Main Street and John Street in Dingle
We had not seen this level of prosperity before
We spent a week on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry this summer. How much it has changed since our last visit 28 years ago (and our first visit 42 years ago)! What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a vibrant, energetic, colorful tourist spot. Huge tour busses wind down stingy narrow roads, hardly more than lanes meant for hay wagons. New homes and even whole new neighborhoods have popped up, buildings are freshly plastered and painted attractive colors, and businesses are thriving.
corner of Spa Road and Main and John Streets
two more pictures of downtown Dingle
traffic jam on the Dingle Peninsula!
lighthouse at the entrance of Dingle Harbor
you can still find timeworn tradition in Dingle
this centuries old bridge has a name which I now forget; one of my favorite things in the Dingle area
my third cousins; left to right, A, me, T, E; their brother J died suddenly two weeks before our arrival
Gallarus Oratory hasn't changed in 1100 years
famine cottage a few miles west of Dingle, once owned by some Cavanaughs; my great-great grandmother was Catherine Cavanaugh from this area, but I don't know where her home was
we were accompanied by our long-time friends, B & C; we hiked up to this overlook near Dunquin
C and B did a 75-mile bicycle ride around part of the Dingle Peninsula, including Connor Pass
we hiked up this headland (Bulls Head) above my ancestors' domicile of Kinard East; it became a tough trail, as it petered out into a mountainside of gorse, a pretty plant that deceives you with its buttery flowers--its true purpose is to afflict and torment man--and woman--with wicked inch-long sharp pokey stickers that embed themselves into clothes, shoes and socks
Bulls Head has amazing views!
Minard Castle east of Dingle; my 3rd great-grandmother (Nellie Wren) was born on the mountain above the castle; you used to be able to go into the castle at the peril of your life, but no more
Kilmalkedar Church, one of my favorite places anywhere, so ancient, so exquisitely built
detail of Kilmalkedar Church
Coming soon: Part 2, Scenery of the Dingle Peninsula