Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne was established in 1967 to enhance the social, economic and cultural life of the community. The Corca Dhuibhne Peninsula, the most northerly Peninsula in Co. Kerry has the largest Gaeltacht community in Munster.
Since 1967 the Comharchumann has an active role in the economic development of the Peninsula acting on behalf of its shareholders and the community of Corca Dhuibhne.
Since establishment the Comharchumann are seeking opportunities from the natural resources in the area in order to create opportunities of income and employment.
In the 1960’s emphasis was directed on the fishing and agriculture industries. It was the Comharchumann’s policy to direct attention on the needs of the local farmers.
However the scope of the organisation has increased since the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Presently, Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne focuses on the educational sector as their main market.
This demonstrates a change in the economy of the community and a change in the Gaeltacht communities on the Western Coast. It also portrays that Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne were able to adapt to these changes effectively.
The Comharchumann adapted a development strategy to avail of the social and economic opportunities as they occurred.
The main offices of Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne are located in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, eight miles west of Dingle.
The Comharchumann’s business is run through four subsidiary companies:
- Comharchumann Forbartha Chorca Dhuibhne,
- Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne (1969),
- Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne (1980)
- Dovinia Teo. (1993).