Fundraising events

Written by Finola
Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:53

Fundraisers for 2017 Festival 


Please support the 2017 festival on June 9th,10th & 11th by attending

our fundraising events......


Stew Competition at 7.30 pm on April 22nd in Jimmy's bar, Allihies

The stew contest was a great success. A big thank you to Dee Collins for organising this event for the Michael Dwyer Festival. Also a big thank you to her sister Helen for judging all the entries which was no easy task, and all the people putting in great effort in creating their stews, they were all amazing. Well done to Annalene Rowland for getting "The Fennel Frontier" over the line. Thank you Alan O'Sullivan from Beara Wood Turning for the beautiful perpetual cup and many thanks go to Beara Coast Hotel for the voucher. Thank you to Jimmy's for being the perfect host and the all the musicians that got together to entertain the crowds. And last but not least to all of you who supported this event, thanks to you all, we managed to raise close to €500... 

See our facebook pages to watch a video of the evening's highlights!  


Wine, cheese & music.....April 8th 2017

Thanks to Moya Fitzgerald, Liam Lyons, Katie and Donal Lyons and Seanie Hogam for playing fantastic music at the Cheese and Wine Fundraise on April 8th 2017, a great night was had by all. Thanks to Milleens, Durrus and Johnny and Ger Lynch for their amazing cheeses. Thanks also to Supervalu for their generous cheese donations. 


An evening of music, song & dance with Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciarán O'Maonaigh & Cathal O'Curráin.


Saturday February 25th from 8.00-10.00 pm


The Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere, Beara, Co. Cork

€15 for adults/ €5 for children under 16 & €30 per family. Tickets available at the door.

Acclaimed musicians each in their own right, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh have joined forces to create one of traditional music’s most impressive acts. The pair’s spirited music and dance is rooted in the tradition; brimming with soul and life. Through fiddle, concertina and dance, Caitlín and Ciarán breathe fire into musical pieces, combining their arts with chemistry and energy.

Caitlín and Ciarán have a connection as deep as the Irish folk traditions they come out of. Their music is a joyful unleashing of talents learnt at the hearths of their parents, family and friends.
Ciarán’s fiddle is complimented by Caitlín’s concertina and dance, her footsteps expertly tapping out the rhythms and elevating the duo’s musical excellence.

Cathal Ó Curráin is joining them for this very special event. Cathal studies for a BA Irish Music and Dance in Limerick and is a member of An Crannóg.

Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Ciarán Ó Maonaigh are two of the finest instrumentalists on the Irish traditional scene. Individually they are stunning but together they bring a freshness and excitement to the music that is uniquely their own.”

Robbie O’Connell

(The Clancy Brothers)






Previous fundraising events

Movable Feast 2016

November 25th at 6.30 pm 


                                      Image by Barbara Nolan 2011

Our last fundraiser for 2016 will be the Immovable Feast with 23 other dinner companions in the Old Schoolhouse in Allihies. You'll enjoy a 3 course dinner with one course at each of three tables, you'll meet some new guests at each course!

Meet in The Lighthouse Bar at 6.30 pm. Tickets €50 per person available from committee members.



2015 Fundraising events

September 2015

Our first fundraiser for the 2016 festival will be an ART LOTTERY event on Sunday November 15th in the Lighthouse Bar, Allihies at 4.30 pm. It will be an evening of porter & oysters and we are hoping for a good turn out!




Buy a Lucky Dip card for €25 and be a guaranteed winner of high value art by locally, nationally and internationally renowned artists.

Calling all artists to please hand in their pieces by October 11th...we need to put up a complete list of the work on our website so that people will want to buy the tickets! Tickets are on sale in the Lighthouse Bar, from Bill Griffin, or a committee member: Finola Cooney, Deirdre Ni Dhonnachadha, Carina Jeisy, Martin Meehan, Annie Goulding. 


October 2015

A performance by  John Spillane on October 31st 2015 


Tickets are €20 for our next fundraiser, a performance by John Spillane in the Lehanmore Centre, Garnish, Beara.


May 2015

A huge thank you to Mick Flannery from us, the Michael Dwyer Festival Committee, for his two fantastic gigs in the Lehanmore Centre last Saturday & Sunday. His generosity and gentleness of spirit shone out once again in Allihies, and we hope to see him again before too long a time passes...

See these Balcony TV links:



We will host an art lottery in mid October to coincide with the oyster harvesting season where the prizes will be pieces of high quality art by many West Cork Artists.



Other fundraising events earlier this year....


Our first fundraiser of the year was the stew competition in Jimmy's Bar, Allihies on Saturday 31st January at 6.00 pm....people came along to enjoy a warm fire, and a choice of 10 delicious stews at a cost of €8 per adult and €4 per child. The competition was judged by chef Graham Rowland, and the prize was be a dinner for two in the Lime Tree Restaurant in Kenmare......many thanks to the Lime Tree!


We held a cheese n wine musical evening on April 11th in the Lighthouse Bar Allihies at 8.00 pm.......some unusual raffle prizes added to the fun! Many thanks to our cheese sponsors Durrus Cheese, Milleens Cheese, Johnny & Ger Lynch for the buffalo mozarella, Harringtons Shop of Argroom & our local Supervalu. Thank you to the Lighthouse bar for sponsoring the wine. Raffle sponsors include Taste (The Food & Wine Shop), McCarthy's Bar, Lehanmore Community Centre, Paul O'Shea's garage.



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