RURAL LIVING – JOYS AND COMPROMISES

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Yes there are so many benefits that I enjoy and appreciate about living on the wonderful Dingle Peninsula.  I love the helpful friendly people, country roads, amazing beaches, glorious sunsets, magnificent walks, clean air, space, big garden, little shops and big ones……………..

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My only complaint is my lack of decent Broadband. It would be nice to be able to view more blogs and like them etc., but some days it’s just too slow to view others’ blogs, especially those with image content.

But thankfully, today I have managed do do this post and upload a few photos, I hope you will enjoy them.

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STAR WARS IN KERRY

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I have previously written about the film Ryan’s Daughter, which was largely shot on the Dingle Peninsula, and how it brought the beauty of the place to the attention of the world and stimulated the tourism industry in the area.

Not only tourism was stimulated, several other movies followed, which were also partly shot in County Kerry. Here are a few:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015

The Field (1990)

Far and Away (1992)

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (2009)

Excalibur (1981)

The most recent Star Wars movie – The Force Awakens was partly shot at Skellig Michael, a World Heritage site, off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry, amid much controversy regarding the damage they may do to the ecology and the antiquities on the island.

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The Skellig Rocks are two rather spectacular looking tall craggy rocks rising up from the Wild Atlantic Ocean; there is also a third but smaller rock known as The Lemon. Skellig Michael, or Great Skellig, 714 feet tall, is an ancient monastic site where in the sixth to eighth centuries AD, a community of monks built their monastery – a number of beehive shaped stone dwellings and oratories, and lived their lives there, in considerable hardship and isolation 12 miles from the mainland of Ireland.

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Well now – it seems we will have a major film crew in this area again shortly, as  Disney Lucasfilm prepare for shooting their next Star Wars movie at Sybil Head (Ceann Sibéal).

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Sybil Head, the site chosen for the next movie, is another majestically beautiful place, having a commanding, yet magical presence, adjacent to a collection of other stunning iconic landmarks to be seen from the roadside of the famous Slea Head Drive from Dingle.

To help you locate these peninsulas: The south west of Ireland has three magnificently beautiful peninsulas. Two of them are in County Kerry – the Dingle Peninsula, and the Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry), going south, and the most southerly one is in County Cork – the Beara Peninsula (West Cork).

More information can be found on:

http://www.worldheritageireland.ie/skellig-michael/

http://entertainment.ie/cinema/news/Pic-Disney-Lucasfilm-are-heading-back-to-Kerry-to-film-part-of-Star-Wars-Episode-VIII/377968.htm

Please also visit my website for more images of the Skelligs and Sybil Head

MOUNT BRANDON

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A winter evening view of Mount Brandon from Cúl Dorcha Beach, Ballyferriter, West Kerry.

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RAINBOW WITH SHEEP AT CUAS, BALLYDAVID

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At the foot of Mount Brandon, Dingle Peninsula, on a very showery September evening with sunny spells.

More photos taken in evening light on my website http://helene-brennan.com/tag/evening+light

Mount Brandon in the late mid-summer’s sun

 

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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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MOUNT BRANDON AND BALLYDAVID HEAD

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View of Mount Brandon and Ballydavid head from Beal Ban Beach, Ballyferriter, Dingle Peninsula.

The Naval Ship, LE Roisin can be seen out on the sea.