Museum of Song

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Friday 24th 11 am - 5 pm
Saturday 25th 11 am - 7 pm 
Sunday 26th 11 am - 5 pm 

Parish Hall Drimoleague - Free

Museum of Song

The Museum of Song began in April 2020 as a song collecting project delivered via the postal service and was a way of safely connecting with residents in Bantry, Castetownbere, Dunmanway, Schull and  Skibbereen community hospitals in West Cork during the Covid 19 Pandemic. Since then, artists Tess Leak and Sharon Whooley have collected hundreds of songs and stories about singing from over 120 older people across West Cork;  on the off-shore islands of Bere, Heir, Oileán Chléire and Sherkin, in the Coomhola, Borlin, Mealagh and Kealkil Valleys, in the communities of Drimoleague, Dunmanway and Skibbereen and on the Beara and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas.


For this year's Drimoleague Singing Festival the artists have created a temporary museum in the heart of the town, housing the entire collection of songs and related artefacts. The Museum will also be hosting a visit from the Irish Traditional Music Archive on Saturday 25th September where you can find out about the largest and most comprehensive collection of Irish traditional music in existence.  This project is part of the Arts for Health Partnership Programme, West Cork and the Museum is supported by Creative Ireland and the National Lottery.

Arts for Health is based in West Cork and provides a managed arts programme for older people in healthcare settings. Arts for Health Partnership is Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre, Cork County Council, Cork Education & Training Board and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.