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Celebrate… Dingle Style. The Festival of May….Féile na Bealtaine

Wriiten by Grá Dingle Health Foods Owner and artist Kate Shelley

If there was ever a time that Dingle opens it’s feathers fully & flashes it’s peacock colours, it’s Feile Na Bealtaine. This buzzing May festival brings together the vast resident talent alongside national & international artists, musicians, word smiths & dancers to create a lively & diverse long weekend of fun.

 

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The feile is family friendly & really has something for everyone, whether your taste is classical, traditional, funk, world or general madness & mayhem.

On Thursday & Friday, debates, poetry readings & art exhibitions begin to mingle with music gigs & DJ nights. Saturday sees the town park transform into a circus & petting zoo. Bands play outside under marquees. The whole town enters into festival mode & the streets come alive with laughter, music & walkabout performers. Afternoon gives way to evening & it seems, as you walk around the town, that every venue has a different sound emerging from it. You taste one flavour, then another, entering portals that bring you into entirely different worlds. Sunday begins to gear up for the parade, then more music and performance follow till late in the night.

 

Bealtaine celebrates the start of summer in the Celtic calendar. The Celtic calendar begins with Samhain (Halloween), when the world is about to be plunged into darkness, the start of winter. Bealtaine is the last of the three spring festivals and brings light, fire, hope, celebration of fertility and joy.

Dingle is a magnet for creative minds & a large portion of the population is made up of artists, musicians & artisan food producers. This is a small town with many visitors in summer and isolated in winter, a town on the edge of the atlantic, battered by storms, it is rugged and windswept. This unique town, with all it’s inherent talent, mixed with old world spirituality and a true excitement at leaving the winter behind, has brought about an explosion of celebration. The whole town comes together, looks forward to this festival and really puts their heart and soul into it.

We have limited availability for the Feille Na Bealtaine which kicks off on 27th April 2017, so search for your perfect dates in our Dingle homes collection. 


Made in…Nice | Stay YNA

It’s nearly Easter and chocolate is at the forefront of our mind at the STAY YNA Head office. Marjorie Maissa, our Nice Area Manager told us about a unique artisan chocolate maker in Nice that is really pushing the boundaries. Here’s Marjorie’s interview  (in her own French style) with the very talented creator/ designer Jean Patrice of Chocolate Degustation Paci in Avenue Notre Dame. If you’re staying with us in Nice then make a visit and pick up a unique momento of your trip! You’ll find Jean Patrice’s shop on the STAY YNA App Eat section.

Marjorie… Today was a lovely meeting with a local chocolate maker and creator(designer), JP PACI. 

Jean Patrice "played the game" happily and answered to our mini interview. I had also the chance to taste his nice chocolate that he can spend hours to create/produce/accomplish and keep creating new items depending on the request of his customers.

All his chocolates are 100% natural and made from 100% cocoa butter. I met him in his lovely little shop in the city centre of Nice on the Avenue Notre Dame where you can ask for anything you wish for him to make and personalised depending on your "envy”.

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What inspires your creativity? 

I studied the "Beaux Art" (Fine Art) and my dad was a chocolate maker. All my creations are a mix of these two aspects, the Art on one side and the familial influence.

What is your most interesting customer request? 

There are two that come to mind...

A "doudou" which is the teddy bear of a little child. The parents asked me to represent the teddy bear of their little one. I had to create the mould to approach as much as possible to the real one and it was a cute thing to do and very satisfying to please this young customer.

I was also recently asked by a neurologist to create a skull. It was an open skull showing the brain....

What is your favourite chocolate to make?   

I like to do is trying to imitate as close as possible an object, (doing an ersatz) like the bag "haute couture" that I do, the "Louboutin" shoe or the Nicois specialities that I have created like the chocolate Raviolis and also the french cheeses. I like following the latest trends. Last year it was the mojito, so I made some nice mojito in chocolate then the "spritz" this year!

How would you spend you perfect day in Nice?

In the sun, somewhere in front of the sea, as we need the sea every day, with a cocktail in my hand, at the terrace of a nice Coffee shop and "letting my brain escape" (s'evader : which means almost dreaming awake and letting the thoughts goes).

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If you were recommending a holiday to Nice what would be you top 2 things to do in Nice?

Walk with your head up anywhere in Nice and watch for the beautiful architecture. Don't follow the big "arteria"(streets) and discover the little streets and all the nicois cultural heritage.  

Visit the archeologic crypt of Nice near the place Garibaldi. for more info visit the STAY YNA App.

 

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Made in…Dingle!

