Archive | dingle RSS feed for this section

Kerry features twice on ‘Best Place to Live’ list

11 Jun
Ross Castle

Ross Castle (Photo credit: David Meehan)

Kerry has featured twice in a longlist of Irelands best places to live. Out of over 500 entries in The Irish Times Best Place to live competition, Killarney and the Dingle Peninsula have made the top 25. The diverse list includes cities, towns, villages, suburbs and rural areas. Each of the top 25 areas will be visited by researchers and a shortlist will be announced on June 18th. The overall winner will be announced on June 25th. The winning place will receive a plaque noting the accolade, will be profiled in The Irish Times and will be the subject of a short film.

via Radio Kerry News


I Won’t Go Home ’Til Morning

4 Apr

Thurs 21 April. McCarthy’s Bar, Goat Street, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Tel 066 915 1205 Tickets €10 – From 9:00pm

Renowned for her warm, engaging stage presence, Sarah McQuaid is a versatile and beguiling performer. Her unique voice delivers a powerful emotional punch that’s matched by her distinctive, eloquent guitar style. In addition to her own elegantly crafted originals, she interprets traditional Irish and Appalachian folk songs, Elizabethan ballads, 1930s jazz numbers, surprise covers and lively guitar instrumentals with panache and poignance.
Continue reading

1 Week left to register for the Dingle Marathon

18 Aug

At Midnight on Tuesday, August 24th registration for the second Annual Dingle marathon will close. All those interested in taking part in the Ultra, full or half marathon on September 4th are advised to visit the Dingle marathon website to register as entries will not be accepted beyond the closing date.

The “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” 2010 has attracted huge overseas interest with 32% of the marathons current entries hailing from countries from as far as New Zealand , Malaysia and the United States . On race day the marathon is expecting over 2,500 participants, bringing in an estimated €1.5 million in extra revenue to the area.
Continue reading

300 Volunteers needed for the ‘Kerryman’ Dingle Marathon

6 Aug

300 volunteers are needed for the Kerryman Dingle Marathon, which is set to take place Saturday September 4th 2010.

An estimated 3,000 runners are expected to line up race morning, and the Dingle marathon organisers are seeking people to sign up for a variety of duties that need to be filled on the day. Last year the inaugural Dingle Marathon received huge support from the community and this year the organisers are hoping to see the locals out in full force again. All volunteers will receive a special Dingle marathon t-shirt and the ‘friendliest volunteer’ will win two nights B&B in the Skelligs Hotel.

“One of the best things about the marathon taking place on a Saturday is that it allows families and friends to have the opportunity to volunteer together” said Tadhg Moriarty, Event Director and volunteer coordinator. There are plenty of opportunities, ensuring that there is truly a volunteering opportunity for everyone.

Volunteers are needed to help with everything from the pre-race setup of the starting and finish lines, registration, and manning water stations to chip removal at the finish line and clean up.

If you are interested in volunteering in this year’s Dingle marathon please call Tadhg on 066 9796898 or email him at

Kerryman Dingle Marathon

23 Jun

The “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” 2010 has attracted huge overseas interest with 32% of the marathons current entries hailing from countries from as far as New Zealand, Malaysia and the United States. Taking place on the 4th of September, close to 1,000 runners have already registered for the marathon, and by race day this figure is expected to hit over 3,500 participants, bringing in an estimated €1.5 million in extra revenue to the area.

The course will see athletes partake in a unique run passing beautiful scenery, idyllic villages and historical sites, providing a natural lift of spirit for all the runners. This year the “Kerryman Dingle Marathon” is offering its participants the choice of the full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles) or new to this year, the Ultra marathon (50 miles). The Ultra marathon will be held as the National 50 mile title and is an International Association of Ultra Runners labelled event. Over half of the runners registered for the Ultra are travelling from the UK, showing the increase in this type of running in our neighbouring country.

According to Race Director Ken Dunne “the marathon taking place on a Saturday rather than a Sunday has been a huge factor in the high numbers of overseas competitors. The feedback we received from runners last year was amazing – they were delighted to be able to participate in all the extra activities and side events that we organised for the entire weekend. This year we’re doing it bigger and better ranging from surprises on the course, to the Denny BBQ and Pasty Party’s with guest speaker Mark Pollock.

Entries for all distances are currently open and runners can register on All are welcome to run on behalf of a charity of their choice or one of the charities currently involved with the marathon.

Kerry Health Service Improvements

16 Jan

11 million euro has been secured for a new accident and emergency unit at Kerry General Hospital. However there’s bad news for St Columbanus in Killarney; it’s to lose 18 beds. The announcements come following a meeting between Regional Health Forum members in the HSE South and HSE senior managers.

Work on the long awaited accident and emergency unit for Kerry General Hospital is to begin this year.

The HSE’s confirmed 11million euro has been allocated to the project, although a start date hasn’t yet been set. The building work will take 12 months to complete, and will also include a resuscitation room, and special facilities for children.

However St Columbanus home in Killarney is to lose 18 of its 150 beds; its Rowan Ward will close as beds become vacant. But Tralee and Dingle are to benefit. Tralee’s new Community Hospital is to open in the summer with 50 beds; and Dingle’s new Community Hospital, which is also to open during the summer will have 68 beds.

6 detox beds are to go from Kerry General; this in line with the HSE’s plans to deal with these patients in the community. Also at Kerry General, the HSE is to develop a Colposcopy service and refurbish the Rathass Ward. A new service for the homeless in Killarney will be rolled out, as well as the implementation of the Traveller Primary Health Care Project in Kerry. The expansion of orthodontic services in Kerry will also be fully implemented this year

Multi Million Dingle Development to create 250 jobs

5 Sep

Plans for a multi-million-euro Dingle development, which will create 250 jobs, have been given the green light. Tomás Garvey of the Garvey Group and Bricklin Limited have been granted planning permission for a shopping, residential and parking complex at Mail Road and Emlagh Road in Dingle. In December, Tomás Garvey of the Garvey Group and Bricklin Limited applied for permission for the development at Mail Road and Emlagh Road, hoping that if they were given the go ahead, it’d be ready by summer 2009. However further information was requested in February; that was submitted along with revised plans to Kerry County Council in July.

Bricklin Ltd, which owns over two-thirds of the land at Emlagh West, had been seeking approval to build a two-floor shopping complex including shops and a cafe, as well as Garvey’s Supervalu, which will relocate from its current site at Holyground, Dingle. The complex is to be accompanied by 312 car parking spaces on ground and basement levels. Meanwhile Tomas Garvey, who owns a third of the 2.27 hectares, plans to build 32 apartments, terraced houses, and maisonette