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Beara News Archives 8 2014 thru 2013

Anam Cara

Workshops at Anam Cara announced for 2014


Yoga classes with Margaret Hardman, please click on image to make it bigger. In addition to the above Margaret says Intermediate Classes are now available on Thursdays 6.15 to 7.45

Beara Storms

2014 has seen some spectacular storms. John Eagle has been out and about with his camera recording shots like this one he took of a headland near Urhan. More of his shots can be seen on his web page Beara Coast

Horse Racing

Let's go horse racing this Summer. At the Races tour takes you to both Dingle and Allihies horse races and everything of a horse nature in between, plus a visit to Skellig Michael. For more information click here

Breaking waves at Garnish

Waves pounding Garnish during the Christmas Eve storm, picture

Irish Ferries have been building an infographic site about the Wild Atlantic Way. They have built it around 10 tourism attractions in Cork and Kerry on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route that are less well known but that would be really fun or interesting to visitors

Wild Atlantic Way

 The Beara Tourism website has been chosen by Irish Ferries to be one of these key attractions, and you will see a mention to us in the lower left on the above map. Also included is John Eagle


The Beara Breifne Way Walking Trail from Dursey to Cavan won first prize in the Tourism category in the IPB Pride Of Place Awards Ceremony in Derry over the weekend.
The event was organised by 32 County Councils and the Pride of Place Committee.
Beara Tourism entered the walking trail and had the support of Cork County Council and sixty community groups along the trail.
Over 700-community representatives attended the event, which was hosted by the City of Derry Council. Prizes were given out by The Deputy First Minster Martin Mcguinness, Minster Phil Hogan, and the Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly. Cork County Council Mayor Noel O' Connor who attended the event stated, that this is the first time that a community group from Cork has won first prize in the last nine years and well done to all involved.

Cheque presentation to Pat O'Leary

At Twomey's Bar in Castletownbere, l-r Michael Joe O'Sullivan, John Gerard Lowney, Kevin Green, Pat O'Leary, Michael Harrington, and Paudie B O'Sullivan. Picture John Eagle
Colleen O'Leary Fund Presentation. Pat O'Leary receiving cheque for 31,810.00 euro from John Gerard Lowney and other members of the Colleen O'Leary fundraising committee.

Tidy Towns Competition 2013

Castletownbere, click here for details

Barry Hanley Barry Hanley
Barry Hanley giving a talk on the history of Bere Island at the 75th handover celebration
Raising the flag Raising the flag
Raising the flag at the 75th handover celebrations on Bere Island, pictures by John Eagle


Retiring Teachers in Eyeries

Recently, Principal Mrs Sheila Harrington and Deputy Principal Fran Murphy retired from Scoil Chaitigheirn N.S. Eyeries, after many years of distinguised service. A large 'Gathering' was held in the school to mark the occasion. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Jim Lenihan, with the school choir providing the music. Mr Donal Harrington Chairman B.O.M. and Fr. Jim LenihanP.P. made presentations of commissioned paintings, by local artist Brian 'Boss' O'Sullivan, to both teachers on behalf of the school community.

Retiring teachers

Board of Management at Eyeries National School at the Retirement Party for Sheila Harrington the School Principal and Fran Murphy. Back Row l-r Marie Freitag, Niamh Kelly, Gerard Lynch. Micheál Lane
Front row: Noel O'Driscoll, Fran Murphy, Sheila Harrington, Fr. Jim Lenihan and Donal Harrington (Chair Person) Picture John Eagle

in his address Donal told the large attendance that Sheila began her teaching career in Goleen, West Cork where she spent three very rewarding years. Sheila then joined the Eyeries staff in 1979 and served the school loyally for 34 years, the past 17 years as principal. Donal stressed that Sheila did so, with the greatest professional commitment and energy. During her time as principal she has overseen some huge transformations in the provision of primary education. She enthusiastically embraced these changes and insisted on the best resources available, for the children under her care. The Chairman said that the new school extension, finished in 2008, was testament to her foresight and determination, for which the community will always be grateful to her.

Donal also thanked Fran for her dedication and service to the school. Fran, began her teaching career in Ashbourne, Co. Meath where she worked for 17 years and joined the staff of Eyeries N.S. in 1997. She has been deputy principal for the past 12 years. He noted how both Sheila and Fran displayed an exemplary harmonious spirit of teamwork, which he felt was aided by their strong friendship and mutual respect for one another. On behalf of everybody Donal wished both Sheila and Fran continued health and happiness into the future.

