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Michael Dwyer Festival

Michael Dwyer Festival in Allihies a tiny village far out west on the Beara peninsula. A good turn out for the Michael Dwyer traditional Irish music festival for 2014. I did not get to take too many photos as I was busy with other things this weekend but enjoyed some good music in the evenings.

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This was the Festival Programme 2014

Friday 6th June

9.30pm Kevin O’Neill’s Bar – John Byrne (pipes & whistle)Kevin Byrne (guitar & mandolin) Johnny Bongo Horgan (percussion)

9.30pm Lighthouse Bar – Cormac de Fréin (flute), Sorcha de Fréin (concertina), Mike Meade (banjo)

9.30pm Jimmy’s Bar – Martin Quinn (box), John Rynne (flute) Laura Ugur (fiddle), Eimear Casey (fiddle)

Saturday 7th June

1.00pm Allihies Schoolhouse – Tin Whistle Competition
1.00pm The Village Hostel, Allihies – Accordion Workshop with Martin Quinn

3.30pm Outside Jimmy’s Bar – Young dancers from Scoil Rince Carney

5.30pm Jimmy’s Bar – Cork Singers Club

6.00pm Allihies Mine Museum – An Óige music session

8.00pm Memorial Musical Mass

9.30pm Jimmy’s Bar – Seán Garvey & Seán Óg Garvey

9.30pm Lighthouse Bar – Joe Junker & Friends

9.30pm Kevin O’Neill’s Bar Martin Quinn (box), John Rynne (flute) Laura Ugur (fiddle), Eimear Casey (fiddle)

Sunday 8th June

1.00pm Allihies Village Hostel – Seán Garvey (bouzouki & fiddle) Seán Óg Garvey (accordion)

4.00pm Allihies Mine Museum – John Dwyer

5.30pm Allihies Mine Museum – Rianú

8.00pm Jimmy’s Bar – ‘Reel Women’, Noreen O’Shea (fiddle), Mary Donegan (tin whistle), Anne Garrett (flute), Aíne Kelleher (fiddle)

6-9pm Kevin O’Neill’s Bar – Regular Sunday Session featuring local musicians

9.30pm Kevin O’Neill’s Bar – Dermot O’Brien (fiddle), Gerald Culhane (accordion), Tim Browne (bouzouki)

9.30pm Lighthouse Bar – Richard Tisdall (fiddle), Mary Tisdall (concertina) and Tom O’Sullivan (flute)

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Choughs Allihies Mines

Choughs Allihies Mines a protected bird which is known as the friendly crow rearing their chicks mainly on sea cliff areas but also in the mine shafts of the old Copper Mines of Allihies on the Beara Peninsula. Recently I was contacted by Carol who used to work at the museum. She was keen to do a one hour survey of the comings and goings of the birds as part of a statistical survey for Ireland. Nationally these birds have been declining so it is important to keep up the counting of them to see how they are doing. We spent a nice afternoon counting birds in and out of the shafts and seeing if they were carrying food or cleaning out nests. We did not see any chicks but they can be heard screeching for food fairly easily. Very worthwhile thing to do.

Choughs Allihies Mines

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Allihies and Balydonegan

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Choughs Allihies Mines

Coming up soon, if anyone is interested is a free one day course to be held locally on identifying butterfly’s. You do not need to be an expert as this course will show you all you need to know if interested feel free to email Carol here. Dates to be confirmed.

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Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Beara Charity Cycle 2014 was a fun weekend with fantastic weather. We cycled from Castletownbere to Dingle taking in Molls gap which comes out to 146 KM on a scorching day. That is apart from the five lads who decided to do the ring of Kerry too which made their day a 220 KM day. Of course I was  cycling so only have a few shots on day one of the start in Town and the food stop at Kenmare and Castlemaine. There was plenty of food too so nobody bonked…

Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Beara Charity Cycle 2014

Hard Man…

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Puncture man…

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Hard man number two

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End of day man

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Garnish men

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The Young ones

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Paul O’Shea “main man” and John Joe “the legend”

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Matt and Mary

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Three of the long distance men

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Food loading

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Lets go

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Breda

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John and Susan

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Food

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Stop number two Castlemaine

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The Ozzie

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Kevin feeling it…

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Rodney

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If I lie down I may never get up again

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Pat phone home

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Thanks Paul

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Anne Marie and Carl

On day two after a few pints the night before we headed back but went a slighter longer route through Kilgarvin making it 156 KM and I think most people were happy with their fitness levels as we all felt good riding  again, at least after the first few KM.

Bike N Beara helped all the way as well as many others who will go unnamed (they know who they are) There are more photos on the bikenbeara website

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And this one Team West from Pat Kelly

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