DINGLE PENINSULA NEWS
Nuacht Chorca Dhuibhne
The Dingle Peninsula has been voted the best place in the world to take a photograph
by users of the PhotoShelter website, a community of over 80,000 professional photographers.
The peninsula topped a list of 24 locations including Cuba, Arizona and Morroco.
The peninsula was nominated by Lindsay and Tom of Great Island Photography of New England, who yravelled to County Kerry in the summer of 2011. They described the area in glowing terms:
“The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland can very reasonably be considered one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. A finger of land reaching west, it features the cloud covered Slieve Mish mountain range that forms its spine, falling sharply down to rolling green hills, farms and quaint villages, down steep sea cliffs at last to the Atlantic, and the Dingle, Tralee, and Brandon Bays. The remote wild beauty of Dingle has been a compelling feature in such Hollywood films as Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away.”
You can read the original list of 24 of the Best Places to Photograph Worldwide on PhotoShelter, and read the report Pretty as a Picture in the Irish Independent by Joyce Fegan.
The 8th Dingle International Film Festival has, this week, unrolled details of
its programme of short films. Gathered together under the title 'Telling Stories'
it features the cream of storytelling from both home and abroad.
The festival which is set to run from Friday 14th March to Monday 17th March last
year broke its own box office records. It has since its inception supported film
makers of all stripes, but has especially encouraged those working in the short format.
This applies particularly to people writing and producing Irish language films
within the festival's Físín screenwriting competition. This year's extensive
catalogue will be presented in high definition format at the town's St. James' Church,
which is over 200 years old. The screenings will be further enhanced by the use of
surround sound audio and other high-end applications.
Meanwhile, other venues around town will host a galaxy of feature films and events. These will include An Lab the local dedicated Irish language arts centre and The Blasket Centre in Dún Chaoin, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the Blasket Islands. An interesting historical contrast will be struck at the town's Phoenix Cinema one of this country's last independent houses, which will also be a co-host. Recently refurbished and now using Dolby sound and digital projection, when it was opened in 1937 the Italian projectors were run on energy provided by burning turf.
The festival plans to build on its 2013 audience figures, which were a landmark best for the Dingle IFF and its Director Maurice Galway who said,
"There are many elements which make for a successful boutique film festival like ours. Not the least of these is the presentation of short films. This year we have work submitted by new film makers and by veterans of the business."
" All of the forty-three films are telling stories, They originate from locations ranging from Belgium to Ballybunion and derive from a variety of cultures while portraying many facets of human experience."
Castlewood House in Dingle has been named the world’s best bargain hotel by TripAdvisor as part of its 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards for hotels.
The guesthouse had previously been named the sixth best hotel in the world by Tripadvsor.com. The guesthouse, operated by Brian and Helen Heaton was named the best hotel in Ireland and the sixth best globally in the "Travelers Choice 2012" awards, based on visitor reviews.
Lucinda O'Sullivan wrote an article, "They're top of the world in Dingle", about Castlewood House in the Sunday Independent of 2 February 2014.
You can read the TripAdvisor reviews here.
Sixty years ago, on 17 November 1953, the Great Blasket Island was evacuated. Ninety-two year old Dr.
Mike Carney, now living in Massachussets, USA, is one of the last natives of the island. He recently
made an emotional return to the island, as reported by Cole Moreton in The Telegraph.
You can read the article online here.
"Simply put, the Dingle peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in the world to wake up each morning".
‘From the moment I crossed the mountain I fell in love. With the place, which was more beautiful than any place I’d ever seen. With the people I met there. And with a way of looking at life that was deeper, richer and wiser than any I’d known before. When I left I dreamt of clouds on the mountain. I kept going back.’
The House on an Irish Hillside by Felicity Hayes-McCoy is a memoir of the author’s life - from her
Dublin childhood and first experiences of seanchas and béaloideas, sitting on her
Galway granny’s bed, to a hectic career as an actress and writer in London and her
return visits to Corca Dhuibhne where, twelve years ago, she and her husband found
their own home and contentment in a remarkable house back west.
