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Walks of Seven West Cork Islands

This book was commissioned by Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann (The Irish Islands Federation) and supported by Leader funding. Its purpose was to introduce the Irish public and visitors to Ireland, to the walking amenities of the islands off the south-west coast.
All these islands are inhabited, although in some cases, only a handful of islanders still remain in full-time residence. This offshore world differs enormously from the mainland: there is little or no traffic and commerce is absent from most.
The book comprises commentaries on walks on each of the seven islands. It is stoutly bound, with full colour cover, with French folds, and black-and-white maps and illustrations interleaving the text.
The text is by Damien Enright, author of five other West Cork walk books and illustrations are by Christine Thery. a noted artist, who lives on one of the Roaringwater Bay islands included in the text. The islands treated are Heir, Sherkin, Cape Clear, Long Island, Whiddy, Bere Island and Dursey.

The Lobsterboats of Heir Island and Roaringwater Bay.

Cormac Levis From the 1870s to the 1950s, the sailing lobsterboats of Heir Island and Roaringwater Bay in West Cork dominated the lobster fishery of the south coast of Ireland. Leading a semi-nomadic lifestyle, the lobstermen fished a stretch of coastline of over a hundred nautical miles in their small open boats. Cormac Levis has spent many years collecting folklore and memories from the older generation of seafarers, and tells for the first time the remarkable story of these boats and the men who fished them, providing a fascinating insight into a unique way of life that had been in danger of passing unrecorded into oblivion. The author also puts forward evidence of the existence of a pre-Famine lobsterfleet, and details the modernisation and eventual demise of the lobsterboats in the 1950s and 1960s. Cormac Levis, who teaches at St Fachtna’s De La Salle, Skibbereen, is a native of Ballydehob. For generations, his family worked sailing sand-dredgers out of this small, tidal harbour. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he fished off the south coast at a time when many veterans of the towelsail yawls were still going to sea. Cormac is one of a nationwide team of maritime researchers involved in Traditional Boats of Ireland, a co-operative project for the publication of a major study on traditional Irish boats. He has also written comprehensively on the West Cork sandboats for the Mizen Journal and other publications. He has lectured on both the lobster-boats and sandboats at the Glandore Classic Boat Summer School and at various historical-society meetings, and has contributed to radio programmes on the subject. He is a founding committee member of the Ilen River Cruising Club.

Writer Eugene Daly "Heir Island: Its History and People"


Eugene Daly  is a retired teacher who lives in West Cork. He wrote Heir Island: its History and People (2004, Heron’s Way Press), a book built out of five years of personal interviews with Heir Islanders as well as extensive archival research. He is also the author of Leap and Glandore: Fact and Folklore (2006).

His interest in local history and Heir Island, where he spent his early life, extends to several of his poems. He has contributed to the Mizen Journal, The Southern Star, and Rosscarbery Past and Present.

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 About: Heir Island on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland. Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.  With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours. Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.  Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long. A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look. Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes. Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.
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Heir Island

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About: Heir Island
on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland.

Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.

With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours.

Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.

Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long.

A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look.

Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes.

Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.

(Source: herislandferries.com)

Artist Ian Humphreys

Born Hertfordshire, 1956 Studied, Berkshire College of Art and Design (1973-1975) BA (Hons) Painting Exeter College of Fine Artt and Design (1976-1979) Lives and works on Heir Island, West Cork, Ireland. His current work is a direct response to living on the coastline of West Cork, Ireland. Sea, sky, tide, the changeable and vibrant weather and light, space and paint are the timeless elements that are the essence of my paintings.

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Evening Colours
Heir Island
County Cork
Ireland
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 About: Heir Island on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland. Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.  With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours. Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.  Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long. A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look. Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes. Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.
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Evening Colours

Heir Island

County Cork

Ireland

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About: Heir Island
on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland.

Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.

With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours.

Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.

Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long.

A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look.

Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes.

Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.

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Photographer Kevin O'Farrell

Born 1959 - Kevin O’Farrell studied Documentary Photography at Newport Art College, South Wales, under David Hurn and John Charity. His work has been exhibited and published widely both in Ireland and abroad, Kevin was one of the first Photographer in Residence in Ireland , funded by the Arts Council.

