ABOUT THE PROJECT.
It is proposed that the Health Services Executive (HSE) transfer the former Dingle Hospital and Workhouse building and adjoining lands into the ownership of Udaras na Gaeltachta (UnG), subject to the agreement between both parties, the finalisation of an investment and development plan and the identification of funding sources (public, community and private funds). UnG would then lease the building and site to a local company limited by guarantee (CLG) or a Designated Activity Company (DAC), re-develop the building as a multi-use community building which would include the below elements:
Dingle Creativity and innovation Hub, based on extending the existing successful MolTeic. (Dingle Hub) and providing offices (in addition to single desks) for companies wishing to base themselves in Dingle, along with facilities for education, training, online education and webcasting;
Visitor Experience which would include an orientation and overview of the visitor experience on the Dingle Peninsula and specific indoor and outdoor visitor experiences, including one drawing upon the Dingle/Corca Dhuibhne Timeline, the maritime story of Dingle, the former Dingle Workhouse, the diaspora and a National Folklore Collection.
Community facilities for education and training (including online facilities), for arts, theatre,
music and community events, particularly the use of the large former chapel and adjoining
area in the building.
Transition Dingle Peninsula/Corca Dhuibhne 2030 – an unique experience of what might be involved in the Transition of the Dingle Peninsula to a Low Carbon Society by 2030.
Other possible uses that would be in harmony with the overall plan for the building and the site and, in an effort to enhance the attractiveness of the location for people to work in the Dingle Hub, possibly including some accommodation for those working on site.