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DINGLE FOOD FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2018

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on the foodie highlight of the year in Dingle (in fact in all of Ireland!)

You weren’t in Dingle for the first weekend in October? You were missing out! It’s the time of year for the annual Dingle Food Festival—and considering that Dingle bears the title of top foodie town in all the land, it’s quite an event.

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Every year, food experts descend on the town a few days in advance of the Festival to judge the national food produce awards (Blas na hEireann - Taste of Ireland). You’ll know winning products as you’ll see the medal on emblazoned on their packaging.

There is also a series of talks and panel discussions, which, if you’re in the food industry, are a must-see. Along with talks on pitching, selling and financial planning, this year’s speakers included Aoife McElwain, author of Slow at Work, with an inspiring talk about mindfulness, which made a big impression on some of those entrepreneurs who were burning the candle at both ends.

Before the madness of the festival took over the town, I grabbed a quiet corner for a chat with Dee Laffan, a renowned food journalist and editor of foodandwine.ie, who was one of the judges for Blas, about why she loves to visit the Dingle Food Festival every year.

The Sights and Smells

The Food Trail is one of the highlights of the Festival, taking place across the town between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The books of tickets for the Food Trail are available from the Festival HQ on Main St, beside Geaneys pub, priced at €20 for a book of 9 tickets (each ticket is worth €2 and the final €2 goes towards the cost of running the festival). The book of tickets which will allow you a tasting plate or cocktail in each of the participating establishments and street stalls—luckily the sun seems to know to come out for the Food Festival so you can wander the streets and enjoy the music and street performances.

I wish the technology for Smell-O-Vision was invented because it would be the best way to give you a sense of the festival. Driving into the town the first place I passed was the Fish Shop, which was serving seafood barbecue and a chowder for their Festival Food Trail dishes, priced at 2 tokens for the barbecue and 1 token for the chowder. But I couldn’t stop, firstly because there was no parking (your best bet is to park out of town and take the shuttle bus in) and secondly because the Food Trail tokens are the official currency and I needed to get down to HQ to buy my book of tokens before I could start!

There is so much choice to taste. A popular favourite every year are the kangaroo skewers, but if like me, you couldn’t bring yourself to eat poor Skippy, then there is everything from a huge choice of seafood, delicious local oysters, vegetarian options, raclette…the best thing to do is follow your nose! 

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A variety of cookery demonstrations take place in the somewhat unusual location of St James’ Church on Main St—it’s better known as the concert venue for the famous Other Voices music festival, but this weekend, it plays hosts to chefs including Wade Murphy from 1826 Adare, JP McMahon, chef patron of Galway’s Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant, and Jean Marie Vaireaux of Dingle’s Out of the Blue.

There are also lots of free concerts, events and parties for all the family to enjoy—this year’s activities included everything from workshops on fermenting, whiskey tasting and herbal remedies, to fun Zumba for kids and adults, yoga focusing on digestive health, and Sing Along Social (like karaoke, but everyone in the pub joins in!).

Go Eco!

Be sure to get your hands on the eco-friendly Food Festival kit which contains reusable bamboo plate, bowl and cutlery, for €10. There are rinsing stations on the street where you can clean them off before you go for your next course—it’s a fantastic innovation, started when people counted up the number of plastic single use plates that were used.

STOP PRESS... Don't miss out, book early for the Dingle Food Festival 2019!

The Dingle Food festival us being held on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019  so book early if you want to stay in the coolest, boutique homes in the heart of Dingle town and on the Dingle Peninsula. https://www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/

 

 

 


Family Fun with Fungie – free trip with every half term booking!

*Free tickets to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin for a family of four when you book 5 nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.  Email [email protected] after booking to claim your tickets. Have a look at our available properties here.

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Treat the kids to an action packed holiday filled with exciting activities and attractions this half term. Whatever the weather, rain or shine, Dingle has you covered for a family friendly getaway. 

Shell Collecting in Brandon Bay

Situated on the northern side of the peninsula, Brandon Bay, has a number of beaches popular with swimmers, surfers and shell collectors alike. It's officially Ireland's longest unbroken beach at 17km. Even on a chilly day it's worth a visit to watch the kid's faces light up as they find Anemones, fish fossils an huge crab shells. Don't forget a bag to bring home your treasures!

