About Dingle Community
Camphill Community Dingle is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland in a quiet rural location just a few miles out of Dingle town.
In 1993-1994 a group of parents and friends got together to form an initiative group to invite Camphill to Dingle. 10 years of meetings, fundraising, visits and talks followed and the 44 acres of land were bought.
In the autumn of 2004, a group of co-workers moved to Dingle to start building up a community.The land itself had only a tumbled down shed on it and though we now plan to move to the land, and have planning permission for the first purpose built house and outline planning permission for 3 others and for a small hall and workshop, we had to find other accommodation in the mean time.
Since then 3 rented houses have been found within walking distance of the land. And the community has grown to 15 - 20 people. We have built up the stone shed into a food processing work shop, office and some accommodation and have also build up a weaving workshop, candle workshop, garden shed, poly tunnels and farm building.
Living away from the land has been a positive experience, we have got to know our neighbours and the local community really well and we are often overwhelmed by the enormous amount of goodwill, practical help and advice and financial help we are getting.
Our farm for example was stocked up by our neighbours and without the local support we would not have a farm building.
Both land work and crafts play a big part in our working life. We produce most of the food we consume and our crafts are sold at the weekly market and at craft fairs.
Living in an area where arts and crafts are very alive has been very enriching for the community. Local artists come in to offer workshops and we enjoy and take part in the many drama performances, music sessions, exhibitions, and festivals.
Camphill Community Dingle is situated in a Gaeltacht area, which means that Irish is the first language. Though our community is English speaking, we are trying to learn a bit of Irish.