Inaugural Cork Podcast Festival 2019: First event announced!

First event, ‘WEST CORK’ at the inaugural CORK PODCAST FESTIVAL

Presented by The Good Room in association with Cork Opera House

Saturday 12th October 2019

Cork Opera House

Tickets €26.50 + booking fee on sale Friday 12th July at 10am from

The inaugural Cork Podcast Festival, presented by The Good Room, in association with Cork Opera House, have announced the first event of the festival programme:

West Cork Podcast, live at Cork Opera House, Saturday 12th October, 2019.

French television producer, Sophie Toscan du Plantier, was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork. 

West Cork, which Time Magazine named as one of its top 50 favourite podcasts, guides listeners through the unsolved murder and the tangled web of its investigation, while introducing an intricate cast of characters, a prime suspect, and a recovering community, whose story begs to be heard. Meet the makers, and hear behind the scenes stories on stage at Cork Opera House.

Speaking about the event, journalist, Sam Bungey, commented:

We’re so excited to be part of the first Cork Podcast Festival. It’s an honour to be invited back to Cork. After 22 years there has finally been a criminal trial over Sophie’s murder, but it was no ordinary trial and it’s not at all clear what it will lead to. We sat in the courtroom in Paris recently as Ian Bailey was convicted of the murder, in absentia. We’ll be talking about what that trial means, along with other developments, as we gather research for new episodes”.

Tickets will be in hot demand following the popular sold out event at the West Cork Literary Festival in 2018. Tickets €26.50 plus booking fee go on sale 10am, Friday 12 July, from

There’s much more to be announced in the festival programme over the coming weeks. Expect a broad palette of talkers, thinkers and doers, covering everything from fact and fiction, stories and tales, sports to comedy, and beyond. Follow Cork Podcast Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with the news.

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