Become a supporter of the West Cork History Festival and help us to continue providing a platform for speakers on local, national and international history in West Cork every year. As an individual or business there are a range of Friend options and benefits. If you are interested in any of these options please phone us +353 (0)87 356 1871 or email us


€100 or €50 for under-35s and students.

You will receive acknowledgment on our website and advance notice of our Early Bird tickets going on sale.

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You will receive acknowledgment on our website and a weekend pass for the Festival, as well as advance notice of our Early Bird tickets going on sale.


These are individuals who would like to help shape the West Cork History Festival. The Chair of Patrons is John Spearman. John is the former Chairman of Framestore, the world’s leading cinematic digital effects company ( He is the former Chief Executive of Classic FM. He comes from Ireland and has a home in West Cork.

  • All patrons will be acknowledged on the Festival website
  • All patrons will be entitled to three weekend passes for the Festival and advance notice of our Early Bird tickets going on sale
  • All patrons be invited to attend the Festival Dinner
  • All patrons have access to the Green Room where speakers will prepare for and spend time after their contributions
  • All patrons will be consulted on the programme for future festivals


This is a great opportunity for companies who would like to support cultural events in West Cork. A company  could choose to sponsor one particular event within the Festival or the whole Festival. A wide range of benefits are available to sponsors, including tickets to the events and the Festival Dinner, and the inclusion of corporate logos on our website and in associated literature. Please contact us directly if you are interested in discussing this.



For all their support for the 2017 Festival we would like to thank the following:


John Spearman, Chair of Patrons
Bishop Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
Mrs Gillian Kingston (in memory of WDB Kingston)


Failte Ireland

Creative Ireland Programme County Cork Grant Scheme  (an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy).


Liss Ard Estate for their generous provision of parking facilities.

The Skibbereen Arts Festival, with which we are proud to be associated.

The Time Travellers Bookshop in Skibbereen for their ongoing support.

The Festival Committee

Simon Kingston, Founder

Victoria Kingston, Founder

Dr David Edwards

Danielle O’Donovan

Finola Finlay

Robert Harris

David Clarke

Di Pitcher

About West Cork

West Cork, in particular the stretch of coast from Rosscarbery to Mizen Head, is popular with visitors from the rest of Ireland, Britain and Europe. The physical landscape of the area, once seen as austere and inaccessible, is a major part of the attraction. It is now well known for its art, its music, its food, and its maritime life. The area has always been remarkably heterogeneous: politically, religiously, and socially. It has produced writers and thinkers of many traditions and this depth and diversity is something on which the West Cork History Festival will draw.

Contact Details

Castletownshend Road,
County Cork,
P81 HF61,

phone: +353 (0)87 356 1871