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Dingle Peninsula Ireland

www.DinglePeninsulaGuide.com will bring you the complete visitors guide to the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland. In a country well known for it’s beautiful scenery, the Dingle Peninsula stands out as one of them most stunning landscapes on the island of Ireland.

Dingle Peninsula Bus Tours

Probably the most popular way for visitors to tour Dingle is by bus or coach. The advantages being that such tours take the stress of driving out of your hands (particularly if you are used to driving on the right-hand side of the road or not used to narrow roads) and gives you an opportunity to take in all the sights and information about the peninsula.

It is possible to see much of the Dingle Peninsula in one day, and I would certainly recommend you spend and hour or two in Ballyferriter Museum before touring the rest of the region, as the information you discover there will add value to the tour that follows.

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Frank McCourt – Pulitzer Prize-Winner Died 19th July 2009

Frank McCourt, Irish-American author of Pulitzer Prize-winning “Angela’s Ashes” died Sunday July 19th 2009 at the age of 78. Mr. McCourt, was being treated at a Manhattan hospice and was seriously ill with meningitis having been recently treated for melanoma, a form of Skin Cancer.

A public school teacher for 30 years and a jovial, well renowned New Yorker, Frank McCourt was catapulted to prominence and earned a global audience with the success of his book “Angela’s Ashes”. The novel is now translated into 30 languages and available in 25 countries. The book was later adapted for the big screen in 1999 and starred Emily Watson in the lead role as the mother and Robert Carlyle as the stereotypical Irish father.

Angela’s Ashes” opening line prepares the reader for the “tale of woe” and also hints at the humour that is to follow;

“Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood,”

Following the success of “Angela’s Ashes“, Frank went on to launch a sequel, “’Tis”, which narrates his life following his return to New York City. The final novel of the trilogy, “Teacher Man”, describes his teaching experiences commencing in 1958.

I will leave you with an exert from “Angela’s Ashes” to reflect upon.

“People everywhere brag and whimper about the woes of their early years, but nothing can compare with the Irish version: the poverty, the shiftless loquacious father; the pious defeated mother moaning by the fire; pompous priests, bullying schoolmasters; the English and all the terrible things they did to us for 800 long years.”

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Popular Irish Quotes And Proverbs

by Admin · Published June 22, 2011 · Updated March 29, 2015

  1. There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.~~By John Millington Synge~~
  2. St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.~~ By Adrienne Cook.~~
  3. Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul’s yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.~~ By Margaret Jackson.~~
  4. Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat.~~ By Alex Levine.~~
  5. Maybe it’s bred in the bone, but the sound of pipes is a little bit of heaven to some of us.~~ By Nancy O’Keeefe.~~
  6. In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs. ~~ By Sir John Pentland Mahaffy.~~
  7. Long life to you, a wet mouth, and death in Ireland
  8. A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures
  9. I believe in the sun when it’s not shining, I believe in love even when I feel it not, I believe what whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.
  10. A diplomat must always think twice before he says nothing.
  11. A dog owns nothing, yet is seldom dissatisfied.
  12. A hair on the head is worth two on the brush.
  13. A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.
  14. A lie travels farther than the truth.
  15. A light heart lives long.
  16. A silent mouth is sweet to hear.
  17. A turkey never voted for an early Christmas.
  18. Better be quarrelling than lonesome.
  19. Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

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Driving In The Irish Countryside

Irish motorists who tend to use their cars for their daily commutes and shopping trips are advised to get prepared before they go on a driving trip in the country by making sure they have car insurance.Longer journeys require more planning than shorter trips as your motor has to work harder and it may be at more risk of mechanical failure. In addition, as you drive around unfamiliar roads it is important to get coverage for collisions in case you are unlucky enough to hit another car.

Ireland’s stunning countryside draws many visitors each year and the increase in road traffic is a contributing factor in regard to a rise in accident rates. One of the most important tasks to do before you leave home is to check your vehicle is covered by the correct level of car insurance.

