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Beara News Archives 1

at Dunboy

Peter Lonergan at the start of his walk to Leitrim with Sarah O'Sullivan at Dunboy Castle. Peter is going to walk from Dunboy all the ways up to Leitrim following in the footsteps of O'Sullivan-Beare who did the march 400 years ago. You can follow the walk by clicking here

May 28th

A wonderful occasion was conducted on Saturday last when boys and girls of Scoil An Chroí Ro Naofa were given their First Holy Communion in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Castletownbere, which was full to capacity. Mass was concelebrated by Fr Garoid Walsh and Fr Dennis Harrington, a grand-uncle of one of the communicants. The class teacher, Ms Deirdre Lehane, had prepared the children so well that all aspects of their mass passed off perfectly. A choir of other students joined in the singing and played their recorders during the mass under the directorship of Ms Mairese O’Driscoll and accompanied on the organ of the excellent Mrs Irene Geraghty. All the school activities were under the directorship of principal Dr Paul Stevens. Congratulations was extended to the communion class – Ruadhan Duncan, Fintan Fenner, Declan Harrington, Aimee Harrington, Oisin Hurley, Lee Kelly, Killian Murphy, Kevin O’Brien, Leon O’Mahony-Marten, Saoirse O’Neill, Sorcha O’Neill, Jack O’Neill, Gerald Orpen, Lauren O’Sullivan, Patrick O’Sullivan, Ewan O’Sullivan, Katie O’Sullivan, Shane Power, Mary Kate Shea, Mikey Sheehan and Edward Wiseman.

Piano recital
On May 20th, 30 students of Mrs Irene Geraghty’s Piano School presented a piano recital at the Anam Cara Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat in Eyeries, Beara, which is run in the beautiful home of Sue Booth-Forbes. Sue told the audience that the piano the students would be using was 100 years old and had belonged to her great-grandmother. Bought in Chicago, the upright baby grand was shipped to Utah when the family went West and then bequeathed to Sue.
All students performed excellently with offerings from Bo-Peep, Beethoven and Radiohead. The afternoon was adjudged a great entertainment. A vote of thanks was given to Sue for her generosity in lending her home to this important date in the music diary of Beara. Irene Geraghty was also thanked for her continuing commitment to the tuition of tomorrow’s musicians.

Trócaire collection
Sincere thanks was extended to all who supported the Lenten Trócaire collection. A sum of €2,024 was raised in Castletownbere and Rossmacowen, and €240 was raised in Bere Island.

Photo competition
From Lonehort Battery to Ardnakinna Lighthouse, people are invited to photograph Bere Island, be it your favourite spot, a place that holds a particular memory, or an image which captures you at the spur of the moment. The competition is for amateur photographers only, a maximum of three photos per person can be submitted, and the subject matter of all photos must be Bere Island. There are two categories, under 16s and over 16s, the closing date is June 16th. Photos can be uploaded on the Bere Island Photo Competition Facebook page, or by email to bereislandphoto@gmail.com. Please state your name, age and contact details when submitting your entry. Winners will be announced during the Islands’ Open Weekend on Saturday June 23rd at 5pm in the Heritage Centre.

Heritage Centre
There will be a public meeting at the Bere Island Heritage Centre on Saturday June 2nd at 3pm, held by Rubicon Heritage in order to explain the upcoming Bere Island Archaeology Project. The meeting is to inform the community and any other interested individuals of plans for this year and hopes for the future.
There will be a watercolour weekend workshop with Jenni White on Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st, exploring floral art incorporating colour and shadow. All aspects will be demonstrated by Jenni White in a relaxed and informal way; suits all levels. Please call the Heritage Centre to book your place.
Tickets are now available for the Bere Island Heritage Centre’s Big Raffle, with a fantastic first prize of one weeks accommodation in a lovely beach house in Stinson Beach, San Francisco c/o John Joe Sullivan, including $1,000 spending money. Second prize is a weeks accommodation in Bere Island Holiday Homes, third prize is a 32inch Philips flat screen LCD TV from Dwyers Electrical in Cork, fourth prize is two nights B&B for two people in Lawrence Cove Lodge, Bere Island, and fifth prize is an exciting trip on the Bere Island Sea Safari.
Anyone who sells a book of ten tickets will get two free tickets to themselves to avail of the opportunity of winning one of the fabulous prizes!
Bere Island Heritage Centre, biheritage@gmail.com, 027 75956.

Castletownbere GAA
Castletownbere were defeated by Kanturk recently in the first round of the championship. At half time, sides were level – Castletownbere 6 points to Kanturk 1-3. However, the full-time score saw a goal between the sides – Town 7 points to Kanturk 1-7. Castletownbere now meet Adrigole in the next round.

Ladies’ GAA
Beara ladies U12s played Keelnameela in what proved to be a very sporting game for both sides. Both teams played very well but Beara never gave up and won on a score of Beara 8pts, Keelnameela 1g 3pts.
Beara team: Siobhan Doyle, Lisa O’Sullivan, Maeve O’Sullivan, Lara O’Sullivan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Claire O’Shea, Vicki O’Sullivan,Katie Kelly, Derarca O’Shea, Katie Con O’Sullivan, Siofra Nee, Linda Hartnett, Lorea O’Sullivan, Aimee Harrington, Katyln O’Sullivan, Christina O’Sullivan, Caoimhe Donegan, Sarah Kelly, Rose Power, Aine Spencer, Leone Wright, Kate Gilsenan,Rachel Shea,Olivia Harrington, Abbie Kane.
Beara ladies U14s recently played Bantry in Adrigole in the last game of this year’s league. Both teams performed well on the day, however Beara won out on a score of Beara 1g 14pts, Bantry 1g 5pts.
Beara team: Danielle Murphy, Catriona Harrington, Mikki Redding, Aoife Shea, Mary Hilda Hurley, Shauna O’Shea, Claire O’Shea, Elaine O’Sullivan 2pts, Katie Kelly 1pt, Karen Crowley 1g 1pt, Niamh O’Sullivan 5pts, Derarca O’Shea, Orla Sullivan, Emma Shea, Ciara Crowley 2pts, Meg Joe O’Sullivan 3pts.
Beara ladies U16s recently defeated Dohenys on a score of Beara 6g 9pts, Dohenys 1g 5pts.
Beara team: Jennifer Cronin, Chloe Sullivan, Mikki Redding, Roisin Harrington, Caitriona Nee, Alex Harrington, Lilly McCarthy, Meg Joe O’Sullivan 1g 3pts, Molly Jer O’Sullivan 1pt, Leanne O’Sullivan, Megan Murphy 1g, Niamh O’Sullivan 1g 2pts, Amy O’Shea, Jessica Murphy 1g 1pt, Maria O’Sullivan 1pt.Aisling Harrington 1pt, Danielle Kelly, Danielle Murphy, Karen Crowley 2g.

