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Beara Bookshop

Books and Publications on or about Beara

Our aim is to mail out ordered books the same day as purchased or the next posting available. We are a small independant bookshop very proud of the service we provide

The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Beara Peninsula
The Prehistoric Archaeology of the Beara Peninsula
by Cornelius J. Murphy

Supplied with detailed map of Beara

 €15 + shipping, please choose destination from drop down men below

Waiting for the Beara Historical Society to print some more

Beara Book

Beara History & Stories

Compiled by Gerdie Harrington

€15 + shipping, please choose destination from drop down men below

Book + postage



Beara's Pictorial Past vol 2 Beara's Pictorial Past vol 2

A wonderful book of photographs showing Beara in bygone days
€10 + postage
book + postage


Down Memory Lane


Gerdie Harrington

€15 + shipping, please choose destination from drop down men below

book + postage


Last Chietain

The Last Chieftain

of Gaelic Ireland

The true story of Donal O'Sullivan Beare

€15 + shipping, please choose destination from drop down men below

book + postage


The Grand Tour of Kerry

The Grand Tour of Kerry

by Penny Durell and Cornelius Kelly

Penny lives on the Beara peninsula and is a member of the Beara Historical Society. Other books to her credit are The Tour of Beara and Discover Beara both which have sold very well

€14 + shipping, please choose destination from drop down men below

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Beara Way book

The Beara Way Book, the perfect companion for the walker planning on following the famous trail around Beara. To order your copy and have it posted to you please click here. It is also on sale in all the best shops on the Beara Peninsula

€9.95 + shipping

John Eagle's new book

'Ireland's Lighthouses A Photo Essay by John Eagle'

published in May 2010 by Collins Press covers every lighthouse on the Beara Peninsula and all the others round the Irish coast. Reprinted May 2013

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Book + postage



'Incredible photographs'....Lighthouse Digest

'Eagle's-eye view of the Irish coast is a gem'

'Eagle eye for picture perfect way to make an impression' Irish Examiner

Signed or dedicated copies on request
An Eagle's View of Irish Lighthouses

'An Eagle's View of Irish Lighthouses'

John Eagle's first book, covering 50 of the best lighthouses on the Irish coast. This is a first edition, mint condition, out of print, each one signed by the author and in a short while sold out (If you would rather not have it signed then please say so when ordering)


free shipping on this book


Love from Cork


Beara views

The above pages show old postcard views of Beara Peninsula

Love from Cork - Postcards of the City and County

by Perry O'Donovan

Postcards conveying people’s messages and interests were the Twitter, Facebook and email in pre-Internet Ireland. Millions were thrown away but not all. Based on private collections from Adrian Healy and John James, Love from Cork portrays the city and county of Cork through a century of Irish and European picture postcards (1900–2000). In addition to the postcards there are transcriptions of all the written details on the cards. Interspersed among these are extracts from the rich literary heritage of this part of southwest Ireland: William Trevor, Frank O'Connor, Elizabeth Bowen, Sean Ó Faoláin, Peter Somerville-Large, Mary Leland, and others. Also included are writers such as James Joyce (who set a significant episode of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in Cork city), Benedict Kiely and Robert Lloyd Praeger.

Even Queen Victoria features – there is an excerpt from her private journal giving her first impressions of Cork’s harbour and the ‘Cove of Cork’ (renamed ‘Queenstown’ in her honour). There has never been a book on the postcards of Cork, covering the city and county from Allihies to Youghal, from Clonakilty to Charleville and just about everywhere in between. This is a finely wrought homage to the author’s native county, an absorbing collection inviting one to explore Ireland’s largest county in a bygone era

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Published by The Collins Press


Purchases from the Beara Bookshop are handled by John Eagle Photography

Would you like some postcards of the Beara Peninsula? Local scene postcards

Views of Ireland Views of Ireland for framing with a special emphasis on Beara, like this view of Eyeries, by local photographer John Eagle
Kolondike House

