• A Creative Festival

    words, art, walks, food & music



    5th - 7th July



  • About the festival

    Allihies is the pearl of the Wild Atlantic Way. Nestled between rocky hills and the Atlantic sea, the area is a treasure trove of hidden beaches, waterfalls, caves and ancient ruins. The light and energy have inspired many artists and writers for generations. We welcome you to our mini-festival, Allihies Inspires.


    The festival is run by volunteers Dee Collins and Claire Zwaartman, along with student Niamh Twomey from the M.A. in Creative Writing at UCC. The festival is run in conjunction with the Allihies Coastal Education Hub, Coordinator: Skyoni Celestine, Allihies Hub.


    The 2019 Festival is sponsored by Dee's Wholefoods, Macroom Buffalo Meats, and University College Cork.

  • Ticketed Events

    Booking Essential for Workshops, Walk, and Seafood Supper

  • 2019 Programme

    Poetry Workshop with Sarah Byrne

    5th-7th July. 10.00am to 3.30pm Fri, Sat, Sun. Pluais Umha Restaurant (above O' Neill's Bar).

    "Holding a Note"- Poetry Workshop in Writing, Editing and Performance with Sarah Byrne (Writer and Editor of The Well Review).


    There is a magic made by melody:

    A spell of rest, and quiet breath, and cool

    Heart, that sinks through fading colors deep

    To the subaqueous stillness of the sea


    -'I Am In Need of Music' by Elizabeth Bishop


    This workshop will support writers with their work-in-progress, and look at ways of distilling our writing at different stages. We will spotlight two poems by each student and reflect on what ‘holding a note’ might mean in relation to writing, editing and performance. There will also be particular attention paid to what listening might mean in relation to our writing.


    We will give close readings of work by Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, Ishion Hutchinson, Paul Muldoon and many more. Participants are invited to submit two poems prior to workshop commencement. They will receive feedback on their work from workshop leader, Sarah Byrne, and from fellow participants. ‘Holding a Note’ will culminate in a (optional) showcase of participants’ work on Sunday 7th July 2019. Booking is essential. Max participants: 12.


    *Workshop fee includes a complimentary copy of The Well Review 3*



    Sarah Byrne is a writer and editor based in Co. Cork. She is the founding editor of The Well Review, an international literary and visual arts journal. Sarah is a poet and short story writer, and her work has been recently published in The New Statesman, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Poetry Ireland Review, Prelude and elsewhere. Her background is in criminology and psychology. She also studied piano at the Cork School of Music and is deeply interested in the intersection of poetry and music. She has received support for her writing from the Arts Council of Ireland, Cork County Council, Cork City Council and Poetry Ireland. Sarah is an experienced creative writing teacher, and is currently a tutor with The Poetry School and The Oxford School of Poetry.


    Website: www.sarahbyrnewriter.com


    Festival Opening - Amy Edwards, Piper.

    Friday 5th July, Copper Cafe. 6 pm sharp. Allihies Mine Museum.

    Amy Edwards Murphy, World Champion Piper, will open the 2019 Festival on Friday July 5th at 6 pm at Allihies Mine Museum. Amy is a member of Tralee Pipes and Drums. She learned to play at eight years of age from her Grandfather Tim Goulding (Kanturk).

    Festival Opening. Cónal Creedon. Reading.

    Friday 5th July, Allihies Copper Cafe. 6 pm sharp.

    Cónal Creedon is a novelist, playwright and documentary film maker. Cónal will read from his novel, Begotten Not Made.


    Begotten Not Made was selected as Book of The Year [Cultural Highlights of the Year – Irish Examiner]. His previous novel, Passion Play [1999] was cited as Best of the Year [BBC4 Arts Review].

    Conal’s Stage stage plays – received rave reviews from theatre critics at home and abroad. His plays have been awarded two Irish National Business To Arts Awards (2000), Best Director 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2009), Best Actor 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013). Nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Awards (2000), and Best Playwright 1st Irish Theatre Awards New York (2013).