Fiscal treaty
A public information meeting on the fiscal/stability treaty will be held on Monday May 28th in Castletownbere at the Forge Niteclub at 9pm. It will be chaired by Noel Harrington, TD and feature guest speakers. All are welcome to come along.
Meanwhile, Fine Gael TD, Noel Harrington, has said that a new survey which shows 90% of business leaders support a Yes vote in the stability treaty referendum highlights the importance of a positive result in the referendum for economic growth. The survey, carried out by IBEC, was based on the replies of over 400 CEOs.

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 May 29th at 8pm. The meeting is open to and welcomes people who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, angina, had angioplasty with or without stents inserted, or who have had cardiac surgery (by-pass surgery, mitral valve surgery, etc.). For information please contact Catherine Cahalane, 086 7871552.

Cork County Council

is pleased to announce the Anti-Litter Challenge competition 2012, which will be officially launched by the Mayor on 14th May at County Hall. The objectives of the competition are to reduce litter pollution in the county as a whole, and to encourage community involvement in the solutions to litter pollution. Similar to last year, the competition will be run over a 6 week period:

· First period 21st May 2012 to 30th May 2012

· Second period 4th June 2012 to 13th June 2012

· Third period 18th June 2012 to 27th June 2012

The following change has been made to the Competition for 2012:

1 cigarette butts will count as 0.1 piece of litter, therefore 10 cigarette butts = 1 piece of litter. In contrast to previous years where a mark was lost for each 1-10 pieces of litter, every piece of litter will count as a lost mark, and results will be out of 1000 instead of 100. This is to address an anomaly that existed last year, where one cigarette butt would cost the same as 99 cigarette butts.
The judging period has changed from a fortnightly period to a 10 day period with a 4 day break in between judging to allow Communities to evaluate judging results and to clean up areas of concern.

I am enclosing the following for your information:

Litter Challenge Application Form
Sample marking sheets for your information. Please enter sample scores in both the 2011 sheet and the 2012 sheet to see the potential for losing or saving marks
Details of the format of the competition for 2012, including the judging guidelines
Details of the Judging Dates for the competition in 2012
Details of what towns are in which category for the 2012 competition

Please return the application form to litterchallenge@corkcoco.ie or to the address below by the 11th May 2012.

Regards,

Donna

Donna McCarthy

Clerical Officer

Cork County Council

Environment Directorate

Inniscarra

Co.Cork

Tel: 021 4532700

Fax: 021 4532727

Email: litterchallenge@corkcoco.ie

Web: www.corkcoco.ie

 

May 22nd

Cubs clean up

Cub scouts with lots of rubbish collected. Well done Cubs

May 21st

Date

Today date can be turned upside down and will read the same. The same will happen on August 8th so be ready for it!!

At the recent AGM of Castletownbere Community Development Association, under the supervision of Jerry Sullivan MCC, the following were elected to serve on the committee: Michael Downey, chairperson; Noel Forde, vice chairperson; Kathleen Twomey, secretary; Darren Lynch, treasurer; Dorothy Brophy, PRO; Donal Kelly, development officer; Anne Marie Cronin and Michael Harrington.
Michael Downey, as new chairperson, thanked the outgoing chairperson Donal Kelly for his contribution as a great motivator and organiser. The association is actively seeking new members and fresh ideas. The association aims to promote Castletownbere and the general Beara area as a place to live and visit.
The June bank holiday weekend is fast approaching and the association has planned many fun activities for the weekend. These will be co-ordinated with the charity cycle being undertaken by the local Cycling Club from Castletownbere to Dingle and back on FridayJune 1st and Saturday 2nd. Other cyclists are encouraged to join in, particularly from Ardgroom to town on June 2nd. Further details will be available next week.

Recent death
John Murphy was born on January 22nd, 1920, to Mr and Mrs Dan Murphy, East End, Castletownbere, and was baptised in the Sacred Heart Church, Castletownbere on Janaury 25th. He attended Brandy Hall national school and later Mungret College in Limerick. In his youth he was an excellent handball player.
John was accepted as an ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford, in Manchester, in September 1942. He transferred to All Hallows in Dublin and was ordained to the sacred priesthood there on June 23rd, 1946. Fr John Murphy served as a curate from 1946 to 1966 and then as a parish priest until 1987. Fr Murphy always made time for an annual visit to Beara to see his friends and relatives despite his work in Manchester. In 1987 he retired to McAuley Mount retirement home, Burnley where he said mass every day in the adjoining chapel. Fr Murphy died in the Royal Blackburn Hospital on April 21st, 2012 after a short illness.
Requiem Mass was celebrated in McAuley Mount chapel on May 3rd by Bishop Terrance Brain; the mass was concelebrated with many priests from the Salford Diocese. Fr Joe Power, Brandy Hall was also remembered at the mass, as he was a personal friend of Fr John and also served in the Salford Diocese. Winnie Slattery, Tallon Road, was also prayed for; she was his housekeeper for many years but was unable to attend the funeral. Fr John was buried in the priests’ crypt in Burnley Cemetery. It was with deep regret and sorrow that his relatives and many friends in Beara learned of Fr Murphy’s death and he is deeply mourned by them.

Cardiac Support
The Bantry Cardiac Support Group is hosting an annual get together of cardiac support groups from Cork and Kerry. This will take place in Glengariff on May 24th, starting at 12.30pm. Meet and greet with tea and sandwiches in the Park Hotel, Glengarriff, then go for a walk either in Glengarriff Woods or out to Garnish Island. Meet back at 5pm for dinner and some music. If interested in participating, please contact John Connolly 086 4048821 or Catherine Cahalane, cardiovascular public health nurse, HSE, at 086 7871552.

First Communion
First Holy Communion will take place in The Sacred Heart Church, Castletownbere on this Saturday, May 19th at 11am. St Michael’s Church, Bere Island will also celebrate First Holy Communion on Sunday May 20th at 10am.

Golf Club
Eighteen-hole results: Mary F O’Sullivan; 1. Rosarie Hanley, 32pts; 2. Tracy O’Sullivan 32pts; 3. Anna Harrington 31pts.
Nine-hole April/May, sponsored by Mary Conal O'Sullivan, winner Mary F. O’Sullivan 19pts.
The winners of the seniors’ open mixed played on Thursday were Pearse Lyne, Julian Brown, and John Hanley. The 18-hole stableford was won by Julian Brown on 35 points, with David Hurley second on 34 points.
Fixtures: Thursday, seniors open mixed draw at 7pm; Saturday, Sunday, 18-hole stableford.

May 18th

Good afternoon from Bere Island!

There will be a public meeting at the Heritage Centre on Saturday 2nd June at 3pm, held by Rubicon Heritage in order to explain the upcoming ‘Bere Island Archaeology Project’.

