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The Bay Run

The Bay Run is a 13.1 mile half marathon between Glengarriff and Bantry. The race will commence in the beautiful village of Glengarriff (An Gleann Garbh).Pre-Race facilities will be provided in the car park area of petrol station which is adjacent to the race start point. All race participants will be provided with a bag to store their belongings during the race.Each bag will be numbered with the participant’s race number, collected and transported to the finish line for collection.For ease of collection, the bags will be stored in numeric sequential order at the finish line.There will be a park and ride facility to the start line in Glengarriff for those participants who wish to leave their cars in Bantry. Similarly, there will be a shuttle bus from the finish line in Bantry back to Glengarriff for those participants who parked their cars or live in Glengarriff.

Bantry Walking Festival

Join us for a weekend of hiking, exploring, sightseeing and fun at the Bantry Walking Festival! Our expert guides lead treks along the Sheep’s Head Way, around Whiddy Island, and along the shores of Bantry Bay to give you a taste of the walks that West Cork has to offer.  While you take in the views, we’ll take care of all the organisation needed to get you around. Continue reading

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

One of Europe’s leading chamber music festivals, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival features the finest international and Irish ensembles and soloists. The musical action takes place during the day at St Brendan’s Church in the centre of Bantry Town, while almost all evening performances are held in the spectacular setting of Bantry House, overlooking Bantry Bay and the mountains of the Beara Peninsula. The nine-day festival features an extensive Continue reading

West Cork Literary Festival

The West Cork Literary Festival is run by a very small dedicated Festival Team which also manages the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and Masters of Tradition. Due to underfunding and to allow for the smoothness and efficiency of running all 3 Festivals it was felt that a one week gap between the Chamber Music Festival and Literary Festival was necessary. Now an annual highlight in the Irish literary calendar, the West Cork Literary Festival is a week-long celebration of writing and reading for people of all ages. From its humble beginnings as a series of casual poetry readings and fringe events around the Chamber Music Festival, it has expanded into a varied and extensive programme of readings, talks and week-long workshops, growing more adventurous and imaginative with each year. Continue reading

Masters of Tradition Festival

Masters of Tradition is a five-day festival held each August in the West Cork town of Bantry featuring a series of performances covering the full spectrum of Irish traditional music. Performances take place in Bantry House, one of Ireland’s most exquisite historic mansions, and in one of Bantry’s other special venues, St Brendan’s Church. Continue reading

Chief O’Neill Traditional Music Festival

Celebrating the Legacy of Captain Francis O’Neill
We celebrate the musical legacy of Chief O’Neill in Bantry with a traditional music festival to highlight his achievements as a collector of traditional Irish music.Join us to enjoy O’Neill’s amazing legacy as we bring the best contemporary musicians to West Cork for packed programme of concerts, workshops, sessions and fun here in Bantry. As the famous ‘Chief’ of the Chicago police force, Captain O’Neill won fame and affection in America, but he never lost his love for the Irish music he had learned as a child growing up in Tralibane near Bantry in West Cork. Noticing that Chicago, with its large Irish population, was home to brilliant musicians from across Ireland, O’Neill set about building a unique collection of the tunes they played: a songbook for the musicians of the future. Chief O’Neill not only collected traditional tunes from Irish musicians in Chicago, he also published them in an impressive series of books which are still in print today. In the process, O’Neill helped to safeguard the future of traditional Irish music on both sides of the Atlantic.