Dingle Food Festival

The countdown is on to the annual Dingle Food Festival and there the excitement is building throughout the town. 

 

 

Taking place from Friday, 29th September to Sunday, 1st October Dingle comes alive with locals and tourists alike who come out to experience the wide-ranging culinary delights the festival provides. Many locals consider it “the best weekend of the year” as they relish the opportunity to treat themselves and unwind a little after the busy Summer season.

It’s an affordable way for people to be a little adventurous and have fun sampling many new and exciting tastes and flavours. The festival continues to go from strength to strength each year all thanks to a dedicated group of local people who make it all happen on a non profit making basis. It certainly has become one of the liveliest and fun-filled weekends of the year for both adults and children!

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Highlights of the festival include cookery demonstrations in St. James’ Church, over 50 market stalls, workshops, street entertainment, children’s events, wine tasting and much more.

The most popular feature of the festival is “The Taste Trail” which provides a unique experience to taste the best food and drink the Peninsula has to offer in over 70 venues around the town. What better way to visit the many pubs, restaurants and galleries in town? Books of taste trail tickets can be purchased at several locations in Dingle at a very reasonable price.

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Also incorporated into the festival is Blas na hEireann, the Irish Food Awards. The 2017 overall winners will be announced during the festival. An exciting line up of events for finalists from the whole of Ireland is planned to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the awards.

Dingle has been cited as “the most beautiful place on earth” by the National Geographic – the food festival is the perfect opportunity to visitors to come and experience the food, fun and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula.

Stay YNA Dingle are offering ups to €100 off 2 nights or more and €150 off 5 nights or more in October & November 2017 for selected homes!

For more information please contact Lauren on enquiries@stayyna.com or call 0203 397 7903 (UK).

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Dingle’s Eask Tower

A small tower with big views.

Before I moved to Dingle I spent several years driving up and down from Kildare almost every weekend. At 5pm most Fridays I would race out the office door and disappear down the M50 taking my place in the general exodus heading south for the weekend. The drive down to Dingle never bothered me too much. Even with the heavy traffic and the long journey late into the evening I was always excited and happy to be on the road to my favourite part of the world. There's something about the Dingle peninsula - there's an allurement that goes beyond the stunning scenery, the warmth of the people or the music or the craic - there's a magnetism to the place that does something to your soul! I craved it back then and I'm still hooked today having lived here for the last 3 years.

Nearing the end of those journeys I used to always look forward to catching my first glimpse of Eask Tower. When the distinctly rounded shape of the tower would appear on Carhoo Hill it meant that I had just 8 minutes more driving until I finally reached my destination. The sighting of the tower would lift my spirits and my transition into Dingle mode for the weekend would be complete. Quite often the thought would occur to me that in the same way the sight of Eask Tower must have symbolised the ending of journeys for many seafarers since its construction over 150 years ago.

Built in 1847 as a famine relief project, the 12 metre tower is built of solid stone nearly 5 metres thick. The tower used to have a large wooden arrow pointing towards the mouth of Dingle harbour until it suffered storm damage in 2014. Eask Tower was built to guide ships safely towards the mouth of the Harbour. Having followed the direction of the arrow, vessels then had to navigate their way directly between two smaller white towers on either side of the entrance to the harbour in order to remain in the deepest part of the channel all the way in through the harbour. The ruins of these two towers can still be seen at either side of the mouth of the bay. Beside the tower there still stands a fully intact World War II Lookout Post. These posts were manned 24 hours a day by soldiers to protect Ireland’s neutrality during the war.

Eask Tower offers panoramic views out to the Iveragh peninsula, the Blasket Islands, across to Dingle town itself and to the mountains beyond. It is a magical location from which to watch the sun set over the Atlantic at any time of the year. It is an easy 10 minute drive from Dingle and can be reached on foot from the parking area on the road. The pleasant walk takes around 30 minutes and leads you through lush green pastures as you follow the path up to the tower. A €2 donation can be paid to the landowner. Don’t forget to close all gates as you go as there are usually sheep grazing in the area.

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A peaceful place, steeped in history -  and if you can see Eask Tower on the horizon you know you’re not far from a warm welcome, a cosy pint and the wild openness of the Dingle Peninsula.

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A Haven of Luxury in Killarney

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YNA Dingle has been a great success and we are thrilled to announce our new venture into Killarney.

The vibrant, bustling town of Killarney has a buzzing social scene, its home to a huge variety of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Brimming with culture, steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, there is something uniquely special to offer to every type of visitor. From adventure lovers to foodies to music fans to those who simply want to relax and unwind completely Killarney provides a wealth of opportunities.

Introducing ‘Killarney Haven’ our first Stay YNA Killarney home. This trendy town house has it all ... a luxurious outdoor hot tub, hammocks and tastefully decorate interior which includes two large double bedrooms best-hot-tubto ensure all it’s lucky guests have a super comfortable stay. Located just off the Ross Road, it is a short five minutes walk to the lively heart of Killarney town. After so much adventure, activity and indulgence the hot tub and hammocks are the perfect tonic for the weary traveller. Then if it's a good meal, a few social beverages and plenty of craic you're after you are in for a treat as its all just around the corner.

An adventurers paradise, Killarney and it's surrounds are a second-to-none playground for the outdoor enthusiast. Cyclists are spoiled for choice when it comes to scenic routes which take them off the beaten track through wild rugged landscapes. Molls gap and the Gap of Dunloe provide challenging climbs for those looking to push themselves, the views are worth it!

Stunning routes for walkers range from casual strolls such as the spectacular Torc Waterfall or the grounds of Muckross National Park to scaling the heights of Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain. A half day guided kayak trip from Ross Castle on the idyllic Lough Leane is an unforgettable experience. The trip includes a stop-off at the historical Inisfallen island which is home to the ancient ruins of one of Ireland's first monasteries and a herd of wild Sika deer.

 

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For those seeking to soak in the scenery in a more relaxed fashion, the Killarney Day Tour takes guests through the Gap of Dunlop by pony and trap followed by an open boat cruise along the lake or you could simply shop till you drop in the many boutique shops along its colourful streets.

Whats not to love!  


Ibiza – Hot Shops!

Like a true shopaholic, I will find any excuse to hit the shops while away on holiday, I like to tell my partner that ‘I’m soaking up the culture’ (works every time), spending my money is by far my favourite activity.

I have been very lucky to visit many beautiful countries such as Morocco, South Africa and Thailand and many, many more, but Ibiza has to be my absolute favourite shopping experience. Ibiza offers us shoppers so much variety from interior design to quirky boutiques to local food stores.

At STAY YNA we have put together our Top Shops to visit!

NOTE – Please to be prepared to purchase extra luggage for all your fab buys!

Ibiza Code

Looking for clothes with soul? Then check out this boho boutique. Everything in Ibiza CODE shares the same aesthetic. Inspired by nature…

http://www.ibzcode.com/home/


Ibiza Troc

They sell furniture, appliances, antiques, different works of art, vintage pieces and many more! Everything you are looking for can be found here!

https://www.facebook.com/Ibiza-troc-138548482967328/ 

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Co Coq

An enormous warehouse on the main road between Santa Eulalia and Ibiza town with 40 individual retailers offering great home furnishings but very quirky and unusual, supporting lesser brands.
https://www.cocoqibiza.com

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La Galeria Elefante

All about living life, loving laughter and creating the energy of beauty wherever we go. Every piece is collected with love. Every piece tells a story. If your looking for bright colours and unique treasures, take a look…
https://www.lagaleriaelefante.com

Gecko Ibiza

Individually crafted jewellery, inspired by Ibiza. You are personally received at the artist's studio near Cala Salada where he offers a private consultation and can make a unique piece of jewellery based on your own design needs. His craftsmanship is discernible in every one of his pieces. A large selection of his pieces can be ordered online via his website.

http://www.maiersgoldschmiede.

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Las Daliasas – Hippy Market

Held on a Wednesday this a popular choice as its HUGE! The atmosphere is great, there's a great bar with chill out music and chill out tents. Consists of clothes, jewellery, bags etc exactly what you would expect at a hippy market.

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SLUIZ. stands for beautiful and exciting products that make your lifestyle more colourful. It’s a magical place, an adventure, an experience and an inspiration.

The endless homewares include Moroccan leather pouffes, metallic cowhides and antique glassware. There's a groovy café-bar on site, too.

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Stay in Style!

No holiday is complete without a stylish pad and at STAY YNA Ibiza we have just the right one... Our secluded haven Villa Can Felix! Don't miss out, Book now!

 

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Don't forget to can check out all our homes, shops, beaches and activities to do in Ibiza on our STAY YNA APP!

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All that Jazz!

The Nice Jazz Festival

The third week of July is bringing 50,000 music lovers to nice...

Why? It's the French Rivera's unmissable event of the year... The Nice Jazz festival!

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Place Massena and Theatre de Verdure will host big names such as; Mary J Blige, Herbie Hancock, Myles Sank and Kadhja Bonet, we cant wait!
 
 
This international gathering is set to be bigger and better than ever!
 
 
4 days, 32 artists, the glorious French Rivera's sun, drinks, tasty food, awesome music and a fab atmosphere, what more could you want? Oh yea... STAY YNA! 
 
Book your accommodation HERE!

Starting on the 17th of July until the 21st of July, tickets range from €29 to €130 and everyone is welcome!

You can find more information about tickets and the line up HERE

 
 
 
 

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STAY YNA's Director's enjoying themselves at Nice Jazz festival in 2010! 

