Carl O’Flaherty is a native of Dingle, Kerry in Ireland. Raised in the family bar, he never forgot the local characters and their wild tales.
After enjoying a carefree childhood of rambling mountains, bogs and beaches, he graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1978. He spent nearly forty years at the chalkface before retiring from teaching in 2018. He has a keen interest in local history, folklore, sport, nature and the Irish language.
A late comer to writing, his first venture was titled ‘Farewell to Killossery’, which details the story of Rowlestown NS school and past pupils in North County Dublin.
This was followed by his memoir‘Dingle before Fungi came to town’, which recalls his times growing up in the family bar, stories of butchers, bakers, carpenters and tailors.
Next came ‘Dingle People’, which details the lives of farmers, fishermen, families and friends, and includes over two hundred photographs, which guide the reader to the heart of this historic, noble town and its people.
Carl is presently researching and recording stories and hopes to publish a further book relating to the social history of this area later this year. It will include a compilation of fifty stories from the combined parishes of Dingle, Lispole and Ceann Tragha / Ventry.
The stories contain biographies, genealogy, place names, historical and social events and in excess of two hundred photographs and will offer an insight into the people, culture and places which make Corca Dhuibhne one of the most historical, intriguing and mystical destinations in Ireland.