Why?

People ask why we are doing this, for my part anyway part of the reason I came to Ireland was as a Bristol based Graphic Designer I was becoming less and less comfortable with the way my industry was promoting and in turn propagating mass consumption and Western consumerism.  I wanted a change, I was fortunate enough to be at the forefront of the beginning of Mountain Biking in the UK in the mid 80’s. I was one of theRead more

New Marin bikes for the 2017 hire fleet

For the new season we are expanding our range of Marin hire bikes, our Gestalt 1’s proved popular last year and this year we are moving up the range with the Award Winning Gestalt 2 here’s what Bicycling Magazine said Garnering such praise as “smooth and lively,” “I could ride this bike forever,” and “wow, just wow,” the Marin Gestalt 2 surprised us with an astonishing versatility beyond that of a regular road bike. (The $1,209 price tag didn’t hurtRead more

A visit from our neighbour’s granddaughter Mair

I had the pleasure of accompanying Chris’s granddaughter Mair and her father Owen on a walk around our farm, Maire is a talented young photographer and writer and I look forward to seeing more of her work. In Ireland places are often associated with individuals and Goleen Harbour, in my mind, will always be my Grandfather’s home. Recently I was invited by Matt to have a look around his project and to take some photographs. I was delighted to hearRead more

How we aim to help our environment

The environment and it’s biodiversity are hugely important to us at Goleen Harbour. We have 2 Key objectives by which all our actions are measured 1. To enhance the biodiversity and improve the natural environment that we own and as much of the surrounding area as possible 2. To create sustainable local employment and strengthen the local economy Key to this is our aim to plant around 8 acres of Native Woodland with approx 8000 trees, the woodland area withRead more

Eyes of Iron

There are 9 of these eyes down our side of Goleen Harbour, with several on the West side. I’m told they were used to maneuver and turn the sail powered delivery boats bringing coal and other goods to Sheehan’s store in the village. It must have been quite a site, but a fairly common one in the many tight harbours around the shores of West Cork now part of the Wild Atlantic Way.Read more