Shopping in Beara
Handcrafted traditional garments, art works by celebrated local artists, the latest trends in fashion by Irish designers - all of these and more await you in the many shops, galleries and craft centres dotted around Beara. Take a wander inside and see what surprises are in store!a
Mill Cove Galleries on the Beara Peninsula and Kenmare in their 18th year are the longest established galleries in West Cork and Kerry. Mill Cove represents the best of emerging and established contemporary Irish artists, specializing in Ceramics.
The galleries have extensive exhibition rooms of paintings, sculpture, print and ceramic. John Brennan, one of the gallery’s directors, has his painting studio at the Beara Gallery and this is open to view on request. John Brennan has exhibited nationally and internationally including Eigse and the RHA with his works are included in a number of public collections.
Mill Cove Gallery, The Beara Peninsula will open at the end of April. The Gardens, Gallery and Studio will be open from April to September.
Mill Cove Sculpture Gardens
The Mill Cove Sculpture Gardens are part of the Mill Cove Gallery, located on the Beara Peninsula, about 25km from Glengarriff, County Cork. Tucked in as it is along the peninsular shoreline, and screened too by Bere Island, Mill Cove gets shelter from the major ocean impact, and that relative shelter is reflected in the maturity and screening and greening of its acres of lush gardens, specimen trees and inlet cove. The gardens include more than 40 sculptures spread out over 4 acres of mature grounds. After visiting the gardens, guests can enjoy the gallery and studio.
The Gardens are open May through September and the rest of the year by appointment. Opening times:
May, June and September - Wednesday to Sunday-11am to 6pm
July and August- Everyday -11am to 6pm .
Mill Cove hosts the Irish Ceramic Awards annually, raising the profile and exposure to the diversity and skill in the medium and establishing awards for innovation, decoration and distinction, and more importantly a new and larger audience for this work. Mill Cove Gallery’s books on ‘Irish Ceramics’ are exclusive to this art form.
The road winds ahead toward another destination, another adventure. Through rock and rush, from sea to sky, let Beara take you on a voyage of discovery.