Dingle Peninsula Creativity Competition

Dingle Peninsula Creativity Competition

Businesses and locals have shown such community spirit in these unprecedented times.  A time where the fear of the unknown has unfortunately affected everyone in ways in which we could have never predicted. It is well known that the Dingle Peninsula depend heavily on seasonal work & business. These crazy times have led to a great amount of pressure on small businesses alike. Strong characters throughout the peninsula suddenly feel weak but are promptly uplifted by the kindest of gestures from the locals. Local sporting teams, who once were sporting rivals  are now a united army , showing support for the most vulnerable in our communities. These times have made people shine, things we’ve taken for granted, now feel so valuable. If we have a bad day, we have to remember that this is only temporary. If we work together while working apart, we ensure that someone special isn’t missing at future gatherings. Thank you to every business who has given a prize for this competition. Living or working on the peninsula is such a blessing . This is why we want to give back to YOU, our friends near & far! ‘The world is closed for renovation, GRAND reopening coming soon’. Stay Hopeful.

What can I do to enter these competitions? 

We want you to stay at home & create something that reflects your love for the Dingle Peninsula, embrace our culture, our humor, our community, our businesses, our scenery, the Irish language, whatever you see fits. This is open to your unique interpretation of the Dingle Peninsula.

The overall prize is worth over €1,000 along with additional prizes in each category, for those u18, for Facebook ‘Like & Share’ entries. Every submission of creativity will automatically be entered into a draw for a prize bundle.  

Categories include;

  • Art & Crafts (must be original with photo/ video submission),
  • Song (must be original with audio/ video submission),
  • Poetry (must be original with audio/ video submission),
  • Photography (must be own work with photo submission).

All entries under the age of 18 will be in with a chance to win the amazing family bumper packages! Each entrant under the age of 18 MUST get parental/guardian permission. 

There is a possibility your entry will be used on social media or media platforms for advertising the peninsula in the future. Please read all terms & conditions.

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED – WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 1st


GET CREATIVE! STAY HOPEFUL! We want you to WIN The GIFT OF THE DINGLE PENINSULA!! 

The below prize will be awarded to the best submission overall for Creativity, Originality & Effort (Over 18’s)

Total Prize valued over €1,000

  • The overall winner will win a 2-night stay for 2 persons in the luxurious, award winning, boutique style B&B, Greenmount Guesthouse. It is set on an elevated position, giving spectacular, panoramic views across Dingle Bay
  • You will enjoy a meal for 2 persons in the beautiful Solas Restaurant, where you will experience an innovative and unique menu along with a complimentary bottle of wine.
  • Enjoy some of the finest dining at Dingle’s Boatyard Restaurant which offers a view like no other of Dingle Marina with a €50 voucher. The restaurant & bar allows you to soak up the unique character & atmosphere of Dingle Town.
  • You will experience the exhilarating, breath-taking, majestic coastline of Dingle Bay with Dingle Sea Safari (valued at €110). The tour is very personal & your captain will have great knowledge of our rugged coastline. 
  • Explore the peninsula with a delicious picnic thanks to Mark in The Little Cheese Shop. With a fabulous collection of Irish and International food offerings, you won’t be left hungry. 
  • The winner will receive a €150 voucher for La Bohème Dingle. A charming boutique that provides contemporary stylish clothing to women of all ages. It has gradually grown into what is now regarded as one of Kerry’s leading boutiques.
  • You will receive a Sterling Silver Saoirse pendant creation from Ireland’s leading goldsmith Brian de Staic Jewellers worth €135. In Brian de Staic’s they keep the traditional way of making jewellery.
  • You will be gifted a high-fired stoneware handmade Louis Mulachy Pottery Lamp worth over €300. The pottery they provide is exclusively designed and comes in a range of striking lustrous glazes.
  • You will win 2 adult entries to Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium – Where the Sea Comes to Life. Mara Beo is currently Ireland’s largest aquarium, creating memories for a lifetime. 

The below prize will be awarded to the best photography submission  (Over 18’s)

  • You will enjoy a 2 night stay for 2 persons to the value of €250 at Dunlavin located on the hillside overlooking Dingle Harbour. 
  • A voucher worth €50 for The Fish Box Dingle. Experience one of the freshest and finest family run businesses on the peninsula. Famous for their ‘Tide to Table’ dishes, catching and cooking all their produce.
  • You will be gifted a €50 voucher for Bean in Dingle. Try some hand roasted coffee and delicious homemade cakes. If you haven’t ‘Bean’ there you’re missing out. Another fantastic family run business to support. 
  • Receive a bottle of whiskey from the famous Dick Mack’s pub. A whiskey lovers haven – with very knowledgeable service.  This pub is a magical place full of character & stories.  
  • Capture further beautiful images effortlessly exploring the majestic peninsula with a 1 day electric Bike hire for 2 persons thanks to Adrian at The Mountain Man/ Rothaí. A day to remember!
  • Take home a stunning Walsh’s Pharmacy Hamper. In these unprecedented times Claire and her team have been on the front-line with a continuous smile and positive attitude. We all thank you!! 

