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Dea scéal le déanaí! Tá éirithe le Údarás na Gaeltachta, an príomhiarrathóir, agus Mol Teic, ceann de phairtnéirí an tionscadail, leis an iarratas, faoin gCiste Forbartha do Athnuachan Tuaithe (CFAT), i gcomhair maoiniú chun Máistirphlean a ullmhú d’Iar-Theach Oibre Dhaingean Uí Chúis.

Good news recently! Údarás na Gaeltachta as lead applicant, and Mol Teic, as one of the project partners, have been successfully approved, under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), for funding to develop a Master Plan for the former Dingle Workhouse.  

The RRDF funding will be used to build on the Feasibility Study that Mol Teic commissioned (with support from Udaras na Gaeltachta and Kerry County Council) as part of a consultation in 2018. The Master Plan will build upon the design concepts, as already approved, to produce a detailed proposal for the re-development of the protected and socially important structures that comprise the former Dingle Workhouse and surrounding grounds.

The Master Plan will will include the following elements:

  1. Delivering  a completed design, to include structural drawings and building services, inclusive of the delivery of fire and disability access certificates;
  2. Lodging a full planning application to Kerry County Council;
  3. Providing an accurate cost-analysis for the delivery of the project, for onwards submission for the funding required to deliver the finished product. 
  4. Specific submissions to the various funding bodies for the different elements of the overall complex.

The main elements of the proposal comprise a visitor experience focusing on the heritage, culture and Irish language of the Dingle Peninsula; an Innovation Hub to facilitate greater employment in the region; a space for use by the community for meetings, exhibitions, education and events and a maker / creative space to support collaboration between technology, business, education and creative / design sectors. In the context of the transition of the Dingle Peninsula to a Low Carbon Society it is planned to redevelop the former Workhouse as an exemplar sustainable building.

Creative Business Workshop – Dingle March 2019

Small Number of Places still available – Free Workshop funded by the Dept of Rural and Community Development under the Town and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Creative Business Workshop, a collaboration between The Dingle Hub and The Riasc Partnership has been established to promote and support emerging creative businesses in the Kerry area. Our workshop has been designed based on meetings and interviews, with a broad cross section of highly talented people across Kerry who every year produce stunning work in a range of media from paintings, to fashion, to photography to crafts and original music, but struggle to find a market for their work.

The first day of the program scheduled for March 5th from 10-4.30pm will explore who each creative person is, what their craft is and obstacles and opportunities they face in generating an income from their individual craft. Participants will also share experience and ideas on how to bring their talent to a relevant market. Workshops will have a flexible model which allows for the work to be highly respectful of each creative person and also recognise the stage everyone is at currently. Day one will also include a case study from a successful creative business person who will share their story. Day 2 and Day 3 will focus on further work to develop out and test your market, and will also include two more outside speakers delivering case studies. We will also be bringing in a financial planning speaker and an expert branding/social media speaker. Following completion of the three days, an individual mentor will be assigned to provide 1-1 support for the participants as they build their income during summer 2019.

The Riasc Partnership based in the Dingle Hub, was founded by three former globally experienced executives who all now live in Dingle. Led by Orla Coughlan, Rochie Houlihan & Nicola Hopcroft, they and their team love working with Small to Medium Enterprises across Ireland, and a number of Non Profit organizations to bring significant support and experience in building, and growing a business. Riasc sees every client as unique and therefore their approach to this course has been tailored to the creative community. Further information on www.dinglehub.com/events

If you are interested, please contact maggie@dinglehub.com by 12noon on Monday, March 4th.

ESB Networks are busy working on Phase 2 of the Solar PV installations. They are evaluating appropriate households at the moment and an announcement will be made in March. A number of retrofit surveys have also been completed and the reports sent to the homeowners.

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


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.