Adrigole GAA Club are once again running their annual Duck Race Festival this year. The much anticipated event will take place over the August bank holiday weekend. The club are delighted to once again host the event at the base of the beautiful Hungry Hill on the grounds of Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site where there will be a fully licensed Marquee.
WEST Cork will take centre stage this week as a group of top German journalists who have a combined circulation and online readership of over 6 million will get to see for themselves what the south west has to offer. The press trip, South West Gardens, was organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Tourism Ireland and provides a great opportunity to highlight a number of Cork’s amazing gardens and
IRELAND’S Seafood Sector contributes over €1 billion in GDP to our economy and employs over 11,000 people, directly and indirectly, primarily in our peripheral coastal communities according to a new statistical report entitled the ‘Business of Seafood – a snapshot of Ireland’s Seafood Sector’ launched by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), the Seafood Development Agency at their National Seafood Conference ‘Global Insights, Irish Opportunity’ in the Radisson Hotel, Galway today.
Liam O Maonlai in concert Venue: Allihies Community Hall, Saturday 23th july Doors opening 7:30 PM
THE High Tide Club @ Sarah Walker Gallery Castletownbere has something different going on! For those of you who have an interest in playing/learning the blues our workshops hosted by Randall ‘Big Daddy’ Webster from the USA and Patrick Horgan from Cork for two evenings will surely interest you.
THE West Cork Arts Centre presents Museum of Miniature: The Islands, a portable museum which is touring to the West Cork Islands. This pop-up and wondrous museum of tiny artworks that fit in the palm of your hand includes work from artists based on Irish off-shore Islands plus those on European and international islands including Fejoe (Denmark) Saltspring (Canada) Fogo (Newfoundland) and Honolulu (Hawaii).
THE Eyeries Family Festival festival is growing from strength to strength with more than 5,000 people visiting last years’ events. This year there are even more FREE daytime activities for children and adults alike ranging from Falconry Displays to Animal Roadshows, Guided Boat Tours, Guided Walks, Strand Adventures, Shore Explorations, Bubble Soccer, Athlethics, Zumba and a Ceili!
More than two million Britons see stunning image of Beara Peninsula in new Tourism Ireland promotion
Tourism Ireland’s latest campaign to promote the island of Ireland in Britain sees the organisation team up with Secret Escapes, an exclusive members-only travel club. It includes a two-page article, with a stunning image of the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula, in the June edition of National Geographic magazine (1.7 million readers).
Exhibition of paintings, prints and sculptural ceramics opens 9th July A MULTI-FACETED art project inspired by journeys to selected islands along the Irish coast, and featuring three leading Irish artists, launches in July at the renowned Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere, Co Cork.
THE Castletownbere RNLI rescued two fishermen from a sinking vessel in the early hours of Thursday morning (9 June). The volunteer crew was requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat at 4.45am to go to the assistance of a fishing vessel which was reported sinking 11 miles south west of Dursey Island on the Beara Peninsula.
Well known Cork City Artist and now resident of Allihies, Bill Griffin will be exhibiting some of his recent work at the Allihies Copper Mine Museum over the next number of weeks.
WEST Cork has retained five Blue Flag Beaches in the An Taisce International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Awards for 2016, Garrylucas, Inchydoney, Owenahincha, Barleycove and Tragumna but Garretstown beach has lost its status.
Paula Kingston O’Brien is an Irish singer songwriter who mixes a natural flair for simple, evocative writing with a voice which dips and dives between a soulful sound and a modern country lilt. Paula K O’Brien, aka Paula K, is a singer songwriter from West Cork, Ireland and has been writing songs ever since she was an angst ridden teen. Over time, and with the addition of children, marriage and a
THE Ewe Experience gardens in Glengarriff are having the annual charity tea party on Saturday June 11th from 1 to 5 PM. The proceeds from the tea party and the entrance fees all day will go to CoAction.
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.