Muintir Bhaire Community Council

Muintir Bháire Newsletter
Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 27 - www. - Spring 2012



Sponsored Slim - Community Weight Loss Challenge








Thirty brave individuals have signed up to take part in the sponsored slim – community weight loss challenge and they are now heading into the 3rd month of the challenge.

Those taking part have attended two cookery demonstrations in the Good Things Café in Durrus and have come away with some very tasty recipes courtesy of Carmel Somers to help them reach their targets over the coming weeks.

Fra Wiseman, Practice Nurse continues to volunteer to do our regular weigh ins which are taking place in a number of venues on the peninsula. Keep an eye out for our posters for further information.

Each of the individuals taking part in the challenge have a sponsorship card. If you want to sponsor them you can give a one off donation or you can sponsor them a set amount for each pound they lose. The choice is yours! General sponsorship cards have also been distributed to local businesses in the area.

What will the money raised be used for?

All funds raised will be targeted at the youth in our community. The youth sub committee of the Muintir Bháire Community Council is going to set up a youth club for children aged under 12 years of age and having researched the possibilities, we are proposing to set up the Muintir Bháire Sea Scouts for children aged 6 to 12 years. Some of the funds raised will also be donated to the Muintir Bháire Foroige Club whose members range from aged 12 to 18 years of age.




Ahakista Rowing Club 10K Race Fundraising Event

The first ever Sheep’s Head Easter Run will take place on Easter Saturday 7th April at 12 noon.

The 10K Race will start outside Arundels by the Pier, Ahakista and welcomes walkers as well as runners (walkers start at 11.15am). The route then takes the athletes up past Rusnacahara Church, on through Kealties and Brahalish, back onto the main road and finishes at Arundels
by the Pier.

The event is being organised by Ahakista Rowing Club.


Any funds raised will go towards the everyday running costs of the Club. Further details will be available shortly through local outlets and on

So come on everyone! Dust off those running shoes and get going!








Appartment For Rent

In the newly renovated community owned "Alice West's @ the Black Gate building".

For further information please email or call 083 1110983




Muintir Bháire Community Council AGM

Will take place in Kilcrohane Community Hall at 8.30pm on the 29th March 2012.
All are welcome to attend




What’s on Sheep’s Head - Facebook Page




Ahakista Community Association has set up a Facebook page Head
This page aims to help locals and visitors to the Sheep’s Head peninsula promote and find out
about upcoming events, business, organisations and general goings on in the area. The content
will be current and constantly updated by the regular contributors who will be made administrators for the site.

Please spread the word!










The Muintir Bháire GAA Club is delighted to announce that the membership of the CLUB 200 has
sold out!

Sincere thanks and best of luck is extended to all who have supported this major fundraising initiative.

The first draw took place in the Sheep’s Head Bar in Durrus on Friday, 24th February at 8pm.

1st prize €500 – Darren O’Donovan, Kilcrohane
2nd prize €200 – Joe Hegarthy, Ardnageehy, Bantry
3rd prize €100 Chris O’Sullivan, Glenlough
4th prize €100 – John O’Driscoll, School Rd.
5th prize €50 – Patsy Flynn, Kilcrohane Rd. Durrus
6th prize €50 – Robert Shannon, Brahalish

The next prize draw will take place in Arundels by the Pier on Friday, 27th April.

The club will also have a scrap collection over the coming weeks. Please contact any member of the club for further details.





Ahakista Community Association
held the associations AGM in December and the
following officers were elected:

Chairperson- Ciaran Cronin
Vice Chair - Kieran Connolly
Secretary - Eric Kirby
Vice Secretary - Jacinta O' Sullivan
Treasurer - Martin O' Brien
Vice Treasurer - Anthony Nicholas
PRO - Michelle O' Brien

Progress on the Building Project

The association would like to use this space to bring the community up to date with the progress being made in relation to the community centre project.

The committee held an architectural competition and selected Kisok architects who have an interesting proposal that they feel will work very well for the community and look appropriate on the site.

The committee also held a pre-planning meeting with the planning authority and have received a very favorable response to the proposed approach, so watch this space for further updates.

Christmas Day Swim update

The association would like to thank all the swimmers & supporters who turned out on Christmas Day to support the local preschool & Foroige club. The total raised was €1161.27




Local Directory

We are developing a page on the Muintir Bháire Community Council web site as a directory of local businesses/ accommodation and services on the peninsula.

If you wish to be include on the website please send your information to











Table Quiz

Muintir Bháire Community Council will host a Quiz Night in Eileen’s Bar in Kilcrohane on Sunday 18th March 2012 @ 9pm




Health Promotion Information Evening

Bernadette O’Riordan, Community Nurse, Diabetes Prevention and Fiona Keohane, Dietician will give a health promotion talk as part of the ongoing series of events taking place during the 13 week sponsored slim.

