For all their support for the 2018 Festival we would like to thank the following:


John & Jo Spearman, Chair of Patrons

Bishop Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross

William Bollinger

The Harold Barry Trust

Chantry Cottage Enterprises


We are very grateful to the following organisations for their grants for the 2018 Festival:

Cork County Council’s Local Festival Fund

Creative Ireland County Cork Grant Scheme

The Irish Government’s Reconciliation Fund (Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade)


Liss Ard Estate for their generous provision of parking facilities.

The Skibbereen Arts Festival and Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre, with both of which we are proud to be associated.

The Time Traveller’s 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

Jessie Kennedy

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 draws.

Contact Details

Castletownshend Road,
County Cork,
P81 HF61,

phone: +353 (0)87 356 1871