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Panoramic View of Moll's Gap

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Panorama by Murphy Kestler-Tobias (11 February 2006
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Moll’s Gap is a pass on the watershed of the Iveragh Peninsula and has fine views to the north of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks. It's a world famous panoramic beauty spot on the Ring of Kerry, in between Kenmare and Killarney. Thousands of tourists visit Moll’s Gap every year to enjoy the scenery and nature. The rocks at Moll's Gap are part of a group of rocks known as Old Red Sandstone.

Moll’s Gap is named for Moll Kissane, an ancestor of John Kissane who is running the farm now. She ran a small pub (or sibin) here during the construction of the Killarney – Kenmare road in the 1820’s. In her time, Moll Kissane was popular for her illicit home-made poitin or whiskey, which she sold in her sibin.

Poitín (anglicised as putcheen) is an Irish whiskey. The term is a diminutive of the word pota (or pot), since Poitín was traditionally distilled in a small pot.

For centuries, Poitín has been produced in pot stills under the bright moon, and because of this, came to be known as "the shine" or moonshine. The home-brew was strong, some brands were as strong as 80% volume (160 units), and had a distinctive dry grainy flavour with a delicate aftertaste that became sweeter as it developed. Some rural Irish people still pour it on wounds and sores, as they believe it to have disinfectant properties. With as high an alcohol volume as it has, it certainly does.

In 1661, King Charles II introduced a levy on spirits in Britain. In Ireland, however, it was totally ignored. Ninety-nine years later, the Crown tried again by outlawing private distillation unless specifically licensed by the State. Overnight, a large proportion of the Irish population became "criminals" as has anyone who has distilled it privately since. Poitín recently has been legalised for consumption in Ireland, though legal production for export has been allowed for some time.

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