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Paul and esteemed crew make trip to Skelligs Rock

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:36

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ON Saturday, May 17, Portmagee man Paul Devane of Skellig Michael Cruises made a special trip to the Skelligs Rock with passengers including Papal Nuncio Monsignor Charles Brown, Bishop of Kerry Raymond Browne, Monsignor Pasarrela from Venezuela, former Bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy, Fr. Nicholas Flynn and the Parish Priest of the parish of Prior Fr.David Gunn who organised the outing.

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ON Saturday, May 17, Portmagee man Paul Devane of Skellig Michael Cruises made a special trip to the Skelligs Rock with passengers including Papal Nuncio Monsignor Charles Brown, Bishop of Kerry Raymond Browne, Monsignor Pasarrela from Venezuela, former Bishop of Kerry Bill Murphy, Fr. Nicholas Flynn and the Parish Priest of the parish of Prior Fr.David Gunn who organised the outing.

They climbed the 618 steps of the southern stairway to celebrate mass in the ruins of the monastery, in keeping with the practice of the monks who lived there down through the centuries.

Paul's mother, Noreen, was in attendance while her brother, Brendan O'Shea, from Cahirsiveen joined in singing hymns at the mass.

Local boatmen Hugh Maguire and Brendan Devane were also in the cruise as was the esteemed local ecclesiastical historian Joseph Brennan of the Dock Road in Portmagee.

Bishop Browne's nephew, Aidan, was there and the Portmagee historian, Johnny Golden, imparted his knowledge of Skellig Michael, while tour guide Bob Harrris spoke about the rock's bird life and also the monks.

This was the Papal Nuncio's first visit to Skellig Michael, an experience which he described as 'wonderful and spiritual'. He said he hopes to return in company with a group of friends.

Skellig Michael is one of three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ireland, also being one of the main discovery points on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Paul Devane operates Skellig Michael Cruises from Portmagee on a daily basis using his boat Marber Therese2, so named in honour of a boat owned by his late father who was affectionately known locally as 'Micky Devane'. The boat does not land on the Skelligs but circles it and facilitates people of varying ages and those also who might not be physically able for the difficult terrain.

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