Culture Night in West Cork

The Rabbit Hole Project

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Features

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Bantry's new arts collective: 'The Rabbit Hole Project'

From art to poetry, early music to a specially commissioned soundscape on the 17th floor of Cork County Hall, there is a wide and wonderful programme of FREE events for Cork County’s Culture Night celebrations on Friday, September 19. 

In West Cork specifically, there are countless opportunities to get involved.

Kinsale Arts Festival Opening Night: Culture Night 2014 marks the opening of Kinsale Arts Festival – there are many free events taking place and all visual arts remain open until 9pm. For details see

Concert in St. Multose: Culture Night Kinsale presents an evening of musical performances in St. Multose Church, Kinsale. There will be a variety of acts on the evening including Kinsale Amateur Orchestra Society, Kinsale Drumming Circle, The Lydian Choir and some of Kinsale’s best young musicians. Please see for more information. St Multose Church at 7.30pm.

Sullane Sessions: For a special Culture Night performance, Sullane Sessions are delighted to host Liza Flume, a Dublin based artist who has been rattling the Irish music scene for the past year. Briery Gap Cultural Centre, Macroom at 8pm.

Lights and Airs of Clonakilty: As one of Cork’s most prominent gig photographers, Richie has captured incredible moments at hundreds of gigs, concerts and sessions throughout the country. Aside from music, nature is a theme that runs throughout Richie’s work and it’s no surprise given his idyllic surroundings in the heart of West Cork. Richie’s first exhibition will form a cross-section of his extensive portfolio. This project is supported by Cork County Council. Clonakilty Community Arts Centre at 7pm

Michael McSwiney – Paintings and Sculptures: Clonakilty based artist Michael McSwiney is originally from Cork but had spent many years working abroad before returning in 2008. He has worked and exhibited all over the world including Norway where he spent several years as a guest lecturer. The Mayor of Clonakilty, Colette Twomey, will officially open his new exhibition at The Loft Gallery and Framers, Clonakilty on Culture Night at 8pm. His exhibition continues at The Loft Gallery until October 11.

The Rabbit Hole Project: Bantry’s new arts collective, ‘The Rabbit Hole Project’ is hosting an ‘Open Mic’ night in Ma Murphys Bar, New Street. This event will feature multiple art forms including: poetry, storytelling, comedy, music and visual art.

‘The Rabbit Hole Project’ is an inclusive group made up of visual artists, performers, poets, writers and creative thinkers who come together every week to initiate active creative projects. The concept originated in April of this year when Aoife Doolan and Mary O’Mahony, two visual artists living the Bantry area, came together with the desire to bridge the gap between local artists and the community.

For further information on the ‘Open Mic’ night on Culture Night contact or phone Aoife on 0857245690. Ma Murphy’s Bar at 7pm.

Traditional Music Session: Bantry CCE will host a Traditional Music Session with Connie O’Connell and Friends. Organico Café, Glengarrif Road, Bantry at 11am

Early Music at Liss Ard Estate: Multi-instrumentalist Nina Treadwell—early guitars, lute, theorbo—and flautist Aoife O’Donovan present a programme of music ranging from the works of the French baroque period, to Irish tunes and dances, and Italian music of both the early 17th and early 19th centuries. This diverse programme features a range of plucked string instruments as well as baroque flute. Composers include Robert de Visée, François Couperin, J. J. Quantz, and Wenceslas Cerruti. Advanced booking is essential, so please call ahead to book your ticket – 028 40 000. Liss Ard Estate at 8pm.

Skibbereen Comhaltas Session: Skibbereen Comhaltas present and evening of traditional Irish Music. The West Cork Hotel, Ilen Street, Skibbereen at 7.30pm

Skibbereen Working Artists Studios: ‘Past, Present and Future’ is an exhibition of paintings, drawings, wood engravings and sculpture by members and associate members of Working Artist Studios. Joe Horgan and Antony Owen will be reading from their new work, ‘The Year I loved England’ and there will be music from The Sean Gnóstics, previewing their forthcoming album, ‘Geantraí, Goltraí’. Working Artist Studios, Skibbereen at 7.30pm.

Sarah Walker Gallery: Come to the Castletownbere for the opening of ‘Crow Head’, an exhibition of watercolour and ink drawings by Mary Callaghan. Sarah Walker Gallery, Castletownbere at 6pm.

Clonakilty International Guitar Festival: Once again, CIGF deliver an extensive programme of events for Culture Night. This year, there are a variety of gigs and workshops taking place in DeBarra’s and throughout the town including a workshop with Jon Gomm, an English guitarist specialising in using extended techniques. For more information on all CIGF events see

An tIonad Cultúrtha i gcomhair le hAisling Gheal: Díreofar go hiomlán ar chúrsaí amhránaíochta i mbliana. I gcaitheamh an lae tabharfar cuairt ar scoileanna an cheantair le haoianna speisialta ó cheantracha Gaeltachta eile. Ag tosnú ar 5:00 i.n. beidh taispeántas amhránaíochta ó dhaoine óga an cheantair san Ionad Cultúrtha. Ó 7:00 – 9:00 beidh deis éisteachta le mór amhránaithe na linne ar nós Danaí Maidhcí Ó Súilleabháin, Páidí Mhárthain Mac Gearailt, Máire Ní Cheileachair agus aoianna áitiúla. Leanfar den gceiliúradh le Club Amhránaíochta i mBarr a’ Chuma go déanach.

Presenting a feast of traditional ‘sean-nós’ singing from the Munster Gaeltacht areas including some of the finest exponents of our time. The event will commence with a performance by young people from the Múscraí area and will conclude with a Singers Club at the Top of Coom. Ionad Cultúrtha, Baile Mhuirne at 5pm.

Club Cléire: Eagrófar oíche cheoil ina mbeidh Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (Píobaire, fliúiteadóir, amhránaí etc) mar aoi speisialta. Beidh ceoltóirí agus amhránaithe idir óg agus aosta ón oileán páirteach i gcaitheamh na hoíche chomh maith. I measc na míreanna beidh amhránaíocht ar an sean-nós, ceol ghrúpa agus aonair.

An evening of music and song featuring special guest Caoimhín Ó Fearghail (Piper, flute player, singer etc.). Local musicians and singers from Cape Clear will also perform on the night and will include elements of song and dance. Club Cléire, Oileán Chléire at 8pm.

Culture Night covers all the bases across Ireland’s largest county. For one special night everyone can enjoy the unique experience of a night of FREE entertainment, discovery and adventure. For full details visit your local library, arts centre or venue or visit:

County Cork’s Culture Night is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Cork County Council.

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