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The Dingle News archive: March - 2010
30 March 2010
Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey TD has stated that the legislation to recognise the bilingual names of Dingle and Daingean Uí Chúis, could be confirmed as soon as this summer.
The new Minister, a native of Keel, Castlemaine, mades the comments in relation to the publishing of draft legislation by Minister for the Environment John Gormley which will give legal recognition to Dingle and the historical Gaelic name Daingean Uí Chúis as the official names of the West Kerry town.
Minister Carey's predecessor Minister Eamon Ó Cuiv T.D., under an Acht Teanga, changed the name of the town to An Daingean in 2005. A very divisive and bitter battle has ensued, and while some supported Minister Ó Cuiv, locals lobbying Kerry County Council for a plebsicite regarding the town's name. 90% of qualified electors voted with 93% stating their preference for the bilingual Dingle-Daingean Uí Chúis versus the new name of An Daingean. Minister Ó Cúiv initially refused to recognise the result - however Kerry County Council passed a motion to present the results of the plebiscite to the the Department of Local Government and the Environment which eventually gave rise to this new legislation. For more on the Dingle Name saga visit www.dinglename.com/history.htm. Pictured: the ballot papers following the plebiscite on the town name of Dingle - for more on the plebiscite, visit www.dinglename.com/plebiscite.htm.
30 March 2010
After all the cold weather we've had over the past few months you's have thought that we had turned the corner...not so.
Unseasonal freezing conditions are expected to return to all parts of the country this week according to Met Éireann.
After some snowfalls on high ground in the South-West last night with temperatures as low as 0 c - it will be windy and cold everywhere today. There will be further heavy rain or sleet in many areas - with an additional 20 - 40 mm of rain possible, mainly in the midlands and north, and an ongoing risk of flooding. There will be heavy falls of snow on some mountains, and there is a continuing possibility of snow in places at lower levels too, with the midlands, north and east most at risk.
The southwest, however, will be brighter and drier, and this clearance will begin to spread across the rest of the country later tomorrow and tomorrow night. Highest temperatures countrywide will range 2 to 7 C. The outlook for the rest of Holy Week and Easter is very cold, windy, and wintry with some sleet or snow in places, especially over high ground, but some at lower levels too. Frost and ice expected at night also. Wednesday and Thursday will be brighter days with good dry spells, but it'll stay very cold with widespread wintry showers. Night frosts will be sharp to severe along with ice, especially later Wednesday night as the strong northwest winds ease a little. For updates visit the Met Éireann website - www.met.ie. More localised weather updates are also available on the Radio Kerry website: www.radiokerry.ie.
29 March 2010
Tá deis á tabhairt do scríbhneoirí atá idir aois 18 agus 35 a bheith páirteach i gceardlann chun a gcuid scileanna
scríbhneoireachta drámaíochta a fhorbairt. Is é atá á lorg go háirithe ábhar drámadóirí a bhfuil taithí scríbhneoireachta acu sa Ghaeilge don stáitse nó do na scannáin nó taithí dá leithéid i bhfoirmeacha liteartha eile.
Is é Paul Mercier, drámadóir agus stiúrthóir aitheanta agus bunaitheoir an Passion Machine Theatre Company a bheidh i mbun an cheardlann a threorú. Níl aon táille le híoc as a bheith rannpháirteach ann, ach is ar bhonn iarratais amháin a ghlacfar le daoine. D’fhonn iarratas a dhéanamh ar áit sa cheardlann, seol an fhaisnéis seo a leanas le do thoil chuig email@example.com faoin Luan, 12 Aibreán 2010.
**Sampla de do chuid scríbhneoireachta drámaíochta Gaeilge
(radharc nach faide ná 10 leathanach)
**Ráiteas pearsanta ina léiríonn tú cén fáth ar mian leat a bheith
ag scríobh don amharclann i nGaeilge.
**Tuairisc achomair ar an taithí scríbhneoireachta atá agat.
28 March 2010
Tyrone clinched victory in a thrilling league one encounter against the Kingdom yesterday in Omagh- an injury time goal granting some breathing space in their fight to avoid relegation. Tyrone's win over Kerry in Omagh was secured when Colm Cavanagh punched home a sensational winning goal in stoppage time to give Mickey Harte's side a one point victory over the old rivals.Tyrone were first out of the blocks in this tight enconter, easing into an early lead of 0-04 to Kerry's 0-01.
