About Us

West Cork Music was established in 1995 and has grown from a small voluntary organisation to a company which is dedicated to bringing the highest calibre of musical experience to Ireland. We promote the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, now in its 21st year, which has become one of the leading chamber music events in Europe, attracting local, national and international audiences alike. We also organise the West Cork Literary and Masters of Tradition festivals and educational activities as part of our Festivals and through the music-in-schools programme, ‘Tuning Up’, in partnership with Cork County Council, visiting 50 schools throughout the county each year.

Our commitment to excellence and distinctive West Cork identity have secured us special place in the Irish cultural landscape.

For more about how and why we do what we do:


Registered Address: West Cork Music Ltd., 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland
Registered in Ireland Number: 264810
Charity Number: 12097




West Cork Music complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.  Click here to view our Goverence Code (2015) .

West Cork Music is committed to achieving the standards set out in the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising under the ICTR Fundraising Best Practice. Click here to view our Resolution regarding the Statement of Guiding Principles for Fundraising.

Click here to view West Cork Music Ltd Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Complaints, feedback and comments should be addressed to Sara O' Donovan, Marketing and PR Manager, West Cork Music, 13 Glengarriff Road, Bantry, Co. Cork.

ANNUAL REPORT  West Cork Music's objectives, activities and achievements can be found in our most recently published annual report.  View our 2017 reports here:


DONOR CHARTER  West Cork Music's policies on fundraising, use of donations, financial controls and feedback are outlined in this document.  Click here for the Donor Charter.


Chairman: John Horgan
Chief Executive: Francis Humphrys
Honorary Patron: President Michael D. Higgins
Board of Directors: Daniel Coleman (Secretary), John FitzGerald, Eamonn Fleming, Evelyn Grant, Mary Hegarty, Denis McSweeney, Fergal Conlon, John O'Kane, Ann Davoren

West Cork Music's Directors biographies are available here.

Artistic Leadership & Administrative Staff

West Cork Music is led and managed by artistic and administrative teams dedicated to creating and delivering high quality programmes. Our contact details are below - we're always happy to hear from you.

CEO West Cork Music & West Cork Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director
Francis Humphrys: music@westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Literary Festival, Festival Director
Eimear O'Herlihy

Masters of Tradition Artistic Director
Martin Hayes

Administrative Staff

Marketing & Literary Manager
Sara O' Donovan: +353 (0)27 52788 / sara@westcorkmusic.ie 

Finance & Box Office Manager 
Grace O'Mahony: +353 (0)27 52788 / grace@westcorkmusic.ie

Festivals Administrator
Sarah Honore: +353 (0)27 52788 / festivals@westcorkmusic.ie

West Cork Chamber Music Festival Programme Coordinator & Executive Assistant to CEO
Mary-Ellen Nagle: +353 (0)27 62788 / music@westcorkmusic.ie 

Office Administrators
Muriel Lumb: +353 (0)27 52788 / muriel@westcorkmusic.ie
Cammy Harley: +353 (0)27 52788 / info@westcorkmusic.ie

Read On Project Manager
Clodagh Whelan: +353 (0)27 62788 / clodagh@westcorkmusic.ie

Development Manager
Deirdre O'Donovan: +353 (0)83 845 2144 

PR – Kearney Melia Communications : Jean Kearney +353 (0)87 252 7495 • jean@kearneymelia.com
                                                                  Louise Barker  +353 (0)87 773 4241 • 7734241louise@kearneymelia.com

Our Policies

Data Protection Policy

At West Cork Music, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Our Data Protection Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who interact with us, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

You can view our Data Protection Policy here.

Our organisation is certified by Trustwave, a market leader in information security.

Child Protection Policy

We at West Cork Music are committed to a child-centred approach to our work with children and young people. We undertake to provide a safe environment and experience, where the welfare of the child/young person is paramount. We will adhere to the recommendations of Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children, published by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

You can view our Child Protection Policy here.

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