I was up in Tralee a couple of weeks ago and found a great second hand book shop. The owner was really interesting to talk to and we talked about books about Cork and Kerry..
I purchased two books. One about a lad growing up on the Blasket Isles and one about the 1631 raid on Baltimore village in Roaring Water Bay here in West Cork by Barbary pirates. I've worked in Baltimore and there are pubs named after the 1631 raid.
It's a fascinating reading and apparently 35000 Europeans were captured by Barbary Algerian pirates from the 16th to the 19thcentury. It's a great read and certainly a different take on the slave trade history we all learned and read about at school. Imagine being a West Cork milk maid and ending up in a harem or a galley slave?
English Heavy Rock band The Darkness were staying once on Valentia Island in County Kerry. They heard the story of the lost village and were inspired to pen the following song:It's wild today looking at our Bay.