A NEW book, based around the heritage of a house on a hillside in Ballyferriter, is quickly gaining recognition.
'The House on an Irish Hillside', a memoir written by author Felicity Hayes-McCoy, documents her childhood in Dublin and first experiences of béaloideas as an Irish student living with the Hurley's in Cill Chúile. She went on to have a career as an actress and writer in London but often returned to visit Corca Dhuibhne and, 12 years ago, she and her husband Wilf settled near Ballyferriter.
Their 'House on an Irish Hillside' was built in 1911 on the hill overlooking Baile an Fheirtearaigh. Neilí Mhuiris Ní Chonchúir and her mother Bríd were the first to live there," Felicity explained. "Neilí married Paddy Martin, who was known an An Mairtíneach, and the house became a centre of bothántaíocht which welcomed people from far and wide. Paddy was a renowned story-teller while Neilí was known throughout the region for her hospitality."
This Saturday at 2pm, musicians Máire Begley-Ó Sé and Wilf Judd will join Felicity for a relaxed fusion of trad and classical music which will accompany readings from the book.