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What’s happening in the Hub?   

Hope ye are all enjoying the Summer sunshine. What beautiful weather to lift the heart! 

We were delighted to be interviewed recently by the one and only Mary Kennedy for ‘Moving West’, an exciting new six part TG4 series produced by Dundara Television & Media, in association with the Western Development Commission. The series is about people who have made the move and gives an insight into their stories and experiences. It also looks at the real concrete opportunities which exist now in terms of hubs and remote working and fast broadband access and other positive factors. 

We’re really excited at the recent launch of a new short docufilm at the ESEE21 conference hosted by Teagasc: Corca Dhuibhne 2030: building sustainability on the ground. The Dingle Peninsula has become an important focus for innovative projects involving diverse AKIS (Agriculture Knowledge Innovation System) actors. At the 25th meeting of the European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE) Conference (2021), this new docufilm was launched showcasing Corca Dhuibhne’s ambitious vision for 2030, and a profile of rural innovation projects that are achieving that vision on the ground. These projects illustrate how inclusive innovation approaches, anchored in integrated research, education and extension, can make impactful contributions to rural sustainability. Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Authority, is the Irish partner in three major projects working with local people in West Kerry to test and launch new innovations that provide sustainability solutions to farmers nationwide and across the EU. The conference was attended by over 300 delegates from 30 countries. The film, a fantastic piece of work, was produced by Dingle filmmaker John Kennedy. You can watch the film on our YouTube channel or go to www.dinglepeninsula2030.com to find it there.

The focus of this film is Sustainable Agriculture projects which include:
– The establishment of Dingle Peninsula 2030/Corca Dhuibhne 2030, an ambitious and exciting multi-partner initiative based on the Dingle Peninsula, established in 2018 by Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, ESB Networks, NEWKD and MaREI the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine. The initiative is focused on creating  a more environmentally and economically sustainable future on the Dingle Peninsula. The goal is to transition our beautiful peninsula into a low-carbon society. This is important for the health of our planet, and to plan for future environmental changes and regulations
– The EU SKIN Project (Short Supply Chain Knowledge and Innovation Network) with Teagasc and the IFA bringing together working groups on the peninsula to encourage short supply chain innovation. Food production, tourism and renewable energy are just three of the focus areas of the working groups
– A Farm Ambassador programme – a pilot project to increase agricultural sustainability and productivity by supporting farmers through the digital transformation, in partnership with Net Feasa, Teagasc and Kerry Agribusiness 
– Participation as a Sustainable Innovation Pilot on the EU Ploutos Project will continue and amplify the work on both of the above projects through scaling up participation on technology pilots and integrating farming enterprises with related value chains, such as agri-tourism and/or food tourism and enabling farmers to work with technology providers, data analysts and marketing teams. 
– The West Kerry Dairy Farmers have established a Sustainable Energy Community and are about to embark on their EMP
– Biorbic – based in Ireland and a world-leading SFI research centre devoted to the bioeconomy, they pursue excellence in research, new discovery and innovation  for the development of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy
A Feasibility Study for Anaerobic Digestion carried out by XD Consulting, supported by Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and Údarás na Gaeltachta through the EU LECo project 
ESB Networks Dingle Project is working with the community to trial technologies to determine what the grid of the future needs to look like

Sustainable Innovation Project on the Dingle Peninsula

We are looking for 30 farmers to participate in our Sustainable Innovation Project to test on-farm sensor technology. Deadline tomorrow 23rd July. As part of an EU Horizon 2020 funded project, Dingle Hub together with Teagasc, Kerry Agribusiness, Net Feasa and the IFA are working together on this initiative to address and achieve early progress in hitting environmental/climate change targets; at the same time creating more profitable and sustainable farming systems through the introduction and use of sensor technology. We will be testing on-farm sensor technology, which will capture real-time data on the farms, with the aim of improving environmental metrics and precision management and also in reducing labour demand.

Participants on the project will:
– showcase how the technologies can reduce agri-emissions 
– share their knowledge and insights
– develop a smart approach to farm business
– a selection of the farms will act as ‘role model’ demonstration farms for the programme
– share results and experiences

Benefits: 
– All farmers will receive a report at the end of each year measuring their progress against their starting point and the targets set for the farm. The data collection will be achieved using a selection of sensors on each individual farm. Data captured will be analysed by DCU (Dublin City University) and Teagasc (data will be anonymous at all times)
– The programme will demonstrate how to optimise your on-farm decision-making, for the benefit of both the environment and your profitability
– Teagasc advisors and technical personnel will provide technical backup for farms, knowledge of the study principles, interpretation of the data and support in promoting improved environmental parameters together with broad sustainability 
– Opportunities for involvement in Teagasc trial work and meeting other like-minded progressive farmers to progress more sustainable farming methods

*Membership of Teagasc is a distinct advantage for potential applicants as it allows a framework for soil tests/analysis and economic analysis through the profit monitor. 

More information: See poster in this edition & our website www.dinglepeninsula2030.com

To register your interest and for queries contact Tom Fitzgerald on tom@dinglehub.com/0879583957/066 9150140. 

Closing date for applications is Friday 23rd July 

Successful farms will be notified by the 31st of August 2021

We’re really happy to have four new offices and we have one of these offices still available to rent; the office has a stunning view overlooking Dingle Marina and has access to eir 1Gb high-speed fibre broadband, a canteen, connection to the fabulous group of people already with offices and desks here and lots more besides. With our goal of supporting the creation of viable, sustainable, year-round jobs on the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll prioritise self-employed or companies who can offer jobs in the area. Access will be based on current government guidelines. We also have a boardroom and podcast room space to rent if you have calls or events you need private space for. Give us a shout if you’re interested in any case info@dinglehub.com or call on 066-915040. 

Have you recently started working from here? Are you considering a part-time or permanent move to the Dingle Peninsula? Are you self-employed, remote working or a start-up business? Perhaps you are in a position within your business to bring remote working opportunities with you and build a team from here? We want to hear from you!! Please connect with us at info@dinglehub.com and help us build a vibrant, diverse and dynamic community and network. It’s not necessary to need a physical desk or office space in the hub to be part of this wider community. We’d also love you to connect with us on social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Live in a Creative Place, Work in a Creative Space

Contact: Deirdre de Bhailís/ Tom Fitzgerald/ Maggie Breen/ Nadine Schindler
Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub 
Tel.: 066 9150140
Email: info@dinglehub.com
Web:   www.dinglehub.com

The Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub is a Community Enterprise supported by Enterprise Ireland, the Dept of Rural and Community Development through the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, eir, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry Co Co and the Dingle Chamber Alliance.