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Dingle - A travel report by Harry
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Dingle,  Ireland - flag Ireland -  Kerry
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Dingle a place to fall in love with

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Dingle is a wonderful little town sheltered by mountains. It has only three main streets Green Street, Main Street and John Street. Since the filming of Ryan's Daughter on the Dingle Peninsula in 1969 tourism is now one of its major industries. As every Irish town it is crowded with pubs, varying from large modern ones to a hole in the wall type. All over Dingle you'll find craft shops (woven tweeds and woolen clothing, sweaters, leather goods, (Celtic) jewellery, turned wood) and there are several art galleries. Famous for Dingle is Fungie. Fungie is a fully-grown male bottlenose dolphin. You can see him clearing the water to great heights and catching fish. He is very friendly, particularly to women. There are organized boat rides to see him close by.

Favourite spots:
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The whole of Dingle with its typically Irish houses painted in every colour of the rainbow. Just wandering leasurely through this place with all its pubs, shops and art galleries is a real joy. I also loved to just sit and watch the activities in the harbour (sort of like Otis Redding, sitting on the dock of the bay).

What's really great:
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The Irish wit. When I expressed my worries about having to drive at the wrong side of the road, the cabby countered: ah well, Saturday nights were more democratic, we drive both sides of the road. He then asked me if I was going to visit County Kerry, which I confirmed. Ye know Kerrymen are very laid back, there so laid back they only marry pregnant women, was his comment. Talking about being laid back; I loved the relax way the Irish are. They are the people that most look like the Spanish. Or as Pete McCarthy said it in his book McCarthy's Bar : The Spanish concept of mañana is said to be too urgent-sounding to be translated into Irish.

Sights:
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From the top of Connor Pass you have a wonderful panoramic view of Dingle and its rugged surroundings.

Accommodations:
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The best time to go to Dingle is from May to mid July. Apart from the tourist season you won't have trouble finding accommodation. There are hotels, pensions, cottages for rent and a great number of B&B.

Hangouts:
I'm sure the Irish invented the pub. I can't think of any country where there are so many. Dingle with a population of about 1300 souls has some 50 (!) pubs.
Two, the Small Bridge Bar and O'Flahertys, are the most famous for their good beer and music.
An Cafe Liteartha, Dingle's bookstore café.

Restaurants:
There is a wide variety of restaurants in, from burgers, fish & chips to pub grub to fine dining.
There are a lot of restaurants offering excellent seafood.

Published on Sunday October 27th, 2002


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Fri, Dec 09 2005 - 04:39 PM rating by voyager

I wholly agree with your observations of this fantastic place. Reading your account has me thinking seriously about a return visit in the very near future.

Sat, Nov 19 2005 - 10:49 AM rating by horourke

Yes you have caught the flavour of one of our favourite places.
Fungie is a most understated experience.
Come back soon
Hugh

Sat, Jan 22 2005 - 02:40 PM rating by davidx

Top notch

Sat, Dec 25 2004 - 07:47 AM rating by ravinderkumarsi

hii harry ,
excellent report by u.

Wed, Jan 14 2004 - 02:32 PM rating by dansan

I loved the section on Irish wit!
I'm going to County Kerry this year and will be visiting the Dingle Peninsula. I'm looking forward to the Guinness already...

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