Gillick's World: Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way Re-published August 2015 - Page 25

Naomhog: literally, ‘little holy one’, also known as a Currach, is a traditional wood frame boat covered in felt or animal skins, and used for local as well as sea voyages. Speculation is that this was the type of boat used in the 5th century when St. Brendan made his voyage across the Atlantic to North America. Louis Mulcahey’s Pottery: One of several pottery works in the area, Mulcahey still lives on site. There is a workshop where visitors can “turn a pot” (I made a rather large sake cup), a studio of finished works including of impressive Druid statues, a coffee shop with really tasty food and friendly staff to answer questions. Pat Buckley explaining about Naomhogs St. Brendan’s Creek: St. Brendan, the patron Saint of the Diocese of Kerry is said to have prayed and fasted for 40 days on nearby Mount Brendan along with 14 monks, before departing in 535 A.D. from St Brendan Creek, to spread the Gospel to North America. Tradition holds that it took 7 years to reach the West. St. Brendan died in Galway in 578 A.D. The voyage was re-created by Tim Severin and 4 colleagues in 1976. It took them 13 months to arrive in Newfoundland, proving that St. Brendan could very well have made the trip in a Naumhog. Beach, where “Far and Away’ was filmed. The crashing waves and the wind were the backdrop for one of the scenes from the 1992 Ron Howard film starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Gallarus Oratory: This ‘room of prayer” was built in the 7th or 8 th century in the shape of an inverted boat—the only remaining perfect example in existence. The Fahan Bee Hive Huts: Possibly dating to the 12th Century, the five single-family huts (called Clochan) were interconnected. At one time there may have been over 400 clochan in the area after the Norman invaders forced farmers away from prosperous areas to marginal areas near Dingle.