Cork v Clare

Gearing up for the big match on Sunday are Connie (left) and her husband Mick who own Garra Fado Garden Centre near Eyeries. Connie is from Clare, and Mick is from Glengarriff. We hope they will still be talking to eachother come Monday! Picture by John Eagle


Picture of Castletownbere used with permission from



Circus Gerbola is a traditional Irish Circus and one of only three circuses funded by the Irish Arts Council.

Wednesday, 21st August, 2013

Circus Gerbola is in Castletownberehaven presenting its award winning circus performance "DREAMS" for one performance at 7:30pm. The show is playing at Dinish Island .

Thursday 22nd August, 2013

Circus Gerbola is in Castletownberehaven presenting its award winning circus performance "DREAMS" for two performances at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. The show is playing at Dinish Island .

Friday 23rd August, 2013

Circus Gerbola is in Castletownberehaven presenting its award winning circus performance "DREAMS" for two performances at 4:30pm and 7:30pm. The show is playing at Dinish Island .

Please do not hesitate to contact us on 086 370 0620 if you require further information. We are happy to provide logos and other graphics to assist you.

Thank you


Dr. Christopher Lester

Thank You from the Heritage Centre
To all who helped to make our Gathering such a success!

Last Tuesday 6th August '13 .our Gathering began with Mass, celebrated by Fr. Joe Harrington.

Ted Sullivan gave an informative talk on the history of schools and the education system on Bere Island, followed by an open discussion on memories of growing up on Bere Island in days past. This was hosted superbly by John Joe Sullivan and Gerald Orpen.

We were delighted to have so many young musicians and dancers perform through out the day, special thanks to pianist Sadhbh Sullivan, the Irish dancing group with teacher Hannah and the O'Toole family who put so much work in to the day.

Also a big thank you to all who baked the beautiful cakes and breads to accompany our teas and coffee.

Congratulations to Mick Orpen who was the winner of our deluxe hamper.

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

Ardgroom Cowboy night

The 2013 Cowboy Night drew massive crowds in Ardgroom, great night was had by all. More pictures

West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival events at Allihies Community Hall

“This Ebony Bird”
Sat. 10th August 7.30pm

Sat. 17th August 7.30pm

Tickets at the door €10, €8 concessions. Family ticket €32 (2 adults, 2 teens)
Not suitable for under 14s.


The fields of Beara are alive this year with colourful wild flowers like this one

Castletownbere Festival of the Sea & Regatta 2013
Proudly Sponsored by Murphy’s Super Valu
Friday 2nd August
7:30pm.  Official Opening of Festival by ---- followed by:
Reverse Egg, Sheaf Throwing, Pint Drinking whilst WheellBarrow Racing &
New this year Air Rugby ! sponsored by Tadgh Crowley
Music in the Square ‘til late.
Saturday 3rd August
10am.  Local Food and Craft Market in the Square.
12 noon on. Soccer Challenge by Beara United FC and Golf Putting Challenge. Children’s entertainment, Bouncing Castles, Climbing Wall, Carousel, Gyroscope and music all in the Square.
2:30pm.  Children’s Fancy Parade. (Assemble at Playground 2pm.)
3pm. Net Mending, Splicing and Line Throwing Competitions in The Square, sponsored by Swan Net Gundry, Twomeys Ivy Bar & Betty O’Shea.
5pm. Live performance by Drum & Dance Ireland in the Square.
10pm. Live music at Twomeys Ivy bar with Willie Burke.
Music in the Square ‘til late.
Sunday 4th August
12 noon on. Soccer Challenge by Beara United FC and Golf Putting Challenge. Children’s entertainment, Bouncing Castles, Climbing Wall, Carousel, Gyroscope and music all in the Square.
2pm. Family Fun day in the Square with MC Martin Hegarty including Bonny Baby Competition sponsored by Tina Boutique, Best Dressed Dog sponsored by Brian Murphy Vet, Pedal Go Kart Trials sponsored by O’Donoghues Garage.
4pm. Open Air Ceili  at Twomeys Ivy Bar with One For The Road, set dancing with Scoil Rince Carney.
9pm. Live music at Skippers  with Pat Fitz.
10pm. Live music at Twomeys Ivy Bar with Blue Moon.
Music in the Square ‘til late.
Monday 5th August
12 noon on. Soccer Challenge by Beara United FC and Golf Putting Challenge. Children’s entertainment, Bouncing Castles, Climbing Wall, Carousel, Gyroscope and music all in  the Square.
1pm.  Castletownbere Annual Regatta at the Pier.  Organised by Castletownbere Rowing Club.
3pm. Pillow Fights, Pig & Pole, Cycle The Plank, Swimming Races, Duck Chase at the Pier.
4pm. Live music at Twomeys Ivy Bar with Pat O’Brien and again at 10pm.
5:30pm.  Live music in the Square with Colourfield.
8pm. Live music at The Skippers with The Shamones followed by Revenge at 10pm.
Tuesday 6th August
10am – 2pm. Tues 6th – Fri 9th. Johnny Crowley Memorial Cul Camp at CTB GAA Pitch, Droum.
7:30pm. Tour De Town, starting in the Square. A fun 10k cycle, all welcome. Bikes not provided, helmets compulsory, no training wheels on main road.
8:30pm. Paddy Power Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament in The Forge. Registration 8:30pm, cards dealt 9pm. No buy backs after 10:30pm. €1,000 Prize Fund.
Wednesday 7th August
5pm. Children’s Treasure Hunt starting in the Square. Sponsored by Copper Kettle. Teams of 3. (See separate poster for full details, age limits apply.)
8pm. Table Quiz in The Forge.  €20 per team of 4. Organised by Beara Ladies Football Club.
Thursday 8th August
4pm. Car Treasure Hunt starting at the Square.  €20 per car.  Followed by Music and prize-giving in the Square, and disco in The Forge.
8:30 pm. A Night With A Storyteller – Teddy Black in The Forge.
Friday 9th August
9:30pm.  “Take Me Out” at Breen’s Lobster Bar
10pm. Live music at Twomeys Ivy Bar with Sliabh Luachra.
Sunday 11th August – Tralahan Family Fun Water Sports Day – See separate poster

