‘7Lá’ will be broadcast live from Baile na nGall


Craolfar eagrán speisialta don chlár cúrsaí reatha, ‘7Lá’, beo as Baile na nGall, i gCorca Dhuibhne ar an Máirt 19 Feabhra ag 7.30pm.

Tá ceantair thuaithe faoi bhrú le tamall de bhlianta in Éirinn. Tá daoine óga ag dul ar imirce nó ag aistriú go dtí bailte móra agus cathracha na tíre ar mhaithe le hobair a fháil. Tá deacrachtaí le cead pleanála a fháil. Tá tionscail na hiascaireachta agus feirmeoireachta a bhí tréan go traidsiúnta, ag meath. Tá leagan amach an daonra áitiúil as rocht agus brú ollmhór ar áiseanna áitiúla dá réir. Tá creimeadh déanta ar stáisiúin Gardaí, ar oifigí poist, ar thithe tábhairne agus ar shiopaí beaga tuaithe.

Cíorfaidh 7LÁ saol reatha na tuaithe in eagrán speisialta a chraolfar BEO ó Bhaile na nGall in Iarthar Duibhneach ar an Mháirt an 19ú Feabhra. Dhún an siopa deireanach a bhí ag freastal ar Pharóistí na Cille agus Múrach ar an 7ú Feabhra. Dhún an Oifig Poist a bhí ag freastal ar na pobail sin roimh dheireadh na bliana anuraidh. Tá dhá bhialann dúnta ins na paróistí sin le cúpla bliain anuas. Tá na tithe tabhairne faoi bhrú. Tá sé ar fad tárlaithe i bParóistí atá i ngiorracht 4-5 de mhílte ó bhaile an Daingin, an baile is mó turasóireachta in Éirinn.
Conas ar thárla a leithéid? Cad tá i ndán go pharóistí tuaithe na tíre? An bhfuil plean ag an rialtas chun dul i ngleic leis an síor-chreimeadh seo? An bhfuil plean ag an bpobal áitiúil? An féidir an creimeadh seo a sheachaint?

Cuirfear na ceisteanna  san ar phainéal atá báite sa phobal ar 7LÁ. Dé Máirt, 19ú Feabhra, 7.30-8pm.’
‘7Lá’, curtha i láthair ag Páidí Ó Lionáird.



A special edition of the current affairs programme, ‘7Lá’ will be broadcast live from Baile na nGall, in the Dingle Peninsula, on Tuesday 19th February at 7.30pm.

Rural areas in Ireland have been under pressure in recent years  Young people are emigrating, or moving to towns and metropolitan areas in search of work. Securing planning permission is difficult. The once vibrant fishing and farming industries are in decline. The composition of local communities is out of kilter and as a result local services are under severe pressure. Garda stations, post offices, pubs and small rural shops are disappearing.

In a special edition being broadcast LIVE from Baile na nGall, in West Kerry on Tuesday 19th February, 7Lá will discuss the reality of life rural areas. The last shop servicing the parishes of Kill & Moore closed on the 7th of February. The Post Office which served those communities closed before the end of last year. Two restaurants in the locality have also closed in recent times. The pubs are under pressure. This is all happening in parishes that are only 4-5 miles from the town of Dingle, the busiest tourist town in Ireland.
How can such a thing happen? What future do our rural parishes have? Does our government have any plan to counteract this constant erosion? Do local communities have any solutions? Can this decline be avoided?

These questions will be put to a panel of guests who are rooted in their communities on 7Lá, 19th February, 7.30-8pm.

‘7 Lá’ presented by Páidí Ó Lionáird.

Fáilte Ireland ramps up Brexit preparations with a €5 million investment to support tourism businesses

Fáilte Ireland will invest €5 million to support the tourism sector as it prepares for Brexit.
The announcement by Fáilte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority –  marks a significant ramping up of its activities to ensure Irish tourism is both ‘product-ready’ and ‘industry-ready’ ahead of the UK withdrawal from the EU.

The investment comes as new figures published by Fáilte Ireland today show the number one concern among tourism businesses is Brexit, particularly those in northern counties.

The Fáilte Ireland Tourism Industry Barometer is a survey of more than 500 tourism businesses nationwide providing insight into past performance and future prospects. The latest figures reveal that 7 out of 10 (69%) tourism businesses cite Brexit as their top concern – a figure which rises to 80% for accommodation providers in northern counties and 90% in the restaurant sector, both of which report a decline in their business from the UK last year.

