August Weekend – Portmagee

August Bank Holiday – Portmagee – July 29th – Aug 1st

Dear Members.

This year the club is going to the town of Portmagee, which is just off The Ring of Kerry, and close to Cahersiveen, for the long weekend of July 29th – Aug 1st, staying at the Portmagee Hostel, I have prebooked Twin, Double and triple rooms (these can be used as both twin, or triple)

The cost for the weekend is €85pps, which includes, food for Breakfast, walk lunch’s and snack’s. If you wish to have evening dinner, I have booked the Royal Valentia Hotel in Knights Town Valentia Island, for Sat 30th July, which is a 4 course meal for €25.
(You can of course just join us for dinner if you are staying in alternative accommodation)

As this is the busiest weekend of the year for this area, with it being the August Bank Holiday and the Cahersiveen festival of Music and the Arts taking place. Early payment is essential, so I intend to start taking payment for the full amount on Wed next 6th July and the following Wed in the Ovens Bar from 9pm onwards.

Pormagee Description

Portmagee (Irish: An Caladh) is a village in County Kerry, Ireland. The village is located on the Iveragh peninsula south of Valentia Island. The name in Irish means ‘the ferry’, referring to its purpose as a crossing point to the island. Access to Valentia Island is now via a bridge from Portmagee. The bridge is called the Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge. The bridge was built in 1970 and named in memory of a young farmer captured and judged by a military court before being executed in 1942.

The village serves as a departure point for tourists travelling to visit ‘Skellig Michael’, an island off the coast featuring a 6th-century monastic settlement. Skellig Michael (from Sceilig Mhichíl in the Irish language, meaning Michael’s rock), also known as Great Skellig, is a steep rocky island in the Atlantic Ocean about 9 miles (14.5 kilometres) from the coast of County Kerry. It is the larger of the two Skellig Islands. Probably founded in the 7th century, for 600 years the island was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Gaelic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of Europe’s better known but least accessible monastic sites. Since the extreme remoteness of Skellig Michael has until recently discouraged visitors, the site is exceptionally well preserved. The very spartan conditions inside the monastery illustrate the ascetic lifestyle practiced by early Irish Christians. The monks lived in stone ‘beehive’ huts (clochans), perched above nearly vertical cliff walls.

Gregory O’Hare

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