ONE of Europe’s last remaining natural wilderness areas, the Caha mountains on the Beara peninsula, are rugged and remote. They are at once elemental and shamelessly romantic. Characterised by terraced, deep pleats and folds of old red sandstone, these are challenging mountains to climb.
THE Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare on the 28th of May, is truly a family occasion. Following the success of last year’s event, children in national schools from 3rd to 6th class will once again be taking part in a free kid’s cycle around Kenmare Town.
ALTHOUGH the numbers may have been smaller, C.C.E. Gleann Garbh still had a very successful day at the County Fleadh Cheoil held in the Eccles Hotel Glengarriff, on Monday May 2nd. Well done to the U12s Lisa Harrington, Caoimhe O’Hanlon, Emma Osbourne, Caoimhe O’Shea, Anna O Shea, Molly Harrington, Chloe Coppinger, Lucy and Abbey Connolly.
THIS will be the 18th year of the Michael Dwyer Festival in Allihies. We promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances at the Mine Museum, the Village Hostel and the Village Hall, alongside the three village pubs – Jimmy’s, The Lighthouse and O’Neill’s. Highlights include:
GLENGARRIFF is delighted to announce the line-up for the 2016 Jim Dowling Uilleann Pipe and Trad Festival, which takes place from 16th to 19th June. The festival has grown from small beginnings in 2013 to become one of the highlights on Ireland’s festival map, attracting the country’s top trad musicians and ever bigger audiences.
by John Bohane BEARA Community School U16.5 footballers recently captured the Munster football championship title following their two point win achieved against Newcastlewest in Fossa, Killarney. This Munster final victory ensured the Beara secondary school claimed two Munster titles over the course of the season, after their senior footballers had previously captured Munster final glory earlier in the season. Jubilant team manager Alan Sheehy was delighted with the secondary school
CANADIAN based theatre company, Flush Ink Productions will perform A Rose Upon the Blood by Paddy Gillard-Bentley on Monday May 16th at 7.30pm at the Bere Island Heritage Centre. The play tells the story of Joseph Plunkett and Grace Gifford, who were married hours before his execution in Kilmainham Gaol following the 1916 Easter Rising.
Enjoy your beach, enjoy your beach clean! 6th – 15th May 2016 A call for new recruits to join the Island of Ireland’s Largest Coastal Clean Up Almost 3,000 volunteers took to beaches around the country during Coca-Cola Clean Coast Week 2015 to remove a staggering 10 tonnes of marine litre from the coastline. With a target to remove a further 11 tonnes from Irish beaches this year, Coca-Cola Clean
Promotion Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday May 3rd at 8pm.
by John Bohane CASTLETOWNBERE forward Liam Hanley is thrilled to have been appointed as their captain this season. The Magpies begin their PIFC campaign with a first round game against Naomh Aban, scheduled to be played in Wolfe Tone Park, Bantry, on Saturday, May 14th (6.45pm throw-in).
by John Bohane Adrigole selector Darragh Carey will begin life on the sideline this Saturday, May 14th, when his beloved side play Ballydesmond in a first round intermediate football county championship clash. Darragh, who enjoyed a brilliant and distinguished playing career with Adrigole, was forced to retire at the end of last year following a catalogue of injuries sustained in recent years. How is he finding his new role on
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Come and celebrate the Celtic festival of Bealtaine on Bere Island over the May Bank Holiday Weekend on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May. Join us on Bere Island, the largest of the west Cork Islands as we awaken and celebrate the ancient traditions associated with the festival of Bealtaine.
PROMOTION Beara, the new tourism initiative aiming to promote the entire Beara Peninsula as a premier tourism destination, will be holding an information evening in the Beara Coast Hotel, Castletownbere on Tuesday, May 3rd at 8pm.
TOURISM buyers from across the globe are enjoying fact-finding tours around the country in the run up to Meitheal, Ireland’s largest tourism trade fair. The event, which is taking place in Dublin on 11th and 12th April is organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland,
ON the 27th of February, family and friends of the Beara Ladies Football Club joined together in the newly refurbished Beara Coast Hotel to celebrate the success of the club in 2015. Many players attended this social event which was a great opportunity for all of our members and their families to come together to celebrate and recognise the achievements of our teams from the past year.
