Dunquin

img_282211.jpgDún Chaoin is a Gaeltacht village in west County KerryIreland. Dunquin lies at the Western tip of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands. At 10°27’16″W, it is the most westerly settlement of Ireland. Nearby Garraun Point is the most westerly point of mainland Ireland.

There is breath-taking cliff scenery, with a view of the Blasket Islands, where Peig Sayers (noted storyteller) lived. A museum in the village tells the story of the Blaskets and the well-known writers of the island, including Sayers, Tomás Ó Criomhthain, and Muiris Ó Súilleabháin. In 1588, when the Spanish Armada returned via Ireland many ships sought shelter in the Blasket Sound — the area between Dunquin and the Islands — and some were wrecked there. A memorial stands on the cliffs overlooking the site.

Scenes from the 1970 film Ryan’s Daughter were shot at Coumeenole Beach and in the town land of Ceathrú in Dunquin. The town’s then-struggling economy was largely revived by the production of the film.

For further study
26 County Politics
Bus Schedule from Dingle to Dunquin
Dunquin Places of Interest
Dunquin Weather
Dunquin Wiki
Go Kerry
Village of Dunquin

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