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Beara News Archives 4

News from the Beara Peninsula

For the most part the Beara News is by John Murphy, with additions from Helen Riddell and John Eagle. Please click on Sports News to see what has been happening in Beara GAA, golf and other sports. To know of forthcoming events click here For weddings click here


February 2009

Feb 23rd News
During the past week PJ Leary along with members of the beara pioneer total abstinence association made a presentation of € 1000.00 to the Castletownbere day care centre. This was part of the proceeds raised in their resent annual dance.

Castletownbere got their intermediate football league campaign off to a good start with a two point win over Yaughal under lights at nemo rangers grounds on Saturday night.Yaughal made a lively start and led 1-4 to 0-1 early on, but CTB struck back with a John Paul Sheehan goal to tie the game at 1-4 a piece at half time. With ten minutes to go Yaughal led by two points. Four points for CTB at the last stage saw them collect two valuable league points on a score CTB 1-9 and Yaughal 1-7. Castletownberes next apponants are Fermoy away next Sunday. On Saturday next Beara have their first game in Kelleher Sheild against Aghada in CTB at 3.30 pm. Also next Sunday is the all Ireland vocational senior football championship semi-final between Cork and Monaghan. Best of luck to the two Beara lads on the panal Deane Murphy and Brian Terry O’Sullivan.


Tea Rose

Paddy O'Sullivan standing on the bows of his new boat Tea Rose with his son Owen moored in Dinish Island

Over the weekend people who are interested in restarting the Cork Swansea ferry had meetings all over West Cork, in an effort to muster up financial support. The idea being to form a co operation of shareholders similar to Brittany ferries. A future meeting will be held in the Cametringane hotel CTB this evening at 9pm. It is important that everyone wishing to see the service restarted would attend this important meeting.

Anam Cara.
Change of date Anam Cara writers and artist retreat Eyeries would like to bring to the attention of patrons a change in date of Lieanne O’Sullivan of Urhan and Maurice Hartman will now read from their New books on Friday February the 27th at 8.30 pm. All proceeds in aid of the Beara Chernobyl children's project.

USS The Sullivans

This dramatic picture of the USS The Sullivans being refuelled out on the ocean wave has been recieved by us. The American warship came to Berehaven in 2003


Many people in Beara are wondering what is the bright star in the west every evening. Martin Eagle our noted amateur astronomist has carried out research and informed us it is called the Evening Star.

The planet Venus; often referred to as the 'Evening Star' when seen in the evening and 'Morning Star'. Below is an article from the magazine 'Sky & Telescope' which gives you all the info that you want



Cork county council is to receive € 1.16 million under the non-national roads grant allocated in 2009 for road improvements to the R572 between Glengarriff and Castletownbere.
In welcoming the allocation by minister Noel Dempsey, Beara based councilor Danny Crowley said;

This additional funding is very important for people living on the Beara peninsula, it will allow for future improvements this year on the roads between Glengarriff and Castletownbere. The funding will also help create much needed employment at this time and represents a 16% increase in the 2008 budget. Councilor Crowley also added that he will be asking the director of services for west Cork to ensure that this funding will be drawn down in the early part of the year and the money will also be set aside from the council own budget to complete the current road works at Adrigole.

At a recent meeting of the IFA branches of Beara it was decided to reactivate the Beara IFA the following officers were elected.
Chairman—Leo O’Shea Urhan, Secretary—Brian O’Shea Garnish, PRO—Catrine O’Sullivan Lehanemore, Treasurer—Micheal Dunne Castletownbere, Vice chairman—David Reagan CTB, Assistant sec---Denis Sullivan Eyeries. Richard O’Connel, Rural development and Nellie O’Leary of the hill farmers committee.

The Ardgroom ICA is going from strength to strength recently they launched their book entitled “Ardgroom memories” which was compiled by members of the guild under co ordenators Sue Floy and chairman Ardbuckle.The guild are actively planning their annual outing abroad which will be in nice this April.

Congratulation to Nial Tim O’Sullivan of CTB who celebrated his 30th birthday over the weekend.

