Weekly News Update 2022

Monday 28th November 2022

Castletownbere Post Office
Castletownbere Post Office is relocating to a different premises in the town on Monday December 5th. To facilitate the move the Post Office will be open for a half day on Friday December 2nd at 3.00pm and remain closed on Saturday December 3rd and will reopen at their new premises at P75 YK00 on Monday December 5th.  Staff apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Bake Sale in Support of Saint Vincent de Paul Beara
A group of volunteers are holding a fundraising bake sale in support of Saint Vincent de Paul Beara on Thursday December 8th in The Square, Castletownbere from 9am. A selection of delicious home baked goods will be available. All funds raised will go to support the work of SVP Beara.   

RNLI Lotto Draw
Castletownbere RNLI & CoAction Beara  have announced the relaunch of their weekly fundraising lotto draw.   The first draw will take place on: Wednesday December the 7th with a starting jackpot of €2900.  If the jackpot is not won there will be 5 lucky dip winners of €50 each.  Tickets are €2 each and can be purchased from local businesses.    

Christmas in Castletownbere  
This Saturday December 3rd a Christmas Market will be held from 11.00am to 2.00pm at the Beacon, Castletownbere.  At  7.15pm that evening Fr Noel Spring will bless the Christmas tree in the square ahead of the official switching on of the town Christmas lights which will be followed by carol singing, with mulled wine and mince pies.  The Castletownbere Newsletter will also be launched that evening.  On Sunday December 4thSanta will be visiting Castletownbere, and there will be drive-thru visits in the grounds of St Peters from 4pm to 6pm.  To book a slot text your child’s age, name and gender to 086 8953921. The annual St Stephen’s Day Treasure Challenge will take place on Monday 26th December.  Further details on the treasure challenge are available on the CDA Facebook page.

Beara Camera Club
The Beara Camera will hold their next meeting and Christmas celebration on Monday December 5th at 8.00pm in MacCarthy’s Bar, Castletownbere.   

Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group
The next meeting of the Bantry and District Cardiac Support Group will take place on Tuesday November 29that 8.00pm at the Christian Fellowship Building, Bantry.  The meeting is open to all those in the Bantry and Beara areas who have suffered a cardiac event or have cardiac related concerns.  Family members are also welcome to attend.

Beara West Family Resource Centre
The Beara West Family Resource Centre will hold their annual Christmas Party on Wednesday December 14th from 11.00am to 1.00 pm at the centre.  Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.  All are welcome to attend. 

Singing for the Brain has resumed.  This friendly and supportive social music group brings people together through songs, stories and smiles.  For more information, call Moira at 086 856 0319.

English lessons are running again at Beara West on Friday mornings.  

Regular social group meet-ups designed for children aged 9-12 years with common interests are now underway at the centre. This is a parent-led group everyone is welcome and neurodiversity is welcome. For more information, please contact  70998.

Monday 21st November 2022
RNLI Lotto Draw
Castletownbere RNLI & CoAction Beara  have announced the relaunch of their weekly fundraising lotto draw.   The first draw will take place on: Wednesday December the 7th with a starting jackpot of 2,900 euro.  If the jackpot is not won there will be 5 lucky dip winners of 50 euro each.  Tickets are 2 euro each and can be purchased from local businesses.  Volunteers and tickert collectors  are needed, if anyone is able to help out they are asked to send a message to the Castletownbere RNLI and CoACtion Beara Facebook page. 

Christmas in Castletownbere  
Castletownbere Development Association are holding a number of events over the coming weeks to mark the start of the Christmas season.  On Saturday December the 3rd,  a Christmas Market will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Beacon.  At  7.15pm that evening Fr Noel Spring will bless the Christmas tree in the square ahead of the official switching on of the town Christmas lights which will be followed by carol singing, with mulled wine and mince pies.  The Castletownbere Newsletter will also be launched that.  On Sunday December the 4th Santa will be visiting Castletownbere, and there will be drive-thru visits in the grounds of St Peters from 4pm to 6pm.  To book a slot text your child’s age, name and gender to 086 8953921 by November the 25th.  The annual St Stephen’s Day Treasure Challenge will take place on Monday 26th December.  Further details on the treasure challenge are available on the CDA Facebook page.

Courses
A manual handling course and an abrasive wheel course will be held on Bere Island on Tuesday December the 6th starting at 10am.  Each course is 2 hors in duration and costs 30 euro per course, if participants do both courses the cost is 50 in total. Booking is essential and places are limited, to book contact the projects group office on 75099

Beara GAA
The Beara GAA AGM will take place in Twomeys Bar, Castletownbere on Friday November the 25th  at 8pm.   

Beara West Family Resource Centre
On Friday November the 25th, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service will hold a clinic at the centre from 10.30am. For more information, call 0818 072450 or 087 8230410.

