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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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Killarney Triathlon Club’s open water swim on the lake

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On Tuesday evening last, members of the Killarney Triathlon Club took part in a breathtaking open water swim, starting from Dundag Beach and spanning the middle lake to a nearby island. Covering a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers, the event saw all participants return safely, basking in a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Killarney National Park, swimmers enjoyed views of woodlands,  mountains, and Muckross House. Safety was paramount during the swim, as it is in all the club’s events. Essential precautions included the use of tow floats, safety kayakers, and safety boats, ensuring the well-being of all participants.

“Our club is incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such a beautiful environment,” said Caitriona Shanahan, PRO of Killarney Triathlon Club. “The views during our swims are truly spectacular, and the safety measures we implement help everyone feel secure and enjoy the experience.”

Killarney Triathlon Club offers numerous benefits to athletes of all levels. These include structured training programs, expert coaching, group workouts and more. 

“We welcome all levels and abilities. Joining our club not only improves physical fitness but also offers great fun and the added benefits of stress relief from sea swimming. There truly is nothing like the calming effect of a group swim in the sea.” Caitriona added.

For those interested in joining the Killarney Triathlon Club, more information can be found on their social media platforms and their website, Killarneytri.com.

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Danny Healy-Rae welcomes decision to push back changes for cataract payments

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The Health Service Executive has deferred a move to cut the price it reimburses people for cataract treatments in the European Union and in Northern Ireland, under its overseas treatment schemes and a separate system for the North.

The prices were due to change from the start of this month, but the HSE has pushed the date back so that no one is disadvantaged, and to fully communicate with patients, treatment consultants and providers, cost changes will not come into effect until September 1.

The payments for less complex eye treatments were due to fall from €1,912 to €863 or the National Health Service equivalent of £766 in Northern Ireland. The most common cataract procedure payments were due to reduce from €1,456 to €1,171.

The HSE said that the vast majority of procedures fall into this new payment price. It said that the more complex glaucoma/cataract treatment payments will rise from €1,912 to €4,206.

Danny Healy Rae welcomed the news saying, “Following my representations and raising of this matter in the Dáil, I am glad that the HSE have agreed that they will continue to reimburse the higher rates for cataract procedure for those carried out up to the end of August 2024.

“I am advising anyone who needs to have their cataracts removed to do so now before the change to reimbursement amounts comes in.”

All cataract treatment carried out in Belfast after the 1st September 2024 will be subject to the new DRG rates.

Honouring the Kerry women of the revolutionary period

Kerry County Council is to invite expressions of interest next week for the commissioning and development of a commemorative and artistic piece which will honour the role played by women in Kerry during the revolutionary period between 1912 and 1923.

The project follows a joint motion by the five female members of Kerry County Council who called for the development and commissioning of a meaningful and lasting commemorative piece which would reflect the significant and diverse roles and activities of women and their involvement in the campaign for Irish Independence at the beginning of the twentieth century.

A Working Group, including the five female councillors, has been developing a design brief, and the Council intends to publish a detailed brief for the memorial next week and expressions of interest will be invited.

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