The first seconds of New Year's Day on Main St., Dingle. Pic: Niamh Holden
The Dingle News archive: February - 2011
27 February 2011
by Marian O'Flaherty
The fate of Kerry South was finally decided this afternoon as Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin and Independents Tom Fleming and Michael Healy-Rae were elected as TDs at the Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex count-centre.
Kerry County Councillor and Keel native Brendan Griffin was elected shortly after 1pm, having exceeded the quota of 11,096 on the fifth count with 12,636 votes.
Count six saw Fleming (on 10,697) and Healy-Rae (on 10,326) elected – Griffin's transfers failing to give running mate and sitting TD, Rathmore's Tom Sheahan (on 9409) the push he needed to make the final seat. Neither Fleming nor Healy-Rae reached the quota.
Fianna Fáil's John O'Donoghue - who had been eliminated on count three - transferred well to both Fleming and Healy-Rae which was enough to stave off challenges firstly from Gleeson (eliminated on count four) and then from Sheahan (eliminated on count six).
Brendan Griffin (FG), Michael Healy-Rae (Ind) and Tom Fleming (Ind) replace outgoing TDs John O'Donoghue (FF), Jackie Healy-Rae (Ind) and Tom Sheahan (FG) in Kerry South.
26 February 2011
by Marian O'Flaherty
The tallies are in and its looking increasingly like Keel Councillor Brendan Griffin will top the poll in Kerry South, making him the first TD in the Dáil from the Dingle Peninsula in over 20 years.
In an unprecedented surge, Griffin has virtually done the impossible. While polls had painted him in a positive light, to top the poll in a constituency which included such heavy-weights as former Fianna Fáil Minister and ex-Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue, the Healy-Rae dynasty as well as a sitting Fine Gael TD in Tom Sheahan, the 28-year old has surprised everyone.
The count, which will begin in earnest in Killarney Sports and Leisure Complex at 7.30pm this evening (Saturday Feb 26th), is promising to be a photo finish with Michael Healy-Rae (Ind), Tom Fleming (Ind), John O'Donoghue (FF), Tom Sheahan (FG) and Michael Gleeson (SKIA) all in with a decent shot at a seat.
But it seems very likely - according to the tally numbers - that Brendan Griffin is a certainty.
According to the *first-preference tally made earlier today; the Dingle Electoral Area really came out in support of Griffin, where he polled 4,527. Next was O'Donoghue (FF) on 1,328 followed by Moloney (Labour) on 924.
Healy-Rae's (Ind) Dingle tally was 691, Fleming (Ind) 609, Gleeson (SKIA) 592, Sheahan (FG) 342, Behal (Ind) 86, Comerford (Green) 83 and Finn (Ind) 62.
Dingle town saw Griffin on 620; in comparison O'Donoghue received 175 and Maloney 160.
In Camp on 213, Griffin literally dominated the tally-poll – in comparison, in second place was Healy-Rae on 49.
Cloghane (176) proved another stronghold for Griffin – in second place was Healy-Rae on 33 by comparison. Same story in Castlegregory with Griffin on 271 and O'Donoghue on 99.
Annascaul came out in force behind the young Councillor where he polled 340. O'Donoghue's second place tally was 86.
Notably, Griffin even did well in Gaeltacht areas where Fine Gael had been criticised for their Irish language policy such as Ballyferriter (133), Muiríoch (113) and Feothneach (159), Lios Póil (314) and Ceann Trá (87), where he out-polled his running mates. Only in Dún Chaoin was Griffin out-polled with Gleeson on 32 and Griffin on 25.
However there is still a long road to go before anyone is elected in Kerry South – which has emerged as one of the most closely contested constituencies in the country.
As the count begins in earnest this evening – there is still all to play for for the candidates however it does seem that the only clear indication emerging from initial tally is that Keel's Brendan Griffin will be elected.
*please note, these figures are based on tally estimates and should not be considered as final results– as results are confirmed we will update the information on the website. These tally figures may be affected by a variety of factors and should be considered as predictions only.
