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To conclude this week I would like to congratulate Ian O'Connor CTB and Hazel O'Sullivan of Cahermore who got married on Saturday

pictures and above articles John Murphy

Week ending July 25

Orlagh with the Mayor of County Cork Orlagh and friends
l-r Huguette, Mayor of County Cork Noel Harrington, Orlagh ni Arrachtain, Patricia Murphy and Barry Harrington Orlagh ni Arrachtain, Amy Russell and Orlagh's brother Patrick Harrington

The Mayor of County Cork Noel Harrington opens a photography show by Orlagh ni Arrachtain at Bank Place in Castletownbere. The photographs are from a recent trip to India, both in colour and black and white

pictures and story John Eagle



The Federation of Irish Fishermen are calling on ministers Smith and Killeen to immediately implement emergency aid package for the fishing industry in order to alleviate the unprecedented crisis affecting the industry. It is incumbert on both ministers to ensure that Ireland gets its fair share of the additional funding that has been identified by the commission. It is essential that the Irish industry is not in anyway disadvantaged in terms of how the measures are applied within inidividual member states. There must be a level playing field, anything other than a common aid package would make a mockery of the so called Common Fisheries Policy.


The annual Castletownbere Graveyard Mass will be held in Droum cemetary on Friday next at 7.30pm

The Annual CTB Fishermans Mass and the Blessing of the Fleet will take place at 12 noon on Sunday August 3rd at the Pier


The Adgroom ICA Guild recently held their AGM and the following officers were elected. President: Hilary Leahy, Vice President: Kitty McNally, Secretary: Ann O'Shea, Assistant Secretary: Mary Lowney, Treasurer: Rose O'Sullivan, Assistant Treasuer: Mary Sheehan, Crafts Officers Joyce Heap and Elly Baker. PRO: Catharina Berweel and Special Co-ordinator: Sue Floy


The next in the series of outings organised by the Beara Historical Society will take place next Sunday. It will consist of a historical tour of Castletownbere starting at the Glebe. The guide will be none other than the well known historian Gerdie Harrington. The rendevous point is the Square at 2pm and all are welcome.

Water Safety

The water safety week was held at Tralahan Strand and overall it was a good turn out with over 55 children taking part along with some students from Eyeries. Ranging from young to old all students made a great effort. Everything was going to plan during the week except for the cold weather and the Jelly Fish invasion. On the exam day all the students did their best despite being stung by the jellyfish that wanted to 'play'. I just wanted to say well done to all of you and I hope to see ye all back again next year, from your instructor....Karen Walsh


The lucky dip winners in this weeks RNLI Co-Action Lotto Draw were Kay O'Shea, Gary O'Sullivan, Aidan Sullivan, Patrick Goggin and Mary Lehane


To conclude this week I would like to congratulate Carla Murphy of CTB who celebrated her 21st Birthday on Friday. Congratulations also to Paudie O'Neill Garnish and Nuala Holland who got married on Friday

.....John Murphy


Week ending July 18

Visit to the LE Orla by the children from Chernobyl who are currently visiting Castletownbere
Pictures and story by Helen Riddell


A group of children from Belarus who are part of the Chernobyl Childrens Project are currently on vacation in Beara. See above pictures. Already they are two weeks into their four week holiday. Full marks

The inclement weather of the past few weeks has caused serious disruption to Fishing, Farming and Tourism. With serious catchup to be done by all three lets hope for an improvement in the weather in the coming weeks.


The lucky winners in this weeks RNLI/Co-Action Lotto Draw were Barry Hanley, Christopher Collins, Rita Murphy and Ann Harrington. The draw for this week's jackpot which is worth €3,300 will be held in Shea's Bar on Wednesday night.

Week ending July 11

Auditions for film Extras will be taking place Friday July 11th in the Skippers bar from 3 to 7pm. This is for the new Neil Jordan movie 'Ondine'. Auditions are open to all ages.

Week ending July 4

Dinish Island New Slipway
The new pier on Dinish Island taking shape New base for the Lifeboat at the eastern end of the quay

Week Ending August 1st

This year's Castletownbere Festival of the Sea, which kicks off on Friday, promises to be one of the best in years. The organising committee have pulled out all the stops with an action packed programme to suit every taste. Outdoor entertainment include "Abba Delicious", Revenge, Bagatelle, Aftershock and Bog the Donkey. Monday next is Regatta Day, another action packed day of rowing, swimming and lots of side shows. All in all lots to look forward to.


