Memoirs of The Joan of Arc
Near Anagar Bridge in Ardcost, Portmagee, Valentia Island, County Kerry, Ireland
This boat named 'The Joan of Arc' was built in the early 40s by 'Partner' Galvin of Caherdaniel as a fishing vessel for Jerh Jim O'Sullivan of Renard who sold it in the early 60s to Patie Murphy of Knightstown for use as a ferry. The Joan of Arc was very often the last contact with Valentia Island for the sad emigrant and the first for the joyous exile coming home.
She transported secondary school students on their way to Cahirsiveen on dreary wet days and days of splendid sunshine. She brought many victorious and joyous Valentia football teams to their island home and disappointed teams too of course.She shared our joys, our sorrows, the carefree laughter and banter of our young people and the wise and nostalgic recollection of our elderly.
Unfortunately the arrival of the Valentia bridge in 1971 heralded the end of the Joan of Arc's ferrying days
Good times, sad times, happy times for sure but today she stands alone as a symbol and monument to an era that is gone for good in Valentia Island....
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