Lyric fm: Cloud Festival

Sky Crater entrance

The entrance into James Turrell's Sky Crater

When I travelled to the first Irish Cloud Festival which took place in Skibbereen at the end of June, I was wearing two hats. The car was loaded up with cases of Sunburnt Irish Red from Eight Degrees Brewing for delivery to the West Cork Hotel, where we had held a beer and food matching event earlier that month.

There were also a few cases of the beer for Liss Ard, which was where the morning’s cloud spotting events were held, followed by a deliciously simple buffet lunch.

The second hat was my Lyric fm one: I was there to interview Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the author of The Cloudspotter’s Guide and founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society for Culture File.

Despite the day being a little damp, it didn’t deter anyone from making the trip to the majestic James Turrell Sky Crater in the heart of the Liss Ard gardens – or stop them from lying on the stone plinth at its heart to contemplate the sky.



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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