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Beara News Archives 5

March 19th

Winner of the dart competition

Presentation of cheque of money raised in Causkey's Bar, Eyeries, after a darts competition was held there. The Donie (Phill) O'Sullivan Perpetual Trophy, sponsored by Causkey's Bar, Eyeries. All proceeds going to Motor Neurone Disease. l-r Donal Causkey, Liam Sullivan (3rd place) Mike Dunne (runner up) Mary Power, John Joe Dwyer (winner) and Donal O'Shea (co-ordinator of the event)

Odyssey Explorer

Odyssey Explorer  US Ship  working 210 miles  west of Beara recovering  seven million ounces of silver, worth around £155 million at today's price. In 1941 SS Gairsoppa was carrying seven million ounces of silver.
The 412 foot steel-hulled ship was torpedoed while in the service of the UK  Ministry of War Transport.
Odyssey Marine Exploration said it had confirmed the identity and location of the shipwreck site, nearly 4,700 metres below the surface of the North Atlantic.

The Odyssey  company said in a statement: "Contemporary research and official documents indicate that the ship was carrying £600,000 (1941 value) or seven million total ounces of silver, including over three million ounces of private silver bullion insured by the UK government, which would make it the largest known precious metal cargo ever recovered from the sea."
In 2010 the UK Department for Transport awarded the company, through a competitive tender process, the exclusive salvage contract for the cargo of the ship.The ship may land the silver in Castletownbere or Cork.

March 18th

Castletownbere St.Patrick’s Day Parade got off to a flying start when the rain stopped and the sun shone to the delight of the huge crowd of both spectators and floats who turned up to mark our national Saint. St. Patrick himself turned up with his entourage of leprechauns and took the prize for “Best under U18” age group in the process.

The town was a hive of activity from early morning with the Beara Community Arts group putting the finishing touches to their fierce looking dragon and rumour has it they plan to breed them some where in Beara at a secret location.

Piper Dermot Milner

The Parade got under way at 2.30pm led by Piper Dermot Milner and the Beara Scouts followed with the Tri Colour

Thumbs up

There was no shortage of musical entertainment with talent galore; Garnish Sound a group of talented Musicians earned themselves “Best Music Float” on the day. Declan Dunne with his accordion was accompanied by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, President and Mrs. Obama,

Enda dancing with Queen Liz

President and Mrs. Higgins. Even President Higgins failed to get Cork County Council to change their mind to allow the two baby lambs he brought with him onto the Dursey Cable Car. This theme earned Micheal and Ellen Dunne joint “Best Voluntary Float” along with Castletownbere Hospital, who were heading to a rugby game Ireland v the all Black’s and a stand off ensued before the match started, on who hacka was the best!!! No contest Ireland won hands down game over!!! Mrs Browns also joined the hospital entourage with her boys both were worthy winners.

Urhan GAA

Many floats gave a clear message to the government on what they thought of their cut backs, Castletownbere Rowing Club invited people to join their luxury cruise where you wouldn’t have to worry about water, household or septic tank charges!!! Lehanemore National School chanted “Hey Rurì leave us kids alone” while holding a spiders web while Mr. Quinn weaved his wicket web. This won them first prize for the “The Best Effort Category”.

The Gold Wing Club of Ireland frequent visitors to Castletownbere joined in the parade with their super bikes. They were joined by Ger Brennan leprechaun on wheels.

No parade would be complete without our emergency services, the Fire brigade and the Irish Coast Guard joined the parade in full uniform with sirens blaring. With the Irish Coast Guard winning “Best Marching Group”

Fire crew

It was great to see Business and Commercial interest supporting the parade. Bikes in Beara sported the throne (a toilet) which could very well be the most expensive seat in the country!!! Vincent O Sullivan, transport who is a long time supporter of the parade also joined in the festivities along with Chris Barry Plant Hire, with the new generation coming up with Declan Barry in charge on the day. Jeward arrived on the scene dressed in their customary silver flamboyant suite with Murphy’s Super Valu. The Stig was the star of Beara Top Tyres with a challenge as to guess who the Stig was unfortunately the answer to this question remains a mystery. Shell fish de la Mer went to the Oscars with stars from the past and present. However, despite very strong competition from above it was AIB Bank with Mrs Brown Boys won the “Commercial Category” and Beara gym with their martial arts group took the “Best Business” spoils.

Count Dracula

M.C for the day was Teddy Black, who as usual did a great job as he introduced each float as they passed the viewing stand, where each group had a routine in front of the stage. Castletownbere national school teachers and students dressed as Dracula as an adaptation to Neil Jordon’s film shot in Adrigole recently their thriller dance routine was fantastic, they were delighted to scoop “Best U13 Group” award. All the under age clubs from Beara were represented with their chants Castletownbere, Adrigole, Urhan, Garnish and Beara Ladies all took a bow in front of the stage as they passed. Young Micheal Orpen decided to go solo on his go cart and was delighted to take “Best U13 Individual”. It is lovely to see the real young kids taking part in the parade Bere Island Playgroup and Eyeries playgroup looked lovely and enjoyed themselves the latter winning “Best U6 Group”

Bere Island playschool

While the Judges deliberated and made the tough decisions dancers from Scoil Rince Carney, who had earlier took part in the parade, took to the stage and gave a fabulous display of Irish Dancing much to the delight of the crowd. This was followed by a display of Martial Arts from the local Gym.

Before announcing the winners, Anne Marie Cronin welcomed everybody to the parade and specially thanked all those who went to so much effort to participate in the parade itself. She took the opportunity to thank members of the IFA Donal Kelly, John Joe O Sullivan, Donal Dan O Sullivan, Castletownbere Development Association, ticket sellers and those who supported the draw, noting Murphy’s Super Valu who sponsored the hamper valued at €100.Anne Marie thanked Piper Dermot Milner, Musicians “Open the Taps and MC Teddy Black, Colman O Sullivan who erected the stage for the dancers. The stewards and in particular Noel Murphy and Noel Ford and everybody who helped in any way.

Finally came the announcement everybody had been waiting for the winner of this years St. Patrick’s Day Parade was Bere Island National School as Bere Island Balubas following their impressive dance routine and matching outfits once again gave a fantastic display and were deserving first place winners.

Bere Island winners

This concluded another successful St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

March 17th


March 16th

Beara St.Patrick's Day Parade
Programme of Events:

Castletownbere Saturday March 17th.

1.30pm:         Music in the Square     "Open the Taps"

1.50pm:        All Floats to line up on East End of the Pier.

2.30pm: "sharp" The Parade starts led by Piper Dermot Milner.

The parade proceeds to the West End & back into The Square, where
 M.C. Teddy Black will introduce each float as it passes the viewing stand.

While the judges make what is normally a very tough decision on who takes the spoils.
Scoil Rince Carney will entertain the crowd with a fabulous display of Irish Dancing.

The judges will then announce the winner in the following categories:

Best over all Float
Best Business Float
Best Commercial Float
Best Voluntary Float
Best Walking Group
Best Music Float (musical instrument only in this group only)
Best Individual Adult;
Best Group U6, U13,& U18.
Best individual U6, U13 & U18

Come along and enjoy a great day out for all the family.

Why not get a group of family or friends together and enter the parade and enjoy the fun of participating. Everybody welcome!!!

To register your float or for further information on the day, please contact:
 Anne Marie Cronin on 0872386068 or email

Cork FM

Tune into Cork FM Community Radio on 100.5 FM or online at at 5pm this Sunday 18th March to hear an hour long programme of story telling and history on Bere Island. We would like to thank Richard T Cooke and his colleagues for giving us the opportunity to talk about Bere Island on his Local History & Culture show, it can also be listened to any time after this Sunday as a podcast.
Check out our Flickr photo gallery (link below) for photos of the day.
Thank you for your continued support.

March 13th

Once again, we have an opportunity to meet and listen to some of Ireland's finest writers.The Irish Writers Centre's Peregrine Readings series will be in Beara on Wednesday, 21 March at 8:30 P.M. at Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat. This time the visiting authors are Ita Daly, Frank Ronan, and Peter Cunningham (see their bios below). I would really appreciate your passing this information along to others who would be interested. Thanks so much for your help, Sue

Ita Daly:
Ita Daly was born in Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim and later moved to Dublin. She has published five novels, one collection of short stories and two books for children. Her latest work is a re-telling of Irish Myths and Legends commissioned by Oxford University Press.She has won two Hennessy Literary Awards and an Irish Times Short Story Award. Her last novel, Unholy Ghosts, was long listed for the Impact Award.Her work has been translated into Swedish, Danish, Japanese, Italian and German and her short stories have appeared in magazines in Ireland, England and America. Ita is a member of Aosdána.

Frank Ronan:
Born 1963 in New Ross, County Wexford, Frank Ronan is a novelist. He also writes a monthly column for Gardens Illustrated magazine. His novels have won numerous prizes including the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus prize. His works include the novels The Men Who loved Evelyn Cotton (1989), Picnic in Eden (1991), The Better Angel (1993), Dixie Chicken (1994), Lovely (1995), Home (2002) and a collection of short stories Handsome Men Are Slightly Sunburnt (1996).

Peter Cunningham:
Peter Cunningham grew up in Waterford and was educated at Waterpark School, Glenstal Abbey School and University College Dublin. He worked as an accountant and a trader of commodities until 1986 when his first novel was published. Titled Noble Lord, it was a thriller, written under the pseudonym Peter Lauder. A further four thrillers followed. In 1993, a novel, Who Trespass Against Us dealt with the unexpected death of a child. Four subsequent novels, known as the Monument novels, are set in Monument, a fictionalized version of Cunningham's hometown Waterford. They are: Tapes of the River Delta, Consequences of the Heart, Love In One Edition and The Sea and the Silence. Peter is a member of Aosdána.

