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We offer walking tours in Dutch, Flemish, German and English in Ireland focusing on, but not excluding, the Cork area. We also work for a number of national tour operators for guided tours and/or coach tours. We offer a range of different tours that can be customised to your needs and your time constraints and adapted to your wishes. We also offer day tours for groups wishing to visit Cork or the province of Munster. Our rates are competitive and we are committed to giving you the best deal possible. Feel free to send us a message and we will reply as soon as we can.

Wir bieten Stadt- und Rundführungen an in Niederländisch, Flämisch, Deutsch und Englisch in Irland. Wir arbeiten auch für nationalen Reiseveranstalter für Führungen und/oder Busreisen. Wir bieten eine Reihe von verschiedenen Touren und Führungen, die für Ihren Bedürfnissen und Ihrem Zeitdruck angepasst und auf Ihre Wünsche angepasst werden können. Wir bieten auch Tagestouren für Gruppen, die Cork oder die Provinz Munster besuchen möchten. Unsere Preise sind wettbewerbsfähig, und wir sind entschlossen, zu sorgen dass Sie das beste Angebot möglich bekommen. Schicken Sie uns eine Nachricht und wir werden so schnell wie möglich zu beantworten.

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#OTD in 1904 – Birth of writer, Muiris Ó Suilleabhain, on the Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry. Best known for his book, ‘Twenty Years A-Growing’.

“I am a boy who was born and bred in the Great Blasket, a truly small Gaelic island which lies north-west of the coast of Kerry, where the storm of the sky and the wild sea beat without ceasing from end to end of the year and from generation to generation against the wrinkled rocks which stand above the waves that was in and out of the coves where the seals make their homes.”

On the 28th of April I shook my feathers made ready my mind, washed and cleaned my body till I had the salt rubbed out of my skin, and with the sea-tan gone from my face and the look of the city swell upon me, I set out for the Depot in Phoenix Park, myself and my friend beside me.” –Moires O Suilleabbain’s account of his arrival at Garda Headquarters. It was a Tuesday morning in 1927.

By Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

According to Garda records he joined as member 7561, Maurice Sullivan with a height of 5 feet 10 and three-quarter inches. His occupation was Fisherman and he was recommended by “An Seabhac” (Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha, another Kerryman).

Muiris Ó Súilleabháin was born on the Great Blasket Island on 19 February 1904, into an Irish-speaking community. His mother died when he was 6 months old and he was reared in an orphanage in Dingle and returned to the Great Blasket in 1911. He was enrolled in the Blasket National School on 22 August 1911. Poet, Micheal Ó Súilleabháin was his great-grandfather and Tomas O Criomthain was his uncle.

Linguist, scholar (and later a Professor of Greek), George Derwent Thomson visited the Blaskets first on 27 August, 1923, attracted by the way of life and to learn Irish and ended that first visit on 30 September. Thomson struck up a friendship with Muiris, who was only a year older than Ó Súilleabháin and had almost complete fluency of the Irish language within a few weeks. As one of the last areas of Ireland in which the old Irish language and culture had continued unchanged, the Great Blasket Island was a place of enormous interest to those seeking traditional Irish narratives, he urged Muiris to join the police force of the Irish State (the Garda Siochána), and later to write.

While stationed as a Garda in Indreabhán, in the Connemara Gaeltacht, he wrote Fiche Bliain ag Fás (and the translation Twenty Years A-Growing), were published in 1933. Thomson edited and assembled the memoir, and arranged for its translation into English with the help of Moya Llewelyn Davies.

On 25 June, while swimming at a place called ‘Lovers Strand’ near Salthill, Ó Súilleabháin drowned. He left a widow and two children. Eoghan (who went on the become an Abbey actor) and Máirin. The final resting place of the man who always claimed that he “wasn’t an Irishman, but a Blasket Islander,” is in a cemetery near Carraroe, Co Galway.

via #OTD in 1904 – Birth of writer, Muiris Ó Suilleabhain, on the Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry. Best known for his book, ‘Twenty Years A-Growing’.

ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 3 – Princess Cristina di Belgiojoso

PRINCESS CRISTINA di BELGIOJOSO
1808 – 1871
LOCATION – THE SQUARE, ABBEYFEALE

A Heritage Plaque identifies the Building formally known as Leahy’s Inn where Princess Cristina di Belgiojoso is registered in old Business Records on 2nd Oct 1839 as hiring 4 horses – Mouse, Jack, Poll & Nancy – and 2 drivers – Brown & Farrell – for her onward journey by Carriage following her visit to Abbeyfeale. These are the only known surviving records of her stay in Ireland.

Cristina came from a very wealthy and privileged Italian background, married a Prince at 16, separated shortly afterwards and became involved with revolutionaries in the fight for Italy’s independence. She lost her huge inheritance due to her actions and was forced into exile in France. She bought an apartment in Paris, raised funding for a Saloon which became a focal point for intellectuals and revolutionaries across Europe – all this by the age of 22

Nine years after touring Ireland she funded and commanded her own Army into war but again her efforts failed. Shortly afterwards she went into exile in the Middle East and Turkey along with daughter Maria. In 1856 she returned again, this time through the political system where Independence was finally accomplished in 1861. She retired and died near her beloved Milan aged 63

Research & Design Maurice O’Connell 2017

via ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 3 – Princess Cristina di Belgiojoso

ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 2 – ‘The Liberator’ at Leahy’s Inn

DANIEL O’CONNELL
1775 – 1847
LOCATION – THE SQUARE, ABBEYFEALE

A Heritage Plaque identifies the Building formally known as Leahy’s Inn where Daniel O’Connell – “The Liberator” – along with other members of his family was registered numerous times in old Business Records between 1836 and 1842. These accounts relate predominately to the hiring of horses and Drivers for their Carriages on various journeys to and from Dublin and their home in Derrynane in Co Kerry. There are also several letters by Daniel O’Connell and members of his family which were written to the Leahy family in Abbeyfeale informing them several days in advance of their travel arrangements and any requirements they may need when they arrived.

Daniel was a well-known Barrister and later an even more powerful Politician. He is best known for his campaign for “Catholic Emancipation” – the right of Irish Catholics to sit in Parliament, his opposition to “Tithes” – the payments by everyone in Ireland to the English Church, and his campaign for the “Repeal of the Union” – Ireland to be able govern itself. He is also known for shooting dead John D’Esterre in a duel in 1815 after refusing to apologise for comments he made about Dublin Corporation. Daniel died in 1847 aged 71. His heart is buried in Rome and his Body buried in Glasnevin Co Dublin.

Research & Design Maurice O’Connell 2017

 

via ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 2 – ‘The Liberator’ at Leahy’s Inn

ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 5 – Pat McAuliffe Stucco Artist

PAT Mc AULIFFE – Stucco Artist
1846 – 1921
LOCATION – MAIN STREET, ABBEYFEALE

A Heritage Plaque identifies the Building – traditionally known as W.D. O’Connor’s on Main Street which is deemed to be the finest example of work done by Stucco and Architectural Artist Pat McAuliffe. Not alone is it considered the most elaborate Celtic design of his lifetime but includes both Latin and Anglo-Saxon phrases to attract enquiring minds.

‘VITA BREVIS ARS LONGA’ (Life is short, Art is long) appears, at the top of the corner overlooking Main Street. Underneath is the Scrolled Text;
‘Hal, wes, bu folde, fira, Modor / beo, bu, grovende, on, Godes / fodre, grefylled, firum, to, nytte’ (‘Hail to thee, Earth, Mother of men / be fruitful in God’s embrace / filled with food for the use of men) which is an Anglo-Saxon agricultural fertility charm – perfect for a Market Town like Abbeyfeale.

Pat McAuliffe lived all his life in Listowel in Co Kerry. Without any formal training in art or design, he used his skills as a roofer and a plasterer to begin experimenting in the casting and moulding of concrete. Self-taught, he was considered a Master of his trade and decorated the facades of over 50 homes and businesses. Pat married Catherine Gleeson, had eight children and died in Listowel in 1921

Research & Design Maurice O’Connell 2017

 

via ABBEYFEALE HERITAGE TRAIL 5 – Pat McAuliffe Stucco Artist