Celebrating 30 years of Fungie in Dingle

Full Weekend Programme to Fungie Festival 2013

We hope to hold the following events, many of which are weather permitting.

* Denotes weather permitting!

 

FRIDAY

*10am – 4pm Boat trips out to the dolphin throughout the day with the Dingle Boatmen, from the pier (behind the tourist office) www.dingledolphin.com 066 9152626. Join us on a short boat tour (1 hr) to Dingle Harbour to Fungie. This dolphin’s friendly antics and apparent love of people are enormous joy to all age groups, as he plays close by the boat. Breath-taking scenery, an abundance of birds and a feeling of oneness with nature. A tour not to miss! Tours every hour from 10am to 6pm. Special offer for Festival 26th-28th  - 1 child free with every paying Adult and 10 % off for couples and groups.

11am – 4pm Maria Simonds-Gooding Exhibition of Colourful Dolphin Pictures (Oil Pastels on Paper) – Goat St Café, Goat St.
Inspired by some ecstatic encounters with the dolphin, Maria created a series of work paying homage to her aquatic friend and his environment.  These are some of the images inspired by those enchanting swims. Have a bite to eat while you enjoy the artworks and the café will give you a free coffee with your meal!

7.30pm – Exhibition of Fungi Photographs  – by Jeannine Massett and Rudi Rudi Schamhart – in the Marina Centre, Dingle Marina. www.facebook.com/12FungieForever12 The exhibition will be open on Saturday and Sunday. They have an enormous collection of wonderful images, all weathers, all moods, exciting moments and tranquil times. (Some images and cards will be for sale.)

8.30pm – Official Opening welcoming everyone to the celebrations by Miriam O’Callaghan– in John Benny’s Bar, Strand St. Dingle. John O’Connor will share ‘Memories of Fungie in the early days’. With music from the talented local duo ‘Lumiere’ and surprise guests!

 

SATURDAY

*8am – 10am Brosnan’s Morning Swim (by boat) 0669151146 brosnanswetsuithire@yahoo.co.uk 2hr early swim, with 7mm wetsuit and gear available to hire.  In the Tranquility of Dingle Harbour join the excitement and thrill of trying to swim close to Fungie the Dolphin – 066 9151146
Special offer for festival 26th – 28th €5 off swim tour and €5 off wetsuit hire, Contact Brosnans to reserve in advance. Numbers are limited.

*10am onwards. Boat trips out to the dolphin throughout the day with the Dingle Boatmen, from the pier (behind the tourist office) www.dingledolphin.com 066-9152626.  Join us on a short boat tour (1 hr) of Dingle Harbour to Fungie. This dolphin’s friendly antics and apparent love of people are an enormous joy to all age groups, as he plays close by the boat. Breath-taking scenery, an abundance of birds and a feeling of oneness with nature. A tour not to miss! Tours every hour until 6pm. Special offer for Festival 26th-28th  - 1 child free with every paying Adult and 10 % off for couples and groups

*10am Whale watching trip with Mick Sheeran (from Ventry Pier) www.marinetours.ie
Call: +353 (0)86 3353805 Email: info@marinetours.ie or Book online. Irish wildlife tour specialists for whale watching and dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula.
Here, in the spectacularly beautiful Atlantic waters of Dingle Bay, we regularly encounter at least five species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), with porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose and risso’s dolphins and minke whales the most frequently observed species.

10.30am – 6pm Sean Mannion’s Exhibition  – ‘Fungie the early years’ – An Diseart, Green St, Dingle. Sean Mannion is from Dublin but lives in An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht. He was a journalist with The Irish Press newspaper when he first encountered Fungie in 1988. Thus began a long and most enjoyable period of photography and observation, not just of the dolphin but of Dingle and its characters. His book of photographs and the story of Fungie, “Ireland’s Friendly Dolphin,” published by Brandon, appeared in 1992, a copy going into every secondary school in Ireland.  Sean is now a full-time photographer and his gallery of Connemara photographs at the Spiddal craft centre in Galway also has to make space for Fungie and Paddy Ferriter, the last lighthouseman in Dingle.

10.30am – 6pm Exhibition “Fungi, a Lifetime of memories” – a photographic collection by Tina Frohlich and Volker Schutch arranged by Til Frohlich. In memory of the late Tina Frohlich, photographer, filmmaker, dolphin lover. This is a show of pictures lovingly put together by Tina’s son Til, taken of Fungie over the years. The exhibition also includes some information gathered by Nick Massett, IWDG about Cetacea in the area.– Lisbeith Mulcahy Weaver’s Shop, Green St.

11am Talk– ‘Whales and Dolphins in the local area’. With Nick Massett IWDG  – Oceanworld.
Nick is the local Irish Whale and Dolphin Group Representative. He is compiling data whilst researching cetacean activity off the Dingle Peninsula.

