The Emerald Isle

country. Today it is known as Gaeltacht or an Irish-speaking region, the language having survived particularly strongly in the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas in Kerry and near Macroom in County Cork. Irish culture, especially music and literature, thrives in the region today, and Irish language summer schools even attract students from Europe. Tralee’s famous Rose of Tralee International Festival and the annual Puck Fair at Killorglin, on the Ring of Kerry, show two, quite different present-day aspects of the southwest’s Gaelic inheritance. Yet another aspect of this is the traditional music scene, that is alive and well in hundreds of pubs and clubs. Cork, especially, is renowned for its music, with traditional music very much to the fore in pubs and bars; this takes something of a back seat at the end of October every year, when the famous Cork International Jazz Festival gets into its stride. The Southwest ABOVE: The Caha mountains are a range of low sandstone mountains situated on the Beara Peninsula in southwest County Cork. OPPOSITE: Dunquin Bay, County Kerry. OVERLEAF: A narrow mountain road leads down the slopes of Caherconree mountain on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Dingle Bay and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains are beyond. 184