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KDYS aim for second quality youth centre award

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AWARD RENEWAL: Gordana Berjan (Executive Director of the European Youth Centre Budapest and the Council of Europe Quality Label Programme) pictured with Killarney Municipal District Mayor Cllr Michael Gleeson at the KDYS eurÓg Centre, Killarney on Tuesday. Also in photo from left are: Fr Ger Godley, Kevin Murphy (KDYS), Tim O'Donoghue (KDYS), Gemma O'Brien (KDYS) and Rose O'Connor, (KDYS). Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

On Tuesday KDYS eurÓg Centre, Killarney hosted the Council of Europe as part of a formal assessment for the awarding of the COE Quality Label for Youth Centres.

 

Gordana Berjan, Executive Director of the European Youth Centre Budapest and the Council of Europe Quality Label programme, was in Kerry to represent their expert team.

 

Killarney Municipal District Mayor, Cllr Michael Gleeson, was on hand to formally welcome the Council of Europe to Killarney.

 

The eurÓg Centre is seeking renewal of this award after becoming the only Centre in Ireland to achieve this status three years ago. If successful, KDYS will hold the Quality Label for a further five years.

 

The Centre has just completed the development of an onsite accommodation facility with a capacity to host groups of up to 49 people. This will enhance the expansion of the programme offerings which have Human Right Education at their foundation and support ongoing engagement with COE to enhance learning and development opportunities for both young people and youth workers.

 

These new programmes have already seen groups of Kerry young people travel to various parts of Europe exploring very relevant issues with their peers from different countries. One such example is the Kerry Comhairle Na nÓg group under Kerry County Council coordinated by KDYS. A delegation attended the European Youth Event in Strasbourg earlier this year. They presented their learning from this event to Kerry County Council members at KDYS eurÓg on Tuesday.

 

In addition, the Kerry Comhairle group recently completed a survey on facilities for young people in Kerry, and the group also presented their findings at the event.

“This is a very appropriate moment for this survey to be unveiled as the Council of Europe were present to give an input into the role of Youth Centres in Europe,” Tim O’Donoghue, KDYS eurÓg Director, said.

Kerry County Councillors and officials were present to hear and give their feedback also.

 

The assessment of eurÓg took place from Monday, October 28 through to Wednesday 30.

“The Kerry Comhairle Na nÓg event featured prominently as part of this process. Most importantly young people from all over Kerry had the opportunity to engage with Kerry County Council, the Council of Europe and KDYS to have their views heard and to directly receive a response in relation to what actions are in place to support Kerry’s youth.”

 

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

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The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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