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Castletownbere pier west Castletownbere Pier east
Aerial views of Castletownbere fishing fleet taken by John Eagle using his Phantom 4 Pro +. The view on the left is looking west from the BIM teaching buildung to the Sarah Walker Gallery. The view above right is from BIM building to RNLI station. The large blue and white vessel is the newly acquired tug Ocean Challenger belonging to Atlantic Towage

Gleninchaquin waterfall

John Eagle flew his drone Eagle Eye 2 up Gleninchaquin waterfall to the top

to see the lake

 Watch the video

There is a Allihies Men's Shed meeting that may be of interest to you.
Local historian Theo Dahlke presents a seminar on the history of copper mining in Allihies, 11th September, 8pm,
The venue is 'Allihies shed' (which is not a shed, it's actually a little meeting centre) on the back road in Allihies.
All welcome

Fishing trawlers

Fishing trawlers passing at Berehaven harbour mouth watched over by Ardnakinna lighthouse

on Bere Island. On the right is Bantry Bay with Sheeps Head in the distance. Into the bay come

the oil tankers going to Whiddy Island. The picture was taken from the Eagle Eye drone

which also shot a video that takes in the Piper Rocks, several trawlers and the lighthouse

Beara Calendar 2018

The John Eagle Beara Calendar 2018 is now on sale 13 fine prints of the peninsula

 

Inisfernard

Inisfernard is an island in Coulagh Bay, off the tip of Kilcatherine. It divides Coulagh Bay from the Kenmare Bay. Now uninhabited it used to have a small community living there. Ruins can be found, and stone walls.

John Eagle flew his Phantom 3 Advanced drone the legnth of the island showing all the nooks and crannies, cliffs, walls, ruins and just by chance three jet skis. The film starts at the western tip and goes over the island finishing on Kilcatherine Point

Watch the Inisfernard video

€615 was raised at the Beara Arts Festival from the sale of the John Eagle oil painting, all monies going to Cancer Connect

Deirdre Purcell

Deirdre Purcell, novelist and broadcaster, will open the Beara Arts Festival this Friday August 4th at 6pm at the Castletownbere Community School, where she opened the first Beara Arts Festival 25 years ago

The 2017 National Heritage Week is

Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August


These are the Beara Historical Society events:

Saturday 19th, 10am-6pm
Bronze Age Mining Smelting Casting
At the Cornish Village, Allihies


Sunday 20th, 2-4pm
Field Trip to Allihies Copper Mines
Meet at the Old Schoolhouse, Reentrisk, Allihies.
Followed by Bronze Age Mining Smelting Casting
At the Cornish Village, Allihies, from 4-6pm


Thursday 24th, 7.30-8.30pm
Seanchaí Pádraig Ó Murchú Plaque
Eyeries Village


Sunday 27th, 3-4pm
Visit to St Finian’s Cemetery, North Road, Castletownbere

(See www.heritageweek.ie)

Beara Arts  Festival

The Beara Arts Festival this year celebrates 25 years since the very first Beara Arts Festival, with showings of local Beara artists work, talks and apainting demonstration. An oil painting by John Eagle will be auctioned to raise funds for Cancer Connect which provides vital service taking cancer patients to and from hospitals in Cork. 2 showings of the film starring Fred Astaire The Purple Taxi will be shown in Eyeries where it was partly filmed 40 years ago, and proceeds from this will also go to Cancer Connect

Video showcasing the Beara Coast hotel and Castletownbere trawlers

Watch new video of Castletownbere port and Beara Coast Hotel

BW Wild Atlantic Way Exhibition by Shay Hunston

Visitors to Castletownbere looking at an exhibition of b/w portrait photographs by freelance photographer Shay Hunston

Shay Hunston exhibition details

Garra Fado

Good pots never go out of style and we have some beautiful ones here. From terracotta to glazed, very large practical sizes to nice and neat pressies. With of course plenty of sea hardy designs and colourful plants to compliment them! And, since sometimes it is not a plant that is needed, we have lovely ornaments to fill that space too. Check out our quality terracotta, glazed and concrete ornaments at Garra Fado Garden, Eyeries. Happy Gardening!

Large display of pots

 

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The comedian Brendan Grace will be appearing at the Beara Coast Hotel July 20th

Wild flowers

Throughout the summer there is a succession of blooming wild flowers like these foxgloves and buttercups, enhancing the sides of the road

Wild flowers of Beara

The red fuschia will be with us all summer long

Yellow flag lillies

These come out in the month of May

Transpose

Transpose is the new bestseller by resident Beara novelist Matt Padwick

Is Ed still a messed-up adrenalin junkie, tripping around the world in a vain attempt to find meaning in life, or is he a changed man? After an enlightening year of simple living, he has packed all the inner peace and contentment he can carry and is travelling from his remote west coast cabin in Ireland to attend a wedding at an exclusive English hotel. It could be the perfect opportunity to show off his new-found meditative equipoise – or a stage for yet another audacious adventure

 In 1990 Matt Padwick left university none-the-wiser and spent a decade globe-trotting as an Adventure Travel Guide before arriving at a Tibetan Buddhist meditation centre in south-west Ireland, where he surprised everybody (but mostly myself) by entering a two-year closed retreat. After the retreat he joined the staff and then managed the centre for ten years until 2013.
Matt has written two autobiographical novels; "RUNNING CONTRA DICTION - and the flight of a soul athlete" (2015) and "TRANSPOSE - a self-styled revolution" (2017) which explore the insecurity that powered a life of extreme sport and wilderness adventure, and the moments of pure mind and perfect balance that made it addictive. With planet-sized humour and wry vision he scales some of the big questions of his generation.