With the Dingle Film Festival starting tonight Clodagh Edwards caught up with Dingles very own success story, award winning filmmaker Elaine Kennedy. Here she shares her thoughts with us after the recent success of her short film ‘Uisce Beatha – The Water of Life’, which is screening this Sunday afternoon at The Dingle Film Festival.

Elaine wrote, directed and starred in the critically acclaimed film that has won awards across the globe. As well as her own project Elaine has also acted in several other successful Irish films in 2016… Making it, Dead along the way and pick ups.

Wow, what a year you’ve had. What was the highlight of 2016?

Thanks, yes it’s been a fantastic past 12 months…. The highlight of 2016 had to be winning best film at the Richard Harris International Film Festival where we were also nominated for 2 other awards for best actor and best director.

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What was the inspiration for Uisce Beatha Water of Life?

Uisce beatha - water of life was based on a true story about an experience I had with my dad a few years ago. Friends and family were moved by the story and I knew that it had all the right ingredients to make a good short film.

What makes the Dingle Film Festival unique? 

We are extremely fortunate to have such a high calibre festival in dingle. It attracts industry professionals from all over the country and this years new pow wow event will be a huge draw and very educational plus a great way to network with other professionals. I'm really looking forward to it and Im sure it will be a massive success. I'm very fortunate to have it in my door step every year.

 

What films are top of your list to see at the Dingle Film Festival this year?

I’m looking forward to seeing the other great films by female film makers living in Dingle that will be screened as part of the “Dingle women in film” programme. I’m also looking forward to seeing the other short films in the festival. I enjoy short films as there is a real craft to telling a story in approximately 10 mins and trying to succeed in achieving the same effect on the audience as you would with a full feature length film.

You still have to bring the audience on a “journey” but in a much shorter space of time. In 90 mins you can watch up to 10 films so there’s always lots to talk and debate about afterwards!

It’s great to support locally made films and “Making It” directed by Eamon Norris which was filmed in North Kerry is a very funny film! Ironically I am acting in this film as well, as my good friend Moya Farrelly who is a very naturally talented actor also lives in Dingle. It’s about a guy called Mike who has lost his job and decides to make a movie, so it’s a movie within a movie!

Stanley – A man of variety directed by Stephen Cookson is having its Irish premiere and stars Timothy Spall (Turner, Secrets & Lies, Harry Potter).

After Involvement in several Irish film productions last year, what do you feel about the Irish Film Industry’s status globally?

I really think it’s a really good time for film in Ireland, as we have gained recognition worldwide for our natural talent of storytelling in a visual format with writers such as Benjamin Cleary who won the Oscar with Stutterer in 2016 and directors such as Lenny Abrahamson director of “Room”. We also have some very talented Irish Actors doing very well globally with the likes of Colin Farrell, Brendan & Domhnall Gleason, Saoirse Ronan, Ruth Negga etc. Ireland and Kerry in particular is becoming a talked about place for film location with Star Wars returning for the second time to film here last year. With the new studio facilities opening up in Limerick we should see more international projects coming to Ireland to avail of our indoor and outdoor filming locations.

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What is your all time favourite film?

No one has said they have seen it…. But my favourite film is North Country 2005 directed by Niki Caro. It makes me cry every time!! Ironically, the lead character and the director are female but that’s not the reason why I like it. However, I wish there were more roles like this for women in film and that is why I hope to write more of my own work to create female roles that are more powerful rather than the girl next door type role that we so often see. I love to see a female role that shows strength, intelligence, bravery and courage because that’s what women are.

As a successful female director & actor living in rural Ireland, you are an inspiration to women out there. Have you any advice to young Irish artists?

I tend to make goals and “to do” lists for myself….. I can visualise the huge end goal that I want to achieve and then I break it down into smaller parts making smaller more achievable and less daunting goals. I focus on each goal but with high expectations.

Don’t depend on others to help make it happen for you. Starting is always the hardest but once you start to see progress it gets easier.

Do something every single day no matter how small to achieve your goal.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you cant do something. Hearing things like this can throw you and make you feel less confident about your decisions. Go with your gut feelings.

Finally work hard and be patient but don’t sit still while you wait!

Your short film has been well received at film festivals around the globe. What does the future hold? Any plans for 2017?

I am currently working on an idea that I feel would make a very interesting tv series… its early days but I definitely want to write more and make more films. I would hope to do more directing and acting in the future.

