Dingle

After a nice breakfast at our B&B we checked out and walked over to the Adare Heritage Center where we joined Mick Moloney for a 10 day musical tour of western Ireland. We met the bus, loaded our luggage, said hello to old and new friends and then we were off thru Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Tralee to the beautiful fishing town of Dingle. We checked in to the Dingle Skelligs Hotel for a two night stay and then explored Dingle on foot for a few hours. Then we attended the opening reception followed by dinner and a concert of music with Mick, concertina player and singer Brenda Castles and virtuoso uilleann piper Mickey Dunne. Mickey was born into a family of Travellers and lived in the covered wagons you would expect of gypsies. We learned quite a bit about what this meant living on the outskirts of traditional Irish society, but Mickey did well and is a fantastic person and musician. He is now a full time uilleann pipe maker and musician.

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