Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 41: The Beehive Huts and an Irish Actress Mystery

This is part 41 of our trip to Ireland. This blog continues our trek through the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry. Dingle is in extreme western Ireland and extends out into the Atlantic Ocean. Today, we'll explore the famous and ancient Beehive Huts and meet a woman (supposedly) made famous in a Tom Cruise film...

Looking at the ceiling of the Beehive Hut from the inside
Several Beehive Huts together
The Beehive Huts are located in Fahan. Fahan is an area on the Dingle Peninsula noted for a collection of clochán, or drystone beehive huts.

Outside the Beehive Hut!

Beehives are a Nat'l monument
Tom and Gerard at the Beehives
WHAT ARE THE BEEHIVES? - They were structures built as far back as 2,000 B.C. by a primitive people that inhabited the peninsula. They mirror the structure of the New Grange mound that we saw early in the trip. They are ancient circular "huts" made of stone. They were built without mortar and still stand today.  

FAMOUS IRISH ACTRESS - The woman that lives on the property where the Beehives are located is also famous for acting. Her name is Mary.
The famous actress who owns the Beehive Land
  We were told that she was in the Tom Cruise film "Far and Away." But we can't find her in the credits- because all of the older Irish actresses listed for the film died in 2004, 2006 and 2007 and she was very much alive. 
Anyway- The film is about a young man who left Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. She was also in "Ryan's Daughter" - Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.



Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next