More than 3.4 million British tourists, on average, holiday in Ireland every year and spend up to €1.6 billion. This contributes more than €233 million annually to the Exchequer.

Fáilte Ireland is warning that the fallout from a hard Brexit could cost more than €380 million to the sector.

The €5 million investment by Fáilte Ireland will help businesses assess the risk, respond to changes and diversify into other markets in a fresh drive under its ‘Get Brexit Ready’ programme. Its work will focus primarily on border counties and the South East region which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling and the drop in Northern Ireland and Great Britain visitors.

As well as providing support for over 1,000 businesses across the country, the Tourism Development Authority will also deliver a more targeted programme of training and mentoring for more than 100 businesses in border counties.

Fáilte Ireland’s Chief Executive, Paul Kelly, said:
”Fáilte Ireland is working intensively with businesses to help them prepare for Brexit. Brexit remains a key concern for every facet of the tourism sector as our latest barometer survey shows. This is particularly true for the restaurant sector nationwide, as well as accommodation providers in northern counties, who report that their visitor numbers from the UK are down over the past year. The prospect of a hard Brexit, or a potential no-deal scenario, leaves us with significant uncertainty relating to the wider implications it could have on tourism, particularly on the performance of our nearest and biggest overseas market. A less obvious consequence is that we are at risk of missing out on tourists from other core markets as the UK is our greatest competitor and the weakening value of sterling could make it more attractive to long-haul tourists, as well as those from Northern Europe. However, overall, the tourism sector is reporting a positive outlook for 2019. This sentiment would be very much underlined by what was a hugely successful year for tourism in 2018, with visitor numbers and revenue at all-time highs.”

Fáilte Ireland will spend €1.75 million specifically for commercial development to provide Irish tourism operators with opportunities to sell their products to growing markets such as the US. This work will focus on supporting northern counties particularly by bringing major international tour operators to Ireland on bespoke itineraries which they can then sell in core markets. Central to this programme of work will be the retention of the UK market by selling Ireland as a business tourism and golf destination – two types of tourism which typically yield a high number of UK tourists.  An additional €1.5 million will be spent on marketing and PR with campaigns targeting the Northern Irish market and the remainder of the Brexit allocation will be invested in business supports and resources.

Paul Kelly added:
“As we await the final outcome of Brexit, and with the situation changing on a daily basis, it is still difficult to quantify the range and scope of impacts that Brexit will have. Our key message to tourism businesses is ‘prepare and diversify’. Any tourism business which does not have Brexit contingencies as a central focus of its 2019 business plan needs to act fast. The most prudent action we can take as a sector is to be ready for the challenges it will bring. Fáilte Ireland has developed a series of initiatives to build capabilities within the industry which will allow them to continue to prosper in the face of this challenge. This includes investing €5 million in a comprehensive programme of supports and commercial development designed to help tourism businesses located particularly in border counties, to ‘Get Brexit Ready’ by diversifying to other markets and reducing their reliance on the British market.”

Other concerns highlighted in the industry barometer include the implications of the increase in the VAT rate to 13.5%.

Despite these concerns, today’s barometer results, which take into account the overall performance of 2018, strike a positive note overall. The proportion of tourism businesses expecting trade to be up in the year ahead (59%) outweighs those expecting a downturn. This is especially true for attractions, with about two thirds (68%) expecting more visitors this year.

Kerry Supervalu Store Wins Big At The Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates Supervalu Off Licence Of The Year Awards

The 26th annual Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards took place last Thursday November 29th in the Galway Bay Hotel. The gala event was hosted by RTÉ’s Shay Byrne. Garvey’s SuperValu Dingle came away with one of the four awards, winning the Overall Store of the year award.

Tomas Garvey, Jim Garvey, Kevin O’Connor and Cliona Ekren were there on the night to represent SuperValu Dingle and were presented with their award by Andy O’Hara, CEO of Edward Dillon, Donagh McClafferty, Category Manager at Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland and Tom Gaskin, Santa Rita Estates.

In addition to this three other Kerry stores were named as finalists in this year’s Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards – SuperValu Castleisland, SuperValu Listowel, and SuperValu Tralee.

Each of the finalist stores were judged by Rodney Trenwith and were marked on a range of criteria including overall appearance, innovation and customer service.

The winners of the Edward Dillon & Santa Rita Estates SuperValu Off Licence of the Year Awards will enjoy an exclusive trip to Cape Town, South Africa. All finalists received a certificate of achievement on the night.

Speaking at the event, Andy O’Hara, CEO of Edward Dillon said: “Each year the standard of the stores gets higher and higher. We would like to thank and congratulate all the four winning stores, and also to each of the finalist stores who took part in the competition.”  



Two newly upgraded sections of the N86 national secondary road on the Dingle Peninsula have been officially opened today (Tuesday) by the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD.

The opening of the N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower and Ballygarret to Camp Road Improvement Scheme marks the completion of a further 4km section of the N86 including a 1.3km section between Ballygarret and Camp, and a 2.7km section between Lispole and Ballynasare Lower.

The new €8m scheme represents a continuation of investment in and the upgrading of the N86 and follows the completion of the Annascaul to Gortbreagoge scheme which was completed in 2013. It forms part of the overall proposal to improve 32km of the main route between Dingle and Camp on the main road artery between Tralee and west Kerry.

The project incorporates new pedestrian and cycling facilities and eliminates a hairpin bend at Banoge South, improving safety for all roads users as a result.

The contract for the construction of the project was awarded to Allman Contracts Limited/Mid-Cork Tarmacadam Joint Venture in October 2016 and works commenced in late 2016.

Minister Griffin said: ‘I am delighted to be officially opening the newly upgraded sections of the N86 Tralee to Dingle Road. The new sections of road are far safer for motorists and incorporate impressive new pedestrian and cycling facilities. The elimination of the hairpin bend at Banoge South is a great engineering achievement and required major ground works. The overall project means improved access for local residents and businesses, as well as meeting the needs of rapidly growing tourism numbers and other industry.

‘I am glad that the government is delivering for Kerry through this and many other roads schemes in the County and I will continue to keep working for further progress. I want to thank Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and, of course, Kerry County Council for their work on this very important project for the community and look forward to further road openings in the near future,’ said the minister.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Norma Foley said: ‘This is a very important day for the people of west Kerry and the county as a whole. The newly improved sections of the N86 will further enhance the route for local residents and businesses as well as the many thousands of visitors to Dingle and west Kerry annually.’

Michael Nolan, Chief Executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) said: ‘The official opening of N86 Lispole to Ballynasare Lower and Ballygarret to Camp road marks another important step toward upgrading the entire route from Camp to Dingle.  TII looks forward to working with Kerry County Council on further sections of this scheme which deliver on both safety and sustainability.’

Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell said she looked forward to further progress and investment in the route: ‘Continued investment in the upgrading of the N86 is so vital for many reasons, not least the need to improve access to Dingle and west Kerry, one of our prime visitor locations. The new scheme being opened today will further improve the visitor experience to this region.’

Minister Griffin today unveiled a limestone plaque at Garrynadur to mark the occasion.

Kerry Restaurants Retain Michelin Guide Status

Popular Kerry restaurants Giovannelli in Killorglin and Chart House in Dingle have retained their Bib Gourmand status in the 2019 Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland.

Michelin Bib Gourmand awards recognise those establishments that offer good food at affordable prices of EUR40 or less for a three-course meal.

Located on Lower Bridge Street, Killorglin, Giovannell is a small intimate restaurant offering a mix of Italian and Irish dishes. The Chart House, located at The Mall, close to the entrance to Dingle, is a bright, family-run Irish bistro.

Priced at EUR18.99, the Great Britain & Ireland 2019 Guide will be will published on Monday, 1st October by tyre manufacturer Michelin and will be available at http://travel.michelin.co.uk/ and in bookshops from Thursday, October 4th.

The mighty Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh tries his hand at rock climbing

Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week was kicked off today at the top of Dunshean Head, Dingle Co. Kerry by legendary GAA commentator Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh where he tried his hand at rock climbing. Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week is all about exploring all the positive aspects of getting older and celebrating with the older people in our communities.

The Dingle-born father of eight and grandfather is a fantastic example of positive ageing. Mícheál attributes hill walking, the odd game of golf along with eating well, challenging yourself, volunteering in the community, and being as active as possible as the best secrets to positive ageing.