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Dingle Outdoor Play Park

Opened in 2017 the Dingle Play Park is a fantastic place to let the kids burn off some energy. It features a nautical travel theme and rubberised flooring. The play ground is very friendly with locals and tourists enjoying the craic as the little ones kick up their heels!

Famine Cottages & Animal Petting

The Famine Cottages were built in the mid nineteenth century and originally housed the Long and then the Kavanagh family in Fán, Ventry County Kerry. The family lived in this house during one of the worst famines to strike Western Europe – The Great Irish Famine. The largest of the cottages was inhabited up until the 1950’s when the last of the Kavanaghs (Tomás Ó Cíobháin) left the cottage. The cottage has been preserved in its original format and stepping inside the house will give the visitor the true experience of the environment the local people had to live in during famine times.

Look out of the Beehive hut at the back or the larger cottage. The farm is also home to some super friendly animals who will come up for a head scratch!

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Indoor Climbing Wall & Soft Play

With it's HUGE soft play area and one of Ireland's best indoor climbing walls this is the perfect place to take the children on a rainy day. The indoor climbing wall soars up to 12.5 meters high and allows rock climbing of all levels.  Explorer's World cater for complete beginners up to expert climbers.

Pony Trekking

Feel the wind in your hair as you you to ride on the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, a haven for beach riding and mountain trekking.

Dingle Horse Riding was founded in 1989 as a small, family-run business based in Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula. The idea was to cater to those people who wanted to see the area on horseback rather than by car, bus, bicycle, or on foot.

By 1998, the operation had outgrown its base in Dunquin, and purpose-designed stables were built in Ballinaboula, just a mile outside of Dingle town. The move enabled the further expansion of the business, and once settled into its new base of operations, it grew from strength to strength, building on its good reputation. Now, 25 years later, Dingle Horse Riding is one of the most popular destinations for horse riding holidays in Ireland, offering inclusive, residential, and post-to-post equestrian adventures.

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Paddle Boarding

Surfs up, dudes! Billabong & Irish Surf Association approved, Dingle Surf School runs daily lessons for adults and children leaving Dingle at 9:30 (and 13:00 peak season) over the breathtaking Conair Pass in their free surf bus - ALL year round. If you can already hold your own on a board, then they can offer the best daily rates on surf equipment for hire.

Fungie The Dolphin

See the fabulous, Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin for free with our fantastic half term offer! Free tickets available for a family of four when you book five nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.

Gen up on all the Fungie Facts here!

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FAMILY FUN WITH FUNGIE!

Spot Dingles Darling Dolphin with a free trip with every half term booking!

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Top 3 Seafood Dinners in Dingle

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on where to go in search of Dingle’s finest fish dishes.

Every time I think of the phrase ‘seafood dinner’ I have a little laugh to myself because it reminds me of the fight scene in Anchorman, where Champ goads Ron Burgundy saying, “I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again.”

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I do love a nice seafood dinner—partly because it’s not something I don’t often cook at home because I hate when the house smells fishy, and partly because when you’re eating out, a light seafood course leaves plenty of room for dessert! 

Ireland’s Atlantic coast provides a wealth of wonderful seafood and the restaurants in Dingle are serving up the freshest catch daily from local fishing trawlers and Kerry fishermen, so it really is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Sheehy’s Anchor Down

For the best value, I’m a big fan of Sheehy’s Anchor Down (3 The Colony, Dingle, Phone: +353 66 915 1545). Before getting into the restaurant business the Sheehy family were already running a fish shop, so you know they’ve got the best supply in town!

Of course the menu may vary depending on the catch but to give you an idea of the treats in store, recent mouth-watering specials have included John Dory in almond butter served with asparagus, potatoes and salad, and my personal drool-inducing favourite, a seafood platter featuring monkfish, salmon, plaice and scallops.

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Doyles

Ask any Dingle native what their favourite restaurant is, and there is a strong chance they will say Doyles on John Street. Run by chef and proprietor Sean Roche, Doyles is a must-visit for the seafood lover, and while there are a few main course options for those who aren’t fish fans, seafood is really a strong focus of the menu here. From Black Sole on the bone to seafood linguine and Spanish-style fish stew, all the classic favourites are there. For something a little different, I love the flavour combination of the Duo of Scallops & Organic Pork, a delicious take on the surf ’n’ turf concept with seared Atlantic scallops, crispy pork belly and black pudding. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Out of the Blue

Ask me what my favourite seafood dinner in Dingle is, and it’s probably Out of the Blue. It might look a bit like a shack from the outside, but all the foodies (and a few celebs) that pass through town flock here. It has a strict ‘No chips, and nothing frozen’ policy and serves up delicious and innovative dishes. I love the zing of home-cured & smoked salmon with pickled ginger and grapefruit for a refreshing starter, to get my taste buds’ attention and gear up for the gluttony ahead!