The Beara pioneer association held their annual dinner dance in the Cametringane hotel on Friday night and it moved once again to be a most enjoyable evening, as per usual there was an abundance of spot prizes due to the timeless efforts of their energetic pro PJ Leary who was assisted by his wife Kathleen. Golden pins in recognition of 50 years membership of the pioneers were awarded to Danny Con O’Sullivan and Norma Thornton. For 25 years membership silver pins were presented to Ann Hartnett Ardgroom, Geraldine Sullivan Eyeries, Margaret Spencer Rossmacowen, Micheal Crowley Adrigole and Micheal Murphy CTB.

The Garnish GAA board na nog AGM was held over the weekend and elected the following committee. Chairman- Ger O’Sullivan, vice chairman- Paddies B O’Sullivan, secretary- Siobhan O’Driscoll, Assistant sec- Rachael Southgate, Treasures- Tadhg O’Sullivan and Micheal Joe Driscoll, Pro- Kevin O’Neill and development officer- John Terry O’Sullivan.
The CTB GAA recently held their AGM and returned with the following officers. Chairman- Oliver O’Sullivan, Vice chairman- Seamus Harrington, secretary- Jimmy Murphy, assistant sec- Alexandra Keane, treasures- Anne Marie Cronin and Anne Marie Foley and PRO Jess Crowley. Finance committee- Richard Murphy , Donal Kelly,Anne Marie Cronin. Development committee- Mick Shea, Brian Harrington, Sean Reagan and Paul Harrington.

The lucky winners in this weeks RNH co action lotto draw were Nel Van Zelten, Ann Murphy, John Elphick, Leah Crowley, Angela O’Sullivan.The draw for this weeks jackpot which is worth € 2,900. will be held in twomey's bar CTB on wed night.

A special meeting of all the branches of the Beara IFA will take place in the Cametringane hotel tomorrow night at 8.30 pm. The county chairman Mr David O’Brian and other officers of the west cork executive will attend.

Adult learning.
The third adult learning festival in CTB gets underway this Wednesday. There are three locations at the Beara education centre the square you can call in between 3-6 pm to meet staff and tutors and find out what courses are available locally. Between 2-4pm in the Beara community school you will have an opportunity to see computer aided design and the Beara camera club will be doing a workshop in twomey's from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Future information can be got by contacting 74483.

Teresa Harrington of Kilcatherine Eyeries who celebrated her 90th birthday recently.
Clodie Harrington of Rossmacowen who celebrated her 18th birthday and Katie O’Leary of Bere Island who celebrated her 21st.


January 2009

Little Athletics group

MacDonald's Little Athletics Agility Challenge

The children are: (not in order)
Eoin Coleman, Ciarán Sullivan, Robin Clancy, Emma Harrington, Lynda Hartnett, Daniel Elphick, Aileen Crowley, Nicole Elphick, Seamus Lyons, Emmet Lyons,
Níamh Doherty, Eoin Doherty, Sionánn Harrington, Oisín Harrington, Síofra Millem, Túan Millem, Ruairí Mensink, Lily Krupp, Lucy Krupp, Julia Jeisy, Ladina Jeisy, Danny Gledhill,
Kiki van Zanten, Xander van Zanten, James Kelly,
Katie Kelly, Emma Swift, Molly Swift, Martin Swift, Leone Wright, Dion Murphy Kelly, Seán Dwyer, Toby Sparrow, Eoin O’Sullivan, Samudra Watters,
Adults are: Steven Macklin, Shirl Harrington, Cathy Krupp, Deirdre Gleeson, Patrick Coleman, Susan Steele, Bénédicte Coleman

More pictures click here

Over the weekend Eircom have announced that they plan to turn on broadband at the Eyeries exchange as and from Thursday next 15th Jan. The upgrading of the exchange was enabled as a result of a fund applied for by Beara tourism it is welcome news for the Eyeries parish and no doubt will be of immense value.

