Venue Map

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Bantry House

N71, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 50047

Bantry House is not only one of the finest historic houses in Ireland but it also commands one of the best views overlooking Bantry Bay in West Cork. It has been open to the public since 1946, the first to be so in the country and possibly also in the British Isles. The house is still owned and lived in by Egerton Shelswell-White, who is a direct descendant of Richard White (1, Earl of Bantry), and his family.

The Maritime Hotel

The Quay, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 54700

The stylish Maritime Hotel is set on Bantry Bay amid the three rugged peninsulas of Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head and Beara.

Have a wonderful meal in The Maritime Bar or The Ocean Restaurant, unwind in Club Maritime Leisure Centre, indulge in treatment in one of our YouTime Spa Treatment rooms, or take a dip in our 19 metre swimming pool.

Brick Oven

The Quay, Bantry, Co. Cork

Note: The Mariner is on the 1st floor of the Brick Oven building

+353 (0)27 52501

Situated on The Quay in the historic West Cork fishing port of Bantry. The old Brick Oven was located at Wolfe Tone Square and was originally opened in 1997 and was expanded in 2004 and moved to its current location. Our wood burning pizza oven was crafted by hand using traditional methods and then shipped to Bantry from the United States. The Brick Oven is a family run business. Stephen O’Donovan mastered the pizza making craft in the United States where he lived for a number of years and is an active participant alongside his partner and wife Gillian O'Donovan. The Brick Oven is a traditional Bistro and Pizzeria offering a seated and takeaway service. The Brick Oven uses fresh ingredients to create traditional food in a relaxed atmosphere with efficient friendly service and great value. The restaurant adopts a thoughtful approach to your special occasion ensuring visits to the Brick Oven are a unique dining experience. Stephen and Gillian have since opened the Mariner Restaurant located upstairs from the Brick Oven offering a completely new experience. We invite you to come casual or dressy and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying some of our tasty cuisine.

St. Brendan’s Hall

St Brendan's School, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0)27 54700

St. Brendan's National School was given its present name in October 1999. Until then the school was known as Bantry No. 3 N.S. On the 3rd of October 1999 The Right Reverend W. Paul Colton, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, rededicated the Parish Church in Bantry to St. Brendan the Navigator. The school was renamed on the same day and took the name of the Saint as its own. Much better that No. 3 I'm sure you'll agree! The school itself was built in 1853 at the expense of Richard White, Earl of Bantry. It opened as a school on 29th January 1855 and opened as a National School on 1st May 1871. The Parochial Hall was added in 1938. The school was a one-teacher school for many years, until the construction of the Gulf Oil Terminal on Whiddy Island, in Bantry Bay, when a temporary assistant was appointed in 1967. The school reverted to its one-teacher status in 1971. Since 1974 it has been a two-teacher school. Until recently the school was vested in local trustees and the patron was Egerton Shelswell-White of Bantry House. The school is now under the patronage of The Right Reverend W. Paul Colton.

St. Brendan’s Church

Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, Co. Cork

This beautiful old church was built in 1818, and is Church of Ireland. It was designed by Henry Edward Kendall, and is gothic style. It's situated in the centre of town, just off Wolfe Tone Square. Bantry claims an ancient connection with St Brendan, who was the first person to discover America.

Bantry Courthouse

Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, Co. Cork

+353 (0) 23 35759

Note this is the new courthouse, halfway down the square between the old cinema and the firestation.

Whiddy Island

Whiddy Island, Bantry, Co Cork

Truly an island paradise – Whiddy is a small haven of peace and tranquillity.

A small island, approximately 3 miles long x 1.5 miles wide & nestling in the sheltered heart of Bantry Bay, off the coast of West Cork, Ireland. Its inhabitants, mostly devoted to fishing and farming, are warm natured people who welcome both day-trippers and holiday makers alike.

Ferry information is here:

Christian Fellowship Church

Tower Street, Bantry. Co Cork, P75RW18

086 173 5134

In 2003 a new church was constructed at Tower Street near the Quay. It is a multi-purpose building, right in the heart of Bantry. You will see the finger post sign at the Quay next to Cinemax.

Marino (Old Methodist) Church, Bantry

Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry

Freestanding gable-fronted double-height former Methodist church, built 1842, having gable-fronted porch (west), three-bay nave and single-bay chancel (east).

Curious Keys

Forest and Flock, 10 New Street, Bantry, Co. Cork, P75 NF84

00353 87 6140522

Curious Keys is a music school in Bantry in West Cork. We offer tuition in piano, singing, guitar, ukulele, violin, viola, bass, clarinet, saxophone, tin-whistle, traditional flute , accordion and songwriting. We have a small, dedicated team of musicians, all of whom are experienced performers and who continue to work in the live music industry. Our teachers come from both popular music and classical backgrounds and all have eclectic interests in music. We teach all styles of music and commit to giving our students a well-rounded music education. The most important thing to us is that our students love to play, sing and fully enjoy their lessons!

2024 West Cork Chamber Music Festival Venues

Our festival this year will take place across multiple venues in Bantry town. Please see the above map for the location of each venue.

After many years at the Old Cinema on Wolfe Tone Square, the Violin & Bowmakers Exhibition has moved to a new home. We're delighted that the Exhibition will now take place in Marino (Old Methodist) Church on Marino Street.

About Bantry

Overlooking Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork, Bantry is a thriving market town situated at the head of Bantry Bay and surrounded by some of Ireland's most stunning country side with drives and walks that will take your breath away.

With a fine raised plaza in its main square over-looking the harbour the town has a wide variety of shops, bars, coffee shops and restaurants in addition to a three screen cinema, tourist office, museum and library. The town is also host to the Friday market which sees a wide variety of market stalls selling West Cork’s finest local foods, antiques, art, crafts and livestock.

The majestic Bantry House, home since 1739 to the White family, the former Earl of Bantry, overlooks the harbour with its beautiful gardens reaching down towards the shore where one can enjoy the spectacular views of the Caha Mountains across the bay.As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator.

In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America. The town is an important economic centre to the region. Apart from tourism, fishing is one of the main industries. Mussels in particular are harvested in the area. As one of the larger towns in West Cork with a population of about 4000 people and a catchment area of about 12000 people, it is a busy community with plenty going on all year round.

Bantry is also host to the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, West Cork Literary Festival, Masters of Tradition, Bay Run Half Marathon, and Bantry BBQ Festival.

Arts Council - funding music
Crespo Foundation
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
RTE Lyric FM
Creative Places West Cork Islands
Irish Examiner
Maritime Hotel
IMRO - Irish Music Rights Organisation