[Ir. An Daingean, the fortress]
peninsula, c.100 square miles in west Co. Kerry, stretching from Tralee and the Sliab Mis [Slieve Mish] mountains to the most westerly point in Ireland. The peninsula is also known as Corcaguiney [ModIr. Corca Dhuibhne], after a powerful early population, the Corcu Duibne, while the name Dingle also applies to a substantial town (pop. 4,000) on the south coast and to Dingle Bay, south of the peninsula. Dingle is often perceived to be one of the most Irish parts of Ireland, containing one of the last Irish-speaking (Gaeltacht) areas and a multitude of megalithic and early historic remains. Dingle was the home of the great hero Cú Roí and is the locale of many early Irish narratives, e.g. Cath Fionntrágha, set in Ventry harbour. The Witch of Dingle was said to be a sister of the Cailleach Bhéire.