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
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
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 committee of Coaction Beara would like to invite people to the annual CoAction Christmas Fair. The event has been a success for a number of years and the committee hope to build on that success this year by the creation of a Winter Wonderland in the Polytunnel at the centre on the north road. This has been developed by everyone in the centre with generous assistance from local businesses. The
by John Bohane BEARA selector Finbarr Harrington has wecomed the draw for the fourth round of the Cork SFC which pairs the divisional side with O’Donovan Rossa. The last time the two sides met in 2000, O’Donovan Rossa emerged victorious following a replay in the quarter-final stages of the championship. Finbarr is anticipating another tight affair when the two sides meet in the imminent future.
Adrigole GAA are once again running their popular Duck Race Festival this year. It will take place over the August bank holiday weekend 2015. The event will be held at the base of the beautiful Hungry Hill on the grounds of Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site where there will be a fully licenced Marquee. A varied programme of events will run right through from Thursday July 30th starting with
THE Michael Dwyer music festival will take place in Beautiful Allihies on June 5th, 6th & 7th next. This is the 17th festival since Michael’s death and features the many highlights.
ON May 6th Disability Accessibility, a group of Transition Year students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara won the Young Social Innovator Making our World More Inclusive and Poverty Free Award at the Young Social Innovators showcase in Citywest, Dublin. The group has worked really hard all year raising awareness about disabled parking and the access to facilities for people with disabilities. Disability Accessibility decided to tackle the problem of the abuse
A TRANSITION year group from Scoil Phobail Bheara, Castletownbere were recently named winners of the “Making our World Healthier” category in the Physical Well Being Award at the Young Social Innovator Showcase at Citywest, in Dublin. The team, named “Are you my Type?” are a group of 11 transition year students who set out to learn about blood donation in Ireland and around the world, to change attitudes to blood
THE Three Heads Tourism Development Association is a new grouping of West Cork Community Groups, Tourist Associations and individuals from the three West Cork peninsulas of Mizen, Sheep’s Head and the Beara Peninsula, who have come together to develop the potential of The Three Heads of West Cork as a destination on the Wild Atlantic Way. Speaking about the formation of the new association, Chairman Dr Denis Cotter said, “I
THE Minister for Education has said that the whole issue of small rural schools may be reviewed in response to concerns raised by rural communities across the country. A delegation from West Cork, facilitated by local TD Michael McCarthy met the minister in Dublin recently to once again outline the case for small rural schools. Among the group representing Cahermore NS on the Beara Peninsula, the most distant school from
County Rochestown Park Hotel Division 1 FL 15/02/2015 Douglas 1-9 vs 3-14 Castlehaven Valley Rovers 0-4 vs 0-9 St Finbarrs O Donovan Rossa 3-6 vs 0-9 Carbery Rangers 13/02/2015 Clonakilty 0-5 vs 0-7 Bishopstown Division 2 Football League 15/02/2015 Dohenys 0-12 vs 0-6 Nemo Rangers Macroom 0-11 vs 0-13 Ballincollig 13/02/2015 Kiskeam 0-15 vs 0-15 Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh Division 3 Football League 15/02/2015 St Michaels 2-12 vs 1-8 Kinsale Cill
SEVERAL Young Social Innovator projects are currently being undertaken in Scoil Phobail Bhéara. co-ordinated my Marie Murphy (Chaplain) and Caitriona Murphy.
THE fourth annual Allihies to Bunmahon Miners Trail community challenge and charity walk?(the walk from A to B) takes place this year from August 15th to 22nd. The walk follows in the footsteps of our copper mining ancestors? through an eight-day, 250 km walk from the copper miming heartland of Beara to Waterford’s Copper Coast.
PROPOSALS to reduce opening times at two recycling “transfer stations” operated by Cork County Council have been met with opposition from local people. The plans to reduce the opening times at the stations at Castletownbere and Derryconnell between Schull and Ballydehob by more than 50% to two days-a-week plus Saturday mornings have been described as “potentially damaging” to communities across the Mizen and Beara peninsulas.
The Crawford Art Gallery in Cork has acquired a painting by Michael Sheehan, the west cork artist who died in 1996. The 1993 oil painting entitled ‘Eskivaude’, on a small rough octagonal board, depicts a clachan or cluster of dwellings perched on the edge of the Cod’s Head on the extreme end of the Beara peninsula. Its vivid colours and intense brush strokes are characteristic of the artist’s naive works.
FOLLOWING on from the success of last year’s Christmas Fair, Lauragh Community Centre Group are holding their 2014 Christmas Fair on Sunday 7th December starting at 12pm and running until 4pm. Local artists and producers will again be heavily involved , showcasing the great talent that is to be drawn from nearby. If you want a truly unique gift for a loved one for Christmas then Lauragh is the place
Thirteen girls from the Beara Peninsula made history recently by being the first ever team from Beara to compete in the Cork Ladies Basketball League. The under 16 girls team are entered in the C league and played their first match against Bantry in the local Castletownbere Community Hall. The girls looked particularly smart in their uniforms sponsored by the Creperie and Marine Harvest. As Katie Waschkowitz said “It’s great
THE Bantry Bay Lions hosted a dinner celebration for the winners of the All-Ireland 2014 Intel Youth Enterprise Ideation competition. The Beara Community School in Castletownbere, represented by Daniel O’Neill, John O’Donoghue, Nicole Elphick, Caitriona Anne Nee, Jayden Murphy and David O’Driscoll.
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.
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.
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
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
Michael and Aileen O’Neill of Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd are celebrating the news that their Irish sea salt products have wowed judges at the Great Taste 2014 awards by being awarded three gold stars in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme that involves over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.
by Stephen Johnson EYERIES lace designer and artist Fiona Harrington has won the Lace Category Prize — the Eleanor De La Branchardière Award worth €1,200 — for her piece “Deserted Cottage” at the Royal Dublin Show National Crafts Awards Competition.
LIFEBOAT crew with Castletownbere RNLI launched yesterday (30 July 2014) to help a couple who had become injured when the 40 ft yacht they were sailing on, at Laurence’s Cove, got into difficultly. On arriving at the scene, the lifeboat crew had to board the vessel and treat the injured woman before bringing the couple to safety at Castletownbere harbour in Cork.
FESTIVAL fans will be spoilt for choice in Allihies this August with a week of family fun planned in the beautiful Beara village for Festival Week 2014. Running from Saturday, August 10th to Sunday, August 17th there’s something for everyone on offer during the week-long festivities.
HUNDREDS of concerned members of the Berehaven Credit Union (BCU) which closed last week turned out to demonstrate in Castletownbere at the weekend at what they say is the loss of a crucial local service. The crowd gathered to demand answers and seek a solution that would enable credit union services to continue in Castletownbere is some form.