Although Dingle is famous around the world for it’s sweeping coastlines, rugged beauty and rich archaeological history, that’s not what first drew my parents here in 1990. It was simply finding an affordable seaside house to rent that could fit four children. Yet 30 years later we’re still here, renting the same house, for the same two weeks, every year. We fell head over heels for this part of the world, as people tend to do. Returning this July, in the midst of coronavirus and the Irish holiday accommodation panic, I was admittedly smug to have somewhere booked and then intrigued as to how this iconic tourist town I’d fallen in love with would differ with new restrictions in place and missing its usual fuel of overseas visitors that seem as much a part of Dingle as the coloured houses and Fungie the dolphin.
But Dingle has weathered many storms,
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