Thanking Our Literary Advertisers

Thanking Our Literary Advertisers

  Thursday 7 May 2020

Whiddy IslandThe cancellation of our 2020 West Cork Literary Festival affects not only ourselves, our staff, our writers and our audience – there is a knock on effect much bigger than many might imagine.

With the loss of festival visitors, Bantry town itself and the surrounding area will take an enormous economic blow – empty hotels, restaurants & cafes, bars, tourist attractions, shops and so many other businesses. We hope to arrange some events in the area when the crisis is over, not just for our audience, but for the businesses in our community.

And there will be no Literary Festival brochure – detailed listings of our events, and a great souvenir every year. Without the brochure our advertisers, who support the festival in more ways than just financial, lose a valuable space for their promotion.

To address this latter issue, we’d like to introduce our advertisers here, to tell you a little bit about them, and how they’re addressing COVID-19 in their business practice.

You’ll find some pages to visit online and some things to look forward to after the crisis is past. We hope there is something of interest to everyone.

Note: As some advertisers had not yet sent in their ads for this year when the crisis struck, we’ve included their publicity from last year instead. The text information is up to date.

Bantry Bookshop

At Bantry Bookshop we believe in finding the right books for every reader! We provide new publications as they appear on a weekly basis, as well as offering current front list titles in our new books department. Middle and backlist titles can be ordered as required, and we work with you to find the books you want to read. More than this, however, we want to encourage people to read widely, to try out writers and subjects beyond their usual range of interests. Just ask!

COVID-19 Response

Our shop is closed to the public, but we are still accepting web and phone orders during the pandemic lockdown.

As you are no doubt aware, there can be supply chain issues as many of our suppliers are themselves closed due to the Covid-19 crisis.  We do, nonetheless have a network of secondary sources which allow us to source many of the books our customers want, albeit on a somewhat delayed delivery basis.   Do let us know if you have any particular books you’d like to order!


Stay well, stay home, wash your hands and be kind to each other.

Bantry Bookshop Ad 2020

Cork County Library

Cork County Library has 25 branches & 4 mobile libraries covering an area of nearly 7,500 and serving a population of over 360,000.

COVID-19 Response

Library buildings have been closed. The good news is that a number of library services are still available via Cork County Council’s website. Whether it’s reading a book, keeping up to date with the news, taking the time to learn a language or doing a course online, there is a wide range of FREE online services accessible to all library members.

For those not already joined with their local library, it is now possible to set up a temporary library card number to avail of these online services. Visit the library page on Cork County Council’s website and simply following the instructions.

Cork County Library has a wide range of online services and resources, such as online renewals, digitised local history collections, e-books and e-magazines.

Cork Local Studies Digital Collection, which includes previous exhibits, photographic collections and digitised material from Cork and Irish Collections as well as a selection of local history journals

Cork County Library - LF Ad 2019

Fish Kitchen

At Bantry’s Fish Kitchen, just a few minutes’ walk from Bantry harbour, we specialise in serving freshly-caught, local seafood cooked with flair.

Fish Kitchen specialities include Bantry Bay mussels, and freshly-caught fish, served in a contemporary style with the very best local West Cork produce, prepared to the very highest standards.

Join us to enjoy stunning food and a great atmosphere in our cosy, relaxed local restaurant.

COVID-19 Response

Collect & Cook – keep an eye on their FB page for updates.

We have created a menu for you to enjoy the fish kitchen experience @ home. With selected dishes that are easy for you to prepare with just the right amount of individually packed fresh ingredients.

Some of the dishes are ready to eat, some just need to be finished off in the oven to ensure a top quality freshly prepared meal.

Simple cooking instructions are included for all dishes.

Lit - Fish Kitchen Ad

O'Keeffe's SuperValu Bantry

Discount supermarket chain specialising in own-brand groceries and Irish produce. Based in Bantry town.

COVID-19 Response

Business as usual with safety-measures in place.

Unfortunately social distancing is not customer friendly but for now a necessity. We can still smile and wave from a distance and be understanding that what we are doing is an even greater kindness. A big thank you to the local volunteer groups within the community who have been a great help and even more so to our fantastic employees who are working so hard to continue to make your shopping experience as normal as possible in these unprecedented times


O Keefe's Supervalu 2019 Ad


We have three designer label OSKA shops; 1. OSKA Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, Co. Wicklow. 2. OSKA Castlemartyr, East Cork and 3. The OSKA Outlet in Toormore, West Cork.

All offering beautiful OSKA, beautiful shoes, beautiful things!