Previously the CTB exchange was upgraded as a result of funding applied for by Beara tourism and is hoped to further upgrade shortly. The Bere Island exchange was upgraded with funding applied for by the Bere Island project group and Beara tourism. At present there are an excess of 500 house holds and businesses in Beara benefiting from the rollout of broadband. Adrigole, Allihies and Ardgroom have limited broadband at present. Due to this more work is needed to be done in order to extend coverage to these areas.

The Beara board  na nog will be holding a victory dinner dance for the Beara team which won the county under 16 championships during the past year. It will be held in the Cametringane hotel on Saturday next at which the players will be presented with the medals. Tickets for the function are available from Martin Hegarty and John Murphy.Beara board na nog office and club mentors.
Last weekend there was a break in at the Cork County Council yard west end CTB in which a number pieces of equipment was stolen. Any information with regards to the robbery should be forwarded to the CTB Garda station.

Congratulations to three couples on the birth of their first child in recent times and in all three cases it resulted in a baby girl. Congratulations to Cliona O’Shea and Chris Barry Rossmacowen, Stacy Cronin and Mike Harrington CTB, and Sarah Jane Shea and Niall Tim O’Sullivan CTB.

The resent 24 hr fast by Ger Leary CTB in aid of the Cork Simon community raised in excess of € 2300.00 he would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who gave generously.

Congratulations to Jennifer Power of Rossmacowen who celebrated her 21st birthday recently. Congratulations also to Jacqueline Healy of Gour CTB who celebrated her 21st birthday over the weekend.

The festive period passed off rather peaceful in Beara we are glad to relate it was great to see so many people home to celebrate. The Christmas day swims at Tralahan strand CTB and Garnish beach attracted a great deal of attention. All masses in all of the Beara parishes reported big congratulations to for all we are glad to relate. The display of Christmas lighting all over Beara was fantastic; it certainly helped to lift the sprit amid the doom and gloom.

Today Barry Harrington CTB sets off on a journey to Kenya to his Brother Bishop Padraig Harrington’s diocese in Kenya. He brings with him the sum of € 8300 the amount raised from the annual cycle from CTB to Kenmare much needed finance which will be pay to good use.

Congratulations to Deirdre Lehane CTB and Alan O’Neill Gour CTB, Liam Elphick Bere Island and Vicki Mulpeter CTB, Padraig Hanley and Sarah Coughlin who all got engaged over Christmas.


Good news for Eyeries parish

   Eircom are planning to turn on broadband in the Eyeries exchange on next Thursday 14th   Beara Tourism has requested Eircom to extend the broadband cover in Beara with some progress over the last two years. Castletownbere exchange was enabled with a fund applied for by Beara Tourism.  Bere island exchange was also enabled by a fund applied for by Bere Island project and Beara Tourism. Due to the roll out there is over five hundred and fifty business and houses holds with broadband in Beara.  When Eyeries exchange is enabled next week it is hoped two hundred more business and house holders will be able to received broadband.  Adrigole, Allihies and Ardgroom has a limited form of broadband.  Due to this more work is needed to be done to extend the broadband coverage in the Peninsula.


John Eagle Photo

Wintry scene in Castletownbere


Scoil an Croí Rónaofa National School CTB and Ceol na Nog the local youth choir gave an outstanding performance of the Nativity Play and a carol service at the Sacred Heart Church yesterday evening. It was a truly fitting way to prepare for Christmas. It certainly gave a feel for what Christmas is all about, and beats the diet of conumerism which is fed at us at an alarming rate by a country mile. Well done to all concerned especially the production team of David Gerrity, Sandra Regan O'Shea, Marise O'Driscoll, Bernice Power and Deirdre Lehane.



Over the weekend Ger Leary held a 24 hour seasoned fast in aid of the Cork Simon Community at the Square CTB. Single handed he raised almost €2000. Christmas can be a difficult time for many. Full marks to Ger Leary whose efforts will help in no small way to aleviate some of the misery and a sincere thank you to everyone who gave so generously.