The talk will take place at 9pm in Kilcrohane Hall on Thursday, 15th March.

Free Admission. Everyone welcome to attend









Muintir Bháire Foróige Club

The members and leaders of the Muintir Bháire Foróige Club are overwhelmed and delighted with the support our club has received from the community.

We would like to thank the Durrus Charity Shop and Ahakista Community Association for
their very generous donation to our youth club. We really appreciate your kindness and generosity and we sincerely appreciate your support.

Rachel O’Regan and Lydia O’Sullivan (Foroige club members) accepted the very generous donation from Durrus Charity Shop.




Muintir Bháire Community Council

Are EGG – CITED to host an EASTER EGG HUNT after mass on Easter Sunday 8th April 2012
in the Community Field, Kilcrohane Village




Muintir Bháire Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts are part of the Scouting organisation in Ireland which aims to encourage the physical,
intellectual, emotional, social, character and spiritual development of young people so that they may achieve their full potential and as responsible citizens, to improve society.

Log onto for further information.

Sea Scouts follow the normal scouting programme, with an emphasis on water activities and with a nautical symbolic framework.

Sea Scouts follow the same age ranges as the Scout and Venture Sections however in many cases both these sections will work closely together as one unit.

To being with, the Youth Sub Committee of Muintir Bháire Community Council want to set up the Muintir Bháire Sea Scouts for children aged 6 to 12 years living in the parish.

Some of the funding raised by the Sponsored Slim will contribute to set up costs and buy equipment for the club.

Our club will need to recruit Leaders to work with members. If you would like an opportunity to work with young people in our community, please contact Kieran Connolly on 087 7601313 or Annette Logan on 086 1910908 for further details.

We intend to have an information evening for parents, potential members and leaders over the coming months.

Please keep an eye out for our posters!





Annual beach clean up

As part of National Spring Clean month in April, the annual beach clean up will take place on Saturday, 14th April.

Volunteers will meet in Kilcrohane Hall & at the Cabin in Ahakista at 2pm.

Please wear appropriate clothing and bring gloves!




Volunteering on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula

In today’s busy world, it can be hard to think about finding time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous, both to you, your family and the community.

Volunteering in the community enables individuals to have an input into improving community services in the area in which they live.

The right match can also help you find friends, learn new skills and even advance your career.

You don't have to join a club or attend meetings to become a volunteer. You can simply volunteer at a time that fits your schedule for specific events or projects in the area at any given time.

Benefits of volunteering:

• One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together

• It also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

• Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

• Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction.

• Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area.

• One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together.

Volunteering as a family

While it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules, volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits.

Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know organisations in the community and find resources and activities for your children and family.

How to get involved?

There are many ways one can get involved in volunteering on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. Volunteers are more than welcome to get involved in any of the following:

Muintir Bhaire Community Council is involved in a number of projects and our committee hosts various events throughout the year.

We have a number of sub committees which are involved in a number of areas i.e. older and younger people’s services, tidy towns, defibrillator group, environment, roads and services, In addition, the community council owns and runs Alice West’s @ The Black Gate , this facility includes a tea room, museum and apartment for rent.

We also publish a quarterly newsletter and run educational talks and courses throughout the

If you are interested in volunteering in any of these areas, please contact or 083 1110983 or you may contact anyone of our Committee members for further information.

Muintir Bhaire Foroige Club is a newly formed youth club in the parish. We currently have 34 members and 11 leaders.

As a Foróige club leader you will support the members of our club to run the club on a weekly basis. Your job will be to facilitate the members to run the club and get involved in projects and other developmental activities.

If you are interested in becoming a Foróige Club Leader please contact Michael O’Regan on 087 2210040 or Annette Logan on 086 1910908 or alternatively e mail

Muintir Bhaire Sea Scouts Club will be looking for individuals who would like an opportunity to work with the young people in their community.

This opportunity will not only allow you to help develop the future of these young people and their future contribution to your area but will also be a lot of fun!

For further details please contact Kieran Connolly on 087 7601313 or Annette Logan on 086 1910908.

Ahakista Community Association.

Volunteering with ACA does not mean you have to attend monthly meetings, just give us your contact details & we will get in touch when we need an extra pair of hands e.g. for a beach or
road side clean up, tidy towns, planting, helping out at fundraising events etc.

If you are interested in volunteering with ACA e mail or telephone 086-1012150 for further information.

• If you are interested in joining a Choir in the parish, please contact Fr. Gerard Galvin on 027 61013 or 087 6864874




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The official launch will take place on Saturday, 7th January at 9pm in Ross's Bar in Durrus. If you are unable to attend the lauch you can also register for the sponsored slim in the Ahakista Community Association Cabin (located between Arundel's Bar and the Pier in Ahakista) between 7.30pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, 7th January. 


