess, Backgammon, Tara; Word Games Scrabble, Bananagrams, Word-up (last year’s favorite) and Shuffleboard, along with a Lego Exhibition (every entrant wins a prize!). DeBarra’s Folk Club will be hosting alternative games such as Carcassonne, Catan, Risk, Ticket to Ride, Avalon, Seven Wonders and Crooks.

The annual Hide and Seek around Clonakilty Town Centre is between 10.30am and 12noon on Sunday February 12. The theme is Harry Potter. Find the Sorting Hat, Hedwig and the seven Scrolls to win a prize – ask Dumbledore, Snape or Mad-eye Moody if you need a clue! The fun starts promptly at 10.30am in Asna Square, ending 12noon at the same place. Between 12noon and 2pm visit Richy’s Restaurant for the ‘Dress like a Wizard’ brunch.

Follow the festival on Twitter @clonakiltygames; Like on Facebook:Clonakilty Games Festival or visit www.clongamesfest.com to keep up to date. All events are free. Parental supervision is required.

Programme of events:

Fri 7pm – 8pm Magic and Puppet Show;

Sat 10am – 4pm Games School, Play Games, Lego Exhibition;

Sat 12noon – 2pm Owl Mask-making Workshop;

Sat 12noon – 6pm 4-Player Team Tournament;

Sun 10.30am – 12noon: ‘Harry Potter’ Search;

Sun 12noon – 2pm: ‘Dress like a Wizard’ Brunch.

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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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