The book can be purchased from Amazon

 

Rally of the Lakes 2017

Rally of the Lakes 2017 was held April 29th in appalling conditions, lashing rain, sleet, howling gales. Here a car goes along the Kilcatherine stage, with Ballycrovane harbour behind and Miskish Mountain in the distance

Basking sharks, whales and dolphins in great numbers have been seen off the south coast of Beara this month, a truly beautiful site to behold, and drawing lots of people to view these lovely creatures of the  sea

“WINDOWS OF EYERIES”

ART TRAIL UPDATE!

21 July through 25 August

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!!

  • Please bring your new and original artwork (all types accepted) to Evie’s Hall from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., Saturday, 15 July and from 2:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, 16 July.  

  • To protect your work, please have it safely wrapped and on a stiff backing or in a frame.  There will be a portfolio stand for a limited quantity of works on paper.

  • Please label each piece with its title, the price (if for sale, or NFS if not for sale), your name, and your contact information because we want to make sure that prospective buyers deal directly with you.

  • Please volunteer to be part of the team that will be putting up the exhibition from 15-19 July.


Beara Gallery, Mill Cove Gallery, and Sarah Walker Gallery are the sponsors of the Art Trail.

For more information, e-mail Billie and John at john.weston@virgin.net or Sue at anamcararetreat@gmail.com.

 

John and Cathy Harrington outside their restaurant Cathy with her fine array of home cooked cakes
Cathy and John Harrington are retiring from Jack Patrick's Restaurant today. The restaurant has been in business for 50 years. Previously run by John's sister Margaret Nolan and his mum Julia. Cathy and John have been running it for the last 33 years. Cathy and John say
'We would like to thank our customers for their support and we shall miss you all. '

Castletownbere has the best deep water berth in Ireland, handling large container ships and fishing boats. In 2012 it was officially opened and now the Irish Government in recognising how import it is has approved a new super dock extension with breakwater

Dinish Pier

The sink lift for bringing vessels out of the sea for inspection and service

Dinish Pier

The pier itself with trawlers and the tug Ocean Challenger in the centre

You can watch a video of Dinish Island deep water pier if you wish

Watch video

The first event of the year organised by the Beara Historical Society will be held in Twomey's Lounge, Castletownbere on Thurs 23rd Feb at 8pm.
There will be a screening of a documentary "The Seaflower Disaster of Christmas 1968" which recounts the circumstances of the tragic event of almost fifty years ago.
On the 22nd of December 1968 the Castletownbere fishing vessel "Seaflower" was lost in a raging storm off the coast of Ardgroom with the loss of all five crew on board, Michael Crowley, Bernie Lynch, John Michael Sheehan, Noel Sheehan and Niall Crilly. The heroic attempts of the crew of another boat, the "Ard Beara", to round Dursey Head to try to rescue the marooned men will also be recalled on the night.
All welcome.

Happy New Year from Discover Beara

A  meeting was held in the Beara Coast Hotel October 11th to discuss ways of reducing congestion in Castletownbere. With two narrow sections of the main street something needs to be done. The first section which runs between the church and Harringtons a one way system could be arranged with traffic using the road behind Harringtons and their warehouse. The other part of the narrow street poses the biggest problem, where it runs between the Garda Station and Wisemans. Suggestions have been made to make a bridge from the pier across the inlet to link up with the road to the hotel, another to run along the backs of the houses on the north side of the inlet and a road going north of the town taking traffic clear of Castletownbere altogether. There is not an easy solution, and a lot of thought and planning will need to be done on this.

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To celebrate Culture Night 2016, Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat is proud to host the launch of Beara singer/songwriter Gerry Bruton's latest CD. Featuring his original songs, Gerry (gerrymbruton@gmail.com) will be joined by Beara musicians Eileen O'Driscoll on the fiddle, Michael O'Driscoll on the banjo, and Mary Maddison on the bodhrán.

Gerry's songs chronicle his life's experiences of love, impending fatherhood, rural decline, political and business corruption and even a fisherman’s fishing trip, themes and issues most people can relate to. He recorded the album with Clonakilty-born guitarist and producer Bill Shanley in Cauldron Studios (Dublin).
September 16th
Time: 8:00 P.M.
Place: Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork

Sue Booth-Forbes, Director
Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat

 

Allihies horse racing

August 15th is special in Allihies for the horse racing, click on the above pic to watch a video of it

Making silage

Mike Tim O'Sullivan making silage for Paddy Sheehan in August near Garnish with Dursey Island  in the distance

Watch the video

Watch a white knuckle ride through the Bull Rock tunnel

Watch video

If you would like to do this boat trip then please the Tours page

Ardgroom village

Ardgroom village basking in the summer sunshine, caught on camera by Eagle Eye drone

Blackball Head

In 1805 the British built signal towers on the headlands of Ireland. These were designed to be easily seen by the next tower in line of sight up or down the coast. The point being that a signal could be sent to Dublin in the event of Napolean attacking the coast with his fleet of ships. The towers did not last very long as it was soon discovered how useless they were in the event of sea fog which obscured them.

