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Killarney successful in winning high-profile event

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Influential travel journalists and 200 travel agents are bound for Killarney next year as the town has been successful in its bid to host the prestigious German DER Touristik Academy.

TRAVEL ACADEMY: Der Touristik a major German tour operator and the largest tour operator from Mainland Europe to the island of Ireland has announced it will host its prestigious annual travel academy in Killarney in April 2022. Pictured are: Nadine Lehmann (Tourism Ireland Manager Germany) Kevin Keogh (Der Touristik) Niall Gibbons (Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland) Dino Steinkamp (Der Touristik) Paul Kelly (Chief Executive of Fáilte Ireland) and Louise Finnegan (Tourism Ireland). Photo: Shane O'Neill Coalesce.

Killarney beat off challenges from a number of other top destinations to host the 2022 event. Germany’s largest tour operator, DERTOUR, will host the event in the INEC between April 3 to 6, 2022. The Academy is an educational and incentive event run by one of the largest tour operators in Mainland Europe. 

This is the first overseas event by DER Touristik, Germany, since COVID-19 and is being supported by Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and Limerick Travel.

The team from DER Touristik are in Killarney today (Tuesday) to meet with Irish tourism providers in both accommodation, activities and attractions to learn more of how they can become part of this event with the German operator in 2022.

While the DERTOUR gathering is taking place in Killarney next year, the 200 attendees will participate in pre-academy tours across Ireland, organised by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Limerick Travel. The tours present a valuable opportunity for the Irish tourism industry to sell itself to the German market and allows Fáilte Ireland to showcase the best that Ireland has to offer throughout the country.

Paul Keeley, Fáilte Ireland’s Director of Regional Development, believes events like these can provide a valuable opportunity to showcase all that Ireland has to offer to one of Ireland's most important mainland European markets.

“We are delighted to welcome DER Touristik to Killarney today ahead of hosting this important event next April," Mr Keeley said.

"For Irish tourism to recover and grow in the long term it is imperative that there is a strong message that Ireland offers a high-quality experience, diverse tourism experiences and a wide selection of safe accommodation choices. By winning the opportunity to host these influential agents and journalists next April we can continue to drive long term demand for Ireland and ensure that they can confidently encourage their customers to choose Ireland as a holiday destination when they return to Germany."

Kevin Keogh, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing for Der Touristik, added; “As the market leader for tourism from Germany to the island of Ireland for over 50 years, DER Touristik is delighted to bring its 200 top travel agents to Ireland for our 2022 Academy and to encourage them the discover the destination.”

Peter Brazil, Director, Limerick Travel, commented:

“We are delighted to bring Germany’s top tour operator Dertouristik to Killarney for Reise academy 2022! It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase our wonderful island to over 200 leading German agents and press. From previous experience academies have dramatically increased German visitors to Ireland in subsequent years.”

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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Caring group craft charity blankets

By Michelle Crean One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity. Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members […]

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By Michelle Crean

One community group have shown that they care deeply for others by crafting handmade blankets for charity.

Using their range of skills and some colourful wool, members of Kilcummin Community Care worked together to make blankets for service users on the Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus.

“Each blanket is assigned as a personal gift to the clients using the Cancer Link Bus and is kept by them,” Kate Fleming, Chairperson of Kilcummin Community Care, said.

The knitting of the squares to make the blankets began at a gathering in the Rose Hotel in 2018. It was a gathering of different volunteer groups.

The Kerry Cork Cancer Health Link Bus were requesting knitted squares to make blankets for the clients who were using their facilities, she explained.

“Kilcummin Community Care were knitting at the time, so it was decided to help out this worthy cause. We received donations of wool from people in the parish and surrounding areas. Kilcummin ICA also got involved in the efforts.”

During the two years of COVID-19, members of both organisations continued to knit and are still knitting to the present day.

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