For all their support for the West Cork History 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 2019 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)


Ben Burman & Aisling Ludden-Burman

Patrick Handley

Simon King

James Kingston

Kirstan Marnane & Philip Graf

Joe Mares and Etain Lavelle-Mares

Charlie McCarthy

Peadar O’Mórdha


Liss Ard Estate for their generous provision of parking facilities

The Ludgate Hub, with which we were proud to partner in 2019


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

Honorary President: Professor Roy Foster

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