The below prize will be awarded to the best Art & Crafts submission  (Over 18’s)

  • Receive a 1 night- stay in the award winning luxurious Dingle Skellig Hotel with breakfast for 2 people sharing. This includes full use of leisure club and spa facilities including outdoor hot tub, overlooking Dingle Bay.
  • Win a Sea Kayak or Sunset Kayak Trip for 2 persons with the very talented and entertaining Irish Adventures. Creating memories that will last a lifetime. Noel & his team provide a knowledgeable & enjoyable experience. 
  • You will receive a €50 gift card which is redeemable at Paudie’s Bar & Dingle Bay Hotel. ‘Whatever your reason for visiting Paudie’s Bar, you won’t find it hard to think of a reason to go back’.
  • Win a ‘Bumbóg’ limited addition print from the very talented & unique Elouise Flannery. Her work always brightens people’s days. An asset to the Dingle community.
  • You will be gifted a handmade and decorated jug made locally from The Dingle Pottery. Heidi O‘Neil is a very talented & gifted lady. Her work will leave a lasting impression.
  • Take home a €25 voucher for Uisce Saddlery. Crafting handmade leather goods from belts to wallets and key rings Elaine has something for everybody. 

The below prize will be awarded to the best Song submission  (Over 18’s)

  • Receive a 1-night stay for 2 persons at Dingle Benner’s Hotel, an intimate boutique hotel in the heart of Dingle town. With a standing history of warm welcomes & award winning food, you can explore the town & surrounding area at your own pace.
  • You will win an early-bird dinner (3 courses) for 2 persons with a bottle of house wine from Fenton’s Restaurant which is one of the best loved restaurants in Kerry. Enjoy ingredients which are locally sourced and cooked to perfection.
  • Unleash your spirit of adventure with Dingle Boat Tours with a Blasket Island Sea Life Rib Tour  for 2 persons valued at €100. Discover the peninsula from the sea. 
  • Receive a €50 voucher for the award winning Beauty Lounge located on Orchard Lane. Marie & Sinéad will greet you with the warmest welcome & the most professional treatment/ service.
  • You will be gifted a beautiful quirky & unique jewellery piece handmade by the amazingly talented Kelly Marie located on Green St.
  • You will receive a hamper of fresh Fruit & Wine from the fantastic Kingdom Fresh. Seán & his team provide some of the best services and finest fruit & veg on the peninsula.
  • Receive a family Ticket to Tinteán Ceoil music evening located on the northern side of the peninsula. Tínteán Ceoil extend a ‘céad míle fáilte’ to one and all. Gather together to an evening of storytelling & song to pass the night away. Bothántaíocht at its best.

The below prize will be awarded to the best poetry submission  (Over 18’s)

  • A 1 night stay at An Riasc Bed & Breakfast. This stunning location is nestled between Mount Brandon and the Wild Atlantic Ocean. Denise and Diarmuid’s An Riasc B&B offers visitors a unique holiday experience in an intimate and enchanting atmosphere. 
  • Experience a hidden Gem for food lovers at Thyme Out, on Dykegate Lane. Try some of Brenda’s homemade plant based goodness while enjoying natures offerings in a stunning garden.
  • You will receive an Image Skin Care Facial from one of Dingle’s Finest & Award winning beauticians ‘Pure Beauty’. Prepare to be treated like a queen/ King. Elaine & her team go above & beyond to make your experience relaxing & enjoyable.
  • A voucher for Green Fees (or equivalent in Bar/ Restaurant) at the peninsula’s 18 Holed Ceann Sibéal Golf Course. Designed by Eddie Hackett and Christy O’Connor Jnr with undulating fairways only interrupted by its meandering stream or ‘burn’ which comes into play on 13 of the 18 classic holes.
  • An escape for 2 persons off-road with Sea View Equestrian where you will be warmly invited to experience the beautiful and peaceful corner of the Dingle Peninsula horseback. 

