May the 4th (Force) Be With You from Ireland
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes from the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
May the 4th (Force) Be With You
Yesterday while on the “Ring of Kerry” a professional photographer met us along the route and took a group photograph. This morning I arranged to meet him and purchased them for my passengers – a nice morning surprise for them.
They also enjoyed an wonderful evening surprise. I took my passengers to see a big Irish production show in Killarney called, “Irish Steps”. There was a United Nations crowd with ticket holders from all over the World – was really quite something to learn where everyone was from. They were I’d say around 1/2 full – 300 people. The show was excellent. The hall was nothing special but once the house lights were off and the impressive stage lights were on it was a much more professional setting. The band and dancers were all top notch – some of the dancers are World Champions. The show really well put together. A slick operation that I highly recommend you attend if you are in Killarney. My passengers raved about it and its a tour highlight for sure.
There was a Friday wedding at our hotel, “The Great Southern” and my passengers commented that is was like a Royal Wedding. It was wonderful to see the fashion show of attire – much more festive than at home. The hotel really catered to make the event extra special with a red carpet entrance and a top hat door man to welcome all the wedding and hotel guests.
Our drive along the Dingle Penninsula was an exhilarating one. Although not as famous as “The Ring Of Kerry” the views are just as dramatic if even more so. It was my favourite of the 2 drives.
Connor our guide teased that the Irish gave the Scotts the Bagpipes years ago as a joke and told them they’d have to wear a skirt and a funny hat when playing them and they followed along but still haven’t caught on that it was a joke.
It’s compulsory that Irish (Gaelic) is taught. There is one dedicated Gaelic television station in Ireland. This language has been spoken here for over 2000 years. Some of the roads signs in the Gaelic area of Dingle Peninsula are just in Gaelic with no English.
Stopped in the village of Inch so we could take pictures of the beach – you can drive on it just like “Daytona” in Florida. Scenes from the movie, “Ryan’s Daughter” were filmed here.
This morning’s drive along the Dingle coast reminds me a bit of driving on Highway A1A in California – except there are no sheep along the steep banks in California and the roads are much wider on A1A.
The town of Dingal has become very famous due to the movie, “Ryan’s Daughter” – Gaelic is mostly spoken here and students can come for a 3 week jaunt in the summer to improve their Irish language skills. Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman also filmed the “Far and Away” movie here and they enjoyed mingling with the locals in the pubs at night. Country Singer, Dolly Parton was shown around Dingal.
I really was impressed with Dingal. Its a foodie place with so many top restaurants. Its such and isolated town surrounded by beautiful views.
There are many festivals in Dingle. Since Star War movie scenes have been filmed in this region there is currently a “May the 4th (Force) Be With You” festival going on in honor of May 4th and Star Wars.
When traveling on the Dingle Peninsula the underwritten rule is you travel clockwise because at times its too narrow for 2 cars to pass one another. They are trying to get this rule into law but would make it difficult for the locals.
Both lunch and dinner were exceptional today but every one of our meals on this tour have been exceptional – location and cuisine – very impressive.
There is a car rally going on in Killarney this weekend (its a long weekend) – so lots of excitement and a bit of engine noise.
Understand there was a major wind storm at home in Ontario, Canada – hope my readers in that region faired ok with no or very limited property damage.