    His film documentaries were broadcast by RTÉ TV – and presented in numerous public screenings including at the Irish Pavilion in Shanghai China, during World Expo 2010. In 2010 he was shortlisted for the Focal International Documentary Awards, UK. London.

    Creedon’s radio drama has been broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His work has achieved recognition in the One Voice Monologue Awards (BBC), The Francis McManus Awards (RTÉ), The PJ O’Connor Awards (RTÉ) and has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition. Cónal’s radio work has was listed by the Irish Times radio critics as Best Radio of the Year for 1994 and 1997.

    In 2017 – Cónal was appointed Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing at University College Cork.


    Festival Opening. Carina McNally. Reading.

    Friday 5th July, Copper Cafe. 6.00 pm sharp.

    Carina McNally’s fiction has been widely published in magazines and anthologies including Cyphers Literary Magazine and Woman’s Way. A commissioned writer of children’s short fiction for RTE Radio 1, she has been writing for Allihies pantomime group the Lehanmore Players for a number of years. As both a professional book reviewer and a freelance journalist, Carina is a regular contributor to the Irish Examiner, Southern Star newspaper and Books Ireland Magazine. Carina will read an extract from her new work.

    Festival Opening. Anita Brohail. Reading

    Friday 5th July, Copper Cafe. 6.00 pm sharp.

    Anita Brohail is a Poet, Singer and Songwriter from Cork City.

    Her poetry takes intuitive, visceral journeys through nature and memories.

    Based in Allihies, Beara Anita draws constant inspiration from the landscape of the Beara Peninsula.


    Website. http://www.anitabrohail.com

    Denisa & Lily Rose. Friday Night Live!

    Friday 5th July. O' Neill's Bar. 10.00 pm to 12.00 am

    Denisa and Lily will perform a mixture of soul music and pop music (mainly covers with a few original songs). Check out Denisa singing at the CSN showcase last year.





    Writing Tips for Radio Drama with Cónal Creedon.

    Saturday, 6th July. Allihies Men's Shed. 2 pm.

    Join Cónal for an informal chat about writing for Radio Drama. Creedon’s radio drama has been broadcast on RTÉ, Lyric FM, BBC, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service. His work has achieved recognition in the One Voice Monologue Awards (BBC), The Francis McManus Awards (RTÉ), The PJ O’Connor Awards (RTÉ) and has represented Ireland in the BBC World Service World Play Radio Drama Competition. Cónal’s radio work has was listed by the Irish Times radio critics as Best Radio of the Year for 1994 and 1997.

    Danny Denton. Reading.

    Saturday 6th July, Jimmy's Bar. 5 pm.

    Danny Denton is a writer from Cork. His first novel, The Earlie King & The Kid In Yellow, was published by Granta Books in 2018, and nominated for ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Irish Book Awards. Among other publications, his work has also appeared in The Stinging Fly, Southword, Granta, Winter Papers, Tate, Etc, The Guardian, The Irish Times, Architecture Ireland & The Big Issue. He is the guest-editor of The Stinging Fly for the Summer 2019 issue.


    Niall O' Sullivan. Reading

    Saturday 6th July, Jimmy's Bar. 5pm.

    Niall O Sullivan is a primary school teacher and artist and dabbles in the world of theatre. Béara born and bred, Niall is involved with local drama groups Garnish Players and Peninsula Players, and Cork City-based Rolling Clouds Theatre Company. This has resulted in exposure to a variety of literature and subconsciously fed the urge to write. Inspired by the immediate environment and wild openness of his surroundings in Garnish. Currently studying for a Diploma in Illustrating Children's Book with the London Art College.

    Claire Zwaartman. Reading.

    Saturday 6th July. Jimmy's Bar. 5 pm.

    Ashes, by Claire Zwaartmann, Glengarriff, won first prize at this year’s RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis McManus.

