† Skellig Michael: The larger of the Skellig Rocks
† that lies eight
miles outside Ballinskelligs Bay.
† On a visit in 1910, George Bernard Shaw
† ďAn incredible, impossible, mad place. I
tell you the
† thing does not belong to any world† that you and
† I have lived and worked"
† And how right he was! Skellig
Michael has been
† recently visited
by beings from other galaxies.†
† Yes, Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, the Wookey and
† all their other-worldly associates have
† filming the
latest Star Wars films there.
Queen Victoria stayed in stately Muckross House in 1861.
†Muckross Abbey is nearby as is Killarney
National Park which will take your breath away. Like
Killarney, holiday makers invariably include Valentia
Island on their schedules.
Cill Rialaig†††† pre-famine village is situated on the
mountain overlooking Ballinskelligs. One or two
have been renewed and accommodate travelling
from all over the world.
†††††††††††††††††††††††† The Gallerus Oratory is
†††††††††††††††††††††††† preserved and is
one of the many
†††††††††††††††††††††††† impressive ancient
sites in Dingle
The birthplace of the Liberator,
Daniel O'Connell, is
just outside Cahersiveen, and his impressive
estate, Derrynane House,
which has been lovingly
maintained, is well worth a
†Leacanbuille Stone Fort
lies just outside Cahersiveen
†and dates from around 1000 BC.†
†Castlecove is much younger at a mere 500