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Projects that Beara Tourism has worked on

Wild Atlantic Way
We worked with Failte Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. The route now goes through all the Beara peninsula. The Dursey sound is one of the top three locations to visit in County Cork along the Wild Atlantic Way. Lonehart Battery in the east of Bere Island is flagged as an importance attraction along the trail. In partnership with the Lonehart Battery Committee we hope to get funding to carry out phase one development on the battery next year

We have produced Brochures and Books on the following
Beara Way Cycling route brochure
Beara Way Walking trail brochure
Ring of Beara brochure
Beara Way book

Promoting Beara
Beara Tourism won first prize in Derry for the Beara- Breifne Way.
Cork County Council sponsored Beara Tourism in the Pride of Place Project which was held in Derry City in the Autumn. Beara Tourism won 1st Prize in a 32 county event for the work undertaken on the Walking Projects. e/News/Beara-Breifne-Way-wins-top-community-prize-25112013.htm

Mansion House
The Beara Breifne Way Heritage Stamps from Dursey to Cavan were launched in the Mansion House in Dublin by a Taoiseach. The Cork County Council Manager Martin Riordan and Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council also spoke at the event. Three hundred and fifty people attended the event from Allihies to Cavan.
The Taoiseach praised the work of the community groups along the Trail, and especially Beara Tourism for their work on the Beara Way and Beara Breifne Way.
See attached information on the Launch. http://www.southernstar.ie/News/Taoiseach-launches-500km-BearaBreifne-Way-23052013.htm

RTE
We worked with R.T.E. on a new programme called Great Irish Journeys which was based on the historic March of O'Sullivan/Beare. This programme was shown on R.T.E. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqPlu4DWUE8

Tourist Office
We run a Tourist Information Office in Castletownbere which is open most of the year dealing with enquiries. This is our biggest running cost at about €5,000 per year subject to getting help from CE schemes staff. If we cannot get sufficient funding from membership we will have to close the office.

 

Development works in Beara

We carried out up-grading work on the Beara Way on Dursey and Bere Island. We now have 14 loop walks on the peninsula, three in Allihies , Bere Island Glengarriff and one in Dursey, Eyeries, Ardgroom, Castletownbere and Garnish. We plan to develop loops in Adrigole, Lauragh and Tousist over the next two years.

The Beara Way has been an outstanding success in bring walkers to Beara. The trail goes through up to 400 farmers land... All these farmers are in the walks scheme. Members from Beara Tourism went to Dublin many times to get this scheme up and running. Many of these farmers have BBs and business on the peninsula. http://www.mountaineering.ie/accessandenvironment/ComhairlenaTuaithe/TheWalksScheme/default.aspx

What is the Beara Way and the Sheepshead Way worth?
West Cork Partnership Report on the Beara Way and the Sheepshead Way states it is worth 14 million euros to the West Cork South Kerry economy. http://www.wcdp.ie/walking-study/ The Sheeps Head Committee and Beara Tourism take great pride in the development work we have undertaken on walking trails especially to value to the economy that the independent report has put on the trails.

Cork County Council requested that we do a presentation to the Councillors on the Walks on Beara in the County Hall . We thanked the Councillors for the Councils' donations over the years and the Councillors were very positive about supporting Walking trails on an ongoing basis.

Ambulance
We worked with other community groups in Beara on the campaign. To save the Ambulance for Beara. Due to this work we now have a better Ambulance service with 24 hour cover for the Peninsula .

Tidy Towns
We have started a clean-up of Castletownbere with Castletownbere Tidy Towns.The first phase of this is to paint some of the derelict buildings.We hope that other people may look at their building to see if painting is required.

Beara Tourism have been lobbing for fibre cable for Beara
In phase one
Eircom has announced they will lay a fibre cable from Bantry to Beara next year this will link up Glengarriff, Adrigole , Castletownbere , Eyeries . In phase one. Businesses will be able to get up to 100m bits. A major development for the peninsula

http://pressroom.eircom.net/press_releases/article/eircom_announces_plans_to_extend_its_fibre_broadband_footprint_to_1

In phase two of fibre development
Beara will require a fibre ring to link Kenmare with Tousist , Lauragh , Ardgroom and on to Eyeries. This will link with a fibre ring coming from Bantry on the south side of the peninsula in phase one.
A spur to Allihies, Garnish and Bere Island will also be required. There are plans by the government to co-fund fibre installation over the next two years. We will be hoping for the fibre cable to be brought to all areas of the peninsula.