The meeting is to inform the community and any other interested individuals of their plans for this year and hopes for the future. There will be 3 main topics discussed:

1) Colm Moloney, MD of Rubicon Heritage will give an overview of who they are, why they are interested in the archaeology of Bere Island, and what they hope to achieve for both the island’s archaeology and the local community.

2) Damian Shiels, Director of Rubicon and Conflict Archaeologist will follow with an overview of the aims for this year, consisting of a survey and analysis of Bere Island’s Napoleonic-era military defences. They hope to look at sites and locations which include the Martello towers and batteries, the signal tower, redoubt and commissary store among others. He will also outline plans for outreach and how the information resulting from the project may be utilised.

3) Brian MacDomhnaill, Technical Services Manager at Rubicon will discuss the survey methods to be used on these sites and will describe their intentions to include local community participation during the fieldwork stage.

There will be a watercolour weekend workshop with Jenni White on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July, exploring floral art incorporating colour and shadow, all aspects will be demonstrated by Jenni White in a relaxed and informal way. Suits all levels. Please call us to book your place.

Tickets are now available for the Bere Island Heritage Centre’s Big Raffle, with a fantastic first prize of 1 weeks accommodation in a lovely Beach House in Stinson Beach, San Francisco C/O John Joe Sullivan, including $1000 spending money, second prize is a Weeks accommodation in Bere Island Holiday Homes, third prize is a 32inch Philips flat screen LCD TV from Dwyers Electrical in Cork, fourth prize is 2 nights B&B for 2 people in Lawrence Cove Lodge Bere Island, and fifth prize is an exciting trip on the Bere Island Sea Safari.

Anyone who sells a book of 10 tickets will get 2 free tickets to themselves to avail of the opportunity of winning one of the fabulous prizes!

Thank you for your continued support.

The Heritage Centre Team
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Bere Island Heritage Centre
Ballinakilla
Bere Island
Beara
West Cork
Tel: 027 75956
Fax: 027 75194
Email: biheritage@gmail.com
Web Site: http://bereislandheritage.daportfolio.com/
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BereHeritage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@BereHeritage
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bereheritage/

 

May 17th

A retirement function organised by the Hospital Social Committee was held in the Olde Bakery Restaurant, Castletownbere on Friday April 27th to mark the retirement of Ber Power, matron, Castletownbere Community Hospital. Many fine tributes were paid to Ber to acknowledge her dedication and commitment to both the older people of Beara and also the staff she worked with.
An excellent meal was enjoyed by Ber, her family and colleagues. All the staff of the hospital wished Ber a happy, healthy and fulfilled retirement following her successful career both as a nurse and matron of the hospital She is wished many long and happy years of retirement.
Mrs Power came from a family of nine and was educated by the Sisters of Mercy, Castletownbere. She trained as a nurse in St Finbarr’s Hospital, where she also did midwifery and spent some years working there as a midwife and ambulance nurse. In 1985, she returned as ambulance nurse to Castletownbere Community Hospital and shortly afterwards joined the nursing staff in the hospital. In June 1998 she became matron of Castletownbere Community Hospital. She was also involved in starting CoAction in Beara and is still a member of the local committee.

Confirmation
Children of fifth and sixth classes in the Beara area were recently confirmed. Fr Gearóid Walsh deputised for Bishop Bill Murphy to confirm 15 children in Allihies at 11am and 11 in Adrigole at 3.30pm on Wednesday May 9th, as well as six in Bere Island on Thursday May 10th at 11am. Bishop Murphy officiated in the Church of The Sacred Heart, Castletownbere, on Thurday May 10th at 3pm, when 40 pupils of Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa were confirmed. The children in Castletownbere sang and played their recorders during the ceremony, ably managed by Ms Marese O’Driscoll and Ms Ann McNally under the directorship of p§rincipal Dr Paul Stevens. The Parents’ Association of Scoil An Chroí Ró Naofa kindly arranged and sponsored a tea and coffee reception at the school afterwards.

Recent death
The unexpected sudden death at the age of 66 of Mr Jim Downing, which occurred at his home in Urhan, Eyeries last week, came as a great shock to his family and many friends in Beara and further afield. Jim will be remembered for his long and varied career in the football field. He played with his home club Urhan in minor, U21 and senior and in the same grades with Beara. For a number of years, from 1970, he was a regular on the Cork senior team. He was once described as the best footballer in the county who never won an All-Ireland medal. He won many medals with his club Urhan and with Beara over the years, also All-Ireland Club Championship and Kelleher Shield medals.
The crowds that turned out for the removal of his remains from Harrington’s Funeral Home on Barrack Point stretched to the west as far as O’Donoghue’s Garage, The Square and to the east to Super Valu corner. Again on Wednesday, huge numbers turned out for the Requiem Mass and funeral to Gorthnabullga Cemetery when a guard of honour was formed by his club mates from the Urhan GAA Club. He is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Caroline, Deede, Tina and Irene, sons Gary and Kieran, sons-in-law, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, sisters, Dorothy and Mary, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces and relatives to whom deepest sympathy is extended.

Thank you
The Society of African Missions thanked the people of Castletownbere, Rossmacowen and Bere Island who supported their recent appeal which amounted to €625.

Cancer Connect
Cancer Connect offers free and flexible transport to Cork hospitals for people from West Cork receiving cancer treatments and is now going from Castletownbere through Bantry and Dunmanway to Cork five days per week, Monday to Friday. Volunteers are needed to give one day per month and drive their own car to a Cork hospital. If you are interested in supporting the project, call Helen on 027-52727/087-1224404 or email cancerconnect@ruraltransport.ie.

Fundraiser
The Irish Cancer Society thanked all who supported the collection recently in Rossmacowen, which raised €140.

Fish farm
Save Bantry Bay (SBB), the group formed to oppose the construction of a proposed open pen 3,000 ton salmon farm off Shot Head by Norwegian multi-national Marine Harvest, has been asked for its views on an application for a closed containment salmon farm beside the bay. Aquafact, a Galway environmental consultancy, contacted SBB along with other local groups on behalf of Niri Seafood Ireland Ltd, a subsidiary of the Norwegian company Niri AS.

Castletownbere GAA
Town’s eagerly awaited first round championship match v Kanturk will be held this Sunday, May 13th, in Ballingeary at 2.30pm. Come along and support the team.

Beara ladies
Beara ladies U14s played Valley Rovers recently which proved to be a fantastic game. Both teams played very well on the day but Beara’s hard work saw them narrowly defeat a strong Valley Rovers side on a score of Beara 5g 8pts Valleys 5g 6pts.
Team: Danielle Murphy, Ciara Hanley, Aoife Shea, Clare Shea 1pt, Shauna O’Shea, Katie Kelly, Niamh Terry O'Sullivan 3g 3pts, Ciara O’Sullivan 1g 1pt, Orla Sullivan, Elaine O’Sullivan 1pt, Karen Crowley, Emma Shea 1pt, Danielle Kelly, Ciara Crowley 1g 1pt.

