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Check out the and pages for something to do this coming Winter here in Beara Activities Workshops


Beara Calendar 2019 

12 views of the Beara Peninsula by Beara resident photographer John Eagle

Each year he only makes 100, purchase your's now before they all sell out



Castletownbere Men's Shed meeting held at Family Support & Community Wellbeing Beara West

If the men's shed is of interest to you then please call in to the Family Support office in Bank Place


The Discover Beara calendar 2016

The Discover Beara calendar for 2016 has now been released. 13 views of the Beara Peninsula, showing Beara off to its true potential, photographed by John Eagle, it is available to buy in Taste, The Great & Co and also online from John Eagle's website

Deadly Intent

Deadly Intent by Anna Sweeney

A crime mystery set on the magnificent Beara Peninsula. A holidaymaker lies unconscious on a lonely track. Her husband blames a fellow guest. Two days later, a man’s body is found...

Deadly Intent is now on sale in the Beara Bookshop, mailed anywhere in Ireland for only €15


The Castletownbere Development Association hosted their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th April and with this we saw the election of the new Chairman, Darren Lynch and the new committee.
They would like to thank everyone that was able to attend and share in the ideas for the coming year.
As a voluntary team of members of the local community, they work every year to host the annual Regatta, Easter, Halloween, Christmas market and Christmas lights.

We would like to say a very special thank-you to everyone that signed up as volunteers on the evening, this will now fully enable us to provide Castletownbere with a very fun packed summer season for 2015, the busiest year to date.
If you would like to get involved and help as a volunteer, please contact the C.D.A through Facebook at or email or chat to any of our new committee.
Our website is in the process of being updated. Please send in your news articles and photos to help us keep it current.
Also don't forget to follow us on Twitter; CastletownCDA



A Raft of Dreams

Life-changing encounters – a woman escaping from a miserable existence finds her whole world transformed when a Navajo artisan befriends her in the Arizona desert… a reclusive writer enters a new reality after a character he thought existed only in a classic novel arrives on his doorstep… a woman visiting the ruin of her family home on the west coast of Ireland finds the spell of midsummer unlocks a secret of her childhood…

Geoff Ward’s stories, set in Ireland, America and England, walk between worlds of magic, mystery and myth, while his finely crafted poems, speaking often of love, passion, longing and redemption, reflect our precarious but privileged place in the universe.

A new book of short stories and poems, A Raft of Dreams, has just been published (Easter 2015) by Beara writer and musician Geoff Ward, who lives at Rossmackowen.

Beara is the setting for some of the stories and poems, and the book’s cover photo, taken by Geoff, shows a beautiful sunset over Coulagh Bay. Indeed, Geoff says Beara’s landscape and history have been a great inspiration to him since, captivated by the beauty of the region, he and his wife Angie moved there from the UK in 2011.

Geoff, with a long career in journalism, has Masters and BA (Hons) degrees in English literature and is a tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing, as well as a media consultant and book editor. He is the author of Spirals: the Pattern of Existence, a study of the prevalence and significance of the spiral form and pattern in nature and human culture, the second edition of which was published by Green Magic Publishing in 2013.

A Raft of Dreams is on sale, price €12.50, online here at The Beara Bookshop also throughout Beara,including at The Great & Co arts and crafts shop, Castletownbere, Adrigole Arts, Ardgroom PO, Eyeries PO and John Terry O’Sullivan’s store at Allihies, as well as at the Bantry Bookshop and Hickey’s, Bantry. The book can also be purchased from Geoff’s website – – at the same price, plus post and packing.

Also a singer and songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Geoff wrote and recorded a song, Bound for Beara, in 2014, to celebrate the region along the Wild Atlantic Way. A CD and DVD of Bound for Beara, recorded at Sweet Ticket Music, Allihies, is also on sale in Beara.

Geoff Ward is an author, poet, journalist, musician and songwriter who lives on the Beara peninsula in the south-west of Ireland.