25 February 2011
See how Kerry South's candidates fared in the DingleNews.com online opinion poll which closed at midnight on February 24th. We will be assessing developments in the constituencies of Kerry South and Kerry North-West Limerick as the results break following today's General Election. For further updates RTÉ have set up dedicated Twitter accounts for Kerry South at twitter.com/RTEkerrySOUTH and for Kerry North-West Limerick at twitter.com/RTEkerryNWlimk.
24 February 2011
By Marian O'Flaherty
With the countdown well and truly underway, there is no doubt that this is going to be a transformative election. One of the new aspects emerging in this election in the Kerry South constituency, and indeed across the country, is the 'social media' which many local politicians are now utilising in an attempt to gain ground and attract votes.
For those who may be, as of yet, unfamiliar with the term, Social Media refers to internet based mediums such as 'Facebook' and 'Twitter'. Facebook is Kerry's most popular website. Members can create a profile page and attract 'friends' or 'fans'. These people will then see everything that person 'posts' on their page – be it party policy literature or statements. Twitter works more like a conversation. Again, one sets up a profile which then allows them to post a brief comment (known as a 'tweet') of 140 characters. Political TV shows such as Tonight with Vincent Browne or The Frontline will often highlight comments made on Twitter during their broadcast.
In Kerry South, there has been something of a social media revolution. Fianna Fáil candidate John O'Donoghue is running a very active Facebook profile. However younger candidates such as Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin are using the social media to great effect . The Keel County Councillor's online campaign boasts a Facebook profile, a Twitter account and even a channel on YouTube where he releases statements online in video format. Fine Gael's Tom Sheahan has a Twitter account, Labour's Marie Moloney, Richard Behal (Ind), Dermot Finn (Ind) and Oonagh Comerford (Green Party) may be found on Facebook, along with high-profile independent candidates such as Michael Healy-Rae and Tom Fleming. However some, most notably Griffin, appear to be running more active social media campaigns than others through the release of statements, links to party policy information on websites and updates relating to the canvassing.
SKIA Kerry South Dáil Candidate Michael Gleeson, himself a prolific 'tweeter' believes that social media has had a “big impact”. From his experience on the canvass trail, he believes social media will may play a major role in determining how many people may eventually vote.
“It (social media) is including the young in our campaign and young voters are going to have a decisive impact on this election in Kerry South” he said. “It is having a huge impact on the way young people are looking at the election. I am delighted with the overall result and I hope social media continues to prosper” he said.
Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev of Trinity College Dublin (whom many may be familiar with due to his appearances on Tonight with Vincent Browne) is of the opinion that the impact of the social media is likely to be profound in some of the lower turnout voters groups, namely those under 25 years of age and some rural constituents of ages under 40.
“Although the nexus of social media and political activism is relatively new, the failures of traditional media to adequately reflect public anger and the sense of powerlessness to affect' change have meant that increasingly, the better educated and more socially active younger voters, as well as educated, but geographically isolated middle age voters, have been drawn to the alternative media channels” he said.
“In a way, during these elections, social media has become an antidote to traditional media.”
“It will take one more electoral cycle to achieve sufficient maturity of the social media for politicians to start actively and effectively use the tools of social networking sites. However, GE11 clearly puts new media on the map.”
“In this sense, new media is already transformative and is actively increasing political participation in Ireland. Unlike canvassing exchanges, new media forums allow for time to reflect. A Minister might forget an uncomfortable encounter with an indigent voter, but Twitter and Facebook will carry the record of it forever" he concludes.
Facing into the election, it is difficult to quantity the latency of social media networking in Kerry South.
However these mediums seem to be engaging younger voters at an immense rate and the low cost and speedy nature of Facebook and Twitter has already provided the politicians of Kerry South with a new platform to communicate their message to potential voters, efficiently and expodentially.
Whether or not canvassing online will translate into actual votes on election day will become evident after the polls have closed and the votes are tallied.
One thing is clear however; the politicians have certainly cottoned on to the fact that the social media is something they cannot afford to ignore, now, or indeed in the foreseeable future.
