Council housing will soon become available on Bere Island. Please contact your housing officer at Cork County Council if you are interested.
Events will be added to this list over the next few months, along with more details of each event. For further information please contact 027 75099.
WCCM Easter Retreat
Sunday 25th March – Sunday 1st April
Annual Easter Retreat with the World Community for Christian Meditation led by Fr Laurence Freeman. For further information and bookings contact firstname.lastname@example.org
16th – 17th June
Enjoy a weekend of nature walks and talks on Bere Island. Further details to follow shortly.
Children’s Summer Camps
31st July – 2nd August
An annual 5km and 10k road race around the eastern end of Bere Island.
16th – 21st July
A week of swimming and lifesaving skills hosted by Irish Water Safety.
GAA Cul Camp
GAA soccer skills camp.
30th July – 3rd August
Organised by the Bere Island Watersport Club. For further details see the club’s Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Bereislandwatersports
Bere Island Festival
A week of activities for all the family from theatre to biathlons, talent competition and a regatta day.
A week long festival of historical talks, guided walks and workshops on Bere Island. More details to be announced shortly.
Bere Island parkrun 4th birthday celebrations
The weekly Bere Island parkrun celebrates its 4th birthday.
All Islands Football Tournament on Bere Island
Bere Island hosts the a football tournament for all those living on the Irish islands. A weekend of sport, music and craic.
Taste of West Cork Festival
Check back soon for the full programme of events on Bere Island for the Taste of West Cork Festival
80th Anniversary of the Handover of Fort Berehaven
Bere Island marks the 80th anniversary of the Handover of Fort Berehaven, Bere Island. Fort Berehaven was one of Ireland’s Treaty Ports and was handed back to the Irish Government on 26th September 1938. Further details to be announced shortly.
WCCM Health and Meditation Retreat
The Bere Island Health and Meditation Retreat is a unique opportunity to reflect on the spiritual aspects of caring and medicine. For further details contact email@example.com
Music and Silence Festival
Refresh your senses at the Bere Island Music and Silence Festival on Bere Island this September, led by Laurence Freeman OSB – a leading thinker on mindfulness and meditation. Over three days, local and international musicians will be gathering to perform, listen and reflect, combining musical concerts and workshops with optional periods of silent meditation. Further details to be announced shortly.
Other events to be held in 2018 but dates TBC:
West Cork Fit Up Theatre Festival
The Active Retirement Group fortnightly coffee mornings. Contact Tim on 75099 to check the date of the next coffee morning.
The rural transport bus travels to Castletownbere on Tuesdays and Fridays, travelling out on the 10am ferry from the west end and returning on the 1.30pm ferry. The bus will pick you up from your home and drop you back after. The bus also transports people to and from Mass on Sundays.
The bus is free for holders of travel passes.
If you would like to avail of the bus service please contact 027 75099.
Collections of household refuse will take place on the following dates in 2018:
Tuesday 13th March
Tuesday 10th April
Please note the price of rubbish stickers has increased to €10. This is the first increase in over 6 years, unfortunately we have had to increase the price in order to meet costs in operating the rubbish collection. Stickers are available from Murphy’s Shop, Rerrin and the Projects Group Office.
Please note, any bags which do not have a rubbish sticker will NOT be collected.
Materials for recycling can be placed in the appropriate containers at the recycling centre on the west end pier. Donations towards the running of the centre are greatly appreciated and can be left in the honesty box at the centre.
We thank you for your assistance in keeping our island tidy.
The Bere Island e Centre is now open at the Bere Island Heritage Centre, offering office space is available on an hourly/daily/weekly basis:
No overheads – all inclusive rate
Meeting room facilities
A supportive environment
Links to enterprise agencies
Phone: 027 75956
Runners line up at the starting line of the Bere Island parkrun
Bere Island parkrun is on every Saturday at 9.30am. The park run is a 5k measured course around the eastern end of the island and is open to runners, joggers and walkers.
Parkruns are free 5k running events which take place every week. The run is free, although participants are encouraged to register online in order to obtain a bar code, which is scanned at the beginning and end of their run, allowing them to track their progress on a weekly basis.
The parkrun was founded in 2005, with the first run taking place in Teddington, England. The idea quickly took off and there are now parkruns worldwide, with all runs organised on a voluntary basis.
On any given Saturday on Bere Island, you could be running or walking alongside islanders of all ages, visitors and members of the Irish Defence Forces who have a training base on the island. Past runners of the Bere Island parkrun have included Olympic silver medalist Sonia O’Sullivan, parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt, and the Running Guru, Noel Berkeley.
The Bere Island park run, which is on the Wild Atlantic Way offers spectacular scenery of Bantry Bay with a route which takes in a Bronze Age wedge tomb, remains of a Viking boatyard and a former World War One military battery. At the end of the run everyone heads to the Bakehouse Cafe in Rerrin Village for a coffee, scone and a chat.
Bere Island Ferries leaves Castletownbere at 9.00am, and provide bus transport to the starting line. Call Colum on 086 2423140 to book the ferry and bus for a special deal of €10. The ferry returns to Castletownbere at 11.15am
Or why not make a weekend of it and stay on Bere Island which has a variety of accommodation on offer.
Runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are all welcome to take part in the Bere Island parkrun. To take part, you need to register at www.parkrun.ie
Once you have registered you will be sent a confirmation email containing your barcode and information on what to do next. You will then need to bring your barcode to the parkrun event on Bere Island, or to any of the parkrun events on offer worldwide.
If you require any further information or would like to volunteer at any of the runs please email firstname.lastname@example.org.