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Killarney and Kerry show UK tour operators what Ireland has to offer

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From left, Gretel O'Sullivan, Destination Killarney, Valerie Wilger, Dalata Hotel Group, Marco Nembrini, UK Tour Operator, Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Fáilte Ireland, met with key players involved in Kerry tourism industry in The Muckross Park Hotel, Killarney. The industry briefing focused on the Wild Atlantic Way and its future, from left, Steve Lynott,Ballinskelligs Dark Skies, Fáilte Ireland Executive Declan Murphy, Jackie Davitt, Atlantic Villa, Valentia Island and Brian McGrath, Valentia Island Development Association.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

A GROUP of over 20 top UK Incoming Tour Operators arrived in Killarney this week to meet and do business with over 60 key Irish tourism businesses from across the country at a workshop in The Brehon Hotel.

The workshop, organised by Fáilte Ireland, in conjunction with Tourism Ireland, was designed to help attract more overseas visitors from key markets. A number of Kerry representatives attended the workshop including Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa; Best Western Eviston House Hotel; Killarney Jaunting Cars – Tangney Tours; Parknasilla Hotel; Randles Hotel; Sneem Hotel and Rose Travel, Killarney.

To further showcase what Ireland has to offer, bespoke itineraries were provided by Fáilte Ireland giving an opportunity for the tour operators to experience accommodation, dining, entertainment, visitor attractions options in the Kerry and Cork region. Among the places they visited were Kenmare, a walking tour and visit to The Park Hotel, a tour of the Ring of Kerry, Muckross House & Gardens, Valentia Island and Cromwell Point Lighthouse, the Skellig Experience Centre and Kerry Dark Sky walk.

Speaking at the workshop, Ciara Sugrue, Head of Trade and Promotions, Fáilte Ireland said: “These influential tour operators have the capacity to deliver significant amounts of visitors to Ireland and their presence here is a testimony to Ireland’s appeal as a destination. To further showcase what Ireland has to offer, bespoke itineraries were provided giving an opportunity for the British buyers to experience Kerry during the course of their stay giving them context when meeting with Industry during the workshop.”

The workshop provides a cost and time-effective business opportunity for the Irish tourism businesses to meet buyers and engage in one-to-one sales meetings to either make initial contact or maintain already established business relationships.
 


 
From left, Gretel O'Sullivan, Destination Killarney, Valerie Wilger, Dalata Hotel Group, Marco Nembrini, UK Tour Operator, Oonagh Kelly, Fáilte Ireland. PICTURE: VALERIE O'SULLIVAN

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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