Find out what's on across the West Cork islands with our online events calendar!Our events listings are packed with festivals, regattas, workshops, courses and more across West Cork's eight islands. If you're planning a trip to Bere, Dursey Heir, Cape Clear, Garnish, Sherkin, Long, or Whiddy islands, this is the place to find out what's on during your West Cork trip. Search our events calendar by date or category to find the experience that's perfect for you. A stay in West Cork isn't complete unless you've experienced a trip to the West Cork islands. So, head out to the islands, enjoy their beautiful land and seascapes, and immerse yourself in the very best of island life. Go on, get out there!
Come along to witness the West Cork Islands Soccer Tournament 2019
The fiercely contested annual event is a great source of fun and excitement, and it’s a fun way to get to know the West Cork Island communities!
Ferries to Bere Island will leave Castletownbere at 10:30am from the pontoon and 11am from Castletownbere. Discounted rates will apply for island football teams. Mixed teams are invited to register, and the winners and runners-up will win prizes.
The event is supported by the Cork Sports Partnership and Sports Ireland and its part of an Active Islands event series for 2019!
Contact John Walsh to find out more on 086 387 7943 or email email@example.com
Dr Michael Kennedy will give a talk on the Treaty Ports (of which Fort Berehaven, Bere Island was one) at the Bere Island Heritage Centre on 6th July.
Following the establishment of the Irish Free State, three deep water Treaty Port at Berehaven, Queenstown (modern Cobh) and Lough Swilly were retained by the United Kingdom in accordance with the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921.
The 1938 Anglo-Irish Agreement ended the ‘Economic War’ and returned the ‘Treaty Ports’ to Ireland. Dr Michael Kennedy will give a talk about this fascinating period.
Dr Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.
Be part of the Bere Island Midsummer Run – a 5k and a 10k road race and a 5k walk around the scenic roads of Bere Island on July 13th 2019
Bere Island is a popular destination for runners who join its parkrun every Saturday. In July, there’s a bigger test in story when the Bere Island Midsummer Run draws islanders, mainlanders and tourists alike to the West Cork island which has a rich history and a lively community.
This will be Bere Island’s 6th Midsummer Run which features a 5km and a 10km road race around the scenic roads of Bere Island, with views stretching from Whiddy Island to the USA.
The course is AAI licensed and measured with a Jones counter. The entry fee is €20. Please note the race is not individually timed. Entry for the walk will be taken on the day and special deals are available for families.
Proceeds from the Bere Island Midsummer Run goes to the Dressing room and community pitch fund. All participants receive a goody bag and for this year everyone will receive a run t shirt.
There will be after race entertainment for all of our participants. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd, for Male & Female in both categories. Come along and enjoy the weekend and stay on the Island! Please check out www.bereisland.net
The Bere Island Midsummer Run forms part of the West Cork Islands Run Series!
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Join the Heir Island 5k Run on the first day of August
Suitable for all levels and abilities, this 5k Fun Run on Heir Island can be walked, jogged, or used as a test for your best time. You’ll enjoy taking in some spectacular scenery as the island offers you views across Roaringwater Bay, Long Island, Cape Clear, Fastnet and Sherkin.
The run starts at 1pm so make sure to arrive early and register. The entry fee is €10 for adults, €5 per child, and €15 for families. The course includes road and some off-road paths and is hilly in parts. It will bring you through the gorgeous scenery on Heir Island, just a short boat right from Cunnamore.
This event is open to everyone, whether you’re running, jogging, or walking, come along and enjoy the views. You will finish with plenty of time to stay and enjoy a picnic or get involved in the annual Heir Island Regatta.
Car parking is available at Cunnamore Pier and the Heir Island ferry (5 mins) will run continuously on the day. And do stay around for the Heir Island Regatta in the afternoon!
Every participant will receive an Active Islands Challenge t-shirt.
Entry fee in support of the Heir Island Community Council. The Fun Run is conducted in conjunction with the Cork Sports Partnership.
Watch out for details of the Seafood Banquet that will be held on the island on August 1st!
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Enjoy nurturing food and breathtaking sea views on Sherkin island as part of this Wild Atlantic Way retreat.
1:00PM – 2:00PM Arrive Monday, August 12th
3:30PM – 6:30PM Retreat Start Time
Welcome and getting to know one another.
