This is my second post showing photos of the colourful town of Dingle, on the Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland.
As you can see, this is very much a tourist town, on the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, which is one of the most beautiful scenic places in Ireland, or even the world. It’s a small town, heavily dependant on tourism for its economic health. It was a very poor area before the first big movie was made here – Ryan’s Daughter, in 1970. This not only brought temporary but lucrative jobs for many local people, but the attention of the world was brought to the magnificence of this area. That was the beginning of tourism here. Several more movies followed and the Dingle Peninsula has continued to attract the attention of the world.
Lots of seafood just opposite the harbour – as you might expect.
All kind of adventures, climbing walls, sailing, kayaking, rowing traditional currachs, surfing, kite surfing, swimming with the dolphin…… and everything else on land and sea.
This dolphin sculpture has a particular significance in Dingle. it represents Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, who has been residing in Dingle waters since 1983, when he was about eight years old. Fungie is a very popular and much loved dolphin, who has made millionaires out of a lot of people. Hard to imagine how one wild dolphin living freely here can have had such an impact on the local economy. But just do the sums – all the boat trips packed with people every day to see the dolphin for several months a year. Imagine how many people come here just to see the dolphin. Amazing that so many people experience such joy just to see Fungie, and there are many real Fungiephiles who just want to spend time with him, and compete with others for time and for that ‘special relationship’ with him.
It’s the little backstreets that can be most interesting.
I don’t know the name of the artist who did these murals, or I would gladly mention it. But if I find out I will include the name here.
The place is saturated with artists, to be honest.
The above paintings have been here near the harbour since 2010. I’m a little surprised they are still here. The artists are Carol Cronin (sorry it’s cropped) Deirdre McKenna, myself third from left and Martine Moriarty. There are others not seen here. These paintings were commisioned by the Kerry County Council.
A closer view of my 8 ft x 4 ft painting of fishing paraphernalia, nets and chains etc., being just next to the fishing boat dock.
Now this is a really creative use of colours! They would be even more vibrant if the sun had been shining on them, but they were on the shady side. It must be noted that as Covid-19 restrictions are now just easing, most of these shops and businesses haven’t been operational for a number of months and some of them have not been painted up to their normal standard. But these two above are just stunning.
Covid flexibility! Restaurants have been serving more take-away food and drink.
Dingle Pottery. Some of the most colourful pottery you can find is here. Obviously still closed on this day.
The Díseart. This was the old Presentation Convent School, now an adult arts and education centre, with links to a US university, (see below).
The photos below are somewhat abstract. They are views in shop and pub windows, which show a kind of fusion of the actual images of the window displays with the reflections of the buildings opposite, and even myself, the photographer.
Thanks for visiting. I have some photos of the harbour and marina area to show next time. Please come back.
There are several photos of Dingle and the surrounding area on my website. I hope you will take a look.