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Collaboration and engagement key to federation’s success

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Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) held a Members’ Day at the Gleneagle Hotel last week.

Emer Corridan (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce and Irish Hotel Federation Kerry Branch) and Pádraig Treacy of (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) at the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation members meeting. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Rose Wall (Listowel Business and Community Alliance) and Colette O’Connor (Tralee Chamber Alliance) Claire O’Shea (Kerry College) and Joan Flavin (Listowel Business and Community Alliance) at the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation members meeting. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Members of the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation Sustainability Sub-committee at the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation members meeting in The Gleneagle Hotel. From l-r were: Gráinne Kelliher Mary Rose Stafford John Edwards Ann Courtney and Becky Hargrove. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Nathan McDonnell John Edwards and John Reen (Tralee Chamber Alliance) at the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation members meeting in The Gleneagle Hotel. Photo: Don MacMonagle

Chairperson Pat O’Leary spoke of how the tourism industry of Kerry has used the platform of KTIF since its establishment in 2020 to form solutions to challenges faced by the industry and represent the industry with a collective voice at both county and national level.

In its four years of operation, KTIF has also raised the profile and advocated for tourism industry education and upskilling.

In 2021 and 2022, KTIF’s active sustainability sub-committee worked with industry partners to achieve a Global Destination Sustainability ranking of 13th in the world.

The federation also continues to lead the collaborative destination marketing for Kerry through its tourism brand Discover Kerry.

Members of KTIF are being encouraged to support the development of www.discoverkerry.com which is a partnership project of KTIF, Kerry SciTech, and Kerry County Council.

Chairperson Pat O’Leary is encouraging the business and tourism communities around Kerry to engage further with the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation member organisation.

KTIF also welcomed the Fáilte Ireland team to the meeting and Jill de Azevedo presented visitor survey findings for Kerry which was very positive and gave much encouragement as well as points for discussion for the members.

“We are encouraged by the support of the many local business and community alliances, regional tourism networks, and representative agencies who make up the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation membership," Pat O’Leary said.

"Together, we will continue to advocate for the tourism industry at local and national Government levels, provide the platform and forum for the development of sustainability policies and initiatives for the tourism sector, support industry education/upskilling and collaborative destination marketing for Kerry.”

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Black Valley broadband installation gets underway

Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry. The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland […]

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Works are under way to install a high-speed fibre broadband network in the remote Black Valley area of Kerry.

The Black Valley was one of the last areas of Ireland to be electrified but broadband in the region is expected to be live in the second half of the year with residents already able to pre-order their connection. 
“It is well known that Black Valley was one of the last locations to get electricity due to its remoteness and challenging terrain, so we are extremely pleased to be commencing the rollout of our high-speed fibre network now with a view to connections being available later this year,” said National Broadband Ireland Deployment CEO, TJ Malone.
  
“We are determined to ensure the rollout is as fast as possible and connection is made easy for Black Valley residents, and we have a plan in place to work around the location’s all-important tourist season.

“Black Valley is a symbol of NBI’s mission that no area will be left behind no matter how rural or remote and we are delighted that this beautiful location moves one step closer to high-speed fibre today, with all the opportunities that will unlock for the local community.” 

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Players of the year don’t duck a challenge

They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh […]

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They never duck when faced with a big challenge on the field so it was safe to assume that GAA players of the year David Clifford and Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh weren’t going to shy away from the latest task on their home patch.

The two top footballers in the country teamed up to launch a charity duck race which will form part of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival in Killarney, where they both live.

When the working day was done, busy secondary school teachers David and Louise had some great quack and they got caught up in the spirit of the occasion along the scenic River Deenagh in Killarney National Park.

The reigning Player of the Year and Ladies Player of the Year award winner demonstrated their competitive streak when they expressed confidence that their own ducks will win The Deenagh Duck Dash on the same river at noon on Monday, March 18.

But, luckily, festival chairman Jason Clifford was there to keep the peace and he even threatened to cry fowl and brandish a card at the star players – with duck yellow deemed the most appropriate colour.

Considered by many to be the greatest players of all time in their respective codes, between them, Fossa hotshot David and Corca Dhuibhne star Louise have an incredible nine All-Star awards.

But they might be tempted to swap one if their duck wins the fun-filled race on the day after St Patrick’s Day.

All proceeds from the event will go to St Francis Special School in Beaufort, Killarney which provides specialist education for young people with learning disabilities.
Festival chairman Jason remarked: “This isn’t just a race – it’s great fun for the whole family.
“Picture the scene with a flotilla of vibrant rubber ducks racing down a winding river, their owners cheering them on and all in the name of a fantastic cause”.
Super prizes await the winners, the cost of a rubber duck to participate in the race is just €5 and they can be bought online at https://stpatricksfestivalkillarney.ie/.

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