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Dún Chaoin
Dún Chaoin pier
Dún Chaoin pier
Dún Chaoin is located in Ireland
Dún Chaoin
Dún Chaoin
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
Irish Grid Reference Q320008
Dún Chaoin is the only official name.

Dún Chaoin (pronounced [d̪ˠuːn̪ˠ xiːnʲ], anglicized as Dunquin), meaning "Caon's stronghold", is a Gaeltacht village in west County Kerry, Ireland. 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 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.

Scenes from the 1970 film Ryan's Daughter were shot at Coumineole Beach and Ceathrú (Caharhoo) in Dún Chaoin. The town's then-struggling economy was largely revived by the production of the film.

It was in Kruger's bar in Dunquin that CAMRA was founded in 1971.[1]


Dún Chaoin is famous as the place of birth of the Irish language author and seanchaí, Peig Sayers (1873 - 1958).

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  1. ^ "Key Events in CAMRA's History". Camra.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 

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