RNLI Allihies
Brian Murphy, Denis O'Donovan, Michaél Martin FF Leader, Sheila O'Driscoll, Patrick Gerard Murphy MCC, Tony O'Sullivan, Cox Brian O'Driscoll and Marney O'Donoghue Tadgh O'Sullivan walking through Allihies village with Michaél Martin the FF Leader
Michael Martin Michael Martin
Donal Dan R Harrington receving an award for his work for the Finna Fail party from Michaél Martin in Ardgroom. Also in picture is Patrick Gerard Murphy, Denis O'Donovan and Mary Harrington more pix Outside trhe Lobster Bar in Castletownbere, Patrick Gerard Murphy, Denis O'Donovan, Michaél Martin, Donal Causkey, Donal Dan R Harrington and others
Co-op Michaél Martin
John Nolan with Denis O'Donovan, Patrick Gerard Murphy, Michaél Martin and co-op workers The RNLI lifeboat Cox Brian O'Driscoll, Tony O'Sullivan, Denis O'Donovan and Michaél Martin
Michaél Martin Michael Martin
At the Lookin Craft Shop in Bere Island was Michaél Martin making a surprise call to Marion O'Sullivan who shares it with Harriet and Dawn more pix John Terry with Michaél Martin in the Allihies Copper Mines which will hopefully be opened to the public
Tuna tuna
The tuna season has started again in earnest, these scenes were taken on Dinish Island July 5th 2013
Murphy's Supervalu Murphys Supervalu
Great to see Murphy's Supervalu in Castletownbere stocking food for Gluten and Wheat sufferers, this represents a major step in the right direction for all people who feel bloated and unwell after eaten gluten laden food and wheat


Call for Submissions to the 3rd Annual Windows of Eyeries Art Trail

Locally-created art pieces for The Windows of Eyeries Art Trail will be accepted on 8 Monday from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M.submitted at the Eyeries Village Hall in Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork. The exhibition will run from 8 July through August with the Festival taking place on the 19th through the 21st of July.

As the artwork will be placed in windows of the homes and businesses in the village, the maximum size is 750mm wide x 1500mm high; paintings should either be framed or have a stiff backing.

Please submit the following information in written form with each piece: artist's name, name of the piece, medium and measurement, the price if it's for sale, and contact information (either phone number or e-mail address); potential buyers will be contacting the artists individually.


June 14th saw one of the heaviest persistent downpours in recent times, the above pictures show Inchaquin Waterfall in full flood taken by Beara photographer John Eagle who also shot a short video, click here

Rubicon Heritage will present the findings of their study on the archaeological history of Bere Island 's 19th & 20th century military fortifications on: Saturday 22nd June, 7pm at the Community Centre, Ballinakilla, Bere Island . All are welcome to attend.

