Tuesday, 20 November 2007

An Fear Marbh (The Dead Man, or Sleeping Giant)

I took this shot 2 years ago, its of An Fear Marbh, which is part of the Blasket Islands.
In the past the whole group of Islands was referred to as Ferriter's Islands. From the end of the 13th Century the Ferriter family leased the Islands from the Earls of Desmond, and from Sir Richard Boyle after the dispossession of the Desmond Geraldines at the end of the 16th Century. This shot is taken from the shore at Clogher Beach, on the road from Ballyferriter to Dunquin, a very dangerous tide to swim in because of the strong under-currents.

1 comment:

Seoirse said...


What a beautiful photograph! I uspect that are those amogst us who would be desirous and willing to purchase signed copies of this or perhaps others. Just a thought.

I know that many U.S. "transplanted" Ferriters and Farritors have made the pilgrimage to Kerry and to Ballyferriter. There are others (like myself) who have not, but plan to. In any event, very few of us would ever have to opportunity or ability to capture an image like "An Fear Marbh".

When I was growing up, we had a photograph (a small B&W one) of Doon Point, a tiny piece of stone, and a peice of peat with a green silk ribbon around it, all on a shelf in the corner of our formal sitting room. Like a little shrine. For all of his romantic attachment to that place, my father never made it over.