 

E centre for Castletownbere

We have been working with Cork County Council in developing an E centre for Beara . The E Centre will offer conference space, offering your business the best possible start by eliminating expensive overheads or restrictive long-term contracts. More information on http://ecentres.ie/
We hope to have the centre up an running over the next nine months

 

Marine development /Pontoons for sailing vessels

Department of Agriculture Food and Marine have installed three extra pontoons in the Castletownbere harbour. Some of these pontoons can be used by sailing vessels. More pontoons are required in Castletownbere , Adrigole, Glengarriff and Ballycrovane harbours for sailing vessels.

 

Cruise liners
Cruise liners up to 100 metres in length can berth at Dinish pier. This is the only pier in West Cork that cruise liners can berth Larger cruise liners can anchor in Berehaven Harbour and tender the passengers to the new pontoons. The first liner Hebridean Princess has berthed in Castletownbere which was a welcome sight in the port.

New proposed deep water Quay for Berehaven

The Department of Marine are surveying for a deep water quay on the south side of Dinish island.
if this pier is developed it will open Beara up to service the oil and gas industry and provide berth for the largest cruise liners


We have completed a marketing report on the Beara Breifne Way in conjunction with the Heritage Council . The report covers the Beara Way and the other 10 walks along the trail. We have worked with the community groups along the trail and have funds approved of 150,000 for a new bridge across the Blackwater river. We also have 180,000 approved to completed phase one of the trail in North Tipperary

Food unit
Castletownbere is the second largest fishing port in Ireland. We are working with Cork County Council in developing six foods units for start-up fish and meal processors . This project will cost over a million euros we hope to have the green light on this project in June of this year.

 

Beara Tourism was set up in 1970 to promote and develop the Beara Peninsula. The following are our achievements to date: The total value of investments on the projects we have been involved in and the income from these projects is up to 20 million Euros over the last ten years.

Postal address

1982 - Beara Tourism lobbied for a change of the postal address on the Beara Peninsula, prior to that date most people were using Bantry on their address, Beara Tourism took their complaint to the ombudsman and Bantry was removed from the address and Beara was then included, now most people on the Peninsula use the following address; Adrigole, Beara, Co. Cork, Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, Ardgroom, Beara, Co. Cork, Bere Island, Beara, Co. Cork and Castletownbere, Beara, Co, Cork. This Change has been a major success as people are no longer getting lost coming to the Peninsula. They were under the impression with Bantry included in the address that these villages and town lands were close to Bantry town.

Port jurisdiction
Beara Tourism in-conjunction with the Marine users in Castletownbere lobbied the Government to extend the Fishery Harbour in Castletownbere to include all of Berehaven Harbour. Before 1985 Bantry Bay Harbour Board was the Port Authority for Berehaven Harbour, this change means that the Castletownbere Harbour Master has jurisdiction over Castletownbere Port and Berehaven Harbour.

Beara Way

In 1990 the Beara Way Walking Route was set up. It is a route of 120 miles from Glengarriff to Dursey and Dursey to Kenmare and back to Glengarriff, this also includes Bere Island and passes through towns and villages on the Beara Peninsula. Under phase one we spent €100,000 to get the project started with the good will of the landowners.

Beara way cycling route

In 1995 Beara Way Cycling Route was set up, where Cyclists could cycle the quiet country roads, around the Peninsula. The route starts in Glengarriff and links Adrigole, Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries, and back to Glengarriff. The Route is challenging but the scenery is spectacular along the Route. . Total cost €40,000

Beara Historical Trail

In 1996 Beara Tourism opened the Beara Historical Trail, the Trail includes up to 25 Archaeological Sites, which is sign-posted from the public roads and parking provided. The Sites include Stone Circles, Standing Stones, Wedge Graves and Mythical Sites like the Hag-of-Beara. . . Total cost €10,000

Tourist Office

In 2001 our association built a Tourist Office in the grounds of the Church of Ireland in Castletownbere, with the kind permission of the Church of Ireland Authorities - the office is open 200 days a year giving out Information of the Services and Activities throughout the Peninsula. Total cost €25,000

Removing of the ESB networks on poles in Castletownbere and Rerrin

Beara Tourism in partnership with ESB and Cork Co Council part funded the under grounding of the ESB networks in Castletownbere and Rerrin. The ESB also erected new public lighting in Castletownbere and Bere Island as part of the project. Total cost was €400,000

Removing of the Eircom networks on poles in Castletownbere and Rerrin

Beara Tourism in partnership with Eircom and Cork Co Council part funded the under grounding of the Eircom networks in Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries ,Ardgroom and Rerrin. The overhead cables has been remove , which makes the town, and villages look much better Total cost was €500,000


USS the Sullivans navy ship

The visit of the USS O Sullivan navy ship to Berehaven in the summer of 2003. This was a project that was in the planning for ten years. The chief of the O sullivan clan requested the visit of this ship when the ship was launched on the east coast of American 1993.Beara Tourism in partnership with six community groups organized the events in Adrigole, Castletownbere, Bere island, and Eyeries when the ship arrived in Berehaven . The cost of these events and of bringing the navy ship to Berehaven was over 1 million Euros with the US Navy helping to cover most of the cost.

