Museum and Heritage CentreDespite its size, Cape Clear is a very active little island, and has its own Heritage Centre. The Heritage Centre includes a museum, exhibition area and archive. The Museum and Heritage Centre is open daily, June to September and thereafter by arrangement locally with the Visitor Information Bureau, Library and island Co-op Office. Island Tours by minibus and boat hire trip can also be arranged.
Lankford Cape Clear Island Museum ArchiveAn archive of Cape Clear Island related materials is available from September 2016, and will be surely fascinating. For more information, follow this link: http://www.capeclearmuseum.ie/archive.php
Irish Language Courses on Cape Clear
Youth Courses (upto 18 years)Coláiste Phobal Chléire runs several summer courses to teach Irish to younger students. This is very beneficial to their understanding of the language, and increases their ability to tackle state examinations. By promoting a positive approach to the language and having fun filled lessons, the courses greatly promote the learning process. Different courses focus on different age groups, so if interested make sure you book in plenty of time, and pick the course that s suitable for you (or your kids). Broadly speaking the age group is between 12 and 18. There is even a Leaving Cert preparation course for those interested. For full details, check out this link: http://www.colaistephobalchleire.ie/Menu2
Adult Courses (over 18 years)Ionad Foghlama Chléire provides language courses throughout the year for adult interested in the culture and language or Ireland and can be a mix of lecture and practical usage (learning through activities). For full details, check out this link: http://www.gaelsaoire.ie/default.aspx?treeid=256
Bird Watching & Wildlife Appreciation
The Cape Clear Bird Observatory is Irelands only manned station as it copes with Cape Clear Islands famous bird population. A combination of weather and geography has created a ‘hot spot’ of a huge variety of birds. Many of the birds spotted on Cape Clear are rare to this part of the world. A list of all of the varieties of birds spoted on the Island can be found here. If you are lucky enough to be on the Island when a rare bird is seen, prepare for the invasion of the ‘twitchers’ who will come from all parts to see the sight.
If you are interested in Bird Watching, there is no better location than Cape Clear, and the locals and the Observatory staff are all willing to assist in any way they can.
Bird Watching / Wildlife Courses are organised by The Cape Clear Bird Observatory. These popular courses have limited numbers so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details, check out the official page.
FestivalsThere are usually several Festivals held throughout the year on the Island.
Story Telling WorkshopThis is held annually usually across the October weekend, This small but very popular event has attracted some of the finest storyteller names over the years. It is partially funded by the Government as acknowledgement of the cultural impact of such a course. It entails roughly 15 hours of ‘classes’ which are both informative and enjoyable to all.
Story Telling Festival
Cape Clear Walking Talking FestivalThe Cape Clear Walking Talking Festival weekend is made up of a series of guided walks focusing on the history, folklore, bird watching and ecology of the Island. The walks are led by local experts and there is plenty of interaction and participation of the groups encouraged. Other events, such as a dinner, are arranged also for people to attend.
To check out the details, please checkout the website.