The West Cork History Festival will take place in and around Rosebank, the former Dower House of the Liss Ard estate, which is situated about a mile outside Skibbereen. Over the course of the weekend, there will be a programme of events which will run concurrently in two venues.

The programme will include talks, panel discussions, debates and informal conversations by historians, diplomats, journalists and commentators. We hope that the small scale of the festival will facilitate audience interaction with the speakers.

Food and drink will be available to buy throughout the weekend. On the Saturday evening a Festival Dinner will take place, attended by many of the speakers and offering the opportunity to continue discussion on a more informal basis. Tickets for the Dinner can be bought via the Tickets page on our website.

The West Cork History Festival acknowledges with thanks 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


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.


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 28 51 025