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Hurleys Farm is situatied in the parish of Baile na nGall (Ballydavid) it is one of Ireland unspoiled gems. Incorporating the villages of Ballydavid, Feothneach and Muirioch with its sheltered coves, rolling hills, sandy beaches and stunning cliffs. An ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday enjoying a walk in the beautiful country side taking in the many historical sights ,catching some big fish off the cliffs or just having the craic in the many local sea-side pubs offering amazing food and traditional music.
The Dingle Peninsula boasts the highest concentration of archaeological sites in Ireland. Some of the most impressive are located within a few miles of the Hurley Farm.
Gallarus Oratory is an early Christian church believed to have been built between the 6th century and 9th century,
but some scholars date it to the 12th century, based on the shape of the east window. It is the most perfect
example of the boat shaped oratories associated with the Dingle peninsula. This small oratory, built without mortar,
uses corbel vaulting, a technique developed by Neolithic tomb-makers. According to local legend, if a person climbs
out of the oratory via the window, their soul will be cleansed. It is a “must see” for any visitor to Smerwick Harbour.
Is an impressive ruins of a 6th-century monastery and is famous for its wonderfully carved cross
slab bearing Classical, Celtic and Christian motifs. The slab is carved on the left side with the letters DNE which
stand for Domine, Latin for O Lord. There are six clochans or huts situitated within the enclosed stone wall.
Around and under the oratory is an earlier cemetery of 42 graves laid out in two rows. After the site was
abandoned, the area around the oratory was used as a children’s burial ground.
Séipéal Chill Mhaolchéadair
Although the history of this site is associated with St Brendan it is thought to have been founded
by St Maolcethair, a local saint. This is the most important church site on the Dingle Peninsula. At the
centre of which is the 12th century Hiberno-Romanesque Church with a gorgeous inclined romanesque doorway.
There is an Ogham stone situated on the grounds with the inscription of “Anm Maile Inbir Maci Brocann”.
Túr Bhaile Dháth
Situated at the top of Ballydavid head this signal tower was built around 1801
due to a possible French invasion it had fallen into disuse by the middle of the century and was briefly reoccupied during the First World War. The remains of the three storey tower as well as the garrison house can still be seen.
Smerwick Harbour has it all when it comes to shore angling.The quiet beaches are an ideal spot for
dab, flounder and bass . It also boast some fine deepwater rocks and piers where a variety of species
including conger pollock, coalfish rockling and ballan wrasse can be found. And in late summer the mackerel are plentyful
in these waters.