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International recognition for Kerry beauty spot

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Rebranding one picturesque Kerry location is reaping rewards as it was this week named one of the ‘Best Places to Visit in 2019’ by one of the world’s leading travel guidebooks.
Rough Guides, which compiles an annual list of the holiday hotspots to excite esteemed travel guide authors for the coming year, named The Reeks District as number three in the lists ‘6 Regions on our Radar’ - which could potentially bring thousands of extra tourists to the region.

Formerly known for tourism purposes as Mid Kerry, the region has been dubbed ‘Ireland’s Adventure Playground’ and was praised by authors for its “postcard scenery of rugged landscapes” and the chance to take part in activities such as walking, hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking and surfing, all in close proximity to each other.
The Reeks District, which was re-branded early in 2018 by local tourism membership organisation the Mid Kerry Tourism Cluster to highlight its strong outdoors and adventure proposition, stretches around Castlemaine Harbour from Inch Beach to Rossbeigh Strand, and includes the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.
Rough Guides’ authors chose summiting Carrauntoohil as a “literal highlight” of a visit while also praising Caragh Lake for its beauty.
The Rough Guides entry also extoled the Reeks as “part of a modern Ireland of trendy coffee shops, young designers and boutique B&Bs” that manages to retain a “traditional Irish welcome, musical pubs and hearty fare”.

“We are both astounded and delighted to have been selected as one of Rough Guides ‘Best Places to Visit for 2019’,” Jens Bachem, Chair of the Mid Kerry Tourism Cluster, said.
“We always thought the Reeks District had much more to offer visitors and we are proud to be reaping the first rewards of our re-branding of this magnificent region.”
Funding of the Reeks District is achieved by a mixture of grants and three levels of membership fee: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
“We could not have achieved what we have so far without the moral and financial support of our members,” he added.
“The Mid Kerry Tourism Cluster believes promotion of our region’s tourism offering is far stronger when we work together. We appeal for any businesses wishing to become members, or looking to upgrade their membership, to get in touch with us.”
See www.roughguides.com/best-places-to-travel/the-rough-guide-to-2019/ for more information or www.reeksdistrict.com.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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