Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town, Skibbereen

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Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town comes to Skibbereen this weekend Sat 12 and Sun 13 December.

Saturday 12 December sees the Business & Community Expo take over the Skibbereen Sports Centre with over 70+ exhibitors.  There will be an opportunity to avail of a Business Supports Clinic as well as a chance to listen to guest speaker Mickey Harte, Tyrone Gaelic Football Manager and network with Dr. Sean McCarthy, CEO Hyperion

On Sunday 13 December the Sports and Community Expo takes place with Sports Panel Discussions and also a panel discussion on career skills for West Cork

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Skibbereen welcomes Down and Dirty competitors

Welcome to Skibbereen and the very best of luck to the 1000 participants who have signed up for the 6k Down and Dirty Adventure Challenge.

The organisers have been working hard on the course for the last number of weeks and there will no doubt be a few surprises for you to enjoy this year!

Don’t forget to pop into Skibbereen where you can pick up some unique Xmas gifts or why not enjoy a well deserved treat in one of the many cafés or restaurants in the town.

Good Luck!


Countdown to National Digital Week

Please click image to get a glimpse of what’s happening in Skibbereen this week……

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and if that has whetted your appetite you can preview the full schedule here: Digital Week Full Schedule

Remember you can keep fully up to date with what’s happening in Skibbereen during National Digital Week by checking the following links too:



Skibbereen hosts Ireland’s first ever National Digital Week, Nov 3 – 8

4 days, 60 Speakers, 3000 attendees, 1 inspirational location

This exciting initiative takes place in Skibb from Nov 3 – 8 and showcases how one small group of people is building Ireland’s most high tech town – read more about what all the buzz is about here!

The early bird offer for the event finishes this Wednesday, 21st October, so make sure you book you tickets today here

Speaking sessions and workshops are tailored to cater for all interests and age groups.

–          Farming 2030

–          Digital Future of Education & STEM

–          Empowering a Billion Women 2020 & Social Entrepreneurship

–          Digital Revolution of retail and services

–          The Digital and Industry Fusion

–          Energise Enterprise Workshop

–          The Story of Entrepreneurship & the Internet of Things: Re-Imaging a connected world.

For a summary of the schedule click here and for details of the amazing speakers you can expect to hear from click here

Don’t forget if you are interested in helping out during the week the Ludgate Skibbereen group needs volunteers urgently and would appreciate your support. The team are looking for a range of volunteers – you do not need to be digitally minded! Please email and pledge your support.



Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town – Skibbereen

Bank of Ireland Skibbereen are hosting Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town in December.  An Information Evening is being held this Thursday in the West Cork Hotel @ 6pm so please come along to find out more about how this in initiative can support your local business.

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The Ilen River – A Journey from Source to Sea

Please take a little time to have a look at this fabulous video by Colin Hickey which really showcases the River Ilen:

Ilen River – A Journey from Source to Sea

Photo: Nikki Kitley


You can help light up Skibbereen this Christmas

Skibbereen is fundraising for new Xmas Lights which will have not only a positive impact on the local community but will also welcome our visitors and returning family and friends.

If you would like to help the town look its best this Xmas then please donate to the fundraising campaign by clicking the link below:

I’m helping light up Skibbereen for Christmas




Ilen Swim & Kayak this Sunday 27 September in Skibbereen

This inaugural event takes place along the River Ilen from 4-7pm and promises to be a fun family afternoon with Paddle Boarding and Kayaking along the river as well as feature swim races for the mores serious competitor over 1.5km and 3km and to top it all the weather forecast looks like it will be favourable too!

Many Thanks to our sponsors on the day – Ilen Sports Injury Clinic, Russagh Mill Hostel & Adventure Centre, Kalbo’s Café, The Edge Sports, Cork and GSUP Paddle Boarding  – please find out more about each business by clicking on their image below.

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Russagh Mill


The Edge







All proceeds raised will go toward the new Christmas Lights for Skibbereen Fund, which the Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce is actively fundraising for.  The town would really appreciate your support in lighting up Skibbereen this Christmas, so join us for a fun afternoon in Skibb this Sunday!



“March Back in Time: Jeremiah O’ Donovan Rossa Torchlit Parade.”

Well done to all involved in the March Back in Time event last Friday night.  Fantastic atmosphere and great crowds in Skibbereen to commemorate the centenary of O’Donovan Rossa’s death in 1915 and to mark the opening of Skibbereen Arts Festival with a parade like no other  – click here to sample the atmosphere on the evening, March Back in Time – Skibbereen 24th July 2015

photo : Ian Flavin Photography

video: Ludgate Skibbereen









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This September, Backstage Academy of Performing Arts-Skibbereen, will hold auditions for a youth production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’.   This will be a modern production of the play and as the play deals with money lending, debt, interest, mercy and forgiveness, it should prove very topical.

Auditions will be open to 14-19 year olds and no previous acting experience is required as the cast will be put through their paces by the teaching staff at Backstage, which is based at St. Josephs National School and begins its third year in Skibbereen this September.