11am – 4pm Maria Simonds-Gooding Exhibition of Colourful Dolphin Pictures (Oil Pastels on Paper)– Goat St Café, Goat St.
Inspired by some ecstatic encounters with the dolphin, Maria created a series of work paying homage to her aquatic friend and his environment.  These are some of the images inspired by those enchanting swims. Have a bite to eat while you enjoy the artworks and the café will give you a free coffee with your meal!

12.00pm Screening – The Dolphin’s Gift – Phoenix Cinema, Dykegate Lane, Dingle. (€6-)
This is the extraordinary tale of Fungie, Dingle’s wild dolphin and the unique relationships that have developed between Fungie and those who have come into contact with him. To the inhabitants of the peninsula he is our dolphin; quite simply he has changed many of our lives. For though he could leave at any time he has chosen to stay for 30 years. His gentle charm and fun loving nature have won him friends from far and wide. The documentary was shot in 1990 and yet it remains timeless and compelling viewing. Narrator – John Hurt. Music – Michael Kamen. Photography – Cian de Buitlear.

Followed by a Q & A Session with past swimmers. Talking about Fungie’s influence on their lives.

*12.30pm onwards Dingle Bay Charters, Dingle Marina. – Blasket Eco Tour/Ferry. With each paying adult a child goes free. Discount for groups available www.dinglebaycharters.com 0669151344/0876726100

*2pm Whale watching trip with Mick Sheeran (from Ventry `pier) www.marinetours.ie  Irish wildlife tour specialists for whale watching and dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula.
Here, in the spectacularly beautiful Atlantic waters of Dingle Bay, we regularly encounter at least five species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), with porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose and risso’s dolphins and minke whales the most frequently observed species.

Call: +353 (0)86 3353805 Email: info@marinetours.ie or Book online.

4pm Sean Mannion’s Lecture  – ‘Fungie the early years’ – An Diseart, Green St, Dingle. Sean Mannion is from Dublin but lives in An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht. He was a journalist with The Irish Press newspaper when he first encountered Fungie in 1988. Thus began a long and most enjoyable period of photography and observation, not just of the dolphin but of Dingle and its characters. His book of photographs and the story of Fungie, “Ireland’s Friendly Dolphin,” published by Brandon, appeared in 1992, a copy going into every secondary school in Ireland.  Sean is now a full-time photographer and his gallery of Connemara photographs at the Spiddal craft centre in Galway also has to make space for Fungie and Paddy Ferriter, the last lighthouseman in Dingle.

*6pm – 8pm Brosnan’s Evening Swim (by boat) 2hr evening swim , with 7mm wetsuit and gear available to hire.  In the Tranquility of Dingle Harbour join the excitement and thrill of trying to swim close to Fungie the Dolphin – 066 9151146
Special offer for festival 26th – 28th €5 off swim tour and €5 off wetsuit hire, Contact Brosnans to reserve in advance. Numbers are limited.

7pm Reading extracts from Heathcote Williams’ epic poem about Fungie – ‘Falling for a Dolphin’ in Currans Bar, Main St. Including a Singing Session with the very accomplished local singer Bernie Phaid Uí Mhuircheartaigh and friends.  www.myspace.com/berniephaid

9pm Concert – Eoin Duignan + poet Dairena Ni Chinneide. in Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, The Mall, Dingle. www.osullivanscourthousepub.com www.duigo.com  Eoin Duignan is a high gifted composer and musician, his enchanting melodies are moving and delightful. He has composed a special piece with Dairena for this session in honour of the dolphin.

9.30pm ‘Walking on Cars’ + guests playing in An Conair Bar, Spa Road, Dingle. This sensational new Dingle band’s gig is not to be missed. Walking On Cars are creating sounds as beautiful and dramatic as the landscape that envelops them. From the Dingle Peninsula, the five creatives first grew to know each other from a shared interest in surfing. This friendship soon gave way to a tuneful collaboration, borne out of a desire to write music. With songs reflecting both the isolation and consolation of Dingle, this year Walking On Cars look set to add to their increasing number of admirers. www.walkingoncars.com

 

SUNDAY

*8am – 10am Brosnan’s Morning Swim (by boat) 0669151146 brosnanswetsuithire@yahoo.co.uk 2hr early swim, with 7mm wetsuit and gear available to hire.  In the Tranquility of Dingle Harbour join the excitement and thrill of trying to swim close to Fungie the Dolphin – 066 9151146
Special offer for festival 26th – 28th €5 off swim tour and €5 off wetsuit hire, Contact Brosnans to reserve in advance. Numbers are limited.

