How do the people of Corca Dhuibhne feel about the impact of the growth in tourism on their community?

An cabhair nó mhalairt é an turasóireacht i nGaeltacht Chorca Dhuibhne?

Tourists are flocking to the Dingle Peninsula, the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht in particular, enjoying its beautiful beaches, majestic scenery, the peace and tranquility of the west Kerry coast, and an abundance of archaeological sites.

Footfall through the village of Baile an Fheirtéaraigh (Ballyferriter) the largest village in the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht rivals that of any town during the summer months, and the pubs do a brisk trade in the evenings.

They are definitely a different type of tourist compared to those who came here in the early days, says retired folklore collector and teacher Seosamh Ó Dálaigh. There is no arguing that the local economy has benefited,

Fágann sé sin go bhfuil na daoine níos neamhspleáiche iontú féin ná mar a bhíodar.

And even though visitors are not coming here to learn the language, they are not doing any damage to it, maintains Mollaí Ní Chonchubhair,

Tá feabhas mór curtha ar an áit seo nuar a thosnaíodar ag teacht ann.

The region has summer colleges for secondary school students, but in the past it was mainly adults who came here to learn the Irish language and absorb distinctive aspects of Gaeltacht culture. Nowadays holidaymakers view Corca Dhuibhne as they would any other holiday destination, maintains Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh,

Níl siad sásta is doigh liom a thuilleadh aon phioc don chultúr a phiocadh suas.

Bertie Ó Nuanáin is the manager of Dún an Óir hotel and holiday village in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh which is fully booked for the season.

The holiday homes in particular are popular with Irish families and guests are packed into the hotel’s bar for the nightly traditional music sessions. Bertie Ó Nuanáin’s venture has received a lot of support from the local community as,

Tugann sé ana-chuid daoine isteach sa cheantar, agus mór mhór Éireannaigh nach raibh riamh sa Ghaeltacht cheana.

The conduct of young people holidaying here with friends is another issue altogether, and there is too much focus on alcohol maintains Domhnall Ó Catháin. This is echoed by Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh who would like to see more of a continental style of socialising,

Ní chífeá éinne sa tír seo ag ól coffee.

This report for 'Pobal’ was broadcast on 30 October 1976. The reporter is Breandán Ó hEithir.

'Pobal' was a magazine-style programme in Irish, covering issues from all over Ireland, except for politics. According to a preview published in the RTÉ Guide on 24 September 1976, 'Pobal' would deal with "gach uile ghné de shaol na muintire, ach amháin an pholaitíocht, náisiúnta ná áitiúil. Beidh greann ann agus beidh ceol ann agus beidh míreanna eolais ann." 'Pobal' also took a particular interest in the arts. It was presented by Breandán Ó hÉithir and went out on Saturday nights. It ran for one season from 2 October 1976, until it was amalgamated with 'Next Stop' and 'Spot On' to create 'PM' in autumn 1977.