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Lonehort Battery, Bere Island - a photographic story

Helen Riddell
Bere Island Projects Group

Lonehort Battery is the largest of seven gun batteries constructed on Bere Island by the British military to protect their battleships while anchored in Berehaven. Lonehort Battery is owned by the Department of Defence who have licensed it to Bere Island Projects Group to restore and develop as a visitor attraction. Two large 6” coastal artillery guns are still in place at Lonehort. With the handover of Fort Berehaven to the Irish Government in 1938, apart from basic maintenance, Lonehort has remained untouched over the years, and is as it was during World War One when it’s gun crews were on constant alert, scanning the wide entrance to Bantry Bay, Berehaven and Bere Island for enemy forces. Bere Island Projects Group have completed the first phase of the battery restoration which is open to the public. This project will showcase Lonehort Battery through the medium of photography, and will include many areas which are currently not accessible to the general public. Photographs will be displayed on the Bere Island website, and island social media sites. When public health advice allows, the photographs will also be displayed at a venue on the island. At the current time Lonehort Battery is closed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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