20 August, 2012
Join us in Bonane on Sunday 26th August and watch as local lad Denis O'Sullivan attempts the U21 Record attempt for sheep shearing. He's going for a massive challenge of shearing 300 (yes that's 300!!) in 8 hours!
19 year old Denis O’ Sullivan from Bonane, Kenmare, Co. Kerry has set himself a personal record in sheep shearing on Sunday 26th August in Bonane village in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Bonane Community Council.
Denis aims to shear 300 lambs in an 8 hour working day. This is a challenge yet to be achieved by any Irish person under the age of 21.
Denis already has an All-Ireland title under his belt in shearing and recently was team captain of the Irish sheep shearing team in Scotland at the International development test where they achieved first place.
The proceeds of this event will go equally between the Irish Cancer Society and Bonane Community Council. Denis says “I am looking forward to doing this event, it is for two causes close to my heart on a local and national level, it would be of great pride to be the youngest shearer in Ireland to achieve this challenge”.
Denis looks forward to welcoming all his supporters on the day.
Alongside the sheep shearing Bonane Community Council will host a family fun day from 12noon to 6pm with loads of entertainment for children and adults alike, followed by a pig and spit and local entertainment. At 9pm a Barn dance will commence. Music by Neil & Declan and local DJ Martin Reilly, who will take you into the wee hours.
Please come along to support Denis and enjoy a great day out!
For more information on the day please call Irene Carey on 086 0628892 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and have a great family day out!
24 November, 2011
Christmas is around the corner and to get in to the Festive Season, Bonane Heritage Park is offering special discount prices on Family Tickets. The offer is valid from Saturday 3rd December 2011 until Sunday 1st April 2012 (inclusive) and a visit to the Park for a family* is now only €8 - a saving of 20%
*2 Adults and up to 3 Children
30 April, 2011
We've teamed up with a number of other attractions in the region to produce a discount voucher that gives you the opportunity to avail of 10% off either the entry fee or something similar on each and every one taking part. Visit Bonane Heritage Park and when you pay your entry fee you'll be given a voucher for 10% off at the following locations:
30 April, 2011
We are delighted that we are now able to offer our visitors the opportunity to book tickets for Bonane Heritage Park through Tesco Clubcard Deals. In exchange for €2.50 of vouchers you can avail of a family ticket worth €10 that gives entry into the park for 2 adults and 2 children. We'll appear in the Tesco Clubcard magazine every quarter (May 2011 is the next one out) and exchanging clubcard points couldn't be easier. Simply click on the link below, then select 'Days Out' and Bonane Heritage Park is on the first page. This will give you all the informtion you need:
Obviously in order to get the translations done we have had great support from people locally and we would especially like to thank Hilary Brosnan for doing the French version and Brendan O'Sullivan for doing Gaeilge. Hilary is well known in Kenmare and has a Masters in French, her translation is word perfect and if you are an attraction provider looking to offer the same service, she comes highly recommended and can be contacted via our email address which is
Brendan O'Sullivan is a local historian from Bonane and has been heavily involved with the Heritage Park from the outset - again we are immensely grateful to both for taking the time to do the translations.
30 March, 2011
The campaign against extracting water from the Sheen River has been raging for 4 years now but, finally, there is to be a meeting hosted by An Bord Pleanála at the Kenmare Bay Hotel at 10am on Monday 11th April 2011. This is a public meeting and we would encourage as many people as possible to attend - even if you can only be there for part of it. Support for this campaign is crucial so please make your opinion count and have your say. Remember, the date for your diary is Monday 11th April at 10am.
28 February, 2011
We are delighted to have been approached by HotelsCombined, a search engine for hotel accommodation across the world, and they are recommending Bonane Heritage Park on their website as a place to see when visiting Kenmare. Hopefully this continue to encourage visitors to our fantastic location and give new and returning customers the highlight of their stay in Co. Kerry. Click on the link to find out more:
1 January, 2011
And so another year is upon us and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all visitors and supporters of the park a very Happy New Year and we look forward to welcoming not just old friends but hopefully new ones too. All the best for 2011.
