Leaving the Irish mainland from Schull, VR participants will virtually embark on the Cape Clear Ferry. Throughout this vibrant documentary, a journey across to Ireland’s most Southerly inhabited community, local stories and characters emerge. The history and folklore of Cape Clear is generously shared with laughter and song. Locals describe the depth of culture and language embedded within the Gaeltacht and the significance of the ferry service itself.
Local guides, such as Micheál Ó Céadagáin, bring these breathtaking views and sites to life. Sharing in Irish, the significance and embedded histories of these places with the viewer. We also experience a special visit to one of the Island’s Bronze Age treasures – two standing stones. Here Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil takes us back in time to explore the history and folklore surrounding these ancient stones.
A highlight of the trip is back on board the boat, this time circling the monumental Fastnet Rock. Also known as Ireland’s teardrop, a landmark symbol of the last glimpse of home for millions of Irish immigrants setting off for new horizons. Local guides share the oral histories relating to the Fastnet from the ferry. Participants will be mesmerised by the hidden treasures shared in this journey and will be left looking forward to the opportunity of stepping foot onto Cape Clear, next time in the flesh.
The documentary will be screened on Cape Clear at Cape Clear Island Museum & Archive on August 11th from 12pm – 4pm
As part of Heritage week 2019, A Trip to Cape Clear will be available to view at the Skibbereen Library from August 20th – 24th (midday to 5.30pm)