April 2nd, 2013 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
We are thrilled that yet again The West Cork Hotel has been included in to this year’s Bridgestone Guide “Top 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland”.
On Sale and available to buy from today, the Bridgestone Guides are culminations of the editor’s quests to find the people and places within Ireland’s hospitality industry that provide a pure and simple unrivalled customer service to all guests and patrons.
To be included in the Bridgestone Guides again this year represents the guarantee that we are providing the very best service and produce, and we are truly honoured and delighted that our hotel in West Cork has been included again within the 2013 Bridgestone Guide, which features the very best in Ireland.
December 19th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us here at the West Cork Hotel in Skibbereen and we look forward to seeing you over the Christmas period for a warming drink in front of a roaring fire or when catching up with friends and family dinner within our bar or restaurant in Skibbereen.
So you know when you can join us for that drink or bite to eat over the Festive period, please note our Christmas Opening Hours:
- Restaurant & Bar closed after lunch service on Monday 24thDecember (Re-opening for lunch service on Friday 28th December at 12:30pm)
- Accommodation closed from December 24th until December 28th
October 18th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Excitement is bubbling around Cork as the official launch of the Cork edition of Monopoly is unveiled tomorrow, Friday 19th October.
It is not yet known what famous Cork landmarks will feature on the Cork edition of the popular family board game that according to the London based makers of Monopoly, Winning Moves UK, captures the spirit of Cork.
With Cork Monopoly hitting the shelves of toy and book stores from 9am tomorrow morning, we don’t have long to find out and we here at the West Cork Hotel are looking forward to discovering what landmarks will feature in the new edition of the board game, which is sure to be a big hit and prove a popular Christmas gift idea to send to loved ones living aboard.
September 3rd, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Taking place this weekend just minutes up the road from us here at the West Cork Hotel in the harbour village of Schull is one of West Cork’s newest music festivals. The festival, which was put on for first time last year and arranged by a few of the pubs in the village, is called “The Harvest Moon Music Festival” and such was its success that the event organisers have arranged for it to take place again this year.
Happening on 7th – 9th September, the festival has attracted some of Ireland’s biggest names making it one of the must do things to do in West Cork and over the weekend, visitors in the area can enjoy a diverse mixture of music – with Traditional to Rock music and Jazz to DJ’s on the decks as well as a mixture of Free and Paid Events over the 3 days. Tickets for the paid events at the Groove House are available on line and include; Camilla Griehsel Vearncombe and Niwel Tsumbu on Friday 7th September, The Ceili Allstars, Fred and Interference Archive on Saturday 8th September, and Paul Tiernan and Tony Davis (part of a Gubbeen BBQ) on Sunday 9th September
Of the Free Events taking place, here is just a sample of what’s on offer; On Friday 7th September, Sean Kelleher, Marc Mac and John Coakley, Two Tone Buffalo, The Calvinists, Mogley Boys and Dott will all perform live in pubs throughout the village. On Saturday 8th September, Mick Callaghan, Noel Maguire, Dj Gik, Fish go Deep, Schullduggery and Colm Kenefick, Gypsy Rebel Rabble all perform and there is an Open Mic Event for all. Finally on Sunday 9th September, Maria Cotter & co., Schullduggery, Sunday Times and others, as well as Two Storey Caravan plays live.
August 20th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Being based in the heart of the region, comes with its many advantages for our hotel in West Cork, one of which is the access to the many great scenic and happening towns and villages of the surrounding areas. After all the action that has been happening in the Bantry and Sheeps Head regions to the west of us, the action now turns to the immediate southeast and to the beautiful waters and coastline of neighbouring seafaring village Baltimore, just a few minutes’ drive from us here at the West Cork Hotel.
There anglers both professional and amateur can look forward to some great sea angling as the coastal village hosts its annual Deep Sea Angling Festival, running from Thursday 23rd – Saturday 26th August. Over these 3 days expect to see friendly competition in the coastal waters with the winners announced at special prize winning ceremonies within different pubs of the village every evening. With many different categories of competition and conservation and sportsmanship high on the list, it looks to be an easy going and fun competition in scenic surroundings. And whether you are an angler or just a visitor to this beautiful scenic area and looking for things to do in West Cork, throughout the few days there will be a lively and welcoming atmosphere around the village.
With 3 days of competition out in the sea and a warm reception inland these upcoming days offer the perfect excuse to be heading down to Baltimore and West Cork. So if you’re staying in the West Cork region, why not head down to this scenic coastal region and check out the action for yourself.
