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Killarney man’s company primed for international growth

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ITS mission is to make it easy to book every campsite globally and now Campsited.com is about to scale new heights internationally. Campsited.com was founded by Killarney native Finán O’Donoghue, who said: “2017 has been great year for us. Google and the Business Post voted us one of the top early stage companies in the country. We’re on track to grow bookings by 700%. And a partnership providing access to 4,000 new campsites, enables massive growth into the future.”

The size of the opportunity for Campsited is huge. People will spend one billion nights on campsites annually by 2020. Three hundred million of these nights will be booked through websites like Campsited. With no household name today in campsite bookings, like Airbnb and booking.com for their respective markets, Campsited can become just that.

“Working with the right investment partners is key to this,” said Finán.
“We also want anyone who is keen on the idea to be part of our success. This is possible through the Revenue’s Employment Investment and Incentive (EII) scheme.”

EII is a tax relief incentive scheme. It allows people obtain income tax relief on an investment in qualifying companies, like Campsited, up to a maximum of €150,000 per annum. So, depending on what tax bracket you are in, you could get up to 40% of your investment back from the Revenue. While also getting shares in Campsited to the value of 100% of your investment. Not a bad deal.

“We’re getting close to our funding target and expect the last few investment slots to fill up fast,” said O’Donoghue.

If you would like to know more, check out the company’s fundraising page at www.investment.campsited.com, where you can register your interest.

Alternatively, you can contact Finán directly on 064-664 6029.

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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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