What’s happening in the Hub?   
A move to Level 5 restrictions from 12 midnight on Wednesday 22nd October means that people are being asked to stay at home with the exception of those providing an essential service where their physical presence is required. This means that the Dingle Hub will be closed to all except those who are dependent on broadband connectivity to provide essential services for the duration of the Level 5 restrictions. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in the near future when possible and in the interim we will continue to work online to support our remote working and learning community on the Peninsula.

It is in all our power to change the course of this virus so if we can double down, keep our distance and stay vigilant on sanitisation measures then hopefully we can all return to a more flexible level of restrictions in the near future.

And now for some good news – and don’t we all need it! The Dingle Hub has recently been awarded €220,000 for West Kerry to participate as a Sustainable Innovation Pilot in the EU Ploutos project for the next three years. This project aims to link the carbon efficiency work currently underway on six ambassador farms on the peninsula with the work done by many members of the community on the EU SKIN project over the past two years. The farm ambassador project is evaluating sensor technology to support carbon, cost and labour efficiencies on farms while the EU SKIN project explored the potential for new agri-food and agri-tourism businesses based on short supply chains. The EU Ploutos project will enable the farming community and local business people to work together with technology providers, data analysts and marketing teams to progress sustainable business ideas that can unlock the true value of our exceptional local produce. This will be achieved by showcasing low food miles and low carbon footprint which will be evidenced by data from the sensors. Corca Dhuibhne will also benefit from the experience and expertise of the other EU partners in this project who are successfully implementing agri-tourism models. By seeing what works well in other areas we can determine what is right for this peninsula.

The initial phase of the project will be to install the sensor technology in a further 30 farms on the peninsula and we will run a full expression of interest in the coming months so that every farmer who is interested has an opportunity to get involved. Those who wish to pre-register their interest can do so by emailing info@dinglehub.com and many thanks to all of you who have already done so.

We are also eager to work with those of you who already operate short supply chains in your businesses so that we can make this project work for us to build and promote a brand of sustainability for the peninsula. You can email us to let us know you are interested and we also plan to hold a variety of workshops through the course of this project to capture all of the good work underway here and enable people to get involved. We’re really looking forward to this journey!

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 (and indeed we can’t offer this for the next 6 weeks)  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. 

Fánaigí slán, sábháilte.
Stay safe and well everyone.

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.