Dear Artists,
Just a quick reminder about submitting work for the Beara visual artists open exhibition at the Allihies Language & Arts Centre this week. The exhibition will be hung on Thurs. 13th for opening on Fri. 14th so artists are requested to bring in work on Wed. 12th. However, if that is date is inconvenient for you, please feel free to bring in the items earlier.
Enquiries to Trish at the centre: 027 73154.

The Allihies Language & Arts Centre announces the 2nd Allihies Summer Arts Week from 14th to 19th June, with events each evening at 8pm.
The programme opens on Fri. 14th with poets Tony Curtis and Paula Meehan. On Sat. 15th there will be an evening with Eyeries poet Leanne O’Sullivan. On Sun. 16th “Arias in Allihies”, a musical evening with Welsh tenor Arwel Morgan and pianist Lada Valesova. On Mon. 17th Trish Caffrey, Leslie Clack & Martin Lewis perform Dear Conjunction’s reading of “Lewis Carroll Meets Edward Lear”, followed by “More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas” by and with Leslie Clack. On Tues. 18th “Daughter of Gaia” written & performed by Chloe Dunn. This is the Hag of Beara’s seven lives in word and song, written specially for the Arts Week. The festival closes on Wed. 19th with Billy Griffin’s “Betrayal”.
There will be two visual arts displays throughout the festival: an open exhibition of work by Beara artists and an exhibition of paintings by guest artist Jeff Erikson. Beara artists are invited to bring in their work on Wed. June 12th.
Enquiries: or 027 73154



Diane Fahey

Australian Poetry’s International Tour and Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat “are particularly excited to have Diane Fahey representing Australia on her tour of Ireland.”   

Diane is one of Australia's highly regarded and awarded poets, whose work, including ten collections of poetry, has been widely published both here and internationally.  Her next collection, The Stone Garden : Poems from Clare is forthcoming from Whitmore Press in 2013.  

Making Beara the last stop on her tour, Diane will be presenting -- open to the public and without charge -- two workshops for new and experienced writers of poetry and/or fiction as well as a reading of her work. 

Workshop: The Poetry of Place: Saturday, 8 June, 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. 

Reading: 8:30 P.M.

Workshop:  Seeing Around Corners:  Working with Liminal States in Poetry Sunday, 9 June, 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

To book a place in the workshops and/or for the reading, please contact Sue at or 086-856-1905 or 027-74441.



Films to watch in Castletownbere end of June are:

Neil Jordan's long awaited 'Byzantium' which was partly film here in Beara will be shown at:

Saturday 29th 8pm, 30th 4pm, July 1st 8pm


June 30th 2pm and Monday July 1st 2pm

Man of Steel

Sunday June 30th 8pm and Monday July 1st 4pm


Castletownbere Tidy Towns has recently renovated the monument, it has been cleaned and all the lettering has been restored. We are now looking for donations towards same, as we have no funding ourselves.Our account is at Berehaven Credit Union Castletownbere. Barry Harrington




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The 2nd Allihies Summer Arts Week takes place 14th-19th June at the Allihies Language and Arts Centre,, , 027 73154.

There will two visual arts displays throughout the festival: an open exhibition of works by Beara artists and an exhibition of paintings by guest artist Jeff Erikson.

Beara artists are invited to bring in their work on Wed. 12th June. Update: artists may submit more than one or two pieces if they wish.


Fri.  14th June at 8pm Opening with poets Tony Curtis and Paula Meehan

Sat.  15th June at 8pm An evening with Eyeries poet Leanne O’Sullivan

Sun. 16th June at 8pm “Arias in Allihies”, a musical evening with tenor Arwel Morgan and pianist Lada Valesova

Mon. 17th June at 8pm Trish Caffrey, Leslie Clack & Martin Lewis perform Dear Conjunction’s reading of “Lewis Carroll Meets Edward Lear”. Followed by “More Lives Than One – Oscar Wilde and the Black Douglas” by and with Leslie Clack

Tues. 18th June at 8pm “Daughter of Gaia” written & performed by Chloe Dunn. This is the tale of the Hag of Beara’s seven lives in word and song, written specially for the Allihies Arts Week.

Wed. June 19th at 8pm Billy Griffin’s “Betrayal”.