You might like to watch a short video on Blackball

There is a website dedicated to signal towers which might be of interested

Pictures taken by John Eagle www.JohnEaglePhoto.com

Blackball Head

The picture here shows the tower at Blackball head which stands on the north shore of Bantry Bay, and can be seen from the road from Castletownbere to Allihies

Eyeries Family Festival 2016

Here's a video of Anam Cara  Artist's and Writer's Retreat in Eyeries

The picture at the top of the page was takern by John Eagle in 1994 from a Bolkow helicopter flown by Capt. Mick Conneely. Taken using colour slide film it has faded somewhat over the years and so he decided to re-shoot it

Dursey Island

Flew a bit higher this time, taking picture from Eagle Eye drone shooting in RAW  with 12 mega pixel camera. Prints are available from his website

While he was at it he also shot a video. Watch video

Dursey cable car

The cable car to Dursey Island

Garra Fado garden centre

Here's an aerial view of the Garra Fado garden centre near Eyeries, a great place to explore

2016 Summer Time operating hours for the Dursey Island Cable Car.


Dursey Cable Car

Saturday 21st May to Monday 23rd May – Normal Hours (Mon to Sat: 09:30-11:30, 14:30-17:00, and 19:00-20:00. Sun: 09:30-10:30, 13:00-14:30, and 19:00-20:00)

Tuesday 24th May and Wednesday 25th May – CLOSED FOR ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE

Thursday 26th May to Friday 3rd June – Normal Hours

Saturday 4th June to Sunday 12th - 09:30am to 20:00pm every day

Monday 13th June to Friday 17th June – CLOSED FOR ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE

Saturday 18th June to will be announced - 09:30am to 20:00pm every day

As there is limited capacity on the cable cars passengers are advised to arrive at the cable car as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please visit www.durseyisland.ie for further information.

Thank you.

Aidan Prendergast

Cork County Council

Castletownbere Area Office

 

Oscars in Beara
The Oscars came to Beara May 20th in Lehanmore
Niall receiving his Best Actor Oscar Lehanmore group

History and Tradition: The Michael Dwyer Festival

This will be the 18th year of our festival in Allihies, Beara, Co. Cork. We can promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and more intimate performances this year and the following are events that appeal to the historian as well as the music lover.

·       Music from the County Bounds 

·       Presentation by Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch

This interactive presentation is on the history of the music of Sliabh Luachra and will take place at Allihies Mine Museum on Saturday June 11th at 5.30 pm.

In this illustrated presentation, Jackie and Matt talk about their formative musical influences with particular reference to the Sliabh Luachra tradition. They also weave in a music workshop, however anyone interested in simply sitting and listening to the narrative will equally benefit. The tunes they teach are from Sliabh Luachra, known particularly for its rich repertoire of slides and polkas. The workshop is not instrument-specific, and so participants who play any of the traditional melody instruments are welcome to attend.

Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch will then adjourn to Kevin O'Neill's Bar for a Saturday evening session.

·       The Dwyers in Concert

Michael Dwyer’s brothers John and Richard will give a performance together in Allihies Mine Museum on Saturday 11th at 8.30 pm. As well as playing, they will also discuss the history behind and the origins of their music, being born into a family of exceptional musical talent in Ardgroom, Beara, in the 1940’s.

 

Michael was a gifted performer on both the fiddle and tin whistle, being a national champion in both England and Ireland, and a prolific composer of more than a hundred tunes. Both John and Richard are acclaimed composers of traditional Irish music, Richard receiving the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award in 2004 for Composer of the Year, his brothers John and Finbar Dwyer joint winners of the same award in 2010.  As well as performance there will be discussion on much of Michael’s music  as well as their own. Richard's tunes are part of the traditional repertoire in Ireland, America and the UK; his most well known reels are The Fox on the Town and Richard Dwyer's.

 

The concert will be introduced by fellow musician and cousin of the Dwyers, Mary Donegan.  Richard will be accompanied by Mary Conway (a presenter with Kerry radio) and national treasure Sean Garvey (a former award winner of Amhránaí na Bliana/Singer of the Year). John will be accompanied by  Siobhán O’Connell.

 Since his retirement John travels the country, performing in sessions and concerts often with younger musicians who revere his music, including Lia Byrne, Siobhán Peoples and Edel Fox. John's reputation has now extended to music academia with Lia Byrne currently preparing a thesis about his compositions through Maynooth University. His most famous tune is perhaps the reel known simply as John Dwyer's.

·       Amala

Another highlight of this years festival is the launch of Amala's CD, Resonance, in Allihies Mine Museum on Friday June 10th, followed by their gig at Jimmy's Bar at 9 pm. Kerry based Amala consists of  Reidun Schlesinger (mainly harps, also flute, concertina) and Paul de Grae (guitars). They play music from several centuries in original arrangements. Amala have co-presented "From Chieftain's Court to Polka Sets: 500 Years of Harping in Kerry", a lecture/recital in the "Handed Down" series in Scartaglin Heritage Centre in Kerry, and presented an expanded version as part of Na Píobairí Uilleann's "Notes and Narratives" series in their Dublin headquarters. The core of their collection is traditional Irish and music from the Irish harp repertoire. They also play various continental, Renaissance and early classical pieces, as well as their own jazz.

