Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre
The Bere Island Heritage & Information Centre is the focal point for the conservation and enhancement of the island’s unique heritage. It is home to The Bere Island Experience Exhibition detailing the unique history and lifestyle of Bere Island, as well as temporary themed exhibitions throughout the year. It is an important reference, meeting and information point for both islanders and visitors.
The proposal to create a Heritage Centre from the Ballinakilla Old School Building built in 1857, became a reality in 2009 after members of the Old School Committee in partnership with Bere Island Projects Group secured funding from The ISLA Project, The Department of the Islands and Cork County Council, with the building work being carried out by local builder Jack Sullivan and Bere Island Construction, it was designed by DOD Architects, Kenmare, Co. Kerry.