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Walking weekend on Bere Island

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

Cape Clear islanders seek long-term solution to water supply problems

RESIDENTS on Cape Clear are asking Cork County Council to put in place a long-term plan to deal with water supply problems that have repeatedly occurred on the island in recent summers, with this year appearing to be the worst yet.   According to Ed Harper, People Before Profit representative and a 35-year resident who runs a goat farm on the island, “normal life and business are grinding to a

Islands to benefit from Rural Development Programme

WEST Cork’s islands are set to benefit from a €4 billion draft Rural Development Programme which has just been submitted to the European Commission.   West Corn Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said, “For a long time now I have been calling for greater supports for the islands and in particular the introduction of a top up payment for island farmers under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

Rosari’s island teas raise funds for RNLI

Rosari O’Neill of Eyeries sold teas, coffees and home made cakes at her house The Dursey Cottage on Dursey Island over the West Cork Islands Weekend and raised €706 for the RNLI. Here she is presenting Sheila O’Driscoll of Castletownbere RNLI with the cheque. Also in the picture is Anne Finch and coxswain Brian O’Driscoll. Pic: John Eagle

Surge – BA Visual Art on Sherkin Island, Final Year Exhibition

In the summer of 2012, over the course of a single weekend, 1000 people visited Sherkin Island. With an average population of 100, this was a significant influx to the island and a boon to the local economy.   What inspired the arrival of so many visitors to this bijou Atlantic island off the Southwest coast of Ireland?  One word – art. The graduate exhibition of the BA Visual Art