In 1989 Paul published "Traditional Irish Guitar", the first such tutor book.

·       Seán Garvey

·        Irish traditional/Sean Nós Singer/Musician

From Cathair Saidhbhín Co. Kerry, Sean gas been singer-in-residence for the Gaeltacht area of South Kerry, Gaeltacht Uibh Rathaigh, and he continues to perform, teach music and lecture. He studied Irish language and Irish Folklore and obtained a Masters in ethnomusicology at the University of Limerick's prestigious World Music Centre. Seán has developed 'The Story of our Music," a lecture/performance course on the history of Irish music. It is a history of traditional music from pre-recorded times to the present, including instrumentation, European influences, regional styles and more including such diverse topics as ‘Women in song and ballad.’

Seán Garvey has been previously awarded the most prestigious traditional music award, the TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year, and has been acknowledged by his peers as much as by his audiences, as being one of our finest exponents of traditional singing.  He has performed in The Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry House and is recognised as having made outstanding contribution to Irish music at home and abroad.

 

Seán is a fine guitar accompanist to his own voice, as well as a player of flute and tenor banjo.  He will present at our festival and will give a singing workshop with Tim Dennehy (another renowned singer of tradition) at Allihies Halla, 10 am Saturday 11th June.

 

Cascading clouds Fog
A sudden increase in warmer weather sucked cold air in off the Wild Atlantic creating dramatic fog scenes on the Beara Peninsula May 11th. Above left fog cascades over the Miskish Mountains, and on the right a fish farm boat crew work away as fog sweeps up the Kenmare Bay. Pictures taken by John Eagle

he Beara Vintage and Classic Club will hold a tractor and vintage run in aid of the Castletownbere Daycare Centre on Sunday, May 15th, meeting at the Wild Atlantic Bar, Adrigole at 1pm. All ages of tractors, classic and vintage cars and bikes are welcome. Starting at the bar, the tractor route will take in the Healy Pass before returning to Adrigole. The car and bike route will leave the bar to head to Glengarriff, via the tunnel road to Kenmare before returning via Lauragh and the Healy Pass. Refreshments will be available after the run.

Gorse fire

A huge gorse fire raged all night around Garranes Bhuddist Retreat Centre near Allihies April 21st, many were woken to find flames at their outside their homes which must have been truly terryfing. Eagle Eye flew over the scene and shot this video

Eyeries video from Eagle Eye drone

April 18-19th welcomed another film crew, this time Oscar winning director of the short film Stutterer, Ben Cleary was in the village to make a test commercial called The Suit. John Eagle's drone Eagle Eye flew over the set/ Watch video

Atlantic screening

At the screening of Atlantic in Castletownbere this evening are, left to right: Director Risteard Domhaill, Pat Murphy, Patrick Murphy CEO IS & SW Fisheries, (in front of him are his daughters Roisin and Clara) John Dee O'Sullivan, and Noel Harrington

How about a spot of camping on the Beara Peninsula

Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site

This is the Hungry Hill Lodge and Camp Site in Adrigole, with close proximity to the sea

Picture taken by Eagle Eye

If you would like to have your property photographed by Eagle Eye then please Contact Us

Dunboy Castle

This is an aerial view of Dunboy Castle from Eagle Eye. Paddy O'Sullivan who leads walks on the Beara Peninsula said 'The Star shape defences were built circa 1650 during the Cromwellian era by a contingent of English soldiers'.

 

The Piper Rocks 

 

John Eagle flew his drone 'Eagle Eye' round the entrance to Berehaven, showing the Piper Rocks

 Ardnakinna lighthouse as well as the two sides, the mainland and Bere Island. It is here that ships leaving Berehaven

 enter Bantry Bay before the Atlantic Ocean. The video is on his website www.JohnEaglePhotography.com

The video is called The Harbour's Mouth

Dunboy Castle

Pictures from the air show the shape of the castle at Dunboy.

The pictures taken by Eagle Eye the drone belonging to Beara photographer John Eagle clearly show the layout of the castle. Recent clearing work by Michael Ed O'Sullivan and Paddy O'Sullivan to clear brambles and weeds from the walls now give a much better perspective of how the castle was shaped. The castle was defended to the last man by the O'Sullivan Beare clan in the early 1600s

Dunboy Castle

The Essence of Bhuddism

 

Art workshop on Beara

Art workshop happening on Beara end of May start of June. For further details@

www.artisticxcursions.com

Discover Beara now has its very own video library where you can see views of the peninsula, places to see and places to stay

Discover Beara videos

Click to watch video of Ballydonegan

Click on above picture to watch video of Ballydonegan

Coulagh Bay Cottages

Coulagh Bay Cottages at Cahirkeem (the two buildings on the right) are available for rent from Theresa Murphy. See the self catering section for Eyeries on this site

Eyeries with Miskish mountains beyond

Allihies Holiday Homes

Allihies Holiday Homes, sited close to the sea and beach. See the self catering in Allihies for more information on these lovely houses

 

January 10th 2016 Beara woke up to much colder temperatures and a dusting of snow on the Caha Mountains, which form the backbone of the peninsula

Snow on the Caha Mountains

The snow seen here is on the north side of Glenbeg Lake

Sharon Shannon comes to Allihies Hall on Sat 6th Feb 2016 and proceeds from the night go to Cahermore National School. Great Xmas Pressie for friends and family and anyone who deserves a treat!

