Cork County Council’s Special Music Event Scheme Returns to West Cork for Sixth Year

Cork County Council is delighted to announce the return of the Special Music Event Scheme, a community-led initiative aimed at promoting tourism and celebrating the vibrant music culture of West Cork.

The scheme, now in its sixth year, provides grant funding to voluntary music groups, enabling them to organize and perform up to four music events in their local towns within the West Cork and Bandon/Kinsale Municipal District areas.

The Special Music Event Scheme has been instrumental in showcasing the incredible talent of local musicians over the years. This year's programme promises to be no different, featuring performances by talented groups from the West Cork region. Audiences can expect a blend of brass and reed music, along with traditional music, song, and dance by local Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann music groups.

Spanning over 18 dates, the programme will continue to entertain audiences until the end of August. The music events will take place in Bandon, Kinsale, Skibbereen, Clonakilty, and Dunmanway. Admission to all events is free, making it a wonderful opportunity for locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the rich musical heritage of the region.

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins, welcomed the return of the Special Music Event Scheme,


This initiative has been tremendously successful in previous years, bringing communities together and showcasing the incredible musical talent that thrives in West Cork. I am delighted to see it return for its sixth year. The Council’s Special Music Event Scheme not only supports local musicians but also enhances tourism in our beautiful region. I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the exceptional performances that await us this summer.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey added,  

The Special Music Event Scheme is a collaborative project between Cork County Council, local businesses, and the community, exemplifying the power of partnerships in promoting culture and fostering economic growth. It is a testament to the dedication and passion of all those involved that this initiative continues to flourish year after year.