SEPTEMBER BY THE SEA

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor chats to Pádraig Murphy of Murphy’s Bar on Brandon Pier about his favourite things to do this month…

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The summer months are a buzz of activity on the Dingle Peninsula, but September is a great time to visit, when things quieten down a little, and you get the traditional good weather that always seems to kick in the week the kids go back to school.

Murphy’s Bar in Brandon sits right on the pier, looking out to sea, and their outdoor tables are a great place to while away a sunny afternoon, with a pint of the black stuff and a delicious crab sandwich. The bar has been in the family for five generations, since the 1890s and is now run by Pádraig Murphy. The local man lets us in on some of his favourite things and insider tips.

My favourite thing about this time of year:

“I love September, less crowds and less traffic. The days are still long enough and some of September can be lovely weather too. People in bars and restaurants have more time to interact too, which is definitely a plus.”

My favourite 'by the sea' activity:

“Paddle boarding—I love getting out on the water here in Brandon and looking up at the mountains.”

Insider tip:

"My top tip around here is to bring walking boots and rain gear! There's something for everyone, from Mount Brandon to Sás Creek Loop and even the beautiful valleys of Loch a'Duin and Macha na Bo.”

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Favourite place for a swim:

“Cappagh Beach at high tide is great for a swim. It's also fab at dawn if you have an eye for photography.”

Best beach for a walk:

“Fermoyle is a beautiful long sandy beach, but it’s north facing so bring a windbreaker!”

Best view:

“The top of Mount Brandon is a challenge but if you get the right day with good visibility you can see to Galway and Mayo. It's spectacular.”

For more see murphysbarbrandon.com

 

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

StayYNA’s Amanda says, “My favourite thing in the world is to eat one of the famous crab on brown bread open sandwiches, at Murphy’s Bar, whilst watching all the activity on Brandon Pier and taking in the view. (They even made me a packed lunch for the plane!) Then go for a walk on Brandon beach—it goes on for miles and we collected the most incredible anemone shells.”

 

GET ACTIVE

From your base near Brandon Pier there are lots of fun activities to try, and the mild September weather is still pleasant for water sports.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Ed and Oona at Wild Sup Tours will have even the most nervous beginner confidently paddling away in no time. With the attraction of dolphin-spotting off Brandon Head, you’ll have plenty of motivation! wildsuptours.com
  • Surfing: Jamie Knox Watersports operates out of the Maharees in stunning Brandon Bay - I dare anyone to watch the inspiring video on his website and not have the urge to don a wetsuit afterwards. jamieknox.com
  • Horseriding: There is nothing in the world quite like the feeling freedom of galloping along a sandy beach. O'Connor's Horse Riding Maharees offer a selection of one- and two-hour beach ride experiences, although galloping is not guaranteed—go for the evening session dedicated to experienced riders if you want more than an ambling pace. beachhorseriding.com

 

MIND THE GAPS!!

Considering an Autumn break to the shores of Dingle? Take a look at some of the cosy properties we have to rent.

FANTASIC OFFERS ON OUR ONE OF A KIND HOMES! 

Use Code "SEA" for €50 off your 2108 September booking with us! 

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Open For Business; TRIPSTER

As anyone who visits Dingle knows, it's a haven for arts, crafts and independent shops. And, just when we thought the shopping couldn't get any better, TRIPSER opened selling stunning travel retro Irish posters. Life@StayYNA talks to PAULA FARRELLY the creative force behind behind Tripster.

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So, how did this all start?

"I have been a collector of travel posters since spending some time in the south of France in my early twenties. Then when I first came to Dingle I opened an antique shop and one of my best sellers were retro travel posters which Paul Henry was commissioned to design. Earlier this year I decided to do a selection of retro travel posters inspired by places I've been and iconic areas where I live."

 

 

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Are the posters all designed by you?

"All the designs are original work. They begin as hand sketches which are then developed into digital artwork."