Monday 14th November 2022

Christmas in Castletownbere  
Castletownbere Development Association have announced their Christmas programme of events. On Saturday December 3rd,  a Christmas Market will be held from 11am to 2pm at the Beacon.  At  7.15pm that evening Fr Noel Spring will bless the Christmas tree in the square ahead of the official switching on of the town Christmas lights which will be followed by carol singing, with mulled wine and mince pies.  The Castletownbere Newsletter will also be launched that.  On Sunday December 4th Santa will be visiting Castletownbere, and there will be drive-thru visits in the grounds of St Peters from 4pm to 6pm.  To book a slot text your child’s age, name and gender to 086 8953921 by November 25th.

Beara Historical Society
The next talk by the Beara Historical Society will be held on Tuesday November 15th at 8pm in Twomeys Lounge, Castletownbere.  Eilis Ni Longaigh will give an illustrated talk on the renowned Cork sculptor Seamus Murphy.  All are welcome and a donation of 5  euro will be required from non-members.

Courses
A manual handling course and an abrasive wheel course will be held on Bere Island on Tuesday December the 6th starting at 10am.  Each course is 2 hors in duration and costs 30 euro per course, if participants do both courses the cost is 50 in total. Booking is essential and places are limited, to book contact the projects group office on 75099

Beara West Family Resource Centre
Singing for the Brain will resume on November 16th  at 2.30pm.  This friendly and supportive social music group brings people together through songs, stories and smiles.  For more information, call Moira at 086 856 0319.

Monday 7th November 2022

Funding for Renewable Energy Initiatives  
A new funding scheme, the Brexit Blue Economy Development Scheme will provide up to 25 million euro of funding to businesses in Ireland’s coastal communities to encourage them to use renewable energy.  The scheme is an initiative of the Government of Ireland and the European Union, and is being administered by BIM and delivered through Fisheries Local Action Groups  

Under the  scheme each business can apply for funding of up to  €200,000.    The scheme is also aiming to stimulate growth in rural coastal communities post-Brexit and is open to three streams of projects: Capital Investment, Business Mentoring and Capacity Development, and Upskilling and Training.  For further information about the Brexit Blue Economy Enterprise Development Scheme contact blueeconomy@bim.ie or see  www.bim.ie  


AGM
Bere Island Projects Group will hold their AGM next Wednesday November 9th at 7pm via Zoom.  A link to register has been sent to all island residents. If you did not receive this text please contact the office on 027 75099 before 5pm on Tuesday November the 9th. 

Caha Centre
West Cork Social Prescribing will host an information morning in Castletownere library on Tuesday, November the 15th from 11am to 12.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to come along learn more about this free service which is now available throughout West Cork. For further information, contact Jenny on 083 1491543.

Eyeries 5 Miles Road Race
The final race in Beara Athletic Club’s 5 Mile Road Race series will take place in Eyeries Village on Saturday November the 12th at 2.30pm.  The 5 mile race starts and finishes in the village.  and there will be over 100 prizes awarded for various categories.  Entry is €20 and for further details and to register see www.popupraces.ie   

Beara West Family Resource Centre
Singing for the Brain will resume on November the 16th  at 2.30pm.  This friendly and supportive social music group brings people together through songs, stories and smiles.  For more information, call Moira at 086 856 0319.

On Friday November the 25th, the Money Advice and Budgeting Service will hold a clinic at the centre from 10.30am.  MABS is the state’s free money advice service, helping people to manage and avoid getting into debt. For more information, call 0818 072450 or 087 8230410.

English lessons are running again at Beara West on Friday mornings.  

Regular social group meet-ups designed for children aged 9-12 years with common interests are now underway at the centre. This is a parent-led group everyone is welcome and neurodiversity is welcome. For more information, please contact  70998.

Monday 31st October 2022

Tidy Towns Win
Bere Island Tourism and Environment Group have won the Tidy Island Award in the 2022 SuperValu Tidy Town’s Competition, it’s the fourteenth consecutive win for Bere Island.   

AGM
Bere Island Projects Group will hold their AGM on Wednesday November 9th at 7pm via Zoom.  A link to register has been sent to all island residents. If you did not receive this text please contact the office on 027 75099. 

Beara Film Fest
The call out for submissions for the 2023 Beara Film Fest has now opened.  Local aspiring directors both established and student are encouraged to submit films.   The deadline for all submissions is  5pm on Friday February the 24th 2023.  For further details on submitting a film see www.bearafilmfest.ie or the Beara Film Fest Facebook page. 

Bingo
Bingo takes place at the Bere Island Hotel every Friday evening at 8pm, all are welcome to join in.

