We were delighted to receive a silver finalist award at the recent Kerry Community Awards ceremony in Dromhall Hotel, Killarney. These awards recognise the work of the community groups who assist, support or enrich their community in some way, either socially or economically. The judging focuses on impact on the community and innovative approaches and it means a lot to be recognised for work that is so important to us.

The Dingle Hub has established a Dingle Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) to help support the transition to a low carbon society of the future. The initial stage is a Dingle Peninsula Energy Master Plan and we are working closely with energy consultants who will carry out this work.   Many thanks to all of you who took part in our energy usage survey recently and we are pleased to announce that the following commercial and domestic dwellings have been selected to partake in further site assessments which will aim at providing further solutions to increasing the energy efficiency in each  property: CLG & Ionad Pobail Liospóil, The Alpine Guesthouse, Bunscoil an Chlochair, St James Church, Halla le Chéile, Cheryl Donahue, Muireann Nic Giolla Ruaidh and Ciarán Moriarty. Comhghairdeachas libh!

I attended one of the recent brainstorming sessions relating to the EU funded SKIN Horizon 2020 project and it quickly became clear that this project is an important opportunity for the Peninsula to benefit from significant expertise being made available to us to help coordinate and support the development of profitable businesses here. For the next two years, Teagasc researchers Áine and Aoife will work to help us to develop cooperative structures enabling efficiency for the economic growth of the production sector. There was no shortage of business ideas at the brainstorming session in Garrynadur last Friday evening and I would encourage anyone with ideas capturing the heritage, traditions and culture of West Kerry through food and the environment to become involved in the project to benefit from this coordinated approach. There will be another meeting in 3-4 weeks to progress ideas and build working groups to turn them into a reality. For more information on this project please contact: Aoife Forde –Teagasc 087 2753603 or Pat O Shea – Kerry IFA 086 1738187.

If you’re working from Dingle and are in need of office space, the Hub offers hot desks, dedicated desks and private offices with access to 1GB of eir Fibre Broadband, a dedicated telephone landline, free parking, 24-hour access and more.

Live in a Creative Place, Work in a Creative Space

Contact: Deirdre de Bhailís
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.