Eyeries Village, County Cork
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About Eyeries

Come to Eyeries...and find your soul


Eyeries Village is a place of magic. Our small, enchanting village offers the visitor so much. From the craic of traditional dancing and music-filled pubs, to the cry of seagulls sweeping over Coulagh Bay. From the famed Beara Walk that starts at our very doorstep, to the craggy hills and mountains that overlook our picturesque village. From the welcoming Céad Mile Fáilte called out by our Villagers to welcome visitors, to local storytellers, artisans and musicians who will capture your heart...Eyeries is a living story that has been crafted over centuries. We invite you to create a new chapter by weaving your own story of magic in the heart of the Beara Peninsula, West Cork.

Come to Eyeries Village, Embrace the tranquillity.


History of Eyeries

The villagers of Eyeries take pride in a story that stretches back hundreds of years. Winners of many Tidy Towns awards, Eyeries Village is renowned for the bright, pastel paintwork of its terraced houses, the stunning view of the surrounding hillsides, the sweeping vista of the Beara Peninsula, the always-changing face of Coulagh Bay, the rising swell of the distant Kerry Mountains, and an unbroken horizon that is often painted in stunning sunsets...Read more

Tidy Town Winner

Eyeries Village and its residents take pride in how our village looks and work hard to maintain the village in a pristine condition that is also appropriate to our beautiful environment.  Eyeries has been a winner of Ireland’s Tidy Town competition for many years...Read more
 


My Favourite Homeplace - Eyeries 
by Jamie Dixon

(NOTE: The Irish Times asked for descriptions of “Your Favourite Homeplace”. Twenty-five were shortlisted, and extracts were printed in the paper. Mr Dixon’s article was selected as one of the 25 finalists:

On the Ring of Beara, Eyeries Village stretches along a steep rocky ridge looking West over the Atlantic: at the equinox the sun sinks into the wide sea midway between rocky headlands bordering our expansive view.  Just seen are the mystical Skellig Islands, closer the mountainous Ring of Kerry peninsula, then Inishfarnard Island where empty houses left in 1939 can still be discerned. Closer again is our beach bordering a half-mile sea-pool free of currents, warmed by a river and the tide incoming over hot sand reaching even 23 degrees for we happy bathers.

Eyeries Village’s 40 houses are famously so colourful that to avoid upstaging the Purple Taxi in the 1977 film of that name, brown had to be painted over purple house-walls, while Fred Astaire did a spin outside Houlihan’s Newsagents.  Notable among the many films and TV items made in Eyeries is “Falling for a Dancer”, helping launch Colin Farrell’s career. To we residents this is all much the norm, but our Government was so impressed that it chose Eyeries to feature - even without our sea view - on their Household Charge leaflet.

Such a spectacular village of course attracts some artists, retired people and general escapers from the inanity of city life. They often settle outside the village but do add interest to the conversations in our four shops. Many residents particularly enjoy a comfortable seat in one of our friendly pubs (which might just have the best pub sea-view in Ireland), a bit of craic with neighbours and blow-ins, and sometimes with the awe-struck tourists.  

And otherwise a quiet moment in the Church with its fine stained-glass windows, a thoughtful stroll to the unbaptised children’s graveyard just behind, the lonely burials indicated only by unmarked small stones.

But traditionally during our summer festival many emigrants and family members would return to happily meet together. Greetings, a drink and news-filled conversations would run their noisy eager course until after midnight. Then some ‘shush-shush’ sounds are heard, perhaps a “C’mon Mary” and magically above the now silently anticipating crowd a sweet solo voice gently rises in song. After applause, another - then another. Half the crowd have a song, the time flies away in hazy delight until 5am daylight creeps along our village street - another great night!

A brief walk reaches our pier, exposed to wild Western storms, where families from Inishfarnard once landed their curraghs after rowing 3 miles to attend mass. Then the beautiful cliff walk along the Beara Way, passing Ireland’s highest Ogham stone to Ballycrovane Harbour, totally safe for our fishing boats and occasional tourist yachts.  Beyond is the mythical stone Hag of Beara and Kilcatherine’s church ruin with its stone carvings and priest’s hideaway, and again fine sea views. 

A short scenic drive can reach Glengariff with oak forests and Garnish Island gardens. Busy Kenmare is as close, gateway to the lakes and mountains of Killarney.

But Eyeries Village remains the true Pearl of the Ring of Beara.

 

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