Bank of Ireland Positive Ageing Week takes place this week with hundreds of events are taking place around the country including coffee mornings, tea dances, quizzes and walks.

Medieval Period Gold Ring Brooch found near Dingle to go on loan to Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne

The National Museum of Ireland is pleased to announce that a medieval period gold ring brooch acquired in 2016 is to be sent on a short-term loan to Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, close to where it was found. The curator at the museum in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Ms Isabel Bennett, was instrumental in reporting the find and the National Museum of Ireland is very grateful to her and especially to the finder, Mr Ian Andrew, who found the brooch by chance while walking on the beach at Cloosmore, Dingle.

Ring brooches were worn in medieval times by both men and women in order to fasten their gowns or cloaks at the neck. They may have been offered as a sign of affection or as betrothal gifts.

Approximately 150 ring brooches are known from Ireland, but would usually be of copper alloy. Only a very small number including this example are made of gold.

The finder Mr Andrew was on a holiday visit to the Dingle peninsula, where he has strong family connections.  While walking along a rocky coastal foreshore, he noticed a bright light shining between some rocks. After taking a closer look, he identified and retrieved this tiny but exquisite gold ring brooch.  He subsequently reported it and was extremely helpful to the National Museum of Ireland in providing every available detail in relation to the find circumstances.

The brooch is an example of a rare type of 13th/14th century ring brooch with projecting hands. The brooch has a blue stone setting now identified as tourmaline, which is quite similar to sapphire. There is an inscription in Gothic style lettering on the front of the brooch. While most of the letters are legible, their meaning is unclear and they may represent a type of code.  The brooch may have had a magical or talismanic association for the wearer.

The National Museum of Ireland has had a long-standing relationship with Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh and many archaeological objects found on the Dingle peninsula have been on loan there since the 1980’s. The ring brooch will be on display in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh from 10.00 to 17.00 on Friday, 5 October and from 10.00 to 13.00 on Saturday, 6 October 2018. This loan has been made possible by the granting of a Mobility of Collections Scheme grant to Músaem Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. This scheme facilitates loans from the National Collections to regional museums in order to make these collections more accessible for all.

On its return to the National Museum of Ireland, the ring brooch will be displayed in an exhibition entitled “Dressed to Impress” at the National Museum of Archaeology in Kildare Street, Dublin.  The exhibition will include three other medieval period brooches found by chance in different parts of the country, all of which were reported and acquired for the national collections in 2016.

Coiste Scor Chiarrai AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Coiste Scor Chairrai took place at Kerrys Centre of Excellence on Thursday night last September 20th where there was a huge attendance which included Vice Chairman of the County Board Diarmuid O Shea. Prior to the start of the meeting a minutes silence was observed for the late Betty O Brien, former Secretary of the County Scor and Peggy Cronin whose daughters  Anne Mangan and Sheila McCarthy are very much involved in the promotion of Scor on the death of their Mom. The A G M opened with Cathaoirleach Criostoir O Cillin who welcomed everybody to the meeting.  In a very detailed Secretaries Report which was  presented by  Suzanne Ni Laoire giving full details of the years activities. She went on to congratulate Scor na nOg all Ireland winners Spa, in Set Dancing while Na Gaeil in Leiriu and Dr. Crokes in the Quiz were just pipped at the post for honours. Scor Sinsear saw Churchill win their 3rd National title in a 5 year period in the Question Time. Fossa in the instrumental Music failed in their bid at the final hurdle.  Scor Na bPaisti was once again a tremendous success which finishes at County level. Treasurer; Anita English was happy to announce that the Scor was in a fairly healthy state.

Chairman Christy Killeen made a plea to all Clubs in the County as we celebrate the 50th year of Scor founded back in 1969 by the late Derry Gowan, Fermoy County Cork to make a special effort  to participate and at least take part in one of the 8 displines; ( Scor Sinsear, Scor Na nOg and Scor Na bPaisti). The aim is to make sure all Club Cultural Officers have their respective Clubs represented. He thanked both Estuary Print, Ballylongford and Lee Strand for their kind sponsorship during the year; he also thanked Radio Kerry ,Radio Na Gaeltachta, Kerryman, Outlook Magazines and Kerrys Eye along with the various Advertisers for their coverage of Scor throughout the year.