DingleNews.com would like to thank Cllr. Michael Gleeson (SKIA) and Dr. Constantin Gurdgiev (TCD) for their contributions to this article. Dr. Gurdgiev's blog may be accessed at trueeconomics.blogspot.com/. He will also be form part of TV3's team of analysts for GE11 in the coming days.
23 February 2011
by Jon Wright
Jon Wright is a singer-songwriter and journalist based in Lispole on the Dingle Peninsula. A former music engineer at Ocean Recording Studios Dingle, he has worked with such acts as Nick Cave and Lloyd Cole. This month he reviews Radiohead's latest offering 'The King of Limbs' as part of a special series of music reviews for DingleNews.com.
It's been along time since I’ve been so excited with anticipation of not knowing what it’s going to be, in the maternity ward of music for the delivery of a new album. But that has been the case with ‘Radiohead’s’ new release “The King of Limbs”.
After their last album “In Rainbows”. Which I personally thought, was slightly disappointing, though one shouldn’t really complain, as it was free (ish)!
I awaited the new arrival with clinched teeth in the hope I could say they’ve returned to their finer selves. And so it is with congratulations I must commend Mr. Thom Yorke & company you’ve delivered a cracker! The band that brought us such brilliant albums as “Kid A” & “OK Computer” Have brought one out with a lot more electronica feel. A lack of electric guitar is noticeable and they used to use three!! With all the hype around it’s release is only available in digital download format at the moment with the physical package or what is being hailed the first “Newspaper Album” arriving in May, which will comprise of two clear 10 inch vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve, a CD and lots of artwork. Though at a hefty price of £33 sterling!!
It really emulates the approach of creating a lavish physical format that most loyal fans will feel the need to have to own, whatever it costs them. The album itself is unfortunately very short, with the 8 tracks coming in at a total running time of just 37 minutes! It’s is a good album but one has to persevere and not too give up on the first listen, as this one is a grower and so takes a few plays to appreciate it. It’s really mood music with a cool, understated jazzy percussion and grooves cloud of sound that really sets ‘The King of Limbs’ apart from previous Radiohead releases. Full of very lush and complex arrangements, which you’d only expect from the Oxford band. Thom Yorke’s vocals are as good as ever (mumbling and all!) and he uses his tender falsetto with reassuring phrases with perfect execution suggesting succor rather than dystopian paranoia throughout the 8 tracks.
The 2nd track “Morning Mr. Magpie” is brilliant as it shows the band’s feelings towards the whole recording industry or politicians. Well either way Thom Yorke isn’t happy with one of them!!!
The most radio friendly song is the single “Lotus Flower” with a video worth checking out. The rest is an album album, which to be honest is just fine, nice to see a band who really don’t care about the so called music singles chart, which I find to be full a lot of the time by hyped up wannabes. (Personal opinion!)
The song “codex” is my absolute favorite on the album with it’s sensitive sweet piano playing at a ballad pace accompanied by the harmonic sounds of horns and orchestra but not overkilling the piano just staying off in the distant as to barely intrude. Yorke’s vocal gentle and soothing as he asks the listener to join him as he dives into the clear waters. It’s full of optimism, which is great considering they once sounded like the last band still standing after the apocalypse!
The whole experience finishes with the mystical ballad “Separator” with its sexy drum loops throughout.
The album will definitely win some new fans for “Radiohead “. I’ve already heard some boy racers playing it through their souped up sub woofers! Which came as quite a shock!
Overall it’s an album of beguilingly beautiful songs written by a band that show no end in sight to their genius musical ability. A sonic story, you will want to hear again and again - 4* effort.
