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The original farmhouse cheese makers | News from Ireland’s Beara Peninsula

Thursday January 5th, 2012 | southernstar.ie

By Nora Strong Saturday January 7th, 2012

So here is a question on which you might like to ponder. What is the connection between Ludwig Wittgenstein and Milleens Cheese?

Perhaps you will recall that the Austrian philosopher greatly liked Swiss cheese with rye bread for lunch and henceforth insisted on eating bread and cheese at all meals, but this does not answer the question.

Norman and Veronica Steele taking a stroll in Milleens, Eyeries, on the Beara peninsula.

No. The answer is that Norman Steele, a young philosophy lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, fell in love. First with Eeyries on the breathtaking Beara peninsula of West Cork and perhaps, just as much, with the people and the way of life that he found there. He worked for his food and lodgings in the busiest of the four pubs in Allihies but hankered for a place of his own and bought a small farm at Milleens nearby, in the late 1970s. When he was invited to ‘come and talk about Wittgenstein’ as a guest speaker in Dublin at a philosophy conference he could not resist and there he met Veronica, a 21-year-old philosophy student from University College Dublin, and the other love of his life.

Whether it was the lusciousness of the vegetable garden full of fresh spinach, courgettes, French beans and little peas, with all the sorts of things you couldn’t buy in a shop for love nor money, or the philosophical conversations the Dublin girl enjoyed with the young Englishman, who can say, but she stayed and they married, still living there to this day.


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