Tuesday 17 September 2019

Dingle so good they may name it twice

RESIDENTS in An Daingean have started their their ballot-box effort to find out if locals want a return to the name of Dingle.

Voting papers have been posted to some 1,222 residents in the west Kerry Gaeltacht town.

It is expected there will be an overwhelming majority in favour of the proposed application for a Government order changing the name of An Daingean to the bilingual "Dingle Daingean Ui Chuis".

However, over 50pc of the electorate must vote in favour for the re-naming to be carried out.

The election was prompted by a Kerry County Council resolution in May following controversy when the town's Dingle name was dropped under the Official Languages Act two years ago.

Yesterday the town was ablaze in the local red and white colours with Yes posters dotting the streets and approach roads, and with the name Dingle scrawled in handwriting on the official signpost of "An Daingean".

Campaigners for a return to Dingle have been strongly critical of Gaeltacht Minister Eamon O Cuiv, saying the name change was imposed on the town and would adversely affect Dingle, a world brand.

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