Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 29th: Pilgrimage to Ahillies

Adrigole, en-route for Ahillies, where I was able to seal watch for a while.
'The Copper Kettle', Castletown-Bearhaven, where I broke my
 journey for a Latté and a slice of delicious
Lemon Meringue Pie
Presently sparsely populated, Ahillies, far in the west of County Cork, where copper was mined from the Bronze Age until late in the nineteenth century, once had a population of over a thousand. 

Daphne du Maurier’s 1943 novel, ‘Hungry Hill’ , which she based on the family history of her friend Christopher Puxley, is set in this area.  ‘Hungry Hill’ is DuMaurier’s only novel to be set in Ireland, albeit an Ireland permeated with a strong Cornish seasoning; the men, women and children who worked the Puxley mines were largely imported from Cornwall, the hallmark setting of most of her writing.

Lunch, a crab sandwich washed down with Murphy's Stout, at O'Neill's Bar, Ahillies.

1 comment:

Misteraki said...

MMMMMMM crab sandwiches, Jan wants some, but they might curl up at the edged before you get back here. Love the photos.