29 November, 2010
It might cause a nuisance most of the time but there is something so special about looking out over a snow covered landscape and the views from up at the heritage park will make you gasp and reach for your camera. So, rather than be defeated, why not take a trip up to the park and see it for yourself?
11 November, 2010
Cork Cancer Research Centre has raised a massive €75000 from the gruelling challenge that saw participants walk 70km in just 3 days. Bonane Heritage Park was delighted to welcome the walkers, where we were able to provide a plentiful supply of hot water. The letter of thanks received from Helen Slattery, Development Officer for the charity, was most appreciated and we were pleased to be able to offer our support for such a worthwhile occasion.
If you would like to know more about the charity, click www.ccrc.ie/ to view the website and if you're ready for a challenge, why not sign up and take part in next year's walk, see www.kerrywaycancerwalk.ie/home for details.
29 September, 2010
This year we introduced an activity pack for children that could be done whilst walking around the park with their families/friends. The pack was put together to be informative, fun and educational and something that would hopefully involve all the family; the activities include a bird spotting card, dot-to-dot, word search, maze, colouring sheets, information about some of the common wildflowers to be found whilst walking around and to round it all off, a pack of colouring pencils. The activity sheets have proven to be a real success with praise for the variety of things to do. The bird spotting really seemed to engage a number of children and several reported back to us that they'd seen a whole host of different species such as tree creepers and even a kestrel! So well done to all those budding ornithologists. Next year we'll have to set more challenging activities so watch this space!
July 3, 2010
We had a truly lovely day when, as part of a packed itinerary, members of 'Friends of Europe' from Denmark made the journey from Cashel in Co. Tipperary to the Heritage Park. We were blessed with good weather and on arrival we had refreshments organized before heading up to the park for a tour with our very own chairperson Danny O'Connor and archaeologist Dr. Niall Gregory. The afternoon flew by with the perfect blend of information and good humour before our new friends had to board the coach back to Cashel.
We were delighted to have had the opportunity to welcome the group to the Heritage Park and hopefully they enjoyed their stay in Ireland. We would also like to extend a big Thank You for generously purchasing a tree which will be planted and dedicated to their visit.
July 2, 2010
You may be aware that there is an on-going project to see the re-introduction of the White-tailed Sea Eagle to Ireland following extinction 100 years ago and in 2007 a number of birds were released in Kerry. The success of the project was such that a further 8 were released in 2008 and since then the birds, which have coloured tags and radio transmitters, have been tracked to east Cork, Lough Corrib, Co Galway, Ox Mountains in Sligo, Lough Mask, Co Sligo and even in Northern Ireland*. Spotting such a bird must surely be the experience of a lifetime and that's exactly what happened to a resident in Bonane; on looking up, the lucky lady saw the bird gliding across the sky. She was able to watch it for a time before it headed across the mountains and out of view. It has caused a stirring of excitement in the village and we've made contact with the agency involved in the project to see whether the bird has taken up residence or whether it was just doing a 'reccy' on us! We'll keep you updated but I can say with certainty that we'd be delighted to see more of such a beautiful and majestic bird.
* Information obtained from the Department of the Environment at
June 25, 2010
We're going international! Over the coming months you'll be able to find us in a variety of places but to get the ball rolling we've created a listing on Trip Advisor so if you want to check us out or you've visited us and have a comment to make please look us up. Trip Advisor is the place to start for information so click on the link and see what others are writing about us:
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May 18, 2010
The award was proudly received by members of the Bonane Community Co-Operative Society at a ceremony held in Killala, Co. Mayo on 13th May.
