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Killarney man could secure Amsterdam flight

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By Sean Moriarty

The man who successfully negotiated Ryanair’s London service to and from Kerry Airport could be the vital link in the airport securing a regular flight to and from Amsterdam Schipol.

Back in 2001, Aghadoe-based Peter Bellew secured the Kerry Stansted link with the Irish airline during his tenure as the airport’s marketing manager.

A short time after this Ryanair recruited the County Meath native as its Deputy Head of Flight Operations and he worked his way up the role of Director of Flight Operations before joining Malaysia Air as Deputy Chief Executive in 2014 and three years later returned to Ryanair as its Chief Operating Officer.

However, last week he announced he had left the airline again and on Thursday EasyJet announced that he would become Chief Operating Officer for the Britain-based budget airline.

At the first meeting of the newly elected Kerry County Council, on July 15, Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae’s first motion called for an international PSO between Kerry Airport and Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Schipol is considered a world hub, it is the third-busiest airport in Europe in terms of passenger volume with over 63 million in 2017, and the busiest in Europe in terms of aircraft movement. It is served by a trans-continental rail and road network.

It is also one of EasyJet’s biggest European hubs offering more than 15 flights a day to and from the airport.

Healy-Rae is the second elected member of Kerry County Council to push for Amsterdam after Tralee Mayor Cllr Jim Finucane called for it previously in June 2017, around the same time Mr Bellew returned to Ryanair.

“If we are serious about creating more business opportunities and attracting a new tourism market, we need to connect ourselves to the world and we have a way of doing that, create an International PSO from Kerry Airport to Schipol Airport, Amsterdam,” Healy-Rae said. “By doing this, you have right away opened yourself to over 200 worldwide destinations. 71 million people travelled through Schipol Airport in 2018 and by having a well marketed route to Kerry, we could be getting our fair share of this and adding to the 2.3 million visitors we had to Kerry in 2018.”

It is not clear when Bellew will take up his new role, October will probably be the earliest but given his track record at Kerry Airport and Ryanair he is best qualified to realise these political dreams.

 

 

 

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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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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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