On Saturday next Jan Geraghty and Danny McKeever take part in the Munster Challenge Cycle from Waterford to Castletownbere in aid of the Spiritual Care Centre at Dzogchen Beara. They hope to pass through Cork City between 1-2pm, Dunmanway 4-5pm, Bantry 6-7 and arriving in CTB at 9.45pm

Another sponosred cycle around the Beara Peninsula in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association will take place on the same day. Your support for these worthy causes would be very much appreciated.


On Friday next the famous passenger ship the Q.E.2 will pass Dursey Head around 3pm. It is hoped to come within 6 miles of the coast and no doubt will attract a great deal of attention.

Race Night

A Race Night will be held in the Cametrigane Hotel on Thursday night at 9.30pm in aid of volunteer work in South Africa to be carried out by Helen O'Driscoll between September and December. Your support would be very much appreciated.


TheLucky Dip winners in this weeks RNLI Co-Action Lotto Draw were Bernadette Sheehan, Barry and Mary Hanley, Tommy Fitzgerald and Connie and Caroline Murphy. The draw for this weeks jackpot which is qworth €3,900 will be held in the Millbrook Bar on Wednesday night


Week ending June 28
Cork Shoot for Neil Jordan’s ‘Ondine’
Colin Farrell Irish director Neil Jordan’s latest feature film ‘Ondine’ is set to begin filming in Castletownbere, Co. Cork in mid-July, with Irish actor Colin Farrell (Intermission, In Bruges) attached to star.

Scripted by Neil Jordan, ‘Ondine’ tells the story of a fisherman in southwest Ireland who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.

Since the project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival last month, a flurry of speculation has surrounded Farrell’s co-star for the film with Mexico-born actress Alicja Bachleda (Trade) and Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) linked to play the film’s leading lady.

‘Ondine’ is financed by Wayfare Entertainment, in association with RTÉ, the Irish Film Board and Section 481. James Flynn of Octagon Films will produce along with Wayfare’s Ben Browning.

'Variety’ has also reported that Wayfare’s Peter Rawlinson and Michael Maher will executive produce.

Week ending June 21
ITV The Royal A scene from the drama

Scenes from the ITVs drama series The Royal being shot in the ancient Kilcatherine graveyard


The good news this week is that the fishermen are back at sea where they should be. The fishermen have suspended their port blockade protest after government ministers pledged to seek financial aid from the European Union. However pledging to go to Europe seeking financial assistance is one thing, delivering on it is another. Let's hope for everyone's sake there is a successful outcome. MEP Kathy Sinnott is holding a meeting with all fishermen on Sunday next in the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway at 3pm. Its important that as many fishermen as possible attend.


Confirmation in Castletownbere recently


A poker classic in aid of the Niall Millen Township Trust, building houses for people in need in the townships of South Africa will be held in the Cametringanane Hotel on Friday June 27th. With a prize pool of €2000 it should attract a good deal of attention

First Communion in Castletownbere held recently


Congratulations to Kevin Murphy of Garnish and Aileen Tynan of Waterford who got married on Saturday,

Also to Emmet Lowney of Clogheen Garnish and Christina Kenneally of Conna who also got married on Saturday see pictures below

Week ending June 6
Rescue exercise Castletowbere lifeboat
The Coastguard helicopter and Castletownbere lifeboat giving a rescue demonstration exercise in Castletownbere harbour on Bank Holiday Sunday June 1st. Pictures: Helen Riddell
Lifeboat rescue exercise Rescue exercise
Week ending May 30
New Pier New Pier

Picture above left taken in April, above right mid May 2008. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine are spending €30,000,000 in the development of Castletownbere Harbour. The work includes a new 220m pier. The harbour is also being dredged and there will be 8m of water at low tide by the new pier


The Haulbowline Theatre Group will perform Moll by John B Keane on Saturday 7th June at 8pm in the Lecture Theatre, Rerrin, Bere Island.


Moll is set in a presbytery where the housekeeper is the boss. Moll would work for no less than a canon, for in her own words "tis hard to come back to the plain black and white when one is used to the purple".


The Haulbowline group has been in existence since 1963 and is based at the Naval Base on Haulbowline Island in Cork Harbour, to date the group has put on 107 productions at the Naval Base and at other local venues in Cobh and Cork.


Tickets are €10 and €7 concessions.  For further details contact 027 75099.