West Cork Islands AGM
The West Cork Islands Community Council will hold their AGM on Friday November the 4th at 12.30pm at the Island Cottage Gallery on Heir Island. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to register their intention by sending a text or email with AGM followed by your name and island to wcislandscommmunitycouncil@gmail.com or to 086 2922101 or by contacting your local island representative.  

Courses
A number of courses are taking place on Bere Island over the coming weeks, and include keep fit dance classes with Karolina, manual handling and an abrasive wheel course, and a fish filleting course.  For further details and dates see www.bereisland.net

Eyeries 5 Miles Road Race
The final race in Beara Athletic Club’s 5 Mile Road Race series will take place in Eyeries Village on Saturday November the 12th at 2.30pm.  For further details and to register see www.popupraces.ie

Beara GAA     
As part of the fundraising effort by Beara GAA and the Beara Senior Football County Championship winning team of 1997, to support the future educational needs of James and Molly children of the team’s goalkeeper Padraig Crowley,  an online auction has been set up.  It will cost €5 to place a bid with bids closing on Saturday November the 5th . All the bids will be placed online and further details can be found at www.bearagaa.ie

  

Beara West Family Resource Centre
Singing for the Brain will resume on November the 16th  at 2.30pm.  This friendly and supportive social music group brings people together through songs, stories and smiles.  For more information, call Moira at 086 856 0319.

English lessons are running again at Beara West on Friday mornings.  

Regular social group meet-ups designed for children aged 9-12 years with common interests are now underway at the centre. This is a parent-led group everyone is welcome and neurodiversity is welcome. For more information, please contact  70998.

The Parent & Toddler Group meet at the Centre on Thursdays at 10:15am.    

Monday 17th October 2022

AGM
Bere Island Projects Group will hold their AGM on Wednesday November 9th at 7pm via Zoom.  A link to register will be sent to all island residents within the next week, please click the link and complete the link to register. You will then receive a confirmation email with the necessary information to join the meeting.   Anyone who has any questions regarding registration is asked to contact the office on 75099 before midday on November 12th

Heritage Week Award
The Annual National Heritage Week Awards celebrate the most engaging projects and events organised by National Heritage Week organisers.  An event  which was organised by Bere Island Projects Group to mark Wild Child Day of Heritage week – a guided tour of Lonehort Battery for children and their parents has been shortlisted for an award.  The virtual award ceremony will take place on Thursday October 20thand can be viewed at heritageweek.ie/awards

West Cork Islands AGM
The West Cork Islands Community Council will hold their AGM on Friday November 4th at 12.30pm at the Island Cottage Gallery on Heir Island. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to register their intention by sending a text or email with AGM followed by your name and island to wcislandscommmunitycouncil@gmail.com or to 086 2922101 or by contacting your local island representative.  

Christmas Newsletter
The deadline is approaching for the 2022 Bere Island Christmas Newsletter.  Any family events or photographs from the past year, tributes to loved ones who have passed away, stories of past Christmases on Bere Island, poetry, short stories, all are welcome. All island clubs and organisations are also invited to submit any news on their activities in the past year.  The deadline is Friday October   21st and all items must be received by this date.  Items can be emailed to Helen at bereconservation@gmail.com or dropped into the Projects Group office.

Council Funding
In April of this year Minister Heather Humphreys  announced a new funding stream for the improvement and refurbishment of existing community centres in both urban and rural areas. There have been over  20 successful applicants for Cork South West under Category 1 of the scheme which covers small scale projects up to €25,000.  Three applications in Beara were successful which include an award of €25,000 to Eyeries Community Development, €25,000 to the Bere Island Heritage Centre and €23,000 to Bere Island  Projects Group which will be used to upgrade the heating and plumbing in the community centre.

Beara GAA     
It has been confirmed the County Senior Football Final will take place on Sunday October 30th in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. This is the day that the Beara Senior Football team of 1997 will be honoured as the county champions silver jubilee team. As a result of this, the fundraising draw that was due to place on the bank holiday weekend will now take place a week later on the weekend of November 5th with further details of the draw to be confirmed. Tickets for the raffle cost €10 and are available online at www.bearagaa.ie and also currently on sale from members of the Beara 1997 team and management and from local businesses around Beara. For anyone who is attending the county final, Flannerys on Glasheen Road in Cork will host a post match reception for the Beara 1997 team and for supporters who wish to attend. 

Beara West Family Resource Centre
Singing for the Brain is now running at the centre on Wednesdays until November 15th inclusive at 2.30pm.  This friendly and supportive social music group brings people together through songs, stories and smiles.  For more information, call Moira at 086 856 0319.

English lessons are running again at Beara West on Friday mornings.  

Regular social group meet-ups designed for children aged 9-12 years with common interests are now underway at the centre. This is a parent-led group everyone is welcome and neurodiversity is welcome. For more information, please contact the Centre at 027 70998.