Sometimes I enjoy taking photos that show how things change over time. The schoolhouse from the Ryan’s Daughter movie is one such subject that has caught my attention.
On this wonderful awe inspiring peninsula in 1968 a film crew from MGM descended to make a movie, directed by David Lean, which, though not immediately popular with the critics, became a huge box office success. Many local people were extras in the movie, or worked in some capacity for the film company and still have many memories and stories of the events of that time. Imagine how exciting it was to the people in an area which, at that time, in spite of its exceptional natural beauty was economically struggling. The exposure of this marvellous place to a wider world contributed greatly to the increase in visitors the Dingle Peninsula has enjoyed over the years since then.
Most of the set built for the story was destroyed when filming was finished, but the schoolhouse still remains, in an increasingly ruinous state, perched on the coast of Dunquin and with marvellous views of the Blasket Islands. Most visitors don’t even know it’s there. The name Kirrary National School still to be seen there means nothing to most people. (Kirrary was a fictitious place.) There has been talk of restoring the building. That could be interesting.
Since I started to prepare this blog I discovered that there is another wordpress blogger who has written on this topic. For more in depth information and images of the schoolhouse from the time of filming, see SMcP Blogfeast’s very interesting blog:
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Here are some photos taken in October this year (2015) as well as some taken in September 2013. As you can see the timbers have now been ripped from the roof with the storms that have raged since.
On the path coming down Mount Eagle, the views are stunning. Here you can see Dunquin and the Island of Inis Tuaisceart, (The Sleeping Giant) one of the islands of the Blasket group, off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland.
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There are stunning views of Dunquin to be seen from the path up Mount Eagle. Please do check out my other images of Dunquin on this tag http://helene-brennan.com/tag/dunquin
Wild and fearsome – yet magnetic and compelling – the wild Atlantic waves at Clogher Beach. Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. More of my seascape photos on my website: http://helene-brennan.com/tag/seascape+photos
You may notice that just I love the West of Ireland Sunsets. This is Ballyheigue Beach, my current regular walking spot, on which I have taken hundreds of photos, but each one is different. That is the wonderful thing about this climate; it offers something new every day.
I am still struggling with a frustratingly slow Internet connection speed, so my posts are now infrequent, but I expect things will improve in a few months time.
Thanks a million to you bloggers who have liked my posts and apologies that I have not been able to access many blogs to view and like them. It’s taken at least half an hour to get this far with creating this post. In order to avoid wasting so much time I go and wash up, make a cup of tea or play my flute while waiting for pages to load!
More photos from Ballyheigue on my website http://helene-brennan.com/c110-north-kerry
I would like to take this opportunity to wish a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR to all bloggers and all others who view this. Thanks you for taking the time to view my post. May all good things flow to you this coming year – and always!
I was very honoured to be asked for my photo of the Fields of Dunquin from Mount Eagle to be displayed on the front cover of a book of selected poems by Máire Mhac an tSaoi, who is a well renowned poet. This is a beautiful book, all the poems are in English and well as Irish, and well worth a read.
The photo is available on my website http://helene-brennan.com/dunquin-fields-from-mount-eagle512
This photo was taken in the late evening sun on the longest day this year. It was a perfect evening with an almost clear sky. It was great to enjoy the long hours of daylight to the last minutes of the setting sun. I’m a little late posting this – but better late than never!
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