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Three is the magic number for sun worshippers flying from Kerry Airport with the introduction of additional flights to Alicante from March 27.

Flights to the popular Spanish holiday destination will operate three times a week for the summer season on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays until the end of October.

The route to Faro in Portugal’s Algarve will also return twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays from March 28.

The Kerry-Manchester route is to increase from two to three days a week, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from March 26 onwards.

The summer schedule of Ryanair flight details comes after a great year for Kerry Airport with a 309% increase on 2021 and almost 97% of 2019 numbers before the pandemic curtailed the aviation industry.

Overall, 356,141 passengers travelled through Kerry Airport in 2022.

“Recovery is well under way and it is our intention to grow those passenger numbers in the near to medium term," CEO of Kerry Airport, John Mulhern, said.

"The loss of the publicly supported Dublin Stobart service was a painful blow, however credit must go to Ryanair for taking on the route on a commercial basis to support Kerry’s connection to Dublin, a major hub for international travel in and out of the county. In fact Ryanair have increased passenger traffic on the route by 50% in comparison to 2019, which in itself was a record year.”

The 2022 passenger numbers were achieved despite the loss of the connection to Berlin which was understood to have become commercially non-viable due to airport charges there.

Now that recovery is fully underway, Kerry Airport will commit every effort to continue the renewed growth while being mindful of the challenge of procuring new routes from small regional airports, especially during these difficult times.

In announcing the strong passenger numbers for 2022 and the summer schedule for 2023, John Mulhern added, “I want to thank most sincerely our remarkable team here at the airport who have laboured with such great determination these past few years and are deserving of much praise.”

Kerry Airport is ideally located for anyone wishing to travel for business or pleasure with direct flights to London-Stansted, London-Luton, Frankfurt-Hahn, Manchester, Dublin, Alicante (summer 2023) and Faro (summer 2023) with Ryanair.

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Trilogy of comedy on offer by Dóchas Drama

By Sean Moriarty Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week. All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Dóchas Drama Group will present a series of three short comedy plays next week.

All three plays are written and produced by Dóchas and will be acted out by the group’s members.

The opening act, ‘Flossing Around’ is written by Ger Madden and directed by Brian Bowler.

“A woman has an innate fear of the dentist. We go on the journey with her as she faces her fears, with hilarious consequences,” explained the group’s Liz Ryan.

This will be followed by ‘Faraway Hills’ which is written by Mary Quirke and directed by Michael Mills.
It is a tongue in cheek look at family life.

“A son wants to get away from small town life. His mother wants to keep him at home but his father can’t wait to see the back of him,” added Liz, who plays the mother in this short play.

Brain Bowler wrote the third instalment called ‘A Little Visitor’ which is directed by Ryan Jones.

“There are lots of misunderstandings when a hypochondriac visits a group of doctors who have other things on the their minds,” added Liz.

The run, which will feature all three performances each night, starts Wednesday next week and continues Thursday and Friday (February 8 to 10) at the Killarney Avenue Hotel. Tickets are €10 and are available at the door.

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Killarney secures three gold medals in national business awards

Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards. Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the […]

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Three hotels in Killarney have won gold medals at the Virgin Media Business Gold Medal Awards.

Now in its 33rd year, the awards the best of the best in the hotel and catering sectors across the country.

This year, judges received over 460 entries from 150 hotels, guest houses, country houses, restaurants, cafés, bars and catering companies from around Ireland.

“An important factor in the Gold Medal Awards is the credibility and impartial nature of the judging process. Every property that undergoes this process is subject to benchmarking against a strict set of criteria and a blind site inspection conducted by the judging panel,” said an event organiser.

“This panel comprises respected industry experts from across the hospitality, culinary and catering sectors.”

Three Killarney hotels took top awards in different categories at the awards ceremony held at the Galmont Hotel and Spa in Galway on Tuesday night.

The Great Southern Hotel was named as the best Business and Conference Hotel in Ireland.

“To be recognised among the greatest hotels in Ireland is a marvellous achievement for Great Southern. It is fantastic news and has provided all our staff with a little morale boost. Our Business & Conference partners and customers are extremely important to us with some relationships in place annually for over 30 years. Receiving this recognition for the service we provide is a fantastic achievement and testament to the incredible work of our outstanding staff,” said Michael Jacobi Managing Director said.

The best front of house team award went the staff at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

In the Hotel Casual Dining Experience category the Dunloe Hotel and Gardens came out on top.

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