Heritage Week 2021

National Heritage Week is currently underway and we have four online events organised for Bere Island.

Bere Island Stories and Traditions: Do you live on, or have connections with, Bere Island and want to share your stories? Come along to this online workshop to share your stories with the group! If you have an artefact that connects to your story, please bring it along with you to this online workshop.

Life on Bere Island Through Artefacts: Do you live on, or have connections with, Bere Island? Do you want to learn how to record your stories? Join us at this workshop to discover how to record your stories of Bere Island using your smartphone (android or iPhone). If you have an artefact (or artefacts) that connect to your story (e.g. a letter, a poem, a CD, or an object), bring it along with you to this workshop – we will use it to support the story recording.

Bere Island and its links to Argentina: Our online discussion will include members of the Bere Island Diaspora in Argentina, who will recount their family stories, and how they’ve discovered their island links, and celebrated their Irish ancestry.

Bere Island Internment Camp Centenary: In 1921, during the War of Independence an internment camp was opened on Bere Island, housing 284 men at its peak who included Sean Collins, brother of General Michael Collins, and Professor Alfred O’Rahilly, later president of UCC.  With funding from the Heritage Council’s Community Grant Scheme, Bere Island Projects Group are currently producing a film to mark the centenary of the interment camp which will be available to view online this autumn. In the meantime, why not visit Bere Island during Heritage Week and walk around the sites associated with the internment camp with this online walking guide.