Juggling for everyone

‘Try It Series’ with Daniel Q
Tuesday 2nd of July
4pm at Crows Gabble, the Lane


Bobstock the revival.
Cape Clear / Oileán Chléire
Bobstock was always a landmark weekend for the island. This year Bob will incorporate the talents of local islanders and visiting musicians.

Singing in Harmony

Sherkin Island Singing in Harmony Group, with Susan McManamon. Contact Susan for further information or to get involved.

West Cork Literary Festival

Eoin Warner
Whiddy Island Schoolhouse

Saturday 13 July 2024 Time 2:15 pm

Join naturalist, wildlife documentary presenter and Bantry native Eoin Warner for a public interview about his work and the wildlife and landscapes of Ireland’s islands. westcorkmusic.ie/events/2024/eoin-warner


Le Chéile

The exhibition will run from the 28th of June to the 11th of July with opening reception and dancing at the crossroads on Sunday the 30th of June. “Le Chéile”is a showcase of craft, art, photography and stories of boats from Sherkin Island. A truly island-wide opportunity, open to all islanders to take part.

West Cork Chamber Music Festival

Sarah Jégou-Sageman, Jeroen De Beer [violins], Séamus Hickey [viola], Léo Guiguen [cello].
Whiddy Island Schoolhouse

Wednesday 3 July 2024. Time 2:30 pm Ends 3:10 pm (FREE EVENT)

The Sonoro Quartet will perform on Whiddy Island


Workshop: Nature & Place Writing with John Connell

Whiddy Island

Monday 15 July 2024

Join bestselling author and farmer John Connell for a 3 day writing workshop on nature and place. Starting with the work of Henry David Thoreau and his seminal book Walden he will investigate how nature and place writing has been with us in its modern form for over a century.

West Cork Music


Masters of Tradition Secret Concerts

Whiddy Island

Sunday 25 August 2024, 12:30 pm

The concert will last for approximately 1 hour and will take place in a marquee outside the Bank House pub.

West Cork Music


Watercolour Workshop

Tetiana Milshyna
Bere Island

August 17th & 18th 2024

World Lighthouse Day


A solo exhibition by Sherkin Islander Fergus Murphy. Town Hall Art Centre, Cavan, Co Cavan

26th September – 9th October 2024

An integral part of the work will see the creation of a flotilla of model ships with a view to creating a naval empire emanating from Sherkin Island.

Hidden Stories

Róisín Ní Chonaill, Tomasz Madajczak and Inma Pavon
Oileán Chléire

Ongoing in 2024

Cape Clear dance project with Inma Pavon, Róisín Ní Chonaill and Tomasz Madajczak to collaborate on a project involving movement and film reinterpretation of traditional stories emerging from the land, nature, and historical remains of Cape Clear Island. 

Workshop | local wild plants & flowers

Sonia Caldwell / Kilcoe Studios

Oileán Chléire & Bere island

Tues 28th May Chléire, Sat 8th & 29th June Bere. 

In early summer { May / June } Sonia would run workshops for islands on Oileán Chléire & Bere island. The first will be to explore the local wild plants and flowers on the islands in an outdoor walk and then to develop ways back at a workshop to develop these into drawings that can be transferred to linen for doing embroidery tapestry.

FoMoH is back for a third season June 4-8th 2024

There are ‘Sharing Music’ events on 4th, 5th, 6th. Come and join the musicians as they share with each other what they have been rehearsing that day. This year we are lucky enough to be working with Paddy O’Brien, a longstanding story teller and The Harte sisters will form the core musicians for some traditional ballads. And then three more formal concerts to round the week off. No tickets – first come best seat!

Cruinniú Ceoil / Music Meeting

Sherkin Island. Teach Tábhairne an Jolly Roger / Jolly Roger Pub
Domhnach/ Sunday 09.06. 24 – 4pm to 8pm

Oileán Chléire / Cape Clear 

Kevin Mc Cann, Danny Stewart, Mairtín Ó Méalóid, Brennus Voarino, Séamus Ó Drisceoi, Kevin Kearney

Inis Arcáin / Sherkin Island

John Simpson, Bridgid Madden, Simon Crockett, Neisha Azzopardi, Daniel O’ Conner, Nigel Towse 

Sherkin Island Bloomsday

Ken Cotter & John Simpson
The Jolly Roger
Sherkin Island – June 15 & 16, 2024

Two days to celebrate Ulysses and to enjoy performances of Ulysses-related musical and artistic activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. 