COVID-19 Response

OSKA Toormore, OSKA Mount Usher and OSKA Castlemartyr are closed until further notice.

Remember, our online shop is always open. If you need any help please contact Margaret:

Tel: +353 27 51575 (Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm)
+353 861842 844

Lit - Oska Ad


Improving quality of life isn’t just a dream. For Sodexo it’s a mission. We believe quality of life helps to keep people healthy, happy & motivated throughout life. We believe it helps organisations to be more efficient and productive. In Ireland Sodexo develops, manages and delivers a diverse range of services, designed to improve the quality of life for our clients and customers. We have an unrivalled reputation for building lasting partnerships with clients through open, transparent relationships based on trust and exceptional performance. In Ireland and Northern Ireland our 3,400 people are striving to improve the quality of daily life at over 230 client locations across market sectors including business and industry, education, government and agencies, and personal and home services.

COVID-19 Response

Sodexo teams continue to work to support communities across the UK & Ireland as we fight Coronavirus (Covid-19). Their efforts are notable for the impact they are having on the ground, they are our Hidden Heroes. Sean Haley, region chair for Sodexo UK & Ireland says: “I applaud colleagues who had previously … cleaned busy offices, for moving across to use their skills in a hospital or other healthcare environments that urgently needs their help right now. Today, we are all working together to help in the effort to fight Covid-19.”

Sodexo 2019 LF Ad

The Brick Oven & Bord Bia

Established in 1997 by Stephen and Gillian O’ Donovan, and situated on The Quay in Bantry, West Cork, The Brick Oven is a busy restaurant serving locally sourced seafood and produce.

Our sister restaurant Bia @ The Bantry Bay is a classic style restaurant, offering the very best of local produce, West Cork meats and seafood. All dishes are given a French twist by our Head Chef, Gilles Eynaud. We look forward to welcoming you!

COVID-19 Response

The Brick Oven will be reopening from Thurs 30th April at 4pm for Take Away service only! Please see our Take Away menu and check our FB & Instagram for daily specials!

Bia Restaurant is closed due to the pandemic.

Lit - Brick Oven & Bia Ad

Bia Restaurant COVID-19 response

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai (Bantry Community College) was established through the amalgamation of St. Goban´s Bantry and Ardscoil Phobail Bheanntrai and now caters for over 697 post primary students and has a staff of approx 60.

“In partnership, through a comprehensive curriculum, we aim to provide quality teaching and learning in the pursuit of excellence, to promote intellectual, spiritual and personal development in an atmosphere of respect thus enabling students to contribute positively to their community”

COVID-19 Response

For up-to-date information on response to COVID-19, see their news pages.

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai LF 2019 Ad

The Craft Shop, Bantry

The Craft Shop in Bantry, has the best of Irish Pottery, Leather shoes and Bags, Jewellery, Wood Turning, Knives, Candles, Bellows, Baskets and much more. Just a glance through the window shows that this is not just another Craft Shop.

COVID-19 Response

The physical shop is closed.

The Craft Shop birkenstocks are now available online for ordering and you can phone to order other items. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for daily craft items.

Lit - Bantry Craft Shop Ad

The Maritime Hotel

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

West Cork’s farmers, Local artisan producers and chefs are leading Ireland’s culinary revolution.

Relax and Rejuvenate in Club Maritime Leisure Centre and experience bliss with a treatment in one of our You Time Spa Treatment rooms.

The Maritime Hotel offers contemporary accommodation with luxurious bedrooms, featuring one and two bedroom suites which are ideal for families, offering many of the comforts of home in beautiful Bantry.

COVID-19 Response

We’re working hard to keep our staff safe and hope to welcome visitors again soon. We are closed for business until May 5th. We understand that you may need to postpone your stay with us. Please read our booking guidelines for more information.

Lit - Maritime Ad

Designs & Signs

Bantry Designs & Signs is a family owned business run by local man Martin McCarthy & his wife Laura.

We are designers, printers and signmakers.

We offer a huge range of products and services. From all your signage needs to business cards, flyer’s, shop fronts, van graphics, stickers, memorial cards, t-shirt printing to canvasses. Your one stop shop for all your business needs. You name it we do it.

COVID-19 Response

Open with safety measures.

COVID – 19 signage and floor graphics can be ordered from Designs & Signs and can be customised to your needs. Stay Safe!

Designs & Signs LF 2019 Ad is your one stop shop for every thing office and stationery. Established in 2001 has continuously extended and improved its range of professional services.