    'Ashes' is the story of a pair of siblings scattering their father’s ashes. In their early twenties, Mike and Emer must let go of anger and resentment with this final act. It is “about the complicated nature of family, disharmony and moving on”.

    Claire will read an extract from her award-winning story.


    Diarmuid Hickey. Reading

    Saturday 6th July, Jimmy's Bar. 5 pm.

    Diarmuid's territory is South Tipperary. He writes about the family, violence, and Irishness. There are echoes of John McGahern’s subject matter in his stories. Diarmuid’s work also experiments with form and language. His fiction has been published in Banshee and the Incubator. Diarmuid will read an extract of his new work.

    Dursey Island Guided Walk.

    Beara Baoi Tours.

    Date and Time tba

    Learn about Dursey Island amid its beauty and wildlife. Enjoy majestic views as you cross the channel between the mainland and the island on Ireland's only cable car. Visit the ancestral tomb of the vanished Gaelic aristocracy the O'Sullivan Bere's.


    Your guide, Carina from Garnish, is a member of the Beara Historical Society. A writer and storyteller, she conducts guided historical tours throughout the Beara Peninsula in South West Ireland. She aims to give the visitor an appreciation of the deep history, culture and dramatic beauty that is Beara. Her Mountain Skills qualifications are accredited by Mountaineering Ireland, and she operates under their ‘leave no trace’ policy. Carina is passionate about the layers of history woven into the landscape, and deeply appreciative of the magnificent environment that surrounds her. Her interests include the sustainability and protection of life in rural Ireland.


    Meeting point is the cable car - eircode p75wv78
    Please call or text 087 6461627 to reserve a place on this small group walking tour.

    For more information:


    Allihies Copper Mine Walking Tour

    Date and Time tba

    ALLIHIES COPPER MINE TOUR Allihies. In 1812, life in Allihies on the remote Beara Peninsula changed utterly when a rich copper deposit was discovered which led to the biggest copper mining enterprise in Ireland. The evidence of this industry can be seen all around this picturesque village in the form of the large Cornish engine houses that housed the magnificent steam engines that made the mining possible. These steam engines constantly pumped out water to allow for deeper and deeper mining. They also drove the winding gear and lowered the miners into the depths of the mountains. In a festival exclusive – Allihies Copper Mine will conduct a guided tour of the surface area of the mine and the museum. Visit the impressive engine houses and see the remains of the powder houses and dressing floors. Glimpse into the gaping mouth at the head of the mine that swallowed the miners deep into the earth to recover this valuable element at great human cost. Hear the extraordinary story of exemplary engineering and learn of the hardships suffered by the miners.


    €12 per person. Booking essential. Maximum 25 people.

    Local Seafood Sushi Supper Pop-Up @ Jimmys

    Saturday 6th July, Jimmy's Bar 6.30 pm

    A celebration of local seafood & sea vegetables.

    Come and spend a maritime evening at Jimmy's bar. Listen to the history of Jimmy's and stories of fishermen from days past.

    Tickets €20.00 - free drink included.

    Refunds in the event of cancellation only. Tickets can be transferred.

    Pre-booking is essential as food is prepared in advance. Vegetarian/Vegan options available please specify preference on booking.

    Penn State Poetry Readings at the Schoolhouse

    Date and time tba

    Julie Goo. Spoken Word.

