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Key influencers to help drive economic growth to Kerry

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Almost 40 highly regarded key influencers and decision-makers who hail from Kerry - including Killarney - are part of a new pioneering programme to drive economic growth to the county.

On Friday night the Kerry Ambassador Programme, which aims to raise Kerry’s profile as a global business hub, was officially launched.

This exciting new initiative is led by non-profit organisation Kerry Convention Bureau, in partnership with Kerry County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Meet in Ireland, Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, Kerry SciTech and Prosper Kerry.

Killarney locals involved include MEP Sean Kelly, John Healy from Healy Insurances, Paudie Healy CEO Universal Access, Brian O'Mahony, Chief Executive of the Irish Haemophilia Society, Mark Kennelly, Chief Executive Golf Ireland, and Tara Cronin Fundraising and Events Manager with ICAP UK.

In an event held at the Rose Hotel Tralee as part of Kerry County Council’s ‘An Turas Mór – Homecoming Kerry Diaspora Festival', the Kerry Ambassadors were formally inducted into the programme.

These founding Ambassadors comprise of 37 highly regarded key influencers and decision-makers who hail from Kerry and across the globe, representing sectors such as community, enterprise, academia, business, engineering, medicine, science, technology, sport, arts and culture.

After being presented with a commemorative plaque acknowledging their appointment, each Ambassador had the opportunity to network with the programme partners and invited guests.

The official launch was followed by an evening of celebration of Kerry’s Diaspora as part of 'An Turas Mór Kerry Homecoming' dinner and awards ceremony, which was presented by Kerry County Council to acknowledge and celebrate Kerry’s Diaspora success stories, both within Ireland and overseas.

What is the Kerry Ambassador Programme?

The programme has been created for community and industry leaders who are interested in supporting the county by influencing and attracting business events and investment opportunities to Kerry.

The initiative provides a platform for founding Ambassadors and programme partners to work together in pursuit of a common goal – to advocate for Kerry and to contribute to Kerry’s ongoing economic growth and recovery, by placing Kerry on the national and international stage as a premier business events destination and a place to do business.

“We are thrilled to be launching this programme as a collective county initiative, with such an impressive and respected group of individuals, who have demonstrated their commitment and passion for their county by accepting the role of founding Kerry Ambassador,” Becky Hargrove, Manager of Kerry Convention Bureau, said.

“To be an ambassador is to advocate for Kerry. Our ambassadors will use their knowledge, and where possible and appropriate, assist Kerry Convention Bureau and our industry partners in identifying new business events and or investment prospects for the county. As Kerry continues to build on its reputation as both a future focused premier business events destination and one of Ireland’s leading knowledge and innovation hubs, where industry collaboration drives success, the launch of this initiative is timely.”

Patrice O’Mahony, Commercial Development Officer at Fáilte Ireland, added that “over 75% of all conferences confirmed for Ireland each year are secured by an ambassador and this is why the Kerry Ambassador Programme is so important".

"By encouraging individuals and companies to consider Kerry as a place to hold events, do business, progress a career and a location of choice for investment, both private and public, these founding Ambassadors will play a significant role in promoting economic, social and community outcomes for Kerry.”

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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