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Bere Island Historical Society

Bere Island Historical Society

Telephone: +353[0]27 75956




The Old School building was originally built in 1857; it burnt down in 1979 and was then replaced by the modern National School.
The Old School committee renovated the building and re-opened it as a Heritage Centre in August 2009.
The Exhibition hosts a wealth of information on the story and history of Bere Island.
Sit and relax with a cup of coffee and take in the breathtaking views of Bantry Bay, whilst browsing through the vast selection of local history on offer.
We have a range of traditional crafts for sale, made on Bere Island.
We also host team building events, meetings, educational programmes, plays, lectures, courses, retreats, exhibitions, and many more corporate events.

Themed Exhibitions

President Mary McAleese officially opened the Heritage Centre on 30th October, the commemorative dvd is now available. Schools & other group tours are very welcome, these tours include a visit to one or more of the many Bere Island Heritage Sites, please contact us to enquire.

Courses & Classes

The Heritage Centre is running traditional skills courses and classes throughout the year:
Basket Making, Crochet, Quilting, Watercolour workshops, Home Growing, Blacksmithing, Coppersmithing, and many more.
We also have Meditation, Irish Dance and Contemporary Dance classes in the evenings.