A solo exhibition “Photographs by Kevin O’Farrell was exhibited in the Gallery of Photography on Wellington Quay in 1985. Kevin lives and works on Heir Island in West Cork recent publications include Traditional boats of Ireland. The piece in this exhibition “Bull Wall, Mens Bathing Shelter 1986 ” is from a series ” Bathing Places” Funded by the Arts Council which toured Ireland and the UK.

Artist John Desmond

John Desmond John was born in Cork in 1950. He left Ireland in 1970 to work in Europe for the next 18 years. When he returned to Ireland in 1988 he chose to live and work on Heir Island, West Cork. John and his partner Ellmary started a very successful restaurant on Heir Island. Being a summer enterprise John started to use the Autumn, Winter and Spring months for painting, a passion he had always had from earlier years. It is very apparent that the dramatic environment that surrounds John has been a very powerful influence in his work. John’s work exudes passion and each painting has it’s own unique atmosphere. John paints mainly with acrylic. There is a lot of texture in his paintings which add to the enjoyment of any piece.

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Evening Colours
Heir Island
County Cork
Ireland
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 About: Heir Island on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland. Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.  With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours. Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.  Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long. A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look. Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes. Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.
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Áilleacht


Evening Colours

Heir Island

County Cork

Ireland

DMx2


About: Heir Island
on the map it is written as Hare Island but is more locally known as Heir Island or Inis Uí Drisceoil, meaning “Ó Driscol’s island”. The island is situated within Roaringwater Bay between Sherkin Island and the east & west Skeam Islands off the coast of West Cork, Ireland.

Heir Island / Hare Island is a 5 minute boat journey from Cunnamore and is a 20 minute boat journey from the coastal village of Baltimore in West Cork. Heir Island is undoubtedly a great place to get away from it all and is an Island that is easily walked or cycled. There are a lot of safe and sandy beaches, ideal for sailing, windsurfing, swimming and diving.

With it’s B&B & many Holiday Cottages, Bread School & Pizzeria, Sailing School, Shop & Public Toilets, Arts & Crafts, Holistics, Galleries, an Evening Restaurant, Angling Boats & Sightseeing, Photography / Eco Tours.

Towards the area south of the island known as the “Reen” there is a vibrant reed bed where you will find many unusual birds as well as over 200 varieties of wild flowers scattered all over the island.

Beautifully located to the west of the isle of Heir over the bridge of Paris is the area known as the “Doon’s” (An Dúin). With panoramic views, surrounded by Sherkin, Cape Clear, the east & west Skeams and the Calf Islands. While further to the north with the breathtaking view of Mount Gabriel are the Islands of Horse, Castle, Carthies and Long.

A characteristic above most other Islands is that its houses are of traditional cottage design, which dates back to the 1920’s and more recent builds maintain this cottage look.

Heir Island also boasts in being home to many well known artists, who were drawn to the island because of its picturesque landscape and peaceful atmosphere. Food lovers are also drawn far and wide to the island to get a table at an evening Restaurant, though no pubs, Heir has a quality B&B and Bord Fáilte approved Self Catering Homes.

Historically the island formed part of the O’Driscoll Clan’s territory and was known as Inis Ui Drisceoil or Inis an Oidhre. Hence the name which means “O’Driscoll’s Island” or “Heir” island. The English version of the name has been traditionally misspelt as “Hare” since 1694 at least. It is widely believed that one of the O’Driscoll castles was sited on “An Dún” (now called the Doon) at the most westerly point of Heir Island. Other O’Driscoll castles were Dún an Óir (Fort of the Gold) on Cape Clear, Dún na Séad (Fort of the Jewels) in Baltimore, Dún na Long (Fort of the Ships) in Sherkin and several others on Ringarogy and Inisbeg Islands, near Loch Hyne, Oldcourt and Castlehaven.

(Source: herislandferries.com)

Artist Christine Thery- Capturing Heir Island in West Cork

Christine was born and raised in Hong Kong of mixed Russian, French and Welsh descent. She completed a 4 year degree course at Winchester College of Art where she received her B.A. with first class honours. On receipt of her degree Christine returned to Hong Kong to live on the outer islands in traditional villages. She became involved in a rural farming project as a photographer, photo journalist, illustrator and artist. Whilst there Christine exhibited mainly drawings in pencil, charcoal and ink.

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