*10am onwards. Boat trips out to the dolphin throughout the day with the Dingle Boatmen, from the pier (behind the tourist office) www.dingledolphin.com  0669152626. Join us on a short boat tour (1 hr) to Dingle Harbour to Fungie. This Dolphins friendly antics and apparent love of people are enormous joy to all age groups as he plays close by the boat. Breath-taking scenery, an abundance of birds and a feeling of oneness with nature. A tour not to miss. Tours every hour from 10am to 6pm. Special offer for Festival  26th-28th  - 1 child free with every paying Adult and 10 % off for couples and groups.

*10am Whale watching trip with Mick Sheeran (from Ventry Pier) www.marinetours.ie  Irish wildlife tour specialists for whale watching and dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula.
Here, in the spectacularly beautiful Atlantic waters of Dingle Bay, we regularly encounter at least five species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), with porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose and risso’s dolphins and minke whales the most frequently observed species.
Call: +353 (0)86 3353805 Email: info@marinetours.ie or Book online.

10.30am – 6pm Sean Mannion’s Exhibition  – ‘Fungie the early years’ – An Diseart, Green St, Dingle. Sean Mannion is from Dublin but lives in An Cheathrú Rua in the Connemara Gaeltacht. He was a journalist with The Irish Press newspaper when he first encountered Fungie in 1988. Thus began a long and most enjoyable period of photography and observation, not just of the dolphin but of Dingle and its characters. His book of photographs and the story of Fungie, “Ireland’s Friendly Dolphin,” published by Brandon, appeared in 1992, a copy going into every secondary school in Ireland.  Sean is now a full-time photographer and his gallery of Connemara photographs at the Spiddal craft centre in Galway also has to make space for Fungie and Paddy Ferriter, the last lighthouseman in Dingle.

10.30am – 6pm Exhibition “Fungi, a Lifetime of memories” – a photographic collection by Tina Frohlich and Volker Schutch arranged by Til Frohlich. In memory of the late Tina Frohlich, photographer, filmmaker, dolphin lover. This is a show of pictures lovingly put together by Tina’s son Til, taken of Fungie over the years. The exhibition also includes some information gathered by Nick Massett, IWDG about Cetacea in the area.– Lisbeith Mulcahy Weaver’s Shop, Green St.

11am – 4pm Maria Simonds-Gooding Exhibition of Colourful Dolphin Pictures (Oil Pastels on Paper) – Goat St Café, Goat St.
Inspired by some ecstatic encounters with the dolphin, Maria created a series of work paying homage to her aquatic friend and his environment.  These are some of the images inspired by those enchanting swims. Have a bite to eat while you enjoy the artworks and the café will give you a free coffee with your meal!

11am – 4pm Kids Activities. – in Dingle Oceanworld. www.dingle-oceanworld.ie inc. facepainting, colouring competition, science experiments and more…

12pm Kids Talk on Fun Facts about Fungie – Suzanne Murtagh. Suzanne moved to Dingle 16 years ago from Dublin – she planned to stay for three months and never left. Over the years she has spent lots of time with the dolphin in the waters of Dingle bay and now brings her kids down to see him, the next generation.  In Oceanworld.

1.30pm ‘Fungie and friends, an introduction to the marine life of Dingle’ with Grace Flannery.  Grace is currently studying to get her Doctorate in Marine Biology in UCC and is from Dingle. She is passionate about the local waters and the riches they contain. In Oceanworld.

*12.30pm onwards Dingle Bay Charters, Dingle Marina, Dingle. –Eco Tour/ Blasket Ferry. With each paying adult a child goes free. Discount for groups available www.dinglebaycharters.com 0669151344/0876726100

1.30pm ‘Wild in the Wild’ (1991), a film by Tina Frohlich and Volker Schutsch, tells the story of Fungi the Dolphin who arrived in Dingle some 30 years ago, through compelling interviews and close up encounters with this beautiful mammal, we get to know Fungi that as his name suggest appeared in Dingle overnight to change the life of it’s inhabitants and attract visitors from all corners of the world.
Phoenix Cinema. Introduced by her son Til with Ronnie Fitzgibbon talking about his memories of the early years.

2pm Maria Simonds-Gooding Exhibition of Prints – Skellig Hotel, Dingle. Maria Simonds-Gooding has been identified as one of Ireland’s foremost painters and printmakers to have emerged since the Sixties. Her work, which has been exhibited internationally, is represented in many public and private collections, including those of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.  www.simonds-gooding.com The exhibition also includes some picture by local children about Fungie. The exhibition is to be opened by Dr Horace Dobbs, founder of International Dolphin Watch, UK.

*2pm Whale watching trip with Mick Sheeran (from Ventry `pier) www.marinetours.ie  Irish wildlife tour specialists for whale watching and dolphin and bird watching trips on the Dingle Peninsula,Co Kerry, Ireland.

