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Fáilte Ireland launches new long-term tourism plan for Killarney

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Fáilte Ireland has today (Tuesday) launched the ‘Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan’ that will help drive and sustain tourism across all parts of the region over the next five years.

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured in Killarney House are from left: Sinead McCarthy (General Manager Brehon Hotel) Paul Sherry (Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Tom Randles (Randles Court Hotel). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Patrick O'Donoghue (CEO Gleneagle Hotel Group) Bernadette Randles (Dromhall Hotel) Gareth Power (Muckross Park Hotel) Moira Murrell (CE Kerry County Council) Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland) Tom Randles (Randles Court Hotel) Sinead McCarthy (Brehon Hotel) Emer Corridan (Cahernane Hotel) and Tracey Coyne (International Hotel) pictured at the launch of the Fáilte Ireland new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney over the next five years. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fáilte Ireland has today launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch today in Killarney House are from left: Niamh O'Sullivan (Director of Services KCC) Sheila O'Sullivan Trish Covarr (Aghadoe Heights Hotel) Angela McAllen (Manager Killarney Municipal District) Chief Superintendent Flor Murphy Diarmuid Leen (Chairman 4th July Festival) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Niamh O'Shea (Fáilte Ireland). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

PLAN: Emer Corridan (Cahernane Hotel) Mike Buckley (Kerry Coaches) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) and Patrick O'Donoghue (CEO Gleneagle Hotel Group) at the launch of the Fáilte Ireland ‘Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan’ on Tuesday. Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

Fáilte Ireland has launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch today in Killarney House are from left: Miriam Kennedy (Head Wild Atlantic Way) Pat O'Leary (Kerry Tourism Industry Federation) Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Caitriona Ryan (Principal Officer National Parks-Strategy and Regional Operation) and Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

NEW PLAN: Fáilte Ireland has today launched a new plan that will help drive and sustain tourism in Killarney. Pictured at the launch in Killarney House are from left: Caitriona Ryan (Principal Officer National Parks-Strategy and Regional Operation) Josephine O'Driscoll (Lead Manager Wild Atlantic Way) Cathaoirleach Killarney Municipal District Cllr Marie Maloney Pat O'Leary (Kerry Tourism Industry Federation) Bernadette Randles (Irish Hotels Federation) Moira Murrell (Chief Executive Kerry County Council) Paul Kelly (CEO Fáilte Ireland) Miriam Kennedy (Head Wild Atlantic Way) President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce Cllr Niall Kelleher Angela McAllen (Manager Killarney Municipal District). Photo: Valerie O'Sullivan

The aim is to create a sustainable tourism destination by extending the tourism season.

Key stakeholders in the area and the local community were consulted and inputted into the plan including Kerry County Council, Irish Hotel Federation, National Parks and Wildlife Service, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, Kerry Convention Bureau and local tourism marketing groups as well as many local tourism operators and networks.

The focus of the plan builds on a number of destination development projects that will bring local experiences to life including Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and Killarney House along with cycling trails that will encourage visitors to discover the Muckross and Dinis Loop.

“This Destination and Experience Development Plan, which captures the unique themes central to Killarney, is about looking to the future of tourism in the region and will be hugely important as we work towards a sustained and sustainable recovery," Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, said.

"It provides a framework for tourism businesses and stakeholders to work in partnership over the next five years to create new and improved existing visitor experiences. Local consultation and input was central, and this collaborative approach provided local stakeholders with the opportunity to contribute and shape the plan."

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive, Kerry County Council added that she is "delighted to see the Killarney Destination and Experience Development Plan being launched".

"It is a great example of how collaboration is the key to building a sustainable tourism industry here in Killarney and will drive the economic growth for all Kerry," she said. 

"Outlined in the plan is a major project for Killarney which will examine the potential to capitalise on Killarney’s outdoor assets and re-imagine its stories through its urban spaces. Developments like this, through public realm and urban animation, have the potential to transform and re-imagine Killarney’s urban centre for both visitors and communities.”

