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Kerry remains a top staycation destination

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By Sean Moriarty

Several different reports published by banks, tourism bodies and international media have revealed that Kerry remains as the market leader in domestic tourism.

A report by Allied Irish Banks (AIB) shows that Kerry was the top county for staycations by visitor spend this summer.

The bank reported that over 55 million transactions were processed in Kerry during the summer months, more than any other county and ahead of all Irish cities.

This is confirmed by a Kerry Tourism Industry Federation visitor survey where a third of visitors indicated that they planned to spend up to €300 per day during their stay.

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) also reported that Kerry had an average occupancy rate of 76% - higher than the national average of 62%.

On the international front, CNN Travel named Kenmare in their list of Europe’s most beautiful towns and Kerry was ranked 13th in the 2021 Global Sustainability Index Awards.

“It is encouraging to see the positive sentiment from visitors to Kerry this summer as it has been such a challenging time for the industry in Kerry,” Patrick O’Donoghue, Chair of the KTIF Marketing Group and CEO of the Gleneagle Group, said.

“One of the main positives from this is that the level of Irish tourists in the county has seen huge growth and are returning a few times in the year. We are aware 2022 will be our most challenging year with many travelling abroad for the first time in two years. However, we hope to build on the positive sentiment built up over the past two years and have a wonderful tourism product in Kerry with so much to see and do all year round.”

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30 years of Innisfallen Island MassThe annual special concelebrated Mass on Innisfallen Island takes place next week.

Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm. Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by […]

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Next Friday (June 21), members of the public are invited to attend the Mass taking place at 6.30pm.

Now in its 30th year, the Mass was originally an idea by Geoffrey O’Donoghue who sadly died four years after it began.

“There was an Augustinian Monastery on Innisfallen Island and the people, including priests and monks and they say Brian Boro, went out there to study. The lake, Lough Lein is called ‘The Lake of Learning’,” said his wife Mary who carries on the tradition in his memory.

“My husband Geoffrey was a descendent of the O’Donoghues and he wanted to have Mass on the island. The O’Donoghues built Ross Castle and owned the lands and the lake surrounding it which was later donated by John McShane to the people of Killarney. He [Geoffrey] asked one of the friars and one day he got a call from the OPW that there would be a plaque unveiled to John McShane and they asked if the Mass could coincide with it. It was attended by Sr Pauline, John McShane’s daughter.”

She added that all the public are welcome to attend. Boats, which will have a nominal fee to cover their costs, will be carrying passengers out from 4pm onwards.

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Photo of “hidden gem” wins Camera Club’s latest competition

A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition. Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the […]

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A photograph of one of Killarney’s hidden beauty spots was deemed the winner of Killarney Camera Club’s most recent competition.

Th standard was high throughout all categories but in the Novice category, Iryna Halaieva’s photograph of O’Sullivan’s Cascade was deemed the winner.

“A waterfall is my favourite waterbody and long exposure is my favourite photographic technique,” she said. “I do my best to have as many waterfalls as possible in my photo collection. I heard a lot about O’Sullivan’s Cascade and wanted to visit that hidden gem of Kerry. So, shortly before our club competition I went with a friend to Tomies Wood to photograph it. It was a dream come true for me.”

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