The Dingle News archive: March - 2009
17 March 2009
Beehive Theatre Company, Dingle present;
by Mike Venner
Mike Venner, playwright in residence, has yet again delivered an explosive piece of theatre. Against a background of betrayal; lust, love and loss meet under a canopy of madness dragging the characters towards a nemesis that threatens to unravel civilisation. The plot romps along with infectious good humour, imparting a sense the that underneath all the surreal frivolity lurks a scathing allegory of modern-day Balkan troubles that twists every character into an ideogram for vulgar humanity. A frenetic black comedy that will guarantee your evenings entertainment. Situated on the west coast of Ireland, Beehive Theatre Company is Europe's westernmost theatre. Over the last thirteen years, the company has established itself as a leading centre for theatre in West Kerry and the southwest region and has produced a well-balanced mix of established plays as well as new, innovative scripts drawing on the talents of local and international writers.Beehive is a community based theatre company providing professional training and production opportunities for individuals and groups in the region. Beehive Theatre Company’s performance of Mike Venner’s ‘The Impostor’ will be opening on 17th April, for a limited run at The Studio, Cúilín, Dingle. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets €15.00 and €10.00 concessions. Contact 066-9152924 for more information or visit www.beehivetheatre.com
16 March 2009
It has emerged that the man behind the Contact 4 operation in Dingle, which laid off 40 workers without pay or notice on February 28th, Mr. Pearse Flynn, is also the Chairman of Scottish Premier League Club Livingston FC. 108 workers were laid off in Dingle, Achill and Gaoth Daobhair on February 28th when the Scottish tele-sales company terminated their employment with a conference call. The workers, 40 in Dingle alone, had to pack up and leave immediately. To add insult to injury, the workers are still owed an entire months wages, holiday pay and bonus payments for targets reached in work. Contact 4 received €3 million in grant aid to set up in Ireland from Udaras na Gaeltachta and the Dingle call-centre had operated from the Udaras buildings in Milltown. A car-park and an extension was also built to facilitate Mr. Flynn's company.Mr. Flynn is also reportedly a shareholder in Celtic FC and his Glasgow call-centre, Contact4U has also gone into liquidation. He is also involved in a legal dispute with Callpoint Europe. Udaras na Gaeltachta are currently pursuing the matter and a redundancy fund is to be set up for the non-payment of the staff's wages.