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British Ambassador launches book in Castletownbere, Co Cork

The British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett, was in Beara on Saturday 22nd August to launch Marc O’Sullivan Vallig’s new book, People of the Sea: A Maritime History of Beara, at the pier in Castletownbere.

Mr Barnett was on a personal trip to Beara, accompanied by businessman Paul Smithwick, a director of Smithwick’s Brewery and the founder of Sullivan’s Ale.

“It’s my first time here in Beara,” said Mr Barnett, “and it’s fantastic. I’m learning about the British history in Berehaven, and the real importance of fishing in the area.

“I’m privileged to have been presented with a copy of People of the Sea: A Maritime History of Beara, which has given me some wonderful insights, through the voices of local people who have lived through these experiences. It’s a great book.”

Mr Barnett was welcomed to Castletownbere by Jim O’Sullivan of Beara Tourism and Larry Murphy, owner and skipper of local fishing vessel, the Menhaden.

“We’re delighted to have Mr Barnett visit Beara,” said Mr O’Sullivan. “He’s toured the peninsula over the past few days, and was very impressed with the landscape and the people, and particularly the local seafood.”

People of the Sea: A Maritime History of Beara by Marc O’Sullivan Vallig is published by Beara Tourism, with support from BIM.

Signed copies are available from the Tourist Office, Castletownbere (from Tuesday) and can be ordered at (€20 plus postage).

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