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Nearer, My God, to Thee

Churches and Chapels on sea shores - always a reminder of the faith required for and the challenges and risks involved in exploring the uncharted. St. Brendan’s on the River Curraheen, near Blennerville on the Dingle Peninsula, belongs to the more unspectacular specimen of such edifices.

Not far to the west on Dingle Peninsula, from what is today called Brandon Creek, Saint Brendan of Clonfert, Patron Saint of the Diocese of Kerry, is said to have set out in the early 6th century with a small party of like minded monks in a Curragh, a wood-framed boat covered in sewn ox-hides, to sail towards what we know today as Newfoundland - a daring expedition which earned him the bynames "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold", and more recently twice repeated by adventurer Tim Severin.

I consider the Dingle Peninsula, one of my favourite places on the Emerald Isle, as a sort of distilled Ireland, or an Ireland en miniature. I found it useful to be based in Dingle, at the superb B&B "The Greenmount House".

Legend has it that the Christian hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee", was played by the musicians aboard the RMS Titanic when she finally sank.

This print an exhibition print for Allianz ArtForce6, Munich (10-12/2017). More such photos at Copyright 2011 Joachim W. Schroeter (jowsch). More photography, travel and other fine things in life at
Nearer, My God, to Thee