Dunquin

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Dunquin
Dún Chaoin
Village
Dún Chaoin pier
Dún Chaoin pier
Dunquin is located in Ireland
Dunquin
Dunquin
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°08′01″N 10°27′16″W / 52.133488°N 10.454521°W / 52.133488; -10.454521Coordinates: 52°08′01″N 10°27′16″W / 52.133488°N 10.454521°W / 52.133488; -10.454521
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
Population (2011)
 • Total 176
Irish Grid Reference Q320008
Dún Chaoin is the only official name.

Dunquin (native name Dún Chaoin (pronounced [d̪ˠuːn̪ˠ xiːnʲ])), meaning "Caon's stronghold", is a Gaeltacht village in west County Kerry, Ireland. Dunquin lies at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula, overlooking the Blasket Islands. [1] At 10°27'16"W, it is the most westerly settlement of Ireland. Nearby Dunmore Head is the most westerly point of mainland Ireland.

There is dramatic cliff scenery, with a view of the Blasket Islands, where Peig Sayers lived. A museum in the village tells the story of the Blaskets and the lives of the people who lived there including the well-known writers of the island, which includes 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 Dún Chaoin and the Islands — and some were wrecked there. A memorial stands on the cliffs overlooking the site. Dunquin is located on the Dingle Way, which is a 153km circular walking trail which takes in much of the Dingle peninsula. [2]

Ryans Daughter[edit]

Scenes from the 1970 film Ryan's Daughter, directed by David Lean, were shot at Coumineole Beach and Ceathrú (Caharhoo) in Dunquin. The town's then-struggling economy was largely revived by the production of this film and subsequent tourism. Its marginal condition beforehand had been documented in the ethnographic film "The Village" 1968 by Mark McCarty and Paul Hockings.

Scoil Dún Chaoin[edit]

During the 1970s Scoil Dun Chaoin was the subject of a countywide and national campaign which featured protest marches, sit-ins and arrests. A government decision to close the school was strongly opposed by the local community and following almost three years of closure, the school was reopened in 1973.[3]

CAMRA[edit]

It was in Kruger's bar in Dunquin that CAMRA was founded in 1971.[4]

People[edit]

Dunquin is famous as the place of birth of the Irish language author and seanchaí, Peig Sayers. It is also the birthplace of folklorist Seosamh Ó Dálaigh.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dún Chaoin". Dingle Peninsula Tourism. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Dingle Way: Map 7" (PDF). Irish Trails. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  3. ^ "Scoil Dún Chaoin celebrates landmark in its history". Irish Independent. 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Key Events in CAMRA's History". Camra.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Hasty Weddings And Bachelors Beware 1982". RTÉ. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 

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