All Ireland Air Ambulance Service

Ireland is the only country within the EU that does not have a dedicated Air Ambulance service. Despite some valiant attempts to date we are still without this vital life-saving service. However, after much hard work, combined with the generosity of the Irish public, the All Ireland Air Ambulance (AIAA) organisation expect the new service will be airborne by September 2009.

Our Irleand interviewed AIAA Chairman Derek Rowe about the future Irish air ambulance service.

How Will The Service Be Contacted?

The air ambulance will be attached to the ambulance services, which are reached through call series 999 or 121.

Who Will Decide If The Air Ambulance Will Be Dispatched?

The controller taking the call will decide if the air ambulance will be required for the rescue. Factors taken into account will include the location and terrain of the incident, the nature of the injuries and the specialist attention required.

Mr. Rowe outlined the importance of the service. “For example it takes between 90 minutes to 135 minutes to get an ambulance to an outlying area such as Charasiveen in south Kerry. The chance of fatality dramatically increases after the ‘golden hour’ if the patient does not get the medical attention required.”

A minimum round trip of 180 minutes will result in needless loss of life. The air ambulance can be dispatched within minutes of a call out and quickly arrive on scene. The patient can be brought directly to the most suitable hospital and receive treatment. In most cases this will all occur within one hour of the call out.

Who Will Provide Treatment To The Patient?

It is hoped each flight will have one paramedic and one doctor on board or two paramedics. The project has received encouragement and backing from many medical professionals that regard the service as one that will save lives.

Who Will Pay For The Call Out?

The service is provided free to the patient. Fund raising, sponsorship and donations from around the country and beyond, will cover the entire cost of the service.

How Viable Is This Service?

The first UK air ambulance service was set-up in Cornwall in 1987. Since then similar services were set-up across the UK and there are now 23 divisions providing the lifesaving services across the country. Of those 23 divisions one was set-up but Scottish government and the second is funded by the Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

The remaining 21 divisions of air ambulance are fully funded by donations and fundraising.

The Air Ambulance Team

Chairman Derek Rowe was a founder of the Cornwall air ambulance service. He feels privileged to be part of the “great team working hard to get the all Ireland Air Ambulance into the air”.

Support This Worthy Cause

Please visit and make a donation or offer much needed fundraising support.


Dingle Tours

Friends of mine made a recent trip to Dingle for a family occasion. They were staying for a few days and wanted to see the sights as it was their first time in Dingle. While I’d have a good idea of places to visit I’m not exactly a tour guide. So, to avoid disappointment I decided to book a Dingle Peninsula Tour with one of the local opporators.

One local tour opporator came highly recommended, his name is Seán O’Connor. We booked the tour for 6 people and off we went. Well, having lived near the Dingle area for many years I thought I had a pretty good idea of the history and sights. However, Seán’s knowledge of Dingle history and folklore far surpassed my own and despite a few light showers of rain, we really enjoyed the the tour.

It turns out that Seán has also worked with film production companies in the past, not just to drop-off and pick-up directors and cast, but to also share his knowledge of Dingle with their location managers.

Without hesitation I recommend you contact Seán O’Connor if you are planning a bus or coach tour of Dingle. Visit Seán’s website at


Discover Annascaul, The River Of Shadows

Annascaul Village is in some regards considered the gateway village to the Dingle Peninsula. The parish population is around 1500 people. The village has a pottery shop (handmade ceramics), two newsagents, lots of accommodation providers, one of which is a guest-house with café/restaurant.

Annascaul Pubs

For a small village, Annascaul pubs number six (at one time there was nine pubs in this small village, including the famous Dan Foley’s, now sadly shut down). Many of these pubs offer food, and often there is live music or some form of entertainment.

Tom Crean

Tom Crean Antarctic Explore and Irish hero returned to the village after his adventures and opened the South Pole Inn. This pub is full of memorabilia and photos of Crean’s adventures and is a must see when visiting the village. Find out about Tom Crean.

Jerome Connor

Another person of immense interest but who is little know of, is Jerome Connor, Sculptor. Jerome spent his early years in the parish, and it is said he spent much of his time as a child chipping away as rocks with little hammer and chisel. After being educated in the Arts in Dublin, he later moved to America where he became a renowned and respected sculptor. He works are recognised masterpieces and several bronze pieces of his were gifted to Annascaul Village. Sadly they are not currently on exhibition but we hope to see them publicly again in the near future.

BaseCamp Annascaul

While the entire Dingle Peninsula is rich in history and archaeological sites of interest, Annascaul is truly a gem in the Kingdoms crown. It’s location on the peninsula means it is not only perfectly situated for visitors to use as a base camp for exploring the peninsula, but also North Kerry, and Killarney and much more of the county.