Donnacha Walsh and the impressive David Moran were on target for the Kingdom, before Darran O'Sullivan came off the bench to add a much-needed spark to the Kerry attack, kicking an excellent point with his first touch.
Owen Mulligan nudged Tyrone 0-06 to 0-03 ahead, but the Kingdom claimed the final four points of the half, through Walsh, Moran, Kieran Donaghy and Colm Cooper. The emergence of Seamus Scanlon as a major influence in midfield was a key factor in Kerry's dominance of the closing stages of the half. Kerry led by 0-07 to 0-06 at the break, and Tyrone were reduced to 14 men three minutes into the second half when defender Cathal McCarron picked up a second yellow card.
And the Kingdom struck immediately for a goal - Declan O'Sullivan darted through the middle, swapped passes with Colm Cooper, and finished the return to the net past Pascal McConnell. Tyrone responded but Kerry were always able to keep their noses in front. However a red card to Aidan O'Mahony reduced Kerry to 14 with six minutes to play, and they paid the price in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Colm Cavanagh fisted home a sensational winner.
Tyrone: P McConnell, D Carlin, J McMahon, C McCarron, D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin, A Cassidy, C Cavanagh (1-00), K Coney, S Cavanagh (0-02), P Harte, T McGuigan (0-03, 2f), M Penrose (0-04, 3f), O Mulligan (0-02, 1f).
Subs: P Jordan for McMenamin (h-t), B McGuigan for T McGuigan (52), S O'Neill for Coney (59)
Kerry: B Kealy, P Reidy, T Griffin, T O'Sullivan, M O Se, A O'Mahony, K Young, S Scanlon, A Maher, D Moran (0-03, 1f), Declan O'Sullivan (1-00), D Walsh (0-02), C Cooper (0-2, 1f), K Donaghy (0-1), K O'Leary.
Subs: Darran O'Sullivan (0-02) for O'Leary (20), D O'Callaghan for Walsh (48), B Sheehan for Maher (54), A O'Connell for Reidy (62). Pictured: Tyrone's Seán Cavanagh.© RTÉ Sport: www.rte.ie/sport/gaa .
28 March 2010
Acclaimed director, Geoff Wonfor, is in Dingle this week to film a documentary on the Dingle Film Festival whose guests this year included actor Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins/Dark Knight) and director Stephen Frears (The Snapper/The Queen). The Dingle Film Festival first caught Geoff Wonfor’s attention in 2009 when Maurice Galway, Festival Director, screened the Beatles anthology (directed by Wonfor) in its entirety as a tribute to local Irish co-producer Chip Chipperfield. Impressed by Maurice’s passion for film and the filmmaking process and charmed by Dingle’s unique place in classic movie lore, Wonfor enlisted longtime collaborator, cinematographer/director Eugene O’Connor to help him document the festival. The documentary - which will be entitled We'll always have Dingle - tells the story of the gutsy festival organizer who created an event that honors moviemakers, past and present, much like Robert Redford set out to do when he created the Sundance Film Festival.
Wonfor’s approach to the documentary is, like Dingle, unique. Using dialogue in the Irish language, Wonfor cleverly recreates classic movie moments from Casablanca, Godfather, Cinema Paradiso and more, thus ‘Dingle-izing’ them, while weaving interviews by Maurice and local people throughout, and revealing Dingle’s own rich history and long-time contribution to the film industry.
Executive Producers: Geoff Wonfor, Diane Namm and Debbie Vandermeulen; Director: Geoff Wonfor; Writer/Producer: Diane Namm; Producer: Debbie Vandermeulen; Director of Photography: Eugene O’Connor; Line Producer: Eric Mofford Camera Operator: Conor Kelly Sound Engineer: Trevor Cunningham; Production Designer: Sica Schmitz; FAS TV & VIDEO Production Crew: Brian Clarke; Caitriona Curran; Zoe Farrell; Niall Gurn; Martin Keenan; Noelia Luque; Etain McGuckian; Paddy O’Shea; Martin Pembroke and Jamie Tanner.