Sharon Shannon

Dear Poets,

This is a follow-up to remind all those interested in entering Hungry Hill Writing's poetry competition, that the deadline for entries is February 6th 2016.
Here are the details again:

Hungry Hill Writing invites entries for our annual poetry competition:
Poets meet politics 2016

This year we are awarding two first prizes of €500
One for a poem about any political subject
One which focuses on the 1916 Irish Easter Rising
This year’s judge is Afric McGlinchey

Please feel free to forward to anyone who you think may be interested in entering, and we look forward to seeing your work.
More information can be found on the competition section of our website, here:
www.hungryhillwriting.com/poetsmeetpolitics.html

Spirals by Geoff Ward

Geoff Ward's new book Spirals is now available in the Beara Bookshop

Anam Cara

Workshops at Anam Cara for 2016 have been announced, see Workshops

Super high speed broadband is coming to the Beara peninsula. Allihies is the first parish to get it. The people living in the rest of Beara will have to wait awhile, and put up with what Eir can supply us with

The Olde Bakery Castletownbere

Introducing the new Head Chef at The Olde Bakery, Eoin Davis.

Eoin Davis new chef

Eoin has a wealth of culinary experience, including being head chef at the 4 star Zetland House Hotel in Galway, The Blue Haven Hotel, Kinsale & more recently as private chef to actor Jeremy Irons in Kilcoe Castle, Ballydehob. Eoin prides himself on giving guests a great dining experience and has a passion for local & regional products. And where better than Castletownbere & West Cork to exploit this passion!

Sunday November 15th there is a sale of small art at the Lighthouse Bar in Allihies. Each piece is in a brown an unmarked brown envelope so the buyer does not know what he or she is buying, it's a surprise. Each piece costs €25. The collected money is going to raise money for the Michael O'Dwyer tin whistle festival held in June each year. The sale starts at 4.30, so come along and be in with a chance to buy an exclusive piece of art work by a well known artist

Discover Beara calendar 2016

The 2016 Discover Beara Calendar

Now available to purchase online

Eyeries 5 mile run

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POETRY THURSDAY

on the last Thursday of the month

Thursday 24 September, 8pm

White Room, The Square, Castletownbere

Read your own poems, read favourite poems,

listen, discuss, chat…

All welcome!

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Dr. Aidan MacCarthy plaque

Dr Aidan MacCarthy plaque

A plaque in tribute to Dr. Aidan MacCarthy has been erected on the front of the house in which he was born MacCarthy's Bar in Castletownbere. This was done by the Beara Historical Society August 22nd 2015. It was followed by a screening of a new film on his life 'A Doctor's Sword'

Local house wins Home of the Year on RTE
Home of the Year Home of the Year
Teach Maoildia, Ita Molloy and Andrew Harvey's beautiful eco-friendly home in Castletownbere that won RTÉ One's Home of the Year last night! Here's another peek at their beautiful home, which was designed by Ita's son, architect Donn Ponnighaus
Teach Maoildia Reflected in the pond
South side with slopes of Maulin beyond Reflected in the pond
Lounge with beautiful views  Staircase from dining area 
The upstairs open plan lounge with magnificent views Staircase from dining area to the lounge 
The house uses passive heating giving the interior a warm and cosy feeling
more pictures of  Teach Maoildia and other buildings can be seen at www.johneaglephoto.com
Kilcatherine church Kilcatherine graveyard
Kilcatherine Church on the Beara Peninsula, thought to have been built by the monks who created the monastic settlement on Skellig Michael. The church is no longer used, but open masses are held once or twice a year, the most recent being on Easter morning at dawn which was a traditional event in years gone by

 

Eyeries playground

Eyeries long awaited playground is nearing completition. It is hoped to have it ready by the end of May with an offical opening during the Family Festival in the middle of July. Picture below taken by drone showing the enclosed ball game area

Eyeries playground

Drone view of Ardgroom

John Eagle sent his drone up to take a look around above Ardgroom village April 30th and Eyeries below which has just had new road surface put down, and new footpaths

Eyeries

Eyeries Eyeries
Eyeries road is being re-surfaced and drawing quite a lot of attention in the process. Upper left shows the finished section passing Mary O'Shea's pub, whereas the others show work in progress outside the Health Centre. The villagers won't know themselves by the time it is finished
Eyeries Eyeries

 

The Castletownbere Development Association hosted their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 15th April and with this we saw the election of the new Chairman, Darren Lynch and the new committee.
They would like to thank everyone that was able to attend and share in the ideas for the coming year.
As a voluntary team of members of the local community, they work every year to host the annual Regatta, Easter, Halloween, Christmas market and Christmas lights.

