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Behind Every Face, There’s Another Discovery.

Cathal Fenton

Cathal runs James Longs Bar & Restaurant in Dingle and Dingle Bikes (Bike Hire and Tours of Dingle Peninsula)

What is the first thing that you notice about a person

How they present themselves.

What are some challenges you think the next generation will face?

No people skills. Phones have face to face people skills ruined.

What three habits will improve your life?

Organisation, Exercise, Delegation.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Being born and raised in the Dingle Peninsula.

What is something that most people learn only after it’s too late?

To stop and chat to someone for a few minutes.

Which of your personality traits has been the most useful?


What do you usually follow when making decisions, your head or your heart


What always makes your smile?

A nice sunny morning

What is one thing you still have from childhood?

A full head of hair.

What makes you laugh no matter what?

Father Ted.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Buy when something is cheap and sell when things are good. (We tend to do the opposite in Ireland)

What skill or craft would you like to master?

The roster

What is the most hilarious childhood memory you can think of?

Kerry’s All Ireland win in 1997 managed by the legend Paidi O Se. Who I later worked for in his Bar in Ventry. You could say he kickstarted my love for the Bar & Restaurant game. 

What makes you feel young?

Being the youngest of 5 siblings.

If I asked you at 5 what you wanted to be when you grow up what would you say

To be able to earn a living and self-employed in Dingle.

What is your background?

The youngest of 6. Two brothers and three sisters. Born in 1990 in Ventry. Had a great upbringing on a family farm and also a home baking business called Cisti Ceann Trá whih is still in operation. I always had entrepreneurial aspirations. I have a degree in Agricultural Food Science. Having worked in the industry for two years while keeping one eye open for an opportunity to kick start my entrepreneurial career I started Dingle Electric Bike Experience in 2017 which has been very successful followed by James Long’s Gastro Pub in 2019 on Dingle pier serving fabulous food and drink with spectacular views of Dingle Harbour. At present I’m about to launch my third start-up Dingle Cask Creations.

You can visit Cathal at James Longs Bar & Restaurant in Dingle the next time you stay at Pax House or visit his websites at or

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