St. Brendan’s Creek

According to legend and medieval manuscripts St. Brendan was born in 484 A.D. Around the year 535 he decided to bring the Gospel to the “unknown continent to the west.” This raises the question that if it was unknown what was to the west, how could he plan to travel to a continent? Had someone gone before him? His voyage was recounted in the medieval manuscript “Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis.” You will notice that by the time this was written he was already a saint and this must have enhanced his sainthood. However, enough of cynical speculation.

St. Brendan sailed from this little creek in a currach contructed with a wooden frame tied with leather thongs, covered with a leather skin stitched with flax thread, and water proofed with wool grease. The voyage was said to have lasted seven years. St. Brendan described the route as via the Isle of Sheep, the Paradise of Birds, the Isle of Smiths, the Land of Crystal Pillars, through the Region of Fog to the Promised Land. Tim Severin and his crew in 1976 recreated the voyage in a boat constructed in the same manner. His route was via the Hebrides, the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, and America. Here’s the route comparison:

Isle of Sheep = Hebrides

Paradise of Birds = Faroes

Isle of Smiths = Iceland

Land of Crystal Pillars = Greenland

Region of Fog = Newfoundland

Promised Land = America

It’s a great story and a beautiful spot to visit on the Dingle peninsula. A bit out of the way, but worth the effort.

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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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2 Responses to St. Brendan’s Creek

  1. Jean says:

    Thanks for your visit, Judy. I thought you must be on your annual summer trip when I saw the photo of your family.

  2. judyn says:

    Looks like you are having a wonderful trip! Enjoyed looking at your pictures and paintings! We’re in Maine in our little motorhome, trying to stay away from the record heat in Texas and have so far had very good luck with the weather.

    judyn on flickr

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