Cycling on Bere Island is a great thing to do, you can take it leisurely or hammer around the ups and downs of the Island. Any bike will do but there is some off road too so a mountain bike or gravel bike is possibly the best choice.
Matt Houlihan a seven year old from West Cork climbed Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil on Tuesday. The mountain is 1038 meters high and he made the ascent look very easy. He was with his family Heidi, Fran and Niall, plus his godfather Mike who flew over from the UK to accompany him.
Matt’s father Iñaki died of kidney cancer five years ago and Matt wanted to do something in memory of him. So he set up a go fund me page and got sponsorship to climb the mountain.
Matt Houlihan is seven years old, he did a sponsored climb of Carrauntoohil to get money for Kidney Cancer Research. He did a great job of it too, what a pleasure to go with him and make this film.There is a link in the film, write it down and donate some money for this lads brilliant effort.
Goula Beara Cork, a walk to take some photos and generally enjoy the “360” degree view from the top. Not a bad day in January for a walk. I did not want to drive to Hungry hill so I could save on the petrol, sorry to Paul O’Shea about that. Goula has a great view from the top overlooking Dursey Island. You can also see, Bere Island, Calf Rock, Cow Rock, Bull Rock, the Skelligs, Scariff and Deenish Islands from the top and the town of Castletownbere the biggest white fish port of Ireland. Today was not perfect but for this time of year a nice couple of hours if a bit cold on top, especially when you stop to take photos and make a short film. There is a link at the bottom of this page to the video on youtube….
Goula Beara Cork
Looking towards Garnish and Dursey Island
Twisting track up to the Boosters on top of Goula
Bull Rock, Cow Rock (just about) and the Calf Rock
Black Ball Head
Allihies Copper Mine “Man Engine”
Scariff and Deenish Islands
Boosters on top of Goula Beara Cork
Another view of Allihies
Bere Island in full
Evidence of Turf Cutting
Allihies was a major copper producer in the 1800’s and for a short while was the worlds largest producer of copper ore. There are many remains of Cornish mine engine buildings, and hundreds of meters of mine adits and shafts. There is also a very good museum. check out the link Allihies copper mine museum