March 11

Bantry Town based Harbour Commissioners object to Beara  based Fish Company expanding.

 Most people on the Beara Peninsula would support the people of Bantry Town in their endeavours to create employment in the town  and to upgrade the hospital. The Beara people have been surprised that a lot of the State Agencies have based themselves in Clonakilty and not Bantry over the years.  Bantry would have been a better location for these State Agencies.  It is important that Bantry and Beara work together in creating as many jobs as possible for this part of West Cork.


Objections: Beara based fish company expanding

The public have the right to support or object to any proposed development in their area.  The Harbour Commissioners in Bantry have objected to a fish company due to  Conoco Phillips concerns about anchoring tankers in the bay. We also understand that  Conoco Phillips have also discouraged the development of walking route in Whiddy Island. The oil company on Whiddy has to share this part of West Cork with tourism industry and other industries.
Sullom Voe oil terminal in the Sheltand Islands has paid €200 million pounds into a local fund for community projects on the islands  over the last 30 years.

Beara Tourism feels that Bantry Harbour Commissioners should have remained neutral  and not raised an objection  to the expansion of the Beara based fish company on Conoco Phillips concerns  and the decision on the merits of the application should be left to Minister of Agriculture and Marine.  Beara Tourism policy is that the development of industry and marine tourism along all the Beara coast line would be better served by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries who run Castletownbere Port. This department has spent €40 million in  Berehaven Harbour in the last two years .We understand that the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Leo Varadkar will decide later on this year which structure to put in place to manage Bantry Bay.  The Minister is considering transferring the running of Bantry Bay to the port of Cork or Cork County Council or an other State Department. Minister Leo Varadkar has transferred the running of Kinsale and Baltimore harbours to Cork County Council in 2011. 


March 7th

Michael Fassbender

Beara Tourism in partnership with Beara Location Film Services are promoting Beara as a location for the new film based on the life and adventures of mythological hero Cúchulainn. The film is due to be produced this Summer with Michael Fassbender. Beara is up against stiff competition as the location team is also looking at the Kerry area.


March 6th




Lehanmore to light the Final Farewell Fire to Mark the Last Landfall of the Titanic

On 11th April, the community of Lehanmore-Garnish on the south of the Beara peninsula will host the concluding remembrance function and light the final fire in a Pater Noster of beacons to mark the last land-fall of the Titanic on its ill-fated voyage 100 hundred years ago.  To represent the exact route taken by the ship, over 20 community groups along the south west coast of cork will light fires on headland and islands to coincide with the actual time the Titanic passed them on 11th April 1912. As Dursey Island has the distinction of being the last land sighted by passengers on board the ship on that fateful voyage, the Committee of Lehanmore Community Co-Op Society will light the penultimate fire on the headland opposite Lehanmore Community Centre, and the final fire at 6.12 p.m. on Dursey Island. A vessel from the Irish Naval Fleet, will retrace the voyage from Cobh to Dursey as part of this remembrance experience and will be escorted on the last stage of the journey by a Flotilla of vessels from Beara which will include the Castletownbere Lifeboat and local fishing boats. The evening will culminate with a commemorative function at Lehanmore Community Centre.

Lehannmore-Garnish is a micro-peninsula, located at the southern tip of the Beara Peninsula and extends from the Dursey Sound, a narrow and treacherous channel that separates the cape from Dursey Island, to Barnes Gap, 7 miles north, which connects this almost-island to the “main” land of the Beara peninsula.  Lehanmore Community Centre is located half way down this shard of land and boasts panoramic views of the Atlantic horizon and the surrounding headlands and so is the natural location to host the remembrance event that will conclude this commemoration.  The function will begin at 5.30p.m with food and outdoor music by Garnish Sound, an informal group of traditional Irish musicians from ages five to fifty-ish from the community of Lehanmore-Garnish, led by Eckie Krupp and joined by Pat Higgins.  The bonfires will be lit at 6.12 p.m. and this will coincide with the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion by Noel Harrington TD, the first Beara man elected to Dail Eireann. The evening will proceed with a talks on the history of the Titanic by local historians Ted O’Sullivan and Connie Murphy and will conclude with indoor music by Mr. Red Shoes, coming onstage at 9.30 p.m..

Entertainment will be provided for children throughout the day and evening and the bar will be open throughout.


Paul O’Shea, Chairperson, Lehanmore Community Co-Operative Society Ltd., Lehanmore Community Centre, Lehanmore, Garnish, Beara, Co. Cork
Tel: 027 739111
Email:  cc

Contact 2 Ger O’Sullivan, Treasurer Lehanmore Community Co-Operative Society Ltd


Castletownbere Tidy Towns


National Spring Clean Month

April 1st-30th

National Spring Clean is Ireland’s biggest anti-litter campaign. We encourage people from all walks of life to take pride in their local environment and to take action against litter.

Anyone can register easily online at

tel. 014002219. Fax 014002285

Working together for our community we can make a big difference

Barry Harrington




March 1st

Announcing new local tour

The Bantry Bay Lighthouse Boat Trip

Come on a high speed boat trip round Bantry Bay getting up close and personal with the lighthouses. Bull Rock, Calf Rock, Roancarrig, Ardnakinna, Sheep's Head, Mizen and the Fastnet. For full details and booking please click here


Anam Cara Artist and Writer's Retreat have announced their full workshop schedule for 2012. To view it please click here

February 29th

The Annual General Meeting of the Berehaven Red Cross was held recently in the Meeting Rooms, Eyeries. A full and frank discussion was held on the year’s activities. The emphasis was on the provision of defibrillators and training in use of the same. To date the branch has provided ten units in the area and the aim is to increase this number to 18, meaning that the majority of the local population will be within five minutes of one. Each defibrillator is expensive so the meeting voted thanks to Sue and all in Anam Cara for their donation of the proceeds from their Friday night activities toward their purchase. Other funds were raised from the annual church gate collection and a sponsored walk; thanks to all who supported these events was extended. Training is an important part of the Red Cross and is provided on a continuous basis; all are encouraged to become trained in CPR as well as the use of defibrillators.

Boston Beara Society
On Sunday March 25th the Boston Beara Society meets to celebrate its heritage and support those who make that special effort toward its preservation and promotion for present and future generations. The most recent accomplishment in this regard is the completion of a state-of-the-art archive building in Butte, Montana. Many have had family members living in Butte through the period of cultural and industrial nation building and their documented contributions are now preserved in this climate- and humidity-controlled facility. Coming from Butte to speak to the Society will be the archivist of the collection, Ellen Crain. The Society committee has chosen to recognise Mr Bob Walsh for his many years of dedication to The Knights and Ladies of St Finbarr as well as his support of the Boston Beara Society. The event takes place from 2 to 7pm on Sunday March 25th at the Florian Hall, Dorchester, MA. Dinner, dance music with Andy Healy, door prizes, audience participation and more! Tickets, $50, will be held at the door by calling any committee member: Pat Dwyer 617 328 6690, Brian Mc Carthy 617 821 8916, John Harrington 617 282 5652, Kathy Sullivan 781 329 0584 and Mike Dwyer 781 326 1977.

Recent deaths
The death occurred during the week in St Josephs Hospital, Castletownbere, of Nealie Crowley, a native of West End, Bere Island. In 1938, he joined the Maritime Inscription Service which was formed to back up the then Naval Service which comprised of the Muirchue, Fort Ranock and three motor torpedo boats. After joining, members from Castletownbere had to travel to Bere Island two evenings a week for military training, where they were joined by the Bere Island members. They also had to attend at the depot in Haulbowline for two weeks each July for further training. It was during their visits to the depot that the regular naval personnel crew challenged the company to a four row boat race. The crew selected to represent Beara were of course from Bere Island and they were John Jack L Harrington, Frank Harrington, Nealie Crowley, Jackie O’Sullivan (Buiruil) with Christy Con D O’Sullivan as cox. These Bere Island men were easily the winners and top oarsmen. Nealie joined the Irish Lights Tender Ierne as a quarter master in the early 1960s and served until the vessel was withdrawn from service many years later. Predeceased by his wife Mollie, he is survived by sons, daughters and many relatives to whom sympathy was extended.
Mrs Nina Falvey, whose death took place at St Patrick’s Hospital, Ballinlough, was a native of Castletownbere. She was a daughter of the late Jerry and Mary E Murphy, Bridge House, East End. She was predeceased by her late husband Tadgh and is mourned by Bríd, Gerard, Elaine, Tadgh and Irene and Kevin and all her beloved her grandchildren as well as her sister Marie, extended family and a wide circle of friends.
Mr Eddie Murphy, whose death occurred at St Joseph’s Hospital, Castletownbere, was from Rossmacowen and had spent many years in London where he worked for John Murphy, Contractors.

Congratulations was extended to John Joe ‘Taylor’ O’Sullivan, Rossmacowen on winning a car which was raffled by the SVP in Cork recently. The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Terry Shannon, handed over the keys of the new Honda Jazz to John Joe and his wife Theresa. His many friends in the area were delighted with John Joe’s win as he is a very popular man.

Night classes
Night classes in woodcraft, French for beginners, ceramics and still life drawing, and introduction to dressmaking are starting at Scoil Phobail Bheara on February 27th. The cost is €70 for seven weeks. Please contact P Hurley on 70177 ext 5 for further information.

Ladies’ golf
Ladies’ neighbours day with Glengarriff in Berehaven, Sunday February 26th, draw at 12 noon.

Cardiac Support
The monthly meeting of the Bantry Cardiac Support Group will take place in the New Primary Care Health Centre in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Tuesday February 28th at 8pm. The meeting is open to and welcomes people who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack or angina, had angioplasty with or without stents inserted, or had cardiac surgery (by-pass surgery, mitral valve surgery, etc.). For information please contact Catherine Cahalane 086 7871552 .