But we can’t just leave it there…

Those might be the best when it comes to sit down dinners and slap up grub, but there’s a new kid on the block which is perfect if you want to grab a quick bite. Newly opened, The Fish Box, on Green Street, serves up the freshest of fish from their very own fishing trawler Cú Na Mara.

For an all-out treat try their eponymous ‘The Fish Box’—deep-fried prawns, monkfish, fish of the day and calamari with homemade chips, tartar sauce and sweet chilli jam; priced at €14 takeaway or €16 to eat in, it’s a classy take on takeaway.

TAKE THE MEMORIES HOME

If you’ve loved your dinners out in Dingle, famed as Ireland’s No 1 foodie town, then make sure you pick up the Dingle Dinners cookbook before you leave, so you can recreate some of the favourite food of Dingle chefs at home.

Here, Stella Doyle, founder of Doyle’s, shares one of her favourite seafood dishes to cook:

Pasta with Dingle Bay Prawns in White Wine and Saffron Sauce

Serves 6

600g / 1lb 5oz linguine


200ml / 7fl oz / ¾ cup + 4 tsp white wine


pinch of saffron


75g / 2 ½ oz / 5 tbsp butter


600g / 1lb 5oz Dingle Bay prawns


2 garlic cloves, crushed


60ml / 2fl oz / ¼ cup cream (optional)


squeeze of lemon juice


salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

METHOD

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.

Steep saffron in white wine.

Heat a knob of butter in a large pan, let sizzle, add prawns and fry until they change colour, 1–2 minutes. Take prawns out and set aside.

Add the garlic, sizzle but do not brown – about 30 seconds. Add the wine with saffron, bring to the boil and let reduce by half. Add the rest of the butter and cream, if using, a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add back the prawns and reheat, add the parsley, toss into the pasta.

Dingle Dinners – From the Chefs of Ireland’s #1 Foodie Town compiled and edited by Trevis L. Gleason, published by The Collins Press, price €24.99. It is available from all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie

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Fungie, The DIngle Dolphin

With the sun dancing off the blue water of the bay, we thought it was a perfect day to jump aboard one of the local boats and take a trip out to see the legendary, Dingle Dolphin, Fungie!

Fungie Facts!

Fungie is a fully grown, middle aged, male bottlenose dolphin.

He is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250kgs

He is estimated be under 40 years old and could have a lifespan of 50 to 60 years.

Celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Mary Black and Jean Kennedy-Smith, have come to see Fungie.

According to locals he was first seen in the harbour in 1983.

He regularly escorts boats entering and leaving the harbour and loves to play with small boats/ribs and sailing dinghies.

 

 


Dingle Welcomes Spring!

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Shake off the old darkness of Winter and welcome the light! It will soon be time to celebrate the official arrival of Summer with the rich and vibrant Feile Na Bealtaine 2018 in Dingle. Let’s take a look ahead to the much-anticipated festivities and banish those Winter blues once and for all!

Feile Na Bealtaine has evolved from a tentative one-day event in the nineties to a full-blown, five-day multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place every May Bank Holiday weekend in Dingle.

Kicking off on Thursday 3rd May this year and running to Monday, 7th May, there is guaranteed to be events for all tastes and age groups. Street theatre, children’s events, music of all types, poetry recitals, art exhibitions, short films, long films, comedy acts, concerts, art exhibitions, storytelling and a poetry trail are just some of the exciting events we have to look forward to.

One of the highlights of Féile Na Bealtaine is the free Oíche Bealtaine event (pagan rave).  Attendees are given a deliberately vague location in the town at which to meet and are only taken to the secret ritual grounds once a crowd has gathered. This year, the meeting place will be outside the church on Green Street at 9pm on the Saturday.

We interviewed Billy Mag Fhiloinn, one of the men behind the mask…

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  1. Tell us a bit about the Feile - what is it, how did it start, what is so special about it. 

