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:

Chapter Three
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
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The Magical World of Irish Fairy Trails

The Irish Fairy Trail Story starts!
Our story starts many years ago when the island of  Scariff were being dragged across the ocean from Beara in West Cork, to Dingle in County Kerry

Chapter One

The noise was horrendous and all the fairies immediately clamped their hands over their ears. With trembling knees they asked “What has happened”

The efforts from the past 11 days had taken their toll. The Hag of Beara  was tired and disaster was imminent .  The small small elfin like creatures who had jumped on board her ship, waited to hear the news.

“We have an impossible situation on our hands now,”  said the Hag. “I was told not to look behind as something bad would happen if I did. I couldn’t help it as my curiosity got the better of me –  so I peeked. We are all at risk now, it is everyone for themselves. Get your act together if you want to survive”.

With that, the rope broke…..and the island was marooned forever.

( visit our Fairy Story Page  – this is where you will find out more!)

The islands of Deenish and Scariff in Derrynane
The islands of Deenish and Scariff in Derrynane