Welcome to Bandon
Bandon is a market town rich in history and heritage with an exciting shopping scene and a business community that are focussed on progression. This historical West Cork town has roots back as far as 1588 and its name comes from the River upon whose banks it has built up over time. As a community our call to action is “better together” and that is evident throughout the town and surrounding area. We take great pride in our history, heritage, culture, music, sport, community, shopping, and business activities. Bandon is an ideal base for exploring Cork and the wealth of outdoor pursuits and incredible vistas will not disappoint.
Bandon owed its development and historic walls to Sir Richard Boyle, First Earl of Cork. He referred to it as 'his most beloved town'. He is buried in St. Mary's Collegiate Church in Youghal. Bandon's prime position close to the Wild Atlantic Way and links to Ireland's Ancient East makes it an ideal spot to link up these two prime Tourist trails.
Bandon Walled Town Festival
12th-20th August 2023
Looking forward to our next festival in 2023. From History Talks and Walks for those who wish to delve deeper into the past, to family fun for those who are only just beginning to dip their journey we have something for everyone! A week of History with historical lectures and walks during the week, culminating in a family fun day on the 27tht August that is full of learning.
Plans are currently underway so keep an eye here and on our social media from time to time for any updates!
From battle reenactments, to juggling, taking part in an archaeological dig, Heritage Skills display such as coin-making and fun and games there is something for everyone at our family fun day when we bring Bandon of yester-year to life
Festivals and Events
Bandon is a town built on history, and there is an amount of history in West Cork. And there is plenty more to enjoy as well. Below are some events that occur throughout the year.
Bandon Concert Band
20th Anniversary Concert
Saturday 11th March 8pm
Join Bandon Concert Band for their 20th anniversary celebrations in Munster Arms Hotel. Since 2002 they have been making music and celebrating bringing live performance to many local events and celebrations.
Tickets available at O'Farrells, Hickeys and O'Donovans, and at the door on the night for €15.
Come along and listen to some wonderful music and maybe see if you'd like to join.
Weekly band practice is held in Bandon Town Hall from 7:30-9:30.
Find out more via Facebook or Email or website.
Vanbrugh and Friends at
Bandon Methodist Church
March 25th 8pm
Vanbrugh and guests return for another magical performance at Bandon Methodist Church this 25th March. Join us for a wonderful evening in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Bandon's Bridge.
BEETHOVEN - String Quintet Op.29
BRAHMS - String Quintet Op.111
The Vanbrugh and their guests present two of the greats from the extended chamber music repertoire. Beethoven's Op.29 string quintet, nicknamed 'The Storm', was written in 1801, shortly after his Op.18 string quartets and combines his mastery of quartet writing with the expansive richness of texture offered by the addition of a second viola. Brahms’ magnificent 1890 string quintet Op.111 started life in the composer’s sketches for a fifth symphony and its final form retains an orchestral grandeur, both in structure and in texture. This is truly one of the finest works in the chamber music repertoire, exuberant, elegant, subtle, original and unmistakably Brahms.
The National String Quartet Foundation is Chamber Music Partner to UCC
St. Patrick's Day Parade
Bandon's St. Patricks Day Parade brings fun for young and old to the streets of Bandon. Always a highlight on the calendar, join us for fun and celebration on the streets of Bandon.
Nobody's Talking to Me
Gaggin Drama Group
“Noone is talking to me “ by Tommy Marron Gaggin Hall
Save the dates!
Gaggin Drama group have been entertaining us for over 30 years. Directed by Pam Golden, we await what is sure to be a riveting performance with bated breath!
Tickets will be available on Eventbrite. From 1 March ..
Walled Town Festival
12-20th August 2023
Join us for our yearly walk in the past with our Walled Town Festival. With our nightly historical lecture and walk series for those who want a more in-depth discussion, and our family fun day on Sunday 27th where we bring the past to life through play, we have something for everyone.
Taste of Bandon
Now entering it's 4th year, A Taste of Bandon food and family festival promises something for everyone. With quality artisan producers, markets, highest standard of restaurant fayre and our much loved family Banshee walk. There is fun and flavour for all the family.