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Ballyferriter, County Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Co. Chiarrai) is a small one-street busy bustling holiday village where the Irish language is the common tongue amongst the locals. Everyone speaks English as well, although you may find it a bit more poetic than usual.

The village is nestled in a stunning green valley between the majestic hill of Croaghmarhin to the south and a ridge of jagged peaks to the north—Sybil Head and the Three Sisters.

Ballyferriter is the only substantial village west of Dingle town. Here you'll find the Roman Catholic church, the post office, the barracks, the school, a museum, two shops, two restaurants, and four pubs. (You may draw your own conclusions why we have four of one and only two of another.)

They have plenty of traditional music sessions in the evening. It is a good area to base yourself to explore the Dingle Peninsula of County Kerry. Mount Brandon can be seen in the distance to the left of the church.

Here you are in the heart of the Gaeltacht (Irish Speaking Area) with some spectacular coastal scenery surrounding it. Ballydavid nearby is a quiet fishing village located on the shores of Smerwick harbour and has the important archaeological sites of Gallarus Oratory and Kilmalkedar church close by.

Gallarus Oratory, a Christian monument, was built between the 6th and 9th centuries and is built in the same way that the neolithic tombs were.

Smerwick Harbour, to the east, caresses a two-mile long stretch of white sandy beach called Béal Bán. To the west, high rocky cliffs, punctuated with tiny coves and beaches just right for smuggling ... or snuggling, face off the mighty Atlantic.

The community have set up a small museum of local history, geology and archaeology and a cafe too (Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne). Ballyferriter museum displays - prehistoric archaeological artefacts and Celtic design carved stones.

Ceann Sibeal Links Course is close at hand for the golfing enthusiast, while the region also offers superb angling facilities as well as scuba diving and surfing.

Do you know who you are? Does your great, great grandfather come from Ballyferriter?

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