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.
June (date TBC)
West Cork Islands Festival
June (date TBC)
Children’s Summer Camps
31st July – 2nd August
July (date TBC)
17th – 23rd July
GAA Cul Camp
30th July – 3rd August
Bere Island Festival
Bere Island parkrun 4th birthday celebrations
All Islands Football Tournament on Bere Island
Taste of West Cork Festival
September (exact dates TBC)
80th Anniversary of the Handover of Fort Berehaven
26th September (exact details of the commemoration event TBC).
WCCM Health and Meditation Retreat
9th-15th September (TBC)
Music and Silence Festival
Other events to be held in 2018 but dates TBC:
Bere Island parkrun music project launch
Cruise ship visits
West Cork Fit Up Theatre Festival
Tom Crean play
Bere Island Dark Sky music event
The Active Retirement Group fortnightly coffee mornings, the next coffee morning will be on:
Wednesday Wednesday 22nd November at 11am in the Community Centre. A Jewellery Craft session will take place at this meeting, the cost is €5 per item made.
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:
Tuesday 7th November
Tuesday 12th December
Please ensure each refuse bag has a waste sticker on it. Stickers cost €9 and can be purchased from Murphy’s Shop and the Project Group Office.
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 email@example.com.