Why now? Why have you opened the shop now?
People of all ages are travelling a lot more and want to bring something home that will remind them of good times, memories with family and friends. Travel posters also make a good visual impact in your home as they are quite colourful and stylised.

Have you been busy since opening?
Its been really busy since I opened and the feedback has been huge.

TRIPSTER is located upr. Green Street
Website coming soon but if you'd like to get in touch with Paula you can contact here on
irishtravelposters@gmail.com.

Win! Win! Win!

We're giving one lucky reader a chance to win one of Paula's stunning travel posters. All you have to do is email in a picture of your favourite place that you've travelled to and we'll pick a random winner!

 enquiries@stayyna.com use Poster Competition as the subject line

T&C's apply. Entries to be received by 21st September.

Mind the Gaps!

If you fancy spending a few days shopping in Dingle take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have for rent! 

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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.

 

 


Why The Stars Choose Ibiza

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For decades celebrities have been flocking to the The White Isle, and it’s not difficult to see why. The island is host to pristine beaches, high end restaurants and legendary nightlife.

 

Back in the 1950’s Ibiza was the playground of Hollywood’s finest, Errol Flynn would moor his yacht on the waterfront and head into The Old Town, where he was a regular. In the 1960’s Elizabeth Taylor and Ursula Andress used to grace the sunkissed beaches, and Terry Thomas, Denholm Elliot and Leslie Phillips held infamous parties in the hills of Santa Eulalia. In the 1970’s The Bee gees bought Casa Isabella, a beautiful property in San Antonio. Today, Ibiza is as much a celebrity haunt as it’s ever been with A-listers such as Kate Moss, P-Diddy and Christiano Ronaldo sailing in for a summer break.

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The reasons for such an influx of the rich and famous are the same now as they were in the 1950’s; the stunning scenery, secluded cloves with their white sandy beaches, the exclusive nightlife and the ability to escape the paparazzi.

So if you fancy a little star spotting this summer, why not take a look at the incredible properties we have available, including the aforementioned Casa Isabella, former home of the Bee Gees.

 

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Dime On Festival, Nice 2018.

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Now in it's fourth year, Dime on Fest was started in 2015 by Producer and Co founder of Dime On Records, Medi. 

DIME ON FEST is a unique musical experience.

During a non-stop show, the singers join each other on stage, one after the other, and are all backed up by the one and only house band.

Here's a round up of this year's headliners!

Charlie Winston

Charlie Winston (born September 14, 1978) is an English indie and folk singer, songwriter and musician.

Charlie Winston played bass guitar for his brother Tom Baxter, appearing on Baxter’s Feather and Stone album. As well as touring with Tom, much of Charlie’s early career saw him composing music for, and performing in, London-based contemporary theatre productions. Charlie then moved to France where he had come to the attention of record label Atmosphériques who introduced him to Mark Plati (David Bowie, The Cure, Louise Attaque) with whom Charlie recorded his second album ‘Hobo’.

The first single from Charlie's upcoming fifth album was released on 8 June 2018. It's called The Weekend. The album, entitled Square 1, is set for release on 28 September 2018.

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Madame Monsieur

Madame Monsieur, husband-and-wife vocalist Émilie Satt and producer Jean-Karl Lucas, were selected to represent France in Euorvision 2018 following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”.
In April 2018 their released their debut studio album ”Vu d’ici” a French pop album that borders on urban music. The album features 14 tracks, including the full version of their Eurovision song “Mercy”. Madame Monsieur are currently touring France.

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Joyce Jonathan

Singer Songwriter, Joyce Jonathan, was one of France's first major internet successes. In 2007, at the age of just 16 she began posting her songs on MySpace. After being launched on the website, My Major Company, Joyce Jonathan was able to fund her first album, "Sur mes gardes". Less than a year after, the album was certified platinum. On 23 January 2011 she received the NRJ Music Awards of the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year. On 4 May 2018, Joyce Jonathan released her single On, which will be a track of an album set to be released soon in 2018.