If you have a Third Party Fire and Theft policy, it could prove very expensive if you need to fund repairs to your vehicle following a collision. This is because this insurance type only provides enough money to fix the car you hit, but not your own vehicle. This is often the cheaper option and is preferred by those wishing to save some money on their policies, although it is always a good idea to shop around to find the cheapest deal. You are free to consider changing your insurance level before the start of your trip to a Comprehensive policy, which will include coverage for your car following an accident.

Once you have decided which policy suits your needs best and have purchased motor insurance, it is recommended that you keep the phone number of your insurer to hand in case you need to call them on your holiday. Car breakdown cover is highly recommended so you can get mechanical assistance should your car experience a major or minor fault. To keep yourself and your passengers safe while you wait for mechanics to fix or tow your car, you may like to purchase a red warning triangle for your journey, as this can help to warn other drivers that you have broken down.

Once you have parked up, you should exercise the same caution with your valuables that you may do on your daily driving trips. It is best to keep them out of sight to deter thieves from breaking into your car. Finally, before you set out, it is advised that you invest in a Sat Nav or an up-to-date road map to reduce your chances of getting lost as you navigate around the stunning Irish countryside.

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Clare’s Dragoons

by Admin · July 25, 2011

(by Thomas Osborne Davis)

When on Ramillie’s bloody field, The baffled French were forced to yield, The victor Saxon backward reeled Before the charge of Clare’s Dragoons. The Flags we conquered in that fray, Look lone in Ypres’ choir, they say, We’ll win thm company to-day,

Or bravely die like Clares Dragoons.

Chorus: Viva la for Ireland’s wrong! Viva la, for Ireland’s right! Viva la in battle throng,

For a Spanish steed, and sabre bright!

The brave old Lord died near the fight, But, for each drop he lost that night, A Saxon cavalier shall bite The dust before Lord Clare’s Dragoons, For never, when our saabres met, Could we the Saxon soldiers get

To stand the shock of Clare’s Dragoons.

Viva la, the New Brigade! Viva la, the Old One too! Viva la, the rose shall fade,

And the shamrock shine forever new!

Another Clare is here to leasd, The worthy son of such a breed; The French expect some famous deed, When Clare leads on his bold Dragoons. Our Colonel comes from Brians race, His wounds are in his breast and face, The bearna baoghail is still his place,

The foremost of his bold Dragoons.

Viva la, the New Brigade! Viva la, the Old One too! Viva la, the rose shall fade,

And the shamrock shine forever new!

There’s not a man in squadron here Was ever known to flinch or fear; Though first in charge and last in rere, Have ever been Lord Clare’s Dragoons; But, see! We’ll soon have work to do, To shame our boasts, or prove them true, For hither comes the English crew,

To sweep away Lord Clare’s Dragoons.

Viva la for Ireland’s wrong! Viva la, for Ireland’s right! Viva la in battle throng,

For a Spanish steed, and sabre bright!

Oh! Comrades! Think how Ireland pines, Her exiled Lords, her rifled shrines, Her dearest hope, the ordered lines, And bursting charge of Clare’s Dragoons, The fling your Green Flag to the sky, Be “Limerick!” your battle cry, And charge, till blood floats fetlock-high,

Around the track of Clare’s Dragoons!

Viva la, the New Brigade! Viva la, the Old One too! Viva la, the rose shall fade,

And the shamrock shine forever new!

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Gallarus Oratory and Castle

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Gallarus Oratory Dingle Peninsula

The Gallarus Oratory was built sometime between the 7th and 8th century and is a small chapel probably used for private worship.

The oratory is the only perfectly intact remaining example of a small corbel-built oratories based on a rectangular plan, most being beehive rounded shaped structures, many examples of which can be seen around Slea Head.

Corbel roofs were built with a downward tilt of the stone to ensure rain flows off the structure without allowing water into the building. (Probably Ireland’s best known corbel-roof structure is Newgrange in Meath.)