The purpose of this fundraising initiative is for individuals to lose pounds from their weight to help raise money for the youth in our community.

Muintir Bháire Community Council Youth Sub Committee are hoping to start a club for children aged 5 to 12 in the Muintir Bháire Parish and the proceeds raised from this weight loss challenge will be split between a new youth club for children aged 5 to 12 and the newly formed Muintir Bháire Foróige Club. 

Fr. Gerard Galvin, Garda Brendan O’Dwyer and Canon Paul Willoughby are leading the challenge and you can support the community weight loss challenge by sponsoring them! 

You can also take on the weight loss challenge yourself, the sponsored slim is open to everyone who would like to join!

Further details on the weight loss challenge weigh in dates / venues, supports and events for the 13 weeks will be announced at the launch!





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    Muintir Bháire Foróige Club are hosting A Community Christmas Celebration Disco On Saturday, 17th December in Durrus Community Hall for children from the Muintir Bháire Parish.

6.30pm to 8pm For children aged 4 to 11
8pm to 10pm For young people aged 12 to 17
Admission €2





Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

In a joint venture the Muintir Bhaire Community Council & Ahakista Community Association will light the first ever Christmas tree in Ahakista village on Friday, 2nd December at 7.30pm

The Community Council will also host a tree lighting ceremony to bless and light the Christmas tree in Kilcrohane Churchyard at 3.30pm on Sunday, 4th December.

Mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine will be served afterwards. Everyone is invited to join in the festive cheer.






The Ahakista Community Association Annual Christmas Swim

Will take place at Ahakista Pier at 1pm.

This year the swim is in aid of Muintir Bhaire Community Play School & the Muintir Bhaire
Foróige Club.

Participants should be ready to swim at 1pm.

Sponsorship cards are available from the Playschool, the Foróige Club, Arundels Bar and by emailing





Christmas @ The Black Gate

The Muintir Bháire Community Council are hosting a Christmas event @ The Black Gate on
Sunday, 11th December 2011, Opening Hours: 2pm to 7pm

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus in their kitchen, visit our live crib and Christmas arts & crafts. There will be story time and play area for children, mulled wine and mince pies in our café.

This event is organised and run by local volunteers in the newly refurbished Alice West’s house at The Black Gate.

Pre booking is essential! Please telephone 027 67004 between 4pm & 6pm any evening up until 9th December.

Admission fee: €10 per Child (Adults free)

Each child will receive a pre Christmas gift from Santa





Muintir Bháire’s Got Talent

Will take place on Saturday, 10th December in Kilcrohane Hall at 7.30pm

Admission Fee: €3 for Adults & Children are free

The Talent Show will provide a unique opportunity for our Community to showcase local talent in the parish.

There will be a range of acts from all ages and we hope that this will be a fun filled night of entertainment for all the family.

There will be a raffle and spot prizes on the night





The annual St. Stephens Day walk on the Sheep’s Head Way will take place on 26th December 2011.

Keep an eye out for our poster for further details nearer to the date and/or check out or The Sheeps Head Way facebook page.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!





Preparing for the Yuletide Season

The Community Council would like to invite you to an evening with a seasonal theme to get you in the Christmas mood. It will be held in Kilcrohane Hall on Wednesday, 7th December at 8pm

It will include demonstrations on the following:

Preparing Christmas dinner
Christmas cake decorations
Christmas flower arranging

Refreshments will be provided and you will be able to taste the results of the cookery Demonstration!

Admission is €5
A raffle will also be held on the night.





The Annual Christmas Bazaar

Will be held in Kilcrohane Hall on Sunday, 18th December at 2.30pm.

Admission is free.

Attractions will include a cake sale, wheel of fortune and Santa will also be paying a special visit.






Muintir Bháire Foróige Club


Is up and running since October, with 30 members and 12 Leaders.

We are putting three acts forward for the Foróige West Cork Talent Show on the 2nd December and we hope to make it to the final, which will be held in April 2012.

We recently held a fundraising cake sale which raised €314.72 for our club (including cake and raffle ticket sales).

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our club this year and we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!





Update on recent fundraising activities:

Muintir Bháire Community Council’s Church Gate Collection raised €500.32.

The Table Quiz held in Arundel’s by the Pier was a huge success and raised €372.12.

We would like to thank Arundel’s by the Pier for allowing us to take over the bar for the night and providing us with lovely food at break time.

We would also like to say a special thank you to those who sponsored spot prizes for the raffle, to Fr. Galvin, Quiz Master extraordinaire and to everyone who helped out and supported us on the night.

Your support and generosity is very much appreciated!





Table Quiz

Muintir Bháire Community Council will host a Quiz Night in The Bay View Bar in Kilcrohane on Friday 30th December 2011 @ 9pm





Drama & Dance Class

Are you interested in joining a drama and /or dance group in the Muintir Bháire Parish?

