A place of rare charms

A visit to Dingle offers a chance to revel in a town with a unique flavour, writes Ross Golden-Bannon.

11th December, 2011
A place of rare charms
Dingle: a town which bucks the myth that, the further you are from the capital, the more conservative people become. Photo: Steven Shesquiere

We Irish are inclined to accept a view of ourselves as people with a handful of caricaturised national characteristics. The external world sees us as hospitable, friendly, fond of a drink, craic and the national sport of conversation. Even then it is the story that is important, and not such inconveniences as facts.

In reality, we are a diversity of tribes with as many traditions and views as a patchwork quilt. The Dingle area is...

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