We would like to say a very special thank-you to everyone that signed up as volunteers on the evening, this will now fully enable us to provide Castletownbere with a very fun packed summer season for 2015, the busiest year to date.
If you would like to get involved and help as a volunteer, please contact the C.D.A through Facebook at www.facebook.com/CTBFestivalInfo or email Info@Castletownbere.ie or chat to any of our new committee.
Our website
www.Castletownbere.ie is in the process of being updated. Please send in your news articles and photos to help us keep it current.
Also don't forget to follow us on Twitter; CastletownCDA

Arsenic

A scene from 'Arsenic and Old Lace' performed by the Peninsula Players at the Beacon April 17 and 18th

The Wild Atlantic Way stretches from Fanad in the far north of Co. Donegal to Kinsale south of Cork city. The entire Beara coastline is on the route and some photographs of it can now be seen on The Wild Atlantic Way page

Love from Cork

Love from Cork - Postcards of the City and County

is a beautifully produced book by The Collins Press. For anyone interested in old postcards showing scenes of a bygone era this is a must have book. Look at the old cars, the 'coloured' postcards John Hinde made famous, scenes of Cork city and all over County Cork

Fastnet Berehaven
A postcard of the original Fastnet lighthouse A postcard view from Bere Island showing naval ships in Berehaven

The fascinating book is filled with postcard scenes like those above, with details of when they were posted. Like the one above right was posted in 1914 at Waterfall near Bantry

Love from Cork - Postcards of the City and County by Perry O'Donovan

€9.99 + shipping can be purchased here online from Beara Books

Tommy Hartnett Tommy Hartnett
Beara's number 1 bus driver, the happy always smiling Thomas Hartnett taking people on a tour, stopping at Ardgroom PO

Kilmackillogue

Kilmackillogue with Knockatee getting some lovely sunshine March 21st

St Patrick's Day parade St Patrick's Day parade
Trad. dancing in the square Overall winners Darkness into Light
St Patrick's Day parade St Patrick's Day parade
Starting off The Great Pyramid passing the Great and Co
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2015 in Castletownbere

Garnish

Garnish looking lovely at the start of St. Patrick's Day. There are two fine B&Bs to stay at here, Harbour View and Windy Point

Bus tour

Fancy a bus tour round the Beara Peninsula? Discover Beara have teamed up with the No: 1 bus company on Beara

Tommy Hartnett to give groups of people a lovely day out on the peninsula

Also available are walking tours, see where artist John Eagle gets his inspiration from or go with him on a guided walk

 

Events for 2015

Michael O'Dwyer Festival

Michael O'Dwyer Tin Whistle Festival in Allihies June 5,6 and 7th

July

Eyeries Festival

The Eyeries Family Festival will run July 17th to 19th this year


31st July-7th August

The Festival of the Sea
A week long celebration of the heritage of the fishing cummunity of Castletownbere, it is a real showcase of the towns people and what is available here.
starting on the friday evening with the informus sheaf tossing, air rugby, wheel barrow racing and lots of other fun new games every year. This leads into a three day market and childrens entertainment on the main square followed each evening by live bands and a late night D.J.
Monday marks the main regatta day with lots of fun water sports and games organised by the Castletownbere Rowing club and Castletownbere Development associasion.
This leads into a fun packed week around the area for all ages with the finally 'Take Me Out' on the friday evening

Wild Atlantic Words Poetry Festival

5th & 6th September

Hungry Hill Writing

Hosted in various venues in Castletownbere(TBA)

Creative Writing workshops, poetry readings, childrens workshops and the Hungry Hill Writing's international summer compertitions and awards.
The festivals Patron is Bernard O'Donoghue.

Further details available at www.hungerhillwriting.com or email hungryhillwriting@gmail.com or call Jennifer Russell (027 76996)or John Post (027 70841)

Saturday 12th of September

http://corksports.ie/index.cfm/page/2015anpostrebeltour This is organised by The Cork Sports Partnership. It has 2 routes both are to go through Castletwnbere

 

Saturday 12th of September

http://corksports.ie/index.cfm/page/2015anpostrebeltour This is organised by The Cork Sports Partnership. It has 2 routes both are to go through castletwnbere.

Halloween Party

A fun packed afternoon for the kids in The Beacon followed by the haunted garden for those who dare......

More info to follow, www.facebook/CTBfestivalinfo

Christmas Market and Town Christmas light switch on Sunday 6th december. please stay tuned to the facebook for more information.

