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Killarney hoteliers visit European Parliament in Brussels

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Seán Kelly MEP for Ireland South hosted a delegation from the Irish Hotels Federation at the European Parliament, Brussels recently.

Irish Hotel Federation members representing Kerry include (l-r): Michael Lally Mary MacMonagle Colette Burghoff Marcus Treacy Catherine Treacy Bernadette Randles host Seán Kelly MEP Emer Corridon Pauline Lyne Margaret Barrett Margaret Cahill James Dunne Brian Bowler and Donie O Brien

IHF representatives from Kerry, Cork, Limerick, Mayo, Donegal, Meath, and Dublin were present.

The group had the opportunity to tour the European Parliament plenary chamber and to meet with Parliament and Commission officials to discuss the development of EU tourism policy. They also discussed how politics and policy-making operates in the European Parliament with MEP Kelly.

“Turnout in Ireland for the last European Parliament election [2019], was below 50 percent” said the Killarney politician.

“I really value the opportunity to welcome Irish people to the Parliament in Brussels, I hope these visits give the groups the chance to engage with the EU and inform themselves ahead of the 2024 elections. Irish people’s voices should be heard loud and clear in Brussels.”

During their visit, the group also saw the historical cities of Bruges and Leuven in Belgium.

Bernadette Randles, Managing Director of Dromhall Hotel, and one of the co-organisers of the visit said: "I am sure all Irish MEPs work very hard, but I must say for us in Kerry, and indeed in the IHF nationally, it is great to have the support and the ear of Seán Kelly. Seán is really interested in tourism and sustainability and continually lends us his time and wisdom whenever we ask. A huge thank you especially to Sean and the team in his office. I would recommend anyone take that trip with Sean to see the European Parliament.”

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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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