Shop window satire hits the spot
A POSTER depicting Minister Éamon Ó Cuív under the heading 'Wanted for town identity theft' is currently on view in a shop window in Dingle where the biting satire is attracting a lot of local attention and support.
Shop owner Brian McKenna told The Kerryman that the reason for displaying the poster was to demonstrate his disgust at the failure of the outgoing government to change the official name of the town fromAn Daingean to Dingle as demanded by the people of the town in a 2006 plebiscite.
"I'm totally disgusted that we haven't got our name back. They've had four years or more to change the official name and all they've done is stalled and blocked and fudged the whole issue. That's the reason I've put the poster on display in the shop window," he said.
"We've lost our identity and it's had a terrible effect on the economy of the town. Visitors have even driven through the town as far as Ventry before they found out they had passed Dingle. Believe it or not, they even come into our shops and ask the way to Dingle. I was born a Dingle man and I'll die a Dingle man. My people are in Dingle since 1605 and it was known as Dingle then. How dare Ó Cuív and his lackies come along and change our name. They had no right to do it!" he said.