Eucharistic Congress
Closing Ceremony and Mass (Statio Orbis) of the Eucharistic Congress will be in Croke Park on Sunday June 17th. An entertainment programme will start at 1pm, with the Statio Orbis liturgy beginning at 2pm, and it is planned that the event will conclude by 5pm or 5.30pm at the latest. Thirteen tickets have been offered to Castletownbere/Bere Island to be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. A donation of €10 and a completed application form are required for each ticket – the donation helps cover the expense of using Croke Park. Completed application form and the donation (cheque payable to Kerry Diocesan Liturgy Committee) should be returned to Castletownbere Presbytery by Friday, February 24th . Tickets for the Statio Orbis will be sent out in late May.

February 28th

Every four years the men of this World go all weak at the knees as the 29th beckons and it becomes the turn of women to approach with the magic proposal question. One wonders how often this will happen this Leap Year

St.Patrick’s Day Parade 2012


It is important for all participants to note that this years St.Patrick’s Day Parade will start a half an hour earlier than normal at 2.30PM SHARP!!!!! So lining up etc will start earlier 1.50pm. to ensure everybody is has received their number.

This year’s parade is shaping up to be a big event with many groups already expressed and interest in participating. If you would like to participate please contact Anne Marie Cronin 0872386068 or email

If you wish to take part please fill out the application form Click Here to print it out


In recognition of National Tree Week (04th to 10th March) and for any of those interested, there is a heritage event planned for next Sunday in the Gearagh and an additional event the following Tuesday in Macroom. These are both being hosted by Teddy Cook (Environmentalist and Tree/Plant Scientist), with the involvement of the Tree Council of Ireland and the Lee Valley Environment Group

February 26th

Dr Lyne

Dr John Lyne at the summit of Hungry Hill last July with a group on a sponsored climb of the mountain. He climbed the mountain many times, taking anyone who wanted to go up, many for the first time. He also led climbers up other mountains, such as Mangerton and Carrountuoil. A true gentleman who will be sadly missed and fondly remembered

February 25th

Enrolment for Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa

Applications for Enrolment for the school year 2012/2013 are now being accepted by Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa, Castletownbere.

Please contact the school at 027-70788 for an application form.

All completed applications must be returned with each of the following:
• A copy of Birth Certificate
• P.P.S. Number.
• A copy of Baptismal Certificate (if applicable),

to: Scoil an Chroí Ró-Naofa,
Co. Cork.

by Friday 9th March 2012


February 22nd


Readings of the winning entries of the Poets Meets Politics 2011 competition, followed by an open mic sesssion. Come and listen or come and read!

Sunday 26 February at 2pm

S A R A H W A L K E R G A L L E R Y The Pier, Castletownbere, Co Cork.


February 21st


If you are doing a workshop on the Beara Peninsula, please get in touch and we will give you some publicity on our Workshop page. It could be teaching art, walking, photography. Two rules, you need to be living on Beara and the workshop must take place on Beara

We're hoping to put together and publish a book on the photographic history of Bere Island. If anyone has any old photos of the island, and would like their photo to be included in the book please email us a copy with details of who is in the photo, or alternatively you can call into the Heritage Centre and we can scan a copy of the original for you.

We're looking for photos of all aspects of island life over the years, old family photos, farming, sports, school photos, and photos on the maritime and military history of the island. Any photos used in the book will be acknowledged.


The Heritage Centre Team
Theresa, Helen & Tom

Bere Island Heritage Centre
Bere Island
West Cork
Tel: 027 75956
Fax: 027 75194
Web Site:


Suzie overlooks Lauragh

A dog's view of Beara. Suzie on the summit of Knockatee in Lauragh overlooking Kilmackillogue Harbour

Plans for Beara’s St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday March 17th are in full swing. The parade now draws a large crowd from all over West Cork and Kerry and visitors have not been disappointed with the entertainment in the parade in recent years. You never know who you might bump into in Castletownbere on St Patrick’s Day. You could rub shoulders with the Queen of England, President of America, pop stars, local and not so local politicians!
The success of the parade is due largely to the people who put massive effort into the floats and without their participation the parade wouldn’t be the huge success it is today. This tremendous work is greatly appreciated by spectators and organisers and it always manages to put the judges under huge pressure.
As this year’s parade falls on the Saturday, all are encouraged to start putting ideas together. Everyone is welcome to take part – businesses, voluntary organisations, schools, and GAA/sporting clubs or why not organise a group of friends or family. A great day out is assured; enjoy the fun and banter of participating in this year’s parade.
The parade is co-organised by Beara IFA and Castletownbere Community Development Association. For further information or to register, please contact Anne Marie Cronin on 087 2386068 or email:

Historical Society
The next talk organised by the Beara Historical Society will be held at Twomeys Lounge on Monday February 20th at 8.30pm. The chairman of the society, Connie Murphy, will give a talk on ‘Our Prehistoric Ancestors in Beara’. All are welcome.

Castletownbere GAA
The annual general meeting of Castletownbere GAA was held recently in the Forge Nite Club. It was a well attended constructive meeting and it was largely felt that the club is in a strong position. Cathaoirleach Oliver O’Sullivan welcomed everybody and thanked them for taking the time to attend. He paid tribute to his committee, players and mentors for their commitment to the club. Special mention was given to all those who supported the club’s fundraisers during the year, especially those paying the €5 weekly direct debit, those who paid membership and those who supported the Golf Classic. He thanked in particular Noel Donegan who was the team sponsor, Shellfish de la Mer and South West Communications for sponsoring the Golf Classic. A card night organised by the players and mentors was also a huge success and their efforts were greatly appreciated by the club. Rúnaí Alexandra Kane gave a detailed report on the club’s activities for the year. Anne Marie Harrington gave a comprehensive financial report.
Following an outline of the year’s activities by the chairman, the election of officers took place. Jimmy Murphy presided over the election of the incoming committee and paid tribute to the teams, mentors, committee and all those who support the club in any way.
The following officers were elected: uachtarán, Fr Sean O’Shea; leas uachtarán, Sean O’Sullivan; cathaoirleach, Oliver O’Sullivan; rúnaí, Alexandra Kane; leas rúnaí, Jimmy Murphy; cisteoirí, Anne Marie Harrington and Lorcan Harrington; oifigeach poibíochta, Anne Marie Cronin; cláraithéoir, Peadar Lowney; ionadaí coiste chontae, Morgan O’Sullivan. Oliver O’Sullivan, Seamus Spencer and Alexandra Kane were elected as Beara Bord delegates. The intermediate team trainers will remain the same: Morgan O’Sullivan, Noel O’Sullivan, Seamus Harrington, Seamus Spencer and Ian Murphy. Juniors: Jimmy Murphy, Noel Harrington and Andrew O’Sullivan. U21: Oliver O’Sullivan.
It was agreed to continue the €5 weekly direct debit as the main fundraiser and to encourage new people to join. It was agreed anybody who is paying this direct debit will be automatically a member. The club issued a reminder that membership is now due: juvenile €20, adult €30 and family membership €60.
There are also a couple of underage teams who are still looking for trainers so if there is anybody who would be interested in training or helping out, please contact the club. The committee wished all the teams, underage to intermediates, the best of luck for the coming year.

Adrigole GAA
Adrigole plays its opening match in the 2012 County Intermediate League this Sunday away to Ballydesmond at 1pm.
Adrigole GAA will be introducing a texting service to keep its members and supporters up to date with fixtures, results, club draws and fundraising events. To avail of this free service, please text your name to club secretary Joseph Blake at 087 9865827. Adrigole GAA membership is due to be paid by the end of February. Please contact club registrar Michael Joe O'Sullivan for details.

Matron retires
Since Ber Power took over as the first lay matron at Castletownbere Community Hospital in June 1998, the place has seen many changes. Ber has continued the work of her predecessors in maintaining and upgrading the facilities for the benefit of the people of Beara.
With her strong work ethic, determination and her attention to detail she has brought the hospital in line with national standards. She has left no stone unturned in securing the safe, modern facility we have today. Nothing was impossible, it might be difficult, but there would always be some way of achieving the goal. The isolation of the Beara Peninsula was her driving force in obtaining and maintaining anything that would benefit the hospital and local community.
Ber rarely ‘switched off’ as matron and the residents were always paramount. On days off she would constantly be on the look out for new ideas, furnishings etc., anything that would make life easier and more comfortable for the residents. Even when on holidays she would come back with ideas brewing as a result of something she had seen or read, wondering would it work and be of benefit to the hospital.
She worked closely with the general manager of the HSE, the maintenance department and also the other matrons of community hospitals in West Cork. She was very conscientious in attending meetings, conferences and ensured all staff availed of further education in relation to upskilling and training.
Ber always had an open door policy. She is very proactive in helping people who may be going through a difficult time in their lives whether they are residents, relatives, staff or the wider community. Her people skills, fairness and equality and her warm and fun nature endear her to all who know her. She has set the bar high and will be a hard act to follow.
Ber is wished many years of good health and happiness to pursue all the things she never had time for due to her busy schedule.
Cathy Sheahan takes over as matron of Castletownbere Community Hospital. Cathy qualified as a registered general nurse in Cork University Hospital in 1983. In 2000 she was appointed as the first clinical nurse manager in Castletownbere Community Hosptal. She holds a higher diploma in gerontological nursing from University College Cork and is a registered nurse prescriber.


February 11th

Resident Beara photographer and author John Eagle has organised a tour of Irish lighthouses, starting with Inisheer and following most of the south coast east to Hook Head over 8 days. Highlights include a visit to Skellig Michael, a boat trip round the Fastnet and Bull Rock, and spending two nights at the Keeper's Cottage at Galley Head lighthouse.

