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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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Coveted KY-1 plate goes to Hyundai for 2022

  The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row. The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021. Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists. […]

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The coveted KY-1 plate has been allocated to Adams of Tralee for the second year in a row.

The county’s Hyundai dealership secured the coveted plate as a result of the Hyundai Tucson topping the individual model sales charts for 2021.

Available in diesel, petrol and pug-in hybrid, the Tucson offers something for every motorists.

With the switch to full electric not far away, Adams of Tralee’s general manager Marcus O’Shea believes that hybrid offers the perfect transition from fossil fuelled-cars to electric.

“It is a steeping-stone towards full electric,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It reduces the range anxiety for those not ready for full electric and it gets people used to new ways – plugging in the car at night at home will become normal and hybrid is the first step.”

The Tucson range has a model to suit all tastes and budgets. As well as being available in petrol, diesel or hybrid, each power variant is also available as in entry-level, mid or high specification formats.

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Hairdresser reveals women “open up” on safety while getting their hair done

By Sean Moriarty Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients. On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a […]

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Nicole Coffey of Nicole’s Hair Salon on St Anne’s was inspired to run a fundraiser for a women’s refuge after hearing distressing stories from some of her clients.

On Saturday last she offered a wash and blow-dry to clients and rather than charging them for the her services her customers made a donation to Adapt Women’s Refuge in Tralee.

Nicole was inspired to run the charity day because a lot of her regular clients opened up to her while they were getting their hair done.

The timing of her charity day was poignant as it came just days after Ashling Murphy was murdered while out for a run in her own town of Tullamore.

“People open up while I do their hair, many of them would not know that there is a refuge in Kerry,” she told the Killarney Advertiser. “I have experience with clients who are struggling. I had this idea to create more awareness for Adapt.”

She raised €2,000 for Adapt and the cheque was handed over to the Tralee-based charity on Thursday night this week.

Such was the success of her charity day Nicole worked from 7am to 7pm and as well as cash donations customers also donated vouchers and care packs to the charity.

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