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Archive for January, 2011

Chasing Pigeons in Venice

Here’s a little piece that shows some of what Róisín got up to on our trip to Venice!

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Is Artisan Ice Cream Dying?

Here’s my report from the SIGEP (the ice cream convention) in Rimini.

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Venice: ‘Nuff Said

Róisín in Piazza San Marco.

Photo courtesy of Manuela Dei Grandi.

Fog in Venice

The family and I have headed off for a little break in Venice, where it’s foggy and mystical this time of year. We’re staying in Sant’Elena, a quiet island a bit at the periphery, but still within walking distance of Piazza San Marco. It’s the island where my partner was born.

I’ll post more when I get a chance!

The Groaning of The Credit Card

I’m off to London and then Venice for a little break (Manuela’s uncle has an empty apartment there and flights worked out at €6, including taxes :) ).

Although my credit card is a bit strained, I couldn’t stop myself buying the above D-Lux 5, which has come down in price, for the trip. Although I love my Nikon, I’m getting tired of lugging it around.

I’ll let you know how I get on, and if it was worth the money. If this little Leica can’t take good pictures in Venice, the most beautiful of cities, it truly will have been a bad buy!

Competition for Fungie?

Fungie is clearly not the only mammal who finds Dingle an attractive place.

For the last few weeks, and seal has taken up residence on the pier next to my parent’s house in Cooleen.

I think it’s a pup or perhaps just a small one. In any case, he’s very, very cute.

Naturally he’s not there all the time, but if you want a chance to see him, walk along the breakwater where the Fungie boats are parked. Look for the old wreck of a boat. The slip is just in front of it.

Let’s hope he sticks around!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Here are a few videos… first, one of the fireworks in Dingle on New Year’s Eve:

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Here’s Michéal O‘Muircheartaigh giving a play by play of New Year’s Eve on the bridge in Dingle:

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Finally, a little clip of the John Street Wren:

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I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and hopeful 2010.


Kieran Murphy is a director of Murphys Ice Cream living in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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