COVID-19 Response

We are still OPEN – Call us on 027 51624 or email
Together, lets keep the wheels of commerce turning!

Lit - Ad

Kenneally Opticians

Our Vision is to Help Yours

Through our knowledge & experience we will exceed the expectations of our patients in the eye care products and professional services we provide. We are focused on providing value through personal service, via highly qualified staff and by offering the latest technologies from the worlds leading manufacturers. Whether you have attended the practice before or this is your first visit with us, we view you as our patient and your eye care and hearing are our primary concern.

COVID-19 Response

To protect against the spread of Coronavirus we are changing our work practices.

We will be open:

  • Skibbereen Monday to Friday 9.30am to 1pm
  • Bantry from 2pm to 5 pm Tuesday to Friday

Outside of these hours we can be contacted by Email: or Mobile: 087 668 7782

We would like to thank you for your understanding.

Lit - Kenneally Opticians Ad


Organico’s mission is to inspire people to live healthier, happier lives by providing tasty nourishing food, effective natural remedies, and a place for our West Cork community to meet, relax and share tips for good living.

We are a family business based in Bantry West Cork, currently managed by sisters Hannah and Rachel Dare. We are a Cafe and a Shop with a Bakery in the basement.

COVID-19 Response

Organico Cafe is closed. The Shop is open.

While the cafe is closed, you’ll be able to go to the shop to get nourishing food made by our kitchen and bakery teams.

Pick-up, Delivery, Online services

Lit - Organico Ad

Seaview House Hotel

Welcome to Seaview House Hotel, a delightful 4 star country house hotel set in private and well tended grounds in the quiet village of Ballylickey beside Bantry in the heart of West Cork. The perfect oasis or retreat (However we do have High speed WiFi if required also!)

Why not try our Luxurious Organic Seaweed Bath House and SPA and experience the ancient therapy of the Sea. it is truly an ultimate pamper, submerge your body into a bath of organic, hand harvested Atlantic seaweed to remove unwanted toxins and alleviate aches and pains.

COVID-19 Response

For the safety of our customers and staff, we have decided to close for the foreseeable future.⁠ We will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.⁠

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers and staff members for supporting us through this difficult time of uncertainty.

Like many others, we have closed our doors but only temporarily. We look forward to welcoming you all back again and ask that you support not only us but our friends in other hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and local businesses around Cork and beyond.

Stay safe everyone and we will see you all again soon.

Seaview House Hotel LF 2019 Ad

The Snug

Established since 1991, The Snug prides themselves in a friendly, unique Bar & Eating House on The Quays, Bantry.

COVID-19 Response

We are back open for Takeaway!

Updated opening times, weekend Menus and order details will be posted on our Facebook pages.

Open Thursday to Saturday 9.30am – 2pm, LAST COFFEE ORDERS @1.45pm.

Please note pre-orders will only be taken at specific times. 6pm to 8pm Tuesday and from 10am to 5pm Wednesday on Instagram and Facebook messenger. Our phone is not attended at all time so this is the best way to order.

We are only accepting card payments in store or over the phone.

We will be adhering to strict social distancing guidelines. We ask that people enter through The Snug entrance & Exit only through O’Ds door.

Stay safe, take care of yourselves.

The Snug 2019 LF Ad

Stuffed Olive

Run by Patricia Messom with the help of her daughters Sarah & Grace O’Shea, we are a Food & Wine store providing ready prepared meals, salads, cakes & desserts and providing light lunches. We are committed to selecting only the very best of local produce.

We stock a wide range of artisan products including chocolates coffee wines pastas. We also make a large variety of desserts scones breads quiches tarts and ready to go meals. An add on service is to provide outside catering, menu available at this link.

COVID-19 Response

At the moment we are open Thursday to Sat 9.30am to 2pm, last coffee orders at 1.45pm

Weekly menu is posted on Instagram & Facebook Tuesday evenings and you can order then through Facebook messenger and Instagram messenger. Please note we must reply for your order to be confirmed.

Stuffed Olive 2019 LF Ad

Whiddy Island

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.

COVID-19 Response

Travel to offshore islands is limited to residents of those islands.

When this is over we will welcome you all back with open arms and we can’t wait for that day but that is still a little bit away.

Stay safe everyone.

Whiddy Island LF 2019 Ad

Arts Council - funding literature
Fáilte Ireland
Wild Atlantic Way
CCC Library & Arts Service
Cork County Council
Pure Cork
Creative Places West Cork Islands
RTÉ Supporting The Arts
Maritime Hotel