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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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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