Visit The Magical Winter Wonderland! 1st – 23rd Dec

Great effort and imagination has gone into ensuring the different features of Winter Wonderland are unique and great fun for both children and adults. Some of the creative elements include – the Amazing Interactive Naughty & Nice Machine, Elves Tattoo Parlour, Candy Land and Elves-World Workshop. 

The elves will take you on a journey through Winter Wonderland. See the polar bears, penguins, reindeer & lots more… There are lots of sweets and goodies to choose from at Candyland. Write your letter to Santa Claus and post it in Santa’s Mailroom. Pick your own Christmas tattoo in the Tattoo Parlour. Try your luck at the Naughty or Nice machine and see if you have been good for Santa! Then help out the elves in the workshop where they are very busy preparing for Santa’s trip around the world this Christmas.


And finally you will visit Santa’s Grotto where Santa Claus and his elves will be waiting with a special present for all the good boys and girls. 

Early booking is recommended especially as the ‘adventure duration time’ for each family has been increased in order to provide a high quality and value for money experience. 

15% discount by booking your family visit Mon-Thurs plus opening weekend up to 6th of December. 

Winter Wonderland Skibbereen can be found at or via the booking hotline 028 23288.

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Skibb’s visiting Marching Band – Rebel Week winners!

Also a big congratulations to the Skibbereen Rebel Week Committee who brought this wonderful band to Skibbereen!

If you missed the parade, well you missed a real treat, but the photo’s might give you a taste!

(Visiting German Marching Band, St. Fachtna’s Silver Band & Skibb Rebel Week Committee Members at Cork Rebel Week Parade, Cork City 19/10/13 – well done to all!)


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Creating a winning formula for Christmas 2013 – James Burke

The focus will be on ‘Creating a Winning Formula for Christmas 2013’ which will be delivered by James Burke. The format will be a presentation by James, followed by Q&A followed by free networking.

The event will be free and open to all businesses in West Cork.

James Burke has over 23 years experience in the retail & FMCG market. He has also worked as a business consultant on Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy programme on RTE and has delivered numerous retail development programmes across Ireland, inlcuding Skibbereen this year.

In his current role as a business consultant, James provides strategic advice and business planning for some of Irelands best known companies. He will be speaking on the night about how local businesses can create a winning business formula for Christmas 2013.

To register for the event online go to

or for further details

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Skibbereen Rebel Week Festival, 13th – 20th October!

A major part of the town’s celebrations will be the hosting of the very successful German Marching Band “Spielmanns- und Fanfarenzug Hahn Nethen”.

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Bra Wars! Skibb retailer aiming to break world record!

Main photo – Denis Minihane Photographer

Irish businessman tries to break bra opening world record

Sean Murray of Sean Murray Fashions has been practising for months to break the existing record to raise much needed funds for Get the Girls, the Irish Cancer Society’s breast cancer campaign throughout October. Each year more than 2,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Photograph – Jean Luc Morales

Sean Murrays which is home to West Cork’s largest lingerie department will add to the record attempt on Saturday 26th October by fitting more than 500 women for bras in eight hours while fitting another 500 men and women for jeans in eight hours to enter the record books on the treble.

The retailer will give the customer €2.50 discount from the sale of each bra sold throughout October and he will match this to give €2.50 to the Irish Cancer Society. He will also give a €5.00 donation to the charity for every pair of jeans sold for the month of October.

The record attempts come two years after Murray hosted Ireland’s first bra tug of war in aid of the Irish Cancer Society which raised thousands of euro for the charity.

Speaking of his impending record attempt Sean said, “Now that word is out, the pressure is on to break the record which will be tough but I am ready to give it a go. I have a few more weeks of practising and honing the technique but I am getting there. The guidelines are quite strict so we must adhere to certain criteria.

“We really want to do something different to raise awareness for the charity and although the events themselves will be fun they will raise money for a very serious cause that affects too many women in Ireland. We also hope to attract a mix of 500 women to be fitted for bras and 500 men to be fitted for jeans by our trained staff in our lingerie and denim departments on Saturday 26th.”

Eileen Kearney of The Irish Cancer Society added, “It is great to have businesses like Sean Murrays in Skibbereen get behind our Get the Girls campaign by doing something really different and fun.

“One exciting project that Get the Girls will help fund is the new Collaborative Cancer Research Centre – Breast-Predict, this new research project will deliver excellent research for the benefit of patients.

“We hope that everyone will lend their support to the cause throughout the month of October and get behind Sean’s record attempt and help raise vital funds for women all over Ireland who find themselves affected by breast cancer,” she said.


‘The Centre for Active Empowerment’ – Open Day

The Centre supports new thinking and coming together to create powerful new solutions to the challenges of our time.

