In memory of Patsy Dan Rodgers, the King of Tory
Sadly, Ireland said a sad farewell to the only remaining king in Ireland, the King of Tory, Patsy Dan Rodgers (Patsaí Dan Mag Ruaidhr). I’ll never forget his kindness each time I met him and especially when I was writing my book about Irish legends. He took me around, showed me many places and told me the fascinating legends of his great home of Tory Island. It was always clear to me how much he loved his island. He would greet visitors at the ferry port, or on the island. RIP Patsy. A visit to Tory will never be the same without your warm, welcoming handshake. Read more about it here.
I met the King for the first time in 1999, and again in 2002. Below is an article I wrote about that second visit: