FRAZER ASHFORD

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THE VALLEY

The Shehy Mountains in south west Munster divide the counties of Cork and Kerry.

 

In order to cross the mountains you have to travel through one of the few passes linking the south to the north sides. One such route is The Healy Pass.

 

From Cork, the 12 km road winds its way up to the summit and then slowly leads the weary travellor down to Kerrry. This was the view I came across as I descended towards Kerry on one sunny but blustery afternoon.

 

I felt that his view was representitaive of how remote the path was and just how diifuclt it must have been for the original Irishmen to open up the pass in 1847. This was during the great famine and it was felt that the pass would open up the south west and help prevent starvation amongst the local inhabitants.

 

 

CO: KILLARNEY, IRELAND

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