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02nd Dec 2020

Documentary on Fungie’s disappearance to air on RTÉ this Christmas

Rory Cashin

It’ll be a must-watch over the Christmas break.

If you need any proof of how uniquely brilliant Ireland is, then you need look no further than how the country reacted to certain things during the lockdown.

At a time when more people were unemployed than ever before, when you would think self-preservation would be at the top of everyone’s lists, and looking after yourself was vital as there was no idea how things would turn out, Ireland did the following:

– Raised around €6 million for the Late Late Toy Show charity in less than 24 hours

– Raised around €2 million for Dublin Zoo in 48 hours when the park stated they were facing financial difficulties

– The entire country came to a standstill in order to locate a single dolphin

Yes, back in October (or, in 2020 terms, about seventeen years ago), the search for Fungie the Dolphin, usually found cavorting off the coast of Kerry, was called off after he had not been spotted in several days.

The news of the search was heard around the world, with CNN reporting: “As the Irish government moves the country back into a strict, national lockdown for six weeks, an unlikely story continues to break through the endless Covid-19 headlines. Fungie, a bottlenose dolphin, is missing from the scenic County Kerry coast in Ireland’s southwest, where he has lived at the entrance to Dingle’s harbor since 1983.”

Obviously one of the bigger Irish stories in a year when big stories seemed to be happening several times a day, RTE have announced that they will be showing a new documentary on Fungie’s disappearance over Christmas.

Hosted by Baz Ashmawy, RTE tells us that Fungie’s Kingdom “makes the trip to Dingle in the aftermath of the Dingle Dolphin’s disappearance to explore the magic and the mystery of the cheeky, solitary, wild dolphin who made Dingle Bay his home for 37 years.”

There is no set date or time for the documentary just yet, but keep an eye on Lovin over the next few days and weeks as we will be picking out all of the must-watch shows and movies for over the Christmas break.

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