Ulysses is full of humour, history, allegory and literary chicanery. However, it is the music of Ulysses that can often be overlooked by readers. By listening to these songs together and discussing how their themes interweave with the themes of the novel, many additional layers of Joyce’s genius will be revealed. Join us on Sherkin Islands for a Bloomsday weekend to celebrate the music of one of the most famous novels in English literature. 

Quilting workshop

Harriet Andrews
Bere Island Womens’s Create

Nigel Towse

Lino Cut Printing Workshop

Madeleine Dunne
Bere Island Womens’s Create

27th and 28th April

This was a 2 day demonstration and workshop. The workshop was designed to show participants how to print onto fabric and paper using minimal equipment and in a setting that can be replicated on a kitchen or work table. Participants produced a simple image on Lino block that they may print onto paper and/or fabric as they wish. BIWC will continue these sessions in the autumn. 


Crochet Workshop

Catherine Sullivan
Bere Island Womens’s Create

March & April 2024

Introduction to crochet with an amphasis on the various stitches, pattern reading and creation.

Dursey Island Residency

Annemarie Ní Churreáin
Dursey Island

January & Febuary 2024

Annemarie Ní Churreáin is from the Donegal Gaeltacht and was our inaugural Dursey Island artist in residency. This was a pilot project. 

Fireside Sessions

Jon Sousa & Adam Agee

Oileán Chléire & Sherkin Islands

Oileán Chléire 11th, 12th: Two concerts one formal in the Club Chléire & one informal at Cotters with local musicians.

Sherkin 13th: Sherkin North Shore

Hula Hoops & Juggling With Kate Mitchell

Hula Hoops & Juggling

With Kate Mitchell
Bere Island, Sat June 22nd 2024

Children aged 6 + 

Lá Teanga na Gaeilge ar Oileán Chléire Irish Language Day on Cape Clear

Clár Gearrscannáin Gaeilge – Curated Irish Language Short Film Programme

Thursday 26th May – 11.30 – 12.30


Nigel Towse

Try It Series

Nigel Towse
Sherkin & Heir Islands

Febuary & April 2024

Nigel Towse teaches residence on Sherkin and Heir Islands the Carrick Bend Knot.

Ukes go Bere

Ukes go Bere 2024 

With Eva McMullan & Fergal O’Connor and the children from Bere Island national school. 

June 2024

Ukes Go Bere is weekend festival, included drumming, vocal and ukelele workshops, and a live, free performance.

Fireside Sessions

Fireside Sessions

Sherkin & Oileán Chléire

Winter 2024

To help us through the colder more isolated months, musicians Simon Crockett and Neisha Azzopardi have been developing the fireside sessions. Hosted by Dan from Northshore these sessions and been a great success with musicians from the island joining for instrumental jam sessions each night. 

Dursey Island festival

Saturday 15th
Traditional Irish music (Ecki and gang) | Sherkin Island guitar duo Shanti | Poetry readings | Storytelling | Irish dancing | Barbecue | Raffle | Arm-wrestling | Tug of war. Sunday 16th. Guided historical walk with Carina McNally

Moth catching Sherkin Island

The Moth Catchers

A research residency on Sherkin island with Jesse Jones and Naomi Nkosi accompanied by Philip Strickland (amateur lepidopterist) and Irene Buckley (composer).

June 2024

Inspired by the work of feminist Mexican surrealist Remdios Varo this is a 3-day research residency on Sherkin Island with lead artists Jesse Jones and Naomi Nkosi. Philip will set up some humane moth traps on the island to catch moths, so that they can be examined and observed; their habitat, mannerisms, characteristics, movements and very importantly the sounds they make. Irene Buckley will design the score for ‘The Moth Catchers’.

Open Ear Islander’s Night

Mohammad Syfkha, Flowers at Night and Sherkin Island Musicians
Sherkin Island, Jolly Roger Pub 

Thursday 30 May 2024

Open Ear Sherkin

Eoin Marshall

Try It Series

Eoin Marshall
Sherkin Island

Medicinal herb kitchen workshop

Laureate na nÓg, Whole Wide World Tour

Laureate na nÓg

Whole Wide World Tour

April 2024

Laureate na nÓg the Children’s Book Festival took place in April and was facilitated on Sherkin island with invited families from Oileán Chléire. A great day was had in the spring sunshine. With thanks to Sherkin Island Development Society for hosting the group. 

