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A patchwork of stone walls, sheep, a ruined house, newer houses : a typical sight of Western Ireland. Photo taken along the road at the Beara Peninsula.

The Beara Peninsula (Irish: Bιara) is a peninsula on the south-west coast of Ireland, bounded between the Kenmare "river" (actually a bay) to the north side and Bantry Bay to the south. It has two mountain ranges running down its centre: the Caha Mountains and the Slieve Miskish Mountains.

Beara was the traditional seat of power of the O'Sullivan Beare and was one of the last points of native Irish resistance after the Battle of Kinsale.

A historical explanation of the name of Beara :

In the early centuries AD, Conn Cιad Cathach (Con of the hundred battles) fought a fierce battle against Owen Mσr, King of Ireland at Cloch Barraige. Owen was badly injured in the battle. Those of his followers who survived took him to Inis Greaghraighe (now known as Bere Island) as a safe place for him to recover. There, the fairy Eadaoin took him to her grianαn (bower) where she nursed him back to full health. Nowadays, this place is known as Greenane.
Owen and his followers then sailed southwards until they reached Spain. There he met and married Beara, daughter of the King of Castille.
Later Owen, Beara and a large army sailed from Spain and landed in Greenane. Owen took his wife to the highest hill on the island and looking across the harbour he named the island and the whole peninsula 'Beara' in honour of his wife.

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