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Star of the Sea Dingle to hold tribute day to honour beloved resident Fungie the dolphin

Fungie spent 37 years in the bay off the Co. Kerry town and was a much-loved icon in the community

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Fungi the dolphin

Fungi the dolphin

Fungi the dolphin

Dingle will spend next weekend remembering its beloved resident dolphin Fungie.

Fungie spent 37 years in the bay off the Co. Kerry town and was a much-loved icon in the community, entertaining tourists and locals on boat trips out to Dingle harbour.

The image of the bottlenose dolphin has become synonymous with Dingle too, appearing on town shop fronts, local tourist goods and even craft jewellery.

Fungie disappeared off the coast last October and sadly has not been spotted since, despite a large search operation.

To celebrate the animal’s life in Dingle and mark his legacy, Dingle is staging a special commemoration day for Fungie next weekend.

On October 17th, local fishermen will offer free boat trips around the harbour, with participants being asked to make a small contribution to the Dingle Coast and Rescue and Mallow Search and Rescue for their journey.

Local man Jamie Flannery said that this is the town’s way of honouring Fungie and thanking the dolphin for his contribution to the community.

“We want to celebrate the magic that Fungie brought to Dingle and to people from all over the world,” he told Radio Kerry.

“He was a fantastic asset to the town and he brought loads of people to Dingle over many years with local businesses really benefiting as a result.

“It opened up so many avenues and opportunities here in Dingle. People got involved in tours around the peninsula and the whole area of eco-tourism.

“One way of looking at this is that Fungie is a very big loss – but the 37 fantastic years that he was here and the amount of people that had such great experiences with him, we will be marking that.”

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