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Know Your 5k Bere Island

Helen Riddell
Bere Island Projects Group

The Bere Island parkrun is Ireland’s only parkrun on an offshore island. Its 5km course on the eastern loop of the island takes the runner and walker on a journey through island’s rich heritage. This 5km route includes a Bronze Age wedge tomb, remains of a Viking naust and breakwater, the landing site of Carew’s army ahead of the Battle of Dunboy in 1602, a large moated World War One Gun Battery and the site of the 1938 Handover of Fort Berehaven, one of Ireland’s three treaty ports. The heritage, folklore and place names along Bere Island’s parkrun will be documented online on the Bere Island website and social media pages, and will also be presented in a special Heritage Week programme on Bere Island Community Radio. A podcast of this will also be made available. Visitors to the island will also be able to explore the route themselves, either at the weekly Saturday parkrun or in their own time at a more leisurely pace. Please note while the weekly parkrun event is suspended until further notice due to Covid-19 restrictions the course is part of the Rerrin Loop of the Beara Way and is open to the public.

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