It was founded by Gillian Riordan, a psychotherapist and coach based in Glandore. The Centre is running a range of personal and professional development courses – from Living Abundantly to FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer.

Course presenters and Centre members will be there on Saturday at 57c, Townshend Street, all are welcome to call in for a cuppa and a chat!



‘A Taste of West Cork’ Food Festival, 6th – 15th September

Festival Brochure (PDF Version)



A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is much more than a festival which happens to be about food. Food ,in itself, carries an inherent feeling of nurture, comfort and gratification. Healthy, naturally produced, fresh tasting and beautifully prepared food further enhances our feeling of wellbeing.

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Place this in a geographical area of wild and wonderful natural beauty, layered with ancient spirituality and human tragedy and liberally sprinkled with a purity of culture, art and craft and the result is “West Cork a State of Mind–West Cork a place apart!”

It is this “State of Mind” that draws so many artists, writers, craft people and food producers to West Cork.
A Tast of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators of this very special place. It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tasting and cookery compititions, special dinners, brunches,and banquets, talks and exhibits, children’s events, adventures and more.

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A Taste of West Cork which is now in its tenth year is Irelands longest running food festival and is the best opportunity very many local producers and chefs have to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.
The Festival understands how important local food is to our economy and with our wealth of artisan food producers, supportive retailers and markets, talented chefs and award winning restaurants we shall continue to attract visitors to West Cork. Our world renowned food combined with the most idyllic part of Ireland makes A Taste of West Cork the perfect festival for all the family. The festival is also hightlighting West Cork as a top choice of holiday destination to the Irish abroad for The Gathering 2013.

The 2013 Festival is set to be bigger and better and to include the much loved traditional open air food and craft market; food demonstrations and tastings;  themed nights in restaurants in Skibbereen and beyond; the already famous Celtic Cook off; blogging workshops amongst others; cookery compititions; traditional music nights; walks and talks and special events.

Plans are afoot to expand and strengthen our connection with our Celtic brethren, not just in the cooking and enjoyment of food but also in the coming together to explore our deep musical connections and to play music together.
There is something to tempt every palate and many events throughout the festival week are free or minimum charges apply so there is also something to suit everyones pocket.

Discover West Cork—Taste West Cork—do join us at the Taste of West Cork Food Festival on the 6th to 15th September 2013.

FF committee



Heritage Week in Skibbereen 17th – 24th August



Backstage Performing Arts Adacemy for Skibbereen!



Backstage has been in existence for fifteen years and has a number of Performing Arts Academies throughout the country. The staff are a unique combination of teacher and performing arts practicioner, all well known in the industry and of the highest quality-as demonstrated to parents and students at the recent Summer Camps.

Backstage is open to 7-18 year olds, grouped by age. Students will come together for two and a half hours each week and during that time they will undertake three workshops on a variety of subjects ranging from Drama, Musical Theatre and Mime to Singing,Dance,Comedy and Production. There is an emphasis on teaching students core performing arts skills and the work encourages self confidence, critical thinking and fluency of speech.

Production work is also undertaken from plays to flash-mobbing,musicals,stand-up comedy and site specific work with always the emphasis on the different experiences for the student rather than just ‘putting on a show’. At present a team of Backstage students are performing at the Edinburgh Festival and students are sent for auditions and castings as appropriate. Students can be seen in a variety of productions from the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Moone Boy’ to the recent production of ‘Grease’ at the Cork Opera House.

Backstage West Cork will have three locations-

St.Josephs School in Skibbereen on Friday evenings from 6pm-8.30pm beginning on Friday, 30th August,

Briery Gap Theatre in Macroom on Saturdays from 10am-12.30pm beginning on Saturday, 21st September 

Clonakilty Parish Centre on Saturday afternoons from 2.30pm-5pm beginning on Saturday, 28th September.

Fees are 15 Euro per weekly, two and a half hour session, paid weekly.

For further information and application form, contact Backstage-Ireland on 091-590706 or e-mail



Skibb Beats presents Jack L, 3rd August

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Comhaltas Seisiún, 9pm every Wednesday night, July & Aug

Skibbereen Comhaltas summer Irish nights will return to the West Cork Hotel this summer on each Wednesday night starting on this coming Wednesday, July 10th at 9pm. Séisiún presents an authentic show of Irish traditional music, song, dance, stories and more, bringing our Irish cultural traditions to life. Each Seisiún show offers a unique audience experience for Irish locals and visitors – a real taste of our cultural talent. The first part of the night promises a show with depth but variety as the various aspects of Irish dancing, solo and group instrumental music and singing in both Irish and English are illustrated by the talented Skibbereen Séisiún group. The evening concludes with an informal session where we welcome our audiences to take to the floor for a Seige of Ennis or The Walls of Limerick. Join in a song or if you play an instrument please bring it along! Refreshments are served during the interval. Seisiún 2013 celebrates The Gathering and extend a special welcome to our overseas visitors and promise you an evening of traditional Irish entertainment and an opportunity for you to join in the night’s events.