Lighthouse Tour

The tour is limited to 9 people, three of these places have already sold. If you would like to be one of the lucky ones please click here to be taken to his web page where full details and how to reserve your place can be found


New reflexology clinic open in Castletownbere. 10.30 to 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All day Fridays 10.30 to 4.30pm above Finishing Touch hair salon, Main Street, Castletownbere. 027 70731 086 3676128

This coming Thursday at 7pm in MacCarthy's Bar there will be the start of Cine Club which plans to meet once a month to view films in the Cinemobile. Anyone interested can meet in MacCarthys at 7pm where cheese and wine will be on offer. The film for the evening will be 'We Need to Talk About Kevin.'

February 4th

Cinemobile resumes its monthly visits to Castletownbere


Cinemobile’s monthly visits to Castletownbere are to resume this February on Thursday 16th and Friday 17th. The highlight of this visit is Cinemobile’s initiation of a Film Club in Castletownbere, the objective of which is to offer audiences an alternative choice of film titles than the more mainstream releases. The first of our Film Club screenings is the acclaimed movie We Need to Talk About Kevin.

A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. Film Club movies are at the reduced rate of €5.

Other Film Club titles for the Spring season include Romantics Anonymous, A Dangerous Method, Well Digger’s Daughter, and one of the most celebrated films of last year, Drive.

Cinemobile will be hosting a cheese and wine reception at 7pm in McCarthy’s Bar, Town Square, Castletownbere on Thursday 16th February in advance of the first film club screening. Further details on upcoming Film Club movies are available by e-mailing
Cinemobile-Ireland's First Travelling Cinema
The Irish Film Institute, IFI, is the national body for the promotion of film culture in Ireland. It operates IFI Cinemas, IFI Education and the Irish Film Archive

Other screenings for Cinemobile’s visit to Castletownbere include: Spielberg’s newest epic War Horse, Puss in Boots and the hit comedy The Sitter.

Further details on or call us on 091 751 629. You can also follow Cinemobile on Facebook and on twitter.

Hi all

I know it's a little early to be thinking of St. Patrick's Day but I am hoping to encourage you all to get in preparation early as it falls on a Saturday this year we would like to make it a huge parade BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Your participation over the last number of years had made the parade a huge success. I know it's not easy and you put in a lot of work and effort which is greatly appreciate.


The parade now draws a large crowd from all over West Cork and I’m sure you all enjoy the banter and fun that goes with participating. Everybody is encouraged to attend: business, voluntary organisations, schools, GAA clubs or why not get family or a group of friends together come along and take part in the parade. If you are aware of anybody not already included on this list and that would be interested please forward on the email to them the more the merrier!!!


If it’s your first time taking part and would like some information just give me a ring.


I am including a registration form for you to fill out and return to help us know how many are taking part on the day. ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY but it would help if you would let us know before hand.

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you on the day.

Anne Marie Cronin,


Cronin's Hideaway



A monster table quiz in aid of St Vincent de Paul Beara will be held on Friday February 10th at 7.30pm in the Forge, Castletownbere.
The format is teams of four at €20, with the first prize being €200 euro and a boat trip on Kenmare Bay. All are welcome.

Cancer Connect
Cancer Connect was established in 2011 to provide free and flexible transport for people receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments.
Less than one year on and the service has proven very successful, thanks to the 110 volunteer drivers who gave of their time and provided over 250 trips to Cork hospitals. Transport is available for passengers across West Cork, five days per week.
If you wish to become a volunteer driver, or to avail of the service for your treatment, contact Helen at 027-52727 or 087-1224404 .

Parenthood classes
The next course of ante natal/preparing for birth classes in Castletownbere will start on Monday February 27th at 6pm. These sessions are facilitated by the HSE public health nursing staff and are free of charge. All are welcome.
For further details, phone 027 74374 .

February 1st

Byzantium, the new Neil Jordan directed sci fi film starring Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace 007) and Jonny Lee Miller (Trainspotting) is currently being filmed here in Beara

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Mares Tail Arches
The Mare's Tail in Adrigole (left) and the Sea Arches near Allihies where filming is taking place for the new Neil Jordan vampire movie 'Byzantium'

January 31st

Beacon Nite Club, Castletownbere
Wednesday 1st February 2012
14.00pm- 18.00pm
To be Film Extras for Period scenes in a Neil Jordan
feature film being shot in the Beara area between the
2nd-7th February 2012
Looking for Men 18 years old and over.
Fishing knowledge an advantage but not necessary.
Girls between 16 years old – 25 years old are also

It’s that time of the year to celebrate three of the church’s Feast Days. This coming Wednesday, February 1st, will be St Bridget’s Day, which was traditionally regarded as the first welcome day of Spring but many anxious weather watchers, farmers, sailors and gardeners still regard Candlemas Day, which falls on this Thursday, as a harbinger of days to come as outlined in this very old snippet of weather lore: ‘If Candlemas Day dawns dry and bright, winter will remain in flight; if the day breaks dull with rain, winter will be on the wane.’ Friday February 3rd is the Feast of St Blaise and the traditional Blessing of Throats ceremony will take place after masses. These annual ceremonies, incorporating the blessing of throats, go back to St Blaise who ministered as Bishop of Sebestea in the State of Armenia, around the fourth century. On a pastoral visit to one of his outlying settlements in his diocese, he was captured by Pagan bandits, cruelly tortured and sentenced to death by stoning. En route to his appointed place of execution, he was approached by a distraught mother whose only child was slowly choking to death with a fish bone lodged firmly in his throat, as it defied all efforts to remove it. St Blaise prayed over him and laid his hands on him, whereupon the young child immediately coughed up the piece of bone. Devotion to the martyr has continued for over 16 centuries since that fateful day.
St Brigid’s Cross has aptly been described as symbolic of the deep, simple faith of the Irish. Formed, as a rule, of green rushes gathered on January 31st (eve of the Feast of the saint) and temporarily deposited outside the door of the homestead, the four arms are centrally interlocked and the rushes of each arm are bound with thread. After the evening meal on the day stated, the eldest girl of the family steps outside the house, and, having taken up the rushes already left there, knocks at the door, crying in Gaelic: ‘Go upon your knees. Let the door be opened. Let St Brigid in.’ When admitted, the family assist her in the making of the crosses. The emblems are worn on the Feast.

Dursey Island
Cork County Council has agreed that Dursey Island farmers can use the cable car, this one time, for transporting their cattle to the mainland so that they can be housed until March. A condition of REPS is that cattle are housed from December 1st until March 15th every year and must be housed during any prolonged spell of wet weather at other times of the year.

Health talk
The Caha Centre, Adrigole, will host a Men’s Health Talk on ‘Male Cancers’ given by Tess Chambers, a nurse from the Marie Keating Foundation on Monday January 30th at 8pm. Please come along and become more aware of cancer prevention. Men from all areas are invited to attend. This talk is free of charge.

Red Cross
Berehaven Red Cross covers Castletownbere, Rossmacowen, Bere Island, Eyeries, Ardgroom and Urhan. Its AGM will be held in Eyeries football pitch meeting rooms on Wednesday February 1st.

Beara GAA
At the recent AGM, the following officers were elected: president Riobard O’Dwyer, chair Ml Jo O’Sullivan, vice chair Terence O’Shea, secretary Finbarr Harrington, assistant secretary Donal O’Sullivan, treasurer Danny Crowley and John O’Sullivan, development officer James O’Shea and culture officer Richard Murphy. The first board meeting will be held in Twomey’s Lounge Bar on Wednesday February 1st at 8pm.

Cardiac Support Group
The monthly meeting and AGM of the Bantry Cardiac Support Group will take place in the New Primary Care Health Centre in the Maritime Hotel, Bantry, on Tuesday January 31st at 8pm. The meeting is open to and welcomes people who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, had angina, had angioplasty with or without stents inserted, or had cardiac surgery (by-pass surgery, mitral valve surgery, etc.). For information please contact, Catherine Cahalane on 086 7871552 .


January 24th


The new Neil Jordan movie 'Byzantium' on vampires will be shooting scenes on the Beara Peninsula over the next 3 weeks, locations include Adrigole, and the Allihies area. Up to 150 people will arrive in Beara to shoot the scenes. Up to 7 films have been shot on the Beara Peninsula over the past few years

January 23rd

Friday Nights at Eyeries 2011

Working with Actionaid to raise money to build a girls’ school in rural Uganda

An evening with Steve White
Music and With
Jazz, blues, gospel and the American song book

Friday 27th January

Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. Eyeries
Starting at 8.30pm Donation €10


January 14th

Good to see John O'Sullivan from Kilcatherine on the Graham Norton Show Friday night, telling a story from the infamous red chair about Madonna who was the main guest

CASTLETOWNBERE has many of the problems associated with towns of its size throughout County Cork. It also has some problems, while not unique are, particular to Castletownbere and arise perversely from the town’s success in achieving a sustained population growth. There are now limited employment opportunities for young people educated locally. In the past they relied on agriculture and fishing related employment, now this sector is in decline.
The town is also having difficulty coping with the current traffic levels, which was very noticeable during the past months when cars had to park nearly a mile from the town. The by-pass, so often talked about over many years, must be brought up to date if the town is not to come to a standstill. We are also in urgent need of more off-street parking; there are several patches of waste ground in the neighbourhood which could be turned into car parks. In the light of recent controversy surrounding traffic and parking problems in the town, yet another parking problem has again been brought to our attention – that of cars parking on footpaths. Because of some inconsiderate motorists, elderly people and mothers with prams or young children have to walk around the cars, often risking their lives on the town’s busy streets. It is past time people realised that footpaths are for pedestrians not cars and that the parking of cars on the pavements can endanger lives. The thing that unites people is belief in the town’s potential as a great place to live, work, shop and enjoy their leisure time. The key word here is ‘potential’. For a variety of reasons Castletown has not been able to fulfil that potential. Various concern groups tend to perceive the town’s problems from their own vantage points. This can be positive as only by pooling these perspectives can a thorough overview of where the town needs to focus corrective attention be assembled.
Another problem results from the siting of an exceptionally large number of stands from which their owners trade in all kinds of merchandise. The stands converge on the water tables at each side of the street, with the result that parking for shoppers is seriously limited as all the marked car parking places on the Square are occupied by the stands. Those who must of necessity park on the street are definitely preventing the ordinary flow of traffic. Hence, on the town’s two busiest days, fair days and Fridays, movement is seriously affected. A continuation of the present chaotic conditions is unfair to our local business proprietors, who are already burdened with high overheads. Castletownbere is experiencing a traffic boom right now, with vans and lorries getting bigger and bigger. The traffic situation at East End is also a cause for serious concern, especially at the entrance to the pier area where indiscriminate parking is a problem for the huge fish containers getting access to the fish being landed by Spanish fishing vessels.

