Michael McCarthy R.I.P.
The family of Michael McCarthy who left us so suddenly back in March have asked to place the following short message.  They wish to thank the people of Glengarriff for accepting Michael as part of the community and are glad of the contentment that he found here in the last years of his all too short life.

“The familiar sight of Michael McCarthy walking through the village of Glengarriff is conspicuous by his absence. His family know what Glengarriff and the surroundings meant to him but they are grateful that he had Glengarriff in his life and in his heart. He is deeply missed by his mother, Phyl, sisters Kate and Paschale and his brother Patrick. They pray each day that he is resting in peace.”

Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 at 9:07am


Fundraising Table Quiz
A fundraising table quiz in aid of the Bantry Hospice Project will be held in The Cottage Bar Wednesday next at 8.30 pm.  The event is being organized by West Cork Wheelers cycling group and is being run in conjunction with their upcoming Mizen To Malin Charity Cycle.

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 8:45am


Allow Ceili Band This Sunday in the Eccles 3pm
Past all ireland champions the Allow Ceili Band play the eccles This Sunday 3pm admission 10 euro

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 10:41am


Concert Saturday 15th Eccles Hotel 7.30pm
Featuring Eoin Dillon and Seannan Brennan both of Kila, Cathy Jordon of Dervish, Sean Mckeon and Liam o Connor(TG4 Young musicians winners) , Hugh and Eoin Quinn, Nel Ni Croinin, Richard Tisdall, Johnny Coakley, Mary Tisdall, Tom o Sulliavan and many more. Admission 10 euro available @the door or at the blue loo bar, Jims coffee house and the eccles hotel.

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 at 9:27am


Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe And Trad Festival
The tunes of the Munster Pipers have echoed down through the ages, an eloquent testimony to the talents and dedication of some exceptional musicians, and a rich source of inspiration to this new generation of pipers.

Now Glengarriff Village in West Cork is to introduce it’s first annual Piping Festival taking place from the 14th to the 16th  of  June. It will honour the memory of Glengarriff resident, piper Jim Dowling, who embodied the best of the areas’ unique musical tradition.

Jim was born and raised in Dublin and was one of a select band of young musicians who trained with the legendary piper Leo Rowsome at a time when traditional music was confined to the back streets and the kitchens. But many people had begun to feel that there was a pressing need for a national organisation to promote Ireland’s unique musical culture. And so, in 1951 at the Dublin Pipers Club headquarters, the first standing Committee of Cumann Ceoltoire na hEireann was elected

Jim and his wife Mary moved to Glengarriff in the 70’s, where Jim set about popularising the playing and making of uillean pipes and traditional music .The seisiuns he held in the bar at Dowlings Caravan Park soon became a focus for musicians from far and wide, and those who wanted the opportunity to learn from a master musician.

Jim was reviving a legacy that, over the years, has featured extraordinary musicians such as the blind fiddler, Tom Kennedy, who shared his extensive collection of tunes with West Cork’s much-loved Cannon James Goodman, born in Ventry County Kerry in 1828. Goodman was also an outstanding   player of the Uilleann pipes.

Canon Goodman ensured that the hundreds of tunes which Tom knew were preserved for posterity. He collected over 2,000 melodies, now safely ensconced in the library of Trinity College under the title of “The Tunes of the Munster Pipers.” Today his statue can be seen at the gate to Abbeystrewery parish church in Skibereen.

Glengarriff’s first Piping Festival not only acknowledges the long legacy of piping in the area and the talents of musician Jim Dowling , a founder member of Glengarriff Comholtas, but also recognises the huge interest in piping, not only in Ireland  – where there is only one other such festival  – but in Scotland, Germany, Austria, France and other European countries.

This year’s Festival will focus on the music of both local pipers and guest appearances by some outstanding artists. (See the attached Gig Guide)  And the Festival Committee are already planning pipe making classes, workshops, master classes, pipe bands and visits from  guest artists for 2014’s event.

