Other Voices

There’s something about the cold, wintery December weather and the twinkling Christmas lights that adds another dimension to the atmosphere around town. Blustery rain showers, wild seas and the biting cold are all the excuses you need to seek refuge by a roaring fire in a cosy pub and enjoy an amazing live music experience over a steaming hot toddy, the whole thing is relaxing, welcoming and so inviting…

December 2011 was my first time to go to the Other Voices music festival in Dingle. Before that I had heard talk of it but not enough to suggest how unique an event it really is - for that you just have to go and experience it first hand. There wasn't a huge build up to the festival, but I did become aware of an underlying, subtle sense of excitement and anticipation around the place in the weeks leading up to it. I wasn't living in Dingle at the time but was a regular weekend visitor. I still remember the envy I felt when I got a text from a friend on the Thursday night before the festival officially kicked off telling me they were in McCarthys pub with The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Declan O'Rourke. Thankfully I was on the road west the very next day and determined not to miss out any more the fun.

Other Voices is unike any other music festival I've ever been to. All of the gigs and events are completely free, even the headline acts in St. James' Church! Tickets for the church gigs cannot be bought - they can only be won through competitions. But getting into the church isn't the main highlight! In fact, it's nearly better if you don't! The church gigs are live streamed on big screens to the main pubs around town which means you can enjoy the music from the comfort of a high stool with the added bonus of being able to enjoy a drink or two! The music trail around town is extensive and just as entertaining as the headline gigs in the church. Here you will find something for all tastes in small, informal settings, mainly pubs but also coffee shops, restaurants, galleries etc. Most of the music trail gigs are printed in the festival brochure but many are not. Some of my best memories have come about because of randomly popping in to a bar for a sneaky hot port and finding something magical happening.

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Dressing up isn't required and you can get away with wearing winter woollies, hats and scarves. There are no VIP or no go areas, famous musicians, emerging artists, locals and visitors all mix happily together. You could just as easily find Hozier sat next to you on a bar stool as your next door neighbour. Everyone goes to Benner’s after the church gigs and all are welcome. It's all very low key and is a seamless continuation of the pub scene with people chatting with friends, and, you know, new friends like Damien Rice, Gavin James, Ellie Goulding or Glen Hansard...

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The unplanned nights are always the best. Two years ago, a friend and I popped into the supermarket on the Saturday afternoon of the festival. While there we decided to check out what was happening in the Tom Crean brewery. David Kitt was playing. He was an exceptional and it was the just beginning of another fantastic evening. One Sunday night we were at home, a little weary after two excellent nights at the festival and contemplating an early night. But we had heard about a local band that were playing in one of the pubs. Not wanting to miss out we found our second wind and headed in. I'm so glad we did. It was our first time seeing Walking on Cars and it was so exciting to discover such up and coming talent right on our doorstep. I remember jokingly saying that in years to come we'd be able to say we saw them before they were famous. Never a truer word as it turned out.

That's the thing about Other Voices - lots of emerging new musicians feature. At the 2015 festival we decided to go to a gig in the Dingle Court House, largely out of curiosity to see what an actual functioning court house would be like as a venue. We were blown away by Wyvern Lingo. It was an outstanding experience and they held the audience captivated throughout.

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Last year we were lucky enough to get to attend a gig in the church for the first time. We managed it simply by chancing our arm and being in the right place at the right time - the street outside the church. Once the people with wristbands had gone in we asked the doorman on the gate if there would be any chance of standing room at the back or taking the place of any no-shows. To our amazement he told us to just hang on and he'd see what he could do! 5 minutes before the first gig was due on stage he ushered us in. We ended up in the front row. Amazing. Pixie Geldof was the stand out performance that night, but other memorable acts included Kojey Radical and Rejjie Snow. This rare opportunity to experience the live gigs from inside the Church was fascinating. The acoustics, for one thing, were unbelievable. The quality of the production for the Other Voices TV show was impressive - the presence of all the high tech equipment and TV cameras was a little disconcerting at first but once the performances started it all seemed to fade into the background.

The first acts are now being announced for Other Voices 2017. Needless to say we are eagerly anticipating yet another wonderful weekend of music, atmosphere and time spent with friends old and new. A truly rare event, it still manages to be one of the music industry's best kept secrets.

