Ballydavid & Feohanagh Village
Baile na nGall (Ballydavid)
by Marian O'Flaherty, eirelandor of www.dinglenews.com
The parish of Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) is one of Ireland's unspoiled gems. Incorporating the town lands of Ballydavid, Feothneach and Muirioch, the Baile na nGall area offers an uncompromising glimpse into the wondrous beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its sheltered coves, rolling hills, sandy beaches and stunning cliffs. There is much to do in Baile na nGall, sea-angling, fishing, walking and cycling are all easily accessible activities which can be enjoyed locally. Many local sea-side pubs offer amazing food, Traditional music along with their own unique brand of West Kerry 'craic', allowing you to sip a pint of Guinness on the beach as the ocean waves lap at your feet outside Tigh TPs or Begley's Pub. Camping is another popular exploit in this area. One of Ireland's tallest peaks, Mount Brandon, is also located in Baile Breac providing mountain walkers with an exciting ascension to a summit which will afford you a vantage point like to other over the Dingle Peninsula, stretching up to the cliffs and coastline of West Clare where the Cliffs of Moher are located.
The mountain is named after Patron Saint of Kerry, St. Brendan the Navigator, who is said to have sailed the Atlantic Ocean in a hide-covered ship, the first man to reach America. According to the 9th century "Voyage of St Brendan the Navigator" Saint Brandon set sail westward from this point in the 6th Century, and travelled into the Atlantic Ocean towards America. You can still visit the beautiful inlet of Brandon Creek (or Cuas an Bhodaigh in Gaelic), where you will find a bronze statue dedicated to the Saint.
The world famous church established by St. Brendan, Gallarus Oratory is also located in this area, built between the 7th and 8th. According to local legend, if a person climbs out of the oratory via the window, their soul will be cleansed. Indeed, the entire West Kerry region is a hotbed of prehistoyic, stone-age, bronze-age and early Christian archaeological sites. The Dingle Peninsula alone has over 1000 archaeological sites!
© Marian O'Flaherty 2009
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