April 26 – May 30, 2024


Skibbereen launches exciting new running event

N ews of an upcoming event this summer caused a stir in running circles this month. For the first time ever Skibbereen is hosting ‘RunSkibb’, a 10k and half mar- athon event on Sunday July 14. Both routes promise to be scenic, fast and will have you coming back to chase that PB! The routes chosen are also reasonably flat, which will ap - peal to newer runners or those wishing to add to their running experience. The Skibbereen branch of Access Credit Union made this new event possible with their sponsorship, for which the or- ganising team is very grateful. Registration is now open online (scan the QR code in the advert on this page) and the Run Skibb team has also created Facebook and Instagram pages with suggested training plans

and further details about the event. Half Marathon Route: Starting on the Marsh road, the half marathon heads north, bringing you away from Skibbereen town initially. You will take a right for your first crossing of the Ilen River at Ballyhilty Bridge. From here, the route veers to the left and continues towards Bunalun. You will take a right at Bunalun cross onto the R593 and head back towards town, running parallel to the river. The route takes a left at the end of that road onto Skibbereen bypass, then you’ll continue to head down North street, Market street and out onto Baltimore road. You will pass Skibbereen Soccer Club and Skibbereen Golf Club before taking a left onto the main Lough Hyne

L-r: Rachel O’Regan, Jonathan Davis, Grace O’Mahony, Christine Fitzgerald, Gearoid McCarthy and Maria Holmes.

famous Skibbereen Rowing Club and again, will follow the river for a while. Having passed Deelish Garden Centre, you will approach Newbridge. Here you will cross the Ilen river for the second time. As the route comes to an end, you take a right onto Schull road. The stewards will marshall you back onto the Marsh road for the final stretch to the finish line in the River - side Complex where you’ll get your well earned medal and

some refreshments. 10km Route:

Club on your right. As you hit 5km, you will be turning back and enjoying the views from the opposite direction. The route finishes back in the Riverside Complex where you will re- ceive your finishers medal and enjoy some refreshments. Skibbereen looks forward to welcoming runners, supporters and spectators on Sunday July 14.

road. There is a 2.5km stretch on this road with views of Lough Hyne hill (Knockomagh) in front of you. As the descent into Lough Hyne begins, you will take a right. This road brings you back onto Baltimore road near Old Court. You’ll take a right here and pass the boat yards on your left. Next, the route continues straight, veering off the main Baltimore road. You will soon pass the world

The 10k route is an out and back run beginning on the Marsh road. It heads towards town, passing the old railway station. At the roundabout, you will head out Schull road along- side the Ilen River. You cross the river at Newbridge and take a right. You will pass Deelish Garden Centre and the world famous Skibbereen Rowing

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT COMPETITION Win tickets to ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ at The Everyman

‘Tuesdays with Morrie’, the stage adaptation of the phe- nomenally popular first novel by Mitch Albom is the auto- biographical story of Mitch, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news programme and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Dis- ease (ALS). Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit, turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. It is a heart-warming explo- ration of friendship and life. It will make you cry but above all it will make you laugh. Tuesdays with Morrie is

currently at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin and will be at The Everyman for three perfor- mances only from April 30. The role of Morrie is played by Dan Butler, best known to TV audiences as the unforget- table and irrepressible Bulldog in the smash hit TV show Fra- sier. Dan is also a renowned theatre actor, whose Broadway credits include Travesties (Tom Stoppard) Biloxi Blues (Neil Simon) and The Hothouse (Harold Pinter). His films include Silence of the Lambs and Crazy, Stupid, Love. He is joined by Irish actor Stephen Jones in the role of Mitch, whose life is trans- formed by his reconnection with his old mentor. A familiar face on stage, TV and film, Stephen was most recently seen on TV as Lloyd in North-

START TIMES: Half marathon: 9am 10km: 10am

HALF MARATHON & 10KM EVENT Sunday July 14 th Join us for Skibbereen’s first half marathon and 10km event. Come run in this picture perfect course in the beautiful surroundings of West Cork.


ern Lights.

‘Unforgettable! No matter how well you tell the story, the play makes it more vivid, more shattering, more humorous.’ – New York Magazine Tickets are on sale now via

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West Cork People has two tickets to give away for the performance on April 30 – start time 7.30pm. Email your name and contact details with ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ in the subject line to by Monday, April 29, 10am.

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