Dan Hummel, American hermit in Ireland

A lengthy article on the IrishCentral website titled “The American hermit who 50 years ago fled the US for a remote Irish location,” about 78-year old Dan Hummel, who left the United States to become a hermit in West Cork, Ireland, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Hummel is a Vietnam War veteran, who no longer wanted to live in his native country given the politics of the late 1960s. Though a Navy veteran reaching the rank of lieutenant, Hummel opposed the foreign policy and general materialistic culture of the United States. He lived in China and Japan, and eventually ended his travels in Ireland.

URL: https://www.irishcentral.com/travel/moving-to-ireland/dan-hummel-west-cork

“Cloud of Unknowing”: film on Irish hermit

Mike Hannon is the director and producer of the forthcoming documentary film The Cloud of Unknowing, about a contemporary Irish hermit. An excerpt is available at Vimeo. Hannon comments on the film:

The Cloud of Unknowing is a nineteen minute documentary on a modern day hermit who dedicated his life to the mystical tradition of contemplative prayer. Rodney Thompson, a Cork man, spent almost thirty years in an isolated cottage in Connemara in pursuit of solitude, silence and prayer. Without electricity or running water, Mr Thompson lived simply, prayed ceaselessly and welcomed visitors to his hermitage close to Roundstone, Galway.

Filled with majestic vistas and robust Connemara weather, the film allows the viewer to step into the mind of a hermit, as the natural world unfolds at an unhurried pace.

URL: https://vimeo.com/248301810

Irish hermit Peter O’Neill

The Irish Sun profiles “English-accented” hermit Peter O’Neill, who died recently at 71. O’Neill lived alone in the Wicklow mountains in a hut, and maintained a large number of books, journals, and writings. The local priest came to his acquaintance and enjoyed O’Neill wide range of knowledge.

Interestingly, Peter is not the only person living in such a way in Ireland. And priest Fr Crotty reckons that perhaps these people who have detached themselves from society are worth paying attention to.

He said: “There are 37 other such men living in forests around Ireland. Maybe they are people we should be looking at and listening to, maybe they’re telling us something very profound about the need to be in touch with our world and our environment.

“To that extent I’d look up to him and say, ‘well done’.”

URL: https://www.thesun.ie/news/280201/nudist-hermit-peter-oneill-lived-alone-in-the-wicklow-mountains-for-over-20-years/