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

I love Dingle’s spirit and energy…. There’s something here that words can’t describe and that I haven’t found anywhere else in the world. It’s the people, the streets, the air, the mountains and the sea. Dingle is great for creativity and community spirit. I think we all have a little madness about us in Dingle but in a very good way. It’s a very special place that I love and I am very proud of. I feel very lucky to live here….. Who needs Hollywood!

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The Green Party!

Clodagh Edwards (Director of STAY YNA Dingle) has a passion for Dingle history and tradition. St Patrick’s day has both and also fulfils her other passion – the love of a good party! Here’s her perfect St Patricks day in her beloved home town…

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RISE AND SHINE… At first light, as the sun rises over Dingle, early birds and night owls join together to wake up the town. On St Patrick’s Day The Dingle Fife and Drum Band join them at 6am.  It’s the 1st parade of St Patricks day in the whole of Ireland. so is pretty special. It’s also not just a tourist gimmick and has its roots in a time when it was forbidden to gather in big groups in daylight for fear of revolution. So this early morning parade has its heart deeply set in the historical roots of Ireland.

The parade winds its way around the town and folk of all ages walk straight out of their homes and join in the march. As they make there way up Green Street there is a break for mass in St Mary’s Church. A brilliant tradition.

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FEELIN PECKISH…
We really need more breakfast cafes in Dingle, but there is a one place for scrumptious late breakfast/brunch at the Greys Lane Bistro just a short distance up Green Street on the right.A BRISK WALK…
If you don’t make the 1st parade or you want to stretch your legs before the next parade then you could take a short walk on the marina across from the Aquarium or a longer walk but still easy stroll along the coast out to the lighthouse (just past the Skellig Hotel about 40 mins return).
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On the corner by the bistro is a great spot to watch the next parade at Midday full of children, cattle, musicians and locals. This 2nd parade is for everyone and is definitely unique with floats displaying sheep, tractors, babies, boats and dogs in green tutu’s. It’s charming, fun and feels very personal as it is a parade for St. Patricks day not the tourists, some of the costumes are ingenious made from whatever could be found in the press.DRINK TO THE MUSIC…
There are lots of amazing things to do in Dingle for all ages besides drinking but on St. Patricks day it would be rude not to explore the interiors of a least a few of our characteristically Dingle Pubs, as inside you will also find something for everyone. All the following pubs are on our STAY YNA app available to download for free from your app store.You will stumble across a day session of traditional music in most of the pubs but this is where you would find us …Kennedy’s because it’s so cool for school and has an enclosed courtyard for the kids!
Dick Mack’s is full of character and characters. Something funny or entertaining always happens here, it’s just one of those places. This famous whiskey bar was originally a leather makers (shoes belts etc) and a pub co existing together in harmony! They still do leather workshops.
The Courthouse is a great pub always showcasing the best of Irish folk and trad music. It’s small with a big ambiance.
Foxy Johns because it’s a hardware store and a pub and that should be supported. It resembles a tardis as opens it out into a huge backroom with an open fire so good for families if it’s raining. Currans was a hat shop and a pub, another great union. It still has cute snugs and all the original shop features, apothecary cabinets filled with curiosities.

Nelly Fred’s Garage is where all the non traditional Irish bands play, we have been to some great gigs there so will be checking their agenda for the night.
The above stops are all at the top of town if your at the bottom of town Annie Agnes is a great little pub to visit on Green Street as is Bawns across the way, I love the back room there so, so 70’s.

DON’T FORGET TO EAT… 
Food for us will be a possible stop at The Boatyard on the harbour for the kids favourite calamari or a seafood frenzy up at Doyles on John Street… we will probably snack on the delights from Bacus bakery/cafe during the day and I know later before we head home we will pick up a take away from Chewy’s food van nestled in by Dick macs in a cute, trendy courtyard.

STAY CLOSE TO THE ACTION… It’s a lovely day to just be in Dingle and soak up the atmosphere. Local parades and festivals unite a town and the children just love being involved. Dingle sure has its fair share of them throughout the year! If you want to stay in the heart of Dingle the following homes are in the heart of town or a short drive away…

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Why we love February!

20% off Carnival and Valentines Day stays click here for promo code
February has been universally voted the worst month. It’s cold, bleak, and serves very little purpose in the yearly scheme of events. Valentines Day is cruelly placed slap bang in the middle of it, making lonely people feel lonelier and people in relationships scramble to prove their love and book overpriced menus in mediocre restaurants when they’d rather be cosied up on the sofa with a hot cuppa in front of the tv. February’s only saving grace is that it only has 28 days, but even that is 28 too many for some!
So at STAY YNA we’re turning February’s negative image on its head. Here’s how to love the most hated month of the year…

1.Book your holiday during the worst months of the year – not the best!

