Heroes and heroines of Ireland at West Cork College

Posted on: 5th August, 2016

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

West Cork College was set up in April of 2013 by Emma Bidwell and Bernie McCarthy, both mature students and graduates of University College Cork. They wanted to bring accessible and enjoyable courses to areas that are so often overlooked by the colleges. And the last three years have been very successful in achieving that! They have helped a broad range of people discover new topics and revisit loved books and poems.

This Autumn, in celebration of 1916, there will be a course on the women of the revolution; the fighters, writers, and nurses. Bernie will be covering the sonnets of WB Yeats with her usual knowledge and flair. Emma is fulfilling a special request for a course on the history of women in Ireland since 1916, considering social and cultural differences and how things have changed. Another course on offer is Irish Myths and Legends, which tells the stories of such heroes as Fionn mac Cumhaill but also considers how these legends play into our visions of ourselves as Irish.

Finally this year West Cork College will be continuing the Parisian journey started earlier with their Belle Époque and Fin de Siècle classes, and they’ll be looking at the writings of international authors living in Paris between the wars; writers like Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. You don’t need to have any previous experience and there are no essays or exams.

Their approach to teaching makes all the courses informative, sociable and entertaining. Based in beautiful Killeena House near Skibbereen these classes are welcoming, entertaining and informative.  All classes are two hours long with a course lasting eight weeks, costing €95.The courses start on September 26. If you want further information on any of these courses please visit the website at www.westcorkcollege.ie, phone them on 0877547665, or email admin@westcorkcollege.ie.

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13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

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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12th April, 2018  ·  

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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