Meeting Maggie on Skellig Michael – Irish Examiner Reporter on the Island

Nationwide in Castleisland 6-2-2018
No stranger to the media: Local archaeologist, Maggie Prendiville-Keane with RTÉ cameraman, Martin Cronin during a Nationwide programme shoot at Divanes Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 6-2-2018

As the country slowly unwinds from the restrictions of lock-down and visitor attractions open up with caution, the Irish Examiner sent photographer / reporter Noel Sweeney off on a voyage of discovery.

He’s bound for Skellig Michael and he’s aboard the Mary Frances with skipper and Valentia Islander, Nealie Lyne.

“Being a Kerry native I’m excited. In about an hour, I’ll be landing on the rocks I’ve only ever spotted way off in the distance. Along the Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry, the Skelligs can be seen from about 20-plus kilometers away, while much of the Iveragh Peninsula’s coast of South Kerry hosts many a viewing spot, weather dependent, of course,” Noel wrote.

After talking to a variety of people he meets and and gets a photograph of Maggie Prendiville-Keane for his report.

“Guiding visitors around the monastery is archeologist and tour guide Maggie Keane from Castleisland in Co Kerry. She’s been working on the island for 14 years and reflects on the uniqueness of working there this year in particular.”

You can read Noel Sweeney’s report in full with a click on the link here: 

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