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Halloween activities for the Kerry fairies

Last weekend, visitors to Parknasilla in County Kerry  spotted some unusual activities on the sea shore.There was a loud splash as one of the fairies took an enormous dive off the rock. This one must have been on Olympic champion as she completed two loops, then took her dive – to emerge seconds later to propel herself towards the setting sun.

Fairies at Parknasilla haveing a splash
Fairies at Parknasilla haveing a splash

Once in a Blue Moon

Last night the world witnessed a Blue Moon – this is a rare event that will not happen again until 2015!

When a Blue Moon appears, strange and magical things happen and for fairies it is a very special night. The blue rays from the moon give them extra flying powers and they will even venture out to sea – something they would  never risk on an ordinary night.

Last night when the Blue Moon shone, other strange lights were spotted flying over the big rock on Derrynane beach – this spectacle was caught  on camera in the early hours of the morning.

Blue Moon in Derrynane

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Just before the sun rose this morning, everything in Derrynane turned blue – even the sand! A strange light was also seen over Abbey Island too and this proves that the fairies WERE HERE last night.

The Irish Fiaries came to Derrynane  from the West
Proof that the fairies came to Derrnane beach last night and turned the sand blue
Blue Moon in Derrynane

How Did the Fairies Get to Derrynane?

The story so far – The fairies were isolated on the islands of Deenish and Scariff, near Derrynane on the Kenmare Estuary in County Kerry:

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After much discussion between the elder fairies and younger folk there was sadly no agreement on a united plan of action to escape from the islands. Separate groups emerged and they formed island clans, such as the Derrie’s and the Quin’s.

Transportation problems were the main cause for concern and the main question was:
‘How will we get us away from here – we have no wood to build a boat or other building materials.’

The islands were a desperately difficult place to escape from – so how could the fairies make their escape? Being marooned  here had also made everyone a little bit crazy. Fights started.

Finding an escape boat was foremost in everyone’s minds so they all got to work.

The ‘Derrie fairy clan were traditional in their ways and believed that solid materials were the best solution for building needs. On the other hand, the Quin clan had been following more modern lightweight methods for building – with much success. Other groups had still to make up their minds. (By the way, the Derrie’s still call Quin’s ‘Lightweights’).

So what happened next? The Derrie’s decided to follow current trends in the area. The island of Skellig Michael nearby had a thriving community of monks living in beehive huts made of stones. They decided that they could build a boat in a similar fashion to the beehives and make their escape to the mainland….
They did – but what a journey they had to endure…

The suffering of Derrie fairies was gigantic. Not alone had the building of the stone ship been a back breaking task, the voyage itself was full of danger (we will recount this epic voyage on another day). When they arrived on the mainland, many had already perished –  mostly because of horrendous storm that had whipped the seas into an angry furnace.

This picture shows the Derrie stone ship shortly after arrival at Derrynane Bay (so named after the Derrie Clan)

Stone ship in Derrynane

When the Derrie fairies made their  way onshore, they left behind a legacy that can still be seen to this day – a ship made of stone!  Every hundred years since then, the ship has changed  its appearance and you can see it today on the road to Lambs Head near Caherdaniel.

The Ship House in Derrynane
The ship house in Derrynane today

Not much of a summer start for the June Holiday on the Irish Fairy Trails…..

Well, we all thought that it was going to be a nice dry and sunny weekend here in Kerry – but no, it has been lashing rain all weekend.
The trouble is because it is so wet our wings get too heavy to fly and the only chance we had to get out was in the early hours of Saturday morning – before any little mortals would have  seen the light of day.

The first weekend of June is a very special time for the fairies living on the Irish Fairy trails. We had planned all sorts of activities and were looking forward to making new friends. We now have a lot of work to do th clean up the mess from all the rain – but hopefully everything will be ship shape again soon.

Irish fairy house on the Irish Fairy trails in Kerry
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Happy Easter to all our friends

The fairies in Derrynane and Parknasilla would like to wish all our visitors a very Happy Easter! We hope that the Easter bunny will bring you LOTS of big chocolate eggs!

We have a brand new map of the Derrynane Fairy Trail to share with you here:

Derrynane Fairy Trail map
Derrynane Fairy Trail map

 

AND we now also have a special page for colouring:  Here