Fair days
Last Thursday, the 5th, was monthly fair day in Castletownbere. This first Thursday in each month is still known as ‘fair day’, although for many years now no animals of any kind are offered for sale. This December fair was in the past known as the Big Fair of Christmas when the people from the surrounding areas used to come to town to do their Christmas shopping. They now go to Cork, London, or even New York to do their Christmas shopping. The January fair was known as the Women’s Fiar.

As one travels throughout the parish, the unauthorised dumping of rubbish in certain parts has become very noticeable and more so over the Christmas period. There is no occasion for this indiscriminate act as all areas are now covered by an excellent refuse collection. Local people whose areas have been affected intend to become more vigilant and with the help of the Tidy Towns members who will be visiting these areas in the coming weeks, they intend to stamp out this practice.

New arrival
Congratulations to Darren and Bernie Harrington, Rossmacowen and Maynooth, on the birth of a 10lb baby boy Luke, grandson of Barry and Mary, Scart, Rossmacowen and Martha and the late Jacky Joyce, Strangeforth, Williamstown, Co Galway.

Recent death
The death occurred recently at St Joseph’s Hospital, Castletownbere of Michael McDonnel, Droum South, Castletownbere. A native of Ballina, Co Mayo, Michael spent a long number of years in London where he met and married his late wife Julia O’Neill who was a native of Castletownbere. On reaching retirement age, they returned to live at South Droum, near Julia’s home place and where Michael became well known and popular as a good neighbour. Large crowds of sympathisers paid their last respects to Michael at Harrington’s Funeral Home and again at the Requiem Mass and funeral testifying to the esteem in which he was held in the locality. Burial took place at Droum Cemetery. He is survived by daughters Annette, Marian and Geraldine, son Vincent, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and relatives to whom sympathy was extended.

Competition winner
Congratulations to Cian O’Shea, who was the winner in the recent AIB Youth Competition, Castletownbere. Cian is a pupil, at Beara Community Schools.

Lehanmore Centre
All activities resume again in the Lehanmore Community Centre following the Christmas break, with 31 card drive on Sunday, spinning classes on Monday, music on Tuesday and bingo on Wednesday. All are welcome. Enquiries to 73911.

The Bere Island Heritage Centre is planning a major exhibition for 2012 on the subject of emigration from the island from the mid 1800s onwards.

Descendants of Bere Islanders are spread across the world. We would like to feature as many personal stories as possible and would love to hear your family history and stories of your ancestors’ journey to a new life.
If you would like to share your family’s story with us or loan any items which can be displayed in the exhibition, please contact me at this email or on 027 75956.
Helen Riddell

The Bere Island Heritage Centre would like to thank everyone who supported our table quiz in the Hotel on Friday 30th December, the night was a huge success.

Weekly classes have resumed: Guitar lessons on Monday nights at 8pm, Meditation on Wednesdays at 7pm and Irish Dancing for children on Fridays at 4.30pm.

The World Community for Christian Meditation will be holding a 10 day retreat from the 1st March and the annual Holy Week retreat from the 1st April, bookings through Theresa Hobbs.

Helen is currently working on a major new exciting exhibition on the theme of emigration from Bere Island, more details to follow!

We would like to welcome our new student from the Netherlands Lisanne who will be with us for the next 15 weeks.

We wish you all a Happy New Year and we are looking forward to another successful year as we head into our 3rd year of being open.

The Heritage Centre Team: Theresa, Helen & Tomasz.



Drilling platform Jakup stationed in Castletownbere harbour for the past few weeks, being used by Quinn Piling which is putting markers for the harbour into the entrance


This drilling rig has been working in the entrance to Castletownbere harbour for much of the Winter. Some have been wondering if they found oil, but none has been forthcoming so far. It belongs to Quinn Drilling and is putting in markers for the harbour

December 20th

Vampires coming to  Beara

Over the next few months Neil Jordan new film Byzantium will be be part film on the Beara Peninsula.

Byzantium’, an adaptation of ‘The Vampire Stories’, a play written by Moira Buffini is the latest film to be directed by Irish director Neil Jordan (Breakfast on Pluto, Ondine) and is currently shooting in the Hastings, South England, before moving to Ireland’s Ardmore Studios and Beara Peninsula .
The anticipated film stars Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) as Eleanor, Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Clash of The Titans) as Eleanor’s mother, Clara, and follows the mother and daughter vampire duo that make a deadly pact. Hope the film goes well.

December 19th


The Coastal Communities along the West Cork Coastline are planning a centenary commemoration of the titanic passing along the West Cork coastline. The Titanic left Cobh at 2.30p.m. on the 11th of April 1912. Fires will be lit along the headlands of West Cork to commemorate the time the ship passed each headland. Folklore has passed down through the generations of the fantastic sight of the ship steaming at 21knots along the coastline. Numerous events will be organised along the coastline to remember this maritime tragedy.
4 Beara Committees Beara Tourism, Allihies Co-op, Lehanmore Co-op and Bere Island Projects will light fires on the headlands in Bere Island, Cahermore, Lehanmore and Dursey on the 11th of April 2012.

We expect ships will travel along the coast from Cobh to Dursey. Anyone who wishes to help or have ideas for this event we would appreciate their contribution

Website: titanicwestcoast


December 18th

An article appeared in the Southern Star by Castletownbere Development Association concerning a meeting by numerous committees on the Beara Peninsula with the HSC. The meeting was concerning the ambulance service for the Beara Peninsula. During the meeting the HSC outlined some positive changes to the ambulance service in West Cork. The vast majority of their plans are not agreed with the ambulance staff. Beara Tourism have serious concerns about the HSC proposals for the Beara Peninsula and do not believe the new arrangements will enhance the service on the peninsula.


December 11th 2011

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Celtic Explorer

The Marine Institute Ship Celtic Explorer visiting Castletownbere during her first visit to the new deep water berth at Dinish Island during the first weekend of December. Her First Mate is Basil Murphy who is from Castletownbere comes from a well known sea faring family

Celtic Explorer

l-r: First Mate Basil Murphy, Tadgh O'Sullivan, Allihies Co-op, Paul O'Shea, Leanmore Co-op, Derry O'Donovan, Castletownbere Pilot and Councillor Jerry O'Sullivan

Celtic Explorer

l-r First Mate Basil Murphy, Tadgh O'Sullivan, Pat O'Neill, Paul O'Shea, Derry O'Donovan, Jerry O'Sullivan and John Murphy Beara Tourism

December 2nd 2011

Tim Goulding

Tim Goulding, his wife Georgina and Dave Spathaky at the opening of Tim's exhibition at Loop de Loop on prints of his work during the 70s and 80s


Anam Cara in Eyeries December 7th A Special Treat

And it's free! Gerry Galvin, known as the first gourmet chef of Ireland and now a published poet and novelist, is going to read from and launch his debut novel. Entitled Killer a la Carte, this great read "is the story of James Livingstone Gall, London food critic and serial killer. Behind a façade of pedantry, and foodie one-upmanship James is a dangerous psychopath. The story traces James’ perversely romantic association with heiress Claudia Catalano, whose hotels’ tycoon father was having an affair with James’ mother Grace, at the time of his suspicious death. Claudia holds Grace responsible, desires revenge but is also attracted to James. Their headlong, murderous progression is at the heart of the narrative."
Come along for an evening of fine literature, good wine, and tasty morsels (without any input from
James Livingstone Gall...)


Cormac Boydell

Cormac Boydell Show December 11 2011

November 19th 2011

Bringing in the sheep

Michael Orpen bringing a sheep in from Bere Island

Premiere of Japanese movie Tamatama, filmed in and around Eyeries, was shown in Eyeries Village Hall on Sunday 20th


The Director and Producer flew over from Japan especially for the showing. In the picture l-r Producer Satooshi, Rieko, Mayomi the Director, Naomi, Peter Conway the location manager and Coleman O'Sullivan who organised the showing of the movie in Eyeries and helped arrange things for the filming



A PDG Squirrel helicopter on the pad at Castletownbere. It was airlifting a new tower to Roancarrig lighthouse which will replace the present one. Picture by taken by John Eagle

Massive find of silver found off the Beara Coast. The sunken treasure is said to be worth 155 million euros, resting inside a ship on the sea floor. For full story please click here

Japanese film in Eyeries Hall


The first Irish showing of the Japanese film Tamatama will be shown in the Eyeries Hall on Sunday 20th, at 6pm and 8pm.
Tamatama was filmed in and around Eyeries in the Summer of 2011, with up to 60 local people involved.
The film will be free to the public, donations will be accepted for the victims of the tsunami in Japan and local Beara charity. The showing of the film is being organised by Eyeries Festival Committee with the assistance of Beara Tourism. The film producer is flying in especially for the event. All welcome.
For further information please contact
Colman O’Sullivan at 086 2208743
The film is suitable for all ages


September 23rd

Eyeries Tidy Silver Medal, click here

September 16th

Over the summer months the Aoi Yu’s new movie “Tamatama was filmed on the Beara Peninsula.
It is scheduled to open in theaters on October 15

The movie, which was shot entirely on location on the beara peninsula in Ireland, is the first feature-length film by commercial and music video director Komatsu Mayumi.

