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Be a tourist for the day with free entry to Kerry’s visitor attractions

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FREE ENTRY: Kerry Bog Village Museum, Glenbeigh, is one of the various visitor attractions where there will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched this week by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF). From left: John Mulvihill (Proprietor), Michael Larkin (KTIF), Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Scarteen O’Connor, Cllr Michael Cahill, Darragh O’Sullivan (Rosspoint Bar and Restaurant, Glenbeigh) and Timmy Mulivhill (Kerry Bog Village Museum). Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

 

 

There will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched today by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF).

 

'Kerry Tourism Day' aims to showcase the incredible selection of visitor attractions throughout the kingdom. Locals and visitors alike are invited to experience many of the county’s tourist attractions and experiences free of charge for one day.

The initiative aims to strengthen the referral economy amongst locals and communities by offering a countywide ‘open house’ of visitor attractions and tourist experiences.

The Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Patrick Connor-Scarteen, encouraged the people of Kerry to show their support for Kerry Tourism Day.

“We have a fantastic and diverse range of attractions for all ages here in Kerry," he said.

"I would encourage everyone in Kerry to consider being a tourist in their own county for the day by visiting one of our participating visitor attractions – while maintaining social distancing and adhering to public health guidelines. This is a really practical way to show your support for our local tourism industry at this challenging time.”

Participating visitor attractions include: KPR Pony Rides, The Carol Cronin Gallery, Skelligs Chocolate Factory, The Dingle Distillery, Kerry Bog Village Museum, Spirit in the Kingdom Guided Tours, Tig Bhric & West Kerry Brewery, Blennerville Windmill Visitor Centre, Dingle Darkroom, Kerry Writers’ Museum, Sidetracked Kenmare, Tarbert Bridewell Courthouse and Jail, Scanlon’s Pet Farm, Celtic Nature Walking Tours, The Ross Golf Course, Skellig Gift Store and Outdoor Heritage Gallery, Killarney Lake Tours, Muckross Traditional Farms, The Reeks Guiding Co, Wild Derrynane Seashore Nature Trail, Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco and Activity Park, Vincent Hyland Artist Gallery, Killarney House and Gardens, Muckross Traditional Farms, Jane Hilliard Gallery, Muckross House and Gardens and Kenmare Heritage Tours.

To view to full list of participants and avail of either free tickets, complimentary tours or bespoke events simply log onto www.DiscoverKerry.com.

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Better late than never Christmas present for St Francis Special School

By Sean Moriarty St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use. Husband and wife team Ciaran […]

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By Sean Moriarty

St Francis Special School received a very late Christmas present this week – a specially adapted bike for the pupils to use.

Husband and wife team Ciaran and Karen Dwyer, directors of Guerin Engineering and Pumps Ltd in Kilcummin, presented the special adapted bicycle to the staff and pupils at the Beaufort school on Tuesday.

After seeing an online request last December that the school needed the bike, they decided to gift one.

They contacted Glencar Medical, a Dublin-based firm that specialises in the supply of equipment to schools like St Francis, and ordered the bicycle.

However, nothing is straightforward in the current climate, Brexit, COVID and war all contributed to a delay in getting the bike to Ireland. Once it was in Dublin there were further delays in sourcing the special straps that St Francis’ children need to ride the bike safely.

It all came to a happy ending this week when the Dwyers were finally able to present their Christmas present to the school.

“We saw this request and we contacted the school and said we wanted to buy one, they told us where to get one, and we ordered it,” Karen told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We had it paid for by the end of the year but then it took three months to get it into the country. It took more time to import the specialist parts. The costs were increasing but we did not mind at all.”

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Jordan Lee to tell his story to the county’s schools

Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry. The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series […]

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Paralympian Jordan Lee will share his experiences with schools all over Kerry.

The Killarney man has embarked on a countywide tour ‘Jordan’s Drive’ in association with Kelliher’s Garage, a series of informal talks on his achievements and how he overcame his disability to reach the top of his chosen sport.

The 21-year-old was born with a foreshortened left arm known as amniotic band syndrome but has enjoyed a successful sports career which included representing Ireland at the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

Now he wants to share his story and inspire other students to follow their dreams.

His tour started last week at Colaiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and over the next few weeks, depending on his training schedule, will visit schools in Firies, Milltown, and Killarney.

“Don’t be afraid of people with disabilities or different backgrounds,” he said. “A few years ago there was only typical people in classrooms – you never came across people with disabilities or from various different countries. It is a lot more mixed now. I want to inspire people to treat everyone on the same level.”

‘Jordan’s Drive’ is made possible thanks to his role as a brand ambassador for Kelliher’s Garage, dealer principal, Tim Kelliher explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“Having got to know Jordan so well over the last couple of years we have come to realise how much of an inspiration he is so we decided to ask him to hop into his Toyota CHR Hybrid and bring his story out into the highways and byways of the Kingdom,” he said.

“Headlined ‘Jordans Drive’ and organised by my marketing team headed by Yvonne McMahon they have travelled to many of the schools around Kerry from Cahersiveen to Beaufort, Killorglin and with other dates planned for Firies and Milltown to name but a few. He has spoken his many words of wisdom to the children who have been in awe of the journey and his achievements, and we at Kelliher’s Garage are delighted and proud to have him as our brand ambassador.”

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