Creative Places National Network

Come join us on the West Cork Islands

The Creative Places National Network

April 2024

Creative Places is a National programme and in 2024 Sherkin and Heir Islands facilitated the network in what was a fantastic few days sharing, learning & connecting. With thanks to SIDS, UILLINN, Kevin McCormack, Craig & Claudia (PizzHeiria), John Desmond from the Island Cottage & Dan at Sherkin NorthShore | Maeve Mulrennan, Ian McDonagh, Peter Prendergast Cork Co Co | Damien McGlynn, Carolann Courtney & Aoife Dunne, Create | Eilish Langton, Athy | Seonaid Murry, Edenderry | Marina Ni Dhubhain, Uibhrathaigh | Jennifer Webster, Macuilliam | Deryn O Callaghan, Enniscorthy | Mary Smyth, Ballaghaderreen | Heather Brett & Kim Doherty, Ballyconnell | Sheila Quinn, Shannon | Deirdre Orme, Edgeworthstown | Sinead Dowling, Bagenalstown, Carlow Arts Office | Louise Osborne, Sligo Arts Office | Jenny Sherwin, Wicklow Arts Office | Sinead Dowling, Baltinglass | Martin O Donoghue, Play Strategist and Kristina Borysova for her drone work. 

Vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon Creative Places West Cork Islands
Samuel Beckett Cascando Aedín Cosgrove of Pan Pan theatre Creative Places West Cork Isalnds

Samuel Beckett Cascando 

Aedín Cosgrove of Pan Pan Theatre
Féile 2023: Outdoor Theatre
Oileán Chléire 

Summer 2023 

Presentation of the internationally acclaimed work of a local artist Aedin Cosgrove of Pan Pan Theatre.

Kirstie Affleck<br />
Artist, Maker<br />
Oileán Chléire

Kirstie Affleck 

Oileán Chléire 


Farmer maker and Islander Kirstie Affleck is working on a new body of work with her self shedding sheep, developing her practice,
of traditional wool spinning, knitting and multi-stranded colourwork to produce pictures and stand-alone art pieces.

Simon Kidd Cape Clear Creative Places West Cork Islands

Simon Kidd 

Oileán Chléire 


His work creates artefacts of place, dealing with the island’s physical materiality, creating very pleasing casts (silicone moulds) of rock faces, before translating them into ceramic objects.

From the Inside Out and the Outside In

Mary Sullivan
Exhibition & Book 
Uillinn, West Cork Arts Centre

November December 2023

This exhibition of new works by the artist shone a light on both the resilience and fragility of island life and island communities. 

A Green Rope for Sherkin 

William Bock
Rope making, film and
community development
Sherkin Island


A Green Rope for Sherkin revolves around an ever-growing Sugán Rope. The rope is crafted outdoors by many hands using only green wild plants sensitively harvested from the landscape. The process is guided by our hands, the natural material and conversations that arise from working together.

The Festival of Music on Heir Island 

Artistic Director Dave Tomson
Chamber and orchestral music
Heir & Sherkin Islands

Summer 2023

FOMOH brought over 25 musicians, mostly drawn from European and Irish doctors orchestras, who met for a week of chamber and small orchestral music. Residents of the island enjoyed daily concert and the all island Ceili. In 2023 the orchestra travelled to Sherkin and performed a concert in the Community Centre.

Hedge School Tom Keeley Creative Places West Cork Islands

Hedge School 

Tom Keeley
Féile 2023: Photographic exhibition, art installation & performance
Oileán Chléire

Summer 2023

This multi-media performance explored the interconnected nature of island living, and what this can teach us about living together across borders today and in the future.

Community Exhibition Cape Clear Danny Stewart Creative Places West Cork Islands

Community Exhibition

Multiple Artists
Curated by Ruairí Ó Donnabháin
Féile 2023: Exhibition & walking trail
Oileán Chléire

Duncan Harper, Pierce Hickey, Róisín Ó Chonáill, Kirstie Affleck, Doris and Ferdia O Liadáin, Simon Kidd, Catherine Ryan, Ruairí Ó Donnabháin, William Bock & Helle Helsner and Danny Stewart. 

Community exhibition Oileán
Chléire. An exhibition of local
artists as part of OILEÁN the annual Irish language focused arts festival on Oileán Chléire. 

The Museum of Birds and Beasts.Tess Leak & Sharon Whooley. Creative Places West Cork Isalnds

The Museum of Birds and Beasts 

Tess Leak and Sharon Whooley
Participatory arts project
All Islands


The artists will work with islanders to develop a Museum of Birds and Beasts, exploring folklore and artefacts. Working with farmers, ferry drivers, islanders connected to fishing, bird enthusiasts etc to collect stories of bird, animal, and marine lore.

