Talks on the Treaty Port of Fort Berehaven, Bere Island

Bere Island Projects Group will host two talks on the Treaty Port of Fort Berehaven, Bere Island by Tom O’Neill on Wednesday 5th October at the Bere Island Heritage Centre.

In 1922 one of the conditions of the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty was that Britain would retain three deep-water ports in Ireland at Cork Harbour, Berehaven and Lough Swilly which became known as the Treaty Ports. Tom O’Neill is a facilities manager and historian at Spike Island and the author of Spike Island Republican Prisoners 1921.

Tom will talk on the significance of Britain retaining the Treaty Ports and the final Handover of all three ports in 1938.

In the year leading up to the signing of the Treaty, an internment camp was in operation on Bere Island, Tom will talk about the prisoners and the links between the internment camp on Bere Island and the prison camp on Spike Island.

All are welcome to attend. For further details please contact Helen Riddell at or on 027 75099.

This event is funded by Cork County Council’s Commemorations Grant Scheme 2022 and supported by The Heritage Council under the Heritage Capacity Funding 2022.

Handover of Fort Berehaven, Bere Island 1938
Handover of Fort Berehaven, Bere Island in 1938