July 16th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Stephen Redmond of Ballydehob completed the gruelling seven-channel swim across the globe.
The father of two from completed the s Seven Challenge over a period of nearly three First completing the English Channel in August 2009, before next conquering the North Channel in August 2010 an to date is one of the few swimmers to have successfully completed this tough stretch between Scotland and Ireland. In May 2011, he completed the strait of Gibraltar and in October of that year the Catalina Channel near Los Angeles. This year he completed the Molokai Channel in February 2012, the Cook Strait in New Zealand in February 2012 before finally completing his last swim the Tsugaru Strait in Japan in July 2012, finishing at about 5:50pm Irish time on Saturday 14th July in a time of 14 hours and 24 minutes.
From all of us here at the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen, Congratulations Stephen.
June 15th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
The West Cork Hotel are proudly sponsoring this year, Valerie Deady from Skibbereen, who is one of the 47 entrants from Cork hoping to be selected as this year’s Cork’s Rose of Tralee.
All entrants are be between 18-27 years of age and the overall winner from the Cork region, will go on to represent Cork at the Rose of Tralee Festival, which takes between the 17th – 21st August.
19 year old Valerie has already been through her individual interviews with the 3 judges, and tonight she will take to the stage at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork with 20 of the other entrants. The remainder of the entrants will take the stage on Saturday night, and Ollie Turner from Galway will oversee proceedings. After all the entrants have been seen on stage and the judges have deliberated, The Cork Rose of Tralee will finally be annouced at the end of the evening this Saturday.
Good Luck tonight Valerie from all of us at the West Cork Hotel and from everyone in Skibbereen.
April 25th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
As we approach the beginning of May, the area of West Cork looks set to be the place to be, and there is no hotel more conveniently located to access all the attractions than the West Cork Hotel.
There are a host of things to do in West Cork as the month of May begins, starting with the Walking Talking Festival in Cape Clear (29thApril-2nd May), this festival is a series of guided walks with local experts, focusing on the history, folklore and ecology of the area, as well as numerous informal gatherings that including poetry and song.
Following this and over the May Bank Holiday weekend (4th-7th May) and back on dry land, it’s the Ballydehob Jazz Festival, most events at this festival are free of charge and concerts are held in the town’s pubs, cafes, schools, street stages and the Ballydehob Community Hall.
Staying on the music theme, on the 9th-13th May its Baltimore’s Fiddle Fair, this popular festival that started way back in 1992 attracts musicians from around the world, who play in venues around the beautiful fishing village of Baltimore.
At the end of Month (25th – 27th May) and again in Baltimore, it’s the Wooden Boat Festival, which is run in conjunction with the Seafood Festival, which is an opportunity to take part in sailing, talking, learning as well as enjoying the very best food and drink on offer in West Cork.
April 23rd, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Newly appointed Irish President, Michael D Higgins selects the West Cork Hotel as his hotel of choice when he was visiting the Cork and Kerry region this weekend.
The President was in the area to attend a commemoration in Union Hall on Sunday for the 5 fisherman who lost their lives earlier this year following the sinking of the Tit Bonhomme trawler off the coast of West Cork. The Tit Bonhomme sank after hitting Adam’s Island at the entrance to Glandore Bay in stormy seas on the way back to shore after a three-day prawn fishing trip. Speaking at the ceremony, President Higgins expressed his sincere sympathies to all who lost loved ones on 15th January 2012 and his gratitude to the men and women of the Naval Service, the Coast Guard, An Garda Siochana, the teams of volunteer divers and hundreds of volunteers who helped and assisted in the recovery operation.
Staying in the recently refurbished hotel Suite, President Higgins and his wife enjoyed a meal at our very own Kennedy Restaurant in Skibbereen on Saturday night and chatted to guests and locals in the Ilen Bar, where he was serenaded by The Kiltha Tones male choir from Youghal, who were also guests at our hotel in West Cork this weekend.
President Higgins, we look forward to welcoming you back.
April 5th, 2012 by West Cork Hotel Ireland
Happy Easter to everyone from all of us at the West Cork Hotel.
This weekend we have music in our Snug on the Saturday night, chocolate treats for the kids on Easter Sunday afternoon followed by music in the main bar on the Sunday night.
So however you are planning to spend your Easter weekend, we do hope you will have the time to pop in to your hotel West Cork to either enjoy some music, a few drinks with friends at our pub in Skibbereen or maybe a family meal in our restaurant in Skibbereen.