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Gleneagle Group shortlisted for responsible tourism award

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THE Gleneagle Group is celebrating this week having been shortlisted for a major tourism award.

The group is one of just two finalists shortlisted in the Best Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category in the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. These awards (part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards family) are the most rigorously judged responsible tourism awards in the world. They are designed to celebrate those making a difference in Ireland and using tourism to benefit local communities, economies and the environment.

The winner of the Best Accessible and Inclusive Tourism category, in which The Gleneagle Group is nominated, must demonstrate that it follows the principles of responsible tourism and is making the surrounding community a better place to live in and to visit. The other categories include Best Destination for Responsible Tourism, Best for Natural Heritage Tourism, Best Innovation in Responsible Tourism and Best Tourism Accommodation for Local Sourcing.

“In order to retain our competiveness and ensure Killarney remains a world-class visitor destination and a leader in the tourism industry we must lead the way in accessible and responsible tourism, we are currently rolling out a three year accessibility plan and our mission is to create a welcoming environment for all” said Patrick O’Donoghue, managing director of The Gleneagle Group.

“Our location is one of extreme natural beauty, it is a safe visitor destination and is largely free of pollution, it is therefore a wonderful visitor destination for people affected by health issues or accessibility challenges. Many of the visitor attractions in the area have made great strides in their accessibility plans, but these visitor attractions must also be complemented with accessible accommodation and leisure facilities.”

Head of innovation and investment at Fáilte Ireland Paddy Matthews said: "A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream... and so it should. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors."

The shortlist was selected by a meeting of the jury of industry experts at Fáilte Ireland’s offices in Dublin last week and the overall winners will be announced at the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Conference on Thursday, October 6, at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin.

Members of this year’s judging panel include; 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, Paddy Matthews Head of Investment & Innovation at Fáilte Ireland and Dr Harold Goodwin Chair of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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