23 February 2011
Beidh Coiglímis an Tine, cnuasach scéalta agus seanchais eile ó Bhab Feiritéar, á sheoladh ag Edel Ní Chuireáin, Ceannaire, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta ag a 5.30i.n. ar an Aoine seo, 25ú Feabhra i Músaem Bhaile an Fheirtéaraigh. Tá an-éagsúlacht sa dara cnuasach seo le Bab Feiritéar, an scéalaí iomráiteach ó Dhún Chaoin a d’éalaigh uainn i 2005. Ina measc tá paidreacha dúchais agus míreanna pearsanta, finscéalta áitiúla ar an osnádúr agus ar laochra ceantair is náisiúnta, scéalta grinn, seanscéal fada agus scéal rómánsúil seodmhar. Tá na scéalta agus an seanchas oiriúnach don bhfoghlaimeoir agus don gcainteoir dúchais araon. Ba dheacair taifeadtaí ó bhéal cainteora níos fearr ná Bab a fháil. Tá Coiglímis an Tine foilsithe mar leabhar agus dhá CD in eagar ag Bo Almqvist agus Roibeard Ó Cathasaigh. Scéalaí eisceachtúil ab ea Bab Feiritéar a d’eachtraigh a cuid scéalta i suímh éagsúla: cois teallaigh, ar raidió is teilifis, agus i dtionóil mhóra ag Éigsí, Ollscoileanna agus Oireachtais na Gaeilge. Don scéalaí óg a bheadh ag foghlaim na ceirde, is eiseamláir den scoth d’ealaín bheo na scéalaíochta traidisiúnta iad insintí uile Bhab i Coiglímis an Tine. Tá Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne buíoch do RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta dá gcead na taifeadtaí a fhoilsiú anseo. Táthar buíoch leis d’Fhoras na Gaeilge, Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne, Coláiste Mhuire gan Smal agus Muintir Feiritéar.
21 February 2011
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20 February 2011
Substitute Bryan Sheehan slotted home a penalty to steer Kerry to a four-point victory over Mayo in their Allianz Football League Division 1 clash in Castlebar. Sheehan coolly netted in the 63rd minute, following a foul on Darran O'Sullivan, and the Kingdom finished the game with points from Sheehan and fellow substitute Kieran O'Leary. The sides were level on five occasions, including at half-time, (0-05 apiece) but Kerry prevailed as Mayo were left ruing 11 wides and a sluggish opening 20 minutes during which they scored just a single point. The cold and wet conditions made for a scrappy game, but Kerry quickly got up to speed. The visitors started Eoin Brosnan at centre-back, almost two years after he retired from inter-county football. Colm 'Gooch' Cooper also returned from club duty to captain the side. Mayo were forced into two late changes, with the Feeney brothers, Richie and Alan, taking over in defence from the injured Chris Barrett and Trevor Howley. James Horan's men fell behind to a second minute point from David Geaney. Darran O'Sullivan, who was a lively presence in the Kerry defence, added the second after a quick free from Cooper. The Kerry skipper kicked then third and his only point of the afternoon from a close-in free. Jack O'Connor's side should have had a goal on the quarter hour, but Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly reacted well to block David Geaney's goalbound effort. The move began with Kieran Donaghy linking with O'Sullivan who laid the ball off for Geaney, whose shot was saved by Hennelly's foot. The incident seemed to inspire Mayo and they opened their scoring account through midfielder Ronan McGarrity, who fired over from the right. Mayo began to use the wind to better effect and pointed frees from Aidan Campbell and Mark Ronaldson levelled the game with ten minutes remaining in the first half. O'Sullivan and Donaghy combined to set up Geaney for another point from play, and Mayo were quick to reply with a monster score from Andy Moran and a well-taken point from Aidan O'Shea. But the hosts coughed up possession again when McGarrity was penalised for over-carrying. Geaney slotted the resulting free and the sides went in level at the break. It was an