With rectangle plan structures such as Gallarus this is an extremely difficult piece of engineering to pull off, and Gallarus is a testament to the skills of the builders who put up the structure so many centuries ago.

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Gallarus Oratory has two openings, a western doorway and small eastern window. The doorway has a double lintel, on the interior of the doorway two stones project out from the wall, each stone has a round hole, possibly for the attachment of a door.

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The round headed window splays more widely towards the inside of the wall. Some downward sagging has occurred cross the length of the roof, but besides that the building is in excellent condition.

The grounds were probably donated to the religious order by a local chieftain and the inhabitants would have been pretty much self-sufficient, growing their own food on the land around the oratory, keeping some livestock and of course sea fishing along the nearby coast.

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The Office Of Public Works are responsible for maintaining the site which is well kept, and has a Fuchsia-lined walkway to it from one entrance.

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Dingle Peninsula Surfing – A Beginners Guide Dude

Like most Irish people who have seen the surfing classes on beaches, I always meant to give it a go but never got around to it. Well I finally DID get around to taking a class recently with Kingdom Waves, and my only regret is that I didn’t try it earlier! Find out about my first surfing experience below:

Peter (that’s me) Catches A Wave

The surf class took place on a dull morning in late September, the rain was on and off all day, and I’ll admit to wondering if I was in the whole of my health to be even contemplating getting into the water on a day like this. Tom Leen (owner of Kingdom Waves) welcomed us all (it was a group class) and kitted us out with wetsuits.

What It’s Like To Wear A Wetsuit

This was my first time to wear a wetsuit, and for anyone who doesn’t know, the zip goes to the back (I was putting mine on the wrong way around, oops!). You’ll also need to have swimming trunks/swim suit to wear under the wetsuit.

Well the wet suit was just that – wet. Not sopping wet, just kinda’ damp but not cold. Tom said they were as dry are they were ever likely to be. Once on, I started to feel much warmer, things were looking up for avoiding Hyperthermia. Once zipped up and suited, you’ll probably feel a little odd. If you can imagine what a rubber band feels like you’re probably getting the idea. The other instructor called Aidan (A.K.A. Smurf) gave us all a Kingdom Wave t-shirt to wear over the suit for identification, as there were other people surfing and it’s hard to tell one surfer from the next without the shirts.

Surf Class Begins

We were invited to grab some boards and instructed in how to properly carry them. Then we did some gentle warm ups. Our group was mixed in age, from early twenties to mid fifties, and everyone was able for the warm ups. After that we gathered round Tom and Smurf and they guided us through the basics, things like:

  • pushing the board through the surf
  • how to correctly mount the board with the correct placement of our feet
  • how to paddle
  • how to push our bodies up while still lying on the board so we can surf a wave
  • how to slow or stop the board should we need to avoid a collision with a person.

Surfs Up!

It wasn’t long before we were in the water trying to catch our first waves. There was a great sense of fun from the group, with people laughing and chatting, all of whom had never surfed before. Tom had already established that a couple of people in the group could not swim, and we were all instructed to only go waist deep in the water. I suspect the non-swimmers were being kept under close surveillance, but doubt they needed it. I spotted one of the non-swimmers zipping though the waves lying on her board. I could hear whoops and roaring laughter as she sped toward the beach.

Seconds later I was sharing the same experience as I caught my first wave and felt a rush of joy as the sea carried me to shallow water. I wasn’t the only one smiling from ear to ear, the entire surf class were laughing and joking, all heading back out to the waves. Tom and Smurf gave further instruction in the water, and with every attempt at a wave we each improved our skills. After about half an hour, Tom decided were were ready for our next on-shore lesson, this time we would learn how to stand up on the surfboard.

We all gathered round the instructors again as they explained the principles of standing up on the surfboards. They then went back out into the water and showed us how they did it. Back on the beach, we practised going form a lying position to a standing position on the board for a few minutes. We were all eager to get back into the waves to give it a go.

