Muintir Bhaire Community Council
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Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 49 - www. - Christmas 2016


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Annual Lighting of Christmas Trees


Durrus, Sat 3 Dec @ 5pm all welcome to Ross's Green followed by music from the Durrus Church Choir and Sheep’s Head Male Voice Choir.

Enjoy mulled wine and hot chocolate. There will also be a special visitor for the kids.


Kilcrohane, Sun 11 Dec @ 5pm come out and soak up the community spirit.  Kids can watch out for a special guest.

Beat the chills of the evening by joining us afterwards for mulled wine and hot chocolate.





Scoraíocht at Alice Wests @ The Black Gate


Sun 4 Dec @ 2:30pm — ‘Taking the Boat to England’ - a gathering around the fire. No guest speakers, just come along, have a cup of tea and tell your stories. Free of charge.





Muintir Bháire Community Council Table Quiz


Fri 30 Dec @ 9pm, Bay View Inn, Kilcrohane - put down the mince pies and get those grey cells working. Teams of 4 - €20.


Christmas Bazaar


Kilcrohane Hall, Sun 11 Dec @ 2:30pm come along to support Kilcrohane Development Association and join in the fun with Santa.





Christmas Day Swim


Ahakista Community Association together with Muintir Bháire Foróige and Muintir Bháire Sea Scouts are holding the Annual Christmas Day Swim at Ahakista pier @ 1pm.

This year, proceeds go to the Foróige and Scouts youth groups. Sponsor cards are available from any Leader in each group or cards will be in local businesses in the coming weeks.

Do please support. Then, come along and take a dip on the day (a great way to work up an appetite for your dinner!) or wrap up and shout on the hardy swimmers on the day. 





St. Stephen's Day Walk


Feeling as stuffed as the turkey? Think you need to get out in the fresh air?

Come join us for a bracing walk on Mon 26 Dec11am at the Black Gate. Wear suitable walking gear and coats. 

Donations on the day for local charity Cancer Connect.





Muintir Bháire GAA Table Quiz


Weds 28 Dec @ 9pm, Fitzpatrick’s Bar (Eileen’s), Kilcrohane - another chance to show off your brain power while supporting our local teams.

Teams of 4 - €20.





Bumbleance Table Quiz


Sat 7 Jan @ 9pm, Fitzpatrick’s Bar (Eileen’s), Kilcrohane, in aid of Bumbleance—the Children’s National Ambulance Service.

Tables - €20.




KILCROHANE Development Association


is selling annual calendars with beautiful pictures of the locality.

Limited supply available from members and local businesses.


Events at the Bay View Inn


Weds 14 Dec – Community Christmas Dinner

Fri 16 Dec – Christmas Party and music with ever popular PATRICK O'SULLIVAN.

St. Stephen’s Night 26 Dec – music with ONE FOR THE ROAD

Fri 30 Dec – Annual Community Council Christmas Quiz.

Sat 31 Dec – New Year’s Eve music with OLIVER BUCKLEY including DISCO





Christmas in Muintir Bháire Parish


Durrus – Kilcrohane - Rusnacahara – Gortalassa


Penitential Service all Masses on 4th Sun of Advent, 18 Dec.

Confessions Christmas Eve - Kilcrohane @ 10am - Durrus @ 11am


Masses Christmas Eve – Rusnacahara @ 6pm – Gortalassa @ 8pm (both by candlelight)

Christmas Day – Durrus @ 10am – Kilcrohane @ 11:30am


MASS in Kilcrohane will be streamed live on the internet at Kilcrohane Church YouTube channel or

If you have family, friends or loved ones who are not able to be with us for Christmas, perhaps you can invite them to join us online.

At the end of Mass, we will give people an opportunity to greet those who join us on the net. This year we promise we will have a microphone so that they can hear your greeting.



Concert of Carols, Church of the Sacred Heart, Durrus – Sun, 18 Dec @ 7:30pm

Following completion of renovation work, we would like to celebrate the community spirit of Muintir Bháire Parish with wonderful singing and music.

That community spirit should be celebrated every year and please God next Christmas we will celebrate in what will then be the renovated Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Kilcrohane.

PLEASE COME to a Concert of Carols featuring 4 choirs: Durrus Choir - Kilcrohane Choir – Sheep’s Head Male Voice Choir - Bantry Parish Folk Choir. It promises to be a wonderful evening.



GIFT WRAP JESUS! Have you a Crib/Nativity Set at home? Fr. Ger invites you to bring the statue/figure of the Infant Jesus (or bring the crib where it is all one) to Mass on 4th Sun of Advent, 18 Dec.

During Mass, there will be a Blessing of the figures/cribs. When you return home, you are asked to gift wrap the statue – yes, gift wrap it – and on Christmas Day, when you open your gifts, let the first gift unwrapped be the figure of the Infant Jesus which is then placed in the crib.

It reminds us of the true purpose of Christmas and is also an opportunity for us all, in our homes, to give thanks for the gift of the Baby Jesus and all the Blessings we have in our lives.






Sheep's Head Yarns


WE would like to thank everyone who has supported us at Sheep's Head Yarns through 2016, it was a very busy year for us and we are set for an even busier one in 2017.

Sheep's Head Yarn Festival bookings are now being taken with over 20 different workshops available over the weekend of Sat-Sun 20-21 May 2017 and news of our 'Tea Cosy Competition' will be released in the new year, for more information go to the website at

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all at Sheep's Head Yarns.





Sheep's Head Producers’ Market


WE have had another great year at the Sheep's Head Producers Market and would like to thank our producers, volunteers and customers for their continued support throughout 2016.

As always, we are looking to support and welcome new producers and volunteers so if you think you would like to get more involved in 2017 please get in touch. 

We are also looking for small clean jam jars with lids and egg cartons (for 6 eggs) and would appreciate if these could be left with the volunteer on duty. Please do not leave on the doorstep as many jars being left are not suitable for reuse

2017 looks to be another great year for SHPM and dates for the AGM will soon be announced. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us all.





Sheep’s Head Way


AS part of the ongoing improvements and maintenance to the Sheep's Head Way trails, the next inspection is due to be carried out on the following Loop Walks during the coming weeks: Lighthouse, Poet’s Way, Baran, Seefin, Glanlough, Cahir and Cahergal.

This year's St Stephens Day walk is being organised in aid of Cancer Connect. Donations at registration. See page 1 for more details.

As usual each year, the Sheep's Head Way is closed for one day only on Tues 31 Jan. This has become a customary practice which enables the landowner to grant permission for the public to access their land throughout the remaining year without risk of any public right of way being established.

