Thanking Our Chamber Advertisers

Thanking Our Chamber Advertisers

  Thursday 7 May 2020

Bantry House Library

Bantry House Library

The cancellation of our 2020 West Cork Chamber Music Festival affects not only ourselves, our staff, our musicians 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 Chamber Music Festival programme – a highlight of the festival with its detailed notes enhancing the experience of every concert. Without the programme 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.

CIT Cork School of Music

Located on the banks of the River Lee, the CIT Cork School of Music provides a bespoke facility in a unique city centre setting. The 12,000 sq.m. ‘state of the art’ school accommodates 52 music studios; a 385 seat rehearsal hall; a 120 seat theatre space; music library; recording and dance studios; offices; classrooms and lecture theatres. The building is fully wheelchair-accessible with a café and nearby parking facilities.

COVID-19 – Response 23/03

In accordance with Government directives, the CIT Cork School of Music is closed to students. Any classes or lessons that are scheduled to run will be delivered remotely by arrangement with lecturers.

Applications for September 2020 are available on our website.

Cork School of Music

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.

Fish Kitchen Ad 2020

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'Keeffe's Bantry SuperValu


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

Oska Ad 2020

Trigon Hotels

Curating Unique Hotels to Create Exceptional Experiences

May we welcome you to Trigon Hotels where we curate unique hotels to create exceptional experiences. Our Hotels consist of three exceptional hotels in Cork City, Ireland, offering guests their choice of location in Cork city centre or near Cork Airport. In each of our Trigon Hotels, we offer our guests a best-in-class experience.

COVID-19 Response

Closed until further notice.

Publishing a variety of information to help and stay connected during the crisis, eg.:

Trigon Hotels CMF 2019 Ad

Westlodge Hotel

The Westlodge Hotel & Estate is the ideal place for those looking for hotel or self-catering accommodation in West Cork. Amenities include a superb Health and Leisure Centre Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Jacuzzi, gym, Snooker & Indoor Bowl

COVID-19 Response

Hotel & Leisure Centre closed due to COVID-19.

Meals from our restaurant are vailable for Take Away. Served between 5pm to 8pm (Sunday 1pm to 8pm)

Call us on 027 50360 to place your order. Payment taken by credit/debit card only.

All HSE guidelines will be fully adhered to at all times.

Westlodge Hotel CMF 2019 Ad

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.

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.

The Brick Oven & Bia Restaurant

Bia Restaurant COVID-19 response

George Plant Taxis

Minibus & taxi service, providing private transport services for the West Cork/South East Kerry Region.

COVID-19 Response

No online information.

George Plant 2019 CMF Ad

Jeffers of Bandon

Jeffers of Bandon is Ireland’s leading piano company. Whether you are looking to buy a piano, hire a piano for a concert, rent a piano for a couple of days or a couple of months, get a piano tuned or repaired, or get a piano moved, we have a skilled and dedicated team of tuners and technicians, ready to help.

COVID-19 Response

Stay safe and play music!

Jeffers Music is closed – access by appointment only.


  • Jonathan on 086 263 2159
  • Leo on 086 812 2580

Our music teacher friends are also providing lessons and most of them will do online lessons if needed.

We have a number of Yamaha Upright Pianos that we use for hire for exams and concerts. Unfortunately at the moment they are unused. We have decided to loan them out free of charge to students preparing for exams and unable to access good quality instruments due to the current restrictions.

Jeffers 2019 CMF 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.

The Maritime Hotel Ad 2020

National String Quartet Foundation


Supporting musicians – building audiences

The National String Quartet Foundation is a legacy of the work of the Vanbrugh Quartet. Resident Quartet to RTE from 1986 to 2013 and Artists in Residence at University College, Cork from 1990 until the retirement of violinist Gregory Ellis in 2017, the Vanbrugh Quartet gave nearly two thousand concerts throughout Ireland as well as enjoying a successful international career.

The Foundation creates and sponsors projects which bring live chamber music to audiences throughout Ireland. It is committed to supporting musicians who wish to explore and perform the string quartet repertoire and to helping concert promoters present this rich and rewarding music.

COVID-19 Response

The Foundation regrets to announce the cancellation of the spring concerts by the Vanbrugh in UCC and Youghal, & the concerts by the Lir Quartet.

NSQF 2019 CMF Ad

New Ross Piano Festival

In 2006 our piano festival began with a clear vision, to celebrate the piano and invite world-class pianists to perform in our local town of New Ross. Year on year we host an exciting programme of piano concerts, featuring original collaborations between our artists across a variety of classical genres, plus a whole day dedicated to jazz piano.

COVID-19 Response

Currently going ahead as planned.

To stimulate the minds of budding Irish composers during the current time, the New Ross Piano Festival is delighted to announce a Composition Competition, aimed at 15–21 year olds based on the island of Ireland. All compositions must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 15th May 2020. Find out more details and how to apply.

New Ross Piano Festival Ad 2020

Rowa Pharmaceuticals

ROWA, an innovative pharmaceutical company of German origin, was established in Ireland in 1959. ROWA Germany and ROWA/ROWEX Ireland co-operate closely, particularly in the field of product development and technology transfer. Our complementary business activities enable us to achieve cost reductions, time and production efficiency and market expansion worldwide.

Manufacturing in Ireland from our Bantry base, we believe in investing in the best medicines for your patients.

COVID-19 Response

No online information.

Rowa Pharmaceuticals

Westport Festival of Chamber Music

Westport Festival of Chamber Music is an annual boutique festival in Clew Bay in the West of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way.  International and Irish musicians are in residence in the town for almost a week in established or new ensembles preparing well-loved and new works for week-end performances.

Friday 11 – Sunday 13 September 2020
Féile Cheol Aireagail Chathair na Mart

COVID-19 Response

Currently going ahead as planned.

Westport Chamber Music Festival Ad 2020


We recognise that your time is precious so at AIB Bantry we offer:

Experienced staff who will be available to discuss your individual banking needs. Whether you are thinking of changing your carbuying your first home or wish to save for a rainy day, we are here to talk things through and provide useful and informative advice.

COVID-19 Response

We have put new supports in place for our customers impacted by COVID-19, including a three month payment break for Personal, Business and Home loan customers.

Find out more here.

AIB Bantry

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.

the Craft Shop Bantry Ad 2020 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! Ad 2020

Fleming & Barrett Solicitors

Confidence & Peace of Mind – We are a dynamic Solicitors practice situated in Bandon, Co. Cork.

COVID-19 Response

No online information.

Fleming & Barrett Solicitors 2019 CMF Ad

Mannings Emporium

Gourmet food shop, deli & restaurant.

“A food mecca with the best artisan produce in the area”
Bridgestone Irish Food Guide

COVID-19 Response

Due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis, our cafe is closed until further notice. Follow us on our social media channels for updates on take away options.

Takeaway pizza service will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4pm to 8pm. Phone line open for pre orders between 3.30pm and 7pm.

We are delighted to offer a selection of wine boxes that are available for collection from our store in Ballylickey. With prices starting at just €60 per case of six, we have a great range to suit all palates and budgets. Each bottle is sanitised before packing.

Mannings Emporium CMF 2019 Ad

Seaview House

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 2019 CMF 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 CMF 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 Ad

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