The Listowel to Glengarriff stage of the 2013 An Post RÁS cycle race passed over the Healy Pass May 22nd

An RAS cycle race 2013

Beara based photographer John Eagle was there and took pictures like the one above. To see more of the pictures he took please click here

Beara Brefne Way Launch
Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport
Jim O'Sullivan with Enda Kenny

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D. has launched the Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport for the longest walking trail in Ireland. Involving over sixty community groups from the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork to Blacklion in Co. Cavan, the Beara-Breifne Way project is the largest community based project undertaken in the country, involving twelve local walking trails in ten counties and four provinces.  The route links counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Offaly, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Cavan. 


Anam Cara News

For the third year in a row, Hannah Carney's dance students and young local musicians will  present the last event of this year's fundraising season.  Donations to Pieta House in Cork will be welcome.  We will begin at 8:30 P.M. on May 24 at 8:30 P.M. in Evie's Hall  in Eyeries.  Please pass the word; hope to see you there.  It will be a terrific evening!  Best wishes, Yve and Sue


click here for application form


Tidy Towns

Cleaning up the rubbish. How could anyone expect someone else to clear away their rubbish?

Anam Cara

Beara Business Watch

Keeping a close eye on business protection on the Beara Peninsula to stop the thieves in their tracks

Beara Business Watch Launch Night Press Release
 Mon 8th April in The Forge Nite club, Castletownbere @ 8pm by Sergeant Ian O’ Callaghan Crime Prevention Officer
Although geographically remote the Beara Peninsula has not been able to avoid the national increase in the incidence of crime against business in Ireland.  The increase in such activity over the last 12 months from 28% to 33% according to a recent report out by ISME, The Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association in Ireland, has called for all businesses to be far more vigilant and to work more closely with An Garda Síochana for the overall good of their commercial community.
 Due to this increase a group of concerned business people and locals to the area came together on a voluntary basis to set up an Association called Beara Business Watch which was officially launched on Mon 8th April in Castletownbere by Sergeant Ian O’ Callaghan Crime Prevention Officer West Cork District. The Association has set up and put into place an alert system in conjunction with An Garda Síochana that if any crime takes place in the area there is an automatic alert sent by An Garda Síochana to the Business Watch central number and this will then send an immediate alert notification out to all businesses in the Peninsula so that within minutes they can all be aware of any suspicious activity or crime that has taken place in the locality and be more watchful of anything out of the ordinary in the area.  Due to the vast area that is encompassed in the Peninsula a crime could take place in one area of it without another business in the region knowing about it for some time but this system will aim to bridge the geographical gaps that are unavoidable in rural areas such as this.
There was a great turnout on the night by local businesses from all over the Beara Peninsula and Kenmare, all of whom were hugely supportive and welcoming of the initiative and approx 150 businesses have already signed up to become members  with an expected 250 members in total to join over the next few weeks. One of the unique elements of this initiative is that it will be the first cross county one of its kind in Ireland where both Gardaí in the West Cork district of Castletownbere & Bantry are working together with Gardaí in the Kenmare and Killarney district. Also in attendance on the night were Sergeant Fachtna O’ Donovan & Garda Martin Hegarty from Castletownbere Garda Division, Inspector Joe O’ Connor and Detective DJ O’ Shea from the Bantry  Division, Garda Sean Twomey representing Kenmare and The Superintendent from Killarney Flor Murphy.  All Garda from all Divisions couldn’t speak highly enough of how fantastic a scheme like this has worked in other areas and how it will be a huge aid in the prevention of crimes in the Beara & Kenmare areas. 
 Since 2011 on a regional basis the highest incidence of crime against businesses outside of County Dublin was in Munster. Sergeant Ian O’ Callaghan gave some excellent advice and tips on the night to all businesses in attendance.  He will also circulate a centralised email with updates on criminal activity in the whole of West Cork district to all businesses who are members of the Watch Association and welcomed any information no matter how small from the business community in Beara so as to have their intelligence system as updated as possible.