But this year, Glengarriff, famous for its outstanding scenery and natural beauty, will be welcoming visitors to its friendly  hotels and pubs for a packed weekend of outstanding music, craic and some unforgettable sessions. It promises to be a fitting tribute to the unique – and much-missed – talents of the late Jim Dowling.

New Exhibition at Catherine Hammond Gallery
Donald Teskey: West by Southwest
Featuring new work from the Coomerkane Valley in West Cork
June 20 to July 21, 2013

Arguably one of Ireland’s most respected painters, Donald Teskey presents an exhibition of new paintings, West by Southwest, at the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Glengarriff, Co. Cork. This large body of work focuses on landscapes of West Cork and, more broadly, Munster.  It particularly features new work from the Coomerkane Valley near Glengarriff.

Teskey’s work manifests a sculptural physicality, yet at the same time, a sensitivity to the ephemeral effects of light, wind and season.  His energetic, impasto paintings, in acrylic on paper or oil on canvas, achieve a thoughtful universality that connects with a larger memory of the changing landscape around us.

Born in Co. Limerick in 1956, Teskey graduated from Limerick College of Art and Design.  In 2003 he was elected a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy.  His work has been exhibited in museums throughout Ireland, in the UK, the USA, South Africa, Canada, Germany and Finland.  He lives and works in Dublin.

The opening reception is Saturday, June 22 from 3 – 5 pm.  A sample of images from the show is available at  www.hammondgallery.com/wordpress/donald-teskey. The Catherine Hammond Gallery is Cork’s pre-eminent commercial gallery.  During summer months, it is open seven days a week from 11 to 6.

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 5:07pm


Happy Birthday To Sharon’s Hair Salon
Sharon’s Hair Salon Glengarriff, is celebrating 7 years in business on the 10th of June. To mark this occasion all customers will be entered into a free draw which will take place at the end of the month. There are numerous prizes to be won. If you’re not in you can’t win. The salon is now also on Facebook – so get liking and sharing with all your friends and watch out for any special offers we hold from time to time.

Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 4:49pm


Fame School Comes To Bantry
Backstage-Ireland, nationally recognised for it’s performing arts work with young people over the past fifteen years, has a team of teachers coming to Bantry from 22nd 26th July to work with local youngsters.

Backstage Performing Arts Summer Camp will be based at the Maritime Hotel and it is open to 7-14 year olds. The camp will run each day from 9.30am.-4pm. and subjects include Drama, Dance-hip-hop/street/stage, Singing, Comedy, Mime, Musical Theatre and Performance where importance is placed on the teaching of skills. These sessions also help to build self-confidence and speech fluency. Students will be grouped by age and work with a staff team who are a unique combination of teacher and professional well known in the industry. Backstage staff are Garda vetted for working with young people.

At present, Backstage students can be seen on TV shows such as Game of Thrones and The Vikings and films such as ‘The Wind that Shakes the Barley’.

The fee for the full week of the camp is 65 Euro and application forms are available from your local library, the Maritime Hotel or by e-mailing Backstage on backstageireland@eircom.net.

Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2013 at 6:36pm


Stop The Flower Thief!
Someone is removing flowers from the street flower displays.  The flowers are provided by Glengarriff Tidy Towns and are financed by voluntary subscription from the local community.  Not alone is there a financial loss to the organization but this type of mean-minded activity also erodes the social fabric of the community.  If anyone is in a position to correct this anti-social behaviour please do so.

Posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 6:10pm


Glengarriff Art Group Exhibition 2013
Glengarriff Art Group have announced that their Annual Exhibition will be on show for a longer period this year.  The exhibition will be staged in Glengarriff Community Hall from August 3rd. to 18th. and will be open daily from 10.30am  to 5.3opm.

Posted on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 at 3:30pm


Ewe Experience Charity Tea Party June 8th
The Ewe Experience in Glengarriff is holding a charity tea party on Saturday June 8th. All the proceeds on the day will go to two Bantry groups, Rehabcare and the National Learning Network.

On the same day The Ewe Experience, Ireland’s only interactive sculpture garden, will also be celebrating the anniversary of 20years in business in West Cork.

Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 4:59pm


Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe Festival Fundraising Ceili This Sunday
With The Abbey Ceili Band sunday at 3pm in the Eccles

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 8:53am


Book Sale At Scoil Fhiachna
Glengarriff N.S. are holding a Children’s Book Fair which will take place over four days commencing Tuesday 21st May up to and including Friday 24th May from 2.00pm to 3.30pm each day.  Parents are invited between these hours to browse the books available which can be purchased on the day or an order placed. 

On the last day (Friday) the School is holding a special event to close the Fair and will be giving a performance of an “Amazing Puppet Show” which will be narrated by 6th Class and they are hoping for a good turn out.

Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 4:56pm


Youth Theatre cabaret May 20
The Glengarriff Youth Theatre Group will be performing “Debutantes Cabaret” with music, song and dance on Monday and Tuesday night, May 20 and 21, at 8pm in the Parochial Hall. Tickets are €5 for adults and €3 for schoolchildren.
It’s the night every teenage girl dreams of. The perfect dress, perfect shoes, hair just right. This is the story of finding “the one”. Not just for the girls but the boys too.

Posted on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 8:42pm


Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare
The St. John Players’ from Listowel present ‘A SKULL IN CONNEMARA’ – A riotous 3-act Comedy By Martin McDonagh.  At The Carnegie Arts Centre Kenmare Saturday May 11th AT 8pm.  It’s a hilarious celebration of Political Incorrectness that shouldn’t be missed!

Posted on Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 5:36pm


Island Sky Cruise Liner Visit 40513
Eileen O Sullivan provided us with some photos of the cruise liner “Island Sky” that visited yesterday.

Posted on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 at 5:44pm


Used Clothing Collection At Scoil Fhiachna
There will be a new and used clothing collection (any condition but clean) on Thursday, 25th April 2013 at Scoil Fhiachna.

For each 10kg. bag of items as listed below, the school will receive  €5.50

Please bring unwanted clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, linens and household textiles and even stuffed toys, in bin bags, to the school prior to the above date.  Mobile phones also accepted but please place in a separate bag.

Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at 2:52pm


Roadwarks On Kenmare Road Update
This is the latest update from Kerry County Council in regard to the proposed roadworks on the N71 at Bonane later this year. We stress that this is but the current plan and because of a variety of reasons  is subject to change nearer the time. We will issue further updates as they become available. 

The roadworks which are planned for 2 sections of the road are due to commence on or around May 17th. and will finish on or around June 30th.  As of now no road closure is planned—a bypass will be in place for each location but delays will occur as the bypass may be operated on a one way convoy system.  This is the intention of the authority as of now—health and safety issues may dictate a change on this prior to or during the works.

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 5:15pm


Dog Fouling
We have received a number of complaints, from both locals and visitors, in regard to dog fouling.  It seems that the instances of it has increased in a number of areas locally especially in The Nature Reserve, The Blue Pool and the roadway near the Playground and Blue Pool Amenity Area.  It is acknowledged that not all dogs being exercised in these areas are locally based, nevertheless could we begin by asking local dog owners to please be mindful of your responsibility inregard to their fouling.

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at 4:20pm


Glengarriff Pharmacy Re-locates
Glengarriff Pharmacy has re-located to a bright new premises.  The new location is the former Murphys Village Kitchen Coffee Shop–next door to The Medical Centre.  The new premises which opened for business on Tuesday April 2nd. will continue to have the same opening hours as before.  Good wishes to Nuala and staff from www.glengarriff.ie

Posted on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 9:48am


Glengarriff Youth Club Re-union

Glengarriff Youth Club invites everybody from the Community and beyond to a Reunion of Members both past & present along with family & friends of the Youth Club and the wider community. The event is a celebration of the Clubs existence over the past 5 decades and part of “The Gathering 2013″. Everybody is welcome to an evening packed full of Entertainment so please come along and bring some friends. Fri April 5th Eccles Hotel from 8 till late Tickets €10 (includes buffet).

Everybody Welcome – Family tickets available
Please contact any member of the Club for Ticket information

Posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 3:57pm