Standing Up On A Moving Surfboard

I’ll be honest, standing upright and balancing on a surfboard that’s being propelled by a wave is not easy to do, so expect to take many dips before you come close to getting it right. I made many failed attempts before I actually managed to get to my feet for a fleeting second before tumbling in the waves. However brief that glorious moment was, it was enough to give me a massive thrill and sense of achievement. Others around me were doing the same and obviously enjoying the buzz. More attempts led to more success, and one second standing on the surfboard became two…it pretty much stayed at two seconds, but I was having increasing success managing to stand on the board so that was great.

To be honest I did not want to get out of the water, and about four of us out of the group lingered on as long as we could with Smurf. As the saying goes, ‘all good things must come to an end’, so we reluctantly headed back to the changing area.

Getting Out Of A Wetsuit

Not as difficult as some make out, just pull the zip handle at the back and peal the suit off. The hardest part is getting your feet out but it’s hardly worth mentioning.

Post-Surfing Experience

Despite the time of year the water did not feel cold. It was actually around 15 Degrees Celsius. Plus the wetsuit did a great job of keeping me warm, so coldness was never an issue throughout the two hour class. It’s funny that the only time I felt cold was getting changed at the start and when I was dressed again after the class. Luckily I had brought an extra warm top, because it was needed after surfing. A hat or hood would be handy (or heady) too.

Okay, unless you’re used to swimming a lot, you’ll probably feel a little stiff around the shoulders and uppers arms the day after surfing. It’s a good idea to stretch your muscles shortly after surfing to lessen the soreness. Still, ‘no pain, no gain’.

If you’ve been giving it your all on the waves you’ll probably need to eat and drink soon after surfing. I’d have eaten the leg off a donkey if it was put in front of me, but settled for a ham and cheese salad sandwich and a coffee instead.

Overall, my first surf lesson was a great experience, and if Tom and Smurf from www.KingdomWaves.com can take a landlubber like me and turn them into surf god, I’m sure they’ll do the same for you. As one lady in the group correctly stated, ‘surfing is something you can do badly and still enjoy’. Never a truer word said!

A Little About Adventure Water Sports In The Dingle Peninsula

One of the great advantages Ireland has as a tourist destination (as well as living here!) is that it’s surrounded with ocean and has many wonderful sandy beaches. The dingle Peninsula is so popular because we have some of the best blue flag surf beaches in Ireland.

It’s possible for visitors doing a Dingle Peninsula tour to visit many of these blue flag beaches in a single day. Thanks to the stream from the gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic ocean maintains a steady warm temperature throughout the year, making sea water sports and activities something people can enjoy all year round (with the aid of a wetsuit that is!).

Increased availability and affordability of wetsuits and other water sports gear for sale or hire on the peninsula has greatly contributed to the rapid growth in water adventure tourism. For example, to rent a wetsuit and surfboard on Inch beach costs about €10. Ireland and Kerry in particularly has seen a massive growth in surfing and sea kayakking over the past 5 to 6 years. It’s fast becoming THE place to be for surfing in Europe, with surfers coming from as far as Australia to catch a Kerry wave.

Final Word On Kingdom Waves

When it comes to surfing, Tom, Smurf (and I suspect all the instructors of Kingdom Waves) are the real deal. These guys eat, sleep and breathe surfing, and when they’re not delivering excellent lessons to novices like me, they can be spotted around the Dingle Peninsula and Fenit hunting for the perfect wave.

Check them out at there website www.KingdomWaves.com.

P.s. No body used the word ‘Dude’ on the day, though I was sorely tempted to do so.

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Ennis Town

Ennis is a town in County Clare in the West of Ireland and the largest town in the country. A beautiful and charming town, it is admired for it’s old winding streets, traditional Irish shops and stress-free atmosphere. Ennis is a lively town with plenty of culture, music and ‘craic’ to be enjoyed.

Streets Of Ennis

Abbey Street, Parnell Street and O’Connell Street are the streets in Ennis town. Each of these streets connect with the Daniel O’Connell monument in the town centre. (Daniel O’Connell was the first Catholic to hold a seat in the British Government – O’Connell was also known as King of The Beggars’.)

