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

Posted by Morgan on 11/20/2007 in Ireland

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.


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Robert Garret Farritor

photo b. February 2, 1846
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