- County Kerry
Popular Surnames: Connor, Brosnan, Moriarity, Murphy, Leary, Sullivan, Foley
Kerry is known around the world as ‘The Kingdom’ and that is certainly an appropriate name. In recent years, Kerry has been flooded with film crews as they film the new Star Wars film. Much of the filming took place on the Skellig Islands, specifically Skellig Michael. This island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is steeped in ancient history. Back in the 6th century, the island was a monastery for Gaelic Christian monks. Many of their stone huts and walkways are preserved. The island is very jagged and otherworldly so it makes sense that it was chosen for the Star Wars shoot. Visitors to Kerry also enjoy visiting cute seaside villages such as Dingle, famous for it’s fishing, great food and fantastic atmosphere - not to mention Dingle Peninsula that projects out into the Atlantic and offers visitors truly stunning views including historical relics that date back to the bronze age. It’s a really lovely place to visit and take in Irish culture. Many people also take the time to drive or cycle portions of the Ring of Kerry, a beautiful coastal road that will take you past all of the most beautiful, beaches and cliffs as well as taking you inland towards Killarney National Park. There, you can take in stunning mountains and meadows covered in Irish heathers and full of streams and picturesque landscapes. No matter where you go in Kerry, you’re guaranteed to be blown away by its beauty. Biddy Murphy suppliers Kerry Woollen Mills and Mucros Weavers are both inspired by the natural beauty of this region!