Here, in the spectacularly beautiful Atlantic waters of Dingle Bay, we regularly encounter at least five species of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), with porpoises, common dolphins, bottlenose and risso’s dolphins and minke whales the most frequently observed species.
Call: +353 (0)86 3353805 Email: info@marinetours.ie or Book online.

2pm Ann Marie MacCarthy  Children’s workshop – Dingle Bookshop, Green St, Dingle.
Ann Marie McCarthy is a children’s author & illustrator whose three books in English and Irish on Fungie the Dingle Dolphin have proved hugely popular with children and adults alike.  To celebrate 30 years of Fungie in Dingle Bay she’ll be demonstrating her art and reading from the books at the Dingle Bookshop, Green Street, Dingle on Sunday 28th April 2013 at 2pm.
All Welcome www.dinglebookshop.com books@dinglebookshop.com Tel – 0669152433

*3pm Birdwatching – walk and talk, with Tony Kenneally of Birdwatch Ireland. – Milltown, Dingle. www.birdwatchireland.ie/?tabid=293
Dingle Harbour is a great place to get close up views of a variety of bird species. If you have an interest in nature or just enjoy the fresh air, then why not come along to this free event. There will be a short guided walk along Dingle Harbour shore, where you can find out about the birdlife of the area.  April sees winter visitors return northwards to their Arctic breeding grounds, leaving behind resident waders such as Oystercatcher, Redshank and Curlew. Some winter visitors, such as Brent Geese, may still be present before they depart North. The summer is a relatively quiet time for seeing waders but there are always good numbers of gulls. If we are lucky we might see a Kingfisher. Other birds to look out for include Grey Heron, Little Egret and Cormorant. Whilst the start of summer sees winter visitors depart, it also heralds the arrival of summer breeding birds from Africa. We will look out for Swallows and Sand Martins as well as Wheatear which is commonly seen along the Harbour walls and rocky areas.  This event is free and you don`t need any knowledge of birds. If you have a pair of binoculars please bring them along. If you have kids, bring them along as there are free wildlife posters available.
Venue: Meet at the Dingle Distillery by Milltown Bridge, Dingle.
Duration: Short walk and talk ..approx 1 hour
Leader: Tony Kenneally

 

3pm Talk – Solitary Dolphins around the world with Margaux Dodds of Marine Connection www.marineconnection.org followed by ’Happy Dolphin Days/Daze’ with Dr. Horace Dobbs  www.horacedobbs.com Dr. Dobbs is renowned for his amusing, yet thought provoking talks and film shows on his work and experiences with dolphins, the human dolphin bond is of particular interest to him.
Horace’s enthusiasm and ability to transmit his ideas at all levels has endeared him to big audiences throughout the world, in the Skellig Hotel, Dingle.

*5.30pm  Boat trip to bless the dolphin with Mon. Padraig O’Fhiannachta, Chairman of the Diseart, centre for spirituality and culture. www.diseart.ie This will be a special moment blessing the dolphin out of gratitude for all he offers so freely to people and to celebrate his presence at the mouth of the harbour for the last 30 years.  Boats will leave from the pier and will be organized by the Dingle Boatmen. www.dingledolphin.com 0669152626

5.30pm Open Music Session With Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (+ guests) who is a fantastic musician and a stunning vocalist. in O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, The Mall, Dingle. See www.muireann.ie for further information. Muireann will playing the man of the house Tommy O’Sullivan.

www.osullivanscourthousepub.com One of the newest bars in Dingle, yet steeped in tradition and with some of the best traditional music in the area.

*6pm – 8pm Brosnan’s Evening Swim (by boat) 0669151146 brosnanswetsuithire@yahoo.co.uk 2hr evening swim, with 7mm wetsuit and gear available to hire.  In the Tranquility of Dingle Harbour join the excitement and thrill of trying to swim close to Fungie the Dolphin – 066 9151146
Special offer for festival 26th – 28th €5 off swim tour and €5 off wetsuit hire, Contact Brosnans to reserve in advance. Numbers are limited.

7pm Closing BBQ (inc. vegetarian option) and Music in Sullivan’s Courthouse Bar, The Mall, Dingle. www.osullivanscourthousepub.com One of the newest bars in Dingle, yet steeped in tradition and with some of the best traditional music in the area.

8pm ‘Sarah Miles and me on a deep blue sea’– One man show – reading by actor Don Wycherly, directed by the writer Mick Mulcahy Playwright/Actor/Director. This is the first ever outing for Mick’s new play. Beehive Theatre, Cuilin, Dingle. www.lisarichards.ie/playwrights/michael-hilliard-mulcahy-playwright

There will be music around the town in many bars at night over the weekend.

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