Gosh we really do have lots to do, writing it all out is so exciting, here's to a fun year, I hope this helps and is not too much, I can also forward on posters and programs as they are produced throughout the year.
chat soon and many Thanks


March 2nd saw temperatures plunge here in Beara

Caha Mountains

The Caha Mountain range, above, got a coating of snow. This view shows Glenbeg on the right over to the back of Barrakilla

There will be a car boot sale at the Lake House Hall March 29th

May 2 and 3rd Mick Flannery will be at Lehanmore 8pm

The dance workshop in the Beacon had to be cancelled for February 28th, postpostoned to March 7th

March 1st 10pm TG4 there is a programme about Finbarr Dwyer the well known accordian player who passed away a year ago

A page dedicated to Beara artists has started on the website. If you live on Beara or paint scenes of Beara please contact us

Beara Artists

The page is called Discover Beara Artists

Catering manager

Dzogchen Beara is looking for a catering manager to join the team at the Bhuddist Retreat. Anyone interested should visit their website
   
Great & Co Great & Co
The Great & Co has moved up the street in Castletownbere. The owner, Sarah Lowney, needed bigger premises due to the number of people now having their work on sale there. So she has moved the shop just a short way up Main Street to what used to be the library right next door to the Credit Union. Lots of space now, and with a really nice coffee machine, the shop is getting a lot of interest and we are all looking forward to the official opening on March 2nd

 

Beara Coast Hotel

Great news came our way this month in that we are having our hotel restored. What was once Cametrigane and also Ford Rí is now to be called The Beara Coast Hotel. The hotel has been purchased by Mark Golden and Mark Johnston two hoteliers from Youghal who have made a great success of The Old Imperial Hotel there. We look forward to welcoming these two to the Beara Peninsula

 

Matt Padwick

Beara resident Matt Padwick's novel 'Running Contra Diction' was successfully launched at the Sarah Walker Gallery Feb 5th. This is Matt's first novel and it is hoped he will write more, such is the interest in the book. Running Contra Diction is the story of Ed’s fight for meaning in life, a globetrotting adrenalin junkie enjoying all the freedoms and adventure he ever wanted. And Ed is not happy.

Signed copies are on sale at the online book shop Beara Books

The Beara Historical Society welcomes home Castletownbere-born broadcaster John Greene for its next talk, "A career in broadcasting and the emergence of Independent radio in Cork".
Twomey’s Lounge, Monday 16th February 8.30pm.
All welcome

Berehaven

A trawler heading out of Castletownbere with snow capped Hungry Hill behind

Snow on the Caha Mtns

February 1st was a really nice sunny day, and snow to boot. The above picture is of the Caha Mountains behind Ardgroom village

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Book launch this week at the Sarah Walker Gallery in Castletownbere on Thursday 5th at 8pm. 'Running Contradiction' by Matt Padwick

Jennifer Russell play 'Naming Baby' at Sarah Walker Gallery Friday to Sunday at 8pm

Glanmore bridges

A fine job has been made of the footbridges in Glanmore. They were falling into a disrepair and have recently been restored

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A grand turn out for the Ballroom Dancing in the Beara Bay on Saturday 24th. There must have sixty at least who came to learn or re-learn the waltz and quickstep. The author of this news hadn't danced in forty years and felt a bit apprehensive. However with many others not really knowing what they were doing it was easy to join in and have a great time. Noralene was great in showing us the steps and obviously saw potential in us, as now we set our sights on Strictly (I wish). Here's to the next dance!

Stormy

Stormy conditions along the Coulagh Bay shore. Jan 22nd. This is near the village of Eyeries, the mountain in the background is Miskish

Beara in Winter

Beara in Winter time has its own particular charm. This view shows the north shore on the coast road from Ardgroom to Eyeries. Come and see for yourself. The nearest B&B is Highfield House in Ardgroom

The Castletownbere fishing fleet returned to the ocean Friday 16th on a bitterly cold evening. Spare a thought for these brave lads out there on the ocean wave trying to bring home some catch. Long nights, rough waves, cold winds

Boy Jason

'Boy Jason' passing Ardnakinna lighthouse, heading for the the fishing grounds in the North Atlantic

Why not try the Beara Bookshop, selling books about Beara

Beara Books

The bookshop is open 24/7

 

The Beara Bookshop

Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers)

Liam Ó Maonlaí (Hothouse Flowers) played the High Tide Club on New Year's Eve to a packed audience

Paula Gomez on stage with Stephen Housden and Tim Goulding

Paula Gomez on stage at The High Tide Club (Sarah Walker Gallery) singing 'Rivermouth. The song came from a poem by Paula Meehan arranged by Tim Goulding.

Watch video shot by Richie Hodges

Christmas in Eyeries

Eyeries has had its Christmas lights switched on for the festive season and the village is looking really nice. There are more pictures on our Facebook wall

Christmas shopping weekend. Saturday December 6th, 11am till late & Sunday December 7th, 1pm till 6pm. Christmas Cocktails & Fashion Parade on Saturday night at 7pm.

A crime mystery set in Beara

Anna Heussaff

Anna Sweeney

Deadly Intent by Anna Sweeney is a new crime mystery novel set on our own Beara peninsula, whose magnificent scenery is evoked in the story, along with a tangled plot and a highly engaging cast of characters to keep you turning the pages.

Maureen is found unconscious on a lonely mountain track. Her husband blames a fellow guest staying at Nessa McDermott’s country house. Two days later, a man’s body is found, strangled and dumped. Amid a frenzy of police, media and family pressures, Nessa sets out to find her own answers – and soon comes into conflict with ambitious young policeman Redmond Joyce. Anxiety grows as suspicion shifts from a holiday fling to ugly secrets far and near.

Deadly Intent was first published in the Irish language as Buille Marfach under the author’s own name, Anna Heussaff, who later translated it to English. Anna has been to Beara many times, including a stay at Anam Cara . She lives in her native Dublin.