Berehaven golf
The winners of the RNLI fundraiser played over the weekend were John Lotty, Bobby Lotty, and Deccie Wiseman; 2nd John Dwyer, Pearse Lyne, Conor Twomey; 3rd Aiden McGurn, John Crowley, Aiden Cremin. A cheque of 5,000 euro was presented to Mrs Sheila O’Driscoll on behalf of the RNLI by the club captains. Sheila thanked everybody who sponsored and supported this worthy cause. Winners of the seniors open were John Dwyer, Mary J Harrington and Bobby Lotty. Joe O'Neill won the 18 hole stableford on 38 points.
Fixtures: Thursday, seniors open mixed draw at 7pm; Saturday, Sunday, 18 hole singles stableford.
Berehaven ladies’ golf: results, RNLI classic, 1st Angela and Tracy O’Sullivan 46pts, 2nd Carol P Murphy and Mary J Harrington 45pts; minor league, Berehaven 2, Skibbereen 3 in Macroom.
Fixtures: 9 hole stb from May 9th; May 12th/13th, 18 hole stableford, GOY, sponsored by Mary F O’Sullivan, please arrange partners; Australian spoons ongoing; NBCRI 2 x 9 hole ongoing.

Sympathy
Sean Bartels of Eyeries Village, Beara, passed away on May 2nd, peacefully at his home. He was the beloved son of Mary (née O’Hehir) and the late Hans and much loved ‘Bro’ of Adriaan, Edina, Siuna and Esther. A well known and popular young man whose good nature and humour endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him, he will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by his mother, brother, sisters, sister and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and his many friends, especially his Co-Action family.

Driver assessment
Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has called for the age limit, in respect of the requirement to undergo a medical assessment to renew a driving licence, to be raised from 70 to 72 to bring it into line with increased life expectancy and an increase in the retirement age.

Glengarriff National Nature Reserve, Co Cork

http://www.glengarriffnaturereserve.ie

Woods & mountains, Glengarriff Nature Reserve

The setting of Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve is spectacular, with the woods nestled in the sheltered glen opening out into Glengarriff Harbour. Above the woods rise the Caha Mountains, with their dramatic layers of sheer rock

Glengarriff

Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve covers some 300ha, with the dominant habitats being old oak woodland and young woodland which is regenerating in areas which have been cleared of non-native conifers over the last few years. The woods form one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodland in Ireland, being rated second only in importance to the Killarney oakwoods. The Nature Reserve is part of the much larger Glengarriff Harbour & Woodlands Special Area of Conservation (SAC)

Glengarriff

Public events for Glengarriff’s BioBlitz

Creatures of the night, Fri 18th 9pm

Saturday, 19th

Dawn chorus, 4am for 4:30am start

Opening the traps: moth, small mammals and beetles, 9am

Nature walk with National Parks and Wildlife Service, 11am

Tracks, Bugs and Fish, 2pm

 

May 13th

Anam Cara
Writers:  Win a Retreat to Anam Cara!

Anam Cara is currently sponsoring two writing competitions. For submission details and deadlines about the one for poetry, go to:

http://www.anamcararetreat.com/poetry-competition-2012.html

For more information about the short fiction competition, go to:

http://www.anamcararetreat.com/poets-and-writers-magazine.html

Good luck!

 

May 8th

Walk a mile from Dunboy to Leitrim with Peter Lonergan  the Corkman who has spent the last 30 years in Australia. Peter will follow the march of  O' Sullivan beare  in 1603
Starting  at O Sullivan Beare Castle in Dunboy  June the 2nd at 9am  walking  to Glengarriff

Schedule
02-Jun        Dunboy to Glengarriff
03-Jun        Glengarriff Woods to Gougane barra area
04-Jun        Augeris Church    to Millstreet/
05-Jun        Blackwater        to New Market           

06-Jun        Lismire          to Limerick border
07-Jun        Limerick border  to Lisanarrinane
08-Jun        Lisanarrinane    to Cappagh white
09-Jun        Cappagh white    to Templederry
10-Jun        Templederry      to Ballingarry
11-Jun        Ballingarry      to Shannon
12-Jun        Portumna          to Aughrim Galway
13-Jun        Aughrim          to Ballygar Galway
14-Jun        Ballygar          to Ballinlough
15-Jun        Ballinlough      to Monasterreden
16-Jun        Monsteraden      to Castlebaldwin
17-Jun        Castlebaldwin    to Leitrim Village

May 5th

'O’Sullivan Bere March – June2nd  2012

For the Historians among you the famous O’Sullivan Bere March from Dunboy Castle in deepest West Cork to Leitrim in 1603 is a hugely significant event

For one Corkman who has spent the last 30 years in Australia it’s a piece of History that never left his mind. He was always fascinated with this moment in time and since his schooldays always wondered could he follow in the footsteps of those hardy men.

Well, for Peter Lonergan who grew up in Douglas in Cork City his dream is about to become a reality. This year Peter is taking an extended holiday from Perth in Australia and on Saturday June 2nd at 9.00am he will commence the March from the original Dunboy Castle in Castletownbere with a schedule to arrive in Leitrim on Sunday 17th June. This will be 16 days in all (not as hardy as O'Sullivan and his Men who did it in 14 days!).

Peter and his family would wholeheartedly welcome other walkers to join him at any stage along the way.
Attached you will find a copy of the planned route, starting dates, meeting points, accommodation availability, etc. Anyone is welcome to join the walk whether it is for half a day, a full day or longer. At all times there will be a support car in place for contact, transporting overnight bags, emergencies, etc.

Peter’s family, extended family and friends are supporting the walk and  are very indebted  the community groups along the way  who previously organised a similar walk and their experience has been invaluable in making everything happen.

If you have a query in relation to the Walk or would like to support in any way, provide local knowledge on the route or indeed share your experiences please contact any of the following:

Schedule
02-Jun    Dunboy to Glengarriff
03-Jun    Glengarriff Woods to Gougane barra area
04-Jun    Augeris Church    to Millstreet/ blackwater  area
05-Jun    Blackwater        to Lismire
06-Jun    Lismire          to Limerick border
07-Jun    Limerick border  to Lisanarrinane Tipperary
08-Jun    Lisanarrinane    to Cappagh white Tipperary
09-Jun    Cappagh white    to Templederry Tipperary
10-Jun    Templederry      to Ballingarry Tipperary
11-Jun    Ballingarry      to Shannon Tipperary
12-Jun    Portumna          to Aughrim Galway
13-Jun    Aughrim          to Ballygar Galway
14-Jun    Ballygar          to Ballinlough Roscommon
15-Jun    Ballinlough      to Monasterreden Sligo
16-Jun    Monsteraden      to Castlebaldwin Sligo
17-Jun    Castlebaldwin    to Leitrim Village


