Timpeall na hÁite

Dan recalls glory days of the Dingle mackerel industry

THE Dingle Historical Society will host a lecture by local historian Dan Graham on 'Mackerel - A Dingle Industry' at Dingle Library on Green Street this Thursday July 18 at 7.30pm. The story of the West Kerry mackerel industry is one of success and despair, of joy and sadness, of hard work and grief. It is one of pride and misery, of emigration and the American wake. It encapsulates many aspects of the lives of many West Kerry people in a time period now long gone and forgotten.

Dan's telling of the local history of mackerel fishing conjures up images of naomhogs, nets, nobby boats and barking pans, of the Tralee and Dingle Light Railway, Manxmen, the 'American letter' and internal feuding among fishermen.

It was a golden age in the economic life of West Kerry which endured for some half a century and made Dingle known throughout the UK, Europe and the U.S.A. When the industry finally failed, the consequences were catastrophic for the area.

Dan Graham has contributed to many local history symposiums and journals on maritime themes. Recently retired as principal of Meelick National School, County Clare, he was the Dingle voice on the RTE Radio 1 maritime programme Seascapes for ten years. Trinity College Dublin awarded him an Hons M.Litt in 1999 for his thesis on Maritime Dingle 1800-1980. This lecture is free and all are welcome to attend, especially visitors to the area.


As the summer is upon us, so too is the time for sport. A special basketball summer camp will be hosted in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne from July 29 to August 2. The 'Team Kerry Campa Cispheile' will be hosted for boys and girls aged 6 to 17 years of age and will run from 9.30am to 3pm from Monday to Friday. It costs €75 per participant and €60 for any other children participating from the same family. Every participant will also receive a singlet and a basketball.

For more information contact 087-2219376 or cochmcgaley@gmail.com


KERRY South Independent Deputy Tom Fleming recently posed a parliamentary question to the HSE in relation to the continued provision of the Cuan Counselling service in Dingle. Answering the question, Michael Fitzgerald, area manager for the HSE in Kerry, said the HSE recently grant aided the group and "will continue to work with them to seek to secure further funding in the future and explore all possible sources of grant aid for the group."


BHÍ ceiliúradh iontach ag muintir Dhún Chaoin agus a gcairde an Domhnach seo caite ag Lá an Pharóiste, tráthnóna de BBQ agus cuideachta a bhí eagraithe ag Comharchumann Dhún Chaoin.

Mar chuid des na hócáidí eagraíodh an Cic Glic don tarna bhliain as a chéile, comórtas ina seoladh liathróidí caide síos an bhóthair ó Barr na hAille go Baile an Teampaill. B'iad Gearóid Mistéal, Breandán Sé, ar chuairt ó Lios Póil agus Danny Ó Cíobháin a bhuaigh an comórtas tar éis iomaíocht iontach.

If you would like to include something in Timpeall na hÁite next week please email the details to moflaherty@kerryman.ie before 6pm on Sunday July 21.