Tickets are €10 for adults. Children are free when accompanied by an adult. €5 tickets are available when you dine in the hotel restaurant or bar before the show and to hotel guests. Group concessions also available.

For more information on the Skibbereen Seisiún show, Contact (028) 22739 or email


Skibbereen Arts Festival – Féile Ealaíne, 26th July – 4th August

For more information & booking details

SkibbArtsFestPoster2013 email


Tel: 087 1260327
Twitter: @skibbartsfest

Chamber of Commerce News

Join us for a ‘Night at the Races’, 8.30pm, 28th June.

Race Night website


Open Door, Love:Live – free music event, Friday 21st June

Open Door Love-Live Music website


Mad Pride Ireland, free family fun day! Sunday, 16th June.

For more information:

Mad pride website


Backstage Academy Performing Arts Camp, 1st – 5th July

Application forms available from St. Josephs National School or your local library. For further information contact Backstage-Ireland 091-590706

Backstage leaflet


‘A Taste of West Cork’ Food Festival, 10th – 16th September

A Taste of West Cork which is now in its ninth year is Ireland’s longest running food festival. This year’s festival is set to be bigger and better with a real focus on our food heritage with special homage being paid to the humble spud Ireland’s favourite tuber taking centre stage with a variety of events looking at the importance of the potato in Ireland including a special workshop by Eanna Ni Lamhna.

This year will also see the return of the very popular ‘Celtic Cook Off’ at the West Cork Hotel which will see chefs from the six Celtic territories (Scotland, Isle of Man, Ireland, Cornwall, Wales and Brittany) participate in a ‘cook off’ event in front of a live audience, whilst also aiming to impress a panel of judges.

From seminars on food heritage, to food demonstrations and tastings, competitions between the best chefs in Europe and West Cork, and the grand finale of the biggest harvest food and craft market staged in the Fairfield, there will be something to tempt every palette. Many events throughout the week are free or minimum charges apply, there is definitely something to suit everyone’s pocket.

To view the entire list of events, times and prices please visit


Lapland comes to Skibbereen!

Santa’s Elves Descend on West Cork Town for Christmas Work!

Lapland has moved to Skibbereen, West Cork this year with an influx of elves applying for work at Winter Wonderland in the town. Over 200 elves applied for seasonal work at what is being pitched as the ultimate Christmas experience for children and adults alike.

Winter Wonderland which has become a popular attraction in the town for the past number of years is under new management and promises to be bigger and better than previous years with new interactive ideas and special effects to make the visit a truly festive experience.

Speaking of recruitment drive and upcoming launch of Winter Wonderland, Owen O’Driscoll said “We have been busy extending and revamping the entire structure of Winter Wonderland to make it a really special experience for families this year.  The venture will also create more than 65 jobs in the run up to Christmas which is a great boost for the area. If the children enjoy the Winter Wonderland experience as much as we have putting it all together then they will leave with fantastic memories of a completely unique    visit to Santa.”

This year’s Winter Wonderland will feature many never before seen elements including – New Interactive Naughty & Nice Machine, Elves Tattoo Parlour, Candy Land and much more.

Winter Wonderland will officially open on December 1st  with many exciting new surprises which will be completely unique to Skibbereen to make this year’s visit to Santa a truly unforgettable occasion for all the family. Tickets are €15 per child and €5 per adult with discounts for families and a 15% price reduction midweek (Mon-Thurs) up to December 15th.

Visit for further details.


Skibbereen Lions Club Santa Run

Skibbereen Lions Club is organising a 5K Santa Run on Sunday 4th December from the GAA grounds Skibbereen at 2 p.m.

€3/child. €5/adult. €10/family. Dressing rooms will be available and refreshments will be supplied afterwards.

All proceeds shared between 4 national schools in Skibbereen.

For more information contact Don Davis. 087/0601723


Skibbereen Fashion Show Fri 4th November

Skibbereen Business Association in association with sixth years from Mercy Heights, Skibbereen will host a one off fashion extravangaza in the West Cork Hotel on Friday 4th November at 8pm.

The “Be Fashion Fabulous” event will exhibit the very best of local fashion, supported by Skibbereen’s local fashion stores, hairdressers and beauticians. The night will include performances from sixth year pupils as well as a special Christmas style makeover slot with a local personality.

The event will focus on key trends in fashion for the coming months for men and women with practical tips on how to wear them. There will also be a prize for the best dressed lady and man on the night as well as a host of special prize giveaways and an exclusive goodie bag for the first 150 people on the night.

There will be a host of fabulous prizes to be won on the night.  Tickets for the special fashion event are just €10 and will be available on the night at The West Cork Hotel.