For any further information or queries please contact Press Relations Officer Claire O’ Sullivan on 087 7943221 or at

Eirik Raude

Eirik  Raude oil rig is  leaving  Tenerife today on the  way to drill the  Dunquin oil field  a 100 miles  west of Castletownbere.  The deepwater Dunquin project consists of two main prospects, Dunquin South and Dunquin North, both anticipated to be gas/condensate bearing. Located in the Porcupine Basin offshore Ireland in 5,000 feet (1,524 meters) of water, Dunquin holds an estimated 14 Tcf and 500 million barrels of condensate. Spanning 172,974 acres (700 square kilometers), the Dunquin project may be one of the biggest fields in the world if its reserves are proven  see


The 15th  National Spring Clean campaign gets under -way this April.
This is Ireland's largest anti-litter initiative. To register please
telephone  014002219 or online - then you
will receive a free clean up kit. You may join us every Monday evening
at  7pm at the square .Further enquiries Barry 0857397896 or  Thank You

Traditional music

Traditional music was played in Twomeys Friday 8th in the company of World famous accordion player Martin Quinn who came down from Longford to host a workshop in Twomeys on the 9th. On the 8th 28 players from all over the south west played in the bar and made a magnificent sound. The event and workshop were arranged by local musician Ashley Wholihan. John Eagle was there to photograph the event and has put some pictures up on his Facebook page. If you would like to see them then please visit his wall. Prints are available from him

Music in Kenmare

Gorse fires

There have been some huge gorse fires on the Beara Peninsula in the past couple of weeks, one of them was just outside Ardgroom village, see above showing Ardgroom church with the hillside ablaze beyond. Another huge fire was lit on Knockatee Mountain which overlooks Kilmackillogue Harbour. If you would like to see a selection of these gorse fires taken by John Eagle then please click here

Would you like to have a simple page put up on this web site to promote your business, then contact John Eagle. The cost involved is annual membership of €60 to Beara Tourism plus €40 for the web page tailored to suit your requirements. To contact John please click here

We are always looking for extra helpers with our weekly litter
runs.Work resumes on Monday March 4th and every Monday  evening at 7pm
Gloves and bags supplied,further information from Barry 0857397896
or e.mail  .So come on everybody, just give us
one hour a week to keep your area clean and tidy.
      Barry Harrington Chairperson Castletownbere Tidy Towns

Old Library

The library in Castletownbere has moved to the Square

The following Beara Historical books are now available for purchase online click here
Last Chieftain Beara Historical Past
The Last Chieftain of Gaelic Ireland Beara's Historical Past
Beara Down Memory Lane Beara
Beara Down Memory Lane Beara History and Stories

Welcome to 2013 from Beara Tourism

The next meeting of the Beara Historical Society takes places on Mon. 11 February at the Forge, Castletownbere.

Dr John Borgonovo will give an illustrated talk on "The US Navy, U-Boats and County Cork in the First World War."

The meeting starts at 8.30pm.

All welcome

Note change from usual venue.

A.G.M. for Castletownbere G.A.A. will be held on Saturday 19th January 2013 @ 8.00 p.m. in the Forge Nite Club, Castletownbere. All are welcome

Cormac Boydekk

Dear Friends, this week and until saturday 23 February, I am exhibiting
7 sculptures, 1 vessel, and 4 large wall dishes
at the Fenderesky Gallery in Belfast. The preview is from 6 to 8 this thursday:
if you can make it, it would be great to see you there! Best wishes, Cormac.Boydell


Eyeries welcomed in 2013 with a fabulous firework display watched by packed crowd of well wishers click here

Sunrise by Mathew Higgins

Beara Sunrise ~ Matthew Higgins

I send my best wishes for 2013, Sue
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat
Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland

Beginning on 1 January 2013, a different combination of poetry and art from Ireland will be delivered free to your inbox, each Monday until July. Called The Poetry Project, twenty-six poems and twenty-six video shorts will offer you a unique insight into the creativity of contemporary Ireland. Each poem is a taste of the best of Irish poetry now, while the videos (none are longer than three minutes) offer a parallel way of looking at things. Brought together, the results will intrigue you, move you, and maybe make you look at the world in a different way. The Poetry Project was set up by the Kinsale Arts Festival in partnership with Poetry Ireland and the Royal Hibernian Academy and is supported by Culture Ireland.

To sign up to receive this unique gift, go to

Celebrate the Winter Solstice in Ireland

(no matter where you are)




The winter solstice sunrise event at Newgrange will be streamed live from 8.45am (GMT) on Friday 21st December 2012

Best Solstice Wishes,

Michael Fox ( in the Boyne Valley
Sue at Anam Cara on the Beara Peninsula

Ardgroom Village

Ardgroom Village is looking fabulous this Christmas, a great deal of effort has been put in to make the village stand out in many colourful ways. While other villages simply string up some white bulbs, Ardgroom have added colours like purple and a stunning Christmas tree. To view click here

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