We received an email this week from Kim C. in San Diego. She told a wonderful story about her August visit to the Dingle Peninsula.
We couldn’t resist sharing this story with everyone at the Irish Fireside.
A special thanks to Kim for sending us her Ireland travel experience.
When we arrived in Ireland, our only plan was to do some searching for my Frawley family roots in County Clare. The rest of the trip was day to day, guided by our own discoveries.
We rented a car in Dublin and set out for 10 days on a road trip that took us to the west coast, up to Connemara and back to Dublin.
My husband is a sailor and discovered the harbor in Dingle. We explored it together a bit one day, but he needed to see more! So the next day, rain and all, he went back for more exploring.
I had seen a book title, The Islandman, by Thomas O’Crohan in a gift shop in town, so decided to see if I could find it in the small, but very charming Dingle City Library. With my umbrella and a coffee, I went in, and the librarian helped me find a very well worn copy (the book was published in the 1920’s). I found a chair in a spot near the front, settled in, and was allowed to sip and read ’til I finished the book!
It was an amazing chronicle of the life of Blasket Island native Thomas O’Crohan (b. mid 1800’s). I hadn’t known of the Blasket Islands before that trip, but was fascinated by the way of life that existed there at the time, and can’t think of a better way to learn of it than on that morning all to myself in the warm, comfy, friendly, library of Dingletown.