As Sharon Ni Chonchuir says in her blog, most people in places like Dingle have several jobs, so maybe it should have come as no surprise when this journalist, teacher and food lover took the plunge in 2012 and opened her own café in the town.
She’d had a running in period, and was already well known for the cupcakes and other comforting treats she baked for a stall at Dingle Farmers' Market in recent years, but it was a brave move all the same and it’s a great credit to her that it’s worked out so well.
Anyone who knows the town will remember the quaint premises behind Dick Mack’s pub, it has a pretty tea room look that’s perfect for a casual daytime café - visitors are delighted to find it and (the hard test) locals love it too.
Seasonal local ingredients are the starting point for tasty brunches and deliciously colourful daily-changing lunches that are full of flavour - dishes such as Asian pulled pork with spicy red cabbage coleslaw and tortilla, or roast beef sandwiches with salad leaves, maybe - and her famous cupcakes and other home baking draw people in during the afternoon.
Beile le Cheile is a terrific café and full of atmosphere - although only open for lunch, or light bites such as coffee and cake during the day, it’s a great spot and there are tables outside for sunny days too.