The newly constructed Forge nightclub opened its doors on Friday night. Nothing was spared to insure it would be a top class facility. The general consensus of opinion was that the discoteque is on par with any disco in Cork City. I would like to take this opportunity to wish Seamus Harrington and Coleman Frank O'Sullivan the best of luck for the future.


The annual Christmas Day swim at Tralahan Strand goes ahead at 1.30pm. Anyone wishing to participate should get there sponsorship cards as soon as possible. The beneficiaries of this year's swim are CTB RNLI and the Tralahan Development Association

Foot Clinic

Sinead Murphy Whelan has just set up a chiropidy and foot health service in Castletownbere. The name of the business is the Foot Clinic and is situated at the Square alongside Kellys Beauty Parlour. Home visits can also be arranged. I would like to wish her the best of luck with her new enterprise.


During the week Madeline Sheehan, Dursey Sound announced her engagement to Mike Coleman of Bantry. I would like to congratulate them and wish them the best of luck for the future.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy, Holy and Peaceful Christmas and the best wishes for the New Year.... John Murphy of Beara Tourism





EC 135 Eurocopter

Irish Helicopters pilot Colm Martin standing beside the new helicopter at the pad in Castletownbere. It is an EC 135 Eurocopter and will carry 8 including the pilot


Remembrance Tree

The Tree of Remembrance at St. Joseph's Hospital, the lights were switched on by Cork County Mayor Noel Harrington

The Crib
Greeting the children in the Square
Christmas lights in Castletownbere The lights in town



Venus in close proximity to Venus in the night sky December 2nd, Jupiter can be seen in the top right.

Yesterday being the first Sunday of advent the countdown is well and truly on for Christmas. Over the weekend the Christmas street lighting and tree were erected in Castletownbere. On Sunday next Santa will be in Cametringane Hotel from 2 to 4pm.This will be followed by the official switch on of the Christmas lights at the square by councillor Noel Harrington, who is current lord mayor of Co.Cork who will be accompanied by Santa. A craft fair will be held in the square from 4 to 6.30pm along with festive entertainment.
The official switching on of the tree of rememberance which will be erected in the grounds of st Josephs hospital C.T.B will be at 5pm on Sunday.Bulbs representing a deceased or sick relatives or friends will go on sale from today onwards. The cost of a bulb is € 7 each. A special mass will be celebrated in January for the intentions of all who contributed.

Congratulations to Dorothy Brophy who celebrated her 50th birthday.


Putting up the tree

Saturday 29th saw the putting up of the Christmas tree for Castletownbere. It was donated to the town in memory of Maureen Harrington of Knockoura late wife of Gerdie and mother of Gerry. Pictured are those who put it up Donal Kelly, Noel Murphy, Ryan, Greg, Vincey and Michael Harrington

Winners 2008

On Saturday 22 The Beara Under 16 team beat St. Finbarrs in the county under 16 football championship final in Newcestown. For more pictures click here


Over the past 18 months over a billion euors worth of drugs were seized by the Customs, Navy and Garda and landed in Castletownbere. The latest seizure of drugs on were board the British registered yacht “Dances with Waves”. The West Cork Kerry Coast is wide open for smugglers to land their illegal contraband in the many coves and harbours. The community in Castletownbere feel that the second boat ordered by the Customs & Excise should be based in Castletownbere to monitor the activities of drug smuggling in this coastal region.

Congradulations to Anne Flynn of Filane,Castletownbere who recently completed the Cork city marathon and in so doing raised € 550.00 for the Castletownbere day care centre.

The Neuro fibroma tosis association of Ireland would like to express a sincere thank you to the people of Castletownbere and the surrounding parishes who gave so generously to their recent church gate collection which raised € 3130.00.

Congratulations to Amanda Cronin west end CTB who celebrated her 18th birthday yesterday .Congradulations to Mathew Lugrue Cahermore he celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday,and finally congradulations to Mary Lynch,Trafask,Adrigole, who celebrated her 60th birthday during the week.


