was a well known beauty in Ireland in the years before the Great
Famine (1845-1849). The legend of Kate has captured the imagination
pf people far and wide down through the years.
It was at this síbín that Kate distilled her famous poitín, 'Kate
Kearney's Mountain Dew', which was "very fierce and wild, requiring
not less than seven times its own quantity of water to tame and
subdue it." It was of course illicit. However, Kate flouted
the law and invited the weary traveller to partake of her hospitality.
Pictured below are Julia Burke and her husband Donal Mór
Moriarty who lived in Kate Kearney's Cottage in the middle of
Century. She and her husband are the first to be documented
after Kate herself. They are Jim Coffey's (the current owner)
Great Great Grandparents.
the many characters who lived in the Gap of Dunloe was the famous
Patrick Boyle, the bugler. This
exerpt from 'Empire News' describes the man: "In a defile
in the hills of Kerry is Sir Echo himself...78-year-old Patrick
Boyle, the bugler who wears no uniform. Into his seven-mile valley
of echoes, the romantic Gap of Dunloe, come thousands of visitors
from all lands to ride under towering cliffs and hear the magic
more than 60 years Patrick has 'blown the echoes' for millionaire
and honeymooner. His father before him made the
valley echo for Queen Victoria. Unlike most buglers, he lives
unsurrounded by precise barrack walls and men in uniform, he
lives alone. But the bugle he blows these days was the gift of
a soldier in 1948: a thoughtful gesture by Lieutenant-Colonel
G Down, RA whose name and Paddy's are inscribed on the much-dented
instrument that wakes the valley."