West Cork History Festival 2023

The 2023 Festival (11-13 August) was even bigger and better this year with a move to a new venue - the beautiful and historic Inish Beg estate between Skibbereen and Baltimore.

Featuring the same fantastic history - local, national and international - and the same informal atmosphere. We returned to our pre-pandemic format with a full programme across two separate venues, as well as our Festival concert, Festival field trips and a Festival winetasting. Full programe details below.

Our 2023 Festival had two main themes, firstly a focus on the Irish Civil War and the Decade of Centenaries and secondly Munster and Ireland's mercantile connections in the 18th century, notably the trade and consumption of wine but also the Atlantic slave trade.

2023 Festival Programme

Talks Friday 11 August
6-10pm | Inish Beg Estate
Talks Saturday 12 August
10am-6.30pm | Inish Beg Estate
Talks Sunday 13 August
10.00am - 6pm | Inish Beg Estate
Festival Concert
Saturday 12 August | 8.30 - 10pm | Inish Beg Estate
Field Trip: Castletownshend
Friday 11 August | 10am & 2pm
Field Trip: Ballydehob
Friday 11 August | 10.30 am
Field Trip: Kayak Through History
Friday 11 August | 1pm - 4.30pm | Reen Pier
Field Trip: Placenames and Their Amazing Stories
Friday 11 August | 12pm | Sandy Cove
Field Trip: Dawn Swim
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August | 7am | Castlehaven Strand
Field Trip: Clifftop Walk
Friday 11 August | 9am | Toe Head
Wine Tasting
Sunday 13 August | 6.30pm | Inish Beg