Walk on the West Cork Islands

West Cork Islands Walking

West Cork’s islands are home to a range of walks that encourage visitors to explore landscapes, seascapes, and communities on the westernmost edge of Europe. Walkers are spoilt for choice on Bere Island, with routes.... [read more]

Sherkin’s ‘Island of the Arts’ Tour

At a time when there’s a lot of talk about the hidden gems of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Sherkin Island in Roaringwater Bay has something genuinely unexpected to offer. The West Cork island is a.... [read more]

Respite and Reflection for the Caring Professions

For people in the medical and caring professions, work involves giving a huge amount towards the healing and support of others.

But in order to keep giving of themselves, carers need time for healing and renewal too. A September retreat on West Cork’s Bere Island offers people in the caring and medical professions the chance to step back, reflect, and refresh the senses, so that they can return to their work with a renewed sense of commitment.

The 7-day retreat (26th September – 4th October 2015) is led by Laurence Freeman OSB whose understanding of the needs of carers informs the course he leads on meditation and leadership in the medical profession for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Fr. Laurence – a native of Bere Island – regards the island as the perfect place for people to step back from the rhythms and demands of their daily lives, in order to replenish their senses and ideals.

Bere Island Retreat

Laurence Freeman OSB is a Benedictine monk and the spiritual guide and Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation; a contemporary, contemplative community. He travels widely as an international speaker and retreat leader, and is the author of many articles and books including The Selfless Self, Jesus: The Teacher Within, and First Sight: The Experience of Faith.

The seven-day meditation retreat, is open to all, but will have a special resonance for those in the medical and caring professions.

Find out more here, and book via
Fr. Laurence’s website.

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    The West Cork islands make up a very special part of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.   You'll find 7 inhabited islands along the West Cork coastline, each home to a unique community and way of life. Whether you travel here by boat, or even via Ireland's only cable car, you'll be getting to unspoilt and beautiful islands with stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland's dramatic coastline.

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