Bere Island Community Archive Launched

Bere Island Projects Group were one of a number of community groups who launched their community archive on the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) at a nationwide event in Laragh, Co Wicklow on May 31st.  The event in Wicklow also marked The Heritage Council’s support of the programme.  

The Irish Community Archive Network was established by the National Museum of Ireland in 2008 to encourage and support communities to collect and share their heritage online. Working in partnership with local authorities, to date, iCAN has supported the creation of 28 online archives in Clare, Cork, Galway, Mayo and Wicklow, with 8 more in development.  

Bere Island Projects Group are one of four community groups in County Cork  who are part of the project along with Youghal Community Archives, Kilshannig Heritage Society and the Independence Museum Kilmurry.

Bere Island Projects Group have been actively documenting and preserving the island’s heritage as part of their work on the Bere Island Conservation Plan, and in 2022 the group launched a  project to record the island’s oral history.  These recordings will now be available on the island’s community archive, along with old photographs and documents, and a mapping of the island graveyard.  

To view the Bere Island Community Archive click here

We welcome all submissions ot the archive, old photos, documents, film and audio footage.  If you have items you woule like to submit please contact the office at 027 75099 or email:

Launch of Irish Community Archive Networks. Left to Right: Yvonne Cahalane Cork County Council., Kate O'Reilly Kilmurry Independence Museum, Doney O'Sullivan Kilshannig Heritage Group, Lynn Scarff Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Virginia Teehan CEO The Heritage Council, Dr Martina Moloney Chairperson of The Heritage Council Board, Helen Riddell Bere Island Projects Group, Niall Murray Kilmurry Independence Museum, Conor Nelligan Heritage Officer Cork County Council.