Filming in Eyeries


September 9th

Castletownbere Tidy Towns results, please click here

One of the events organised by the Beara Historical Society for this year’s National Heritage Week was a talk on murdered Lord Mayor of Cork Tomas MacCurtain by his granddaughter and biographer Fionnuala MacCurtain. Ms MacCurtain, who travelled from Cork with her son Ross, delivered a fascinating family history of her much-loved grandfather and his wife Elizabeth. She had on display on the night interesting items of family mementos and memorabilia relating to the patriot.
She said that Tomas MacCurtain had two great passions in his life – his family and his country, and that he and his wife were a very religious couple with a deep love of Ireland, its traditions and culture. Born in Burnfort in 1884, MacCurtain joined the newly formed Conradh na Gaeilge at a young age, and later became a member of the IRB. After the 1916 Rising he spent two years in English prisons, and after release, was elected Lord Mayor of Cork in 1920. Seven weeks later, on March 20th, he was murdered by disguised members of the RIC in front of his wife and family on his 36th birthday.
A Coroner’s Inquest later found the RIC guilty of wilful murder. Ms MacCurtain said that he had previously received threats that he would be shot if another policeman was murdered. However, when this happened the Lord Mayor had contacted the hospital enquiring as to the welfare of the shot policeman and also had offered his condolances to his family on his death. ‘Hardly the actions of a murderer,’ commented the speaker, and she added that it was her belief that the policeman was shot by a splinter IRA group of which there was a number operating at the time. MacCurtain’s murder, followed soon after by the death of his close friend Terence McSwiney, focused international attention to the Irish cause around the world.
After the talk Ms MacCurtain signed copies of her books Remember it’s for Ireland – A Family Memoir of Tomas MacCurtain and Irish Heroes for Children – The Story of Tomas MacCurtain for members of the audience. She also made a presentation of her book for Castletownbere library to librarian Dorothy Brophy, and a portrait of her grandfather to the Beara Historical Society. In turn, a presentation was made to her from the society in appreciation of her outstanding talk to an appreciative audience. Prior to her talk Ms MacCurtain had, at the request of the Beara Historical Society, laid a wreath at the monument in The Square to the members of the Beara Battalion of the Old IRA. Next week we will report on the second event organised for Heritage Week, the visits to the old mills at Brandy Hall and Inches.

Bull Rock

Beara photographer John Eagle realised a life time ambition recently when with Bere Island Seasafri he went through the tunnel in the Bull Rock. The rock, which can be seen from Allihies and Dursey, has a lighthouse and two heli-pads on it. Going through the tunnel is an exciting experience but should only be attempted with a skilled boat helmsman such as those at Seafari

Family carers
West Cork Carers Support Group will hold its AGM on Wednesday September 14th at 12 noon at the office on Bridge Street, Bantry. All are welcome to attend.
The West Cork Carers Support Group is running a six-week pilates exercise course for family carers starting on Wednesday September 14th in the New You Studio, The Courtyard, Barrack Street, Bantry. The course will run every Wednesday night from 7.45pm to 8.45pm for six weeks. Pilates is a great exercise workout for people of all ages and any level of fitness. After a pilates class every muscle will be stretched, toned and massaged and you will leave feeling mentally and physically relaxed and energised. Places are limited. To avoid disappointment, book early by calling the West Cork Carers Support Group on 027-53848.
The West Cork Carers Support Group is hosting a one-day training course for family carers in hand massage and manicure led by an Irish Red Cross volunteer this Saturday September 10th. The training will take place from 10am to 4pm at the Family Resource Centre in Dunmanway. There is a subsidised fee of €30 for the day which includes lunch. There are just a few places left and booking is essential.

Heritage Centre
The Bere Island Heritage Centre will be hosting a watercolour workshop with Jenni White on September 3rd and 4th, call 027 75956 for details.
There will be a ten-day Christian Meditation Retreat from September 14th to 24th with Fr Laurence Freeman OSB; booking for this retreat is essential through Theresa Hobbs at or 027 75956, details at

Roan Harrington
Poignant scenes were witnessed in Allihies on Wednesday of last week, both in St Michael’s Church and again in the nearby cemetery, during the Requiem Mass and burial of eight-year-old Roan Harrington of Ballydonegan, Allihies, who fell from his bicycle on the roadway near his home shortly after 5pm on August 28th, and was pronounced dead on route to Bantry Hospital. He was found by an English couple who were holidaying in the area. Roan was supposed to have started his first day in second class at Cahermore NS on Monday. Tears were flowing both in the packed church and at the burial where all the pupils of Cahermore NS were given a day off to attend their friend’s funeral.
His principal described him, saying: ‘He was involved in everything. He was always good fun, loved animals and being outdoors.’ Sympathy was extended to his mother Margaret Harrington, his father Angel Hose, otherwise known as Sesso, Villanueva, and brothers Euan 12 and Oran 10.

Late Kathleen O’Shea
The death took place last week at Cork Regional Hospital, of Mrs Kathleen O’Shea, Diesert, Castletownbere. Nee Conroy, the late Mrs O’Shea who was in her early 90s, was a native of Knockoura, and a member of a very old established family and is the last of a family of 13, with three sets of twins. Her husband, Michael, who was a local postman, died over fifty years ago leaving Kathleen to raise six young children on her own. She also buried twin boys Stephen and Patrick. She proved herself to be a really lovely person in every sense of the word and she was widely known for her loving kindness, hospitality and great sense of humour and was a lady truly endowed with many admirable traits of character and a wonderful neighbour. When the very sad news of her death broke it cast a deep gloom of profound sorrow throughout the parish as well as in neighbouring parishes. To her sorrowing sons Michael, John, Denis and Tony, daughters Mary, Margaret and Catherine, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives and friends, deepest sympathy was extended on their very sad bereavement. A huge concourse of sympathisers attended the removal of remains from Harrington’s Funeral Home, to the Church of the Sacred Heart and the funeral took place to Droum Cemetery, following Requiem Mass on Sunday.

Caha Centre
September can feel somewhat like the start of a new year, and everyone at the Caha Family Resource Centre, Ardgroom, is really enthusiastic and getting ready to deliver services. There are a number of new programmes on offer as well as the continuation of groups, activities, individual support and resources that are already being taken up by members of the community. Their most recent newsletter gives information on many of these. The newsletter is available throughout the area, or alternatively contact the centre to request a copy.
This year The Caha Centre is organising activities and events around Positive Ageing Week which runs from September 30th to October 8th. To raise awareness of positive ageing the Caha Centre will run a Beara-wide photographic competition depicting ‘Positive Ageing’. Entrants are asked to think creatively about what they regard as positive ageing. Photographs will be judged by Beara Camera Club and the Brennan Brothers. The Caha Centre thanked both SuperValu Castletownbere and SuperValu Kenmare for each providing a prize of a €50 shopping voucher. Photographs must be originals and closing date is Friday September 23rd at 5pm.
If you cannot attend any of the programmed events, participate by sending us ‘poems, thoughts, art, sayings or tips’ on all things positive. While there is no prize for these they will be displayed at the centre’s Bingo sessions along with painting by Jan.
On September 26th the Caha Centre will be the venue for a ‘Being Well’ course. The course will be facilitated by the Health Promotion Department of the HSE. Some of the topics covered will be: healthy eating, getting active, stress and relaxation.This six-week course is available subject to sufficient numbers. Contact 087-9144427 for further details.
Aerobics start on Thursday September 15th at 7.30pm, €50 for 6 weeks, subject to numbers. Contact Imelda 087 3912607.

September 6th

The Beara Way has been promoted very well in the last few years, especially by RTE programme called Tracks and Trails, which was co-funded by Failte Ireland, The Department of the Environment, and The National Trails Office with the assistance of Beara Tourism. Due to the success of this programme, the National Trails Office fitted counters on the stile in the Dursey Sound Area. The counters were in place for 125 days and were read in the middle of August.

As a result, the National Trails Office informed Beara Tourism that 28,570 people crossed the stile. This figure was one of the highest recorded in the country and shows the value of the Beara Way and the Dursey Cable Car as tourist attractions. Failte Ireland estimates that every visitor to an area spends an average of €80.00 per day, which means that the income to West Cork and the South Kerry area of this section of the Beara Way is an estimated €2,285,600.

Walking is one of the growth areas in tourism in the country and promoting this and the ten other sections of the Beara Way is part of Cork County Council, Failte Ireland, West Cork Community Partnership and Beara Tourism's policy.

Over the last 18 months, Beara Tourism has promoted the Beara Way by:

Producing the Beara Way Booklet and the Beara Way Brochure.
Up-dating ten strategically-placed map boards.
Assisting Failte Ireland in the production of the Tracks and Trails Programme, which has now been shown twice on RTE .
Assisting an international film company in filming in March showing the Beara Way, a film that will be shown on television in over 20 countries.
Promoting the featuring of The Walking Route in the Summer Edition of the Waiting Room magazine in an Irish Times feature last week, and in German travel magazines later on this year.


