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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
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Cork
Time zone UTC+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 overlooking Coulagh Bay and the mouth of the Kenmare River 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. 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.

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]

Eyeries is served by a Roman Catholic church, Saint Kentigern's.

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  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  • 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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