About Us / Fúinn

Who We Are?

Dingle Lit is a community based non-profit festival that strives to bring the joy of reading and writing to as many people of all ages as possible. Dingle Lit is the idea of an enthusiastic volunteer group of book lovers on the Dingle Peninsula.  

Festival Director: Sheila O’Reilly 
Contact: info@dinglelit.ie 


Carlo Gébler B.A. NFTS, PHD Adjunct Professor in Creative Writing, Trinity College, Dublin, member of Aosdána.
Mary Black, singer and author of her autobiography Down the Crooked Road in 2015.
Mícheál de Mórdha, former director of The Blasket Centre, author and broadcaster.

The Team Making This Happen

There is a vastly experienced team behind this idea. The team consists of:

  • Festival Director: Sheila O’Reilly. A book industry professional for over 35 years, Sheila owned award winning bookshops in South London. She was a member of Booksellers Association Management Council and is now a business mentor for independent bookshops on behalf of the BA.
  • Peter McKay. A publishing professional of over 40 years, Peter worked at board level for Thomson Reuters, Elsevier and latterly the CEO of The Publishing Training Centre for seven years.
  • Camilla Dinkel, owner of The Dingle Bookshop and founder of Ponc Press. A resident on the Dingle Peninsula for over 20 years, Camilla is a fluent Irish speaker.
  • Siobhán Prendergast. A publishing professional for 30 years, she founded her own company, Dingle Publishing Services five years ago. Siobhán is a fluent Irish speaker and a well-known figure on the Peninsula.
  • Nicholas McLachlan is a writer and teacher of poetry and fiction. For fifteen years from 1995-2010 he was director of Dingle Writing Courses.
  • Debbi Lewang is a Certified Public Accountant who specialises in not-for-profit accounting. She holds a Master’s of Not-for-Profit Leadership degree from Seattle University. She has worked for various arts organisations including the Seattle Art Museum and the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
  • Deanna O’Connor is an award-winning magazine editor who now freelances for corporate clients, working from the inspiring office space at Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub. She also writes regularly for the Sunday Business Post. She is the founder of The Speak Up Club, a social enterprise working to empower women as leaders in business and the community.
  • Mia Colleran is an award-winning bookseller and writer who has worked at numerous book festivals. She was a Press Officer at Hay Festival 2019 and reviews books for The Irish Times. Mia is a fluent Irish speaker. In 2019 Mia was a winner of James Patterson’s Young Bookseller Special Achievement Award.
  • Irene Ní Fhlannúra is a Nutritional Therapist and owns Ré Nua Natural Health and Wellness centre in Dingle. She writes for magazines about nutrition, health and wellbeing and has been a feature writer for West & Mid Kerry Live Magazine for over 10 years.

The website header and Dingle Lit logo were designed by Ann Moore. Many thanks for this key contribution.

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Dingle Lit Company Limited by Guarantee, Carrigeen, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Dingle Lit is a company limited by guarantee and is a not-for-profit arts organisation. Directors of the company and organisers of the festival volunteer their service free of charge. See Memorandum and Articles of Association HERE.

Registered Number: 652769
Dingle Lit Company Limited by Guarantee is trading as Dingle Lit

Sheila O’Reilly – appointed 2019
Debbie Lewang – appointed 2019

Dingle Lit Company is governed by a voluntary board of Directors and is committed to good governance.

Dingle Lit Company keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements. Latest statement will be available after the festival accounts have been finalised.

Dingle Lit Company is open, honest and fully transparent in their fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting annual literary festivals for both adults and children.

All complaints, comments and feedback can be addressed to: Ms Sheila O’Reilly, Carrigeen, Ballyferriter West, Tralee Co. Kerry Tel: 085 867 8955 or by email to info@dinglelit.ie

Registered Address: Carrigeen, Ballyferriter West, Co Kerry V92 KX38 

Registered in Ireland Number: 652769
Click here to read our Constitution and Memorandum of Articles 

Children First

Dingle Lit’s safety policy is compliant with Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017 and the Children First Act 2015. A copy can be found here

Terms and conditions


Ticketsource provides the ticketing system to Dingle Lit events

Latecomers may be asked to wait until a suitable break in the performance before they can enter the auditorium. If there is no suitable break, latecomers may not be admitted.

Ticket Exchanges and Refunds
Once booked, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded. For more information, please call our Box Office on +353 (0)85 867 8955

Legal Information

Dingle Lit Company Limited is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in Ireland (No 652769) with its registered office at Carrigeen, Ballyferriter West, Tralee, County Kerry.

The ticket holder assumes all risk of injury and all responsibility for property lost, destroyed or stolen, destruction or theft, and releases the promoters from all liability thereafter.

All offers are subject to availability, and all information is correct at the time of going to print. Management reserves the right to change the cast or performance in the event of any unforeseen circumstances. These terms and conditions do not affect your statutory rights.

Dingle Lit Company Copyright Policy
Dingle Lit Company reserves the right to refuse admission or to remove persons on the grounds of public safety. All presentations, debates, interviews, contributions and like events produced and presented during Dingle Lit Company events by authors, contributors and from live events shall be the copyright of Dingle Lit Company unless specifically otherwise agreed beforehand. In participating or speaking in any event organised by Dingle Lit Company, whether as a presenter, speaker, contributor or attendee, you are granting to Dingle Lit Company the copyright of the same and, without prejudice to the foregoing, the exclusive right to film, record, print, publish, broadcast, reproduce, sell, distribute, translate the same without fee or licence.

Dingle Lit’s Privacy Policy

At Dingle Lit Company, we are committed to ensuring the privacy of our customers, volunteers, members and supporters. This Privacy Policy describes how we use your personal information. This policy may change occasionally so please check this statement from time to time.

Full details HERE