Killala were last years winners and put themselves forward as hosts for this year and we were invited by Irish Rural Link to attend the two day event. Kerry to Mayo is a good distance to travel so we decided to go the day before and then make the most of the time we had in the morning exploring a bit of the county. On arrival at the community centre we were greeted by the committee and made to feel very welcome by everyone there; we could have settled in for the day as we enjoyed good company, tea, sandwiches and scones but as it was we were treated to a programme of activities showcasing the highlights of the area including:
Killala Steel Precision
North West Women's Project
At the end of a remarkable day we arrived back at the community centre and with everyone seated for dinner, we were presented with the award. Everyone is still smiling! Dinner was delightful and again we enjoyed wonderful company.
The award that we so proudly received is the Category One National Rural Awards and we will no doubt be arguing over who gets to keep the prize!! We were presented with a beautiful crystal vase and a €1000 worth of training from Career Decisions. We would like to thank Irish Rural Link for organizing such a great event, Killala Community for being fantastic hosts and then the people on the ground who give their time and support so freely, they include all members of the Bonane Community Co-Operative Society, South Kerry Development Partnership, FAS, Coillte and members of the Rural Social Scheme and the Community Employment Scheme. It maybe too soon to say that it's becoming a habit, but we shall revel in the glory for a little while longer!
May 7, 2010
We are delighted to have been nominated for a National Award for the work done by Bonane Community Co-Operative Society in the area of Social Inclusion. We will find out next week at the award ceremony to be held in Killala, Co. Mayo on Thursday 13th May whether we have been successful. We would particularly like to thank:
South Kerry Development Partnership
Rural Social Scheme and the members who work so hard
FAS and the Community Employment Scheme
They are tireless in their support and we appreciate all the help and encouragement given by them. Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed for us.
May 3, 2010
Following the success of the Feasibility Study the Committee has decided that the proposed plans for a new Heritage Centre should be moved onto to the next stage so there is a great deal of work ahead of us but it is an exciting prospect with great rewards at the end. We will keep you up to date with our progress at each stage.
Apr 09, 2010
Annual AGM: Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare Friday 19th March
Thanks to all the shareholders for their attendance at the AGM and their ongoing support of the Heritage Park. The Chair, Mr Danny O'Connor extended his thanks to Caroline Dempsey for all her hard work and effort during her time on the committe and also as an employee to the Heritage Park; we wish her all the very best in her new ventures.
Mar 26, 2010
The SAOIRSE FOUNDATION, which aims to raise awareness of Battens Disease by providing information and support to families affected by the illness, had a major boost recently by having their campaign highlighted on the Late Late Show. Battens is a terminal disease that affects toddlers and children; it is an inherited disorder of the nervous system and is named after the British paediatrician who first described it in 1903.
The founding members of the SAOIRSE FOUNDATION, Tony and Mary Heffernan have two children who have the disease and are hoping to raise funds for research and medical trials not only for their children but also other children diagnosed with the disorder thus giving hope to them and their families.
The coverage given by the Late Late Show has really brought their campaign to the forefront and the volume of support received to date has been truly amazing; there are a number of events taking place across the country over the coming weeks so check the website (link below) to find out how to get involved. On a local note, Bonane Community Co-operative Society is delighted to be able to do their bit and have provided a laptop for the foundation and are planning a family day out on the Sunday 20th June to make the most of the Summer Solstice the following day - keep an eye on this website for further information.
On Saturday 10th April the Brooklane Hotel in Kenmare is hosting an evening of entertainment - there will be food provided, local bands getting the atmosphere going and prizes galore. Contact the hotel on 064 6642077 for further details and tickets. If you would like more information about Battens or how you can get involved click on the following link
We wish the foundation much success in their mission.
The residents of Bonane and Kenmare have had great news this week; following a long drawn out consultation process it has been decided that water is NOT going to be extracted from the River Sheen as the supply for the local environs. Many people have worked hard to ensure that a more suitable option is found and now finally the battle is over thanks to the tireless efforts of many people. Appreciation and thanks are extended to all those that played a part, not least the Bonane Community Council, Dr. John Stilling for all his help and also the people of Kenmare and the surrounding areas for their support - it couldn't have happened without you.