 The 2017 Other Voices Music Festival takes place from 1st - 3rd December and like every year we simply can't wait!

You can enter to win tickets here - http://www.othervoices.ie/eir-other-voices-2017

Or visit Other voices Fabebook page - https://www.facebook.com/OtherVoices

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Made in Dingle

Holden Leather Goods

Dingle is home to an exceptionally wide variety of locally produced food, crafts and artworks which have been gaining a reputation for quality, innovation and style. In order to showcase this creativity and quality we have decided to focus on a local business each month in our new “Made in Dingle” blog series. We hope you enjoy it! First to feature in the series is Holden Leathergoods

 

Holden Leathergoods was founded almost 30 years ago after Conor Holden returned to Ireland from London with the mission to create a new luxury brand of leather goods. Today Holden are the longest established leather goods brand both designed and made in Ireland. Since 1989 they have built an international reputation for beautifully designed pieces from the highest quality Italian leather.

I caught up with Conor Holden to put a few questions to him about what it takes to run a successful business in Dingle.

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Q) Describe a typical day at the helm of Holden Leathergoods

Conor: In at lunchtime, lunch break, rest then home! (laughs)

But really . . . I head into the office in our workshop which is situated in the Old Schoolhouse by Dingle harbour early before anyone arrives so I can catch up on emails and orders. As we ship internationally, many online orders come in overnight from different times zones and these need to be processed by our team, so I like to have a good overview of what’s happening, and what’s selling globally.

 I also personally manage the workshop team of highly trained artisans and produce special orders. On certain days, I liaise with our carefully selected tanneries and work with my wife Claire on new designs. Our workshop is also a shop - so often customers pop in and I like to have the opportunity to meet and talk to them personally and get feedback on our designs. Over the years this has led to many friendships with visitors from all over the world. After this… it’s breakfast!

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Q) What is your most popular product at the moment and how varied is your customer profile?

Conor: Our Holden backpack which we launched earlier this season has become iconic and the ‘must have’ backpack’ for both men and women. It has been our best seller all Summer and looks set to remain our number one product going into the winter season. It’s success is its beauty, functionality and durability. Once purchased, it will last a lifetime and actually look better with age. It is then followed at the moment by wallets for men and belts for everyone. Our Siobhan Tote, which is part of our classical collection, also remains a strong favourite.

Our customers are all ages, from all walks of life - and from all over the world! They appreciate quality and know they are investing in a bag or accessory that is ethically created right here in our Dingle workshop using only the finest leathers and materials. They know that a Holden is for life, and our designs are timeless, so cannot be dated to a particular trend or fashion fad.

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Q) What are the advantages/challenges of running a business in Dingle?

Conor: Dingle’s magic is its remoteness and magnificent scenery however this means that it is also very seasonal and we have had to develop our business online so that it is viable all year around. We continue to invest in promoting our brand values and also to attract visitors to our workshop - as it is truly a unique experience.

 

The Kilkenny Design Centre has recently claimed to be "obsessed" with the Holden backpack in particular. Actress Victoria Smurfit is a big fan too and describes the Holden pieces as “modern classics”. Having visited both the workshop in the Old Schoolhouse just outside Dingle and the retail shop in Dingle town I have to agree that the Holden Leathergoods experience is fabulous. Just being in such close proximity to all those immaculately crafted bags gives your spirits a lift. The quality is all around, even the leather-scented air appeals to the senses and tempts you to invest!

So if it's a stunning gift for someone special you're after or maybe an indulgent treat for yourself because you're worth it, look no further than Holden Leathergoods. An investment in style and sophistication, your unique piece will invoke admiration from your peers and serve as an everyday reminder of Dingle's unique creativity that will stand the test of time.

Holden ship worldwide and the collection can be viewed and purchased on www.holdenleathergoods.com.

Follow Holden on Social Media for updates and exclusive previews on:

Facebook: Holden Leathergoods

Twitter: Holden Leathergoods

Instagram: Holdenleathergoods

Hashtag : #loveholden


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!


Go to your app store to download the Stay YNA app your essential travel guide and booking app!

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.