- 27 May 19
Ireland has cultivated a worldwide reputation for its eclectic array of unique events and festivals. Covering all sorts of cultural, historical and musical activities and interests, every corner of the island plays host to marvellous variety of festivities throughout the year. So, next time you’re planning on travelling across the country for a festival, we say: ‘Why not extend your trip, and spend more time exploring the surrounding area?’ From beautiful Bantry to the beaches of Bundoran, and all along the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland is never short of surprises. We take a look at some of the best in the west.
WEST CORK LITERARY FSETIVAL
Bantry, Co. Cork
Now an annual highlight on the Irish literary calendar, the West Cork Literary Festival is a week-long celebration of writing and reading for people of all ages. Located in venues around the beautiful town of Bantry, in the heart of West Cork, this year’s festival boasts a packed-to-bursting programme. The highlights include an evening with Mary Robinson, who’ll discuss her superb book, Climate Justice. The Irish literati will also be out in force, with appearances from Kevin Barry, John Boyne, Sebastian Barry, Hot Press fave Tana French (whose brilliant The Wych Elm has been widely acclaimed), and local boy, Graham Norton!
• While you’re in the area:
West Cork contains some of Ireland’s most breathtaking hidden gems. Accessible by ferry, Garnish Island and its surrounds include a remarkably tame seal colony, a Martello Tower, world-renowned gardens, rare plants and stunning walks. Watch out for porpoises, whales and dolphins! Make sure to visit the stately, historic Bantry House (and its beautiful woodlands). And visit Kealkill stone circle, just 10 kms away. Bantry is home to a great selection of hotels and guesthouses, as well as a scenic 20-acre camping park at Eagle Point, with gorgeous views of Bantry Bay. We’re fans of O’Connor’s Seafood Restaurant (Wolfe Tone Sq.), The Snug (The Quay) and, during the day, The Stuffed Olive (2 Bridge St.). In nearby Drimoleague, Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre is a bit special.
For more details about planning your trip around Ireland, go to www.discoverireland.ie