At the close of 2016 and the 20th anniversary of the Sheep's Head Way, our best wishes for the Season go out to all those have given their time, effort and support over the years. Our thanks go to all the participants of the Community or Rural Schemes and volunteers who work behind the scenes and out on the pathways. We would like to express our gratitude to the landowners who allow public access to their property and all the members of the community who contribute to making the peninsula a fabulous place to be. We would especially like to send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to Bernie Tobin. Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year to all.






Sheep's Head & Bantry Tourism Co-op


SHEEP’S Head and Bantry Tourism Co-operative has had a busy and productive year. As well as winning another award for our work in developing responsible tourism, we've worked closely with Cork County Council on future ideas for developing the walkways, and with Fáilte Ireland on extending the tourist season.

In the spring, we welcomed German and Belgian journalists to the Sheep's Head who will be publishing articles in key tourist markets in 2017.

At a local level, we were delighted to support the O'Daly Bardic School Project by creating a resource page for its work on our website (at

Just this week, we have been organising a Christmas Shopping Day on Sat 17 Dec to draw attention to the fact that our great craft and food producers, and our local shops, have a lot to offer to visitors and locals who are searching for the perfect Christmas presents ( 

Looking ahead to 2017, we are very excited to have gained some funding to help us run the West Cork Stone Symposium which is going to draw a fantastic crowd here from Fri-Sun 24-26 Mar 2017.

If your tourism business can commit to being open on those days and would like to get involved, or if you're just interested in being a part of the event in some way, do please get in touch!

Finally a huge thanks to everyone involved in our Tourism Co-op, and to all who make the Sheep's Head Way such a wonderful walking route and holiday destination.

The beauty of the landscape here and the community spirit people encounter on their holidays is second to none. We willl do our best to keep promoting tourism that is good for visitors, our community, and the environment in 2017.

Have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful 2017.

To find out more about the Tourism Co-op, visit or contact Siobhán on 086 303 0991.





Sheep’s Head Sea Scouts


LAST weekend, Sheep’s Head Sea Scouts had a great time camping in Durrus.

Thanks to Durrus & District Community Council for the use of Phillips' Green and the Community Hall. 20 cubs and beavers and 4 leaders stayed overnight, with more leaders and parents helping to run the event.

The children did a range of activities including raising the Irish flag, taking a 7km hike up Clashadoo and down Coomkeen, making Christmas crafts by hand and putting their baking skills to the test with flapjacks and gingerbread men. All the hand-made goodies were then sold after Sunday mass outside Ryan's shop raising over €250 for Crumlin Children's Hospital.

Thank you to everyone who supported us.





Kilcrohane NS


KILCROHANE kids enjoyed a wonderful presentation of the ‘Legend of the Golden Dragon’ from West Midlands Theatre group. They even commissioned Saoirse and Noah as actors which they thoroughly enjoyed.

In October, as a fundraiser for our friends in Goal, we came to school in team jerseys and paid €2 for the privilege! We had Scary School Day again this Halloween as a fundraiser for Cork Mercy Hospital and everyone put a big effort into scaring the daylights out of the teachers. We participated in Maths Week Ireland 2016 and helped make the 'Biggest Maths Festival in the World'. Science Week was also well supported as we explored Planet Earth and Space and investigated properties of materials.

Well done to Brian Nash from 3rd class who won a prize for his project 'My home 50 years ago'. The competition, sponsored by Bantry Credit Union, attracted 350 entries so it was a great achievement and we are all very proud of Brian.

Join us for the School Christmas Concert in Kilcrohane Hall on Weds 21 Dec at 8pm. All are welcome.






Rusnacahara NS


RUSNACAHARA NS is selling beautiful Christmas cards with ‘Greetings from Ahakista’ printed on them. If you would like to purchase a pack of four for €5, you can get them at the school and the local bars: Arundel’s and the Tin Pub.

The pupils have been busy fundraising. They raised €602.20 in the MS Readathon and €35 for Childline in their recent breakfast morning. They also gave over 30 shoeboxes and some hand-knit cardigans to the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal.

The children of the school will be carol singing at Arundel’s by the Pier on Sat 17 Dec @ 4pm. There will be refreshments and a raffle so please come along and join us for a lovely festive afternoon.

This year’s Christmas Concert will be on Tues 20 Dec @ 7pm in Rusnacahara Church. The play is a nativity with a twist and this will be followed by hip-hop dancing the children have been practicing during their lessons with Eilís.

Nollaig shona daoibh go léir.






St. James NS


IT is getting to that exciting time of year for the pupils and staff as the festive season draws ever closer.

Pupils joined those of Kilcrohane NS participating in an Irish guitar workshop organised by West Cork Music, a historian visited to relate the ‘Story of the Celts’ and next it’s onto Christmas proper.

Pupils perform their Plays on Thurs 8 Dec in St.  James’ Church, card making for the junior classroom is on Fri 16 Dec, a seasonal outing is planned and finally their Carol Service is on Thurs 22 Dec.

To start the New Year in style and to raise money for school funds ‘Eileen and Marilyn – The Prequel’, a new musical theatre / comedy will be performed on Fri 6 Jan. Tickets cost €15 which includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Contact Clara (087) 6124354 for your precious ticket or see posters in Durrus village for more information. 

Pupils and staff extend their Christmas greetings to everyone.





Carrigboy NS


THE Irish Guitar Quartet visited the school in November and gave a wonderful exhibition of guitar music from around the world.

This week, a Mobile Science Workshop visited the school to demonstrate various ways science influences our everyday lives.

Well done to Carrigboy Quiz Team that took part in the recent competition held in Bantry Library. Thanks to Ms Buckley for preparing the team of Matty Duffy, Ava McDill, Anthony O’Sullivan and Fionn Harrington.

The boys and girls of 4th class took part in a new indoor football competition (peil faoi dhíon) in Ballinacarriga recently. Both sides performed extremely well and had a great time.

Preparations are well underway for our Christmas Craft Fair on Mon 5 Dec in Durrus Community Hall 7-9 pm with a host of activities including Wheel of Fortune, Bric-a-Brac, Cake Stall, Lucky Dip, Roy Aitken painting draw, raffles and lots more. All welcome.

All classes are busy preparing for their Christmas Concerts on Fri 16 Dec @ 7pm.

We are also delighted to have Maureen O’Donovan back with us again this year to teach instruments, songs and various aspects and musical concepts to the children of the school.


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 Spooktacular Halloween is happening again this year. Get your costumes ready for an absolutely Ghastly Halloween Party in Kilcrohane Community Hall on Mon, 31 Oct at 6.30pm

This year, the fun and games are in aid of Muintir Bháire Foróige Club. Open to kids up to 12 years of age and all children must be accompanied by an adult. €2 per kid.  Bring a torch for the dark evening and to help keep the ghouls at bay...





MUINTIR Bháire Community Council


would like to inform everyone that Santa @ The Black Gate is taking a little break this Christmas.

