New Years greetings from
Thanks to everyone for your support in 2012 and may the New Year bring something good to us all.   Here’s an appropriate song to welcome 2013!!!

Posted on Monday, December 31st, 2012 at 2:19pm

Christmas Greeting from
Wishing a Happy and Peaceful Christmas to all of you who have supported during the year. For some appropriate music listen to

Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 1:14pm

Glengarriff Top Ten of 2012
It has come to the time of  year when we would like to look back on the good things that happened.  We will publish a list of the 10 best things that happened here in 2012.  You decide yourselves—please let us know of anything locally that pleased you.  We will close the poll on December 31st.  Heres a few suggestions to begin with—The Bay Run, the new website launched by a number of local young people, The Rebel Cycle Tour, The Free Spirit Music and the visits of the various cruise liners.  All of these stories and much more were featured on www.glengarriff.ieduring the year—to jog your memory have a look in the Archive section

Posted on Tuesday, December 25th, 2012 at 1:10pm

Hot Club Trio to play at The Glengarriff Park Hotel
It has been announced that The Hot Club Trio are to perform at The Glengarriff Park Hotel on January 4th at 8.30pm.  They will be presenting a brand new mix of An Evening of Tunes from The Great American Songbook.  If you have already been to one of their shows you will know that its a great evening of foot tapping entertainment and this promises to be another cracker. More details to follow …

Posted on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 5:53pm

Christmas Greetings from The Bamboo Park
From the Bamboo Park : Merry Xmas and a happy New Year. Hope 2013 will be better than 2012! Claudine, Serge and Nathalie de Thibault

Posted on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 at 5:34pm

Christmas Concert at The Eccles
Christmas Concert, Eccles Hotel, Glengarriff, Co.Cork
December 7th and 8th at 7.00pm
Tickets €10 available at the door

All proceeds going to charity. A great night of singing by soloists and the West Cork School of Voice Choir

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 10:45am

Excellent One-Man Show at Glengarriff Park
A small but very privileged audience recently enjoyed a fine evening of theatre in the very comfortable facilities of The Glengarriff Park Hotel.  “Betrayal” is a short one-man play scripted and acted by Bill Griffin, a native of Cork city, but now based in Allihes.  The piece deals with the final years of Vincent van Gogh and takes the form of a monologue spoken from beyond the grave where van Gogh puts to right some of the myths regarding his life.  The script is well written and though it has adult themes and references it never descends into vulgarity.  Bill Griffin chooses to use his own accent, which works well, and does not try and effect a faux foreign accent. He also looks the part with his beard and hair together with straw hat and paint-spattered clothes.  The unique aspect of the production is that Mr. Griffin is obviously a very talented painter also and for the duration of the piece he paints a picture whilst delivering his lines.  The audience doesn’t see the painting until the end when it is revealed as a very accomplished work.  All in all a very entertaining piece of 35 minutes or so duration—a further 10—15  minutes would flesh out the thing a bit better but other than that it is an effective and entertaining production. Look out for it if it returns locally.

Posted on Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 6:37pm

One Man Play at Glengarriff Park Hotel.


Having just returned from a hugely successful 2 night run in Paris and receiving critical acclaim throughout Ireland and internationally this show is not to missed.

Seats are selling out quickly so make sure to buy your ticket in advance to secure a seat.

Limited tickets will be available on the night.

Tickets €10 available in reception.

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 4:00pm

Maureen O Hara Celebrates Thanksgiving
Yesterday November 22nd. was Thanksgiving in the USA and here is Maureen O Hara celbrating the event with her family.

Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 3:58pm

Christmas at The Rainbow
The Rainbow Restaurant will be open for Christmas Lunch and are now taking bookings.  The very attractive menu is available to all sizes of parties and just contact the venue directly for bookings and more information.  The Rainbow and Hawthorn are also taking bookings for Christmas parties with an extensive range of options available for your pre Christmas outing.

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 5:59pm

Irish Therapy Dogs
The West Cork branch of Irish Therapy Dogs invite you for a cuppa and a chat in Casey’s Hotel on Wednesday 28th. November at 3.00pm.  You will meet some of the people locally who are active in the organization and also Percy –one of the dogs.  Admission is €5 and if you need transport please call 087 2894789. 

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 5:44pm

Only a few panto tickets left
Glengarriff Theatre Group is presenting an extra show of the pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk, on Wednesday November 28th at 8 PM.
There are just a few tickets left. Three other shows have been sold out at Glengarriff village hall.
Bookings from Terrie on 027-63708. Tickets are 5 Euro for kids, 8 Euro for seniors and 10 Euro for adults.

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 4:57pm

Book now for the pantomime
Glengarriff Theatre Group presents a new pantomime, Jack & the Beanstalk. The first show on Friday November 30th at Glengarriff village hall is sold out.
The second show is on Saturday December 1st 8 PM and the final matinee on Sunday December 2nd at 3 PM with proceedings going to a new bench project at Glengarriff graveyard. Bookings from Terrie on 027-63708.Tickets are 5 Euro for kids, 8 Euro for seniors and 10 Euro for adults.

