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Airports getting busier but Dublin accounts for 96% of growth

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New figures published by the Oireachtas Library & Research Service have revealed that Kerry Airport has seen a 17% rise in passenger numbers since 2012.

335,480 people used the airport in 2017, an increase of roughly 10,000 on the previous 12 months. Despite the steady growth over the past five years, last year’s numbers are still 90,000 short of Kerry Airport’s busiest ever year; 430,000 travellers passed through Farranfore in 2008.

In total, 34.4 million passengers used Ireland’s five main airports. Unsurprisingly, Dublin handled the vast majority (85.5%) while passengers to and from Cork and Shannon accounted for 6.7 and 4.6% respectively. Knock ranked fourth (2.2%) while Kerry was the quietest (1%).

4 in 5 passengers to and from Kerry Airport travelled Ryanair with the remainder made up of Aer Lingus Regional travellers. Luton (111,713) and Stansted (77,693) were the main destinations and sources of arrivals with Frankfurt, Dublin and Alicante completing the top five.

Nationally there was an increase of 45.5% in passenger traffic since 2012 although, worryingly, 96.2% of this growth was at Dublin Airport.

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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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