Dingle name campaign gets tuneful backing The Kerryman (Dingle in the News) 6/6/2006
THE on-going Dingle/An Daingean controversy has seen two further developments in recent weeks. In one, the council has decided to press ahead with a postal plebiscite. The second is the arrival of a campaign song to boost support for the name ‘Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis’.
The plebiscite has been welcomed locally because it includes a much wider voting base than the limited townland of Dingle which was the council’s original decision. The postal ballot papers will be sent out on October 9 and must be returned by October 19.
The song features on a CD and is being promoted by the group behind the retention of the name Dingle.
“We’ve produced a thousand of these and they’re available in local record shops. The song was played on RTE Radio One this week and we’re hoping to have it distributed to other stations as well,”Fergus O’Flaherty told The Kerryman.
There are two tracks on the CD - the main one being Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúise Abú and the second track features the Dingle Fife and Drum Band playing one of their best known tunes ‘Old Comrades’. According to the CD notes this tune has been heard on the streets of the town for ther past 100 years.
The main track was composed and arranged by the members of the group Slaudeen which includes Fergus O’Flaherty,Mike Dowd and Tom Lynch.
The musical accompaniment features local musicians and the CD costs €10. Proceeds will go towards promoting the local campaign.
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