We are down to our last week here in Ireland and at this point I’m feeling many mixed emotions. Dingle is one of those hidden gems on the map that a lot of people, either don’t know about or wouldn’t go out of their way to visit. I never heard of Dingle, Ireland before coming here and I won’t lie I was a little skeptical of it. When people study abroad, they probably imagine studying in a well known populated city not a quiet town on the countryside; but I’m glad I ended up coming here.
I know I’m going to miss my walks into town by the harbor, even though right now I could care less for them in all this rain. I know I’m going to miss this small close-knit community. Seeing familiar faces in the streets, shops, and pubs. The town even took us in for Thanksgiving. We were welcomed at the Courthouse Pub to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the usual turkey and stuffing.
The whole group on Thanksgiving
One of the things people don’t know about Dingle, is that it actually hosts a music festival called Other Voices. This festival goes on every year and is streamed worldwide from inside St. James Church. Up and coming artists perform on stage and the only way in is to win or know someone, because it holds approximately 60 people. Past performers that have performed inside the church, that you now know of today, include: Hozier, Ellie Goulding, and Amy Winehouse.
To be able to say I was inside the church for one of the nights is unbelievable and it is something I'll never forget! Make sure you, especially, keep an eye out for Gavin James and Jack Garrett because I'm sure they will be huge come next year!
Inside St. James Church
Keaton Henson Performing
From Left: Kevin, Aaron, Professor Hulme, Me
During the Other Voices weekend, we also had the opportunity to meet the US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, who talked in a conference about his Creative Minds series.
From Left: Aaron, Stephanie, Brendan, Kevin, Kaitlyn, Kevin O'Malley, Sean Pol, Me, Gloria, Carly, Professor Hulme
This past weekend we were welcomed into one of the local pubs to take part in traditional straw suit making. We collected straw and had to then pass it on to someone who would weave the straw into skirts, capes, and head pieces. These suits will be worn on the 26th of December for Wren’s Day. Even though we won’t be around for that day it was a very cool experience to be a part and help out with a long standing tradition in Dingle.
Had the chance to try on one of the straw headpieces
Right now I’m ecstatic to go home and see my family but I know down the road I’m going to miss Dingle, a hidden gem on the map.