County Kerry Journals

County Kerry and the Southwest Coast

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An October 2002 trip to County Kerry by Carmen

The Dingle Peninsula Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland More Photos
Quote: County Kerry holds the jewel of the Emerald Isle - the southwestern coastline. The Dingle Penninsula was the highlight of my trip. We drove to Dingle and back up the coast on the second day of our trip.

County Kerry and the Southwest Coast

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Overview

Dingle Town Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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Dingle Peninsula!!!! If you've ever had an idea as to what Ireland would look like, and pictured it in your mind's eye, you'd be picturing Dingle. This was our sole purpose for heading into County Kerry. It may sound odd for a highlight, but it truly was the first time I saw the Dingle Peninsula. Mountains on the left, ocean on the right, and rolling hills in between. Sheep grazing, cows jumping fences into the road (they say Irish traffic is livestock blocking your path. ha.). My favorite pictures from the whole Ireland trip are the ones I took here. I'm even blowing them up into 8x10s! Quick Tips: Watch out for the very narrow country roads - most with stone walls lining each side. A...Read More

Murphy's Pub

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Restaurant

Murphy's Pub Photo, County Kerry, Ireland
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We went to Murphy's Pub for lunch on our day trip to Dingle, more for the name than anything else. My travel partner has the last name Murphy. As a matter of fact, it seemed like everyone in Dingle was a Murphy! But she was excited to see her "family" everywhere. As soon as we parked our car along the main road into town, Murphy's pub was the first thing we saw accross from the pier. Murphy's B&B was right next door. :) No offense to my Murphy friend, but Murphy's Pub could've been a better impression than it was. We each ordered a "melt" - her ham and cheese and me chicken and cheese. The food was passible, but nothing Irish nor local about it -- though my friend did enjoy the clam chowder,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Murphy's Ice Cream

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Restaurant

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Yet another Murphy establishment in Dingle. They're everywhere! I was still hungry after our lunch at Murphy's Pub and the temperature was warming up enough (sunny and about 60) to justify a stop in at a very blue building, Murphy's Ice Cream Shop. While not fine dining, our time at Murphy's Ice Cream shop was well spent. We walked down a Strand Street away from the pier, greeted by bright blue buildings everywhere. The bluest of the buildings was Murphy's Ice Cream. We were suprised when we were greeted by the red-haired Irish propriator Sean Murphy, only because he was wearing a NY Yankees cap and spoke ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

The Dingle Peninsula Photo, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
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When my friend first suggested this day trip, I was a little hesitant. After all, it would be a three-hour drive there, and then a three-hour ride back to where we were staying in Doolin. (See entry under County Clare) However, when we arrived at the base of the penninsula, my heart nearly stopped. In front of me was a view that if I had pictured what Ireland would look like, this was that picture come to life. To the left, there were rolling mountains, to the right, the water, and in front, the greenest rolling hills I've ever seen, separated by stone walls...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Cois Farriage

Attraction

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Cois Farriage is located on the main street in Dingle (Strand Street) directly accross from the pier. You couldn't miss it if you tried. It's your basic Irish souvenir shop, with wishing stones and Celtic crosses and t-shirts and such. What drew my attention was the Irish pottery. I wasn't aware until the moment that I saw it that the Irish were famous for their stoneware pottery. The pottery features very colorful glazes and many feature Celtic symbols - most popular from what I saw were the Celetic knots. Cois Farriage had a fabulous selection of Irish pottery -- more than I had saw elsewhere on my journey. The shopkeeper was very pleasant, helping me find my Irish vase with the Ce...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 26, 2002

Fungie the Dolphin

Story/Tip

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To our disappointment, we didn't get a glimpse of the local celebrity, Fungie the Dolphin, but we got such a kick out of talking about him, that I thought I'd share the story. In 1984, the lighthouse keeper started keeping tabs on a lone wild dolphin that frequented the Dingle harbor - rare for a dolphin in these waters. He was later declared an official resident and pilot for boats coming into the harbor, and developed from observer to playful companion to the fishermen, who named him Fungie. There are boat tours that go to "look" for Fungie, while there are no gurantees, and you can even arrange to go diving with him. He apparantly welcomes human companionship, especially women. Thi...Read More