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Key speakers lined up for tourism conference

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IT IS GOOD TO TALK: Pictured at the launch of the 'Let's Talk Tourism' conference, which is taking place next Friday (November 8) in The Great Southern Killarney are: Mags O'Connor (AIB, sponsor), Moira Murrell (Kerry County Manager), Paul Kelly (Chief Executive Fáilte Ireland), Niamh O'Shea (IHF Kerry), Paul Sherry (President Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce). Photo: Don MacMonagle

 

A young, third generation Killarney hotelier will share the stage with a renowned climate change specialist, civic leaders and tourism industry heads at a high-profile conference in Killarney next Friday.

Marcus Treacy, who is Operations Director in the Killarney Park and Ross Hotels, will speak on the sustainable agenda at the annual ‘Let’s Talk Tourism: The National Tourism Forum’ in the Great Southern Killarney.

Moderator for the day-long event which is themed ‘Sustainability: The foundation for our future’ will be broadcaster Olivia O’Leary, with the opening address by Minister of State for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

 

Kerry County Council Chief Executive, Moira Murrell, will participate in a panel discussion along with John McGrillen, Tourism Northern Ireland; Jenny De Saulles, Fáilte Ireland; Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland and travel industry commentator Eoghan Corry.

Climate scientist, Prof John Sweeney, who is Emeritus Professor in Maynooth University and has worked on climate change issues for almost 40 years, will deliver one of the keynote addresses.

He will give his views on the impact of teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg, Extinction Rebellion campaigners and whether there is any evidence of success from protests favoured by green campaigners.

 

Panel discussions will focus on the sustainable agenda and experts will offer practical, real-life examples of sustainable practices and their ensuing impact.

 

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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