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Killarney tourism bodies “building for the future”

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By Sean Moriarty

The long-term future of Killarney’s reputation as an international tourism destination looks secure thanks to the promotion efforts of local industry leaders this week.

The Bord Failte’s annual Meitheal showcase – now its 46th year – took place online, and was a chance to sell Ireland to 216 tourism buyers in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia.

Over 50 Kerry-based tourism businesses took part with Killarney represented by Kerry Tourism Industry Federation, the Gleneagle Hotel Group, The Brehon Hotel, The Lake Hotel, the O’Donoghue-Ring Group and the Great Southern Killarney.

Meitheal is aimed at securing business for the 2022 and 2023 seasons but local representatives say there is strong interest from the UK and Central Europe.

“From our group perspective it is an important platform to connect with existing clients and meet new ones. FáilteIreland has done well to facilitate Meitheal this year and allow the trade to focus this time on reaching out to our trade partners and exploring new opportunities. Our hotels and other businesses are well received and clients intend to continue working with us in the future,” Brian Miley, the Gleneagle Group’s Business Development Manager told the Killarney Advertiser.

He added that interest in America was not that strong but that there was no cause for concern either.

“[This is] possibly due to the time difference and not being in the country in person,” he added.
Patrick O’Donoghue of the Gleneagle Hotel Group attended online meetings too as part of his role as the Marketing Chairman of Kerry Tourism Industry Federation.

Meitheal is always a key networking event for the Kerry tourism industry where the hotels, attractions and activity providers have an opportunity to meet with existing and target new tour operators who are looking to place business for 2022 and 2023,” he added. “It is very much about building for the future, I’m delighted that over 50 of the Kerry tourism industry are virtually attending Meitheal this week and flying the flag for Kerry. Tourism across the world as it is is certainly keeping Kerry as a destination in the minds of these tour operators and travel agents.”

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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