Skibbereen Tourist Office Re-opens for 2015 Season

Skibbereen Tourist Office has re-opened for the 2015 summer season.

The office opens on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 – 4pm during May and will open 7 days a week from June.

The office has already had a lot of visitors from not only Ireland and the UK but also France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and that is only in the first 2 weeks!

Please feel free to pop into the Tourist Office to catch up on what Skibbereen and West Cork has to offer!

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Backstage Academy “Frozen Summer Camp” in Skibbereen

Backstage Academy of Performing Arts are holding a “Frozen Summer Camp” in St Joseph’s National School, Skibbereen from Mon 6th to Friday 10th July.

Backstage Frozen


For more details please contact Backstage – 091 590706 or

More information can also be found on the registration form which can be downloaded here Backstage Summer Camp Form





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Southern Star hosts Skibbereen Business Breakfast

REMINDER that the Southern Star are hosting a Business Breakfast in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen on Friday, May 1st at 7:30 am.

The Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce are delighted to be in partnership with the Southern Star for this event as they look on it as an excellent opportunity for business in the area to network and catch up.

If you are interested in attending please email or call 028 21200

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Skibbereen Tourist Office Re-opens early May

Following a successful season in Skibbereen last year, Fáilte Ireland are happy to work again in partnership with Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce so that the Tourist Office will be once again be open 7 days a week from June for the 2015 summer season.

To facilitate the extended opening hours the office will be staffed by a combination of part-time staff and volunteers, with Fáilte Ireland training taking place over the coming week.

Plans are still underway for the Town Hall building, which encompasses the Tourist Office, to be re-modelled toward the end of the year, however it is still hoped that the Office can be freshened up for the tourist season ahead.

Keep an eye for more updates as they become available……..


Run for Cycle Against Suicide – Wed 8 April and Thu 9 April

 Cycle Against Suicide Skibbereen

Jim Breen, founder of Cycle Against Suicide is on his mammoth run of 50k each day for 28 days consecutively and is expected to arrive in Skibbereen next Wed April 8 at approx 3pm so please come out and support Jim on this leg of his journey!

The Skibbereen Stage of the Run takes place on April 9th, Jim Breen will speak beforehand with a 9am START TIME for ALL RUNS

RUN 1 – 1K Fun Run – West Cork Hotel to New Bridge – ALL WELCOME! (children must be supervised at all times)

RUN 2 – 5K FUN RUN – West Cork Hotel to Aughadown Community Playschool (GAA pitch) (Bus transport back to town provided)

RUN 3 – 50K RELAY – from West Cork Hotel to Mizen Head

Optional Legs – 1) Skibbereen – Ballydehob; 2) Ballydehob – Schull; 3) Schull – Goleen; 4) Goleen – Mizen.

Registration for RUN2 & RUN3 8 – 8.45am in the West Cork Hotel.

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The Forecast is good so looking forward to seeing you all there!


Skibbereen’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

A Big “Thank You” to everyone who came out to enjoy what was one of Skibbereen’s biggest and best parades!

The Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who got involved this year to make the parade such a success particularly the participants who put so much creativity into their efforts – the ideas, colour and really

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Thank You also to the businesses, stewards, judges and MC and to everyone who helped with the planning and particular thanks to those who were out with the dawn chorus setting up for the day!


Congratulations to the winners of the Julia Hickey Perpetual trophy – Skibbereen Credit Union and also to the runners up Castletownshend National School and Cycle against Suicide, congratulations also to Skibbereen’s best little leprechaun – Alan Dobisz.  11024797_10205129450388909_7617722024199484845_n


We very much look forward to seeing you all in Skibbereen again next year!




Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Skibbereen!

This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Skibbereen is themed – “The Wild Atlantic Way” and schools, clubs and businesses throughout the community are encouraged to participate in this ever popular family event.  Businesses can get involved straight away by dressing their windows and turning Skibbereen “green” for the festival of events.

Festivities in Skibbereen get underway with the Comhaltas Féile Cheoil weekend from Friday March 13-15 with a full programme of music and cultural events to suit all – please find full details here

St Patrick’s Day Church services take place in Abbestrewery at 10 am and in St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 9 am and 11:30 am.

singing at paradeThe annual parade then starts at 2:30pm, from the playground in Skibbereen and follows its traditional route before finishing at the Old Mart Car Park on Bridge St.  The Julia Hickey Memorial Shield will once again be presented to the overall winner on the day and there will be runner up prizes too, as well as a special prize for the best little leprechaun!

The fun doesn’t stop there as between 4 and 6pm in Abbeystrewery Hall the Gaelscoil are holding a fundraiser with teas and coffees, face painting and many more fun activities for all.



Comhaltas Féile Cheoil programme for St Patrick’s Weekend 2015

Festivities for St Patrick’s weekend in Skibbereen get underway with the Comhaltas Féile Cheoil from Friday March 13-15 with a programme of Irish traditional music and cultural events to suit all.