Annascaul has many beaches within a 10 minute drive including the popular Inch Beach, Minard Castle and beach, Bunineer, Dun Seanna and many more.

Annascaul Fairs and Festivals

For a small village, Annascaul sure does like to party!

  • There are two Ballinclare horse fairs each year, said to be the oldest horse fair in Kerry.
  • The local walking club also hosts an annual walking festival that has been seen many hundreds of visitors to the area enjoy both local and regional walks, both road and mountain. The club also have regular bi-weekly walks enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
  • In recent years the Annascaul BeerFest has grown in popularity, and has raised many thousands of Euro to gift to community and local charities.

Annascaul village is in a valley, overlooked by a glacier lake. The river that flows through the village (The River Of Shadows) is sourced in the crystal pure waters of the lake. The area is rich in archaeological sites including several standing stones, ring forts and cairns. Due to the natural beauty of the area, it is popular with many visitors who enjoy:

  • looped road walks
  • hill and mountain walks
  • landscape painting
  • fishing
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • light aircraft flight
  • and more
  • Without knowing something about this pretty little village, it would be easy to just drive through it on your way to Dingle or Killarney. However, many of those who do stop and find out a little about the area, soon realise why many believe it to be a jewel in the peninsulas crown.

Amhráin na bhFiann

by Admin · July 4, 2011

Amhráin na bhFiann (Click for English version A Soldier’s Song)

Seo dhaoíbh, a cháirde duan Óglaigh, Caithréimeach, bríomhar, ceolmhar, Á r dtintne cnámh go buacach táid, ‘S an spéir go mín réaltógach; Is fonnmhar faobhrach sinn chun gleo, ‘S go tiúnmhar glé roimh thíocht don lá Faoi chiúnas caomh na hoíche ar seal

Seo libh canaig’ Amhrán na bhFiann.

Sinne Fianna Fáil Atá fé gheall ag Éirinn, buion dár slua Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn, Fé mhóid bheith saor. Sean tír ár sinsir feasta Ní fhagfar fé’n tiorán ná fén tráil Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil, Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar

Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

Cois bánta réidhe, ar árdaibh sléibhe, Ba bhuachach ár sinsir romhainn, Ag lámhach go tréan fé’n sár-bhrat séin Tá thuas sa ghaoith go seolta Ba dhúchas riamh d’ár gcine cháidh Gan iompáil siar ó imirt áir, ‘S ag siúl mar iad i gcoinne námhad

Seo libh, canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann

Sinne Fianna Fáil Atá fé gheall ag Éirinn, buion dár slua Thar toinn do ráinig chugainn, Fé mhóid bheith saor. Sean tír ár sinsir feasta Ní fhagfar fé’n tiorán ná fén tráil Anocht a théam sa bhearna bhaoil, Le gean ar Ghaeil chun báis nó saoil Le guna screach fé lámhach na bpiléar

Seo libh canaídh Amhrán na bhFiann.

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Mursheen Durkin

In the days I went a courtin’, I was never tired resortin’ To the alehouse and the playhouse or many a house beside, I told me brother Seamus l’d go off and go right famous

And before l’d return again l’d roam the world wide.


So goodbye Mursheen Durkin, l’m sick and tired of working, No more I’ll dig the praties, no longer I’ll be fool. For as sure as me name is Carney I’ll be off to California, where instead of diggin’praties

I’ll be diggin’lumps of gold.

I’ve courted girls in Blarney, in Kanturk and in Killarney In Passage and in Queenstown, that is the Cobh of Cork. But goodbye to all this pleasure, for l’m going to take me leisure And the next time you will hear from me

Will be a letter from New York,

Goodbye to all the boys at home, l’m sailing far across the foam To try to make me fortune in far America, For there’s gold and money plenty for the poor and gentry

And when I come back again I never more will stray


Discover The Delights Of Connemara

Beautiful sightseeing opportunities draw many visitors to west Galway’s Connemara region.

If you are a keen walker, beach fan or simply enjoy taking in varied scenery, a road trip to this stunning area is worth your while. You can choose to spend time climbing craggy mountains, or spotting wild animals in one of Ireland’s exceptional national parks. Further walks can be taken in the magical Joyce Country, while coastal enclaves beckon with stretching, sandy beaches bordered by crashing Atlantic waves on the region’s borders.

Whether you wish to visit all these sites or concentrate on a particular area, much time can be spent exploring the beautiful locations. If you are driving to this part of Galway, you should carry out vehicle checks and ensure your car has motor insurance should you need to contact policy providers during the course of your journey. The Twelve Pins or Twelve Bens is one of the dominating features of Connemara.

The peaks make up a beautiful mountain range that looks out across Ireland. Although there are several summits to reach, you do not have to be an expert in climbing to tackle them. In fact energy and dedication sees many enthusiastic walkers hiking across the entire range in one day. Summits soar from 400 metres to 729 metres, with the highest called Benbaun.