A Raft of Dreams a book by Beara resident Geoff Ward, now available in the Beara Bookshop shipping Worldwide

Arsenic and Old Lace Arsenic & Old Lace
Scenes from 'Arsenic and Old Lace' performed by the Peninsula Players at the Beacon April 17 and 18th


Love from Cork

Love from Cork, postcards of the city and county is aq fascinating collection of postcards dating back to Victorian times. In the collection are many views of the Beara Peninsula, Berehaven and surrounding area. It is a fascinating read and beautifully produced by Cork's book publisher the Collins Press. The book is on sale here online at the Beara Bookshop
St Patrick's Day St Patricks Day
St Patricks Day St Patricks Day
Scenes from St Patrick's Day parade in Castletownbere



Winter has arrived in Beara. This is a scene at Basteville near the village Ardgroom, with the snow Kerry Reeks in the background. Taken by Beara photographer John Eagle it is available as a print for framing at Views of Ireland

Love from Cork

We have quite an extensive library of books featuring Beara in our very own Beara Bookshop, like The Beara Way the ideal companion if you plan to walk the Beara Way, our book shows you where to walk, with maps. Then there's 'Love From Cork' (above) which gives a wonderful insight into the world of sending postcards and includes many postcard scenes of Beara

Beara History

This wonderful book written by Gerdie Harrington gives lots of stories to keep you amused during long winter nights

The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Beara Peninsula

Prehistoric Beara was launched recently, written by our very own archaeologist Connie Murphy, it comes with a detailed map to show you where all the sites are and an insight into the stones.

So why not read up on the Beara Peninsula and visit our Beara Bookshop


Good news from  Beara in the past year

1 Berehaven Holiday Resort  opened . Located on the site of the former Wheel Inn, the Berehaven Holiday Resort has fifteen lodges along with a central function room.
2 The Wild Atlantic Way  was launched from West  Cork to Malin.  The Driving trail takes in the Beara Peninsula.  Dursey island is a  signature discovery points along Way.
3  New pontoons were  installed in Castletownbere  for small fishing boats and visiting yachts.
4  €100,000  of funding was approved by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, towards the carrying out of an underwater survey on the sea bed, to ascertain the possibility for the construction of an additional deep water quay at Castletownbere.
5 Castletownbere  Port was used by five oil and gas research ships surveying off the south west coast. More ships plan to use the port over the next few years.
6 The lease was agreed between the Departments of  Defence and Bere Island Projects on the refurbishment of the Lonehart Battery on the east end of Bere Island
7 Eircom plan to  lay of a  Fibre cable from Bantry to Beara .The cable will link Glengarriff,  Adrigole , Castletownbere and Eyeries  in phase one . Work is due to start late 2015
8 The Beara fleet expanded by four  extra fishing boats and two oil and gas Guard ships.
9  Sea eagles have  been re-introduced into Beara after a hundred years.
10  If the news on the street is right Came Hotel has been sold to two  hoteliers

Beara calendar

A calendar showing 13 scenes of the Beara Peninsula has been produced by Castletownbere shop The Great & Co. It shows views of Dursey, Eyeries, Ardgroom, Castletownbere, Kenmare, Glengarriff, Lauragh and Allihies. The calendar comes as wall hanging and for your desk totally sold out



Great happenings at the High Tide Club, see the Castletownbere Events page

The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Beara Peninsula

The long awaited and eagerly anticipated book by Connie Murphy of the Beara Historical Society was launched in Twomeys Saturday 23rd August. Copies of the book can be purchased here online in the Beara Bookshop

Beara Bookshop

Beara comes 2nd in the Irish Times Best Place to go Wild in, beaten only by Erris in Mayo

Irish Times award

As seen in the Irish Times Magazine June 7th 2014


Eyeries Family Festival 2014

On Friday 18th July, the comedian, Neil Delamer will open the festival and perform in Eyeries hall.

On Saturday 19th July ‘Voce Di Donna’ brings an evening of opera to the school hall.

Also, The Garth Brooks Tribute band will get Beara in the humour for this country star’s arrival to Ireland

On Sunday 20th July Chef extraordinaire and Cork lass Clodagh Mc Kenna will join in the street market fun and activities with her cookery and delicious food

Continuing results for Castletownbere anti litter

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Truffle Pig Truffle Pig
End of May 2014 saw the closure of one of Kenmare's best loved restaurants. I first went there a few years because a friend wanted a mug of coffee, Helen at the Cleo Gallery gave me directions.The coffee was simply heavenly and pretty soon I was always calling in there for a mug of take away coffee, and trying the delicious food. I particularly liked the tarts filled with spinach and cheese, and another chicken and brocoli, and their coffee cake was to die for. I have had coffee cake in many places across the planet but none came close to the quality of the Truffle Pig coffee cake. Last Christmas I asked them for to make the Christmas cake for me, and it was gorgeous, the depth and flavour of the cake topped with mouth watering icing was the best I have eaten in 25 years and I was hoping they would provide me with future ones. I shall miss calling in to sit at that big table at the window, to idly read the paper and watch the world go by sipping their great coffee....John Eagle


Due to popular demand, Nest - a unique underground art installation is being restaged for one day only, in the tunnels and cartridge stores at Lonehort Battery, Bere Island, during the West Cork Islands Festival, on Saturday 14th June.