To read a review and order a copy, visit The Publisher's Website
Award-winning travel writer and author Turtle Bunbury wrote a glowing review of Dingle in the January 2012
edition of Ryanair Magazine.
Bunbury spent a brief few days surfing, hill walking and enjoying the local hospitality, and described Dingle as "perhaps one of the most fun places you can go in Ireland."
You can read his article here.
In a recent issue of "Country Walking" magazine Jenny Waters described ten reasons for hillwalkers to visit Corca Dhuibhne:
"Mountains, saints, paternoster lakes, beaches, music, cliffs, pubs, the three Sisters, Guinness, and a dolphin called Fungie: 10 top reasons to walk Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula."The article is illustrated with beautiful photographs by Andy Wilson.
You can download the article (a 2.4 MB PDF document) here.
Corca Dhuibne Glas, in conjunction with the EPA Local
Authority Prevention Network (LAPN) programme and the
Regional Waste Management Office are delighted to announce
that 26 companies on the Dingle Peninsula have been awarded
the Corca Dhuibhne Glas - Dingle Peninsula Eco Award.
The award is an environmental training and consultancy programme which was launched in May 2011. The programme is supported locally by Dingle Peninsula Tourism, MFG, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Dingle Chamber of Commerce, Kerry County Council and Transition Town Corca Dhuibhne.
The award was open to all businesses on the Dingle Peninsula to join and the initiative is geared specifically for small to medium enterprises. Through participation in this local award scheme the businesses involved engaged in the programme which aims to reduce and implement best practice in waste management, lower energy consumption and reduce their water usage, thus reducing costs to the businesses while lessening the companies' impact on the environment. The companies are also rewarded for encouraging the use of local produce and products, encouraging environmental transport options, appointing a "green team" and setting out an environmental improvement policy for their business showing how they are constantly looking for ways to improve. The businesses will also receive acknowledgement from customers and staff of a progressive business concerned with their environment, compliance with environmental standards and legislation and training for the staff in best practices in waste management.
The businesses involved were inspected in June by an independent auditor appointed by the LAPN / EPA to oversee the Programme. 33 Businesses in total are taking part in the programme, and following the audit procedure 26 companies were successful and have received the Corca Dhuibhne Glas award. Successful businesses are entitled to display the Corca Dhuibhne Glas Award mark demonstrating their commitment to environmental best practice in the locality. This award will be recognised by all agencies and will be a vital tool in promoting business in a growing environmentally conscience market.
It is planned to hold the official awards ceremony during the Dingle Food and Wine festival from 30th September 2nd October. The initiative is part of an overall ambition to get "Green destination" status for the Dingle Peninsula and to develop the peninsula as a leader in Green Area Tourism and Green business development. Look out for the Gradam Feabhais Sticker in participating businesses throughout the Peninsula.
Any companies interested in joining the programme can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call: Lorcan Slattery on 086 1737944
Businesses that have received the award are indicated on this website with this "green e" mark:
"Dingle Dawdling" was the title given to an article by travel writer Neil Sowerby for the Manchester Confidential website.
Arriving on the eve of the Dingle Food and Wine Festival, the writer welcomed with a plethora of treats, a boat trip and squid stories.
"This far-flung corner of Kerry is an unlikely spot for the Irish National Food Awards, yet they have grown out of the entrepreneurial self-help spirit of the festival. The professional food industry judges go beyond the jolly in a scrupulous, comprehensive sifting out of the nation’s finest products."
"Metro" recommends Dingle
Paul Baldwin, travel correspondent with the Canadian edition of '''Metro''' magazine recently sang the praises of Dingle. The article ''"It Must Be Dingle"'' in the 6 September edition said that the peninsula...
"is exactly the Ireland tourists want to see, pretty, upmarket, traditional, and with a sense you'll find the craic everywhere you go".
Download a copy of the article here (PDF format).
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Mount Brandon has been included in the "Irish Times" ''Book of Irish Walks'', a collection of
the best walking routes in the country, chosen by contributors to the paper's travel supplement.
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