Deadly Intent, published by Severn House in London, is available from Amazon on both sides of the Atlantic, in hardback, paperback and on kindle. For more information see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Intent-contemporary-Irish-mystery/dp/0727883690

And here's a review that gives quite a flavour of the story (though I don't agree with every word in it, of course!)  http://atriptoireland.com/2014/09/15/irish-book-review-deadly-intent-by-anna-sweeney/

 

Videos a delight showing off Beara

Richie Hodges, an Allihies photographer, has been making some wonderful videos of the Beara Peninsula, showing the area off to great acclaim. 800 views in under 48 hours is no mean feat, but then when you see the quality of the videos you will start to understand why

Richie Hodges

Richie's work can be viewed at balooz.com where you will find details on how to contact him. Well worth a visit

The first 'running' of the Eyeries 5 Mile Run got off to a great start with 400 odd competitors either running or walking the route

5 Mile Run

The run started near the village limits on the Ballycrovane side then passed through the village and up to the Cross, turning left and along past the football pitch and up to Bofikil, past the quarry and first left coming back around the lower road to Eyeries and finishing outside O'Sullivan's Foodmarket. The first man home was Alex O'Shea running in just under 30 minutes. It is hoped the event will be staged every year from now on

Castletownbere Regatta 2014

Regatta

The Regatta is held on the first Monday of August each year, and this year attendance was on a massive scale partly due to the gorgeous weather and one of the best bands to play The Square in a long time.

The Springsteens

Bruce Springsteen tribute band The Springsteens from Dublin pulled in the crowds from all over as the above picture taken by Beara photographer John Eagle shows. The first two weeks of August starts off with the Regatta and then the attention shifts to Lehanmore, to Ardgroom and Bere Island for the 1st weekend, then to Allihies for the famous horse races

Bus for Dursey

Dursey bus

 

In April 2014 after thinking it over for about a year Hartnett Bus and Coach Hire decided Dursey Island needed a bus service, a step that some people wondered if they had lost their senses. It would never work, you’d be mad to be trying. Well Thomas Hartnett decided to brave it out and put a bus on the island, shipping it round from Castletownbere. Bright blue they painted it, to stand out from everything else.

The bus now meets the cable cars as they come over and take people on tours of the most south westerly island in Ireland, telling visitors about the island, most not having a clue what is on the island. Things like the signal tower, and the old fort that was beseiged by the English. They take people through the three villages, dropping them off, picking others up. People can walk as much as they wish. Be taken to the end of the island and then walk back, or vice versa. The proprietor was quoted as saying, 'We pride ourselves on being friendly, there to help and give information on what is available on the island.'

January is often a difficult month for everyone to get through, but it is also full of opportunities to do things, go walking, dancing, climb hills, there are lots of groups this year to help you come out of your home and do things with other people. Nothing worse than sitting at home moping about the weather and worrying about impossible things to yourself. So come out and share your thoughts with other people

Have you thought of joining a walking group?

Castletownbere Operation Transformation Walks might be just the thing for you, nothing too testing. Meet at TDK Fitness Centre at the back of the Beara Bay Tuesday and Thursday 7-8pm and Sunday 5-8pm

Thursday morning 9.30 to 10.30am meeting at Beara Womens' Fitness Centre (Centra)

Men's Shed meets in the Caha Centrte each Monday at 8pm, so don't stay at home, come out and join in some woodwork projects

Coffee morning, last Thursday of every month 11 to 1pm, meets at O'Shea's Bar in Eyeries. Come out for a chat, great company, mug of coffee or tea and bickies

Come dancing

Play
Happy New Year to everyone.
Beara Historical Society’s first 2015 meeting is next Thursday, 15th January, 8.30pm in Twomey’s Lounge.
Tim Flavin will present, “The Herd west of Dursey”, an illustrated account of his Beara kayaking journey.
All welcome.

Workshop retreats at Anam Cara 2015

‘‘What do I Mean by Creativity?" A Proprioceptive Writing Retreat
Led by Ginny Keegan,

Ginny Keegan

http://www.ginnykeeganwatercolors.com/mbr_statement.php
Arrival: Saturday, 18 April 2015
Departure: 25 April 2015

Painting The Beautiful Beara Peninsula of Ireland: A Watercolor Painter's Idea of Heaven

Evelyn Dunphy
Led by: Evelyn Dunphy, www.evelyndunphy.com
Arrival: Saturday, 30 May 2015
Departure: Saturday, 6 June 2015

Lining Our Thoughts: A Poetry Writing Workshop
Led by: Leanne O’Sullivan

Leanne O'Sullivan

Leanne O'Sullivan
Arrival: Saturday, 4 July 2015
Departure: Saturday, 11 July 2015

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Loosening the Bonds - A Silent, Guided, Elements
Retreat Leader: Kim Richardson

Kim Richardson
Arrival: Saturday, 15th August 2015
Departure: Saturday 22nd August 2015

Singing Over the Bones
Retreat Leader: Sharon Blackie

Sharon Blackie

(http://reenchantingtheearth.com/cou…/singing-over-the-bones/
Arrival: Sunday, 11 October 2015
Departure: Friday, 16 October 2015

See a full list of retreats at Anam Cara

 

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