Jean Geoghegan  >jeangeoghegan@eircom.net< 087 6469989
Beara Tourism    bearatours@eircom.net 027 70054
Paddy Lonergan  >paddy-lonergan@hotmail.com<    086 2550734

May 2nd 2012

new pier

€40 million development to Castletownbere Port  West Cork
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD officially opened the major new €39.5 million Dinish Wharf Development on Dinish Island at Castletownbere  Harbour, Co Cork  on  30th of April.
Castletownbere  Harbour  is one of Ireland's major fishing ports and is Ireland's largest whitefish port. Proximity to rich fishing grounds makes Castletownbere an attractive fish landing location for Irish and foreign vessels. The major pier development on Dinish Island which commenced in 2005 as part of a multi stage project now provides world class infrastructure to grow the marine industries in Castletownbere to new levels. The project is a major infrastructural development that included the dredging of the approach channel, inner harbour and berthing quay at Dinish Island, to a depth of 8 m  the construction of a 215m quay  and associated infrastructure. The harbour can now accommodate more modern and larger vessels in our fleet and visiting fleets. The development will address congestion in the harbour and presents possibilities for other large fishing vessels to berth at Dinish Island increasing the supply of fish for processing or export and generating greater economic activity. In addition, cruise vessels, large commercial or exploration vessels will also now be able to land into and operate out of Castletownbere. Castletownbere  is located in Berehaven harbour  which was the base for the British navy up till 1938. It is deemed to be the second most safest  natural harbour in the world with 10 km of  sheltered anchorage. Castletownbere is  the  closest  deep water port  to the Dunquin oil field  which will  be drilled  in 2013.
See http://www.bearatourism.com/castletownbereport/index.html

http://www.oilport.net/news/art.aspx?id=15621

http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=110995

http://www.businessworld.ie/livenews.htm?a=2839207

http://www.oilandgasinsight.com/file/80214/exxon-to-launch-second-exploration-phase-at-dunquin-licence.html

 

April 24th

10% Discount on June Workshop Retreats at Anam Cara

All of the participants in the Retreat to Deep Ireland workshop retreat, held in April, report an increase in focus, insight, and technial ability in their writing. Evelyn Duphy's Watercolour Workshop Retreat, scheduled to begin on 12 May, promises to provide the same increase for the artists who will be in residence. 

In addition to year-round individual retreats during which residents come to work on their own projects, we are looking forward to the next two week-long workshop retreats, both in June.  The first is Vanessa Gebbie's Short Fiction...More Than It Seems... and then Susan Gilkey's Painting the Irish Landscape from a Tonalist Perspective.  For detailed information, see the weekly agendas for both workshop retreats below:

 

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Short Fiction:  So Much More Than It Seems...
Led by Vanessa Gebbie (www.vanessagebbie.com)

One-week Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival:  Saturday, 9 June 2012
Departure:  Saturday, 16 June 2012

From Vanessa:

"Thank you from me, as well. It is so important to know exactly the type of things we are going to cover - so you can decide if this workshop is right for you at this point in your writing journey... so here you are. What follows is a broad outline, and covers those topics we will be working on together. Then I have drafted a timetable for the week, encompassing workshops, individual writing time, and one-to-ones with me. The exact sequence may change depending on the needs of the participants.

            "The week will be a chance to explore in depth the craft of short fiction in all its challenging guises, in one of Ireland's most inspirational venues."

 

This focused series of collaborative workshops in the company of an experienced and well-published tutor will make demands of all the participants as the small group tackles the components that underpin strong short stories and flash fiction and discovers how relevant these crafts are to the writing of all good fiction.

  • Each day you will tackle tried-and-tested exercises to open up your creative processes, and to deepen your understanding of the craft issues we will explore.
  • You will discover where the best stories come from.
  • You will create believable, original characters to accompany you throughout your week and beyond.
  • You will create vibrant dialogue to give voice to those characters, and use your powers of description to great effect to create solid backgrounds against which your characters will come to life.
  • You will participate in discussing the pros and cons of plotting and of character-led writing and discover how you work best - we are all different - our processes are unique.
  • You will look at the structure of stories, at the 'beginnings, middle and endings' that are the scaffolding of our work.
  • You will use some of your time to enjoy exploring language, creating prose poems and asking the question: 'how important is language, how important is story?'
  • You will look at the editing process, and discover how to polish your drafts to ensure they are as good as they can possibly be.
  • We will discuss how relevant the elements of good short fiction and the processes of writing short fiction are to the longer forms, the novella and the novel.
  • We will look at writing competitions, for those who are interested in these, and ask how best to tackle them, to maximise your chances.

            We will fully enjoy Anam Cara and its surroundings, finding there a rich source of creative inspiration which has been tapped by many other artists and writers before us, secure in the knowledge that we will end our week here enriched. Participants should come prepared to work hard, to be challenged, and to share both their ideas and their feedback with the group.

            When the week is over, you will leave with several pieces of finished work and have many story seeds that will grow in the weeks and months to come. You will have spent time in the company of other writers, discussing, discovering, debating, creating and sharing. But more than that, you will have taken a long step forward on your writing journey, deepening your understanding of the components of one of the most challenging and rewarding forms of fiction.

                   

The week ahead:

 

Saturday, 9 June        

Arrival and settling into where you'll be staying (either at Anam Cara or a nearby B&B (a short, scenic walk or lifts provided)

 

Introductory dinner at Anam Cara - 7:30 P.M. meet your                                                    colleagues and your tutor in an informal gathering that will set                                             the tone of the week.

 

Sunday, 10 June         

Breakfast (where you are staying)

Morning get-together at Anam Cara (time negotiable, depending on jet lag). Introductions, setting free our hopes and worries. An introduction to "flash writing" a process we will be using throughout the week.

  

Lunch at Anam Cara - 1:00 P.M.

                                   

Afternoon free to unwind from the daily routine of your life and  settle into the peace and tranquility of the Beara Peninsula. Or, fora sense of the place you're in, you could take a minibus tour of theRing of Beara from 2:00 - 6:00 P.M.Or, for those who would liketo explore on foot, you could take a walk down to the strand[beach] with notebooks...

 

Dinner at Anam Cara -- 7:30 P.M.

                                   

An optional trip to Causkey's Bar in Eyeries for music and dancing with some of Anam Cara's neighbours -- 9:30 P.M. onwards

                                  

The meal and workshop schedule will be the same throughout the week:

 

                                    Breakfast (where you are staying)

                                    Morning: Workshop - 10 A.M. - 1.00 P.M.

                                    Lunch at Anam Cara - 1.15 - 2.15 P.M.

                                    Afternoon: Time for your own writing/consultations with your                                                        tutor - 2.30 - 5.30 P.M.

