The idea behind the celebration from June 15 and 16 is to encourage visitors to see what life on an island is like. The island communities are saying 'be an islander for the weekend'. Enjoy reduced rates on ferries/cable car activities, services and accommodation. Jump on a ferry or the cable car at islander rates.
More details on the festival are here
The Irish Independent reports on the findings by the Dublin-based company which show enormous reserves of oil in the Porcupine Basin off the south-west coast.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the company said in September that it has identified a number of targets across the more than 1,400 sq km area of the Atlantic Ocean west of Dursey Island.
Technical studies conducted then on blocks in the northern and eastern parts of the basin for reservoir sands were described as "encouraging".
Now Petrel says that computer analysis shows several oil fields stacked in layers that could be tapped by a smaller number of oil wells.
The distance from shore - approximately 200km - plus the location of the oil reserves beneath 1km of water and a further 3km of rock present some difficulties, but new techniques in the oil industry are allowing previously undrillable resources to be extracted.
Petrel Resources is seeking a partner to invest in drilling for oil, and is preparing its application to the Government for a licence.
The Irish Independent has more on the story HERE.
#ISLAND NEWS - Cork County Council has set up a working group to examine the future of the Dursey Island Cable Car.
The group, established with the objective of securing the future sustainable operation of Ireland's only cable car – and the only sea-going cable car in Europe - had its first meeting on Friday 4 November.
The cable car between Dursey Island and Ballaghboy on the mainland is the main method of access to the island. It operates year round, weather permitting.
Featured in the working group are residents of the island and the local farming community, Comhar na nOileán, the Islands Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, Fáilte Ireland, the Bere Island Projects group, West Cork Development Partnership and other island representation.
Cork County Council recently commissioned an expert engineering report on the Dursey Island Cable Car, which the group is now working from.
Take a trip on the Dursey Island Cable Car courtesy of YouTube:
- Dursey Island
- Dursey Island Cable Car
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- working group
- Cork County Council
- farming community
- Comhar na nOileán
- Department of Arts Heritage and Gaeltact Affairs
- Fáilte Ireland
- Bere Island Projects
- West Cork Development Partnership
- engineering report