There was a cold wind from the east on Saturday morning last as I walked Derrynane beach. It was, as always, very spectacular and I have never been disappointed walking there. Same can’t always be said for walks I have had in other beautiful places when following the small white ball.
After the walk I drove past Bridie’s pub which is very close to Derrynane harbour. This is a very busy place in the summer with many visiting yachts mooring in its very safe waters. Thirsty sailors invariably ended up in Bridie’s where the fire would be lighting and a crab or lamb (with mint sauce) sandwich was always a delight. A friend of mine, Denis Kelly, used to say that Bridie’s was the friendliest pub in Ireland. It was so tiny that everybody had to talk to everyone else!
Bridie Keating was a charming hostess and it was with sadness that I heard she had died earlier this year. She will be missed but fondly remembered. Good to hear that Bridie’s is to reopen at Easter time and that a family member will be running it.
Leaving Derrynane Harbour I drove towards the village of Caherdaniel which is just a few miles away. A new children’s playground has recently opened just below the village. It has been built on a wonderful site close to the church with a wonderful view of Derrynane in the distance. Well done to all and I look forward to my grandchildren having a workout there in the months ahead.
Then I went past Freddie’s bar and shop. How sad to see it all closed up. Freddie O’Connell took over the shop and pub from his father and ran it for over 50 years until he closed its doors earlier this month. Very sad to see it closed as the shop was very important to all of the people living in or close to the village. In fairness to Freddie, he kept his shop and pub open throughout the year even when things were very quiet in Caherdaniel, especially during the winter months. Freddie, well done on keeping your little family business open for so long. You served the community well – a happy retirement to you.
My final visit on my little trip on Saturday was to The Derrynane Hotel perched on the cliff top overlooking the sea and the ocean with stunning views of West Cork. The Hotel went into receivership some years ago and it is good to see workers on site. I understand that it is due to reopen at Easter. When it does, it will be just the bar and restaurant but hopefully over the next few years the bedrooms will also be renovated so that guests will once again be able to stay and enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Derrynane and Caherdaniel.
Ted Dwyer Family Business