The below prize will be awarded to the best under 18 years of age submission 

U18’s – Family Bumper Pack 1

  • Win a 2-night stay for 4 persons in the beautiful Milestone House’s ‘Brandon Suite’ Self catering Accommodation. This elegant suite has dramatic 360 views of Dingle Harbour & Mount Brandon.
  • Enjoy a fabulous family day out at Oceanworld Aquarium for 2 adults & 2 children – Where the Sea Comes to Life.
  • Experience an amazing adventure with Dingle Dolphin Boats – 2 adults & 2 children. Fungi is waiting to say a big hello, so hop on their boat and go with the flow.
  • Dingle Shuttle Bus – 2.5 hour Slea Head Tour for 4 persons. There is no one that can tell you more about the peninsula than the locals. You will leave Dingle with the best of local knowledge.
  • Receive a family Ticket to Tinteán Ceoil music evening located on the northern side of the peninsula. Tínteán Ceoil extend a ‘céad míle fáilte’ to one and all. Gather together to an evening of storytelling & song to pass the night away. Bothántaíocht at its best.
  • Receive a voucher worth €75 for Quinn’s Bar. A family run bar with delicious food situated in the picturesque village of Ventry. 
  • You will receive a ‘Kool Scoops’ voucher worth €20. Kool Scoops will give you the warmest welcome and a delicious ice cream experience. 
  • You will be gifted a voucher to the value of €50 to Garvey’s Sports & Leisure Shop which caters for all ages. The Garvey’s family are a massive supporter of the wider Dingle community.
  • Don’t let work keep you from visiting Dingle, the Dingle Hub has gifted you a Hot-Desk pass for 5 days worth €100. 

The below prize will be awarded to the 2nd place of under 18 years of age submission 

U18’s – Family Bumper Pack 2

  • Voucher for 2 Adults & 2 children to hand make a pot at one of Ireland’s leading Potteries Louis Mulcahy. The prize winner will also receive a tour of the workshop along with lunch at the pottery’s cafe. Package valued at €200.
  • A breathtaking tour of Slea Head Drive with Liston’s Bus Tours kindly sponsored by Sacred Heart University Dingle. Embrace all the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Ocean and the West Kerry mountains.
  • Enjoy some of Dingle’s famous handmade Murphy’s Ice Cream. Choose from flavours such as Dingle Sea Salt or Kieran’s Cookies. ‘Ice Cream that knows where it’s coming from’ – Naturally, Locally & Truthfully made!
  • Meet Fungi the dolphin on a one hour adventure with Dingle Boat Tours. You will create memories to last a life time with one of Dingle’s best known residents Fungi the Dolphin.
  • Savour the Maharees with a €50 voucher for Spillane’s Family run business. Providing a warm friendly welcome with food to match the stunning location. 
  • Enjoy a fabulous family day out at Oceanworld Aquarium for 2 adults & 2 children – Where the Sea Comes to Life.

All submitted creative entries will be entered into a raffle to receive the following prize bundle;

  • A 2 night stay for 2 in John Benny’s Self Catering accommodation located on the harbour front. Enjoy stunning music, food and local beer at a local’s gem. 
  • A painting valued at €100 sponsored by the scenic Tig Áine on Slea Head. Enjoy lunch and views like you have never experienced before. 
  • Receive a voucher worth €75 for Quinn’s Bar. A family run bar with delicious food situated in the picturesque village of Ventry. 
  • Savour a taste of Italy in Dingle thanks to Little Italy with a voucher for 2 persons – 2x 9″ Pizza & Soft Drinks
  • Receive a €25 voucher for The Junction Bar & Restaurant in Camp. The Fitzgerald family and their staff will ensure you leave satisfied and planning your return trip.
  • Enjoy a fabulous family day out at Oceanworld Aquarium for 2 adults & 2 children – Where the Sea Comes to Life.

The winner of the ‘Like & Share’ competition on Facebook will receive the following prize;

  • You will enjoy a private charter boat trip to see Dingle’s most famous resident Fungi for max 10 persons provided by the fantastic Dingle Boat Tours. (1 group outing ONLY)
  • You will receive admission for 10 persons into Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium-Where the Sea Comes to Life (1 group outing ONLY)
  • A Dick Mack’s Brewery Tour for 10 people of your choice. Enjoy some tastings of their finest craft beer along with great ‘craic’ provided by the very entertaining brew house team. Discover a grain to glass experience (1 group outing ONLY)
  • Feast yourself with a Reel Dingle Fish voucher worth €80. Try one of the best ‘plaices’ in Dingle for Fish & Chips. Mark & his team will greet you with the warmest welcome.

Sponsors

Skellig HotelMountain ManThyme Out CaféDingle Bay Hotel
Benners HotelDingle Shuttle BusDingle HubFish Box Dingle
Greenmount HouseSHU / John ListonMurphy’s Ice CreamDingle Golf Links – Ceann Sibéal
Milestone HouseIrish AdventureLa BohemeComharchumann FLT
An Riasc B&BWalsh’s PharmacyJunction Bar CampSpillane’s Bar & Restaurant
Dunlavin B&BKingdom FreshQuinn’s PubGarvey’s Sports & Leisure
John Benny Self CateringKelly Marie JewelleryKool-ScoopsBoatyard Restaurant
Sea SafariElousie FlanneryPure BeautyBean in Dingle
Dingle Dolphin BoatsDingle PotteryThe Beauty LoungeDick Mack’s Pub & Brewhouse
Dingle Boat ToursTigh ÁineReel Dingle FishBrian De Staic Jewellers
Louis Mulcahy PotterySolas RestaurantUisce SaddleryThe Little Cheese Shop
Dingle Oceanworld AquariumFenton’s RestaurantLittle Italy RestaurantSea View Equestrian