Nest is an interactive artwork staged underground, and includes audio, video and glass works. The artwork installation has been created by artists Marie Brett and Michael Ray and is the culmination of two years’ research with the island’s community.


Nest will be open to the public between 10 am and 4pm on Saturday 14th June. There will be a frequent complimentary mini-bus service from Lawrence Cove ferry to Lonehort Fort. Admission is free.


This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a very unusual artwork in the spectacular fort setting, usually closed to the public.

Further details about Nest can be found on


More information on the artists can be found here:


This work was supported by Cork County Council Arts Office, the HSE South Cork Arts and Health Programme and Bere Island Projects Group.


For further information, contact: Bere Island Project Group 027 75099 .


Sat 24th May 10.30 -11.30am €20



To book a place
Contact 027 74844/ 086 8397149

Looking forward to seeing you here!

Lambing time in Beara. These lambs belong to the O'Reilly farm near Ardgroom
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lamb lambs


Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way

When you see the blue w it means you are travelling on the Wild Atlantic Way, a fabulous coastal route running from Kinsale to Inishowen in Donegal. In brackets there is either (s) as on the above sign for meaning South, or (n) for when you are heading North. One of the most exciting parts of the coastal routes is here in Beara so do come along and see for yourself. Our local photographer John Eagle has some pictures on his page Wild Atlantic Way showing views along the route

Beara Books

We have some books about Beara, like this one, in our Bookshop


Dursey Island photograph by John Eagle

West Cork Islands Festival June 14 and 15th 2014

A unique festival which will showcase the eight offshore islands of West Cork, including Dursey Island, will take place on the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th June.  The West Cork Islands Festival was first launched in 2011 with the aim to showcase the islands of West Cork as, not only somewhere to visit, but also to encourage people to relocate and set up home on the islands. Cork is one of only six counties in the country to have permanent island communities; seven are inhabited, Garnish Island is the only uninhabited one. Read more click here

St Patrick's Day Parade in Castletownbere March 2014, all pictures by John Eagle
Winning flat On the fiddle
Vikings, the winning float from Bere Island A fiddle player on a musical float
Beara Ladies Parade
Beara Ladies Entering the Square for the first time
Charlie St Patrick
Charlie Chaplin put in a guest spot St. Patrick was there
Mousey woof
A mouse arrives The TDK Gym float woofie


Don Baker

Don Baker performing at The High Tide Club in Castletownbere. Check out events at the club this year

Workshops in Beara

Why not try a workshop here on the Beara Peninsula, learn to write beautiful poetry, paint, take better pictures, bake bread, basket weaving, lots to do here and enjoy. Beara Workshops, what a lovely way to spend a day

Great and Co

right to left: Sarah Brannan, Fergus Lowney, Collette Cronin, Elise Pauchon and Salome bouille. Sarah says 'The Great & Co is a collective community driven project that aims to provide a base for all arts and crafts people of the Beara peninsula. Right in the heart of Castletownbere the shop could not have a better location for all year round trade. I want to bring out and market the amazing arts and crafts we have in the area. The people of the Beara don't realise how amazing their handmade products are and until now all that was for sale in Castletownbere was imported cards and gifts. If you would be interested in having some of your own great work in store, please do get in touch with Sarah on 0831368624 or email'

Sarah Brannan

Sarah Brannan


The Beara Peninsula is becoming a magnet for people interested in storms. From all over the World people are heading to Ireland's South West to see for themselves the storms that have been raging all Winter on this most wonderful of peninsulas. Beara Tourism would like people to show extreme caution when going near the waves, as freak waves can easily sweep people into the ocean. People with children should not take them anywhere close to these storm waves. The storm scenes might look dramatic but care is the key when observing them. Photographer John Eagle, who is responsible for getting people to think more about lighthouses with his two books on them and collection of postcards, has been busy this Winter with shots like you see here and more on his own website He has created a page on his website devoted to the Beara coastline in all its moods

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