A big thank you to all who supported Santa, Mrs Claus and their very hardworking team over the last four years and helped them out with this magical weekend.






Muintir Bháire Community Pre-School


MUINTIR Bháire Community Pre-School will hold their Annual Coffee Morning & Cake Sale on Thurs, 27 Oct, 9.30am till 5pm in the home of Josephine & Jimmy O' Donovan, 4 Kilcrohane Road, Durrus. There will also be a raffle for some great prizes and children are very welcome.

Donations and support are greatly appreciated. All funds raised will go directly to the running of the pre-School. The pre-school would like to say a huge thank you to anyone who contributed to their church gate collection during the summer.

A big congratulations to teacher Sinead O’Donovan and Seamus O'Mahony on the birth of baby Sean.





Sheep’s Head Toddler Group


THE Sheeps Head Toddler Group is held every Weds morning in Durrus Hall, 10am - 12pm. Tea, coffee, juice, toast and snacks provided. €4 per family.

Lots of toys, friendly atmosphere and fully heated hall. New faces always welcome to join us.




Public Talk - O’Daly Bardic School and its medieval landscape


TUES, 25 Oct @ 8pm in Kilcrohane Community Hall €3 per adult, children free.

In 2016, Muintir Bháire Community Council engaged John Tierney to conduct a conservation plan for the remains and site of the O’Daly Bardic School in Dromnea, east of Kilcrohane village. John’s talk next Tuesday will cover the results of the Bardic School survey detailing the challenges and potential of the site.

A key element of the study has been to place the Bardic School in its local and national context - how does it relate to other sites on Sheep’s Head peninsula? How does it fit with other sites in Ireland? It places the Sheep's Head very much in a medieval landscape of the Gaelic Lordships before the Flight of the Earls.  This work has been funded by a grant from The Heritage Council.

A field archaeologist with 30 years experience in Ireland and the UK, John’s company Eachtra Archaeological Projects has excavated hundreds of archaeological sites in Ireland and published books on the archaeology of road projects in Cork and other counties. For the last six years, he has worked on community-led heritage surveys digitally published to (including over 20 West Cork graveyards) and

Many local people have shared folklore and memories with John during the course of his fieldwork at the Bardic School site in Dromnea and a mystery has come to light. Local resident John Tobin relayed the following account: ‘My sister Jo Jo told me a story about the old monastery located at Dromnea. During the 1950s, an inscribed stone slab in a building on the site being used as a hen house was brought to the attention of Eamonn de Barra of the Irish Folklore Commission - by our father Dick Tobin - while he was on holidays with relatives in Kilcrohane. As John explained, ‘a proposal was put to the owners of the property at that time (Michael Kelly and family) to preserve the building and make a record of this artefact. This took some time to organize as resources were very scarce and communications slow.’

Unfortunately, this is where the story takes a tragic turn. ‘In the meantime, Mr Kelly drowned and the family had dispersed. When Mr de Barra came back to view the artefacts, the stone slab was gone. All that remained was the distinctive window of the monastery,’ concluded John. Dick Tobin who saw the stone slab was a proficient Irish speaker and he did not recognise the inscription as Irish or English. This suggests it may have been Latin and thus fit with the Bardic School tradition.

What was written on the stone and what could it mean? Is the Bardic School stone slab lost for all time? Or is it possible that it lies in some forgotten corner, waiting to be rediscovered? While enquiries are being made with the National Folklore Collection at UCD to see if any trace of de Barra’s field notes can be found recording the finds at the Bardic School, it is hoped that this story may jog the memory of other Sheep’s Head residents or even people further afield, and help reveal the current resting place of this fascinating sounding relict.

If you can shed any light on the stone slab, if you have other stories about the O’Daly Bardic School or if you would like to join the mailing list for updates on the site, please contact Caroline at or find us on Facebook: O’Daly Bardic School.






Muintir Bháire Foróige Club


 MUINTIR Bháire Foróige Club celebrated its fifth birthday this year. 

We commenced our weekly club nights in September and are having fun getting to know all our new members.  Our 2016/17 committee members are:

Chairperson:  Brian Pyburn

Assistant Chair: Tara O'Donovan

Secretary: Kian Pyburn

Assistant Secretary: Kate Dukelow

Treasurer: Cillian Stock

Assistant Treasurer:  Ben Stock

PRO: Saoirse Sammon

Assistant PRO:  Mark Collins

Our places were limited again this year and we have a waiting list in place for young people who wish to join our club.

If your child is interested in joining Foróige next year, please ensure their name is on the waiting list by contacting Annette Logan on 086 191 0908 or


Muintir Bháire Foróige Club would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Tara, Dawn, Colin and Jerome at Goleen Coast Guard station for hosting an information evening for our club recently. We were super impressed!!

We really appreciate the very important work they do on a volunteer basis and we have a better understanding of the amount of training, time and commitment all the crew have to put in to be ready to deal with emergency situations.





Sheep's Head Yarns


AFTER a fantastic six months in the pop-up shop in Kilcrohane village, Sheep's Head Yarns has now relocated to the studio in Farranamanagh for the winter. Although we have no official opening times, there is always someone on hand to show you round. 

Preparations are also underway for our online shop on Etsy as well as the 3rd Sheep's Head Yarn Festival, taking place the weekend of Sat 20 / Sun 21 May 2017, when the peninsula will once again be full of colour and yarn lovers from far and wide. For a full workshop listing, please visit our website at:






Muintir Bháire Sea Scouts


SHEEP’S Head Sea Scout Cubs recently enjoyed a camping trip to Barley Cove that included a cycle from Barley Cove to Mizen on a spectacular sunny afternoon.

Their tents, kindly sponsored by Bantry Youth Community Support Charity Shop, have gotten great use over the summer with beavers and cubs camping on a number of occasions in Kilcrohane. Well done to the beavers who completed a 6-week programme of Bike Safety and took their first beaver cycle recently.

Beavers are open to both boys and girls of 6-9 years and cubs are for 9-12 year olds. For all enquiries, please contact us at








NOVEMBER is traditionally the time of year when we remember our deceased family, relatives and friends. While we remember them all year, in November there is a sharing of remembrance in our community.

The following is the time-table for the various services of commemoration in the Parish of Muintir Bháire. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend all or any of the services.

Vigil for the Faithful Departed

ON Sun, 6 Nov, at 7.30 pm, a Vigil for the Faithful Departed will be held in Rusnacahara Church.

The church is illuminated with night lights donated by people in memory of their deceased loved ones. It is an opportunity for quiet remembrance, reflection and prayer for all our faithful departed.

This year you are invited, if you wish, to bring along a photo of your loved one and place it at the altar where it will remain during the Vigil. Also, if you wish, you are invited to light a night/tea light and place it by the photo.



