donate to a
friend's fundraiser

West Cork Heritage Centre Bandon


Christchurch, North Main Street, Bandon, County Cork

West Cork Heritage Centre Bandon

West Cork Heritage Centre is housed in the former Christchurch on North Main Street Bandon. Christchurch dates back to circa 1610 and is built on the site of a Danish Fort. It was one of the earliest Protestant churches in Ireland and was a church for 363 years. It was deconsecrated in 1973. A portion of the old Bandon walls are also part of the structure of the building.

This beautiful building needs to be maintained and preserved. Currently, in an effort to raise funds to keep the building going, a team of volunteers run a heritage centre with the theme of Bandon’s history. Visitors can see replicas of an old shop, school, kitchen and forge. The current exhibition also includes the old town stocks and memorabilia from Bandon’s time as a garrison town.

We also help people to find their roots by going through the Bandon church records on site with them.

We think this building would be able to become a more versatile community space and become self-sustaining with just a few tweaks that we can't afford now, namely:

- Heating
- External hand rail on stone steps
- Electrics upgrade
- Structural repairs

We would love to extend the use of this building as a public space for exhibitions, readings, small recitals, movie screenings, theatre productions and more.

All government grants require matched or at least partial funding before they will assist with conservation so this is why we need to continually fundraise.

Please help us to create a great space for the Bandon of the present and the future.