Ring, County Waterford

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An Rinn
Gaeltacht district
Ring is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°03′00″N 7°35′00″W / 52.0500°N 7.5833°W / 52.0500; -7.5833Coordinates: 52°03′00″N 7°35′00″W / 52.0500°N 7.5833°W / 52.0500; -7.5833
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County Waterford
Population (2006)
 • Urban 189
 • Rural 1,601
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference X259930

Ring (Irish: An Rinn) or Rinn Ó gCuanach (anglicised as Ringagonagh[1]) is a parish within the Irish-speaking Gaeltacht na nDéise area in County Waterford, Ireland. It lies on a peninsula about seven miles south of Dungarvan. The main settlement is the village of Ringville,[1] which is within the townland of Baile na nGall (Ballynagaul).

It is a swiftly growing area that has three schools—two primary schools (including the Coláiste na Rinne boarding Gaelscoil) and one secondary school—a post office, restaurants, pubs and other businesses. There are also two fishing piers/harbours (Baile na nGall and Helvick), two beaches (Coinigéar and Baile na nGall) and a cove at Helvick.

The official name of the area is An Rinn; a direct translation into English would mean: The Cape/Point Headland. Both An Rinn and the anglicized form Ring were on the local road-signs until 2005, when the anglicized form ceased to have any official standing. Today, roadsigns show the Irish name only.

Irish language[edit]

The Irish language plays an important role in the area, and also to people within the region enabling them to immerse in the Irish language, which is pivotal for improving their linguistic abilities. Gaoluinn na nDéise the Waterford variant of the Munster Irish dialect is spoken by native speakers. However in recent times, English has seen widespread use in the area. The strongest age-group of Irish speakers is the 10-14 age category, of which 50.8% use the language on a daily basis outside of educational institutions. However, only 30% of the population on average uses the Irish language on a daily basis. [2]

Coláiste na Rinne[edit]

Coláiste na Rinne is a boarding Gaelscoil (or Irish College)[3] in Ring. It is a popular destination for teenagers taking summer school courses in Irish. During term time it accommodates sixth class and some seventh class students. (Seventh class is a non-compulsory year between sixth class of Primary school and First Year of Secondary School. Very few primary schools in Ireland offer a seventh class.) As Coláiste na Rinne is a Primary boarding school many students go on to secondary level boarding schools from here.

Many of the visiting students are accommodated by local families, many of whom speak only Irish at home. As such it is seen as a good way to improve the visitors' quality of spoken Irish.

View south over the peninsula

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