THE Novena of Masses begins on Weds, 2 Nov. All masses for Sun, 6 Nov (Vigil Mass & masses in Durrus and Kilcrohane) are part of the Novena.

Weekday Novena mass times

Durrus  - 9am  

Kilcrohane  - 10am

Rusnacahara / Gortalassa - 7.00pm

(Envelopes for Novena are available in all churches)

The Novena Mass in Rusnacahara /Gortalassa will alternate between each venue beginning on Weds in Gortalassa.

Gortalassa: Weds/Fri/Sat & Tues

Rusnacahara: Thurs/Mon/Weds & Thurs

Graveyard Prayers

Sun, 6 Nov, 3pm in Moulivard

Sun, 13 Nov, 2pm in Kilcrohane

Sun, 13 Nov, 3pm in Durrus

For those who would like to be involved in the graveyard prayers, a sign-up sheet will be available in the churches.




Sheep's Head & Bantry Tourism Co-op

Sheep's Head Wins Silver at Irish Responsible Tourism Awards


The Sheep's Head Way secured another silver in the Best Destination for Responsible Tourism category at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards in Dublin. The award recognises the walkway as an exceptional achievement, and also recognises the collaborative work undertaken by members of the Sheep's Head and Bantry Tourism Co-operative, an organisation which works throughout the year to build tourism packages and promote the area in collaboration with Fáilte Ireland, Cork County Council, tour operators, and other bodies. 

This summer, as well as promoting events and the area generally, the co-op was involved in developing the Bantry Bay Adventure Race which took in the new 5km Sheep's Head Way loop walk on Whiddy Island, as well as the Bantry Blueway and portions of the Sheep's Head Way Cycle Route. The event attracted substantial attention to the area, and has already secured lots of interest for next year. The co-op has also been collating data and feedback on our walkways for Cork County Council, and it's inviting local people and visitors to contribute their views on the walks and tourism to this ongoing work via online questionnaires. It would be great if you could contribute your views to the project using the following online forms: 

Local Feedback Form -
Visitors' Feedback -  

Any decisions about the future and development of the walkways will of course be made by the Sheep's Head Way Ltd. and its members in a democratic way. Quite simply, what we're doing here is collecting evidence from as many interested parties as possible so that local views are considered at every stage of planning for the development of tourism along the Sheep's Head Way in the years ahead. 

To find out more about the tourism co-op, visit or contact Siobhán on 086 303 0991.






Sheep’s Head Way


The Sheep's Head Way received the 2016 silver award for ‘Best Destination for Responsible Tourism’ announced in Dublin this month. The praise must go to the ongoing efforts of the committee, landowners, volunteers and members of the community, who keep the trail routes in good order and provide the high standard of facilities welcomed by tourists.

During August, the entire Sheep's Head trail routes underwent an inspection by the National Trails Office and we are pleased to say that the standard of the trails have remained high again this year with an increase in visitors to the area recorded.

During the Autumn and Winter seasons, we can expect the weather to become less hospitable but this certainly doesn't deter all the tourists and walkers. Please be mindful of the changeable conditions and visitors should be reminded to always be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear. Extra care should be taken when out walking.

Due to recent heavy rains some of the trails are very slippery in places. In particular the Bantry Bay section of the Poet's Way and the Lighthouse Loop. Enjoy the view but watch your step!






Kilcrohane NS


 AFTER our great success reaching the National Finals in the Irish Aid competition before a relaxing summer break, we returned to school ready for another busy year. We welcomed Aoife, Saoirse, Jamie and Patrick into Junior Infants. Jean Cotter joins the staff as Junior Room SNA.

Over the summer, a new resource room was built over the shelter. Jessica helped to harvest the fruits of our school garden and we celebrated by preparing and baking a vegan chocolate cake using beetroot grown in the garden. The cake was eaten with relish by us all. We are also working towards our sixth Green Flag for Global Awareness.

Weather permitting, our WOW days continue on Wednesdays and all pupils are participating in Hip Hop dancing with Eilís. We are taking part in the Goal Jersey Day in October and the MS Readathon.

We are collecting used clothes and household fabrics to raise money for school funds. For World Mental Health Day we learned the song “It’s good to be me”.








Rusnacahara NS


PUPILS are well settled in after the summer holidays and counting the days to their mid-term break.

In September, as part of the Taste of West Cork Festival 2016, Evelyn Grant along with international harpist Jean Kelly, cellist Gerry Kelly (Cork Pops Orchestra) and soprano Camilla Griehsel performed a classical musical concert in Rusnacahara Church. It was a wonderful evening of music and the school would like to thank all involved for the contribution the school received from some of the proceeds.

The pupils have enjoyed yoga mornings with Mariananda every Weds.

Jessica Mason from Heritage Ireland came to the school recently and the children went on a field trip to a local river to investigate plant and fish life that lives in its habitat.

The school took part in this year’s Cheerio’s Breakfast Morning in aid of Childline, along with this they are dressing up in their Halloween costumes to raise money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.






St. James NS


AS the new school year began, we welcomed Trevor, Biba, Finn and Bethany into our school. Siobán has joined the staff as SNA.

The senior pupils participated in a great day of orienteering in Ballydehob and attended a celebratory church service for all West Cork school pupils in Bandon. Meanwhile, the junior classroom pupils made coloured  play dough from flour, salt and water with colour dye and went on a nature ramble finding and identifying many autumn leaves.

BUMBLEance visited the school to show the pupils their ambulance specifically designed and tailored for sick children. 6th class pupils presented the driver with a cheque for money raised from their ‘no uniform day’.

Pupils harvested the vegetable and fruit gardens boiling up a jar of jam for everyone to take home. Using some of the large harvest of apples, pupils also had stewed apple and custard.

With autumn soon turning to winter, we bring you early news that Eileen and Marilyn are to bring another drama to Durrus as a fundraiser for St. James’. Keep an eye out for posters!






Carrigboy NS


Carrigboy National School welcomed back everyone for another school year in September, including the new Junior Infant class of Aaron Harrington, Dylan Harrington, Rachel Kelleher, Róisín Daly, Daniel O’Sullivan, Aidan O’Mahony and John O’Sullivan. We also welcomed Eoghan Fehily and Adam Kingston to other classes in the school and Ms. Charlotte Jeffrey SNA.

Football training has started with pupils busy getting ready for their upcoming matches.

This year, the school is aiming for its Green Flag for Bio-diversity and is continuing the Health Promoting School Programme and Primary Science, Maths and Engineering initiatives.

The School will welcome the Irish Guitar Quartet on 25 Nov. Also in November, the pupils will take part in Primary Science workshops that will give the children a hands-on experience of how science influences our everyday lives.