    Saturday 6th July. Backstage @ The Lighthouse. 9.30 pm

    Julie Goo is a Cork-born bilingual writer and singer. Goo has performed at a wide range of festivals and events including TedX Cork, Winter Warmer, The Kino, Circus Factory, First Fortnight, Ó Bhéal, Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Body & Soul,
    Live at St. Luke’s, Connolly’s of Leap, The Quarter Block Party, and Cork Midsummer Festival. Goo was crowned Munster Slam Champion in 2012 and has represented Munster in
    The All Ireland Slam twice.
    GooLally Productions was created in the summer of 2017 when Julie Goo combined her work with fellow wordsmith Cormac Lally, and their show ‘Me, Myself, and Ireland was born and performed nationwide. Goo's poem ‘Laundry’ was shaped into a poetry film in 2016 by Aisling Keating, and has been screened at Ó Bheal, The Friary and Dali & Gala. Goo has collaborated
    with many musicians and DJ's over the years also.
    Her slam poetry is socially conscious, politically driven, uplifting and open-hearted.
    You can follow Goo on her YouTube Channel, Facebook, or
    email juliegoopoetry@gmail.com

    Sami Switch & Friends

    Saturday 6th July. The Lighthouse Bar. 10.30 pm

    Sami Switch - the bravely original London based poet turned rapper - burst onto the scene in 2015 with the E.P 'Solace'. Produced by Ross O'D and legendary film composer Andy Gray, Solace tells the honest story of a young man fighting for his place in the world, and has been widely championed by both Complex and Clash magazines and The Independent newspaper amongst
    others. A mixture of rap, spoken word and soulful vocals it was the first release since his award winning poem 'Ocean of pain' went viral in 2013.

    Currently a resident of London studios, Sami prepares for his own new album whilst songwriting for other artists. He has built a cult following, selling out headline shows at Birthdays and The Old Queen's Head, London. Believing in music as his saviour, he works hard 'to give back' by mentoring young refugees with spoken word workshops and giving creative input into their projects with Phosphoros Theatre.


    Sami will be joined by ...TBA. Admission is free.



    Pop-Up Bookshop in memory of Annie Goulding

    Pop-Up Bookshop in memory of Annie, venue TBA from Thursday 4th July.

    Annie Goulding (d2017), was resident in the Old Reentrisk Schoolhouse, Allihies, from the 1960s. Multi-talented as a chef, weaver, photographer, she was also a great aficionado of literature, and amassed a wonderful collection of novels, many of which are included in this book sale.

    Book Launch and Signing.

    Sunday 7th July, 4 pm. The Lighthouse Bar

    Book launch for Dr Strangely Strange:


    'Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw The original and best Dr Strangely Strange'.


    There will be a short an informal acoustic numbers, some short readings and book signing. This is a free event and will take place on Sunday 7th July @ 4pm at the back of The Lighthouse Bar.


    Psychedelic folkies Dr Strangely Strange have been working with Adrian Whittaker on a book about their glory years, 1967 - 1972. Dr Strangely Strange: Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw will be available to purchase at this launch on the 7th July. It’s a beautifully produced A4-format paperback which will be on sale at the gig. There will be a few short readings, and all involved will gladly sign copies.


    ‘Adrian Whittaker has hacked through the undergrowth and rediscovered a forgotten wonderland of the weird folk underground. Rich in colourful half-memories and eccentric detail, this telling playfully reanimates a dormant British/Irish counterculture, with its dreams of the curiously curious and the abnormally odd.’


    Rob Young (The Wire, author of Electric Eden)


    'Heroic retrievals, digging and sifting the mists of memory, reveal the secret history of a Dublin band finding themselves, and the words and sounds of that city's emerging subterranean moment.


    Open Music Session

    O' Neill's Bar, Sunday 7th July from 6 pm.

    The famous bright red pub can be seen worldwide, adorned across posters that promote Ireland and it’s famous welcome, and you’ll soon discover why …

    The family-run pub and restaurant in the heart of Allihies village offers a great welcome to locals and visitors alike. You won’t be here long before you get to enjoy live music, great conversation, or a sing-song in front of the fire. You’re more than welcome to join in with the singing and playing if the mood takes you!

    Johnny & Guest. Sunday Night Live

    Concert @ Jimmy's Bar. 9.30 pm sharp (1 hour duration) followed by an impromptu session.

    John Ahern, a singer and guitarist from Cork will be joined by TBA, a talented musician. Johnny will perform a mix of folk songs and traditional tunes.

