Living at the edge of the world

By Kevin O’Sullivan

It’s one of the things I like most about doing what we do (i.e. history): that moment when somewhere or something makes you think, ‘How the hell did anyone get here? Why did they come here? What did they do here? And how did they ever live here?’ and it drives you deeper and deeper into a spiral of research, sparked by the desire to delve into the soul of humanity and better understand what makes/made people tick. Not that I know much about life at this particular location (all knowledgeable direction gratefully accepted), but I think you know what I mean.

4 Responses to “Living at the edge of the world”

  1. Juliana Says:

    Well for a start those cliffs are a pretty good reason for arriving from the East rather than the West…

    I have to say that Tory Island, which I visited right after I moved here 9 years ago, left me with a lot of similar questions. Having come from the land of trees I couldn’t imagine living on an island with ONE tree. It was over the cemetery and it hardly looked likely to last.

    Juliana

  2. Tina Says:

    Totally, Kevin! There have been quite a few places I’ve visited over the years and wondered exactly the same thing. The one that springs to mind most readily is Skellig Michael…

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  4. Maria Says:

    Love this site! Took me some time to get through everything, but it is fascinating – great job!! Nollaig Shona, taitneamh a bhaint as!

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