Ballydehob Beautiful Ballydehob once again hosts one of the friendliest annual St Patrick’s Day Parades around. The parade starts at 12 noon followed by complimentary refreshments in the Old Bank. The organisers promise a great day of fun and spectacle for all the family. Bandon St Patrick’s Day in Bandon is shaping up to be another great event for young and old. The parade will begin promptly at 2.30pm in
IT has been a case of “lights, camera, action” at CoAction Beara since the writing filming and producing of their very own Soap Opera “The North Roaders” began back in November 2014. Since the launch of their new show, The North Roaders has now reached the 10th episode. You will find all the usual characters from any popular soap in The North Roaders, including bad boy John Bower, who amongst
THERE was a large turnout at the Kingsley Hotel in Cork recently as Pieta House launched Cork’s Darkness Into Light event in association with Electric Ireland. Founder of Pieta House Joan Freeman was joined by Deputy City Mayor Thomas Gould, County Mayor John Paul O’Shea, members of local organisations and volunteers from across the county to launch the event which is now in its eighth year.
Dear Sirs, The fishing industry has been dealt a destructive blow with the reintroduction of penalty points by Minister Simon Coveney. This has been done in recent days via the signing of a statutory instrument by the Minister . This comes in the wake of a number of successful challenges in the Irish Courts against the penal system enforced by the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority . The penalty points system
by Stephen Johnson MINISTER of Marine Simon Coveney has announced details of a €366,750 works package which includes funding for storm repairs to ten harbours and piers in West Cork. The package forms part of the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marines’ 2016 Fishery Harbour & Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme.
ONE of West Cork’s best-knowm galleries is on the move; after 12 seasons in Glengarriff, the Catherine Hammond Gallery reopens in Skibbereen on March 17th. To celebrate its new location and its 13th year, the inaugural show 12 Now 13 will feature work by some of the most prominent artists shown at the gallery in the past.
THE installation of several Wild Atlantic Way “photo point” markers at various scenic locations along the West Cork coastline has been met with consternation from many tourism operators and local residents. The right-angled metal markers are designed to literally frame scenic photos at the various discovery points along the route and are accompanied by sturdy all-weather interpretive panels that give local and historical information as well as a local map.
by Stephen Johnson THE Golden Eagle Trust reported last week that 13 pairs of White-Tailed Sea Eagles nested in Ireland in 2015. At least nine pairs built nests and eight pairs laid eggs. A pair of Sea Eagles on the Beara Peninsula near Tuosist successfully hatched and fledged chicks last year for the first time. The Beara pair became the first Irish nesting pair to fledge a chick on its
GENERAL Election candidate, and former Mayor of County Cork, Cllr Alan Coleman has strongly criticised what he says is the priority by the Irish Government to police fishermen over drug importers.
BEARA writer Geoff Ward is founding and hosting the West Cork Literary Society, the inaugural meeting of which takes place on Thursday, February 25th, at 7.30pm in the meeting room at MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere. The society will provide a monthly meeting point for talks, discussions, readings and other literary events and activities, as well as for the sharing of ideas and works.
CORK Nature Network are holding an event on the 13th March at Blue Pool Park – Poulgorm, Glengarriff. Meeting at 2pm in the car park at Quills Woollen Market. This is a beautiful public area in the heart of the Village.
by John Bohane Scoil Phobail Bheara captured the Munster Boys Championship Football Final for the first time in their history recently after they defeated their Limerick opponents Newcastle West by four points following their Munster final clash played in Killarney. The Beara secondary school now progress to a semi-final showdown against the Leinster champions which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, March 5th. Their team manager Alan Sheehy was
TELECOM provider Eir have confirmed that work is set to commence on bringing fibre broadband to Schull, Baltimore and Union Hall and also upgrading of equipment in the Durrus and Leap exchanges. Cable is also now being put through the pipes to bring fibre broadband to Beara after many obstacles (outside of Eir’s control) have been resolved. Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington who was involved in securing that work could
THE Route for the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan, the first major Stage Race of the Irish Cycle Racing season which will take place over the four days of Easter weekend 2016 has been announced. Stage details announced will see the climbs of the Healy Pass and Coom an Easpaig retained for the 2016 edition of the race. The format of the race will remain the same with four road stages.