Mar 11, 2010
Congratulations to the Fastnet Line on its inaugural sailing yesterday (Mar 10) of the MV Julia. It has been widely supported by businesses in Cork and Kerry alike and will hopefully see in a new dawn of travel between the UK and Ireland. The service, which runs overnight, will open the door to the beautiful Sout West of Ireland but without the lengthy journey from Rosslare. Set down in Cork refreshed and ready to explore the delights on offer here - you can be sure of a warm welcome when you arrive. Check out the sailings on the Fastnet Line website at
Mar 10, 2010
Another run of the successful play has unfortunately come to an end after 12 sell out performances at the Carnegie Art Centre in Kenmare, Co Kerry.
The play was actually showcased last year for the first time following an idea from local Bonane community member Patricia O'Sullivan Murphy. The ladies from the Bonane Women's Group got together and the concept was expanded in to the full version we see today. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our 'congratulations' to all involved and also express our most sincere thanks to them for their continuing support in promoting the local heritage and culture of Bonane - we wish you every success in all future ventures and productions; we can't wait to see the next installment! If you would like to see the programme produced for the play, inlcuding the names of all those involved, please email us at email@example.com; who knows, next time you're in Bonane you might bump into one of the stars!
Feb 12, 2010
First of all may we take this opportunity to welcome in the New Year and say that we're looking forward to greeting visitors to the park both old and new and don't forget that you can become a 'Friend of Bonane Heritage Park' - please contact any member of the committee for further information
The Annual General Meeting of the Bonane Heritage Park Co-operative will take place at the Brook Lane Hotel, Kenmare at 9pm on Friday 19th March.
Dec 21, 2009
Bonane Heritage Park has had another exciting year with well over 6000 visitors and we look forward to continuing the success into 2010. With your continued support and the support of our members, SKDP and also 'Coillte' who have been enormously helpful since the park opened, we hope to improve the park still further. In the new year we will update the website with more information and also create a 'blog' and a newsletter - watch this space. For 2009 all that remains is to say thank you and we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dec 18, 2009
The great news is that the Cork - Swansea Ferry will be back in service on March 1st 2010 and it is largely down to the efforts of individuals and companies from both Kerry and Cork. The ferry provides a great link between the South West of Ireland and the UK and provides travellers with easy access to so many wonderful attractions that are on offer, not least Bonane Heritage Park, without that long and arduous journey from Rosslare. Instead, travel overnight and wake up refreshed and ready for your holiday. Shareholders, by investing their money and showing their faith in this venture, are responsible for getting the ferry afloat and opening up this spectacular corner of Ireland and therefore our thanks are extended to them.
Dec 18, 2009
The Feasibility Study is now available for reading in pdf format by clicking the link and whilst it makes for interesting reading, please avoid printing the document either in full or in part as it is costly to the environment. Just to re-iterate, we are enormously thankful to Nicholas de Jonge Associates for the support and professionalism in the completion of this study and we'll keep you updated on the progress of the Heritage Centre as it happens. Special thanks is also extended to the South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) for the funding that made this feasibility study possible.
Oct 20, 2009
The Feasibilty Study on the Impact Assessment and Development of Bonane Heritage Centre is now completed. The Study was carried out by Nicholas de Jonge Associates, the work was completed in a very professional manor with all our queries being fully dealt with and all answered in totality.
The Report will be available to view via the our website in the coming weeks.
Oct 06, 2009
Thank you to all the people from all parts of the globe who visited us so far this year, while in general the Tourism trade is not as good as in previous years Bonane Heritage Park is proving to be a popular attraction, we are grateful to all who have taken the time to visit our Heritage Park and we hope you will come visit us again in the future.