August 9th

On the 6th of August the Spanish state tug Sebastian de Ocampo arrived in Castletownbere with an injured crewman from the Spanish tuna fleet fishing off the south west of Ireland. The ship is 41m in length with a draught 5.2m. The injured crewman was looked after by Southdoc and the ship returned to sea on Sunday morning.


The National Trails Office which is part of the Sports Council installed counters on the stile by Dursey Sound on the Beara Way. The counter was installed on the 15th April and information was downloaded on 27th June. The counter recorded 11,864 people crossed the stile in that period. Beara Tourism were delighted with the results and it shows how popular the Beara Way is, and especially the section by the Dursey Sound overlooking the cable car and Dursey Island.

July 31st

Suzann and Michael Suzann and Michael Suzann and Michael
Michael Harrington of Kilcatherine near Eyeries and Suzann Leahy of Bantry who were married July 30th at St. Finbarr's Church in Bantry

July 30th

The concert from the Youth Orchestra from Wil in Switzerland received several standing ovations in the Church of the Sacred Heart last Tuesday. The audience was simply delighted with the performance. Thanks went to Canon Gearoid Walsh for facilitating this event. The collection taken up as a contribution to the Church Restoration Fund came to €935.
The Castletownbere Festival of the Sea opens on Saturday – see posters around town for details. A great week is promised with lots of music and fun for people of all ages. Castletownbere looks forward to welcoming many visitors for this great summer celebration.
At 3pm it’s the official opening of the festival with MC Teddy Black. At 3pm there will be net mending, splicing and line throwing in the Square (sponsored by Swan Net Gundry, Twomey’s Bar and Betty O’Shea). At 3pm there’s children’s entertainment in the Square.
On Monday 1st at 1pm sharp, Castletownbere’s annual regatta will be held. Races begin at the head of the pier and categories include men, women, U14, U16, junior, minor and senior gig race (organised by the boat club).
The Annual Fishermen’s Mass will be held on Monday August 1st, at 12 noon in the Auction Hall on the Main Pier, Castletownbere. There will be a blessing of all boats in the harbour including the gigs directly after mass and the RNLI Lifeboat will bring members of Mna na Mara to the harbour’s mouth to lay a wreath in memory of all those lost at sea. All are very welcome.

Church centenary
Bishop Bill Murphy will come to celebrate the Vigil Mass at 7.30pm on this Saturday, July 30th, to mark the Centenary of the Church of the Sacred Heart, Castletownbere. In marking this historic moment in the life of the parish, we are in many respects honouring the memory of our ancestors whose sacrifices provided us with this church as a place of worship to God. Afterwards everybody is invited to share in the light refreshments being served in halls Scoil an Chroi Ro Naofa. It is then that the Bishop will launch the centenery book; it has been compiled specially to mark this historic occasion and includes accounts and photography of various moments and personalities associated with the Church and parish during the past 100 years, with particular emphasis on the missionary endeavour that had their roots here. It will then be on sale for €10 per copy.

Historical outing
The July outing to the Adrigole area, organised by Beara Historical Society on Sunday 17th, again attracted a large number of people. The weather was ideal and the group from Castletownbere met up with another group at the starting point, in Kilmacowen. Here Connie Murphy welcomed everyone and introduced the local guides for the day – Joe Harrington and Joe Kelly. The first stop was Kilmacowen where one of the highest standing stones in Beara is situated. The second stop was at a stone circle in the same area and then on nearby Gowlane where a Wedge Grave was examined. The group then moved to Cahervart, where they were told the story of the monastic settlement. Chairman of the Historical Society, Connie Murphy thanked the two Joes for a most interesting and informative afternoon, which lasted over three hours.

Bere Island news
On Sunday July 31st at 1.30pm the annual mass will be celebrated at the Holy Year Cross. It is hoped that many Beara people will participate at the ceremony. The ferry leaves Castletownbere at 12.30pm.
Bere Island GAA club will hold a monster draw to raise funds for the shortfall that is left after developing the pitch and clubhouse. Tickets can be bought from Murphy’s shop, Murphy’s ferry, The Hotel, Lawrence Cove Lodge and from club members. Bernard Hallahan won the GAA lotto jackpot of €1,340. Next draw will take place in Dessie’s this Friday.
The Bere Island regatta will start on August 2nd and run until Monday the 8th. As usual a full line-up of events will be held to suit all ages. The second camp runs in August from Tuesday 9th until Thursday 11th at the GAA pitch at Rerrin village, from 12pm to 4pm each day. Activities include various sports, arts and crafts, nature and shoreline walks and other fun activities. Cost is €5 per child per day, with discounts for three children or more. Organisers are also looking for volunteers. Contact Bere Island Projects Groups at 027 75099.
On Thursday July 28th, a children’s summer camp will run for ages four to 12 at the GAA pitch, 12pm to 4pm, €5 per day per child, to include arts and crafts, sports and nature walks. Contact 027 75099.
A Play on Words presents O’Sullivan Beara: The Last Gaelic Chieftain, starring Aidan Dooley, at 8pm at The Lecture Theatre, hosted by the Bere Island Theatre Troupe on Tuesday August 2nd.

Late Helen Power
It was with deep regret and sadness, that her family and many friends in Beara learned of the unexpected death of Helen Power of Ballard, Millcove, Castletownbere, at the age of 31. Helen was daughter of Maureen and the late Don Power, Millcove, a well-known family throughout Beara. After reposing at her home on Thursday, her remains were removed to the Church of the Sacred Heart on Friday morning where mass to celebrate her life was celebrated by Canon Gearoid Walsh PP assisted by Fr Jim Lenihan Adm, Allihies, in a packed church.
During the mass, readings were by Helen’s friends Amy and John, and Prayers for the Faithful by her sister-in-law Bernice, cousin Gavin, niece Olivia, cousin Nicole, cousin Anna and sister Jean. Offertory of the Gifts were by Helen’s mother and godmother. The Reflection ‘Death is Nothing At All’ was read by Catherine. Following the mass, there was a huge gathering for the funeral to Droum Cemetery. Helen is survived by her mother Maureen, brother William, sisters Anne Marie, Catherine and Jean, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, and a large number of relations and friends, to whom sympathy is extended.

Garnish Festival
The Garnish Family Festival will run this year from Friday July 29th to Sunday August 7th, with activities to suit all ages and tastes. Aidan Dooley’s acclaimed play O’Sullivan Beara: The Last Gaelic Chieftain will take place on Friday 29th at 8pm. All proceeds will go to the Horizon Project Friendly visiting service for older people. This will be followed by a family treasure hunt on Saturday August 30th.
Beara Historical Society will have a walk and talk about local archaeologically and historically significant events and features on Sunday 31st, followed by screening of local documentaries. Eckie Krupp will perform with Garnish Sound on Tuesday night, 2nd. There will be a bumper bingo bonanza on Wednesday night 3rd. Thursday 4th will be a Poker Night.
There will be a fancy dress competition and talent show on Friday 5th. Saturday August 6th will be a family fun evening, with races and novelty events for all ages, as well as a dog show. The festival will culminate on Sunday 5th with the thrilling Garnish car trials.

July 27th

Festival of the Sea is about to start/ For full details please click here

Allihies events please click here

For Bere Island events please click here

July 22nd

Sharon and Eileen Wow

Sharon Shannon performing live on stage in Eyeries Village Hall with Eileen O'Driscoll from Kilcatherine at the Eyeries Festival, which Sharon opened earlier in the evening. Pictures: John Eagle

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Irish ports may benefit from a welcome jobs boost, following meetings between agriculture minster  Simon  Coveney, Bord Iascaigh Mhara [bim] and the French organisations representing 850 fishing vessels. BIM estimate that for every extra vessel landing its catch here for processing , an average of five jobs will be recreated . Total fishing opportunities in the water around Ireland are valued at 1.2 billion. The Irish fleet’s share of this is 18 percent in volume terms, worth some €200 million . A high proportion of this fish is being caught by French vessels and Ireland could benefit greatly if French vessels landed an increased percentage of their catch in Ireland .The French business groups were very impressed by the port facilities they visited .They responded favourably to the suggestion that they could make huge savings on fuel by processing their catches in Ireland rather than racing back to France with each fresh load .Mr Coveney said The French visitors left with a very clear Massage that Irish ports are open for business .They know that they can grade and process their catch here rather than heading back to France .They were very interested in this concept , and they want to develop mutually beneficial relationships with us. As we speak there are 350 trawlers in Irish waters today. Many of those are French. We want them to use Irish ports and Irish services, and I am hopeful that we can do real business with them. Our first priority is to ensure that the Irish fleet gets a strong share of the catch from Irish waters ,but we also want to also add to the volume of the fish landed around here .Around 1.2m tonnes of are caught here each year ,but only 240,000tons are landed in Irish ports. That is not good enough. The food harvest 2020 strategy shows that shared resourced through strategic initiatives, including other member states, will be central to economic development and today’s talks are a prime example of how this might work ,Local fishermen seem to think that the minister is suffering from déjà vu, as some years back a huge effort was made to process all fish landed here before shipping to Spain and France . Grants were made available and an instructor on processing the fish was employed , as well as over a dozen women Employed to do the work ,The processing of the fish here in Castletownbere never worked .Why it didn’t was never



Graveyard masses will be celebrated at two of Castletownbere’s graveyards In the coming weeks;Finines old graveyard [below the road] on Thursday july the 22nd And at Droum on august 5th .Both masses will be at 730pm.Cemetery masses in Allihies parish,Cluin cemetery on Tuesday july 26th at 8pm and Cathermore on Wednesday

July 27th at 8pm.



