MARTIN Bealin of Dingle's Global Village Restaurant is among the eight 'food tourism ambassadors' recently announced by Fáilte Ireland. The tourism authority had sought nominations for emerging 'food champions' with a belief in Irish food and who actively influence and shape Irish cuisine and food tourism.
Needless to say there is no better man for the job than Martin who is well known for the award-winning Global Village restaurant on Main Street, Dingle, which he runs with his wife Nuala, and his central involvement in the Dingle Food and Wine Festival.
The focus for 2013 is on individuals located along the Wild Atlantic Way touring route, which stretches from Donegal to West Cork and includes much of Kerry's coastline.
CLOGHANE F&EACUTE;ILE CHEOIL
CLOCHÁN-BREANNAINN is gearing up for a big weekend of music with the inaugural Féile Cheoil Chlochán Bhréanainn set to take place from July 5-7.
Mick Hanly will open the festival on Friday July 5 at 7.30pm in the local community hall, Halla Le Chéile, and the rest of the weekend will be dominated by music and dance workshops, exhibitions, poetry, a Ceilí Mór, plenty of sessions and more.
Buses will be running from Dingle and Castlegregory for the festival's duration; for more info contact 066-7138137.
GOODMAN TUNES IN AN LAB
Mick O'Brien (uilleann pipes/flute/whistle), Emer Mayock (flute/whistle) and Aoife Ní Bhriain (fiddle) played to a packed house in An Lab on Sunday night to mark the release of their CD 'Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts'.
The manuscripts of Canon James Goodman's collection of music from the mid-19th Century are kept in Trinity College and are of great significance as they preserve much of the traditional music of the south of Ireland as it was sung and played in the years before the culture was devastated by the Great Famine. Goodman was born and reared in Ballyameen just outside Dingle and collected much of his music locally.
GIGS APLENTY THIS WEEKEND
McCarthy's have a busy weekend of gigs starting on Friday, June 28, when master musicians David Munnelly and Mick Conneely will take to the stage before six-piece folk and country group from Cork City, John Blek & The Rats present their unique brand of Americana on Saturday night. On Sunday night Dublin's Prairie Dawgs, an up and coming roots band, finish off a happening few days.
OTHER VOICES ON THE BBC
ACCLAIMED music series Other Voices, which spread its wings from Dingle this year to also visit Derry and London, will receive its first airing on the BBC this week. Presented by Bronagh Gallagher and Aidan Gillen, the RTE series, with Dingle and St. James' Church at its core, will be screened on BBC Two Northern Ireland this Thursday at 10pm, giving more invaluable exposure to West Kerry.
BUSY FOR A QUIET WEEKEND
It was a busy weekend in the west, starting with a big celebration on Friday as Dingle man Patrick Farrell married his sweetheart, Sandra Bartlett from Killarney. And there are whisperings of another high profile engagement in town.
On Saturday, founder of the Dingle Adventure Race Noel O'Leary and four other cyclists completed a 637km cycle from Mizen Head to Malin Head in 24 hours to raise funds for cancer.
On Sunday family and friends gathered in An Díseart as Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta 60 years in the priesthood. Meanwhile, artist Áine Ní Chíobháin was also busy hosting an art auction in Goat Street to fundraise for her trip down under which will see her take up an artists' residency in Australia while the Begley clan set up shop in McCarthy's for an afternoon of ceoil agus craic as the pub served complimentary grub.
It being St. John's Day the bonfires were aglow up in Baile Riabhach later in the evening while a full moon party was hosted in Dick Mack's.
Finally, the Dingle faithful gathering in Danno's to celebrate the 60th birthday of Pat Bawn, son of the legendary footballer Paddy Bawn Brosnan.
And this was merely the tip of the iceberg, it being a 'quiet weekend' and all...