A Letter from Ireland:

Mount Brandon and the People of Dingle


The view goes on forever near the top of Mount Brandon

Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula.

Tomorrow we head to Dingle, County Kerry on a fact-finding and walking break.

Are any of your people from County Kerry?

This is a picture from the slopes of Mount Brandon – used a site of Pilgrimage for thousands of years. As you look down to the right – you can see Brandon Creek – the location where Saint Brendan is thought to have set off from on his voyage of discovery to find the Americas in the 6th Century (and thought to have succeeded).

In this part of Kerry and Dingle today – you will find families with surnames such as Ferris, Curran, Kennedy, Francis, Guiheen, Ferriter, Kevane, Goodwin, Courtney, Griffin, Landers, Crean, Deane, Dowd, Connor, Shea, Brosnan, Sullivan, Clifford, Moriarty, Cahill, Coffey, Falvey and Doyle.

If you haven’t visited this part of Ireland already – do put it on your “bucket list” for the future (and may you have a long list and live to enjoy everything on it!) – you will have memories to last a lifetime!