Bernadette Randles, Irish Hotels Federation said that the "Wild Atlantic Way continues to be a phenomenal success and this DEDP gives us the opportunity as tourism businesses to capitalise on the popularity of the route and by enticing visitors to come to Killarney and Kerry particularly in the off peak season and stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants and experience everything the town and the National Park has to offer.”

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GAA stars set to gather for A Night With Legends

By Sean Moriarty Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night. GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Fossa GAA Club’s ‘A Night With Legends’ on Tuesday night.

GAA royalty will grace the INEC stage as part of an ambitious fundraiser by the club.

The event will be styled on RTÉ’s popular pre All-Ireland Final show ‘Up for the Match’ where footballing legends will tell some of their life stories in between music and songs.

It will be hosted by author and raconteur Billy Keane and horseracing photographer Pat Healy. The event is one of the key fundraisers for the expanding Fossa GAA Club.

Coming just days before Kerry’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin, ‘A Night With Legends’ will also serve as a light-hearted preview to the important game.

Kerry greats like Pat Spillane, Mike Frank Russell, Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice will be joined on stage by Dublin hero Bernard Brogan Sr. Killarney greats Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper and Ambrose O’Donovan will also be there.

“This is not going to be a boring night, it is going to be filled with fun and banter, music and craic,” Fossa GAA chairman, Dermot Clifford, told the Killarney Advertiser.

Several raffle and auction prizes are up for grabs on the night too, the most unusual being a chance to bid on a racing greyhound, donated by the Murphy Family from Brosna.

The fundraiser has already raised €10,000 thanks to a recent auction organised by Paul Nagle. The local rally star sold one of his world championship helmets for €25,000 with the balance going to Recovery Haven in Tralee.

Limited tickets are still available at a cost of €25 per person or groups can buy a table of 12 for €250.

Ticket enquires: nightoflegends2022@gmail.com.

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Salvias are valuable plants for any gardener

By Debby Looney, gardening expert One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are […]

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

One plant which I think is a super addition to borders and pots is the salvia. There are many to choose from, but there are two broad differences, one is the bedding salvia, with its spikes of fire-engine-red flowers – though they come in cream and purple also.

These have become less popular with gardeners over the years, as slugs eat them with relish. I have found the product ‘Grazers’, a spray, excellent as a slug repellent. As an aside, ‘Grazers’ also do a rabbit, deer, lily beetle and caterpillar repellent, all of which are organically certified and perfectly safe to use. They are also quite effective products. Secondly, everyone knows the herb salvia, or sage which goes perfect with chicken, roast squash or parma ham, it is a flavour of autumn.

However, there are over 500 salvias to choose from, and happily, nurseries are taking notice of them. This year a notable addition to most garden centre stock is the hybrid Wish collection. There are three; ‘Love and Wishes’, ‘Ember’s Wish’ and ‘Wendy’s Wish’. Being the greedy gardener I am, I planted all three, and have been rewarded by large bushy plants with masses of colour. I planted them in a free draining, sunny part of the garden, where they have plenty of space. The plants themselves reach about 80cm, flower spikes being at least 20cm long in colours pink, aubergine and orange.

Another beauty is S. Amistad, which every garden with a flower border should have. They grow up to 1.2m, with lush dark green foliage, topped by dark blue flowers. The calyces (the bit the flower comes out of!) are almost black, giving it a fantastically dramatic look. S. nemerosa is a hardy variety, used in Irish gardens for years, as it spreads happily keeping weeds at bay. ‘New Dimension Blue’ is a lovely variety, with rich blue flower spikes. S. nemerosa does not grow that tall, about 30cm. It is also one of the few salvias which will tolerate heavy soil and a lot of winter rain.

S. roemeriana ‘Hot Trumpets’ is also a low growing spreading salvia, about 30cm, with the brightest red flower spikes I have yet to see rivalled! It grows well in dappled shade, adding great splashes of colour. Another red is S. x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’. It is an evergreen perennial, which loves full sun. It grows to about 50cm, and has flowers from April through to the first frosts. The flowers are bicoloured red and white, like little flags. ‘Killer Cranberry’ is another beauty with magenta flowers.

All salvias are attractive to bees and other pollinators, and as such are valuable plants for any gardener. They look great grouped with other perennials, as well as in pots or on their own in beds.

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