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Receiving the Gold Award for Best Accessible and Inclusive Tourism from James Chilton, Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism, at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards were Kathleen Lenihan, Martina Mayse and Orla Steinbeck of The Gleneagle Group.

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THE Gleneagle Group has won a prestigious gold award at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The Killarney-based hotel group scooped the award in the Best Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category at the awards ceremony which took place in Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin last week.

The Irish Responsible Tourism Awards are designed to celebrate those making a difference in Ireland and using tourism to benefit local communities, economies and the environment. The awards are linked to the World Responsible Tourism Awards, and the winners of each of the categories have now qualified for the world awards.

“We are currently rolling out a detailed accessibility plan and working towards creating a welcoming environment for all,” said Patrick O’Donoghue, managing director of The Gleneagle Group. “This award is a credit to the accessibility team here and their hard work and accomplishments to date. Our accessibility plan is very much a work in progress and we are fully committed to it.”

The awards attracted entries from almost every county in Ireland. The winners were announced following assessment by a panel of industry experts chaired by international responsible tourism expert, Professor Harold Goodwin. The judging panel also included; Assistant General in the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport Ken Spratt, Tourism Ireland’s Central Marketing Director Mark Henry, DIT Tourism Lecturer Dr Kevin Griffin, Cyril McAree Managing Director of Hotel & Restaurant Times, travel-writer Catherine Mack and Paddy Matthews Head of Investment & Innovation at Fáilte Ireland.

Director of the ICRT (Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism) James Chilton said: “Responsible travel is about having fun while also giving back. It aims to reduce its impacts while maximising its benefits.”
 


 
Receiving the Gold Award for Best Accessible and Inclusive Tourism from James Chilton, Irish Centre for Responsible Tourism, at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards were Kathleen Lenihan, Martina Mayse and Orla Steinbeck of The Gleneagle Group.

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Killarney stage to feature in new look Rás Mumhan

Cycling By Sean Moriarty Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race. The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney will play a crucial role in the revival of four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan cycle race.

The event, one of the biggest road races in Ireland. It has not run since 2019 after Killorglin Cycling Club withdrew from organising it.
The organisation of Rás Mumhan was transferred to a committee in County Tipperary but they never got the event off the ground as a result of the pandemic.

A new joint effort between four cycling clubs in Kerry has taken over the running of the event under new race director Daithi Creedon and his committee.

It will be the first major Stage Race on the Irish Cycling Calendar and will take place over the four days of Easter weekend from April 15 to April 18.

Killarney Cycling club will run the second leg of the event – a stage from the town to Sneem via Bealach Oisin Pass on Easter Saturday.

The opening leg will be hosted by Tralee Manor West BC and will start and finish in the county town and run via Annascaul and Castlemaine.

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club is in charge of day three which takes in Knocknagree, Rathmore and Kishkeam.

The final day is in the hands of Currow Cycling Club and they will run the Knocknagoshel to Headley’s Bridge looped stage.

“This year’s route will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately staying away from big category 1 climbs, this will open up the race for aggressive racing. Stage four will be a spectator friendly stage and will be a great finale to Rás Mumhan,” said Creedon.

“We wish to acknowledge and thank Killorglin Cycling Club for the fantastic work they have carried out in promoting and running this event in the past.”

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Northern lights delight for Aoife and Sinead

By Con Dennehy The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships. Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern […]

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By Con Dennehy

The continued growth, development and participation of women’s handball in Kerry was rewarded at the weekend when Tyrone hosted ‘She’s Ace’, the prestigious All Ladies Handball championships.

Attracting all the leading players in Ireland, it was the Spa/Killarney trio of Aoife Walsh, Sinead Moriarty and Niamh Faulds who shot out the Northern lights with a phenomenal display of handball.

In the Ladies ‘Challenger 1 Wall’ competition Aoife Walsh faced a top-class field.

Following quarter and semi-final wins, she went into the final with the favourites tag.

Walsh again produced a sizzling display of handball to outclass her opponent, Emma O’Neill (Tyrone), to clinch the title on a 15-4 scoreline.

There was further joy for the Spa based club when one of their promising new players, Sinead Moriarty, teamed up with Clare Conway (Tyrone) and Carla Corcoran (Tyrone) in the Mixed Grade team competition.

Twelve teams contested this competition with Moriarty key to their success. In the opening rounds the team scored 25-16 and 25-20 to reach the final where they had an impressive 25-22 victory in a classic game that showcased the finer skills of handball.

The other Killarney competitor, Niamh Faulds added to her growing reputation with some impressive games in the “1 Wall’, ‘4 Wall’ and team competitions, winning one game and narrowly loosing out in the other games despite close 25-18, 21-19, 21-17 score-lines.

“This has been a historic and important weekend for women’s handball in Kerry. Winning titles is a massive boost for the sport and something we can build on in the coming weeks and months,” said Jack O’Shea, P.R.O. of the Kerry Handball Board.

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