 

Simon and Amanda got all dressed up in a 70's theme as Earth, Wind and Fire was in the line up!

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Lights, Camera, ACTION!

SNAP a picture of a celeb at Cannes to win a €100 voucher for STAY YNA!

The French Rivera is renown world wide for its beauty and glamour...from St Tropez to Nice, charming old towns to billion dollar yachts... Oh and its most anticipated event...the Cannes film festival. Every May for 11 days the French Riviera lays down the red carpet for the most prestigious film festival.

Invitation only celebrities flock to the Côte d'Azur in their finest gowns and tuxedos for an epic number of screenings, parties, meetings and events.  The festival sets the benchmark for which films will do well in the upcoming awards 

 

We're expecting Cannes to bring us big things this year for its 70th anniversary.

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 With 20 big contenders in the running for the festivals most prestigious award, 'The Palme d'Or' it's going to be a toughie to pick a winner from the line up. The winner is picked by 'The Festival Jury' made up by the industry 'heavy weights'.

We cannot wait for which celebrities will be walking the red carpet at Cannes film festival  this year. To be expected is…

Nicole Kidman

Kristen Dunst 

Elle Fanning 

Tilda Swinton

Colin Farrell

Uma Thurman

Julianne Moore

Diane Kruger

Adam Sandler

Ben Stiller

Emma Thompson

Dustin Hoffman

Jake Gyllenhall

Lily Collins

Isabelle Huppert

Michelle Williams

Robert Pattinson

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We want you to send us your celeb snaps and selfies for a chance to win a €100 voucher for STAY YNA! Valid for any destination! 

Post your snaps on our STAY YNA Facebook page @stayynarentals or email them to enquiries@stayyna.com with your name contact number and email to be entered into the competition! 

Don’t forget will still have availability for the Cannes film festival! So don’t miss out! 

GOOD LUCK AND GET SNAPPING!


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Voucher must be used before Dec 31st 2017

Valid for stays between now and December 31st 2018

Only one voucher can be used per booking. 

Find our specials here - SPECIAL OFFERS


Life In…Ibiza

Pip and Fred Kirkby moved out to Ibiza to start STAY YNA last November. Having gone through the winter they are enjoying the island waking up to warm weather, celebrations and the opening of beach restaurants, an integral part of life in Ibiza! Written by Pip Kirkby. 

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Warming Up!

2017 has enjoyed a late Easter, and the island is waking up early for the summer.  It's definitely worth considering an Easter break as the beaches are lovely and not so busy, even if the sea is a bit bracing!  The Easter celebrations are very special,  Semana Santa (Holy Week) really does go on for a week, and the uninitiated can be caught by surprise by the businesses closing for the Easter break from Maundy Thursday.  The processions of “penitents” which take place in both Ibiza town and Santa Eulalia are worth seeing on one of the nights that they move through town.  

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Eating out in Ibiza is a real pleasure and now the weather is warmer the restaurants are coming alive again. Tucked away down a long Camino is the little beach of S'Estanyol and the amazing Cala Bonita restaurant. It's 5 minutes from Jesus but it feels as though you're in the middle of nowhere.  It's not cheap but the cooking is amazing and the fish is practically flapping as it lands on your plate. 

Beautifully decorated, and overseen by Ana it is the perfect place for a lazy weekend lunch. We shared squid, the creamiest burrata and tuna tartare to start, and went on to have sea bass and denton on delicious roast vegetables with house potatoes. Puds were yummy: an amazing selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets, a deconstructed cheesecake and a lemon mousse/curd. And as a really nice touch homemade ice lollies for the children as they played on the beach…

Bar Flotante is practically in the sea (it is well named!) on Talamanca Beach it offers no messing good food. With a menu that has probably not been updated since the 80s you're on safe ground with anything you order. A proper old school chicken salad was super fresh (and the way to eat it btw is to cut everything up and mix it with the pink dressing), and lenguado (sole) and chips was great. It is super reasonable and popular with locals. You can now (sometimes) book a table, just ask for one enfrente de la mar.

We'd been waiting eagerly for Sa Carboneria to reopen after its winter break, and it was worth the wait!  The best steak we've had on the island and the most delicious sweetbreads too.  It was a chilly March evening so we ate inside but there is a great little garden which beckons for summer nights. It is tucked away down one of the streets of Santa Eulalia and definitely worth a visit!

 

 

Welcome Villa Can Felix

StayYNA Ibiza also have a new villa in our Ibiza collection. Villa Can Felix is a gorgeous home in a peaceful countryside setting. The pool is outstanding and it's short drive to the best beaches and restaurants. If you're looking for a relaxing break then this really is the place for you! 


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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Good news! We still have available apartments over Easter, book now...

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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!

Click here to check on last minute availability for the film festival. Don’t forget to use promocode FILM100 to get Euro 100 discount on your booking.