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Ireland: Tourists Can’t Find Dingle without Road Signs

By Larry Habegger | Permalink | No Comments | April 4th, 2007 | Trackback

The Dingle Peninsula is a government-protected Irish-speaking (Gaelic) region in County Kerry, but sometimes such protections can create problems for the unwary. Recently a group of small businesses in the town of Dingle conducted a survey to see if tourists were having trouble finding the town because it is listed on road signs as An Daingean, an abbreviation of the town’s Gaelic name of Daingean Uí Chúis. It turned out that 84 percent of tourists who came here over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend nearly missed the town, and 95 percent knew the town only as Dingle, not as An Daingean. Not surprisingly, ninety-four percent recommended that the road signs include town names in both English and Irish.

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