                                    Dinner at Anam Cara - 7.30

                                    Evening: Various workshop-related activities,          entertainments, and/or private individual writing time

 

Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday:

 

Each morning workshop session will be a mix of theoretical discussion, debate, writing exercises exploring the craft topics of the day, sharing work and giving feedback.

            Each afternoon, you have a choice - either you can work on your own, enjoying the peace and creative stillness here at Anam Cara. Or we will plan something together - it might be a walk, a visit to one of the extraordinary places within a stone's throw of Anam Cara. We will always take our notebooks with us...

 

Monday, 11 June: Finding stories, finding characters: Where do they hide and how can we persuade them not to?      

 

Tuesday, 12 June: More on Character: For your tutor, this is the most important craft area. I will make no apologies for returning to character over and over again!     

 

Weds, 13 June: Prose, language, creating words that sing: Voice - "Whose story is it anyway?"                                                                    

 

Thursday, 14 June: Shaping your stories: How can we use our work best? One-to-ones with your tutor during the afternoon.

 

Friday, 15 June: Editing: An analytical approach to this knotty subject, taking out the subjectivity...improving and sharpening our week's writing. Tactics for competitions. One-to-ones continue with your tutor in the afternoon.

                                   

Friday Evening:  A proposed "session" with music, singing, and recitations (everyone is welcome -- but not obliged -- to participate by sharing their "party piece"), followed by a trip to           Twomey's in Castletownbere for traditional music and dance and a pint of Murphy's.

 

Saturday, 16 June     Breakfast where you are staying

                             Departure

 

The Workshop Retreat Fee Includes: 

  • Tuition and one-to-one sessions
  • Room and full board  (including all drinks except alcoholic beverages; it's byob) with your own room and bath (either at Anam Cara or a B&B, a short, scenic walk away; transportation to and from B&Bs to Anam Cara provided if needed)
  • Minibus tour of the Beara Peninsula
  • Access to all the amenities at Anam Cara (including the common working areas, the movie and music loft, the conservatory, the hot tub overlooking Coulagh Bay (bring your bathing costume), the sauna, and the five acres of garden and riverbank grove with thirty-four quiet nooks and crannies

Workshop Retreat Fee: €900 if booked before 9 May, and €1000 after that date

 

Some of the Optional Retreat Activities:

Massages, Oracle Readings, Reflexology Sessions, Art Therapy Sessions

 

To book your place, please contact me; I will pencil you in and send along information about traveling to and from Anam Cara.  You can then confirm your booking by sending a 50% deposit (in Euro or the equivalent in your currency by personal check, bank-to-bank transfer, or PayPal).  Rooms at Anam Cara are booked on a first-deposit-in basis. The rest of the workshop fee is due upon your arrival.  If you have to cancel your booking before 9 May, all but €100 (for handling) of your deposit will be returned; after 9 May, the deposit is nonrefundable.  If we at Anam Cara have to cancel the workshop for any reason, we will return your deposit in full.  Although no one wants to have to cancel travel plans, it is always wise to take out travel insurance to cover the possibilities.
         

Short Fiction: So Much More Than It Seems...Workshop Retreat is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants a first-deposit-in basis.

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Painting the Irish Landscape, From a Tonalist Perspective
Facilitator:   Sue Gilkey (www.suegilkey.com)
One-week Residential Workshop Retreat
Arrival:  Saturday, 16 June 2012
Departure:  Saturday 23 June 2012

From Sue:

"Open to all levels, this oil painting workshop will move between field studies and studio painting. We will start by gathering information, painting in some of the most beautiful locations on the Beara peninsula. Outdoors, the focus will be on color notes that describe the quality and temperature of the light and shadow. Ireland's atmospheric conditions are both stunning and elusive. We will back up our information with on site photos.

            "Back at Anam Cara, the emphasis will switch from observation to interpretation. Using our collected information, we will develop larger paintings using a tonalist approach (i.e. George Inness, Francis Murphy, Charles Warren Eaton). We will discuss composition, value and color as a means of strengthening the emotional content. Glazing will be covered as it provides the artist with the means of achieving atmosphere. As we move through the studio works, we will transition from thinking about representing actual places to creating a sense of place, infused with our own personal feelings, attempting to make poetry with paint.

            "There will be demonstrations throughout, to show my process, along with individual attention and group discussions."

The Week Ahead:

Saturday, 16 June: Arrival and settling into where you'll be staying (either at Anam Cara or a nearby B&B (a short, scenic walk or lifts provided). Introductory dinner at Anam Cara - 7:30 P.M.

 

Sunday, 17 June: Breakfast (where you are staying). Morning free to unwind from the daily routine of your life and settle into the peace and tranquility of the Beara Peninsula

Lunch at Anam Cara -- 12:30 P.M.

For a sense of the place you're in, we will take a minibus tour of the Ring of Beara  -- 2:00 - 6:00 P.M.

Dinner at Anam Cara -- 7:00 P.M.

An optional trip to Causkey's Bar in Eyeries for music and dancing with some of Anam Cara's neighbours -- 9:30 P.M. to ???

              

The meal and workshop schedule will be the same throughout the week:

Breakfast (where you are staying)

9:30-12:30: Painting in various locations on the Beara Peninsula. This will include a demonstration by instructor and individual attention. The focus will be on capturing the colors of the light and shadow, important compositional elements and a sense of place. We will release ourselves from producing a finished painting, to just gathering information and experiencing the location. (Weather will be a factor.)

1:30-2:30: Lunch at Anam Cara

2:30- 5:30: Afternoon painting at Anam Cara working on a Tonalist approach to larger versions of the plein-air studies. Demonstrations, individual help and group discussions about this process will continue throughout the week.

7:30-8:30: Dinner at Anam Cara

Evenings: Time to rest, enjoy each other's company, and immerse ourselves in the retreat and social life at Anam Cara and her environs. Possible evening activities: a celebration of the summer solstice; trip to one of the many local stone circles; slide show and talk by local photographer and artist, John Eagle; an evening walk to Kilcatherine Point, the Hag of Beara and Kilcatherine churchyard, a trip to Causkey's and/or O'Shea's Bar.

Saturday, 23 June: Breakfast and departure

Supply List:

Portable, French Easel (I have a Soltek that fits in my carry-on.)

Palette (This is my palette and offered as a suggestion.)

            Titanium White

            Cadmium Yellow Light

            Cadmium Yellow Deep

            Yellow Ochre

            Cadmium Orange

            Perm. Rose

            Alizarin Crimson

            Transparent Oxide Red

            Ultramarine Blue

            Sevres Blue

            Viridian

            Perm. Green Lt.

