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West Cork College’s

Taste of West Cork Festival Menu:


Blood Eaters And Banshees.

September Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th 11am to 1pm 

​The creator of Count Dracula was Irish but for centuries before that we had a tradition of blood suckers and ghouls. In the atmospheric surroundings of Killeena House you will be treated to a talk on this mythological world of the Irish undead! Suitable scary snacks included. Presented by West Cork College founder Dr. Bernie McCarthy.

Fairy Legends and Traditions of West Cork

September Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th 3pm to 5pm

This hugely popular session was sold out last year, so we're running it again:

In 1825 Thomas Crofton Croker published his collection of Irish fairytales: Fairy Legends and Traditions of the South of Ireland. He included a number of eerie tales from local places such as Ballydehob and Hungry Hill. This talk will give you a rare opportunity to hear these tales together with an entertaining analysis of what they mean in historical and cultural terms. The presenters will be the popular West Cork College founders Dr. Bernie McCarthy and Dr. Emma Bidwell, and it will be held in the beautiful rooms of Killeena House Estate.

The Tempting Apple

Apples in Art and Literature.

September Tuesday 10th 11am to 1pm.

In a light-hearted talk, Sonia Bidwell traces the history of the apple through the ages - in art, history, literature and cooking. This entertaining talk, punctuated with a wealth of illustrations and recipes is definitely one not to be missed. Examples of Sonia's latest art work will also be on view. Presented by textile artist and storyteller Sonia Bidwell.


All events €15 euro per ticket including a tea and homemade cake break.

Venue: Killeena House, Baltimore Road.

Limited Numbers: Get Your Tickets Early!

As these are sit down talks they are not suitable for small children.

​For bookings email, ring 0877547665 or 02821029.




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