Category Archives: Events

Events that happen in and around the Beara Peninsula

Michael Dwyer Festival 2018

Michael Dwyer Festival 2018, this year was the twentieth anniversary of the festival and the weather was absolutely fantastic. Musicians came from near and far and lots of great sessions were to be seen and heard.

On the opening night Two time Polka gave a cracking gig in the Lighthouse bar, every body was up dancing within a few minutes.

Watch a video from the Friday night in the Lighthouse bar here, Two Time Polka

Two Time Polka at the Michael Dwyer Festival 2018

Two Time Polka at the Michael Dwyer Festival 2018 out the back of Doc's Lighthouse bar, Allihies on the Beara Peninsula West Cork, Ireland

Posted by Balooz on Tuesday, 12 June 2018

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Michael Dwyer Festival 2018

On the Saturday lot’s of things were happening, and I guess there are photos taken but that was not my job, we had some enjoyable pints out side the bars listening to a few bits of music between.

Sunday we were away bike racing, Neil got fourth…

On Monday night we went up to Jimmy’s for what has become the unofficial closing night.

and were treated to a song by Sue…

Watch a snippet of Sue’s song here, turn up the sound

Sue sings a song at the Michael Dwyer Festival 2018

Moday night in Jimmy's bar, the unofficial closing night. Sue treats us to a song.

Posted by Balooz on Wednesday, 13 June 2018

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Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music

Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music was a great success last night for the fourth and last performance. It was the fifth Panto in five years, written by Bill Griffin and Carina Mc Nally with all the cast adding a few lines here and there also. Behind the scenes were Bernie organising the whole show and tickets, Billy Murry who painted the sets and Sarah O’Connor who was prompting and doing the sounds.

Watch the Lehanmore “Sound of Music” Back Stage here

The kids had their own show “Tír Na nÓg” which was fantastic.

Watch the kids doing “Tír Na nÓg”

Lehanmore Panto The Sound of Music

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3 Peaks Cyclo Cross Race

A week has gone since the race that I had been training for for the last eleven months. That’s 11000 KM of training for a race that was supposed to take me four hours. In the end mostly due to me being very careful on the descents I got 4h26 mins which put me at 248th overall of a field of 650 and 38th in the male fifty category out of 150. That is 60 KM of tough uphill climbs and savage down hills.

Its a race not an adventure, although there is a bit of that too

The picture below shows why sometimes it is best to play safe and get off the bike.

3 peaks cyclo cross race
Picture by andrewnward copyright is his alone

The race has been going since the 1950’s way before mountain bikes were ever thought up. Which is why it is a cyclo cross bike event. Cyclo cross bikes were the original off road bike with drop handle bars. These days they are commonly sorted with disc brakes and frames often made out of carbon fibre. Which is good as in the race there is about 8KM of carrying the bike, which is not too bad when they weigh around 9KG a bit lighter than most mountain bikes.

three peaks cyclo cross race
Picture by bradshaws @ sportsunday copyright is his

Of course the tyres being much narrower means that care should be taken down some of the rocky descents. Some riders in the event would have gone down the hills a full 8 minutes quicker than me though. So next year it is on the down hill sections that I intend to make up my lost time….

Picture by Michael Kenyon of Racing snakes, copyright is his

So next year is only 358 days away and I fully intend to get back to the race and hope to bring Neil too, we could have a go at the father and son category, but I will have to get quicker…

Many thanks to my godson Ben Houlihan who cycled around the circuit using the roads to meet me twice and hand me food and drink, he also had a spare pair of wheels for his father and myself in case we punctured.

Watch a Video of the Bike with Neil riding it