About West Cork College and Faculty


We offer a range of courses, tours and professional writing skills.  Our local courses vary from workshops on Irish literature for adults, to Write A Book projects for children. There have been classes in Women's Literature including Somerville and Ross, and also seminars in W.B. Yeats. The free online courses, which are in the process of being set up, will cover Shakespeare's Sonnets, Irish Gothic Literature and Irish Film.


In the near future we will be providing exclusive holidays with a literary slant, uniquely based in West Cork, ranging from themed weekend breaks to two-week long tours, including lectures and private visits to country houses.


We can customize courses to cater for a group’s personal preferences; these can range from Irish Mythology to Irish History Through Text. All our teaching staff are qualified to at least degree level, many have doctorates. 


West Cork College offers workshops on professional writing skills, covering: writing for the media, developing tourism publications, academic writing techniques, and curriculum vitae preparation. We are also happy to offer an excellent proof-reading and indexing service.

Dr. Bernadette McCarthy has a BA, MA, and a Ph.D in English awarded by University College Cork. She is a specialist in Irish literature and also has expertise in Irish visual culture and heritage. Dr. McCarthy has designed courses in Irish literature and cinema, has taught in University College Cork, the University of Limerick and in the Marino Institute in Dublin. She is the Director of "Irish Myths and Legends", a programme offered by the University of Limerick International Summer School. Bernie has published on W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, and Virginia Woolf, and she has delivered papers at international conferences. 



Dr. Emma Bidwell has a BA and a Ph.D in English awarded by University College Cork. She is currently the Director of “Screening Ireland”, a programme offered by the University of Limerick International Summer School.  Emma is also a Lecturer for Women’s Studies MA, and Women's Studies Outreach Programme  for University College Cork.  Dr. Bidwell has designed, delivered and assessed a range of courses for University College Cork, and the University of Limerick. 



“During my time studying at UL, I had the pleasure of being taught by a select number of passionate and engaging lecturers such as Dr Emma Bidwell, who inspired me to work harder.”

Student in the University of Limerick BA New Media and English Exit Survey 2012



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