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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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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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