Bere islander Gerald Orpen, 86, spent his working life at sea until the recession hit Ireland in the 1980s and he packed his bag and headed to New York to find work on a construction site. While the island was a wonderful place to raise a family, it wasn’t an […]

Teertha Ordish is in the enviable business of transforming people’s lives. While life coach and educator are in her job description, the Ballydehob-based shamanic practitioner, who was brought up in a deeply spiritual family, is so much more than this, having committed most of her adult life to the study […]

There isn’t a whisper of a West Cork accent in Dave Scully’s voice, as he serves up his famous sirloin steak burgers over the counter to a regular. “Howya love” and “Janey Mac” are common refrains as customers spill into the butcher shop on Pearse Street in Clonakilty. “I’ll change […]

A familiar character around town and still on the shop floor, known for his friendly, if occasionally gruff nature, Christy Thornhill, 76, is possibly most famous for being one of the first rowers in Skibbereen after he was captured on camera in the fifties taking a trip down the llen […]

“It’s like having one big ward,” laughs nurse Catherine O’Sullivan, as she describes her role as an island nurse. It’s much more than that however, as Catherine is something to everyone on Bere Island on the Beara peninsula, from offering support and advice to the mother of the week-old baby […]