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Why it’s Worth the Boat Trip to the Skellig Islands

On my hike around the Kerry Way in western Ireland a few years ago I took a day off to visit the Skellig Islands - a UNESCO world heritage site as of 1996. The Skellig Islands were the highlight of my three week trip. Where are the Skellig Islands? The Skellig Islands are two steep and rocky islands lying about 16 kilometres off the coast of the Iveragh Peninsula in western Ireland. They are accessed…

Feast Day of St. Brendan-Patron Saint of Travelers & Sailors

May 16th is the Feast Day of St. Brendan, the patron saint of travelers and sailors. Near the town of Cahirciveen, one of the towns you pass through on the Kerry Way in southwest Ireland, is a stylized monument to St. Brendan's legendary journey. Almost 1,500 years ago Brendan and his companions supposedly left the Dingle peninsula (one peninsula north) and set off for America. Controversy exists on whether he was the first to make…

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