River Fergus flows through the town and is a great place to while away a few hours chatting with friends and feeding the swans.

If you enjoy architecture, you must visit the cathedral located at the top of O’Connell Street. This is a beautiful stone church with high ceilings and a beautiful choir. The Convent, which dates from the thirteenth century, is also a beautiful church worth visiting with sculptures dating from the 15th and 16th century.

Food And Fun

Ennis has a great nightlife and there are plenty of restaurants and pubs for visitors to eat. Besides traditional Irish food restaurants, there are many restaurants where you can eat including a Chinese restaurant, an Italian restaurant. Finish the night with a few drinks in a pub or club in town, they’re easy to find and plenty to choose from.

Ennis Information Town

Ennis is Ireland’s first and only Information Age Town since 1997. All schools were provided with computer rooms, residents were provided with over 4000 home computers, the town’s businesses were connected on Ireland’s first high-speed ISDN lines.

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The Wild Rover

by Admin · Published July 27, 2011 · Updated May 15, 2014

I’ve been a wild rover for many’s the year, and I spent all me money on whiskey and beer. And now I’m returning with gold in great store,

and I never will play the wild rover no more.

(Chorus): And it’s no, nay, never! No, nay, never, no more,

will I play the wild rover. No (nay) never no more!

I went to an alehouse I used to frequent, and I told the landlady me money was spent. I asked her for credit, she answered me “nay,

such a custom as yours I could have any day”.

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I took from me pocket ten sovereigns bright, and the landlady’s eyes opened wide with delight. She said “I have whiskeys and wines of the best,

and the words that I told you were only in jest”.

(Chorus)

I’ll have none of your whiskeys nor fine Spanish wines, For your words show you clearly as no friend of mine. There’s others most willing to open a door,

To a man coming home from a far distant shore.

(Chorus)

I’ll go home to me parents, confess what I’ve done, and I’ll ask them to pardon their prodigal son. And when they’ve caressed me as oft times before

then I never will play the wild rover no more.

(Chorus)

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Holidays in County Kerry

If you are thinking of taking a trip across the seas to the emerald isle then think of County Kerry. Also known as ‘The Kingdom’, County Kerry is located in the south west of Ireland and belongs to the Irish province of Munster. A truly beautiful part of the country, with mythical scenery that has been attracting visitors in their droves for many years now, County Kerry is easily accessible by car for those wanting to enjoy the freedom of a driving holiday. The County boasts a number of fantastic attractions to draw every type of holiday maker, whether you are looking for back to nature adventure or a cosmopolitan break.

For those who like the wind in their hair and a good stretch of the legs then Killarney National Park is the place to head. Within the 24,700 acres of this national Park there are miles of great walks and stunning views, that can’t fail to get your heart racing. Take a wander and if you are lucky you may even spot some of the famous red deer that roam free. For those who prefer a bit more of the city life, Killarney town itself is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place, with numerous attractions, great restaurants and a huge variety of shops. You could easily spend a long weekend visiting all the attractions that town has to offer, ducking in and out of art galleries and sampling the local cuisine before heading back to your hotel to unwind.

For activities to keep the children happy you should head to the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium situated on the Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry. The Aquarium boasts an underwater tunnel that visitors can walk through to observe the aquatic life from all different angles. There is also a touch tank where you can get close up and friendly with a number of the marine inhabitants. Or if you prefer furrier animals then Muckross Farm will present you with lots of opportunities to get up close to our farmyard friends whilst transporting you back in time to a place where traditional working methods are still being used.

Getting to County Kerry could not be easier, if you are hiring a car to get around. The main routes into Kerry are the N21 road and the N29 from Limerick and the N22 road from Cork. Whilst in County Kerry the famous Ring of Kerry can be followed on the N70 road, which will take you through the Iveragh Peninsula link you back to the N71 at Kenmare. There are a number of great car rental options available from car hire Ireland, so grab your passport and head on over for a holiday not to be forgotten.

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