VENUE/Áit : The Dingle Whiskey Distillery
DATE/Dáta : 28th April
TIME/Am : 19.00-21.00
Free event. Ceiliúradh! All Welcome
(Sponsored by The Dingle Whiskey Distillery and The Collins Press)
A celebration of DINGLE AND ITS HINTERLAND: PEOPLE, PLACES and HERITAGE by Felicity Hayes-McCoy/Wilf Judd.
Music, songs, spot prizes. Amhránaithe agus ceoltóirí áitiúla. Seoirse from An Café Liteartha will be selling signed copies of the book throughout the evening. Fear a’ Tí Maidhc Ó Mainín.
The tip of the Dingle Peninsula, at the westernmost edge of Europe, is one of Ireland’s most isolated regions. But for millennia, it has also been a hub for foreign visitors: its position made it a medieval centre for traders, and the wildness of its remote landscape has been the setting for spiritual pilgrimage. This seeming paradox is what makes Dingle and its western hinterland unique: the ancient, native culture has been preserved, while also being influenced by the world at large.
The roundabout at Miltown Bridge marks the entrance to a discrete rural area, distinct from Dingle town, that offers the visitor some of the most spectacular scenery on the peninsula as well as some of the deepest insights into Ireland’s native cultural inheritance. Stretching from Milltown to the extreme western end of the land mass and north to Brandon Creek, this area, where Irish is still the first language of everyday life, is known as ‘back west’.
The rich heritage of this place is best understood by chatting with the people who live and work here. But how many visitors get that opportunity? Starting with Dingle town, DINGLE AND ITS HINTERLAND: PEOPLE, PLACES and HERITAGE takes us around the breathtakingly beautiful Slea Head Drive, interviewing locals along the way – ranging from farmers, a chef, a postmaster, boatmen and a school teacher, to museum curators, a tv sports presenter and Gaelic football legend, and sean-nós singers.
Illustrated with the authors’ own photographs and specially commissioned maps, the book offers practical information and advice, as well as cultural insights that will give any visitor a richer experience and deeper understanding of the area and its place in Irish history and contemporary life.
Praise for Dingle And Its Hinterland
‘For those of us who have long been under the spell of the Dingle Peninsula, and for those who have yet to discover it, this book is a brilliant guide to the land, the culture, the history, and especially its people.’
Boris Weintraub, former Senior Writer, National Geographic
Praise for Felicity Hayes-McCoy
‘I felt a sense of wellbeing. I had walked with her around the peninsula and experienced her wonder and delight.’ ~ Alice Taylor
‘Powerful … reflecting on life with an inquiring intelligence and emotional honesty.’ ~ The Sunday Times
‘There is something entirely Irish about her writing … the soft wild country of the Dingle Peninsula comes alive. Completely enchanting.’ ~ Joanna Lumley
‘Outstanding.’ ~ Sunday Independent
‘Thought-provoking … immensely entertaining.’ ~ Irish Examiner
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