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Car hire costs leading to cancellations

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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.”

COMPARISON

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

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

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Flesk Fest promises to be a great evening of fun

By Michelle Crean Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment. The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse […]

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By Michelle Crean

Glenflesk GAA are planning a fun filled evening of top class entertainment.

The Flesk Fest takes place on Saturday July 16 at 4pm in The Kerryway Steakhouse & Bar.

Two exciting bands ‘All Folk’d Up’ and ‘Super Ceili’ will be playing and there’ll be plenty of fun and games and a delicious barbecue, raffle with some great prizes, and of course the ever popular Hang Tough Challenge!

“Please come out and support this great event! Tell your friends and we will make it a night to remember,” Seamus Healy from Glenflesk GAA said.

” Admission is only €15, and tickets are available from Mary McCarrick 087 7750773, Padraig O’Sullivan 087 0530384 or any club officer. They are also available in the Kerryway on the night.

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Rising cycling star selected for Belgium Project

By Sean Moriarty Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney cyclist Sam Bolger (18) has been selected as one of four riders for the Belgian Project – one of the most prestigious stepping stones for Irish riders with ambitions to turn professional.

Northern Ireland-based Belgian Danny Blondell is the man behind the project.

For the last 15 years Blondell selects between four and six Irish riders and sends them to Belgium where they stay with local families and contest pro and semi-pro races.

As a race commentator Blondell is well placed to decide who is deserving of inclusion in the project.

Over the first six months of the year he makes decisions while attending early season races.

Those lucky enough to get selected go to live and race in Belgium for the second six months of the year.

Bolger, from Lewis Road, was selected after winning the junior race in the Cycling Ireland National Road Series in Mayo in March and the Orwell Stage Race in County Wicklow in June.

“He is delighted, it is a very big deal,” his father Paul told the Killarney Advertiser.

“He has had a very good year and the wins in Mayo and Wicklow secured the Belgium Project.”

Bolger will head to Belgium in late July and after to the Junior Tour of Ireland which takes place in County Clare between July 12 and 17.

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