An Rinn

Waterford

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8pm 26ú Bealtaine 2019 Helvic Head Pier

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An Rinn, Domhnach 27 Iúil 2018, Cé Helbhic

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16 Márta 2019, Scoil Naisiunta Na Rinne

An Rinn, Ring or Ringville is a village of about 500 people on the Helvick peninsula, ten kilometres south of Dungarvan. Set within a townland of the same name, it is the main settlement in Gaeltacht na nDeise – the Waterford Gaeltacht. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the people of Rinn traditionally led an island-like existence. The main economic activity was fishing and it is recorded that in 1848 the area had a population of some 3,000 people, most of them involved in the local fishing industry. Thanks to the intervention of the local Society of Friends (Quakers) the fishermen of An Rinn and their families survived the Famine in relative

comfort compared those in other fishing villages and funding from the Society of Friends was used to build a new pier at Ballinagoul, which still stands today. A strong Irish-speaking tradition was reinforced in 1905 when Colaiste na Rinne – an Irish-language boarding school – was established in the town and as recently as 1997, 86% of inhabitants described themselves as Irish-speaking. Property development during the Celtic Tiger era, however – when An Rinn’s picturesque location made it attractive to speculative developers, pricing locally-based Irish speakers out of the market – has had a significant impact on those figures.