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Fáilte Ireland to launch new Killarney plan in coming weeks

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By Sean Moriarty

Fáilte Ireland’s new Killarney Destination Experience Development Plan (DEDP) has been presented to local industry representatives ahead of its formal launch which will take place in the coming weeks.

Last week the Fáilte Ireland board held its March meeting in Killarney and afterwards took the opportunity to meet directly with representatives from the local tourism industry.

Fáilte Ireland’s board meeting in Killarney coincided with the staging of Meitheal, Fáilte Ireland’s longest running flagship trade event which took place over two days on March 31 and April 1 at the INEC.

Ahead of the tradeshow, senior Killarney tourism figures were given the opportunity to see the Killarney Destination Experience Development Plan ahead of its public launch.

This plan is one of four such strategic development plans being rolled out in Kerry by Fáilte Ireland along with local industry representatives, Kerry County Council and other key stakeholders.

Other DEDPs include Dingle Peninsula DEDP, launched 2020; Skellig Coast DEDP, launched 2017; The Cliff Coast DEDP, which is expected to launch in December 2022, and the West Cork Three Peninsulas and Kenmare, which is expected to be launched in May.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to meet with so many members of the Kerry tourism industry and hear first-hand how collaboration is the key to building sustainable recovery for the industry in Kerry. Tourism in Kerry, and all across the country, has endured an incredibly difficult two years. As Fáilte Ireland supports the industry towards recovery it is important that we discuss key priorities and challenges together on a local level, to enable us to continue to provide practical supports and guidance to businesses on the ground,” said Fáilte Ireland Chairperson, Paul Carty.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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