July 30, 2013

Respecting Dusty and People at Doolin Pier

Dusty the Dolphin
Doolin Pier, Co.Clare

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) of Ireland in conjunction with Clare County Council have put up signage at Doolin Pier advising people on how to approach swimming with the local dolphin, Dusty.

In fact the IWDG discourages people from swimming with whales and dolphins in general.  Though it can be an amazing experience to share the water with such powerful beings the consequences for both wildlife and humans could be dangerous, and in the worst case fatal.   

We at O'Brien Line Doolin Ferry would ask that you please respect the signs and refrain from swimming with Dusty, or other wild whales and dolphins.  Dusty is a wonderful Dolphin and she is truly magnificent to watch.  If visitors, workers, and passengers at Doolin Pier give her the distance and respect she deserves we hope that we can continue to watch her for many years to come. 
Please see the IWDG website to download your own poster about the rules of swimming with Dusty the Dolphin at Doolin Pier.  HERE

July 20, 2013

The M.V. Queen of Aran gets an Upgrade

M.V. Queen of Aran
Aran Islands & Cliffs of Moher Cruises
Ferries from Doolin, Co.Clare, Ireland

Bill O'Brien & Crew are always looking for ways to improve their service. What better way to start then with the actual ferries?

The M.V. Tranquility has undergone many an upgrade in her time, including a large deck expansion and the addition of an On board Snack Bar. But this time it was The M.V. Queen of Aran's turn! This winter during the off-season, The M.V. Queen of Aran underwent a major refurbishment. She was fully fitted with new and much larger windows. The new windows make the passenger cabin feel much brighter and more spacious. The new look also gives our guests fantastic views, even from inside!

July 13, 2013

Man of Aran Fudge

Inis Oírr, Oilean Árainn
Inisheer, Aran Islands

Man of Aran Fudge finds it's way home. You may have seen this stall at The Ploughing Championships, Farmers Markets in Howth/Dunlaoghaire, and in Christchurch Market, Dublin. Now you can get this tasty treat in the place where it all started. 

Tomás Póil & Susan Farell bring you a fantastic treat that will conjure memories of your favourite childhood sweets. Tomás was born and raised on Inis Oírr and has used his family recipe to make his fudge. You can assemble your own box with lots of flavours to choose from like Heavenly Honeycomb, Strawberries & Cream, and the award winning Irish Coffee.

So the next time you're visiting Inis Oírr be sure to grab yourself a flavour or two of fudge.

Visit Man of Aran Fudge here . 
To find out if there will be an outlet near you soon give follow them on here Facebook!

July 09, 2013

Áras Éanna Events, Inis Oírr

Áras Éanna
Inis Oírr

Aras Eanna

This summer the Arts Centre on Inis Oírr has a lot to offer. Here are just a few up-coming events!

An Crann Óg
 A group of talented young traditional musicians and singers from Gweedor, Co.Donegal.
July 13th, 8:30pm

Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Violinist and composer, founding member of The Frames and Kila, brings his 4 man band to Inis Oírr for a one night only performance.
July 14th, 8:30pm

Singing duo with songs drawn from Irish Tradition with unique sound of their own.
July 20th, 8:30pm

For more information on upcoming events all summer long please visit Áran Éanna.

July 01, 2013

Willie Clancy Summer Festival

July 6th ~ 14th
Miltown Malbay

Since 1973 people have been gathering in Miltown Malbay to celebrate the life and talent of the Piper, Willie Clancy. The festival has grown into a week jam packed with events, music, and fun.

For a registration fee of 140 euro you can take part in six classes, all lectures & recitals, and receive discounts on admission to the Céilithe.  All concerts, recitals, lectures & céilithe are open to the public so if you're in the area, definitely stop by. 

You can find the full schedule here.
For more details please visit  Willie Clancy Festival.