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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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Ring of Beara Cycle launches school programme

The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud […]

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The Ring of Beara Cycle is for kids too! As part of its commitment to make a positive impact on the local community, the Ring of Beara Cycle are proud to continue to with two great initiatives: its Kids’ Cycle and its sponsorship of the School Cycle Safety Programme.

The Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on May 25 with over 4,000 cyclists taking part. The event starts and finishes in Kenmare town, Co Kerry to complete either a 110km or 140km route encompassing the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.

Kids’ Cycle
Adults are not the only ones getting on their bikes on May 25 for the Ring of Beara Cycle. The event also has its very own cycle for children around the town of Kenmare. Not only does this give kids a chance to join in the days’ activities with their parents, but it’s free and a great way for kids to get outdoors and exercise in a fun and safe environment.
Open to any child in national school between third and fifth class and following a 2km route around Kenmare and a slightly shorter route for tinier ones, registration is from 9.15am in Kenmare town square. Parents and guardians are welcome to cycle with their children. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle.
School Cycle Safety Programme
Another community initiative from the Ring of Beara Cycle is the Cycle Right Programme, working with local schools to get kids’ up to speed on road safety and cycle best practices.
The Ring of Beara Cycle is working with Cycle Sense and Wheely Good Cycling Academy to deliver this 4-week programme to local schools in and around Kenmare and the Beara Peninsula.
Some 250 students across 8 schools are participating in this initiative, and the schools involved are: St John’s National School, Realt Na Mara National School , Lauragh National School and Tulloha National School in Kenmare, and on the Beara Peninsula: Scoil Chaitigheirn in Eyeries, Oir Cheann iNational School in Eyeries, Cahermore National School in Allihies, Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa in Castletownbere, Mhichil Naofa in Castletownbere, Adrigole N S in Bantry, and Trafrask Mixed N S in Ardrigole.
This initiative is normally paid for by the schools themselves but is now free for all the children taking part thanks to a generous donation by the Ring of Beara Cycle Committee that covers the cost of delivering the programme to these schools.
Cycle Right is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training through Department of Transport, the Road Safety Authority and Cycling Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote cycle confidence on the road in increasingly complex scenarios delivered by qualified, registered trainers.
No stranger to giving back to the local community, not only does the Ring of Beara Cycle make a significant, positive impact on the local economy, it also encourages kids to enjoy themselves on their bikes and to do this safely with confidence.

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is a must-attend event

Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’. This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site […]

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Browne’s Agri Open Day is always one that was marked in  Agri calendars as a ‘must-attend event’.

This year’s event is taking place on Wednesday May 22 on their site in Castleisland.

The event was always renowned for getting great advice on the Agri topics of the day as well as a window into modern developments taking place in all aspect of Agriculture and country living.

The extending of the yard area will allow more space to be given over to even more exhibitors, ensuring all areas of agriculture, and rural life will be showcased on the 22.

There will be experts on hand to advise on Calf Rearing, Grassland management, Weed control, Drainage, Fencing , Shed and Yard Layouts as well as bee keeping, and helpful health advice.

“As well as the great advice, you will be ensured of great deals, great food, great craic and free entry to the many spot prizes that will be available on the day,” said general manager Denis O’Connor.

“All that is asked is your attendance and if at all possible, to make a small contribution to our chosen charity Pieta House.”

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