Oct 06, 2009
To all our staff and anyone who has helped us out this year or at any stage we would like to extend a very big Thank You, we are always grateful for the help and support we receive which enables us to continue to make Bonane Heritage Park the wonderful and relaxing place it is. Without your continued support we would not have reached the heights we have to date.
Jun 10, 2009
A Public Meeting will be held in the Lansdowne Arms Hotel on Friday 3rd July at 8pm to discuss the ongoing Feasibility Study on the Impact Assessment and Development of Bonane Heritage Centre. This meeting is open to all and Nicholas de Jong Associates will be attendance to give a presentation on their findings to-date.
Jun 10, 2009
The Summer Solstice Sun-rise which you can observe from the Stone circle in the Heritage Park on the morning of 21st June each year is a spectacular sight. When you stand in the Stone Circle, look east at a Cairn on the horizon, the sun will rise directly behind the Cairn at 6.40am. It then shines down over the Fulacht Fiadh and in through the two Entrance Stones and onto the Boulder Burial to form a perfect alignment. Should you be interested in attending the above mentioned Sunrise please Contact Us via email or phone.
Jun 5, 2009
The contract for the Feasibility Study on the Impact Assessment and Development of Bonane Heritage Centre was awarded to Nicholas de Jong Associates, Urban Design of Limerick. Work has commenced on the project and will be ongoing throughout June and July.
Apr 1, 2009
Annual AGM: Brooklane Hotel, Kenmare Friday 20th March.
Thanks to all the shareholders for their attendance at the AGM and ongoing support of the Heritage Park. We would like to welcome two new committee members: Denise O'Shea and Karina O'Connor. Also thanks to Paul Tanner for all his input during his time on the committee.
Apr 1, 2009
Anyone interested in becoming a Friends of Bonane Heritage Park or a Shareholder please contact a member of the committe via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +353 (0)85 7677869
Dec 19, 2008
Archaeological, Environmental and Tourism Consultants are invited to tender for this project.
It is proposed to investigate if a Heritage Centre should be developed in Bonane with the aim of showcasing the Geological, Archaeological, Ecological, and Historical and Cultural heritage of the area for the benefit of all the residents, visitors and tourists, with a particular focus of its use as an educational resource.
The purpose of the research is to identify and develop the Statement of Need into the development of a suitable Heritage Centre in Bonane that will provide an accessible and socially inclusive tourist attraction with minimum or no impact on the environment.
The closing date for submission of tenders is the 30th January 2009.
For further information please email email@example.com
Nov 10, 2008
Saturday the 8th November 2008 was the date for the Pride of Place Awards Ceremony in Cappoquin, Co. Waterford. Although only two members of the Committee could attend the Awards function, 18 people in total travelled to Cappoquin for the event.
We were entered in Category Nine, the Environment Category, when this Category was announced we were delighted to discover that we were one of six Short listed for the Award, we were not called out as 1st or 2nd Runner-Up so while disappointed for a few seconds realization quickly dawned that we were actually now in with a 1 in 4 chance of winning the Award.
There was a break in proceedings after the presentation of the Runner-Up Awards for each category. This was shortly followed by the arrival of the President; Mary McAleese. The presentation of prizes recommenced after this and it was a very anxious wait for Category Nine, the first few words gave nothing away but then as they continued to speak of the Winning Entry we discovered to much delight that we had in fact achieved our aim in winning this Award.
We were delighted to receive the Award from President Mary McAleese.
This was quickly followed by calls and texts to all the supporters just as anxiously awaiting the news in Cappoquin and Kerry. I need not tell you we did celebrate.
Upon our return to Bonane Sunday afternoon we were welcomed by a large crowd of well wishers.
Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped to get us here.
Aug 21, 2008
Daily Guided Tours of the Park. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at +353 (0)85 7677869
The Heritage Park includes sites such as Stone Circle, Ringfort and Fulacht Fiadh, some dating from 3000BC with unique solar and Lunar alignments.
Click on the link to open the Bonane Heritage Park Brochure