He finished up by thanking all participants who took part in all 3 Scor competitions along with their tutors and wished them well for the year ahead.

A vote of sympathy was extended to all Scor families who suffered bereavements during the year.

The following are the Officers who were elected for  2018/19

Chairman                             Christy Kileen, Finuge

Vice Chairman                    Jackie Walsh, St. Senans.

Secretary                             Suzanne Ni Laoire, Mastergeehy.

Assistant Secretarys             Mary Philpott, Currow

                                             Siobhain Casey, Reenard

Treasurers                            Anita English, St. Marys Cahersiveen

                                             Therese Keating, Na Gaeil

Munster Delegates               Tom Herlihy, Ballymacelligott.

                                             Jackie Walsh, St. Senans

P. R. O.                                Jack Hennessy, Asdee.

Chief Steward                      P J Mulvihill, Moyvane.

All Aboard for the Dingle Food Festival


The countdown has begun for Ireland’s largest Food Taste Trail, The Dingle Food Festival 2018, Féile Bia Daingean Uí Chúis, will run from Friday 5th October until Sunday 7th October 2018! Its all hands on deck as the picturesque West Kerry town prepares for one of its biggest festivals of the year.


Enjoy a weekend of exceptional food, fun and entertainment as the bustling West Kerry town offers an action packed programme of cookery demonstrations, food workshops, kiddie entertainment, The Great Dingle Bake Off, Whiskey Masterclasses, Wine & Cheese Masterclasses, Beer and Cider Craft Trail and much much more…


Now in it’s 12th year the festival highlight is of course the famous Dingle Taste Trail. Mouthwatering tasty delights are on offer in the pubs, shops, restaurants, galleries and cafes throughout Dingle town. This year a whopping 78 locations have signed up for the Taste Trail, as the thousands who descend on the town, use the special taste trail tickets to purchase wonderful Irish food.


Also running during the festival is Blas na hEireann, The Irish Food Awards Food Festival, which is the biggest competition for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland. Over 2500 products were entered into the 2018 competition to win Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in over 100 food and drink categories as well as key awards such as Supreme Champion and Best Artisan Producer.


Talented chefs from across Ireland and from Dingle town will be cooking up delights in the historic St. James church. The streets of Dingle will be lined with the finest of Irish produce to purchase and sample, as over 60 Market stall holders set up on the Saturday and Sunday. While outdoor live music and street entertainment will add to the fantastic atmosphere.


Proud to be greening the Dingle Food Festival this year is the Festival Eco pack – which includes a plate, bowl, cup and cutlery made from durable and reusable eco-friendly bamboo in an organic cotton carry bag. The pack costs €15.


Check out www.dinglefood.com for all the latest updates and information on the festival.

Our facebook page is @dinglefood, Twitter @dinglefoodfest, Instagram @dinglefoodfest


Spanish Wine Maker to Visit Dingle this October


This October the Dingle Skellig Hotel are pleased to welcome a very special guest at their annual Wine Weekend. Taking place on October 19th 2018 the Spanish vineyard House of Vina Hermosa will have an expert from the Rioja region in attendance.


On Saturday night guests are in for a very special treat. Overlooking Dingle bay, the AA Rosette awarded Coastguard Restaurant is the setting for their Winemaker’s Dinner. Hosted by a Rioja winemaker from House of Vina Hermosa in association with Christy’s Wines and Spirits this exclusive meal will include an arrival reception and an insight into the workings and varieties from House of Vina Hermosa Spain. The extensive menu will feature 7 courses, with each course accompanied by a carefully selected wine.


The weekend, all based in the four star Dingle Skellig Hotel, against a backdrop of stunning scenery will make for a unique breakaway to the stunning foodie destination of Dingle town. This exclusive break costs from €249pps which includes 2 nights’ accommodation with full Irish breakfast each morning, winemaker’s dinner and full use of the leisure club and Peninsula spa facilities as well as a special free gift with purchase from The Little Cheese Shop Dingle. 


There is also a Dinner only option for non-residents on Saturday October 20th, which will include a welcome reception and 7 course tasting menu with paired wines at a cost of €75.00pp.


Bookings can be made online at www.dingleskellig.com or by calling the Dingle Skellig Hotel on 066 9150200