Festival fever

Posted on: 11th April, 2017

Category: Music

Contributor: Mark Holland

Hunky Dory Music Shop in Spiller’s Lane, Clonakilty stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen.


The clocks have just gone forward to give us another hour’s daylight in the evenings and until they go back at the end of October it’s festival season!  The Fiddle Fair in Baltimore over the May bank holiday weekend kicks it all off for us, the sweetest of the long weekends, we’re charmed if the weather is pleasant, or even better, and if not, sure it’s early days yet. The festival programme begins on Wednesday, May 3 through to Sunday, May 7, and as always, will be serving up a delightful array of talent, from Altan to the Republic of Strings, from these shores to fantastic fiddlers from far away to entertain us.

Bantry looms large with its festivals, first The Chamber Music festival playing out from June 30 ‘til July 8, encompassing two weekends and the week in between, internationally regarded as one of the best in its class.  It has a full programme including an international exhibition of contemporary violin and bow-making, morning talks with musicians every morning, masterclasses during the day and concerts throughout. The town follows this up with the Masters of Tradition festival in August (23 to 27), with the very best of traditional music in its purest form.

Clonakilty jumps in around September 20 for the weekend with the International Guitar Festival, apart from the Willie Clancy Festival in Milltown Malbay, surely as random a festival as ever there has been, and then it all winds down for us at Kinsale’s fringe Jazz, usually whipping up a storm for the October bank holiday, sayonara!

Around the rest of the land; Belvedere House hosts Life Festival from May 26 to 28 in Co. Westmeath for ‘Rhythm & Roots’. The following week, the long weekend gives you a chance to embrace your inner nomad in a camper van at Vantastival, co. Louth, featuring the best of Irish bands. The following weekend has Westport hosting the wonderfully low-key, all around town, Bluegrass Festival. There is also one to keep an eye on over the same weekend in Portarlington, co. Laois calling itself ‘BARE In The Woods’ with a huge line-up headed by House of Pain. Two weeks later is the now iconic Body & Soul at Ballinlough Castle, co. Westmeath, as close to the solstice as they can get from the June 23 to 25 this year. Also Sea Sessions in Bundoran, co Donegal, same weekend.

Castlepalooza in Tullamore and Indiependence in Mitchelstown share the August holiday weekend, August 4 – 6 of, both with impressive line-ups of a fine mixture of vintage, cutting edge, home grown and international fare.

Of course there is much more on offer at all these events than just performers on stage to get you to shake your stuff, there is art, talks, comedy, fairs and food for you to indulge and expand your senses, so go out lads and enjoy yerselves!

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West Cork Flag Day Collections
in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Cork ARC Cancer Support House’s annual West Cork Flag Day collections are set to take place in Bandon on Friday 21st April and in Castletownbere, Bantry, Ballylickey, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Kinsale and Macroom on Thursday 27th April, 2017.

Hilary Sullivan, Head of Fundraising / Corporate Affairs at Cork ARC Cancer Support House says: “Please remember on our annual Flag Day collection that all our collectors are volunteers, giving their time freely to raise funds and increase awareness about our cancer support services at our West Cork centre.” Acknowledging the ethos of volunteering being the driving force behind the charity’s work in the community, Hilary also says, “As all of the services at Cork ARC Cancer Support House in West Cork are supported by a large volunteer base, we hope that our volunteer collectors’ generosity of spirit will be rewarded by a warm reception from the public despite the difficult financial conditions experienced by so many people.”
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19th April, 2017  ·  

ECCLES Hotel Glengarriff to host April 30th Wedding Showcase – Newly refurbished ballroom and bedrooms on show – Tasters of Chef Nick Davey’s delicious menus

ECCLES Hotel in Glengarriff has been helping guests to experience West Cork in all its serene beauty for over 250 years. And with the Eccles Team now being led by General Manager Aileen Hanley, that tradition is set to continue.

Aileen joins the historic West Cork Property from Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare where she held the position of Sales & Operations Manager. Firmly re-establishing the award-winning property, during her tenure, along with her husband Patrick (now Park Hotel Kenmare General Manager) Aileen plans to continue her success and work her magic at ECCLES Hotel, along with a dedicated team to bring it back to its former glory and re-establish its place in the local community.

Aileen and the team at ECCLES Hotel will host a wedding showcase on Sunday April 30th from 12 to 5pm. The showcase will present the refurbished Ilnacullin ballroom to couples. The ballroom which can comfortably host up to 320 guests, will be set up in all its splendour to help couples visualise their wedding reception at ECCLES Hotel. Some of the hotel’s newly refurbished bedrooms with stunning bay views will also be available to view on the day.

Rose O’Sullivan, wedding coordinator at ECCLES Hotel said, “As well as larger weddings ECCLES Hotel is a wonderful venue for more intimate wedding celebrations too as well as civil ceremonies and blessings. Couples can come and see all we have to offer and enjoy a prosecco and canape reception at the showcase, to give them a flavour of our delicious new wedding fare by Head Chef Nick Davey.”

For more information visit www.eccleshotel.com, call 027 63003 or email weddings@eccleshotel.com
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19th April, 2017  ·  

Clonakilty Cruinniú na Cásca event

As part of the “Cruinniú na Cásca” initiative, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has organised a complimentary guided historical walk of Clonakilty town starting at 12.00 noon at the Michael Collins statue on Easter Monday.

The event is totally free and the walk will be led by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage committee member, Fachtna McCarthy.
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13th April, 2017  ·  

The Peninsula Players' stage their new play "The Cripple of Inishmaan" on April 28th & 29th in the Beara Bay Castletownbere. Tickets at the door. Unsuitable for younger audiences. Not for the faint-hearted! ... See MoreSee Less

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