By Corey Sandler
Bantry is a lovely port with a fine harbor. That’s true of many places in Ireland.
And many places in Ireland and Northern Ireland have complex histories involving independence movements, revolution against the British, and the Struggles between and amongst their own people.
But not many places have quite such a tangle as Bantry.
It is near the birthplace of a 6th century Saint who some believe may have visited North America, or Iceland, or the Faeroe Islands in a leather bathtub.
It was three times invaded by French forces,
And the man who invited the French was previously involved in a plan to set up a free Irish military colony in the Sandwich Islands, what we today call Hawaii.
Irish to the core.
Today I went with guests for a short jaunt across the bay to Whiddy Island, about 3 miles by 2 miles in size, and home to all of 20 people. More importantly, it is also home to a local mussel farm and a pub.
We enjoyed homemade bread, Irish butter, steamed mussels, and beer at the pub and had a taste of old-time Bantry. Here’s the view of Bantry and our ship, looking back from Whiddy Island.
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