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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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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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