Feile Cheoil 2015

On Friday, March 13th at 8pm a Concert/Irish Night takes place in the West Cork Hotel and on the next day, Saturday, March 14th workshops will be held in brush dancing, whistling and lilting in the GAA Pavilion, followed that evening by an Aifreann Tradisiúnta in the Cathedral at 6.30pm.  Sunday, March 15th sees Féile Cheoil day of competitions in Rossa College.

Please download a brochure for the full programme of events here : Feile Cheoil Brochure (1)



A Taste of West Cork Food Festival presents a Great Gatsby Themed Cocktail Party

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival are hosting a Great Gatsby themed Cocktail Party in the Church Restaurant, Skibbereen on Friday March 13th at 7.30pm.

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Tickets cost €20 which includes 2 complimentary cocktails and a light supper and are available from The Church Restaurant or Kalbo’s, Skibbereen

Dress for the evening is vintage style and there will be music and spot prizes on the night too so all in all it promises to be a great evening!





Skibb Scenes presents – The Lego Movie & Boyhood

Skibb Scenes have some great films on this Saturday 21 Feb in Skibbereen Town Hall, so what better way to wrap up mid term then going to see either the “awesome” Lego Movie” at 4pm or catch-up on the Oscar buzz and see why everyone is talking about BAFTA  and Golden Globe winning “Boyhood” at 7pm


Tickets are available from the Skibbereen Community & Family Resource Centre on Townshend St (phone 028 23572) or at the door.


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Cycle Against Suicide – overnight stop in Skibbereen

Cycle Against Suicide is an annual  1,400km cycle over 14 days which this year begins this year on Monday April 27th  in Belfast and finishes in Dublin on Sunday May 10th.   The cycle aims to raise awareness of the help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self-harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

This year Skibbereen has been chosen as one of the fourteen overnight stops on Tuesday 5th May, which gives everyone an opportunity to be part of this fantastic awareness event.

Central to the success of Cycle Against Suicide is the “Homestay Programme”.  People from across the island of Ireland open their homes to the cycle participants and provide them with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night.

If you would like to get involved and if you are in a position to offer accommodation to cyclists please download and complete the Cycle Against Suicide HomeStay Brochure or pick a brochure up in Sean Murray’s, Annie May’s or Designs.  When completed please return to Richie Keating in St Fachtna’s school or alternatively to Sean Murray in the shop or Annie Mays.


Latest Update on Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme

“We are edging ever closer to construction and to work on the ground ” was the verdict from Skibbereen Floods Committee after their meeting at Leinster House last week with Simon Harris T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the OPW and Public Procurement.

Historically Skibbereen  has had major floods in 1943, 1944 x2, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1964, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1986 x3, 1988 x2, 1995, 1998 x2, 1999, 2008, 2009 x2, and many near misses over that period too.  Over the last 4 years there have been  6 near misses where another two hours rain,spring tide,or change in wind direction could have had further severe consequences–because most people do not now have flood insurance cover.

Because of the history of flooding and the last major flood event in 2009 effort had to be directed to  planning for a €14 million Flood Relief Scheme for Skibbereen.  It has been designed to provide a 200-year flood event protection for 179 homes and 131 commercial properties. This has been underway since 2010 and has lead to the Public Consultation in 2011, the Public Information Day 2012 and the public Exhibition in 2013. These fed into the Stage 3 Detailed Design which is now 99% complete. There  has been ongoing consultation with landowners,private householders and businesses, and at the same time the dotting of a lot of i’s and the crossing of a lot of t’s by the O.P.W as Managers of the Scheme, Cork Co.Co. as their agents and Consultants R.P.S.

The Scheme is now at the final Procurement stage before construction . This  is a 2 stage process.  In the first stage,  8 contractors have now pre-qualified from an original list of 21 contractors which included 60 specialist sub-contractors. Letters have been sent to the successful and unsuccessful applicants.

The second stage involves  the 8 successful applicants tendering for the Scheme. The date for this is mid-February.  At the same time  Brendan Howlin T.D Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform “confirms” the scheme.  It is estimated that the main Works Contractor will be appointed by the end of March and work on the ground to commence May-June and will take two years to complete.

The preparations for this Scheme began in 2010.We are confident that these preparations are nearing completion  and expect construction of this long awaited scheme to  commence mid-year 2015.

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Kalbo’s – Today FM Best Brunch in Ireland!

Congratulations to Kalbo’s Skibbereen who have been voted the “Best Brunch in Ireland”!

Listeners to Saturday Breakfast on Today FM ominated their favourite place to have brunch in Ireland and the votes came flooding in on text, email and twitter.

Congratulations to our overall winner: Kalbos Bistro – Skibbereen, Co Cork!


Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce AGM – Wed 18 February

The Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce AGM takes place on Wednesday February 18 at 7:30pm in the Fuchsia Suite in the West Cork Hotel.
This is an opportunity to review what the Chamber has focused on in 2014 as well as to give your input into future plans for 2015 and is also a chance to catch up with other Chamber Members too!

If you are a business and are interested in discovering more about the Chamber and membership please come along on the evening to find out more.