Dingle New Year: It’s nearly New Year again! This year, we’re returning to one of the Club’s favourite places. We will be staying in the Hideout Hostel, in Dykegate Street from 30-Dec-2015 until 1-Jan-2016.
As always, Dingle promises to be a great venue: on New Year’s Eve, there is a fireworks display, a parade and generally a great buzz around the town.
Another fantastic aspect is the choice of walks; I can think of at least five very enjoyable walks, and that’s even before I take out the map (Map 70 for those interested).
Places will go on sale on 02-Dec-2015 in Counihan’s, the cost will be €75 for three nights accommodation, plus breakfast and lunch food.
Dingle (Irish: An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis, meaning “Ó Cúis’ fort”) is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 50 kilometres (30 mi) southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Killarney.
Principal industries in the town are tourism, fishing and agriculture: Dingle Mart (livestock market) serves the surrounding countryside. In 2011 the town had a population of 1,965 and is situated in a Gaeltacht region. There used to be two secondary schools but they have now amalgamated to produce Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne. An adult Bottlenose dolphin named Fungie has been courting human contact in Dingle Bay since 1983.
Places of Interest
Dingle’s St. Mary’s was a neo-Gothic church built to designs by J. J. McCarthy and O’Connell. The foundation stone was laid in 1862. It originally had a nave and aisles separated by arcades, supported on columns capped by octagonal tops. The arcades were demolished in one of the most radical reordering schemes to have been executed in Ireland. The project also saw the demolition of the exterior walls to below the original clerstory level, and, most notably, of the attic and upper ranges of the west elevation.
There are many opportunities to hear traditional Irish music in the town, particularly during the summer tourist season. Dingle has a number of pubs as well as restaurants and cafes. There is also an aquarium, “Oceanworld Aquarium”, in the town, and a number of art and craft shops.