Tuesday, 12 July 2016 20:50


Bored children at home? Brimming with energy and nothing to do?! We can help you with that, Heir Island Sailing School are giving one lucky winner the chance to get on one of our action packed sailing courses in August. Limited spaces left so BOOK NOW!! To win please like and share the competition post on Facebook and like the Heir Island Sailing School Page on Facebook. The winner will be announced on the 24th of July via Facebook. The prize is a one weeks non residential Sailing Course for a teen during one of two weeks in August, you can choose to come either on the 15th - 19th or the 22nd - 26th.

Easter Refresher Courses!!
Tuesday, 08 March 2016 18:55

Don't know what to do this Easter? Look no further! Get out on the water and refresh those sailing skills. 5 day camp starting on the 21st of March until the 25th for teen sailors. There is accommodation available if required. Places are limited so get booking. Please phone or email Kevin at 087 1488127 and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Cost - just €200.

New Horizons
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 12:59

KevAmmNew Horizons

It is with great pleasure that John and Patricia and Heir Island Sailing School, welcome to our team, Kevin and Amm McCormack. Kevin and Amm will be taking over the running of the sailing school and guest lodge from February 2016 and will be living full time on the island. They are both very excited about this new venture. Kevin, is originally from Dublin and has spent many years instructing at the Oysterhaven Centre in Kinsale. As well as outdoor activities, Kevin has a background in social care and education.He has travelled extensively and has lived in many different countries. It was while he was living and teaching in Thailand that he met his wife Amm. Amm is from Khon Kaen in Thailnad where she worked in the hospitality industry. They both love nature and sharing it with others. Kevin and Amm have lots of new ideas and plans for the sailing school and lodge, and look forward to welcoming and introducing new comers to Heir Island. Please come and visit them in the new season. John and Patricia will remain involved ensuring a smooth transition.

Kevin and Amm can be contacted at:

Kevin: +353 87 1488127

Amm: +353 89 9653459

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Heir versus Hare
Wednesday, 04 March 2009 18:24

Hare versus Heir

When we were developing our new website before Christmas 2008 we wanted naturally enough to ensure that all sailors who wanted to sail with us knew where we were on the map and that we did not confuse you all by saying we are here when in fact we are there, or rather Heir v Hare. At the same time we were trying to sort ourselves out on the Google map and found that the wonderful people at Google would not allow us to drive across the water from Cunnamore to Heir (Hare) Island. This was indeed very smart as regular users know that you have to book the ro ro ferry if you want to stay dry.

Coincidentally at about this time i read an article in the Irish Times under the heading " Website may end squabbling about Irish placenames" I emailed the website in question This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and communicated with a most helpful person Padraig O Dalaigh. I quote Padraig's email " Bruno O'Donoghue in his Parish Histories and Place Names of West Cork (1986) p.17 under Hare Island gives Inis an Oidhre ( Heir Island), stating that " Heir Island is the basis for the present name". However, the Down Survey map of 1657 gives Hare Island as does Charles Smith's history of Cork (1750). This was also the spelling adopted by the Ordnance Survey in their first edition six-inch maps (Cork, sheet 149) and in all subsequent editions. I spoke with Padraig as we were finally going to print to see if Hare was going to become Heir officially, I was assured that Hare was going to stand and I quote his final email" Hare Island or Inishodriscol is official Irish form being Inis Ui Drisceoil. Bruno O'Donoghue's form, Inis an Oidhre, is unattested and may be a translation to Irish of what he perceived the origin of the name to be, Heir Island. Names were transliterated and translated by the English from Anglo-Norman times, the heaviest period of transliteration occuring from around 1560-1660.

Are you any the wiser? We decided to hedge our bets and to use both spellings. Brian Friel wrote an acclaimed play called Translations which coincidentally was performed at Glebe House in Baltimore last summer, is there a play in Heir/Hare, please let us know your thoughts and let us see if this blog can excite a level of interest that so exorciated the worthy citizens of Dingle or is it da---------.


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