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Excerpts From A Dingle Diary By Ted Creedon (1985)

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Monday, February 25, 1985.

The first of the new season’s crop of tomatoes were picked in the CFCD glasshouses today - probably the earliest tomatoes ever picked there.

Noel Kavanagh and Carty Herbst called to the house to talk about the future of the Kerry Currach Assoc.

Wednesday, February 27.

The big news today is that Des O’Malley T.D. has been expelled by Fianna Fáil for failing to vote with F.F. in the recent Amendment to the Family Planning Act.
The other main story today is that the American dollar is getting too strong for European currencies.
Invited by Brendan Greaney to a meeting of the youth club in the presbytery tonight. Enjoyed it and hope to be of some help.

Thursday, February 28.

Nine RUC officers were killed in Newry last night in a mortar bomb attack.
CFCD boss Garóid Ó Brosnacháin presented a box of new tomatoes to the Minister for the Gaeltacht in front of the Dáil this afternoon.
Thinking about last night’s youth meeting. Maybe we could publish a local magazine or community paper which could generate income for the club.

Friday, March 1.

Phone call from Prof. Peter Woodman at UCC. He has secured a grant of £5,000 from the R.I.A to excavate at Ferriters Cove. He’ll be coming with a team of 6 or 8 people for the last two weeks of August and the first two weeks of Sept. He’s looking for accommodation.
Letter from James Gallagher of the North American Currach Assoc. asking for dates of regattas here in Ireland.
Spoke to Fr. Godley about a youth magazine. He’s full of support for the idea and gave me a few samples of Club Bhréanainn magazines from the past couple of years.

Sunday, March 3.

Went to see the youth club activities in the CBS hall tonight. About 30 young people turned up and were playing soccer and basketball in the main hall. There was a pool table and tennis table on the stage.
Some guys were messing with the main light switch. Gene Courtney, the baker, who is a supervisor at the club had to step in.

Monday, March 4.

Metting of Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne tonight and only three others present; Micheál MacGiobúin, Doncha Ó Conchúir and Gearóid Ó Brosnacháin..

The main discussion related to an offer by Paudie Fitzgerald to OCD to restore the old watermill at the timber mill. It seems that the mill race, which ran for about a mile before reaching the mill, has been removed or filled in and permission to re-open it would have to be sought from the landowners before any work could begin .It would be nice to see it all restored but it could be very costly.

Tuesday, March 5.

Letter from the RNLI thanking the Brendan Festival committee for the recent donation of £25.
Meeting of the festival committee in Benners Hotel tonight which started at 9pm and ended at midnight. Far too long. A lot of time was wasted on discussions about a beer-drinking contest and a wet t-shirt contest. Thankfully, both ideas were dropped.

Wednesday, March 6.

Letter from Sean McGrail at the Maritime Museum in London asking for the negatives relating to the currach built by Eddie Hutch for the Gdansk Museum.
Went to the presbytery at 8.30 pm and met the newly formed youth club ‘magazine committee’. They are: Jennifer and Karen O’Leary, (Sgt O’Leary’s daughters) Irene Flannery, Maria Granville, Christine Sweeney and Gráinne Sheehy. We discussed possible content and a name. This wasn’t resolved but ‘The Dingle Review’ was a strong candidate.

Friday, March 8.

Went to a meeting of the Tomás Ashe committee in the Lispole Hall at 8.30 pm. We discussed the proposed commemorative plaque for the patriot’s birthplace in Kinard. Also, to get Brian de Staic to produce 3 medals. One gold for President Hillery, who will be invited to a day of commemoration in July, and a silver and bronze medal for the winners of an essay competition.
Went to the Hillgrove at 10.30 pm for the Kerry Kidney Unit dance. The place was deserted until after the pubs closed. The band was called Jumbalya and £750 collected at the door.

Sunday, March 10.

Went out rowing with the Doonshean canoe and crew after lunch. There wasn’t enough water at the pier to launch her so we went out from the beach at the Skellig Hotel. The harbour was very shallow and we had to pull carefully until we got to the outer channel. The wind kept us busy.
One of the oars was borrowed and should have been thrown overboard. We pulled back to Clooshmore and back to the Skellig by 4pm.


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