Norman King Sherkin Island Creative Places West Cork Islands

Norman King 

Book and Exhibition
Sherkin Island


Never before published reflections on island life through poetry and songs by islander Norman King. A selection of work that gives voice to his unique personal lived experiences with wit and humour and some are pure flights of fancy and imagination, others connect with the natural environment and evoke a pure sense of joy with illustration by John Simpson.

Kirstie Affleck

Expanded Island

The Guesthouse artists & the community of Oileán Chléire, Josephina Mellado, Kanako Haru, Hiroki Doi, Irene Murphy, Mick O’Shea, Jamie Ashforth, Evan Aiken, Andy Ingamells, Tomasz Madajczak, Claudia Barton, Roy Wroth, Aideen Quirk, Siobhan Ni Dhuinnin, Anne Marie Deacy, Richard Clare, Billy Kemp, Lisa Cliff. Róisín O’ Connell.

Artist Residency
Oileán Chléire

November 2023

The Guesthouse Cork City
artists went to Oileán Chléire and opened up a dialogue through a multidisciplinary approach through readings, food and art making. Thanks to islander and artist Róisín Ó Chonáill who helped make it happen.

Kirstie Affleck

Looking For The Light Within

Multiple Artists
Oileán Chléire 

April 2023 

Weekly workshops initiated by Tomasz Madajczak connected the community of Oileán Chléire through creativity sea journeys, weekly workshops, conversations, walks and artistic explorations to develop the possibility of place making in a contemporary context.

Community Exhibition & Dancing at the Crossroads

Community exhibition
Sherkin Island

Summer 2023

The annual community exhibition brought together over 30 artists in the annual showcase of island life and artistic endeavour.

Catherine Reinhart Collective mending Creative Places West Cork Islands

Catherine Reinhart 

Collective mending
North Shore, Sherkin Island

December 2023

The Collective Mending Sessions was a series of socially engaged workshops centered on collaboratively mending a quilt. These workshops resemble a quilting bee where participants learn basic mending and textile care while building community in
a warm, inclusive environment.

Bere Island Art Festival Creative Places West Cork Islands

Bere Island Arts festival

Bere Island 

September 2023

The inaugural Bere Island Arts Festival. An island festival offering a wide range of events across the islands scenic locations. This festival celebrates the local as well as the national and brings a hugely talented field of creative people mixed with local voice.

Mona O Driscoll Sherkin Creative Places West Cork Islands

Community Scoruíochting & Map of Sherkin’s Heritage Place Names

Mona O’ Driscoll
Community gathering
and map making
Sherkin Island

Research and development stage

Due to the changing environment of farming, fishing and ownership of lands on Sherkin Island, the need to record the names of local roads, and features on Sherkin has become important. This project, led by Mona will go deep into the heart of local identities to constitute a deeper understanding how people past and present make meaning on the island.

Basket Making with Martin O’ Flynn Bere Island Creative Places West Cork Islands

Basket Making with Martin O’ Flynn 

Bere Island Active Retirement Group
Bere Island 

October/November 2023

Martin O Flynn, traditional master basket maker facilitated the Bere Island Active Retirement Group in late 2023.

An Sean Duine Og, Creative Places West Cork Islands

An Sean Duine Og

Graffiti Theatre Company
Bere Island, Oileán Chléire & Rathmore NS Baltimore
November 2023

Graffiti Theatre Company, play for children ‘An Sean Dhuine Óg’ (The Old Young Man) took place at the school on Bere island and Cape Clear. The play was translated into English, Irish and Ukrainian.

Ukes go Bere 

Organised by Dr. Eva McMullan and assisted by Andrew Moran.
Bere Island

June 2023

Ukes Go Bere is weekend festival suitable for complete beginners and accomplished ukulele players. The festival included drumming, vocal and ukelele workshops, brunchelle, KaraUke evenings, and a live, free performance.

Vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon Creative Places West Cork Islands

Vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon

Harmonic workshops (pilot project)
Sherkin Island

July and August 2023

Two vocal harmonic workshops with Susan McManamon, involving members of the church choir and other musicians and singers from the island.


Creative Places WCI is now live.

We currently have two funding strands, Islander Artist / Maker & Expression of Interest

Kirstie Affleck

Island Visits

In early 2023 the Project Coordinator spent longer periods of time on each island in a series of clinic-style meetings. This was an open invitation to any islander to meet the project coordinator to talk about art, culture, making and opportunities. (insert photo is of Kirstie Affleck, Cape Clear Sheep)


In late 2022 the Project Coordinator was interviewed on both Oileáin FM (Sherkin Island) & Bere Island radio

Our Partnership