Feile na Bealtaine began in Dingle 24 years ago, rather modestly, primarily as a poetry festival. It has grown spectacularly over the years and is now one of the premiere arts festivals in Munster, if not Ireland. Its strength lies in its sense of community and locality, and its very broad appeal. People come from all over the world, and all elements of the arts are prominent in the festival, and this variety is vital to its success.

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2.How did you get involved in the festival? 

I have been attending for a long time, but for several years I ran an event with artists, archaeologists and designers. We used ancient technology to make cast bronze objects. I also had an expert traveller tinsmith who taught us how to make traditional sheet metal vessels. In recent years, I have shifted gears, and have introduced a folklore/music/performance event, which is in effect a large communal ritual involving fire, ceremony and costumes.

  1. The Pagan festival is part of the Feile - How did the Pagan tradition start in Dingle and how does the Pagan rave tie into the Feile festival? 

I was speaking to a friend on the committee, and we were remarking how the féile is named after one of the ancient pre-Christian festivals, but did not reflect this aspect of traditional culture, and how interesting it might be to introduce elements of that into the proceedings. Now it forms a fairly important part of the festival, and seems to draw a lot of performers, participants and spectators together in a great communal celebration.

  1. The costumes are crazy! Can you tell me about the meaning behind them?

Some are fun and frivolous, some are serious and scary, and others are something in between. I spend a lot of time making them, it has taken many years to bring them all together. I have about fifty now, and more on the way. I draw on many things for inspiration, nature, folklore, myths and legends, and aspects of film and pop culture. But all the time I try to make them organic, and a little disturbing to the senses. The material is the most important part, wood, leather, bone, shell, straw and so on. I hope that they come across as elemental, and resonate with people on some deep level of the subconscious. Familiar and strange at once.

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  1. What’s the atmosphere like when you are performing? 

We try to cultivate a feeling of otherworldliness, like one has been transported out of ordinary time and place, and to somewhere else. If we are successful, people should feel like they have stepped out of time, and into the in-between place, where ritual transformation takes place.

  1. Last year pagan rave you burned the Wicker Man, what does this symbolise? 

It’s largely based on the 1970’s film, which has been very influential on the project, but it also refers back to an account by the ancient Greeks and Romans of Celts burning massive effigies containing victims sacrificed to their gods. We are not so bloodthirsty though, we just like the spectacle. Everyone seems to enjoy a good effigy burning too, and there’s something cathartic about the whole process.

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  1. Describe the Pagan rave in 3 words...

Strange, Wild, Liberating

  1. How can a visitor to Dingle get involved in the festival? Is it spectator event or can they partake? 

It’s a bit of both. There’s a straw costume workshop on Friday the 4th in Currans, where people can make their own costumes for the next day’s event. We encourage people to dress appropriately, like otherworld beings from the deep past, and when the music is underway, it is important for us all, everyone present, to dance and shout and surrender to the communal joy.

  1. For you, describe Dingle in 3 words? 

It’s traditional, contemporary, and vibrant.

 

You can find out more information on the Feile here -

http://feilenabealtaine.ie/home/category/2018/6-may/

You can find out more about Billy here -

https://tradition.ie

Don't forget to book your Dingle stays!

We're offering €100 off your May and September 2018 booking! 

T&C's apply. 

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Riviera Ready with Annina!

Its nearly that time of the year, The French Riviera rolls out the red carpet once again and welcomes the industry’s hottest celebrities. The annual Cannes Film Festival is set it return May the 9th – May 18th, where show stopping dresses, red bottom shoes and glitzy jewels will take over the carpet.

To get this year’s fashion inside, we Interviewed Annina Kraft, a model and Cannes Boutique dress shop owner of Annika Dress

1.What is the inspiration behind Annika? 

Annika is a clothing boutique that offers fashionable, sexy and luxurious party and evening dresses without the hefty price tag most other fashion stores charge their clients. It offers the opportunity to buy a stunning dress without breaking the bank.

2. What kind of style epitomises Annika? 

 Our dresses are all glam with a hint of sexy...or a lot of sexy

3.Can you describe the kind of woman wears Annika? 

Our clientele are women from all ages and backgrounds, locals and tourists alike, who love to be on trend and enjoy dressing up.

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4. Why did you choose the French Riviera to start Annika Dresses? 