Gentle Hatha Yoga Session
Introduction to Mindfulness
Early Bedtime in Silence
7:00AM – 7:45AM Tuesday, August 13th: Early Morning Meditation
8:00AM – 9:00AM Yoga Morning Practice
9:00AM – 9:20AM Yoga Nidra
9:30AM – 10:30AM Breakfast
10:30AM – 11:30AM Free Time/Shower/Relax
11:30AM Meet in Communal Room
11:30AM – 2:00PM Cliff Walk (Weather permitting – picnic lunch)
Alternative Option if Raining: Mindful Craft Making
3:00 – 4:00PM Free Time/Rest/Journaling
4:00 PM – 4:20PM Pranayama Practice (Five Pranas – Breath Work)
4:20PM – 5:20PM Yoga Afternoon Practice
5:20PM – 6:00PM Mindful Body Scan
6:00PM – 7:00PM Free Time/Shower/Rest Before Dinner
7:00PM Dinner and Conversation
7:30AM – 8:15AM Beach Yoga (Weather Permitting)
8:15AM – 8:30AM Beach Meditation
8:30AM – 8:45AM Mindful Dip in the Ocean (Feet or Whole Body)
9:30AM – 10:30AM Warming Breakfast
10:30AM – 11:15AM Rest Time
11:15AM – 12:45PM Meditation, Sharing and Closing Ceremony
1:00PM Lunch and Goodbyes
Bus Departs for Ferry: Time to be confirmed
Cost of Retreat:
€320 per person.
Includes 2 nights’ accommodation in Sherkin North Shore with 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners provided.
Accommodation is Basic. Food and hospitality is outstanding!
Full Yoga, Mindful Meditation Sessions and Island Excursions included.
Please inform us of any food allergies or if you are Vegetarian or Vegan.
We require a €100 deposit per person to secure your place.
Please note numbers are limited to allow for a more comfortable experience.
Ferry costs €12 return.
Minibus to North Shore Accommodation Costs €2.50 per person.
Suggested Ferry Departs Baltimore at 12pm (or you can opt for an alternative ferry time)
Please note there is no bus to service the 1:00 PM ferry
Retreat Starts at 3:30PM sharp.
Please find links below to Sherkin North Shore Accommodation and the island’s website.
Cape Clear is home to one of Ireland’s most distinctive and best-loved festivals: the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival
In 2019, the festival will run from 30th August to 1st September. It celebrates one of the world’s oldest art forms, and brings storytellers and listeners together for amazing experiences in the unique setting of Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island.
Cape Clear is situated 8 miles off the coast of Baltimore in West Cork. The stunning scenery and local folklore make this the perfect setting for this long-running and much-loved storytelling festival.
The event is one of the most renowned festivals in the world storytelling calendar. Each year it brings together some of the most accomplished tellers from around the world. The event gives visitors to Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way the opportunity to meet the best Irish exponents of the storytelling art in an intimate and dramatic island environment.
Check out the event programme here.
You will need to book early to find a place to stay on Cape Clear!
Tackle West Cork’s terrain – island, bay, and peninsula – at the Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 31st 2019!
The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. The route takes in fantastic view across the island, Bantry Bay and the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsulas.
Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula on the Goat’s Path.
You’ll make a final triumphant return to Bantry where you can celebrate your achievements and reflect on your Wild Atlantic Way adventure race!
Places are limited to 240 (210 individual places and 10 teams) and you can pre-register for the event at http://bantrybayadventurerace.com/registration.
Teams and Individuals
Individual participants will be joined by teams of three at the event, and the team element gives people the chance to participate even if they’re not quite ready to tackle all three disciplines this year.
Making the Most of the Bantry Blueway
The Adventure Race – one of the most enjoyable adventure races in Ireland – gives participants and onlookers a great chance to see the Bantry Bay Blueway and the Sheep’s Head cycle route being used to their full potential. The Blueway.
The Bantry Bay Adventure Race is raising funds for a number of local West Cork charities.
Last year, the non-profit event raised €3000 for deserving local charities and organisations, and we’re looking forward to supporting them again this year!
Prizes are available in the individual event.
€150 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – First Place
€100 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – Second Place
€50 Edge Sports Shop Vouchers – Third Place