Connect with us


Car hire costs leading to cancellations




By Sean Moriarty

The crippling cost of car hire in Ireland is going to have a detrimental effect on the local tourism industry.

That is according to a local councillor and is backed up by research conducted by the Killarney Advertiser.

Kerry Airport is by far the most expensive place to rent a car in a list of 10 popular tourist destinations across Europe.

The cost of renting a small car like a Fiat 500, at Kerry Airport, will cost €713 over three days in July.

The cheapest like-for-like rental over the same period is available at Frankfurt in Germany and costs just €109.

Renting a car in London, the second dearest location in the Killarney Advertiser’s survey, is cheaper than renting a car in Kerry but British rentals still far exceed average European averages.

The extortionate prices being charged in Ireland are forcing holidaymakers to cancel their arrangements according to Deputy Mayor of Kerry, Councillor Michael Cahill.

“Visitors to this country are being faced with car hire costs that are totally unaffordable and are the cause of cancellations on a daily basis. Those tourists who wish to view Ireland by car are a large percentage of the overall figure and pricing them out of the market, could be fatal for this very important industry,” he said.

"Hotel, Guest House and B&B operators across the county are receiving cancellation after cancellation as a direct result of the enormous increase in car hire and this issue needs to be addressed as a matter of extreme urgency before it destroys the tourist season here in Kerry.”

Councillor Cahill raised the issues at a recent meeting of Kerry County Council.

“When a prospective visitor to Ireland budgets for their holiday, any large increase in the cost, like car-hire, could be the reason they would choose another, more affordable destination and we cannot allow that to happen,” Cllr Cahill told the meeting.

"Ireland is fast getting a reputation for being overpriced, and being quoted thousands of euros to hire a car for a week or 10 days is certainly turning visitors away.”


Three days from July 1 at 10am to July 4 at 10am for a Ford Ka or equivalent on price comparison website

Kerry Airport €713
London Heathrow €594
London Luton €458
Salou €240
Faro €198
Paris €179
Brussels €155
Alicante €175
Barcelona €165
Frankfurt €109



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


Continue Reading


Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

Continue Reading

Last News