Cape Clear, Ireland’s southernmost inhabited Gaeltacht island lies in the mouth of Roaringwater Bay off the coast of West Cork. Heather, gorse and wild flowers cover the island's rugged hills, while its wild romantic scenery, sparkling harbours, cliffs, bogs and lake, all make it one of Ireland's most charming islands.

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what's on?

(All events are free, places allocated on a 1st come-1st served basis!)

Tuesday 7th June

08.00 – 09.00   Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
10.00 – 12.00   Flower walk - Geoff Oliver
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum - Joan Kearney
13.00 – 15.00   Rocky shore as Gaeilge - Paula Ní Ríogáin
13-00 – 15.00   Fastnet Trip (low tide 14.19) - MJ Cadogan
19.00 – 21.00    Slide show of Cape photographs - Simon Cocking
TBC – 21.00     Meals in Cotter's Bar and Sean Rua's Restaurant
21.00 – 22.00   Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)


Wednesday 8th June

08.00 – 09.00   Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
10.00 – 12.00   Dry-stone walling - Áine Ní Ríogáin
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12.00 – 14.00   Flower walk - Geoff Oliver
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum - Joan Kearney
14-00 – 16.00   Fastnet Trip - MJ Cadogan
14.00 – 16.00   Net-mending demonstration - To be confirmed
TBC – 21.00     Meals in Cotter's Bar and Sean Rua's Restaurant
21.00 – 22.00   Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)
Evenings           Traditional music/dance in the pubs


Thursday 9th June

08.00 – 09.00   Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
10.00 – 12.00   Dry-stone walling - Áine Ní Ríogáin
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12.00 – 14.00    Flower walk - Geoff Oliver
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum - Joan Kearney

12:00 – 14:00   Seaweed buffet – Suzy Brown
14.00 – 16.00   Net-mending demonstration - To be confirmed
15-00 – 18.00   Fastnet Trip - MJ Cadogan
TBC – 21.00     Meals in Cotter's Bar and Sean Rua's Restaurant
21.00 – 22.00   Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)
Evenings           Traditional music/dance in the pubs


Friday 10th June

08.00 – 09.00   Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum - Joan Kearney
14.00 – 16.00   Flower walk - Geoff Oliver
16-00 – 18.00   Fastnet Trip - MJ Cadogan
TBC – 21.00     Traditional meal in Sean Rua's Restaurant
21.00 – 22.00    Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)
22-00 – 23.00    Bat walk and star gazing - Paddy Sleeman
Evenings            Traditional music/dance in the pubs - Seamus O’Driscoll


Saturday 11th June

08.00 – 09.00   Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
10.00 – 12.00    Flower walk - Geoff Oliver
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum - Joan Kearney
12.00                Launch of Island BioBlitz 2016
12.30 – 15.30   Sea watch from the cliffs - Padraig Whooley, IWDG
14.00 – 18.00   Pelagic boat trip - Paul Connaughton
16-30 – 18.30   Fastnet Trip (low tide 17.26) - MJ Cadogan
TBC – 21.00     Traditional meal in Cotter's Bar
21.00 – 22.00   Bird Observatory Log (daily record of wildlife sightings)
22-00 – 23.00   Bat walk and star gazing - Andrew Harrington
Evenings           Traditional music/dance in the pubs - Seamus O’Driscoll


Sunday 12th June

08.00 – 10.00    Bird walk/ringing demonstration - Steve Wing
09.00 – 11.00   Opening of Moth traps - Eamon O'Donnell
10.30 – 12.30   Goat milking/husbandry - Ed Harper
11.00 – 18.00   Maritime Photographs - Pat Con O'Driscoll
12-00 – 16.00   Heritage Museum    - Joan Kearney
12.00                 FINISH of Island BioBlitz 2016
12.30                 Winners of Island BioBlitz 2016 announced
14.00 – 16.00    Heritage walk - Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil


Contacts   

  • Steve Wing - 086 4099664 - steve.ccbo@gmail.com
  • Geoff Oliver - 087 6197817 - golivercape@gmail.com
  • Paula Ní Ríogáin - 085 2029094 - paula@lasmuigh.ie
  • Pat Con O'Driscoll - iascairi@eircom.net
  • Ed Harper - 087 7973056- goat@iol.ie
  • Simon Cocking - 086 8385879 - simoncocking3@gmail.com
  • Cotter's Bar - 028 39153    
  • An Siopa - 028 39099    
  • Michael John Cadogan - 086 8123779 - comolane@eircom.net
  • Joan Magennis - 028 41006

accommodation


getting there

The Cailín Óir runs 3 to 4 services to the island from Baltimore each day, to view the time table and book a ticket, visit: www.cailinoir.com

Cape Clear Ferries also run 3 to 4 services to the island each day from both Baltimore and Schull, to view the time tables and book your ticket visit: www.capeclearferries.com


location map

 

more about Cape Clear

Cape Clear (officially known by its Irish name: Oileán Cléire) lies 12km off the coast of County Cork. It is the southernmost inhabited part of Ireland and has a population of 120 people. It is the most southerly Gaeltacht area in the country. The island is divided into east and west halves by an isthmus called the Waist, with North Harbour to landward and South Harbour on the seaward side of the island.

Seals, Basking Sharks, Dolphins and Leather Back Turtles are found in the island's surrounding water, while sea pinks and honeysuckle are common plants on land. The island is predominately peat and heath vegetation with rocky outcrops and improved grassland. It is also regarded as a 'botanical hotspot' due to the large number of plants found in such a small area, including several rare species.

Cape Clear has a long association with birdwatching, for its location at the extreme south-west of Ireland makes it an ideal location for watching and studying bird migration. A bird observatory has operated on the island since 1959. Spring and Autumn sometimes see large influxes of songbirds moving to and from their breeding ground, and most years rare vagrants from Siberia and America are seen. Birdlife includes black and Common Guillemots, Cormorants and Storm Petrels.

There are many archaeological sites of interest on the island including a prehistoric cup-marked stone, a fulacht fiadh, a neolithic passage tomb, several standing stones, a promontory fort at Dún an Óir and a signal tower dating from the Napoleonic Wars.

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.

— Vincent Van Gogh