Tourism and business plan
A three-year work plan under four headings – tourism, infrastructure, business and employment – is currently being drawn up by the Dingle Business Chamber and any ideas or suggestions from the public are welcome before mid-January when the framework of the plan will be put in place.
Ideas aimed at extending the tourism season in Dingle are especially welcome.
The Dingle Business Chamber's monthly meeting will be hosted on Monday, January 13, in John Benny's at 6.30pm and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
IF you are into celebrity spotting, Dingle was the place to be last week with plenty of high profile people seen around town.
Other Voices presenter and actor Aidan Gillen (Love/Hate, Game of Thrones, The Wire) was back in town over Christmas as was Hollywood favourite, actor Cillian Murphy (star of Inception, Batman and numerous other blockbusters) who is also a regular visitor to Dingle. Lead singer of The Coronas, Danny O'Reilly, was also seen in town as was RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan. Of course these are all regular visitors to Dingle, so in reality these celeb sightings were nothing out of the ordinary but nevertheless, it was good to see them all enjoying a bit of a break!
TEXT PHONE SCAM
ANOTHER phone scam was reported in West Kerry this week as people received texts from a strange number asking to 'Call Me'. The number sending the texts appears to be +9343789111; people who replied to the texts subsequently received another text from the same number which read "urgent call now on 066745599067 to confirm your win 5000 euro". These texts are fraudulent and people are urged to ignore and delete the texts to protect privacy and prevent access to any personal details. The numbers may vary slightly and people can contact the Garda station if they have any queries.
THE people of West Kerry came out in force at a special benefit night hosted in the Skellig Hotel on Saturday in support of local woman Geraldine Kennedy whose family is currently raising funds to help her seek treatment in the USA for a crippling medical condition.
Geraldine, who is a 51-year old mother of three from Garfinny, faces a daily struggle as she has recently been diagnosed with a crippling condition known as Charcot Foot. According to her son Mike, Geraldine was told by her doctors that it is only a matter of time before she ends up in a wheelchair. Her family is raising funds to send her to see a surgeon in the USA who has successfully operated on people with a similar condition. The benefit night was a great success and people can still contribute to Geraldine's cause through a bank account set up in AIB Dingle: the account number is 26382143 (sort code 93-62-86) and all donations are welcome.
MUSIC TRAIL SHORTLISTED
DINGLE's Other Voices Music Trail has been shortlisted for the IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award 2013. The shortlist was announced recently by Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive) and Keith Johnson (Director of Marketing & Membership). The awards celebrate the dedication of those who work in Ireland's live music venues in providing the public with an exceptional live music. More than 8,500 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. The music trail element of Other Voices, which sees a number of free gigs take place in pubs and venues around Dingle while (the soon to be televised) acts perform in St James Church has been shortlisted for the award alongside Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Longitude, Life, Sea Sessions, the Willie Clancy Festival, Kilkenny Rhythm & Blues, the Galway Arts Festival and the Temple Bar TradFest.
Live music fans can show their support for Other Voices by visiting surveymonkey.com where they can cast their vote before January 31.