Other dates for the diary are the Annual Carrigboy Craft Fair on 5 Dec and our concert on 16 Dec.



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The Annual Summer Camp is being run in Kilcrohane Community Hall from July 4th to 8th,

hosted by Miriam Burke. To book a place, call Annette on 086 320 6046.



Swim Week is running again this year, with lots of extra activities offered. To learn more,

contact Maureen on 087 940 5022 or Annette 086 320 6046.



During Heritage Week 2016, join us for a guided walk along the Cahergal Loop taking in

the ‘Crimea’ and 19th century copper mines. It takes place Sun Aug 21st starting at 14:00 from

Gortfahane Cross. Contact Eileen O'Mahony on 027 67004.


In May, Muintir Bháire Community Council secured funding from The Heritage Council to

develop a conservation plan for the O’Daly Bardic School and its cultural landscape at

Droumnea (on the Farranamanagh Loop walk of the Sheep’s Head Way).

Following an archaeological survey of the site and meeting with the landowners as well as

representatives from community groups involved in heritage earlier this summer, archaeologist

John Tierney of Eachtra Archaeological Projects is currently drafting a report.

Later this year, John will return to Kilcrohane to share his findings. This promises to be an

interesting talk and will be advertised in advance.



West Cork Fit - Up Theatre

KILCROHANE Community Hall, Weds at 20:00

Harder, Faster, More—27th July

Those You Pass on the Street—3rd Aug

My Real Life—10th Aug



Thank You!

THE annual Muintir Bháire Community Council church gate collection raised €219. Thank

you for all your support.





Is on Sun July 17th and there is a 45 Card Drive in Kilcrohane Hall on Tues July 12th. Come along and support.

MUINTIR Bháire Social Activities


MUINTIR Bháire Social Activities Group continue to enjoy their monthly lunch, always held on the last Weds

of every month and our venues vary between Kilcrohane and Durrus. We have had a good attendance over recent

months but we always welcome new faces from across the Muintir Bháire area. For any enquiries, please contact

Julie on 086 172 1279 or Brendan on 087 935 7151.

The group enjoyed a great day out recently to Midleton Distillery and Fota Gardens that ended with a lovely meal in

the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway.

The bus was subsidised by the Social Activities Group.

MUINTIR Bháire Ladies Group meet in Kilcrohane every Tues morning at 10:30am, usually at Alice

West Centre at the Black Gate but at this time of the year we meet at Kilcrohane Church from where we

walk the local area or travel to scenic spots nearby, always followed by a nice coffee. For more information, call

Julie on 086 172 1279


Muintir Bhaire Mens Group is very busy and involved in many local activities. They meet

every Thurs night in Philips’ Green in Durrus and there is always a welcome for any

interested men from across the Sheep’s Head peninsula – Kilcrohane, Ahakista, North Side and

Durrus areas . Contact Brendan on 087 935 7151 to find out more.

Muintir Bhaire Community Pre-School

THE Pre-school would like to say a big thanks to the Muintir Bháire Men’s Group for their

painting handiwork in the school garden. We are really grateful for their hard work.

There are still enrolment spaces available for September 2016. For any queries, please e-mail

In May, Emer O’Sullivan (Mallon) ran the Bay Run to raise funds for the Pre-School.

A huge thanks to Emer, it was greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to our graduates who are moving onto National School in September.

We will miss you all!




Muintir Bhaire Foroige Club


2016 MEMBERS and LeadersAwards :

In the awards voted on by the 2016 Leaders, Ryan Tobin received the ‘Outstanding Leadership’ award for demonstrating excellent leadership skills and for being a positive role model.

Kian Pyburn received the ‘One to Watch’ recognition award for demonstrating excellent team working skills and for promoting a positive team spirit in our club.

This year, we had the inaugural Leader awards which are voted on by our members. Maureen O’Donovan received the ‘Sergeant’ award for putting our members through fitness drills and Annette Logan received the ‘Mammy’ award for being motherly.

Well done everyone!

We are taking a summer break from our regular Fri club nights but we intend to meet up for

some activities over the summer.

Weekly club nights will recommence in Sept. Enrolment for the 2016/2017 term will take place

in early September and places are limited.

Keep any eye out for our posters for further information.

The club currently has 16 people on a waiting list to join the club.

However, due to a shortage of leaders, we have had to cap our membership at 26 members and

we anticipate that we may only have 8 free places to offer for the coming year.

We would love to be in a position to expand our numbers but we can’t do this without a

sufficient number of Leaders. If you are aged 18 years or older and you are interested in

volunteering with the Club, please contact us by emailing or

telephone Annette on 086 191 0908.

Sadly, we say goodbye to our oldest members: Andrea Stock, Rachel O’Regan, Hayley Gore

Grimes, Peter Hickey, Michael O’Donovan and Ryan Tobin.

They joined our club when established in 2011 and their input has been hugely instrumental in

moulding our youth club into what it is today. We want to acknowledge their commitment and

contribution over the years.

We will miss them and wish them well with all their future endeavours!



Sheep's Head Yarns

WITH all the excitement of the 2nd Sheep's Head Yarn Festival in May now over for another year, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who showed their support during the event.

It was a great weekend enjoyed by all and we couldn't have done it without your support. We are already getting enquiries for next year’s event which will be held on the 3rd weekend in May (Sat 20 th & Sun 21 st ).

During July and August, the Sheep's Head yarn shop will be open Mon to Sat, 11am-4pm, and Sun, 1pm-4pm. We are also happy for you to bring along your yarn crafting and sit with us while you work.

If you are interested in helping in the yarn shop, or would like to learn a new skill, please get in touch on 087 344 8089 or via email at .





Sheep's Head Producer's Market


WITH the summer holiday season fast approaching, we have expanded our range of food available in the SHPM shop.

We now stock fish products from Union Hall Smoked Fish and are taking orders for local fresh meat. If you would like to make a meat order, simply let us know by 3pm Weds and you can collect your order from the shop on Fri from 12 noon.

As always, we are on the lookout for new producers and volunteers to help run the shop during the summer season. You don't need to be a member, just have a few hours to spare. For more information, you can email us at .




Ahakista Regatta & Festival 2016


Fri July 29 th

Annual Regatta Table Quiz with host Graham Norton


Sat July 30 th

Road Bowling @ 14:00

Live Music

The Tin Shed - Porter Black @ 20:00

Arundels - Brian O'Regan & John @ 22:00


Sun July 31 st

Ahakista Regatta - Family Fun Day

Watersports on Sandy Beach (12:00 - 15:00)

Games, races, watersports and music on the sandy beach in

Ahakista - parking available nearby with beach access.

