What’s happening in the Hub?   

Le cúpla seachtain anuas anois táimid ag fáilt taithí ar an saol nua mar thoradh Covid-19; chuaigh agus téann sé i bhfeidhm orainn go léir i slite difriúla. Tá súil againn go bhfuil sibh go maith. Ba bhreá linn tacaíocht a thabhairt ar aon slí gur féidir linn. Fuaireamar agus thángamar ar eolas mar gheall ar mhaoiniú, cheardlanna agus tacaíochtaí eile atá ar fáil agus ba mhaith linn an t-eolas sin a roinnt libh; tá súil againn go gcabhraíonn sé.

Over the last weeks we have found ourselves in this new reality of the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown and this has impacted us all in many different ways. We hope that you are all keeping well. For our part we’d like to support you in any way we can. We’ve been sent and come across a lot of information around funding, workshops and other supports available and we’d like to share these with you and hope they are useful. 

At the press conference on Friday 3rd April 2020 by the Department of Heritage, Culture and the Gaeltacht, Minister Josepha Madigan announced schemes and opportunities for artists including the following:

– A new grant scheme of €1,000 per artist funded by Facebook Ireland & Culture Ireland will support artists to present work online through live online performances – music, spoken word, visual art and more. Applications open from 3rd April with total funding currently available of €100,000 and will run for an initial period of 4 weeks. Further info and application forms – www.cultureireland.ie 

– Applications open for funding of €3,000 per artist from Arts Council Ireland; this is to enable Irish-based professional artists to provide access for the public to new and original art during the period of COVID-19 isolation; new work needs to be accessible either online, by broadcast or other virtual means, for the public benefit – Deadline 16 April 5.30p.m. (total funding available €1M) www.artscouncil.ie/Funds/Arts-Council-COVID-19-Crisis-Response-Award/

– Open call to clients and member organisations of Design & Crafts Council Ireland to create digital content for a series of online activities, video interviews and live classes. Initial focus will be on the development of recorded workshops, live workshops and short craft hacks that will engage children, young people and adults in home-based making activities. As the initiative develops, we aim to supplement material with interviews and inspirational pieces by makers. More info/application from www.dccoi.ie/craftspeople/opportunities

Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Scéim Forbartha na nEalaíon sa Ghaeltacht – Scéim í seo atá ag freagairt de Plean Straitéiseach Ealaín na Gaeltachta 2018 – 2022 agus ar na tosaíochtaí seo go sonrach: Cuidiú le pobail na Gaeltachta dul i mbun na n-ealaíon, na tacaíochtaí d’ealaíontóirí Gaeltachta a mhéadú, tacú leis an bhforbairt ar cheannairí agus ar chumasóirí cultúrtha. Spriocdháta leanúnach. €15,000 an t-uasmhéid maoiniú atá ar fáil do aon thogra amháin faoin scéim seo. Spriocdháta leanúnach. Tuilleadh eolais ar www.ealainnagaeltachta.ie
– Scéim Síol – oscailte do ghrúpaí agus do dhaoine aonair sna ceantair Gaeltachta le deis a thabhairt dóibh cothú agus forbairt a dhéanamh ar na healaíona sa Ghaeltacht. Spriocdháta leanúnach. Uasmhéid maoinithe €1,000. Tuilleadh eolais ar www.ealainnagaeltachta.ie

Local Enterprise Office & Údarás na Gaeltachta
– Business Continuity Voucher 

The new Business Continuity Voucher, available through Local Enterprise Offices, is designed for businesses across every sector that employ up to 50 people. The voucher is worth up to €2,500 in third party consultancy costs and can be used by companies and sole traders to develop short-term and long-term strategies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to help companies make informed decisions about what immediate measures and remedial actions should be taken, to protect staff and sales. More info www.localenterprise.ie

– Trading Online Voucher
The vouchers are targeted at businesses that have a limited online trading presence; less than 10 employees and a turnover of less than €2 million. Applicants must be registered and trading for a minimum of 6 months. Vouchers will be available to a maximum value of €2,500 or 50% of eligible expenditure (net of VAT). More info www.localenterprise.ie/Kerry/Financial-Supports/Trading-Online-Vouchers/

– Munster Writers’ Centre – offering 6 x €2500 bursaries to writers residing in Munster. Deadline – midnight 15th April with decision by 1st May. Check out www.munsterlit.ie for more info

– Ionad Cultúrtha Baile Mhúirne – Applications currently being accepted for residencies of one week duration for a single artist and stipend of €500 – More info www.ionadculturtha.ie aoife@ionadculturtha.ie


– ISME (Ireland’s Small Medium Enterprise Association) in partnership with Griffith College are inviting owners and managers of small businesses to enrol on a series of FREE online workshops to equip you with the necessary management skills, tools and techniques to survive and recover in a post-COVID-19 environment. More info – https://www.griffith.ie

– TechSpace are providing STEM packs for kids in all Gaeltacht areas and these will be in Centra, Dingle from Tuesday 7th April – just ask at the counter. Initially 100 packs available. More info and workshops to come (as part of Dept of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht package)


– KCD Digital – Katie Ní Chonghaile a digital marketing expert, who is now based in the Dingle Hub (currently working from home) is offering free consultations to any businesses including creative businesses, who are unsure about how to proceed digitally while closed or affected due to Covid-19. She is also offering a discounted digital marketing blitz package. Discounted One Month Digital Media Blitz – Service includes: Consultation Call, Social Media Audit, 12 Curated Social Media Posts, 1 Month Management, 1 Competition, Digital Strategy Plan – Rate: €300 For more info contact – Katie@kcdigital.ie

– Bang Bang Teo are offering high end promotional video packages at competitive prices as part of a digital marketing strategy, which will be vital for companies to bounce back post Covid-19. For more info contact on mark@bangbangteo.com or call 087 0538598 

We will create a dedicated page on our website www.dinglehub.com with the above and more info in the coming days. And will also continue to share info on our social media platforms. We are also creating a directory of services currently available on the Dingle Peninsula which will also be up on our website. This includes businesses with their doors still open that fall under essential services category, e.g. supermarket, pharmacy, etc., and also local online services & businesses, any business that is now operating online e.g. artists, musicians, graphic designers, bookshops, jewellers, etc. If you wish to be included in the directory, please send us an email to info@dinglehub.com with relevant brief info depending on your business – name of business, opening times, services offered, contact details, website or social media link, payment options, etc. 

Also if you have info on additional funding, workshops, residencies or useful free online resources that could be useful to the Dingle community please let us know. 

Please continue to tag the Dingle Hub in your tweets & posts and we will share among our networks. We’re really proud of how the Dingle community is coming together and supporting one another and we’re enthusiastic to find ways of supporting local community in this challenging time; Whether that be buying/sharing/playing local music, commissioning a piece of work from one of the many fabulous artists/craftspeople, sharing of resources, we’d love to share it – #cometogetherdingle #corcadhuibhnelechéile

Ag guí sláinte agus suaimhneas oraibh na laethanta deacra seo. Stay safe and well everyone.