I chose the French Riviera as I have been based here for the past 14 years and I saw a gap in the market for what we offer.

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5. What is the atmosphere like while Cannes Film Festival is here?

The atmosphere is electric. Everything and everyone is just ready to be fab and party away....it’s truly unique and a must on every bodies bucket list.

6. What trends can we expect to see on the Cannes red carpet this year? 

The past years the gowns were "barely there dresses" with ultra-high side splits and see through materials. I think this trend will continue.

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7.What's your best celebrity moment at the Cannes film festival? 

A few years ago, I went to some high-profile parties during the Festival, that was before I was busy with the boutique. I got to party with some A list celebs till the early morning hours. Of course, I cannot mention their names...that would not be professional!

8.Do you have any advice for tourists hoping to spot some celebrities? 

Best celeb spotting points are the exclusive parties that are hosted during the festival such as Elton John’s amfar gala at Eden Rock, the Chopard party or the Vanity Fair party. That said, its pricey to get tickets to those events but not impossible. Everyone who has the necessary cash can go. And I have in the past years helped many of my tourist clients and local clients to get their hands on those rare and exclusive tickets. Apart from that, the red carpet is a great spotting place, or any of the hotel bars and lobbies, and the beach clubs.

9.Where are the best places to hang out during the Cannes film festival? 

The private parties are the best. But it’s also fab just to walk around and enjoy a coffee or a drink anywhere in the centre of Cannes especially alongside the Croisette. People watching is just amazing during this time of the year.

10. Which celebrity do you feel epitomises Annika style and you would love to dress? 

I think J.Lo represents our style well. Always classy yet always sexy but sophisticated.

11.Where is the best place you have spotted someone wearing an Annika dress? 

On the red carpet. I had a Russian model purchase a few of our dresses last year during her stay in Cannes and she posted the most glam Video of her walking down the red carpet in her ANNIKA dress while paparazzi went crazy to get a picture of her.

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You can purchase Annina's beautiful red carpet ready dresses here -

www.myannika.com

Don't Forget to book your Cannes Film Festival accommodation with STAY YNA! 

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Weaving the Way in Dingle!

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Some people might think it would be hard for one craft business to stand out in a place like Dingle which is so vibrantly awash with creative talent, but Fiadh Handwoven Products has a quality that sets it apart from the rest.

Fiadh Durham, the person behind the business, has an extraordinary eye for fabric and tone. Fiadh is a real advocate for carving a successful career out of a natural talent and this is very evident in the beauty of her crafts.

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We caught up with Dingle’s local weaver…

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I think I'm really lucky that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. My inspiration for colour and pattern is just endless. All I have to do is go for a walk or a drive to a beach or up a hill. And it's not necessarily just landscape, there are indigenous colours and textures that are very diverse all year round. I use that all the time to influence my work and as the seasons change naturally so do my collections.

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Why did you choose a Fawn for your logo?

There are a few interesting things about the logo and the label and why I decided to go with the fawn image.

First of all "Fiadh", my name, is the Irish word for "deer" so I wanted to incorporate that into the design somehow. I feel that the simplicity of the fawn image helps people to easily associate it with my woven products. The other interesting thing is that the Irish word for weaver is "Fiodóir" so it's almost like it was meant to be!

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The loom looks difficult to operate, can you talk me through your crating process…

I love to demonstrate how set up my loom and how contrasting textures contribute to bringing out a pattern. Setting up the loom is time consuming, but I enjoy the mathematical element to the preparation. Everything has to be planned out really well beforehand to get the pattern right. Only when this stage is complete can the weaving begin.

I find the work process really satisfying. You start with just a colour combination or pattern that you're interested in and then you bring together the materials. You're starting with individual threads and making it into a finished piece. That alone is really satisfying but then someone wears it and loves it so that's doubling up again. That in itself is a huge driving force for me in the business.

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Where did your creative flair come from?

Both of my parents are musicians and my sister Sorcha is the instrumentalist in the well-known Dingle band Walking on Cars. I graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Textiles in 2007. After graduation I went on and worked at a weaving company in the town for five years before setting up my own business in 2013. Before I came across weaving I didn't really have a huge interest in it and she now want to show people how amazing the craft can be. 

I want to create products that are new, exciting, contemporary with a real focus on design.