            Raw Umber

  • Brushes (selection of sable and bristles, sizes #2,4,6,8. Recommend Robert Simmons Signet Series, in flat or filbert. Masters Choice, series 274, 276, from rosemaryandco.com
  • Odorless Paint Thinner (Available in art store in Cork City, can't fly with this)
  • Brushwasher (to put thinner in, jerrysartarama.com, #79476)
  • Medium (Grumbacher Pale Drying Oil. Speeds drying time!! Also available in Cork)
  • Canvas and Wet canvas carriers (raymar.com; their Panel Carriers each hold 6 panels, will fit in your luggage, and safely transport wet or dry work. I like sizes, 8x10, 11x14, 12x16 panels to match carrier in Claussen's #15 single primed).
  • Camera, Backpack (Cloth Rags, paper towels, plastic bags for trash will be available at      Anam Cara) 

The Workshop Fee Includes: 

  • Workshop tuition and one-to-one sessions
  • Room and full board  (including all drinks except alcoholic beverages; it's byob) with your own room and bath (either at Anam Cara [first deposits in book the rooms at Anam Cara] or a B&B, a short, scenic walk away; transportation to and from B&Bs to Anam Cara provided if needed)
  • Minibus tour of the Beara Peninsula
  • Access to all the amenities at Anam Cara (including the common working areas, the movie and music loft, the conservatory, the hot tub overlooking Coulagh Bay (bring your bathing costume), the sauna, and the five acres of garden and riverbank grove with thirty-four quiet nooks and crannies

Workshop Retreat Fee: €900 if booked with a deposit before 16 May, and €1000 after that date

Some of the Optional Retreat Activities:

Massages, Oracle Readings, Reflexology Sessions, Art Therapy Sessions

 

To hold your place for this workshop, please contact me; I will pencil you in and send along information about traveling to and from Anam Cara.  You can then confirm your booking by sending a 50% deposit (in Euro or the equivalent in your currency by personal check, bank-to-bank transfer, or PayPal).  Rooms at Anam Cara are booked on a first-deposit-in basis. The rest of the workshop fee is due upon your arrival.  If you have to cancel your booking before 16 May, all but €100 (for handling) of your deposit will be returned; after 16 May, the deposit is nonrefundable.  If we at Anam Cara have to cancel the workshop for any reason, we will return your deposit in full.  Although no one wants to have to cancel travel plans, it is always wise to take out travel insurance to cover the possibilities.
         

Painting the Irish Landscape, From a Tonalist Perspective is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 participants on a first-deposit-in basis.

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Friday Nights in Eyeries 2012

Presents

Working with ActionAid to raise money to build a girls' school in rural Uganda

April 27th 8.30pm

An evening with Charlie Tyrrell his art and influences

At Anam Cara, Eyeries

 

April 21st

Beara Made

First flash poster for the Neil Jordan movie Byzanitum partly filmed here on the Beara Peninsula

April 17th

Hi All,

For those of you who are interested there is a heritage event taking place this coming Saturday, 21st, in the Regional Park, Ballincollig. The event takes in a talk and walk in the Park, identifying trees, plants and their uses for food and medicine (talk by Nikki Darrell). The meeting point is the car park at the Western End of the Regional Park and the duration of the event is from 14:30 to 16:00. It would be great if many of you could attend.

I also thought I would mention about the National Museum of Ireland (Country Life Division) and the survey they are undertaking in tandem with the Linenhall Arts Centre. The Survey is entitled “May On Our Doorstep” which is a celebration of May Day Customs in Ireland - traditionally to celebrate the coming of the summer, i.e. may bushes, may flowers, may poles and may bonfires, etc. If you have any photographs; memories you would like to share; or if you indeed still celebrate May Day, please see the attached and make sure to visit the Our Irish Heritage Website.

It would be great if you could circulate this email to any other interested persons/groups.

Thanking you,

Le meas,

Conor

Conor Nelligan

S/ Heritage Officer

 

April 16th

The Bere Island Heritage Centre is now open every day, come and see our Bere Island Experience Exhibition plus a display to commemorate the Titanic Centenary, information on the Heritage sites and walks and activities on the island, a craft shop, refreshments, and internet & printing services. Call in and visit us!

The Bere Island Heritage Centre's AGM is this Friday 20th April at 9pm in the Heritage Centre, everyone is welcome to attend.

Comhdhail Oileain na hEireann (Irish Islands Fereration) AGM 2012 will be held at the Heritage Centre on April 27th & 28th. Islanders from around the Irish coast will attend. Officials from the Islands division will also attend a questions and answers sessions on Saturday. All are welcome.

We will be holding a Bealtaine Fair on Saturday 12th May to celebrate the coming of summer! A family day and everyone is welcome, the Bere Island Children's Irish Dance Group will be performing on the day, tables for sellers are E10, please contact us to book your table 027 75956, biheritage@gmail.com.

We will be launching our Big Raffle very soon, with a fantastic first prize of 1 weeks accommodation in a lovely Beach House in Stinson Beach, San Francisco courtesy of John Joe Sullivan, including $1000, second prize is a 32inch flat screen TV from Dwyers Electrical in Cork, plus many other great prizes, more details to follow. Tickets will be on sale soon.

The Heritage Centre Team
Theresa, Helen, Tomasz & Lisanne
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Bere Island Heritage Centre
Ballinakilla
Bere Island
Beara
West Cork
Tel: 027 75956
Fax: 027 75194
Email: biheritage@gmail.com
Web Site: http://bereislandheritage.daportfolio.com/
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BereHeritage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@BereHeritage
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bereheritage/

April 13th

Off Lehanmore

The Sikorsky coastguard helicopter fling in attendance with the RNLI vessel Osier off Lehanmore on Wednesday as part of the Titanic 100 Commemorations. In the distance is the LE Roisin

Unveiling of plaque

Noel Harrington TD and others at Lehanmore after unveiling the commemorative plaque

Berehaven Red Cross are holding a fundraising walk this Sat 14th April. There will be no sponsor cards this year, just a bucket collection en route. The walk leaves Ardgroom Post Office at 9.30am. There will be a tea break at Causkeys in Eyeries at 10.30am. The walk will continue onto Castletownbere and cross over to Bere Island on the 1.30pm ferry opposite Supervalu. There will be sandwiches at the Hotel, the walk will then continue across the island to Rerrin and head back to the mainland on the 4.30pm ferry to the Pontoon.

All funds raised will be used to maintain defibrillators in the Beara area. Your support is welcome

 

Winner of Meteor Music Prize for Best Female Artist 2005

Juliet Turner

Irish Times four stars. **** ‘JULIET TURNER: People Have Names’

Belfast Telegraph ‘JULIET TURNER: People Have Names (Hear This) 4 Stars ****’

playing at

Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Saturday 28th April

Tickets are now available from the BAG office, The Square, Castletownbere

Or Allihies Copper Mine Museum

€15

For more information call 027 73218

 

April 10th

Titanic

According to Clive Cussler the Titanic was re-floated and is to be found somewhere in New York, arriving there back in the 1980s. That's the trouble with fiction, but it made for a great read!

