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Beaufort, County Kerry

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Beaufort

Lios an Phúca
Village
Beaufort Bridge
Beaufort
Beaufort
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°04′08″N 09°38′20″W / 52.06889°N 9.63889°W / 52.06889; -9.63889Coordinates: 52°04′08″N 09°38′20″W / 52.06889°N 9.63889°W / 52.06889; -9.63889
Country Ireland
ProvinceMunster
CountyCounty Kerry
Elevation
34.155 m (112.056 ft)
Population
 (2016)
 • Total251

Beaufort (Lios an Phúca in Gaelic)[1] is a small village that lies on the banks of the River Laune in County Kerry, in the South West of Ireland. It consists of a post office, three public houses, one supermarket, parish hall, guest houses and thirty private houses with a population of about 160.

Beaufort sits at the foot of Ireland's highest mountain Carrantuohill (1,038m)

In 1911, Kalem Compagny, an American moving-picture company spent several weeks in the village shooting films. Among the company: the director Sidney Olcott, actress Gene Gauntier, Alice Hollister and actors Jack J. Clark, Robert Vignola, JP McGowan, the cinematographer George K. Hollister. The first film was Rory O'More. Followed by The Colleen Bawn and Arrah-na-Pogue adapted from Dion Boucicault's plays.[2]

Olcott returned to Beaufort each summer until 1914. He rented the hotel owned by Patrick O'Sullivan who also owned a pub, which still exists today: The Beaufort Bar.[3]

Historical Sites

Over 100 historical sites have been identified and mapped in the area including the Dunloe Ogham Stones, two castle ruins, and Dunloe Castle, built in 1207. The ruins of two ancient churches still stand in the parish today. One, situated in Kilgobnet in O'Sheas Land and associated with St. Gobnait, the other in Churchtown burial ground, which is more than five centuries old.[4] Ballymalis Castle, located 4 km to the northwest of Beaufort, is a National Monument.

The Beaufort Bridge over the River Laune was built in 1837.

References

  1. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland". Dublin City University. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  2. ^ Michel Derrien, Aux origines du cinéma irlandais: Sidney Olcott, le premier oeil, TIR 2013. ISBN 978-2-917681-20-6 (in French)
  3. ^ http://www.beaufortbar.com/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-07-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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