 

When you’re not out getting inspired by Dingle’s beauty, where can we find you?

You can find me designing and creating my products in the shop/workshop in Dingle, with Oisín, my much-loved dog who is a hugely popular and playful character in the shop.

It is here that I enjoy engaging with my customers, showing them different ways to wear the products which include scarves, blankets and accessories and informing them about my crafts.

I'm privileged in that I love what I do. There are so many rewarding elements of the work. One is having my own business, so I decide what way I want things to go. It has its challenges as well obviously.

 

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Fiadh's shop is located on lower Main Street, Dingle and her products can be ordered online via her website. 

Visit Fiadh's website and Social Media sites here:

Website: www.fiadh.ie

Twitter: @fiadhwovendesign

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fiadhwovendesign

Don't forget to book your Dingle stays!

We're offering €100 off your May and September 2018 booking! 

T&C's apply. 

https://www.stayyna.com/specials/may-september-dingle-deal-19862/


A Festival with a DIFFerence…

Prices slashed for last remaining Easter dates! Don't miss out, Book now!

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WIN 2 tickets to The World Premiere of The Keepers of The Flame!

For the 12th year, March 22nd to March 25th, Dingle welcomes creatives from across the globe to its can’t miss event – The Dingle Film Festival. A unique, unforgettable experience, that showcases Films, animations and short films over 4 days. With the festival being around the corner, we caught up with Maurice Galway, founder and festival director.

1.How and why did the film festival start in Dingle?

I have always loved film and I make film myself. Back in late 2005, following 5 years with a film festival I founded, I took a 6 month break with my wife and our then 3 young children. We travelled mostly through the South Pacific. During the course of those travels I took time to plan my next move. I knew I wanted to continue in a film festival capacity, so when I returned I set up Dingle IFF in the amazing town of Dingle - knowing that this is such an incredible destination to bring filmmakers to.

Maurice Galway - Founder and Festival Director

2.What makes Dingle Film festival unique?

We coined the phrase, the DIFFerence is Dingle and it truly is.  The location is unique; The Phoenix Cinema built in 1937, the 200 year old St. James Church and The Blasket Centre are such unique venues to exhibit film in. On top of that you’ve got award winning hotels, restaurants and bars amongst and all this against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean with the beautiful Conors Pass on one side and the Slea Head Peninsula on the other.  Hemmed in by beauty.

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3.What does it take for a film to be shown at the Dingle film festival? 

Within such a quality environment, we cannot let ourselves down with poor programming or selection.  In dingle we pride ourselves in exhibiting quality film. I watch every film that is submitted. The process is rigorous and takes time, but the end result is a showcasing of exceptional films from around the world presented in intimate settings to our audiences. With features, I have built up a strong relationship with various distributors over the years, and this, together with visits to other festivals, is essential. The net result is a selection of quality films being presented with as many of the filmmakers attending as possible. This selection process is done with expertise drawn from our film friends in Ireland, the UK, France and USA.

4.What films are top of your list to see at this year’s film festival and why? 

Both our opening and closing films are really important films to me and have very strong local connections. The Camino Voyage is a film documenting the epic journey some local musicians and artists made on a Navoage (traditional boat) and Keepers of The Flame is a world premiere by local director Nuala O Connor.

We have Western and Sami Blood, which won The LUX Prize from The EU Parliament this year and with that you can see the films with both English and Irish subtitles, which is really cool and totally unique to us.

Other great Irish titles include; Michael Inside, (winner of The IFTA this year for Best Feature); Kissing Candice; The Silver Branch; and Song of Granite.

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The Keepers of the Flame

5.You support young Irish film artists, what advice would you give to aspiring artists?

We do support emerging talent.  This year our Pow Wow event for them will have a Chinwag and a Banter with actors Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Paul McGann (Whitnail & I); director, Michael Uppendahl (Ray Donovon, Mad Men); and actress Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovon). With the French Embassy we have an opportunity for young filmmakers to work with VR 360. My advice is believe in yourself, your vision and keep working on it, never give up; it might sound cliché but it is about staying with it and believing in your own unique voice – keep looking up and aim high.

6.What’s your favourite film and why? 

Hardest question in the world, I love so much film. Recently I watched Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and I totally loved the film, I love how imaginative it was, like so much of his work. Sally Hawkins was wonderful in the film. I heard Del Toro speak at Annecy International Animation Festival and he is such a creative, right from his first film Cronos, I love his work. Growing up I loved Sergio Leone’s westerns, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and all the others.

