May 2017

Cork Vegfest 2017

13/05/2017 — 10:00 am - 7:00 pm — Cork Vegfest — Cork

Cork Vegfest is a celebration of vegan food and culture, lifestyle talks, music, demos, cruelty-free products, exhibitors, info stalls, non-profits, film and lots more! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Cork Vegfest. Come to hang out, eat great food, try ethical products, learn about plant based health benefits or enjoy a talk among a super friendly gathering…

Cork Vegfest has a line up of expert international speakers:

  • Patrik Baboumian – strength athlete and one of the most vocal advocates for a plant based nutrition who has gathered numerous titles and international records
  • Fiona Oakes – ultra athlete and 3 times World record holder. The fastest woman to run a marathon on all 7 Continents Plus the North Pole
  •  Dr Ailis Brosnan – Your Healthy Living Coach – expert in health sciences, diet and nutrition
  • Vegan Mammy – Blogger at Vegan Mammy, listed as a top ten vegan instagrammer 2016 by Metro.UK
  • Glauce Lucas – All About Vegan Food – Editor at All About Vegan Food, connecting thousands of people through vegan food shares and vegan parenting support


Tickets @ €8 via Eventbrite  – fee includes access to all talks, demo’s, screenings etc.

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Jun 2017

2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon

04/06/2017 — All Day — On Street — Cork

Swap your Sunday drive for a run, walk or jog as the 2017 Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon launched with a new race date of Sunday 4th June announced. After a decade of participants marking the end of their June Bank Holiday weekend crossing the finish line of the Cork City Marathon, organisers have answered the requests from past and potential participants to move this iconic race to Sunday. Over the years, the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon has become more than a marathon, recognised for its inclusivity. It’s for runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and supporters. It is for those looking for a way to get fit, to set a new personal best, a way to raise money for a local charity or a fun day out with family and friends. Entries are now open for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay, Inter-Services Championships and Youth Challenge. Register now or find out more information on the Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon 2017 online at For helpful training tips or to share your Irish Examiner Cork City Marathon journey follow them on Facebook and Instagramcorkcitymarathon or on Twitter @TheCorkMarathon #MoreThanAMarathon

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Sovereigns' Cup Kinsale 2017

21/06/2017 — 11:00 am - 6:00 pm — Kinsale Yacht Club — Kinsale

Entries now Live for Sovereign’s Cup

Kinsale Yacht Club 21st-24th June 2017

Entries for Sovereigns’ Cup at Kinsale Yacht Club from 21st-24th June 2017 are invited on This is the 12th Sovereign’s Cup and organisers Kinsale Yacht Club are looking forward to welcoming over 100 boats to Kinsale.

“We are looking forward to welcoming many fleets to Kinsale in June, to enjoy both great racing and the hospitality Kinsale offers as well,” said Kevin Murray, Sovereign’s Cup Regatta Director. There will be a separate trophy for the white sail class and a new coastal fleet this year. We are also looking forward to hosting the 1720 Sportsboat European Championships during the regatta,” he added.

The Sovereigns’ Cup trophy is a revival of a centuries-old tradition when the ‘Sovereign of Kinsale’ presented a trophy for the fastest sailing craft of the time. However, the modern-era regatta is named after the large rocks that overlook the racing area offshore and has been held biennially since 1995.

Many of the Ireland’s best racing crews will be competing for the Sovereigns’ Cup under the international IRC handicap system. The Portcullis Trophy will be awarded to competitors under the ECHO handicap system.

Cork County Council as sponsor, is taking the opportunity to promote Kinsale as a tourist venue and the start/finish point for the much acclaimed Wild Atlantic Way, as many cruising boats are likely to stay in the West Cork area after the regatta. Also Dubarry of Ireland are involved as clothing sponsors.

As the Irish Cruiser Racing Association (ICRA) Nationals take place from 9th-11th June 2017 at the Royal Cork Yacht Club, both Kinsale and RCYC are working together to encourage sailors from the UK and all over Ireland to compete in both events in Cork in June 2017 by organising marina berths for holding boats and arranging delivery crews between RCYC and KYC.


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West Cork Chamber Music Festival

30/06/2017 - 08/07/2017 — All Day — Bantry, Co. Cork — Bantry, Co. Cork.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival runs from 30 June to 8 July in Bantry, Co. Cork. Located on the shores of Bantry Bay, the festival features thirty eight concerts in historic Bantry House and St Brendan’s Church.

The nine day programme is complemented by young musician masterclasses, morning talks, Ireland’s only instrument making exhibition and a fringe festival of performances in special venues throughout the area

The 2017 line-up includes: the Doric Quartet from the UK, Pacifica Quartet from the USA, Pavel Haas Quartet from Czechoslovakia and Zaïde Quartet from France. A host of soloists include British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, German violinist Viviane Hagner, Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, American violinist Miranda Cuckson, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, German-Canadian cellist Johanes Moser and many more.

A year on from Ireland’s 1916 commemorations, Finland will be celebrating the centenary of its independence. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival marks this centenary with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s Quintet for Piano and Winds performed by Finland’s Christoffer Sundqvist and Joonas Ahonen amongst others.

Further centenaries are marked during the Festival. Violin Sonatas by Respighi, Debussy and Elgar, all composed in 1917, will be performed by violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen and pianist Huw Watkins on Saturday 1 July.

The Festival has a reputation for programming contemporary work alongside more familiar music and in 2017 presents the world premiere of a new commission by the young Irish composer Sam Perkin. Irish premieres include the Pacifica Quartet’s performance of Julia Wolfe’s Splendid Hopes and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Weather of It, performed by the Doric Quartet. The Pacifica Quartet also play contemporary composer Shulamit Ran’s Glitter, Shards, Doom, Memory – String Quartet No. 3, which was inspired by the short life and art of the painter Felix Nussbaum, who died at Auschwitz.

Cork percussionist Alex Petcu, who will be presenting workshops in Cork schools early in the year, returns to Bantry to join a host of musicians performing David Bruce’s 2016 composition The Consolation of Rain in the Coffee Concert on Wednesday 5 July.

General Booking opens 21 March. For bookings and more information, go to or ring the Festival office on +353 (0) 27 52788.

The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is generously supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Failte Ireland, Crespo Foundation, Cork County Council and RTÉ lyric fm.

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