13:00 - 13:30: Kayak Races

13:30 - 14:30: Swimming Races

14:30 - 15:00: Annual Ahakista Regatta Raft Race

Fun & Games at the Tin Pub (15:00 - 18:00)

Treasure hunt, kids and adult games, bouncy castle, BBQ,

ice-cream and crêpes, live music

Live Music - early evening

The Tin Shed - live music @ 15:00

Arundels - Rubicon @ 17:00

Live Music - night

The Tin Shed - Karen & Paul Walker @ 20:00

Arundels - Brian O'Regan & John @ 22:00




SHEEP’S Head Sea Scouts


SHEEP’S Head Sea Scouts recently held their County Event in Kilcrohane with over 90 beavers

and cubs from Kilbrittain, Innishannon, Mizen and Bantry taking part.

They began their day with a talk on hiking safety before starting off on their hike down to

Farranamanagh strand and past the O’Daly Bardic School where they were given a talk on its

history. Along the trail, the beavers and cubs were also given a talk on how to dress and what to

pack when going on a hike.

They returned to the community field in Kilcrohane to enjoy games and the obstacle course,

while all the leaders tucked into the great array of scrumptious food provided by the parents of

the Sheep’s Head Sea Scouts. A huge thank you to everyone involved in making it such a

memorable day.





Sheep's Head Way


BANTRY Walking Festival t o o k place on the June Bank Holiday weekend once again with

guided walks on The Sheep’s Head Way, Beara Way and on Whiddy Island. The Sheep's Head

peninsula walk started at the Atha Thomais Memorial near Ahakista and included the Seefin

Loop, Farranamanagh Lake and the O’Daly Bardic School and ended in Kilcrohane village for

refreshments, covering appr oxim atel y 11km .

The walkers enjoyed the best of the weekend weather which provided them with magnificent

views across Dunmanus bay and the peninsula. A fabulous day was had by all.

The Walks Scheme mid-year payment has now been paid out to landowners who are

participants on the scheme. Thank you for your co- operation which ensures the success of the

Sheep's Head Way as a desirable walking route.

We remind landowners to maintain their stretch of trail to the highest possible standard as failure

to do so may result in loss of future payment.





Kilcrohane NS

THIS term’s BIG NEWS was the Irish Aid Awards : congrats to senior pupils and teachers

Bernie Whooley and Noreen O’Sullivan for their hard work. Reps went to receive their Regional

Finals plaque only to discover they had progressed to the National Final in Dublin Castle! They

returned triumphant with a well-deserved crystal glass trophy and individual medals. For the

project, pupils wrote a children’s storybook about climate change, composed a song, wrote

poetry and presented it on “Photostory”, invented games and made powerpoints and posters to

inform people about ‘global goals’ and Ireland’s partnership countries.

Sports Day was a great success for the weather was kind and the teachers had a lot of new

games planned. All students went home with at least one medal and a great day was enjoyed by


Goleen Coast Guard talked to us about water safety and how to behave in an emergency.

They showed us all their equipment and we were very impressed with their work.

Local Garda John Dowling also came to talk about safety in the water, on the roads and on our

farms over the summer holidays.

For the school tour, the juniors visited Rumley’s Pet farm while seniors visited University

College Cork for a graduation ceremony, a look around the university and a visit to the science

laboratories courtesy of Pat Whelan.

A day of orienteering with Schull & Fitbones marked the end of a busy and successful school


Our Annual Football Blitz hosted by Durrus GAA was great fun and children from all four

schools enjoyed a BBQ put on by the Muintir Bháire Mens Group . Thanks to all concerned for

a great day.




Rusnacahara NS

PUPILS had a great day at the annual Bantry Sports Day .

Children participated in various events and all did really well. Winners of medals on the day were Katie Nicholas - 1 st in the shot put, Chloe Hegarty - 3 rd in sprint and 200m, and Cara O’Brien - 2 nd in ball throw and 3 rd in sprint.

The school had a visit from Goleen Coast Guard to learn about the importance of wearing a properly fitting lifejacket and what to do in an emergency.

At the recent Schools’ Feis with Kilcrohane NS held in Rusnacahara Church, pupils won many


They also participated in a Football Blitz in Durrus pitch with pupils from Carrigboy ,

St . James ’ and Kilcrohane national schools. Afterwards, they were treated to burgers, hotdogs

and chips all prepared by the Muintir Bháire Men s Group . The pupils thoroughly enjoyed

their school tour to Glen Resource Centre in Cork. They participated in a variety of activities

such as snow tubing, moonwaltzers, roller racers and zip wire. On their way home, they had

lunch in McDonalds which was a real treat for them.

The 31 st anniversary of the 1985 Air India disaster took place on Thurs 23 rd June at the

memorial site in Ahakista. The school has a strong association with the memorial ceremony and

the pupils performed a musical piece under the guidance of Siobhán O’Regan.

To end the year, the school held its Annual BBQ where 6 th class pupils were wished farewell

and the new junior infants welcomed. All feasted on delicious food provided by parents and

Board of Management.




St. James' NS

WE ended a very busy year with our end-of-year service and bid farewell to Stephen, Oisín,

Michael, Cameron, Matthew and Lauren.

Our School Tours and Sports Day were very successful.




Carrigboy NS

CARRIGBOY NS wish to thank Ahakista Rowing Club for their generous donation to the

school from money raised by their successful Sheep’s Head Easter Run . It will be used to

purchase PE equipment for the pupils.

Carrigboy had a busy Athletics schedule, recently competing in both Bantry and Cork City

Sports Days . The pupils had great success with medals and trophies won by all classes.

In Bantry, the relay team of Rebecca Harrington, Aisling Stock, James Mallon and Eoin Stock

fought off tough competition to claim 3 rd place while in Cork, the Senior Girls’ team of

Rebecca Harrington, Jessica O’Driscoll, Niamh Bignell and Aisling Stock claimed a podium


The school has been awarded a Discovery Primary Science and Maths STEM Award in

recognition for work done in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths; thanks to all the

pupils and staff for their efforts, especially School Science Coordinator Cathy Ward.

At the End-of-year Awards , the large crowd witnessed pupils being recognised for their


Gold medals for full attendance were awarded to Alaina O ’Brien, Daniel Brosens, Calvin

Cronin, Tanisha O’Sullivan, Alex Kelleher and Anthony O ’Sullivan.

Ms. Buckley presented graduation certs to 6 th class. James Mallon, Luke Daly, Eoin Stock,

Aisling Stock, Niamh Bignell, Erica Ross, Jessica O ’Driscoll and Rebecca Harrington were

wished the very best in their future education and careers.

Principal Michael Cronin wished all present every good wish for the summer and invited

everyone back on Sept 1st .




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Muintir Bháire Community Council


will hold its AGM on Thurs 10 March in Kilcrohane Hall @ 20:30. All welcome to come along.




