The Beara Peninsula, in Counties Kerry &
Cork is one of the least visited peninsulas
along the Atlantic Coast of Ireland.  Located
south of the Iveragh Peninsula, Beara is a
land of contrasts.  From the breathtaking
views from the Healey Pass to the tropical
garden at Derreen to the tip of the peninsula
at Dursey Head, I have discovered the
incredible beauty of the ancestral home of
my mother's family.  I first visited Beara in
1993 to locate the family home in the
townland of Collorus.  Upon finding the home
I also discovered that I still had cousins living
in the area.  I have since returned to Beara
several times, spending days traveling
around the peninsula, taking pictures and
chatting with locals who remember the
Murphy family of Collorus.  I hope you enjoy
the pictures.  Please feel free to share them
with others...just make sure you let them
know who took them!   

The Healy Pass:
Beautiful Beara
The Healey Pass cuts
across Beara from Adrigole
to Lauragh.  I drove it twice
on a rainy day this past
November.  The photo on
the left shows the cross
erected at the summit of
the Caha Mountain Range.  
On the right is a small
scenic waterfall as you start
your descent.
Along the Beara
Way, heading
west, the small
road winds for
miles with views
of the Kenmare
River, small bays
& the ocean.
The small towns
of Ardgroom,
Eyeries &
Allihies feature
colourful homes
with bright
flowers in the
windows.
I stayed in a B & B
in Ardgroom in
2006 & went
setdancing in
nearby Lauragh
with my host,
Kathleen.
Heading to
Dursey via the
Coast Road as it
winds through
valleys & then
out to the coast.
The only way to
Dursey Island is
by boat or by
cable car.  It's
nice to know
you can also get
to Moscow!
Upper Left:  Front
of Collorus Point,
originally my
grandmother's
home.
Upper Right:  The
road out of Collorus.
Lower Left:  Side of
Collorus Point.
Lower Right:
Collorus Strand
facing Kilmacaloge
Harbour
Teddy & Joan
O'Sullivans Pub (both
now deceased) in
Kilmacaloge.  This pub
is written about in
"The Donkey Pilgrim".  
Teddy & Joan were
distant cousins and
first showed me
where the Murphy
house was in 1993.  I
stayed upstairs in the
B & B in 2006.