West Cork Feel Good Festival

Saturday 3rd October

Walk with Rosscarbery Steam Walkers

The Rosscarbery Steam Walkers will host a 2-hour feel-good walk with walkers invited to wear a funny hat for the feel-good factor. Prize for best hat! Meet at Celtic Ross Hotel car park at 2pm.

Friday 9th – Monday 12th
49 North Street Skibbereen


Idir Eatarthu – Between Worlds

Audio visual installation combining music, sound, colour, light, visuals, meditation. This multi-sensory experience will allow total immersion in a calming setting, to provide a much-needed rest for the senses and total relaxation.
Very limited capacity so booking in advance is essential.

Tuesday 13th 7-8pm


‘LockDown OpenUp’ Webinar

Panel will discuss positive actions you can take to protect and improve your mental and general health in this challenging year
‘The event will offer insight and practical advice on being open to new ways of connecting, staying positive and resilient and minding your own/your family’s health, amidst the concerns and uncertainty around what the future holds for ourselves and the way we live.’

Louise O’ Neill – Author : Dr. Pat Bracken – Independent consultant psychiatrist
Rory Doody – Area Lead for Mental Health Engagement, Cork Kerry HSE
MC: Alison O’ Connor – Journalist and Broadcaster

Monday 12th–Friday 16th


Celebrating Technology and Mental Health

Monday – Chair based yoga : Tuesday – Movie Night : Thursday – Bingo : Friday – Music Session
Online Closed Events

Wednesday 14th 7pm


Feel-good movie screening at the Park Cinema Clonakilty

Hosted by Clonakilty Wellness Committee with The Wellbeing Network, West Cork. Details of the film choice will be shared on the Clonakilty Wellness Week Facebook page in the lead up to the event. Booking is essential as tickets are limited: Contact Caroline on 087 2293550

Ongoing throughout  Festival via email


Feel-Good Photographic Competition

Feel-Good photo competition in association with Beara Camera Club. Free entry. Open to West Cork residents. 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes. Closing date, October 10th.

Ongoing throughout the Festival in West Cork Libraries


Out of the Blue

‘Out of the Blue’ CD launch across the West Cork Library network for the festival and will be available to borrow from the libraries. The CD features 6 short audio documentaries that capture people’s stories of mental health, distress and recovery. These are stories of hope challenge and resilience.
Libraries will also feature a display of wellbeing books and resources during the festival.


Ongoing throughout the Festival


Calm during Covid – Nikki Fitzpatrick of Myzenpod.com

A short meditation/ relaxation session to bring balance, harmony and peace to both Body and Mind during these challenging times. Available online throughout the festival. Link will be available in October.


Ongoing throughout the Festival


Reduced cost passes for Dunmanway Swimming Pool

In association with Dunmanway Family Resource Centre and Dunmanway Swimming Pool. Child Pass €1 and Adult Pass €2 can be purchased from the Family Resource Centre in Dunmanway from Monday 5th – Friday 16th.


Ongoing throughout the Festival


Songs from Bantry, Beara and Beyond

Nora Edgeworth, co–founder of Bantry Community Choir, will be collecting local songs from Bantry and around West Cork. These songs will be performed during ‘Open Door’ music groups at 49 North Street during the coming year. To submit suggestions, songs or recordings, please send to songsbantryandbeyond@gmail.com


Ongoing throughout the Festival


Tune In

‘Tune In’ was created as a response to the conditions of the lockdown. In the spirit of co-production, the filmmakers collaborated with 49 North Street’s musical improv group ‘The Happiness Ensemble’ and Music Alive, to create a collective response to the times we are living in. The film will be launched on World Mental Health Day, Oct 10th.


Wellbeing Network Events

The Wellbeing Network, West Cork brings you:  Ready for School?


An online event with advice for parents to support children going back to school.

‘The event will offer practical advice and guidance for parents on keeping things positive for children/young adults, amidst the concerns and uncertainty around the re-opening of schools.’

The event took place from 7 – 8pm Tuesday 25th of August.
A recording of the live event is accessible here 


  • Sarah Buckley, Principal Schull Community College
  • Bart Harrington, Principal Scoil na mBuachaillí Primary School, Clonakilty
  • Nollaig McSweeney, DBT therapist. Works with children, adolescents and their parents through periods of stress and anxiety.

MC: Sean Mahon, Managing Director, The Southern Star

 Further info:  Email ita.murphy@nln.ie / Phone 087 7453933

Ready For School

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