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Festivals in West Cork

    Festivals in West Cork

    • Bantry Market Bantry Market

      Every Friday in the Square, 9:30 AM – 1 PM 

      Organic fruit & veg, food, baking, cheese, fish, meats, olives, eggs, honey, preserves, plants, local crafts, pet supplies, bric-a-brac & collectibles. One of the larger West Cork markets, Bantry Market occupies the central town square and spills out into the adjoining roads and car parks. The regular Friday market gets even bigger on the first Friday of each month (the traditional Fair Day) when it’s not unusual to see donkeys tethered to lampposts and cages full of ducks and hens for sale.

    • The West Cork Stone Symposium The West Cork Stone Symposium

      March 24th - 26th 

      The West Cork Stone Symposium celebrates stone as part of our environment and as a source of inspiration throughout the ages

      For generations, artists, makers, producers, and dreamers have been inspired by the stone that forms the peninsulas, islands, rolling hills, and valleys around Bantry. Stone tells a story that unlocks the history, landscapes, and creativity of our Wild Atlantic shoreline.

      The West Cork Stone Symposium (March 24–26 2017) will be a hands-on, creative celebration of stonecraft. Learn traditional skills at dry stone walling and stone carving workshops in the seaside village of Ahakista, or set out from Bantry for a Walk and Whiskey Tour on Whiddy Island!

      Workshop-goers will work beside some of the most skilled craftspeople in Ireland as they begin to master ancient but timeless craft skills.

      Don’t miss this chance to gain a unique insight into the environment and the creativity of the people who live here on the very edge of Europe.

      To find out more, check out

    • West Cork Chamber Music Festival West Cork Chamber Music Festival

      June 30th - July 8th

      This week long festival includes Classical Music Concerts, Masterclasses and Discussions in various locations around Bantry. The Maritime Hotel will host a number of events throughout the festival but it is recommended to book early as many concerts sold out months in advance for the 2016 festival.

      For full programme please see

    • West Cork Literary Festival West Cork Literary Festival

      July 14th - 21st

      WCLF are delighted to announce the programme of workshops for the 2017 West Cork Literary Festival. Lara Marlowe, John Spillane, Vona Groarke, Jan Carson and Dean Backopoulos are among those coming to Bantry to tutor workshops in journalism, songwriting, poetry, short story, novel writing and other subjects.

      Also included in the Festival will be Children's workshops, Meet The Writers, Editors in Residence and much more.

      For full programme or to book online please see

    • Masters of Tradition Masters of Tradition

      August 23rd - 27th 

      A festival celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form.

      The 2017 programme will be announced in Spring 2017, for updates please see