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dingle n : a small wooded hollow [syn: dell]

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Diminutive form of "dell".


  • /dɪŋ.gəl/ /dIN.g@l/ a UK


  1. A small, narrow or enclosed, usually wooded valley.


small, narrow or enclosed, usually wooded valley
  • Kurdish: dol, newal, nihal, gelî
  • Russian: глубокая лощина

Extensive Definition

Dingle (lang-ga An Daingean or Daingean Uí Chúis) is a town in County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland, on the Atlantic coast some west-south-west of Tralee and west-north-west of Killarney. The town is situated on a natural harbour below Slievanea mountain on the large Dingle peninsula, which lies south of the River Shannon and north of the Ring of Kerry. Principal industries in the town are tourism, fishing and farming. In 2006 Dingle had a population of 1,920. Dingle is situated in a Gaeltacht region.

Places of interest

Dingle's St. Mary's was a neo-Gothic church built to designs by J. J. McCarthy and O'Connell. The foundation stone was laid in 1862. It originally had a nave and aisles separated by arcades, supported on columns capped by octagonal tops. The arcades were demolished in one of the most radical reordering schemes to have been executed in Ireland. The project also saw the demolition of the exterior walls to below the original clerstory level, and, most notably, of the attic and upper ranges of the west elevation.
There are many opportunities to hear traditional Irish music in the town, particularly during the summer tourist season. Dingle has a number of pubs as well as restaurants and cafes. For a number of years it has been possible to rely on a resident bottlenose dolphin named Fungi or Fungie showing up for tour boats operating from the harbour. The town has a growing arts scene and jeweller Brian de Staic is based there, as is the potter Louis Mulcahy and master crystal craftsman Sean Daly.


Dingle is home to the Dingle GAA club, which plays the popular traditional Irish game of Gaelic football. The most noted tournament in which Dingle compete is the Kerry Senior Football Championship. Diarmuid Murphy and Tommy Griffin are current Dingle players who are on the Kerry GAA county team for the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship.



Dingle is twinned with Tolfa, an Italian town, and is a sister city of Santa Barbara, California.


Dingle was formerly the western terminus of the narrow gauge Tralee and Dingle Light Railway. It was also the westernmost railway station in Europe.
The railway station opened on 1 April 1891, closed for passenger traffic on 17 April 1939 and for regular goods traffic on 10 March 1947, finally closing altogether on 1 July 1953 (by which time a cattle train once per month was the sole operation).


In 2005, Gaeltacht Affairs Minister Éamon Ó Cuív announced that anglicised place names (such as 'Dingle') of Gaeltacht towns and villages would no longer feature on official signposts, and only the Irish language names will appear. The English language version of the town's name was thus officially dropped in early 2005, with the Irish name An Daingean being brought to the fore in both languages (longer versions of the Irish placename include Daingean Uí Chúis and An Daingean Mór).
In the case of An Daingean, this move has been particularly controversial, as the town relies heavily on the tourist industry, and some residents fear that the change could prevent potential visitors finding their way to An Daingean (formerly Dingle). There is a similarly named town called Daingean, located in County Offaly - this being an anglicised name. Supporters of the Minister have rejected this line of argument and pointed out that there are numerous towns in Ireland with not only similar names but precisely the same name, such as Blackrock which exists in Louth, Cork, Galway and Dublin. The Minister added to the controversy by suggesting, in response to criticism of the order, that a name change to English could be brought about by removing the town's Gaeltacht status, and thereby its entitlement to relevant government aid. Kerry County Council approved the holding of a plebiscite for the change of name to the bilingual "Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis" which took place in October, 2006. The result was announced on 20 October, and 1,005 from 1,086 returned ballots (out of an electorate of 1,222) favoured the name change to the bilingual version. Éamon Ó Cuív has stated that he has no legal powers to act on the results of the plebiscite, but that if Kerry County Council comes to him with a request that he can act on within the law, he would be willing to give it serious consideration.
In the mean time, some locals seem to have taken matters into their own hands by spray painting "Dingle" on road signs that only bear the Irish version of the name.


Minister for the Environment, John Gormley announced on 29 April 2008 that he intends to amend the local government laws to allow names chosen by local representatives in a plebiscite will supersede any Placenames Order under the Official Languages Act 2003. Gormley intends that Daingean Uí Chúis shall be the official name of the town in Irish, with Dingle being the official name in English. However, the name of the town on road signage within the gaeltacht will continue to only display the name of the town in Irish.


dingle in Breton: An Daingean
dingle in Welsh: An Daingean
dingle in German: Dingle (Irland)
dingle in Esperanto: An Daingean
dingle in French: Dingle
dingle in Irish: An Daingean
dingle in Italian: Dingle
dingle in Lithuanian: Dinglis
dingle in Dutch: Dingle (stad)
dingle in Polish: Dingle
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