The Easter Egg Hunt


The Easter Bunny is calling again this year to Kilcrohane Community Field on Easter Sunday 27 March after 11:30 mass.

This is for children under 12 years accompanied by an adult.

If wet, the Easter Bunny will meet the children outside the church in the village.





The Annual Beach Spring Clean


will be, weather permitting, on Sat 12 March. Meet @ 11:00 at Kilcrohane Hall and The Pier in Ahakista.

Please bring gloves and suitable work clothes and footwear; rubbish bags will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come on out and help keep our beautiful peninsula rubbish free.





Are you searching for a place to start up a business?


Why not take a look at Alice West's?

Facilities and services include kitchen, office and wifi. If interested, contact Annette on (083) 111 0983.





Ceol on the Coast


Get ready for the annual Ceol on the Coast traditional music festival in Kilcrohane during the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend with music and dancing galore.

For more info, call The Bay View Inn on 027 67981 and Fitzpatrick’s Bar on 027 67057






Sheep's Head Easter Run 10k or 5k


THE Sheep’s Head Easter Run is now in its fifth year and will take place on Easter Saturday 26 March.

10K walkers will start at 11:30, 10K runners at 12:00 and 5K family fun run will start at 12:15.

The race will start outside Arundels by the Pier, Ahakista. After the race, athletes can 'refuel' with some fresh fruit or delicious local home baking.

Entry can be made online through Run Ireland for the 10K.

Registration for the 5K (or last minute 10K entries) can be made on the morning of the run from 10:00 in Ahakista.

The event is organised by Ahakista Rowing Club and any funds raised will go towards the everyday running costs of the Club.

We also hope to make a donation to the four National Schools in the Parish - Kilcrohane NS, Rusnacahara NS, St James’ NS and Carrigboy NS.

The Race has an approved AAI permit and takes place on our accurately measured 10km course.

And of course don't forget, the Easter Bunny promises an Easter Egg for the first 30 children (under 12 yrs) to finish the 5K Fun Run!!!

For further queries, please contact (086) 832 5310.






Sheep's Head Sea Scouts


THERE will be a Children's Quiz in Durrus Community Hall on Sat 9 April @ 19:00 open to children aged 6 to 12 years.

€20 euros for a table of 4 or €5 euros per child. Tables of 4 can be arranged on the night.

All proceeds will go to the Sheep’s Head Sea Scouts to aid in purchasing c a m p i n g e q u i p m e n t .

Sheep's Head Sea Scouts have resumed their meetings on Fri night for Beavers 6-9 years and Cubs 9-12 years.

For all enquiries with regards to joining, please contact Kieran Connolly (087) 760 1313 or Fra Wiseman (086) 352 0498.










Holy Week 2016 in Muintir Bhaire Parish


Holy Thursday 24 Mar

Rusnacahara @ 20:00 Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 25 Mar

Kilcrohane @ 12:00 Good Friday service — Passion of Jesus Veneration of the Cross & Holy Communion

Durrus @ 15:00 Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday

26 Mar

Durrus @ 10:00 Morning Prayer and coffee afterwards in Fr. Galvin’s house. All Welcome.

Gortalassa @ 20:00 Vigil of Easter Easter Sunday

27 Mar

Ahakista Pier @ dawn (06:49) —lighting of Easter Fire.

Rusnacahara @ 07:00 approx. (depends on time of dawn) Mass.

Durrus @ 10:00 Mass of Easter Kilcrohane @ 11.30 Mass of Easter


Service of Healing

ALL are welcome to attend a Service of Healing on Weds 9 March in Rusnacahara

Church. The theme is healing of mind, body and spirit . If anyone needs further information about this, please contact Fr.Galvin on (087) 686 4874.


Daffodil Day

There will be a coffee day in the home of Fr. Galvin on Daffodil Day, Fri 11 March from just after Mass at 10:00 until 18-19:00. Raffle prizes include a hamper worth €200, a chocolate hamper, a Victorian Mahogany Coal Cabinet, etc. Baking donations very gratefully received.

All are welcome.


Kilcrohane Church Online

KILCROHANE Church is on Facebook

This is a great virtual space for everyone in the parish to keep up-to-date with events

happening at Kilcrohane Church.

Also, St Patrick's Day mass and Easter services will be streamed live on the web .

Visit or








Sheep's Head Way


Planning for the 2016 Christian Aid Walk has already begun with Andrew Coleman and his team of organisers.

The routes they have chosen for the September walks are:

Starting from The Black Gate and walking the Poet’s Way Loop in reverse and finishing at Fail Bheag. You will be picked up here and taken back to Kilcrohane .

The Farranamanagh Loop is chosen for the shorter walk this year and will start and finish in Kilcrohane. Kilcrohane Hall will again be used for registration and refreshment purposes.

Buses will be provided on the day to transport people to and from Kilcrohane to The Black Gate for the starting point of the longer walk.






Sheep's Head Yarns

We are delighted to announce the opening of the 'Sheep's Head Yarn' shop in Kilcrohane on Tues 8 March .

This shop will not only offer handmade yarns and fibre crafts for sale from across West Cork and Ireland but will also offer fibre craft related supplies such as knitting needles, crochet hooks, buttons, yarn, kits for locally designed items, etc. and classes in the run-up to the 'Sheep's Head Yarn Festival' 21-22 May 2016 .

If interested in learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one in time for the festival, Beginners Crochet Classes begin Thurs 24 March and Beginners Knitting start Fri 25 March. An Intermediate Crochet Class is also available from Sun 27 March for more confident crafters.

For information on the classes or festival, email us at or call us on (087) 344 8089.







Sheep's Head Producer's Market


The Steering Group of The SHPM warmly invites all members to attend the Annual General Meeting ( AGM ) on Tues 15 March at The Old Creamery Café and Restaurant starting at 19:30. Come along to find out what’s been happening and have your say in your Sheep’s Head Producers’ Market.

We are looking for members to join us on the Steering Group . Some posts are vacant as people complete their 3-year term of office. Other posts are vacant due to resignations that have taken place through the year.

If you want to be part of the Steering Group or know someone you want to represent you, go to the SHPM shop and make your nomination(s), by 16:00 on Tues 8 March. Information about what the Steering Group does and how to make your nomination(s) are available in the shop and on the S H P M website www.sheepsheadproducers.weebly

Do you grow fruit, vegetables, flowers, have spare bedding plants or cuttings? Do you make preserves, bake bread, paint pictures or do any other crafts? Do you want an outlet to sell your produce or craft goods? Do you live in the parishes of Durrus or Kilcrohane? If so, have you thought about becoming a member of the SHPM?

