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What’s happening in the Hub?   

Hope you are all keeping well. Great to see the town alive with retailers open again and the opportunity to support such great local retailers, hairdressers and other businesses. Delighted to see some new businesses popping up, go n-éirí libh.

A chairde, tá áthas orainn a chur in iúl daoibh go bhfuil muid ag cur tús le mionshraith nua ‘Corca Dhuibhne ag dul in Oiriúint – Fuinneamh’ ar siúl as seo go ceann cúig seachtaine, ag díriú ar fhuinneamh in-athnuaite mar chuid den togra Chorca Dhuibhne 2030. Tosnóimid leis an tsraith bheoshruathaithe seo an Déardaoin beag seo 27ú Bealtaine ag 1i.n. ar Facebook agus YouTube. Cífimid ann tú. 

We’re delighted to announce our mini-series Dingle Adapts Energy, which will run over the next five weeks. We will be focusing on renewable energy, which is a key element of Dingle Peninsula 2030, an initiative for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future on the Dingle Peninsula. The goal is to transition our beautiful peninsula into a low-carbon society. Over the next five weeks we’ll be talking to five of the ESB Networks Dingle Project Ambassadors to understand how they’re adapting to the renewable technologies in real life. 

The ESB Networks Dingle Project, a highly innovative 3-year project, sees the deployment and implementation of a range of new technologies to assist in the development of a smart, resilient, low-carbon electricity network. The Dingle Project Ambassador Programme provides the opportunity to work with customers in exploring the use of low carbon technologies in powering heat and transport and will help us create a more reliable and sustainable energy network for the future.

The first live chat will kick-off on Thursday 27th May at 1pm live on Facebook and YouTube channels with our first guest Carol Uí Laoithe. See you there. 

We conclude the series with an interactive session with a panel of experts, who cover a wide range of bases regarding moving to renewable energy technologies; they will answer your questions around grants, renewable technologies, sustainability in action in real life. This series and interactive session will provide a really good insight for those of you thinking about undertaking a retrofit or investing in Solar PV systems, Air Source Heat Pumps or an Electric Vehicle, so definitely join us if you can. The series is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and ESB Networks and supported by MaREI and NEWKD. To register go to www.dinglehub.com or www.dinglepeninsula2030.com 

We’re flying with our ‘Dingle Adapts’ InstaLive series; Huge thanks to all our guests and audience to date, including the most recent guests Martin Bealin, head chef and owner of The Global Village and Darach Ó Murchú from In My Element. You can watch back all on our IGTV and on Facebook. Be sure to pop in to IG Live session next week when we’ll be chatting to Seed & Soul.

Fuaireamar aiseolas iontach faoin sraith IG beoshruthaithe, ‘Corca Dhuibhne ag dul in Oiriúint’. Míle buíochas leis na haíonna ar fad agus na haíonna is déanaí Martin Bealin ó The Global Village. Buail isteach an tseachtain seo chugainn nuair a bheimid ag caint le Seed and Soul.

Comhordaitheoir nua Caidreamh Pobail ag Corca Dhuibhne 2030
Is mór ag Mol an Daingin a thabhairt le fios go bhfuil Tom Fitzgerald ceapaithe acu sa phost mar Chomhordaitheoir Caidreamh Pobail ag Tionscadal Chorca Dhuibhne 2030 a fhógraíodh le déanaí. Bhí dianchomórtas ann don ról seo, le hiarratais faighte ó bhreis agus 50 iarrathóir, agus tá Mol an Daingin fíorbhuíoch do gach duine a thóg an t-am chun cur isteach ar an bpost. Cabhróidh ról Tom chun rannpháirtíocht áitiúil in imeachtaí a thiomáint, ag tacú le baill an phobail ar mhaith leo a bheith ina gcuid de thodhchaí a bheidh níos inmharthana ó thaobh cúrsaí eacnaimíocha, agus níos báúil don gcomhshaol, ar Chorca Dhuibhne. Tá maoiniú á dheanamh ar an bpost seo ag Fondúireacht Eolaíochta Éireann trína clár ‘Discover’, i gcomhpháirt le tionscadal Ploutos de chuid Horizon 2020 an Aontais Eorpaigh.

New Community Engagement Coordinator for Corca Dhuibhne 2030
The Dingle Hub is delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Fitzgerald to the recently advertised role of Community Engagement Coordinator for the Corca Dhuibhne 2030 Initiative. There was strong competition for the role with applications received from over 50 candidates and the Dingle Hub greatly appreciates the time given by all to the application process. Tom’s role will help to drive, support and enable local participation in activities which foster a more environmentally and economically sustainable future on the Dingle Peninsula.  The position is being funded by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme and the EU Horizon 2020 Ploutos project. 

A native of Dingle, Tom brings considerable experience to the new role having worked in both the non-governmental organisation (NGO) and private sector. Tom (known more locally as Tommy Fitz) has a BA in Development Studies, Diploma in Quality Management and is currently completing a Diploma in Retrofit, Conservation and Sustainability.

Tom spent several years working in both South Africa and Namibia in the Social Housing Delivery sector. A key element of his role was developing partnerships with community groups, schools, civic organizations, Governments and other stakeholders. Tom fostered relationships through facilitating capacity building and supporting community groups to advocate on their own behalf, raising awareness of the many challenges faced by communities such as housing, health, education. 

In Namibia, in partnership with the local municipality Tom coordinated a baseline study in informal settlements to establish housing needs, gathering data and listening to the community provided a clear understanding of the communities wants and needs rather than making assumptions. He also established links with the national training authority to pursue training opportunities for employees. 

Tom joined the Medical Humanitarian NGO, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), as a supply chain manager, where he spent over a year in Bangladesh as part of the organization’s response to the Rohingya crisis. Through his work in the humanitarian sector Tom has seen first-hand the need to focus on developing long term sustainable approaches when working closely with communities. Tom says “Communities are central to creating sustainable environments, I’m so excited to be able to take the learnings and experiences gained during my career and use those skills to help create a positive impact on my community, my home place. I’m passionate about our language and our local culture and I’m so grateful and excited to be in this position, it’s a dream come true for me.”

Tom has developed a passion for exploring alternatives that are both environmentally friendly and sustainable, through adopting innovative retrofit techniques, not only focusing on making homes more energy efficient but also considering sustainability in its broadest sense.

Over the next 2 years, Tom and the Corca Dhuibhne 2030 team will engage with local communities and groups supporting community-led sustainable development activities and fostering sustainable practices.

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
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.