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Kerry tourism showcased at Ploughing Championships

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By Sean Moriarty

Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) was out in force at the National Ploughing Championship at Ratheniska, County Laois this week.

SHOWTIME: Johnny Healy-Rae Danny Healy-Rae with John Harty CEO of Dairymaster and Fergus O’Meara Dairymaster’s international sales rep at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

FAMILY DAY OUT: Luke Griffin (left) with his father Anthony (second left) and his uncles Kevin and Paul all from Gortalea enjoy a family day out at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

KERRY TEAM: CEO of Macra Mick Curran Waterville and one time resident of Coolcaslagh with Derrie Dillon of Listowel who is the deputy CEO of Macra at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

FAMILY DAY OUT: Luke Griffin (left) with his father Anthony (second left) and his uncles Kevin and Paul all from Gortalea enjoy a family day out at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

DISPLAY: Ken O’Neill Eoin McCarthy and Niall O’Neill of O’Neill’s Power Equipment Milltown and Tralee show the Suzuki Kingquad LT-A750 the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

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PLOUGHING: Michael Healy-Rae with Jason Corcoran Alex Kelly and Caoimhe Ferris at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska County Laois. Photo: Sean Moriarty

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The federation, with support from Kerry County Council, hosted a ‘Discover Kerry’ tent at the three day event that attracted in excess of 100,000 visitors from Tuesday to Thursday.

“This is an opportunity to showcase our county’s tourism offering under one roof and brand,” said a federation statement.

“We are hopeful that all Kerry tourism businesses and membership bodies will recognise the value of presenting a strong united proposition to [ploughing] attendees to visit, stay and spend in Kerry. The goal is to reinvigorate the appeal and give a taste of what Kerry has to offer to visitors in a coordinated and joint effort under the brand ‘Discover Kerry’.”

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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