2. Grab a flight for as little as Euros 30 from major airports across Euro book a long weekend to Nice where it’s currently sunny and locals are dining on terraces for lunch.

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3. Enjoy the Nice carnival held from the 11th to 25th February. It’s one of the biggest in the world and it’s loud and colourful. This year the theme is King of Energy. Book tickets for seating or just join in the fun on the street. Here’s the website for more info. http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en

 

 

 

 

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4. Book the gorgeous Le Grand Hotel for less than £84 per night for the best balcony view overlooking the carnival route!

5. If you’re a romantic then Nice is made for lovers and perfect for Valentines Day.

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New Year… New Destination… STAY YNA Ibiza!

E300 off your first booking at STAY YNA Ibiza.

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It’s easy to pigeon-hole Ibiza as a clubbers mecca or millionaires paradise, but its reputation is changing as at STAY YNA we bring you a different side to the island.

Ibiza is renown as the small island with a big personality and is home to breath taking beaches, gorgeous countryside and diverse and divine food and drink! Have we peaked your interest? Hire a car and you’ll find it quick and easy to get around making it so much more than a beach holiday.

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With the perfect combination of Eating, Drinking, Relaxing and Exploring! We think it’s the perfect location for independent STAY YNA travellers who will love discovering a different side of this captivating island.

With inexpensive direct flights taking about 2 ½ to 3 from major airports across Europe it doesn’t have to be just a summer vacation – it can be the perfect short break too!

STAY YNA IBIZA specialises in villas and apartments in and around Santa Eulalia, Sant Carles, Cala Nova, Cala Llenya: the east and north east of the island. It’s less discovered and more unique just like all our STAY YNA destinations.

We will be bringing you something a little bit different, homes with bags of personality in the heart of town, by the beach or tucked away in the hills away from it all. Check out our first home Villa Casa Arcadia with a very traditional look and feel it has a pool to die for.

As a special introductory offer we’re giving Euros 300 discount for all bookings of 7 nights or more in 2017. This offer is available until the end of March.

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Comptoire Centrale Electrique, Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte- the place to be | Stay YNA

Mixité is a good word to describe this area which is one of the most happening places in town. Between the Port and Place Garibaldi this humble street with a BIG name is nicknamed Le Petit Marais Niçois, a nod to the trendy gay area of Paris.  It has been steadily earning its label as gay friendly over the years with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and shops proud to be part of Nice irisée naturellement, a charter for equality and a movement to offer a warmer welcome to all. Its name recalls the time it gave a warm welcome to the then General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1794.

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The Place du Pin, a small pedestrianised area at the heart of the neighbourhood is perfect for lunch in the sunshine and hosts evening events from time to time. For Fête de la Musique on midsummer’s eve the whole street turns into one big dance party. In my early days in Nice I was drawn to this little triangular square by the sound of a live rockabilly band. Surrounded by vintage Cadillacs a couple of apron-clad grandmothers were jiving their hearts out with two young tattooed cool cats! I knew immediately that this was my kind of neighbourhood.

 

Bonaparte is currently the scene of a coffee battle. Deli Bo on the corner has a wonderful café crème and is served with a tiny homebaked cookie. Brasilia, a relatively new contender, has the appeal of speciality espressos and Le Petit Napoleon serves a great café au lait while you sit back and wonder how exactly it differs from un crème or perhaps une noisette?

 

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This neighbourhood is increasing in boutiques that can tempt even the most reluctant shopper (me). Lucien Chausseur sells fine leather shoes in rainbow colours for him and her, Mon Oeil for some beautifully creative jewellery, accessories and ladies clothes, and a number of design and interior decoration shops have sprung up recently. These include Mon Bazar, Babalux and Au Bonheur des Cocottes, a museum-cum-workshop selling vintage clothes and objects with some quirky flair. And keep an eye out for the magic wand seller, Atelier Bonaparte, below Napoleon’s residence.

 

Eating out in the area is a delight, there really is something for all tastes, budgets and moments of the day. Brunch at Deli Bo not to mention its teatime patisseries is extremely high on my list, an organic Italian grocery shop/café O’Quotidien caters for vegans and meat eaters alike and is truly innovative, La Flara and Chez Pippo for a Niçois feel, not to mention Jan, a Michelin starred restaurant, Rosalina and L’Uzine for cocktails and…. If only there were more days in the week and meals in the day!

Article by our guest contributor and Nice expert Zenna Marshall

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