Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis
Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis is the main coastal settlement on the Dingle / Corca Dhuibhne Peninsula, one of Europe’s most westerly peninsulas. Our peninsula has a population of 12,500, of whom 3,500 live in Dingle (and environs). Our peninsula’s stunning landscapes, calendar of festivals, strong cultural heritage and distinctive identity, combined with our internationally renowned reputation as a place of welcome and hospitality have been drawing visitors to the area for generations. Tourism is thus the mainstay of our local economy, with agriculture and the marine also playing important roles in our area’s economic, social and cultural lives. Most of our peninsula is also a designated Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area). Dingle / Daingean Uí Chúis is the main service centre for our peninsula’s many rural communities, all of which have their own local identities and dynamics.
The Dingle Peninsula has long grappled with the effects of peripherality, isolation and the out-migration of our young people. Challenges persist, but communities across our peninsula are at the forefront of innovation. Social capital is strong, and our citizens are effectively combining local knowledge and skills with technical know-how and creative technologies. We are fostering new economic opportunities, and are working to make our peninsula energy independent and resilient. Led by our Local Development Company (NEWKD), communities on our peninsula have pursued a strong evidence-based approach to Smart Villages, and emphasise inter-community collaboration and strong local governance.