Heidi Allihies trip in June 2014, a one nighter to Allihies to enjoy the fabulous weather. The kids managed to kayak, walk and scramble on their short trip out further west than their own home. The weather was fantastic, Allihies is about a one hour drive from her place.
Day one Kayaking
Scrambling around old copper mines
The Allihies Man Engine, left after the Copper Mines of the nineteenth century
The mines and further on Allihies and Balydonegan Strand
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.
Michael Dwyer Festival
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)
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
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.