Bere Island Military Heritage Festival

Bere Island Projects Group CLG will hold a Military Heritage Festival on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September. The festival, which will conclude the group’s programme for the Decade of Centenaries and will feature guided walks, talks and an exhibition of old military photographs.

  Saturday 16th September  
Time Venue Event
11.30am Drill Hall, Rerrin. Festival Launch by Chair of Bere Island Projects Group.
11.45am Drill Hall, Rerrin. Bere Island Internment Camp by Ted O’Sullivan.
2.30pm Heritage Centre, Ballinakilla. The Links with Bere Island and Spike Island in 1921 by Tom O’Neill.
4.30pm Heritage Centre Ballinakilla. The Free State Landings and the Execution of Bridget Noble by Sean Boyne.
7.30pm Heritage Centre, Ballinakilla. Extraordinary Ordinary Women: Untold Stories from the Founding of the State by Karen Minihan.
  Sunday 17th September  
 Time Venue  Event
11.30am Drill Hall, Rerrin. The Handover of Fort Berehaven by Ted O’Sullivan.
1.00pm Lonehort Battery. Guided Tour of Lonehort Battery by Barry Hanley.
4.00pm Heritage Centre, Ballinakilla. Beara Casualties 1916-1923, Forgotten Stories of the Revolutionary Years by Fachtna O’Donovan

All events are free, a shuttle bus will be available to transport people between the events and the ferry.  Bere Island Ferries will operate a late ferry on Saturday after the last event in the Heritage Centre. For further details contact Helen Riddell on 027 75099 or at

Bere Island Projects Group would like to thank the following for funding the Military Heritage Festival: Cork County Council’s Commemorations Grant Scheme 2023, The Heritage Council’s Heritage Capacity Fund and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.