John Murphy

John Murphy, Chairman of Beara Tourism, with Marie Keane and Josephine O'Driscoll from Fáilte Ireland who came down to Beara for a meeting at the Garranes Spiritual Centre with locals on matters relating to improving tourism on the Beara Peninsula

Shell Fish Presentation

Shellfish De La Mer presenting a cheque to the Castletownbere Lifeboat Fundraising Committee. Pictured are from left - right: Ciara Burke, Peter O'Sullivan Greene, Daniel Goulding, Sheila O'Driscoll, Brendan Gonnelly, Richard Murphy, Gearoid O'Rourke, Roz O'Driscoll.

The photo was taken by Roz O’Driscoll

Events of the past week saw Castletownbere catapulted into the spot light of the media glare both at national and international level .On Thursday the LE Niamh swooped on the 60ft yacht “Dances with wolves” with over 70 bales of cocaine on board with an estimated street value of in the region of three quartes of a billion euro making it the biggest seizure in the state.Intellegence gathered by European anti drug agencies enabled the sting under operation “sea bight”.The irish navy boarded the yacht 150 miles of the mizzen in treatcherous 6mtr waves.The three british nationals were arrested.On Saturday morning the yacht arrived under heavy escort an berthed at denish island.Her cargo was unloaded.All involved in the seizure of the drugs are to be commended for their vigilance and effort.However the serious question must be asked how much drugs are landinging on the coastline undected.


Local solicitor Maria O’Sullivan wishes to thank all her clients,friends and local businesses who recently supported her for the cork mini marathon.She is delighted to announce that due to everyones generous support over € 3770 was raised for”west cork women against violence”.


John and Clare Wiseman who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary .

Brendan Hanley CTB who celebrated his 50th birthday.

And Donal O’Reilly Faha Adrigole and Caroline Griffen of Killorglan Co.Kerry who announced their engagement over the weekend.


Irish Customs make massive drug find

Irish Customs
Irish Customs seized 3 men in connection with the illegal import of drugs 200 miles off the South West Coast of Ireland November 6th. The men were brought into Castletownbere Harbour. It is estimated there was 500 million euros worth of cocaine on the yacht they were using, which makes it the biggest haul ever made by Irish Customs. The yacht 'Dances With Waves' can be seen below
Dances with Waves
The Minister for Community, Rural and Gailtach affairs recently visited Adrigole to officially launch the Caha Centre's three year plan.The work plan submission was agreed,and funding necessary for the centre to carry out its work has been put in place.This will result in the centre receiving € 500,000 core funding over the next three years.


Congratulations to Teddy Black of Beara toast masters who won the west cork area final Humerous speech contast and goes on to represent the region in the county final.


Recently the pupils of Scoil an Choi Ro Naofa national school gave an extraordinary but unusual concert for the past week under music teacher and instrument maker Mr Gordon Douglas alias captain von tap.The children learned to make instruments from wavin piping.A most unusal concert but very entertaining.80 children from CTB had an amazing opportunity to participate in the week long residency during which they made musical instruments from Wavin piping which they learned to play for parents and friends.Wavin Ireland delivered a lorry load of plumbing materials to the school.

Under the supervision of Mr Douglas,staff and parents made over a hundred instruments including broomstick calves,corporation drainheads,wastepipe maracas,wastepipe boncas,land-drain rasps and beancan cowbells.In addition every student made a wastepipe didjeridoo,and central heating tube panpipes.The school hall was packed to capacity with over 200 hundred parents and friends.The principal Mr.Paul Stevens,thanked Gordon Douglas for sharing his unique and wonderful talent he also thanked the staff Ms Anne McNally,Mrs Marese O’Driscoll,Mr Paul McCarthy and Ms Niamh Gonnolly for their commitiment and hard work.Finally he thanked the parents and the pupils for their help and support.A great night was had by all.

Congratulations to Bernie Murphy Thornhill Rossmacowen and Catherine O’Donaghue Blarney who got engaged recently.

Congradulations also to Andrea Lotty of CTB who celebrated her 21st birthday. And Eilis Hanley, Banard, Eyeries, who celebrated her 40th birthday recently.

