Once called ‘”the most beautiful place on earth” the Dingle peninsula is known for its breathtaking views of rugged coastlines and gleaming star strewn skies. Not forgetting to mention the cozy pubs with roaring log fires where you can enjoy the famous Dingle whiskey made in the local distillery, and the endless amount of flamboyant town houses, some of which are little eclectic fashion and jewellery shops! No wonder it’s an idyllic destination at Christmas time
Where to eat and drink
Whilst there may not be many restaurants open on Christmas day in Dingle, there's Kennedy’s butchers where you can get your Christmas dinner meat. It's run by craft butcher Jerry Kennedy (and previously by two generations before him). He's known for his finest selection of artisan beef and mountain lamb, sourced from the Dingle Peninsula itself!
Some of the best restaurants in Dingle are open during the Christmas period, why not try 'Mask' for an exquisite take on Irish cuisine and the best fine dining experience in Dingle! Or try 'Doyle's' Seafood restaurant where you can enjoy great food in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Wren’s Day or St. Stephen’s day
The History behind 'Wren day'
One legend story tells that St Stephen was hiding in a bush from his enemies, only for his hiding to be revealed by the chattering of a wren. Another maintains Irish soldiers were approaching a Viking camp to drive out the intruders. However, a wren started eating crumbs from a drum and alerted the Vikings to the presence of the Irish soldiers hence betraying them. Boys then traditionally hunted a wren and threw stones at it. They tied it to a stick when it was dead and paraded it around the village.
County Kerry may be quiet during the low seasons but on Wren day (December 26th) the town comes alive and devotes the whole day to the celebration! Here, the people are awake early, and by 6 a.m. are on the streets in straw costumes and fancy dress, parading about waving banners to announce The Wren. The day is split into three parts, Then, at about noon, all the children of the town go from door to door in fancy dress, collecting treats. By 1 or 2 o'clock, adults and young paraders, all still in costume, retire to the Dingle pubs for the rest of the day!
NYE’s visitors can relish in a huge celebration on the streets of Dingle to welcome in the New Year....It begins with a spectacular fireworks display on Dingle Bay, so beautifully reflected across the bay. Then you can make your way into the town, following the spectacular marching band and celebrate the New Year with thousands of people on the main street or you can continue the festivities in the villages across the peninsula - Annascaul or Castlegregory. The choice is yours...
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