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Women's basketball updates from Ireland: September 16


Day 7

Greetings from Ireland!

The sixth day of our trip started off with breakfast at the International Hotel before we departed on a beautiful coastal drive up the Dingle Peninsula. The views of the water along the way were absolutely gorgeous and could not have been more picturesque despite some early morning rain showers.

We arrived in the town of Dingle around mid-morning ready for a fun day of activities. Dingle is a small coastal town with a population of only about 2,000 people; however, it is well known as a tourist stopping point because of its prime location along the Atlantic coast. In addition, Dingle has become even more of a hot spot in the past few decades thanks in part to Fungie (pronounced like fun-gee), a Bottlenose Dolphin who entered Dingle Harbor in 1983 and hasn't left since. Like any great tourist group would do, we promptly boarded a boat and entered the harbor in hopes of catching a glimpse of the famous Dingle Dolphin. While we weren't lucky enough to see any "Sea World-esque" jumps from Fungie, we did have multiple sightings and picture opportunities of the fun and playful creature.

After arriving on shore, we all went to lunch at a local restaurant before making our way back to the hotel around 3 PM. The rest of the afternoon was spent relaxing and enjoying our last day in Killarney before heading to Dublin on Monday morning.

Hope all is well back home, and best wishes from Ireland!

- Julie Muguira (Class of 2014)