If you are interested, please e mail

or contact Anne on 086 6017648
or Annette on 086 1910908
by 31st January 2012

An information morning will be arranged for you to meet with the instructors so that you can
discuss what you would like from the class.






New Year Sponsored Slim – Community Weight Loss Challenge

Starts on 1st January 2012 until 8th April 2012 (14 weeks)

The challenge is being led by NewFr. Gerard Galvin, Rev. Paul Willoughby and Garda Brendan O’Dwyer

Loose pounds from your weight and help to raise money for the youth in your community. Muintir Bháire Community Council Youth Sub Committee are hoping to start a club for children aged 5 to 12 in the Muintir Bháire Parish and the proceeds raised from this weight loss challenge will be split between a new youth club for children aged 5 to 12 and the Muintir Bháire Foróige Club.

The three leaders have agreed to be weighed in and their progress will be tracked over the coming weeks.

If you are interested in taking part in the challenge, you can weight in, in public or in private.

This community weight loss initiative is being supported by


Log on to their website for further details

Dr. Gitte Wieneke has kindly agreed to weigh all participants at the FIT 4 LIFE club nights.

The FIT 4 LIFE group meets on Monday Nights at 6.45pm in the Bantry Bay Hotel. Your weight will not be disclosed!

Only the weight you lose will be known.

Watch out for our posters and sponsorship cards for further details!




Kilcrohane N.S. News

Kilcrohane National School held a cake sale resently and raised €600 for Concern. This will feed 200 children for Christmas in Ethiopia.

The Kilcrohane National School Christmas Concert will take place on 20th December at 8pm in Kilcrohane Hall.

The school newsletter will be distributed to the school community at Christmas.






Ahakista Community Association

The Ahakista Community Association will hold it’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 1st December at 8.30pm in the newly placed community prefab in Ahakista. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The newly placed prefab in Ahakista is available to other community groups at a cost of €10 per hour with a maximum charge of €20 per night/meeting. Please email or alternatively telephone Eric on 027 67933 between 12pm & 8pm to book the venue.

To keep updated on the Ahakista Community Association log on to our website

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year







The Muintir Bháire GAA Club is delighted to announce the CLUB 200 draw, which will run
throughout 2012. It is a confined draw open to 200 members of the Community.

There will be a draw every two months with prizes totaling €1000, as well as a
Monster draw at Christmas with €5000 to be won. A total prize pot of €10,000 !

Tickets will cost €4.61 per week and you will be entered into each draw with 40 chances to win.
You have a choice to pay €240 up front or a €20 monthly standing order payment.





If you are interested in booking a venue for a meeting or event, our newly refurbished community owned building, Alice West's @ the Black Gate, may be an option.

For bookings, please contact Roger on 027 67940





Rusnacahara N.S. News

Team Hope” Shoebox Appeal

The children are currently filling shoeboxes for the "Team Hope" Shoebox Appeal.

The idea behind this is that each child fills a shoebox with items such as pens, crayons, colouring books, clothing items such as hats, gloves, socks, any small toys and sweets, along with a donation of €3 and then wrap the box in Christmas paper.

These boxes will be distributed to needy children around the world.


The pupils are practicing for the Christmas Play which they will perform in the school in December.

CLOTHES COLLECTION 9th to 13th January

We will be having an old clothes collection in the middle of January, so if you are clearing out your wardrobe to make room for your "Christmas style" you can put the clothes in black plastic bags and drop them off at the school anytime between Monday 9th to Friday 13th January.

Nollig Shona Daoibh Go Léir





Halloween Party Success!

Muintir Bhaire Community Council had spooktacular fancy dress Halloween Party and the success of this event is due to the continued support from the parents and children who dressed up and helped out on the day.

Thank you to you all!

We would also like to say a special thank you to the members and leaders of the Muintir Bhaire Foroige Club who helped to decorate the Community Hall and sponsored some of the decorations.

To Dervla O’Donovan who agreed to do face painting and finally thank you to Arundel’s Bar in Ahakista and McNulty Cabs in Durrus for kindly sponsoring some of the Halloween decorations and refreshments. 





carol singers

Carol Singers

Will be visiting homes in the Kilcrohane and Ahakista Area on Monday, 12th and Tuesday, 13th December.






Muintir Bháire Community Council Social Centre update


The monthly Social Centre lunches will take place on the following dates:

New members are always welcome.


The TUESDAY GROUP continues to meet each week in Kilcrohane Hall and it is planned to commence a yoga class in January.

For further details, please contact Julie O’Neill on 086 172 12 79






A Carol Service

Will take place on 21st December at 7.30pm in Kilcrohane Church





If you would like to include an item in the next Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter please forward it to by 31st January 2012




Muintir Bháire Community Council

want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your support throughout 2011 and to wish you all a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!


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