Cork Harbour Festival is the largest annual event in Cork Harbour offering a nine day celebration of Cork’s maritime culture, from 3rd – 11th June 2017. Kicking off on the June Bank Holiday weekend the festival features 60 events taking place in Cork City as well as in 15 harbour towns and villages.
There are a variety of events to dive into, from water activities to guided walks, open days to open sails, seafood market to seaweed foraging and so much more.
Whether a visitor to the region or a native Corkonian, come and experience the spectacular fleet of boats taking part in Ocean to City – An Rás Mór from the many vantage points along the harbour.
So why not go crab fishing in Cobh; explore our many heritage sites; brave a guided ghostly trail; sail in the harbour or come for a kayak and discover Cork City from a different perspective.
Now in its third year, the festival celebrates Cork Harbour as a natural and cultural resource, with the communities and their stories at the heart of it.
There are plenty of free family events happening throughout the festival. So, come and join us for a magical maritime week!
Live Music Festival, Live Pig Racing, Cycling, Fun Run, Live Mouse Roulette, Warring Pubs (Annual Tug of War Tournament), Scouting & Orienteering event, Community Family Fun Day, Over 35’s soccer, annual academy soccer tournament, GAA events, & a whole lot more…
“HILLFEST 2017”, is an initiative between Watergrasshill Community Council and Watergrasshill National School Parents Association, with all profits going towards specific Community related projects via our Community Council and our local National School. 2017 events will take place in Watergrasshill, Cork from Friday the 2nd June to Monday the 5th June with various events taking place over the weekend.
The Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally in aid of The Irish Cancer Society (ICS) and is held each June Bank Holiday Weekend to promote Steam & Vintage and heritage items. It’s a great family day out for young and old with over 1,000 exhibits on 40 acre site .
The exhibits include huge tractors, threshers, unique cars, motorbikes, oil and steam engines as well as experiencing a working forge. There is also a pet’s corner, always popular with children, a cake sale, numerous stands and stalls with art and craft displays, a dog show, sheep dog trials, road rolling. This is a fun-day out for collectors, enthusiasts and visitors alike with car parking and camping facilities set up in the village. Innishannon itself dates back to the sixth century and is surrounded by an ancient woodland and castle ruins.
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 www.corkcitymarathon.ie. 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
The Cork Summer Show is on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th June 2017, from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm each day in Curraheen Showgrounds.
It is one of the largest events of it’s kind in Ireland attracting over 50,000 visitors in 2016. Organised by the Munster Agricultural Society, the Cork Summer Show has been running in one form or another for over 200 years, since 1806.
It is Cork’s oldest and largest agricultural, gardening, food and family event which takes place every June in Curraheen, Cork.
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 www.sovereignscup.com. 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.
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 www.westcorkmusic.ie 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.
We operate a complimentary CAMP ROCK Kid’s Club during school holidays for children aged 5 to 12 years. CAMP ROCK runs from 10am – 12.30pm each morning and includes an array of planned activities such as supervised ‘Watertastic’, games, arts and crafts and much more. We host a supervised Movie Night and themed fancy dress from 6pm each evening and children can enjoy freshly cooked party food while parents escape to the restaurant and dine in peace and tranquillity.
Our spacious leisure centre acts as the perfect indoor playground for our visiting families. We have a separate shallow kiddie’s pool for young children and there is also an extensive Children’s Playground, just a stones through from our hotel.
We have teamed up with many nearby family attractions such as the long established and much loved Fota Wildlife Park, Rumley’s Pet Farm and Kool Kidz Korner, to offer our families discounted admission rates. With so much fun to be had both within and surrounding our hotel, the Carrigaline Court is the ideal choice for midweek or weekend family breaks in Cork.
The West Cork Literary Festival is a week-long celebration of writing and reading for people of all ages. From its humble beginnings as a series of casual poetry readings and fringe events around the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, it has expanded into a varied and extensive programme of readings, talks and week-long workshops, growing more adventurous and imaginative with each year.
We are delighted to bring the finest Irish and international literary figures to West Cork every July – making exceptional talent accessible to local, regional and national audiences.
The Green Glens Arena will stage the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships in July where Eupope’s top rising stars will travel to Co.Cork and compete in the disciplines of Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping – hoping for Team and Individual glory.
All eyes will turn to Mike Etherington-Smith designed Cross Crountry course on Saturday 22nd July where competitors will face a 4 km (approx.) course of natural fences that will bring them around the historic Drishance Castle Demesne before the medals will be decided in the Championship Arena the following afternoon.