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