More of the impressive landscape can be enjoyed at Connemara National Park, which is located close to the mountain range. Here, the foothills turn into heathland that is dotted with purple moor grass and heathers, bringing varied colours to the location. As well as a great selection of plant life, the local wildlife is likely to capture your attention.

Native ponies and red deer can be seen at times in their natural habitat. It is possible to enjoy the fresh air even more by taking part in some activities that are regularly scheduled in the park, such as horse riding. Moving further in to County Galway, is the spectacular Joyce Country that is a walker’s paradise. Named after Welsh immigrants who made their name and fortune in Ireland, this stunning area is located close to Lough Mask.

Green valleys, sparkling water courses and mountain peaks combine to create an enchanting walking experience. For spectacular sea views, the county’s coastal area beckons, and you may like to squeeze in a visit to Ireland’s only Fjord at Killary Harbour. This broad stretch of water forms a barrier between Galway and County Mayo, and shows the great impact glaciers had on the landscape.


Dingle Traveller Tips

Some useful advice for the weary traveller when visiting Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula.

Pack Rain Gear

Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula is one of the most beautiful locations on the planet – when it’s not raining.

When it starts bucketing down it’s a different story (unless you’re cosy in the snug of some pub sipping a coffee or a creamy pint of stout). Anyway, pack rain gear, you’ll need it.

Credit Card Advice
American Express is NOT widely accept in Dingle. When paying use a Visa card, Mastercard, Laser card or everyone’s favorite – cold hard cash. Ching-ching!

Hen And Stag Parties In Dingle

You’d think that with over 50 drinking spots in Dingle (including the Hillgrove Nightclub) that Dingle would be the perfect place for hen and stag parties.

Some of the bars in Main Street Dingle have banned stag and hen parties while others do not exactly welcome them. Many accommodation providers also prefer not to house people visiting for hen and stag parties, especially if they have guests with young children staying.

Behave yourself and you’ll get a warm welcome wherever you go.

Traditional Irish Music In Dingle

You’d probably like to know where to find the traditional Irish music sessions when visiting Dingle? Well you’re in luck…

That’s not a difficult job to do! You can usaully hear the trad music when walking around the streets of the town. Never the less, we won’t take the chance of you missing something special; here’s a couple of places to visit for traditional Irish music when in Dingle Town.

O’Flaherty’s Pub Dingle

This is a popular pub in Dingle and there have been some mighty Irish trad sessions under their roof. O’Flaherty’s Pub is off the roundabout as you enter the town from the Annascaul side.

An Droichead Beag

There is traditioanl Irish music seven days a week in ‘the Droichead’. A must visit while in Dingle. An Droichead Beag (means ‘Little Bridge’) is on Main Street Dingle and sure enough, it’s beside a little bridge.

Mac Carthy’s Bar Dingle

MacCarthy’s Bar has been host to some of the finest tradtional Irish musicians. The walls regularly shake with mighty trad sessions and the pint is good. It’s located in Goat’s Street, off the top of Main Street Dingle, near to Goat’s Street Cafe (also worth a visit!).

That’ll get you started though there are many more pubs where you can enjoy traditional Irish music in Dingle. Walk around and listen sharp for a session in full swing. Enjoy yourself!

Eating Out In Dingle’s Restaurants, Pubs and Café

There’s plenty of dinning options for visitors to Dingle. As you can imagine, fresh fish, lamb and beef is offered in many restaurants. All can be sourced as local ingrediants.

We have listed just some of the restaurants and bars you might enjoy to visit while in Dingle.

  • The Chart House (on the roundabout entering Dingle). The food is excellent and this is one of the best restaurants in Dingle. They source fresh fish and meat locally as well other local produce like Annascaul Black Pudding. They offer a good choice of wines and dinners can order a half bottle of wine which is great if you don’t have time for a full bottle. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is excellent. *Restaurant.
  • Goat’s Street Cafe should be visited at least once. The menu is not Irish but the food is excellent, the staff friendly and atmosphere warm. Well worth a visit. *Cafe.
  • Adam’s Bar offer traditional Irish and foriegn dishes, is a step up from pub grub and has a wonderful atmosphere. The staff are friendly and it’s a great place to enjoy a meal then relax sipping a pint while reading the newspaper.
  • Lord Baker’s (main street Dingle) Excellent restaurant offering both meat and fish dishes. The food here is excellent.
  • An Cafe Liteartha, Dingle’s bookstore cafe is a great stop for a good bowl of soup or enjoy a fresh baked scone with think butter and jam with a hot cup of tea or coffee.
  • Paudie’s Bar beside the Dingle Bay Hotel serves great pub food.
  • Nove Cente (Main Street Dingle) has some really good pizza.
  • The Chinese Restaurant (Main Street) offers 3 course meals for less than €15. Great for a group or family meal.