7.Who and what films should we watch out for in 2018? 

Black ’47 directed by Lance Daly, is a film you are going to hear so much more about later this year. It is a film set during the famine here in Ireland and is already being talked about as one of the most important Irish films ever made. We have a screening of the film here at Dingle IFF.

Attending Dingle IFF is Barry Keoghan, an actor from Dublin, recently in Dunkirk and The Killing of A Sacred Deer and he is a real rising star.

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Barry Keoghan

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Black '47

8.Can the general public go to see films?

Absolutely! We programme with the general audience in mind. Simply book online or call into our box office in The Phoenix Cinema.

9.What is the atmosphere like during the film festival in Dingle town? 

The town is really buzzing with great fun each night in the festival clubs. You’ll see lots of young filmmakers and animators’ walking around the town with their festival passes on and with so many great celebrities having visited us over the years you never know who you might meet.  It’s an easy town to navigate and you repeatedly see people so it all becomes very comfortable, very familiar, very quickly.  Everyone becomes a part of the overall.

10.What would you recommend a first timer to the Dingle film festival to do during their visit? 

Well they absolutely have to go to see a film in the amazing Phoenix Cinema and another in St. James’ Church, these venues really are a unique place to experience film in.

 

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St. James’ Church

11.Everyone loves Dingle, but what do you love about Dingle? 

I love the scenery and the beaches – I particularly like to swim on Bín Bán beach.  I love to hill walk in the surrounding mountains.  I love visiting Kilmalkedar Church, looking at the view over Clogher Head and then, of course, enjoying a pint in the far too many excellent pubs to mention!

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Carnival Countdown!

 

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As the carnival draws closer (this Saturday!), we interviewed Anastasia, an artist performing on the flower float and Kristen, a local designer who has imagined 3 of this year’s floats…

 

  1. What is the atmosphere like when you are performing?

Anastasia - It's like to live a fairy-tale, as the Nice flower carnival is a special event full of happiness and magic moments. Moreover, it is just so precious to see, child, adult, senior smiling. 

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  1. What materials are used to make the floats? How long does it take to build a tank from beginning to end? How many people work on each tank?

Kristen - The tanks are built by maskers, designers do that imagine and draw, this drawing then serving for the masker for its realization. They use new materials such as polystyrene which allows you to make better finished personages and great cartoons. But they also still use the traditional method of paste board must combine tradition and Design Style for our carnival retained its identity. Generally, they begin construction towards October to finish ... just before the first cycle! The number of revellers to work on changes all the time depending on the stage of construction, these are teams of ten people. Before they there were almost only men, today there are also many women.

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  1. Tell us about your costume? How long does it take to put on?!

Anastasia - Each costume is a handmade piece of art, designed accordingly to our personalities. Mine is full of colourful gloss and glitter and I am not able to let you know more than that as all the costumes will be revealed on February 17th! 

It doesn't take long to put the costume on, approximately 15 minutes, but each of 18 artists need to have their hair and the make-up done. So, we gather at 7 a.m. while the carnival starts at 2 30 p.m.!  

  1. You’ve been creating floats for Carnival of Nice since 2002, what makes the Nice Carnival special for you?

Kristen - Being in the region, I have always heard of the Carnival of Nice and child I went sometimes. Today to see my chariots scroll's magic, it's a kind of return to the world of childhood world that one should never leave if and responsible adult! Thanks to the carnival I also travelled extensively to present exhibitions of my drawings for Carnival or give lectures, conduct training courses in Japan, China, Italy, Colombia ... like drawing, carnival is an international language.

 

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Credit - Nice Carnival

  1. What are your responsibilities in the flower parade?

Anastasia - I am one of 18 artists animating the carnival and performing on the flowered floats. During the parade, we share our festive mood with the spectators and launch flowers. Each float as well as each costume is inspired by this year’s Space theme!

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6.All the floats you have created, which was your favourite? and why?