The SHPM was set up to support local livelihoods in the community. Joining is free. The SHPM takes a small commission from goods sold to cover its running costs. To find out more, ask at the shop or e mail or phone a Steering Group member (telephone numbers in the shop).

Do you want to help your local community? Do you have 3 hours you can spare to do a shift in the shop? SHPM is a non-profit community-based group that is run entirely by volunteers, so any help you can offer will be gratefully received.






Muintir Bháire Foróige Club


are planning a St Patrick's Day parade in Durrus Village at 16:30 on Thurs, 17 March .

We invite individuals , community groups , schools and businesses in Muintir Bháire parish to participate. If you are willing to take part, please contact Mick on ( 087) 221 0040 or email






Sheep's Head & Bantry Tourism Co-operative


SHEEP’S Head & Bantry Tourism Co-op made a strong start to 2016, with the Sheep's Head named as one of Ireland's 5 best road trips in The Independent .

Just last week, we had three members of Fáilte Ireland's press team down scoping out our activities for their press itineraries. In their short visit, they were hugely impressed by what we have to offer in terms of walks,food, crafts and views.

The weather was kind to us on the day they called! A five-person press trip will take place this April and we're working closely with Fáilte Ireland on that.

We're very grateful to our members for supporting our work through subscriptions, and we'd be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in joining up!

Our website at has had a spring clean with new tourist attractions added, including Ballinvillon Gardens, and Ballycomane House & Gardens. The site is good at helping tourists to find their 'thing' on the Sheep's Head, whether gardens, activities, loop walks, craft courses, local events, or places to eat and places to stay.

We now have over 6,000 followers on social media to boost our web presence, and a healthy subscription to our public newsletter too, and that all helps to get the word out about the Sheep's Head Way. To join the co-op, call Siobhán on (086) 303 0991, or email





Durrus & District Community Council


announce that there will be a €1,000 Bingo on Good Friday 25 March at 20:00 in Durrus Community Hall.






Kilcrohane NS

AFTER-SCHOOL guitar lessons have started with teacher Mrs O’Sullivan .

Renowned musicians Matt Cranitch and Eoin O’Raibhaigh gave a traditional Irish music workshop to all pupils and demonstrated tunes on their fiddle and uilinn pipes. They told us very interesting stories about how they got their instruments as they are over a hundred years old. One pupil said: "It was very entertaining and inspiring. Great to listen to and learn about the instruments".

We’re participating in the Big Travel Challenge and have started our Walk on Wednesdays . Pupils decided it is good for the climate not to use fossil fuels and they concentrate better in school after the fresh air.

Shrove Tuesday was celebrated with pancakes for all. In March, we begin regular G.A.A. lessons .

Senior pupils will visit Skibbereen to see a performance of ‘Me, Mollser’ , a child’s view of the 1916 Rising.

We will commemorate Proclamation Day Tues 15 March by raising the Irish flag.





Carrigboy NS


FIFTH and Sixth classes launch their products in Junior Entrepreneur programme open day this week, the culmination of all their work fine-tuning their business model and producing wonderful candle holders for the market.

Maureen O’Donovan is preparing the children for a music performance on Fri 11 March in Rusnacahara Church at 19:00.

On Proclamation Day, Tues 15 March , Carrigboy will raise its Irish Flag at 12:00, followed by pupil performances and refreshments in Durrus Community Hall. There will also be a display of family trees, projects and the school’s own proclamations.All are welcome to attend.

Infant Open Day and Science Fair will be held on Weds 6 April .





Rusnacahara NS


PUPILS took part in Operation Transformation by running and walking 1 mile/1.6km each day. They really enjoyed their time and hope to participate in the up- coming Sheep’s Head Easter Run.

The school is taking part in Bord Bia’s ‘Food Dudes’ Healthy Eating Programme .

Participants receive a selection of freshly prepared portions of fruits and vegetables each day.

Dancing lessons are ongoing and the children are busy practicing their dancing and music for Proclamation Day on Tues 15 March when the Irish National Flag will be raised at the school.

Enrolment Day for pupils starting in Rusnacahara NS in September will also take place the same day at 12.30.

Pupils are working on their 3rd Green Flag on Water Conservation and were given great ideas about this when Jessica Mason from Heritage Ireland gave a workshop on the topic.






St. James' NS


BACK to school after mid-term break and term continues to be busy.

Senior classroom pupils will visit the West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen to watch a performance of ‘ Me, Mollser’ , a child’s view of the Easter Rising and then go on to examine the disused West Cork Railway and walk over the Twelve Arch Bridge in Ballydehob.

In the first week of March, pupils came to school dressed in their PJs to celebrate World Book Day with Caroline Twomey, author of ‘ Dream Catcher ’ .

Regular tag-rugby coaching has begun with trainer Damien Hicks.

We will travel to Glengarriff Woods for a day of orienteering and nature.

Our Proclamation Commemoration on Tues 15 March includes the raising of the national flag, singing of the national anthem, the reading of St. James’ 2016 proclamation and light entertainment by pupils to honour our Irish roots.

Past pupils, family and friends are invited to share this historic occasion which starts at 12:00. We are having a fund- raising event, Book Sale and pre- loved Toy Sale in Phillips’ Green from 11:30 – 14:00 on Weds 16 March . Please come and support.





Muintir Bhaire Og Reviews the Year


THE recent Muintir Bháire Óg AGM heard about new coaches joining in 2015 with thanks to those attending coaching courses.

The club/schools coaching programme was a great success (culminating in a fun inter- school blitz) as was Cúl Camp , attended by 70 children, with county players Colm O'Driscoll, Rúairí Deane plus the club’s Orla O'Sullivan and volunteer U14 players. It will run again in 2016 .

Many blitzes were attended by younger panels and thanks to Konrad Walczak, the club’s young referee for the year .

The Men’s Group put on a tasty BBQ for visiting Cork Minor Ladies All- Ireland champions who ran a training session for ladies and young underage panels.

The season ended in a medal presentation for players from U12 and younger panels with volunteers serving refreshments to over 60 children and their parents.

After an exciting amalgamation of U16 and Minor panels with Clann na nGael, Muintir na nGael panels have begun training sessions with evident player enthusiasm to move up grades and play more matches.

A fun gathering of players and parents in March will unveil the new Muintir na nGael jersey .

Club 200 continued its success in 2015 to fund grounds development with plans to finish the top pitch in 2016 and add new exercise machines to the successful walk way used by communi ty and club members.

Special thanks to volunteer coaches/officers/ players and parents who make running the club a success plus the lotto committee that with annual registrations provides club funding.

Season 2016 is bright with 70 players from U12 down, the exciting prospect of playing in new grounds plus moving to higher grades for the older panels.





Muintir Bháire Community Council Newsletter

Issue 46 - www. - Easter 2016