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Portmagee in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

The Ferryboat

 
 
The Ferryboat Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
1. The Ferryboat Marker
Inscription.  

This boat was built by Dan 'Denny' O'Connell in the early 1900s. He built her at the back of the Post Office, where he built all his boats, on a site which later became the local dance hall. Her purpose was to ferry people from Portmagee to Valentia and the landing place was called Carraig Liath. She was built for Paddy Casey, father of Johneen Casey, who continued to ferry people across the channel until his death in 1967. Johneen's sister, Úna, was the last person to operate the service.

The doctor was one of the main people who visited Portmagee to hold a clinic every Monday. She came across on the ferry to Portmagee no matter how bad the weather was. The main ferry from Renard Point to Knightstown operated from 8am to 6pm. Any islander who made it back from their mainland travels later than 6pm came to Johneen to be ferried into Carraigh Liath.

The ferry was designed for rowing single-handed, and could hold 9-10 people. Many people were ferried in at all hours of the night especially when the Portmagee Community Centre opened in the 1960s. Valentia people got the ferry to the dance and were transported back at two

The Ferryboat and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
2. The Ferryboat and Marker
in the morning.

In order to communicate with the ferry man, the people would stand at Carraig Liath and whistle to be heard. The boat would then go across and ferry them to Portmagee.

When the bridge opened in 1970, the ferry discontinued.
 
Location. 51° 53.171′ N, 10° 21.827′ W. Marker is in Portmagee, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is on Main Street just west of Munster Route R565, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Portmagee, Munster V23 AY27, Ireland. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin (a few steps from this marker); Portmagee (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Lady of Grace Grotto at Tobairin Holy Well (approx. 3.2 kilometers away); Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty (approx. 11.6 kilometers away); O'Connell Memorial Church (approx. 11.7 kilometers away); Presentation Convent (approx. 11.7 kilometers away); War Memorial (approx. 11.8 kilometers away); The Barracks Heritage Centre (approx. 11.9 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portmagee.
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels

 
Maurice O'Neill Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 19, 2019
3. Maurice O'Neill Memorial Bridge
The nearby bridge that put the ferryboat out of operation
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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