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Welcome to Bandon

Bandon is a market town rich in history and heritage. 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. 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
August 2024

Watch this space......

2023  Walled Town Festival was all about bringing our Living Heritage to life!

We had a wonderful Festival in 2023 and look forward to bringing more fun and games to Bandon in 2024. 

Our Family Fun Day (Sunday 20th 12-5) has workshops, craft displays, Battle reenactments, The Big Dig and interactive sessions where you can learn the process of skills of yesteryear.

All events are centred around Bandon Town Hall (click for directions)

The history talks and walks take a deep dive into discoveries of recent years and  lead us through the social history of Bandon and surrounding areas of yester year.

Brenda Malloy's lunchtime Harp Recital and Workshop on the Saturday will highlight the music our ancestors would have heard. Come along and have a go at playing the harp - who knows you might have an affinity for it. 

All this and more in 2024!


So pencil the date in your diaries, there is something for everyone in Bandon this August!


Sustainability Statement

Bandon Walled Town Festival recognises the importance of environmental sustainability. To that end we aim to minimise our carbon footprint by encouraging all participants,  attendees, demonstrators,  supporters, volunteers and venues to consider their impact on the environment by reducing/recycling waste, avoiding single use plastics, using reusable water bottles/ keep cups, saving energy and carpooling to events if and when possible.

The promotion of traditional skills is at the core of our events.

Our Sponsors

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