Bere Island Oral History Project

Recording memories and stories is an integral part in documenting the heritage of our island. Everyone’s stories has historical importance, for your own family and for future generations of our island community.  If we do not collect and preserve these memories, then one day they will disappear forever.

Recording the oral history of Bere Island came about as a result of Bere Island Project Group’s participation in the Heritage Keeper’s Programme which is run by the Burren Beo Trust and The Heritage Council.  Members of the Recording Our Bere Island Stories Group are:  Barry Sullivan (Seir), Eilis Duggan, Barry Hanley, Seamus Hanley, Paul Moore, Mike Crowley, Christine McCreary and Helen Riddell.

If you would like to record your family’s stories, or take part in this project, please contact any group member or Helen Riddell at  or on 027 75099. Recordings can be done in person at the Bere Island Heritage Centre,  at your home, or online via Zoom.

We would like to thank the Irish Community Archive and The Heritage Council for their continued support of this project and also Dr Angela Maye-Banbury for her guidance.

The following recordings are online:

Michael Crowley
Brenda Elphick
Fr Laurence Freeman
John Joe Harrington
Siobhan Hawke
Nurse Mary Mullins
Gerald Orpen
Mary and Gerald Orpen

Mick Orpen

Ann Power

Christy O’ Sullivan
Patsy Sullivan Seir


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