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Bere Island4010 viewsThe handover of Bere Island by the British to the Irish Free State, (Saorstát Éireann)
26th September 1938.
Although Southern Ireland won Dominion Status on the 6th December 1921, the United Kingdom retained control as sovereign bases, three deep water ports in Ireland. Known collectively as the Treaty Ports, these were respectively, Castletown Berehaven, Lough Swilly and Queenstown (Cobh)
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Beara I.F.A. march through Castletownbere. 1970’s731 views
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Christmas came late in 1908748 viewsThe S.S. Irada (Gulf Transport Line) was a cargo ship of 8,124 tons built in Belfast by Workman Clark & Co in 1900 for H. Welsford & Co. She left Galveston, Texas in November 1908 with a mixed cargo of raw cotton and 21,000 bales of cotton bound for Liverpool. On the 22nd of December 1908 she hit rocks off the SW Point of Mizen Head and sank with the loss of Captain Beveridge, four crew members and a stewardess. Subsequently many of the bales washed into Pulleen Harbour to the west of Castletownbere where they were gratefully retrieved by locals in the above Picture. The propeller from the ‘Irada’ was salvaged in 1994 and now rests at Mizen Head Visitor Centre as a memorial to all wrecked ships in the area.
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Kilmacowen Evictions766 viewsVictims of the Kilmacowen Evictions
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Kilmacowen Evictions908 viewsVictims of the Kilmacowen Evictions
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ladys Gig Race764 viewsRegatta Day in Castletownbere 1926.
Ladies in boat: Teresa Moriarty (Tim the Master), Droum, Eileen Harrington, (Dinish) (Cotter), Mary Lyne The Square (Breen), (?) Cox Donal Harrington, Church Gate.
In the background is the S.S. Princess Beara after arriving from Bantry for the Regatta.
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Fife and Drum Band1963 viewsJohn Michael O’Neill conducting the last Fife and Drum Band on the Church Steps of Sacred Heart Church, Castletownbere
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Haymaking735 viewsMaking a rick of hay in Cronins’ Knockoura, in the 1950’s
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On the Water592 viewsMowing Machine on its way to Bere Island in the early 1900's
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