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The Home My Great-Grandfather Built
Lough Hyne, County Cork, Ireland
'You Can't Eat the Scenery'
Lough Hyne, the lake area where my grandfather was born and raised, is among the many farming areas that skirt the town of Skibbereen – an area hardest hit by the Great Famine.
Perhaps this is what a Corkman I encountered had in mind when he told me, "You can't eat the scenery," as I admired the gorgeous countryside and commented on the difficulty anyone leaving it behind must have experienced.
Indeed, the farm where my grandfather Patrick lived, in a farmhouse built by my great-grandfather Jeremiah, is still in family hands. Its locale is among the most stunning I have ever seen, situated atop a steep hill overlooking a rare marine estuary known as Lough Hyne.
In a country filled with many natural wonders, Lough Hyne stands out as unique. Here, saltwater meets fresh water – an unusual occurrence that over time has created rare species of marine life found nowhere else in the world.
For obvious reasons, the lake draws marine biologists and tourists the world over.[See: http://www.skibbheritage.com/hyne.htm].