“Take every praiseworthy characteristic of the Irish pub – democratic; spontaneous; generous; sociable; wild; nostalgic; cossetting – and you have to amplify all those characteristics to explain the charm of this little bar, with its stone floor, with its artworks, with its punky staff, with its excellent drinks and its soulful cooking. Hackett’s has the warmth of a hearth – you are drawn to it as you are drawn to a crackling fire, all energy and comfort.” – John and Sally McKennas’ Irish Guides
“The Burren is a country where there is not enough water to drown a man, wood enough to hang one, nor earth enough to bury him.”
“At the very edge of Europe, as far west as you can go in Ireland…. once described by National Geographic as the most beautiful place on earth… a place where the mountains roll into the ocean.”
“Dubliner seems to me to have some meaning and I doubt whether the same can be said for such words as Londoner or Parisian” – James Joyce
‘Are you right there Father Ted?’
“Certainly there was no sailor who ever sailed salt water but who smiled – and still smiles – at the idea of the unsinkable ship” – Charles Lightoller (Surviving Officer) in ‘Titanic and Other Ships’
“Irish road signs are idiosyncratic in the extreme… a masterpiece of disinformation. A sign is designed to lure you towards a place that you’ll never see mentioned again, unless it is marked in two separate directions on the same post.” – Pete McCarthy
Posted in Cathedrals, Eire, Europe, History, Ireland, Natural Environment, Travel, World Heritage
Tagged Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Clonakilty, Cobh, Dingle Ireland, Father Ted Tour, Funny Irish Signs, Giant's Causeway, Guinness, Hackett's Bar Schull, Inch Beach, Irish Music, Irish Pubs, Mizzen Head, The Dark Hedges
There is something about dolphins that sends people all weak kneed with excitement, like seeing the Northern Lights or a field of golden sunflowers – a real treat!
The most famous resident of Dingle is without doubt a dolphin called Funghi (a strange name I agree, I’d have called him Flipper or something more appropriately aquatic) who has taken up residence in the bay and will obligingly turn up to entertain holidaymakers when they take a boat ride out to find him.
The Dingle Dolphin Boat Tours Company is so confident that Funghi will appear and perform that they offer a one hour boat trip into the bay for €16 but free of charge if he fails to turn up. and we are no exception so we purchased our tickets and climbed aboard the boat.
For fifteen to twenty minutes the skipper of the boat patrolled the bay looking for more sightings and sure enough Funghi kept appearing first to starboard and then to port as though he was just teasing everyone on board. Just as the whole thing was getting rather tedious and I thought it would be good to go back to port the dolphin decided it was time for a show and he leapt out of the water several times sending plumes of water into the air and soaking people leaning over the railings trying to get a better view. He kept this up for several minutes and then swam to to the shallow water and rested a while, no doubt to get his breath back.
It was a wonderful display and according to the crew not one that can be guaranteed every trip so when we returned to the port and it was time to pay up I was more than happy to hand over the money for the trip. Some people might be critical of animal displays like this but it seems that Funghi enjoys this human interaction and he is completely free and wild and in no way compelled to give his daily aquatic performances.
This is a picture that my granddaughter drew for me after I told her the story of Funghi:
Header photo by my friend Richard Adams. Richard takes some great photographs and I think you might be interested in visiting his site to see some more of his wildlife and landscapes:
Posted in Beaches, Eire, Europe, Ireland, Literature, Travel
Tagged Bottlenose Dolphin, Dingle Dolphin, Dingle Ireland, Funghi, Funghi Dolphin, Miami Dolphins, Photography, Weekly Photo Challenge
In a previous post I told the story of taking a boat ride to see Funghi the Dingle Bay Dolphin. Unfortunately I wasn’t in a good position to take pictures so gave up quickly and just watched the show.
My friend Richard however found himself in prime position to capture the performance and these are a couple of shots that he took on the day.
Richard is a really good photographer and I think you might be interested in visiting his site to see some more of his wildlife and landscapes:
From photography to art and this is a picture that my granddaughter drew for me after I told her the story of Funghi:
As far as I know she doesn’t have her own website just yet!
Some more of my boat journeys recorded in the journal:
Corfu and a Speedboat Breakdown
Corfu-1984 Georges Boat
Motorboat Ride from Kalami to Corfu Town
Rowing Boat on Lake Bled in Slovenia
A Boat Ride with Dolphins in Croatia
A Boat Ride with Dolphins in Wales
Gondola Ride in Venice
Captain Ben’s Boat in Anti Paros
Posted in Beaches, Eire, Europe, Ireland, Natural Environment, Travel
Tagged Bottlenose Dolphin, Dingle Dolphin, Dingle Ireland, Funghi, Funghi Dolphin, Miami Dolphins, Photography