COMHDHÁIL Oileán na hÉireann are urgently seeking a meeting with HSE officials to discuss the serious concerns of islanders about the provision of healthcare on the offshore islands. Islanders who have been fighting to maintain medical cover in the face of proposed cutbacks are seeking to clarify the provision of nurse, doctor and emergency cover for islanders.
by Dolly O’ Reilly The 2011 census puts the number of island dwellers off the Irish coast at 2,896. The Comhar na nOileán website provides a map of these islands and the number of inhabitants on each. Out of a total of 32 islands, five are now listed an uninhabited (these five islands each had one person living on them according to the 2006 census).
by Lousie Roseingrave AN ISLAND goat farmer running in the local elections says it’s not too late to abolish Irish Water. Ed Harper, a resident of Cape Clear off the coast of Co Cork, said the water utilities company could be dismantled following a change of government.
IN 2014 Colaiste Phobal Chléire offers an exciting new week long traditional music for young musicians between the ages of 10 and 18 years of age. It is aimed at those who have already developed an interest and ability in traditional music and who would both enjoy and benefit from an intensive week of formal tuition, informal practice and group sessions. The course will focus on the student’s main instrument
MORE than €2.5 million has been allocated to harbour projects and coastal development programmes in West Cork. The funding is part of a €23m package for the repair of public piers, harbours and slipways damaged during the winter storms and for the ongoing development of Ireland’s public harbour network.
ONCE again, The Bere Island Heritage Centre is honoured to host the annual Holy Week Retreat led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB. From Sunday 13th to Sunday 20th April, The World Community for Christian Meditation will come together in harmony with our remote island community for a week of meditation, prayer, discussion and warmth.
THE 2013 Rose of Tralee, Haley O’Sullivan is set to visit her ancestral home of Bere Island, West Cork on Sunday 13th October 2013. This will be Haley’s first visit since being crowned the Rose. Representing Texas, Haley won the prestigious competition in Tralee in August, becoming the 55th Rose of Tralee.
EVER fancied owning your own piece of West Cork paradise? Well now’s your chance if you have €1.5 million to spare.
WEST Cork’s own David Syme, internationally-renowned pianist, will appear at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork on July 24th at 1pm and at the Lecture Theatre, Rerrin, Bere Island on August 2nd at 8pm. The Bere Island date will be filmed for a profile on RTE television and a ferry will leave from the Pontoon, beside Berehaven Golf Club at 7pm and will return after the concert.
TRACE Elements, an exhibition by Alison Cronin, Rebecca Keyser and Peggy Townend, will take place in the community hall on Sherkin Island, Co. Cork from Friday 2nd til Monday 5th August.