Posted on Sunday, November 18th, 2012 at 5:22pm

Christmas at The Martello
The Martello is open for Christmas Day and now finalising bookings. We are also available for parties or small get togethers over the coming weeks and can tailor the menu to suit your budget, so feel free to call for a quote. This Christmas in addition to gift vouchers, we will be offering – ‘Hampers by The Martello’ – a unique hamper full of authentic Martello products specially presented for the festive season.

For further information on any of these call us on 027-63860 or 086 – 047 4007 or email
Open every weekend as usual over the winter Fri-Sun.

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 11:17am

St Patricks Weekend 2013
4 Day extravaganza of music and fun. All musicians/singers and dancers welcome. all styles of music country/trad/irish/folk etc etc etc. Already confirmed, dutch Choir ‘The Dutchmen’ will be there. Also West Cork super group ‘The Survivors’. John & Marie ‘FREE SPIRIT’ , Multi instumentalist and concertina Maestro/vocalist ‘Dick Miles’. Jay Rigdon the Third ,Gay Hartley, ‘Travelling Pipeline Man’ Steve Roche, Niza Queen of the Arabian Dessert, Mysterio the Magician, Face Painting by Marie. And Many More TBA. Lots of ‘join in’ impromptu sessions.

Hope you can make it Facebook page at
Pics from last year at

If you want to be involved in the festival, or want local info, accommodation etc, just drop us an email, all welcome the more the merrier! All events free to attend, friendly and inclusive festival. 

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 11:14am

New Accomodation Website
A new website to promote holiday accomodation throughout West Cork will shortly go live on the web.  The venture which is being undertaken by a group of students in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí is a welcome addition to the marketing effort and is a further valuable tool in promoting the accomodation sector locally.  A number of the students promoting the venture recently gave a very good presentation on the proposal to a meeting of GT&DA and were most impressive in their approach.  The site will shortly be going live and they are currently signing up advertisers to take space on it.  €25 will get you an annual listing and you can contact the site diretly  or phone 0863030991  or print off and complete the simple application form below.

Posted on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 10:49am

GTDA AGM 6th November
Dont forget the AGM of Glengarriff Tourism and Development will take place this Tuesday evening at 8.00 pm Glengarriff Park Hotel.  Please make your best efforts to attend.  And do tell a friend!

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 6:06pm

Recent Music Festival Weekend
The weekend was a great success, with visitors from far and wide and also great local support. 

Wed 17th Oct.  brilliant  ‘warm up’ session at Bernard Harringtons Bar Glengarriff. Nice to see old friends and new friends there, Thomasin and Mike from Wales made a long trip to be there, great to see them. 

Friday 19th Oct the start of the festival proper, Lots of songs and tunes with an inclusive session hosted by Free Spirit, lots of familiar faces plus visiting singers/musicians from as far afield as Yorkshire and beyond!

Sat 20th Oct  saw the arrival of ‘THE DUTCHMEN’ (and Women) you have to see them to believe them, Irish songs, Sea Songs, Theatre You name it they do it! An amazing group of talented vocalists and musicians, who will be back in Glengarriff for the 2013 St Patricks Weekend Festival. Also Young talent at it’s best with performances from Aaron ‘banjo’ Buckley and Chloe Twomey. These 2 young people will go far with their music and song, Great to see them at the Festival. Our furthest travelers then entertained us, Rob and Ollie Willis from Forbes Australia, did a brilliant set, with songs and tales from the outback, accordion tunes and ukulele backing! The Wild Colonial Boy (and Girl) are back in town! Also a great set of songs from our own ‘Travelling Pipeline Man’ Steve Roche From Kanturk, Original songs and stories, and he is also a superb Bodhran player, as he showed in the later session,dueting with John Buckley (accordion) from Coolea County Cork.There were sessions in both bars, attended by local musicians including  our good friend Dick Miles, who organizes The Fastnet maritime and folk festival, and is an internationally recognized concertina/guitar player and vocalist.   

Sunday 21st Oct The young musicians set was a treat as always, with performances from the musical Buckley Family from Kilgarvan, Bodhran Buckley aged 6, Buttons Buckley aged 7 and Aaron ‘Banjo Buckley’ aged 12. Aaron was also joined by the future super Group ‘Super Strings’ Jonathan and Norah Cronin.Followed by  Tunes from John Buckley and  Jer (Jim) Kelleher.  Friends John & Jer are accomplished  Button accordion players, with unique styles of their own. From slow airs to  jigs/reels and hornpipes, and also foot tapping waltz tunes.  Cork and Kerry’s best! 

During the day we were entertained by Marie in her Tiger costume, who painted some amazing faces, with a large outbreak of Tigers! Assisted by well known local artist Brian. Also a magic show by Mysterio the magician, (me! John Corteen ) , some people said there were echoes of the late great Tommy Cooper in the act, a real tribute.