Deb's Ball

On Tuesday last the sixth year students of the Beara community school CTB celebrated their Debs ball.It made a wonderful occasion with all the glamour attached.The Debs was held in Fernhill houser hotel Clonakilty where a fantastic night was had by all.The students were well behaved and credit to all concerned.

Congradulations to Super Value CTB who recently scoped the independent retailer award organised by the repak recycling best pratice,the award which adjudicated by an independent panel reflects the continuous high standardswhich business is bringing to the waste managementand recycling process.

Yesturday afternoon family and friends of the late Fintan O’Driscoll gathered at saint Finnians well in Toormoor CTBto recite the rosary for the repose of his soal and his two collegues Shane Kelly Allihies and Colm Harrington Bere Island who lost there lives in a tragic accident at Dunboy 9 months ago.Fintan who only lived a stones trow away from St Finnians well had taken the saints name for his confirmation.Today is a poignant day for the O’Driscoll family as Fintan would have been celebrating his 18th birthday had he lived.

Hanley Ahabeg Reunion


Congradulations to Gerry Power CTB Emma O’Shea and Aoife O’Shea both of Eyeries who are members of the Beara Karate club.Who were recently awared with their black belts.


3 hard working men

Paul Nee, Joe Tim O'Sullivan, and Pat Dee O'Sullivan taking a moment's break from the hard work of building the new pier on Dinish Island, Castletownbere, half of which has now been completed, see below

New pier


John Eagle Photo
Kenmare Square was flooded October 23

John Eagle Photo


The Dressing Rooms

Julie O'Sullivan and Sharon Crowley

Julie O'Sullivan and Sharon Crowley opened their new shop The Dressing Room in Bank Place, Castletownbere Oct 3rd

The Dressing Rooms

Raising the flag

Raising the flag at Bere Island Fort marking the 70th anniversary of the hand over from the British to the Irish

On Friday evening there was a large gathering in Bere Island to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the handover of the Treaty Port from the British to the Irish Authorities. A bugler from the Irish Field Artillery, Collins Barracks Cork, played as the guard of honour stood to attention as the Tricolour was hoisted over Fort Berehaven once again.
Flag Bugler

Irene and Mary

Irene and Mary at the Post Office in Lawrence Cove

The Beara Camera Club will meet in Twomeys Bar Oct 8th 8pm please click here for details of the Canary Island slide shows
The Beara Toastmasters recent meeting heard three prepared speeches, on an icebreaker with an Egyptian theme, a Level 6 speech about Provisional Driving Licences and an advanced speech involving time travel between ancient Rome and modern Beara. In the Topics section there were numerous impromptu contributions from an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Next meeting Oct 7th click here for details


Recently a number of glass globes and statues were vandalised at Gortnabulliga Cemetary in Eyeries. We can certainly do without this unwanton behaviour. Any information with regards to the culprits should be passed on to the Castletownbere Garda. Also, while on the subject of unruly behaviour, we ask if the practise of hurling beer glasses onto St. Peters Church lawn could be stopped. It is both unsightly and dangerous for people who walk on the lawn. It doesn't take much to return empty glasses to the bar where they are got.

Prayer Meeting see Events


The Lucky Dip winners in this weeks RNLI Co-Action Lotto Draw were Sean O'Brien, Margaret Duggan, Anne Brennan, Josephine McCauliff and Colette Healy. The draw for the week's jackpot which is worth €1,700 will be held in O'Donoghue's Bar Castletownbere on Wednesday night.

Ian Power of Castletownbere, and Wayne Shandon O'Sullivan of Eyeries who celebrated their 21st Birthdays over the weekend. Congratulations also to Lorraine Murphy Super Valu who celebrated her 30th Birthday with a fancy dress party
Lorraine Fancy Dress party Lorraine
Also congratulations to Eleanor O'Sullivan and Declan Lynch of Adrigole who announced their engagement over the weekend. And finally to Anne and Adrian Byrne of Derrymihan on the birth of a son.
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