Poetry Ireland – Poetry Town in Bandon

Poetry Town in Bandon was officially launched in West Cork Heritage Centre Bandon by the Mayor of Cork County, Gillian Coughlan, who is also a Bandon resident. Bandon’s Poet Laureate Matthew Geden unveiled his commissioned poem ‘The Walls We Build’. Bandon as a plantation walled town was built for monoculture. Now with one in five residentsContinue reading “Poetry Ireland – Poetry Town in Bandon”

Community Development Initiative 2018/2019

We applied to Cork County Council in 2018 for funding to undertake essential repairs and add safety features so as to be able to expand our community event offering. As you all know, our long term aim is to develop the centre as a quality exhibition and event venue. While we weren’t successful in thatContinue reading “Community Development Initiative 2018/2019”

The Bandon Banshee

As part of the Harry Potter themed scavenger hunt in June 2018, we were delighted to welcome young visitors to view our original painting of the Bandon Banshee by Augustine Grace featuring his cousin, Drusilla Grace, defeating the Bandon Banshee. The story of the Bandon Banshee was made famous by the now disgraced, Gilderoy Lockhart,Continue reading “The Bandon Banshee”

#HeritageWeek talk: Biddy Boys of Kilgobnet

Update: Donough MacGillycuddy gave a very interesting presentation on Saturday morning on the Biddy Boy tradition. Using slides and rare archive footage he allowed the audience a unique view of the Biddy Boys in action. The rich and complex folklore background to the tradition was a treat to discover, especially the work of Thomas O’SullivanContinue reading “#HeritageWeek talk: Biddy Boys of Kilgobnet”

Please support Bandon Heritage Centre GoFundMe Campaign!

West Cork Heritage Centre, Bandon is housed in the former Christchurch on North Main Street Bandon. Christchurch dates back to circa 1610 and is built on the site of a Danish Fort. It was one of the earliest Protestant churches in Ireland and was a church for 363 years. It was deconsecrated in 1973.  AContinue reading “Please support Bandon Heritage Centre GoFundMe Campaign!”

Richard Conroy – Obituary

Remembering our dear friend Richard The West Cork Heritage Centre, Bandon experienced a great loss on the death of our great friend Richard Conroy on November 28 2016. I have known Richard for about 25 years. It was about that time he first joined the Heritage Centre and continued to be associated with the centre,Continue reading “Richard Conroy – Obituary”

Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan school visit

Ar an Aoine chuaigh pásití ó Ghaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan síos chuig an Ionad Oidhreachta i nDroichead na Banndan. Bhí deis ag na pásití an forógra a léámh agus léargas a fháil ar conas mar a bhí an saol na blianta fada ó shin ar scoil agus mórthimpeall an bhaile mór. Ba deis iontach éContinue reading “Gaelscoil Dhroichead na Banndan school visit”

Having fun at the Bandon Walled Town Festival…

The Heritage Centre team and volunteers donned traditional hooded cloaks and had fun at the West Cork Heritage Centre to celebrate the Walled Town Festival. The cloaks are made here in Bandon by local company http://www.cloaksofireland.com