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Dime On Fest is held on Aug 04th in the exceptional setting of the Théâtre de Verdure in Nice. If you're thinking of joining the party take a look at the properties we have available.

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Jazz Festival Nice 2018 – Life@STAYYNA Interviews Jazz Singer & Nice Resident Julie Follis

Here at Life@STAYYNA we’re Jazz hands at the ready for the Nice Jazz Festival, 16th - 21st July 2018.

 

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The first festival back in 1948, was the first Jazz festival of its kind in the world and it started right here in Nice! The inaugural festival was headlined by Louis Armstrong along with other big names, Claude Lutter, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt.

 

The Nice jazz Festival continues attracts big names with this year’s line up including Kimberose, Aloe Blacc, Gregory Porter and the Kyle Eastwood Quintet. The festival is held in the Theatre De Verdure in Place Massena where there are two stages. Last year’s festival attracted around 43,000 people over the duration, an all time high.

 

Ahead of the festival Life@STAYYNA interviewed jazz singer and Nice resident, Julie Follis.

Tell us about your musical career? How did it all start?

I came to Nice in my mid twenties working on boats. I started singing with a street band, Contreband and soon after gave up my day job! I then got involved with The Lost Wandering Blues and Jazz Band. Danny Fitzgerald became my mentor and I spent a long time travelling around the States and Paris with them. It was through Danny that I struck up a relationship with Madeleine Peyroux - she’d joined The Lost Wandering as a run away teenager. I joined Madeleine on her UK tour as her support act.

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How did you get involved with the Jazz festival

 

While I was singing with Contreband we were invited by the Mayor of Nice to participate in the Jazz Off. The Jazz Off is held in conjunction with The Nice Jazz Festival and aims to showcase the best of local bands.

 

How did it feel to be part of such a historic festival?

 

It was a huge honour to be asked by the Mayor and to be a part of what is an amazing event. It was also absolutely crazy - we did 15 gigs in 9 days!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing at the festival?

On Monday 16th Gregory Porter is performing a tribute to Nat King Cole accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique of the Opéra Nice Côte d’Azur, which will be amazing. I’m also really looking forward to seeing Kyle Eastwood, son of Clint Eastwood, who is an incredible Bass player.

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MIND THE GAPS!

If you're thinking of heading to Nice Jazz festival, check out the fantastic properties we have available to rent!

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IRONMAN Triathlon, Nice!

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It’s that time of the year again where Nice becomes host to the IRONMAN Triathlon! The athletes begin on the beach with a two loop 3.8km swim in the glorious blue waters of the Mediterranean sea. This is followed by a 180km bike ride through villages and mountains. Finally the athletes set off for a 42.2km marathon supported by the thousands of spectators who line the course.

We spoke with athlete and IRONMAN competitor Robert Desbarbieux ahead of this years competition

I decided to enter the Ironman competition a few years ago. Biking is my former sport, since I was 30 years old. I changed my job and wasn't able to ride my bike as often as I should. So I started running and entered the marathon competition in 2004. Swimming is my last sport, I started it by chance. One, plus one, plus one got me turned into a triathlete. As anyone, I started by short and long distance triathlons. Then, I joined my club Nice Cavigal Triathlon 10 years ago, and with a bunch of friends, we decided to participate to our first Ironman in Nice, as a challenge. We are all from Nice and love our city and the French Riviera area. Nice is such a great place for Ironman ! The bike course is amazing, within a few miles from the seaside you join the beautiful surrounding mountains. The landscape is breathtaking and the route is a real hard challenge.

 

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How long before the event do you start to train and what’s your training routine like?

In fact, I never start training for Ironman. I'm used to train all year long. For Ironman I only increase my training in matter of time and make it harder. In winter my average training time is 08 hours per week and it turns into 15 to 20 hours weekly within 4 months before the race. Nothing specific, my main goal is to be ready for the D day and be able to suffer and enjoy my Ironman competition at the same time.

