The Old School building was built in 1857, it burnt down in 1979 and was then replaced by the modern National School.
The Old School committee renovated the building and re-opened it as a Heritage Centre in August 2009.
The Exhibition hosts a wealth of information on the story and history of Bere Island.
Sit and relax with a cup of coffee and take in the breathtaking views of Bantry Bay, whilst browsing through the vast selection of local history on offer.
We have a range of traditional crafts for sale, made on Bere Island.
Exhibitions, Geneaology, Traditional Skills Workshops, Information, Retreats, Meeting rooms, Internet, Printing & office services, Craft Shop, Refreshments.
President Mary McAleese Officially opened the Heritage Centre on 30th October 2010. The Heritage Centre is supported by the Community Services Programme through Pobal and the Department of Social Protection.
Courses & Classes
The Heritage Centre is running traditional skills courses and classes throughout the year:
Basketry, Crochet, Quilting, Watercolour workshops, Home Growing, Blacksmithing, Coppersmithing, and many more.
We also have Meditation, Irish Dance and Contemporary Dance classes in the evenings.