Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Dingle or An Daingean? Why not both?

I see that in the campaign to decide the name of Dingle in Co Kerry, residents of the town are displaying car stickers with the cliché: 'If it aint broken, why fix it?' in Irish in support of changing the title from An Daingean back to English.

Kerry County Council will hold a referendum in the area by the end of the year when locals will vote on the controversial name change.

The story has even crossed the Atlantic where it made the front page of the New York Times.

Why does it have to be one or the other? Why not go down the bilingual route? That way, everybody's happy.

I'd probably refer to it as 'Dingle' myself but I'm not sure what the locals would refer to it as...


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