- Posted March 6, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Beautiful Land Beautiful People
As we all know Ireland is well known for it's magnificent landscapes. On my last visit to Ireland I stopped to visit a dear friend Maire Houlihan. Maire and her family own a mountain along Slead Head Drive that contains ancient bee hive huts. The scenery there is so spectacular that it has been used in such movies as "Ryan's Daughters and "Far and Away". As we were having lunch with Maire tourist would come into the house to visit and to see Maire's photos from the filming of "Far and Away". I think her favorite is the one of her with Tom Cruise.
The tourist would then make the hike up the mountain to visit the bee hive huts. As I sat in Maire's livingroom I could see miles of beautiful ocean in front of me. The day before we stopped to visit Maire we had taken a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry. The tour guide told us that the sheep had paint on them to determine the color the sweater would be from their wool. OK, I know I should have not been so gullible, but I was born and raised in the Bronx and know nothing about raising sheep. When I ask Maire and she finally stopped laughing she explained that the paint identified who each sheep belonged to. What amazed me is what a spectacular opportunity Maure has had to meet different people from all over the world and share her story with all of them. I realized right away how we were all so fortunate to visit with Maire and experience not only the beauty of the land but also the beauty of the people who live there.
Photo 5413 is the view from Inch Beach and the shore heading to Slead Head.
Photo 5192 is the view from the top of Maire mountain looking out into the ocean.
photo 5444 is a few of the sheep Maire raises along with a view of the ocean.
photo 4667 is the view from the other end of Slead Head along the shore.