In this post I am showing images of Dingle Harbour and Marina, which are the soul of this popular little town and tourist resort.
A boat full of tourists (now less full than usual, to facilitate social distancing) heads out to see Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin, which has lived here of his own free will, since 1983, and has brought millions of Euro to the area.
In the Dingle sunrise, there are some signs of work starting. Some of these very early morning shots were taken a few years ago. It’s rare for me to get up early to capture the sunrise.
I loved capturing the light on the boats and the reflections in the still morning water.
Setting out on a fishing trip in the light of the rising sun.
The above was taken recently, but not so early in the morning as the previous shots, the colours look so different.
In this photo above the boats in the foreground are traditional currachs, known in Dingle as Naomhóg, (pronounced nave-oge) which means Young Saint. They have a timber framework and are covered in tarred canvas. They used to be used for transport between the islands and for fishing. The style of these boats have been adapted for racing, built by Eddie Hutch, who with Maunza Heidke have been dedicated to the traditional sport of racing the naomhóg, and have run the Dingle Rowing Club for several years. See below a photo of naomhóg lined up for a race at the Dingle Regatta, an annual event, but sadly not this year, because of Covid-19.
Some more recent photos below.
At Dingle Pier can be seen the face of Charlie Haughey, who was the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland for a number of years, in and out of office until 1992. He died in 2006. Some loved him, some didn’t. But here he is in Dingle because he was instrumental in providing funds for creating the excellent harbour and marina in Dingle, and that has been a significant factor in the development of all the marine activities here.
The following photos were taken as I was out rowing in a naomhóg, the traditional rowing boat as described above. It’s a great opportunity to get captures I wouldn’t get from the shore.
Really, there’s so much more to Dingle than I could describe here, although it’s only a small town; I have only given snippets of it’s character.
Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you will return periodically. I confess to feeling a bit blog-fatigued recently and it gets harder to keep up the enthusiasm, but hopefully my motivation will return.
Meantime, there are loadsa pics of the Dingle Peninsula on my website: