The village of Carrig, the venue for the Phil Murphy Memorial Weekend, lies towards
the centre of the historic and picturesque parish of Carrig-on-Bannow.
history of Bannow can be traced back to pre-Christian times.
Bannow lived its most
famous moment with the coming of the Normans. In 1169, the first Norman Invasion
force landed in the well protected harbour at Bannow Bay. It was on this spot that
the conquerors built the town of Bannow, which was a thriving European port and
market city by Middle Age European standards, until late in the 16th century, when
the silting of the harbour stopped the coming and going of the frequent ships.
Thus the city did not just die, but gradually disappeared as well, giving rise to
the many legends that have grown in the area about Bannow’s buried city. A
strong cultural sense matches this historic drama of the area with many preserved
castles, stone coffins and the like spread throughout the area.
shrine to the locals’ love of the ocean is the well known Sea-Shell house,
with its wonderful designs, that can be found on the cliff, facing south to the
sea at Cullenstown. The cultural awareness of the area come full circle over the
past quarter of a century with the strong revival in the local schools, and with
teenage groups, of traditional Irish music and dancing.