27 March 2010
Comedy fans will be delighted to know that funnyman Tommy Tiernan is returning to Dingle this summer for a one-off gig in May.The comic will perform a gig at the Hillgrove on Thursday May 13th as part of his 'World Tour of Kerry' which will also see him perform in Killarney, Listowel, Sneem, Ballybunion, Killorglin and Tralee. Tommy is no stranger to Dingle having lent his comedic services to gala fundraising benefits hosted in aid of the Billy Riordan Malawi project.
For tickets check out Ticketmaster.ie - click on www.ticketmaster.ie/event/180044789C2C2913 or contact the Hillgrove at +353(0)66-9151131.
26 March 2010
by Shane O'Rourke
In the last two weeks Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne fielded rugby teams for the first time ever. The U-14 team captained by Seamus Moriarty competed in the West Kerry 7-a side blitz where they won the plate competition defeating sides from all over West Kerry. The following week an U-18 side led by Mikey Flannery battled with a strong Canadian touring side and came out victors 12-7 in a bruising encounter. The Colaiste Ide girls team coached by Danno Keeffe also played the Canadian School girls and lost out narrowly showing great heart and determination. These games are a huge boost for rugby in West Kerry and especially for Rugbai Chorca Dhuibhne, well done to all involved.
In another silverware related story the U-19 Rugbai Chorca Dhuibhne club side led by the magnificent Conachubar Begley beat a much fancied Killorglan side in the West Kerry U-19 cup. Coach Mike Dooley had an erray of talent on display and the likes of Tom Kavanagh, Colm Corduff, Shane Hand, Chris Thomas and captain Begley had way too much class for their counterparts running out 18-16 winners thanks to a Mikey Flannery penalty, try and conversion and a wonderful individual try from Chris Thomas.
Unfortunately for Rugbai Chorca Dhuibhne the Seniors are not taking lead from the under age players, losing to Abbeyfeale and Kilrush recently in games that should have been won. A destructive injury list has left the squad depleted and a big recruitment drive for new players will take place over the summer.
26 March 2010
While the amount of money being provided for road improvement works by the Department of the Environment to Kerry County Council has been reduced substantially this year, nevertheless some works are planned for the coming months in the West Kerry Area according to Dingle LEA Councillor Seamus Cosaí Fitzgerald. Monies approved for road-works and improvements in the West Kerry area are as follows:
€ 178,000 towards General Maintenance on the N86 Tralee-Dingle Road.
€ 48,000 remedial safety measures at Cill na gCléireach- Tralee-Dingle Road.
€ 25,000 remedial safety measures at the turn-off to Kinard on the Tralee-Dingle Road.
€ 37,500 for road improvement works from Camp Creamery Cross to Cappaclough Cross.
€ 70,000 for road improvement works at Boolteens West on the Castlemaine-Inch Road.
€ 81,000 for road improvement works at Ballyguin Cross-Teer Cross-Clochán/Bréanainn.
€ 84,500 for road improvement works at Lougher Cross-Glannaheera-Annascaul.
€ 99,000 for road improvement works at Droum West-Droum Middle-Clochán.
€ 59,500 for road improvement works at Cappaclough Cross to Deelis Cross-Castlegregory.
€ 30,500 for road improvement works at Top of the Maum-Inch West- Inch.
€ 10,000 for road improvement works at Lassaboy Road-Castlemaine.
€ 75,500 for road improvement works at Muiríoch-Baile na nGall.
€ 99,000 for road improvement works at Clochair-Tírabhain-Baile an Fheirtéaraigh.
€ 58,600 for road improvement works at Conor Pass.
€ 54,000 for road improvement works at Droichead Bán to Baile an Lochaigh
€ 91,000 for road improvement works at The Mall, Dingle.
€ 22,000 for road improvement works at Flemingstown Cross to Ballybowler Cross-Dingle.
€ 7,500 for road improvement works at An Ghlaise Beag-Baile na nGall.
€ 148,000 for road improvement works at Ballyfinnane-Firies-Castlemaine.
€ 53,000 for road improvement works at Callinafercy West-Milltown.
€ 71,000 for road improvement works at Kilnare-Brackhill-Castlemaine.
€ 33,000 for road improvement works at Ashmount Terrace-Ballinaboula Road-Dingle.
