Creator of Fungie dolphin statue in Dingle has died

Fungie dolphin statue created by James 'Bud' Bottoms 1928 - 2018

Tributes are being paid to the creator of one of Dingle’s best-known landmarks, the statute of Fungie the dolphin.

American James ‘Bud’ Bottoms who created the bronze sculpture, which was the town’s Millennium project, has died at the age of 90.

Mr Bottoms was a sculptor and environmentalist who lived in Santa Barbara, Dingle’s sister city.

He first came to West Kerry in the 1970s and used to swim with Fungie.

Bud refused payment for his sculpture, asking only for a week’s free bed and board in Dingle.

Local businessman John Moriarty says the statue on the marina has become one of the town’s most popular attractions.

He’s  saddened to hear of Bud’s death.