Kristen - My King in 2002, first because it 'was my first king, it was over 15 meters high was fully motorized, could asseoir on his throne which was behind him. It was an old king of the Franks, in 2002 we were Abandoner our historic monarchy (Franc) to go to the Euro. This tank represents the last fight Pardu ahead of the old king who rebelled against his disapriton and its replacement by a new monarchy. Symbolically we did end on 22 February 2002 Carnival Official Date money of changed, we like each whole year to the end of the carnival is burning the king (actually we burn a copy of the King). This old Frankish king went up in flames like our old. The Franks timing and symbol were perfect!

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7.Describe the Nice Carnival for you in just 3 words?

Kristen - Crowd, laughing tradition.

Anastasia - Magic. Happiness. Blossom. 

 

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Made in…Dingle!

Dick Mack’s Brewhouse

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"What a great addition to an already legendary town. The IPA is to die for. Cool fit out, great tunes, and enthusiastic brewers." A quote from one of the many five star reviews the newly opened Dick Mack's Brewhouse has received since it's launch in September 2017.

Welcome to our latest Made in Dingle blog. This time we are featuring the newly launched Dick Mack's Brewhouse which has opened up behind the legendary Dick Mack's pub on Green Street. The Stay YNA Dingle team were treated to an amazing tour of the brewery as part of our Christmas night out and we were highly impressed by the history, ambition and values of this new start-up - and that was before we even got to taste any beer! 

I can't recommend the brewery tour highly enough. On arrival we received a warm welcome and the passion and excitement surrounding this new enterprise was instantly infectious. We were shown around by Finn MacDonnell, who is of the fourth generation of the MacDonnell family that has run Dick Macks pub in Dingle since 1855. Finn's telling of the Brewhouse story from it's inception all the way through to the thrill of their first brew was honest and captivating and demonstrated the true determination and clarity of vision it took to stick to their gut instincts, stay true to their goals and do things right at every step of the way. 
 
 

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The idea to start a micro brewery in the old cattle shed building behind the pub first took root in Finn's mind a couple of years ago. With the recent addition of an outdoor seating area and artisan food trucks in the Dick Mack's courtyard he felt that the small craft beer operation would be a good addition to the overall Dick Mack's experience for locals and visitors alike. Over a drink at the bar with his friends Aussie Barrett and Seamus Lynch the idea came out in discussion and the two friends absolutely loved it. The dream had been born.
 
Dick Mack's Brewhouse is currently producing three distinctive beers - Amber Ale, Session IPA and Coffee Stout. All three are receiving excellent reviews so far - with good reason. Everyone in our tour group was given half a pint of each of the beers in the Taproom. The coffee stout is sensational. It has just the right balance of flavour with none of the bitterness you might expect. It is the result of a finely tuned collaboration with the extremely popular Bean In Dingle coffee shop next door. 
 
I had a few questions for Finn:
 
1) With the rising popularity of craft beer in Ireland and new breweries setting up around the country, what to you hope will set Dick Mack's Brewery apart from the rest?
 
We already have the Dick Mack's brand name and a channel to market through the pub. The brewhouse has an interesting history from it's uses over the years as a cowhouse and milking parlour, a storage loft for sheep's wool and the site where Tom Mack bottled the pub's beer in the early 1900's. We have invested in the best equipment in order to keep the process airtight, eliminate any contamination and keep the quality of the product consistently high. The water we use comes from our own well which we know is very pure from our regular testing and we use the highest quality hops and grain.
 
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2) What are your plans for the future of the brewery?
 
Our focus is on quality not quantity. We are always going to be a micro brewery and therefore there is no pressure to grow too big and risk losing our unique identity. Our original plan was to just produce enough beer to supply our own pub. We hadn't anticipated the level of interest we have received from the other pubs in Dingle and we are delighted to have such support from them. We are working towards supplying these Dingle pubs but we do not intend to expand our market outside of Dingle. Supporting local business is important to us and if we can help create employment in our town we will be very proud of that. We hope that our brewery tours will help bring more visitors and create spin-off benefits for the community.  
We will soon be introducing our "Rotational tap" in Dick Mack's bar which we aim to stock with a new beer every month for customers to try. This exciting project will allow us to get creative and experiment with new types of beer and different flavours and see what we can come up with. Some may work and some may not and we are looking forward to receiving customer feedback on our efforts!
 
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Where can we get more information?

On our Facebook page Dick Mack’s Brewhouse, Twitter @dickmacksbrewhouse and website www.dickmackspub/brewhouse. We will soon be adding new links and a map showing which pubs and restaurants have our beer in stock to the website!

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