This is just a short list of places to eat out in Dingle. We recommend you explore the town and experience for yourself the best of Dingle restaurants, bar and cafe food for yourself.

Dingle Sea Angling And Shore Fishing Ireland

Interested in a sea angling fishing charter trip while visiting Dingle?

There are several fishing boats in Dingle that offer charter-fishing trips. Deep sea fishing trips can be booked at the office on the marina or the tourist office.

Dingle Deep Sea Fishing Prices

Dingle Deep Sea Fishing Prices start at around €20 per person for two hours fishing (prices at time of writing). For a four hour trip you can expect to pay around €45 per person with tackle included. A full boat for a days fishing will cost around €500.

Dingle Deep Sea Fish Stock

Mackerel and Pollack are the main stock in the waters surrounding Dingle Peninsula and once you catch one you’ll catch plenty.

Preparations For Charter Fishing

Pack a warm jumper hat and gloves encase the weather turns nasty. You’d do well to bring waterproof gear too. If you are going for the day bring enough food and water provisions (unless you prefer raw fish and salty water!).

Life jackets should be provided by the boat owner and obviously worn at all times. Remember, safety first!

Fungie The Dolphin

You may be lucky enough to see Fungie the Dolphin within Dingle Bay and some of his friends further out to sea.

For Landlubbers – Beach and Shore Fishing

There’s plenty of beach and shore fishing on the Dingle Peninsula with several species including Ray, Bass, Mackerel, Conger eel, Bull Huss, Wrasse, Spurdog and Pollack,

Enjoy your Dingle fishing trip!

Dingle Peninsula Resources

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The Banks of the Lee

(by Thomas Osborne Davis)

Oh! The banks of the Lee, the banks of the Lee, And love in a cottage for Mary and me; Ther’s not in the land a lovlier tide,

And I’m sure there’s no one as fair as my bride.

She’s modest and meek, There’s a down on her cheek, And her skin is as sleek As a butterfly’s wing – Then her step would scarce show On the fresh fallen snow; And her whisper is low,

But as clear as the spring.

Oh! The banks of the Lee, the banks of the Lee, And love in a cottage for Mary and me; I do not know how love is happy elsewhere;

I do not know how any but lovers are there.

Oh! So green is the grass, so clear is the stream, So mild is the mist, and so rich is the beam, That beauty should ne’er to other lands roam, But make on the banks of the river its home. When, dripping with dew, The roses peep through, ‘Tis to look in at you They are growing so fast; While the scent of the flowers Must be hoarded for hours, ‘Tis poured in such showers

When my Mary goes past.

Oh! The banks of the Lee, the banks of the Lee, And love in a cottage for Mary and me – Oh! Mary for me – oh! Mary for me!

And ’tis little I’d sigh for the banks of the Lee!


Irish Recipe for Boxty

Enjoy our great Boxty recipe: Boxty (or potato cake) is a traditional Irish pancake made with potato. The dish is mostly associated with the north midlands, north Connacht and southern Ulster, most popular in the counties of Cavan and Leitrim.

There are many variations on the Boxty recipes but all contain finely grated raw potatoes and all are cooked by frying. The most popular version of Boxty is made with finely grated raw potato, mashed potato with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and sometimes egg. The main difference between Boxty and similarly dishes is its smooth fine grained consistency.

Boxy celebrated in traditional Irish verse:

Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If you can’t make boxty,

You’ll never get a man.

Some modern additions to the basic Boxty recipe include garlic and other spices to flavor the mixture. Delicious!

Boxty Ingredients

  • Potatoes, raw and grated
  • Potatoes mashed
  • Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs (optional)
  • Garlic and spices to taste (optional)
  • Preparation of Boxty Irish Potato Cake
  • Mix all the ingredients together and fry on a griddle for 3/4 minutes on each side for perfect Boxty potato cakes.

See the full list of traditonal Irish Recipes


Discover County Donegal

Donegal is the northernmost of all the counties of the Republic of Ireland, and Gaelic (Irish native language) is spoken predominately there. The county boosts stunning landscapes and is recognised as one of the most beautiful counties in all of Ireland. 

Donegal is a fishing county with regular sandy beaches with small fishing villages along the coastline, and while tourism is important to the county, it retains authentic.

Donegal town has a main public area that is called The Diamond because of it’s shape. Well worth a visit is Donegal Castle close to the town centre. Donegal town has a popular antique market where you may be lucky to pick up a bargain.

Boat trips embark from Donegal Bay and sail around the wide bay. Another tour worth considering is to Slieve League cliffs, very close to the town and one of the great attractions of the county, as these cliffs in some places are as high as 600 meters, making them the highest in Europe.