The first people likely to arrive in Ireland about 9000 BC, and eventually migrated to the area to the southwest that is modern day Dingle. Evidence suggests a late Stone Age, or Neolithic Age settlement existed in the region, but there is little known about these early inhabitants.

Dingle is home to several early Christian settlements in Ireland, and the area was a center of maritime trade during the early Middle Ages. However, repeated Viking raids which made less of impact here than elsewhere in Ireland, did lead to general disorder throughout the island.

The area was the site of various invasions by Anglo-Norman forces beginning in the 13th century, and Dingle was settled by various English and Norman colonists, but managed to retain its identity over the next several centuries of English rule and the various uprising that took part.

The region, like the rest of the country was devastated by the great potato famine, followed by a mass exodus of people.