N86 protest march -7th February

road1Following an objection by An Taisce to the continued upgrading of the N86 a protest march is being planned for Saturday February 7th in Annascaul.

Please spread the word and encourage those in favour to come out and support the march.
Secondly we are asking people to join a campaign requesting An Taise to withdraw their objection, anyone interested can email; publicaffairs@antaisce.org Ref John Hartnett, Charles Stanley Smith, asking that An Taisce withdraws its request for a judicial review – for the sake of those who live and work on the peninsula and have guarded its heritage and respected its environment from the dawn of civilization

An Taisce challenges contentious upgrade of the scenic N86 Dingle Route
14th January 2015
Press Release
On January 13th 2015, An Taisce was granted leave to Judicially Review An Bord Pleanála’s November 2014 decision, to grant permission for the N86 Dingle to Annascaul & Gortbreagoge to Camp Road Improvement Scheme (Note 1).

The route is renowned for its scenic quality, natural and built heritage; including prehistoric features. In summary: the scheme proposes to widen the road and add cycle lanes resulting in a wide range of environmental impacts, including visual landscape impacts.

An Taisce’s challenge to this decision of the Board to grant permission is based on the Board’s failure to fulfil obligations under the EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive (Note 2). The case is due to return to the court in March.

This is the second time that this scheme has been judicially reviewed. Kerry County Council challenged an earlier decision by An Bord Pleanála in Sep 2013 to refuse the same scheme. That challenge resulted in the Board’s decision being quashed and remitted to the Board in April 2014. On revisiting the same scheme again, this time the Board granted permission and this latest decision is now under challenge by An Taisce.

John Harnett, Chair of An Taisce commenting on the challenge said:

“The impact of this development proposal on this most scenic route into the world-renowned Dingle peninsula, so rich in its natural and built heritage is of concern to An Taisce. In particular, the manner in which the assessment of this scheme has been compromised by carving an original schemed of 32 km up into chunks and the failure then to rectify omissions in the assessment of the whole 32 km scheme, is key among our reasons for bringing this challenge.”
He continued

“An Taisce is concerned with the precedent here in subverting the objectives and obligations of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive, which requires the assessment of projects as a whole to be assessed by the Competent Authority, in this case – An Bord Pleanála.

The EIA directive is such an important instrument to us all for ensuring the environmental impacts of development are assessed properly in order to inform the whole consent procedure, and to address necessary environmental mitigation and protections as necessary.

An Taisce is seeking to uphold the law in order to protect our shared heritage”


Santa is coming to Annascaul today….

We are getting ready for the arrival of Santa in Annascaul Village today…


Christmas Market and Craft Fair at Annascaul Community Centre 1-6 p.m.
Santa will be present 2-5 pm
Live music by Noreen Ashe
Tea/coffee, mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cake.
Craft fair with lots of gifts, handmade cards, stocking fillers etc.

Ballinclare Fair Day: Sunday 5 October

Annascaul Sheep & Horse Fair

Sunday 5th of October

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Sheep show @ 1pm, in front of Hanafins Bar Annascaul

  • Best Texel Ram
  • Best Suffolk Ram
  • Best Scotch-       Ram Lamb
    –       Yearling Ram
    –       Aged Ram
    –       Pin of 3 Ewe Lambs
  • Best Horse on the Day
  • Best Dressed Farmer on the Day
  • Best Dressed Lady on the Day
  • King & Queen of Annascaul
  • Mutton Pies Sold In The Local Bars
  • Pet Show & Competition Hanafins Bar
  • Treasure Hunt @ 4 pm Church Grounds
  • Bouncing Castle South Pole Inn Annascaul
  • Music in the South Pole Inn @ 3pm with Colin O’ Mahony
  • Music with Dermot Kelly @ 8pm@ Teac Seáin Bar & BnB
  • Disco with DJ Nat @ 9.30pm @Hanafins Bar

The heart of the Dingle Peninsula: the village of Annascaul lies among mountains, lakes and streams and is surrounded by history and beauty.