ON Sunday 28th September Kenmare Walking Club is dedicating a club walk as a fundraiser for the Jack & Jill Foundation. The walk will be from Lauragh to Uragh in Gleninchiquin along the Beara Way. The walk is approximately 9km in length. The first 5km will be along country roads with the last 4km along track.
TOURISM Ireland invited 20 top British coach and group tour operators on a fact-finding visit of West Cork recently in advance of attending a B2B workshop with Irish tourism enterprises in the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork. The event was organised in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland, to encourage the visiting tour operators to extend the Ireland content of their existing programmes or to include Ireland for the first time in
Clean Coasts’ Big Beach Clean will be taking place in September. Clean Coasts is teaming up with the International Ocean Conservancy again for the International Coastal Cleanup event. Last year 645,015 volunteers in 92 countries removed 5,580 tonnes of marine litter from the world’s oceans.
ONE of the world’s largest sailing vessels visited Bantry Bay recently, the latest in a succession of cruise ships to visit West Cork this summer. The five-mast Club Med 2 cruise ship carrying more than 600 passengers and crew using ultra-modern computer controlled sail technology along with more traditional diesel engines.
THE Power of the Small, a retreat led by Laurence Freeman OSB will take place from 17th – 23rd October on Bere Island. Meditation and medicine are integrally connected through the experience of care, attention and wholeness. While open to all, this six day meditation retreat has a special focus for those in the medical and caring professions.
TOWNS, villages and islands across the region were among the winners at the 2014 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition this year. Regular strong performers in the Category C section Clonakilty, Kinsale and Kenmare all picked up gold medals.
BERE Island is holding a series of walking weekends throughout 2014, the next one will be held on saturday 20th and sunday 21st september 2014. On a mellow September afternoon, there’s no better place to be than walking the hills of Bere Island. Explore the length and breadth of this historic island, which was once a former strategic military base during WW1, and lies at the southern most reaches of
WEST Cork based environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment have threatened High Court action in their attempts to obtain the report on the escape of 230,000 salmon in Bantry Bay last February. The storm on February 1, 2014, saw a cage break loose from its mooring and upend itself into another cage at Gerahies in Bantry Bay. The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney refused to release the report
KERRY Mountain Rescue Team in conjunction with Castletownbere Coast Guard, Castletownbere RNLI and Lehanmore Centre will attempt subject to the weather, to recreate the first ever cable car from Beara peninsula mainland to one of the islands on Saturday 6th September. This will provide an opportunity for a joint training exercise between the Kerry mountain rescue team and Castletownbere coast guard.
A new and unusual weekly 5k run is being added to the Cork running calendar, as Bere Island becomes the venue for Ireland’s latest parkrun event. The parkrun will be open to runners, joggers and walkers every Saturday from 30th August onwards, and the island location makes the event an attractive one for runners from Ireland and beyond who are always looking to explore different routes, and try out