Which part of the competition do you find the most difficult and why?

The most difficult for me is the marathon. I'm not such a great runner. When the bike is over, it's hard to find the mental and physical strength to run. The Promenade des Anglais is beautiful, but the weather is so hot ! Thankfully all my friends and family will be there to cheer me up ! And I'll hope for a few clouds in the afternoon!

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How many times have you competed in IRONMAN?

This year will my fourth distance Ironman . My second in Nice. The two others were in Vichy France and in Vitoria Gasteiz Spain.

What’s your most memorable memory of IRONMAN?

The most memorable memory is when I became an Ironman for the first time in Nice, my hometown where I'm born and where I live. It was incredible for me. The year before I was in the audience wishing to be one of the athlete and it was my turn ! Amazing !

 

How does it feel when you get to the finish?

Every race is different, but it's always such a relief to be a finisher. And try to enjoy this particular moment . I'm each time overwhelmed by so many feelings, suddenly my brain and my body reconnect. I can feel joy and pain. The very first minutes after the finish line I've no more energy, even for walking!

What do you do straight after the event?

I kiss my wife waiting for me right after the line with my medal. Stay with my friends and family. Join and/or wait for other competitors I know. And when I'm able to walk again, take my bags and bike and go home to rest.

How do you prepare yourself mentally?

I do not prepare me mentally precisely. I'm not stressed before, this is my wife's part. Lucky me! Living in Nice, I try to run and ride the courses as many times as I can. Knowing them perfectly makes me feel more relax and ready mentally.

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We'd like to wish Robert and all of this year's competitors a fantastic race!

Mind The Gaps! 

Have a look at our fabulous properties available to rent!

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The Fete de la Musique

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The Fete de la Musique is a a free music event which spans the whole of France. Every year on Summer Solstice French towns are transformed into festivals, with bands and singers performing in concerts, town Squares on even on the pavements. The festival is one of France’s favourites and government figures say that 10 million people have been taking to the streets to celebrate in recent years.

In Nice the main event takes place in Place Massena, where there is a huge, free star studded concert. Tickets for this usually sell out very quickly but many people crowd into the surrounding locals parks to hear the music and dance the night away.

The Fete de la Musique is one of the few nights of the year where the government relaxes the licensing laws so the party really can go on until late!

If your music tastes are a little more eclectic, why not head down to Vieux Nice (The Old Town) where you’ll find a huge range of performers singing and dancing in the narrow streets. Vieux Nice does get very busy so if you’d prefer to enjoy the Fete de la Musique in quieter surroundings head out into the surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Picnic in Dingle – The Essential Guide

Now that you’ve chosen your perfect Picnic Hotspot it’s time to focus on the food. From the freshest salads, to vegan treats, to a ripe cheeses these fabulous Dingle retailers stock everything you need to create a mouth-watering meal. Plus we're offering you the chance to win a picnic basket filled with goodies when you book one of our Dingle properties*

*Terms and conditions apply. See below for competition details.

Crinkle Stores

Sarah Dolan’s ‘Crinkle Stores' is a small but perfectly formed foodie heaven that stocks artisan products from around the Dingle Peninsula. Visit her deli counter where you’ll find a range of fresh and flavoursome salads or grab one of her freshly ground coffees to go.

Address: Green Street, Dingle.

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Grá Dingle Health Foods

Gra Dingle Health foods, run by Kate, is a small apothecary style shop selling an array nourishing tasty treats & delicious vegan or gluten free nibbles. They also stock a variety of raw chocolate, as well as Irish & artisan foods. All of which can be washed down with something sparkling & refreshing, such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer or kefir & kombucha. On Friday mornings Kate takes delivery of locally baked spelt bread & scones.

Address: Main Street, Grove, Dingle.

