About The Díseart, Dingle Co.Kerry
Guided by a Board of Directors and set up as a non-profit making organisation, Díseart opened and began employing permanent staff in 1999, with the aid of initial Government support through Údarás na Gaeltachta. The board includes Fr.Seamus Mac Sithigh (Cathaoirleach/Chairman), Dr. Tadhg Ó Dúshlaine, Isabel Bennett, Seámus Ó Fiannachta, an tSúir Máire de Bhál, Evelyn Maguire, Máire Uí Shíthigh, Pádraig Firtéar, Risteard Mac Liam, Pádraig Ó Foghlú and Joan Maguire. Situated in An Daingean, the largest Gaeltacht town in Ireland.
Board of Directors
The project has evolved from the enthusiasm of a group of individuals who believe that Ireland should have a centre which would focus on the academic study and research of Irish culture and spirituality and which would publish and disseminate the results. One of these people, Professor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta (RIP), has undertaken a great deal of research into these areas and is well known and respected amongst the academic and religious community. His close relationship with the Sisters of the Presentation Convent and the proposed reduction in the size of that Order's presence in Dingle and its teaching commitment resulted in a unique invitation from the Order. This resulted in a long-term lease on the convent and environs to be used as a research, spiritual, educational and cultural facility.
Aims Of An Díseart
- Study & Research into Irish, spiritual and cultural heritage, including the following: Irish Literature, Early and Late, Irish Spirituality.
- Increase awareness of this heritage by courses, lectures, publications.
- Provide courses for local community in our rich heritage.
- Encouraging art and developing the aesthetic sense by firstly appreciating the beauty of nature in this environment. Providing opportunity to admire and wonder outstanding examples of the visual arts. E.g. Harry Clarke Windows, Nano Nagle Murals, The Last Supper Fresco and of the Tree of Life Garden.
- Welcome art exhibitions, concerts, workshops and retreats.
Located in this peaceful haven on Green Street, Dingle, Díseart now occupies a magnificent, stately 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 gardens are in three parts the top two parts have been developed according to a plan made by Mary Reynolds. Click here to view of new plans for the Garden.