There’s a prolific, Kerry-based author, Luke Eastwood, who just released another book into the world this month, just months after his last outing in which he examined and explored the origins of Halloween and its many traditions.
his time around, Luke has turned his gaze to West Kerry and has written a brand new book called ‘Dingle Folk Tales’ in which he has collected the history and tales of the entire Dingle area, from top to bottom, and ranging from the dark and distant past, until the present time.
Dingle, the author says, is a special place, with a strange and unique history and charm, as this book will reveal, he said.
Luke spoke to The Kerryman this week about the book.
“When I was doing a previous book called ‘Kerry Folk Tales’ I only had five or six Dingle stories but I was aware there was a lot more to dig into so I left, moved on. lots of time at Dingle Library doing research, and after two years of work, here we are with the finished product,” he said.
“During the lockdown when the library was closed, I had to do a lot of my research online and over the phone and I was lucky enough to be able to meet a few people on my travels who helped me tremendously. There has a story in the book actually, about Fungie, I ran into him by pure chance and he said he was the first person in Dingle to go swimming with Fungie. So I said “en This is, I’m writing a book ‘…’ so he told me the whole story and so I was able to fit it into the book which I was really happy about,” Luke continued.
“Especially as I am a total ‘love at first sight’, it was an honor for me to tell some of Corca Dhuibhne’s stories, some of which are known to many, but many of which are largely forgotten, especially outside of West Kerry,” he continued.
Over the course of the book, Luke sheds light on many topics including a chapter on the last knights of Kerry and Rathinane Castle, the cave boys of Dingle, the Dunquin disaster and the Battle of Ventry, to name but a few. some.
The book is available for purchase online at https://lukeeastwood.com/ and in Dingle stores.