Diseart Center Grounds
Diseart Center Chapel
Harry Clarke Window
One of the highlights of today's activities was a visit to the Diseart Celtic Cultural Center next to St. Mary's Church. The building is wonderful and the grounds are also special. This building was originally the Sacred Heart Convent and played a very important role in Dingle during the famine. The nuns in this convent were dedicated to serving the educational, spiritual and physical needs of the young people in Dingle who were ravaged by the famine. The building is no longer owned by the church, but there is still one nun remaining who will be allowed to live out her life at the center. In 1922, the nuns commissioned Harry Clarke to create a series of stain glass windows which are displayed in the chapel. This display is a major attraction for visitors to Dingle. The center is now being used to teach young women about the Celtic language, culture and history.
Tonight we are going to another music session at the little pub that is close to our cottage. This will be a "pick up " session with local musicians, Dona may even decide to sit in with them.
We need to say something about the people we have met here in Dingle. No matter where you go there is someone who is willing to just sit and talk to you about the area, their specialty or whatever. They really are living at a slower pace!
We are headed to Murphy's Ice Cream Shop next. One of the owners is a person who has been emailing/blogging with me for the past 2 months or so and has become a friend. His Ice Cream is heavenly!