error-strewn finish to the first half, and the wind and rain became more of an influence when play resumed. Wing back Kevin McLoughlin raided forward for the lead point, which was cancelled out by Geaney's fourth score of the game. Points were at a premium until Aidan Campbell and O'Sullivan traded scores coming up to the midpoint of the half. In the 52nd minute, Neil Douglas, who came on for Ronaldson, kicked Mayo ahead for the final time. But their hopes of securing their first league win under Horan evaporated when referee Maurice Deegan whistled for a foul by Hennelly on O'Sullivan. Sheehan sent Hennelly the wrong way with the penalty, firing it low into the bottom right corner of the net. Mayo had no answer after Sheehan and O'Leary bolstered Kerry's lead, and Jack O'Connor's men went on to secure their first win in division one. Report: courtesy of RTÉ Sport: www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2011/0220/mayo_kerry.html
20 February 2011
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19 February 2011
D’eagraigh Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, Conradh na Gaeilge agus Todhchaí na Gaeltachta cruinniú sa Daingean (in Ostán Benner) arér chun deis a thabhairt do mhuintir na Gaeltachta i gCiarraí Theas buaileadh leis na hiarrathóirí in olltoghachán an 25ú. D’fhreastal ceathrar: Tom Fleming (Ind), Michael Gleeson (SKIA), Brendan Griffin (FG) agus John O’Donoghue (FF) as an deichniúr, chuir Michael Healy-Rae (Ind), Marie Maloney (Lab) agus Tom Sheahan (FG) ionadaí i láthair agus bhí leithscéal ó Richard Behal (Ind) Oonagh Comerford (Green) agus Dermot Finn (Ind). Seán Ó Cinnéide (Dún Chaoin, iar-Sheirbhís Oideachais Chiarraí) a bhí ina chathaoirleach agus d’fhreastal timpeall 200 duine ar an gcruinniú. Thug Treasa Ní Mhainín, stiúrthóir ar Eagraíocht na Scoileanna Gaeltachta, léargas ar an tionchur a bhéadh ag polasaí nua Fhine Gael ar an nGaeilge agus ar an nGaeltacht. Mheas sí gur céim chun deiridh a bhéadh ann agus go ndéanfadh sé dochair don teanga sa tír ar fad agus go speisíalta sa Ghaeltacht. D’ardaigh sí ceisteanna bunreachtúla chomh maith le ceisteanna teangeolaíochta agus soceolaíochta nach raibh aon fhreagra orthu. Ina dhiaidh sin, labhair gach iarrathóir nó ionadaí a bhí i láthair agus thugadar a ndearcadh féin ar an bpolasaí atá molta ag Enda Kenny. Bhí gach duine, fiú amháin iarrathóirí Fhine Gael, i gcoinne aon athrú a dhéanamh ar stádas na Gaeilge san Ardteist agus léiriodar meas ar agus spéis sa Ghaeilge. Bhí plé bríomhar on úrlár agus do bhí imní ar dhaoine maidir leis an bpolasaí ó Fhine Gael mar go raibh an cuma air gur polasaí pearsanta ó Enda Kenny a bhí ann gan mórán machnamh ná staidéar. Baineann an Ghaeilge linn ar fad in Éirinn, sa Ghalltacht agus sa Ghaeltacht, agus ba cheart go ndéanfaí iarracht idir-pháirtí agus idir-phobail chun í a láidriú agus chaomhnú sna blianta atá ag teacht ab ea toradh an comhá. D’admhaigh na daoine i láthair go bhfuil gá le staidéar a dhéanamh ar an gcóras oideachais chun feabhas a chuir ar chumas na múinteoirí agus ar an modh múinte atá á chleachtadh ins na scoileanna. Ní bhainfeadh san do stádas na Gaeilge ach ba cheart go gcuirfeadh sé le líofacht agus dílseacht an phobail i leith na Gaeilge a duradar. Aontaíoch gur ceart feachtas leanúnach a bhunú chun an deis a thapú a bhí fachta ón diospóireacht ar pholasaí Fhine Gael agus gur ceart brú a choimead ar na hiarrathóirí anois agus ar an rialtos, agus ar an bhfreasúra níos déanaí, chun dul chun cinn na Gaeilge a choimead os chomhair an phobail. Glacadh d’aon guth le rún ag cáineadh Enda Kenny as iarracht a dhéanamh deireadh a chur le stádas éigeantach don Ghaeilge san Ardteist, ach ag an am céanna ag moladh na tuairimí atá aige gur ceart ath-bhreithniú a dhéanamh ar a gcóras oideachais chun chur le meas, sásamh agus úsáid na teanga.