 

The Four Hundred anniversary of the March of O Sullivan to Leitrim

In the summer of 2003 Beara Tourism with 60 other community groups in Co Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Rosscommon, Sligo and Leitrim hosted events and festivals in each town and village from Beara to Leitrim as part of the 400 years anniversary of the March of O Sullivan Beara in 1603. Over ten thousand people were involved in these events. RTE produced a programme on these events. The total cost of these events € 400,000

Signal towers events

In 2006 was the 200 anniversary of the building of 81 signal towers around the coast of Ireland. Beara Tourism decided to mark the anniversary with a chain of festivals from Donegal to West Cork and on to Dublin . On a Sunday in June all 81 bonfires were light at the same time to mark the anniversary.

Beara Breifne Way

Beara Tourism in partnership with the Heritage Council, Cork, Galway and South Tipperary County Councils have developed Phase 1 of the Beara Breifne Walk Way which follows the Historic March of O'Sullivan Bere, from Beara to Leitrim, 160 miles of this Route is developed. It is planned to complete this project over the next 4 years. The lead partner was the Heritage Council with funds from Failte Ireland , the total cost of this phase was 2.9 million

Broadband in Beara

Beara Tourism have been lobbing for fibre cable for Beara
In phase one Eircom has announced they will lay a fibre cable from Bantry to Beara next year this will link up Glengarriff, Adrigole , Castletownbere, Eyeries. Businesses will be able to get up to 100m bits. A major development for the peninsula

http://pressroom.eircom.net/press_releases/article/eircom_announces_plans_to_extend_its_fibre_broadband_footprint_to_1

In phase two of fibre development
Beara will require a fibre ring to link Kenmare with Tousist , Lauragh , Ardgroom and on to Eyeries. This will link with a fibre ring coming from Bantry on the south side of the peninsula in phase one.
A spur to Allihies, Garnish and Bere Island will also be required. There are plans by the government to co-fund fibre installation over the next two years. We will be hoping for the fibre cable to be brought to all areas of the peninsula.


Major up-grading of the Beara Way

In 2008 a major up-grading of the Beara Way in Bere Island, Dursey, Lauragh, Tousist and Bunane was undertaken, which included replacing 60 Stiles, 10 Bridges, 300 Markers and 50 Finger Posts, due to this up-grade the National Trails Office deems that the Beara Way is one of the top 5 Walks in the Country. This was part funded by Kerry Co Council, Failte Ireland and Beara Tourism. Total cost €300,000.

The Walks Scheme

Beara Tourism had a major role in developing the Walks Scheme, which is a Scheme where Farmers can apply to carry out maintenance on a Route of National Importance, which passes through their land. To date 420 Farmers have joined this Scheme on the Peninsula, which is worth half a million Euro a year to these LandOwners. The contracts are between the landowners and the Leader companies . It is estimated that the Beara Way is worth up to 2 million Euros to the tourism industry on the peninsula from walkers per year.

In 2009 Beara Tourism developed the Lonehart Heritage Trail in partnership with Bere Island coop and Cork County Council. This walking trail links the Lonehart battery to the Beara Way. The Lonehart battery was build by the British navy to protect their navy ship in Berehaven. Total cost was €90,000

Allihies Mines Heritage Trail

In 2009 Beara Tourism in conjunction with Allihies Mines coop developed the Allihies mines Heritage Trail . This route starts at the museum and is over 10 km long and passes close to all the old mine buildings in the Allihies parish and back to the museum. Total cost was €80,000 and was funded by Cork Co Council,Failte Ireland and Beara Tourism

Launch of Ondine in Castletownbere

In the summer of 2008 Neil Jordan produced a film on the Beara Peninsula called Ondine. This film was launched in the spring of 2010 in Dublin. The first four public showings were in the cinema mobile in Castletownbere. The launch was organized by Beara Tourism and the Sports Hall Committee. The launch was a major success and it is hoped that this film will help to promote the Beara Peninsula.

 

Social Schemes on the peninsula

Beara Tourism has worked with West Cork Community Partnership and Fas in drawing up a work plan for RRS staff and CE Staff on the peninsula. In the last ten years great work has been carried out by these schemes and has brought in €3000,000 to the peninsula in wages.

 

 
 
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