Bere Island

uncle mick

After a fabulous night at the Radisson Blu St Helen’s my mom, dad, and I loaded up the car and started the trip down to Cork for a visit with my dad’s uncle.
After a few short hours in the car we finally arrived safely to a warm welcome at Murphy’s Ferry. Once on Bere Island my breath was taken away by the fabulous crowd that had gathered to welcome my family and me.
All of the children on the island had gathered in green cowboy hats and had prepared songs for our arrival. We were blessed with sunny skies and unseasonably warm weather. It was a spectacular afternoon.
We had a brief chance to socialize with the wonderful people who had taken time out of their day to come see us before heading off to my dad’s uncle’s house for a moment of relaxation with family. We spent the late afternoon chatting and eating delicious food before moving our party over to the Hotel for an evening of Irish dance, sing songs, drinks, and snacks.
Having the opportunity to connect with so many of the people who provided unwavering support during the festival made the evening so memorable.
The following day my parents and I visited the local school on the island before traveling to the heritage center that has been set up to display the rich history of Bere Island.
heritage center
bere island school
Our final stop of the day was a local nursing home in Castletown Bere before we once again hit the road back to Dublin!