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Fishy Gossip

Fishy Gossip

So I said to him, ‘You wouldn’t know one if it swam past right past you!’

Fish gossip in a tank in the Dingle OceanWorld. October 2017.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCanon EOS 6D
Focal length28mm
ISO5000
Shutter speed1/40s

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A shipwreck in Dingle

A shipwreck in Dingle

A very decayed boat on it’s side in Dingle Harbour back in 2010.


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 40D
Focal length75mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/200s

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The Lispole Viaduct

The Lispole Viaduct

If you’ve been to Dingle you’ve probably passed through the village of Lispole. It’s on that long fairly straight road where the speed limit is 60km/h. There are lovely views from the top of the hill overlooking the village and this viaduct sits behind the petrol station at the bottom of the village.

I’d seen the viaduct many times over the years but (I think) never stopped to photograph it until 2 weeks ago. According to a nearby sign it was part of the Dingle – Tralee railway line which ran from 1891 to 1953. An important part of the long community so long ago.

Aperture ƒ/1.8
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 6.7mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/1100s
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Swing around away up high

Swing around away up high

The Star Flyer brings people 40m up before swinging them around. Exciting stuff, but I declined. Bumpers and Waltzers were enough for me. 馃檪

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 2.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/50s
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B贸thar an Uisce

B贸thar an Uisce

B贸thar an Uisce, or River Lane, in Dingle is on a junction with Dykegate Street where my favourite caf茅 in the town sits. Thyme Out Caf茅 & Delicatessen (Google Maps) is in a lovely old building serving vegetarian and vegan food. Brenda makes an amazing breakfast burrito, and her delux baguette is delicious! Yes, of course I took photos. I’ll share them some day but if you’re in Dingle make sure to visit Thyme Out!

Aperture ƒ/2.2
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 2.2mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/1250s
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The Sweet Pea Cat

The Sweet Pea Cat

I’m 99% certain I took a photo of this cat a few years ago and published it here but I cannot find it. The original photo was shot as we walked past at night and the cat was asleep in the window, just above the painting on the wall so it’s memorable. If I find it, I’ll link it here!

Dingle, July 2021.

Edit in September 2021, his name is Angel! Kieren Frost took a wonderful photo of him too.

Aperture ƒ/1.8
Camera SM-G998B
Focal length 6.7mm
ISO 50
Shutter speed 1/800s
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Around And Around We Go

Around And Around We Go

The Spin City Funfair visits Dingle during the summer months and features the “Star Flyer” where participants are raised about 40m into the air before twirling them around and and around. No way will you get me on something like that! I’ll happily take photos of it though.

Aperture ƒ/9
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 240mm
ISO 4000
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Tied up at Dingle Harbour

Tied up at Dingle Harbour

Moments after the sun set over the Dingle Peninsula I went for a walk and captured this HDR panorama of Dingle Harbour from the pier there. The sky was mostly clear but there was a well placed cloud sitting just above the hills to catch the light of the already disappeared sun.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 24mm
ISO 400
Shutter speed 1/3s
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Night Falls on Dingle

Night Falls on Dingle

The long Summer evenings eventually turn dark, but clear skies remain bright for hours after sunset.

Texaco Dingle, where petrol is 鈧1.559/lt.

Aperture ƒ/11
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 118mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/1.3s
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Take a Break

Take a Break

When you need to rest you’ll take it anywhere. Dingle, Co Kerry two weeks ago.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 240mm
ISO 125
Shutter speed 1/250s
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Setting Sun over Dingle

Setting Sun over Dingle

The setting sun lit up clouds over the local hills of the Dingle Peninsula earlier this month.

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 78mm
ISO 100
Shutter speed 1/320s
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The Disappearance of Fungie

Fungie

The disappearance of a single solitary dolphin in the year 2020 would seem to be small news among the horrible things that have happened this year. The pandemic is still raging. Ireland is in lockdown again. People are dying from Covid-19.

However, on October 20th it was reported that Fungie, a dolphin that first appeared in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry in 1983 was missing for 7 days.

For as long as I’ve been aware of Dingle, it has been synonymous with Fungie. He was hard to miss as there’s a statue in the town, and several boats lined the quays ready to take visitors out to see the friendly dolphin.

I went out once in 2017, and I saw him break the surface a few times but he wasn’t in the mood for playing at the time. You should have seen the packed boats of tourists trying to grab a glimpse of him. Thankfully our boat wasn’t as busy!

The last time I saw him was in August this year. My family and I walked out to Hussey’s Folly on a glorious evening where we sat in the grass watching the water, accompanied by several boats and kayakers.

There was the occasional shout when someone spotted him, and the delighted laughs and exclamations made it all worth it.

The next night we walked out by the small beach at B铆n B谩n. As night fell we heard splashes in the still water and spotted Fungie swimming back and forth just ten to twenty metres from shore. All was quiet. There was only my family and a passer-by around. It was very special hearing his splashes in the water.

Paddy Ferriter, keeper of the old lighthouse pictured above, was the first person to spot Fungie in 1983. He tells his story in a short clip here:

My photos of Fungie don’t do him justice. Follow these links for more:

Washington Post article on his disappearance.

There are wonderful videos of Fungie on this Facebook page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7sEG6WhPM

Aperture ƒ/8
Camera ILCE-7M3
Focal length 300mm
ISO 250
Shutter speed 1/320s