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LEADING Dutch travel professionals are visiting Killarney, Kerry and Ireland this week. All are guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and leading Dutch tour operator Buro Scanbrit – a tour operator specialising in tours to Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia.

Independent travel organisers – who book travel packages on behalf of their clients through tour operators like Buro Scanbrit – have become increasingly important for Dutch travellers, so the aim of this visit is to showcase this part of Ireland to the travel organisers, so that when they return home they will be even more enthusiastic and better equipped to advise their clients about holidays here.

Their itinerary included the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House & Gardens and live music in the Danny Mann Inn in Killarney. They also enjoyed site inspections of Killarney Lakeland Cottages, the Arbutus Hotel Killarney, the Dingle Skellig Hotel and Parknasilla Resort & Spa. During their time in Kerry, they stayed overnight in the Old Killarney Cottages and dined in the Victoria House Hotel Killarney and the Dingle Benners Hotel.

Karen van der Horst, Tourism Ireland’s manager for the Netherlands, said: “The Netherlands is an important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and Tourism Ireland is rolling out a busy programme of promotions this autumn – aimed at boosting late-season travel to Ireland and to position us well for 2018.”
 


 
Above: Buro Scanbrit travel organisers at the Danny Mann Inn, Killarney.

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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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