Memories of an Irish Country Childhood

book by John Dwyer growing up on a farm near Eyeries

Available in Beara shops, if you experience trouble getting it please contact us



A Prehistory of Cork

William O'Brien

Irish prehistory is often written as a single narrative, stitched together from site and artifact information that is often not well understood at local and regional level. There may have been no place named Cork in prehistory but the region did have its own identity and traditions. Today, Cork has one of Ireland’s richest archaeological landscapes, with thousands of recorded monuments and artifacts from the pre-Christian era

Available from The Collins Press

Beara Walks

A Walking Guide by Adrian Hendroff

The Dingle, Iveragh and Beara peninsulas dominate the spectacular landscape of southwest Ireland. Their rugged peaks, dramatic ridges, captivating valleys, glittering lakes and stunning Atlantic coastline form a treasure chest of walking options

Available from The Collins Press

Local Worlds

Local Worlds

The Beara Peninsula in counties Cork and Kerry is one of the richest archaeological landscapes in Ireland. Hundreds of prehistoric monuments have been recorded in that area, dating from the Bronze Age to medieval times. The hill valleys of the peninsula also contain an important landscape record of early farm settlement, where entire field patterns are preserved under the growth of blanket peat. This book is the first detailed study to be published on pre-bog fields and early farming in Ireland. It contains the results of new archaeological research for anyone interested in prehistoric and early medieval Ireland, and in the story of Irish farming and its impact on the environment over the past 4000 years. This is a story similar to that of the Ceide Fields in Mayo


This book is now out of print




..the Jewel on the Ring

Available at:

Ardgroom Post Office




The Unexplored Peninsula

Available in outlets throughout the peninsula


Berehaven Mines

The Berehaven Copper Mines


Book on Bere Island

A Social & Economic History of Bere Island 1900-1920



Discover Dursey

by Penelope Durell


The Gaelic Lordship

The Gaelic Lordship


Edge of Ireland

"Like H.V. Morton before him, Yeadon approaches Ireland with keen eye and ear, and most important, a great big heart.... He's one of the World's most beloved travel writers." - James O'Reilly, editor, Travelers' Tales of Ireland


Natural History

'The Natural History of Ireland' by Philip O'Sullivan Beare (c1590-1660)


Bantry Berehaven

Bantry Berehaven and the O'Sullivan Sept.



Hungry Hill

Hungry Hill

Daphne du Maurier


Bere Island Booklet "The Bere Island Experience Booklet to your books on Beara tab on your beara tourism website please?
The link to purchase the booklet is
Doctors War

A Doctor's War
Aidan MacCarthy.


Introduction by Pete McCarthy

Researching McCarthy’s Bar Pete McCarthy entered MacCarthy’s Bar in Castletownbere, west Cork. While there Adrienne MacCarthy gave him a copy of her father’s wartime memoir. Pete found it ‘unputdownable’. An RAF medical officer, Aidan served in France, survived Dunkirk, and was plunged into adventures in the Far East. In 1944, en route to the Japanese mainland, his ship was torpedoed but a Japanese whaling boat picked him up and he was re-interned on the mainland. In Nagasaki his life was literally saved by the dropping of the atomic bomb and he was an eyewitness to the horror and devastation it caused. Finally, he cruised home on board the Queen Mary.

This book is now out of print but if you visit McCarthy's Bar in Castletownbere you might be able to find a copy and where one might be had

Magazine/Newpaper articles
Festival of the Sea 2008

'Castletownbere Festival of the Sea'

August 1st to 10th 2008

A variety of events from quizzes to rowing, music in the Square, golf, soccer and workshops, details in the above brochure which is also a local business directory with pictures by John Eagle

Go Magazine

Go Magazine did a feature on the Beara Way July 2008. Go used to be a supplement in the Irish Times

The feature was written by Mary Keaveney and Frank Murphy who spent 6 days on the south side of the peninsula


Tuosist Newsletter

Available in Ardea Post Office



The Eyeries Newsletter

Available in:

Eyeries Post Office

(not sure about back issue)

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