St. Barrahane’s Church Festival of Music

St. Barrahane’s Church of Ireland


(8km from Skibbereen)

Co. Cork, P81 AH51


+353 86 226 4797 (Jacqueline Weij)

Sponsors and Friends


Field’s SuperValu, Skibbereen

Britta and Thomas Drewes

Charles McCarthy Real Estate


Our summer Festival in the past comprised six concerts during July and August at St. Barrahane’s Church, Castletownshend but in 2018, however, we made a big change by organising extra concerts using additional venues such as Abbeystrewry Church, Skibbereen, Christ Church, Glandore and Myross Wood House, Leap

This turned out to be a great success and we endeavor to continue this, but staging quality concerts of classical and Irish traditional music is expensive. The money is raised mainly by ticket sales and grants when available. The average attendance is 70 -100 people but the profits, if any, are small after paying the musicians’ fees ranging from €600-2500 and all other expenses such as advertising posters and signage, piano hire, printing of programmes, hiring of porta-loos and so forth.

The purpose of the St. Barrahane’s Church Music Festival is:
• promoting high quality classical music, old and new
• giving enjoyment to locals and tourist
• providing a stage for artists, established as well as aspiring ones, especially from the Cork School of Music.

To help with these expenses, last year we introduced two schemes, a SPONSORSHIP Scheme and a FRIENDS Scheme.

For the Sponsorship Scheme, we are seeking a donation of €250 in support from local enterprises to cover the six summer season concerts in July and August and the additional concerts outside of the Festival.

This entitles a sponsor to:
•The Company logo/name displayed prominently at the concert venue.
•The Company logo/name on all our publications and brief message if available.
•A full page on our website and/or links to yours.
•Verbal acknowledgement before commencement of all the concert.
•Invitation to a Sponsors/Friends Reception at the end of the Season.
•Reserved seats (but not free) if attending any concert – 24 hour notification required.
The Future: The costs of staging concerts continue to increase. We have a constant battle to keep down our admission price while at the same time maintaining the high quality of performers and concerts. If we are to remain viable, your support would be invaluable and very much appreciated.

Yours sincerely,

Reverend John Ardis,
Hon. Chairperson


Alwyn Harris – taxis

Ita and Tom Sheehy

Anonymous Donor


€100 entitles a Friend to reserve two seats (24 hour notification required and tickets also have to be purchased).
€150 per couple entitles Friends to reserve four seats (24 hour notification required and tickets also have to be purchased).
Friend’s names will be listed on our concert programmes and also on our website, unless otherwise instructed. Subscription is valid for one calendar year.

Please contact us by email or phone if you require more information.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks for your continued support and interest.

Yours sincerely,
Reverend John Ardis, Hon. Chairperson