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Na hAoraí
Painted houses in Eyeries
Painted houses in Eyeries
Eyeries is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°41′37″N 09°57′29″W / 51.69361°N 9.95806°W / 51.69361; -9.95806Coordinates: 51°41′37″N 09°57′29″W / 51.69361°N 9.95806°W / 51.69361; -9.95806
CountyCounty Cork
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Eyeries (historically spelt Irees or Iries; Irish: Na hAoraí)[1] is a village and townland on the Beara Peninsula in County Cork, Ireland

Location and access[edit]

Eyeries overlooks Coulagh Bay and the mouth of the Kenmare River (actually a bay) in the south-west. It lies at the base of Maulin, which, at 2,044 feet (623 m), is the highest peak in the Slieve Miskish mountain range that forms part of the backbone of the peninsula. Nearby, to the south, and passing along to the west, is the Kealincha River.[2]

Also nearby is the Ballycrovane Ogham stone, the tallest known, standing 17.5 feet (5.3 m) high and bearing the inscription 'MAQI DECCEDDAS AVI TURANIAS' which translates as "Mac Deich Uí Turainn" or "son of Deich the descendant of Turainn". Neither of these two people are known to Irish history.[citation needed]

Community and religion[edit]

Eyeries is served by a Roman Catholic church, Saint Kentigern's. A playground was built in the 2010s.

Popular culture[edit]

Eyeries was the location for the shooting of the film The Purple Taxi (1977) starring Fred Astaire, Peter Ustinov, and Charlotte Rampling, and also the 1998 TV series Falling for a Dancer, a dramatisation of life and love in 1930s Ireland based on the novel by Deirdre Purcell. The village is home to crime writer Alex Barclay.

Organisations and businesses[edit]

The village has a range of holiday accommodation businesses, a post office and grocery store, a hardware store, a general store, two pubs, a bistro and a cafe. On its outskirts is the Anam Cara Writer's and Artist's Retreat, which has hosted dozens of writers since around 2000.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  2. ^ "Kealincha River, Beara". Irish White Water. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Anam Cara Writer's and Artists's Retreat". writers.ie. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  • The Automobile Association (AA) "Illustrated Road Book of Ireland", Dublin, 1966.
  • Harbison, Peter, "Guide to the National Monuments of Ireland", Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1975.

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