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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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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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