Working with the community to realise Dingle Hub’s mission
Deirdre’s key focus is to build a sustainable community by fostering an ecosystem that supports the creation of enterprise and employment on the Dingle Peninsula. To execute this goal, she drives multiple projects which address the community’s transition to a low carbon society. These include the development of sustainable transport initiatives and the investigation of anaerobic digestion solutions to address climate change.
Deirdre is a Chartered Engineer and holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from NUIG and a Masters in Engineering Science from UCC. She has extensive experience both as a Senior R&D Design Engineer in the telecommunications industry and also as a STEM Communicator.
Dinny is responsible for local, national and international farmer engagement for the various projects and for keeping abreast of new agriculture and energy schemes, measures, technologies and business opportunities, and introducing them locally where appropriate.
Bernard O’Sullivan, Office and Projects Administrator
Bernard O’Sullivan is the Office and Projects Administrator with Dingle Hub. As well as a degree in Business and Marketing he has loads of real-world experience across agriculture, tourism, stationery, marketing and customer relations.
He has a busy and varied set of tasks on his to-do list in this new role. For example: compiling reports on how our projects are delivering against targets, showing our clients who are hiring meeting rooms or desks how the facilities work, and setting up meetings with our external partners.
Bernard comes from Gráig near Ballyferriter where he’s still involved in farming and tourism.
Tommy Reidy, Financial and Funding Advisor
Tommy holds a Masters in Management Information and Managerial Accounting Systems and has considerable experience in various accounting, project support and process improvement roles.
He previously held positions as fixed asset analyst, GL accountant and accounting controls manager with both Dell-EMC and Kilkenny Group.
Tommy farms a small organic holding and has recently completed a postgraduate diploma in Organic Farming.
A former restaurant manager, Tommy is keenly aware of the challenges the hospitality sector faces in sourcing local food. He is now developing plans for an agri-tourism experience on his land.
Martin Bealin, Chief Consultant, Global Village Consultants
Martin Bealin opened Global Village Restaurant in June 1997 after returning to Ireland and falling in love with the Dingle Peninsula.
Open for 25 years, Global Village Restaurant championed local food, short supply chains and natural farming, growing vegetables chemically free, buying fish daily from day boats, working with local farmers, and supporting local producers.
The Global Village was voted the best restaurant in Kerry in 2013, and the best restaurant in Ireland in the category of “Emerging Irish Cusine“ in 2014.
Martin was also a member of Eurotoques for 10 years and a Failte Ireland Food Ambassador.
In 2022 he closed the Global Village Restaurant and opened Global Village Consultants to focus on sustainability and mentoring for the hospitality industry.
Current projects include founding a Sustainable Energy Community for hospitality businesses on the Dingle peninsula and directing the annual Dingle Food Festival.
Ann Ní Chíobháin, Coordinator, Tourism and Hospitality SEC
Ann Ní Chíobháin is a documentary producer and coordinator working on the Tourism and Hospitality SEC.
In the summer months she runs a food truck that has a big emphasis on Irish cheese and dairy, serving up the best grilled cheese toasties in Kerry.
As a farmer’s daughter, Ann has always been interested in sustainability, local food and supporting our local farmers.
Catríona Fallon, Community Engagement and Event Coordinator
Catrióna is engaging with partners, the local community and key audiences to co-develop and facilitate a series of events related to the key Corca Dhuibhne/Dingle Peninsula 2030 projects. She is also Project Manager of the Creative Climate Action Project.