The continuing fall in the number of priests has resulted in a further clustering. Of resources in the neighbouring parishes in the Kerry diocese and a cut back. In the number of Beara priests.Fr Eamonn Mulvihill who has been the parish priest. In Eyeries for the past ten and a half years,is moving to Spa,near Listowel ,Co Kerry, and will not be replaced by another pp but Fr Jim Lenihan presently administratorin Allihies which means the Allihies parish will be without any priest . The three priests left in Beara will have to service the churches of Castletownbere,Rossmacowen and Bere Island, Allihies, Cathermore,Adrigole,Eyeries and Ardgroom.This is the first Time in several hundred years that Allihies and Eyeries are left without a parish priest. It means that the four parishes in the Beara deanery with eight churches will be with only Only one canon,Castletownbere ,one parish priest Adrigole and one administrator Eyeries. Parishioners are waiting to see the effects of these changes.Following the 10am Mass at Cathermore church on Sunday last , Paddy Sheehan from Garnish who is a very witty speaker thanked Fr Jim and spoke of his time in the parish and Mary PO’Sullivan from Ballydonegan Alliies, presented Fr Jim with a gift from the parishioners.

The Annual Fisherman's Mass will now be held on Regatta Monday, 1st August, at 12 noon in the Auction Hall on the Main Pier, there will be a blessing of all boats in the harbour including the gigs directly after Mass and the RNLI Lifeboat will bring members of Mna na Mara to the harbours mouth to lay a wreath in memory of all those lost at sea. All are very welcome.

July 20th

Lovely article written about Eyeries, please click here to read

Eyeries Festival coming up this weekend

July 18th

Circus Gerbola

Circus Gerbola will present their new show Musica in Dinish Island from the 25th to 27th July

Show Times

Mon 25th @ 7.30 p.m. only

Tue 26th @ 4.30 p.m. & 7.30 p.m.

Wed 27th @ 5.00 p.m. only.

On Tuesday July 19th a 50-piece youth orchestra from Switzerland will play at Sacred Heart Church Castletownbere at 8.30 p.m.. This should be a very special evening of musical entertainment. A collection will be held on the night to help raise funds for the proposed renovation project for Sacred Hearth Church .

Red Cross

Berehaven Red Cross extended thanks to all who contributed to the recent collection.

Recent Death

It was with deep regret that his many relatives and friends in Beara learned of the death of former County Surgeon for Donegal, Joseph Hanley, who was laid to rest in his adopted Letterkenny. A native of Castletownbere, he was a highly distinguished physician and for many years was based at Letterkenny General Hospital .

Garnish Festival

The 31st annual Garnish Family Festival kicks off on Friday July 29th and will continue until Sunday August 7th, when the popular car rally will be staged. For further details, see posters.

Festival of the Sea

The annual Festival of the Sea will begin in Castletownbere on Friday 29th July and continue until Sunday 7th August. See posters for further details of events.


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An open competition for Amateur Photographers to find the images

that best represents the fun and community spirit found at the

Eyeries, Castletownbere, Bere Island , Garnish and Allihies Summer Festivals.

Eyeries Family Festival - 22thJuly To 25th July 2011

Castletownbere Festival of the Sea - 29th July To 07th August 2011

Bere Island Festival - 2nd August to 7th August 2011

Garnish Family Festival - 5th August To 7th August 2011

Allihies Festival - 10th August To 15th August 2011

Overall Prize awarded for best image in 2 categories Adult (Over 16 years) and Youth (Under 16 Years).

Prizes also for best images from each festival in both categories.

How to Enter:

Take a photograph that best represents Fun and Community Spirit at any one of Beara`s Summer Festivals.

Print your photo minimum size 8" X 10" (20 × 25 cm) and on the back in block capitals print your Name, Address,Telephone no, Category (Adult over 16 or Youth under 16)

and which festival the photo represents.

Submit your image by post or hand to:

Beara Festivals Photo Challenge, C/O Niall Duffy, Berehaven Pharmacy, Main Street, Castletownbere, Beara, Co Cork .

Closing Date: 31st August 2011.

In submitting photographs to this competition the entrant grants to the relevant Beara Festival Committees the right to use, reproduce, adopt, distribute,publish and publicly display the photographs that are the subject of this competition for any purpose in relation to the promotion of future festivals.

More info at:
Niall Duffy

Press, PR and Commercial Photographer

Main Street, Castletownbere, Beara, West Cork.

July 17th

Puxley Mansion

Funds run out for Puxley restoration, please click here for more

July 16th

Sponsored Walk

Walkers setting off from Ardgroom at 8.30am this morning for their sponsored walk to Bere Island to raise funds for the Berehaven Red Cross

July 14th


Sheepdog Suzie relaxing during the recent heatwave at the Top of the Healy Pass viewing Glanmore Lake

July 9th

The Irish Times The irish Times

The above was in the Irish Times July 9th Please click here to read

101st Birthday

Congratulations and best wishes to Ted (Bawn) Harrington, Derrycriveen, Bere Island , who celebrated his 101st birthday on Wednesday of last week, June 29th.

Second Edition

In December last a new publication entitled The Name is Harrington and Heritage of the Graveyard was launched by Gerdie Harrington. In a very short time that edition was sold out. The Good news is that a second edition is now in the shops.

Appointed to Committee

Last week Noel Harrington FG TD for Cork South West, was honoured to have been appointed by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, to the Joint Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture. This Committee will be responsible for Communications, Energy, Natural Resources, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.


CoAction Beara extended sincere thanks to all the local businesses who generously donated and contributed to a fundraiser table quiz held on May last. Your ongoing support for this organisation is greatly appreciated.

Adrigole Clean Up

Members of Adrigole Parish will meet for a clean-up on Sunday July 10th from 3pm to 5pm. A Great effort has taken place to date and continued support is essential to maintaining a clean countryside.

Blood pressure clinic

There will be a blood pressure clinic held at the Castletownbere Health Centre on Tuesday July 12th from 2pm to 4pm. It is important for people of all ages to have their blood pressure checked on a regular basis. All are welcome to attend this free, confidential service being offered by your local Public Health Nurse with the Health Service Executive (South).


July 6th

Coveney Launches Initiative to Increase French Landings of Seafood into Ireland
French Seafood Landings Hold Major Potential for increased economic activity and jobs for Ireland

BIM estimate that for every extra vessel landing catch in Ireland for processing, 5 new jobs will be created

Key representatives from six of the most influential French fishing organisations, representing over 850 vessels are in Ireland today (Monday 4th July 2011) with a view to agreeing strategic partnerships between Irish and French seafood interests. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, T.D. welcomed them to the BIM offices in Clonakilty, where they are to have a day of intensive meetings with eight of Ireland's top seafood processing plants and service providers from all around the Irish coast.

Currently, total fishing opportunities in the waters around Ireland are valued at €1.2 billion. The Irish fleets' share of this is 18% in volume terms, worth some €200 million. A high proportion of this fish is being caught by French vessels and Ireland could benefit greatly if French vessels landed an increased percentage of their catch in Ireland. BIM estimate that for every extra vessel landing its catch here for processing, an average of 5 new jobs will be created.

Speaking as he welcomed the delegates from France and members of the Irish industry, Minister Coveney said "This initiative could have great potential for both Irish and French seafood businesses. It offers great opportunities for increased economic activity and job creation in coastal communities around Ireland. The Food Harvest 2020 strategy highlights that shared resources through strategic initiatives, including other member states, will be central to economic development and today's exploratory talks are a prime example of how this might work. I have asked BIM to report back to me in 3 months with a progress report on the development of these partnerships.

Increasingly high fuel prices mean it may be more profitable for some non-Irish vessels to land in Ireland than in their home countries. Coupled with well thought out strategic alliances, higher value output with reduced costs for all parties can be achieved.

BIM's chief executive Jason Whooley commented on overall environmental trends saying, "The world is changing, there is unprecedented volatility coupled with unprecedented opportunity. In order to deal with this new reality, we need to think and act strategically; today is a good example of how that strategic thinking may be applied".

The aim of the exploratory talks is to identify opportunities for Irish and French companies to work together to improve quality, reduce costs and ensure sustained supply to an even larger customer base. With the product being landed and processed in Ireland it will reach mainland Europe more quickly and in a format demanded by the consumer and multiples alike. The increased efficiencies in this route to market will form mutual competitive advantages.

Date Released: 04 July 2011


July 5th

Watch John Creedon visit Beara on RTE Player (available until July 24th) click here

July 4th


Coast to Coast Charity cyclists arriving back in Castletownbere July 2nd


Will be a big turn out for the occasion and favourable weather.

Beara Tourism in conjunction with Caha Centre, Bere Island Projects and Allihies Mines Co-Op organised a tour of the Ring of Beara for the crew of the Salomon. The crew visited the stone circle in Castletownbere, Dunboy Castle, Cable Car, Allihies Mines Museum and returned to Castletownbere via the Healy Pass.


Last Saturday night the Swiss sail training vessel 'Salomon' anchored off Dunboy in Berehaven harbour. On Sunday local pilot boat owned by Derry and Diarmuid O'Donovan with members of Beara Tourism visited the ship. The ship's captain enquired would there be a berth at the pier for his sailing vessel. The Castletownbere Harbour Master provided a berth and the ship arrived at the main pier Monday morning. The captain was delighted to be met by Karin Grace a native of Switzerland living in Allihies. The ship has a crew of trainees from Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Spain, Beara Tourism is organising a tour of the Ring of Beara for them and the ship will be in port until Sunday. This 3 masted tall ship is a welcome tourist attraction in the port.


Salomon entering Castletownbere harbour June 20th


Mark Jeisy, Urs Ruttimann Captain of the Salomon and Ecki Krupp

Salomon Crew at Allihies Mines

The crew of Salomon outside the Allihies Mines Museum

Allihies Mines Museum

Salomon crew enjoying refreshments at the Allihies Mines Museum


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