Cnoc Bui is a significant property on the edge of the village of Union Hall in West Cork. It comprises a traditional late 19th century two-storey farmhouse, five 18th century outbuildings (currently derelict) and grounds with extensive road frontage. Cnoc Buí is currently being converted to a community arts centre that will promote visual, performing and dramatic arts locally, regionally and nationally.
The work so far
The Cnoc Bui project commenced in June 2022 with the acquisition of the Cnoc Bui property in Union Hall. The plan is to convert the facility into a multi-purpose arts and community centre. This is likely to occur in three phases: Phase 1 focussing on the existing farmhouse; Phase 2 on the conversion of one of the outbuildings to accommodate an artist-in-residence; Phase 3 on the conversion of four other derelict buildings for multi-purpose use. The grounds on which Cnoc Bui is sited also need to be upgraded. This is happening on a phased basis with an initial focus on the renovation of the farmhouse and on the development of the grounds. It is envisaged that Cnoc Buí will further add to West Cork’s reputation as a haven for artists and as a magnet for those with an interest in the arts.
For the last six months we have been doing a lot of work and an accessible toilet was installed at Cnoc Bui in recent weeks. This was partially funded through a Creative Ireland Startup Grant which was administered through Cork County Council. Cnoc Bui gratefully acknowledges this support. For a sneak peak checkout the video here.