April 5th

April 4th

There is still time to submit your stories and photos for our emigration exhibition which will open at the Bere Island Heritage Centre in June. Ideally any stories submitted should be up to 800 words in length. The deadline for all submissions is 30th April 2012.

The Bere Island diaspora can be found in the four corners of the world. By staging this exhibition we aim to look at the factors which made our ancestors make the momentous decision to leave their island home, to show how they settled into their new homes, and how to this day their descendants still maintain a strong allegiance to their island roots.

To all of you who have already sent in contributions for the exhibition, a huge thank you.

Best wishes

Helen

Helen Riddell
Project Administrator

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Bere Island Heritage Centre
Ballinakilla
Bere Island
Beara
West Cork
Tel: 027 75956
Fax: 027 75194
Email: biheritage@gmail.com
Web Site: http://bereislandheritage.daportfolio.com/
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/BereHeritage
Twitter: www.twitter.com/@BereHeritage
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bereheritage/


Mill Cove Galleries
The Beara Peninsula Ireland
Tel. 00 353 27 70393 www.millcovegallery.com


The Mill Cove Awards Winners 2012

Best painting Afternoon Muse by Denise Hogan
Best print or photographic work Morning Light by Lisa Tivey
Best drawing Headlands by Sylvia Krieg

 

Titanic

Titanic

The Community Groups along the West Cork headlands have organised numerous events for the centenary commemoration of the Titanic passing along the coastline. The first headland to be lit up will be the old Head of Kinsale as the Irish Navy re-enacts the historic voyage of the Titanic along the West Cork coastline.
Each headland will light a historic fire over the afternoon of the 11th
April. The last headland to be lit will be Dursey Island. Numerous events are planned along the Beara coastline but the major event will be by Lehanmore Co-op on the tip of the peninsula. The Navy, lifeboat and Shannon based helicopter will arrive in the evening as well as numerous fishing boats and other pleasure crafts. We would hope that any person who would have a sailing vessel, fishing vessel or pleasure craft would join in this maritime event along the Lehanmore coast. Due to the maritime tragedy of the Titanic it would be lovely to see representatives of people from different countries who live on the Beara peninsula participating. For further information please contact the Lehanmore Co-Op at 027 73911 or Beara Tourism at 027 70054.
Among the dignitaries to arrive in Lehanmore that evening will be Noel Harrington, T.D., Michael Martin, Leader of Fianna Fail, Yvonne Shields, CEO of the Irish Lights, Paul O’Toole CEO of FAS, Ted Sullivan, Historian and Author of the Bere Island Book. Entertainment will go on in the Lehanmore Centre throughout the evening suitable for families young and old.
If you are based elsewhere in West Cork please check our Web-site http://www.bearatourism.com/titanicwestcoast/index.html for local information on your events

March 30th

Allihies Art Class 2012 (adults & children)

 

Are pleased to announce the

Grand Opening of their Exhibition

On Easter Sunday at 5.30pm

All are welcome

 

The exhibition will run until June

 

March 27th

Gerdie Harrington

Gerdie Harrington launching his new book 'Beara Down Memory Lane part 2' in Twomeys Castletownbere yesterday evening. TD Noel Harrington is saying a few words. Volume Two follows a similar line of stories, meets similar characters and visits areas now long changed. The second volume contains many stories from Beara national schools which were collected as part of the National History Project in the 1930s.
The launch was followed by a talk to the historical society on ‘Female Transportation to Australia’ by John O’Connell.

Parade
Castletownbere St Patrick’s Day Parade got off to a flying start when 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 U18 age group. 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.
The Parade got under way at 2.30pm led by piper Dermot Milner and the Beara Scouts, followed with the Tri Colour. 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, 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 which was heading to a rugby game, Ireland v the All Blacks, with a stand off ensuing before the match started on whose hacka was the best!!! No contest, Ireland won hands down, game over! Mrs Brown also joined the hospital entourage with her boys. Both were worthy winners.
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 spider’s 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 joined in the parade with their super bikes. They were joined by Ger Brennan, leprechaun on wheels. No parade would be complete without the Fire Brigade and the Irish Coast Guard, with the Coast Guard winning Best Marching Group.
It was great to see business and commercial interests supporting the parade. Bikes in Beara sported the throne. Vincent O’Sullivan Transport, 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 suits, with Murphy’s Super Valu. The Stig was the star of Beara Top Tyres. Shell fish de la Mer went to the Oscars with stars from the past and present. However, it was AIB Bank with Mrs Brown’s Boys that won the Commercial Category and Beara Gym, with its martial arts group, took the Best Business spoils.
MC for the day was Teddy Black, who as usual did a great job. Castletownbere national school teachers and students dressed as Dracula as an adaptation of Neil Jordon’s film shot in Adrigole recently. They scooped Best U13 Group award. All the underage clubs from Beara were represented, with their chants Castletownbere, Adrigole, Urhan, Garnish and Beara Ladies. Young Micheal Orpen decided to go solo on his go cart and took Best U13 Individual. Bere Island Playgroup and Eyeries playgroup looked lovely, the latter winning Best U6 Group.
While the judges deliberated, dancers from Scoil Rince Carney gave a fabulous display of Irish dancing. 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. She thanked IFA members 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, 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 that the winner of this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade was Bere Island National School as Bere Island Balubas. With their impressive dance routine and matching outfits, they were deserving first place winners.

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 March 27th at 8pm. The guest speaker this month is Bernie Dennehy, senior community dietician, HSE West Cork, who will focus on cardiac diet, portion sizes and healthy alternatives. The meeting is open to and welcomes people who have had a cardiac event such as a heart attack, angina, had angioplasty with or without stents inserted, or who have had cardiac surgery (by-pass surgery, mitral valve surgery, etc.). For information please contact Catherine Cahalane, 086 7871552.

CoAction
CoAction Beara will hold its AGM on April 3rd at 8pm in the local work centre and welcomes anyone who wishes to attend. They are seeking any members of the public, family, friends or anyone with an interest in supporting this organisation to join the local committee. The committee meets on a monthly basis to discuss needs and concerns of service users and their families/carers. Your support for this local organisation is greatly appreciated.

Coffee morning
Lehanmore Community Centre will host a coffee morning in aid of the Irish Cancer Society from 9am to 1pm on this Friday, March 23rd. Please come along and support this worthy cause.

Pioneers
Beara Pioneers are issuing an urgent appeal for support. Many people in the peninsula have enjoyed the Pioneer socials over the past several years and have reported that they have missed this formerly annual event. The situation at present is that there are simply too few members of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association actively involved locally for the organisation to be able to function successfully. It seems likely that the PTAA will soon fade away unless an effort is made to revive it. To this end, a meeting will be held on Friday March 23rd in Scoil an Chroi Ro-Naofa, Castletownbere Primary School at 8.30pm. All adult members of the Pioneer Association are invited to attend, with the aim of breathing some life back into the organisation before it is too late.

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