    Children's Short Story Competition - 'Home'

    Winners announced online. Prize giving ceremony. Sunday 7th July. Allihies Playground. 5pm.

    There are four categories to enter. The short story theme for 2019 is 'Home'.

    * 10 yrs old and younger – up to 300 words (with an illustration or picture, if you want!)
    * 11-13 yrs old – up to 500 words
    * 14-16 yrs old– up to 750 words
    * 17 yrs old+ – up to 1000 words


    Please email story and let us know the age category, name, address and telephone number to allihiesinspires@gmail.com before 3rd May 2019. Emailed Images of hand-written stories are accepted. Beara residents only. No late entries allowed.

    Children's Illustration Competition - 'Home'

    Winners announced online. Prize giving ceremony. Sunday 7th July. Allihies Playground. ​5 pm.

    There are four categories to enter and the 2019 illustration theme is 'Home'.

    * 10 yrs old and younger
    * 11-13 yrs old
    * 14-16 yrs old
    * 17 yrs old+


    Please drop your drawing into Allihies Hub and let us know the age category, name, address and telephone number before 3rd May 2019. Beara residents only. No late entries allowed.

    Children's Poetry Competition - 'Preciousness'

    Winners announced online. Prize giving ceremony. Sunday 7th July. Allihies Playground. 5 pm.

    There are four categories to enter:

    * 10 yrs old and younger

    * 11-13 yrs old
    * 14-16 yrs old
    * 17 yrs old


    The theme for 2019 is 'Preciousness'


    Our understanding of what is precious is constantly changing. Something might be precious to us an adult, and not as a child. It can work the other way also. 'Preciousness' comes from the word, precious, which means 'of great value or worth'. In Lord of the Rings, the understanding of preciousness and value changes in relation to the character. The ring means very different things to different people.


    Preciousness can also relate to things in our direct environment. In Allihies, there was a copper mining industry from 1812 until the 1880s. It was of great value not only to the local economy but it also was of emotional value to the inhabitants, and it is still a vital part of the living memory of Allihies and the area. Because copper is now becoming scarce, it is even referred to as a 'precious metal', a title previously reserved for gold, silver and bronze.


    In current conversations about the environment, we often read about how animals are becoming extinct and how characteristics of the landscape are becoming precious or rare. This ties together with the story line of scarcity that we inhabit, which deeply effects how we evaluate and value 'what is precious?'.


    Write a poem about what is precious to you. It can be a person, object, feeling, city, village, animal. It can even be a word. The only rule is that you hold it in great value and it means something to you.

    Please email poem and let us know the age category, name, address and telephone number to allihiesinspires@gmail.com before 3rd May 2019. Emailed Images of hand-written poems are accepted. Beara residents only. No late entries allowed.

    About Allihies Hub

    Allihies Hub is located upstairs in the Copper Mine Museum

    Coastal education and community centre catering to all learning groups. Also a business hub for independant and small businesses.


    We’ve identified the need for a coastal education and community centre. This multi-faceted facility will serve to enhance tourism as a seasonal drop-in centre. It will stimulate the local economy as an education facility (open all year long). All learning groups from primary to third level and including continuing adult education will be catered for. It will also serve as a business hub for independent and small businesses who require reliable internet and printing facilities. The centre will also dissuade the effects of social isolation prevalent on the Beara Peninsula as a local meeting place.

    Located on the South-Westerly limits of the Beara Peninsula, the small and charming village of Allihies ( ‘Na hAilichí , in Gaelic meaning “the cliff fields”), is renowned worldwide for its breathtaking views and complex geological formations.

    As you enter the locality, you see the landscape speckled with the remnants of large engine houses, remaining from the great mining activities of the 1800’s. These haunting landmarks, illuminate not only a booming copper industry, but also a perilous age, which took the lives of many a brave miner. https://aceh.ie/

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