#OTD in 1902 – Birth of Dan Keating in Castlemaine, Co Kerry. He was a life-long Irish Republican and patron of Sinn Féin.

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er,Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking:Dream of battled fields no more,Days of danger, nights of waking.In our isle’s enchanted hall,Hands unseen thy couch are strewing,Fairy strains of music fall,Every sense in slumber dewing.Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er,Dream of fighting fields no more:Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,Morn of toil, […]

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Telegraph Field | Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Valentia Island was chosen as the eastern terminus of the first transatlantic telegraph cable, from Heart’s Content, Newfoundland. A monument at Telegraph Field, at the western end of the island, commemorates the establishment of the first permanent communications link between Europe and North America in 1866. The telegraph station here continued in operation until 1966, […]

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The Blasket Islands | Co Kerry

On the most western point of the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland and Europe, are The Blasket Islands (Na Blascaodaí). This stunning archipelago of islands are renowned for their magnificent beauty and rugged wildness; literary heritage of the Great Blasket, An Blascaod Mór; magical marine life – seals, whales and dolphins; puffins and array of sea birds; […]

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St. Brendan’s Well | Valentia Island, Co Kerry

Legend has it that St. Brendan ‘the Navigator’ sailed here from Dingle in the 5th century, scaled the cliffs, found a couple of dying pagans and anointed them – the first Christian converts on the island. It is known as Tobar Olla Bhréanáin, the well of St Brendan’s anointing. There is a leacht or altar built […]

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