THE county was more than well represented at a major US golfing showcase during the week as Tourism Ireland’s golf promotional programme for 2016 kicked off in Orlando, Florida. Twelve (12) golf tourism operators from around the island of Ireland, as well as three American golf tour operators, joined Tourism Ireland at the PGA Golf Merchandise Show in Orlando, to highlight our world-class golf. The PGA Show is one of the biggest golf exhibitions in the United States, attracting more than 40,000 golf professionals and enthusiasts, as well as around 1,000 influential golf journalists, each year.
Representatives from South West Ireland Golf Limited (SWING), based in Tralee, Tralee Golf Club, Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney Park Hotel and Waterville Golf Club greeted visitors to the Golf Ireland stand, where they promoted what Kerry and the island of Ireland have to offer US golf enthusiasts.
Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “The American golf market remains a priority for Tourism Ireland in 2016 and we will continue to promote the island of Ireland as a top golf destination, capitalising on the global success of our golfers including Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell.
“Golf is the world’s largest sports-related travel market and Tourism Ireland is working hard to drive home the message that a golfing holiday in Ireland is about much more than a round of 18 holes – the combination of our world-class golf and our unique brand of hospitality plays a key role in attracting American golfers to visit.”
Tourism Ireland will undertake an extensive programme of promotions in the United States this year, to build on what was the best year ever for American visitors to Ireland in 2015 – and to boost the number of golf holidaymakers from the US. The organisation will take every opportunity to maximise the recent accolade from Golf Digest magazine – which named Royal County Down the number one golf course in the world.
Our world-class golf was highlighted to some 80 influential golf journalists and golf pros earlier this week, before the PGA Show kicked off – at a special Ireland Golf Day at Streamsong Golf Resort in Florida. Tourism Ireland golf TV ads will air this spring on the Golf Channel, and online ads will run on GolfChannel.com, encouraging American golfers to click through to great golf vacation offers on Ireland.com; and Tourism Ireland will invite influential American golf writers to come and experience our world-class courses for themselves.
Brendan Keogh, South West Ireland Golf Limited (SWING), based in Tralee; Anthony Byrne, Tralee Golf Club; Brian Miley, Muckross Park Hotel; Allan O’Connor, Killarney Park Hotel; Miriam Young, Waterville Golf Club; Danny Brassil, Old Head Golf Club, Kinsale;; Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland; and Declan O’Brien, Destination Golf, New York, at the PGA Golf Merchandise Show in Orlando.
Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert
NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
By Michelle Crean
Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.
Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.
As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.
“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”
Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.
“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”
€1m upgrade for Killarney store
INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle
A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.
Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.
And customers admired the new look.
DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.
“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.
“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”
Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig
By Michelle Crean
One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.
Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.
Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the www.inec.ie.
‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.
In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.
“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.
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