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The Little Cheese Shop

Run by by Mark Murphy, who also runs the Dingle Cookery School, The Little Cheese shop sells a wonderful selection of cheeses and accompaniments. Since taking over the shop, Mark has reduced the number of cheeses stocked in order to focus on cheeses with a local connection. Don’t forget the crackers!

Address: Grey's Lane, Dingle

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Win a fabulous picnic to be delivered during your stay in Dingle!

We're offering the chance to win this fantastic prize to anyone who books a stay with us in Dingle before 21st June. After booking all you have to do to be entered into the prize draw is send an email to enquiries@stayyna.com with PICNIC as the subject line.  Entries must be received before 21st June. Picnic valid until October 31st 2018

Here’s the Stay YNA essential guide for planning the perfect picnic!

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Choose your spot - The whole idea behind a picnic is to enjoy the great outdoors so choose your spot wisely. If you need a inspiration you can see the hottest spots in Dingle in our last post. If you’re planning on taking your dog, you may want to consider checking if your chosen spot is pet friendly before you arrive.

Picnic packing - Forgetting the cutlery or a bottle opener can put a real downer on the day. Make a checklist that you can tick off as you pack your basket. We suggest:

Something comfortable to sit on - blankets, quilts, old table cloths or even large bath towels are great options.

Plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, glasses and a chopping board - If you prefer real  crockery over plastic wrap it all up in what you’ll be sitting on to prevent breakages.

Cooler Packs - take plenty of these to ensure your picnic stays fresh until you’re ready to eat it. If space in your basket is is limited you can freeze your drinks so that they double as a cooler pack but don’t forget they’ll need to defrost before you can drink them.

Sunscreen and insect repellent

Board games, magazines and newspapers

Bin bags and baby wipes

And last but definitely not least….

A bottle opener and corkscrew!

 

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Food and Drink

Picnics should be relaxed and leisurely affairs so be sure to pack easy to eat food that you can graze on as you take in the stunning scenery around you. Sandwiches are a natural choice but choose your fillings with care, there are few things worse than a soggy sandwich! It’s best to wrap sandwiches in greaseproof paper rather that plastic as this prevents them from sweating.

Sausage rolls and scotch eggs are also traditional staples of a picnic being portable and easy to eat but why not try something different, Frittata, chicken skewers, falafel, cheese, tarts and quiche all taste extra special when al fresco.

On a hot day there’s nothing quite like a chilled glass of Rose to wash down your picnic but for the non drinkers we suggest something light and refreshing such as elder flower cordial, rose lemonade, ginger beer - all of which can be found at Grá Dingle Health Foods!

Book one of our properties in Dingle before 21st of June and be entered into our lucky prize draw to win a luxurious picnic basket to be delivered during your stay!

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Dingle The Picnic Peninsula

Grab your blankets and baskets and join us in Dingle to celebrate National Picnic week 15th-24th June 2018!

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In our forthcoming blog series ‘Dingle - the Picnic Peninsula’ we’ll be showing you some stunning picnic locations, where to buy fabulous picnic food and sharing picnic recipes guaranteed to please friends and family! We’ll also be offering some fantastic discounts on our range of Dingle properties and offering one lucky reader the chance to win a luxurious picnic to enjoy on your stay in Dingle.

 

Dingle is Ireland’s west most peninsula. Its unique landscape is home to over 2,000 beautifully preserved monuments left over from the The Bronze ages, the Dark ages and even Hollywood films! Both its archaeological heritage and scenery are stunning. The main town, also called Dingle, is picturesque and well equipped with everything you need for a magical holiday. As one of Ireland’s largest Gaeltact towns it has a large number of pubs, some of which double as shops in the daytime!

 

Our 48 luxury and boutique homes are managed by Clodagh and Phil Edwards and their team. With their passion for Kerry, and as members of the local community, Clodagh and Phil are a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to things to do, places to eat and, of course, where to find the best ‘craic’!

 

Bally David Sands

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