Written by Tracy Harper. Taken from www.royharper.co.uk with permission.
De Barras 2007 - Dates Confirmed
Three nights this summer at De Barras Folk Club in Clonakilty, West Cork.
By the end of July it will have been a busy touring season for 2007. The 4th annual 'Three Nights At De Barras', in July, will be the last of the live shows until Roy has a new studio album to promote. Roy has decided to give this event a rest next year so this will be the last 'Three Nights At De Barras' until further notice.
This week in Clonakilty has traditionally been a lot of fun and will be a great way to wind it down into some serious uninterrupted time in the studio. The idea is to have all three nights happen over the course of a week giving the opportunity of a week long holiday in lovely West Cork with its beautiful country side, beaches, rugged coastline and dramatic mountain passes. Clonakilty is known as 'The Beach Centre of West Cork' and there is a wide variety of accommodation available ranging from camping, a hostel, lovely self catering cottages, B&Bs, hotels and posh hotels. There is music in De Barras every night and plenty of nice pubs and restaurants around town... all of the folks in town for the gigs gives it a nice festival feeling.
As with previous years, the set list will be varied, with mostly different songs each night and, again, there will be a social gathering that takes place at 'The Venue' at O'Donovans Hotel on Tuesday the 24th. It usually starts at the bar around 6:30, a buffet dinner is served around 7:30 and then music and socialising until late. This social is known as 'The Gathering'. This year we will be taking away Roy's duty as DJ so that he can get around to have a word with more of you.
Thursday, July 19th
'The Gathering', July 24th
Tickets for the shows and The Gathering are on sale now at the Roy Harper Shop.
Links - I've added links below regarding accommodation, transportation (flight/ferry/rail info.), things to do in the area, etc. Of course, you can also do your own 'google' on Clonakilty.
Accommodation Suggestion - We have ascertained that Clona Holiday Homes, the West Cork self-catering agency, is quite happy to do midweek to midweek rentals as opposed to their usual Saturday to Saturday rental period. This option is very good value for money for those who are coming for all three shows and are interested in 'grouping up'... For instance (based on 2006), 7 people sharing a 4 bed house... EURO 700/week...14.30 EURO/day/person... that's about £9.80/day/person... Another example, a two bed apartment. 4 people sharing 570 EURO/week... 20.30 EURO/day/person... that's about £14.00/day/person. Any extra days are charged pro rata (same as the /day/week price).
So, below is the link to Clona Holiday Homes with the 2006 tariffs listed. Have a look. Please Note: Clona Holiday Homes CANNOT organise groups for you.... see below regarding 'stormcock' mailing list...
If you're interested in this option, Paul Davison has ok'd the use of 'Stormcock', the Harper mailing list (and now web portal), as a means for folks to get together for group arrangements or just to find out the latest on who's doing what.. when. Go to the 'Stormcock Community' page to subscribe to either the mailing list or forums.
You can easily unsubscribe later if you don't wish to stay on the mailing list.
Other Accommodation Links
If you need a currency calculator: http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html
An Sugan B&B - 00 353 23 33719 (from Britain & Europe)
Self Catering: http://www.clonakilty.ie/accommodation/self-catering.php
Clonakilty Hostel - Emmet Square, Clonakilty tel. & fax. 00 353 23 33525 (from Britain & Europe)
You can also call the Cork Tourist Information Centre who will help you to book your accommodation and local transportation:
tel: 00 353 21 4255100 (from Britain & Europe)
West Cork Tourism: http://www.westcork.ie
Getting to Ireland from the UK
Being one who doesn't 'sail' well and has long since refused to board the 9 hour Swansea/Cork Ferry... I, when I have to ferry the gear, merch., etc., take the ferry from Rosslare. I believe the fare is less expensive but the downside is that it's a 3 1/2 drive to/from Clonakilty.
P&O Stena: http://www.irish-sea-ferry-crossings.co.uk
Getting to Clonakilty from Dublin:
If you're are flying in to Dublin and planning to hire a car... plan to take the day for the drive. If you'd rather not spend the time driving, get the train from Dublin to Cork and hire your car there. I have found the train journey to be enjoyable. There also seems to be good bus service from Cork to Clonakilty and also on to other West Cork destinations if you're not planning to hire a car.
Bike Rentals (Clonakilty): MTM Cycles - Ashe Street, Clonakilty tel: 00 353 23 33584 (from Britain & Europe)
There is bus service from Clonakilty to and around the peninsulas and towns listed below and I would think that there would be bike rentals in most of the towns... the links below are just a start. Do your own 'google' for more info.
The Peninsulas And Driving Tours
All of the peninsulas are a walkers paradise with walks ranging from those appropriate for a family stroll to waymarked long distance footpaths, to some proper hillwalking. Cork and Kerry are particularly rich in archeological sites... If you're interested in stone circles, ring forts, megalithic tombs, etc., they absolutely litter Cork and Kerry. You can buy guides local to where you find yourself or just follow the red dots and circles, on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland Discovery Series maps.
Iveragh Peninsula: http://www.ringofkerrytourism.com/whattosee.html
The Ring Of Kerry is a well established tourist route with heavy bus traffic in the summer. Best to get inland or off the major routes...
Dingle Peninsula: http://www.dingleway.com/peninsula.html
Recommended driving tours (ones that I've done) combining aspects from the links above:
From Glengarriff drive all the way around the Beara Peninsula up to Kenmare and back to Glengarriff via Caha Pass and Rock Tunnels. Or, from Glangarriff cut over to Kenmare at Adrigole via Healy Pass. Then back to Glengarriff via Caha Pass and Rock Tunnels or on to Killarney via Moll's Gap.