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Postcards from Dingle on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

Steep cliffs, crashing, foaming waves, sandy beaches, misty islands, craggy rocks –  the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way is without question the dramatic and breathtaking Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula,in County Kerry,in the south-west of Ireland. The Wild Atlantic Way, where the power and might of the Atlantic Ocean dashes against the west coast of Ireland, stretches some 2,500 kilometres along the Atlantic coast,from my own beloved Donegal in the north-west to the beautiful Kinsale Harbour on the south coast.

Places elevate  the heart, but Dingle makes an imprint on the soul

Places elevate the heart, but Dingle makes an imprint on the soul

These snaps were taken last week on a very joyful trip back to this extraordinarily special place.Gulls are a big feature of the peninsula!

The road snakes perilously along the cliff, even crossing a stream at one point,

Even on the calmest of days, the power of the sea is evident.

The Blasket Islands, uninhabited since the 1950s, lie off the tip of the peninsula

Huge Atlantic rollers wash onto the sandy beach of Coumeenoole Strand,that featured in David Lean’s 1970s film, Ryan’s Daughter.

No trees withstand the harsh Atlantic winds, but there is an abundance of flowers in miniature clinging to the cliffs and in the fields.

 

While the magical scenery of the Slea Head Drive is an unforgettable part of the Dingle Peninsula, there is so much more to see and do in this area, which is centred on the lovely fishing port of Dingle town. Renowned for its Irish musical culture and traditions and good food Dingle is one of the most loved parts of Ireland, a very special place,well worth a visit at any time of year!

 

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April 13 1912: Titanic sails in calm waters

On this night 101 years ago, the RMS Titanic is sailing through calm waters. Just over 48 hours earlier she had departed Queenstown, County Cork. Passengers on board expect  to dock in New York on April 17, four days from now.

Among them are wealthy Americans who, having completed their tour of Europe are returning home in the most luxurious and fastest liner on the Atlantic route. Here too are hundreds of emigrants who have bidden farewell to mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends all across Europe, and are now looking forward to a new life in a new land.

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Members of the Orchestra on board Titanic. Image Wikimedia.Commons

As they steam towards their meeting with destiny in just 24 hours from now, many 1st class passengers may be enjoying and dancing to the music of the on-board orchestra, while many others begin to settle down for the night. The calm conditions  make for a comfortable night’s sleep. The 128 children on board are probably already settled. For many of them –  for most of them – this is to be their last night alive.

References

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