Ferries will leave from Pontoon (027 75014) and Castletownbere (027 75009)

Week ending May 23 2008
Wedding Play Actors
left to right: Daphne Maltha, Louise O'Sullivan, Amber Broughton, Aoife Hegarty, Amy O'Sullivan, Aisleen Hegarty, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Roisin Beatty ní Laoghaire
RNLI presentation
Presentation of cheque for 420 euros to the RNLI. Left to right:
Joe Turner (RNLI) Brian O'Driscoll (RNLI) Aisling Hegarty, Louise O'Sullivan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Roisin Beatty Ní Laoghaire, Aoife Hegarty, Amy O'Sullivan, Ann O'Shea (The Haven) Tina O'Callaghan (Foroige)

Baby Girl

Congratulations to John and Julia Blake of Adrigole on the birth of their baby girl

Youth Drama Fundraiser

A Youth Drama Group, which was set up by the Beara Youth Development Project  Foroige and the Haven Family Resource Centre raised 420 euros for the Royal National Lifeboats Institute, Castletownbere.  The group presented the cheque to Brian O'Driscoll and Joe Turner.

The young people took part in weekly workshops from October to December 2007.  As a group they decided to hold a performance to raise funds for the RNLI.  The performance of The Wedding took place in Allihies Community Hall on Friday 11th April 2008.

The talented group were as follows: Amy O'Sullivan, Aoife Hegarty, Maureen O'Sullivan, Daphne Maltha, Amber Broughton, Louise O'Sullivan, Aisling Hegarty and Roisi­n Beatty ní­ Laoghaire.  Tina O'Callaghan Beara YDP and Alison Henshaw of The Haven, wish to acknowledge the tremendous effort and dedication of the young people.  The week of the performance entailed a lot of late nights and the group took it on their
stride.  Furthermore the cast members wrote the script, which in itself is a huge undertake and achievement.

We would like to extend our appreciation to Stella Majewsky from The Gaiety School of Acting Cork for facilitating the group.  Also we would like to thank those who sponsored prizes.  Furthermore the group like to thank people for attending and supporting them on the night.  Finally we wish to thank the Irish Youth Foundation for funding the drama project and making this all possible.


to Dr John Lyne of Castletownbere who scaled the heights of Carrantuohil last weekend for the 200 time. A tremendous achievement indeed, all the more so when one considers he is an octogenarian. A large crowd from Beara travelled over with him for the occasion, and just for the hell of it he is heading off to the Azores for another hiking trek. When they invented the phrase 'Iron Man' they must have had Dr John in mind.

Food Fair

A food and trade fair is to be held in Castletownbere as part of the Whit Weekend festivities. Anyone wishing to have a stall at the market should get in touch with Noel Murphy or Georgina Goulding. With open air music and entertainment thrown in for good measure it promises to be an exciting weekend.


New Childcare Facility

The Castletownbere Community Playgroup & Day Nursery, Trading as Friends Forever Childcare, are holding a fundraising cycle may 31st May.

They hope to provide a fun day for all involved and also raise much needed funds to complete their new purpose built childcare facility. 3 years ago the community group were approved for a grant of €1.2 million under National Childcare Investment Programme, (previously the Equal Opportunity Childcare Programme), in order to complete the project they will need to raise a further €110,000. 16 long years have been spent, locating a site, planning the building, securing planning permission and grant aid. Finally, construction will begin before the end of June. It will be situated on the south side of the Beara Sports Hall. This facitily has been designed to meet the needs of the families in the Beara area, providing pre-school playgroup sessions, care for babies, toddlers and after school care for children up to the age of 12. It will also provide a weekly meeting space for the Parent & Toddler Group.

Bank Holiday Weekend

The Castletownbere Community Development Association have put together an exciting programme of events for the June Bank Holiday weekend. On Saturday there will a food and craft fair in the Square starting at 11am, followed by a kiddies disco, sponsored cycle and live music by 'After Shock' at 10pm.

On Sunday there will be a raft race starting at 1pm, and air and sea rescue display in the inner harbour, lots of side shows concluding with Escapade performing live at the Square 8.30pm

Litter Challenge

In the Cork County Council Anti Litter Challenge League Castletownbere picked up considerable marks in the second round which puts them in 2nd position just 2 points adrift of current leaders Millstreet. Mr Barry Harrington, Chairman of CTB Tidy Towns Committee has called on everyone to play their part to end the scourage of litter.

Please don't throw litter into St Peter's Church ground, there is a litter bin by the railings

Unveiling the plaque Riobard O'Dwyer opened the new premises of Urhan School Feb 1st. Riobard was the first Principal of the School back in 1968. There was also a reunion of past pupils going back over the 40 years.

left to right: Riobard O'Dwyer Joe Walsh and Danny Crowley unveiling the plaque above


Right: Martin O'Shea winding back the years with his son Jerome

winding back the years

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Garnish Post Office closed January 2nd after many years serving the local community. It was one of the most remote post offices in Ireland. Locals now have no choice but to make the nine mile trip to Allihies
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