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Culture and Creativity in Bantry

In Bantry Library on Tuesday 20 August from 8.00 to 9.45pm 

An evening of celebration of rich local heritage and culture of Borlinn, Coomhola, Kealkil and Mealagh valleys beside Bantry Bay, with singers and storytellers, and host John Greene of C103 Radio.

This event will showcase the rich culture and talent of these rural havens from seashore to mountain tops, overlooking Bantry Bay. A social evening consisting of songs/poetry written about the Bantry area, storytelling, readings from the Schools Folklore Collection of 1937/39, written by the school children of these valleys who walked barefoot to school, plus small craft display, thus linking the past with the present, and creating a sense of belonging to place, and getting to know ourselves.

Admission is free.  All welcome


Kealkill Stone Circle and Carriganass Castle - 10th September

One of the many events in "A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2019" is an opportunity to tour the fascinating and magnificent sited megalithic Kealkill Stone Circle and standing stones just outside the village of Kealkill with local guide Aine Brosnan, Archaeologist, who will share her extensive knowledge of this ancient site.  It is advisable to bring suitable footwear for damp ground.
Travel the short distance to the strategically sited Carriganass Castle in the village of Kealkill.  Carriganass Castle was built in the mid 1500s by the O'Sullivan Beare clan, who wielded considerable power in West Cork during the 16th and early 17th centuries.  Learn the turbulent history of the O'Sullivan clan from local guide Dan Sullivan.
Meet at Ouvane Falls Inn car park, Ballylickey @10.00am
Booking essential through Eventbrite link here.
At the end of the tour, on return to Ouvane Falls, call in for the festive special Taste of West Cork plate at the Ouvane Falls.