The other Dingle for 'Other Voices'
Ahead of this year's recording of Other Voices in Dingle, Tony Clayton-Lea shares his hidden gems for the Kerry town, plus some locals give their insider tips
If you want to feel the spray on your face, then head out to the west of Slea Head to view the Blasket Islands, which were inhabited until 1953. You can take a ferry over from the mainland to experience what is still an inspiring example of raw beauty.
Fancy a good walk? Put on your boots and start walking the Conor Pass, a rugged, twisting road – cresting at 1,300ft above sea level – that links Dingle on the south to Kilcummin on the north coast at Brandon Bay.
Further details: dingle-peninsula.ie dingle-region.com
DINGLE INSIDERS . . .
AIDEN GILLEN, actor, and presenter of Other Voices television series:
“Go out to the little castle at the entrance to the harbour – you get to it either by walking out along the coast from the Skellig Hotel, or you can drive quite close to it. Walk right out past the castle and sit on the edge there looking at the water, especially at full tide. You could sit there for hours; I often did.”
TRIONA DUIGNAN, manager of Dingle-based band, Walking On Cars:
“I have a few gems. For surfing, go to Coumineol, one of the most stunning beaches in the world; for best traditional music head to O’Sullivan’s Court House and John Benny’s Bar; the best café is Cul Gairdín, which is vegetarian, with flu-fighter juices and smoothies; and the best restaurant is Out Of The Blue seafood restaurant. Looks can be deceiving, but this place is quite special.”
PHILIP KING, documentary producer and overseer of Other Voices:
“We are lucky in Dingle to have a cinema, and not just any old cinema but one run by the O’Sullivan family, who have a love for and a deep knowledge of “the pictures“. The Phoenix Cinema is located right at the heart of the town. Folks gather for the Film Club every Tuesday, 52 weeks of the year, and the Dingle Film Festival has its headquarters there. The place is like a Dáil of sorts, a gathering full of local news with its own soundtrack humming alongside the screen action – and often more interesting. It’s a refuge from the rain on dark days, and you know, I think it’s the best cinema I have ever been to.”