The festival was ‘sung out’ by our great friends from Holland, ‘the Dutchmen’ under the leadership of their musical director Henk Vosse, including a performance from Niza Queen of the dessert, belly dancing as you have never seen it before! Followed by a late ‘join in’ session to finish the weekend off in style.

Thanks to all who helped to make the weekend so much fun, all performers take part purely for the love of music and craic, no one is paid including the organizers John & Marie Corteen

Thanks also to our host Bernard Harrington, without whom the event could not take place, he provides a welcoming and appreciative venue to musicians and singers, both locally and from around the world. A top place to play music and enjoy the craic.

Looking forward to next year already. The next event we will be hosting there is the FREE SPIRIT St Patrick’s weekend festival in the spring, it will be a 4 day extravaganza, with all of the above plus some surprise guests?  Already confirmed are the Dutchmen, so if you missed them this time, be sure to catch them in March.

All the best John & Marie Corteen

Organizers Music and Craic in the Glen 

PS pics from this year at

Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2012 at 6:02pm

Glengarriff Tourism&Development Association AGM
The AGM of GTDA is being held in The Glengarriff Park Hotel Tuesday November 6th at 8.00 pm.  Please make your best efforts to attend.

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 11:19am

Maureen O Hara in USA.
A number of people have enquired regarding Maureen O Hara since she left Glengarriff.  This information was sent in to the website yesterday.

June Parker Beck wrote:
I am the editor/designer of the official Maureen O’Hara website which initiated
on line back in 1994.  I have since started an extension page on Facebook that
is buzzing with news and photos of Maureen and her career.

I am, however, writing this note to let the citizens of Glengarriff know that
Maureen is doing just fine since her return to the United States.  She is living
in a lovely new home near her grandson, Conor FitzSimons in Boise Idaho and is
in high spirits.  She gets to see her great grandchildren just about every day
and already seeing friends and family members she hasn’t seen in seven years.
Good medical attention is nearby and she’s getting physical therapy and other
services to help her with mobility. 

I talk to her on the phone every day.  In fact today we had a conference call
with one of her fans in Alabama who is very ill. Maureen always has words to
cheer her.

Be assured she misses Ireland and her friends in Glengarriff, but she knows for
this time in her life, she’s in the right place. 

Anyone wishing to send her a note, address it to her at P.O. Box 667 – Eagle,
Idaho 83616.
Email me a:


Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at 11:16am

Winter fuel deals from Glen Fuels Glengarriff
Now that winter is upon us we need to stock up on fuel for the expected cold snap.  Look no further than Glen Fuels in the village for all your requirements.  Some of the deals available include:—

5 coal and 5 briquettes = €95
5 coal and 5 briquettes and 5 hardwood = €120
5 coal and 10 softwood = €100
4 coal and  90 x 90 x 90 bag hardwood =€150
1 x crate wood and 1 x 90x90x90 hardwood =€ 120

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 4:13pm

Scoil Fhiachna Art Competition.
Catherine Hammond from the Catherine Hammond Art Gallery presenting prizes to  Phillip Harrington, Grace Li Woods, Saoirse Power, Olivia Keady, Cathal O’Sullivan, Shona O’Sullivan and Aoidhe Murphy, the winners of the Art Competition held in the school recently.

The winning paintings will be used for the Scoil Fhiachna Christmas card collection for sale this year.

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 4:07pm

1970 Girl and Donkey Photos
A lady from Ontario Canada has contacted the website regarding some photos that were taken while her parents were on holiday  here in 1970.  As you can see they were impressed by the little girl and the donkey and painted a picture of the scene.  Can anyone identify the girl from the photos?  Please contact the website if you can help.

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 at 4:02pm

French Lessons Locally
French tuition in Glengarriff with Claudine de Thibault. Individual student. Price € 10.00 half hour. Phone 086.0628518.

Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2012 at 5:05pm

Walk for National Trails Day
A walk will be held locally to mark National Trails Day on Sunday next.

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:42am

Music event at Glengarriff Lodge
There is a tdaditional music evening this Saturday Oct 6th. at 8.30pm.  Steve Cooney and Tony McMahon will perform a 2 hour set.

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:39am

More Photos from Rebel Tour
Here are a few more photos courtesy of Alan Costello.

Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 9:32am

Trails Day Walk

A walk is being organized as part of National Trails Day this Sunday October 7th. Details available at

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 9:33am

Musical Event this Saturday at Glengarriff Lodge

‘A Friendly Visit’
to Glengarriff Lodge
Featuring: Tony McMahon (Accordion) Steve Cooney (Guitar) and special guest Noel O’Grady (Vocals)
Sat 6th October, 8:30- 10:30pm
Join us for a very special evening of music and song. Admission by donation towards musician costs. Pre -booking essential as seating is strictly limited.
RSVP : or Tel: 027 63833 or 087 255 1746

Posted on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 at 8:51am

GTDA General Meeting
Wednesday the 3rd of October 8.30 Park Hotel, Meeting With Talk about potential holding of a stage of the Ras cycle race and other matters going forward for the future.

Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 at 12:23am