An Díseart acts as the centre for a lively community giving expression to and promoting Celtic Culture and Spirituality as an integral part of our local heritage.
Housed in the former Presentation Convent premises in Dingle/Daingean Uí Chúis. Founded in 1998, An Díseart developed as a centre for research into all areas of Irish Spirituality and Celtic Culture including theology, language, literature, art, laws, folklore, values, spirituality, history, music, archaeology and customs led by the late Msgr Padraig Ó Fiannachta and associated with his valuable collection of manuscripts and books now housed in the Dingle Library.
Located in this peaceful haven on Green Street, Dingle, An Díseart occupies a neo-gothic building designed by JJ McCarthy. Described as “breathtaking”, “magnificent” and “a national treasure”, by some of its visitors, the building is home to a beautifully proportioned chapel in which can be found twelve lancet windows created in 1924 by one of the foremost stained glass artists of all time, Harry Clarke. The windows, along with the tranquil walled gardens, first laid out in 1849, have become a popular attraction for the many visitors in Dingle.
The Blasket Centre
With stunning views of the wild Atlantic coast and islands at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive, the Blasket Centre is a fascinating heritage and cultural centre/ museum, honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.
After re-opened on June 28th 2022 after a major refurbishment the centre offers a total transformation of the exhibitions to deliver an authentic, and imaginative re-telling of the story of the Blasket islands, their rich heritage and their literature which is of national and international significance.
Dingle Skellig Hotel
The Dingle Skellig Hotel was built on the site of the Coastguard Station in Dingle which was burned down in 1922. The hotel was newly constructed and first opened its doors on July 14th 1968, and was officially launched on September 25th 1968.
The Hotel was the first Gaeltacht Hotel to be built under a new policy the Department of the Gaeltacht introduced for the development of tourism in Gaeltacht areas. The grant support of the hotel stipulated the hiring of Irish speakers and the use of Irish in signage and advertising. Much of the advertising of the time for the hotel included the fact that the hotel was the first Irish speaking Grade A hotel in the Gaeltacht as well as being the only one of its kind in Ireland.
Beehive Studio, originally a TV studio, was converted in 2002 by Dingle’s Beehive Theatre Company into a black box performance venue. From this scenic location overlooking Dingle harbour, numerous professional and community based events encompassing theatre, music, dance and film, and conducted youth and adult training workshops covering all aspects of the performance arts, have been produced.