€ 18,000 for road improvement works at Boherbrack to Lisdorgan-Lispole.
€ 26,000 for road improvement works at Ventry Church to Ballinleague Cross=Ceann Trá.
€ 25,000 for road improvement works at Milltown Roundabout-Ladies Cross-Dingle.
€ 34,000 for road improvement works at Feoghanach School-Dooneen Pier-Baile na nGall.
€ 35,000 for road improvement works at Baile Breac Cross to Clash Cross-Baile na nGall.
€ 33,000 for road improvement works at Coumduff Road-Annascaul.
€ 33,000 for road improvement works at Castledrum Road-Castlemaine.
€ 33,000 for road improvement works at Stradbally-Goulane Road, Castlegregory.
€ 41,000 for road improvement works at Carrigdav Road to Kelly’s Height Catlegregory.
€ 200,000 for road improvement works at Red Cliff-Inch.
€ 22,000 safety improvement works at Castlegregory Junction.
€ 39,500 for road improvement works at Boolteens, Castlemaine leading to John Bartons House.
"I welcome the funding for these roads and Kerry County Council anticipate that these works will be done in the coming months" Cllr. Cosaí Fitzgerald added.
25 March 2010
Dingle native Muiris Ó Rocháin is to be awarded one of the broadcasting world’s top awards this week in respect of his services to traditional Irish music. Muiris, well known as the founder of the Willie Clancy Summer School, will be formally awarded Gradam na gCeoltóirí by TG4 at their Gradam Cheoil Awards which will be televised from Wexford’s Opera House this Saturday. Muiris is also responsible for collecting records of folklore from native Irish speakers of South Kerry during his tenure as a teacher there. He still lives in Miltown-Malbay with his wife Úna. Muiris was selected as President of Oireachtas na Gaeilge in 2001 and is well known in Dingle as captain of the Sráid Eoin Wren.
24 March 2010
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Tá fógartha inniu gur ceapadh an tUasal Pat Carey TD mar Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta, mar chuid de na hathruithe atá fógartha ag an Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD sa Dáil. Tagann Carey TD i gcomharbacht ar an Aire Éamon Ó Cuív, TD. Rugadh Pat Carey TD i Keel, Castlemaine i gCo. Chiarraí sa bhliain 1947, agus toghadh mar Theachta Dála é don chéad uair sa bhliain 1997 i nDáilcheantar Átha Cliath Thiar Thuaidh. Sa bhliain 2008 ceapadh é mar Aire Stáit de chuid Roinn an Taoisigh agus mar Phríomh-Aoire an Rialtais. Roimhe sin bhí sé ina Aire Stáit sa Roinn Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta, le cúram don Straitéis Náisiúnta Drugaí agus Gnóthaí Pobail ó Mheitheamh 2007 go dtí Bealtaine 2008. Feidhmeoidh Éamon Ó Cuív TD mar Aire Cosanta Sóisialta as seo amach. Tiocfaidh John Curran TD mar chomharba ar Pat Carey TD ina ról mar Phríomh-Aoire an Rialtais. Ag labhairt di ar cheapacháin Pat Carey, TD, mar Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta, dúirt Dr Helen Ó Murchú, Cathaoirleach na Comhdhála go raibh “Méid mór bainte amach ag an Aire Ó Cuív le linn a théarma mar Aire, agus go raibh lucht na Gaeilge agus na Gaeltachta iontach buíoch dó. Cuirimid fáilte anois roimh an Aire Carey, agus táimid ag súil le bheith ag comhoibriú leis ar mhórcheisteanna na teanga sa todhchaí”. As part of the Government reshuffle, Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD today announced the appointment of Pat Carey TD as the new Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. Carey TD succeeds Minister Éamon Ó Cuív, TD in the role. A native of Keel, Castlemaine, born in 1947, Carey TD was first elected as a TD in 1997 in the Dublin North West constituency. In 2008, he was appointed as Minister for State for the Department of an Taoiseach, and as Governmnent Chief-Whip. Prior to that he served as Minister for State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and for Community Affairs between June 2007 and May 2008. Eamonn Ó Cuív TD will now assume the role of Minister for Social Protection, and John Curran TD will succeed Minister Carey TD as Government Chief Whip.