Bere Island Heritage Week

Bere Island Heritage Week 2023

Bere Island Projects Group marking Bere Island Heritage Week (12-20 August 2023) by taking up the national events theme – the traditions and practices, knowledge and skills passed down through generations.

Bere Island Scanning Day

Tuesday 15th August  9am to 5pm 

Location: Bere Island Community Centre

In 2023 Bere Island Projects launched their Community Archive as part of the Irish Community Archive Network. We are asking for your help to share any old photos or documents you have relating to Bere Island so that we can share them on our community archive in order to protect our island heritage for future generations. We will also provide you with digitised copies for your own family records.

Bring your documents and photos to the Bere Island Projects Group office to be scanned and digitised.


Antique and Vintage Bottle Collection

18th August  6.30pm to 7.30pm 

Location: Bere Island Heritage Centre

Chris Sullivan will display his collection of antique bottles which he has mostly collected on the East End of Bere Island over a period of almost 50 years. The bottles are mainly domestic, medicinal and alcoholic containers and are principally the product of the British Admiralty’s occupation of Berehaven, as a Treaty Port, up until 1938. They are mainly Victorian in origin and most probably date from the 1830s to the 1930s.

Chris will give a talk on his own collection, and will give advice on how to identify and date old bottles. If anybody has an old or rare bottle bring them along and Chris will help you identify them. He will also give advice on starting collection of old artefacts, which will be particularly aimed at children to encourage them to start a historical collection of their own.



The Defences of Lonehort Bere Island: Vikings, Martello Towers & a World War One gun battery

19th August 1-3pm

Location: Lonehort Battery Main Gate

Join us to celebrate National Heritage Week’s Wild Child Day and hear about the defences of Lonehort, Bere Island. From a Viking Harbour to a Martello Tower and the later World War One Fortifications. we look at how the Vikings made their way around the Irish coastline.

They used the sheltered harbour at Lonehort to repair their longboats, building a breakwater to protect them from the Atlantic seas. In later years following the attempted French invasion of Bantry Bay in 1796, four Martello Towers were constructed on Bere Island, including one at Lonehort. Over the years the defences on the island were strengthened to include seven gun batteries, the largest of these is Lonehort Battery which is surrounded by a deep moat and contains 2 large artillery guns.

Local historian Barry Hanley, a licensed tour guide, will start the tour at the Viking Harbour. As we walk the short distance to Lonehort Battery, he will tell the extraordinary history of how a small island came to be one of the most defended places in Europe. Come dressed in costume, either as a Viking, a Napoleonic era soldier or from the battlefields of World War One!

Parking is available outside Lonehort Battery. Please proceed to the seating area south west of the battery for the start of the tour, follow directions and look for the flags!

Booking is essential  – Call 027 75099 or email for more details.


An Audio Tour of Bere Island by Scoil Mhichíl Naofa

The pupils of Rang Ardnakinna at Scoil Mhichíl Naofa, Bere Island take the listener on an audio tour around Bere Island as they visit key island landmarks and recount the island’s rich archaeological and built heritage which includes a Bronze Age Wegde Tomb and Standing stone, the remains of a Viking Harbour and shipyard, Napeoleonic Martello Towers and of the World War One fortifications built by the British Admiralty. Scoil Mhichíl Naofa is a two teacher school with 17 pupils.



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Aug 12 - 20 2023


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