Port Mhic Aoidh
— (An Caladh) —
The village of Portmagee was named after Captain Theobald Magee who was an officer in King James's Army. After the famous Battle of the Boyne, Magee retired from the army and became the commander of a merchant ship operating between France, Portugal and Ireland. While appearing to be an honest sailor, Magee actually built up a lucrative trade in smuggling goods such as brandy, tea, and tobacco, at the same time accumulating a large amount of property in counties Kerry and Cork. He married Bridget Morgell, the widow of a rich Dingle merchant. Morgell also happened to be the daughter of Thomas Crosby, who was at that time a Member of Parliament for the County of Kerry. The couple had five children, three boys and two girls.
In 1724 Captain Magee made his will in Lisbon, Portugal, before entering a Monastery where he remained until his death in 1727. In his will he asked that his children be brought up in the Catholic faith. However, two of his sons turned Protestant and the other resisted, immigrating to the Azores. One of his daughters also resisted but the other married a Parson from Ballycarbery. Magee's wife Bridget did not
The village of Portmagee was also known as 'An Caladh' meaning 'ferry or harbour'.
Location. 51° 53.159′ N, 10° 21.783′ 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. 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ferryboat (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. 11.6 kilometers away); Presentation Convent (approx. 11.6 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.
Also see . . .
1. Portmagee at Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Portmagee Tourism. (Submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 20, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.