It's all about art in Dunmanway on Saturday August 1st from 2-5pm so come along to the home town of Sam Maguire and this atmospheric traditional town at the centre of West Cork to enjoy a gentle perambulation, stimulating art and some lovely historic sites.
West Cork Artists will showcase their work throughout main street Dunmanway with free exhibitions in Atkins hall, St Mary's church, St Patrick's Hall, Art Gallery in the community council office along with many more window displays.
All about Art is all about the family with a TREASURE HUNT to complete (pick up your map in any venue, but don't forget your pen) and receive a reward after completion
Enjoy a PAINTING WORKSHOP 2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm with Amber Harley in St Patrick's Hall along with her first West Cork Exhibition. (Please pre book on the Dunmanway community council FB page and adhere to guidelines).
If you like the screen, then St Mary's church is the place for you, with SHORT FILM SCREENING at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Approx 15 minutes. (Please pre book on the Dunmanway community council FB page and adhere to guidelines).
The self guided walking tour provides a chance to see some of the towns historic buildings. St Mary's C of I is very much at the heart of community events and is a typical "Board of First Fruits" church built in 1822 to replace an earlier church on the site. It's bell tower contains the 8 Sam Maguire Community Bells which represent different activities in the community and inside it has a lovely sense of enclosure. In the churchyard the ancient gravestones speak to you, no more than that of the Irish Patriot and sporting hero Sam Maguire who was born and died in Dunmanway.
Atkins Hall was the Methodist Church which was built in 1790 and has been beautifully restored by the Atkins family as an art and music venue. John Wesley preached in Dunmanway on his three visits to West Cork from 1750 - 1762 and Methodist communities in North America in Rochester New York, Wisconsin and Percy Township, Northumberland County, Ontario were founded by emigrants from West Cork. A fascinating feature in the new building is the re-assembly of the original overhead cash transfer system that was used in the Atkins Hardware Store in the Market Square. The annex to the church houses the Heritage Centre run by Dunmanway Historical Association.
For a breather and a picnic discover Dunmanway's lovely lakeside park opposite St. Patrick's Church with its Fairy Garden. You make friends with the swan family and ducks who also appreciate this peaceful enclave overlooking the aptly named Chapel Lake.
See more on the Visit Dunmanway Web site.
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