Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Fair Head, Antrim

The western seaboard of Scotland and Ulster have had a very long relationship, one that goes back thousands of years to the first folk that settle this area of stunning beauty. The Gaels of Argyll and the province of Ulster used small sail and oar driven ships to cross the short distance between Kintyre in southern Argyll over to the north Antrim. The photo above taken by north Antrim writer and historian Nevin Taggart illustrates just how very close Argyll and Antrim are. The photo was taken from Fair Head and looks over to southern Argyll. The closest point between Argyll and Antrim is only a short 12 miles away (or 20 kilometers).

Nevin's surname comes from the Gaelic Mac an tSagairt (son of the priest) and surname found in both Ulster and Argyll. In days past not all orders of priest were bound by celibacy. There were certain orders of priests associated with the Catholic Church that did marry. These orders were originally from the Celtic Church and included the Airchinnigh and Comharba. These orders lasted until the collapse of Gaelic rule in Ulster and Argyll.

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